Video of a police visit to Johan and Milena Chiri on April 7 was released by Daytona Beach, Florida, police Thursday — video they say shows their officers making mistakes by repeatedly failing to arrest an unstable husband. Their terrible errors, Daytona’s police chief says, directly resulted in a unimaginable horror just a few hours after the officers departed the scene without taking any action.
Later that night, the couple’s daughters 10 and 12 years old, found their 38-year-old mom, Milena Cheri, lying dead with her throat cut.
The chief suspect, who this week was formally charged with his wife’s murder, is Johan Chiri — the man seen acting in a strange and angry fashion as he is interviewed by the officers in the the newly released video, which can be viewed on this page, above.
In another tragic domestic violence case reported by The Inquisitr earlier this year, a wife dropped domestic abuse charges against her husband, only to be strangled to death by him shortly after they left the courthouse.
The Daytona Beach body cam video shows police interviewing a terrified and tearful Milena Chiri, but nonetheless leaving her in the company of her clearly agitated and volatile husband.
The video was shot from a body camera work by one of the police, Brian Biddix, a new officer who was still in his mandatory probation period when the visit to the Chiri home took place. Biddix has since resigned from the Daytona Beach police force.
Biddix reportedly claimed that he entered the Chiri’s home to check on their two daughters, who were sleeping. But the body camera video revealed that he never actually went inside.
“I don’t know how to say anything to those little girls for what they saw or what they went through,” Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood said on Wednesday. “Our mistakes aren’t like the UPS delivery man who delivered the wrong package to the wrong house. When we make a mistake, somebody might not get up the next day.”
Not only does the department say that the officers botched repeated opportunities to take Johan Chiri, 44, into custody — at one point actually handcuffing the man only to release him on the mistaken belief that they had no grounds to detain him — but police had responded to disturbance calls at the family’s home 17 times before.
In fact, Milena Chiri had informed police that her husband had a history of mental illness including schizophrenia and that he often did not take his medication. Prior to the fateful April 7 visit, police had arrested him three times under Florida’s “Baker Act,” a state law that permits police to hold mentally ill individuals who do not take the proper medication, making them dangerous to others and themselves.
Johan Chiri, according to police, attempted suicide on the same night that he was arrested for the murder of his wife, and later admitted that he killed her.
[Image: Daytona Beach Police]