On-duty cop rapes woman, she says; pleads sentence down to one year

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96 Responses to “On-duty cop rapes woman, she says; pleads sentence down to one year”

  1. sidb says:

    The Texas hate is misplaced and makes *you* sound closeminded. The world is just full of people, everywhere. I’m gay in Houston; did you know we have a lesbian mayor? It’s hardly Saudi Arabia here. Like every other place in the USA, cities here vote blue and the more rural parts vote red.

    The linked cop who was caught “beating the crap out of Duanna Johnson” in Memphis is my cousin. One Thanksgiving in Mississippi as kids, he destroyed my flower garden with a machete; we weren’t exactly best friends. And yet I’m out to that entire extended family—the only reactions I’ve seen have ranged from politely reserved (old folks) to enthusiastic (30′s and younger). Not everyone will be your friend, and bad stuff can happen anywhere, but thanks to the sometimes rather heroic efforts of queers in the past, I’m about as comfortable going out with my boyfriend in Houston as I am in Boston or Montreal. Get over the Texas hate, for your own sake. It’s small.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’ve been to Texas. I disagree. IMHO, Texas deserves some of the hate it gets, just in sheer arrogance. True, it’s not the worst state for using Christianity as an excuse to be a dick. The ‘Christian’ attitude of hating, harming or wishing harm on ‘sinners’ is in lots of places. The Daily Beast recently published a survey of the most tolerant states. Texas was middle of the pack, #29 I think. (My home state, WI, #1 We’re very proud)

      http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-01-16/ranking-the-most-tolerant-and-least-tolerant-states/

    • Jean-Luc Turbo says:

      If you can’t see that there is a fair amount of truth with the criticisms about Texas, then maybe you’re closed minded yourself or haven’t compared Texas to other states that although not perfect, are quite progressive comparatively.

      My point is to not start an anti-Texas flame war. I just know that in my state of California, there are justifiable criticisms that I would not get defensive about.

      • CLe4R says:

        If there is a shortage of jobs in the “legitimate” sector for transgendered people, perhaps that should weigh upon their decision to get the procedure done (at least if they expect to stay in a particular area).

        Come on, though, it’s highly unlikely that the victim (and I make no excuses for the heinousness of the crime – it is deplorable, to say the least) would find gainful employment if they actaully considerd prostition to be a viable option.

        San Antonio has plenty of fast food restaurants, and if it was good enough for me when I was in high school (and even when I was in dire straits financially at other points of my life), then it’s good enough for anyone else.

        Yes, I am a Texas resident, and I have been all of my life. I didn’t choose to be born here, but I have chosen to stay here as long as I have for a number of reasons. To anyone who feels that Texas consists entirely of inbred rednecks and ultra-conservatives, come visit Austin sometime. You’re missing the point if all you know is what you see in movies/TV/liberal agenda internet press. I think you’ll find it to be different place than you were expecting. As sidb said, it’s not perfect, but it’s no worse than anywhere else.

        I personally found most of the people I dealt with in/from California when I was there (and here, through work) to be closed-minded and shallow, hiding behind a politically correct veneer which made them even more unbearable. I’m sure there is more to CA than that, so if a Californian wants to hook up in Austin over a beer (or other beverage), let’s talk. Get past the hate, people.

        • Brainspore says:

          If there is a shortage of jobs in the “legitimate” sector for transgendered people, perhaps that should weigh upon their decision to get the procedure done (at least if they expect to stay in a particular area).

          What “procedure?” Transgender is the state of one’s “gender identity” (self-identification as woman, man, neither or both) not matching one’s “assigned sex” (identification by others as male, female or intersex based on physical/genetic sex). Some get surgery and some don’t.

          Imagine if the only way you could get work is if you were expected to show up every day in drag and allow everyone to address you as the opposite sex, that’s how these have to live out their lives.

          • CLe4R says:

            Okay, so there’s no operation that goes with being “transgender.” My mistake. Seriously, though, most of us are expected to wear some sort of uniform to go to work. I would not expect to dress in drag to go to work, but I do have dress professionally. I know, that’s not your point, because you feel that a transgender person has to put on a seperate persona to exist in the real world.

            I do, however, use a name at work that is not the name that my friends call me, I dress differently to come to work, I speak differently at work. It’s work.

            I also work in position where I happen to be surrounded by people of all stripes. Our (globally recognized) company has an alliance for GLBT employees. My superiors and coworkers are about 50/50 gay/straight. They are OUT and PROUD. There are plenty of jobs outside of prostitution. I am certain that being TG does lend itself to some challenges in life, but for some reason, so does being a “breeder family man,” as Anon so eloquently put it.

            There is so much backlash and animosity towards white straight males – and, to use the GLBT argument, there is NO CHOICE IN THE MATTER. I can’t change these things, and I refuse to apologize for how I was born.

            Everyone should have a right to personal happiness, as long as it doesn’t infringe upon the rigths of others. Gainful employment should be available to all, as long as person has a decent attitude and a strong work ethic they should be able to find work. The reality is not always the ideal, and I wish some things were different, but if being TG means the only career options are illicit, then MOVE SOMEWHERE ELSE where the options are better.

            That said, I probably wouldn’t want to work in San Antonio right now, anyway.

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            if being TG means the only career options are illicit, then MOVE SOMEWHERE ELSE where the options are better.

            So that we don’t have to feel guilty about nuking it when all the people who aren’t assholes have emigrated?

          • Raj77 says:

            ‘Backlash towards white males’? Jesus wept. I hate the phrase, but please examine your privilege a bit here.

        • Jean-Luc Turbo says:

          No, seriously, you “come on”…look at the world outside your own personal experience. By your comment I should have weighed the truth of who I am as a sexual minority against the current heterosexism in this society before I decided to be truthful about who I am.

          Look at the map Texan:

          https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/File:US_LGBT_civil_rights_January_2011.svg

          Where does Texas fit in, with regard to job protection for the LGBT community?

          I couldn’t even be protected with a job in your state, and I’m talented. In Texas, along with 29 other states, my identity trumps my job performance–even at a fast food place.

          You talk about getting past the hate while yours is veiled.

          • Emo Pinata says:

            Nice strawman.

            There’s great and terrible places for the LGBT community everywhere regardless of what protections are built into the law. Yes, the laws should be updated, but Texas was the first major city in the US to elect an openly gay mayor into office.

            Citing protection under law vs. exploring culture are two different things.

          • Anonymous says:

            When did Texas become a major city?

          • sidb says:

            Texas should have legal job protections, as should every jurisdiction—that’s a serious, stupid failure—but my employer voluntarily has a nondiscrimination policy; I would think twice (or more) about working anyplace that didn’t. Actual homophobia, however, isn’t a state line issue, and that’s what predominantly makes life livable or not, much more than a law that will only apply rarely if ever.

            To take it back to the original topic, my understanding (after talking to friends who know more about such legal issues than I) is that it probably comes down to a defense attorney getting one juror to entertain a reasonable doubt based on the credibility of a cop/prostitute he-said/she-said. That could easily happen anywhere, trans victim or not. So the prosecution did their job the best they could and at least got him on official oppression. The case may suck, but it’s likely not because Texans all just hate trans people.

      • Hools Verne says:

        You mean like how California flies the liberal banner because the cities get large demographics but five minutes inland you’re in neo-nazi and KKK capitals of the US? How you cowtow to the political influences of Nevada and Utah, are racist as fuck the further south you go, are home to some of the most insidious, greedy, and pyramid scheming architects of the last three major financial collapses, home to the Bohemian Grove and yet you still pretend to be some liberal bastion while taking a shit on states you have likely never even been to?

      • sidb says:

        Texas is far from perfect. I’ve lived other places: some better, some worse. I am acutely aware of (and politically involved with) some of Texas’ flaws. Hell, I’m semi-seriously considering moving to Canada for various reasons. But “Texas is the worst place to be human” is taking it a bit far. I was referring to that.

        For everyday living, I find my gayness no more or less cramped in TX than anywhere else I’ve spent real time.

  2. Forkboy says:

    I bet a year is really long in jail for a cop and at least with a record he can kiss his career in law enforcement goodbye.

  3. travtastic says:

    And this is exactly why vigilante justice was created.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have GLBT friends in the south who insist that I would be Perfectly Safe visiting them in Memphis and Dallas and such (I am trans), and they get actively offended at times that I just Don’t Feel Safe there. I transitioned here in Australia, and haven’t been back to the US since, and even going to my home in Pennsylvania, or where I lived in California, scares the heck out of me. But Texas, Tennessee, any of the other ultra-conservative south? Hell. No. Not until I am so wealthy I can hide 24/7 bodyguards. And that will be never.

  5. urbanspaceman says:

    Most police officers are probably perfectly decent people who know better than to violate the public trust. It’s these uniformed thugs – and the institutions which defend them, get them virtual pardons, etc. – that I worry about.

  6. Raj77 says:

    I love Texas.

    But a disproportionate amount of shitty things happen there, and the Texan response to criticism of the state as a whole is understandably predictable. My favourite Texans are people who’ve dedicated themselves to making Texas the kind of place it *could* be. Just protesting at being painted with the broad brush of criticism isn’t enough; if you’re not part of the solution, with the greatest of respect, you’re part of the problem.

  7. bassplayinben says:

    “Yep. My parents are threatening to move to Texas, and I’ve promised them I will never, ever, ever visit.”

    Texas doesn’t give a **** if you never visit. I hope your parents take you out of their will.

  8. douglips says:

    If a transgender woman is not allowed to marry a man, then a transgender woman MUST be allowed to marry a born-that-way woman, otherwise they’ve created a special class of person not allowed to marry anyone.

    So: Transgender gay marriage is legal in Texas!

  9. floraldeoderant says:

    I believe I first heard this on BB.

    http://ia700407.us.archive.org/29/items/1946OrsonWellesCommentaries/460728_Affidavit_of_Isaac_Woodward_64kb.mp3

    This Officer X’s name is Craig Nash, and he is a disgusting scumbag. Calling the justice system ‘the justice system’ is an abuse of the English language. Excuse me while I puke calcified shame and bitter disgust.

  10. Antinous / Moderator says:

    I think that the point of #2′s comment is that defendants face stiffer penalties, including the death penalty, for crimes involving police officers. Why doesn’t that road go in both directions? If cops deserve extra protection by law, they should face extra sanctions when they violate the law. Failing to balance protection with consequences fosters them becoming thugs with impunity.

    • Daemon says:

      The ability to become a thug with impunity is their #1 draw for recruiting.

    • Anonymous says:

      According to the article, police officers do face heavier sanctions:

      “As part of a plea agreement, Nash waived an indictment last month and pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor. In exchange, prosecutors agreed not to pursue a felony charge of sexual assault by a police officer, which had a maximum sentence of life in prison.”

    • zyodei says:

      Yes, but that would be assuming we are not living in a world that is completely insane in the structures of its most important institutions.

      Truly, in the bizarro world of anything to do with government, black is white, up is down, and evil is good.

    • Jean-Luc Turbo says:

      Hear hear!

  11. brix says:

    ok, so now ito kagehisa has gone and implied that. but personally, i was just dreaming of a world where Anonymous were motivated by the same kind of righteous hatred for rapist queerbashing cops as for ladies who put cats in garbage cans.

    • Ito Kagehisa says:

      ok, so now ito kagehisa has gone and implied that. but personally, i was just dreaming of a world where Anonymous were motivated by the same kind of righteous hatred for rapist queerbashing cops as for ladies who put cats in garbage cans

      Your own position is well stated and clearly distinct from mine.

      I wasn’t originally thinking of a death penalty, but if the alternative is “Megan’s Law”, as the Chemist suggested, then execution seems more merciful.

  12. Brainspore says:

    There is so much backlash and animosity towards white straight males – and, to use the GLBT argument, there is NO CHOICE IN THE MATTER. I can’t change these things, and I refuse to apologize for how I was born.

    Tip from one straight white male to another: you don’t have to apologize for who you are, but try not to compare our problems to that of any other group in this country. It’s like bitching to a paraplegic person that the able-bodied can never find decent parking.

  13. Waltb555 says:

    Dear Officer Nash,

    In honor of your six years of exemplary service you are hereby granted permission to rape a transgendered prostitute. Enjoy!

    The grateful citizens of San Antonio

  14. moniker says:

    Texas is a very big and diverse state. It often gets painted as being incredibly conservative but it really varies quite a lot within the state. In general many of the cities in Texas are much more liberal than the rural areas. For example, Dallas and Houston have some of the largest gay populations in the country, and this site ranks Texas as having the fourth highest percentage of the population that is gay:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_village#Top_LGBT_populations_in_U.S._cities_and_states

    Having lived in Houston for 15 years there certainly are anti-gay folks there, but there is also a gay pride parade and a pretty amazing pro-gay festival for Halloween. So, I don’t think this incident really gives an accurate view of Texas as a whole.

  15. Emo Pinata says:

    I hate how people assert that all of Texas is evil when there are such distinct cultures within the state, or are we forgetting Annise Parker?

    While there are plenty of evil acts in Texas, it is (by far) not the worst place to be tansgendered in America. It’s just the largest and most influential red state with a large WASP influence.

  16. strangefriend says:

    The misdemeanor the cop was convicted of is official oppression. It is a misdemeanor punished by one year jail time & the defendant loses their law enforcement license. I don’t think he will get another job as a cop after that happens. Security guard, maybe.

    • Jamie says:

      He shouldn’t get a job ANYWHERE.

      He should be in prison.

      He should also be listed as a sex offender.

      He is a rapist, and a bully, and an evil human being.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Everybody can be outraged by the actions of the cop, but we can actually DO something about the people who let him get off. Don’t publicize the name of the rapist, remember the name of the people who let him get such a sweet deal.

    Adriana Biggs, chief of the district attorney’s white-collar crimes division, who didn’t want to prosecute a felony because of “additional issues” they would have to deal with.

    State District Judge Lori Valenzuela, who accepted this lousy plea. Judges don’t have to just take it, they can reject a plea arrangement.

    Let the citizens of San Antonio remember this, and bring it up again every time Biggs and Valenzuela try to advance their careers.

  18. Stonewalker says:

    Any LEO who abuses his power to such a degree should be publicly hanged. Any public servant guilty of corruption should be publicly hanged.

  19. Anonymous says:

    if there are special penalties for for assaulting an officer then there should be special penalties for cops who commit crimes on duty; like say, the death penalty.

  20. goldmineguttd says:

    But Texas, Tennessee, any of the other ultra-conservative south? Hell. No. Not until I am so wealthy I can hide 24/7 bodyguards. And that will be never.

    Yep. My parents are threatening to move to Texas, and I’ve promised them I will never, ever, ever visit.

  21. Brock Lawbster says:

    Is this some sort of sick joke, posting it immediately after the ‘inventor of the cowboy shirt’ post?

  22. Anonymous says:

    I bet over the course of their lives the victim spends more time in jail for consensual sex work than the cop spends in jail for raping her.

    • Anonymous says:

      “I bet over the course of their lives the victim spends more time in jail for consensual sex work than the cop spends in jail for raping her.”

      so do i, sadly. :/

  23. bedheaded says:

    ugh

  24. Ambiguity says:

    Texas is the worst place in America to be transgender…

    As far as I can tell, Texas is the worst place in America to be a human.

    • Jean-Luc Turbo says:

      Texas is the worst place in America to be transgender…

      As far as I can tell, Texas is the worst place in America to be a human.

      It appears that if you’re WHITE, MALE, CHRISTIAN, HETEROSEXUAL (and even a LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL) that Texas is a WASPy Cowboy Paradise.

  25. egoVirus says:

    Being that this is the internet, and this POS has been convicted, can’t we spread his name far and wide, heralding him as the rapist he is?

  26. Sagodjur says:

    Everything is bigger in Texas, especially the injustice.

    The fact that he was cop is exactly why he should get a longer sentence, not a shorter one.

    He committed a heinous crime against the victim and another crime against society by undermining the (already tainted/non-existent?) public trust in law enforcement.

  27. Hools Verne says:

    Hrm… last two financial crises I guess. Could have sworn there was a California institution involved in S&L but I guess not.

  28. Xenu says:

    If you rape a sex worker, shouldn’t that count as theft of services?

    • The Chemist says:

      Hardy har. How original. No one has ever heard that crapstain of a “joke” before.

      • Xenu says:

        Joke? Nope.
        http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,307245,00.html

        But in all seriousness, let’s not get all reactionary about what can and can’t be funny. People make jokes about wars, murder, disasters, etc. all the time… but you make a rape joke and suddenly people freak out! I guess rape is worse than thousands of dead or severely injured people, who knew?

        • macguffin says:

          Jokes about thousands of people dying aren’t funny, either. But when you make a joke about rape, you are feeding directly into the rape culture that The Chemist describes. So yes, I would say that it’s worse to joke about rape.

        • Zig says:

          Xenu: I don’t find jokes about any of those things funny. I don’t even give a little laugh or slight smile to be polite. I tell the person that it’s simply not funny.

          As for rape, I consider it to be an assault on the body and soul of the victim. It’s a horrid crime, and goes far under reported.

          You can make jokes about whatever you wish as far as I’m concerned, but I will state the fact if I find said joke to be unfunny or in very poor tastes if it is told to me.

        • Jean-Luc Turbo says:

          If you rape a sex worker, shouldn’t that count as theft of services?

          I guess rape is worse than thousands of dead or severely injured people, who knew?

          If I’m understanding the collective reaction to your original post, the offense was not about making a joke of rape, but rather that it was the making light of a transgendered sex worker that was raped.

          Could it be that a person in this line of work doesn’t actually choose the profession like one chooses a career, but, more than likely, finds him or herself choosing the profession out of the desperate necessity to survive? Add to it the tough road one travels as a transgendered person in this rigidly sex-role’d society, and the original post literally added insult to injury.

          • mark zero says:

            But I’d guess at least a few of them are driven to prostitution because transition surgery is very expensive, and even before the surgery they have to undergo lengthy periods of counseling and hormone therapy. I further suspect very few insurance companies cover this. And I’m pretty sure some of them are already living on the streets, having been thrown out by their parents when they were teens. These conditions certainly would make a very emotionally and financially vulnerable population.

            I was originally going to comment that I didn’t think Texas was *the* worst place, because I hadn’t heard of any Brandon Teena or Gwen Araujo type murders here… but I googled in the middle of this, and of course the HRC says there have been a few. We just haven’t had the same kind of press coverage. I can definitely say it sucked growing up here in Dallas as a closeted kid who didn’t know if he was gay or bi, among people to whom only straight was acceptable. (Joel Burns understated the situation, I think, but then, he was able to come out.)

          • Jean-Luc Turbo says:

            My experience tells me that some in the transgendered community can find themselves choosing prostitution as they simply can’t get any other type of job in the “legitimate” sector. Remember that there is no employment protection for the transgendered community in any state in the country.

            Heck it’s also legal in 29 states to not hire and/or fire someone for being gay or lesbian.

            That’s why we need to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act:

            https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Employment_Non-Discrimination_Act

        • JFlath says:

          Ok, firstly I would more than likely have the same reaction to any joke about “wars, murder, disasters, etc.” but that could just be me. However the fact that people make these jokes does not make every joke deemed “not-as-tasteless” fair game.

          Secondly, as Jean-Luc Turbo points out, you weren’t making a dubious joke about a hypothetical sex worker in a hypothetical situation, you were making a joke about a real person who was in this real situation.

    • JFlath says:

      Was that ever funny?

    • Mitch_ says:

      You are an idiot.

      (Moderator, please remove that gentleman!)

  29. Anonymous says:

    The anti-Texas and anti-south prejudice on this forum doesn’t help anyone. There are plenty of gays, transfolk, and their allies in Texas and the south. Yes, there are also bigots – just as there are bigots and hate crimes everywhere. If it is true that Texas is less friendly to people with alternative lifestyles (someone figure out a way to measure that and show me some rigorous study), lets try to figure out why and work against it. To dismiss Texas and the south as just a horrible place, a lost cause, is to ignor the good things, the progress that has been made, and effectively abandons those people who maybe under-served by society.
    -someone who has lived in TN, TX, CA, MI, and NJ, and has seen bigotry in all of these places.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Having been beat up by cops, I know too well how these thugs get away with it. GLBT.

  31. Zig says:

    I feel sick now. Remind me (as if I needed reminding…) to stay the hell away from Texas.

    @Xenu: Yeah, rape is a funny thing…Geeze.

  32. Anonymous says:

    ftfa:

    “He had been officer of the month a couple times,” Brown said, adding that Nash had been recognized for saving a woman from a fire, among other commendations. “He had a lot of heroic acts.”

    one can’t help but wonder if our “hero” would’ve saved the women if she were transgender. one also can’t help but wonder whether mister “hero” breeder family man’s act of violence doesn’t have some kind of relation to some deep-seated issues with his own sexuality.

    at any rate, he’s a bastard.

  33. danfan says:

    Thanks for the reminder of why we should encourage the secession of the entire American south.

  34. chgoliz says:

    Um, I hate to say this, but my first reaction was amazement that a police officer was even brought to trial, let alone sentenced to any time at all.

    Those of us who have worked with rape victims joke that the only way a rapist ever goes to trial is if the victim is an elderly nun chaperoning a Brownie troop in an all-white upper middle class suburb (and the perp has to be black, of course). Oh, and the crime has to be documented on at least 3 videos.

    A white police officer in Texas going to jail for raping one person…a transgendered person, even? That’s actually encouraging.

  35. Mitch_ says:

    He is safer behind bars, but rest assured he will be out soon.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Plea bargains should not be available in cases of official misconduct. Such cases should always go to trial.

  37. Zig says:

    And I believe the article said something about the court agreement was only about “not seeking a police job in Texas”.

    Since he was allowed for some reason to plead down to a mis-demeanor I think that means he could readily become a cop in some other state. That’s scary.

  38. Anonymous says:

    In Texas, property crime trumps personal crime.

    Therefore, ‘theft of services’ is clearly more significant than ‘beaten within an inch of life’

    Right?

    The point being, Texas courts have proven a prejudice towards wealth over health, which is to say the rich thrive while the poor dive, etc, etc…

    To address other commenters, rape is a heinous, life-altering event (says me, rape victim) but must always be preferable to murder.

    Judgers may comment whether or not I should live on welfare or be killed by a rapist.

  39. Ito Kagehisa says:

    Would it be wrong for me to openly call for vigilante action?

    • seachange says:

      If it is, it would be wrong for me to endorse such an action.

    • The Chemist says:

      Believe it or not, yes. Ignoring such platitudes as “two wrongs, etc. etc.” what would be accomplished? Deterrence? No. No potential rapist is going to be concerned about a specific campaign targeting them. Vengeance? Really, you can unrape someone by doing shitty things to a rapist? No, all that we end up doing is shitty things ourselves.

      Like it or not, there is no satisfying solution to this. The only real solution would have been to prevent it before it happened. Since we can’t do that, we should direct energies in a useful direction. And, well, no one’s going to want to hear me say this, because like every other worthwhile goal, this actually requires work: But we could maybe try acknowledging we live in culture that accepts and trivializes rape, and one where police power goes largely unchecked, and where we marginalize specific groups of people by being mealy-mouthed and moderate where we oughtn’t be. Maybe, just maybe, rape jokes are high-larious and maybe, just maybe, the oh-so-funny “he’s a lady” type tropes that even so-called liberals laugh at when on display in media are actually a gateway to the kind of discrimination that transgendered people endure.

      In other words, can we maybe start by not pretending bad acts take place in a cultural vacuum?

      • Ito Kagehisa says:

        Is it better to live as a twisted, warped creature, watched and prisoned forever by one’s moral superiors, yearning for chances to slake one’s lusts, or better simply not to be?

        Death comes for us all equally, hopefully after one has lived a full and meaningful life, but even if not. Death is not the worst thing you can face. Most people would willingly die for something or someone.

        The registered sex offender nightmare is an abomination. I don’t know if I could do that to another human, were I to sit on such a jury. It’s far crueler than execution.

      • seachange says:

        It would keep him from raping again. Most rapists rape more than once.

        • The Chemist says:

          What would? Killing him? I hate to say this even the draconian Hammurabic code only ever prescribed an eye for an eye. Of course some would argue that there’s some kind of mathematical equivalence that could be drawn up wherein a certain number of rapes equates to a certain amount of suffering such that murder is justified, but morality doesn’t actually work that way.

          The current best alternative is really what’s going to happen when he gets out, the mandatory registration and notification that he is a sex-offender. This system is not without its own flaws, since we have tried to use it to punish rather than to serve a useful purpose- thereby weakening its useful purpose. This is an example of how draconian zeal in the ends defeats its own purposes.

          • brix says:

            in all fairness, i don’t believe anyone said anything to imply that the vigilante action to be taken ought to be capital in nature.

            it’s not about an eye for an eye. it’s about accountability, prevention, and scale. he raped one, probably 2 people THAT WE KNOW OF during his time as a police officer. that’s not any “otherwise commended for his service” bullshit. that sounds like dude might have a pattern. and for the sake of disrupting that pattern, it oughta utterly impossible for him to go anywhere, ever, without people knowing about it. and he absolutely oughta be faced with a choice between making sincere, non-bullshit amends and seeing his life destroyed.

            how in the raw bleeding hell is “maybe no more than one rape in a 6 year period” grounds to plead your way out of anything?

          • Sinchy2 says:

            The thing is he pleaded down to a misdemeanor charge of “official oppression,” it’s not clear that he would have to register as a sex offender. Furthermore he will probably be able to get a job as a cop in some other state. His only punishment is the loss of job, loss of police prospects in texas, 1 year in prison (if he actually serves all that), whatever ass whopping his wife doles out to him, and the shame and ridicule from the rest of the world as his name and picture is spread far and wide on he web. Still not enough punishment.

      • seachange says:

        I agree 100% with the rest of your comment about rape culture by the way.

  40. akwhitacre says:

    Ironically, the Christie Lee Littleton case Andrea cites apparently cleared the way for transwomen to marry women in Texas.

  41. Hools Verne says:

    And yes, I echo the regret that there is no justice for trans people pretty much anywhere in the United States.

  42. utt73 says:

    I believe “I usually don’t post these because of their regularity” is the saddest part of this story.

  43. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Since I’m familiar with the case that Xenu was referencing, I didn’t take his comment as a joke, but as another example of the bizarre way that courts treat rape cases.

    • JFlath says:

      Fair enough, I would have thought much the same after seeing the link, but I inferred that Xenu was defending the joke as legitamate.

      It’s entirely possible that I’ve mis-judged this, in which case I’m sorry.

  44. mypalmike says:

    I can’t understand why the prosecutor would accept a plea bargain with so much evidence, particularly when another man stepped forward to say he was raped by this guy. One year on misdemeanor charges? WTF?!

  45. cherishhellfire says:

    I was raped in Hayward, CA heart of the Sf bay area in November 2010, where I learned that being raped while intersexed is treated as being raped while transgendered (which is how I describe myself to others since the genetics of my situation don’t change my situation one whit) is not considered a crime, nor even a hate crime. The detectives told me simply I shouldn’t have been out alone. Evil and discrimination doesn’t just reside in texas… it just makes the news there.

  46. sgj says:

    I have no sympathy for the violent acts of this psychopath, but I don’t think punishing him is going to do a lot of good. I’m surprised no one else has suggested that maybe it’s our societal definition of what a police officer is and how they operate that results in abuse like this.

    It should be obvious that these problems come from the fact that we’re empowering a bunch of municipal employees with this kind of authority. The affluence of a municipality should have no effect on diversity of sexual/political/other divisive issues, but yet the affluence of the municipality directly affects how much is spent on policing. A poor municipality cannot attract quality officers, and may have to settle for a convicted rapist who can’t work in his old state anymore (like Craig Nash +1 year from now).

    Continually dealing with a cross-section of only the bad things people do is not good for you. That’s not an excuse; it’s an opportunity for prevention. Providing closer scrutiny to the mental state of officers individually and as a collective could identify people who are veering towards the sort of thing they’re hired to prevent. This kind of thing is done with pilots, soldiers, and real-time operators of critical systems everywhere. There’s expensive monitoring and redundancy to make sure things don’t go this kind of wrong in just about every other industry, yet we’re resistant to advances in policing.

    What about something as simple as photo-radar for automatically handing out speeding tickets? An objective machine cannot judge based on race, gender, or the type of car you drive, yet it’s socially unacceptable (in my jurisdiction) to do anything other than have a human pull you over and confront you directly?

    The consequences of treating the police service like any other job are obvious, and extremely tragic. Instead of sitting around accusing all cops of being pigs or accusing the industry of attracting bullies, we need to realize that this situation is created by us and our society. To change or improve, we must first contemplate what change and improvement look like. I propose that they don’t look like enhanced punishments or further violence, but instead with the recognition that the only thing necessitating, creating, maintaining, and designing the police service is the public they serve. It is not a function of nature, and as such it needs to be considered and re-considered like any human system as human needs are expressed.

    • Anonymous says:

      Very well stated, Sgj. Why do so many people get so upset with stereotyping and then turn around and do it themselves? Individuals are responsible for their own individual actions. This Individual Officer is a scumbag: FACT. The victim, whether a transgender, a nun or an acrobat isn’t the point. Rape is Rape. He should be held to a higher standard and monitored as such (especially in states with less bankroll to adequately screen their employees and properly train such individuals.) The Rapist, being also a sworn Police Officer, deserves the maximum sentence, period. End of story. But, to villianize ALL Law Enforcement Officers for the actions of a few is equally wrong as any racial profiling or unfair stereotypes there are. Hate for any group is just as wrong and doesn’t make you any “better.”

  47. Ito Kagehisa says:

    I think I could help you with the self-hating part, at least. Because even though I don’t hate myself particularly, I am sure I could bring myself to hate you. If I tried.

  48. JoshuaZ says:

    One doesn’t need to hate one’s self to see that one is in a group that gets privilege and that some other groups are being treated really shittily.

  49. Anonymous says:

    People say to me
    “Why do you get so pissed off?
    Why do you hate Texas and the southern states so much?”
    Could it be because a majority of the population of these areas sanctions garbage like this?
    Again and again and again I say.
    You may not have voted for this, but a majority of your neighbors did.

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