This story talks about an obvious sexual assault with multiple witnesses and a video of the incident which the police have tried very hard to ignore.
It is appalling: another police department manipulating crime data by falsifying their crime reports. You would have thought the seriousness of that kind of manipulation in Puerto Rico would have caused other departments to become cautious but apparently not.
When crime reports are little more than a collection of self serving lies, the crime statistics they generate are meaningless nonsense.
But that nonsense has serious consequences.
It’s major factor in budget allocations. If there are few rapes reported than there is less money for that kind of enforcement and police will be diverted to other duties. The city may provide few rape kits and counseling for victims.
The media is, of course, influenced by this train of events. Salutory articles delineating the new wonderful statistics of falling numbers of rapes are published. The major and police are praised as conquering heroes. The only problem is that the rapists can operate with less impediment, their victims will multiply and the victims’ chances of any justice become more and more remote.
- NYPD Arrests Suspected Brooklyn Groper Adolfo Martinez (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Hamill: Cops must do more to fight sex creeps (nydailynews.com)
- Gropers Are Different Than Rapists, Experts Say (nytimes.com)
- Serial Groper/Rapist Targets Women In Skirts (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Self-Defense Classes On The Rise With Serial Gropers On The Loose (newyork.cbslocal.com)