Sunday June 20, 2010
I wake up early, around 8:00am or so. Maxwell and I start out on our morning jaunt, heading up Green Street, to Allen Street and then on Bank Street towards the Junior High School. We make it as far as WISE and I stop there, looking in the door. They’re closed.
I start heading down the stairs. I hear the door behind me open. I know the woman and she comes outside to talk to me. I tell her what happened and a few minutes into it. the woman planting flowers around the corner appears and offers to take Maxwell for a walk. I share the prior night’s events, every detail I can recall. She listens. She says I can use her office.
The gardener walked Maxwell around the building a few times and hands him back to me. Just as we are about to go inside, I see a tiny figure standing inside the door. Maxwell, of course, gets very excited at the presence of another dog. Once inside though, the two dogs assess each other. Circling each other, sniffing. They start to play.
I head upstairs to use the woman’s office. She suggests I call the Attorney General and contact Hanover’s Chief of the Police. She has a meeting to get back to. Maxwell follows me up, assesses the room, then trots off a little while later downstairs. I call the Hanover police and ask to be connected with the Chief of Police. He’s not in. It is Sunday. I leave a voicemail. I call the Attorney General’s number but there is no answering service to leave the call. I call an alternate number, and a man’s voice answers. He says he’s with the Security. I ask him if he’s ever worked for the police before. A lot of people in Security have and he says. “Yes.” I tell him about what happened and ask if this is normal police procedure. He tells me, he doesn’t know. Then says, he never worked for the police. I thank him for his time and hang up.
I go and look for Maxwell. I want to get out of there and decide to take a friend’s suggestion. I walk over to a law office on School Street crying. The office isn’t open yet so I sit down at the end of the walkway, my feet on the sidewalk. I call my friend Gary, the answering machine picks up, I leave a message. I sit there. Crying. My phone rings, it’s Gary. I tell him about what happened. A man parked nearby and standing outside his car thankfully keeps his distance.
The door to the law office opens and a man walks out asking me if there’s anything he can help me with. I tell Gary, where I am and I have to go. He says he’ll call later. He’s got a meeting to go to.
I walk up and introduce myself. I graduated high school with the man’s daughter. I tell him about the situation and prior evening’s events. He tells me to get three things, write down every detail, get a copy of the police report and my doctor’s note. I thank him and walk back to my friend’s house. There I call another friend who is a lawyer. She had helped me before and been the Justice of the Peace who married my ex-husband and I. She listens and says that the lawyer who had advised me the night of the incident made an error. A possible breach in confidentiality if he was advising me of what to do if he had identified himself as a lawyer. She gives me the name and number of a gentleman to call who deals with police brutality cases. I feel despair.
I sit down at the computer and begin typing out what happened. I get to the part where I get into the police car and I cant go on. I can’t focus. My stomach is clenched and Steve gets me to eat a little something. I wander around the house. I call my friend, Pete and leave a message. I ask him what his favorite color is. I need to get out of the house. My head hurts just thinking about all of this. I need to get away from the house. I decide to finish the morning walk. It’s around noon.
We head out, walking up Green Street to Shaw, then to Bank Street. We walk by the junior high school, past where the Riverdale Store used to be. Past the field I had played T-ball and Little League in. It was a long time ago but the field still looks the same. We head left onto the Heater Road. I feel detached from reality. When Maxwell and I reach the intersection to cross over heading towards the Mount Support Road I don’t stop. I don’t look. I pray for a car to hit me. I just don’t care. A dangerous frame of mind to have. And as I approach the four-way intersection where I’ll take a right I think about my friend, Maidie. I’m supposed to meet her and hang out today. A follow-up to her graduation from Nursing School Party.
I call her then my friend, Miriam and ask her what time she is heading to Norwich to Maidie’s. She says she’ll pick me up. She’s already on the road. I ask her to meet me on the other side of the walking bridge at the first gas station. She agrees but when I arrive, I get the feeling she’ll be a while so I walk on past to the Listen Center where I work. A new job but I decide to just pop in and get coffee. I’m dying for a cigarette. I hate that feeling because I quit March 17th.
I talk to my manager and some of the others there telling them what happened. I can’t help but talk about it. I’m still shell-shocked I suppose. Love my new job. The people I work with there are lovely and I gladly call them all friends. I never did get to that coffee. Instead, I make sure Maxwell gets lots of water. It’s hot out there. Miriam calls me and I head out. I get in the back seat and ask if she or Horus has a cigarette. They’re planning on stopping at Dan & Whit’s, thank god. And on the way I fill Horus in on the details.
We get to Maidie’s and it is just a perfect hot sunny day. Everyone is getting ready to go down by the river swimming. They were just waiting for us to get there so we can all eat. Everyone is starving, we eat and eat good. It’s nice to be with friends. We all head down to the river to swim. It’s nice to have my mind distracted. I have some good friends. My friend, Seth calls. He lent me his digital camera for the trail but it’s back in Lebanon. We make a plan for him to stop by later to pick me up, drive there and pick it up.
We hang, he shows, I tell him what happened. We walk with everyone over to the trestle bridge nearby. Maidie and the kids want to jump off. I don’t swim much anymore. It’s rare. And I haven’t done a jump like that in a couple of years. Last time it was from 20′ up off a rock into a river pool of icy water. I hesitated once, twice but the third time’s the charm. Seth and I head after a short while. I give Maidie a big hug before I go. She’s my gal and moving soon with her kids to PA.
I ask if it’s possible to stop by and see the Odyssey and where it’s parked. I’m so distracted now thinking about all that happened once we’re away we drive by the van twice. Poor Seth. How patient he is with me. How thankful I am to him. When we finally make it to the car I see the driver’s side window is still down. It rained last night. The interior is a cloth upholstery. I just reach in and unlock the door to take a look inside. Anyone could. I can’t put the window up. The car needs to be on for that. I lock the car and we get back into Seth’s. I hate hate hate leaving it there like that but what else can I do…nothing. It’ll sit there until Monday evening when my friends get back, driver’s side window open. I just hope to god it doesn’t rain.
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[(2) Specific prohibitions
For purposes of subsection (a) of this section, discrimination includes
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