GASTONIA, N.C. – A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer faces an internal investigation after a 911 call placed to Gaston County authorities. The caller reported a domestic dispute.
On July 7, 2011, police officers were called out to the home of CMPD officer Gina Cook. Cook's roommate was the one who called 911. NewsChannel 36 obtained the 911 tapes.
“We need police,” said Cook’s roommate on the 911 call.
“Who’s there causing problems and what are they doing?” asked the 911 dispatcher.
“Well, we've had a little bit of shoving. We've had some verbal abuse,” the roommate answered.
“Do they have any kind of weapons,” asked the dispatcher.
“No ma'am,” Cook’s roommate answered.
As a result of the incident, Cook has been placed on paid administrative leave.
This is the second time in Cook's career that she has been investigated for domestic violence. Reported back in 2003 she was accused of choking a woman until she nearly passed out.
She was given deferred prosecution in that case and in this current case she was not arrested or charged criminally.
Victim rights advocates say people are often hesitant to report cases of domestic violence to police, especially if the suspect is a law enforcement officer.
"I think there may be a prevailing thought that because someone is an officer, they're viewed as more credible or more trustworthy," said Christa Sumwalt with the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council
Gina Cook has been with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department for 22 years serving with the K-9 unit.