Think “The System” Will Protect You? Not in Cook County

Not anywhere, really, but Cook County seems to be doubling down on the “We won’t protect victims of domestic violence” stance. Domestic violence victims face risk of being attacked again following Cook County reforms, a Tribune investigation found. Not that the system did such a wonderful job before the “reform.”

So bail reform. It isn’t fair to keep people in jail before their trial. (Innocent until proved guilty.) Even if they are a known threat to someone.

One guy set his girlfriend’s garage on fire with a Molotov cocktail. The 2nd beat up his wife when a judge reduced his bond.

A third woman was attacked by her ex-boyfriend at least five times in 18 months, but he never spent more than 17 days at a time in jail until prosecutors finally charged him with a felony after he racked up five cases and probation violations.

Those are just three anecdotes. The numbers are a lot higher than that.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx (or as Second City Cop calls her, Crimeshea), says the Tribune should have used her department’s web site/information portal, even though it doesn’t allow for the level of reporting done in this story, and only considers felonies to begin with.

More info on that 3rd case:

Brandon Miles was arrested five times in 18 months on charges he stalked and beat his ex-girlfriend Tasha Blanchard. But prosecutors didn’t charge Miles with a felony until December

He plead to misdemeanors, and time served, so the attorneys could just make the case go away. If he had managed to kill that woman, they would have been at least partly to blame. (At least in my eyes, but probably not before the law.)

If you are expecting “The System” to protect you, wake up. If you need an order of protection, then you need a plan for your personal safety because the courts and the lawyers are not going to do much, and the cops are never going to get to you to prevent bad things from happening. That just isn’t how the world works. (Usually the victim, or someone else, calls 911 after the attack has begun. Or maybe after it has ended.)

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Domestic Violence Ignored By the Justice System in the UK

JusticeYou make something cheaper, and you will see more of it. Anger as man who abused girlfriend is spared prison by judge who told him there are ‘lots more fish in the sea’.

A man who has been convicted of coercive control has been spared prison after a judge told him to leave his ex-girlfriend alone because there are “lots more fish in the sea”.

Alexander Heavens, 24, subjected Stacey Booth, also 24, to a campaign of physical and emotional abuse during their relationship.

No jail time. No punishment. No justice.

[The abused girlfriend] said: “The fact he’s been given a second chance is like they’ve let him get away with it. They’ve not made an example of him.

If you don’t punish crimes, then they must not be serious.

A Domestic-violence Death All The Usual Suspects Will Ignore

Because while they don’t like domestic violence, they hate and despise self-defense. Woman Claims Self Defense In Shooting Death Of Dustin Abel.

Ex-husband acting in typical stalker-fashion was around in the morning. She called police in the morning, saying that she was afraid of him, but there was nothing the police could do. Then he returned later in the morning.

Police say Abel died from a single gunshot wound to the head as he rushed through the door of the home just before 10:30 a.m.

No charges have been filed, but the case is still being investigated.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Indiana, it is also your legal right.

Social Justice Fail

JusticeThey didn’t think bail was fair, so they paid to get him freed. Nonprofit Pays Bail For Man Who Attacked His Wife, Hours Later He Murders Her. The dead woman didn’t get much justice, social or any other kind.

First, what happened.

St. Louis, MO – Just hours after a nonprofit group posted bail for a man accused of assaulting his wife, the suspect went to the woman’s home and brutally murdered her, according to prosecutors.

Samuel Lee Scott, 54, was arrested for domestic abuse on April 5, after he allegedly beat 54-year-old Marcia Johnson, injuring her cheekbone and ear, the Associated Press reported.

He was bailed out of jail by a Social Justice Organization, the Bail Project. (Soon to be renamed as the Fail Project?)

“The Bail Project is an unprecedented effort to combat mass incarceration at the front end of the system,” according to the group’s website. “We pay bail for people in need, reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence.”

Hours. Not days. Not weeks. Hours after they bailed him out, the woman he had previously attacked was dead.

There was a court order of protection. Cops arrested him. Though why bail was granted is beyond me. (Don’t you think he presented a clear threat to the public, or at least to one member thereof?)

The Fail Project leaders are “saddened” but claim they are not to blame. And no one could have predicted that a violent husband would continue to be violent.

“No one could have predicted this tragedy,” [Bail Project Executive Director Robin] Steinberg claimed, according to the Associated Press.

The hat tip goes to The Other McCain who notes, ‘No One Could Have Predicted This Tragedy’ (But It Was Predictable). If you read as much about Domestic Violence as I do, you know that it is hardly ever a one-time occurrence, and it tends to escalate.

The System (with the aid of The Bail Project) failed to protect this woman. But then it fails to protect most people with violent stalkers. If you have a need for a restraining order, then you have a need for a personal protection plan, because you never know when a group of well-meaning dunderheads (e.g. The Bail Project) will enable that violent stalker to attack you. That plan should include something aside from “Calling 911.” Road to Hell. Good Intentions.

Neighbors Are Shocked

And self-defense works, even in Eastern Pennsylvania (deep blue as it is.) Person taken to hospital after shooting in New Hanover Township.

Police said this shooting was “domestic related.” Initial reports said an intruder had been shot by a homeowner.

Both can be true at the same time. Reporters seem confused on that score. As for the neighbors…

Neighbors said they’re shocked something like this would happen on their quiet street.

Sorry, but if you can read this you live in The Real World™ where crime can, and often does, happen. You are not protected by your zip-code. Crime doesn’t only happen to “other kinds of people” in other kinds of places.” You should plan accordingly.

Some Guys Just Don’t Get the “Ex” Part of Ex-boyfriend

That “How dare you live without me” attitude didn’t work out well for this guy. Homeowner shoots girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend during home invasion.

Sheriff deputies say the ex-boyfriend showed up at their door and was asked to leave. He left, but then started sending threatening texts to both his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.

Then at 3:30 AM he showed back up.

After a struggle, the ex-boyfriend ended up with a gunshot wound to the chest.

The case is in the hands of the DA, but it sounds like self-defense to me.

Self-defense Is Legal In Pennsylvania

And they made the determination fairly quickly. ‘Justifiable’: No homicide charge in Wednesday’s fatal shooting in York City.

He broke into the home where his ex-girlfriend lived and assaulted her new boyfriend.

“After being assaulted, (the resident) fired one shot, killing Christian [Gutierrez-Rosado],” [York City Police Lt. William] Wentz told The York Dispatch.

I’m sure he thought that he did the assault out of love. Or something.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in at least some of Pennsylvania, it is your legal right.