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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

"Close the Police Rape Loophole"

From The New York Times. In part:

In October, two New York City police officers were charged with kidnapping and raping an 18-year-old Brooklyn woman they had taken into custody. The facts of the case are bad enough, but they also underscore another outrage: Vaguely written statutes in many states, including New York, permit police officers to escape sexual assault charges by claiming that the victims consented to the act.

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Elected officials were rightly outraged to find that the state statute prohibiting sexual contact between corrections officers and parole officers and those in their custody does not expressly rule out sexual contact between police officers and people they detain or arrest. After learning that, New York City Council member Mark Treyger introduced a resolution calling on the State Legislature to remedy this problem.

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