In June Antonio Lamont Hart, 25, was accused of misdemeanor assault on a female. Now I don’t know if that was a girlfriend, but his ex-girlfriend did have a domestic violence protection order in effect against him.
On Sunday morning police say that he showed up at the ex-girlfriend’s home. It is alleged that he entered the home by climbing through a window. Police were called at 5:50 am and when they arrived, they “escorted” him off of the property.
Soon after police left, it is believed that Hart returned to the residence and broke a kitchen window, cutting his arm in the process, possibly cutting an artery.
He was found on a cousin’s porch, two doors down from the girlfriends residence. Police believe he may have gone there for help, however no one was at home. He was found around 9 am by a friend of the cousins.
One of the first things usually encouraged for a domestic violence victim is get a domestic violence protection order. Then to encourage them to use it by calling police when the person it is against breaks the order. Because what good is the order if they don’t use it? And what good is the order if it isn’t enforced?
To get a protection order, a person first has to have received an act of violence or threat of violence. A police report has to be made. Sometimes charges have to be filed. A person has to go to court. And then the order is granted. It is not an easy process.
Many women will not call when the order is broken. Why? Some do not want to see the person they once cared for in more trouble. Some think if they just ignore it, it might go away (it won’t). And some feel it won’t do any good, that authorities will just ignore it. This is why.
There was an active protection order, and they escorted him off the property. Common sense says police aren’t going to stay around after that. So after a short time, the home can be targeted again.
I am seeing a lot said about how Hart was not a bad person. I am seeing words like generous, adventuresome, a nice guy. But is acknowledged that he had some problems. It would have been a bitter pill if he had been arrested for breaking the protection order. But it sure would have been better than what happened.
If arrested, his family would not have been mourning for him today. The ex-girlfriend and her family would not have been put through the trauma. And Antonio Lamont Hart would be alive today.