Chief Orders Arrests In All Disputes
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Police have been ordered to crack down on domestic violence and to make arrests or seek warrants in all cases.
Chief Ralph Pampena issued the order Tuesday, nearly a month after a woman who allegedly was threatened by her boyfriend was shot two days later.
″The incident has made us more aware that we should take a stand against domestic violence, a more positive aggressive approach,″ he said.
Under the order, officers must make arrests in all domestic violence incidents when the victim is shown to have been abused physically. Pampena said arrests will be made whether or not the victim presses charges.
Patrick Larkins, 22, of Pittsburgh is charged with aggravated assault and theft in the shooting of Angela Janoss, 19, of Pittsburgh.
Police said Janoss had been beaten, but they did not petition a magistrate to issue a warrant for Larkins’ arrest.
Janoss, who is recovering, said she is ″ecstatic″ about Pampena’s order.