Police officers — whom I call LEOs (legally entitled to oppress) — hate having their authority questioned and can invent all manner of “crimes” with which to charge their victims. Take the case of Kristen Walker as just one example. Her experience was posted on Copblock.org.
Walker was a passenger in a car stopped by two Rochester, N.Y., police cruisers on March 6 at about 1 a.m. She and her boyfriend, James, had just left a 7-Eleven store and had noticed that a security guard/police officer had subjected them to extra scrutiny while they shopped.
One officer approached the driver’s side and ordered James to step out of the car and produce his driver’s license. Two officers approached the passenger side, and Kristen rolled down her window and handed her ID to the nearest officer. As she did, she asked why they’d been stopped.
The officer responded, “None of your f—ing business. We don’t have to have a f—ing reason to stop you,” indicating the LEO understands his place in society is to lord over the proletariat class unrestricted by petty laws.
“Well, to make a traffic stop you have to have a reason,” Kristen replied.
She said the officer then responded, “Yeah? You smart-ass little bitch, get the f— out of the car.” She said she complied and was promptly grabbed by the arm, which was twisted behind her back. She told the officer she had been raped in 2007 and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result, and she was uncomfortable being so handled. She said the officer responded with a chuckle and then slammed her head onto the trunk of a police cruiser.
Kristen admits that after her head was slammed down she yelled something along the lines of “What are you doing?” The response, she said, was for her to shut the f— up. “I have freedom of speech,” was her reply, to which the LEO responded, “Well, your freedom of speech is about to have your freedom taken from you.”
While all this was occurring she was holding her cellphone and trying to record the encounter, and the officer took it away from her and put her in handcuffs. Then, instead of calling for a female officer to conduct a body search, both male officers did a pat-down search, even sticking their hands in her pockets.
An officer then put her in the back of the cruiser with the words, “I should beat the f— out of you.” She responded with, “Go ahead, because if you do, I’ll have your badge.” The officer then pointed his pepper spray canister as if to spray her in the face, but didn’t push the button. He then closed the door, Kristen said.
She watched while one officer went through her phone. When they noticed she was watching, the second officer flipped her the bird. One of the police officers then opened the front passenger door of the cruiser and Kristen asked for his name and badge number. The officer responded with, “Blow me.”
Kristen said she replied with, “Blow you, huh?” To which the officer responded, “Yep, blow me you little whore,” and then closed the door.
As she sat in the car, a female officer approached, looked inside and taunted Kristen for crying.
After a few minutes, a different male police officer approached the car and tried to calm her down. Kristen said she asked him what was going on. He didn’t answer, but asked why she was upset. She says she explained to him about her rape and PTSD and the treatment she’d received.
“I even told him that I thought that police officers are supposed to be held to a higher standard, and he said ‘yes we are but I can’t say anything, because I wasn’t there.’ The officer told me to take deep breaths, and he said he would be back in a few minutes, then he stepped out of the car,” Kristen said.
“He returned and I asked him once again what was going on and the officer says to me that I had reached under my seat which I told him was not true, then he says to me ‘Here’s the deal, we’re going to let you go’ I then told him that I wanted their names and badge numbers, and he says ‘If you get their names and badge numbers you’re either going to jail for disorderly conduct or they’ll take you to the hospital for a mental health arrest.’
“The officer told me that I wouldn’t have to deal with the officers anymore, he said to me ‘I will take you out of the car and I will take the handcuffs off of you and once I do you are to walk around the police car and not say anything and get in your car and leave’, so I did exactly what he told me.”
Notice that the LEO, though appearing to be siding with Kristen, acknowledges that his brothers in blue will fabricate charges if they deem her uncooperative. In other words, she was offered the chance to purchase her freedom from further persecution with her silence.
Neither Kristen nor James was charged with anything, and both were allowed to leave. When they got home, they called 911 and asked for a supervisor. A sergeant called them back and told them they had been stopped because the security guard, who happened to be a Rochester police officer, thought they were suspicious because they seemed to be carrying a lot of cash.
The money they carried was their own, Kristen told the sergeant, the result of cashing their income tax return check earlier in the day. She asked the sergeant for the names and badge numbers of the officers involved, and he refused to give them. He then began asking all manner of personal and irrelevant questions about their activities.
Kristen should thank her lucky stars — and perhaps be grateful for the fact that her boyfriend was present. Many women aren’t so lucky, as Monica Contreras found out.
While in Las Vegas family court in August 2011 for a routine hearing in a divorce case, Contreras claimed she was sexually assaulted by court marshal Ron Fox after he ordered her into a room for a drug search. When she went back into the courtroom to tell the hearing master (judge) what had happened, Fox told a deputy to arrest her on a contrived charge of “false allegations against a police officer.”
As Contreras pleaded with the deputy and hearing master not to arrest her, the hearing master turned her back. (Watch the video here.) Fox told her the arrest would go away if she recanted, so she agreed to recant. But when she got to the microphone, she stuck to her guns. She was cuffed and led away to jail, and her daughter was put into protective custody.
According to news reports, Contreras filed a complaint with Court Marshal Internal Affairs two months after the incident. Fox was later fired, and a widespread investigation has begun that has uncovered numerous assault allegations and other malfeasance in the court system.
And then there is Magdelena Mol. The young wife and mother had been visiting a friend and called a cab to take her home. As she waited on the street for the taxi to arrive, Justice, Ill., police officer Carmen Scardine stopped in front of her and ordered her into his car.
Scardine demanded identification from Mol and called the dispatcher to run her name but didn’t explain why he had ordered her into his car. When the taxi arrived, he sent it away. Then Scardine drove Mol to a secluded area and sexually assaulted her.
Despite a complaint filed by Mol the next day (which was upheld by the Justice Police Department), Scardine has not been charged with a crime or even terminated. He’s free to terrorize other women in Illinois.
Sara Smith had a similar experience after being involved in a minor traffic accident. Her liability insurance had lapsed, and she was driving with an expired license. But Pittsburgh Police Officer Adam Skweres had a deal for her. The traffic citations could be made to go away in exchange for sexual favors.
Skweres told Smith that “he could make it look like [the accident] was my fault or he could give the driver a ticket for failure to obey signs,” she recalled in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Skweres quite generously promised that what he would demand of Smith would not be “as bad as what would happen to me in jail.”
Smith, 24, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “He said, ‘You don’t know what a young girl like yourself could do for a guy like me.’ He told me if I ever said anything, ‘I’ll make sure you never walk, talk or speak again,’ and looked right at his gun. I didn’t know what to do.”
Despite her complaint, the city of Pittsburgh didn’t take Skweres off the streets until four years later, after he had offered the same deal to at least three other women and attempted to rape a fourth.
William N. Grigg blogs regularly about police abuses. As Grigg notes, on-duty sexual predation happens far more often than most people realize.
As of 2008, there were roughly 600,000 state and local police officers in the United States. If former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper is correct, at least 30,000 of them are active sexual predators.
On-duty sexual predation by police officers “happens far more often than people in the business are willing to admit,” Stamper warns in his memoir Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Expose of the Dark Side of American Policing. “My cautious guess is that about 5 percent of America’s cops are on the prowl for women. In a department the size of Seattle’s that’s sixty-three police officers. In San Diego [where Stamper began his police career], 145. In New York City, 2,000. The average patrol cop makes anywhere from ten to twenty unsupervised contacts a shift. If he’s on the make, chances are a predatory cop will find you. Or your wife, your partner, your daughter, your sister, your mother, your friend.”
And pity the poor soul who deigns to object to the abuse and tries to resist. Fabricated charges of resisting arrest or disorderly conduct are the usual fallback position of the abusers. That is, if the abused gets out of the encounter alive.