Being Arrested Can Ruin Your Life

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

December 17, 2012

One reason we're told it's never correct to resist arrest is that being arrested is supposedly a minor inconvenience. Pittsburgh resident Sara Reedy knows otherwise.

Eight years ago, Reedy was sexually assaulted at gunpoint at a convenience store. When the police interviewed her in the hospital, they refused to believe her account. Rather than pursuing her assailant, they arrested her and charged her with robbery and "false reporting." Although Reedy wasn't prosecuted, she lost her job.

A year later, the criminal who assaulted her forced himself on another victim. After his arrest he confessed to a number of earlier assaults, including the one against Reedy. She spent seven years and a great deal of money seeking redress through the courts, eventually winning a large civil settlement that fell short of adequately compensating her for what she had experienced.

As defense attorney Craig DeThomasis told The Gainesville Sun, ?We currently live in a world where an arrest destroys somebody?s life" by leaving an ineffaceable taint in databases used for employment and housing background checks.

Merely  being arrested can ruin an innocent person's life ? or at least steal a considerable portion of it ? even if the victim isn?t prosecuted or jailed.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

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