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Domestic Violence Victim Says Police Refuse To Arrest Her Violent Husband

| by Lisa Fogarty

A woman from Ecorse, Michigan, who claims she is a victim of domestic abuse, says police have failed to arrest her husband, despite her reports of abuse and the fact that an arrest warrant has been issued for him.

Shervanda Portis says her husband, Robert Portis, began physically abusing her in October 2014, when he came home at night, grabbed her by the throat, and forced her into the basement. He then allegedly began smashing windows with a steel pole, which he also swung in her direction, reports My Fox Detroit. Her daughters were forced to intervene after Mrs Portis says she fought back. Ecorse Police filed a report about the incident and took photos of her bruises and the damage done to her home.

"The prosecutor called me and asked me if I was pressing charges, I told her yes," Mrs Portis said. "She sent me the paperwork and told me what they were going to charge him with."

Despite the serious charges — including four felonies: assault by strangulation, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, malicious destruction of property, and domestic violence — her husband was never arrested. 

Mr Portis was convicted in the past of killing his sister's boyfriend and was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter. There are also warrants out for his arrest in Detroit and Dearborn, but agencies in those cities have also failed to pick him up.

FOX 2 reportedly spoke with Sgt. Cornelius Herring, who said the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office never sent over the arrest warrant. The prosecutor's office reportedly said they sent it over but that a judge never signed it.

Meanwhile, Mrs Portis says her husband visited her again on Tuesday night and that he grabbed her by the neck while she was outside discarding her granddaughter's diaper in the trash. He told her he wanted to talk, according to Mrs Portis. He then reportedly dragged her inside, pinned her against a wall, and accidentally called her mother on her cellphone — who, after hearing what was going on, was able to contact police. When cops showed up, Mrs Portis says they let her husband go and told him not to come back or he would be arrested. She says he returned 10 minutes later and broke her windows.

Soon after, Mrs Portis says she received a threatening text message from him that read, "In the next 48 hours I will be locked up and you will be dead." 

Mrs Portis says she has done everything she can and is now waiting for the police to do their part in protecting her.

National studies reportedly estimate that 3 to 4 million women are victims of domestic abuse in the United States, reports The Family Tree. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 to 44. 

Sources: My Fox Detroit, The Family Tree

Photo Credit: My Fox Detroit