As every dutiful citizen and even most young children know, dialing 911 is for emergencies only and can often be a matter of life and death.
Crenshanda Williams, 43, apparently never fully grasped that concept — a fact that proved particularly problematic while she was working as a 911 operator in Houston, Texas.
Between October 2015 and March 2016, Williams reportedly hung up on “thousands” of calls to the emergency service. Williams was initially hired in July 2014.
A red flag went up in April after Williams’s supervisors realized she had taken a number of calls that lasted just 20 seconds or less. After opening an investigation, the emergency service fired Williams on August 4. Now she has been arrested and charged with two counts of misdemeanor interference with an emergency telephone call.
Williams reportedly told authorities that if she wasn’t in the mood to talk, she would simply hang up.
In one disturbing incident on March 12, a distressed man called to report an armed robbery at a store where multiple shots were fired. Williams allegedly answered and hung up immediately. The second time he called, Williams picked up again and is said to have sighed before hanging up again. A different operator took the third call and sent help. Tragically, by the time responders arrived, the store’s manager, a father of four, lay dead from gunshot wounds.
Houston Police are also reporting an incident earlier this year in which a security officer called 911 to report speeding trucks. Williams is said to have responded: “Ain’t nobody got time for this. For real.”
Williams is presently free on $1,000 bond and is expected back in court this week.
Main photo: Crenshanda Wiliiams, Houston Police Department