Friday, September 9, 2011

Uteva Monique Wilson: Officer Involved Domestic Homicide

He was calm when he made the call to his police department less then 24 hours ago, "I won't be here when you get here" in the same sentence, and asked for a supervisor and paramedics to come to the home.

The veteran Birmingham, Alabama detective had already used his service revolver to murder his wife, Uteva Monique Wilson, 23, and mother of 2 small children who were in another room. After he ended the call with his unit, the detective ended his own life.

There is not much in the way of information about Uteva Monique Wilson, instead the news coverage is using photos of Rodney Jerome Wilson in his uniform. Included in some of the coverage about him and his work on the job, are comments about how he was a nice mannered person. It does not discuss the fact that Uteva had no place in which to seek assistance, he was threatening and violent, because Uteva was the wife of a law enforcement officer.

The kids were unharmed. Thank God he had the common sense to make a call so the kids could be taken out of the apartment.

What makes this, and every case of intimate partner homicide, difficult is they had a choice. Rodney Jerome Wilson took the coward's way out when he murdered his wife. What likely is not going to come out in this case is how on the job as a law enforcement officer, there were signs of trouble which no one acknowledged. Does it go towards lack of training? The stress on the streets and job? Or anger over the ending of the relationship?

As the daughter of a Chicago Violence Crimes detective, who is no stranger to officer related murder-suicide, trained in officer involved partner violence, the potential homicide is often disarmed when a department has been given training. The events that lead up to the crime are evident, weeks and months before the tragic incident. Fellow officers often do not know how to respond without appearing as if they are meddling, especially if it involves a seasoned or high ranking law enforcement officer.

Yes, intimate partner homicide is a tragedy that has reached epidemic proportions. My question to the law enforcement community and the Department of Justice is, when are you going to mandate a program both at the academy and within departments that will go a long way towards preventing innocent lives from being taken by trained, commissioned law enforcement officers?

The children of Uteva Monique Wilson will grow up without their mother, someday when they are old enough to ask the question, we owe it to them to have the answer. It is the least we can do for allowing their mother's life to be taken by an individual sworn to serve and protect!

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1 comment:

Aiesha Wilson said...

He has his own kids as well yea this sucks for both side noone knows what was going on

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