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Subway Stabbing Victim Can't Sue NYPD For Failing To Save Him
That is the headline at the Gothmist blog, which talks to the issue of Mr Joseph Lozito being brutally attacked by Slasher Maksim Gelman on a subway in New York City, while two Transit Cops locked themselves in the motorman's car a few feet away.
A man who was brutally stabbed by Brooklyn subway slasher Maksim Gelman two years ago had his negligence case against the city dismissed in court yesterday, despite the fact that two transit officers had locked themselves in a motorman’s car only a few feet from him at the time of the attack.NB: Gruesome picture and further links at the link above.
Gelman stabbed Joseph Lozito in the face, neck, hands and head on an uptown 3 train in February 2011, after fatally stabbing four people and injuring three others in a 28-hour period. Lozito, a father of two and an avid martial arts fan, was able to tackle Gelman and hold him down, and Gelman was eventually arrested by the transit officers. Lozito sued the city, arguing that the police officers had locked themselves in the conductor’s car and failed to come to his aid in time.
The city, meanwhile, claimed that the NYPD had no “special duty” to intervene at the time, and that they were in the motorman’s car because they believed Gelman had a gun.
There you have it. The police have no duty (none, nota) to protect you from this or that random slasher or other person committing criminal acts upon your person (mugging, rape, mayhem). In places like New York City, with its dreaded Sullivan Act,♠ you either take up martial arts training or accept that you are subject to the great statistical roulette wheel and accept your fate if assaulted. To repeat, the police have no duty to protect you (and if you live in Detroit, it could be an hour before they respond). On the other hand, you could point out to your legislators that while God created man, Sam Colt made them equal.
Oh, and the bonus here is that the two Transit Police, who wouldn't help Mr Lozito while he was being slashed, were actually there because they thought Mr Lozito had a gun. As an aside, you will know that the authorities believe you are safe without a gun when they put police out on the street without guns. Until then it is all about "control"—controlling you.
Hat tip to the Instapundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ I'm with those who think the Sullivan Act was all about discrimination against immigrants. We should always look for the racism behind unconstitutional laws that have been on the books for long periods of time.