ONLINE sleuths are slamming the two police officers who appeared to suggest fugitive Brian Laundrie would be a "battered man" in his doomed relationship with Gabby Petito.
A 45-second video clip — from the second body camera footage taken on August 12, 2021 — showed two Utah cops discussing how to move forward with Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito after the couple admitted to having a physical altercation.
The Twitter user who shared the footage wrote: "This part gave me chills."
In the video, the officer sitting in a cop car is heard speaking to his colleague and discussing how domestic abuse victims "end up getting killed."
He is heard asking the cop outside the car "how far" he wants to go with the situation.
The officer said: "You know why the domestic assault code is there. It's there to protect people.
"The reason why they don't give us discretion on these things is because … too many times women who are at risk want to go back to their abuser, they just wanted them to stop and they don't want to have to be separated.
"They don't want to charge, they don't want them to go to jail, and then they end up getting worse and worse treatment and then they end up getting killed."
The police officer claimed that he could "in no way, shape or form" perceive that the "little slap fight between fiances who love each other" would turn into a situation "where he is going to be a battered man."
"But then again, I don't have a crystal ball," he added.
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