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erienewsnow.com 13 Jan, 2022 06:00 am

Independent investigator recommends Utah officers who stopped Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie be placed on probation - Erie News Now

Independent investigator recommends Utah officers who stopped Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie be placed on probation - Erie News Now
By Andy Rose, CNN

By Andy Rose, CNN Two police officers who responded to a domestic violence call involving Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie last year in Moab, Utah, should be put on probation for what the city called "several unintentional mistakes" made during the encounter, according to an independent investigator.During lengthy conversations recorded on the bodycams, Pratt said Petito must be booked into jail since, under the domestic violence statutes of Utah, she is considered the primary aggressor and Laundrie the victim."I believe the officers responded to a domestic violence call and had probable cause an act of domestic violence had been committed," said Ratcliffe." In a statement, the city did not address any potential discipline for the two officers but said it "intends to implement the report's recommendations" on new policies for the police department, including additional domestic violence training and legal training for officers.

Petito and Laundrie were traveling through Moab on August 12 as part of a lengthy road trip when police responded to a call in which a witness said he saw the couple involved in a domestic dispute before driving away.Body camera video from Officers Eric Pratt and Daniel Robbins shows Petito and Laundrie -- who were engaged -- admitting to having a fight in which Petito said she struck her fiancé first.

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