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Why It Matters That The Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect Has Been Accused Of Domestic Violence/ thinkprogress.org

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http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/11/28/3726209/planned-parenthood-suspect-history/

In the aftermath of a shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic that left three people dead, more details are emerging about the suspected gunman, 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear. According to police reports, Dear has a long history of getting in trouble with law enforcement — including several instances of being accused of preying on women.

According to BuzzFeed News, Dear was interviewed by South Carolina police in 1997 after the cops responded to a domestic violence call. Dear’s wife said that he locked her out of the house and, once she gained entry, he hit her and pushed her out of window. His wife didn’t want to press charges, saying she wanted only a police record of the incident. The cops noted that she had “apparent bruises” on her body from where she said Dear pushed her in the chest.

Five years later, Dear was investigated for making “unwanted advances” toward a woman who lived in his neighborhood. Dear’s neighbor Lynn Roberts and her husband reported he was hiding in the bushes by their house. Roberts said that he was “leering” at her on a “regular basis”; court records show that she eventually filed a restraining order against him in July 2002.

Dear has also faced a handful of other investigations for allegedly abusing an animal and threatening a neighbor. The charges against him have all been dropped or dismissed.
The revelations about Dear’s previous run-ins with the law, and specifically the instances in which he allegedly harmed women, were unsurprising to some observers.

indeed, there’s evidence that conclusively links domestic violence incidents with future violent crimes. Men who hurt their female family members often go on to hurt other people later in life.

Domestic violence advocates say that’s one important reason why crimes against women — which are often difficult to push through the criminal justice system, particularly considering the fact that violence against female partners has long been considered the norm — should be taken more seriously within society as a whole.

“Men who are eventually arrested for violent acts often began with attacks against their girlfriends and wives. In many cases, the charges of domestic violence were not taken seriously or were dismissed,” activists Pamela Shifman and Salamishah Tillet wrote in the New York Times earlier this year. “With so much at stake, responding to violence against women should be a top priority for everyone.”

There’s still a lot we don’t know about Dear, his history, or his motives. Authorities have not yet been able to pinpoint a motivation for the shooting at Planned Parenthood. The mayor of Colorado Spring, John Suthers, has come the closest to suggesting that the building may have been targeted because it provides women’s health services — saying on Saturday that people can make “inferences from where it took place.”

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Wisconsin mom shot saving 2 of her kids, but husband and daughter killed/ CNN

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http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/05/us/wisconsin-shooting/index.html

(CNN)Erin Stoffel shuffled her 7-year-old son, Ezra, and 5-year-old daughter, Selah, off a pedestrian bridge in Menasha, Wisconsin, after a gunman randomly opened fire, killing her husband and her 11-year-old daughter.

She did this while taking three bullets.

“You can never underestimate the power of a mother to protect her children. To have three gunshot wounds and be able to get off that bridge and save two of her children is incredible to think about,” Dr. Ray Georgen at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah said Monday.

“It’s an amazing story of heroism on her part and certainly of her children.”

But Stoffel’s quick actions weren’t enough to save her daughter Olivia and her husband, Johnathon, 33. Adam Bentdahl, 31, an unrelated Appleton man, also died.

Police say Sergio Valencia Del Toro, 27, opened fire near the middle of the Trestle Trail Bridge on Sunday evening after an argument with his ex-fiancée, CNN affiliate WLUK reported. He then turned the gun on himself, taking his own life, police said.

The gunman didn’t know any of his victims, authorities said.

Chaos on the bridge

Even with the loss of life, Erin and Ezra Stoffel are being called heroes. The toll could have been higher.

Stoffel sent Ezra to get help amid the gunfire.

“Despite being shot multiple times, Ms. Stoffel was able to … (instruct) her young son to go run for assistance,” said Menasha police Chief Tim Styka. “Absolutely amazing.”

Barry Busby, the Winnebago County coroner, also praised her quick thinking.

“True heroes going into an act of fire, where they don’t know what’s out there on this unprotected bridge, but trying to save other people,” Busby said. “And I think their fast response helped save a lot of people.”

Georgen said the early stages of Stoffel’s recovery are going well. The medical center lists her condition as critical.

A gofundme page set up to help the family after the shooting had raised almost $75,000 by Tuesday morning.

CNN’s Tony Marco and Amanda Watts contributed to this report.

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May 6, 2015 at 2:31 am

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