You’re On Your Own

The Supremes say we have no constitutional right to expect police protection:

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.

City governments had feared that if the court ruled the other way, it would unleash a potentially devastating flood of cases that could bankrupt municipal governments.

Golly, we can’t have that, can we? Ask Mrs. Gonzales how many dollars her three dead daughters are worth.

Gonzales contended that police did not do enough to stop her estranged husband, who took the three daughters from the front yard of her home in June 1999 in violation of a restraining order.

Hours later Simon Gonzales died in a gun fight with officers outside a police station. The bodies of the three girls, ages 10, 9 and 7, were in his truck.

At least Mr. Gonzales thoughtfully saved police the time and trouble of having to search for him. I hope the Castle Rock City Council issued a posthumous letter of thanks for the money he saved the city.

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