People v. Mascarenas

In People v. Mascarenas, 972 P.2d 717 (Colo. App. 1998) the police received a call of domestic violence from a family member. The family member had received the initial call from her eleven-year-old sister who was in the home during the altercation. When the police responded, a woman answered the door. Her face was flushed, she appeared upset, and she had an old black eye. She denied that there had been any violence, but admitted that she had been in a fight with Mascarenas. One officer testified that victims of domestic violence are often uncooperative and "they tell you nothing happened even if it did." The Court determined that exigent circumstances existed