The wife-beating cop was arrested for domestic violence while on duty, and officers humiliated him by cutting off his uniform.
As the National Center for Women and Policing notes, studies have found that more than 40 percent of police officers in the US behave violently toward their spouses or children.
Though many officers escape accountability for these acts of domestic violence and still serve in law enforcement, one officer had beaten his wife so severely that his fellow cops couldn't look the other way.
According to court documents, former officer Jeffrey Wharton, who worked with the Albuquerque Police Department in New Mexico, put his wife in a hospital with a brain hemorrhage and multiple facial injuries.
Some Of The Violence Was Caught On Camera
Fellow officers knew Wharton was behind the beating because the incident was partly captured on the couple's ring doorbell camera.
The video showed Wharton dragging the screaming wife back into the home by her neck as she attempted to flee.
When Wharton showed up for work after his wife was hospitalized, he was met by police detectives with a felony warrant for his arrest.
Female officers then systematically stripped Wharton off his police-issued weapon, gun belt, and gear — and the entire arrest was captured on body cam video.
The footage shows Wharton surrounded by officers before the change of shift. He's then advised that detectives had a warrant for his arrest for domestic violence.
To humiliate him further, another officer took a pair of scissors and cut Wharton's uniform off him while his hands were still cuffed behind him.
Wharton was charged with three counts of aggravated battery, one count of kidnapping, one count of tampering with evidence, and one count of negligent use of a deadly weapon.
Why Did The Officers Cut Off Wharton's Uniform?
Other officers could have asked Wharton to remove his police uniform before putting him in handcuffs, but cutting the uniform off his body was far more humiliating.
It was the ultimate "shun" by fellow officers to demonstrate he wasn't fit or worthy to be a law enforcement officer.
Historically, this is similar to what Calvary used to do to soldiers who brought shame to the uniform in the Ancient and Middle Ages.
At full muster, the offenders would be called before all of the troops. Their patches and rank insignias would be forcibly torn from their uniform and thrown to the ground, and the sword would also be broken in half.
Under guard, they'd then be marched to the fort's gates, which would close behind them.
This was conducted in complete silence to demonstrate the disgrace the solder had brought on their fellow officers.