Local

Domestic Violence Expert Reacts To Cook’s Acquittal

View Comments
(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS) Susie Jones
Susie Jones has been with WCCO Radio since 1996. She started as a...
Read More

Minnesota Vikings
Upcoming Games

Buy Vikings Tickets Full Schedule
Sunday Dec 28
vs. Bears
Vikings Central
Shop for Vikings Gear
NFL Scoreboard
NFL Standings
Team STATS
Team Schedule
Team Roster
Team Injuries

Sports Fan Insider

Keep up with your favorite teams and athletes with daily updates.
Sign Up
Today's Most Popular Video
  1. WCCO Viewers Send In Their Holiday Photos
  2. 103-Year-Old Florida Man Sinks Hole In One
  3. Wild Players Reflect On Best, Worst Christmas Gifts
  4. 4 Things To Know For Dec. 22, 2014
  5. Finding Minnesota: Mankato's Holiday Spectacle

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – There’s fear among domestic violence experts that Chris Cook’s acquittal could cause some victims to not come forward.

Carol Arthur is the executive director of the Domestic Abuse Project and she says Cook’s acquittal could deter victims of domestic violence from coming forward.

“These were really serious charges and he got off because — well, I can’t make this judgment — but it may appear he got off because of his status,” Arthur said.

Arthur says there are some lessons to be learned about domestic violence from this high-profile case. For example, the victim in this case, recanted her story, which is common. She says the case shows that police are trained to investigate the crime, whether or not the victim has changed her story.

Arthur said her first reaction to the verdict was disappointment.

“Extremely disappointed, I guess, would be the first reaction I would have on one hand,” she said. “On the other hand, [I felt] proud of our judicial system that they went forward with such a high profile case, which in the past would have been swept under the rug. Nothing would have ever happened.”

Arthur says the strangulation issue was also important. She pointed to the media, saying they complicated the case by calling strangulation choking. According to Arthur, strangulation is a much more serious matter.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,407 other followers