Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The State of Florida and Officer Involved Intimate Partner Murder

In September of 2010, a Parker, Florida police officer, murdered his former girlfriend, Anna Beach. The sworn to serve and protect law enforcement officer shot Anna, strangled her, then dragged her out in the woods, stripped her clothes leaving her lifeless body in a wooded area.

What is disturbing about the murder, it could have been prevented. The Parker, Florida police department knew Officer Mark Bomia was violent and stalking Anna. She went to them for help, and lost her life all for the brotherhood of the badge.

Last week he was found guilty of first degree murder and will spend his life behind bars.

The family of Anna Beach also filed suit against the city settling for the maximum amount of $200,000 awarded under Florida's Sovereign Immunity law. The agreement with the city to settle was reached the same week the former officer was found guilty of murder.

What also needed to happen in the settlement agreement was enhanced training for officer involved domestic violence. The State of Florida is in violation of the Lautenberg Act in not filing charges against the officer while the victim was alive and sought assistance from law enforecment.

When an oath to serve and protect removes the right of an individual in a relationship with a sworn law enforcement officer from receiving protection, consequences and a zero tolerance policy must be enforced.

The State of Florida has some of the best training facilities and pilot programs for law enforcement in the country. The exception is officer involved training and procedures.

And to make my point, again on Sunday Novemer 14, 2011 a Florida officer fired 10 rounds at his former officer girlfriend who had her police vest on at the time- http://www.wtsp.com/news/article/220434/19/Florida-cop-Kristopher-Bieger-accused-of-shooting-at-ex-girlfriend-who-is-also-a-police-officer

Susan Murphy Milano is a staff member of the Institute for Relational Harm Reduction and Public Pathology Education as a educator and specialist with intimate partner violence prevention strategies directing prevention for high risk situations and cases.
Online contributions: Forbes : Crime, She Writes providing commentary about the hottest topics on crime, justice, and law from a woman’s perspective, as well as Time's Up! a blog which searches for solutions (SOS) for victims of crime.
Radio Shows: Susan is the host of The Susan Murphy Milano Show, "Time's Up!" . She is a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated "The Roth Show" with Dr Laurie Roth and a co-host on Crime Wire.

Books: Time's Up: A Guide on How to Leave and Survive Abusive and Stalking Relationships,Moving out, Moving on, and Defending Out Lives


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1 comment:

Donna R. Gore said...

What a nice change of pace...a police officer who was finally convicted! But, for every single conviction, I'll bet there are 100 new offenders a day in this category.
They keep offending, women keep losing their lives and Susan keeps writing and keeps up the pressure!
(Stayed tuned for some police officer misdeeds from Ladyjustice very soon too!)
Even though it may feel like "spitting in the wind" sometimes... you and others make the difference in our lives!

Thanks for all you do,Susan


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