Goldsmith Family: Domestic Violence Report Inaccurate

A former Indianapolis mayor and his wife say a domestic violence arrest report doesn't tell the whole story of what led to his arrest.

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The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence says 22 states and the District of Columbia have mandatory arrest laws for domestic violence cases.

Former Indianapolis Mayor Steve Goldsmith and his wife Margaret contend a report by Washington, D.C. police misstates what happened the night the ex-mayor was arrested for domestic violence. But they agree police cited a District of Columbia law in arresting him over his wife’s objections.

Kerry Blomquist with the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence says the District and 22 states have laws requiring police to make an arrest on any domestic violence call if officers believe they have probable cause.

“The victim doesn’t have control over whether a criminal case is filed or not — that’s often very, very misleading,” Blomquist said.  “Now, what she could have indicated was, ‘What I said was not correct,’ so the prosecutors may choose not to pursue the case, because legally, they would have a heck of a time making it happen.”

Margaret Goldsmith said she is given authorities a sworn statement denying a police report’s claim that her husband shoved her into a kitchen counter during a shouting match. She said in a statement there has never been any violence in their 23-year marriage. Steve Goldsmith spent two days in a holding cell after the July incident because the courts were closed for the weekend. He was released when prosecutors declined to file charges.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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