Some people refuse to call the police in emergency situations. It makes sense; certain groups have been unfairly and systematically persecuted by law enforcement officials. Obviously, there's no trust. Cops stumble upon scenes that require immediate attention because of that lack of trust, though. Law enforcement and emergency medical officials on Reddit are very familiar with these absurd occurrences. It's troubling to imagine the number of situations that remain unresolved because the police were never involved in the situation.
From Redditor /u/Smalltowncop:
I was responding to a disturbance call in a trailer park that turned out to be BS. As I was leaving I noticed a giant puddle of blood on the ground near a different trailer. Upon further inspection I realized that there was blood all over one of the doors complete with smeared hand prints and blood dripping off the door knob. It looked like a fucking massacre!
I started pounding on the door and this junkie came out and started yelling at me for waking her up. I asked her if she was hurt, and she said she wasn't. She then proceeded to go ape-shit about all the blood. She has no idea where it came from.
I followed the ungodly amount of blood to a trailer about a block down where there was a giant party taking place. I ask the group of guys standing outside where the injured person was and they all go G-code on me and say they don't know what I am talking about (while standing in the blood trail). I pushed passed and continued down the road to Oz where at the end of it I found a guy in what used to be an all white outfit but was now dark red. He was attempting to control his massive head bleed on his own.
I later discovered that he had been trying to break into the other trailer when he drunkenly cut his head on the window he broke.
From Redditor /u/onionionion:
My father was a village police man in he UK during the '80s, so this is his story.
A lady bought a house and after many weeks getting settled, she turned her attention to the garden. She started digging into some flower beds, but as she was working she came across some small bones in the dirt, baby sized bones.
The house used to belong to a doctor, so the lady put two and two together and assumed he was a child murderer or maybe did some off-the-books abortions back in the day. This lady was shocked and terrified that her new home could be tainted by this horrible past, but she didn't call the police... Instead she just avoided the garden. Completely. The whole thing weighed heavily on her mind as the years went by... 5, 10, 15 years (I forget how long exactly but it was at least a decade) until one day she couldn't take it anymore and called the police to report the bones.
My dad went out to investigate, and she showed him roughly where they were. He dug around a little (this was the 80s, and apparently they were less concerned with disturbing evidence) and finds not a dead baby, but a small plastic skeleton.
Poor woman had been living with guilt and fear for decades because of a kids toy.
From Redditor /u/MonkeyManJohannon:
I'm a former LEO... I was driving home from a late shift when I decided to stop for breakfast at Waffle House. I noticed a few people flagging me down as I pulled into the parking lot, which was shared by an auto repair shop. They pointed me to the back so I pulled over and turned my spotlight on.
On the backside of the repair shop there was a dumpster, and there was a man laying down beside it behind the fence. I could see his feet. Then another homeless man walked out with a bowl and literally walked right by my car toward Waffle House (he was soaked).
So I walked over to the man laying down, and he was unresponsive. EMTs arrived, and the guy was dead. I still to this day have no idea how or why. I asked the homeless guy waiting next to Waffle House what happened and he said "He was out cold, I was pouring water on him to keep him warm..."
The video from the auto shop showed the guy walking then collapsing next to the dumpster (he wasn't shot or anything so who knows, heart attack, stroke, something). This homeless man walked over to a water hose beside the waffle house, filled a bowl up and poured water on him because it was slightly cool outside and he didn't want him to get too cold.
From Redditor /u/Theycallme-MrPig:
Driving along a suburban road one night, a guy wearing only his underwear ran up to our cop car and threw a very large sofa cushion at us. As we slowed down to find out why he threw said cushion, he tried to jump into the back of the car. We got out and had a chat with the poor guy who told us he had used an 8-ball of poor quality cocaine and wanted to get our attention to help him.
The kicker was that he had been running around the suburban streets all drugged up for about 30 minutes, and no one thought it was odd enough to call us. To be fair, it wasn't the nicest area