Murdered Voices

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Missouri Town Exiled A Woman For Calling The Police On Her Abusive Ex

Under a local “nuisance” ordinance, a person who calls the cops for domestic violence more than twice in 180 days can face eviction.

The Huffington Post Tue, Apr 11 4:28 AM PDT
When Rosetta Watson, a black woman with disabilities living in Maplewood, Missouri, needed protection from an abusive ex-boyfriend, she did what she was supposed to do: She called the police. On four occasions between 2011 and 2012, she contacted local law enforcement, telling authorities that Robert Hennings hit, shoved and choked her. 
Watson wanted relief from the violence. But instead, according to a federal lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union filed last week against Maplewood, she was evicted and forced to leave town for six months........................

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