Negligent Police Protection

Workplace violence. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that a police department cannot be held liable for failing to protect two employees from a coworker's shooting spree. In the case, two manufacturing plant employees were injured in the rampage and claimed that local police violated their constitutional right to liberty by not acting to prevent the shooting-the plant manager reported the threat of violence before the incident began. The court ruled that the failure to prevent the shooting did not violate plaintiffs' constitutional rights. (Hernandez v. City of Goshen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, No. 02-3268, 2003)