This week, a couple stories that should cause anyone critically thinking to see that those wearing badges aren’t always operating with the best intentions.
Massachusetts Police Officer Faces Rape Charge in Polk
A Lawrence, Massachusetts police officer is accused by public officials of raping a teenage girl last summer in Haines City, Florida.
A Haines City police detective flew to Massachusetts this past week to arrest Officer Carlos Gonzalez. Gonzalez was jailed in Lawrence with no bail set.
He faces charges of committing sexually battery on a juvenile between the ages of 12 and 18 and giving alcohol to a person younger than 21.
The teen told investigators she was raped July 22, 2012 in a private home. Haines City police said Gonzalez was on vacation in Florida at the time.
The investigation, which is ongoing, began after the Lawrence Police Department received a complaint.
Gonzalez, who has been a police officer since May of 1988, was arrested at the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, where he is studying to be a lawyer.
West Sacramento Police Officer in Custody in Sex Assault, Kidnap Charges
In other news, a police officer in West Sacramento, California has been arrested for assault and kidnapping charges involving a half dozen women in the West Capitol Avenue area.
The West Sacramento police department called an unusual 7 p.m. press conference to announce that Officer Sergio Alvarez, who had been at the West Sacramento Police Department since 2007, allegedly had carried out the acts while performing uniformed patrol duties.
The investigation identified six female victims ranging in age from 20 to 47 years old, police said.
According to the department Alvarez has received termination papers, and is in the Yolo County Jail. He was taken into custody by both the West Sacramento and Sacramento Police departments.
A news release by the department said Alvarez used his position as a police officer to stop and assault the women.
What the release failed to mention is that it is the widely accepted belief that individuals identifying as police officers are justified in initiating force that enables predators like Alvarez to detain their victims.
The allegations came to light on Sept. 24 when a uniformed police officer learned while on duty of the possible criminal conduct. Alvarez was immediately placed on administrative leave and a criminal investigation started.
An investigation was subsequently forwarded to the Yolo County District Attorney’s office. A county grand jury was convened and handed down an indictment.
West Sacramento Police Chief Dan Drummond said the “victimization of vulnerable people is despicable, but the fact that these crimes were apparently committed by a police officer under the color of authority is reprehensible.”
It is reprehensible, and unfortunately, it happens every day.
Former school resource officer indicted on molestation charges
And finally, A despicable Hampton County Sheriff’s deputy in South Carolina has been indicted on charges that he molested a child while working as a school resource officer.
Larry Heyward was indicted on one count of criminal sexual conduct with a minor between 11 and 14, committing a lewd act on a minor, and misconduct in public office.
Heyward was fired after a male student came forward to report he had been abused on multiple occasions,
That’s this week’s Police Accountability Report brought to you by CopBlock.org.
I hope you’ll take a moment to consider just what it is that you are paying for via taxation – and speak out against the violence.
Until next week, stay safe and remember that badges don’t grant extra rights.