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Before Austin shooting, suspect’s family pleaded for more protection: "I’m afraid he might hurt me"

Advocates say the episode is a horrific example of a long-standing problem that hardly ever makes headlines: America’s criminal justice system too often fails to protect victims of domestic and family violence from their abusers.

By Reis Thebault and Brittany Shammas, The Washington Post
Law enforcement personnel investigate the scene of a deadly shooting at an apartment complex in Austin on April 18, 2021.  Stephen Broderick, a former sheriff's office detective, is accused of shooting his ex-wife and two other people.

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