Protest the NYC Cops’ Rape Acquittal

A few local feminists, including Lori Adelman, Erica Sackin, Julie Klausner, the women of Permanent Wave and myself are organizing a rally tomorrow, Friday May 27th, to protest the acquittal of two police officers and to demand that the NYPD institute regular and ongoing trainings on sexual assault and harassment for all the members of its force, and institute a zero-tolerance policy for assault and sexual harassment on the job.

So come rally with us! The details:

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.

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.

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Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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28 Responses to Protest the NYC Cops’ Rape Acquittal

  1. Lori says:

    Awesome. Something needs to be done. If I can find a babysitter, I’ll be there (I’ll be the one 10-12 years older than the rest of you).

  2. Brandy says:

    There in spirit.

  3. Yes, there in spirit as well. This has me fucking OUTRAGED. PISSED OFF!! Please be extra loud since I can’t be there! Thanx for doing this.

  4. PG says:

    “the NYPD institute regular and ongoing trainings on sexual assault and harassment for all the members of its force, and institute a zero-tolerance policy for assault and sexual harassment on the job.”

    I’m surprised they don’t have the trainings already — that sounds like something that would have come out of injunctive relief in a civil lawsuit, if nothing else. Is the victim of their crimes suing the NYPD? Are these officers still working for the NYPD? Is the police union defending them?

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  6. kiki says:

    We are trying to get the word out to our audience to come join you tomorrow for this rally! Wish I could be there!

    http://loosegarments.wordpress.com/2011/05/26/protest-in-nyc-tomorrow-may-27th-5-7pm/

  7. ExcuseMe says:

    Agree with aforementioned protest.

    Sorry to change the subject and not quite sure where to post this, but has anyone noticed that Ratko Mladic has been arrested???

    I’m really confused here, because with the death of Bin Laden there was an immediate post, a happy one…but the actual live capture of Mladic and what, nothing? The man who was in charge of the genocide of 8000 muslim men and protocol calling for the systematic rape of women has been captured. ALIVE. And nothing?????

    • Jill says:

      I’m really confused here, because with the death of Bin Laden there was an immediate post, a happy one…but the actual live capture of Mladic and what, nothing? The man who was in charge of the genocide of 8000 muslim men and protocol calling for the systematic rape of women has been captured. ALIVE. And nothing?????

      It’s because I don’t care about genocide and systematic rape, obviously. I also don’t care about worsening fighting in Yemen, judges upholding laws that block union organizing, and judges upholding laws that target illegal immigrants — those are all things that are currently on the front page of NYTimes.com that I have not written about today.

      Or maybe I have a full-time job and I’ve already spent half my day organizing an anti-rape rally scheduled for tomorrow, and am going to be at my office until midnight and no single human being is physically capable of writing about everything that happens. Definitely one of those options. Probably just “I don’t care about anyone except Osama bin Laden,” though.

  8. Wow. Did someone just get up in Jill’s grill for not writing about something … the same day it happened? Something plenty of other people are covering? Something that, if Jill never writes about it, will still get national attention? Really?

    Nah. Couldn’t be.

  9. preying mantis says:

    “Probably just “I don’t care about anyone except Osama bin Laden,” though.”

    This is clearly the most logical explanation. Clearly.

  10. Alison says:

    Jill is truly History’s Greatest Monster.

  11. Eric says:

    I just wanted to say that I know those big law firm jobs usually barely give people time to eat or sleep, so I think it is amazing that Jill manages to find the time to do her blogging and advocacy. Her writing is interesting and relevant, and she has definitely motivated me to try to do a better job. Jill, I just wanted you to know that you’re doing amazing work, and please don’t listen to the haters. :)

  12. Wow. Wow wow wow. Seems I was utterly stupid for being somewhat relieved in thinking there was enough evidence that things couldn’t possibly be horribly twisted to prevent this woman from getting justice. I am BEYOND DISGUSTED!!! I wish I could participate, but I have plans that have been months in the making. Argh!

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  14. Pidgey says:

    Jill runs Feministe, which has guest posts by Jaclyn Friedman covering a conference dedicated to stopping rape in war, and earlier today Friedman tweeted

    “This morning, war criminal responsible for much of this, Ratdko Mladic arrested in Belgrade! #endrapeinwar Some welcome good news!”

    So Jill wins the game Six Degrees of Celebrating Arrest of Genocidal Fuckhead.

  15. If I weren’t all the way over here in Toronto, I’d be there. Those assholes clearly think they did nothing wrong. I worry how many of their co-workers agree with them.

  16. Gretel says:

    So glad this is happening. Thanks for all the work everyone’s doing around it!

    See (some of) you tomorrow!

  17. PG says:

    ‘Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said Thursday that the officers would be fired immediately — up until Thursday, they had been suspended with pay.

    “The guilty verdicts involved violations of the officers’ oaths of office and, as a result, warrant immediate termination,” Mr. Kelly said.’

    — The “suspended with pay” until a guilty verdict is almost certainly required by the police union contract (much like teachers’ getting paid until a guilty verdict at an administrative hearing). The firings imply a zero-tolerance policy for any criminal action once it’s been proven, so presumably sexual assault is included in that.

    Sexual harassment has always been a particularly tough one in unionized workplaces because quite often fellow union members were the ones perpetrating the harassment, and if men made up the majority of the union, the union didn’t perceive it to be in everyone’s interest to prohibit harassment.

  18. NIurka says:

    Count me in these rapist pigs must know we will not take this sitting down. Please unite do it for the woman who got no justice!!!

  19. Tony says:

    The firing is not necessarily permanent – there is still arbitration. I wonder what the legal costs are for the accuser to bring this case? It would be nice if there were a ‘legal defense fund’ for alleged victims or rape and / or police abuse.

  20. Unree says:

    @ExcuseMe: Giving you the benefit of the doubt, I remind you that the killing of Osama bin Laden was announced at the end of a weekend, before the work week had started. Relatively easy to do a prompt post–especially because the White House did a big leadup during the afternoon and evening of Sunday May 1, announcing that an announcement was on its way. You do know the owner of this blog toils at a very demanding day job on weekdays, don’t you?

  21. Jackie says:

    There is spirit. This is a horrible abuse of justice!

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  24. Sean says:

    Firstly, good work in organising a protest.
    “to demand that the NYPD institute regular and ongoing trainings on sexual assault and harassment for all the members of its force, and institute a zero-tolerance policy for assault and sexual harassment on the job. ”

    Secondly, as someone who does not live in America and thus has not seen anything on this, is a link with further information available?

    I’m not commenting on the acquittal, as i said, I dont know enough about it.

  25. wallfly says:

    Tony:
    The firing is not necessarily permanent – there is still arbitration. I wonder what the legal costs are for the accuser to bring this case? It would be nice if there were a ‘legal defense fund’ for alleged victims or rape and / or police abuse.

    Wouldn’t such funds only be available to “alleged victims”? At the point where the trial concluded and the officers were found not guilty, wouldn’t the alleged victim no longer be an alleged victim?

  26. Laura says:

    This may have been posted before, but does anyone have any advice for what people can do who are not living in NY? I am sure e-mailing, letter writing, phone calling, and whatnot. Any advice?

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