Posted on January 6, by Scott Alexander [Epistemic status: Content warning for discussion of suicide, murder, and race] I.
The impossibility of the police preventing endemic crime, or protecting every victim, has become tragically evident over the past quarter century. The issues are illustrated by the ongoing phenomenon of pathological violence against women by p. Daonna Barnes was forced into hiding with her children because, since making threats is not a crime, police could not arrest her former boyfriend for his threats to kill her.
On August 11,he discovered the location of her new apartment, broke in, and shot and stabbed her and her new boyfriend. Released on bail while awaiting trial on charges of attempted murder, the former boyfriend continues to harass Ms.
It's as if [I'll have to wait until he kills me] for anyone to take this seriously Finally convicted of kidnapping and battery against Lisa Bianco, her husband was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment. On March 4,he took advantage of release on an 8-hour pass to break into her house and beat her to death.
On August 27,Maria Navarro called the sheriff's office to report that her former husband was again threatening to kill her, despite a restraining order she had obtained against him.
The dispatcher instructed her, "If he comes over, don't let him in. Navarro's call was part of a perennial overload of 2, or more calls that the sheriff's office receives daily, a spokesman frankly admitted, "Faced with the same situation again, in all probability, the response would be the same.
On February 16,a mere 9 days after she filed for divorce, Lois Lende's husband broke into her home, beat and stabbed her to death, and then shot himself to death. Late last year Anthony "Porky" Young was sentenced to a year in prison for stripping his girlfriend naked and beating her senseless in front of her 4-year-old son.
Despite scores of death threats he has written to her while in prison, the prison authorities will have to release him when his year is up. Literally dozens of such newspaper stories appear each week around the United States. Even extreme anti-gun advocates must wonder if a society that cannot protect its innocent victims should not leave them free to choose to own a handgun for p.
This advice is mendacious: Rather their function is to deter crime in general by patrol activities and by apprehension after the crime has occurred.
If circumstances permit, the police should and will protect a citizen in distress. But they are not legally duty bound even to do that nor to provide any direct protection--no matter how urgent a distress call they may receive.
A fortiori the police have no duty to, and do not, protect citizens who are under death threat e. District of Columbia in which three rape victims sued the city under the following facts.
Two of the victims were upstairs when they heard the other being attacked by men who had broken in downstairs. Half an hour having passed and their roommate's screams having ceased, they assumed the police must have arrived in response to their repeated phone calls.
In fact, their calls had somehow been lost in the shuffle while the roommate was being beaten into silent acquiescence. When the roommates went downstairs to see to her, as the court's opinion graphically describes it, "For the next fourteen hours the women were held captive, raped, robbed, beaten, forced to commit sexual acts upon each other, and made to submit to the sexual demands" of their attackers.
Having set out these facts, the District of Columbia's highest court exonerated the District and its police, because it is "fundamental [in] American law" that the police do not exist to provide personal protection to individual citizens.
Historically, there were no police, even in large American or English cities, before the midth century. Citizens were not only expected to protect themselves and each otherbut also legally required in response to the hue and cry to chase down and apprehend criminals.
The very idea of a police was anathema, American and English liberalism viewing any such force as a form of the dreaded "standing army.
Eventually, police forces were established to augment citizen self-protection by systematic patrol to deter crime and to detect and apprehend criminals if a crime should occur. Historically, there was no thought of the police displacing the citizen's right of self-protection.§ § § § §§ § § § a § § § § §§ § § § § § § § a.
“Defensive use of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence, although the exact number remains disputed.” “Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about , to more than 3 million.”.
Gun Control and Violent Crime 4 22% of households in Canada. These gun prevalence percentages are significant due to the fact that the United States’ homicide rate is three times higher than Canada’s (Hoskin, , p.
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