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This article was in today's paper and it is about a man who threatened the Florence Police Dept. I think the right thing was done here, and do not take what I am going to say wrong.

In the last paragraph of this article, England says "In this day and time, you can't wait to find out if he was serious or not. Any kind of threats like that are taken very seriously, and that's what we did in this incident."

NOW authorities are taking threats seriously... well, they are 7 years too late for my best friend who told them her husband was going to kill her, they told her that it was just a threat, they couldn't do anything, not unless the husband actually acted on them. Two days later they got to do something, they got to arrest him, and we got to bury her.

So many stories to tell, so many times in the past that authorities wouldn't do anything because it was a 'threat'...

NOW they take them seriously... I guess Jane and a bunch of others want to thank you guys for taking threats seriously now, but SOME of them cannot say thank you, they are dead...
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Uber, Safeplace had a bed for her and her 2 children that would be open within the next couple of days. She was on their 'call list' Everyone thought she could make it within that time frame. Cops didn't even blink an eye.

But that was 7 years ago, and I pray so hard that it is all changed now... all threats should be taken seriously, not just ones to police officers.... there are mean people in the cruel world.
KS on one hand I agree with you but these are two very different situations. If your life is threatened they can't persue the issue until the person who makes the threat actually acts on it. If the police are threatened then it's a completely different ball game.

I am a long time supporter of the police departments. I have many friends in law enforcement but this still smacks of a double standard to me. I'm proud of them for the job they do. Very few people have the courage to pin on a badge and make themself a target. It is a thankless job and dangerous but they are no more entitled to special consideration in a case like this than any citizen. If they're going to press the issue like this when they're threatened, they'd best not ever let another person become victimized by a spouse with a restraining order or such.
I am working on my pitiful memory here, but I am thinking it was within a year of the woman in Russellville who WAS a police officer whose husband killed her. And a couple of years from another woman in Russellville whose husband shot her while she sat in her car with their child in the back seat....

Sooo many stories.... so many happenings.
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Originally posted by mlholt:
KS on one hand I agree with you but these are two very different situations. If your life is threatened they can't persue the issue until the person who makes the threat actually acts on it. If the police are threatened then it's a completely different ball game.

I am a long time supporter of the police departments. I have many friends in law enforcement but this still smacks of a double standard to me. I'm proud of them for the job they do. Very few people have the courage to pin on a badge and make themself a target. It is a thankless job and dangerous but they are no more entitled to special consideration in a case like this than any citizen. If they're going to press the issue like this when they're threatened, they'd best not ever let another person become victimized by a spouse with a restraining order or such.


Oh nooo, you took me wrong, I started out asking that no one take me wrong on this issue, that I think Florence did exactly what they should have done. Shoot, I half raised a lot of cops around here when I ran my teen baby sitting service... I know a boatload of them... that isnt the issue, I have respect for the majority of them...

Issue was, I am just glad to see that threats are being taken seriously now.... thats all. I followed it up with an example... thats all... and I meant no disrespect to anyone, especially those who pin that badge on and put their lives in harms way almost every day.

I am glad to see some of the changes finally roll around... ohhh, I might add also, that this was right BEFORE the stalker laws were in effect too.
Kindred I do believe you misunderstood mlholt. It sounded as thought she was saying your friend should have been protected as well as the police. If that is what she was saying I agree. In our day and time no threat can be taken lightly, people can be very irrational. No threat on a person should be taken lightly immeadiate action should be taken. I hate that your friend was killed, when something could have been done. When threatened the police must take action, it should not only be for themselves but for individuals as well.
sdauberbuster, I don't think I misunderstood, I wanted MLHOLT to know that I respected our boys in blue, but everyone has to know that society, as a whole, when threatening, should be serious...

In fact, that is what you just said. This is one topic I need to stay off of, it still bothers me.

I just thank God that stalking laws have been put into effect that better protects people... and our men in blue do everything they can to enforce them.

Sorry if I stepped on any toes here....
To start with mlholt is male, not female. If I came off as being anything but supportive of the police then you took me wrong. I find nothing wrong with what they did but if they can respond in that manner to a threat made toward them, they can just as well do it for me or you. I fully realize that the police force is by and large a reactive agency. They seldom get the chance to act to thwart an issue. As this is the case I have always armed myself and practiced my marksmanship skills so I was not dependent on anyone else to protect me. I also suggest this as the best measure for others who are concerned for their safety. It is merely my contention that the ones who aren't willing to take on this responsibility deserve the same level of response that the police department showed for itself in this case.

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