Comment of the Day

Reader: 911 response delays can cost lives -- like my brother's

Last week's post about Christopher Perea's alleged murder of Loretta Barela, his wife, pointed out controversy over an alleged delay in police response to a 911 call over the incident.

One of our readers was especially incensed by these reports because of what happened to a family member in a similar circumstance.

claudioespinoza81 writes:

When I was eight years old, I was the star witness at my brother's murder trial because I was everywhere throughout the period the situation was going on. My brother had called the police and told dispatch that there was a man driving around our block with a gun trying to kill him. The police hung up on him. He called them back and dispatch thought he was acting crazy. Minutes later, my brother was shot and killed, so when we called the police back AGAIN, they eventually responded after he was shot and killed. Somebody needs to lose their job, this is not right!!!
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