Sgt. Philip Seidle, the officer who killed his wife in the street in cold blood with their daughter watching back on June 16, 2015, was no stranger to committing acts of violence against the woman he eventually shot to death.
Records indicate that at least 21 reports had been filed by police regarding Seidle from a month before the killing and going back to 2001. Although the contents of the reports have not all been made entirely clear, there is evidence that at least some of them involve domestic abuse.
The reports increased in frequency during the period leading up to the troubled couples divorce. It has been well documented that the victim, Tamara, had made multiple claims of abuse by Philip, including having stuck a gun to her head on several occasions.
Also in question are three 911 calls regarding the couple just before the killing. At this time investigators are claiming that the calls did not come from the murder scene itself.
Philip Seidle is being held in jail on charges he obtained as a result of the murder while he awaits the outcome of the investigation and a trial.
Officials are refusing to release the contents of the documents themselves while they conduct their internal investigation, which is likely a ploy to exacerbate the damage the department faces when the public finds out that they had continued to employ Seidle long after it was known that he had a history of domestic violence and aggressive and criminal conduct unbecoming of an officer. Having turned their heads to the situation may have contributed to the escalation which led to Tamara’s murder.
It was noted that the officer was treated much differently than an average citizen would have been treated in the same situation. Not only was he allowed to continue to possess and fire his gun, and was not met with any force whatsoever, but he was also immediately hugged and comforted by his fellow officers after having just killed his ex-wife.
This case not only illustrates how much special treatment police are given when they commit crimes, but how far their departments will go to cover up their own complicity in the these situations. Had the Neptune PD taken more serious action against Seidle for his domestic abuse issues, it is possible that Tamara would still be alive today.