When are Michigan legislators going to wake-up and realize that Michigan's Lautenberg Loophole [MCL 769.4a] is dangerous for OIDV victims? Under the Lautenberg Amendment, when anyone - including a police officer - commits the crime of domestic violence, the abuser can never again own, possess, or use a gun. Instead of understanding the dangers of OIDV and having compassion for the victims, Michigan legislators felt sorry for the abusing officers who [rightfully] lost their LE careers for committing a [very violent] crime.
To protect its officers - and not OIDV victims - legislators widened the scopes of MCL 769.4a - allowing even felony dv convictions to be erased after a year of probation. Not only is the abusing officer's gun[s] returned to him, but he is likely returned to duty. Remember, he has the Michigan legislators and the police union on his side. The OIDV victim has no one from the state of Michigan fighting for her. So who fights for the Michigan OIDV victim? No one. She alone fights for herself. After her abuser's 'probation' is served, the victim's protective order against him also expires. And now an entirely new battle begins for her: the Brady Act on PPOs- which prevents the abusing officer from owning, possessing, using a gun. The victim is now in the midst of another war, in an attempt to protect herself and her family. Once again - just as in the criminal OIDV case - to the abuser, it is the victim who is seen as the enemy that keeps the officer away from his gun[s] and his job - not the law. It's not supposed to be like this, with the victim fighting for protection under our laws and possibly paying violent consequences at the hands of her abuser for doing so - that was the intention of the Lautenberg Amendment: to protect OIDV victims and their rights - that Michigan legislators have done everything in their powers to disban and have been successful at. Lautenberg Amendment:"The Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban often called "the Lautenberg Amendment" ("Gun Ban for Individuals Convicted of a Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence", Pub.L. 104–208, 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9)) is an amendment to the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 enacted by the 104th United States Congress in 1996, which bans access to firearms by people convicted of crimes of domestic violence. The act is often referred to as "the Lautenberg Amendment" after its sponsor, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D - NJ)." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_Violence_Offender_Gun_Ban
2015: New Posts added: [IN] Dustin McCowan - son of Crown Point Police Officer Joseph Elliott McCowan: Dustin McCowan's conviction for the murder of Amanda Bach, upheld by the Indiana Supreme Court - 03/25/2015 Question from the Peanut Gallery: LE believe that Dustin's father - [IN] Crown Point Police Officer Joseph Elliott McCowan - was involved in destroying evidence in Amanda Bach's murder. Will Dustin McCowan - now with all his appeals behind him and looking at 60 years in prison - turn over evidence to LE, regarding his father / Officer McCowan???
Oral arguments before the Indiana Supreme Court scheduled for October 23, 2014 at 9:45 A.M. Dustin McCowan is currently serving a 60 year sentence for the 2011 murder of his ex-girlfriend Amanda Bach. Dustin McCowan's father - Officer Joseph Eliot McCowan [Crown Point, IN PD] has been suspected / investigated for his believed role in hiding / destroying evidence in the murder case [the gun and Amanda's cell phone]. http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2011/09/in-amanda-bach-murder-case.html
Detroit Police Officer Kevin Chambers: Mistress shot in the leg as Officer Chambers and his wife reportedly struggled over a gun on August 20, 2014.
Officer Kevin Chambers - Mistress shot - Detroit PD
In the early morning hours of August 20th, Officer Kevin Chambers' mistress was shot in the leg as Officer Chambers and his wife reportedly struggled over a gun.
"... until they [Detroit PD] talk to the shooting victim, they don't have probable cause to think it was anything other than an accident...Police say they will also be asking the shooting victim if she wants to pursue criminal charges."???
Let's end the Detroit PD's silence that protected Officer Kevin Chambers and his job in 2006, for "off duty incident where he fired shots" AND AGAIN in 2008 when Chambers was arrested for: "Fleeing and Eluding, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, Operating While Impaired and Reckless Driving."
Officer Kevin Chambers' story is also being followed on Behind the Blue Wall and Police - Officer Involved Domestic Violence Network:
[MI] Officer Chambers' alleged "mistress" shot by Mrs. Chambers. (Police wonder if it was accidental?)
On July 9th, former reserve officer Raymond Emmett McCann was ordered to stand trial in five counts of perjury in the murder case of 11-year-old Jodi Parrack. Trial was originally slated for September 2, 2014, but was rescheduled on August 8th. A new trial date has not been set. Jodi was found murdered in November 2007. Since her murder, reserve officer McCann has been a suspect. In April 2014, McCann was arrested on perjury charges related to testimony he gave under oath in 2012.
RE: Taylor PD Officer Michael Calabrese's May 30th conviction for misuse of LEIN: On June 10th, Calabrese was fired from the department due to his criminal convictions. On June 20th, Calabrese was sentenced to 6 - 12 months probation for his misuse of the LEIN criminal convictions. During a two-year period of time, Officer Calabrese victimized / stalked eight women via misuse of the LEIN. One of the victims was only eighteen years old, and when her parents attempted to intervene, Calabrese reportedly told his victim there was nothing they could do as she was of legal age...
Officer Michael Calabrese - LEIN MIsuse - Taylor PD
Detroit PD Officer Hamilton Barton murdered by her husband - Detroit PD's version: http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2014/06/officer-anna-hamilton-barton-murdered_12.html On the Detroit PD FaceBook page, they claim that Officer Anna Hamilton-Barton "was found dead in her home..." - WITH NO EXPLANATION OF HOW SHE DIED. They do not mention that she was murdered by her husband. Let's not forget that immediately following Officer Hamilton's murder, the Detroit PD was referring to her death as a "DOMESTIC INCIDENT". Why won't the Detroit PD say the words: "Officer involved domestic violence murder"? How can the Detroit PD address the problem of OIDV among their ranks if they continue to ignore that it exists?
Check it out for yourself at the Detroit PD FaceBook page:
In April 2014, the main suspect in Jodi's murder - former Constantine Reserve Officer Raymond McCann - was arrested on felony perjury charges in connection with 11-year-old Jodi Parrack's murder. McCann faces up to life in prison if he is convicted of the charges
The Constantine PD and MSP continue the investigation into finding Jodi's killer[s].
2007 unsolved murder of Jodi Parrack - Constantine Police Reserve Officer Raymond McCann suspect.
Jodi Parrack Murder Investigation - Reserve Officer Raymond McCann suspect
On November 08, 2007, 11-year-old Jodi Parrack was murdered. Her mother - Valerie Jo - found Jodi's body in the Constantine Township Cemetery after Jodi failed to come home from a friend's home earlier that evening. It was family friend and Constantine PD Reserve Officer Raymond McCann who had suggested that the cemetery be searched for Jodi. Jodi Parrack's murder has remained unsolved for over six years. From the beginning of the investigation, Reserve Officer Raymond McCann was considered as a suspect because of his insisting that the cemetery be search for Jodi, and due to the inconsistencies in his stories regarding his whereabouts between the time of Jodi's disappearance and the discovery of her body. In 2009, retired Michigan State Police Detective Jim Bedell came out of retirement and became Chief of the Constantine PD. Chief Bedell's main motive was to solve Jodi's murder.
Valerie Jo Carver has never lost faith that the police would eventually find her daughter Jodi's killer[s].
Funeral services for Detroit Police Officer Anna Hamilton-Barton:
Funeral services for Detroit Police Officer Anna Hamilton will be Thursday, June 19th, at 11 a.m at the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ, 19190 Schaefer. Officer Anna Hamilton-Barton will be interred at Grand Lawn Cemetery, 23501 Grand River, in Detroit. Officer Anna Hamilton-Barton was murdered by her husband- Damon Barton - on June 12th. http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2014/06/officer-anna-hamilton-barton-murdered_12.html
Detroit Police Officer Anna Hamilton Barton - Murdered by her husband Damon Barton on June 12, 2014.
Officer Anna Hamilton Barton - Murdered - Detroit PD - June 12, 2014
On May 30, 2014, Taylor City Police Officer Michael Calabrese was convicted of misusing the LEIN. In October 2013, Officer Calabrese had been charged with 11 counts of LEIN misuse. One of those charges stemmed from Calabrese misusing the system to check on his former girlfriend.
On April 23, 2014 the Indiana Appellate Court upheld Dustin McCowan's 2013 conviction for the murder of Amanda Bach. Meanwhile, Officer Joseph Elliott McCowan, who is believed to have assisted Dustin in hiding / destroying evidence in Amanda's murder case, has recently filed for bankruptcy. In 2013, Amanda's parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Officer McCowan. Amanda Bach Murder Case - Investigation of Officer Joseph Elliott McCowan [Crown Point Indiana PD] - September 2011 - April 2013 http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2011/09/in-amanda-bach-murder-case.html
An old case from 1993 - But I am posting this because Norton was paroled in 2012. When you read the post on MIOIDV, you will note that Tabatha's body was found NUDE - and there was a history of child molestation in the Norton family. So this is also a creepy crawler alert, eh.
On March 03, 2014, Officer Johnny Ray Bridges assaulted his girlfriend and fired his gun during the altercation.
The Detroit PD was well aware of Officer Bridges violent tendencies. On February 25, 2006 Officer Bridges beat Olden Medley unconscious. Bridges was not even reprimanded by the department, although the City of Detroit later paid a settlement to Medley for the assault.
A study completed by the National Network to End Domestic Violence - NNEDV - that does not include OIDV...How the hell can you do research on DV homicides involving firearms, and not include the most deadliest form of DV associated with shooting deaths: OIDV?