The victims of the Hollywood sex abuse scandals are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and may get the justice they’ve long deserved.
However, a negative consequence of those scandals surfacing, as the “Weinsteins and the Spaceys” watch their careers crash and burn over the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, other sex abuse crimes are being virtually ignored by mainstream media, sexual misconduct that is being perpetrated by police officers.
Nearly on a daily basis a cop or former cop’s face makes the local newspaper with obscure headlines like Former Deputy Now Charged with Exploitation.
There is hardly any attention is given to these stories despite the horrifying nature of the crimes alleged.
For example, the aforementioned headline is from a small Minnesota town and involves a deputy who was arrested on multiple felony charges including child molestation, sexual misconduct with a child, and child exploitation.
No other media outlets picked up the story and the disgusting crimes that led to these headlines happen far more frequently than reported.
Ealier this month, two NYPD cops crimes were so bad that they actually made national headlines when they were arrested for allegedly handcuffing an underage teen and brutally raping her in their van.
While Chambers and her mother were at the hospital, nine officers showed up to intimidate them into remaining silent about the violent assault.
“They came with nine cops to intimidate her and her mom, to discourage them from coming forward and reporting the rape and sex assault,” attorney Michael David, told The Post.
Independent researchers began tracking how many people are killed by cops every year, no one was tracking how many crimes were committed by cops. However, that is beginning to change, and the data shows that the problem is staggering.
Last year, a study exposed the shocking fact that police officers are arrested about 1,100 times a year, or roughly three officers charged every day. Many of these arrests are over unspeakable sex crimes.
“Police crimes are not uncommon,” the study’s lead researcher Philip M. Stinson concluded. “Our data directly contradicts some of the prevailing assumptions and the proposition that only a small group of rotten apples perpetrate the vast majority of police crime.”
Although nearly 60 percent of the crimes “occurred when the officer was technically off-duty,” Stinson wrote, “a significant portion of these so-called off-duty crimes also lies within the context of police work and the perpetrator’s role as a police officer, including instances where off-duty officers flash a badge, an official weapon, or otherwise use their power, authority, and the respect afforded to them as a means to commit crime.”
A report done by WaPo found that in cases involving allegations of sexual abuse, 72 percent of the officers were fired, and more than 80 percent resulted in convictions, the study found.
There were 422 reported cases of forcible and statutory rape, 352 cases of forcible fondling and 94 sodomy cases over the seven years of the study, which Stinson called “larger than expected based on the existing research.”
The data search turned up 174 examples of male officers arrested in cases of “Driving While Female,” in which women drivers were harassed or assaulted. About 82 percent of those cases ended in convictions.
A separate study as reported by the AP in 2015 found similarly startling numbers.
AP’s probe revealed that 550 officers lost their certification status for various sexual assaults, including rape.
Some were dismissed for sodomy or sexual shakedowns, where victims were forced to perform sexual acts to avoid arrest.
Another 440 officers lost their jobs for other sex-related offenses, such as possessing child pornography, being a peeping Tom, sending sexually charged messages to underage teens or having sex while on duty.
About one-third of the officers lost their jobs for committing sexual offenses with juveniles.
In yet another independent study concluded that sexual misconduct is the second highest of all complaints nationwide against police officers, representing 9.3 percent in 2010, according to a study by the Cato Institute’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project.
In 2010, 354 of the 618 complaints involved nonconsensual sexual acts, and over half of those involved were minors.
Perhaps the most chilling aspect of police sexual misconduct is the likelihood of the media remaining silence on the crimes.
As in the case of the NYPD cops intimidating the rape victim shows, police officers stand up for their own—even if it means protecting a rapist.
When a person becomes a victim of police sex crimes, how can they be expected to go to the very people who employ their abuser and report it — especially given the fact that it is well known police will go to great lengths to protect their own.
“It’s happening probably in every law enforcement agency across the country,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino of the Sarasota Police Department in Florida, who helped study the problem for the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
“It’s so underreported and people are scared that if they call and complain about a police officer, they think every other police officer is going to be then out to get them.”
While it is certainly newsworthy to expose Hollywood pedophiles and sex abusers for preying on vulnerable actors and actresses, the level at which police sexual misconduct is ignored by the media is shameful.
Has the stranglehold of the Police State gotten so tight that it is considered treacherous to even mention the staggering rate at which police commit sex crimes against the citizenry?
Has the Blue Line become an invisible monster that no longer represents justice, but conceals the very predators they swore to protect us from?