How can the police not be responsible to protect us when we sign their paychecks involuntarily with taxes?

How can the police not be responsible to protect us when we sign their paychecks involuntarily with taxes?

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  1. The police are responsible to protect the public in the US. That responsibility can exist through legislation, through statewide or municipal regulations, and through the specific policies of individual police departments.

    What the courts have ruled, and what has been widely misunderstood or misexplained on Reddit, is that the US Constitution imposes no duty on the police to protect any particular person at any particular time.

    And this is correct, whether we like it or not. Just like there’s nothing in the Constitution that says “a post office must exist” and there’s nothing in the Constitution that says “firefighters must put out fires at your house” there is nothing in the Constitution that says “police must protect you in a given situation.”

    That doesn’t mean that they aren’t supposed to, or that they won’t get fired if they don’t. It just means that those duties do not stem from the federal constitution.

  2. Because the American 2 party system has caused people to ignore a toxic police culture. Basically unless you want to be “leftist” you are not allowed to say police EVER make mistakes. You treat them like gods and stroke their ego telling them they have such a scary job. Decades of that culture are why kids die because the officer cares about their own skin more.

    Even with what has happend you will see lots of Americans doing this and excusing their behavior.

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