During an 18-month period beginning in July 2007, a beaten and raped Huntington Beach crime victim landed in a frighteningly bizarre situation. The local police department didn't just ignore her cries for help; it repeatedly aided her assailant.This wasn't one cop. Or even a few having a bad day. This was a fairly well-organized, widespread conspiracy to keep their fellow cop out of trouble, no matter what he did.
Shannon Roberts was stalked, falsely imprisoned, assaulted, raped and sodomized by her ex-husband, who threatened to "blow her brains out"—all serious crimes. But police officers didn't care because her ex-husband was a cop.
And the organized resistance to doing anything is pervasive.
In 1977, police unions got then-Governor Jerry Brown to sign a state law that discourages citizen complaints of police abuse and, in most cases, prohibits the public from learning about crooked cops.They don't want to know about police abuse and they REALLY don't want you to know about it.
That is the entire union at the state level working to keep the lid on reports of abuse.
This particular case may collapse because the victim can't find a lawyer. (It isn't a criminal case, it is a civil case. They won't appoint an attorney for you.) So the bastard and the whole crew of bastards may get away with it.