Originally posted by seagull
Grady, You're more knowledgeable in this area than I. How do the Good Samaritan Laws apply here? Or do they apply at all? In regard to those
unforeseen consequences I mentioned.
Laws vary by state, but I think it's in everyone's interest to read the children's code for his state and to have some idea of how to handle such a
A few weeks ago, a man was moved into the apartment above. Because of the noise coming from that apartment I approached a couple of men who were
exiting the apartment and asked them about the noise.
The said that the resident was disturbed in some way that I don't remember now, but that they worked for an agency and one of them was his caretaker,
but they gave me no information regarding whom they worked for.
The other day, I was bringing in some groceries and that guy and his "caretaker" were having some sort of problem out front and the guy who lives
there asked me to call 911.
I asked what the problem was and he said that the caretaker wouldn't let him go where he wanted to go.
Now, I'm familiar with such situations and I'm sympathetic to those who are charged with dealing with such problems.
I asked him if the person with which he was having the problem was his caretaker and the caretaker answered in the affirmative.
I asked him to show me some sort of ID to confirm his authority over the other individual.
He rudely refused.
I told him that he was leaving me no choice but to call the police.
He said that was fine with him.
So, I took my groceries inside and called the police and explained the situation and why I was calling.
When I was a Social Worker, I was required by law to produce my ID upon request.
I felt that if this person had a legal right to detain the other that he would know that producing an ID would be the easiest way to send me on my
His refusing to comply with my request was grounds enough for me to assume that he had no such authority and that I had no ethical recourse than to
report the incident.
The police responded, but I haven't followed up on it.
Frankly, I don't care, but I suspect that when the report is filed, there will be some retraining among members of that agency regarding how to
respond to such situations.
With almost everyone having a cell phone, it's not that hard to get someone on the line to give advice on how to handle a situation.
Unless there is a situation where death or great bodily harm is immanent, there is probably no reason to become personally involved, but child abuse
does not have to involve death or great bodily harm.
By the way, I didn't call 911, because there was no indication that there was an emergency. I called the main switchboard and filed the report and
the police took it from there.
Even if nothing comes of that incident, there is now a record of it. If something like that happens again and someone calls the police, there will be
another report and so on.
I could have remained anonymous, but I chose to give my name.
[edit on 2008/2/9 by GradyPhilpott]