“Adrian Aurs showed up at his estranged wife’s apartment late Friday. The Indianapolis police officer was angry and armed,” washingtonpost.com reports. “What he saw in the living room made him even more angry . . .
“What are you laughing at with another man in your apartment!” Aurs yelled as he pointed his gun, according to a probable-cause affidavit. He fired three shots, striking the man in the right elbow and side.
The man who was shot, Robert Pearsey, was a fellow police officer investigating a domestic violence incident between Aurs and his wife earlier that night. Pearsay fired back but missed Aurs, who then pointed the gun at his wife before leaving the apartment . . .
“I lost it, I just snapped,” Aurs said shortly after his arrest, according to court records.
I am not a “cop basher.” I respect and admire the police who patrol our streets to keep their fellow civilians safe, putting their lives on the line on our behalf. But it’s certainly true that a significant minority of cops are not worthy of the badge and the public trust that goes with it. Far from it.
Aurs started with the police department in 1999 as a recruit trainee and became a patrol officer in 2000. He was suspended without pay a few times — once for 20 days — for violating department rules on dealing with the public, using agency equipment and other issues, according to his personnel file, which was obtained by The Washington Post.
Court records show Aurs was convicted of drunken driving in 2005 and sentenced to probation for one year.
Officer Aurs also received his department’s Medal of Valor and a Medal of Bravery. But his record of domestic violence — and I have a hard time believing that the incident leading to the shooting was the first time the department knew of this problem — should have been grounds for immediate suspension and, after a fair inquiry, dismissal.
Truth be told, there is a code of silence in many police forces. I repeat: there are far too many instances where police cover-up the crimes of fellow officers (e.g., How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops). In terms of domestic violence, as sfgate.com reported:
Several studies . . . indicate that women suffer domestic abuse in at least 40 percent of police officer families. For American women overall, the figure is 25 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That is a scandal that needs immediate and direct attention. It’s also, at least potentially, the tip of the iceberg. I reckon any police officer who beats his wife and/or children is highly likely to have violated the public trust. As was the case with Officer Aurs.
Black Lives Matter is an anti-cop hate group. They’re beyond the pale. But that doesn’t obviate the pressing need to police the police. To weed-out the “bad apples” who have no business being police officers. Carrying a gun as they do so.