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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

[NC] Another suicide that won't die. Patsy Tinsley Bradley

I've been watching this case for awhile. Ex top-cop of Woodfin North Carolina, Pete Bradley, was convicted of assaulting his wife - convicted - after she was dead - of abuse he committed on her while she was still alive. How did she die? The coroner "called" her death a suicide, but it's not an official ruling. The cause given by the coroner for Patsy's death was "depression and domestic discord."

The chief appealed the conviction and his trial is in progress now:

Testimony in trial of former Woodfin police chief continues
March 28, 2007
Testimony continued today in the trial of Pete Bradley, the former Woodfin police chief found guilty last month on a charge of assaulting his wife before her death... The N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner called her death a suicide brought on by depression and domestic discord...

Tonight I stumbled onto a currently active comment page of folks from around Asheville North Carolina and here's the gist of it:


- Are people not tired of listening to this case?

- No...they are hoping for justice...

- I don't think I will be "tired of hearing this case" until his HOMICIDE trial begins. Does he REALLY think that one is not in the works?

- We want to see justice for the Tinsley family.

- After he is goes to trial for this abuse case, perhaps the investigators will re-open the case of Patsy's death.

- No one in Buncombe County can accept it was a suicide. It would be interesting to see Bradley trying to get out of this charge, since his daddy won't be there.

- I hope a warrant for murder is served before he's done serving his sentence for assault on a female. I hope this queer packs his diaper bag.

- All Patsy's family wants is to have the case re-opened. They do not believe she committed suicide. And I think there are some good officers out in the public that believe she did not either. So perhaps some investigators will check it out and not be separated by the BLUE LINE!
- I hope this jury sees thru his crap.

- I just hope that the courts finds a decent jury. And then I hope the DA, judge and all the other court folks request a trial for Patsy's murder and not the so-called suicide...

- How can the DA place a gag order on a case like this one?

- ...His answer to Patsy's injury - falling and striking her head on a garage part that he could not name. He appeared to be under the influence of Xanax that he accused Patsy of taking!! Say bye bye Bradley. Hope you like wearing the suits because orange is your next color.

- ...May the Tinsley family have their justice....

- Support Patsy Tinsley's family and say a prayer for the family.


Patricia Tinsley Bradley

A little information on Patsy gleaned from two online death notices, with her more private family information removed:

Patricia Tinsley Bradley, 41, of Biltmore Forest, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005.

Born in Asheville, she was a graduate of Asheville High School, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and Asheville Citizen Police Academy. She obtained a degree in criminal justice. Patsy recently also successfully completed a pharmaceutical technical program. She was the vice-chairperson of West Asheville Resource Center (WARC) and volunteered for Asheville Police Department where she was recognized for her efforts and received highest praises from the police chief in the volunteer program. Patsy was a supporter for Friends for Animals Network and Care Partners Mountain Area Hospice.

Patsy was a very giving and loving lady who was always willing to help others and did so many times. She loved to make people laugh and smile. She worked Santa Pal many years, worked at West Asheville Police Resource Center and volunteered many other places...

She was and is
dearly loved
by all who know her...

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

[CT] Zero-tolerance for dv on Bridgeport Police sought

Domestic violence policy sought for police
[EXCERPTS] People with a record of domestic violence should be barred from the city's police force, according to two City Council members. Robert S. Walsh and Elaine Pivirotto, both D-132, have renewed their call for the Board of Police Commissioners to adopt a "zero-tolerance" policy among the ranks of city law-enforcement personnel... Their proposed domestic violence policy for police personnel is BASED ON GUIDELINES FROM THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE. Walsh blasted the police board for not yet adopting it. "Not only have they failed to act on the matter but chose last week to ignore the chief's recommended disciplinary action," he said. The council members' proposal was referred to the Public Safety Committee, which next meets April 3, Walsh said...

Thursday, March 15, 2007

NYPD Sgt. DeMarco over ex's car with bloody hands is "mischief"?

New York Post
March 15, 2007
A drunken NYPD sergeant in Queens slashed his ex-girlfriend's tires and smashed her car windows before trying to speed away from responding officers, authorities said. Joseph DeMarco, a sergeant at the 102nd Precinct with 15 years on the force, faces up to one year in jail after he was charged with DWI, criminal mischief and resisting arrest. Cops on patrol at Woodhaven Boulevard and 69th Avenue - in the precinct next to DeMarco's -
discovered the 43-year-old cop standing over his ex-girlfriend's car with bloody hands at 4 a.m...
All four tires of his ex's 2004 Ford Focus were slashed, and its back and front passenger-side windows were shattered. DeMarco saw the cops and jumped into the driver's seat of his vehicle, a 2001 Nissan Xterra, which he had left running... He allegedly refused at first to leave his vehicle, but cops eventually coaxed him out and arrested him.
"Mischief"? Skip legalese - if I was his ex this would be nothing less than terror.
Knife? Stabbing? Drunk? Running? Bleeding? 4a.m.?
From inside her house I'd think this looks life-threatening.
Thank you to the officers out on patrol - doing your jobs, who did the right thing and brought him in. Letting him go wouldn't help him get his life right. And who would know for sure - believe her - what level of danger his ex is in?
Who knows where a drunk stabber may want to go next?
Where is he now and what's different? Is he done with alcohol? Suspended or back at work? Where's his ex, is she an officer, is she safe? Does she have a place to turn for advocacy in the legal proceedings? Will he go to court, or will it disappear?

Will everyone be alright. Prayers for all.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

[FL] Zero tolerance for Trooper Kane's assault on pregnant wife

(In officer-involved domestic violence watch for tactical training misplaced, and wonder why their hands are not considered legal weapons.)

Excerpt from March 11, 2007, arrest affidavit of Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Kane:

"...Mrs. Roberts/Kane stated the defendant then approached her,
grabbed her arms together, causing a bracelet on her right wrist to break. Mrs. Roberts/Kane reported the defendant then threw her to the floor, grabbed her around the neck in a head lock and held her on the ground. Mrs. Roberts/Kane stated she screamed to her eight year old son to get her cell phone and call 911. Mrs. Roberts/Kane stated the defendant then told their son to give him the cell phone. Mrs. Roberst/Kane stated she told her son don't give the phone to him", referring to his father, just call 911. Mrs. Roberts/Kane stated the defendant has thrown her around one time before and told her "If you call the cops they won't believe you because I'm a cop." Mrs. Roberts/Kane reported she is seven months pregnant.

I then spoke to the eight year old ___, son of Mr. & Mrs. Kane, explained while he was washing his lunch plate he heard his mother calling for him to get her cell phone and call 911. ___ stated after he got his mom's cell phone and ran into the living room
he observed his dad choking his mother on the floor. ___ described that his dad had his hands around his mother's neck. ___ also stated he observed his dad holding his mother around the stomach area, where his new son is..."

FHP trooper charged with beating pregnant wife resigns
Bradenton Herald, FL - 2 hours ago
March 13, 2007
...An FHP sergeant went to the house as police arrested Kane. Maj. Ernesto Duarte, chief of public affairs for the agency, said Kane submitted his resignation at the scene. "He was very aware the agency has a zero-tolerance policy against domestic violence"...

There are some right answers but not very many happy endings in domestic violence.
This is tragic.
Hold them all in your prayers.

[FL] 17 years of silence, a prayer, and a promise

A deputy's wife says she was abused for 17 years but never reported it. And when "fellow" deputies were called to her house last week,

as she was crying,
telling the police
how she tried to stop her husband,
Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Patrick Gillick,
from calling their children
and telling the deputies how he then assaulted her,
how he had thrown her to the floor...

as she was doing this - finally reaching for help after 17 years - a gunshot was heard upstairs.


From the news:
"...In Gillick's case, there were no warnings, just several written reprimands in his file, including one last year for accidentally firing his gun at a mirror while working off-duty..."

JUST several reprimads?
JUST firing his gun into a mirror? A mirror?

The article also notes:
"...According to a national university study, officers are eight times more likely to die at their own hand than by someone else's and an estimated 40 percent of law enforcement families experience domestic violence. Both appear to be part of the sad events in this case..."

A prayer for the Gillick family,

and a promise:

There are some of us resolved to find ways
to make things better
for law enforcement officers
and their families,
and to never stop trying.

I didn't write here what Deputy Gillick was calling their children because I am a mother.
I didn't write his wife's name either because I feel the 17 years, and it's already too much that this story is here.

May it's retelling make a difference in somebody's life so the pain and death here are not in vain.

Unemployment Insurance for Victims of DV or Stalking

Victims of domestic violence or stalking who voluntarily leave work may be eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance benefits. Check your state.

2 good links to start with:
Domestic violence victims should not use the on-line Internet Applications for Benefits. Instead they should call - as quickly after quitting work as possible. Ask the agent about Address Confidentiality and for any help you need getting through the process.

[GA] Cop on cop - Cmdr. Locklear and Deputy Linder

It's in today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper that last week shift commander Gwinnett County Sheriff's Lt. Derrick Locklear was arrested at a "domestic dispute" call to the home he shares with Gwinnett County Sheriff's Deputy Cpl, Rose Linder. Both are being charged with obstructing/ hindering police, and the Lt. is also charged with simple assault.

The article doesn't mention Rose Linder getting arrested but does say that she, along with Locklear are "out of jail on bond" and out of work on paid leave.

The parts of the police report discussed in the article only focus on Locklear -- said to be found outside "screaming," swearing, and pacing. An officer drew a taser on him when he picked up a kids bike, he put it down - "lunged" at an officer, and tried to fight off the officers who were putting cuffs him. The article doesn't mention the "domestic" cause of the call - and if you'll notice, at least not yet, the word "domestic" is not included in the charges.

Was Rose hurt? Scared? Equally combative? Threatened? Appearing intoxicated like Locklear? Sober? I don't know because Rose was not the focus of the news.

For some folks GETTING ALCOHOL OUT OF THEIR LIVES works. I have seen that really work - long term... often easier said than done. And I'M NOT SAYING that's the case here with Locklear and Linder. I don't have anyway of knowing what would help. Just sad to see people impacting their lives in such big ways while drinking.

I hope the best for both of them.