This was the response from the Cleveland police department dispatcher when kidnap victim Amanda Berry called 911 for help. To me..this epitomizes the overall response to these kidnap cases and the case of serial killer Anthony Sowell.
You would think that after their complete indifference to the events in the Anthony Sowell case ( where they were slow to respond to reports of a naked woman trying to escape his home) that another report of a naked woman would give them pause..and would cause them to do more than just knock on a door. You would think that reports of a woman screaming would at least cause them to investigate beyond..again..a knocking on the door.
While I understand that the only people who are truly to blame for the kidnapping and years of rape and torture of Amanda Berry and the two other young women are the perpetrators themselves, one has to wonder how many extra days, months or years of torture these women endured..either because of police apathy or police incompetence.
I am never one to criticize law enforcement..but this case cries out for an investigation into the policies of this police department. The lack of urgency on behalf of the 911 operator is disturbing in and of itself. Add the "missed clues" and "missed opportunities" by the Cleveland PD over the years and it becomes indicative of a possible bigger issue. One thing seems to be clear..between the Anthony Sowell case and now this...it seems that maybe it's time for a leadership change.