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Should the Police Have Done More to Prevent Death?

Another post about a sad case that has evolved into a lawsuit that has very little chance of success or even making it to a jury. A California man filed a lawsuit against the city of San Francisco after his mother was found dead and floating in a suitcase in the San Francisco Bay last year. The wrongful death lawsuit claims should have done more to prevent the woman’s death. After the tragedy, the woman’s boyfriend was charged with murder and awaits trial.

The crux of the lawsuit appears to be that the woman kept coming to the emergency room with injuries that reeked of domestic violence but never followed up with an investigation.

Why do I think this lawsuit fails? I don’t think the police have an obligation to investigate a crime that the victim does not report. Every wrongful death lawyer in California agrees with me: no attorney has taken the case.

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