US police officers charged with more than 400 rapes over 9 years, research says

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Research from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) claims that, over a nine-year period, police officers in the U.S. were charged with over 400 rapes.

According to the research, which can be found here, officers in the U.S. were charged with forcible rape 405 times between 2005 and 2013. That’s an average of 45 a year. There were 636 instances of forcible fondling.

Experts say the statistics on sexual assaults by police are almost nonexistent.

“It’s just not available at all,” said Jonathan Blanks, a research associate with the Cato Institute’s Project on Criminal Justice. “You can only crowdsource this info.”

BSGU researchers gathered their list by documenting cases of sworn nonfederal law enforcement officers who have been arrested, according to WTVF. However, the federally funded 2016 paper, “Police Integrity Lost: A Study of Law Enforcement Officers Arrested,” claims the problem isn’t limited to sexual assault.

“There are no comprehensive statistics available on problems with police integrity,” the report says, and no government entity collects data on police who are arrested. Continue Reading