Do you call the Police? - Page 2
Poll Results: Call the Police?
10% (2)No and check the paper the next day...
Both of these are fantastic.
Whatever argument the couple has is none of my business. However, my car is my business.
Now if he was beating her into death I would do something, but not over an argument. Who knows what the woman did to send him over the edge. Its between them, and there is no reason to get in the middle.
I was on the phone with 911 once reporting a highly erratic and likely drunk driver, in the middle of a sentence saying "this guy is going to hit someone any second now" when he actually did sideswipe someone.
I dialed 911 when I saw some lady slumped on the side of the road, sobbing, with her bags all around her - it needed a cop, but I wasn't about to intervene myself.
I dialed 911 on a semi that was weaving in and out of traffic at like 90mph.
I dialed 911 on a truck that I saw sitting on the side of the road, clearly with someone in it, that I later saw in the exact same place, someone still in it, some 2 hours later, wondering if the guy had had a heart attack or something.
My good buddy's brother is a Baltimore City cop, and he's the one who encouraged me to do it, even for little non-emergencies. I've never gone on hold; I'm always off the phone very quickly, and no 911 operator has ever given me a hard time about it. If it's 10pm and you need the cops, how else are you going to get a hold of one?
I was just having a discussion about this with a fellow criminal defense lawyer yesterday. I think it's kind of illogical how domestic violence cases are treated with more seriousness than other assaults and how defendants accused of DV face greater consequences. After all, I think a person who assaults a stranger is more of a danger to society than someone who assaults their spouse, and therefore, the person who assaults a stranger should face greater consequences, not the other way around.
I think it's because people that abuse their spouses often eventually kill their spouse, or at least that is the perception, and so there is an inclination to be harsh with them right at the beginning. It might not be rational but I wouldn't be surprised if that was the source of it. There's probably an element of man beating woman worked in too, whereas random assaults are probably more man beats man and so there's less sympathy and outrage there, rightly or wrongly.