William Cotto was angered by his wife's actions. She filed charges with police and a court order of protection against him on 12/30/08. Police were ordered to confiscate all his weapons and Cotto posted a measly $500 bond and walked free.
Cotto was angry because his wife, Isol wanted a divorce.
The next day, New Year's eve morning, William Cotto shot his wife in cold blood before taking his own life.
We can make up all kinds of excuses to describe this cowards actions. Some will say he was depressed. Others who knew him or were related to this bozo will point to his loving devotion and kindness. Or we will hear about how he wasn't himself, it was an unfortunate tragedy and may he rest in peace.
Very few will say the words "cold blooded killer". Or use a term such as "coward" to describe this person's actions.
Isol Cotto's murder should have more importance than to be packaged neatly as another murder suicide. Killed by a man who planned her death, because she had the courage to say no more. She was not going to continue being a victim. And for approximately twenty-four hours, she was on her way to becomming a success survivor.
But, men like William Cotto, still allowed special advantages because he was in law enforcement was not going to allow his wife to have the last word. In his eyes, she embarrassed and disgraced him when Isol Cotto filed charges and secured an order of protection. Which in this case as in most is nothing more than a legal paper trail with the court system.
The system failed Isol Cotto. First, the police for not going that extra mile in securing her safety.
Secondly, the judge for such a low bail amount of $500.
Third, additional weapons owned by Cotto were not surrendered to police. He probably told them he was going to use the shotgun and go hunting. Or perhaps they did not think it was that important to investigate further.
When law enforcement and the legal system respond to a police officers wife for assistance, they are in over their heads.
Procedures when dealing with officer related crimes must change. Services for families must be developed and implemented for officers wives and children.
Women have less than a chance to move forward in their lives, with their lives when married to anyone in law enforcement.
You train officers to serve and protect both large and small communities across the county.
How about government acknowledging the dangers of being married to trained killers?
At least provide a special door for an officers wife to enter, so she can at the very least, have a fighting chance to survive.