A shocking year-long probe by The Associated Presshas found that about 1,000 officers in cities across the U.S. have had their licenses revoked over a six-year-period on charges of sexual misconduct.
Charges range from accusations of “rape, sodomy and other sexual assault; sex crimes that included possession of child pornography; or sexual misconduct such as propositioning citizens or having consensual but prohibited on-duty intercourse,” the report says.
And there is more bad news: The numbers could be higher, according to The AP:
The number is unquestionably an undercount because it represents only those officers whose licenses to work in law enforcement were revoked, and not all states take such action. California and New York — with several of the nation’s largest law enforcement agencies — offered no records because they have no statewide system to decertify officers for misconduct. And even among states that provided records, some reported no officers removed for sexual misdeeds even though cases were identified via news stories or court records.
Some departments remain quiet about the problem to escape liability, which allows criminal cops “to quietly resign, keep their certification and sometimes jump to other jobs,” the report says.
Now with more evidence of improprieties among police officers, we hope that more departments will lift the veil and bring criminal cops to justice.