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Being a 911 dispatcher is one of the country’s most stressful jobs, which is why training for the worst possible situations is of utmost importance.

Beth Mandl, the Cleveland 911 dispatcher who neglected to tell responding officers that they were dealing with a child who was potentially holding a toy gun shortly before Tamir Rice was gunned down last November, has resigned.

Reports Cleveland.com

Beth Mandl sent a two-sentence resignation letter to the department on July 16 after failing to show up for work since April 3.

“I have enjoyed working here and I will miss you all,” the letter said.

Mandl signed her letter days after the department gave the long-absent dispatcher an ultimatum: provide a “satisfactory explanation” for her absence or be considered resigned.

Mandl said the job was stressful and spoke about quitting before she abandoned the post, according to a department letter. She was not paid during her absence.

Mandl came under fire from Tamir’s family and civil rights leaders in the days and months after the fateful November 2014 dispatch. A man called 911 and said that a male — possibly a juvenile — was waving around a gun and that the gun was “probably fake.”

That information was not relayed to the officers who showed up to Cudell. Tamir was shot within seconds of their arrival.

In 2008, Mandl was fired from her dispatcher job with Case Western Reserve University’s police department. About the same time, she was arrested and charged with bringing a gun to a bar.

A couple of questions still remain here.

–How is anyone allowed more than three months worth of no call/no shows without being reprimanded, let alone being canned?

–Despite her experience, shouldn’t Mandl have been giving a short leash seing that she was actually fired from her previous 911 dispatcher post?

The Tamir Rice call that led to the boy’s death can be listened to below.


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A county clerk in Arkansas intends to resign from her position because she doesn’t believe in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Cleburne County Clerk Dana Guffey said Monday that she intends to step down June 30, according to ArkansasOnline, because she has a moral objection to same-sex marriage. The Huffington Post repeatedly tried to contact Guffey, but the line for her office was busy.

On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, making marriage equality the law of the land.

Couples have started to marry in every state since the decision, although there are a handful of state and local officials — primarily in Southern states — trying to hold out. In a few states, there are county clerks who — instead of stepping down — are simply refusing to issue any marriage licenses, including to straight couples, in order to avoid helping same-sex couples.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has told state workers that they don’t have to issue licenses to same-sex couples if it violates their religious beliefs.

Alabama is also experiencing a significant amount of confusion. On Monday, the state Supreme Court issued an order delaying same-sex marriages for 25 days. Technically, there is a 25-day period after a U.S. Supreme Court decision to request a “rehearing” of a case. It is extremely unlikely that the court will do so on marriage equality, since it requires the agreement of a majority of justices.

At the same time, however, the Association of County Commissions of Alabama told probate judges that they have to follow the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling and issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Some Alabama counties have ignored the order to delay and have begun issuing licenses.

“There is no justification for delaying or obstructing the clear message of the Supreme Court of the United States — marriage equality must begin in Alabama, and probate judges who stand in the way of that legal imperative risk exposing themselves to legal consequences,” said Human Rights Campaign Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “There is zero chance of marriage equality being reheard by the Supreme Court — particularly given that all four states that were parties in this case have accepted the outcome — and as a result the Court’s holding in Obergefell v. Hodeges should be implemented across the country immediately.”

So far, there haven’t been mass resignations. ArkansasOnline spoke with the president of the Arkansas Association of County Clerks, who said she had not heard of any more clerks planning to resign over the decision.

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