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 his ass.
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 days.
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 escape.
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
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 © 2018 Barry M. Baker