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Lawsuit to be filed soon in Detroit 911 dispatch delay case
5:48 PM, Sep 9, 2013
6:25 PM, Sep 9, 2013
(WXYZ) - Her daughter was stabbed repeatedly, but Detroit dispatchers failed to send police or EMS for an hour and a half. Now, that grieving mother is getting ready to sue the city.
Tracey Hightower is desperate for answers. Her daughter, Stacey, was stabbed to death back in May.
A registered sex offender followed the 32-year old home from a party and killed Stacey Hightower inside her apartment in Detroit.
Tracey Hightower's attorney says several neighbors called 9-1-1 but Detroit Police dispatchers did not send anyone to the apartment for more than 90 minutes.
Now Hightower's attorney says he's exploring how they can sue the city – despite the bankruptcy – to hold the leadership accountable.
"[The neighbors] heard the screams and yells for more than an hour, while this young lady was being pummeled and stabbed multiples times – the police didn't come. The neighbors indicated they called multiple occasions over 90 minutes elapsed. That is something that is unconscionable and unspeakable," said attorney Arnold Reed.
"Stacey was a good person. A good taxpaying citizen that deserved a response – a reasonable response time… She was a good person, beautiful smile, beautiful spirit. And she didn't deserve this – she deserved to get help when they called," said Tracey Hightower.
Since her daughter's murder Tracey Hightower has moved out of the city – because she fears the long response times from police.
Meanwhile, Detroit's new police chief suspended this dispatcher in this case – and there's a chance the dispatcher could face criminal charges.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is currently reviewing the case.