I watched a show today on the Discovery Channel about a murder/suicide a few years ago in Gig Harbor, Washington. The woman who was murdered had just filed for divorce against her very controlling murderer husband, and he…was the chief of police of Tacoma.
As the show went on, they explained how he had raped a fellow employee of the police force (not an officer) but had never been reprimanded for it despite investigation. That he had been hired despite recommendations by two psychologists that he not be. That his wife had called 911 on him more than once, that he had brought fellow officers with him to intimidate her on at least one instance…
Then one day he shot her in front of their two children. Then he shot himself. He died a few hours later; she died a couple of days later. The children are being raised by her parents.
Okay, there’s the story. Now, let’s say the woman or her family could do things over again. They can’t really call the police, because he’s the chief of police, and there’s the whole ‘blue wall’ thing. In fact, they might not feel safe calling any police, even in neighboring cities, due to ‘that’s not our jurisdiction’ or ‘blue wall’ concerns.
So who can they call? The governor? The FBI? Feds? Military? Who has authority to step in, make the necessary investigations happen, and mete out punishments if necessary without hitting the Blue Wall?