PPA President excusing Domestic Violence

This post is a backdated reconstruction from the original post on a Portland blog Describe the Ruckus from November 2013. What follows is an email exchange between myself and then Portland Police Association president Daryl Turner. Turner claims a WW journalist had fabricated a quote callously dismissing a claim of domestic violence perpetrated by a Portland Police Officer.


November 6, 2013

To Portland Police Association President Turner:

I was displeased to read a distressing quote by you in the Willamette Week today. In response to allegations that Portland officer Jason Lobaugh threatened his wife and stepson with violence, you said, “He doesn’t have an anger problem. He has a problem picking wives.” This is blatant and dangerous victim blaming and you should resign.

Domestic violence is never the fault of the victim. Even if the other person “provoked” the aggressor, the other person has the responsibility to exit the situation without assault or threats of assault. This goes especially for a police officer!

I’m sure you’ll issue some kind of formal statement saying that your words were taken out of context and misconstrued or some other kind of predictable excuse, but it isn’t going to be enough. This isn’t a matter of a difference of opinion. Your attitude toward domestic violence is a perilous line of thinking that affects your ability to be a protector of the vulnerable and to fairly navigate PPA affairs. You must resign.

Sincerely,
Lauren Hudgins


November 6, 2013

Ms Hudgins, will you contact me at 503-757-8401.

Daryl Turner

Sent from my iPad


November 6, 2013

Mr. Turner,

I do not feel comfortable calling. Would you mind explaining your position via email so that I make sure that there are no misunderstandings?

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Lauren Hudgins


November 6, 2013

Ms Hudgins, I totally understand your reaction to the comments attributed to me in the WW. All I can say is I was not only misquoted but the statements were false.
I am a 22 1/2 year veteran of PPB with commendations including a Medal of Valor. I have never been disciplined and spent 15 years of my career working the streets as a patrol officer. I have seen the devastation that physical and emotional domestic violence causes and I deplore it more than you’ll ever know. My own 72 year old mother was the victim of domestic violence this year. That is why I am contacting the editor of the WW tomorrow and demand the retraction of this article.
I know you don’t know anything about me nor do I have any credibility with you however I could have easily ignored your email but I didn’t. As a product of being raised by a single mom I’ve seen first hand how difficult it is for women in our society.
In all fairness I would hope you would see this email as an opportunity understand that there are two sides to every story and contact me to hear mine.

Respectfully, Daryl Turner

Sent from my iPad


November 7, 2013

Thank you for your email, Mr. Turner. Please keep me appraised on how the retraction goes. 
Best,
Lauren Hudgins