While many say the police are here to protect us the fallacy can not be any more clear than in this story from FOX31:
SANFORD, Fla. — Hours before Latina Herring and her son were killed, police told her to “just stop calling 911.”
Police released 911 calls and body camera footage that show officers responding to two 911 calls early Monday morning.
They say the shooting spree that killed Herring and her son and wounded four others began with an argument over keys.
Three hours before Latina Herring was killed, she can be seen on police body camera video arguing with her boyfriend, Allen Cashe.
Cashe is accused of taking his AK-47 and killing Herring and her 8-year-old son, and attempting to kill her 7-year-old son, her father and two other bystanders.
Police were called to a WAWA at 3:20 a.m. Monday, then again 20 minutes later to a nearby home. Video shows Cashe and Herring arguing over keys. It is clear from the video that police are not taking Herring’s concerns seriously.
“She’s making false accusations. It’s the second time she’s done it.”
“She’s been calling all night. She first said he had a gun when he didn’t.”
At one point, police tell Herring to stop calling 911.
“We’re going to handle it. Just stop calling 911 and making accusations that you don’t know about.”
Police say the couple were just arguing and it was not physical, calling it a civil matter with no reason to arrest anyone.
They say Herring, frustrated, said she should have lied and said Cashe hit her. It’s unclear why Cashe might have called 911, but officers on the scene remarked he might have wanted to harm her.
“I think he’s calling because he’s afraid he’s going to do something to her.”
Herring’s friend LaDasha Beasley said Sanford police should have done more.
“Sanford PD’s a big disappointment to me and to other,” Beasley said. “To protect and serve who man? Who? Justice needs to be served, man.”
Seems all too many of the signs were present to warrant atleast a removal of Cashe from the property, yet, police didn’t even go that far. Furthermore, this is another example of how police cannot prevent crimes only seek those who commit them. It’s too bad that two people had to lose their lives for this lesson to be learned. You can bet now that several people will end up in cuffs for Domestic Disputes because the police will no longer be able to risk this outcome.
Even though police providing a better service, as in de-escalation or separation of the parties, would be the ultimate solution.