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When The Cops Are the Criminals

02 Nov

During the month of October, the following Sexual abuse/impropriety, or cover up of same in cases reached the press against Police Officers…

  1. Oct 1 — South Miami, FL officer arrested for inappropriate conduct with underage girls.
  2. Oct 1 — Dallas, TX officer fired after arrest for soliciting prostitution.
  3. Oct 1 — Update: Moundsville, WV fmr officer pled guilty to 3rd degree sexual assault against a minor.
  4. Oct 2 — Greenville, TN fmr officer sentenced to 18 mos for misdoncuct. He had sexual relationships with several jail inmates
  5. Oct 5 — Kentucky trooper pled guilty to sex w/ minor. 4 troopers were terminated/charged for relationship w/ same girl.
  6. Oct 7 — University of Oklahoma officer arrested for breaking into a car, stealing phone, and sending sexual content w/ it
  7. Oct 8 — Update: Boynton Beach, FL officer found not guilty of raping woman at gunpoint on his patrol vehicle.
  8. Oct 9 — Columbia, MS fmr officer pled guilty to having sex w/ jail inmate. Sentenced to 5 yrs, w/ 4.5 suspended.
  9. Oct 13 — South Gate and Huntington Park, CA officers (3) charged with abusing children at camp for troubled youth.
  10. Oct 14 — Cleveland, OH officer arrested for assaulting a woman and holding her against her will.
  11. Oct 15 — Spring ISD, TX officer arrested on sexual assault charges against a minor.
  12. Oct 15 — Update: Watervliet, NY SRO pled guilty to sodomy charges for having sex w/ 16 yo student where he was assigned.
  13. Oct 16 — Update: Bothel, WA officer’s trial for having sex with a student where she was SRO is underway.
  14. Oct 19 — Walton Co., GA deputy arrested for child pornography.
  15. Oct 19 — Update: Anne Arundel Co., MD fmr officer serving 1yr probation for public intox for biting man in testicles.
  16. Oct 19 — Chicago, IL officers (2) under federal investigation for sex trafficking of a minor.
  17. Oct 19 — Tulsa Co., OK fmr deputy found guilty of sexual battery and indecent exposure in uniform.
  18. Oct 20 — Update: Snohomish Co., WA officer pled guilty to laundering money & misconduct for aiding coffee hut prostitution
  19. Oct 21 — Jacksonville, FL sheriff’s officer arrested for felony child abuse.
  20. Oct 22 — Update: Maypearl, TX fmr chief indicted on multiple sexual charges against minors. Faces civil suit for bullying.
  21. Oct 22 — Henderson, TX officer accused of sex crimes against a child.
  22. Oct 22 — Fort Smith, AR officer resigned after his arrest for sexual solicitation.
  23. Oct 26 — Cypress-Fairbanks ISD (Houston) officer sentenced to 1 yr in jail for pulling woman over and asking for sexual favor
  24. Oct 26 — Fresno, CA officer arrested for weapons possession. Was recently arrested for child abuse as well.
  25. Oct 26 — Adams Co., CO deputy fired and arrested for sexual assault while he was on duty.
  26. Oct 29 — Live Oak, FL officer arrested for possession of child pornography.
  27. Oct 30 — Spokane, WA officers accused by county sheriff of destroying evidence in sexual assault case against a colleague.
  28. Oct 30 — Los Angeles Co., CA deputy arrested for child molestation.
  29. Oct 30 — Update: Boynton Beach, FL tentatively settled suit w/ woman who accused officer of rape. Settlement is for $800k.

These are just the cases reported. It is unknown if there are other cases, and if there are, how many. And there is no way to tell from just a one month snapshot, whether this is consistent, or that this is average. But, the problem here is just like the “missing” data on Police shootings, which cover up the fact that Police are shooting and killing nearly 1,000 people  year. Most of which are probably justified – but some which we know are not. So somewhere, at some time, the decision was made to sweep all of this under the rug, allowing the miscreants if not anonymity, then escape from Justice.

Hundreds Of Cops Kicked Off Force For Committing Sex Crimes

The number is unquestionably an undercount because it represents only those officers whose licenses to work in law enforcement were revoked, and not all states take such action.

Flashing lights pierced the black of night, and the big white letters made clear it was the police. The woman pulled over was a daycare worker in her 50s headed home after playing dominoes with friends. She felt she had nothing to hide, so when the Oklahoma City officer accused her of erratic driving, she did as directed.

She would later tell a judge she was splayed outside the patrol car for a pat-down, made to lift her shirt to prove she wasn’t hiding anything, then to pull down her pants when the officer still wasn’t convinced. He shined his flashlight between her legs, she said, then ordered her to sit in the squad car and face him as he towered above. His gun in sight, she said she pleaded “No, sir” as he unzipped his fly and exposed himself with a hurried directive.

“Come on,” the woman, identified in police reports as J.L., said she was told before she began giving him oral sex. “I don’t have all night.”

The accusations are undoubtedly jolting, and yet they reflect a betrayal of the badge that has been repeated time and again across the country.

In a yearlong investigation of sexual misconduct by U.S. law enforcement, The Associated Press uncovered about 1,000 officers who lost their badges in a six-year period for rape, sodomy and other sexual assault; sex crimes that included possession of child pornography; or sexual misconduct such as propositioning citizens or having consensual but prohibited on-duty intercourse.

The number is unquestionably an undercount because it represents only those officers whose licenses to work in law enforcement were revoked, and not all states take such action. California and New York – with several of the nation’s largest law enforcement agencies – offered no records because they have no statewide system to decertify officers for misconduct. And even among states that provided records, some reported no officers removed for sexual misdeeds even though cases were identified via news stories or court records.

“It’s happening probably in every law enforcement agency across the country,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino of the Sarasota Police Department in Florida, who helped study the problem for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. “It’s so underreported and people are scared that if they call and complain about a police officer, they think every other police officer is going to be then out to get them.”

Even as cases around the country have sparked a national conversation about excessive force by police, sexual misconduct by officers has largely escaped widespread notice due to a patchwork of laws, piecemeal reporting and victims frequently reluctant to come forward because of their vulnerabilities – they often are young, poor, struggling with addiction or plagued by their own checkered pasts.

In interviews, lawyers and even police chiefs told the AP that some departments also stay quiet about improprieties to limit liability, allowing bad officers to quietly resign, keep their certification and sometimes jump to other jobs.

The officers involved in such wrongdoing represent a tiny fraction of the hundreds of thousands whose jobs are to serve and protect. But their actions have an outsized impact – miring departments in litigation that leads to costly settlements, crippling relationships with an already wary public and scarring victims with a special brand of fear.

“My God,” J.L. said she thought as she eyed the officer’s holstered gun, “he’s going to kill me.”

The AP does not name alleged victims of sexual assault without their consent, and J.L. declined to be interviewed. She was let go after the traffic stop without any charges. She reported her accusations immediately, but it was months before the investigation was done and the breadth of the allegations known.

She is one of 13 women who say they were victimized by the officer, a former college football standout named Daniel Holtzclaw. The fired cop, 28, has pleaded not guilty to a host of charges, and his family posted online that “the truth of his innocence will be shown in court.” Each of his accusers is expected to testify in the trial that begins Monday, including one who was 17 when she said the officer pulled down her pink cotton shorts and raped her on her mother’s front porch….Read the Rest Here Which has quite a bit more to the story

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter, Domestic terrorism

 

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