New York City is a place where there is a huge police force and many other public security forces. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a man actively and boastfully attempting to expand gun prohibition across the nation, has plenty of protection for himself. The people, however, are not permitted to own firearms.
A couple of years ago the multiple killer, “subway stabber” Maksin Gelman went on a killing spree leaving four dead and many more injured. He had, of course, every confidence that he would be striking unarmed victims–a personal subsidy to his lifestyle choice from the New York City government. He would have gone further if he hadn’t targeted Joseph Lozito, a mixed martial arts practitioner. Lozito stopped and pinned Gelman, but only after being severely stabbed. Another “civilian” (the wrong word to use since police are not soldiers), Alfred Douglas, probably saved Lozito’s life by staunching wounds and getting him to calm down before he bled to death.
But Lozito contends that two transit officers did not help until well after the damage was done and he, bleeding from stab wounds, had subdued the killer. According to him, “two transit officers had locked themselves in a motorman’s car only a few feet from him at the time of the attack.” The court has overruled Lozito’s negligence lawsuit against the city.
Why? Did the courts find that Lozito’s allegations were false, or at least not proven by the evidence? No, their ruling did not concern any of that. The NYPD did not defend their transit officers by arguing that they risked life and limb as law enforcement agents to rescue people who were under attack. They defended them on other grounds:
“Lozito sued for negligence, but city lawyers say his demand for unspecified money damages should be tossed because the police had no “special duty” to protect him or any individual on the train that day—there’s a long-standing legal precedent requiring cops to put the public safety of all ahead of any one individual’s rights.”
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