Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Florida Police Fail To Serve & Protect?
Over the weekened a tragic murder of 17 year- old Natasha Hall happened inside her own home. She and her mother called the police on numerous ocassions. During the last call for help, just before the teen was murdered, Police informed the teen if she called again she would be arrested. This can not be confirmed by the Deland Florida police department, apparently they have "No Comment".
So what the hell does one do if they can't call the police for assistance?
Violence and threats are not childs play. This tragedy also makes me question how this Florida police department handles domestic violence related calls, in general. And God forbid, if your a cop's wife, what they might do. This is a serious epidemic.
What the teens mother must do now is rally every judge, womens advocacy group and high school to demand not only answers, but solutions. If you are a victim please contact the National Coaliton Against Domestic Violence at 1-800-799-SAFE. You can also contact that number for programs in your area for your teenager who is involved in an abusive relationship.
DELAND, Fla. -- A Central Florida woman whose 17-year-old daughter was killed in a murder-suicide apparently committed by her ex-boyfriend said the teen was told by police to stop calling for help or she'd be arrested.
Police said Clay Coffner shot his estranged girlfriend, Natasha Hall, in the head outside her DeLand home Friday before turning the gun on himself.
Video Link: http://www.local6.com/news/15330073/detail.html?rss=orlpn&taf=orlpn
Hall's mother, Sherry, said her daughter was concerned about Coffner and informed police.
In fact, Hall said her daughter called police so much that on Jan. 15 they threatened her.
"The police officer said if you call us one more time on him, I'm going to arrest you both," Sherry Hall said. "So, the day she died, she knew she couldn't talk to police. So, she handled it herself."
Michele Karpowicz said everyone noticed the warning signs before the homicide -- except police.
"I was going crazy," Hall's best friend said. "He was psycho, jealous and abusive."
Local 6 is trying to obtain a police call log to determine how many times the teen called police.
DeLand police officials have not responded to the allegations. (Source News 6)