Gosh. Norristown, Pennsylvania seems like it must be a real nice place to live what with its strict schoolmarm rule against “disorderly behavior.” In order to be fair, however, the rule applies not only to those who perpetrate “disorderly behavior” but also to those who might happen to be victims of it. ... SNIP ... The Norristown police notified a woman whose boyfriend assaulted her that she was being evicted for the crime of disturbing the peace by being assaulted too many times.Some silly girl named Kaili over on Wonkette
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.So the victim didn't call after the first assault. When her EX-boyfriend hit her with a brick, she didn't call - but someone else did. And then when her EX-boyfriend stabbed her in the neck with a knife, she didn't call - but someone else did. So Ms. Norris, our victim, gets to be evicted because a guy she wants nothing to do with keeps coming back to her home and attacking her.
More below the Orange Squiggle of Power.
A bunch of dangerous radicals called the ACLU have even more information than KJG shared with us!
Based on these "strikes," the city pressured her landlord to evict. After a housing court refused to order an eviction, the city said it planned to condemn the property and forcibly remove Ms. Briggs from her home. The ACLU intervened, and the city did not carry out its threats, and even agreed to repeal the ordinance. But just two weeks later, Norristown quietly passed a virtually identical ordinance that imposes fines on landlords unless they evict tenants who obtain police assistance, including for domestic violence.That's right. The courts said "This is wrong", so the city, rather than let things drop, planned to condemn the property instead!
I don't have any pictures or information on the victim. But I am going to bet a nickle that Ms. Norris is one of the poors and that if she were a member of the 1% her EX-boyfriend would already be behind bars with a steady rain of thrown books descending into his cell. Just a guess.
It's just too much trouble to enforce the law. So when people routinely break the law in minor ways, we'll just send them down the road. That will make them somebodies problem, and that somebody won't be us, and we won't have to spend the money required to actually maintain a veneer of civilization. Because poor folks don't deserve civilization.