Friday, May 27, 2011

TODAY at 5pm: PROTEST THE ACQUITTAL OF TWO NEW YORK CITY COPS FOR RAPE

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=105787382845246
When: Friday May 27, 5-7pm

Where: In front of the Manhattan Criminal Court building at 100 Centre Street.

How: Public Transportation Directions:
...Take the No. 4 or 5 train to the Brooklyn Bridge Station; the C, N, R, 6 train to Canal Street; the 1 train to Franklin Street.
Take the 1, 6 or 15 bus line.

OUR DEMANDS

1. Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly must institute sustained and comprehensive trainings for every incoming class of officers on rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and proper police conduct. A single training session, or a simplistic lecture not to rape, is NOT acceptable.

2. The NYPD must institute a zero-tolerance policy for sexual assault, sexual harassment and sexualized behavior while on the job. While this case illustrates an extreme example of police officers using their power to abuse women, too many of us have witnessed officers behaving in sexually inappropriate ways while on the job. There is no excuse for that behavior, and the police force must take it seriously. We want an easily-accessible reporting mechanism for sexual assault and harassment at the hands of police officers, and a demonstrated commitment to punishing officers who exploit their position to harass and assault the people they are supposed to protect.

3. The NYPD must be accountable to the New Yorkers they serve in a transparent process for implementing the above two demands. They must keep community leaders, local politicians and New York City residents informed about the initiatives they institute, and how they are working to make sure that an incident similar to the one involving former officers Mata and Moreno does not happen again.

Even if you can't make the protest please sign our petition and share far and wide:
http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-the-nypd-train-your-cops-about-sexual-assault

Why: On Thursday May 26, New York police officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata were found not guilty of charges that Moreno raped a woman in her apartment while Mata kept guard, despite the fact that the amount of evidence against the officers in this case was overwhelming. Instead, the jury convicted both officers of official misconduct for entering the woman's apartment, but found them not guilty of all other charges, including burglary and falsifying business records. This despite the fact that one of the officers had been recorded on tape admitting to using a condom when having sex with the woman who made the accusation. The cornerstone of the defense required that the woman was too drunk to have a credible account of the incident, but sober enough to consent to sex.

Join us in protest. Because raping a drunk women while on patrol is more than "official misconduct". Because calling 911 should not be an invitation to be raped. Because NO behavior, including being drunk, is an invitation to be raped. Because rapists do not deserve the protection of our tax-funded police department and city officials. Because we recognize this incident as part of the NYPD's long, horrific history of violence - sexual and otherwise - often and disproportionately against people of color. Because the people of NYC will not accept victim-blaming, cronyism, and a culture of silence that allows rapists to roam free, without consequence.

For more information:
Read more about the case here: http://feministing.com/2011/05/26/breaking-new-york-police-officers-acquitted-of-rape/
and here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/27/nyregion/two-new-york-city-police-officers-acquitted-of-rape.html?_r=1

Direct questions about the protest to Lori@feministing.com, heidivanderlee@gmail.com or laveye@gmail.com

2 comments:

sicilian said...

So basically you are saying that a jury of the supposed "victim's" peers was incorrect in their verdict? Are you saying the police are wrong, or the jury? Because certainly it sounds like the accusations you make weigh more heavily on the jury than the police force.

I am no fan of police powers, but you feminists are liars and deceivers.

You attack the police here because it is more convenient than attacking the group of citizens that actually decided the case; the jury.

How do you know the (drunk) woman didn't invite sex from the officer and then later regret it; finding it convient to claim at that later point that it was a "rape"? Certainly I hope that you don't think that whenever a scorned woman yells rape someone should should go to jail (or perhaps you insane "feminists" do).

Certainly, if the officer had sex with the woman he should be found guilty of misconduct, which he was. But, by any stretch of the imagination, it does not appear clear the woman was raped.

Jerin said...

The comment above is a classic example of victim blaming - "she asked for it," and a rape victim who pursues legal action is really just a "scorned woman." FACT: FBI reports that rape has a false reporting rate the same as other crimes. Considering the fact that so few victims report, the rate of false reporting is actually lower than other crimes.

This type of victim blaming makes me wonder if the commenter is a rapist himself.

Then again, we are just "insane feminists" who are "liars and deceivers."