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Our screwed up judicial system.

October 26, 2017

“Betsy” just lost a battle. She asked for, but was denied a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, for threatening to “mess her up bad.” It was denied, because the man has not hurt her. Yet.

His attorney argued that he was being discriminated against just for being “male” and that having an argument did not mean he was dangerous.  The judge apparently agreed.

Last week, three people lost their lives because our court system too often only protects the bad guys.

With all the drama over police brutality and so-called racial profiling, you’d think that the victims, or would-be victims were the ones at fault.

You probably saw the story.

A man identified by police in Maryland as Radee Labeeb Prince walked into his former employer’s place of business, shot and killed two people and was later found to have killed someone else in Delaware. Three other people were in critical condition.

Another case of senseless gun violence you say?  No.

Another case where the law is incapable of protecting people before the crime is committed.

Ask any woman who files for a protection order and then gets beaten to a pulp by the person she sought the order against.  Or, ask the people (or their survivors) at Advance Granite Solutions.

The shooter had allegedly threatened and then attacked  a co-worker at another business earlier in the year in another very similar situation. The co-worker then tried to get a restraining order, but a judge denied it, probably because no one had been hurt seriously yet.

Reports indicate the shooter already had an impressive rap sheet, so it’s highly unlikely he obtained the gun he used from  a legitimate dealer.

Clearly this man should have been picked up and maybe put on a 72-hour psych hold, or even better, incarcerated.

Some states have some form of charge that roughly falls under statutes for “menacing.” A perusal of the Maryland criminal codes shows only harassment and chargeable offenses. Both of those require an ongoing pattern to be established.

There’s big push on now for people to get vaccinated against the flu .or shingles.

Why, in the name of common sense, can’t we vaccinate against violence?

Until and unless the criminal; justice system can address intent before an act of violence happens, .we are going to  continue addressing the symptom instead of the disease.

The time to stop violence is before it happens, not afterwards.

Good luck Betsy.  You’ll need it.

From → op-ed

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