On Sunday, the Justice Department announced that they will be investigating the police response to the horrifying shooting in Uvalde, Texas that left 19 4th grade children dead along with two teachers. As we reported last week, police were more concerned with preventing parents from saving their children than they were with stopping the mass murdering psychopath inside the school.
According to the most recent information, the shooter was able to fire off rounds outside the school building for 12 minutes, unobstructed and unchallenged by law enforcement before he entered the school and murdered children. He then entered the school where he was allowed to remain unhindered for 1 hour and 17 minutes before a tactical unit with Border Patrol showed up, disobeyed the order not to go in, and finally took him out.
Col. Steven McCraw of the Texas Department of Public Safety said Friday that as many as 19 local and federal officers were in the hallway during much of the shooting, but did not go into the classroom where the shooter was.
We have since learned that there were children on the other side of that door whose lives could have been saved if they would’ve received timely medical care. One parent was told directly that her child may have lived had police gone inside the room 30 to 40 minutes earlier.
“Her child had been shot by one bullet through the back through the kidney area,” State Sen. Ronald Gutierrez told CNN Sunday morning. “The first responder that they eventually talked to said that their child likely bled out. In that span of 30 or 40 minutes extra, that little girl might have lived.”
Unless the DoJ finds intentional malice on behalf of the officers, their cowardly response will not lead to charges or likely even discipline within their respective departments.
This is because the idea that police “protect you” is a misconception, as they will seldom prevent violence. As the tragedy in Uvalde highlights, they normally show up after the violence or crime has been committed and then try and find a culprit, or not.
We are taking their word for it, but the Uvalde shooter could’ve simply killed himself after killing all the children and we would never know. They could’ve waited until the threat was over before entering the class room.
There were multiple 911 calls before the shooter even made it to the school that day and several more before he entered the school as he shot at people out front. Had the school cop not simply driven by the school as Ramos fired off rounds outside, it’s possible that no one would have died. Tragically, that didn’t happen.
The reality is that police act as revenue collectors for the state and solely exist to enforce the law only.
In a perfect world, police would show up prior to a crime and stop it, or at least during a crime, but as Uvalde shows us, this is simply not a reality.
Not only is it a crap shoot to call 911, but it’s a terribly rigged craps game in which the house almost always wins – and you lose.
Researchers found that less than 5 percent of all calls throughout the country dispatched to police are made quickly enough for officers to stop a crime or arrest a suspect. The 911 bottom line: “cases in which 911 technology makes a substantial difference in the outcome of criminal events are extraordinarily rare.”
Even the cops know this.
As the Free Thought Project previously pointed out, Police chiefs across the country have urged citizens to arm themselves and admitted that police cannot stop mass shootings — only a well-armed society can.
This is due to the fact that police officers have absolutely no legal duty to protect you.
The leading case on the topic is Warren v. District of Columbia, 444 A.2d 1 (D.C. Ct. of Ap., 1981) when the Court stated that the “fundamental principle of American law is that a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any individual citizen.”
In that case, police were directly alerted by Carolyn Warren, Miriam Douglas, and Joan Taliaferro that they were being held hostage by Marvin Kent and James Morse. Warren called police twice. But police never intervened and Warren, Douglas, and Taliaferro were held captive, raped, robbed, beaten, forced to commit sexual acts upon each other, and made to submit to the sexual demands of Kent and Morse—for over 14 hours.
The appellants argued that because police were alerted—twice—that police had a specific duty to protect them from the harm to which they were alerted. However, the court ruled in favor of police following “the well-established rule that official police personnel and the government employing them are not generally liable to victims of criminal acts for failure to provide adequate police protection.”
On top of this case is another from the Supreme Court dating back to the 1930’s which established the guidelines for federal government protection of citizens. In short, there is none. In the case of Erie Railroad Co. Vs. Tompkins, 304 U.S. 64, 82 L.Ed. 1188, the Court stated “there is no federal general common law. Congress has no power to declare substantive rules of common law applicable in a state whether they be local in their nature or ‘general,’ be they commercial law or a part of the law of torts. And no clause in the Constitution purports to confer such a power upon the federal courts.”
In fact, the only case establishing that police have a duty to protect individuals states that those individuals must be under direct responsibility of police at that time.
In the case of DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services (109 S.Ct. 998, 1989; 489 U.S. 189 (1989)), the court in DeShaney held that no duty arose as a result of a “special relationship,” concluding that Constitutional duties of care and protection only exist as to certain individuals, such as incarcerated prisoners, involuntarily committed mental patients and others restrained against their will and therefore unable to protect themselves.
Prisoners not children are the only citizens entitled to legal police protection and Robb Elementary School is a tragic reminder of these facts.