I will never forget the day a writing buddy of mine told me her ex-boyfriend stood in the middle of her lawn holding a knife. She called the police, and they told her that local law (she lived in Indiana) confirmed that unless he actually did something with the knife, then they wouldn't come to her location. That blew me away. Meanwhile Laquan McDonald was killed for the same action and was harming absolutely no one. No matter how much he showed up to wherever she was, the police said he actually had to "do" something. I would've had a restraining order immediately.

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