Thursday, May 24, 2018

Police Officer-Involved Domestic Violence in the News: From the Police Wife Blog (UPDATED)

A selection of news about incidents involving allegations of police officer-involved domestic violence and related issues from the Police Wife blog. All accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty. 

I'll update this post with new items as they come in. Please send in other news of interest. Also see my previous post with news from Nov. 2017 to May 2018 and my earlier post with news up to Nov. 2017.

N.S. RCMP officer arrested for alleged domestic assault

(The Canadian Press) December 12, 2018, New Minas, Nova Scotia, Canada—Nova Scotia’s police watchdog agency is investigating an allegation of domestic assault against a male RCMP officer based in New Minas.

The Serious Incident Response Team says Kings District RCMP received a complaint from a third party on Nov. 24, alleging that an RCMP officer had assaulted his girlfriend.... Read the full article here.


Meredosia Police Chief arrested for alleged domestic violence

(WLDS) December 10, 2018, Meredosia, Illinois—A police chief from a small town in west central Illinois is on paid leave following his arrest this weekend for alleged domestic violence.

According to multiple media outlets, Meredosia Police Chief Curtis Williams, of rural Chandlerville, was arrested by Pike County Deputies in the early morning Saturday on alleged charges of domestic battery and aggravated assault.... Read the full article here.


Former Ballarat police officer jailed on family violence charges again

(The Ballarat Courier) December 8, 2018, Ballarat, Australia—A former Ballarat police prosecutor has been sentenced to five months in jail for a string of family violence offences.

Shaun Perry's behaviour towards a woman and her teenage daughter four months ago was on Friday described as controlling, derogatory and aggressive.... Read the full article here.


Calgary officer faces 10 charges including theft of police firearm after domestic incident
Veteran constable already charged with assault, theft and fraud by RCMP

(CBC) December 7, 2018, Calgary, Alberta, Canada—An 11-year constable with the Calgary Police Service faces multiple charges after a domestic incident north of the city earlier this year, police said Friday.... Read the full article here.


Newton Grove police chief faces domestic violence charge

(WRAL.com) November 29, 2018, Four Oaks, North CarolinaNewton Grove's police chief was arrested Wednesday in a domestic violence case, according to authorities.

Johnston County deputies charges Everett Franklin "Frankie" Harrell, 48, of Four Oaks, with assault on a female.... Read the full article here.


North Carolina Police Officer Accused of Domestic Violence
A North Carolina police officer is accused of assaulting a woman in a domestic dispute.

(The Associated Press) November 29, 2018, Asheville, North CarolinaA North Carolina police officer is accused of assaulting a woman in a domestic dispute.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Buncombe County sheriff's deputies arrested Asheville police officer Ronnie Adam Dodd on Sunday.... Read the full article here and another article on the incident here.


3 Sandy Springs cops resign after alleged domestic violence incident at The Battery

(The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) November 28, 2018, Sandy Springs, Georgia—After an alleged domestic violence incident, three Sandy Springs police officers have resigned, authorities said.

Former officer Anthony Sandoval left the department after being accused of hitting his ex-wife Friday night outside a restaurant at The Battery by SunTrust Park, police said Wednesday in a statement.... Read the full article here.


Cop 'kills' wife, her brother in a divorce case in court

(SowetanLive.co.za) November 27, 2018, Durban, South Africa—After the shooting stopped and as pools of blood snaked across the scuffed courtroom floor, Sergeant Phumlani Chiliza was found on his back still clinging to his gun.

His wife lay face down between well-worn wooden benches, blood matted in her hair.... Read the full article here.


Qld police officer stood down over domestic violence allegations

(MYGC.co.au) November 12, 2018, Queensland, Australia—A detective sergeant from the Ethical Standards Command has been stood down from official duty with the Queensland Police Service.

The 41-year-old is the subject of an investigation into allegations of committing domestic violence.... Read the full article here.


Hout Bay Police Station Closed After Cop Shoots & Kills Wife, Himself
A 41-year-old sergeant allegedly shot his wife before turning the gun on himself.

(EWN.co.za) November 7, 2018, Cape Town, South Africa—The Western Cape Community Safety Department has expressed its shock at a shooting incident at the Hout Bay police station.

A 41-year-old sergeant allegedly shot his wife before turning the gun on himself.... Read the full article here.


Texas police charged in double homicide in stricken NY town

(The Associated Press) November 7, 2018, Sodus, New York—Two Texas law enforcement officers and one of their wives are at the center of an investigation into a double homicide that has further rattled an upstate New York town already reeling from recent calamities.... Read the full article here.


Shocking murder in Arges: Anti-organized crime police officer shoots his 3yo boy, then kills himself

(The Romania JournalNovember 4, 2018, Pitesti, Romania—A young policeman working for the organized crime department in Arges county has killed himself in an apartment in Pitesti after had shot his 3-year-old boy in the head while the little one was sleeping. First clues show the man might have done this over jealousy as the 29-year-old policeman and his wife, also a police officer at the Economic service, had got divorced.... Read the full article here.


POLICE: OPP officer charged in domestic incident

(The Recorder and Times) November 2, 2018, Brockville, Ontario, Canada—An off-duty Ontario Provincial Police officer has been charged with pointing a firearm in a domestic dispute last week.

The OPP did not specify the detachment at which the officer serves, noting the identity of the accused is not being released in order to protect that of the victim.... Read the full article here.


Clearwater police officer arrested after domestic incident

(WFLA) October 31, 2018, Clearwater, Florida—A Clearwater police officer was arrested early Wednesday morning after a domestic incident.

According to police, Christopher England was charged with domestic battery and tampering with a witness after officers were called to England’s residence.... Read the full article here.


London police officer Stephen Williams charged with breaching release conditions again

(The London Free PressOctober 31, 2018, London, Ontario, Canada—The head of a London agency for abused women is raising safety concerns after a city police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman was charged with breaching his release conditions for a third time.

Const. Stephen Williams, 42, now faces a combined eight charges, including sexual assault, harassment and being unlawfully in a dwelling, stemming from two separate cases involving women he’d dated.... Read the full article here.


Waterloo police officer charged with sex assault: SIU

(The Canadian Press) October 31, 2018, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada—Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit says a Waterloo region police officer has been charged with sexual assault in connection with alleged incidents that took place several years ago....

Police say Sgt. Caleb Roy, a 26-year member of the force, is charged with one count each of sexual assault and breach of trust by a public officer.... Read the full article here.


Arlington police officer charged with domestic violence assault

(DallasNews.com) October 30, 2018, Arlington, Texas—An Arlington police officer was arrested Sunday and charged in connection with an alleged assault in the early morning hours when he was off duty.

Richard Morris, 37, faces a charge of assault causing bodily injury, family violence.... Read the full article here.


Russian police refusing to investigate women's reports of domestic violence, report finds
‘I lived with him for 10 years. Once he hit my head against a sharp corner of the wall and forced me out of the flat ... But while we were together, I knew I had to bear it,’ says survivor 

(The Independent) October 26, 2018Russian police are refusing to register or investigate women’s reports of domestic violence and are instead advising them to reconcile with abusive partners, a damning report has found.

The Human Rights Watch report found that serious gaps in Russia’s laws, a dearth of protection orders, and inadequate police and judicial responses mean even women who are faced with severe physical violence have meagre or zero protection.... Read the full article here and see the study here.


Oregon State Police captain pleads not guilty to domestic violence accusations

(The Oregonian/OregonLive) October 23, 2018, Deschutes County, Oregon—An Oregon State Police captain on Tuesday denied committing acts of domestic violence against his wife last year.

Bill A. Fugate, the police agency's former head public spokesman, pleaded not guilty in Deschutes County Circuit Court to harassment, Oregon court records show. A trial is scheduled for May 2019.... Read the full article here.


Cape Breton police officer facing domestic violence allegations

(Global News) October 23, 2018, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada—Nova Scotia’s police watchdog is investigating allegations of domestic violence against an officer in Cape Breton.... Read the full article here.


When cops are suspects, feds often take years to file charges
As anguished families wait, a Washington Post review finds the average civil rights case takes three years for a ruling.

(The Washington PostOctober 23, 2018—It was July 2014 when Eric Garner died after a violent struggle with New York City police on a Staten Island street, an encounter captured on video and replayed worldwide. When a local grand jury declined to indict any police officers, federal authorities announced in December 2014 that they would launch their own civil rights investigation.... Read the full article here.


Police officers in the US were charged with more than 400 rapes over a 9-year period

(CNN) October 19, 2018—A police officer in Prince George's County, Maryland, was charged this week with raping a woman during a traffic stop. He's pleaded not guilty, but it's a disturbing headline -- even more disturbing when you consider there are hundreds more like him.

Yes, hundreds. According to research from Bowling Green State University, police officers in the US were charged with forcible rape 405 times between 2005 and 2013. That's an average of 45 a year. Forcible fondling was more common, with 636 instances.... Read the full article here, read the study here and view the database (including data on officer-involved domestic violence) here.


New trial ordered for Toronto police officer on sexual assault charges

(The Toronto StarOctober 15, 2018, Toronto, Ontario, Canada—A Toronto police sergeant found not guilty of sexually assaulting two women is headed back to court after an Ontario Court justice found the trial judge may have erred in his decision to acquit.

Justice Tamarin Dunnet has ordered another trial for Christopher Heard, who was found not guilty last year of sexually assaulting two women in separate incidents that allegedly occurred while he was on duty in late 2015.... Read the full article here.


Dayton police officer pleads not guilty to domestic violence

(The Dayton Daily News) October 2, 2018, Troy Ohio—A Dayton police officer pleaded not guilty in Miami County Municipal Court to a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence filed by West Milton police. 

Cody B. Lindsey, 24, was released on a recognizance bond – with the condition he has no contact with the victim – after a Sept. 26 arraignment.... Read the full article here.


Longtime Calgary police officer charged in off-duty domestic incident

(Global News) October 1, 2018, Calgary, Alberta, Canada—The Calgary Police Service said Monday one of its officers has been relieved from duty after he was arrested by RCMP on the weekend following an “alleged domestic incident.”

The 22-year law enforcement veteran was arrested in a neighbouring municipality on Saturday, police said.... Read the full article here.


UW-Oshkosh police officer intentionally shoots self in torso during argument with wife

(The Fond du Lac Reporter) September 25, 2018, North Fond du Lac, Wisconsin—A University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh police officer intentionally shot himself Sunday with his department-issued gun, authorities said.

Dennis Sabel, 52, was arguing with his wife at his North Fond du Lac home and “intentionally fired one round into his torso,” said Ryan Waldschmidt, the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy.... Read the full article here.


Deputy's wife texted 'Kirk has lost his mind' before murder-suicide, friend says

(The Tampa Bay TimesSeptember 24, 2018, Land O'Lakes, Florida—Samantha Keithley sent a series of disturbing text messages late Sunday, complaining about her husband to a longtime friend.

“Kirk has lost his mind Kristin,” she wrote in one text to friend Kristin Kellin. “He’s literally losing it. He’s been harassing me for the last 6 hours and I’ve asked him repeatedly to just leave me alone because I’m sick.”... Read the full article here.


NBC 10 I-Team: Former police officer arrested again on domestic violence charges

(NBC 10 News) September 20, 2018, South Kingstown, Rhode Island—A former Providence police officer who was convicted of domestic violence charges during the summer was arrested again on similar charges involving a different woman.

South Kingstown police are charging John Joseph Black with two misdemeanor counts, including domestic simple assault and battery, as well as domestic disorderly conduct.... Read the full article here.


‘Life-and-death consequences’: How police fail domestic abuse victims

(City Press) September 11, 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa—For the past three reporting periods between 2016 and March 2018, not a single police station visited by the SA [South Africa] Police Service’s Civilian Secretariat has fully complied with the Domestic Violence Act.

In terms of this Act, the SAPS must report biannually to Parliament on complaints received against police officers who don’t properly implement the Act and the steps taken against them.... Read the full article here.


Skowhegan police detective sergeant arrested on domestic violence charge
Detective sergeant turned himself in Thursday, police chief says

(WMTW) September 7, 2018, Skowhegan, Maine—A detective sergeant with the Skowhegan Police Department was arrested Thursday on a warrant for domestic violence assault, Skowhegan Police Chief David Bucknam said.

Detective Sgt. Don Avery turned himself in at the Somerset County Correctional Facility, Bucknam said.... Read the full article here.


Calgary police union VP ordered to take domestic violence counselling as assault charge withdrawn
Mike Baker was charged after police were called to his home in response to a domestic incident

(CBC) September 7, 2018, Calgary, Alberta, Canada—An assault charge has been withdrawn against Calgary Police Association vice-president Mike Baker, who instead entered into a peace bond on Friday.

Baker was charged after police were called to his home in May in response to a domestic incident complaint.... Read the full article here.


Police: Off-duty Portland police sergeant arrested for domestic violence

(FOX 12) September 7, 2018, Ridgefield, Washington—An off-duty Portland police bureau sergeant was arrested on Thursday for domestic violence.

Police said off-duty Portland Police Bureau Sergeant James J. Morris was arrested by the Ridgefield Police Department on a charge of fourth degree domestic violence assault.... Read the full article here.


Advocate questions release terms for former police officer charged with assault
After a high-profile city staffer and former police officer was charged with assault, he was released with a condition that an expert calls highly unusual – a decision that's sparked a call for a review of domestic violence cases handled by London police over the last five years.

(The London Free PressSeptember 6, 2018, London, Ontario, Canada—After a high-profile city staffer and former police officer was charged with assault, he was released with a condition that an expert calls highly unusual – a decision that’s sparked a call for a review of domestic violence cases handled by London police over the last five years.

A women’s advocate is arguing the circumstances of Marcel Marcellin’s release raises broader concerns about the process for those charged in domestic cases.... Read the full article here.


Warrior police officer arrested for 2nd time in 2 years on domestic violence charge

(AL.com) August 27, 2018, Warrior, AlabamaA Warrior police officer acquitted two years ago of pushing his wife to the ground is now under arrest again for domestic violence.

Officer Ricky Gene Bryant, 53, is charged domestic violence/strangulation  involving his wife. Arrested in 2016 on two misdemeanor crimes, this time Bryant is charged with a felony crime.... Read the full article here.


Trial set for Honolulu police officer in domestic abuse case

(The Star-Advertiser) August 13, 2018, Honolulu, HawaiiThe trial is set for a Honolulu police officer who has been charged with multiple counts of abuse involving a family member.

Ryan H. Konishi, 41, appeared before Circuit Judge Rowena Somerville at Honolulu District Court today on charges of 14 counts of abuse of a family or household member and two counts of second-degree terroristic threatening, all of which are considered misdemeanors.... Read the full article here.


Decatur police officer arrested for domestic violence

(WAND) August 13, 2018, Decatur, IllinoisA Decatur Police Department Officer is on administrative leave after an arrest for domestic battery. 

On Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 3:50 p.m., Officers with DPD were called to a Decatur address for a domestic violence call involving off-duty Decatur Police Officer, Michael Lawary.... Read the full article here. 


IMPD officer found guilty of multiple counts in domestic violence case

(The Indianapolis Star) Indianapolis, Indiana, August 7, 2018An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officer has been found guilty of multiple charges in a 2016 domestic violence case.

Daniel Bullman was charged with 13 counts in May 2016 after allegations of repeated abuse were detailed to investigators, online court records indicate. On Tuesday, Bullman was found guilty of eight of those counts, including domestic battery, criminal confinement, battery resulting in bodily injury and pointing a firearm.... Read the full article here.


Luther police officer arrested, accused of domestic abuse, assaulting officer

(KOCO) August 6, 2018, Luther, OklahomaA Luther police officer was arrested overnight, accused of domestic abuse and assaulting another police officer.

According to court records, Anthony Butler, 42, was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail early Monday morning on complaints of assault and battery on a police officer, domestic abuse by strangulation and two counts of domestic abuse in the presence of a minor child.... Read the full article here.


Top family lawyer urges Premier to investigate Queensland Police domestic violence 'scandal'

(BrisbaneTimes.com) Queensland, Australia, August 2, 2018A top Queensland family law specialist and academic has launched a scathing attack on Queensland Police and called on the Premier to launch an urgent inquiry into police’s treatment of domestic violence victims, following Fairfax Media’s revelations that a woman and her children were tracked down by her violent ex-husband with help from a police officer.

Jennifer Hetherington said the revelations were a “scandal” that evoked the “spectre of a secret culture” within the QPS and undermined state government measures to combat domestic violence.... Read the full article here.


Former head of Stuttgart military police sent to prison for domestic violence

(Army Times) July 31, 2018, Stuttgart, GermanyAn Army officer who was formerly in charge of military police and firefighters at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart will spend 18 months in prison and be dishonorably discharged for choking his wife, according to Stars and Stripes.

Maj. Jay Guerrero, who had been the Germany-based installation’s provost marshal, pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated assault.... Read the full article here.


Part-time officer arrested after domestic violence incident, police say
Christopher Ahern also serves as Franklin Police Department’s prosecutor

(WMUR) July 27, 2018, Concord, New HampshireA part-time Franklin police officer who is also the police department's prosecutor is facing domestic violence charges.

Christopher Ahern waived his arraignment Friday morning. He is charged with two counts of stalking domestic violence, and prosecutors said he caused the alleged victim to fear for her personal safety.... Read the full article here.


Columbia Police Officer arrested, suspended, accused of stalking, shoving woman

(WACH.com) July 6, 2018, Columbia, South CarolinaA Columbia Police Officer is currently facing charges in connection with a domestic violence incident that occurred last month.

According to the Richland County Sheriffs department, Joshua Wagner is facing burglary, domestic violence and stalking charges.... Read the full article here.


Dallas Police Officer Arrested In Domestic Violence Case

(CBS) July 3, 2018, Dallas, TexasDallas Police arrested one of their own on Tuesday.

The Dallas Police Department said Officer Jerry Tames was arrested for “harassment and assault family violence.”... Read the full article here.


Australian Federal Police officer charged with domestic violence assault, stood down from duty

(ABC.net.au) June 29, 2018, Australian Capital Territory, AustraliaAn Australian Federal Police officer has been suspended from duty after being charged with assault in a family violence incident.

The 42-year-old off-duty officer fronted ACT Magistrates Court on Saturday morning after an altercation with his partner at their home overnight.... Read the full article here.


Oregon State Police captain charged with domestic violence placed on unpaid leave

(The Statesman Journal) June 26, 2018, Deschutes County, OregonAn Oregon State Police captain has been put on unpaid administrative leave after domestic violence charges were filed against him Tuesday by the Deschutes County's District Attorney.

Capt. William Fugate is accused of harassing his then wife on two occasions in May and June of 2017.... Read the full article here.


Ex-cop said woman's 'torture' was consensual. His 10-year-old son watched, he told police

(McClatchy) June 16, 2018, Canadian County, Oklahoma—A former cop is charged with kidnapping a woman he met online after she flew from Miami, Fla. to Oklahoma to be with him, police there say.

James Otterbine, 32, was arrested on Tuesday after the woman escaped from his car and called 911, according to a news release from Canadian County Sheriff Chris West.... Read the full article here.


Deputy accused of sexually assaulting girl, 4, threatening to have mother deported if she spoke up

(The Washington Post) June 18, 2018, Bexar County, TexasA sheriff’s deputy in Texas has been accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl and threatening to deport her undocumented mother if she reported the crime, authorities say.

Authorities arrested detention officer Jose Nunez, a 10-year veteran of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, early Sunday while he was off duty.... Read the full article here.


New Bedford police sergeant charged with domestic abuse

(The Standard-Times) June 8, 2018, Dartmouth-MassachusettsA New Bedford police sergeant is charged with choking a woman he had been seeing during a domestic dispute Sunday at her home, according to court records.

Carlos M. Taveira, 42, of Dartmouth is charged with assault and battery on a household member, a misdemeanor; and strangulation or suffocation, which is a felony, court records say.... Read the full article here.


Calgary police officer charged with assault after domestic incident

(The Toronto Star) June 4, 2018, Calgary, Alberta, CanadaA Calgary police officer charged with assault after a domestic incident last week is now on paid leave.

The officer has been with the service for 20 years. He had been on an unrelated leave of absence since the beginning of the year and remains on paid leave — though typical procedure dictates that will be reassessed after a week, said police spokesperson Emma Poole.... Read the full article here.


York City Police officer arrested for alleged domestic assault, police say
Ritchie Page Blymier of the York
City Police Department

(The York Daily Record) May 21, 2018, York, PennsylvaniaThe City of York has relieved one of its police officers of duty with pay following his arrest Sunday afternoon at his North Codorus Township home for an alleged domestic-related assault, according to a news release.  

Ritchie Page Blymier, 48, of the 3800 block of Old Joseph Road, was taken to Central Booking and charged with simple assault and harassment. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail, according to online dockets.... Read the full article here.


Local police officer arrested after child found with severe bruises: What we know now

(The Dayton Daily News) May 18, 2018, Dayton, OhioThe alleged child victim of a Clay Twp. police officer arrested for domestic violence had severe bruising on the face caused by an open-handed slap, according to court records.

Here’s what we know about the allegations:

The allegations

Martin D. Stringfellow, 47, was alleged to have hit the child on May 8 at a home in Brookville, according to court documents filed in the western division of Montgomery County Municipal Court.... Read the full article here.


Glynn Co. Police Lieutenant arrested after alleged domestic incident, "I'm going to kill him!"

(FirstCoastNews.com) May 16, 2018, Jacksonville, FloridaA Glynn County Police Department Lieutenant has been arrested after he showed up at his estranged wife's home and allegedly attempted to kick down the door yelling "I'm going to kill you, I'm going to kill him."

According to a report from the Glynn County Police Department, officers responded to a call of a burglary in process. When arriving on scene they found a lieutenant with their agency, Cory Sasser, who was attempting to lunge past officers at his estranged wife who had called the police.... Read the full article here.


City police constable suspended for 30 hours over domestic violence

(The Edmonton Journal) May 16, 2018, Edmonton, CanadaAn Edmonton police constable will be suspended the equivalent of 30 hours without pay after he pleaded guilty under the Police Act to discreditable conduct following a domestic violence case involving his former spouse.

Const. Jeffrey Hay pleaded guilty to one count of discreditable conduct under the Police Act, according to a May 7 police disciplinary decision. A second count was withdrawn.... Read the full article here.


Oskaloosa Police Officer Arrested After Alleged Domestic Abuse

(WHOTV.com) May 5, 2018, Oskaloosa, IowaA police officer in Oskaloosa was arrested after allegedly assaulting her girlfriend.

According to Oskaloosa News, Karissa Smith says late on Thursday night, 25-year-old Janay Pritchett of the Oskaloosa Police Department kicked her in the chest, cut her on the side of the neck with a pocket knife, and later threatened to shoot her.... Read the full article here.

See my previous post with news on officer-involved domestic violence from Nov. 2017 to May 2018 and my still-earlier post with news up to Nov. 2017 here

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