People who don’t understand taking responsibility for your own safety often ask me why I wouldn’t just call the police to stop a crime instead of drawing a gun. Well for one, a great police response time would be a few minutes to a few hours – IF they come at all. But most crimes take place in a matter of seconds. Two, police have no duty to protect me, or you.
Based on the headline of this article you might think this is an important new ruling, but it’s not. The court has kept this stance for over 30 years.
The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that police officers at all levels of the government have no duty to protect the citizens of this country. It is the job of police officers to investigate crimes and arrest criminals. We are on our own for protection.
While we are quite sure most police officers will help someone in need when required – if they can – just remember the next time you feel you might need protection that police officers have no duty to provide that to you.