A woman in Marion, South Carolina, claims that after being raped by a police officer, she was forced – by other police officers – to sign a statement denying that the assault was rape. The police officer who the woman claims was the perpetrator been suspended, but not charged with a crime, and none of the other police officers were suspended.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the woman recounted how, after being in a minor car accident, she allowed Officer Tyrone Reed to enter her apartment, thinking that he was there to talk to her about the crash. Instead, he asked her to enter another room, where he raped her and promptly left. She called her boyfriend, who called the police, but when officers appeared, they removed evidence from the apartment, read her her Miranda rights, and told her that she “didn’t look like a rape victim.” According to the woman, they threatened her with prison time if she didn’t recant the allegations.
“They kept saying if it’s not rape then don’t say it’s rape,” she said. “Then I said if I didn’t agree to it or I didn’t consent to it, what do I call it? They made me feel so bad,” she continued. “Because I didn’t scream loud enough or fight hard enough, [to them] I wasn’t a victim. I never thought this would happen in my own domain. I wasn’t [feeling] threatened because I’m in my own space. The assault should have never happened. [The investigators] didn’t have no compassion.”
Lack of compassion is one way of putting it – lack of respect for the law and basic human and civil rights is another. You can contact the Marion city government and tell them to suspend the other two officers, Farmer Blue and Bessie Gause, here.
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