It is sad to read of a recent court decision in NYC where a man was brutally stabbed by an assailant who had already killed four and injured three during the previous 28 hours. The victim, turned hero, was attacked in a subway car while two transit police officers barricaded themselves in the conductors car and stayed there until the victim was able to subdue his attacker, get the knife away and hold him down. Only then did the hero receive aid from the police. When he sued, the case was dismissed because “the NYPD had no “special duty” to intervene at the time”.
While I have a great deal of respect for Police officers, and recognize that they are human, too. The actions of these officers gives me pause. I wasn’t there, I can’t crawl into their heads to understand what they were thinking, but I can pray that if I ever find myself in a fight for my life, with police officers looking on, they will come to my aid and not wait for me to subdue the attacker before coming forward.
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