Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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March 27, 2013

Assault case highlights legal loophole: A commentary

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March 27, 2013 —

The older man was released immediately and the younger man was held at the Carter County Detention Center until he was no longer under the influence of intoxicants.

“In these types of domestic situations, we never know if the person might return to the home and cause more trouble,” said Det. Sgt. Travis Steele. “Sadly, without witnessing any vandalism of the home or threats against the victim, there was nothing more officers could do under the law.”

In my opinion, this situation shows a serious loophole in the law that should be corrected.

As private citizens, we should not have to take matters into our own hands to protect ourselves or our loved ones.

Police officers are trained to use their professional judgment in such matters. Why does the law stand in their way?

Leeann Akers can be reached at lakers@journal-times.com or by phone at 474-5101.

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