My groups on Google Plus tend to have the most interesting conversations. The latest discussion revolved around a news article where Josephine County, OR Sheriff’s office only works Monday-Friday 8-5. The police dispatcher listened as the woman was assaulted and raped by her old boyfriend and commented “they wished they could help”. (Click here to read the news article) I think that is incredible. A lawyer connection (Michael Ehline, Ehline Law Firm PC, Redondo Beach, CA-thank you) told me–NO duty.
Here is our esteemed Supreme Court decision. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/28/politics/28scotus.html?_r=0
Justices Rule Police Do Not Have a Constitutional Duty to Protect SomeoneBy LINDA GREENHOUSE, Published: June 28, 2005
WASHINGTON, June 27 – The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the police did not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm, even a woman who had obtained a court-issued protective order against a violent husband making an arrest mandatory for a violation.