Pious platitudes, soundbites, and warm fuzzy sayings have become political mainstays. What do they mean, and do they have any validity? Take the oft promoted saying on the sides of police cars; “To Serve And Protect”
As far as “serve”, what we’ve seen in recent years is police at charitable functions helping to hand out favors and food and/or taking toddlers with cancer on special rides in a police car. What does “protect” mean? The initial conclusion that any rational person would come to is that they can feel safe that there is a policeman just around the corner to come to their rescue in the nick of time.
The State Supreme Court of New York had a case brought before it. The case involved a woman who called 911 when a burglar was breaking into her home. The response time from the police was insufficient to “protect” her from harm and loss. She sued the City of New York Police Department for failure to “protect” her. The case was appealed all the way up to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ruled, unanimously and unequivocally that the police “had no duty or responsibility to ‘protect’ anyone under any circumstances!” Huh? Whoa, that puts a little different spin on things!
If, the police have no duty or responsibility to protect people, then who does have that responsibility? The implication is obvious; you have a duty and responsibility to “protect” yourself!. Now, in the case of a Marxist State like New York, individuals may have the responsibility to protect themselves, but they don’t necessarily have the ability, because they are not, with extremely rare exception and with great difficulty, allowed to own a gun. Meanwhile, the criminals are loaded for bear and have all the guns they need. Protection is illusory at best.
So, the State Supreme Court of New York has basically nullified the concept of “To Serve and Protect”. Is there even any merit to the claim that graces the sides of police cars across America? Not really! If that’s the case, then what is the “REAL” duty of the police? This, you will never hear from the politicians, bureaucrats and even the politicized police chiefs (with rare exception). The “REAL” purpose of the police is twofold; one, to apprehend the criminal (a dangerous act), and two, to keep the peace! In fact anyone over the age of 60 today will remember a time when they were called peace officers.
It’s possible that there’s a hidden meaning “To Serve and Protect” may actually apply to government, and not the citizens in general? So, what should be printed on the sides of police cars is; “To Apprehend the Criminal & Keep the Peace”. Will we ever see it? Not likely – that’s just a little too specific and purposeful.
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