The police have no legal responsibility to "protect", and they rarely do.<quoted text> Nice post. It is good to keep in mind that the Trayvon Martin case is about the social obscenity of 'Stand Your Ground' laws too. It not only is a tool of the gun lobby to 'sell more guns', but is also an excuse for less police interaction with the communities that they are supposed to be dedicated to protect and to serve.
Each individual is responsible to protect themselves.
You can judge whether the police "serve" for yourself.