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Austerity More Important Than Justice For Victims Of Conjugal Violence in Topeka, Kansas

Is there nothing the Batshit crazy won’t stop at in the name of austerity? Here’s something that could warm the heart of Super Vic Toews.  According to a report from Daily Kos, it appears that Topeka Kansas, nor Shawnee County, can “afford” to prosecute perpetrators of domestic abuse .

The Topeka City Council on Tuesday voted to repeal the city’s law against misdemeanor domestic battery, the latest in a budget battle that has freed about 30 abuse suspects from charges.

One of the offenders was even arrested and released twice since the brouhaha broke out Sept. 8.

Talk about outrageous and adding insult to injury! This sends a message that not only abusing your spouse (and perhaps even your kids?) is ok, but that keeping them safe and obtaining justice for them is just not worth a billionaire paying a few extra bucks in taxes.

And it’s not like domestic violence in the state of Kansas  is non-existant:

And Kansas, like the rest of the country, has a serious domestic violence problem. Last year, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation reported the following:

  • One Domestic Violence Murder Occurred Every 10.4 Days.
  • One Domestic Violence Incident Occurred Every 22 Minutes, 0 Seconds.
  • Law Enforcement Made One Domestic Violence Arrest Every 41 Minutes, 48 Seconds.

The numbers don’t improve if you look only at the county and city involved. In 2009, there were 1,968 incidents of domestic violence in Shawnee County, 1,733 of them in Topeka. Only 32.7 percent of those incidents resulted in arrests.

Now watch those fools next year brag and say something like “look, see? our stats on domestic violence are way down!”   Yeah, right! The numbers would simply be altered because no one will be arrested, let alone prosecuted for those crimes.  In fact, I would say perpetrators of domestic violence will now feel more free to let loose on their families simply because they can.

I wonder how cops and prosecutors will be able to sleep at night. I wonder how they will be able to explain why they can’t and won’t arrest and prosecute their violent spouses and justify their reasoning with a straight face.

H/T Pale

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