posted on Jun, 19 2013 @ 09:04 PM
This story is one that made me give it a double take. It's incredible to think such a thing could happen and I have to wonder sometimes, how well
trained or even concerned are 911 operators about the lives of those they take calls from? Not all operators are bad, I'm sure. This one was fired a
month after causing this man's death on a dark Denver street. However, the level of damage that one bad operator can do is hard to underestimate.
Case in point:
The 25-year-old was in a car with his brothers, Changkuoth Pal and Ran Pal, and another Sudenese friend, Joseph Kolong, in the early morning hours
of April 1, 2012, when a group of Hispanic men allegedly pulled up along side, shouted racial slurs and shattered their windshield with beer bottles
and "bottle rockets."
Ran Pal allegedly called 911 during the attack while his group fled to suburban Denver.
At this stage, he did what any intelligent person would do. He fled the scene of the attack, lest he be attacked further. It would seem he was in
legitimate fear for his safety and well being. Certainly a reasonable concern, given what just happened to him. So he calls 911, expecting help and
protection. What he got was an order that killed him. He was specifically ordered to go back to the scene of the attack and wait.
"After directing plaintiffs to park in a conspicuous location on a major road on which he knew the attackers had been traveling just minutes
before, Mr. Rodriguez then instructed plaintiffs to activate their hazard lights, making them even more visible and obvious than they already were at
that early hour of the morning. He then learned that the attackers had brandished a gun during the initial altercation. Despite this knowledge, Mr.
Rodriguez did not suggest that plaintiffs find a more discrete location, even within the city of Denver, or otherwise make their whereabouts less
obvious. Most egregiously, Mr. Rodriguez did not dispatch a police officer to plaintiffs' location at any time until after Jimma Pal had been fatally
(Source: Courthouse News
The last sentence is the clincher for me. He sent them back down to where this just happened and didn't even dispatch police to the scene. Not to
mention, insuring they made as bright and obvious a spectacle of themselves as could reasonably be accomplished, short of getting out and waving their
The judge here did dismiss their claims for the basis they'd filed them. That being racial discrimination and evidence of a pattern. However, he
specifically left open their ability to amend and refile the suit against the operator with more fitting claims. I certainly hope they do. A man died
for another man's blatant incompetence.