Domestic Violence Victims Are A Nuisance
April 29, 2013 8:55 PM Subscribe
Last year in Norristown, Pa., Lakisha Briggs' boyfriend physically assaulted her, and the police arrested him. But in a cruel turn of events, a police officer then told Ms. Briggs, "You are on three strikes. We're gonna have your landlord evict you."
Yes, that's right. The police threatened Ms. Briggs with eviction because she had received their assistance for domestic violence. Under Norristown's "disorderly behavior ordinance," the city penalizes landlords and tenants when the police respond to three instances of "disorderly behavior" within a four-month period. The ordinance specifically includes "domestic disturbances" as disorderly behavior that triggers enforcement of the law.
This post was deleted for the following reason: This sounds awful but a single link to an ACLU press release doesn't make for a great post; maybe see if there is additional info from other sources on this? -- LobsterMitten