Sunday, May 19, 2013

Hero cop, who sat next to the first lady, charged with rape

Officer Richard DeCoatsworth stands beside Michelle Obama during a presidential speech in 2009.

(CNN) -- A former "top cop," who had the honor of sitting next to first lady Michelle Obama during a televised presidential speech four years ago, is facing rape allegations.
Richard DeCoatsworth left a party with two women on Thursday, according to authorities.

The women called authorities and said once they arrived at a second, undisclosed location, the retired officer pulled a gun on them, the Philadelphia Police Department said in a statement.

He allegedly forced them "to engage in the use of narcotics and to engage in sexual acts," the statement said. He was charged with rape on Saturday.

DeCoatsworth became a hero in 2007, after an assailant shot him in the face with a shotgun, according to a White House statement preceding President Barack Obama's 2009 speech to Congress.

Then a rookie on the Philadelphia police force, DeCoatsworth had followed a group of men in a car, whose activities he found suspicious. They parked and three men got out of the vehicle.

As he followed them on foot, a fourth man emerged from the car and fired a blast from a shotgun at DeCoatsworth's face. He briefly lost his eyesight.

"But when his vision returned, he was still standing. Bleeding from the face, DeCoatsworth chased the perpetrator on foot for nearly two blocks. The officer returned fire and put out flash information on the subject during the pursuit, before he finally collapsed," the White House statement said.

More officers arrived, and the assailant was captured.

The Philadelphia Police Department rewarded DeCoatsworth for his valor, promoting him to an elite highway patrol unit. He received the "Top Cops" award in 2008 from the National Association of Police Organizations.

In February 2009, dressed in a ceremonial uniform, he took a seat of honor next to Michelle Obama for the president's address before a Joint Session of Congress.

But two years later, the officer's meteoric career took a dive, when he was accused of using excessive force, shooting a motorcyclist in the leg, CNN affiliate KYW, reported.
He retired in 2011.

Last year, the City of Philadelphia granted him a disability pension, according to a city government protocol. But a neighbor also took him to court, claiming DeCoatsworth had threatened him.
Along with rape, the former hero faces accusations of "sex assault, terrorist threats and other related charges," according to police.

KYW reported his bail at $60 million.

Food for thought:  What happened to the motto, “Protect and Serve”?!  It appears that the only thing our law enforcement and military rapists are protecting and serving are their own selfish egos!! 

But then again, it takes a heartless man without a soul to rape, sexually assault and bully innocent women and men.   Where’s the passion for Peace and Love in the world?!


Anonymous said...

Syneeda, you are right on with your comment, "Protect and Serve". Unfortunately, its more like, "lack there of". Even if a woman says NO, its hard for the male ego to accept rejection. If I was Michelle, I would help to champion the rape and sexual assault crisis, starting with the military. Most of the young law enforcement police officers are former military. What if they are a military rapist who went unpunished?! It's kinda scary when you really think about it. Sooner than later, the military's Cancer will spread into our local society and the current White House administration isn't doing a damn thing about it! As a mother and father of two young teenage girls, this ongoing epidemic should not be ignored!

Anonymous said...

The only time the Feds or President Obama will step in is after the fact, after a blatantly obvious situation, such as the military's rape epidemic is deemed a threat to our national security. In the meantime, the military has been directed to keep their "cancer" quarantined. If I'm not mistaken, most of the soldiers and marines are already starting to return back home from the war?! Back to our safe neighborhoods. As a tax paying citizen, I pay my taxes to ensure the safety of my children, and for an honest military and law enforcement. If we are hiring rapists, then something has to be done about this!

Anonymous said...

There is a recent article entitled "Twice Betrayed" about what the military does to people who report sexual assaults. It's all about the cover-up. Some of that article is here:

"A seven-month San Antonio Express-News investigation into the pervasive and long-standing problem of sexual assaults in the military shows victims who report the incidents often are retaliated against and discharged on false claims that they have mental disorders. Offenders, meanwhile, are rarely punished, and many are allowed to stay in the armed forces. The tendency to blame the victims discourages them from reporting the assaults, and some who do must remain in close proximity to their offenders, despite a Pentagon directive to let them quickly transfer to other posts.

Among the findings:

* An estimated 26,000 troops were victims of sexual assault in 2012, a 35-percent increase from the prior year. By the Pentagon's own estimate, 89 percent of those assaulted do not report the sex crimes.

* A staggering 31,000 troops were discharged over the last decade on the basis of having "personality" disorders.

* A government review found that the military illegally discharged hundreds of victims.

* Women are being disproportionately discharged for personality disorders, even though records show they typically had no history of a mental condition before they were assaulted.

Can everyone say: Jill Vines Loftus. Denial is the name of the game and when that doesn't work you make excuses for the failure.

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