Reader Cait Gilbert responds to 'He’s going to kill me': In Chisholm, Minnesota police indifference to a woman stalked:
Sadly, this doesn't just happen in Chisholm.
I had a similar experience in Minneapolis when a man I dated briefly began stalking me. The beat cops didn't follow protocol and let him leave my house visibly intoxicated on several occasions after multiple neighbors and I had called for help.
He repeatedly told me the cops wouldn't protect me and they proved him right. I had to go into hiding after he threatened my life and called my employer making false claims. I was lucky enough to have a safe place to go, an understanding employer who gave me time off, and the resources to get an order for protection (time, transportation, etc.).
Once I went in to the domestic abuse office and got an order for protection, the police were very helpful. My stalker was eventually convicted of felony stalking and served three months in jail.
However, A) many awful things had to happen first for me to have the evidence to get the order for protection and B) not every person is as lucky as I am to have the resources to acquire an order and then wait almost a week in hiding for my abuser to be arrested.
It shouldn't be this hard to feel safe in your own home after the police show up.