An Oregon woman called 911, expecting help to arrive shortly thereafter.
Instead, no help was sent. She was told to tell her attacker to go away if he returned.
Not long after that, he did. And he brutally raped her:
The Sheriff’s Department blamed the lack of resources due to recent public funding cuts. “There isn’t a day go by that we don’t have another victim,” said Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson. In Josephine County, 80 percent of sheriff’s deputies lost their jobs when the cuts were made. The few that remain cannot respond to emergency calls during the evening or on weekends.
“How is it that there were no officers available to assist the woman who was about be raped, but they did have officers available to go and arrest the man after the rape? The police department should be sued for their failure to protect a tax paying citizen,” Julia Mason, 28, of Portland, Oregon said after she was asked what she thought about the police who failed to help a woman who was about to become a rape victim.
After the government budget cuts, which occurred before the rape incident, Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson said in a press release that victims of domestic violence should “consider relocating to an area with adequate police services.”
That’s a first.
I’ve seen the federal government tell Americans to avoid hiking in certain areas because they’re controlled by Mexican drug gangs, but this is the first time I’ve seen a local sheriff tell folks they should move somewhere where the cops will protect them.
You want your mind blown even more?
They are not bound by law to protect you.
The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the police did not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm, even a woman who had obtained a court-issued protective order against a violent husband making an arrest mandatory for a violation.
There’s a lot behind that ruling, which you can read about here, but the fact remains: the police bear no responsibility in keeping you from harm.
Please, tell me again that I should turn in my guns and dial 911. Tell me how much safer we would all be.