The guys in blue have a huge responsibility to conduct themselves in a lawful and positive manner, just as the rest of us do. But they are only human and make mistakes like anyone else. Sometimes those mistakes are devastating.
A case in point: The former cop in San Bernardino, California, who was recently sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexually assaulting two women while he was in uniform. Both of the women were prostitutes, not that that makes a difference or excuses anything. Legally speaking, it was a civil rights case and the man, Jose Jesus Perez, 47, was convicted of deprivation of rights.
It came out during his trial that Perez groped a woman and forced her to perform oral sex on him in April 2011. The jury ruled that he also had unlawful sexual intercourse with another woman on two occasions in August 2011. It appears that the victims complied with Perez’s demands out of fear of arrest because he was a police officer.
Not the right way to make the streets free of crime. If the women broke the law, they have a right to due process. Do not deny them that right for your own satisfaction.
Other peace officers in trouble:
- A former deputy with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California was sentenced to 15 months in prison for extortion and wire fraud. He worked with a former cop turned private investigator to run stings against men who had a propensity to drive under the influence of alcohol. The men targeted were involved in divorce and child custody disputes with women who were clients of the private detective.
- Two ex-cops with the city of Marion, South Carolina, have pleaded guilty to using excessive force by turning a stun gun against a woman with mental disabilities. They admitted to repeatedly tasing the victim when she posed no threat to either officer. While detaining the victim, she fell to the ground and injured her head. Once in custody, the pair continue to tase her multiple times while she was seated on the curb and handcuffed.