February 25, 2010

Statement from Speaker Silver

The allegation that individuals who have sworn to protect the public and uphold the law were utilized to deter a victim of domestic violence from seeking an order of protection is deeply disturbing. I believe that this is an extremely serious matter that warrants an immediate investigation.

That investigation must address at whose direction and with whose knowledge members of the Governor's security detail were acting when they contacted the victim, and whether or not any other government officials participated in or had knowledge of any effort to dissuade her from pressing charges or pursuing an order of protection.