Cop Sexually Harasses Women, Assigned to Train Other Cops

A Multnomah County deputy who asked several women he stopped in 2004 to either lift their shirt, remove their bra or unzip their pants to search for a “flower tattoo” remains on patrol despite prosecutors’ pleas to keep him off the street.

Don’t worry, ladies, he was suspended without pay for a little while, and has had “corrective action.” And now he’ll be instructing other police officers on how to perform their jobs. Class One: How to convince women you arrest that removing their bras in front of you is part of the booking process.

Good to know that coercing women into removing their clothes, lying to supervisors, and using your job to get you off isn’t a fireable offense for cops in Multnomah County. Oregon’s Finest indeed.

Thanks to Penny for the link.

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7 comments for “Cop Sexually Harasses Women, Assigned to Train Other Cops

  1. zuzu
    September 10, 2006 at 5:58 pm

    Tort claims? Jesus! That’s a Section 1983 claim, fer fuck’s sake!

    I’m not terribly concerned about the departmental discipline, since he was in fact disciplined, though I just can’t imagine why they didn’t have evidence to prosecute unless there’s some kind of immunity defense. But, crap, somebody needs to bring a civil rights claim against the county if it’s not foreclosed by the tort claims.

  2. September 10, 2006 at 6:56 pm

    I hope the new chief takes him down hard when the noise starts on this; she’s already done a lot of good clean-up work, and her predecessor, for all his problems, was a good sight better than his, a jack-booted asshole we imported from LA. Under him, I saw some pretty horrific, brutal, misogynistic stuff go down and go unpunished.
    God, the police in this town. What do we have to do to get a force that serves and protects?

  3. itanshi
    September 10, 2006 at 11:15 pm

    Meh, stuff like this makes me hate tort reform. I live by Gary Indiana. Sexual harrasment or a bullet in a kid’s head, frankly I feel not enough is done.

    Nevermind Chicago.

  4. September 11, 2006 at 3:39 am

    Little light, the new chief is of the Portland Police. This is the Multnomah County Sheriff’s department – Bernie Giusto. Kind of an asshole himself. He’s already said that the deputy was “disciplined appropriately.”

    Just adds more fuel to the

    God, the police in this town. What do we have to do to get a force that serves and protects?

    fire. And yeah – you said it.

  5. September 11, 2006 at 8:29 am

    Ah, hell, good catch, Auguste. I’ve had my opinion of the Portland Police Bureau improve a great deal in the last three years since Kroeker left, but there’s no love lost at all between me and the County sheriff’s department. The worst stuff I’ve seen, I’ve seen from them.

  6. kate
    September 11, 2006 at 9:55 am

    Multnomah County district attorney’s office officials found that they had probable cause to charge Green with coercion and official misconduct but that they didn’t have enough evidence to prove the charges beyond reasonable doubt, and declined to bring criminal charges in 2005.

    Apparently because the testimony of a bunch of women doesn’t serve as proof enough of misconduct? Perhaps the prosecutors fear that the women have a secret agenda and have banded together to bring down said embattled deputy?

    Of his deputy’s conduct the chief states:

    “In this profession, you make value judgments from time to time,” Giusto said. “I believe that he’s in an appropriate place. I have no reason to move him at this point in time.”

    Of course, men always face the daunting task of judging the value of women and doing such requires a full and complete investigation. Such unpleasantries as the women describe that result are but the burden they must accept to live in a free society. Oh and imagine the burden placed on this poor deputy in his efforts to ensure our safety!

    Yet prosecutors are adamant that they won’t call Green as a witness, considering his prior conduct.

    Well, that’ll teach ’em. All us women can now breathe a heavy sigh of relief for the courageous acts of the prosecutor’s office to defend our personal dignity.

    Multnomah County Sheriff Bernie Giusto said Friday he plans to remove Deputy Christopher Donald Green from street patrol next week and reassign him to the training unit because prosecutors won’t take his cases.

    Oh yes, tit for tat. Force compliance, ok, he’ll give you that. Force that the department recognize that possibly the Deputy in question has a personal flaw that does not coincide with someone charged to protect the public? Uh, what flaw?

    Giusto contended Friday that the district attorney’s office has called Green as a witness on drunken driving and other cases in the past eight months.

    See now? Mr. Giusto attempts to diminish his own failing on this matter by calling on the hypocrisy of the D.A.’s office. Proving once again the age-old truth that men will, when called on their behavior, often completely disregard the victim’s assessment (thus continuing the sexist behavior), but instead call out other men in an effort to obscufate the offenses by degree.

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