It is about power and control

Mark Allen Bird, 33, was charged with attempted first degree murder and related offenses. It is alleged had been alleged that Bird had pushed his girlfriend  Laurel Green, 25, out of a car and attempted to run over her on June 7. She had been treated in the hospital for injuries sustained in that incident.

The case went to court last Thurs. And Green testified that she was drunk and did not remember being attacked. And she also testified that she did not remember signing the statement against Bird. The case was therefore dismissed.

On Mon. night about 6 pm, Green was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. She was taken to the hospital for a blood alcohol test, which she refused.

Allegedly Mark Bird and someone else picked her up at the hospital and took her home.

Allegedly once they got home the couple began to argue and someone called 911. While they were on the line, a woman could be heard screaming and saying “get away from me”.

The call was traced and officers responded to the address. They state that the occupants refused to open the door. On the fire escape landing, officers found a large quantity of blood. There was an open back door, and they entered the home.

They found John Bird in the living room of the home and ordered him to the floor, which he refused to do. Officers allege that he also pulled away from officers when they attempted to handcuff him. He was ta-zed twice by officers. John Bird is the father of Mark Bird.

Mark Bird and Green were found in the bedroom and Bird was arrested without incident.

Mark Bird has been charged with simple assault, and his father has been charged with resisting arrest and obstructing administration of law.  

Ms. Green was taken to the hospital by ambulance and an update says that she had been beaten and had broken bones in her face. One of the detectives suffered a cut on his finger.

The District Attorney says they will pursue these charges whether Green testifies or not.

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Marty Gates, the director of a domestic violence agency has spoken out in this case. She is urging people not to judge Green for her previous failure to testify in court. She has made a couple of important statements that I would like to include here:

“The one thing with abuse that we know is it is about power, it is about control. He has proven when he says I will kill you, he means it. Read the reports,”

“We need to understand this person is afraid. If we had someone who had been beaten up by a mafia member and said ‘oh I can’t testify, I’m afraid. No one would question it. No one would question it.”

My comment would be that Green’s failure to testify, is only one of the hallmarks of domestic violence. A number of weapons can be used in a relationship: emotional abuse, fear, intimidation, threats, physical abuse, manipulation, and a number of others. Some have likened the systematic control of a spouse or intimate partner to a type of brainwashing. To a make them believe that the abusing partner is omniscient, totally able to harm them, no matter how far away they get, no matter if they are even behind bars.

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Laurel Green, 25, failed to show up in court to testify against Mark Allen Bird, 33, on the charges of simple assault and harrassment. But as promised, the DA is continuing to pursue the charges. Bird was returned to jail, and the bail was set at $15,000. It is unknown where the victim is, and she does not have a protection from abuse order on Bird.

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