If resisting arrest is a crime, whether the right of a woman to resist sexual abuse by the police?
May 5, 2012 a young wife and mother of Burbank (Illinois) Magdalena Mol (Magdelena Mol) went to a nearby village called Dzhastays to meet up with his girlfriend. Shortly after midnight Mrs. Mole called a taxi and went to the crossroads, waiting for the car. A few minutes later, a passing police officer by the name of Kermen Skerdayn (Carmen Scardine) stopped in the middle of the street and ordered the pier to sit in his car.
Although Skerdayn demanded Mol produce documents and called the dispatcher to break through on the basis of her name, he never explained what had arrested her. Who had arrived a few minutes later the taxi driver, the police ordered to leave. Then he took to intimidate the girl to a vacant lot and raped her.
The next day, Mrs. Mole has filed a formal complaint, adopted by the Police Department Dzhastays.
"As far as I know, he is still doing its job," — said the police department Dzhastays manager (who is also
The facts described in the lawsuit Mrs. Like, no one disputed. Why her abuser is not prosecuted for sexual abuse? If Skerdayn brought to trial for the crime, he probably would have said that the victim had agreed to the sexual act — because she did not resist. Of course, if she resisted, then, most likely, would have been brought to trial for resisting arrest, or even — for assaulting a police officer with aggravating circumstances — provided that the victim would survive after attempts to police "subdue" it.
A resident of Pittsburgh Sarah Smith (Sarah Smith) has gone through the same thing as the Magdalena Mol. One morning, a few years ago, Smith got in a minor accident with a man on a motorcycle. Smith did not renew their insurance, and her driver's license had expired, so she was already in a state of panic when the officer arrived Pittsburgh Skveres Adam (Adam Skweres). Anxiety Smith turned into horror when police took her aside and suggested a close eye on its infringement, in exchange for sexual favors.
The officer Skveres Smith said that "can figure it out as if [accident] happened because of my mistakes, or he may prescribe a penalty for failure to comply with road signs," — said in an interview
On the other hand — Skveres warned her — if she put up a fight, she would be arrested for resisting arrest, put on handcuffs on her, and she will still be raped in the back of a patrol car. Before the police could carry out his threats, the situation has changed, and he agreed to let the frightened girl — but only after pointing his gun and warning that "if you say a word about it, I'll make sure you never could speak and breathe. "
Smith reported the incident to the Pittsburgh Police Bureau. Two other women also have filed lawsuits on similar threats (in one case, a woman was dragged into the proceedings relating to the custody of the child, and she could get a positive recommendation in exchange for oral sex). Predator in the form allowed to continue patrolling the streets — and receive a U.S. $ 57,000 annual salary — up to 17 February, when it
Attack victim was a girl whose friend was in prison. After asking the victim turn on the radio and open the tap in the kitchen to hide potentially incriminating noise Skveres explained the deal: he would "help" her friend in exchange for sex. Once he got frightened woman to serve him, he left.
Skveresa actions were predictable and unchanging. Last December, he paid a visit to Melissa Watkins (Melissa Watkins), whose friend was also sitting in jail. She was alone with her young daughter when a policeman appeared with his proposal.
"He locked my front door and the other, and said that" nobody can disturb us "," — said Watkins Post-Gazette. Undoing the zipper on the uniform pants Skveres offered the same deal: he "helps" Watkins friend in exchange for sexual favors. Watkins, despite the extreme fear, refused.
"A man with a badge and a gun standing in front of you and trying to make a proposal," — she said. — "You can not guess what it might turn out."
The four alleged victims
Voicing their concern for their fate, which is typical for civil servants, Skveres
Since 2008, the United States there are about
Sexual assault in the line of duty in the police "happen more often than people are willing to admit this business" — warns Stamper in his memoirs
A possible target for predatory police can become problematic even your teenage son. This grim fact is illustrated by the history of a former policeman Idaho Ruben Delgadillo (Ruben Delgadillo).
Shortly after Delgadillo
In 2008, Delgadillo has been appointed an officer in the high school Vellivu. As a member of the school board for expulsion from school, he worked with troubled newcomer
Official attention has surrounded the boy. Eventually, he persuaded the boy to spend the night in the house where he lived with Delgadillo with their supervisor — Sgt Mike Larimer (Mike Larimer). During these nights
According to the lawsuit Nicholson, a teenager at first "Delgadillo did not complain for fear of retaliatory measures if he would oppose violence because Delgadillo and his roommate Larimer were" police "Delgadillo said … [Nicholson], that he has a connection with thugs to intimidate Brennan to keep quiet. "
Ultimately Delgadillo was almost
The most significant advantage that predators in uniform — not their physical size or even weapons — is their ability to prosecute the potential victim, even for a minor resistance. As recognized by the Assistant District Attorney Ottawa (Mich.) Gregory J. Babbitt (Gregory J. Babbitt) during
Babbitt represented the power of the State of Michigan in "The People vs. Moreno," which examined the question of whether a citizen of the legitimate right to resist the police when illegal search or seizure unreasonable. Supreme Court Justice
"In practice, this can be done", — declared Babbitt, hastily saying that "as a prosecutor, I would not do that." He further said that instead of physically resist, and thus risk a criminal prosecution, the victim must simply endure violence, and then file a civil complaint after the fact.
If a woman, to which sexually assaulted a police officer, could face prosecution for resisting, that the "left of the Fourth Amendment?" — Babbitt said Cavanaugh.
Indifferent shrug, Babbitt said, "Well, life is not perfect." From his point of view, is simply unacceptable to ordinary citizens, "drawing conclusions — whether the police received correctly or not."
Like most members of the state punitive caste, Babbitt argues that there may be a situation in which a citizen would have the right to physically resist a police officer. "We can not have people … who have the right to make this decision in the heat of events," — he insists on it, even if it means — leaving women like Magdalena Mall and adolescents as Brennan Nicholson at the mercy of predators, sociopaths in the form of government.
This article originally appeared in the blog of William Grigg (William Grigg)