Never Call the Police: Single Mother in Milwaukee Raped by Cop – Then Arrested for “Assaulting an Officer” by William Grigg

Published On February 3, 2012 | By Ademo Freeman | Articles

Crime victims who call 911 often discover that while the police can’t offer help, they can always make the situation significantly worse – as a single mother from Milwaukee learned when she was raped by one of the cops who responded to her call, then arrested for “assaulting an officer.”

Police Officer Ladmarald Cates was one of two Milwaukee cops who responded to a 911 call from the anxious single mother after someone had pitched a brick through her bathroom window.  He arranged to be alone with the woman, then raped her.

As recounted by the Daily Beast:

One [police officer] took her 15-year-old brother outside to speak to him. The other cop, Police Officer Ladmarald Cates, gave her boyfriend $10 and told him to go the store and get some water. She told him that he was welcome to chilled water from her refrigerator.

“I only drink bottled water,” Cates said.
Her boyfriend has a pronounced limp and set off with no promise of returning soon.  Cates asked to see the broken window and she led him down a narrow hallway to a bathroom in the back….

She now stood on a floor littered with broken glass and pointed to the brick. The cop she had summoned to protect her instead chose this moment to grab the back of her head by her hair and sodomize her. Then he raped her.

Her revulsion in the aftermath was so visceral that she vomited as she ran outside. The cop’s partner had become concerned when he did not immediately see Cates and called for back-up. Other cops began arriving and saw a woman screaming incoherently about being raped.

Cates, the rapist, hurried out of the house and grabbed the victim by the waist, causing her feet to strike his partner. This gave the officers an excuse to arrest the battered and traumatized woman for “assaulting an officer.” She was taken to jail and held for 12 hours before receiving medical aid. After the hospital visit, she was sent back to jail for four days before being released without charges.

Although the victim’s accusation was substantiated by medical evidence, the DA refused to prosecute. The department’s Internal Affairs section confronted Cates – a repeat offender – with DNA evidence, and arranged to fire him for “idling and loafing” on duty. If the victim hadn’t persisted long enough to see Cates convicted on civil rights charges, he would have found employment in another police department.

It’s important to remember that, in the words of L. Carey Unkelbach, legal counsel to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado, “Law enforcement generally does not have a federal constitutional duty to protect one private person from another. For example, if a drunk driver injures a pedestrian or a drug dealer beats up an informant, agencies and their officers usually would not be liable for those injuries because there was no duty to protect.”

That view has been vindicated in literally dozens of cases by the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts. In the 1989 case DeShaney v. Winnebago County Dept. of Social Services, for instance, the Supreme Court ruled: “Nothing in the language of the Due Process Clause itself requires the State to protect the life, liberty, and property of its citizens against invasion by private actors.”

What this means is that any time a woman calls for police “assistance,” she is inviting the intervention of armed strangers who have no duty to help, and practically unqualified license to harm her.

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  • Fred

    It’s time that Citizens ban together and when something like this happens, we need to – as a community – execute that cop in plain view of the entire community, with malice.

  • Mike Suttles

    Remember, kiddies, if you want to be a cop:
    You get to carry a gun
    You get a pretty costume
    You are not accountable
    You get paid no matter your status
    You have no competition

    – Now you can rape, steal, plunder, murder at will.

  • Jet

    Why the hell did the brother go on a water run for a cop? Is he an idiot?

  • Carlos

    When are people going to learn N-O-T to get the COPS involved on any simple issue that can be solved by using your brain and common sense?

    When COPS get involved there is always a big RISK that matters WILL escalate OUT-OF-CONTROL, and can end up with someone getting BEATEN or…even worse: K-I-L-L-E-D.

    Don’t get the fucking COPS involved on everything.

    Please, read the post below:

    http://www.copblock.org/10019/how-not-to-get-the-cops-involved/

    Carlos

  • Justabouthadit

    Tires, gasoline, matches. Easy fix, and he’ll never do it again.

  • When We Gone Rush the Law Enforcement

    Rule #1 When dealing with the police; Simple, Don’t.

    It’s the exact same as calling the “death squad” to your home.

  • PSOSGT

    “Nothing in the language of the Due Process Clause itself requires the State to protect the life, liberty, and property of its citizens against invasion by private actors.”

    What this means is that any time a woman calls for police “assistance,” she is inviting the intervention of armed strangers who have no duty to help, and practically unqualified license to harm her.

    NO, that’s not what the court’s decision ment. But I guess you can interpret it anyway you want.

    @carlos, I agree about not calling the police on simple things.. not sure if this is the case or not though. I didn’t read the case. Brick through the window isn’t something I would call the police on unless there was something else going on. On going neighbor duspute etc. Pretty sure my insurance would require me to pay the deductable whether or not I made a report, and I would be calling them first.

  • Artie

    In a perfect world, the DA would have been prosecuted for being an accessory after the fact.

  • DrRockzo(The RocknRoll Clown)

    Me-thinks the time has come for citizen’s posse’s and vigilante squads…seriously, cops like that who do stuff like that, ought to be hunted down like diseased dogs and exterminated in the streets as the vermin they truly are…

  • Anne

    My Father was an officer of the law, his father was the sheriff of Orange County CA, his father was a cop, and his father was the first Sheriff of Boise, Idaho. All as far as I have seen are honourable men. All did military service before or after being a cop. It used to be that you could rely on people like my father and his father to protect you. It seems like you only hear negative things about the people we should be depending on for our safety.

    Makes me think twice about wanting to follow in the steps of those who came before me….almost ashamed.

  • Ian MacLeod

    I can see wanting to protect your own against BS from “outsiders,” but this crosses the line. They’re there “To protect and to serve,” and when one of their own uses that badge as something to a)gain him access to victims, and b)to protect him from the consequences of his chosen criminal activity, that’s crossing the line. With no less than FIVE prior complaints, this should have triggered a full-blown investigation, and when a cop is found guilty of using his or her VERY privileged position as a redoubt form which to victimize the public he’s sworn to protect, the penalties need to be maxed!

    Cops are given SO much power that ordinary people have NO chance against them. Even if someone kills him, he still can’t win going up against a cop. They’ll NEVER quit looking, and they’re no likely to be gentle when they do find him! Cops should be given the benefit of the doubt and every chance to prove their innocence, but once convicted, they ought to get the maximum punishment the law provides for! We place our property, and most importantly the lives of our loved ones and ourselves. Violations of that trust MUST be met with punishment that will discourage others who wear badges not to follow in their footsteps!

    Ian

  • acid rain

    seh should have made the officer a turkey sandwich. you cant rape someone who just made you a turkey sandwich. im pretty sure thats a low somewhere.

    all kidding aside, that sucks for the woman. she should take it to the state prosecutor or even congress itseld.

  • Not A Raging Alcoholic

    Fred, are you seriously proposing that we start KILLING people for their crimes? what the fuck kind of angry redneck fool are you?

  • Justabouthadit

    Not people, cops. There is a difference, as you can see from the story. Normal people have no means to have their victim locked up under color of law to silence them into acting like rape is peachy.

    That cop should be necklaced (burned alive with a gasoline soaked tire around his neck). Were I empowered to do so, I would sleep soundly after striking the match in front of his wife and kids.

    Cops will only learn painful lessons. So far, they have seen they have nothing to fear, either from the “law” or the citizenry.

  • Ian MacLeod

    Justabouthadit – You’re a tad over the top there, regardless. There are good cops out the busting their butts trying to do their jobs well. Your attitude, if it spreads, is going to get anything with a gun and a badge killed, and it’s just the kind of thing that DOES spread. The slime like this who use police powers to further victimize those they’re supposed to be serving who have already been victimized once deserve the maximum penalty the law allows, and in these cases it damned well ought to allow a LOT! And in cases like this where the Chief of Police, or the Sheriff or whomever is an enabler and protecting someone he knows is doing shit like this – and with five accusations in the past, where there’s THIS much smoke there’s fire! – ought to get the exact same penalty as the guilty officer(s)!

    I can’t help but think that with this much of this kind of thing happening, always with no penalties or with almsot none, all across the blasted country like it is, it HAS to be part of something much larger! call it conspiracy theory if you please, but I believe there’s a set of general orders from somewhere that include tactics to make We the People afraid of our own police, and to condition us to kowtowing and to backing down to “authority” whether it’s right or wrong. The whole bit about, “Do what you’re told at the time and then we’ll straighten it out later,” might be okay now and then, but later never comes anymore. People who push charges against cops find themselves hounded out of town or even killed. I’ve seen it happen; my own father had his life threatened by the Chief of Police for demanding that the man do his job, and actually seeing that kind of corruption, which he had always denied was ubiquitous, or even common, damned near broke his heart. If he wasn’t already dead I think that the way things are going, he’d end up that way.

    Cops who actually want to be what cops are supposed to be are quitting or being fired left and right. It won’t be long before we have our very own, homegrown Schutzstaffel. We clearly DO have it in some places: New York, Fullerton, Oakland and others. In almsot every one, there were citizens there who could have performed a citizen’s arrest backed by a large number of others, but it never even got started. Maybe we had BETTER start something like that! Call the dispatcher and tell ‘em send someone to pick up their last responders, they’re under arrest and restrained, with their weapons confiscated and locked in the squad car. THAT kind of thing might get their attention – if it was consistent!

    Ian

  • Ryan

    In my personal experience, I have only met one officer who actually did his job. And he did it well. Where I am from, it is considered common knowledge that cops are dirty. Every one of them is out for own personal benefit. When my apartment was burned down, it was declared arson. They set the fire under my bedroom in the basement. My neighbor died! Not only did the cops do a poor investigation, but they also did no fallow ups. it was as if they could care less that someone lost their life. However, my friend on probation gets a surprise visit once a week by two cops at random times to search the home and its belongings. He had a marijauna charge. So in my eyes, I’m being told, don’t worry, I’m sure that arsonist wasn’t trying to kill you. I’m sure you will be alright. In the mean time, it is more important that we go shake down your buddies apartment to try and find a pipe or paraphernalia in which case we will blackmail him into providing some kind of benefit for our own good. Have a nice day sir, and dont forget, if you need any help at all, we are lower than politicians and used car salesmen, so we are probably not the ones to call. Have a good day sir.

  • kimdraker

    The implication from this incident, how it was handled, the out come for it, and case after case after case, forever, is the system is broke that will protect and defend these uniformed criminals who even kill. I have doubts the major cities rate 50% as clean and upright in police force and courts.
    Killings still happen in small towns, which are ruled justifiable, and no charges are made.
    In 1997, my nephew was shot dead, by deputy Ray HUFFMAN of Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Department, a department of Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska. Case: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/ne-court-of-appeals/1117011.html
    Background: Dunn alleged the jail house allowed inmates to gang rape him about 3-4 months before. He swore to make them pay for that. Hearsay: At the beginning of the shift Huffman said He was going to shoot somebody. Questions existed about the validity of 911 and dispatch calls.
    Huffman sounds unsure or confused about his version, and is somewhat questionable on face value. “The court found that taken in the light most favorable to Newton” seems ludicrous in light of repetitive dismissal of Newton’s points and evidence as “irrelevant” and making judgments based on their own conclusions, no jury.
    Courts, judges, the cities and their attorneys, and the accused are all on the same side. The courts are not impartial. You don’t hear ‘justice’ in court. They don’t deal in justice. Yes, you can petition the Government for a redress of grievances, you can sue. You will have to proceed through a gauntlet of procedures, a barrage built to disqualify your efforts before a day in court, and maybe even then.
    Your chance of getting everybody on the same page (your rights and the rule of law) is very very slim. You will most likely have to appear in common law venue to get justice. Switching the court and proceedings to common law venue is possible. Did you know there is no law that says you have to have a license to practice law. Nowhere! Each court has their own rules and regulations that says you have to have a license. It is their clubhouse. There is no law. They lie to you.
    Check with Law Dawg.

  • kimdraker

    You would not be impressed by what attorneys are trained to think of you and me.

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  • Andrew

    There are many good and decent cops. That’s not what this story is about.

    Bluntly, if you believe your local police are corrupt, you have three choices:

    1) Lots of witnesses. I do mean lots. Cameras are good, DVRs are better, and a second concealed camera system is best. See policeabuse.com for some great examples of what can happen when police believe they are unobserved.

    2) Lots of cops. The more police officers there are on scene, the more likely it is that one or more are honest and the dirty one(s) will be reluctant to commit crimes in front of them, if only to avoid embarrassing the clean ones.

    3) Call another agency. Find out which agency in your state regulates local law enforcement. After the fact, get a civil rights lawyer and/or call the FBI. Kidnapping is a Federal offense.

    If police officers don’t like it when “nobody saw nothing” they need to think about how their agency is viewed by the public they serve. Posts like this are troubling but reflect the reality in some parts of America.

    I also recommend a book titled “Beat the Heat”

    http://books.google.com/books?id=_5FSZrR51skC&lpg=PA25&ots=ikJXfMWtSB&dq=ISBN%201902593553&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false

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