If the Myrtle Beach police did what Ronald Thomas Woolley claimed to have done to me, I don’t know how I would react.
When the event is expanded As he claims in the proceedingsNot only is it bad for Uhrie, but bad news for anyone thinking of helping a stranger on the street, especially if the stranger happens to be a female.
I know I once picked up a prostitute near the south of 17th Avenue.
According to his lawsuit against the city, Woolley did not pick up or even try to do so.
After leaving the gas station parking lot, he noticed that the woman “was desperately”. He stopped and asked the woman if she needed anything. She offered to have sex in exchange for $ 20. Woolley didn’t know the woman was a decoy investigator, but she rolled the window and drove away.
A mile away, he was pulled and arrested for possessing a small amount of marijuana in search of prostitution. He was released on public debt the next day. Due to long-standing policy, Myrtle Beach officials declined to comment and did not confirm that things went well, as Uhrie claims.
Proceedings pointed out The charges were later dismissed, police officers lied, and Uhrie claimed to have lost his job due to his arrest.
As explained, it seems to be trapped and police are causing crimes that would not have been committed without their intervention. If true, those facts should mean a settlement or verdict in favor of Woolley. He seeks attorney’s fees, lost wages and other damages.
That’s good for him, but bad for cities and all residents and visitors who tend to help strangers or need help in the moment of distress. It will make the good Samaritan think twice before stopping to help the suffering stranger.
If you are arrested for rolling a window to deal with a desperately waving woman and you can turn your life over, the risk of stopping is enormous.
When I picked up the whore, it would have made me think twice all of those years ago. I didn’t know she was a whore when I pulled. All I saw was a woman with dirty grass-stained knees, holding a bra when she stumbled by the side of the road. I asked her if she needed help. She stumbled on my car. She was desperate. I inadvertently made a bat dial to my wife who had heard about her interaction without knowing it. I took the woman to the Rape Crisis Center, where she learned about her career.
She left before we could help anything, maybe before we could provide medical assistance. I’ve never met her again, but I’ve never forgotten her, sometimes because I don’t know if the stop was successful and because I know that things could have changed a lot.
If the woman was a decoy investigator, I could have reached the point where Woolley’s proceedings claimed he was. It gives me a pause. I am responsible for my 23 year old wife, two children, colleagues and many others. Need to risk it to help a stranger? It’s a question that has tickled my brain for a long time.
As crime is a hot topic in these bipartisan eras, police are being asked to do more to curb excesses in order to keep the city’s quality of life high.
If you think of prostitution as a moral issue, but it becomes an unresolved issue in your neighborhood, you’ll think it’s annoying and want to do something about it.
But there must be a better way to fight crime without unnecessarily increasing the number of criminals.
Issac Bailey is a columnist at The Sun News.