After she finishes giving you the details, she adds,
"I may be a prostitute, but I'm not stupid.  I know
what he did is against the law."  Again, she holds up
the cup and says, "I know about DNA, too."  You
ask her if she'd been inside the station to report
the crime?  Here's where you start to become
irritated.  She tells you she initially tried to report
the crime to officers inside the station.  She claims
that the officers only laughed at her, before they
ordered her to leave the station or be "locked up."  

You leave the victim with your two real detectives as
you go inside to locate the shift commander.  The
lieutenant is off, but you locate the sergeant who is
the acting shift commander.  As you begin to tell
the sergeant about the woman on the parking lot,
the sergeant cuts you off…with laughter.  "Yeah,
that goofy whore came in here claiming that some
police officer raped her."  As the sergeant's laughter
trails off, you reply, "Sergeant…you're telling me
that a woman comes into the station and tells you
she's been sexually assaulted by a police officer,
and your response is to laugh at her and call her a
goofy whore.  Is that what you're telling me,
Sergeant?"  Well, you can imagine how the sergeant
feels at this moment.

This is an extreme, but one excellent example of
victim classification.  In this incident, the victim was
not assaulted by a police officer.  The suspect was
impersonating a police officer, but how much does
that matter to the victim who sincerely believed the
suspect was a police officer.  Further, her initial
treatment by real police officers could only reaffirm
her initial belief.  Unfortunately, people are
sometimes victimized by real police officers, so think
of the harm that's done when real cops help to
instill the image of criminal cops by ignoring and
ridiculing a victim just because, as in this case, she
doesn't fit their idea of a victim worthy of their

You're going to come into contact with all kinds of
victims.  The sexual assault victim can be a
particularly difficult victim with which to deal.  She
may insult you, irritate you, and lie to you.  None of
these negative circumstances mean that a crime has
not occurred.  Sexual assault victims will frequently
lie about certain aspects of the incident, because
they believe that their own conduct may have
contributed, or may be viewed as having
contributed, to the actual crime.  You'll experience
victims of all types lying to you for the same
reason, so why should a sexual assault victim be
any different.

What makes this true story - yes, I was the
lieutenant described - so over the top is that the
victim was totally truthful, because she was so
angry that she'd been, as she believed, victimized
by a police officer.  There's another thing to be
learned from this incident.  While it's obvious to you
that law abiding citizens expect a police officer to
possess a high level of integrity, now you know that
people involved in criminal conduct expect it as well.  
And…why shouldn't they?  It's what separates you
from them.
When it comes to sex crimes and victims, police
officers can sometimes totally lose sight of reality.

This time, imagine that you're a police lieutenant.  
You're returning to the station at the end of a 4pm
to midnight shift in an unmarked police car. You're
in company with two of your detectives, and all
three of you are wearing plainclothes.  You're a
white male, and both of your detectives are black

As you arrive on the parking lot, the shifts are
changing, so there's a lot of activity.  As you
prepare to get out of the car, all three of you notice
a young black woman standing near the station's
back entrance.  She's holding a plastic cup in her
hand, and she's looking intently at certain male
officers as they exit the building.  Every time she
sees a black male in plainclothes, she rushes up to
him and stares directly into his face.  She pretty
much ignores everyone else.
Just as the three of you are commenting on her
movements, she spots you and the detectives
sitting in your car.  She rushes over to the driver's
side of the car, and she puts her face close to the
window and stares at the detective who's sitting
behind the steering wheel.  After a few seconds,
she shifts her position and looks through the rear
passenger door window.  She stares at the
detective sitting in the back seat.  Without saying a
word, she walks back toward the entrance, and
resumes her obvious search.  The only thing
obvious to you is that she's looking for a particular
black male police officer, because she totally ignores
you and other white male police officers on the
parking lot.

Another thing you notice is that none of the police
officers, black or white, stop to question the woman
regarding her actions.  You get out of your car, and
you walk over to the woman.  You identify yourself,
and you ask the woman if you can help her.  She
responds to you by saying, "I'm looking for that
[expletive deleted] police officer who raped me."  As
you're comprehending what she just said to you,
she raises her hand holding the plastic cup and
shouts, "And, I got the evidence to prove it!"  As
she pushes the cup toward you, you back away.  
You quickly realize that you don't want to come into
contact with the contents of that cup.

As you continue to speak calmly to the woman, she
calms down.  She then begins to describe the earlier
events of the evening that ultimately lead her to the
police station parking lot.  The young woman is a
street prostitute.  About two hours earlier, she was
standing outside a neighborhood bar drinking a
soda…from the plastic cup mentioned.  She was
approached by a black man who solicited her for a
sex act.  After agreeing on a money amount, she
began walking with the man to his car.  As they
passed the alley next to the bar, the man grabbed
her and roughly pushed her into the alley.  As she
stumbled into the alley, he grabbed her again, and
pushed her against the wall.  He made her stand
with her palms on the wall as he conducted a frisk.  
When he finished frisking her, he spun her around
and held a badge in front of her face.  He identified
himself as a police officer as he quickly pulled the
badge away and put it in his pocket.

You can probably guess what came next.  He gives
her a choice.  She either performs a sex act on him,
or he arrests her and charges her with
prostitution.  The woman agrees, and the man
pushes her to her knees.  Immediately after the
completion of the act, the man zips up, and he's
gone.  The young woman picks up her soda cup,
which she'd dropped when he first pushed her into
the alley, and she spits the man's semen into the

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"While it's obvious to you that law abiding
citizens expect a police officer to possess a
high level of integrity, now you know that
people involved in criminal conduct expect it as
well.  And…why shouldn't they?  It's what
separates you from them." ~ Barry M. Baker