Nuisance, or Nonsense?

Rosetta Watson moved to Maplewood, Mo. to escape an abusive ex-boyfriend. But when he found her -- and subsequently beat her up -- Watson called for help. But this kept happening, and town officials took notice. Eventually, they told Watson the police service calls to her home constituted a public nuisance, and as punishment, they kicked her out of town. Watson is now suing the city in federal courts, and she has the backing of local and national legal and housing advocates. Hear her story in the latest episode of We Live Here. PHOTO BY CAROLINA HIDALGO | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

Rosetta Watson moved to Maplewood, Mo. to escape an abusive ex-boyfriend. But when he found her -- and subsequently beat her up -- Watson called for help. But this kept happening, and town officials took notice. Eventually, they told Watson the police service calls to her home constituted a public nuisance, and as punishment, they kicked her out of town. Watson is now suing the city in federal courts, and she has the backing of local and national legal and housing advocates. Hear her story in the latest episode of We Live Here. PHOTO BY CAROLINA HIDALGO | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO

On this episode...

Maplewood, Mo. is a cozy little suburb at the border of St. Louis City. It has great schools, a cute downtown and one of the region’s most celebrated breweries. But in the background, some housing advocates say the town’s officials are turning public nuisance laws against people of color, the mentally ill and victims of domestic abuse. In the first of a two-part episode, hosts Tim and Kameel kick off the podcast’s fourth season by digging into these allegations and tell the story of a woman who was kicked out of Maplewood after cops came to her house too many times to deal with an abusive ex-boyfriend.

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