During it's last day before going on thier summer vacations, the Supreme Court has rulled that the police cannot be sued for not doing enough to
enforce restarining orders. This ruling caused a lot of fear and trepidation on local city goverments as they believed that if the ruling had gone the
other way, it would have open the floodgates.
The case which spawned this rulling is, Castle Rock, Colorado, v. Gonzales, 04-278 in which Gonzales alledges that the police did not do enough to
protect her children from her husband. As a result, her three children were abducted from her front lawn and were killed by their father.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police cannot be sued for how they enforce restraining orders, ending a lawsuit by a Colorado
woman who claimed police did not do enough to prevent her estranged husband from killing her three young daughters.
Jessica Gonzales did not have a constitutional right to police enforcement of the court order against her husband, the court said in a 7-2 opinion.
In a dissent, Justice John Paul Stevens, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, said that the woman's "description of the police behavior in this
case and the department's callous policy of failing to respond properly to reports of restraining order violations clearly alleges a due process
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This gives new meaning of "To Protect and TO Serve". About two years ago in Dallas TX, a woman repeatedly requested an escort from the Dallas
police department so that she could get her belongings from an apartment that she had shared. The police refused and the woman was killed by her
Another incident also in Dallas, the DPD failed to again enforce a restraining order and a husband / father murdered his 2 daughters, while on the
phone to his wife.
If the court system can hold a civilian libel for failing to follow a court order, why is there an exemption in place for those who are supposed to
uphold the laws and the court rulings?
Another win for the goverment. You know the one, The goverment against the people.
[edit on 27-6-2005 by kenshiro2012]
[edit on 27-9-2005 by DJDOHBOY]