Duty to assist

 

Re the Feb. 26 article, Police union leaders clash over cop: It appears that the victims struck by a motorist in October would have had a better chance of receiving aid if Officer Ana Carrasco had not responded to the scene.

I do not believe any individual has a duty to render assistance, even in emergency situations, unless that individual is responsible for the occurrence by creating the danger or a “special relationship” by word or deed. Although law enforcement officers take an oath to serve and protect, they do not relinquish the fundamental protection of principles that relate to the general public; the oath relates to serving and protecting the public as a whole and not an individual. However, once an officer renders aid, a “special relationship” may be created defining the assistance as a duty. Regardless of whether or not a duty exists, the oath creates a moral obligation for officers to come to the aid of those in need. It is this perceived lack of moral obligation on the part of Officer Carrasco, if in fact she chose not to render aid, that is repulsive. Her fate rests on departmental policy and whether she was in compliance.

Joyce Voschin, Davie

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