Detroit Woman Critically Shot After Waiting 75 Minutes For 911 Help
As if the city of Detroit doesn’t have enough to worry about, it seems the issue of their 911 emergency dispatchers severe lack of urgency when responding to calls is only getting worse.
Detroit police, routinely under fire for slow response times to emergencies, are considering criminal charges against two dispatchers for failing to send officers quickly on 911 calls — including one last month that ended with a woman being shot.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig called the problems with the dispatchers isolated, but said such mistakes won’t be tolerated.
“Status quo, complacency, mediocrity will not be tolerated,” he said during a news conference Wednesday at the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters.
Betty Hood, the mother of the woman shot in the 13800 block of Bringard on Friday, told the Free Press her daughter repeatedly called 911 in the early morning hours trying to prevent an argument at her house from escalating, but police didn’t respond until after her daughter, Jobrena Hood, 38, had been shot.
“I want the dispatchers to take their jobs more serious,” Betty Hood said Wednesday night. “And if they do that, there will be less people getting hurt.”
Her daughter, she said, was shot in the chest as she stood on the porch waiting for the police to arrive and remained hospitalized Wednesday night.
Police said the woman, who was critically injured, had called for help six times before she was shot with an AK-47. A dispatcher is accused of taking more than an hour to send officers to the scene.
This is ridiculous and unacceptable. These dispatchers in Detroit need to get it together ASAP.