Police Officer Accused Of Domestic Abuse On Administrative Leave
Mayor's Office Confirms Status Of Pittsburgh Officer
November 24, 2007
New details were revealed on Saturday on a Target 11 investigation into a domestic abuse case involving a Pittsburgh police officer. The mayor's office told Target 11 Investigator Rick Earle that Bradley Walker is on administrative leave, and that his gun was taken. Walker was arrested at his home in Esplen Wednesday night, and was charged with two counts of simple assault for allegedly hitting his wife and choking his son. Police told Rick Earle on Friday that Walker was still on duty, angering a local women's group. Pittsburgh City Council will take up the policy regarding domestic violence and Pittsburgh Police officers on Tuesday.
Hearing set for Hill District officer in domestic dispute
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
November 24, 2007
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Tuesday for a city policeman accused of hitting his wife and choking his son during a domestic dispute. Bradley Walker, 41, who is stationed in the Hill District, is charged with two counts of simple assault in the incident, which occurred about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at his home in Sheraden. His wife suffered a minor cut and swelling on the face where she was hit, according to a Pittsburgh police report. The child was not injured. The criminal complaint states that the couple had been arguing throughout the day over a cell phone. Walker, who was arrested without incident, was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
This is the chief (left) at the last open meeting on the council president's cop dv policy proposal. I'm almost feeling his pain.
Leaders are in FRONT.
You CAN'T push a rope.
You MANAGE or you GET managed.
WHO is in charge?
Look for the ROOT CAUSE problem.
They are the little men behind the curtain projecting exaggerated shadows of themselves upon the wall, rustling their leather belts, and using baritone amplified voices to say, the way we do it is
So what does the initial handling of Officer Bradley Walker's arrest appear to signify from afar? I'm on the other side of the country. And what I'm about to say is only my IMPRESSION:
The police department has made no progress in these six months, and their offer of a policy is a facade, most likely craftily worded to protect themselves from having to take any action against any officer that would jeopardize his career in law enforcement. Mrs. Walker's FACE was CUT and SWOLLEN and Pittsburgh Police LET HIM KEEP HIS GUN AND GO RIGHT BACK ON THE JOB.
What could this proposed policy of theirs possibly say that is genuine?
Fire the brass and toss out the union members on their ass. Whoops. I was daydreaming and typing out loud. REPLACE OR RESTORE LEADERSHIP to the police department. DETHRONE the police union as the monarchy rulers of the city. FACE that this police department is not ready to police itself, and mandate that the Citizen's Police Review Board be included in the process of at LEAST reviewing the policy that will outline how domestic violence situations involving officers will be handled. BUILD into the process automatic outside review of cases, even if that panel - including citizens not connected to city government -has no authority, because there will then at least be record of what has happened.
WITH ALL THE CONTROVERSY OVER THIS PAST HALF YEAR WITH OFFICER-INVOLVED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ON THE PITTSBURGH PD, THE HANDLING OF WALKER'S CASE GIVES THE CLEAR IMPRESSION THAT PITTSBURGH HAS NO AUTHENTIC OFFER TO FIX - OR AS THEY PUT IT "IMPROVE" HOW OFFICERS ACCUSED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARE HANDLED. IT'S THE SAME AS DAY ONE - ANGRY WOMEN DRAW THE LINE, NOT THE POLICE THEMSELVES. THAT IS SAD NEWS FOR PITTSBURGH. AND IT'S A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHY LEAVING THE CITIZEN'S POLICE REVIEW BOARD OUT OF POLICE DV POLICY ARCHITECTURE NEEDS TO BE RECONSIDERED. THE POLICE IN PITTSBURGH ARE NOT READY TO POLICE THEMSELVES, AND THEIR DESIRE TO JUST BE TRUSTED BY THE PUBLIC IS PREMATURE. TRUST TAKES TIME AND RELATIONSHIP. THE INITIAL HANDLING OF OFFICER WALKER SHOWS THAT NOTHING HAS CHANGED.