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System broken for domestic violence

Letter to the editor

I do not know the criteria with police and what the protocol is when they are called to someone's house for domestic violence. I had the chance to experience what happens when you call the police to your house when a family member is being unruly due to 27 1/2 generic Xanax in their system.

First off unless they have an automobile, ... have damaged your property, ... have hit you and you have evidence of that, they will not make them leave. Now, I know why some people lose their lives when there is domestic violence involved. Even though the person is drunk or stoned from drugs, this is ridiculous that the police will not intervene and get the troublemaker out of the house. We had to call the police three times the same night with an incident.

It is funny how the troublemaker can put on a show while the police are on premises, yet turn back into the gosh awful villian once the police leave. It is sad that police can tell the person is intoxicated by something, but let them remain in the house to continue to cause trouble.

I never understood how so many deaths are caused by domestic violence. I now understand that because our system isn't what it should be. The jails are full of criminals, however, it is sad that police don't or won't take into consideration what a drunk or stoned person will do given the opportunity to stay in someone's house longer to let the intoxication fuel the flames.

Though the ordeal is far from over, I am very thankful that the police took our troublemaker in on the third call. He has since been able to bail himself out, do the same thing to a friend of his and return to jail in a different county. I guess the vicious cycle will continue until he is allowed to really hurt someone. I am just guessing this is how the system works.

JUDY GLASS Albany

Comments

ccarmstrong 1 year, 9 months ago

"It is funny how the troublemaker can put on a show while the police are on premises, yet turn back into the gosh awful villian once the police leave."

Goes to show you that when a an abusive person gives you the line that they "lost control", they're lying.

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