As of this date, there exists in the media a video, in fact a dash cam video showing the death of a young man at the hands of a police officer. In part, because of this video, the police officer was charged with murder. I choose not to link to that video. It is bad enough that the video has been released to the public. I have not viewed this video, so I can neither support or condemn the actions of either party. Reality is that someone died at the hands of another. It is not my intention to sway the reader as to the guilt or innocence of the police officer. It is also not my intention to sway the reader as to the guilt or innocence of the deceased. It is the intent to provoke a conversation. A conversation about responsibility. What happens if a jury can’t be
David has been in placement at the psychiatric residential treatment facility (PRTF) for 6 weeks. I still find myself keeping odd hours like I am keeping track of what he is doing in the middle of the night. In the evening I doze a bit, and then am up half the night as per the routine when he was home. Prior to his return home last January, he was gone for more than two years and I still had this pattern of sleep. Up in the middle of the night, sleep during the day. I find that I have a difficult time sleeping in a regular bed. Even when I stay in hotels I tend to sleep on the couch rather than the bed. Too bad hotels don’t have rooms with just a couch, a tv, and a bathroom. I don’t need the bed. I am not sure what the
This week, I learned the results of the latest Child and Protective Services (CPS) investigation. Because of allegations made by David, we believe he was attempting to manipulate the system to get to live where he wants rather than at home, there was a complaint made against me. The complaint said that I “was exploiting my son, that I threw him to the sidewalk, that I hugged him too much, as well as told him “I love you”, and that I was antagonizing him to provoke a response.” I wrote about it when I first learned of the investigation. Remember? There was an investigation before that regarding washing David’s mouth out with soap. Initially when the complaint in October came out, I met with a detective from the Sheriff’s office. From that meeting, I stated that I would change my son’s name to David for the purposes of this blog.