My family are big fans of true crime and forensic programs on television. Between those programs and the daily local news, it seems that a growing number of women are being attacked, beaten, sexually assaulted and killed AFTER warning law enforcement of the danger they face by a former lover, boyfriend, husband or stalker.
In so many of these cases, the victim had obtained restraining orders against their attackers, but the attackers ignored the restraining order. In far too many cases, the victims were told by law enforcement that a restraining order would protect them and that there was nothing more law enforcement could do. We’ve also seen in many cases that when a man continues to violate the restraining orders, little is done and sometimes the police begin to ignore the woman and even consider her a nuisance.
That’s what happened in the case of 19-year-old Shana Grice.
Early last year, Grice told the police that her former 27-year-old boyfriend had pulled her hair and tried grabbing her phone out of her hand. She didn’t tell the police that Michael Lane had been her boyfriend. When Lane denied the allegations, the police ended up fining Grice for ‘having caused wasteful employment of police by making a false report.’
The police didn’t believe her, but they believed Lane.