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NYPD: No Duty To Protect & Serve- New York's Official Policy (Videos)

Posted on the 10 August 2013 by Susanduclos @SusanDuclos
By Susan Duclos
Two years ago Joe Lozito was attacked by a serial killer in the NYC subway and suffered multiple stabbing wounds before taking the man down. According to Lozito, two NYPD police officers were standing within viewing distance and didn't raise a hand to help him until after the the killer was disarmed. Then they arrested him and claimed credit for the apprehension.
Lozito filed charges against the city for the officers not taking any action and again according to Lozito, the city claimed the NYPD has no legal duty to protect any members of the public.
NYPD: No Duty To Protect & Serve- New York's Official Policy  (Videos)
The first video below is from February, when WeAreChange first interviewed Lozito and the second video is an update with reaction to the court's ruling in August 2013.
In the ruling, the judge called Lozito highly credible, brave and courageous, but dismissed the case saying  the law did not allow him to sue the city for negligence because he would have had to have contact with the officers in the motorman's booth and be able to prove they knew he was in danger. The two NYPD cops were only a few feet away.
The serial killer Lozito took down was Maksim Gelman, who went on a 28-hour murderous crime spree in 2011, killing of four people and the wounding of five others.


NYPD: No Duty To Protect & Serve- New York's Official Policy  (Videos)


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