Utah police officers in Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie made “unintentional mistakes” and “couldn’t quote Petito because of domestic violence,” the city said.

Gabby Petito Brian Laundrie Composite Image Moab Police Body Camera

A composite image of Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie from a body camera footage on August 12, 2021 after police in Moab, Utah stopped the van.Moab Police Station / Insider

  • Investigation revealed that Moab police officers made a mistake in their encounter with Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie.

  • Police were called on August 12 for a potential domestic violence incident involving a couple.

  • Petite went missing a few weeks later, and her body was found in a remote area of ​​Wyoming on September 19.

Police officers who responded to the incident a few weeks before Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie disappeared made “some unintended mistakes,” according to an independent report commissioned by the city of Moab, Utah.

August 12 Moab police officer replied In a potential domestic violence incident after witnesses reported seeing the couple quarreling. Officers pulled the van and asked the pair questions before deciding that the incident was a mental health crisis and recommending that they spend the night away.

Petite was last seen Her body was found on September 19 at a remote campsite in Wyoming.

The city of Moab has ordered an independent review of the August 12 incident. The report was obtained by insiders on Wednesday, along with a statement from the city. This was done by Captain Brandon Ratcliff of the Price City Police.

“According to an independent investigation report, police officers responding to the case made some unintended mistakes due to the fact that they did not quote Petite in domestic violence,” the city said in a statement. rice field.

The report evaluated how officers Eric Pratt and Daniel Robins responded to the Petite-Laundry case and identified many of the mistakes the officers made. The case report compiled by police said the case was labeled as a “disordered act” case, although it should have actually been labeled as “domestic violence-related.”

The report also stated that police officers failed to enforce the law by not quoting Petite, who was determined to be the invader of the situation because of domestic violence.

“They responded to the confirmed domestic violence incident and had evidence that the assault had taken place. Along with the evidence presented, the statements of all involved provided a probable cause of the arrest,” he said. The book said.

The report concluded that the officer’s mistakes were unintentional and “they both believed that they were making the right decision based on the overall situation presented.”

“There was an error in how this case was handled. If this case were handled perfectly, would something have changed? No one knows,” the report said.

Stephen Bertolino, a family lawyer at the laundromat, told insiders about the report: “”

“Labeling any disagreement between husband and wife in a quoteable domestic violence case is to criminalize human emotions and reactions that should be treated outside the criminal law,” he continued. “We may not know if Gabby, or quoting Brian about it, was the deciding factor in the end result.”

Petito’s lawyer did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The report recommended that Pratt and Robins be probated, trained in domestic violence, and prepared.

“Based on the findings of the report, the city of Moab believes that our officers have shown kindness, respect and sympathy for handling this case,” the city said.

The city also said it would hire trained domestic violence specialists and other domestic violence resources to police officers.

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