The recent case of R. Mayo sheds light on the shortcomings of Dallas 911.
As a domestic violence victim, she did everything right; she called 911
for help before her boyfriend pulled a gun on her. After an hour passed
since the first of five calls to 911 dispatchers, her boyfriend shot her,
leaving her for dead.
If the police had arrived promptly after her first call for help, the whole
scene could have been prevented. Now for the rest of her life, a paralyzed
Mayo will have to live her life from a bed.
Mayo said that she doesn’t want anyone or anyone else’s family
to have to deal with the same situation. She said that it has destroyed
her whole family, as she wiped away her tears.
Mayo, a 37-year-old mother, was attempting to leave her apartment on January
19 when her then-boyfriend drew a 9 mm pistol on her. She said that she
turned to pick up her purse and saw him pull out the weapon. She quickly
ducked, but the next thing she knew she was laying on the floor.
Q. Sharper discharged one shot, which struck Mayo’s spinal cord,
paralyzing her from the waist down. Sharper, Mayo’s boyfriend of
less than a year, was taken into custody and charged with
Victim: Dallas Police Should Have Prevented It
According to Mayo, Dallas police could have prevented the incident. Before
the shooting, she called 911 not once, but five times. She waited an hour,
but officers never came.
The dispatcher told her that the police were almost there, and that they
were on their way. Recounting her conversation with 911 operators Mayo
told dispatchers that’s what they had been saying for a while now.
On April 06, Mayo filed a lawsuit seeking $5 million in damages.
This was not the first victim of domestic violence to suffer after her
calls to Dallas 911 failed. Three years ago, the city of Dallas promised
to handle domestic violence calls differently after another 911 failure
led to the death of a female victim of domestic violence, D. Cook.
Among those promises, the city said it would up its numbers of 911 operators,
and that it would be expanding the city’s
domestic violence unit. It also said it would improve its response time under certain circumstances.
Mayo says that the city’s efforts failed her. It’s been nearly
three months and she’s still in bed with little help of ever being
able to walk again.
Sharper remains in custody and is unable to post a $235,000 bond.
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