Supreme Court decision
We are aware that not everyone follows politics and world events as intently as we do, but some people do. And this seemed interesting enough that it might pique the interest of street coppers who might not otherwise see it.
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The Supreme Court decision in the case of Castle Rock, Colorado v Gonzalez says that police CANNOT be sued for how they enforce restraining orders. Mrs. Gonzalez alleged that police did not do enough to prevent her estranged husband from taking her children from in front of her home in 1999 in violation of a restraining order. Mr. Gonzalez was killed in a shootout with police hours later outside of a police station with the bodies of all three girls in his nearby truck. Police contended that they did everything possible going to Gonzalez's home, attempting to contact him by cell and home phone and issuing a local alert for the truck.
I think (note the word THINK) that this is the right decision. The police appeared to make a legal and sound effort to locate Gonzalez following the abduction. A piece of paper isn't going to stop a determined individual from wreaking havoc and municipalities can't be expected to assign a car to every order of protection that gets issued (especially in a major urban area.) I am open to argument on this one, but remember, it's a fact that you can't possibly put a cop on every single street corner in this city, county, state or country to protect everyone all the time.