Re: Last Laugh! 86 Year Old Woman Taken to Jail Account of 911 Call

Sounds a bit like Nazi Germany.

> Patrick Towns>> Woman Calls 911 With Pizza Complaint >> An 86-year-old woman was jailed after police said she called 911 >> dispatchers 20 times in a little more than a half-hour -- all to >> complain that a pizza parlor wouldn't deliver. >> Dorothy Densmore was charged with misusing the 911 system, a jail >> spokeswoman said. >> She told dispatchers Sunday that a local pizza shop refused to deliver >> a pie to her south Charlotte apartment, said Officer Mandy >> Giannini. She also complained that someone at the shop called her a >> "crazy old coot," Giannini said. >> Densmore wanted them arrested. Instead, police came to arrest her, and >> she resisted, Giannini said. >> It's unusual for someone to face charges for nonemergency calls, >> Giannini said. But on Sunday, Densmore kept calling 911, even after >> she was told to stop, Giannini said. >> When an officer arrived at her apartment, the 5-foot-tall, 98-pound >> woman attacked him, Giannini said. Densmore scratched him, kicked and >> bit his hand, she said. >> Densmore also is charged with resisting a public officer and two >> counts of misusing the 911 system, jail records show. >> Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. >> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Poor, brave, courageous police officer. >> I sure hope he was not hurt when this 86 year old woman 'assaulted' >> him. On the other hand, the old lady should have made her calls to >> police on a VOIP line. If she had, chances are the police would still >> be looking for her, in order to arrest the 'crazy old coot'. PAT] > [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: So many things about USA law > enforcement these days have a sort of tinge or a smell of Nazi-Germany > to them, don't they ... PAT]

How do you figure? Who would be held responsible if one of her 20 calls caused a caller with a real emergency to be put on hold?

It sounds to me like she should have been charged with assaulting a police officer too, which would raise the stakes from a "resisting a public officer" charge.

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