New Orleans Mayor Landrieu Orders Un-Investigated Rape Cases Reopened!
This is a hopeful story for a 2014 Thanksgiving Day. Happy Turkey Day!
Once again the mayor of New Orleans is treating the people of New Orleans and our guests the way they should be treated- with the utmost respect. I recently wrote a sad story about five New Orleans sex crimes detectives who failed to do their jobs between 2011 and 2013. Only 14% of 1,290 sexual assault cases were referred to the Special Victims Unit of the New Orleans Police Department were investigated. It is obvious to me that all five will go to jail and their supervisors will probably serve time also. Over 1,000 of these cases were reclassified as non-criminal events, with no accompanying investigation.
A bunch of what is below is from an incredible online resource, the Marshall Report. I recommend reading the Marshall Report regularly.
What happened here isn’t that uncommon across the country, according to the research of Corey Rayburn Yung, a professor at the University of Kansas Law School and an authority on sex crimes. By searching for unusual mismatches between the number of homicide and rape reports,
Among the un-investigated cases in New Orleans were those of a 2-year-old child who arrived in a hospital emergency room with a sexually transmitted disease, and a woman who told a hospital nurse that her rapist was sending her threatening text messages. In the case of the toddler, a detective closed the investigation, citing a lack of evidence. In the case of the adult woman, a detective declined to submit the victim’s rape kit for testing and did not investigate her cell phone records; in a departmental log, the detective classified the sex as consensual.
The undercounting of rape is becoming more common, according to Yung. Between 1995 and 2012, he found a 61 percent increase in the number of cities providing the FBI with rape statistics that seemed suspiciously low according to his methodology. And data did not support the idea that police were simply focusing their resources on the strongest rape cases. Since 1999, the percentage of rape allegations nationwide that led to an arrest dropped from 50 to 40 percent. (In the UK, 73 percent of rape allegations lead to an arrest.)
In 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a report detailing systemic “gender-biased policing” in the city, in which detectives failed to investigate rape cases. When police did investigate, they often interviewed victims in an accusatory manner, focusing on their sexual histories or delays in reporting allegations, the Justice Department found, writing, “The documentation we reviewed was replete with stereotypical assumptions and judgments about sex crimes and victims of sex crimes.”
This is go to hell stuff. The amount of misery and damage these cops have caused while ignoring case after case is mindblowing. whatever happened to protect and serve?