Ka'Sandra Wade Legislation: How Should Police Respond to Calls for Help?
This Wednesday, Pittsburgh City Council votes on legislation written in reaction to the tragic death of Ka’Sandra Wade. Police responded to Ka'Sandra's 911 call on the night of December 31st, 2012. But they left her home when her boyfriend came to the window and told them that everything was alright. That night Ka'Sandra's boyfriend killed her and later killed himself. The legislation up for a vote this week would impact the way police respond to domestic violence calls.
Shirl Regan President and CEO of The Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh was part of the working group to write the legislation. Ka’Sandra worked as a secretary for ACTION United, a statewide organization focused on low and moderate income community empowerment. Since Ka'Sandra's death, Maryellen Deckard the ACTION United PA Campaign Manager has been actively campaigning for a change in police response to emergency calls.