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There have been many crime cases that have involved ridiculous actions on the police’s behalf. This unfortunately resulted in the death of a Dallas woman. This particular incident might just force Dallas police officers to come up with a new approach to handling domestic violence.
Deanna Cook reportedly placed a frantic call to 911 last August 17th. Her vicious attacker turned out to be her ex-husband. The man could be heard in the background saying “I’m gonna kill you.” Even though there was an apparent threat to the woman’s life, 9 minutes into the call, despite Deanna’s shrieks, no police officer had come. It actually took nearly a whole hour for Dallas police to arrive at the victim’s home. So where were the police officers? They had reportedly stopped for water at a local 7-Eleven store on their way to responding to the victim’s house.
Cook’s family is now taking legal action against the city of Dallas and its police department. They believe that the city treats 911 calls from predominantly black neighborhoods differently than calls from affluent or predominantly white neighborhoods. The Cook family accredit their beloved’s death to what they call a lack of police urgency in cases of domestic violence. The Dallas mayor has denied the family’s allegations, but there’s no sugar coating the tragedy of the family’s loss.
So this family is now left to morn the death of a woman who could have easily been saved, but her life was narrowed down to some casual time exhausting drinks of water. There has long been a trend of the police force responding and handling cases differently when it comes to predominantly white versus black neighborhoods. In some urban areas police with not respond to a “certain” zip code all together. It is good that this particular Dallas family is choosing to not remain quiet and fight for justice.