A crude joke landed two Texas police officers in hot water.
A May 24 video captured two Texas police officers joking about ignoring crime and raping a woman, Raw Story reported.
Austin police Officers Mark Lytle and Michael Castillo were kidding around about what would happen if they ignored crime for a week, according to Raw Story’s coverage of the video.
“The world would be at peace for a week,” one of them said. “Either that, or you just think that because we turn a blind eye towards everything. ‘I want to report a robbery.’ You probably deserved it.”
That’s when one of the officers spots a woman walking near their police cruiser.
”Go ahead, call the cops,” one of the officers said. “They can’t un-rape you.”
The other officer responded to the comment by saying, ”You did turn your camera off, didn’t you?”
Austin attorney Drew Gibbs discovered the conversation while reviewing film for another case.
“The Carlson Law Firm obtained this video as a part of our standard investigation of a motor vehicle collision,” Gibbs said in a statement, according to Raw Story. “The comments on the video struck me as inappropriate and I chose to allow the court of public opinion to decide if they agreed.”
Gibbs said the video is rife with shocking behavior from men trusted to protect and serve the public.
“Arguably even more inappropriate than the rape joke made by the police officer was the other officer’s initial reaction, which was to hope that the video camera was not rolling,” Gibbs wrote. “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 Austin Police Department said it has “validated” the video, which was released to the public under Texas’ open-records laws, and is investigating the incident.
“Upon learning of the video’s contents, the Department immediately launched an internal investigation,” the agency said in a statement to Raw Story. “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.”
The “joke” comes on the heels of several sexual assault incidents involving police nationally.
Nevada Marshall Ron Fox was caught on video sexually assaulting a woman in a courtroom.
In Boynton Beach, Fla., Officer Stephen Maiorino was arrested Thursday for allegedly raping a woman on the hood of his vehicle at gunpoint while threatening her with jail or death if she reported it.
In Oklahoma City, Officer Daniel Holtzclaw was arrested for allegedly raping six women while on duty.
The two officers remain on duty pending the results of the investigation.
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