Portland Police Officer Ignored Armed Robbery, Saying He Was “Off Duty”

July 30 2012
by GSL Staff
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A citizen who saw an armed robbery happening in a Portland pharmacy flagged down a police car and pleaded for help to stop the robbery. When the good sumaritan told the officer what was happening this is the response he got: “He told me he was off duty and I should call 911,” said Rob Anderson, 31. “He rolled up his window and drove away.”

The pharmacy owner and a technician chased down and tackled the would be robber after he fled from the store and held him until police arrived.

Portland Police say they will look into the incident.

This incident highlights why it is so important to take responsibility for your personal safety. Even though many will say the officer was in the wrong in this case, legally he did nothing wrong.

In 2005, the Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement officers have no duty to protect someone from harm. They even went as far as to say that officers are not obligated to protect someone who has a court ordered protective order against another person. The Supreme Court’s logic here is clear – you are responsible for your own safety and help may not be there when you need it.

This article should also not be viewed as an insult to police officers. Most officers will gladly help and protect someone in harm’s way if they are able to.

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