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Friday, March 14, 2008

If I Can't Finger Random, Unwilling Women; Then Cops Can't Either

Come to think of it, maybe that's a good recruiting strategy...If you're trying to recruit rapists as police officers. Which for all I know is the plan now-a-days at police departments around America . Possible billboards:

Sign Up Now and Enjoy All the Finger Blasting You Want!!

Excellent Health and Retirement Benefits Too!!

Via Radley comes this story of a frightening police encounter for a young woman in Albany:

The actions of police in the minutes that followed would end in controversy rather than with an arrest. They would also leave Shutter, a 28-year-old single mother from Ravena, shaken and angry after one of the officers allegedly inserted his finger into Shutter's vagina on a public street during an apparent search for drugs.[...]

Shutter was behind the wheel of a friend's rented car, and said she saw the police car drive past her twice before the stop.

The officer at her window grilled her about drug use and hidden crack pipes, she said.

"You fit the profile," the officer said, according to Shutter. "You're a white girl in a rental car."

Before it was over, Shutter was ordered to stand outside her vehicle with her hands on the trunk. One officer searched her body while a second scoured the inside of the car. They also dumped the contents of her purse and asked whether she'd spent her money on crack because her wallet was empty.

Shutter said she never consented to a search of her vehicle, her telephone or her body. She said she pleaded with the officer who allegedly slid his hand down the back of her jeans, and inside her underwear, to stop.
And what about her experience with the Department's ironically titled Office of Professional Standards?

Shutter said she grew increasingly unnerved by her experience with internal affairs -- which is known as the Office of Professional Standards -- because male detectives twice requested she wear clothes from the night of the incident to re-enact the body search.

Shutter said internal affairs detectives told her that an officer involved in the incident had been suspended, but they wouldn't say why and declined to identify any of the officers by name, or to have her look at their photographs. Neither Fargione nor Abrams has been suspended, sources said.
Awesome. I can just see some smarmy NY police officer with a mustache saying, "So you know those clothes you were raped in? Mind wearing those again? Totally for the sake of recreating the scene of the crime. Oh, and don't wash your panties. I'm going to need to smell those." Maybe it's just me, but it sure seems like this shit gets worse and worse...At what point does the average American stand up and say enough already?

Story here.

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