From the article:
University of Utah track and field athlete Lauren McCluskey was fatally shot earlier this year by a man she had recently dumped after she found out he had lied to her about his name, age, and criminal record. The man, Melvin Rowland, 37, died by suicide hours later. But for weeks before her Oct. 22 murder, McCluskey, her family, and her friends knew she was in danger and kept asking for help, according to documents and 911 audio released this month. As early as late September, two friends spoke up to a resident assistant in her dorm. By early October, McCluskey was calling campus police. Worried campus police weren’t acting fast enough, McCluskey called Salt Lake City police too.
Here is a timeline of those requests for help, based off two reports released this month—one by the University of Utah, another by the state’s public safety department—as well as recently released 911 calls.
This article is literally a timeline of her and her families voluminous requests for help.
I remember being in high school when I gal I was hanging out with was taken forcibly into a car and taken off school property to be beaten. The cops stopped the car for running a red light, and when she pleaded with him for help, he didn’t help her. When she came back beaten, the same cop told her it was her fault for not sounding serious enough.
She was the daughter of the owners of a taxi company, and I had spent the night at her house. We weren’t close, but I remember being furious at the cop for his bullshit. She could have been beaten to death, and he would have still blamed her.
It impressed upon me at an early age that the police don’t really help as much as the myth of them helping would say. To this day I really am reluctant to deal with the police because I am trans and my history with this is riddled with incidents like these. I guess I am lucky I just never really needed them, like Lauren McCluskey did.
I’m not saying there aren’t good cops out there, but the way our current police forces and judicial system works, it feeds directly into the system racism and sexism that embeds the very infrastructure or our culture. It’s very hard to get help, and the system is slow to move.
This man murdered Lauren McCluskey, and she has a long documented history of trying to get help before he did so. I guess I’m trying to say I don’t think this is a one off. I hear stories like this all the time where women know the men that will eventually murder them, and there is no relief.