Dial 911 & Die!!! (again) : (

Once again we have a case (read some others) of someone calling 911 only to result in the poor handling of the call. Sadly, this time it resulted in a young girl’s life being snuffed out.  While Ms. Zimmerman might have been dead by the time the police reached her even if they cam as quick as they could – we will never know. All we know is that it took the police 48 minutes to arrive.

When you are being attacked, stabbed, and probably assaulted sexually – 45 minutes is an eternity. In the case of Ms. Zimmerman, it is literally an eternity.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/12/16/grace.coldcase.zimmerman/index.html

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People do not understand why we advocate carrying a firearm and defending ourselves. Why we do not trust our livelihood, nor our families to law enforcement officers.

The news report states “we have not been able to determine any motive yet in this case,”
Really? Well often times the only motivation in these types of cases was a pretty face and a vagina.   I am not sure if that is the case, and whether this was a sexual assault motivated event. But many are…

There is a stigma against guns in our society. But a firearm is the only thing that could have stopped this event. That could have equalized the positions of strength between Ms. Zimmerman and her assailant.

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Published in: on December 16, 2008 at 4:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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911 – why you cannot rely on it…

In 2006 I observed an incident at a gas station where a large man was threatening a cashier. He was clearly drunk or on some sort of narcotic.  When he started making death threats to the cashier I decided to take action. I stepped to the back of the store and dialed 911, I reported the situation to the operator.

The operater’s response was “It’s New Haven, whad’ya expect us to do about it!” (in an extremely sarcastic voice).   After the incident the cashier finally got to the phone and New Haven send three cruisers of it’s finest to file a police report – the man long gone.

If that isn’t scary enough. Read this (and watch the videos).  The stupid 911 operator is more concerned about the fact that the store owner has a gun than the fact that the store owner is face to face with an aggressive criminal.  The 911 operator could easily have twice gotten this man killed because her biases and stupidity.

First with the criminal, where she repeatedly misses what the man is saying in order to focus on why he has a gun and is pointing it at someone’s head. If she had listened to what he said, she would have known that it was after hours, the address,  that the man was a hostile. She’s more concerned that he’s not responding when she can clearly hear that he’s dealing with an aggressive hostile.

Second, when she passes the information onto county, she says they’ve got a situation with a man with a gun, a store owner with a gun pointed at someone. The way she phrases and delivers the information potentially creates a situation where the police could think the situation is a shop owner with a hostage and mis-interpret the criminal to be the victim and the shop owner the threat.

Why do these things happen?  No one can give a full answer. I’ve been told budget is to blame in part. That operators have been outsourced and are not law-enforcement officers anymore.  They’re just Joe-Schmoe and Jane-Doe’s making a bit above minimum wage. They are no longer professionals, no longer law enforcement. They’re not much more than telemarketers.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IeVxeg4mgI (video)

– N.U.G.U.N.

PS – I think the shop owner made a few mistakes. Could have perhaps given the info a bit more ordered.  But under the stress of the situation I think he did about as well as he could with a moron on the other end.

That said, when the criminal stood up from the prone position and advanced. I believe the shop owner should have fired.   And apparently the police that arrived agreed that the shop owner would have been fully justified in doing so.

While on an individual level, it is better to merely chase the wolf off the pasture. From a society standpoint it’d be better if the wolf was brought down. Rest assured this guy will break into another store. And the next shop owner might not be so lucky.  Might not be armed. Might in fact already be dead.

Published in: on October 1, 2008 at 3:10 pm  Comments (1)  
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