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.

Comments (19)
  1. Sister Sue says:

    You are full blown racist my friend. All women are not always innocent all of the time dear. Black athlete? Guilty.

  2. Cook is a Clown says:

    Calling this a “high-profile” case is poor reporting. Cook is a loser

  3. Big Al says:

    This is the trouble with “women’s advocates”. They advocate for the women regardless of facts, and regardless of weather the women want “advocacy” in the first place.

      1. Mr.Yes says:

        Yes indide true . Seen it on my own eyes. They just want to make money . Not to help

  4. Billy says:

    Chris Cook is a hero, I am glad everything turned out the way it did Chris, we could really use you this season.

    1. steve says:

      what a joke this guy is a dirt bag.he better hopes he carries !!!

      1. Steve says:

        Cuz I like ’em big. Big and black is the way i like it

  5. Sam I am says:

    I am a victim of domestic violence. I have reservations about the “victims” story. She was able to rip out 3 dreadlocks, that in itself is physical abuse. Who are we to say he wasn’t defending himself.

    Its entirely possible she went into a jealous rage.

  6. Judy says:

    “I think he choked me”, sure doesnt sound like a convincing response, does it? Since WE are not priviledge to all that transpired between Cook and the woman, isnt is wiser to not to make a judgement call? The jury had all the evidence provided to them, plus pictures of the womans injuries, they wouldnt have found him innocent otherwise.

  7. angus says:

    Obvious why the Vikings were bad. This yo-yo is a defensive back in the NFL and he had to severely smack the woman around just to defend himself? She is not a 225 pound wrestler!

    Shades of Kirby Puckett, do not accuse a professional athlete of anything in Minnesota as the jury lets them walk.

  8. bill says:

    What do you say to Chris Cook’s girlfriend when she has 2 black eyes?

    Nothing ….. He already done told her twice!

  9. Columbo says:

    They’re both nuts for being in a hostile/abusive relationship. Get out of each other’s lives and into therapy.

  10. droop says:

    Um, so they should just convict him even if the woman was lying to get money? Just so other women aren’t afraid to come forward? Sorry that’s not how it works. They went to trial and a jury found him not guilty. Obviously the media has reported this case in such a way as to make the woman out as a victim when she clearly was not.

  11. Mr.Yes says:

    Justice have been served for women abusers and layers

  12. j speedbag64 says:

    found not guilty by the jury……….next case

  13. Robert Adams says:

    Reporting the jury’s verdict is legitimate news. Soliciting editorial comment from the radical feminist community is not.

    Using Carol Arthur’s convoluted logic, no one should ever be acquitted of a crime since that acquittal might deter future “victims” from reporting similar crimes. This was not an especially “high profile” case, nor was it a particularly uncommon one. Two abusive individuals got into an argument. The verbal argument escalated into mutually violent behavior. The case should never have been brought to begin with. The jury saw that. There’s nothing more to the story.

  14. See BS says:

    Domestic Abuse and Sex Offense laws resemble “Sharai laws” in the middle east. Only in the USA, it’s men who are “Automatically guilty” in the court system.

    Most people don’t have the money to get a lawyer, and with stockholm syndrome plead guilty.

    1. See BS says:

      It’s almost as if there is a financial incentive for people to enter these types of abusive relationships.

      And then Taxpayers pony up money for our court system to take sides in these “Kindergarten tattle Tale” Squabbles.

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