Domestic Violence: the police need to protect and serve survivors

A few years ago, I had the privilege of breaking ground (I think) with the first liveblog of a City Council hearing.  That meeting involved the Pittsburgh Police Department's internal domestic violence staff policy.  You have to scroll down a bit to see the posts, but here they are.

There's an oft repeated mantra that domestic calls are among the most dangerous for police officers.  What is failing in the translation is the reality of how much more dangerous they are for the victims.  Once the scene is secured, the danger to the police is greatly reduced.  The danger for the victim?  Well, it often increases. Abusers aren't likely to retaliate against an armed copy.  Guess who they will retaliate against?

Not difficult to imagine.  Well for me, it isn't difficult.  For the police??  Read this http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09158/975486-53.stm#ixzz0HlxjbFWg&C

Here's a fact you should get a bit outraged about.  This happened in Zone 2.  The Commander of Zone 2, George, Trosky, the man who made the decision not to handle this arrest with any competency, was once accused of domestic violence charges.  The charges were withdrawn as is often the case.  You would think the resulting backlash would encourage Commander Trosky to be attentive to these matters.

If you want to secure a more just and effective response from the police, you might consider the CPRB meeting on Tuesday.

The wonderful group of women who volunteered to help change the Pgh. Police Dept’s internal DV staff policy has come back together. They willll hold a press conference right before the CPRB’s meeting.

The case involves both city and county government, we hope women from throughout Allegheny County will join us:

Date: Tuesday, June 23
Location: 2201 Wylie Ave
Press Conference: 5:30 p.m.
CPRB meeting: 6 p.m.

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