Originally Posted by Leonidas
I don't know where you live, but many states have a mandatory arrest law on domestic violence cases. That's not the law in Texas, but many departments have more restrictive policy that makes arrest mandatory. No officer is going to risk his job if the law and evidence tell him he can make an arrest and policy mandates that arrest. Some states have made laws in which the prosecution will continue even if the victim recants the original allegations and appears as a witness for the defense.
Maryland is one of those, and it gets even worse. If either partner reports an event of spousal abuse and there is any evidence
at all such as a red mark, bruise, etc. then the officer must make an arrest. If he does not, and the offender (and remember he/she hasn't been convicted yet) goes on to commit another offense against the purported victim then the officer is personally liable for damages.
Under those circumstances the officer doesn't dare not make an arrest. And yes, all of them think it's stupid.