"Dennis, you're wrong. Uniformed officers have a duty to intervene whenever a crime is being committed. But, that responsibility or that requirement is murkier for undercover officers."
No, they don't. I did look it up; so did other people in the discussion. The police are under no *legal* obligation to protect any specific individual person. The department or municipality may throw an officer who fails to respond under a bus if they feel the bad publicity isn't worth it but when push comes to shove there is no legal recourse.
Sadly, it has to be this way, or the police would never be able to function. They'd be barraged by nuisance lawsuits.
"Please. "Not on duty"? Bullshit. POlice officers are always on duty, even when they're not "on the clock". if a police officer or someone in law enforcement sees a crime being committed, they have a duty to interfere with whoever is committing that crime."
No, they don't. The police are not responsible for the safety of any particular citizen, even when protection has been explicitly offered. I.e. those restraining orders women get against stalkers are worthless; the police don't have to enforce them and probably won't.
I have nothing good to say about Bloomberg's war on salt and soda, but smoking is different. If all smoking did was kill the smoker I'd say "knock yourself out, preferably before you breed". That's not the case though. Second-hand smoke impacts the health of everyone nearby. I myself have asthma from second-hand smoke, according to the doctors that treated me. People have the right to make their own choices but not to choose for others. The tobacco industry needs to die.
As for arguments like "Funny how all of these articles that mention "Nanny State" never mention the huge hidden taxes all of us pay for health care costs of tobacco and sugar water users": if you don't want to pay for the health care costs of other peoples' choices then stop trying to socialize health care. C. S. Lewis went on at some length but I'll keep it to the opening line for the sake of brevity: "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." The truth is that socialists don't care about "helping the people", they're just another brand of control freak.
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