A man who was brutally stabbed by Brooklyn subway slasher Maksim Gelman two years ago had his negligence case against the city dismissed in court yesterday, despite the fact that two transit officers had locked themselves in a motorman's car only a few feet from him at the time of the attack.(Emphasis RSR)
And why did two of New York's finest suddenly imitate Brave Sir Robin?
The city, meanwhile, claimed that the NYPD had no "special duty" to intervene at the time, and that they were in the motorman's car because they believed Gelman (the assailant)had a gun.Guess they missed What-A-Gun-Looks-Like-Day in Cop School. Next time some government-loving type starts prattling on about how we don't need a weapon because we have police, remind them that when seconds count, the police are only minutes away. Or, in this case, a motorman's car an a set of balls away.
UPDATE: On second thought, perhaps these two Sir Robins weren't real police, who are armed and trained, but ersatz cops. They do happen. One Louisiana state agency I know even gives shields and spiffy blue windbreakers, with the agency's name in big yellow letters on the back, to their plan reviewers - folks who sit behind desks with a red pen. Anyone can wear 5.11 pants, but not everyone is capable of rising to the duties that the 5.11 pants were designed for.