In a series of posts and pages, we’re going to be looking at some of the troubles that police forces around the world is facing, emphasizing the US. First off, however, is a news report that surfaced today.
The unnamed complainant was 17 when she was detained on 19 September 2011 in Tasiujaq, an Inuit village in northern Quebec, on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.
The constable was suspended and later resigned, CBC reported. An internal investigation by the KRPF cleared her of any criminal wrongdoing.
The female officer in question handcuffed the girl, and left her unattended in the patrol vehicle, together with an uncuffed, previously convicted sex offender. On returning to her vehicle, the officer found the man on top of the 17 year old handcuffed girl, raping her. In a terrible twist, the officer was cleared of wrong doing, in an internal investigation by her own department.
The lawsuit claims the same officer, the only one on duty at the time, slammed the cell door in the woman’s face, breaking her tooth. No rape kit was performed and the woman’s parents were not contacted.
Kritik eventually pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault and was sentenced to 39 months.
The female officer has since retired from the police force, through apparently received no reprimands after the disturbing incident. The woman is now suing the police department, demaning CAD 400,000 in damages.
The pattern is known to many people around the world, though the US seems to be the main culprit – police officers and police departments comitting crimes and offences, breaches of code and custom, and who infringe on rights or step outside their jurisdictions and authority, are investigeated byt their very own departments, and escape any kind of repercussions, more often than not. This has lead to a serious decline in the trust in not only police, but in authority figures and state and federal agencies not only in the US, but across the world.
In a series of posts and pages, we’re going to be looking at some key troubles that police forces in the US and the rest of the world are facing, and showcase some especially aggravating instances where police officers are breaking down the trust that they so depend on, making not only their local colleagues look bad and lose trust, but colleagues across the globe. We’ll also be showing you security officers guilty of much the same things, and hopefully, put a little more spotlight on the changes that need to be made.