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Monday, January 21, 2008

[UT] Officer Farnsworth's wife on the floor, bleeding, but denies anything happened

Police officer cited for domestic violence
KSL.com
Whit Johnson reporting
January 10th, 2008
A Salt Lake City police officer could lose his job pending allegations of domestic violence. Officer Richard Farnsworth was cited for domestic violence assault and domestic violence in the presence of a child after an alleged fight with his wife... Farnsworth has been placed on administrative leave... "My best friend just called me and told me to call 911, that her husband just broke her nose," a caller told the 911 dispatcher. "Her husband is a Salt Lake County police officer, which is sad"... According to the initial police report, when officers arrived at the Farnsworth home they found his wife had red marks on her chest and a red mark on her nose. But the couple insisted that they had not been arguing or fighting. "Police officers, no matter which agency they work for, officers really consider each other brothers, and when you have a situation such as this it makes it very difficult," [Spokesman Capt. Tom] McLachlan said... Farnsworth's 15-year-old step-son was also in the home at the time of the incident. He told police that there was a loud argument and he heard his mom fall. When he left his bedroom to check on her, he found her lying down on the floor and her nose was bleeding. West Valley City police say the couple has no history of domestic violence, but if Farnsworth is found guilty, federal law would not allow him to carry a weapon. That would jeopardize his position as a police officer. [Full article here]

Officer cited for domestic violence
SLC officer, employee of the month in March, is placed on paid leave
By Nate Carlisle ncarlisle@sltrib.com
The Salt Lake Tribune
01/11/2008
...The caller told police the wife's nose was broken, but [West Valley police Capt. Tom] McLachlan said he does not know if that proved correct... The citation charges Farnsworth with a class B misdemeanor punishable by as much as 60 days in jail... The standard [Utah] punishment is a four-year suspension from policing... Farnsworth was part of a publicized event in summer 2006 when he killed a dog... The city's civilian review board exonerated Farnsworth. He went on to be the Salt Lake City Police Department's officer of the month in March 2007. [Full article here]

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