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Report: 911 Operator Jailed For Hanging Up On Thousands Of Emergency Calls Has Been Sentenced


The 44-year-old Houston ex-911 operator who was accused of hanging up on thousands of callers with emergencies was found guilty on Wednesday; she was sentenced to 10 days in jail.

Crenshanda Williams was found guilty of interference with emergency telephone calls, CBS News reported.

Williams was also given 18 months of probation. 

According to prosecutors from the Harris County district attorney's office, Williams worked as a 911 operator for a year and a half, until a 2016 audit revealed thousands of her calls were 20 seconds or less.

Does it seem bizarre to anyone else that someone didn’t catch that earlier though? Hm.

In one incident, Williams hung up on a robbery in progress at a convenience store. A man in the store called 911 and was hung up on by Williams, authorities explain. He then called again and spoke to another dispatcher. However, by time police arrived, the store manager had been shot and killed.


In a different call, a man reported two vehicles racing on a highway and as he was explaining the situation, Williams said, "Ain't nobody got time for this. For real," and hung up, KTRK says.

Prosecutors said Williams betrayed the community's trust.

"The citizens of Harris County rely on 911 operators to dispatch help in their time of need," Lauren Reeder, a Harris County prosecutor, explained, the Houston Chronicle noted.

Williams told investigators she often hung up because she didn't want to talk to anyone at those times.


According to the Chronicle, Williams' attorney, Franklin Bynum, said Williams was going through a rough patch in her life.

"She was going through a hard time in her life, and she was a poor performing worker at the Houston Emergency Center," he stated. "But punishing her doesn't do anything to fix the problems that still exist at the emergency center."

We have too many sarcastic retorts to that to land on just one.

So, maybe just imagine that she rung up herself with that excuse when she were still on the clock at the precinct and see how she would have responded.


So, thoughts?

Fair? Ridiculous? Neither? Go ahead and sound off. We are in the mood to gripe today.

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