Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ex-Police Wife's Suit Alleges Botched Response Involving Domestic Violence

"Former members of the now overhauled Monticello Police Department are facing a federal lawsuit over delayed response to a 911 call regarding a former officer and his estranged wife," reports Salt Lake City's KSL TV in a story.

"Elizabeth Young, now divorced from ex-Monticello Police Sgt. Jesse Cole Young, and her boyfriend at the time, Nicholas Ketron, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court Thursday seeking compensation and punitive damages after Jesse Young admitted to breaking into his estranged wife's home and assaulting Ketron in December 2015. But officers from his department and a 911 dispatcher delayed sending help until the following morning....

"Young claims that she was frightened and believed her estranged husband was 'out of control,' and called 911. The police dispatcher who answered, Redd, 'seemed unconcerned about Ms. Young's safety, and instead demanded to know whether her guest was male and what his name was,' the lawsuit states.

"Fearful, Elizabeth Young and Ketron left the house, according to the suit, and went to a pavilion at a nearby church to wait for police. No one came. After 30 minutes, Elizabeth Young called 911 again and Redd told her that because of the late hour, no one would be dispatched until morning.

"Afraid to contact law enforcement again, Elizabeth Young and Ketron claim they spent the rest of the night in a vehicle in the mountains 'to hide out'...."

Read the full story here.

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