For months, Shana Grice had been telling police that her ex-boyfriend was stalking her.
The 19-year-old had caught him trailing her in her car and creeping into her bedroom after stealing a spare house key, breathing near her as she hid under her comforter and waited for him to leave, prosecutors later said. Then there were the seven phone calls from a blocked number in one day, with silence on the other end, according to the Argus.
Michael Lane was told to leave her alone but, ultimately, Grice was punished, fined for wasting the authorities’ time. Then in August 2016, Lane killed her — cutting her throat in her home in England and setting her bedroom on fire, according to local news reports.
After an investigation from the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) into the police department’s response, two officers — one of whom has since retired — will face disciplinary action next month, Sussex Police said Wednesday in a statement to The Washington Post. Another officer will face “internal misconduct proceedings,” and three others have received “management advice and further training.”
Grice reported Lane to the police for stalking at least five times before her death — and so had 13 other women, according to BBC News.
After Wednesday’s report from the IOPC, Grice’s parents, Richard Green and Sharon Grice, said the police “should not be applauded.”
“Our daughter took her concerns to the police and instead of being protected was treated like a criminal. She paid for the police’s lack of training, care and poor attitude with her life,” they said in a statement about the findings, according to BBC News.