Police these days have no problem breaking down doors, shooting dogs, killing difficult patients who don’t want to go to the hospital, and generally behaving like criminal gangs, but if this story is any indication of what happens when the chips are down, in life-threatening emergencies they couldn’t care less:

A man who was brutally stabbed by Brooklyn subway slasher Maksim Gelman two years ago had his negligence case against the city dismissed in courtyesterday, despite the fact that two transit officers had locked themselves in a motorman’s car only a few feet from him at the time of the attack.

Gelman stabbed Joseph Lozito in the face, neck, hands and head on an uptown 3 train in February 2011, after fatally stabbing four people and injuring three others in a 28-hour period. Lozito, a father of two and an avid martial arts fan, was able to tackle Gelman and hold him down, and Gelman was eventually arrested by the transit officers. Lozito sued the city, arguing that the police officers had locked themselves in the conductor’s car and failed to come to his aid in time.

More here and here. Bottom line is that the police have no duty to do anything at all.

A Manhattan Supreme Court Justice ruled Thursday that the City of New York has no legal duty to protect citizens, even if armed police officers are nearby, see a violent crime in progress, and choose to hide in order to save their own skins instead of responding, The Gothamist reported late last week.

Exactly what are those cops there for? To grab fare cheats? Take guns away from law abiding people? Or are they just supposed to sit in their bulletproof booths and act important?


It seems as if things just keep getting worse and worse. If the police cannot and will not defend people, then why not let people defend themselves?

It goes without saying that if Lozito had defended himself with a gun against this bloodthirsty murderer, he’d be looking at a prison term.

And meanwhile, there is a war on self defense.