Do You Think the System Will Protect You? Think Again

Follow procedure? Why should they do that? It is just a woman worried about a prowler. Probably no big deal. She called 911. Then she was killed. $1M awarded to family in suit against Jackson.

The lawsuit said that after Harrion called 911 to report a prowler, the dispatcher failed to keep her on the phone, failed to ask the location of the prowler and whether she could see the prowler. The suit also said officers dispatched to Harrion’s residence failed to make contact with her and failed to search the perimeter of the home prior to leaving the residence.

Alonzo Stewart, 33, is charged with capital murder in Harrion’s death. He confessed to the crime, according to authorities, and told police he was in Harrion’s home when the officers came and left.

No one came to the door when they knocked? That is the universal signal (after a 911 call) that everything is Okay, isn’t it? Not quite.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, but if that is ALL you are prepared to do, you might want to reconsider your options.

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5 thoughts on “Do You Think the System Will Protect You? Think Again

  1. The police are good at chalking an outline around your body…If and when they find it..

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    • That is unfortunately true. But it is mostly because if you are suddenly faced with a violent encounter, you usually don’t have time to dial 911, wait on hold and then answer 20 questions before something bad happens.

      And most people are walking around with their hearing being destroyed by their favorite music, and their eyes glued to their phones. Situational awareness? Advanced warning? Not likely.

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  2. Unfortunately, the award will get thrown out of court on appeal.
    Because – again unfortunately – there’s these federal Appeals Court and SCOTUS cases that ruled the police have no particular duty to protect a specific person, only the public at large.

    The answer, or course, is to arm yourself because no one else here will save you.

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