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View Diary: The White Gaze Quite Literally Shot and Killed Jonathan Ferrell (108 comments)

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  •  Um, no. (4+ / 0-)
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    AoT, erush1345, VClib, Be Skeptical

    He was banging on her door at 2:30 a.m., she opened the door thinking it was her husband, she immediately saw a strange man there at 2:30 a.m. and shuts the door and he keeps banging on the door.  She was afraid he was there for no good, so she called 911 and activated the panic button on her house alarm.

    See the link to the story in my comment above.

    She's supposed to do just what she did.  

    •  If she reported it as an attempted B&E (4+ / 0-)
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      Darmok, rlb, marina, Chitown Charlie

      then no, she did not do what she was supposed to.

      If she reported no more than the bare facts, i.e. "a man I do not recognize is banging on my door," then yes.  I don't know what she actually reported.

      •  Almost nobody calls 911 and says (5+ / 0-)

        "there's someone conducting an attempted breaking and entering."  That's police/legal jargon.  Nobody but a police officer or a criminal lawyer is likely to SAY they are calling "to report an attempted breaking and entering."

        Instead, most people call 911 and tell them what's going on and why they are afraid/suspicious/threatened.  Then, the 911 operator has to put that discussion into one of several pre-set categories.  B&E is one of those categories.    There might be other categories -- vandalism, disturbing the peace, etc. -- but the dispatcher is going to categorize it as the most serious thing it COULD reasonably be.

        She very well might have said something like this:  "there's a stranger banging on my door at 2:30 in the morning, he saw me open the door by myself and I shut it right away, but he won't go away and keeps banging on the door, and I'm scared he's trying to get in." (See the many, many links I provided in another comment showing that home invasions sometimes start with a knock on the door by a stranger.)  Then the operator could easily have characterized it as an attempted B&E for the police who were dispatched.  That's NOT a statement to the police that this is definitely what is happening, that's a statement to the police by the dispatcher that this is the category that the call could fall into.  

      •  It doesn't matter how she reported it. (9+ / 0-)

        It's solely the job of the police to respond correctly.

        Any properly-trained police officer knows that when they are responding to a call, the individual who called it in may have misread/exaggerated the situation. It's their job to figure out what is really going on and act accordingly. They failed miserably in this case, and the woman who called them was in no way culpable for their egregiously wrong handling of the situation.

        It is not unreasonable at all for a woman who is home alone to assume a man banging on her door at 2:30 AM is attempting a B&E. We've no idea what he said or how he said it. By the accounts given, he was shaken by the accident and appeared to be behaving erratically.

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