In Cleveland, Ohio, euphoria over the release of three women from a decade long kidnapping ordeal gave way to questions how their captivity inside a house on a residential street went undetected for so long. Authorities deny they overlooked or failed to respond to suspicious activity, but we must remember that law enforcement officers often have their hands tied with so many regulations.
A neighbor, drawn by the sound of screams, broke through the door to rescue Amanda Berry, whose 2003 disappearance as a teenager was widely publicized in the local media. The neighbor helped her place an emergency call to authorities.
Three women and Amanda’s baby were rescued because a neighbor got involved.
“We didn’t search hard enough,” said a church minister who had handed out fliers for one of the victims in that very neighborhood. Our police, as well as victims, need our help. It’s time to get involved. We are our neighbor’s keeper.
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The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.