I believe this ruling was handed down against several rape victims when a couple upstanding citizens decided to hold them for a few hours ....Worth reading into the case, warren VS DC
There have been a few cases - the one mentioned, and another where an officer stood by and did nothing while a woman was beaten, kicked and stabbed by an ex. is another that comes to mind where a court decision said the Police have no obligation to 'protect'. (even though I believe MOST would take some action)
Interesting. I'm reading up on this.
So far I found Warren vs. DC where an occupied burglary by two bad guys turned into them making 3 women do sexual acts on them and each other for 14 hours. Several police offciers responded, even knocked on the door, but left. A second call was never dispatched.
Another scenario in Colorado was a woman had a retraining order against her husband. He took the kids and she called the police. He later called saying that he was in Denver (~30 miles away) at an amusement park with the kids. He then drove to her local police station and had a shoot out with the police - and died. His three daughters were found murdered in his car. Enforcement of a retraining order in Colorado was not mandatory at the time, nor could the police be expected to "protect" this women/kids 24/7.
The way I see it, take a town like Hempstead, NY; there are probably 10 -12 cops working a tour and literally 1000's of retraining orders. The Hempstead Police do not have a CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY to protect each of those 1000's of protected persons AS INDIVIDUALS all day, every day.
I find this very interesting and will be reading much more. Thanks for the heads-up.