The Case Of Delong V. Erie County

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It is the government’s ordained and foremost right to provide its citizens with reliable protection and security, especially in the face of an emergency. However, the government’s failure to provide equitable care, causing damage, injury, or death, results in legal negligence, or a person not acting to their given standard resulting in damage. In the case of Riss v. The City of New York, Linda Riss experienced negligent conduct from the New York City police department when, after she was repeatedly threatened by a rejected suitor, they did nothing to protect her until after she was mutilated with acid. With protection and ongoing investigation, Riss would have been kept safe under the responsibility that the police failed to adhere to.…show more content…
After the attack, “the authorities concluded that there was some basis for Linda’s fears” (Riss qtd. in Jung 140), but it was too late. If the proper protection was given to Riss, who’s life was being threatened, she would not have faced the gruesome consequences of her attacker. The result of the crime, as a result of negligence, became the basis for its prevention. Only time could establish Riss ' credibility as a victim, but in said time, the crime had unfolded. A detective stated to Riss that “…she would have to be hurt before the police could do anything for her” (Riss qtd. in Jung 142). This completely contradicts the basic principle of crime prevention, which is a primary fundamental right of the government. If the police had taken Riss’ threats as evidence rather than her attack itself, she would not have been victim to a malicious attack. With despicable similarity, the case of Amalia DeLong also proved to be that of negligent conduct. When she called the police regarding a burglar at her home, the complaint writer failed to correctly report her address, and made an incorrect assumption about its location, leading the police in to a nonexistent home. When there was no one at the false address, the dispatcher “…took no further action on the call” (DeLong qtd. in Jung 140), resulting in the burglar’s murder of DeLong. The complaint writer’s irresponsibility and failure to carry out the protection of a distressed victim was obvious crime scene

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