The Squeaky Wheel



I thought I’d write about the role of persistence in dealing with law enforcement. I recently got ahold of the main detective working on Patty Vance’s case, Detective Daniel Cunningham. I’d reached out to him a month after we last spoke a little over a year ago now. I never got a response to my email. Perhaps it was too wordy. My advice is to make any communication with law enforcement as brief and concise as possible. 

I sent a second email almost a year later. It was much more brief than the first letter. Still, I didn’t receive a response from him. I checked and double checked to make sure that I had the correct email address, and I did. 

I finally resorted to calling him directly, leaving him an email explaining who I was and why I wanted to speak with him. And because it was voicemail, I naturally had to keep it short. When Detective Cunningham didn’t return my call, I called him a week later and left a second message explain that I’d tried to reach him three other times. 

Detective Cunningham returned my call, as I said, and even apologized for the delay. He claimed he was on vacation for two weeks, and although it was polite of him to explain, it didn’t justify why he could give me a short response via email after I attempting to reach him twice. In fact, I actually asked him on the voicemail message if he could at least take the time to send me a one word message. “Nothing” would be a sufficient answer for me if no movement has happened on the case.

I know I wrote a blog titled “Don’t Quit,” and although it was similar, I feel as if I was more optimistic when I wrote the first one. It was as if I imagined if I just kept pressing the SFPD, I’d get some movement on the case. Now, I realize that my keeping contact with them may remind them that someone cares, but it’ll likely not do a thing to get them to move forward on pressing charges in the case. In one article I read, it said that having a family member pressing law enforcement to bring someone to justice is the worst method to get a case to move forward. 

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