Map Offers National Snapshot of Growing Problem of Process Server Assault
Denver, CO – As part of the PAAPRS (Promoting Assault Awareness and Protective Regulations for Servers) initiative, a Process Server Assault Map serves as a national snapshot of incidents that have occurred across the country. Process servers notify defendants of upcoming lawsuits or actions, which can sometimes place them in emotionally charged and potentially violent situations.
The Process Server Assault Map currently includes dozens of alleged assaults that have been submitted based on news stories, personal experience, and police reports. They range from punching and slapping to attacks with baseball bats and meat cleavers and several incidents involving vehicles. The most disheartening stories are those where the process server did not survive their injuries. In 2009, process server Stephen Allen was serving divorce papers and a restraining order to a man in Loveland, Colorado. The man attacked Allen with a baseball bat, beating him repeatedly, and Allen died as a result of his injuries. The man was sentenced to life in prison.
Other recorded incidents include:
> A California anesthesiologist attacked a process server with a meat cleaver. He was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon.
> An Arizona process server was shot in the back after posting papers on a man’s home.
> A process server in Denver was dragged by a car for several blocks.
> In Illinois, a state attorney pulled a gun on a process server.
> A college president struck a process server with a gun.
> In Maryland, a man fired a gun at a process server just missing him.
> A Wisconsin process server was grabbed by the neck, kneed in the groin, and struck in the face.
> Several accounts are of process servers having doors slammed on them or having their feet run over by vehicles.
The individuals accused of assault also include a few attorneys, a judicial candidate, a mayor, and a director of transportation.
“Right now the map shows a sampling of the dangerous encounters process servers across the country have experienced,” ServeNow.com co-founder Trent Carlyle explains. “With each assault that is added to the map it becomes more and more clear that there is a large safety issue for members of this profession.” Carlyle furthered that with deaths resulting from assault, a handful of shootings, and several other violent attacks on the record, it’s clear that process server assault needs to get more coverage on a national level.
The Process Server Assault Map was launched as part of the PAAPRS (Promoting Assault Awareness and Protective Regulations for Servers) campaign, a joint effort by various organizations, associations, and individual process servers to raise awareness about this growing issue. Other resources include articles, prevention tips, an embeddable badge, and other helpful tools.
If you’ve been assaulted while performing service of process click here to submit your assault to the map.
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