Maryland police officer charged with raping woman he pulled over

An officer has been charged after he allegedly raped a woman he pulled over last Thursday, police say.

Prince George’s Police chief Hank Stawinski released surveillance video from a business in the area that shows a cruiser activating its emergency lights around 1 a.m. that morning in Langley Park, Maryland. Stawinski said he believes the video captures the beginning of the incident in which Prince George’s County officer Ryan Macklin allegedly pulled over a woman, and forced her to perform a sex act while they were both in her car in a nearby parking lot.

Macklin was arrested Monday and has been charged with five counts including rape, assault and sex offense. Macklin has been suspended without pay, Stawinski said at a Monday press conference.

Macklin was in uniform, on duty and in a marked cruiser at the time, Prince George’s Count Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan told CBS affiliate WUSA9 reports.

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Stawinski said the woman came to a police station with the encouragement of friends several hours after the incident. He said his department is investigating not as an act of police misconduct, but as a crime committed by a police officer.

Stawinski said there had been previous concerns that the woman was targeted for her immigration status or for her personal history, but said he doesn’t believe that to be the case. He said he believes there would have been no way for the officer to know any information about the woman when he pulled her over, and that she was likely targeted because she was driving alone at night.

Stawinski said information was previously leaked to the media in a “deliberate attempt to undermine” the investigation. He didn’t specify what the information was.

“If I find out who leaked this information, they will be dealt with in the harshest possible manner,” Stawinski said.

 

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Police officers in the US were charged with more than 400 rapes over a 9-year period

(CNN)A police officer in Prince George’s County, Maryland, was charged this week with raping a woman during a traffic stop. He’s pleaded not guilty, but it’s a disturbing headline — even more disturbing when you consider there are hundreds more like him.

Yes, hundreds. According to research from Bowling Green State University, police officers in the US were charged with forcible rape 405 times between 2005 and 2013. That’s an average of 45 a year. Forcible fondling was more common, with 636 instances.
Yet experts say those statistics are, by no means, comprehensive. Data on sexual assaults by police are almost nonexistent, they say.
“It’s just not available at all,” said Jonathan Blanks, a research associate with the Cato Institute’s Project on Criminal Justice. “You can only crowdsource this info.”
The BGSU researchers compiled their list by documenting cases of sworn nonfederal law enforcement officers who have been arrested. But the 2016 federally funded paper, “Police Integrity Lost: A Study of Law Enforcement Officers Arrested,” says the problem isn’t limited to sexual assault.
“There are no comprehensive statistics available on problems with police integrity,” the report says, and no government entity collects data on police who are arrested.
It adds, “Police sexual misconduct and cases of police sexual violence are often referred to as hidden offenses, and studies on police sexual misconduct are usually based on small samples or derived from officer surveys that are threatened by a reluctance to reveal these cases.”
The nation’s foremost researchers on the subject, thus, must often rely on published media reports. The BGSU numbers, for instance, are the result of Google alerts on 48 search terms entered by researchers. The scholars then follow each case through adjudication.
While those numbers represent a fair portion of cases, arrests rely on a victim making a report and a law enforcement agency making that report public, after an arrest or otherwise. With sexual assaults by police officers, neither is guaranteed.

Why the numbers are lacking

One of the greatest impediments to understanding the scope of police sexual assault is the victims’ reluctance to report the crime.
“Who do you call when your rapist or offender is a police officer? What a scary situation that must be,” said Philip Stinson, an associate professor of criminal justice who served as principal investigator for the police integrity paper and whose research assistants maintain the BGSU database.
No one interviewed for this story could give an estimate, even ballpark, on how underreported these types of crimes might be.
“I have to think it’s a much worse problem than my data suggests,” said Stinson, himself a former police officer.
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There are several reasons behind the muddy data. The federal government cannot compel states to make the nation’s 18,000 law enforcement agencies report the numbers. Even if they could, the Justice Department wouldn’t have the resources to oversee and maintain such a database, Blanks said.
Unions also work hard to protect police officers and their reputations, he said.
“They don’t want their officers and membership shamed if something goes wrong,” Blanks said.
There also can be legal hurdles to obtaining basic information in such cases, he said, “and that’s on purpose.” Some states’ laws shield the identities of police officers who commit crimes, he said, while some jurisdictions include nondisclosure agreements in victim settlements.
“The system is rigged to protect police officers from outside accountability,” Blanks said. “The worst cops are going to get the most protection.”

Victims include suspects and those police are supposed to protect

What data is available paints a jarring picture. One statistic from Stinson indicates that for every sexual assault that makes the news, there are almost always more victims — on average, five more.
About half of the victims are children, researchers say. Stinson has gotten accustomed to hearing his research assistants proclaim during their work, “Oh my God, it’s another 14-year-old.”
Victims can include both the people police are supposed to be chasing and those they’re charged with protecting, according to the police integrity paper.
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“Opportunities for sex-related police crime abound because officers operate in a low visibility environment with very little supervision,” it says. “The potential victims of sex-related police crime include criminal suspects but also unaccompanied victims of crime.”
Experts say officers who prey on people they encounter while on duty take advantage of the trust the public places in police as an institution.
“Police have a reputational advantage over anyone, especially someone accused of a crime,” Blanks said, explaining that a regular Gallup poll shows again and again that police are third only to the military and small business owners in terms of trust. “People want to believe the police.”
Offenders who seek to victimize people know this, experts say, and they strategically select victims, bolstering their chances of not getting caught.
Researchers find that a predominance of the victims fall into at least one of several categories: They have criminal records, are homeless, are sex workers or have issues with drug or alcohol abuse. Essentially, predatory cops are “picking on people who juries won’t believe or who don’t trust police,” Stinson said.

The ripple effect

To be clear: The majority of police officers are good people, not sexual predators. Every expert interviewed for this story concurs on this point. But the problem is much larger than individual officers, said author and former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper.
“I think it’s a huge problem,” he said. “In reality, there’s probably no law enforcement agency that has not had this problem.”
The ripple effect can be devastating to a community. Stamper, who was a policeman in San Diego for 28 years before taking the helm in Seattle in 1994, recalled when California Highway Patrol officer Craig Peyer was convicted of the on-duty killing of student Cara Knott after a traffic stop.
No San Diego officer was tangentially involved, yet the department experienced enormous trust issues with the community, he said. Residents were fearful and some motorists were anxious about being pulled over, said Stamper, whose books address the “dark side” of policing and how to fix it.
“It cheats good cops,” he said. “If a police officer is arrested for having fondled a DUI suspect in a jurisdiction, that affects all officers.”
The trust issue is only exacerbated by the “blue wall” of silence that’s erected when an officer is accused of a crime, he said. That’s to be expected, Stamper said, because officers rely heavily on each other, especially in dangerous situations, and ratting out a colleague could mean trouble for an officer the next time she or he needs backup.
“If I’m a snitch, then the chance that my fellow officers will not have my back is significant,” the former police chief said.

Some possible solutions

Stamper and others believe the solution lies in revamping police culture.
“The paramilitary, bureaucratic structure produces a dysfunctional culture,” Stamper said, adding that for one of the “most delicate and demanding” jobs in America, officers largely go unsupervised.
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Specific to sexual assault, experts would like to see departments enact:
  • Policies “to make victims feel safe,” Stinson said, which could include online or anonymous reporting and special officers trained in dealing with sexual assault victims
  • GPS tracking of officers, especially those with take-home vehicles, and monitoring of officers. If a supervisor notices a patrolman predominantly stops women between the ages of 18 and 30 at the same time of night in the same part of town, it would raise red flags
  • Rules forbidding departments from hiring officers who were fired from other agencies, which happens too frequently, Stamper said
  • Mandates that officers must activate their bodycams and dash cams and be punished if they don’t. (This will actually vindicate officers more often than not, experts say)
  • Occasional sting operations, involving internal affairs, aimed at ensuring police officers are appropriately interacting with the public
“It’s critical supervisors trust officers, but trust is earned,” Stamper said, adding that the job is too important to trust officers blindly.
Police chiefs and sheriffs defending bad cops also erodes trust, Stamper said. He finds himself frustrated, he said, every time he sees a police executive step to a podium to decry the “bad apples” responsible for a crime that has tainted a department.
“If they repeatedly go back to that bank of microphones to bemoan the bad apples, it’s time to look at the barrel. … Look at the orchard,” he said.

Are national standards in order?

Accountability is critical to changing police culture, experts say.
Stamper believes uniformity — via the licensing of individual officers and the certification of police departments — is key.
All 18,000 departments operate under their own rules, based on their traditions, policies, procedures and recruitment methods, he said. He believes creating national standards — not for small things, but for larger constitutional issues — could improve the quality of policing.
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If a licensed officer were to violate someone’s rights — by illegally searching or arresting them, manipulating evidence, using unnecessary force or, of course, engaging in sexually predatory behavior — that officer’s license would be yanked.
Likewise, a city police department with a pattern of violations could lose its certification and be taken over the by the county. An offending sheriff’s department could be taken over by the state, he said.
It’s pie in the sky, Stamper acknowledges, but until America changes the nature of the conversation around policing, things are destined to remain the same when it comes to crooked cops.
“The forces of resistance are powerful,” he said. “If you push the system, it’s going to push back with equal or greater force.”

 

Corrections officer charged with rape, misconduct

Dec 27, 2017

A Lakeview corrections officer has been arrested by New York State Police on rape and misconduct charges.

Credit New York State Police

James Beam Jr., 41 of Silver Creek, had been a corrections officer at Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility, located in Brocton. State prison officials said Beam, an 18-year veteran, resigned Tuesday.

He was charged with rape in the third degree and several counts of official misconduct following an investigation into an unlawful personal relationship with an inmate.

The Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office has issued an appearance ticket, ordering Beam to appear in Portland town court in January.

The Lakeview facility confines both male and female inmates who have been convicted of non-violent offenses in separate minimum-security units. It gets its name from the boot-camp like nature of the facility, that is meant to shock an offender into changing poor behavioral patterns.

The State Police investigation was assisted by the State Department of Corrections and the Community Supervision Office of Special Investigations.

Dec 27, 2017, WBFO, “Corrections officer charged with rape, misconduct”, http://news.wbfo.org/post/corrections-officer-charged-rape-misconduct

NYPD undercover detective charged with rape after woman makes 911 call made from his home

BY Rocco Parascandola John Annese

An undercover detective is accused of raping and sexually abusing a woman, according to an NYPD source with knowledge of the incident.The detective, a 10-year veteran assigned to the Internal Affairs Bureau, was arrested Friday after the woman made a 911 call from his Brooklyn home asking for an ambulance, the source said.

When it arrived, the woman, who was apparently intoxicated, told the crew nothing happened, the source said. An NYPD patrol car also responded, sparking an investigation, and the rape allegation, the source said. The alleged assault took place in Brooklyn’s 69th Precinct in Canarsie.

The Brooklyn district attorney’s office pressed charges over the objections of ranking IAB officials, who had concerns about the woman’s account, the source said.

The unidentified officer was arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court Saturday, according to the source.

Prosecutors want 22-year sentence for officer guilty of rape

LIMA, Ohio (AP) – Prosecutors in northwestern Ohio are asking a judge to sentence a fired police officer to 22 years in prison after he was found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl.

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Former Lima police officer Justin Bentz was convicted last week of rape, kidnapping and sexual battery charges. Prosecutors say he raped the teen at his home while he was off duty.

The Lima News reports Bentz is scheduled to be sentenced April 14.

Bentz testified that the girl lured him into having sex with her and that he thought she was 21. But the teen told the judge she repeatedly told the officer, “No,” and that she was afraid of him.

On-Duty Cops Rape Drunk Girl they lured with ride home.

May 12, 2015

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) – Chicago taxpayers will shell out $415,000 to compensate an inebriated woman who accused two police officers of sexually assaulting her, only to have them plead guilty to a lesser charge.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez initially claimed that the 22-year-old victim was so intoxicated that she was “unable to give knowing consent” to the sex she had with Chicago Police Officers Juan Vasquez and Paul Clavijo, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

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The victim had a blood-alcohol level of .38 — nearly five times the legal limit for driving a car in Illinois — during the alleged March 30, 2011, assault.

“They victimized these women,” Alvarez said at the time. They not only violated, but they essentially destroyed their oath of office.”

Three years later, the state’s attorney’s office quietly agreed to a deal that allowed Clavijo and Vasquez to plead guilty to felony official misconduct. No sexual misconduct was alleged.

Both officers avoided prison time and were sentenced to two years probation. They resigned after their felony convictions disqualified them from working as police officers.

At the time, a spokesperson for the state’s attorney’s office called the plea deal “the best possible outcome” in the case “based on the circumstances.”

Attorney Jed Stone refused to comment because he is no longer representing Clavijo. Dan Herbert, an attorney representing Vasquez, could not be reached for comment on the settlement, expected to be approved by the City Council’s Finance Committee on Tuesday.

Herbert has long maintained that the sex was consensual and, therefore “not a criminal incident” even though “some bad decisions” were made.

The officers were on duty and in uniform when they offered the victim a ride home to Rogers Park from Wrigleyville near Sheffield and Addison at 2 a.m. on March 30, 2011.

The woman, who had been drinking at a friend’s home, attempted to enter the back seat of the marked squad car, but Clavijo ushered her onto his lap in the front seat, where he sexually assaulted her while Vasquez went into a liquor store, prosecutors said after the incident.

At the victim’s home in the 1300 block of West Greenleaf, she drank and played strip poker with them, prosecutors said. The officers then sexually assaulted her, leading her to pound on the walls and scream, prosecutors alleged. Police found the victim in a “hysterical” state and recovered part of Vasquez’s uniform and cellphone from the room, prosecutors said.

Clavijo was also accused of a March 10, 2011, crime in which he and Vasquez allegedly picked up a 26-year-old woman at a bus stop near Clark and Sheffield.

They drove her home and asked to use her restroom, prosecutors said. Inside, when Vasquez went to the bathroom, Clavijo allegedly followed the woman into her bedroom and “pushed her onto the bed, pulled down her pants and performed a sex act on her,” prosecutors said.

The woman objected, and the officers left, but the woman did not immediately report the crime because she was intimidated, prosecutors said. Vasquez does not face charges in the incident.

The $415,000 settlement is the latest in a series of hefty payouts stemming from alleged police abuse.

Jon Loevy, an attorney representing the woman in the March 30 incident, said a $415,000 settlement is justified even though the criminal case fell apart.

“We were prepared to prove our case that what our client said happened is exactly what happened,” Loevy said Friday.

“This was a sexual assault. It was not consensual. The fact that she was intoxicated does not excuse a sexual assault.”

May 2, 2015, “City pays $415,000 to drunk woman who accused two police officers of sexual assault”, Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/28959639/city-pays-415000-to-drunk-woman-who-accused-two-police-officers-of-sexual-assault