...On Sunday May 17, Downey's wife told police her husband threatened to hurt her animals. She called right back and told them to disregard the call. In December, Downey's wife told police her husband assaulted her.... In April, 2008, a third-party caller told police Downey's wife was having problems with the off-duty officer...
There are those who loose their cool and writhe in remorse. And then there are those who think they can do what they want and get away with it. Sgt. Downey appears to take no responsibility, seems to feel free to do it again, blames others for the trouble he's in, and it would be no surprise if he pretends to reconcile - but only to get in a better warring position with intent of "winning" in the end. Now, it's a battleground, with weapons and strategies. I can feel the dangerous ideas running through his head from here... It doesn't take a psychic.
[IN] South Bend Police Sgt. Eric Downey contesting the wife-battery and dui charges against him - IT WAS THE FOURTH CALL FROM SGT. ERIC DOWNEY’S HOME IN THE PAST 13 MONTHS... MRS. DOWNEY TOLD OFFICERS HE PINNED HER ON THE BED, THEN HELD HER DOWN IN A CHAIR — BEFORE SHE STARTED TO FIGHT BACK. BUT SGT. DOWNEY TOLD OFFICERS A VERBAL ARGUMENT ESCALATED TO HIS WIFE HITTING AND CHOKING HIM FIRST... DOWNEY'S NEXT COURT DATE IS MAY 26...
SOUTH BEND POLICE OFFICER PLACED ON PAID LEAVE AFTER BATTERY, OWI CHARGES
May 28, 2009
[Excerpts] SOUTH BEND - A South Bend police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after being charged with domestic battery and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The South Bend Board of Public Safety also removed all of Sgt. Eric Downey's police powers. He will work in the chief's office until the investigation is complete... This wasn't the first time police were called to the officer's home. On Sunday May 17, Downey's wife told police her husband threatened to hurt her animals. She called right back and told them to disregard the call. In December, Downey's wife told police her husband assaulted her. Police sent that case to the Family Violence Unit. In April, 2008, a third-party caller told police Downey's wife was having problems with the off-duty officer. The probable cause documents in this latest incident say Downey grabbed his wife's wrists so hard he caused injury and pain. Downey has filed a formal complaint against all officers on the call for excessive force and false arrest. He says he filed an additional complaint against one of the officers for intimidation and provocation... [Full article here]
Twittered: South Bend Police Sgt. Downey placed on paid leave after domestic battery, OWI charges - http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/46381327.html
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