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911 Dispatcher Tells Woman About To Be Raped There Are No Cops To Help Her

CBS News: 911 Dispatcher Tells Woman About To Be Sexually Assaulted There Are No Cops To Help Her Due To Budget Cuts

“Uh, I don’t have anybody to send out there,” the 911 dispatcher told the woman. “You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away?”

Police say Bellah choked the woman and sexually assaulted her.

Sheriff Gil Gilberson told Oregon Public Radio: “If you don’t pay the bill, you don’t get the service.”

http://goo.gl/4uTCz

Isn't this the argument that statists use against libertarians; that if poor people can't afford security they will be left out?




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Sad state of affairs

in my home county...

Looks like urban ghettos aren't the only place that
could benefit from that free shotgun program...

Washington Monument Syndrome

The "Washington Monument Syndrome" refers to the tactic used by politicians and bureucrats to extort tax increases from the public. Whenever they are threatened with a tiny slowdown in the growth rate of government spending, borrowing, or taxation, the first thing they do is threaten to cancel whatever will inconvenience the public the most -- school buses, ambulance services, garbage collection, police, etc.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/138022.html

Disappointing...

I'm really disappointed in Sheriff Gilbertson's comment. Especially since I'm a resident in this county. I guess I expected more from him than that kind of comment. I'll have to reconsider when he is up for election again.

On Tuesday we voted down another attempt to raise property taxes in Josephine County by $1.49/$1000 assessed property value; 51 to 49 percent.

The budget will likely be thinner after the potential lawsuit...

At a time when Americans are being forced to pay more in taxes than has been mandated in recent history (probably since the WWII era), this jackass is taking it out on the locals.

These governments

purposely drop the ball on what seems like the more important things first to punish the public for not giving them more money. They're not cutting crony contracts as fast as they shut down libraries, etc.

A town that size absolutely can have three of six deputies at least on call for something like that. They purposely chose not to.

I called in a drunk driver once -- and don't give me that "but he hadn't hurt anyone yet", I don't care about the crime, I was trying to prevent an almost inevitable disaster because he was swerving into the other lane on blind curves, a collision was so inevitable I told my husband to drive further back to at least keep us out of it. The local governments were trying to get money to do a centralized dispatch at the time. They put on such an incompetent show for me of not being able to identify when we were crossing into other jurisdictions. I kept trying to hang on with them, but, even being 100% sure an accident was going to happen, without knowing how to stop the guy myself, I was 100% sure the police were going to drop the ball, too, so I gave up and we didn't even bother trying to follow. I really do think they were pulling out some extra incompetence to highlight the inefficiency of decentralized dispatchers.

I was so mad at them for trying to drag me into their political issue, making me a part of them allowing what was about to happen for their dirty money.

Defend Liberty!

She shoulda said "I have 10 lbs of marijuana in my living room"

The cops would be there in an instant. Feds pay for confiscated weed.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/21/drug-war-incentives...

Disgusting.

This should be shown to all those crazies who think the State should have yet another monopoly on firearms now.

I sense local governments officials (state and local) are beginning to understand what the feds are up to and that it is nefarious. I predict we will begin to see more push back from state and local governments.

If this woman

had a firearm and knew how to use it, she wouldn't have been subjected to choking and rape due to budget cuts.

I bet if she shot him, the police would show up...

Good luck come election time Gilberson...

...

How sad

Judging from the comments in the article, the sheriff is very constitutionally minded, and the people of the county voted for budget cuts. There are so many potential things that may have gone wrong:

1) Cuts to the police force, which prompted there being no police force over the weekend. Wasn't there a far better way to handle that cut, like having police strictly on-call all week so that they only respond to emergencies?

2) The city. Wasn't there another thing they could have cut, something more frivolous or wasteful?

3) The woman. She had been attacked by this man before, and she lives in a Republican county. Does she have a good reason for not preparing to defend herself? (Poverty, mental or emotional issues, past record which prevents her from getting a gun, etc)

4) Inflation. Is the inflation factor so severe that even with the best, least corrupt and wisest efforts of the local government there, there was no avoiding this scenario?

Of course, corruption is always a possibility on any of those levels.

Hopefully, this scenario will inspire people to fix any corruption or other flaws in their local government AND take responsibility for themselves.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine

Its simple...

the government tells women about to get raped, "pee your pants" (remember Liberty Girl's vid?). Or get a Glock and make him pee his pants.

God forgives always. Man forgives sometimes. But Nature never forgives.

This is why every home needs

This is why every home needs a HD shotgun. They are light, easy to handle and just racking the firearm will deter 99.9 out of 100 criminals.

With a firearm the situation would go like this:

"Rack your shotgun and ask him to go away"

As much as poeople dont like to think about it, there are evil people in this world and the cops are not here to protect you. Its not a matter of "blame the victim" its a matter of "Dont be a victim"

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

AMEN!

How true!

Cyril's picture

Well that's the killer right there:"can you ask him to go away?"

Well, that's the killer, right there: "can you ask him to go away?"

I mean, woa.

Now that's unique.

Let's just ask violent criminals to... well... just "skip" their victim.

That'll work.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

This woman needs to arm herself...

"when seconds count the police are only minutes away."

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
"I have one word for you...predator drones. Oh, you think I'm kidding?" Obombya

I don't think it was said as interpreted

The sheriff put it kinda poorly but he was talking about budget cuts that effect his entire force. So the "you" here would be everyone in his county. Not just this one poor woman.

Now we HAVE heard of local fire departments burn because people didn't buy into their "coverage" up front. The outrage was palpable here a few years back as this one fire company showed up at a burning house, found the homeowner didn't buy their coverage so they watched the house burn down to the foundation. But again, this seems not to be the case here.

As to the dispatcher...well a dispatcher starts out as a civilian with a good phone voice. They generally aren't trained crisis responders themselves. Their main job is to gather info and direct an officer to you. But in this situation it kinda seems like WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS FOR ESCAPE? would have been more pertinent.

"When seconds count the cops are minutes away" is here modified to "you won't see a cop when it counts".

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Perhaps she dialed the wrong number

Dial .357

can you ask him to go away?

sure...that should work.

Wonder if the dispatcher has nightmares now?

Who is paying for the 9/11 dispatcher. Sounds like they are not needed.

But there's lots and lots of money to invade sovereign nations.

Evil.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

This poor gal

needs a visit from Kyle Coplen of the Armed Citizens Project.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

It would be interesting to see every citation, arrest and

investigation this sheriff's office made the week prior and after this incident to see where their priorities lie.

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. – Daniel Webster

wolfe's picture

Interesting.

As a software engineer, in every company I have ever worked for, I have always been required to be on-call in some capacity 24/7. If there is a critical software failure, I have to show up. One company would issue pagers for the sole purpose of calling you in.

Why do I do that? It's a part of my job, it's what I get paid to do.

But these guys are too good to get woken up out of bed in the middle of the night to protect someone who really needs it?

The Philosophy Of Liberty -
http://www.thephilosophyofliberty.com/

The financial incentive

If you don't show up while on call, you get fired. If the police don't show up they still get paid. Now if there was a bonas, say $1,000 for the first cop to show up, I bet the response time would be very quick! Sarc!

we need government

This puts a big hole in the argument that we need government to protect those who can't afford security.

wolfe's picture

True enough.

About $200 for training:
http://www.floridafirearmstraining.com/Handgun.html

About $300 for the gun.

So for $500, you have purchased a lifetime of safety. The cost/benefit simply does not shake out in favor of a thug(police) force on that.

And I bet you she wished she had taken that approach when she was confronted with this. But she was lulled into a false sense of security and trusted the government.

The Philosophy Of Liberty -
http://www.thephilosophyofliberty.com/

robot999's picture

Cops are Too Busy

raping citizens by planting coke on innocent people, so they can confiscate their property and line their pockets? Duh, it's not about protecting and serving, it's all about the $$$

"Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex". - Frank Zappa