Daughter Of Colorado Cop Says He Abused, Terrorized Her For Years (VIDEO)

Savannah Yachik, daughter of former Colorado police officer Jeremy Yachik, recently spoke for the first time about the years of abuse she suffered, while living under her father’s roof.

Savannah told KDVR in Denver that she had repeatedly begged Berthoud County police officers to put a stop to the domestic assault and family violence that she had experienced at the hands of her father. Instead of conducting an investigation into the allegations of child abuse, however, she says that police ignored her cries for help. Worse, fellow officers that the teen turned to for help would alert her father that “someone called again.” He would then retaliate against her.

“I would go to school with black eyes. But I would have to tell my teachers, ‘Oh, I was playing with my little brother and he hit me in the eye.’”

During her interview with KDVR, Savannah said that she often feared for her life. “He threatened to kill me on more than one occasion,” she said. She went on to describe the feeling of terror that so many victims experience when living with abusive parents, explaining how she once took a weapon to bed with her in case he tried to harm her again.

“There was a point where I hid a box cutter under my bed because he would come into my room in the middle of the night and wake me up. There were multiple times where I thought about killing myself or hurting him. But I never did because I’m not that kind of person.”

In 2011, a video of Savannah’s father beating and kicking her repeatedly, surfaced on the internet.

“He got mad at me for eating carrots. Like the video, that’s what the video is over. Me getting hit and punched over carrots. Like, what kind of person does that?”

Savannah told reporters that the abuse in her home had gone on for at least 12 years, while Jeremy Yachik’s fellow Berthoud County police officers looked the other way.

She finally got help only after reaching out to police in neighboring Loveland County. Even with the video evidence, her father received a slap on the wrist, rather than the kind of sentence that should have been handed down as a child abuse punishment. Admittedly, Colorado child abuse laws are extremely lax. Even so, a person that engages in a continued pattern of cruelty abuse toward a child, or one that makes repeated death threats or against a child, should be charged with felony child abuse. But, as we’ve seen all too often, police officers that break the law are not held to the same standards as the rest of the population. Yavich was sentenced to 30 days in a work release program, probation and community service, for physically assaulting and terrorizing his own child for a dozen years.

After the allegations of child abuse were brought to light, the entire Berthoud County police department was disbanded, amid a scandal that showed they had failed to protect Yachik’s family, after multiple reports of child abuse and family violence.

Here’s the KDVR interview with Savannah Yavich, courtesy of Laurta TV, via YouTube.

According to a report published by the Atlantic, the rate of domestic assault and family violence among police officers is anywhere from two to four times higher than that of the general population. The police personality, described by psychologists as authoritarian, controlling, rigid and aggressive, has been well documented over the past several decades.

The statistics on domestic violence and child abuse among police officers ought to be a huge red-flag. After all, if police are abusing their own family members, who they claim to care about, at such alarming rates, can we even imagine what they’re capable of doing to people they think they have no reason to care about?

*Featured image credit: video screen capture, via KDVR