Ex-Salt Lake police officer acquitted in domestic violence case

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  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    April 4, 2019 10:19 a.m.

    Will he get his job back, with back pay and all attorneys fees covered?

  • Farmington Fan Farmington, UT
    April 3, 2019 5:54 p.m.

    I'm an attorney, and over the past 20 years I've been involved with many criminal cases involving allegations of domestic violence and many civil cases in which a party has petitioned the court for a domestic violence protective order.

    In such cases, it's always difficult to know who is telling the truth, because most times the alleged abuse is alleged to have been committed in private, and the primary evidence is one party's testimony pitted against the other party's testimony.

    Twenty years ago, it was my observation that law enforcement and the courts were often very reluctant to believe the testimony of women who made allegations of domestic violence. I have noticed that in recent years the pendulum has shifted, so that today it is much more common for law enforcement and the courts to believe the testimony of women who have made allegations of domestic abuse over the testimony of the men allegedly involved in the alleged abuse (regardless of who may have called the police concerning the incident).

    When a law enforcement officer is involved in the alleged domestic violence incident, it makes fact finding even more difficult, because of the officer's position of authority.