I'll update this post with new items as they come in. Please send in other news of interest. Also see my earlier post with news up to Nov. 2017.
Court docs: Spokane police officer accused of assaulting girlfriend had history of domestic violence
(The Spokesman-Review) December 4, 2017, Spokane, Washington—The girlfriend of a Spokane police officer charged with assaulting her alleges the officer had a history of abuse, including, at one point, passing a firearm across a table and telling her she should commit suicide.
Officer Nicholas J. Spolski, 37, was charged Friday with fourth-degree domestic assault.... Read the full article here.
Boynton police release video of deputy shooting ex-girlfriend
(The Palm Beach Post) December 1, 2017, Boynton Beach, Florida—A woman shot Oct. 12 by a Palm Beach County sheriff’s detective who then fatally shot himself, told investigators that he told her, “You treat me worse than a dog,” moments before firing his gun, according to documents released Friday.
Surveillance video made public by Boynton Beach police show the moment of rage and terror that ended with Yuly Solano at Delray Medical Center and Michael DeMarco dead on the asphalt of the Inlet Harbor Club condominium complex.... Read the full article here.
Bay Minette police officer arrested for domestic violence
(Fox10) December 1, 2017, Bay Minette, Alabama—According to Bay Minette Police Department and Baldwin County Sheriff's Office, a Bay Minette police officer has been fired.
Shortly after 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, officers were called to a domestic dispute involving an off-duty officer.
Corporal Charles Tingler was arrested by BCSO and has been charged with domestic violence -- harassment.... Read the full article here.
Former Cranston Police chief arrested following ‘domestic incident’
(WPRI) November 30, 2017, Cranston, Rhode Island—Former Cranston Police Chief Marco Palombo was arrested Thursday night, Col. Michael Winquist of the Cranston Police Department told Eyewitness News.
Palombo, 53, is facing charges of domestic disorderly conduct and domestic assault, both misdemeanors.... Read the full article here.
Orlando police officer arrested on domestic-violence charge, OPD says
(The Orlando Sentinel) November 28, 2017, Orlando, Florida—An Orlando police officer was arrested on a domestic-violence charge after he was accused of pinning his estranged wife against a wall, the department said Tuesday.
Salvatore Polizzi, 42, was arrested Monday by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. Orlando Police spokeswoman Michelle Guido said he’s been relieved of his law-enforcement duties, credentials and firearms.... Read the full article here.
Report: Roswell cop drank 10 beers, threw shoes at kids before arrest
|Sgt. Chad Harris|
Chad Harris, a sergeant with the Roswell Police Department, was arrested early Thanksgiving morning and charged with simple battery, battery and two counts of cruelty to children. He was released from a Cherokee County jail on $4,500 bond and placed on administrative leave from the Roswell Police Department.... Read the full article here.
Veteran SDPD Officer Arrested For Domestic Violence: Police
(NBC 7) November 25, 2017, San Diego, California—A 49-year-old San Diego Police Department (SDPD) officer was arrested in Chula Vista last Sunday on felony domestic violence charges, the Chula Vista Police Department confirmed to NBC 7 Saturday.
The suspect, identified as Emmett Gregory, has been an SDPD employee since September 2001, according to records obtained by NBC 7.... Read the full article here.
Roswell police sergeant arrested on domestic violence charges
(WSB-TV 2) November 24, 2017, North Fulton County, Georgia—A sergeant with the Roswell Police Department is on administrative leave following his arrest.
Police said Chad Harris was arrested by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office on Thanksgiving.... Read the full article here.
Suspected murder-suicide after cop couple found dead
(IOL.co.za) November 22, 2017, Cape Town, South Africa—Neighbours of a married couple, who were both police officers, just heard loud music playing for hours at their house, not realising the two were dead.
It is believed one of the officers killed the other and then themselves.
However, police did not confirm it was a murder-suicide and detectives are now working around the clock trying to determine who pulled the trigger at the house in Hantam Street, N2 Gateway, in Delft yesterday morning.
Constable Anele Matsinya, stationed at Durbanville Police Station, had finished his shift at 1am and went home to his wife, Constable Ntomby Gaven, stationed at Cape Town Central.... Read the full article here.
Ex-cop gets 15 years for killing daughter’s black boyfriend
(The Associated Press) November 20, 2017, A white ex-Oklahoma police officer was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for the fatal off-duty shooting of his daughter’s black boyfriend, after four trials spanning nearly a year, including three that resulted in hung juries.
Former Tulsa officer Shannon Kepler was convicted last month of first-degree manslaughter in the 2014 slaying of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake. Tulsa County District Court Judge Sharon Holmes also imposed a $10,000 fine.... Read the full article here.
French policeman shoots girlfriend in the face, kills 3 before committing suicide
(Global News) November 19, 2017, Paris, France—A 31-year-old French police officer shot three people dead before turning the gun on himself, in a killing spree sparked by a row with his girlfriend, authorities said Sunday.
The news comes with France already grappling with a surge in police suicides this year.
The Paris officer, Arnaud Martin, finished his shift on Saturday evening and went to meet his girlfriend in Sarcelles, a suburb north of the capital city, to discuss ending their relationship.... Read the full article here and a French-language article with additional details here.
Lawsuit blaming law enforcement for woman’s death in murder-suicide by cop goes federal
(KRQE News 13) November 18, 2017—A high ranking police officer shot and killed his girlfriend, then turned the gun on himself. Now, her family’s claim that the tragic situation could have been avoided by law enforcement is headed before a federal judge.
Initially, the family of Nikki Bascom filed a lawsuit against the Silver City Police Department for negligence, saying they ignored her calls for help.... Read the full article here.
New Details In Prichard Police Officer Arrest
(WKRG) November 17, 2017, Prichard, Alabama—Court documents obtained by News 5 reveal that Bryan Pearman is accused of abducting a woman with whom he had a dating relationship. The documents allege that on November 14th, Pearman abducted, threatened to kill, and struck the female victim in the face.... Read the full article here and an article here on previous criminal charges Pearman has faced.
Trooper faces domestic violence charge
(The Albany Times Union) November 15, 2017, Guilderland, New York—Troopers investigating a Nov. 8 domestic incident arrested a 9-year-veteran of their own force, State Police said Tuesday.
Trooper Jonathan L. Quinn, 39, of Delanson is charged with misdemeanor assault. He was suspended from duty at Troop G after being arrested, State Police said.... Read the full article here.
Who Is Kevin Jansen Neal? California School Shooter Was Another Angry White Man With a Record of Violence Against Women
A.R.—Mass shootings often have a domestic abuse connection. In nearly two-thirds of such tragedies in the U.S., the shooter killed an intimate partner or family member, according to a study of 110 mass shootings from 2009 to 2014. The killer had a prior domestic violence charge in a fifth of the incidents, as I reported in Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence.
(Newsweek) November 15, 2017, Rancho Tehama Reserve, California—The gunman who killed four in a sprawling rampage Tuesday before being fatally shot by police was about to go on trial for stabbing and robbing women in his Northern California community.
Kevin Jansen Neal, 43, was charged with assault in January. Little is known about the incident, except that Neal was charged with assault for shooting at two female neighbors through a wooden fence while they were walking. Neal then "jumped the fence, confronted the women, stabbed one and took a cellphone from the other," Tehama County District Attorney Gregg Cohen told Red Bluff Daily News. Authorities said one of the four individuals killed Tuesday was a female previously targeted by Neal in his neighborhood.... Read the full article here and another article here that reports Neal was the subject of a domestic violence call by police the day before the incident.
La Grange Police Station tragedy…Cop who shot lover, killed self had assaulted another female rank in training school – official
(Kaieteur News) November 9, 2017, La Grange, Guyana—Police Constable Clement Cockfield might still have been alive, and his lover, Police Constable Shanice Fraser, would not be battling for her life in a hospital, had Cockfield been kicked out of the Force while he was still a trainee, for assaulting a female rank.
That’s the claim that a senior police official made yesterday, as investigations continued into Tuesday night’s bizarre tragedy at La Grange Police Station.... Read the full article here.
Guyanese police officer commits suicide after injuring female cop
|Clement Cockfield and Shanice Fraser|
The police report that both constables were in a relationship.... Read the full article here and another article about the tragedy here.
Shielded by the Badge: "They Were Supposed to Help Me"
Minnesota rarely sanctions police officers in domestic violence cases, a glaring weakness that police chiefs and victim advocates say needs to change.
(Minnesota Star Tribune) Minnesota, Wisconsin, October 2, 2017Laura Bloomberg has rebuilt her life, but says she is still angry that her ex-husband was arrested twice for domestic assault and convicted of disorderly conduct, but remains a Minneapolis police officer. “It’s not right,” she said.
Laura Bloomberg can still feel her ex-husband’s hands around her throat. She can still taste the blood.
She has rebuilt her life, remarried, and moved to a different city. But the death threats he made nearly 20 years ago haunt her even today.
“I still look over my shoulder when I let my dog out,” she said.... Read the full article here.
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