Time and time again we see the supposed upholders of the law breaking the law. Oftentimes these violations of law are merely acts of violence against innocent people. Other times they involved an officer operating a prostitution ring from his home:
WASHINGTON (WJLA) – A D.C. police officer is alleged to have been pimping a number of teenage girls from his Southeast D.C. apartment, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court Wednesday.
The unnamed officer is the one whose apartment was searched throughout Wednesday, a search during which sources say police were able to locate a teenage girl who had been reported missing by her family.
According to documents, the girl who was discovered was part of a prostitution ring being run by the cop, who sources say works Washington’s 7th District.
I’m sure there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for this. After all, it’s not like a member of Washington DC’s finest would be renting teenage girls to older men and pocketing the profit:
During the early morning search of the officer’s home, MPD officers discovered the girl in a back bedroom. She told officers that she had met the suspect about two weeks ago, and after several meetings, the suspect told her that he had made a “date” for her with an older man.
That “date” was of to be a sexual nature, documents say. The teenage girl, whom the suspect told the victim that her prostitution name was to be “Juicy” – was told she’d be paid $80 for performing sexual acts on the man and that she was supposed to give $20 of that to the suspect.
Never mind. At least the officer in question has been arrested by his less corrupt upholders of the law:
On Friday, community leaders in Southeast D.C. told us there is outrage in the area over why the D.C. police officer has yet to be charged with misconduct.
“They may be protecting one another,” said Sandra Seegars. “I’ve heard people say that if it was an ordinary citizen, they would have been arrested by now.”
In response, Police Chief Lanier said: “We are actively trying to determine if there is anything criminal in nature that we can charge the officer with.”
It will be interesting to see what, if anything, comes out of this. The police seem to have a you-watch-my-back-I’ll-watch-yours attitude. If one of their own commits a heinous crime other officers seem to either be unwilling to arrest and prosecute them or move to actively assist them is weaseling out of any possible consequences. What’s even more worrisome is that this attitude seems to be getting more prevalent every day.
If charges are filed, which I’m doubtful they will be, it will be interesting to hear the officer’s defense. I’m certain he will come up with a perfectly reasonable explanation of why a teenage girl was in his back bedroom.