Reader: "Is This What We Have to Get Used to Now — Women’s Bodies Being Dumped on the Streets?”

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Damian Guevara’s story “What’s Next? Cleveland Police dig their way out of another PR nightmare” [May 12, 2010] was right on, addressing many of the Cleveland police department’s irresponsible oversights and abuses of power.

As a professor of women’s studies, I can attest to the fact that many women (across race, class, and generation) living in the city felt hopeless and distraught over the discovery of Angel Bradley-Crockett’s body on I-90 and the police debacle surrounding the initial “assessment” of her as a deer.

During a discussion of this horrific incident, one of my students asked, “Is this what we have to get used to now — women’s bodies being dumped on the streets?” This question haunted me for days.

Another group of students organized a protest on the steps of City Hall, demanding that all of the recommendations of the Special Commission on Missing Persons and Sex Crime Investigations be met.
My students learned to be activists this semester. While this was a good lesson for them, the circumstances that compelled them to become politically active are horrifically unacceptable. We must continue to demand more from the officers whose salaries we pay. Thank you for the good work.

Lyz Bly, PhD, Adjunct Professor,
Cleveland State University and
Cuyahoga Community College

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