Is The NYPD’s “Protect and Serve” Policy A Thing Of The Past?

WeAreChange recently got the opportunity to meet and interview Joe Lozito, the selfless hero who put his life on the line to stop a serial killer. The story is only magnified when Joe finds out, that while being stabbed by the serial killer, the NYPD was standing by watching everything unfold from the safety of the conductors door. Currently in a legal suit, the NYPD and City of NY is arguing that the NYPD has NO duty to protect its own citizens.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    HO-LY SHIT. They’re finally dropping all pretense.

    • Adam Goodwin

      I find hope when the shiny glean is worn off for all to see the nasty tarnished surface beneath. That’s when people start to take shit into their own hands… *cough* Chris *cough* Dorner *cough*

      • Anarchy Pony

        I dunno, I find that people in general are all far too absorbed by reality TV and techo-novelties and too intellectually stunted by US education and the ever present propaganda to ever really wake up to any meaningful approximation of the real world. Some days, it’s way harder to get outta bed than it should be.

        • Apathesis

          This is the sad and frustrating truth. They just don’t care because they aren’t victims yet. And if they were to become victims, most of them would probably still be apologists for the state’s incompetence and abuse of its people.

          People I know don’t really care to discuss this sort of stuff at length. It’s sports, sports, sports or The Walking Dead. How appropriate. A bunch of zombies watching a show about zombies.

          • Anarchy Pony

            I can talk about this sort of thing and The Walking Dead, at length. But then again, you say the same thing on the internet a few dozen times, and it gets harder keeping it up. Damn frustrated complacency!

          • Apathesis

            Nothing wrong with that. I myself could spend a great amount of time talking about the landscape a certain song paints in my head (bit of a music nerd) if you give me a few beers.

            I never feel complacent, I just feel I should shut the hell up before I get too annoying.

  • InfvoCuernos

    I’ve heard the whole “no duty to protect” defense a few times before. This is just more proof of the abuses of the police across the nation.

  • Apathesis

    This video was posted a few days ago on a gun forum I belong to. Everyone was disgusted with the NYPD’s actions… or lack there of. It quickly brought up this horrifying case:

    Needless to say, there is not a whole lot of cop love on that forum, especially when you take into account recent events involving the LAPD.

  • BuzzCoastin

    I always thought Protect & Serve was NewSpeak
    people thought the pigs were there to protect them?

  • Ted Heistman

    Well, To be fair, I mean, every time somebody gets assaulted or killed, I can see why you can’t just hold the police negligent for having failed to protect them.

    Obviously its very blatant in this instance. Maybe they weren’t paying attention until the guy had already been stabbed, maybe they were watching the whole time. Hard to say from what has been presented here. But that is what I think that legal precedent Apathesis posted may be about. The fact that you can’t just sue the police for not preventing a crime.

    • Apathesis

      The cops certainly should have been sued in the DC case. They couldn’t even be bothered to enter the residence to investigate the robbery call. That’s laziness. And when people get hurt as a result of your laziness, it is negligence. Granted, it’s not 100% their fault, but they certainly share some of the blame.

  • razzlebathbone

    Beware the protection of wolves.

  • alizardx

    The legal argument that police are not legally required to protect individual citizens was settled quite some time ago, in favor of the police.

    But to “protect and serve” is accurate enough, it’s just that the people being protected and served are not us, unless your income level puts you in the top 0.01% … the people politicians return phone calls to personally.

  • Freddie Venezia