Burella v. City of Philadelphia, 04-1157 (3rd Cir., Sept. 13, 2007)
This Third Circuit decision involves an all-too-common tale of domestic abuse turned deadly, and all-too-common allegations that the police failed to protect an abused woman from her psychotic estranged husband. (Fortunately, in this case, the abused wife survived her husband’s murder-suicide plan, though with serious injuries.) The Supreme Court recently dealt with a similar case from the Tenth Circuit, concluding that the police’s failure to arrest an abusive husband did not amount to a Due Process or Equal Protection violation.
But this case has an additional twist: the psychotic husband was a police officer. Nonetheless, this is a distinction without a difference, as the Third Circuit concludes that there is no reason to turn law enforcement’s failings into a constitutional case. The majority explains:
The facts Jill Burella alleges, if true, reveal a terrible deficiency on the part of the Philadelphia Police Department in responding to her complaints of domestic abuse. Binding precedent nevertheless compels our conclusion that the officers’ failure to arrest her husband, or to handle her complaints more competently, did not violate her constitutional right to due process or equal protection of the law.
Judge Ambro concurs to note that the plaintiff may have a very strong tort case, just not a constitutional one. Of course, he also notes that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has not waived its sovereign immunity for these types of tort claims. [more Qualified Immunity posts]
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Connecticut State Police Murder/Suicide incidentsIs there not enough oversight of police in Connecticut, and is murder/suicide, spousal beatings, and police misconduct out of control telling all that police can't police themselves?
Michael Bochicchio, a retired Major in the Connecticut State Police, kills himself, kills his wife
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Excerpt: ... In the days before the shooting, Diaz learned he was about to be arrested by West Hartford police for illegally using a state police computer to identify the owner of a car parked in McDermott's driveway. He also learned he would be the subject of a second state police internal affairs investigation - one that probably would cost him the job he loved.
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Where did Michael Bochicchio get $176,000 to just go out and blow gambling? Why did he kill himself, his wife, and wound his wife's lawyer trying to kill her? Was this "officer" trying to keep his friends and the Connecticut State Police from being implicated in a massive conspiracy, obstruction of justice, racketeering, and organized crime schemes, a syndicate of criminal operations of the Connecticut State Police?
Michael Bochicchio, a retired Major in the Connecticut State Police
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Donald L. Christmas, allegedly, falsely accused of being a father guilty of spousal abuse after complaining about police, judicial, prosecutorial, and DCF misconduct, retaliation?:
Police, Prostitutes, and Railroading Landlords to Prison
Text with video:
Donny Christmas speaks about what happens to landlords in Connecticut. It is all over, but especially in Enfield, Thompsonville, Stafford Springs, etc.
More about Connecticut cops and prostitutes:
More about what is happening all over Connecticut regarding DCF, Police, the Judiciary, Attorneys, and Officials. It is about misconduct and greed, more:
This story involved Judidial Misconduct of Connecticut Judge Scheinblum, Howard of the Enfield Superior Court. It also involves police misconduct.