Saturday, February 21, 2015
Decision Upcoming on Police Chief William McCollum
On New Year's, Police chief William McCollum shot his wife, Maggie, leaving her reportedly paralyzed from the waist down.
Analysis of his 911 call showed anger by McCollum, towards his wife. In his 911 call, he did not use his wife's name, nor the word "wife", throughout. This is not only extreme distancing language, but underscores an element of anger, during the call, towards the victim.
Regarding the responsibility of how the gun got into the bed, McCollum uses passivity in language; used to conceal responsibility.
Also noteworthy in the call is he avoids ownership of the gun, not using the word "my" in regard to the gun, at any time. This is not only unexpected in the actual event, but it is indicative of distancing language, since law enforcement have a possessive nature towards their weapons, in general, as life savers. That we later learned the McCollum was a licensed firearms instructor indicates even more distancing language.
We now learn that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has finished its investigation and given the District Attorney their final report. A decision regarding any criminal charges should be forthcoming.
Here is the article from ajc.com. Note the quote with analysis in bold type to follow.
The language of the call indicates control, often found within Domestic Violence. A report later surfaced that Maggie McCollum confided in professionals in Florida that she was a victim of Domestic Violence, though McCollum has no formal accusations against him.
The 911 call analysis is found here: http://statement-analysis.blogspot.com/2015/01/911-call-of-chief-shoots-wife.html