Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Los Angeles Book Festival Honourable Mention for "Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence"

I'm excited to announce that my book Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence has won an honourable mention in the Los Angeles Book Festival awards, in the non-fiction category.

This prize comes after Police Wife was named a finalist in the American Book Fest's 2017 Best Book Awards in November and won an honourable mention in the New England Book Festival awards.

Both editions of Police Wife have so far won eight awards in total. 

The first edition of Police Wife won the Arlene Book Award for Writing That Makes a Difference, given once every three years by the American Society of Journalists and Authors; was the runner-up for the Hollywood Book Festival non-fiction book award; won silver in the eLit Book Awards; picked up bronze in the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards; and was a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Statistics on Police Officer-Involved Domestic Violence From the "Police Wife" Blog

They say it's hard to manage what you can't measure. As a resource for police family members and others, I present a comprehensive list of statistics on domestic violence in police homes and related issues. 

The data is adapted from my book Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence. See the book for complete references.

Domestic violence in police families
  • Percentage of 728 officers who admitted to Arizona State University sociologist Leanor Johnson in a study that they had “gotten out of control and behaved violently” toward their spouse or children in the previous six months: 40
  • Percentage of 385 male cops who admitted to Arizona police Detective Albert Seng and his study co-authors that they were violent toward their spouse at least once in the previous year: 28
  • Percentage of 115 female police spouses of male cops who told Seng their husband had been violent to them in the prior year: 25
  • Percentage of cops in their 20s who reported domestic violence: 64
  • Percentage of divorced or legally separated cops who reported domestic violence: 66
  • Percentage of U.S. and Canadian women who reported physical or sexual assault by an intimate partner in the previous year: 1.5 to 4 


Police discipline in the U.S.
  • Out of 227 investigations of LAPD officers for domestic violence from 1990 to 1997, number of upheld abuse complaints, according to a 1997 inspector general's investigation: 91 
  • Number that led to a criminal charge: 18
  • Number that led to a conviction: 4
  • Number of cops who were fired: 1
  • Most common discipline: suspension of one to four days or admonishment
  • Portion of abusive cops who had no mention of the sustained complaint in their performance records: over three-quarters
  • Percentage who got a promotion after a sustained complaint: 29
  • Out of 123 U.S. police departments responding to a 1995 survey about discipline for domestic violence, percentage that normally terminated an officer for a first sustained domestic violence incident: under 6  
  • Percentage that said termination was appropriate after a second sustained incident: 19
  • Percentage of U.S. cops convicted of misdemeanour domestic assault who lost their job, according to a 2013 study: 32 
  • Number of officers in the Puerto Rico Police Department still on active duty after two or more domestic violence arrests, according to a 2011 U.S. Department of Justice investigation: 84 out of 98 (or 86 percent) 
  • Number still on active duty after three or more domestic violence arrests: 11 out of 17 (or 65 percent)
  • Percentage of U.S. cops charged with a criminal offence who were convicted, according to a 2011 report: 33 
  • Percentage of the U.S. general public charged with a criminal offence who were convicted: 68
  • Percentage of U.S. cops convicted of a criminal charge who were incarcerated: 36
  • Percentage of the U.S. general public convicted of a criminal charge who were incarcerated: 70


Police discipline in Canada
  • Percentage of Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers disciplined for domestic violence who were dismissed or ordered to resign (2008-2013): 0
  • Percentage of RCMP officers disciplined for making a false statement who were dismissed or ordered to resign: 11
  • Percentage of RCMP officers disciplined for theft who were dismissed or ordered to resign: 50
  • Average number of days of docked pay for Mounties disciplined for domestic violence: 6.8
  • Average days of docked pay for Mounties who made a false statement: 7.9
  • Average days of docked pay for Mounties disciplined for theft: 8.5
  • Percentage of officers at four large Canadian police forces who were terminated from their job after being convicted of domestic violence or disciplined for assaulting a domestic partner: 0
  • Percentage of Canadian cops convicted of domestic violence who were sentenced to prison, according to a 2015 study: 7 
  • Percentage of the Canadian general public convicted of comparable domestic violence offences who were sentenced to prison: 49


Police response around the world

The U.S. still has far to go to improve policies and discipline on officer-involved domestic violence, but Canada and other countries lag even further behind. 

The data in the table below is from a survey I sent in 2015 to 178 police forces in 10 countries: the U.S., Canada, the UK, France, Australia, South Africa, the Bahamas, Ireland, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. Only four of 52 police forces contacted outside North America responded to the survey. The “international” column’s figures are weighted equally by responding country and include the data for the U.S. and Canada. (See more detailed results in Police Wife.)



Read more about the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) model policy on domestic violence by officers.


Policing: a man's world
  • Percentage of U.S. cops who are women: 12 
  • Percentage of U.S. cops who said they’d be equally comfortable with a female or male boss, according to a 2008 study: 7.2 
  • Percentage of U.S. cops who agreed that “women are just as capable of thinking logically as men”: 7.1
  • Percentage of Canadian cops who are women: 21 


Police officer health
  • Portion of police spouses who wanted departments to offer cops and families alcoholism treatment and stress reduction programs, according to sociologist Leanor Johnson's study: over three-quarters 
  • Percentage of cops who said they felt worried or guilty about excessive alcohol use: 36
  • Percentage who reported suicidal thoughts: 30
  • Divorce rate of cops in large U.S. cities, according to the FBI's report Domestic Violence by Police Officers: nearly 75 percent 
  • Life expectancy of U.S. while male cops compared to the American white male average, according to a 2013 study: 21.9 years lower 
  • How long a U.S. white male cop can expect to live after the average police retirement age of 57: six years
  • How long the average U.S. white male can expect to live after age 57: 31 years


The role of police

The role of police in society is closely connected to domestic violence in police homes. The abuse is rooted in the tremendous power we bestow on officers, the impunity they enjoy and derogatory male officer attitudes to women. Many of these same issues are at the core of today’s debates about policing in our society, including police shootings of African Americans and police sexual harassment of women officers and female drivers at traffic stops. 

These same issues are also connected to broader social issues, such as growing inequality in our society and the militarization of police. Police officers are often the ones who must deal with the consequences of inequality, such as homelessness and unemployment. As the job burden on police officers grows, their families and health often pay the price. Below are correlations—all statistically significantbetween the number of police officers per capita and measures of inequality.* The more inequality, the more police we tend to find.

In 22 developed countries
Correlation of police per capita with total unemployment: 58 percent
… with youth unemployment: 63 percent
… with women’s participation in the labour force: negative 46 percent

In the U.S.

Correlation with income inequality in each state: 38 percent
… with the ratio of black to white unemployment: 42 percent
… with the ratio of black male to total white unemployment: 55 percent

In Canada
Correlation with Aboriginal youth unemployment in Canadian cities: 69 percent
… with Aboriginal male youth unemployment: 76 percent

* A correlation shows how much two sets of data fluctuate together. It doesn’t prove one thing causes the other, but it can point to predictive relationships worthy of attention. When a correlation is statistically significant, it’s very unlikely to be a random coincidence.


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Monday, January 15, 2018

New England Book Fest Prize for "Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence"

I'm pleased to announce that my book Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence (2nd ed.) has won an honourable mention in the New England Book Festival awards, in the non-fiction category.

This prize comes after Police Wife was named a finalist in the American Book Fest's 2017 Best Book Awards in November. 

The first edition of Police Wife won the Arlene Book Award for Writing That Makes a Difference, given once every three years by the American Society of Journalists and Authors; was the runner-up for the Hollywood Book Festival non-fiction book award; won silver in the eLit Book Awards; picked up bronze in the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards; and was a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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 earlier post with news up to Nov. 2017.

Off-duty cop who pulled gun banned from firearms

(The Detroit News) April 22, 2018, Detroit, MichiganAn off-duty Detroit police officer has been arraigned on charges after he allegedly tussled with his girlfriend downtown Sunday and pulled out his gun when citizens tried to help the woman, police said.


Officer Willie Fortner, 25, was arraigned Monday on two counts of felonious assault, two counts of felony firearm and domestic violence.... Read the full article here.


Memphis Police officer arrested on domestic violence charge

(WREG) April 13, 2018, Memphis, TennesseeA Memphis Police officer has been relieved of duty following an arrest stemming from a domestic violence incident.

Alfonzo Webber, 37, was arrested April 10 in the 1900 block of Chartridge in Cordova. He was off-duty at the time.... Read the full article here.


'Silence can be deadly': 46 officers were fatally shot last year. More than triple that — 140 — committed suicide.

(USA Today) April 12, 2018Suicides left more officers and firefighters dead last year than all line-of-duty deaths combined — a jarring statistic that continues to plague first responders but garners little attention.... Read the full article here.


Police: Officer in murder-suicide had been accused of domestic violence

(Hawaii Tribune-Herald) April 10, 2018, Hilo, HawaiiPolice said today that Christopher R. Kapua-Allison, a Hawaii Police Department officer who shot his estranged wife and then himself in a murder-suicide Sunday at the officer’s Mountain View home, had been the subject of a criminal investigation into an alleged domestic violence incident.

According to Capt. Randall Medeiros of the Hilo Criminal Investigation Division, a neighbor called police to the Kini Street home in Pacific Paradise Gardens subdivision in 2014. Medeiros said the incident “was investigated thoroughly, and was closed (as) unfounded.”... Read the full article here.


Cop charged with domestic violence for a second time

(The Connecticut Post) April 9, 2018, Bridgeport, ConnecticutA city police officer has been arrested on domestic violence charges for the second time in four months.

Steven Figueroa, 27, was charged Sunday night with second-degree stalking, second-degree breach of peace and second-degree harassment.... Read the full article here.


Suit Against Agent Who Reinvestigated a Florida Mother’s Death Is Dismissed

(The New York Times) April 2, 2018In a stinging rebuke to one of Florida’s most influential sheriffs, a federal judge found that a state law enforcement official had probable cause to believe that one of the sheriff’s deputies had fatally shot his girlfriend as she was preparing to leave him.

The sheriff, David B. Shoar of St. Johns County, had waged a yearslong campaign to convince the public that Rusty Rodgers, an agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, had violated the rights of the deputy, Jeremy Banks, during the state’s reinvestigation of the shooting, originally ruled a suicide by the sheriff more than seven years ago.... Read the full article here.


Clover police officer arrested for domestic violence

(Fox 46) March 29, 2018, York County, South CarolinaAn officer with the Clover Police Department was arrested for allegedly beating his wife, according to the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). 

On March 28, warrants were issued for the arrest of Ronnie A. Snelson on two counts of domestic violence in the third degree.... Read the full article here.


City records: Twice-fired Springfield police officer hit woman and pepper sprayed her

(MassLive.com) March 22, 2018, Springfield, MassachusettsFormer city police patrolman Anthony Bedinelli had two open internal investigations when he was fired for the second time in 11 years Thursday.

The two open cases relate to an on-duty incident in 2017 and an alleged domestic dispute that took place off-duty but left a woman injured, according to summaries of Bedinelli's Internal Investigation Unit records provided by the city in response to a public records request.... Read the full article here.


Miami police officer arrested after domestic incident

(ABC News) March 22, 2018, Miami, FloridaA Miami police officer was arrested and jailed Wednesday after a fight with his girlfriend.

Kyle Centeno, 26, was arrested on battery and false imprisonment charges, while his girlfriend, Isamar Tavarez, was arrested on charges of battery and resisting arrest without violence.... Read the full article here.


Alexandria police officer arrested on rape, domestic violence charges

(Fox News) March 20, 2018, Woodbridge, VirginiaAn Alexandria police officer has been arrested on rape and other related domestic violence charges in Prince William County.

Khurram Chaudhary, a veteran of the Alexandria Police Department for almost four years, was under investigation by police in both Alexandria and Prince William County after a 30-year-old woman reported several domestic violence incidents that allegedly took place between June 2017 and Jan. 2018 at their home in Woodbridge.... Read the full article here.


HPD helped cover up officer's abuse, suit filed by ex-wife says

(Hawaii News Now) March 15, 2018, Honolulu, HawaiiA U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent is accusing her ex-husband, a Honolulu police officer, of years of abuse.

And she says the Honolulu Police Department helped cover it up.

Donna Garcia and officer Ronald Lombardi divorced in 2011 and she has since moved to the mainland with their two children.... Read the full article here.


Chula Vista Police Officer Arrested for Alleged Domestic Violence
Officer Leopoldo Chousal was arrested by the San Diego Police Department for an alleged domestic violence incident that happened at a home while he was off duty

(NBC San Diego) March 15, 2018, San Diego, CaliforniaA Chula Vista police officer has been arrested on allegations of domestic violence, the department confirmed Thursday.

An investigation found that the officer allegedly made criminal threats to harm his girlfriend, according to police.... Read the full article here.


FBI agent, estranged wife dead in apparent murder-suicide at Crownsville home

(The Capital Gazette) March 7, 2018, Crownsville, MarylandAn FBI agent and his estranged wife were killed in Crownsville Wednesday morning in what Anne Arundel County police say was a murder-suicide on the day the two were expected back in divorce court.

Officers responded to a report of a domestic assault in progress in the 500 block of Arundel Boulevard at 8:05 a.m. Police said the caller had dialed 911 on behalf of another woman who “was being threatened by her recently estranged husband.”...

Donna Fisher, 54, of Crownsville and FBI Special Agent David Raynor, 52, of Annapolis, were pronounced dead at the scene by emergency personnel.... Read the full article here.


Police officer shoots, kills his wife and daughter

(Daily Nation) February 28, 2018, Subukia, KenyaAn Anti-stock Theft Unit (ASTU) police officer shot and killed his wife and child at Suswa camp in Subukia, Nakuru.

The officer, identified as Cosmas Biwott, is said to have picked a quarrel with his 25-year-old wife before he turned the firearm on her and their daughter.... Read the full article here.


DA: 57 Police Officers in Family Violence Unit Have Criminal Records
The Democratic Alliance says their crimes include culpable homicide, common assault, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, and one instance of pointing a firearm.

(Eyewitness News) February 25, 2018, Johannesburg, South AfricaThe Democratic Alliance (DA) says it is deeply disturbed by the police ministry’s revelation that 57 South African Police Service members working in the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offenses Unit have criminal records.

It says their crimes include culpable homicide, common assault, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, and one instance of pointing a firearm.... Read the full article here.


Domestic violence case dismissed against former interim police chief

(The Courier) February 20, 2018, Findlay, OhioA domestic violence case, pending for the past year against a former Findlay Police Department supervisor, has been dismissed in municipal court.

In an entry signed last month, visiting Judge S. Dwight Osterud dropped the first-degree misdemeanor offense against Sean D. Young.... Read the full article here.


Report sheds more light on investigation into Cleveland police officer accused of domestic violence, drug possession

(Cleveland.com) February 7, 2018, Cleveland, OhioInvestigators found suspected cocaine and "unknown narcotics" during its investigation of a Cleveland police officer accused of domestic violence and drug possession, according to a police report.   
Matthew Sliter -- a 35-year-old Fourth District patrolman who has since been suspended without pay -- was jailed after his girlfriend's 16-year-old child called police about 5 a.m. Saturday to report Sliter threatening his girlfriend with a gun, dispatch logs say.... Read the full article here.


Shrewsbury cop charged in domestic violence incidents

(The Asbury Park Press) February 6, 2018, Shrewsbury, New JerseyA Shrewsbury Borough patrolman was arrested on three charges including assault in connection with separate "domestic violence" incidents last month, according to police documents posted at the bottom of this story.

Ryan M. Cullinane, 27, was arrested by one of his fellow officers and charged with assault, harassment and unlicensed entry of a structure after the incidents on Jan. 25 and 26, according to the police documents.... Read the full article here.


Dead, beaten and abused: Millions paid in secret settlements to keep bad cops on the street and the public in danger
New Jersey fails to stop police brutality by protecting bad cops with secret settlements.

(The Asbury Park Press) January 22, 2018, Asbury Park, New JerseyKilled. Beaten. Stalked. More than 200 citizens across the state have been victimized in recent years by out-of-control rogue cops. In many cases, the cops kept their jobs, even got promoted – while tens of millions of your tax dollars kept the abuses quiet. Until now.

New Jersey governments across the state, from the smallest towns to some of the largest cities, have spent more than $42 million this decade to cover-up deaths, physical abuses and sexual misconduct at the hands of bad cops.... Read the full article here.


Police officer charged with domestic violence offences

(961.com.au) January 10, 2018, Sydney AustraliaA police officer will appear in court next month after he was charged with domestic violence offences.

The male senior constable, who is attached to the South West Metropolitan region, was served a future court attendance notice yesterday for the offences of common assault and intimidation relating to an incident at Elizabeth Hills on Monday 11 December 2017.... Read the full article here.


OPP officer charged with assault in domestic incident
Officer from Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry detachment placed on administrative duties

(CBC) January 3, 2018, Ontario, CanadaAn Ontario Provincial Police officer has been charged with assault in a domestic incident alleged to have occurred last month.

In a news release, OPP said officers from the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry detachment responded to a "domestic incident" involving an off-duty officer on Dec. 20.... Read the full article here.


Assistant police commissioner resigns amid domestic violence accusations
The resignation comes after a report alleging that Mario Tonna’s partner filed a police report claiming he had head-butted her

(Malta Today) January 2, 2018, MaltaAssistant Police Commissioner Mario Tonna has resigned his post following a report of domestic violence filed by his partner.

Tonna’s resignation has reportedly been accepted by the Police Commissioner.... Read the full article here.


Pittsburgh police officer accused of shackling woman who tickled him

(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) January 2, 2018, Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaA Pittsburgh police officer was arrested Sunday afternoon because he allegedly handcuffed and shackled a woman with whom he lived when she wouldn't stop tickling him, according to court documents.

Rachmiel Gallman, 31, is charged with false imprisonment, court records show.... Read the full article here. 


Ottawa Police officer faces assault charge in off-duty 'domestic' incident

(1310News.com) December 19, 2017, Ottawa, CanadaAn Ottawa police officer is facing Criminal Code charge related to a ‘domestic’ incident last week in the Outaouais while the member was off-duty.

The Ottawa Police Service confirms only that the member is facing a charge, has been re-assigned to administrative duties, and that the Professional Standards Section has begun its own investigation.... Read the full article here.


Hoover police officer arrested on domestic violence charge in Birmingham

(Al.com) December 18, 2017, Birmingham, AlabamaA Hoover police officer was arrested late Sunday night on a domestic violence charge in Birmingham.

Birmingham police on Monday identified the suspect as Timothy Pugh. He is 47.... Read the full article here.


Court docs: Spokane police officer accused of assaulting girlfriend had history of domestic violence

(The Spokesman-Review) December 4, 2017, Spokane, WashingtonThe 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, FloridaA 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, AlabamaAccording 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 IslandFormer 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, FloridaAn 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
(The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) November 27, 2017, North Fulton County, GeorgiaA Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy drew his gun on a Roswell police officer on Thanksgiving when he responded to a domestic dispute at the officer’s Woodstock home.

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, CaliforniaA 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, GeorgiaA 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 AfricaNeighbours 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, FranceA 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, 2017A 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, AlabamaCourt 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 YorkTroopers 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, CaliforniaThe 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, GuyanaPolice 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
(Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation) November 9, 2017, La Grange, GuyanaAn investigation has been launched into an incident in which a policeman, Clement Cockfield, killed himself after he shot and critically injured a female colleague – Shanice Fraser – at a police station late Tuesday.

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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