Think about this. The crime alleged is a
misdemeanor assault not committed in
an officer's presence. There's no
evidence of injury to the alleged victim.
There are no exigent circumstances such
as the victim being in imminent danger.
Even under expanded domestic violence
laws, an arrest warrant should have been
obtained. Had the warrant application
been presented to a court commissioner
or magistrate not enslaved to political
correctness, the court official may have
had pause due to the changing account
by the alleged victim. In reality, I don't
think any such warrant issuing authority
exists anywhere when it comes to a
police officer accused of domestic violence.
Anyway…on with the story. The officers
execute the technically false arrest and
off they go. When you learn of the
arrest, your conversation with the
lieutenant who ordered the arrest only
confirms what the arresting officers told
your sergeant. Nobody believed the
wife…but, hey…everybody has to cover
It only gets worse. The next day the
alleged incident is all over the six and
eleven o'clock television news complete
with TV footage of the sergeant's
house. The following morning, the story
is on the front page of the metro section
of your city's daily newspaper. That
afternoon, you get a telephone call from
the reporter who wrote the newspaper
story. You tell the reporter that while
you cannot discuss any details of the
incident, you assure him that there is "no
story." The reporter doesn't let up. He
continues to ask you questions in an
effort to wear you down. You hold
fast…but, he slips. He reveals to you
that the sergeant's wife called him. He
realizes he screwed up, because the line
falls silent. You then take the initiative,
and you get him to admit that this was
the first time he knew of; wherein, an
alleged victim of domestic violence made
the initial contact with a newspaper
reporter. The call ends with you believing
you've reasoned reasonably with a
reasonable man. No such luck. The next
morning you read the second story on
the front page of the metro section. The
television coverage lasts another two
The only thing that made the false
allegation of domestic violence
newsworthy was the sergeant's position
as the supervisor of an investigative
domestic violence squad. Had he just
been a regular cop, the groundless media
assault against him would have only
lasted one day instead of three.
Your sergeant's luck does improve.
While internal domestic violence
investigations can last many months,
your sergeant is back to duty in one
month. And…yes, he made good on his
Imagine yourself as a detective
lieutenant. One of your sergeants is in
charge of your domestic violence squad.
The sergeant is trying to leave his wife.
Everyone in the unit has sympathy for
the sergeant, because those members
who know his wife are unanimous in their
support of his pending escape. On the
eve of that escape, there is the expected
argument between husband and wife.
Following the argument, the wife leaves
the home. Several hours later, there's a
knock at the door.
The sergeant opens his front door where
he's greeted by two uniformed police
officers. The officers explain that his wife
has made an allegation of domestic
violence against him. The officers tell
your sergeant that they've been ordered,
by their lieutenant, to place him under
arrest. The officers are very apologetic.
They explain that they don't believe his
wife since she changed details of her
account several times during an
interview, and a hospital examination
revealed no evidence of injury.
Domestic Violence and
the male police officer
"Arrest is not a politically correct
form of true conflict resolution
except in instances of domestic
violence." ~ Barry M. Baker
With so much written about conflict
resolution, you might get the impression
that it's a very difficult thing to achieve.
Actually…as a police officer, you have a
unique tool that no other practitioner of
conflict resolution possesses. It's called
the power of arrest.
Foul…foul! Sorry. Arrest is not a
politically correct form of true conflict
resolution except in instances of
domestic violence. In cases of domestic
violence, where a man is almost always
the aggressor — or the one who usually
does the most damage — it's now
perfectly acceptable, and expected, to
use arrest as a resolution of first resort.
While arrest as a resolution for domestic
violence is the only effective resolution
for a domestic violence incident, it, like
every other process deemed to be
politically correct, can be abused.
|Copyright © 2016 Barry M. Baker