To protect and serve who?

As a follow-up to Michael’s post below on the shooting in Binghamton, these lines from the AP story caught my eye:

One receptionist was killed, while the other, shot in the abdomen, pretended to be dead and then crawled under a desk and called 911, he said.

Police said they arrived within two minutes.

Police heard no gunfire after they arrived but waited for about an hour before entering the building to make sure it was safe for officers. They then spent two hours searching the building.

What’s the point of calling 911 in an emergency if the responding officers are going to wait around outside for an hour ensuring their own safety? Am I crazy for thinking their actions were pretty f’ing cowardly considering their obligation to protect and serve? It takes a special kind of person to go charging into a deadly situation fully expecting a hail of gunfire. We call those people heroes. Heroes are clearly in short supply on the Binghamton PD.

Thank God the shooter decided to swallow a bullet instead of heading down to the basement. It doesn’t sound like the Binghamton PD would have been in any real rush to try and stop him if he had.

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