Female Police Officer Speaks Out in Domestic Violence Case
Tori-Lynn Heaton, a Rhode Island police officer, will testify against Joseph Fillion, her husband—a police officer who is charged with 12 counts of domestic violence. Jury selection began earlier this week, and the case will be heard in the Superior Court, Providence. Fillion also faces the felony charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. The case centers around 12 incidents of domestic violence allegedly perpetrated by Fillion against Heaton in 1998. Heaton spoke at FMF’s National Center for Women & Policing annual conference in March about police family violence, and vowed to speak out on the issue. Studies have shown that up to 40 percent of male law enforcement officers commit domestic violence abuse themselves.
Media Resources: Feminist Majority Foundation and Providence Journal - September 13, 2000 and P. Neidig, H. Russel and A. Seng, “Interspousal Aggression in Law Enforcement Families: A Preliminary Investigation.” Police Studies. 30-38. (1992).
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7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .