“Welcome to CIT training. I have a degree from UVA in English and Philosophy. I am a peer support specialist and on the Board of this and that. And, I like karaoke. Also, as some of you may know, I have been hospitalized for mental illness over ten times. One cop ‘redirected me to the ground” colliding me naked into a Florida red ant hill, cuffed, and hog tied me, and ignored my cries for help to remove the constantly biting and burning ants. I had another officer sit with me for hours in the e/r talking to me about miracles and John Grisham. What kind of police officer do you want to be in mental health crisis?”
A father’s plea
“Veronica, as your father, I demand you stop doing this. People get killed in their own homes. Control yourself. Please.”
“One of the first things I suggest is slow down. You’ve arrived at the situation. Now, it’s time to be patient and diffuse…not create another crisis.”
a cop trick
He worked for vice. She was doing a little something she wasn’t supposed to be doing.
He bought her an afternoon sweet tea at a bar near her dorm with medium lighting and a lot of cheap wood paneling.
He gave her once overs, smiled, and nodded a lot.
They decided to try each other out in a motel near grounds.
As she entered his car, she noticed his siren.
“You know most sex acts are illegal in the state of Virginia,” she says pretending to be coy truly being cautious.
“I know. I break them regularly.”
They had pivotal, shallow, masterful sex.
He taught her how to fuck with the lights on, and then they broke a lamp.
During the two year affair, he traveled hundreds of miles all over Virginia to be with her, dealt with pregnancy scares, and sent her a graduation card.
And, never fucked, saw, or called her again.
“Another suggestion is make it personal without taking it personal. You are dealing with a person who is not dealing with you but with themselves and their pains and their fears. Be kind even when we are unkind to you. I believe if there is any judgment after this world… it’s about how we treated those who mistreated us.”
Occupy ousted; cops take naked lady.
they never showed me smile at the arresting officer.
they never showed me reach out to shake her hand.
they never showed her reach down and take my hand.
They never ask me to speak at a CIT training again.