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911: No Cops To Respond To Assault Due To Cuts

From CBS Seattle affiliate, KSTW:

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

May 23, 2013

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. (CBS Seattle) — An Oregon woman was told by a 911 dispatcher that authorities wouldn’t be able be able to help her as her ex-boyfriend broke into her place because of budget cuts.

Oregon Public Radio reports that an unidentified woman called 911 during a weekend in August 2012 while Michael Bellah was breaking into her place. Her call was forwarded to Oregon State Police because of lay-offs at the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office only allows the department to be open Monday through Friday.

“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? Do you know if he’s intoxicated or anything?”

The woman told the dispatcher that Bellah previously attacked her and left her hospitalized a few weeks prior to the latest incident. The dispatcher stayed on the phone with the woman for more than 10 minutes before the sexual assault took place.

“Once again it’s unfortunate you guys don’t have any law enforcement out there,” the dispatcher said, according to Oregon Public Radio.

The woman responded: “Yeah, it doesn’t matter, if he gets in the house I’m done.”

Police say Bellah choked the woman and sexually assaulted her. He was arrested by Oregon State Police following the incident.

“There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t have another victim,” Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilberson told Oregon Public Radio. “If you don’t pay the bill, you don’t get the service.”

The sheriff’s department had to cut 23 deputies and the entire major crimes unit after it lost a multi-million dollar federal subsidy, according to Oregon Public Radio. There are now only six deputies left.

The sheriff’s department even put out a press release warning domestic violence victims to “consider relocating to an area with adequate law enforcement services.”

Bellah pleaded guilty to kidnapping, sex abuse and assault.

Bear in mind that this incident happened back in August 2012. You have to think that NPR and the local CBS news affiliate are just bringing it up to make people think this is all due to the sequester.

But, on the other hand, doesn’t this incident show why private citizens need access to guns?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 24th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “911: No Cops To Respond To Assault Due To Cuts”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    What better case and argument for the Second Amendment.
    FYI …..during the Cold War, the main reason the Russians did not invade us was because we had
    the Second Amendment.

  2. River0 says:

    This is great news for us conservatives, because our point is being made and proven by real-world events. Grotesquely inefficient (in most cases) federal, state, and local governments can’t protect us. We must be more self-sufficient. This woman needs a gun and some training.

    We recently sent the NRA a small check even though we don’t care to be full members. They gratefully accepted it. The NRA is a citadel and a bulwark of our Constitutional freedoms. It feels very good to be less dependent on bureaucracies and unions.

  3. AcornsRNutz says:

    From the wording of the first paragraph it would seem that budget cuts are now forcing ex-boyfriends to break into houses. This really is getting serious.

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