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FWPD cop charged with domestic battery now on unpaid leave


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A Fort Wayne Police sergeant charged in a domestic battery case has been placed on unpaid leave.

The Fort Wayne Board of Public Safety voted yesterday to place Sgt. Boyce Ballinger on unpaid leave until his case – which involves charges of felony strangulation and misdemeanor domestic battery in an October 17th attack on his wife – is resolved, according to the Journal Gazette.

Ballinger’s wife called police that night after he allegedly grabbed her by the neck, then tried to break down their bedroom door, after she had asked him about his alcohol consumption that night.

His next court date is December 14th.

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1 comment

Concerned Mom November 17, 2020 at 9:43 am

I keep saying it.

LEO need therapy and constant mental health screenings.

These are individuals that have amygdalas firing at much higher rates than the people they are sworn to allegedly “serve and protect.”
(We know serve and protect is merely a motto. Warren Vs. D.C. is one of the countless cases that dictate police are under no obligation to offer protection. They are to enforce policy and investigate crime.)

Now, I am going to keep a watchful eye on this case. I am very curious as to how this plays out.

The Lautenberg Amendment dictates anyone who is found guilty of domestic battery can NEVER carry a gun.

Often times, the charges against officers are dropped or switched to a lesser charge due to the fact that officers have to carry a gun.

And let’s not mention, there are certain mental health diagnoses that can block one from ever obtaining a gun permit. PTSD being one of them.
So often times, the victims of domestic violence cannot obtain a permit.

I get the legalities around mental health and gun laws.

But we gotta stop ignoring the mental health issues officers have.

They are running around with mental disturbances, given a gun and a badge, and let loose.

I am not saying all officers, but enough that mental health screening(constant. Not once. But several times a year) and awareness are issues that need to be addressed.
Stop ignoring the mental health of LEO!
It’s not healthy or good for anyone!


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