Back in 2011, Joe Lozito didn’t expect to be #3 on YouTube trending videos page, but that’s where his story about stopping a killing spree has risen. This video from Cracked entertains as it informs viewers that police officers have no duty to protect you.
How far does this lack of duty go? In Lozito’s case, two armed officers watched as an assailant armed with a knife attacked Lozito in a subway car, only handcuffing the psycho once Lozito already disarmed him. Then, they rendered no aid whatsoever to stop the bleeding from any of Lozito’s multiple stab wounds. Instead, another passenger did his best and likely saved Lozito’s life.
It gets worse. The officers actually recognized the assailant before he pulled a knife out to stab Lozito, yet they did not intervene because they feared for their own safety (their own explanation in court). Then, they took credit for stopping the killing spree and left any mention of Lozito out of it.
Lozito sued the NYPD and lost. The judge stated that police had no special duty to protect Lozito from attack or to render aid afterwards.
This video trending on YouTube has resulted in a backlash from people across the political spectrum, many of whom had never heard of Castle Rock v. Gonzales. If you haven’t heard of it either, you can read more about the important Supreme Court case here: Castle Rock v. Gonzales
You can read more about the Maksim Gelman stabbing spree and Lozito’s involvement here: Maksim Gelman Stabbing Spree