Sunday, January 20, 2008

Finally a Bureaucrat is Held Accountable

911 operator guilty of neglect Well, somewhat accountable.

A 6-year-old boy called 911
to report that his mother was ill (she was unconscious in the kitchen). The 911 operator wouldn't send anyone until she could talk to an adult. (The only adult was unconscious on the floor.) By the time police got there, the mother was dead.
The case marked the first time nationwide that a 911 operator had been charged with a crime in mishandling a phone call, attorneys and a top 911 official said Friday.

"I hope that it makes every 911 operator in the city and across the country think real hard before dismissing a call as a prank," Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Lora Weingarden said outside the courtroom. "I'm thrilled with the verdict.
It was only a misdemeanor conviction, but it is better than what I thought would happen.

People teach their kids to call 911 in an emergency, but will that really help them in an emergency? It most certainly did not in this case.

I don't know if this counts as justice served, but it is better than nothing.

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