Police: 2 officers didn't help slain domestic abuse victim
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two Kentucky police officers were charged with failing to help a domestic violence victim who weeks later was allegedly killed by her boyfriend, investigators said.
Louisville Metro Police Officer Kiersten Holman and Officer Cody Luckett were charged Friday with failing to provide assistance required from law enforcement in connection with the January death of 33-year-old Amanda Berry, news outlets reported.
Police spokeswoman Jessie Halladay said Holman and Luckett had “an encounter” with Berry on Dec. 26.
According to court records, Berry called police to report that her boyfriend, William L. Sloss, refused to let her leave the house. She told Holman and Luckett that Sloss hit her, chased her down the street, took her back to the house and then took away her phone, authorities said.
But Holman and Luckett didn't file a report nor did they arrest Sloss, authorities said.
A Public Integrity Unit investigation determined Holman and Luckett didn't help Berry during their exchange.
Holman and Luckett were placed on administrative reassignment in March. The case will move to the Professional Standards Unit to review any potential internal policy violations.
Berry was found dead in a basement on Jan. 30.
Sloss was arrested days later and charged with murder and abuse of a corpse in connection to her death.
An arrest citation said Sloss and Berry lived together and witnesses saw Sloss “violently beat” Berry several times. The citation said witnesses noticed Berry was missing and when they asked Sloss where she was, he said “I got rid of her.”
Sloss has a pretrial conference set for June 30.
It's unclear whether Sloss or the two officers had attorneys who could comment.