While much attention is being focused on police culture in general, I thought I would be appropriate to start a thread specifically dedicated to the topic of police officer involved domestic violence, so that it is not drowned out by other things.
Let's start with a case out of Vancouver. Alyssa Leblevic filed such a complaint against officer Neil Logan, and the department has been accused of sidelining the investigation. The Office of the Police Complaints Comissioner has taken over the case.
Moving east now, a 16 year London police veteran has been charged with assault. Which officer, you might ask? They refused to identify:
Police are not identifying the 43-year-old officer. They said he had been in a relationship with the alleged female victim, and aren't naming him to protect the woman's identity.
Is this a possible case of domestic violence right here?
There is also the troubling case of Michelle O'Connell, from St. Augustine, Florida. On the night she broke up with her boyfriend, Deputy Jeremy Banks, Banks called 911 to report that she had shot herself. Her family said that he had been abusive towards her in the relationship. The Sheriff's Office concluded that this was a suicide, against her family's protestations.
Moving to the larger picture, how bad is the problem really? We don't know. It's a very hard thing to track. Think of the dynamics of domestic violence that make victims afraid to speak out. Now add on top of that an abuser being a police officer, the type of public servant whose job is to actually protect victims of domestic violence. The officer has access to weapons, can track down people easily, and knows where the shelters are. How is a victim supposed to fight back against that?