Warren v. District of Columbia (444 A.2d. 1, D.C. Ct. of Ap. 1981) is a case in which three rape victims sued the District of Columbia because of negligence on the part of the police. Two of three female roommates were upstairs when they heard men break in and attack the third. After repeated calls to the police over half an hour, the roommate's screams stopped, and they assumed the police had arrived. They went downstairs and were held captive, raped, robbed, beaten, and forced to commit sexual acts upon one another and to submit to the attackers' sexual demands for 14 hours. The police had lost track of the repeated calls for assistance. DC's highest court ruled that the police do not have a legal responsibility to provide personal protection to individuals, and absolved the police and the city of any liability.
No doubt the gun-grabbers will use today's twin shootings in Alabama and Germany to scream that guns must be banned and that personal defense is unnecessary because we have the police to protect us.
But, I maintain that the fact that these shootings were successfully carried out proves that the police RARELY IF EVER SHOW UP IN TIME TO PREVENT A CRIME. If they show up at all, they show up after it is all over.