Officer Allegedly Chokes Wife for Threatening to Take PS3 Away

August 17, 2010 -

The wife of a Lake County, Florida police officer tried to push her husband’s buttons by taking away his PlayStation 3 and, unfortunately, succeeded all too well, with the end result that the sheriff’s deputy reportedly grabbed and choked her.

A WFTV.com story on the incident names the officer as 29-year old Gary French. His wife, a sheriff’s office dispatcher, came up with the ill-conceived plan to threaten to take away French’s PS3 following an argument. When she touched the console, he “grabbed her by the neck, put her in a choke hold and lifted her away from the PS3.”

Neighbor Joyce Roberson wasn’t impressed with French’s actions, stating, “Well him being a cop he ought to know better, that's not cool.”

The incident happened a few weeks ago and was apparently only brought to the attention of the police after French’s ex-wife found out about it and called it in, because her children where present in the home when the attack happened.  His ex-wife filed a domestic violence injunction against French in 2008. French also pled guilty to a battery charge 10 years ago.

French was not arrested following this latest confrontation since his current wife would not press charges and there was "insufficient evidence."


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Re: Officer Allegedly Chokes Wife for Threatening to Take ...

"The wife of a Lake County, Florida police officer tried to push her husband’s buttons by taking away his PlayStation 3 and, unfortunately, succeeded all too well..."

Really?  We're going to frame this story as a woman pushing a man's buttons?  Taking away a PS3 doesn't garner being choked.  The dude is violent; even the story's spotty reporting on his record shows it.  It's scary that he's allowed to have a badge.

Re: Officer Allegedly Chokes Wife for Threatening to Take ...

Okay, the picture is really not cool. Domestic violence is not something to make light of.

Re: Officer Allegedly Chokes Wife for Threatening to Take ...

Is that what your abusive girlfriend said after she got done pegging you against your will last night?

Re: Officer Allegedly Chokes Wife for Threatening to Take ...

Thank you for your obviously well thought out and nuanced response.

Clearly the only response to any post is try and insult someone by making wild claims about their sexuality. You have managed to raise the bar for intelligent discourse here to new heights.

 

Re: Officer Allegedly Chokes Wife for Threatening to Take ...

Your comment reminds me of yesterday's Penny Arcade story.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Officer Allegedly Chokes Wife for Threatening to Take ...

The rather important difference is that the Penny Arcade story wasn't joking about someone ACTUALLY being raped, while this story IS making light of someone ACTUALLY being physically assaulted.

Doesn't matter, though; I'm sure someone will be along any moment now to angrily tell me that Dennis used to joke about women being choked ALL THE TIME and so people should just shut up about it.

Re: Officer Allegedly Chokes Wife for Threatening to Take ...

Oh, certainly there's a difference, which is why I phrased my reply the way I did.  I don't see the story itself making light of someone being physically assaulted but I could see how one could interpret the article's pic as doing so.

At the end of the day, Brokenscope seems to be, like the Shakesville columnists, someone who's of the opinion that some subjects are off limits when making a joke.  That's the comparison I'm making.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Officer Allegedly Chokes Wife for Threatening to Take ...

Criticizing someone for making light of something and claiming something is off limits are not the same thing. Dark humor and satire to make a point is a valid usage of certain subjects.

However "Does Wayne Brady Gotta Choke a Bitch" in relation to a story about a woman allegedly being assaulted by her partner over a console is not particularly funny.

Especially when the author of the story decided to implicitly justified the alleged actions of the abuser.

Re: Officer Allegedly Chokes Wife for Threatening to Take ...

"Criticizing someone for making light of something and claiming something is off limits are not the same thing."

True, but I'm sure you can see how I'd make that assumption based on your comment: "Domestic violence is not something to make light of."

"Especially when the author of the story decided to implicitly justified the alleged actions of the abuser."

Huh?  Are you saying you believe GP thinks choking your spouse is a perfectly reasonable and expected reaction to her touching your game console.  If so, where the hell do you get that from?

 

Andrew Eisen

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Good

 
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