BODYCAM footage from the Gabby Petito-Brian Laundrie stop in Moab has revealed seven shocking moments along with police mistakes.
Now Gabby’s parents have filed a $50 million lawsuit against the Moab City Police Department, accusing their officers of “not protecting” the vlogger in the August 12, 2021 domestic violence call that was bodycam recorded to have.
The bodycam footage followed a response from police and a parking attendant to an 911 call about a domestic violence incident between Gabby and Brian outside the Moonflower Cafe just weeks before she would go missing.
Footage of the encounter shows a visibly distraught Gabby telling officers she and Brian “fighted all morning.”
In the bodycam footage, Gabby, 22, tells responding officers how Brian, 23, grabbed her face, leaving a “burning” cut on her cheek and red marks on her arm as she turned her head for them to see her injuries could .
Police also reportedly noticed some bruises Gabby had on her arm.
“Did he hit you anyway? I mean it’s okay if you say you hit him. I understand if he hit you, but we want to know the truth if he actually hit you,” the officer asked her.
“Me, I guess yes, but I hit him first…” Gabby replies before the cop presses her for more details.
“He liked to grab my face I think. He didn’t like slapping me in the face. He didn’t like slapping me in the face.
“Well he liked to grab me with his nail and I think that’s why it hurts. I definitely have a cut. I can feel it.”
No pictures were taken of the scratch on her face or the bruise on her arm, which Officer Eric Pratt claimed looked like he had been there for a few days.
Fist bump with cops
Brian, on the other hand, had a calmer demeanor during the stop.
He was seen punching one of the police officers who arrived at the scene after an 911 call was made reporting the possible domestic violence incident.
Officers were also seen laughing and joking with Brian before telling him, “We feel bad for you.”
Later in the incident, Officer Daniel Robbins drives Brian to a hotel.
The two men then have a friendly chat about listening to music in the car.
Robbins again apologizes to Brian for the inconvenience and says he understands how hard it is to have a partner with anxiety.
The officer also offers tips on where Brian should travel and suggests going to California and Oregon.
During the 77-minute bodycam video, an officer, Daniel Robbins, takes down Gabby’s last name while gathering her information.
However, he repeated it incorrectly into his radio.
An independent investigation conducted to investigate officers’ errors during the stop found that officers failed to adequately request background information about Gabby and Brian.
The officers also did not take photos of their driver’s licenses.
“Due to the misspelled name, there is a chance they would not have found him had there been a protection order under their name,” the report said.
‘You have done nothing wrong’
After mistaking Gabby’s last name, Robbins consults with a third officer, who relays the information the 911 caller provided.
This officer says, “It sounds to me like she’s the main aggressor.”
The Third Officer then goes back to Brian and says they believe he is a “victim of a domestic assault”.
When Gabby is offered the option of going to jail, Brian protests and offers to spend the night in jail instead of Gabby, but the officer says, “You did nothing wrong.”
Robbins also offers Brian support, saying, “I’m sorry it all happened. I’m sorry it went this far.”
Missed Signs of Abuse
The new lawsuit alleges officers “failed to recognize the obvious signs of abuse” when they interviewed a nearly heartbroken Gabby in the back seat of a squad car.
Had they noticed the obvious signs, “they would have known that Gabby was a victim of intimate partner violence and needed immediate protection,” the lawsuit says.
The filing further alleges that when Gabby answered questions about her fight with Brian, she showed officers all of the “classic hallmarks of an abused partner,” which they appeared not to have picked up.
“[Gabby was] tried to take the blame for the fight because she hit Brian first and didn’t want to be separated from him,” the lawsuit reads.
“Whether for lack of training or refusal to follow their training, officials have not pressed further.”
The bodycam footage shows Gabby in hysterics, which continues through much of the 77-minute video.
According to Petitos, the apparently missed signals were followed by a misapplication of Utah state law.
During the stop, Pratt called Deputy Chief of Police Braydon Palmer for direction on how to proceed in evaluating the situation between Brian and Gabby.
Palmer advised Pratt to read the state’s attack law — which Pratt googled and reportedly only read half of.
“Officer Pratt [then] wrongly decided that Utah law only recognizes assault when the offender intended to cause assault,” Gabby’s family alleges.
“Because of this incomplete and incorrect understanding of the law, Officer Pratt questioned Gabby if she intended to physically harm Brian when she hit him. Gabby said no.”
Ultimately, officers Pratt and Robbins decided to separate the couple for the night and take no further action, with Pratt suggesting that it “would not be the officer’s responsibility” if the couple later found each other.
Two weeks after the first bodycam footage was released on September 16, 2021, a second video of Pratt was released by Moab Police Department.
The second video appeared five days after Gabby was reported missing.
This video showed injuries to Gabby’s neck and face.
It also included information that revealed Gabby’s concerns about having to be separated from Brian when the cop’s resolutions ceased.
As a direct result of the alleged police failure, the Petito family said their “daughter was brutally murdered just two weeks later”.
Citing a series of personal losses for both sets of parents, the Petitos are seeking $50 million in damages from Moab PD in addition to the physical and emotional damage Gabby suffered.
The Moab Police Department declined to comment to The US Sun, saying “The city is not commenting on pending litigation.”
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