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October 23, 2007

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Mike

There's a Rhode Island/CTA case where police promised a 15-year old murder witness protection if she would testify. She did. The police didn't protect her. They were probably really busy going after dangerous pot smokers or raw milk drinkers.

As you noted, the First Circuit held that the lying cops can't be sued:
http://appellate.typepad.com/appellate/2005/03/ca1_all_the_kin.html

Even if the police affirmatively promise you protection, they don't owe you any duties. Because police can lie. The word of a police officer creates no bond.

I would NEVER come forward with evidence against dangerous people. You simply cannot trust the police to protect you. In the case noted, above, the witness was a 15-year-old girl. If the police won't protect her, they sure as hell wouldn't protect me. (!)

The government's message (in deed if not word) is clear: Unless you want to die, stop snitching.

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