Rapists with Badges

According to the 3rd Quarter Report of The National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project, police officers were accused of sexual assault at a rate of 79 per 100,000 law enforcement personal. The rate of accusations for the general public is 28.7 per 100,000 general public.  When corrected for gender these numbers tell us that there are 1.5 times more accusations of sexual assualt among  male law enforcement officers than among the general male population.  The fact that rapists seem to be concentrated among a group of armed individuals who have the purported authority to detain and arrest other individuals should be more than a little alarming for even the most prolific police bootlicker. In just the last month, several stories of officers committing disgusting crimes have been in the news.

A Miami-Dade police officer, Juan Carlos Rodriguez, was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation for fondling teenage girls during a traffic stop. After pulling over a vehicle, Officer Rodriguez told the driver to park behind a CVS pharmacy and ordered the five teenage girls inside to exit the vehicle.  He then proceeded to touch all five of the girls’ breasts. Three of the girls were 16 and two of the girls were 14.  During the investigation, it was concluded that these girls were most likely not his first victims.

A former Fredericktown, Missouri police captain and Boy Scout leader, Kenneth D. Tomlinson II, was sentenced to three consecutive life terms plus 22 years for sexual contact with two boys, beginning when they were 11 and 13 years old. Evidence presented at sentencing included videos from Tomlinson’s computer, including one taken in the shower at a Scout camp. Tomlinson’s attorney asked for a much lighter sentence of 20 years, citing Tomlinson’s many years as a police officer as one of the reasons that he should receive a shorter sentence.

A Houston Police Officer, Abraham Joseph, has been charged with an aggravated sexual assault that allegedly occurred while he was on duty. Officer Joseph has been accused of handcuffing a woman and then raping her on the trunk of his patrol car.  He has now been implicated in five other sexual assault cases.

The city of Charlotte, North Carolina will pay a 17 year old victim of former police officer Marcus Jackson, $350,000 to settle her lawsuit against the city.  Jackson is now serving a two year sentence for sexually assaulting six women while on duty. The 17 year old victim was assaulted during a traffic stop.  She was told by Jackson that she would be written a ticket if she did not perform a sex act on him.  Jackson was hired despite previous allegations of violence against women.

A now former Florida Highway Patrol Officer, Ariel Valentin, plead guilty to simple battery and official misconduct in a plea agreement to avoid a trial for sexual battery while in a position of authority.  In doing so he avoided a possible 30 year sentence and instead will spend the next five years on probation. He also agreed to never seek employment in law enforcement again. The victim said that after being involved in a car accident, Valentin told the other driver that they could leave and then proceeded to tell her that he needed to search her. She agreed. He then said that he needed to search her further and suggested that they go to her home. There he coerced her into having sex. The victim said she had an expired registration and “was scared of going to jail.”

A Wisconsin state patrolman has been charged with sexual assault of a child for alleged assaults on a foster child in his care. The assaults allegedly began when she was 15 and continued until she was removed from the home this year. She is now 18.

A New Orleans, Louisanna police officer, Henry Hollins, was convicted of attempted aggrevated rape and second degree kidnapping in an apparent case of jury compromise. The victim testified that Hollins stopped her and put her in the back of his patrol car. He then took her to a warehouse and raped her. Hollins’ attorney called the victim a “whore” and “trash” during his closing arguments and pointed to her past criminal and sexual history as evidence that her testimony was unreliable. The prosecutor argued that her past criminal history is exactly why Hollins targeted her.  The prosecutor also reminded the jury of the “portable sex kit” in the trunk of his patrol car. The “kit” included sex toys, unused condoms and a bag of used condoms.

A Provo Utah police officer, Jeffery Westerman, was sentenced to 180 day in jail and 3 years probation for fondling a woman in exchange for not arresting her. The incident occurred while Westerman was investigating a minor traffic accident involving two vehicles.  He eventually told the other driver that they could leave and then, after performing a field sobriety test on his victim, said that she was intoxicated.  He drove her car to a parking lot, searched it, and then told her she would be arrested on felony charges if she did not lift up her shirt so he could fondle her breast. The victim says that she complied because she feared arrest. She said, “If it was anyone other than a police officer I could have turned and walked away. I no longer feel safe in the presence of a police officer. I feel like I’m being stalked whenever I’m with a cop.” The sentencing judge said that “she literally had nowhere to run to.  Where could her protection be found when her perpetrator was a police officer?” The victim’s father was disgusted when he learned that Westerman committed his crime while in uniform, calling him “a predator with a badge”.

How is woman supposed to protect herself from a “predator with a badge”? The weapon of choice for many of the above officers was their purported authority. When the perpetrator can threaten you with time in a cage, how likely are you to stand up for yourself? When the perpetrator is armed with a sidearm, pepper spray, a Taser and handcuffs, how is even the toughest person supposed to fight off unwanted advances?

Unfortunately, there may be few things you can do to protect yourself from a rapist with a badge. Even if you successfully resist an attack, you still may end up doing time for “resisting arrest” or assaulting a police officer. You may still be victimized. But, there is one weapon you have at our disposal to help prevent yourself from becoming a victim of a badged rapist; the video camera. Use it. Every time you interact with a police officer, you should record that interaction. If they want to know why you are recording them, tell them the truth,  “I fear for my safety. You could be a rapist.”

Authors Note:  This post was originally published with this opening paragraph:

According to the 3rd Quarter Report of The National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project, police officers were accused of sexual assault at a rate of 79 per 100,000 law enforcement personal. That is over two times the rate in the general public (28.7 per 100,000). The fact that rapists seem to be concentrated among a group of armed individuals who have the purported authority to detain and arrest other individuals should be more than a little alarming for even the most prolific police bootlicker. In just the last month, several stories of officers committing disgusting crimes have been in the news.

I changed it due to comments made about the numbers used that brought to my attention the need to correct for gender when comparing the liklihood of the general public and LEOs being accused of rape.

  • Hazy

    It’s probably higher than 79 out of 100,000. Remember, people may be unwilling to accuse a cop for many reasons: retaliation, lack of response by DA, general intimidation factor of you now being in the spotlight of your local PD.

  • Jenn

    Wonderful post, Paula!!!

  • Truth

    “should be more than a little alarming for even the most prolific bootlicker.”

    I love this sentence, thank you for telling it like it is!!

  • Ogre

    Indeed, you are correct about the camera. I have never felt as safe as I do now, armed with two video cameras everywhere I go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/incaseyoumissedit Frank

    RadGeek.com linked to this comment about the report which sums it up nicely.

  • http://twitter.com/RonBogner R Bogner

    I hope your statistics are not intentionally deceiving. “police officers were accused of sexual assault at a rate of 79 per 100,000 law enforcement personal. That is over two times the rate in the general public (28.7 per 100,000).” The police officer class includes only adults, as only adults are police officers. The general public class, I presume, includes children. Which would make the 28.7 / 100,000 figure obviously lower. If instead, the general public class contains only adults, it also contains very old adults, a group not in the police officer class.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/kinleyhard K. C.

    Amazing article/post, Paula! With all of the popular and unabashed bisexuals and homosexuals, cops raping or sexually assaulting their same sex is possible. It’s pretty bad when our hired protectors are just as criminal! “The best defense is a good offense.” Those “predators with badges” would fear for their safety if just a few citizens with enough guts would take the horns by the bull, exact justice and rid society of such pestilence as those so-called “law enforcers and protective servants.” They deserve castration and execution, not just to be fired or prosecuted.

  • reodd

    The problem with only recording accusations is that people have a reason to falsify accusations against police officers.

    However, due to the rampant occurence of covering for fellow officers, convictions of sexual assault are not reliable indicators, either.

    Therefore, inspired by Mr/s. Bogner’s comment above, I did some math to equate these to the general population rates:

    If you limit the general population down to adults between the ages of 20-65, you’d have a more reliable metric for the general populace. Under 20 years of age is 27.3% of the general US Population. People aged 65 and older are 12.8%. That reduces the number to 28.7/60,000, or 47.8/100,000. So we’re getting there. Multiply that out by male/female imbalance in the police force – females make up approximately 14-15% of police nationwide. Since 99% of sexual offenders are male, and that is about 50% of the general population – we’d expect to see that there would be 95.6/100,000 accusations in a male general population, and we’re seeing 92.94/100,000 accusations in a male police officer population. Therefore male police officers are being accused at a lower rate than a comparable male population, controlled for age and sex – 93 vs 95/100,000. And that is assuming a comparable quantity of false claims – which, as I mentioned above, you would not anticipate.

    TL;DR This article is complete bullshit, and whoever wrote these statistics was clueless at best and intentionally dishonest at worst.

  • http://www.injusticeeverywhere.com David

    Reodd, the general pop data is based on FBI/DOJ UCR rates, so if you have a dispute about their numbers I think you need to take that up with them, not us. It’s a straight population group v population group comparison and I think you’re really making a large stretch to challenge the assertion being made.

    The NPMSRP data is based on the same UCR data sets which asserts the latest known US law enforcement sworn officer population is 706,886. Now, the UCR data is an occurrence metric and is based on alleged criminal acts as reported by participating law enforcement agencies. The NPMSRP numbers are based on the same occurrence metrics but applied to sworn law enforcement populations and relies on reports that are filtered out for credibility, not all complaints, in fact not even close to all complaints which is something the other side of the debate here have taken us to task for.

    (I should make it clear at this point that the NPMSRP has no formal relationship with CopBlock or it’s participants).

    Don’t dismiss our data out of hand, I do encourage people to challenge the reports we use to generate our statistics and I also encourage people to let me know specific ways we can improve our data and reports. So please do feel free to visit the site and drop me a message to give me specific constructive criticism, I really would appreciate it.

  • http://twitter.com/RonBogner R Bogner

    Thank you reodd for saying it better than I.

  • Paula Parmeley Carter

    Reodd and R Bogner,
    Thank you for your comments. After looking into the numbers further, it appears that your concerns about correcting for gender are valid.

    The numbers I used from NPMSRP are not the problem. The basis for collecting that data is sound. Mr. Packman uses the same methods as the RBI/DOJ UCR. What was misleading was my statement that that the rate was over 2 times the general public. While this statements is true, it is irrelevant to whether or not male law enforcement officers are more likely to be a rapist than a male in the general public. My misinterpretation of the data was not intentional. That is not how I roll. I am a scientist by nature and profession. I dislike misrepresentation of numbers as much as anyone. My failure to take into account gender was an honest mistake and again thank you for pointing it out to me.

    With that said, your concerns about age skewing the numbers even further do not appear to be as legitimate when looking at the UCR data involving rape arrests by age. It appears that arrest for rape occurs from under 10 years old to over 65 years old. I would be interested to see numbers of the likelihood of a male LEO being accused of sexual assault over his lifetime compared with the likelihood of a male non-LEO over his lifetime.

    When corrected for gender the numbers are as follows.
    86.1 accusations of sexual assault per 100,000 male LEOs
    57.4 accusations of sexual assault per 100,000 male non-LEOs

    That is still 1.5x, which I still find alarming. Even if the numbers were exactly the same, it would still be alarming for the same reasons I addressed in the article. I can run away from a man that is making me uncomfortable. I could kick and scream if that man got to close to me, I could even use a weapon if necessary. When the predator is an armed man with a badge, my options for defending myself are non-existent, except for the video camera.

    I will change the post sometime today to reflect the more accurate numbers.

  • http://twitter.com/RonBogner R Bogner

    Thanks for your due diligence. However I still think the age factor is more important than you believe. If it appears that arrest for rape occurs from under 10 years old to over 65 years old, lets look at the under 10 group. Certainly this groups accusation rate would be near zero. This metric, in such a largely populated grouping will significantly skew results. The over 65 end of the spectrum may not effect things as much as fewer people make it to 65 than 10 and certainly there are more assault charges in the over 65 group than in the under 10 group. It is still my opinion that the comparison should be
    –male LEO–
    –general male population of the age range of LEO eligibility– .

    Of course, this statistic may not be available.

  • Jenn

    I don’t think it is necessary to control for gender or for age or anything of the sort. Sure, you can’t say from the statistics that police are inherently more likely to rape than any other male, because of all these factors. But they have voluntarily grouped themselves into a monopoly of force with guns and authority, and they have selectively crafted themselves to be a group of people who are of raping age and demographic, and fact of the matter is – when I see a random person on the street, or if I see a cop, I should fear the cop more.

    For instance, is there more of a rape threat posed by a group of 15 men? Or by a boarding school for little girls? Probably the group of 15 dudes. This is not to see all dudes or rapists, or even that those 15 dudes are rapists, but the fact of the matter is, the 15 dudes are more dangerous than the girls at the boarding school (in terms of rape). There is no need to control for gender. It’s just a factual and accurate description of what group is more likely to rape.

    The police stats do not mean that an individual officer is inherently a bad person or a rapist, but serve to point out that if you are faced with a random person in society, or if you are faced with a cop, the cop is more likely to be a danger to you, and this is a point worth making, given the amount of authority and protection police have.

  • Paula Parmeley Carter

    From what I can ascertain from the arrest data available from the UCR about 30% of arrest for sexual assault involve a suspect less than 20 years old or older than 60.(45% of arrests involve suspect less than 25 years old or older than 60, but I suspect that there are quite a few cops under 25 so I used less than 20 for my calculations.) My crude and quick calculations taking this into account would make the numbers look even worse for LEOs.

    male LEO – 86.1 per 100,000
    male non-LEOs between 21 and 59 – 31.92 per 100,000

    Of course arrest data has its problems. Maybe less than 20 years olds just get caught more.

  • Reg T

    As a former police officer, this argument about the proper correction by population group is ridiculous, and completely unnecessary. The incidence of sexual assault by police officer should be ZERO per 100,000. There is no excuse possible for any such occurrence by someone charged with protecting the citizens he or she works for. Yes, there will be accusations > zero even when there has been no misbehavior, but those are so infrequent, statistically, that they really aren’t significant. The reason there are significant statistics of accusation is because the people being hired as officers are no longer being screened for psychological health. They are no longer being screened for the desire to protect rather than predate. They are no longer being screened for a willingness to comply with their oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

    We used to be “peace keepers” – those charged with keeping the peace and protecting people from those who would harm them. Now, it is all about “Law Enforcement” – irrespective of whether the law is right, and often irrespective of whether a law has even been broken. When a person is arrested for the crime of “resisting arrest”, you know the officer had no legitimate reason to arrest.

    E.G., http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2011/02/dont-resist-refrain-of-rapists-police.html

    These are not isolated incidents. They are becoming far too frequent to shrug away and claim “it’s only a few bad apples.”

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  • Jenn

    @ R. Bogner – I don’t think anything needs to be controlled. Not age, not race, sex, or anything of the sort. When someone tells you, “hey be careful, here comes a known gang member coming your way,” you probably would not say, “well, that’s not really fair now… gangs always are comprised of males of a certain age, of a certain socio-economic status, and we should really take that into account and control for such demographics before avoiding this sketchy looking guy with a gun.”

    Certainly, I would not want to blanketly pass laws against gang members or anything like that, and this doesn’t mean gang members are all inherently rapists, but I don’t think it would be unreasonable or unfairly biased for me to avoid one when I see one coming around the street corner. Gang members have voluntarily associated themselves with violent people of a certain demographic, and rightly earn the public’s fear. Same with police. They have voluntarily associated themselves into a mass of rapist/violent assholes; if they don’t want to be perceived as such, they are free to leave the profession or behave otherwise.

  • http://www.gamespot.com/users/iowastate Jim

    I don’t expect the post to be changed because it is more attention grabbing with the so called ‘unintentionally false’ numbers that are used for a scare tactic.

    just as military vets returning from the war have virtually the same rate of crime committed as the rest of the population they are the ones who get in the news when something does happen because some hack reporter who thinks of theirself as a ‘journalist’ has an anti-military agenda and wants to paint all of our heroes as bad guys.

    it is the same with the police officers.

    Nobody claims there aren’t a few bad apples in both the military and the police but they put themselves in harms way as their jobs.

    when something happens they should be the last ones accused not the first

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  • Ryan

    @Re T: I’d love to shake your hand. So many former police officers defend the current system, tooth and nail. I don’t know if it’s because they don’t want to see their former profession’s image tarnished, and internalize the accusations of the system. Or, possibly because they too were one of the corrupt, abusing their authority, so they still feel the need to defend themselves by defending the institution. Of course it could just be old-fashioned denial, and they’ve always turned a blind eye, in which case, still makes them part of the problem. In any event, I commend you for speaking up.

    I so very much miss the days when police were thought of as defenders of our community, and being in their presence made me want to shake hands and thank them for being there. It was like being in the presence of our community’s own personal band of heroes. Maybe we were naive, and didn’t have the awareness of corruption and brutality that we have today, but it sure felt great assuming they were on the job for us.

    Now, it seems cops are on the job despite us. The majority, it seems, use to enter law enforcement because they truly had a deep sence of duty, and genuinely wanted to give back to their community. Now, it seems, far too many choose law enforcement because they believe it gives them the power to rule over their community. It’s this mindset that is incredibly dangerous to the public, and that which we seriously need to develop a system to weed out, before handing over the badge and gun.
    Thanks again for your candid comments.