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Chicago Cops Accused of Assaulting A Woman

Chicago Cops Accused of Assaulting A Woman

Two Chicago police officers were dismissed last week after being accused of assaulting a young woman in a police car.  Although the case is still being investigated, the details that have emerged are horrifying, and the interim police superintendant has decried the actions, if they are proven, as “inappropriate.”  He expressed his “outrage and disappointment,” saying that neither he nor the Chicago Police Department would tolerate this behavior.  The officers have been arrested, released and reassigned to administrative duties while the investigation continues.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the victim was a 22-year-old woman whom the officers saw “crying and walking outside after leaving a male friend’s home where they had been drinking and arguing.”  They offered her a ride, and she accepted.  During the ride, the woman said that she had sex with one of the officers in the passenger seat, and that she “did not say no” (which does not sound like she said “yes”). 

When they arrived at her house, the officers accompanied her inside, where they played strip poker.  The woman was then sexually assaulted by one of the officers in her bed.  She “began banging on her wall with her hands hoping to catch her neighbors’ attention because she felt intimidated by the officers and was afraid to say ‘no’ to their sexual advances,” according to the Sun-Times.

To his credit, the police superintendent, Terry Hillard, said that it was irrelevant whether the woman was drunk (Mayor Daley, by contrast, said that “misconduct unfortunately happens” – nothing they can do about it!).  “That has nothing to do with the case,” he said. “What they had done — what they allegedly did — was inappropriate and it was against the law and that’s what we’re investigating.”

Hillard says that he would condemn the acts even if they were proved to be consensual.  And he has a point — police officers shouldn’t be engaging in sex or playing poker while on the job.  The fact that these police officers seem to have taken advantage of a woman while she was extremely vulnerable is even more chilling.  Police officers’ job is to keep people safe — which is hard to do when they’re pressuring them into nonconsensual sex.

 

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10:25AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

This needs to be investigated. Too early to give an opinion.

6:23AM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

you want our trusts or not police officers???

6:17AM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

Abuse of power...unfortunate that it gives other officers a bad reputation.

9:20PM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

Stories like this pop up everywhere. What is it that drives policemen from bright ambitious young men with dreams of helping people and fighting evil to being the perpetrators of the evil themselves? Or is it that they start out with the intent to harm, and gain employment with the perfect access? I suppose it's situational. Either way, I'm terrified. I don't want to be one of those people that rolls the window down an inch and asks to see the officer's ID, but I'm getting there.

11:15AM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

Never EVER trust a cop!

8:20PM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

Chicago police officers get alot of attention these days, however corruption is wide-spread through out the world. Clean up your act officers of the law and start doing the jobs you are supposed to do and that includes protecting and serving the public!

12:05PM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

This case has too many missing links - to form an opinion. However, looking at this in the beSt possible way, the police were wrong. That has to be clear to everybody!

I WANT WOMEN TO BE MORE SAFE!!! That's all I can say, I WANT WOMEN TO BE MORE SAFE.

7:29PM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

Oops, I meant 'too often', NOT 'too often'. Durr.

7:28PM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

Just a lot of 'cowboys' here. Unfortunately, 'the furthest extent of the law' isn't used too often nowadays....sad.

6:37PM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

Its just a more persuasive way then saying "freeze, remove your clothes or we shoot!"

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