You call that research?

The kids at Parkland were failed by the inaction of a single sheriff’s deputy and the incompetence of that agency. It should be noted that the people of Parkland strongly supported the sheriff even after his bumbling came to light.

The kids at Santa Fe High School were not failed by officers of the Santa Fe Independent School District Police and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Officers arrived on scene within four minutes of the first call and immediately engaged the shooter. One officer was critically injured by a shotgun blast fired by the shooter and spent months in recovery and rehabilitation. Other officers returned fire and were able to take the shooter into custody.

Castle Rock v. Gonzalez: The court ruled that Ms. Gonzalez did not have a property right to special police protection because she had a restraining order against her ex-husband. Read the court’s actual opinion, not the media reports.

Heien v. North Carolina: Heien was appealing a conviction for possession of cocaine. The court held that the broken tailight that caused the state trooper to stop the vehicle in which Heien was a pasenger, although not a ticketable offense, provided sufficient reasonable cause for a traffic stop. Heien’s coke was discovered in a consensual search conducted during the stop. It should also be noted that the trooper was already following the vehicle because the trooper observed the driver behaving in a suspicious manner. Justice Sotomayor was the sole justice to dissent from the majority opinion.

FYI: A damaged or non-operating light is always a valid reason for a stop, whether it is a courtesy stop to advise a motorist that a light is not operating or an enforcement stop for a violation.

Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington: Irrelevant. This case is about jail procedures, not about patrol or beat officers. As long as the searches are not carried out in a discriminatory manner, jail policies are up to the agency that operates the facility. When a prisoner is delivered to a jail, they are treated like a person that has been arrested for an offense and are subject to searches to preserve security in the jail.

You cited media reports instead of actual cases and court opinions and brought nothing at all to counter my contention that the duties of law enforcement officers are set by the states, not the federal government or the Constitution. In the Castle Rock case, there was no Colorado law specifying a specific duty to enforce restraining orders at the time. In addition, the Supreme Court noted that enforcement of restraining orders is a process, not something that could be defined as a property.

As for your contention that police cause more deaths, it’s estimated that 251,000 people die each year because of medical error or malpractice. The FBI says that about 450 children are murdered by their own parents each year, a figure that does not include the deaths of children due to parental neglect.

I see no reason to revise my previous comments or to engage in further discussion.

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