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I see the comment all the time "The cops have no duty to protect you." This is 100% true; except when its not. There is a good reason for this, but it gets lost in the hate of LE in general that, if it isn't growing, is becoming far more obvious. We live in times that make authority (real and imagined) uncomfortable because we see continued abuses of power at every level of the government. There is a clear reason why LE has no "duty" to protect you and it has everything to do with the litigious nature of our society and the protection of the people, not the person. But before we get into that, lets talk about why this is such a popular rallycry for folks to use when its time to bash the po'.
These people (cops) have a sworn duty to uphold the law, not circumvent or ignore it. Police brutality is perhaps seen as the first step on the stairs to the top of government corruption and its one the media is more than happy to exploit to make their air time more valuable. Are the cops in the US more abusive than they were 50-60 years ago? I would say absolutely civil rights movement not, either that or point to the abuse that led to the mandatory Miranda Warning given to anyone under interrogation because a few cops decided that they could obtain a confession without letting the accused know he had legal rights. The man in question was eventually convicted of the crime (rape of a teenager) but only after his first conviction was thrown out. Because some cops did what they did, we have Miranda and it has been hilariously misunderstood ever since (thanks, TV). No, I think history bears that LE today is more educated, more professional and more law-abiding than their Adam 12 ancestors, despite the fact that everything else looks otherwise because lets face it, filming a cop doing exactly what he is supposed to be doing is boring unless that something is him face shooting bad guys.
If hes saving a kitten, pulling a kid from a car wreck, teaching a free class on car seats, helping a stranded motorist or generally doing anything not in the script of The Wire, we dont care enough to film it. This is not in any way an excuse for stupid ass police behavior, but it does put it in a new light. We love the negative, we love building drama and we maybe even like to think that we are on a freefall elevator full of screaming monkeys ride to a dystopian future. Dont think so? Name the last move that depicted the future as a place that would be worth living in. Oh, no, Ill wait, go on.
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Now what if I told you that a lot of the time, there are shitty people on the end of a 911 call and what if this simple fact of life was an overriding reason why cops have no duty to protect you? What if I told you that the Justices understand the legal system maybe a bit better than you or me and have to make the most objective of objective decisions trying to account of every possible situation their decision could affect while you and me usually only think of how our decisions could affect us? The police have no duty to protect you, rather they protect the public at large.
Duty isnt in an oath, ethics classes in adulthood are as pointless as a Tetris Movie and selfless service isnt something you can pick up like a card trick. It takes a special kind of person to be a good officer and then that same person has to wade through depraved humanity, filth, shit, hate, bullshit lawyers, indifference and mediocre pay to arrive on the other side being the same sort of good person they started their career as. If you think thats difficult, now consider an ehhhh-quality person or shit bag starting the same journey. just because LE has no duty to protect you does not mean that they wont try, or maybe even lay down their life to do so.
If you want to hate all cops based on the actions of a few, thats fine. Dont expect any reasonable person to be swayed by your unqualified statements or quoting of laws out of context though. Its socially acceptable to hate all cops, chances are that if you arent a cop hater, you know one. Thats fine too. Im in LE and I dont care for some cops (as individuals I have met) but by and large the cops you havent met that you hate are actually on the same side as you. I wont go as far as to compare blanket cop hatred with racism because its not nearly the same thing, though if both ideas were people they would probably get their coffee at the same Starbucks.