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FarmerManE October 24th, 2014 7:56pm

Hypothetical: a woman calls 911 to report a domestic fight between her and her husband. She is told it will be an hour before an officer can be there. The officer arrives 1 hour later to find she has been beaten and raped. Is the police dept liable?

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jvc1133 61535
10/25/14 9:59 am

Even if it would get to court you'd never win.

typetype level 2 pretty
10/25/14 9:36 am

Yes sherekhan. Foothill pd responds to my area.

BarryB Was it something I said
10/25/14 9:21 am

I read "To protect and to serve" in a way that makes this situation sound negligent and unacceptable on the part of the police if someone is reporting imminent harm and they can't provide a response for over an hour.

MrMilkdud
10/25/14 7:46 am

The police can't be sued for this kind of negligence. The Supreme Court decreed in 2005 that they do not have a constitutional obligation to protect individuals.
www.nytimes.com/2005/06/28/politics/28scotus.html?_r=0

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MrMilkdud
10/25/14 7:46 am

And, as it pertains to this particular poll, the Supreme Court case specifically dealt with a domestic violence lawsuit where the police failed to respond in time.

TierasPet
10/24/14 1:09 pm

I don't think that would ever happen. The police respond to domestic violence calls very quickly because it can be a life-threatening situation. If it did, the abuser is liable but the police department is extremely negligent.

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typetype level 2 pretty
10/25/14 7:29 am

Not LAPD. My experience is it's 1/2 hr or more. Only time they arrived under 20 was when this guy wldnt leave my property &tried 2 open my bathroom window.The possibly life threatening DV incidents that happened here I cldnt call &no one else cared.

TierasPet
10/25/14 8:05 am

I'm sorry you went through that. I guess it varies by area. They responded to mine within minutes in Washington. Luckily I don't have to call anymore. I hope you don't either. You're right, no one else ever gets involved.

typetype level 2 pretty
10/25/14 9:35 am

Yeah, it was a bad choice to let that guy in my house. It was a real wake up call letting me know how things work in the big city. The whole thing just seems so surreal. Thank you!!

typetype level 2 pretty
10/25/14 9:36 am

Yes sherekhan. Foothill pd responds to my area.

ShereKhan A very dark place.
10/25/14 9:54 am

The valley has become just as dense as the rest of the LA basin. Domestic disputes are low on the totem pole