nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

Doing the right thing

Woman gets hit with stray bullet, heads to hospital. NYPD officers decide she’s lying about what happened, arrest her, detain her for five days . . . then release her with no charges.

The right thing aspect is that the police wanted her to accuse her ex-boyfriend with shooting her, and she refused to do so, even though being held in squalid conditions-- one hamburger/day and insufficient access to bathroom facilities.

What I've seen in response to this story is anger at the NYPD police and hopes that she wins a big settlement. That's all very well, but respect is owed because she wasn't willing to wreck someone else's life, even under a great deal of pressure.

Large cash awards are definitely better no recourse at all, but they don't seem to lead to changes in policy. I think it's necessary to punish the individuals responsible for these outrages, or at least fire them.

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