criminal stalking

No bail should be allowed for serial stalkers

Criminal justice reform has two sides:

Brooklyn Williams, 23, and Andre Cousiamono, 27, both died of gunshot wounds to the head Tuesday afternoon, High Point police said in a statement obtained by news outlets.

Cousiamono was arrested and released on bond last month on outstanding warrants for felony stalking and cyberstalking, records showed. He also had pending charges of misdemeanor stalking, communicating threats and harassing phone calls from January incidents involving Williams, police said. A handgun was found beside Cousiamono and binoculars were discovered in his car near the scene Tuesday, according to police.

If you don't see the gaping issue in that second paragraph, read it again. That he was bonded out for a misdemeanor in January I can understand. The fact that case is still pending I can also understand; the pandemic has paralyzed court calendars. It's that second bond that pisses me off, and is directly responsible for this woman's death. At that point it was obvious he was not going to stop stalking her. His earlier bond should have been revoked, but even if it wasn't, that second bond should have been denied outright. I can't find anything (right now) on the handgun, whether it was legally registered under his name or not, or whether he had been directed to surrender any firearms. But we need some damn answers, and you can keep your "thoughts and prayers" to yourself.

Republican stalker wins Primary race for NC Auditor

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Because who gives a shit about women's safety?

Five months earlier, a woman reported that Street followed her on Feb. 23, 2017, at her house and a family member’s house and refused to leave, and then followed her as she drove, according to warrants. Court records said that Street was accused of following the same victim on multiple occasions between March 30, 2018, and April 26, 2018, leading to a second charge of stalking.

And it's a good bet that thousands of Republican women chose this creature when they entered the voting booth. Either because they didn't know about these charges, or they didn't care. This is why we can't have nice things.

Annapolis newspaper shooting reveals the dark side of Facebook

Sometimes a blast from the past is the last thing you need:

In what a judge called "rather bizarre" behavior, Ramos used Facebook to contact a woman he knew in high school and then sent her threatening emails, called her vulgar names and told her to kill herself, court documents and the article say. "If you're on Facebook, you've probably gotten a friend request or message from an old high school classmate you didn't quite remember," the article begins. "For one woman, that experience turned into a yearlong nightmare."

The article says Ramos contacted the woman and thanked her for being kind to him in high school. She wrote back, and they emailed. She suggested he see a counselor. Then, he lashed out at her. She "lived in fear for her safety for months," the article says.

I recently told a small group of people if they really wanted to use social media to advocate for a cause, they needed to let down their drawbridges. Make their posts public, so they can be shared and/or found in searches. And we discussed the positive and negative aspects of increased exposure. At one point I told them that "stranger danger" is a virtually non-existent threat, because most Internet trolls are basically cowards at heart, and stifling your advocacy is their main goal. This horrible incident does not change my views on that. She knew this guy from high school, he did not fit the classic definition of "stranger." And after he got in trouble over harassing her, he transferred his rage to the newspaper that told everybody else about his obsession:

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