Not sure where the “abuse” is here. Maybe “attempted abuse,” at best. A woman angry at the police tried to make a fraudulent red flag charge against an officer, claiming they have a child together to give her legal standing. The charge is denied, there are no repurcussions to the police officer, and she is now being investigated for fraud.
Sounds kind of like exactly the way the legal system ought to work.
I know folks on this forum generally oppose red flag laws, but I’ve seen mostly hypothetical abuse as justifying the concern. @Zee, you’ve told a tragic and compelling story about a friend, but also note that no red flag law was used in that situation. In the meantime, 17 states have red flag laws, including ours, and I just don’t hear the stories or see the stats of actual rampant abuse. In contrast, the cases in our state suggest really painful situations where someone is clearly imminently suicidal or homocidal, and some real damage was avoided. Sure some people have tried to use these laws for less than noble motives, like any other law, but they’ve almost always been stopped at the initial complaint like in the case quoted here. On the plus side, though, anecdotal evidence suggests that both suicides and the number of murdered spouses/partners are down as a result of these laws.
I know these are tough conversations, and my hope is that we now have enough evidence to have them based on actual experiences, not just on extreme scenarios that we’re concerned may happen in the future.