A new report detailing the mistakes made by Moab, Utah police in a domestic abuse case between Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie shows it was not handled properly.
The report is handled by an outside investigator from the Moab Police Department. In it, he pieced together some of the mistakes made by police officers, including classifying the call as a mental health crisis rather than a domestic violence case.
They were also unable to speak to the original 911 caller, who reported he saw Laundrie hit Petito.
Police were also unable to locate a scratch on Petito’s face that indicated she was injured.
That said, the investigator came to the conclusion that it was “most likely (Petito) was a long-term victim of domestic violence.”
Linda Oberhaus, executive director of the Collier County Center for Women and Children Abused, said all police have to do is call a domestic violence advocate and the investigation will follow. other direction.
For Oberhaus, it was impossible to watch the video and not think through all the potential factors that led to the police standing on the side of the road in Moab.
“It’s not unusual when officers come to the scene, you have a very calm and composed person. Usually, it’s the invader. And then you have another person who is completely distraught and emotional. And that tends to be the victim. And that is clearly what happened in this case,” said Oberhaus.
The investigator points out a mistake the officers made.
He wrote: “There is no further investigation into Gabby’s complaint about Brian grabbing her face and causing a scratch on her cheek.”
The investigator wrote that it was his assumption that by grabbing Petito’s face, it was “his attempt to ‘make’ Gabby calm down or ‘shut up’ her.”
He called the move “extremely personal, violent and controlling.”
The scratch on her face was ignored by officers at the scene because Petito said she hit Laundrie first.
“I think she’s completely downplayed the incident and what happened, she’s taking responsibility for something that maybe she really isn’t entirely responsible for,” Oberhaus said.
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