Horrifying: Woman Forced by Police to Say Officer Didn't Rape Her

A 27-year-old South Carolina woman has come forward to say that that she was pressured by local police to recant rape allegations against an officer.

The woman, identified as "M," met officer Tyrone Reed in late September when he responded to her car accident. After their initial meeting, Reed returned to her apartment a few hours later, saying he wanted to continue discussing her accident. M says he then raped her and left the apartment.

M wasn't sure what to do. "I'm thinking, how do you call a police officer on a police officer? Who can I call?" she said. She ended up calling her boyfriend and then 911. Two police lieutenants, Farmer Blue and Betty Gause, responded to the call minutes later. They advised her to have a rape kit done, so she went to a hospital, where she waited for hours and was denied the customary sexual assault victims' advocate. Then the lieutenants read M her rights and questioned her. M says the officers told her "you don't have a case because rape victims be balled up in a corner or scared to talk."

Worst of all, they told M she could serve time in prison if she didn't recant her allegations and say the incident was consensual. She refused to do so, but felt pressured by the officers to change her story, which resulted in this confusing official statement from M: "Though I didn’t agree or consent to it (it) was not rape."

The State Law Enforcement Division is now investigating the case, which they should have been doing all along since it's not right for a police agency to investigate a case involving one of its own officers. For his part, Reed has been suspended while the investigation takes place.

There's a petition on Change.org to suspend Lieutenants Blue and Gause until the investigation into their inappropriate and unlawful treatment of M's rape charge.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at November 11, 2010, 3:10am

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