A new report released Wednesday said Utah police had to quote Gabbi Petitoni for domestic violence when he abducted Long Island-born and boyfriend Brian Laundry last summer.
Moab city police made an “accidental mistake” after officers stopped the couple in the middle of their unfortunate trip to the west after a 911 call on Aug. 12. in the investigation report on the incident.
The two officers who responded had to quote Petito from Arches National Park because he acknowledged that he was an aggressor in a mass conflict, even if he was not “a long-term dominant aggressor in this relationship,” the report said.
Instead, police described the dispute as a “mental health break” and released the couple to continue their journey after a 75-minute meeting after they agreed to spend the night separately.
Highly scrutinized body camera footage shows Petitoni clearly shaking when police responded to a call from a person who called 911 claiming that Laundrie had beaten him outside the food company. The couple said they were arguing out of frustration and denied there was a serious attack.
A 22-year-old Long Island native was strangled to death in Wyoming a few weeks later, while Laundry, 23, committed suicide after being searched in Florida for his death and disappearance.
Utah-based Price Police launched an independent investigation into the incident after a lawyer filed a lawsuit alleging that officers “coached” Petito after he revealed that his lawyer “hit him first,” according to a 100-page report.
“Because there were some indications that Brian was a long-term ruling aggressor, law enforcement could only have acted on the information they provided,” Price Police Captain Brandon Ratkliff wrote in the report, adding that “most likely Gabbi. “he added. has been a victim of domestic violence for a long time. ”
Ratkliff recommended that officers Eric Pratt and Daniel Robbins be tested for freeing the couple, but he added that he was “confident and confident that the mistakes made were not intentional.”
In summarizing the findings, the two officers to whom Moab officials responded agreed that Petito should be quoted for domestic violence and made “several involuntary errors” as a result of this surveillance.
Officials said police “showed kindness, respect and sympathy in resolving the incident,” but after the report, they agreed to provide officers with additional domestic violence and legal education.
“The city of Moab extends its sincere condolences to the Petito family. As they continue to struggle with the tragic loss of their daughter, our hearts are with them. ”