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What are the police for? Producer B.A. Parker started wondering this back in June, as Black Lives Matter protests and calls to “defund the police” ramped up. The question led her to a wild story of a stabbing on a New York City subway train, and the realization that, according to the law, the police don’t always have to protect us. Producer Sarah Qari joins Parker to dig into the legal background, which takes her all the way up to the Supreme Court... and then all the way back down to on-duty officers themselves.


This episode contains strong language and graphic violence.


Reported and produced by B.A. Parker and Sarah Qari, and produced by Matt Kielty and Pat Walters.


Special thanks to April Hayes and Katia Maguire for their documentary Home Truth about Jessica Gonzales, Cracked.com for sending us down this rabbit hole, Caroline Bettinger-López, Geoff Grimwood, Christy Lopez, Anthony Herron, Mike Wells, and Keith Taylor.


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Comments (10)

Elias Kather

listening to this make me so thankful that I don't live in a country where this is a thing

Oct 27th
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Mark

This episode was hard to swallow Every day police put there lives on the line. They can't save everyone and they shouldn't be sued for trying there best. Yes they have a duty to protect and they do 99% of the time.

Oct 5th
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Ariel Reynante

O.O I am absolutely mind blown and will be sharing this with almost all of my close acquaintances

Oct 4th
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Andy Edwards

the way Alfred Douglas responded hearing that the cops have no legal obligation to protect citizens - that it was news to him, he'd have to process it, that they should loosen gun control in NY, that he'll have to tell his kids - just goes to show how fucked up and morally bankrupt the institution of policing is here

Oct 3rd
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Mae Lee Arant

how is this possible? heartbreaking and cruel reality for Ms. Gonzales and her three daughters.

Oct 3rd
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