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The second point concerns the authorities and the way they commonly deal with complaints, regardless of the gender of the person reporting them (they are equally lousy in their empathy of a male reporting a crime). As Jackson illustrated, it is practically impossible to sue a government agency like a police department. Isn't it time that law enforcement agencies start teaching their employees how to act like they really care? Don't get me wrong: Police officers do exist who will admit there isn't much they can do; others seem concerned and a few will go the distance. They are few and far between, though. Makes you wonder what "to protect and to serve" really means.

And the final point: Dana Garner survived by a miracle. Some force was definitely on her side. Let's not forget that she was a victim. She could have died. She had no rights, and she and her children still don't. The life that she has clung to and heroically deserves may have been irrevocably destroyed by a madman the police couldn't do anything about. One lady who is no longer with us once said, "He is going to kill me, and he is going to get away with it." Dana Garner summed it up when she said, "He's smarter than your entire department put together." Thus we are all potential victims.

Think about it.
Cal Anton
Denver

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