[Un]Shocking testimony reveals police inaction in Conn. horror home invasion

I’ve been reading about this story all day. I am very very angry. Strong language to follow.

Podunk local cops wasted more than half an hour assessing the Connecticut home invasion and setting up a vehicle perimeter — time the two attackers used to strangle the mother in her living room and set the fire that claimed the lives of the two girls upstairs, according to shocking testimony today.

via Shocking testimony reveals police inaction in Conn. horror home invasion – NYPOST.com.

In short, two RBGs (Really Bad Guys) target a family for robbery. During the robbery they beat up the dad, tied him to a pole and raped the two daughters. One of them took the wife to the bank to collect the “ransom.” While at the bank the poor wife and mother of two:

…told the teller and the manager that she, her husband Dr. William Petit, and their daughters, Hayley, 17 and Michaela, 11, were being held hostage in their home, and that she needed the money for ransom. Bank employees watch as Hawke-Petit takes the cash, and is driven away from the bank, allegedly by defendant Hayes

The police were called and while they spent 40 minutes setting up their “perimeter” Hayes raped and strangled Mrs. Petit to death. Then set fire to the house killing the daughters. Who is to blame for this delay? The Police? Surely you jest:

“The banker was very confusing from the start,” [Capt. Vignola] said. The teller was not even fully convinced that Hawke-Petit’s “hostage situation” story was true, he said.

What a crappy witness that banker was*. This was a petty crime anyway, its not like there was a plastic machete wielding costumed character outside a Halloween shop or a man with a gun outside a gun store. Those guys should be met with maximum, hardcore, violent response. A woman withdrawing 15k and claiming her family was being held for ransom. We’ll get someone right on that, maam. Oh God, that poor woman, with her dying breath probably thought the authorities would at least save her daughters.

I’m sure the police were following department protocol. Get this. Police department protocol is for the police to reduce their risk and catch the bad guys if they have time. It is not to save you. You are fucking on your own! Call the police when you have broken contact or after you kill the mother fuckers, but calling them to save you is a bad bet.

I have this bumper sticker on my truck so that I will be reminded, even on those days I don’t want to work out or go to the school to train:

“Train hard, the day will come.”

UPDATE: *Rereading this post I realize that in my outline I planned to say more about the bank manager. She wasn’t a “crappy witness”, but that is what police always tell people they should be instead of taking action. She was a great witness and gave the police everything they needed to prevent this tragedy. What the banker needed was better police.

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