Police Officer Involved Domestic Violence.
Lighting a candle of remembrance for those who've lost their lives to domestic violence behind the blue wall, for strength and wisdom to those still there, and a non-ending prayer for those who thought they had escaped but can't stop being afraid.
This woman fought for the life of her children, her parents and herself and probably saved them all. Praying for her safety - that there is some way of finding protection.
Police ID suspect - a former UHP trooper - in custody after Clinton standoff
May 28, 2018
...[Former Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Mike] Pope’s wife tried to shut the front door, but he pushed in, “made his way into the house and grabbed (his estranged wife) by the hair and put the gun to (her) head.” Pope also pointed the gun at his wife’s mother and father and two of the children, the statement says. Pope’s in-laws tried to pull Pope off their daughter, and Pope pushed his father-in-law into a curio cabinet, which injured the man’s head. Pope’s wife told police that her estranged husband pointed the gun at all adults and juveniles present. Pope’s mother-in-law tried to call 911 twice, the probable cause statement says. In both cases, which occurred in different rooms, Pope punched her in the face and destroyed the phones... “Michael told (his wife) again he was going to kill everyone in the house. (Juvenile) C.P. stood in front of (her), and Michael pushed C.P. to the ground holding onto C.P.’s hair... His wife “then pushed Michael out of the house while saying he was going to kill everyone in the house... Full article here]
Currently Mike Pope is charged with aggravated burglary, 6 counts of aggravated kidnapping, 5 counts of aggravated assault, discharge of a firearm, shooting in the direction of a person, 3 counts of domestic violence in the presence of a child, serious injury/weapon, and damage/interrupt communications device.
Folks might wonder why post about former law enforcement personnel - isn't the problem over? Not for those who perpetrate and the people close to them. Ex officers have all the training and commanding presence, likely mad or depressed about losing their job, and may perceive themselves as having less to lose, less to live for. Mike here told the arriving officers to shoot him.
but it shows how dangerous Pope is right now.
And this isn't new.
Maybe worse, but not new.
How long can people live this afraid?
From 2015: 12 Utah police officers disciplined for lying, drinking, other offenses
...The Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Council disciplined 12 current or former officers at its quarterly meeting... Utah Highway Patrol, Michael Pope, 2 1/2-year suspension for domestic violence in the presence of a child... [Full article here] [police officer involved domestic violence oidv intimate partner violence ipv abuse law enforcement public safety lethal terroristic threatening familicide state politics suicidal brutal extreme shero protector repeat rx]
Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Glen Miller, a warrant investigator with the county sheriff's office, was arrested and charged with assault causing bodily injury to a family member. He has been with the department for a couple of decades and now is being held on $10,000 bond in the neighboring Kaufman County jail.
From news: "According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the suspect kicked in the front door of his house to gain access early Wednesday morning after being locked out by his wife. An argument continued from inside the house to the driveway. After the argument escalated, Miller struck his wife several times 'with a closed fist in her eye.' Miller left the scene prior to the arrival of Kaufman County deputies... Miller has been an officer for nearly 20 years, starting with the department in November of 1999. He works as warrant execution investigator and a member of the department’s tactical team... An internal affairs investigation has been started and that Miller’s 'termination is pending.' Neighbors and law enforcement sources confirmed that there have been numerous calls to law enforcement in the past for family and domestic violence issues at the home in the Windmill Farms neighborhood." [Follow up on Google here] [police officer involved domestic violence oidv intimate partner violence ipv abuse law enforcement public safety lethal repeat rx texas state politics]
An unnamed King County sheriff's deputy who was already on admin leave and under investigation is barricaded in a standoff with Seattle police and SWAT on Capital Hill Seattle near the intersection of Olive Street and Belmont Avenue. It started as a domestic violence call to the apartment building this morning. A news conference less than an hour ago said anyone else in the apartment was able to get out and the other residents are evacuated. Police have fired flash-bang grenades and are trying to negotiate. At first they commanded him with a bulllhorn to come out with hands up, then started telling him they want to help him and get him services. In progress. Google update here.
TWITTER: Seattle Police Dept.
PIO's Michaud and Whitcomb will be heading to Boren and Pine in regards to a barricaded person at a nearby apartment. Please expect additional traffic or detours due to police activity in the area. @SeattlePD will not be confirming details about the suspect at this time. 10:29 AM - 30 May 2018
UPDATES on 13 hour standoff
[Excerpts] ...A Seattle police SWAT team breached several doors in a Capitol Hill apartment Wednesday afternoon, ending a 13-hour standoff involving a King County sheriff’s deputy accused of assaulting his domestic partner, according to police... the SWAT team detonated small charges to blow the locks and sent a remote-controlled robot into the suspect’s apartment... The SWAT team arrested the suspect in the bathroom around 3 p.m. and the man was treated for cuts to his hands but was otherwise unhurt... [Full article here]
[Excerpts] ...Officers got a report of domestic violence at around 1:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of Belmont Avenue. A man came into the east precinct to report that his boyfriend, a King County Sheriff's deputy, had assaulted him, according to a Seattle police blotter report. The victim suffered only mild, if any, injury, Seattle Police spokesman Detective Patrick Michaud said. When officers got to the apartment, the deputy refused to come out and then sprayed pepper spray under the door. [Full article here]
May 31, 2018, 4:18
[Excerpts] Police say the 13-hour standoff with a King County Sheriff’s deputy at a Capitol Hill apartment building started with an alleged domestic violence assault over a fight about groceries and sex... “While officers were in the hallway they attempted to talk through the door with Parsons,” the report reads. “Suddenly, O/C Spray (aka Pepper Spray) started being sprayed from inside Parsons apartment along the seals of the door, therefore being sprayed out into the hallway where the 5 on-scene officers were”... Parsons told officers he had a shotgun and refused to leave his unit... Following the long standoff and arrest, police have made it a point to say that Parsons received no special treatment because he is a member of law enforcement... In court proceedings Thursday, probable cause was found for five counts of assault for the pepper spray attack on police and a domestic violence assault charge. His bail was set at $15,000. [Full article here]
May 31, 2018, 4:29 PM
[Excerpts] ...Seattle Police officers responded to Berdon Parsons’ apartment early Thursday morning, after his boyfriend came into the East Precinct to report Parsons had assaulted him by physically preventing him from leaving their residence... Officers attempted to contact Parsons by phone, knowing the sheriff’s deputy had tactical training and believing there were likely firearms inside, according to a police report. The report states Parsons declined to come out for officers, and told the sergeant on the phone that he had a shotgun. Parsons joined the King County Sheriff’s Office in December 2015, but has been on administrative leave since March 26 for a fitness-for-duty evaluation... Parsons was arrested on five counts of investigation of assault against police officers — one for each officer reported hit with pepper spray — and one charge of domestic violence (assault)... Bail was set at $15,000... His next court appearance is set for June 4... [Full article here] [police officer involved domestic violence oidv intimate partner violence ipv abuse law enforcement public safety lethal standoff repeat rx washington state politics gay homosexual lgbt lgbtqi]
Stagecoach Texas Police Officer Robert Lee was arrested Saturday for the shooting death of his brother Harris County Deputy Rocky Lee. He said he thought it was a burglar and shot five times. Rocky Lee was a 26-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's Office. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers are investigating. [Follow up on Google here] [police officer involved domestic violence oidv intimate partner violence ipv abuse law enforcement public safety lethal fatality fatalities murder family brother sibling texas state politics accidental]
Bell Buckle Police Officer Ian Ray was arrested for domestic assault against his girlfriend, who claims it's all her fault. However 5 independent witnesses from various vantage points gave detectives a different account than she did - all reporting Officer Ray was the aggressor, grabbing her by the hair and clothes and pulling her off her feet into the car. He's charged with domestic assault and has been placed on administrative leave, leaving one cop to run to the two-cop department. [Google him here] [police officer involved domestic violence oidv intimate partner violence ipv abuse law enforcement public safety recant tennessee state politics]
Cocoa Police Sgt. Alan Worthy has been charged with aggravated battery domestic violence involving his wife - who he is separated from. From news: "...Police say he bruised her and broke her clavicle as a result of the altercation. His wife said she could not recall how he took her down to the ground since her head hit the wall..."
Worthy's attorney said that she is making up the whole assault despite hospital documentation. Worthy is free on bail and has been put on administrative leave without pay. The way he is esteemed in the department I will be surprised if this doesn't vanish.
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Metro Nashville Police Officer Trainee Brandon Moore's been fired after being arrested on a charge of misdemeanor domestic assault against his girlfriend. He entered the MNPD Academy on May 1. He's out on bond. Nothing in print yet about the elements that went into the decision to arrest him, and as usual no mention of the said victim's safety. Google him here. [police officer involved domestic violence oidv intimate partner violence ipv abuse law enforcement public safety recruit tennessee state politics]
York City Officer Ritchie Page Blymier's wife says she was assaulted, police witnessed her scratches, swelling and redness, and hospital xray tests show her right shoulder and wrist are sprained. Officer Blymier is charged with simple assault and harassment, out of jail, and on administrative leavee with pay. His wife was given a 1st temporary protective order. She says she filed for divorce May 1st and since then things have been escalating and that she's scared. “Ritchie is very controlling, he is an officer, has access to weapons and has about 8 cameras inside and outside of our home watching everything we do." She asked for a protection order that would require Blymier to relinquish his weapons and ammo but it sounds like Common Pleas Judge Kathleen J. Prendergast approved a temporary order prohibiting him to post about his wife online or use any surveilance devices to track her. May 31st is when the final protective hearing happens. Post updates in the comments. [police officer involved domestic violence oidv intimate partner violence ipv abuse law enforcement public safety pennsylvania state politics]
Pittsburgh police fail to comply with law in tracking officer-involved domestic violence
Pittsburgh police are not tracking allegations of officer-involved domestic violence in the manner required by city law, more than a decade after city officials reformed the way such allegations were handled. The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is required to keep two electronic databases that detail officer-involved domestic violence incidents and protection-from-abuse orders, according to a policy passed into city law in 2007 as part of a wider reform of the bureau’s reporting system. But following inquiries from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in the wake of a recent case involving an officer charged in a domestic dispute, city officials said Wednesday that no such databases exist. Mayor Bill Peduto on Monday ordered the police department to create the electronic databases by the end of the week... In a response to an open-records request and appeal filed with the state Office of Open Records by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Deputy Chief Thomas Stangrecki said in a letter dated Wednesday that he could not find any electronic databases and could locate only a printed Excel file that was last updated in 2014... [Full article here] [police officer involved domestic violence oidv intimate partner violence ipv abuse law enforcement public safety policy pittsburgh pennsylvania state politics]
Licking County Sheriff's Deputy Johnathan Yeager is charged with domestic violence, assault and "persistent disorderly conduct" for a domestic violence incident at his home before he sped down the street
OFF-DUTY LICKING COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFF CRASHES CRUISER INTO NEIGHBORING HOME
May 2, 2018
[Excerpts] An off-duty Licking County sheriff’s deputy became involved in a domestic dispute, got into his cruiser and crashed into a neighboring house Wednesday afternoon in Reynoldsburg... Deputy Jon Yaeger, 39, was transported to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life threatening issues. Yaeger has not been charged, said Reynoldsburg police, who are turning the case over to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said he is placing Yaeger on paid administrative leave... “Early indications are that he suffered from some type of mental-health issue”... Yaeger, who is allowed to take a cruiser home, first drove into a mailbox and then into a house... Reynoldsburg police had a bomb squad go to Yaeger’s home Wednesday to check on a report of a grenade there. A search found an inert grenade... [Full article here]
VIDEO: Licking Co. Deputy Who Crashed Cruiser Into Home Charged With Domestic Violence
(Only this video, not it's accompanying article, mentions that the wife got a protection order. Articles mentioned his mental health, not the family's. The sheriff thought it was a good time to bring up how supportive he is of the deputies but said nothing about the safety of their families. Often wives feel they are in the police family - until there is family domestic trouble. Then usually the lines are drawn.)
LICKING SHERIFF'S OFFICE CRUISER STRIKES REYNOLDSBURG HOME
May 2, 2018
[Excerpts] ...Reynoldsburg Police had been dispatched to [Licking County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jon] Yeager's home, which is nearby, on a report of a domestic dispute Wednesday afternoon. [Licking County Sheriff Randy] Thorp said it appeared Yeager had gotten into his cruiser, which Licking County deputies keep at their residences, and then crashed into another home nearby... Yeager is being treated for a head and left arm injury... [Full article here]
LICKING CO. DEPUTY WHO CRASHED CRUISER INTO HOME CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
May 03, 2018
g police say Licking Co. Sheriff's Office deputy Johnathan Yeager has been charged with domestic violence, assault and persistent disorderly conduct for an alleged incident Wednesday... Charges were filed in Delaware County because there would have been a conflict of interest if charges were filed in Licking County. [Full article here]
SHERIFF'S DEPUTY TO BE ON LEAVE AFTER CRASHING CRUISER INTO HOME
May 3, 2018
[Excerpts] A 10-year veteran Licking County Sheriff's Office Deputy will be placed on paid administrative leave after he is released from the hospital, Sheriff Randy Thorp said. Deputy Jon Yeager remained hospitalized Thursday morning after crashing his cruiser into a Reynoldsburg home while off-duty. The crash occurred Wednesday afternoon... Reynoldsburg Police had been dispatched to Yeager's home, which is in the area of Ridgeline Drive, on a report of a domestic dispute... Thorp said initial reports Yeager had shot himself were not correct and Yeager had not fired his weapon. Yeager was not on-duty at the time of the crash and was not heading to work. Deputies are permitted to keep their cruisers at their residences... [Full article here]
DEPUTY WHO CRASHED CRUISER CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
May 4, 2018
[Excerpts] A Licking County Sheriff's deputy who crashed his cruiser into a Reynoldsburg home Wednesday afternoon has been charged with domestic violence for events preceding the crash. Deputy Jon Yeager, 39, has been charged with domestic violence, assault and disorderly conduct, Reynoldsburg Police Lt. Ron Wright said... The charges stem from an incident Wednesday afternoon at Yeager's family home... Yeager is alleged to have assaulted his wife and then calmed down, allowing his wife to get the couple's children and her mother and leave the home... Yeager left the house a short time later in his cruiser... Wright said there was no indication Yeager was pursuing his wife. "He gets into his cruiser and drives down the street at a high rate of speed and then crashed into the house on Ridgeline"... He remains hospitalized... Wright said Reynoldsburg officers have an arrest warrant in hand for Yeager and will transport him to the Franklin County Jail after he is released from the hospital. He will be housed in Franklin County to avoid potential security or conflict of interest issues related to his work as a sheriff's deputy... Wright said charges could potentially be filed in relation to the crash as well. All three charges Yeager currently faces are misdemeanors. [Full article here]
POLICE: OFF-DUTY OHIO SHERIFF’S DEPUTY CRASHES CRUISER INTO HOUSE DURING DOMESTIC DISPUTE
May 4, 2018
[Excerpt] ...Reynoldsburg police say they received a 911 call Wednesday afternoon about a domestic disturbance at Yaeger’s home... [Full article here] [police officer involved domestic violence oidv intimate partner violence ipv abuse law enforcement public safety lethal family children ohio state politics Licking County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jon Yeager]
Update: Three hours after the publication of this story today by The NewYorker New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned from his position. Victims stories were vetted.
One of the women: “This was under no circumstances a sex game gone wrong. This did not happen while we were having sex. I was fully dressed and remained that way. It was completely unexpected and shocking. I did not consent to physical assault."
Four Women Accuse New York’s Attorney General of Physical Abuse
March 7, 2018
[Excerpts] As Eric Schneiderman used the authority of his office to assume a major role in the #MeToo movement, the distress of four women with whom he has had romantic relationships or encounters grew... All have been reluctant to speak out, fearing reprisal. But two of the women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, have talked to The New Yorker on the record, because they feel that doing so could protect other women. They allege that he repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent. Manning Barish and Selvaratnam categorize the abuse he inflicted on them as “assault.” They did not report their allegations to the police at the time, but both say that they eventually sought medical attention after having been slapped hard across the ear and face, and also choked. Selvaratnam says that Schneiderman warned her he could have her followed and her phones tapped, and both say that he threatened to kill them if they broke up with him.... A third former romantic partner of Schneiderman’s told Manning Barish and Selvaratnam that he also repeatedly subjected her to nonconsensual physical violence, but she told them that she is too frightened of him to come forward... [Full article here]
(Illustration by Oliver Munday; Photograph: Drew Angerer)
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Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Vincent Potter was arrested for domestic violence and harrassment involving his girlfriend, put on administrative leave, put under internal investigation, and is free on bond. No mention in the news of a protection order or other safety measures for the girlfriend. [police officer involved domestic violence oidv intimate partner violence ipv abuse law enforcement public safety colorado state politics Adams County sheriff’s deputy Vincent Potter]
Seekonk Police Officer Gary Rushing is charged with assault and battery with serious bodily injury, strangulation or suffocation, and assault and battery on a family or household member. The Bristol County District Attorney's Office wanted the judge to have him fitted for an ankle monitor but that was denied.
SEEKONK POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
April 30, 2018
[Excerpts] ....Seekonk Police Chief Craig Mace was notified that a Seekonk Police officer [Gary Rushing] had been reportedly involved in past domestic violence incidents. In a release, Chief Mace said he apprised the Bristol County District Attorney's Office of the allegations, as is protocol, and that two Massachusetts State Police detectives were assigned to investigate... Rushing was arraigned in Taunton District Court on charges of assault and battery with serious bodily injury, strangulation or suffocation, and assault and battery on a family or household member... The Bristol County District Attorney's Office requested he be fitted with a GPS monitoring device as part of the terms of his bail, but the request was denied by the judge. [Full article here]
SEEKONK POLICE OFFICER DENIES EX-GIRLFRIEND'S ASSAULT CLAIM
May 1, 2018
[Excerpts] A local police officer embroiled in a domestic dispute with a town police dispatcher he once dated was in an Attleboro courtroom Tuesday, a day after appearing in Taunton District Court. Gary L. Rushing Jr., 38, who is now on paid administrative leave, pleaded innocent in Attleboro District Court to four assault charges and a strangulation charge... Rushing allegedly put an unloaded gun to the woman’s head and pulled the trigger. The woman told police she did not know the gun wasn’t loaded... Rushing is due back in Attleboro District Court June 19, a day after an appearance date was scheduled in Taunton District Court. He is free on his own recognizance with orders to stay away from and have no contact with the alleged victim. He has also surrendered his weapon and firearms license. [Full article here]
SEEKONK POLICE OFFICER FACES MORE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES
May 01, 2018
[Excerpts] ...Only Eyewitness News was in court Tuesday morning when the defense waived the reading of charges against [Seekonk police officer] Gary Rushing, 38, during his arraignment. Massachusetts State Police arrested Rushing Friday and charged him with assault and battery with serious bodily injury; strangulation or suffocation; and assault and battery on a family or household member... Investigators said the woman detailed several incidents of abuse involving Rushing including several times when she said Rushing strangled her to unconsciousness. During another incident, she said Rushing pointed an unloaded gun - which she thought had bullets in it - to her head and pulled the trigger. Since the alleged incidents happened in both Seekonk and Attleboro, charges were filed in two different jurisdictions... Seekonk Police Chief Craig A. Mace Monday said Rushing - a two-year veteran with the force - was placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation. Rushing remained free on personal recognizance, but was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim and is not allowed to possess a firearm while the case is pending. [Full article here]
SEEKONK POLICE OFFICER ACCUSED OF POINTING UNLOADED GUN AT GIRLFRIEND
Apr 30, 2018, Updated May 1, 2018
[Excerpts] A Massachusetts police officer is accused of pointing an unloaded gun at his girlfriend, a police dispatcher, and pulling the trigger. The woman says Seekonk police Officer Gary Rushing pointed a gun at her head in 2016 and told her to kill herself after she mentioned thoughts about suicide. She says she asked him to pull the trigger, believing he wouldn't do it. She says she didn't know the gun was unloaded. Rushing denies the allegations, and his lawyer says he looks forward to clearing his name. The woman also says that Rushing choked her into unconsciousness multiple times. Rushing, who has been with the department for two years, was arrested by Massachusetts State Police... [Full article here]
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Former Missouri City cop on death row denied federal appeal
By Keri Blakinger
Thursday, May 3, 2018
A former Missouri City police officer now on Texas death row lost out on a federal appeal Tuesday, bringing him one step closer to the death chamber. Robert Fratta was sentenced to death by a Harris County court in 1996 after jurors found him guilty of hiring someone to murder his wife Farah Fratta... Farah and Robert Fratta were in the midst of a contentious divorce and slated for a child custody hearing less than three weeks after the 34-year-old mother was shot in the head while stepping out of her car. Robert Fratta was at church at the time of the crime, but investigators immediately zeroed in on him as a prime suspect...[Full article here]