Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Cops Committing Crimes

Philadelphia Inquirer | 08/13/2006 | Extorting sex with a badge A distrubing picture of what is happening on our streets.
Hundreds of police officers across the country have turned from protectors to predators, using the power of their badge to extort sex, an Inquirer review shows.

Many of those cases fit a chilling pattern: Once abusers cross the line, they attack again and again before they are caught. Often, departments miss warning signs about the behavior.

Most police departments do little to identify the offenders, and even less to stop them. Unlike other types of police misconduct, the abuse of police power to coerce sex is little addressed in training, and rarely tracked by police disciplinary systems.
I guess they just don't consider it a problem.
n Baltimore last month, a detective was suspended after a 16-year-old girl picked up for prostitution said he assaulted her at a police station. Three other Baltimore officers allegedly raped a woman in a station house in December, and are facing criminal charges.

A Glenolden, Delaware County, officer was convicted of raping a woman in 2002 after he answered a domestic-dispute call. "He had his police uniform on, his gun, his nightstick," the woman said. "I did exactly what he asked me to do."

In small-town Edgewater Park, Burlington County, a police officer bought a Burger King meal for a female prisoner in 2002 - then forced her to have sex in a police van. He went to jail.

A San Bernadino, Calif., officer preyed on prostitutes and drug addicts, attacking them in dark lots or abandoned buildings. By 2003, the city had paid a total of $300,000 to 18 victims. "I was scared beyond speech," said one woman who was raped by the officer while handcuffed.
Complaints are often ignored, because cops who rape are mostly careful about who they attack. They attack women who will not be believed.

The main part of this article deals with two cops in the Philadelphia area who were recently convicted. Even though many complaints were made, it seems they were mostly hushed up.
After a Pennsylvania state trooper from a Montgomery County barracks pleaded guilty in 2000 to assaulting six women and teenagers, investigators learned that his attacks grew worse while supervisors shrugged off warnings, according to documents gathered in a lawsuit.
Or back to the Philadelphia case
Capt. Mark Everitt, who ran the 15th District at the time, said in a court filing that he never heard even a rumor about any sex-related complaints against Fallon.
Not even a rumor? Well either they are all closing ranks at a lower level and keeping the comand in the dark, or Capt. Everitt isn't listening to closely for things like this. Or he's just a damn liar, and doesn't want to admit he knew about it.

Are most cops bad? Of course not, but there are enough of the bad ones out there that no LEO should expect to get the "benefit of the doubt" anymore when if comes to who is a risk and who is not. A cop I meet is just the same as any other stranger, except that (A) he has a gun and (B) the "system" is not likely to hold him accountable for anything he might try.

If the LEOs of the world want to get that "benefit of the doubt" back, they need to find, and incarcerate all of the bad cops. In the story related here, officers knew what the score was. Supervisors were told what was going on. No one took action against one of their own. So much for justice in the "Criminal Justice System" (so-called). [via KABA]

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