When you call 911 you expect, and likely need, assistance. That simply wasn’t the case if you were unlucky enough to get THIS operator.
ABC13 reported that a former 911 operator has been sentenced to 10 days in jail and 18 months probation for hanging up on emergency calls.
According to authorities, 44-year-old Crenshanda Williams systematically hung up on citizens trying to report emergencies.
A jury found her guilty of interference with emergency telephone calls.
Did Williams hurt anyone with her actions? At least one person died during an armed robbery at a convenience store. Prosecutors say that was just one of the thousands of calls Williams hung up on without dispatching officers. Take a look.
According to Fox News, Williams reportedly had an unusual number of “short calls,” which were no longer than 20 seconds. Prosecutors, according to the Houston Chronicle, determined she hung up on “thousands” of calls.
In one instance, emergency caller Jim Moten told KTRK he called 911 in 2016 after he spotted two vehicles speeding on a highway where people had been killed from speeding weeks earlier and thought his call had dropped after a few seconds.
Court documents, according to the news station, stated that Williams had taken Moten’s call and, before he could finish explaining his emergency, she reportedly said: “Ain’t nobody got time for this. For real.”
The former operator says she had her reasons for hanging up. Williams told ABC that she was putting the calls into ‘not ready’ status and assumed they were being rerouted to other operators.
However, she contradicted that statement by telling police that sometimes she hung up when she felt stressed, angry at her supervisor or just ‘didn’t want to talk’.
What do you think? Is 10 days in jail a fair punishment for the crime? Let us know in the comments below.