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    The law should include protection for people who are being verbally threatened.  She went there because he is insisting that she owes him her money and her house and he is telling her how he is going to get it and she thinks she has to negotiate with him.  Reporting these threats with voice mail and texting proof should be enough for some help.  The problem with the laws as they stand is that we have to wait until there is physical harm.  That is devaluing women in my eyes.  We die day in and day out with no protection.
         On top of it all a simple search by the police could have turned up the long rap sheet he has for sexual assault, robbery etc.  We got it easily and quick enough.  You think that would deserve a look by the cops.  He has felonies and cannot own a gun yet he has one.  Seems they don't give a crap.  

    Everyone! Arms akimbo!

    by tobendaro on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 03:38:59 PM PST

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    •  There are laws to cover that, and she could (3+ / 0-)
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      have gotten a PPO.  They don't require waiting until there's physical harm.  

      He might have a long history of violence, but that doesn't mean she didn't have the right to go there without interference by the police.  This is about her rights, not his.  Third parties can't protect her or ask the police to protect her, unless there's some explicit reason to believe she's incapable of asking for that protection herself.  

      "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

      by gustynpip on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 04:11:07 PM PST

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      •  You are correct (0+ / 0-)

        but it is wrong headed thinking when dealing with someone who is threatening people.  The reason they don't want police is because they are afraid of the perpetrator who is threatenening them if they call police.  

        Everyone! Arms akimbo!

        by tobendaro on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 05:35:44 PM PST

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