Sexual abuse may be police brutality.
Police Brutality in the form of sexual assault/harassment has increased all over the United States regarding perverse policing activities that have led to settlements for damages costing departments millions of dollars. If a police officer has engaged in sexual harassment or abuse, under the guise of their professional employment, it is a form of police brutality where civil and criminal legal action may be brought against that officer.
Yuma cops investigated.
Recent news outlets have reported a Yuma police officer being placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into sexual misconduct charges against a minor spanning over 2017-18. A former Yuma police officer was sentenced to 20 years in state prison in March 2019 for raping and sexually assaulting a 23-year-old Kensington woman related to him by marriage during a family get-together in San Diego. He was employed at the Yuma Police Department at the time of that assault, but the assault did not occur while he was on the job.
If you are concerned about making a Citizen Complaint at the Yuma Police Department located on 1st Avenue, mailing it in, or phoning the department regarding sexual abuse by an officer, you may also contact the Department of Justice for your district and see if you can file a complaint there. You need to:
- Complete a written complaint and keep a copy of it. If you mail it in, do so via certified mail with proof of receipt.
- Outline the sexual misconduct allegation and request a formal investigation.
- Make the complaint as soon as, or close to the time the incident occurred so details are sharp.
- In the sexual assault allegation, outline any known patterns of perverse behavior.
- If there are witnesses to the offense, make sure their account of the incident does not go against yours.
- If you have photos of bruises or cuts you sustained due to attack, or body fluids that can be collected as evidence, see a doctor right away to document the assault injuries.
- You could send copies to the supervising officer of the abuser, the police chief and the department of internal affairs to make sure the situation does not go unnoticed.
- Get a police complaint form from the department website or by having someone go and pick it up.
- Sexual harassment is serious police misconduct and violates federal and state laws, polices, procedures, rules and regulations of the department and can result in formal disciplinary action including being fired and/or serving jail time.
There are various federal and state laws including the First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, Title 6 of the Civil Rights Act, Title 42 United States Code, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Arizona State Code to name a few, that insure remedy to individuals who have suffered the negative effects of police brutality through sexual assault/harassment.
Contact an attorney.
If you are a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a Yuma Police Officer, contact an attorney at the Law Offices of Schneider & Onofry, P.C. so they can review your case to see if you can sue for damages. Damages may include hospital/medical expenses; past and future permanent disability payments; emotional distress including depression and anxiety; loss of enjoyment of life; pain and suffering; and loss of love and companionship due to your injuries.
Schneider & Onofry, P.C.
6024 E. 32nd St.
Yuma, AZ 85365