The following post is a reprint from a blog on Drew Peterson back on November 8, 2007. To read the current article over at women in crime on Kathleen Savio go to Women In Crime Ink.
The Bolingbrook Police Department never apologized, or as I have recently discovered put a policy for police perpetrated domestic violence.
Perhaps after the Savio family files suit against the Bolinbrook police department for their failure to adhere to the Federal Violence Against Women's Act, The Lautenberg Act and the shear disgreard for the life per the Illinois Domestic Violence Act the Bolingbrook Police Department will be forced to change it's current policy. Oh wait, I meant to say implement a policy- currently, there is nothing in place.
To Serve and Protect clearly was not followed within the rank and file of the Bolingbrook, Illinois Police Department. In failing to do their jobs, they have caused additional casualties. A look away mentality with one or more of their own. A sloppy death investigation. In this tight knit police department many,if not all knew that Drew Peterson was dating and having a relationship with a minor. Kathy Savio had a court order of protection and police had been at their home on numerous occasions.
Kathy Savio was a a sitting duck as Drew Peterson planned her murder. In reading brief remarks made by the late Kathy Savio, red flags, not slowly burning embers should have lead to charges and the ultimate arrest and conviction of Officer Drew Peterson. But, they did not! Why? As it is within too many police departments across the country, blue defends blue. Who defends the lives of the Officers families? Certainly, not the police. Then who can they count on when their cries for help fall on deaf ears and their voice is silenced, forever?