For the past year, the country has been following the sordid tale of the two NYPD “rape cops” who were accused of sexually assaulting a drunk woman whom they were called to remove from a taxi cab and take into her apartment. After a night of partying, the 27-year-old Gap employee was put into a cab by friends. She vomited on herself and was disoriented, so a cab driver called police to come to her aid. The cops who arrived on the scene helped her inside her place, but returned to her apartment several times over the course of the night to “check up on her.” Ex-officer Kenneth Moreno claimed he cuddled the blackout-drunk woman in her bed while she wore only a bra, although the woman herself claims he raped her and can recall her panties being removed. Moreno’s partner, Franklin Mata, allegedly hung out elsewhere in the woman’s apartment while Moreno was alone with her in the bedroom. The pair were also accused of faking 911 calls that would allow them to stay in the area near the woman’s apartment.
Shocking those of us who followed the case, Moreno was found not guilty of sexual assault. Jurors did not trust the victim’s memory because she had been blackout drunk; they also said they could not convict him due to a lack of DNA evidence. (Moreno had admitted on tape, when he was approached by the victim at his police station, that he had used a condom.) The surely-despondent victim released a sad statement after the verdict to say she was “devastated and disappointed by the jury’s decision.”
So it is in this environment that one of the jurors in the case, Patrick Kirkland, decided to cash in, publishing an article on the blog Gothamist called “Confessions of a ‘Rape Cop’ Juror,” for which he charged $1.99 on Kindle and $2.99 on PDF. Keep reading »
Two months ago, a New York City jury acquitted two NYPD officers who were accused (in a 2008 incident) of allegedly entering the apartment of a drunk woman — who they’d been called to help — several times over the course of one night and raping her. Kenneth Moreno was accused of raping the woman, then a 27-year-old Gap employee who was blackout drunk, while his partner Franklin Mata stood watch. A jury grappled with the lack of DNA evidence tying Moreno to the rape (he allegedly used a condom) and acquitted the “rape cops” of rape, burglary, and falsifying business records and only found them guilty of official misconduct.
Trial watchers were shocked. Activists held protests. Now, The Village Voice has published a front-page article about another late-night incident, also in 2008, in which Moreno and Mata allegedly verbally abused a young woman outside a bar, calling her a “bitch” and a “c**t.”
This is a story — a documented incident — the jury never heard. Keep reading »
Things are getting ugly: after NYPD officer Kenneth Moreno was acquitted of rape last week, posters went up in his Brooklyn neighborhood allegedly listing the street on which his family resides. “Police rapist Kenneth Moreno lives on [blank] street in Park Slope,” the signs read (above), which have been posted on New York City-based blogs with the address blacked out. Other signs, evocative of artist Shepherd Fairey’s “Obama” posters, read “NYPD Rapists” with Moreno and Mata’s pictures (after the jump).
I personally think Moreno is guilty as sin (as well as his former partner, Franklin Mata, who allegedly stood lookout while he raped an unconscious drunk woman in her bed). And I’m not necessarily against protest-art-as-vigilante-justice. But I absolutely cannot support making the guy’s alleged address public when, over the course of his job, he surely pissed off a drug dealer or murderer.
What do you think of these signs? [Gothamist] Keep reading »
The woman who accused NYPD officer Kenneth Moreno of raping her in own home while his partner, Franklin Mata, stood watch, released a statement yesterday responding to the jury’s acquittal. The 29-year-old woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, says that the verdict “brought me to my knees” and is “overwhelmed by the support” offered by those who have chosen “to speak up in my honor.” The media has already given Moreno’s wife Julia the opportunity to trash the accuser, so I feel it’s only fair to print her statement in full, after the jump… Keep reading »
“SHE CAN GO TO HELL: Says woman ‘made up’ rape for money.”
That was the cover story headline on The New York Post on Sunday morning.
The woman who can go to hell? The 29-year-old fashion executive who accused an NYPD officer of raping her when she was blackout drunk one night in 2008. The woman damning her? Julia Moreno, the accused cop’s wife, who swears his innocence. Keep reading »