News: New York City Cop Accused of Rape
(Long Island, N.Y.) A twenty-nine-year-old woman is suing New York City for $62 million after accusing a police officer of raping her while another officer sat in the next room of her apartment. The incident occurred in December of 2008 and the officers had been called by a taxi driver to help assist the intoxicated woman home after a night of partying. The woman, a fashion executive, claims she was celebrating an out-of-state job advancement with friends.
The woman allegedly got sick in the taxi after the driver picked her up from a Park Slope club and had to pull over on a street in Brooklyn. Some reports have claimed that the woman's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit. Though the woman's memory of the incident is believed to be compromised, video cameras and a recorded conversation place the officers at her apartment during four separate visits that evening.
Reports stated that once the woman arrived at her apartment, she claims to have remembered a deep voice telling her to drink water as she was vomiting in the bathroom and the back and forth of police two-ways. She also remembers waking up lying face down on her mattress, the sound of Velcro snapping, and her tights being pulled off. Reports stated that she faded in and out of consciousness as the officer raped her, and that she was too drunk to move from the bed.
The defense claims that according to the woman's grand jury testimony, she was too drunk to remember how much she drank, getting into a taxi, how she got home, and conversations with the driver. The defense also claims that she didn't remember how she got from the bathroom to the bedroom.
The officer's lawyer claims that she couldn't identify the police in a lineup or from pictures and was unable to distinguish which times they entered her apartment from the camera footage. The forty-three-year-old officer is accused of raping her while the twenty-year-old officer kept lookout.
The woman claims she woke up the next morning face down in the same position on her mattress wearing nothing but her bra. She told a friend who persuaded her to go to authorities. The woman admits taking a shower, and sought help from the District Attorney's office because she was wary of police officers. DNA evidence is not a factor in this case.
After taking advice from the District Attorney's office, the woman wore a wire attached to her watch while she confronted the officer outside his workplace at the East Village 9th Precinct Stationhouse. She questioned him about the incident, after thanking him for getting her home, and wanted to know whether he had used a condom. After denying that anything happened, the officer eventually told her he did. He also was taped apologizing and claiming that things got "really crazy."
While the taped recording will have a major role in the case, the defense claims that the officer was simply appeasing the woman who had threatened to cause a scene in the stationhouse. The officer's attorney claims that the officer was just trying to comfort the woman during the taped conversation. The defense's attempt to remove the indictment on account of the woman's compromised memory was denied.
A second visit to the woman's residence that night came after the officers allegedly asked another resident to let them in because they were investigating a noise complaint. Also, a dubious report was made causing the officers to return, and the woman claims the officers had previously stolen her key to get inside. A camera from the bar below the woman's apartment shows the officers hiding their faces.
The defense claims that the officers, who could face twenty-five years in prison if convicted, had promised to check on her. They have been suspended until a review can be made after the trial.
April 15, 2011 5:05 PM Eastern
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