Prosecutors and judges need to put an end to the inside game that favors batterers with badges. Strong federal laws forbid anyone, including police officers, to own a gun if convicted of a misdemeanor or felony domestic violence offense. But officers routinely avoid such career-ending consequences through favorable plea bargains.Police and their spouses report violence in relationships at about 3 times the national rate. Not good.
Some cases never come to light because fellow officers look the other way. And spouses often refuse to testify, fearing possible physical or economic consequences.
Job stress is understandable; taking it out on people you profess to love is neither understandable nor forgivable.