Independent review recommends suspension of Utah police for failure to arrest Gabby Petito on charges of domestic violence


The official review of the actions of two Utah police officers found that they made "unintentional mistakes" when they stopped short of arresting Gabby Petito for domestic violence, and recommended they be suspended.

Petito was a social media travel blogger who went missing during a trip with her fiancee Brian Laundie. Her remains were later found and a medical examiner said that she died from manual strangulation. Investigators later found Laundrie's remains and concluded that he had committed suicide.

Some on social media criticized two officers from Moab, Utah who pulled Petito and Laundrie over during their trip in response a call of domestic violence, saying they could have prevented her death. In response to the criticism, an independent investigator said that the officers should be suspended.

Capt. Brandon Ratcliffe with the Price City Police Department said that the two officers should have arrested Petito for domestic violence, since the only visible signs of assault were scratches made on Laundrie’s face

"I believe the officers responded to a domestic violence call and had probable cause an act of domestic violence had been committed," said Ratcliffe. "This should have meant an arrest was made, either by citation o... (Read more)

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