Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Power of Paper

Overheard on the scanner.

Assault in progress at ___________ Street. Complainant is saying that husband grabbed her by the throat and threatened to harm her. He has left the scene but told her that she needs to be gone by the time he gets back. Complainant is concerned and wants to speak with an officer. Complainant also states that she has taken out an EPO against her husband.

An EPO is an emergency protective order. A sheet of paper that tells bad people to please play nice and stay away. Pretty please.

About a minute later, an officer responds.

Please clear me from my last message, and put me on that assault in progress.

I hope the husband didn’t make it back in the meantime.

Of course, I also hope she has taken responsibility for her own defense, instead of counting on someone else to be there and protect her.  Or even worse, expecting a sheet of paper to stand between her and her husband.  That's not going to work.

1 comment:

Did it MY way said...

Just make that piece of paper a "Lady Smith" and learn how to use it.