Review finds errors in police interaction with Gabby Petito, Brian Laundrie

Posted 11 days ago

From THEHILL.COM

Utah police officers made "several mistakes" when responding to an August call that Brian Laundrie hit Gabby Petito on the side of the road in Moab, an independent review of the incident found.

Laundrie, who died in October, is still the prime suspect in the high-profile murder of 22-year-old Petito, whose body was found inside a Utah national park in September.

Capt. Brandon Ratcliffe of the Price City Police Department probed the Aug. 12 incident the Moab City Police Department responded to, shortly after a caller said Laundrie had slapped Petito outside the Moonflower Community Co-Op grocery store.

Officers interviewed both Laundrie and Petito after pulling them over nearby. Petito said she hit Laundrie first, and he was treated as a victim in the incident, according to the report. The officers ultimately separated the couple for just one day, driving Laundrie to a motel.

The report concluded the two Moab officers who responded to the scene, Eric Pratt and Daniel Robbins, failed to accurately classify the police report as a domestic violence incident and file it with a prosecuting attorney, among other charges.

But Ratcliffe also knocked down multiple other allegations made against the city and the officers. The investigator also said he believed the mistakes made were unintentional.

"I am confident and comfortable in stating the mistakes that were made were not made intentionally," he wro... (Read more)