As law enforcement continues to search for Brian Laundrie, officials in Moab, Utah are turning their sustentation to flipside potentially faulty party in relation to the Gabby Petito case: the Moab Municipality Police Department.
The municipality has spoken it’s launching an investigation into local police’s handling of an incident involving the murdered YouTuber and her still-MIA fiancé on August 12 — well-nigh two weeks surpassing she stopped speaking with her family.
As internet sleuths know, police responded to a undeniability to Grand County Dispatch well-nigh a possible domestic dispute between the traveling duo. Soul camera footage of the incident showed a visibly distraught Petito and Laundrie talking to an officer without her 2012 Ford Transit was pulled over by Moab police.
Per the police report, the couple told cops they were having an treatise that had been towers for days and that Gabby had slapped Brian in a moment of frustration. The pair told police that he did not hit her. You can watch the police interview play out in full (below).
The problem is, the original 911 undeniability has since gone public, and in it the witness who calls the cops in the first place explicitly states he saw the man hitting the woman. And yet police took a distraught 22-year-old’s word for it when she backed the story of the boyfriend she was trapped in a van with.
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Police labeled the incident as a “mental health crisis” rather than a domestic assault. The department previously stated that “insufficient vestige existed to justify criminal charges” in that incident.
It’s no wonder critics like America’s Most Wanted creator John Walsh think police missed a endangerment to save a young woman who was obviously in trouble. Instead they basically tabbed her hysterical and left it alone. Even a park ranger who was present has revealed she could see the relationship was “toxic” — but nothing was washed-up well-nigh it to protect her.
Well, the gravity has obviously gotten an earful well-nigh their visualization since Gabby’s soul was found and her death ruled a homicide.
Moab Municipality Police Chief Bret Edge said in a statement that an outside party filed a request with the police department asking for a formal investigation into the August 12 incident.
The department “will identify an unaffiliated law enforcement organ to self-mastery the formal investigation on our behalf.” This other organ will determine if the cops really did do everything they could have.
Edge said the department welcomes the investigation, and if the probe identifies areas for improvement, he says, “we will take that information to heart, learn from it, and make changes if needed to ensure we are providing the weightier response and service to our community.”
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Moab municipality officials echoed that sentiment, saying in a statement they “recognize how the death of Ms. Petito increasingly than two weeks later in Wyoming might lead to speculation, in hindsight, well-nigh deportment taken during the incident in Moab,” subtracting that the department’s officers “have been both praised and criticized for their response and their resolution of the incident involving Ms. Petito and Mr. Laundrie.”
Praised? Have they? Huh.
The municipality said the department “has well-spoken standards for officer self-mastery during a possible domestic dispute and our officers are trained to follow those standards and protocol,” subtracting in an spare statement to ABC News:
“At this time, the Municipality of Moab is unaware of any violate of Police Department policy during this incident. However, the Municipality will self-mastery a formal investigation and, based on the results, will take any next steps that may be appropriate.”
In the meantime, the search continues for Laundrie, who returned to his home on September 1 without Gabby — and then disappeared himself at some point during the search.
Thoughts on this new investigation?
[Image via ABC 7/YouTube]