[nagdu] Blind Woman Says Law Enforcement Offered No Helpto Her Dying Service Dog

Laurel and Stockard laurel.stockard at gmail.com
Thu Jul 10 23:05:28 UTC 2014

Scary to think that this could happen to one of us and we'd be in the same boat. Could Marion or Mike or someone comment on what the laws are regarding this type of thing? I'd also like to know what the NFB's official position of advocacy is on this type of situation. Thanks

Laurel & guide dog Stockard
Scentsy Independent Consultant

On Jul 10, 2014, at 5:47 PM, Julie J. via nagdu <nagdu at nfbnet.org> wrote:

> There are a couple of things that I find myself pondering about this situation.
> There is this presumption that someone else, the police officer, 911, should have done something.  Is this from social conditioning?  Where does this idea that there should be someone always there to help us come from?   Are all people like this, or is it more so with blind people?
> Maybe the police officer should have helped.  I don't know. Ethically/morally I think everyone in the restaurant that knew what was going on had the equal opportunity to help.  No one did.  why is that?  Are people that callous?  Did they not know what needed to be done?  Did they not have the means to help?  Were any of them asked?  I think sometimes people would help if they knew specifically what to do. Why is the police officer singled out for retribution?  Perhaps there was a doctor, nurse, or taxi driver in the restaurant...they were certainly in a position to help just as much or more than the police officer.
> I am kind of surprised by some of the responses also.  It is interesting to me that the issue of a lawsuit is brought up.  Is it possible to instill morals through legal action?  Will money make any difference in the long run?
> The other day I was walking through the living room and caught a snippet from the TV.  Sorry I don't know who was talking or what the program or even the topic was.  the quote jumped out though.
> "With great freedom, comes great responsibility"
> It's so true on so many levels.    I feel for the woman.  It had to be a horrible, horrible situation to be in.  However I don't thinking blaming others is going to help.
> Julie
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