Go ahead and call the Police, they can’t unrape you!
During a routine investigation of a car crash, attorney Drew Gibbs uncovered a video of Austin police officers joking about rape among other things. The video was shot in May of this year but was just released by Gibbs after he decided he wanted “the court of public opinion to decide if they agreed” that the comments made were inappropriate.
The two have been identified as Officer Michael Castillo and Officer Mark Lyttle and are currently under investigation for their comments.
The clip starts with the two officers talking about what would happen if they “rode-out” for a week, asserting crime would drop instantly and criminals would have a bad time. Then one of the officers comments on how they may just ignore crime for the week.
Officer 1: Either that, or, you’d think that because we’d turn a blind eye towards everything.
Officer 2: Or that.
Officer 1: (Expletive) who cares.
Officer 2: Or that. It could be that.
Officer 1: I want to report a robbery! You probably deserved it.
Officer 1: Look at that girl over there.
Officer 2: (blows whistle) Go ahead and call the cops. They can’t unrape you. (laughter)
Officer 1: You didn’t turn your camera off, did you?
Officer 2: They can’t unrape you.
The officer then realizes he has just recorded the entire conversation and says, “Too late, you said rape already.” They then insinuate that the recording should be covered up.
Here is the full video:
After the video was released the Austin Police Department issued a statement.
The APD said:
The Austin Police Department has validated the video/audio publicly released pursuant to the Texas Open Records Act. The officers in the video/audio have been identified as Austin Police officers. Upon learning of the video’s contents, the Department immediately launched an internal investigation. The investigation will include a comprehensive audit of the involved officers’ contacts with victims of sexual assault to ensure the actions taken during the contacts meet the expectations of the Department, the public and most importantly, the victims. Upon conclusion of the investigation, the Department will take appropriate corrective action. APD extends a heartfelt apology to all victims of sexual assault. The comments made by the officers are contrary to the long-standing commitment of the Department to bring compassionate justice to sexual assault victims.
However, the President of the Austin Police Association, Wayne Vincent, felt that the officers remarks weren’t too offensive and that they may just need a little sensitivity training.
I don’t doubt for a minute it will push folks button as to what was said, that is why this is so embarrassing, but does it reflect those officers work ethic? I doubt very seriously that it does.
But Gibbs told KXAN found the tape concerning and most of all concerning that the officers were more worried about covering up the recording than correcting what was actually said.
Gibbs said in a statement:
I would hope that when a police officer observes another officer acting inappropriately, or worse, illegally, that their initial reaction would be to correct that behavior and prevent its reoccurrence. Instead, it seems that all too often the reaction of many otherwise good police officers is to hide any evidence of misconduct.
The officers have since apologized and are still on active duty.