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Nov 16, 2017

Police Tread Carefully with Disturbing Rape Case in Independence

Joseph Myvett

An allegation of rape against several male officers attached to the Independence Police Station is being investigated by the Professional Standards Branch, after two women claimed that they were sexually assaulted while in lockup last weekend.  Investigators have been slow to file charges against the accused officers, prompting concerns that the department is being lackadaisical in probing the matter.  It’s a serious charge, particularly because it involves officers who were on duty at the time of the alleged incident and in fact there is one report that a female officer orchestrated the alleged rape.  Earlier today, an update was provided on the investigation, despite the Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch being circumspect on the details.

 

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“That investigation also is still ongoing. As we speak, members of the PSB and CIB are still on the ground as more work needs to be done in regards to that investigation.”

 

Reporter

“Do you know if the cameras that are attached to the building or compound, were they functioning that night?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“Yes they were.”

 

Reporter

“Sir can you share with us the number of police officers who are alleged to have been involved in this particular case and if you can, can you also share their ranks with us?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“No I am not at this point in time able to say.”

 

Reporter

“Now sir in the case of routine complaint against civilians….If a complaint of rape was made against an average civilian or a number of civilian males, in the normal course, experience indicates to me that charges would have already been brought. Would you say that seeing that the report was made over the weekend, on Saturday, and it is being investigated from then, would you accept that there has been an inordinate time taken for this investigation to proceed because it is male police officers investigating the actions of their male police officers and you all are not known to be the most sympathetic to females? Real talk.”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“I wouldn’t say that; some cases require more in-depth investigations than others. All investigations are not as straight-forward; some cases do require some further investigation.”

 

Reporter

“Has there been any medical examination to determine if coitus or rape occurred?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“Yes I believe so.”

 

Reporter

“And it confirmed or negated it?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“No, I do not have the answer. I will have to get that for you.”

 

Reporter

“Is it true that the rapes occurred—one outside of the building under a step at the back of the building and the other inside the building?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“Well those are allegations and that is a part of the investigation and as I had previously said on Monday, I do not want to further prejudice the investigation so that is as far as I will go in regard to that investigation.”

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