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A Florida lawmaker is warning of a state prosecutor Monday that it was a “scary precedent” as he prosecutes a woman who was recently arrested, after the taking of the firearms from her estranged husband out of the house to the police station.
The comments from the State Rep. Anna Eskamani will come after you, Courtney Irby was released from prison at the end of last week. Irby, 32, was arrested on June 15 after the show to the Lakeland Police Department, with guns belonging to her husband, Joseph Irby, and just a day after he was detained on a domestic battery charge for allegedly trying to run over her. She is now faced with charges of armed burglary and grand theft.
Mrs. Irby was on the lookout for the assistance of the Lakeland Police Department, and to take measures to protect themselves and their children,” Eskamani, a Democrat, said in a letter to the Polk County State Attorney Brian Haas. “We are deeply shocked by her arrest, and that I am requesting that your office does not have the to go after her.”
The lawmaker said the officials should create an environment where victims of abuse can seek help.
“The persecution of Ms. Irby set a scary precedent, that is, if a person is looking for some help in order to escape the abuse, they will be punished for it,” she said.
Joseph Irby was arrested on June 14 after a divorce hearing with estranged wife Courtney Irby. (Polk County Sheriff’s Office)
According to the police, Irby allowed to enter her husband’s apartment without permission, and with guns more than fear, he was not going to put them in yourself.
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“I didn’t know where the guns were located. I had to look around the apartment and in front of them, so I let them have to you,” she said to the police, according to Fox 13.
However, the officer who spoke to Irby allegedly replied: “So, are you telling me that you are an armed break-in?”
The police then contacted Irby’s husband, who was being held in the Polk County Jail, the day before the incident, he informed the officers that he wanted to file charges against his wife, according to WKMG.
An arrest affidavit revealed the couple was getting a divorce hearing is on the 14th of June, when they got into an argument. During the leave of the court, Irby car was, reportedly, the collision of her husband, who is trying to run her off the road, while she was on the phone with the police.
Irby’s arrest led to a public protest, and Eskamani, it is not the only one to speak out.
“Courtney Irby’s arrest, which is a shame,” tweeted Andrew Warren, an Attorney in nearby Hillsborough County. In @HillsboroughFL, we are one of the domestic abusers who are legally void their right to have a gun, and we will always stand with the survivors–not to arrest them.”
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Lakeland’s police chief, Ruben Garcia, in an interview with WFLA, he said that his department is to “protect every citizen’s rights.
“When a case is brought before the court in the us, we have to look at all sides of the cases and have come to the right conclusion, to everyone who is involved in it,” he said.
Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj, contributed to this report.