February 7, 2018
“This 18 year old named Anna says she was raped by two policeman. Two detectives flashed their badges at her and two male friends sitting in a car one night in Brooklyn. There was weed in the front cupholder, and soon the detectives ordered the three occupants out of the car. As Anna later recalled, the detectives handcuffed her and told her friends, both young men, they were free to go.
Then, she said they led her into the back of the unmarked police van with tinted windows. Inside, Anna said the detectives took turns raping her in the backseat as the van cruised the dark streets and as she sat handcuffed, crying and repeatedly telling them “No.” Between assaults, she said, the van pulled over so the cops could switch drivers. Less than an hour later, a few minutes’ drive from where it all began, the detectives dropped Anna off on the side of the road.”
“The cops made no arrest, issued no citation, filed no paperwork about the stop. Hours later, Anna and her mother went to a hospital, where Anna told nurses two detectives had sexually assaulted her, according to hospital records. Semen collected in Anna’s rape kit matched the DNA of detectives Eddie Martins, 37, (center) and Richard Hall, 33, (right) of the Brooklyn South narcotics unit. Both have since resigned from the force and been charged with rape.
The two cops are saying she consented. Of at least 158 law enforcement officers charged since 2006 with sexual assault, sexual battery, or unlawful sexual contact with somebody under their control, at least 26 have been acquitted or had charges dropped based on the consent defense.” (source)
It is already illegal nationwide for probation officers, prison, and jail guards to have sexual activity with someone in their custody. The law needs to apply to police officers as well.
Update: March 31, 2018
“New York state lawmakers passed a bill on Thursday barring police officers from having sex with people in custody. The legislation passed unanimously after two former detectives, Eddie Martins and Richard Hall, were accused of raping an 18-year-old woman arrested on marijuana charges in September 2017.” (source)