TikTok user Courtney O’Conner recently went viral on TikTok after posting an interaction with the police that many found inappropriate, and also opened eyes to the realities behind what police can and cannot do when someone feels they are in danger. Posted Friday, O’Conner’s video went viral with over 200 thousand likes and one million views, but not for good reasons.
BE CAREFUL WHO YOU CHOSE TO DATE. & here is Woodward Police department not doing shit about what he did. THE SYSTEM IS A JOKE.
In the video, the woman calls the police and asks for help after her ex-boyfriend allegedly ruined the inside of her home, but she was told there was nothing the police could do unless he harmed her physically. The frustrating video shows the police officer has a casual attitude and even shrugs when O’Conner’s friend notes that if she were to be physically harmed, it would be on them. She says that the ex-boyfriend “did not do anything to them” to which O’Conner notes that he destroyed her property. The officer notes “There’s nothing we can do about that, he can punch holes in the wall, destroy everything, and there’s nothing law enforcement can do about it until something else happens.”
Jessica Romine badge #55
In a follow-up video, the police officer noted that she did see that he destroyed her house and said it wasn’t right, but there was still nothing that she could do about that. Interestingly, the two videos had different responses, though contained the same issue and the same officer. In the first video, many were concerned about the officer’s attitude.
Many were confused why the destruction of physical property was not a crime, as “destruction to property” is a charge that can be pursued. However, in the second video posted by O’Conner, people seemed to lean towards the police officer’s side, saying that she was only doing her job and what her job allowed her to do.
Despite the differences in reactions in both videos, most seemed to empathize with O’Conner because it was a frustrating incident and encounter no matter who was in the right. Many empathized because abusive relationships can be difficult to leave or remove yourself from, often with little to no help due to the system in place and law enforcement, and yet women are still blamed and asked “Why didn’t you leave?” O’Conner seems to present this message in her first video, warning her viewers to be careful with who they date.