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Saturday, January 30, 2010

[TX] Police Sgt. Boswell arrested for family violence. (How much violence is too much?)

A Bryan police sergeant [Brett Boswell] has been placed on leave after his arrest early Friday morning, a day after his wife had filed for divorce... Mrs. Boswell told authorities she was pushed up against the wall by her husband, struggled to get away, only to slip off the wall. She said both lost their balance as a result and fell to the ground... "It's really difficult to say how long he could be on leave," Chief Eric Buske said. "I've experienced several cases like this, and each one has different demands"...  

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How much violence is okay? When people start "falling" into walls, on to the floor, or across furniture in an angry situation there is some percentage of a chance of even an unintentional death - an abrupt hit to the head.. What percentage of the chance of accidental death is too high?  50%? 10%? 1%?  No violence is okay - but the percentage question helped me to make a decision to be safe - NO percentage was okay. I'm just sharing that in case it impacts someone like it did me.

But here's the hopeful news for Bryan: Seems there may be a new way of doing things with the new police chief. In 2008 there was a domestic incident at the home of then-police chief Tyrone "Ty" Morrow AND at the home of Bryan City Manager David Watkins. No arrests. No charges. Overlapping investigations. Lots of controversy.  The new chief says he can't speak to that because he wasn't around then. Time will tell. (Resigned Chief Morrow has just landed a new top cop job in Freeport, listing City Manager Watkins as a reference.)

BRYAN POLICE SERGEANT PLACED ON LEAVE
City of Bryan
Press Release
Friday, January 29, 2010
[Excerpt]  Bryan Police Sgt. Brett Boswell was placed on administrative leave early Friday morning following his arrest for Family Violence by the Bryan Police Department. Both an internal investigation and criminal investigation are being conducted at this time. Sgt. Boswell has been employed by the Bryan Police Department for just over 13 years.
Officer Jason B. James
Bryan Police Department
Public Information Officer... [LINK]

BRYAN POLICE SERGEANT UNDER INVESTIGATION AFTER FAMILY VIOLENCE ARREST
abc40.com
by Mark Wiggins
Posted: Jan 29, 2010 10:22 AM PST
[Excerpts]  A Bryan police sergeant remained in jail Friday morning following an arrest on a family violence charge in the early morning hours. According to the police report, officers responded to the home of 13-year veteran BPD Sgt. Brett Boswell around 12:51 a.m. in response to a domestic disturbance... Mrs. Boswell told officers the sergeant grabbed her and pushed her directly into the bedroom wall. During the struggle, they both lost balance, and Mrs. Boswell fell over a chair and onto the floor while against the closet door, causing her to injure her back... Boswell declined to speak with a criminal investigator sent to the scene and was arrested for Assault Causes Bodily Injury: Family Violence. Mrs. Boswell told police she requested an emergency protective order. Bryan Police Department has placed Sgt. Boswell on administrative leave while both an internal investigation and a criminal investigation are underway. [Full article here]

BRYAN SERGEANT ARRESTED ON FAMILY VIOLENCE CHARGE
The Bryan-College Station Eagle
Published Friday, January 29, 2010 10:30 AM
Updated Friday, January 29, 2010 5:14 PM
[Excerpts]  A Bryan police sergeant with 13 years experience remained behind bars Friday on a misdemeanor assault charge after officers responded to a family violence call at his home. Three police — two sergeants and an officer — responded to the call at 12:44 a.m. in the 3400 block of Spring Lane... Sgt. Kyle Halbert interviewed Brett Boswell, 37, on scene. Both parties agree on the following, according to the police report: ...Boswell followed her to another bedroom and refused to let her leave, blocking the doorway with his body and demanding they speak about the matter. From there, stories given by Boswell and his wife to responding officers are a bit different. His wife told police that she tried to push past him but he grabbed her and pushed her into the bedroom wall, according to the report. She struggled to get away, but the pair lost balance and fell to the ground; she fell over a chair and against the closet door, she said. Injuries to the victim listed in the report include a red and swollen left-hand impression on her right forearm, an abrasion on her right shoulder blade from falling on the ground, a swollen right middle finger and a red abrasion to the tricep area of her right arm. Boswell, the report states, had a scrape on the elbow and tricep of his right arm but said he did not know how he received the injuries...The police report concludes that Boswell was the aggressor and the injuries on his wife are consistent with her version of events. Boswell was placed under arrest and charged with assault causing bodily injury to a family member, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine. An internal and a criminal investigation are underway, James said... [Full article here]

BRYAN POLICE SERGEANT ARRESTED ON FAMILY VIOLENCE CHARGE
A Bryan police sergeant has been placed on leave after his arrest early Friday morning, a day after his wife had filed for divorce.
KBTX
Steve Fullhart
12:25 PM Jan 29, 2010
[Excerpts] A Bryan police sergeant has been placed on leave after his arrest early Friday morning, a day after his wife had filed for divorce. Brett Boswell was still in Brazos County Jail late Friday morning. Bond was set at $5,000... He had been serving as a supervisor on a night patrol unit. Mrs. Boswell had filed for divorce from her husband Thursday, according to the county's online records... Mrs. Boswell told authorities she was pushed up against the wall by her husband, struggled to get away, only to slip off the wall. She said both lost their balance as a result and fell to the ground... Sgt. Boswell's story differs when it comes to what happened in the second bedroom. He told police his wife grabbed the collar of his shirt when she tried to leave the second bedroom, and they knocked over furniture and fell as a result... [Full article here]

SERGEANT ON LEAVE AFTER ARREST
The Bryan-College Station Eagle)
By MICHELLE CASADY
January 30, 2010 12:09 AM
[Excerpts] ..."It's really difficult to say how long he could be on leave," Chief Eric Buske said. "I've experienced several cases like this, and each one has different demands"... Buske said it's too early to be sure, but there may be an opportunity for Boswell to work in some limited-duty capacity while the internal and criminal investigations take place... Police had not responded to any calls at the Boswell home prior to Friday. Buske said it's standard procedure for a supervisor respond to a call involving a member of the department... The police report concludes that the injuries on his wife were consistent with her version of events... His wife requested an emergency protective order after her interview with police at the home. Buske said he couldn't address how the call was handled differently than two other family violence calls involving city leaders because he wasn't with the department at the time. In November 2008, police were called to the home of then-Bryan Police Chief Ty Morrow, who told them he handcuffed his wife after an argument had turned physical. His wife told police that she had been abused in the past and received a broken nose and black eyes. She publicly recanted that statement but filed for divorce months later, citing cruel treatment from her husband. Morrow was allowed to leave the home for the night and he was not arrested. A grand jury declined to file charges against him. A month prior, police responded to a family violence call at the home of Bryan City Manager David Watkins. No arrests were made and no charges were filed in that instance, either, leading some to question the swift action taken against Boswell. "I'm sure people are talking about it, but I wasn't here then and it wouldn't be appropriate to comment on those matters," said Buske, who took charge of the department in September. "We're just going to investigate this like we would with any citizen. Ultimately, he's innocent until proven guilty"... [Full article here]
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8 comments:

  1. Published Sunday, January 31, 2010 12:08 AM
    Lawyer: Treatment unfair for sergeant
    By MICHELLE CASADY
    michelle.casady@theeagle.com

    A Bryan police sergeant who was arrested after a family violence call at his home is being treated unfairly, his attorney said Saturday.

    Jim James is representing Brett Boswell, who has served the Bryan Police Department for 13 years and was placed on paid administrative leave following his arrest Friday.

    "The fact is if he hadn't been a police officer, based on these facts, he would never have been arrested," James said. "I absolutely don't believe that my client is being treated like any other citizen."

    Two officers and a sergeant responded to the call at Boswell's home on Spring Lane at 12:44 a.m. Friday. After interviewing him and his wife, who filed for divorce Thursday, police concluded that Boswell was the aggressor and that injuries found on his wife were consistent with her version of events.

    Her injuries included a red, swollen left-hand impression on her right forearm and an abrasion on her right shoulder blade from falling on the ground, a swollen right middle finger and a red abrasion to the tricep area of her right arm, according to the police report.

    Boswell had a scrape on the elbow and tricep of his right arm but told police he didn't know how he received the injuries.

    The swift action taken against Boswell, arresting him and immediately placing him on paid leave, has led some to question why former Chief Ty Morrow wasn't arrested during a family violence call to his home in November 2008. He told police that he handcuffed his wife during an argument that had turned physical.

    "I think everybody was scared," James said. "This is a reflection of how things were handled with the former chief."

    Once in jail, James said, the justice of the peace involved would not waive the optional 24-hour holding period for family violence arrests.

    Boswell spent 36 hours in the Brazos County Jail before posting bail Saturday morning.

    "You've got a sterling officer who's dedicated his life to serving this community spending all that time in jail because they wouldn't waive the cooling-off period," James said.

    Boswell's ex-wife, whom he was married to for 10 years prior to his most recent marriage, told James that Boswell was not a violent person, he said.

    "She said that he never had been physically aggressive at all," he said.

    James said he will argue that his client should be acquitted of charges and keep his job with the department.

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  2. Oh please. An ex wife of a scary cop will say anything.

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  3. I think Sgt. Boswell will return to the force with the charges being dropped.

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  4. Thank you. Please let me know what you learn.

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  5. GOD! I wish that surprised me.
    I'm shaking my head.
    The blog is full of victims who claim afterwards that they lied or beat themselves up.

    I understand why,
    but... so many.

    The situation across the board, across the country, is outrageous and changing far too slowly.

    I used to think Texas was different. I collected several stories that impressed me. But over time I see that was silly. Departments are as professional or as dirty as their top cop and /or city leaders are.

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  6. AnonymousMay 06, 2010

    Believe it or not...Sgt. Boswell has been cleared as predicted. We'll see if he returns to the police department.

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  7. Thank you. I made a new post.

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  8. Too much violence is too much. Even Little violence is too much. Whether we experience little or too much violence, still we are being violated. I worked before as a part time secretary in a law firm in Ottawa. Personal injury lawyer in our law firm is always making sure that his clients were being taken care of very well.

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