West coast members of PERL are concerned about the obstruction of an investigation into rape allegations against a former SFPD lieutenant. Not to mention the racist and homophobic text messages from the accused rapist that were unearthed during discovery.
From the San Francisco Examiner:
Lai was accused of raping a woman he had met on-duty. Lai allegedly went with the woman to her home after taking her on a date. He is suspected of raping her after the pair drank six or seven whiskeys, the San Francisco Examiner previously reported.
While there was not enough evidence to charge Officer Jason Lai in connection with the alleged Aug. 2, 2015 sexual assault, Lai was charged last month with two misdemeanor counts of unlawful possession of local criminal offender records and four misdemeanor counts of misuse of confidential DMV records.
Lai also allegedly sent a series of racist and homophobic text messages, the contents of which were released Tuesday by the Public Defender’s Office, which called the texts one more piece of evidence that The City’s Police Department has a culture that condones bias.
These facts are similar to the case of Memphis Police Department officer Aaron Reinsberg, who was convicted in 2014 for raping an intoxicated woman at her home. He used his personal cellular phone to gain access to county law enforcement databases and web resources to search for and find the woman’s home address.
People for the Enforcement of Rape Laws is a program of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center to monitor law enforcement responses to sexual violence. Our goal is to end the law enforcement and political practices that effectively decriminalize sexual violence. To this end, we connect victims with information about their rights and equip individuals with tools to advocate for themselves and others and advocate for fair criminal justice policies. We urge you to learn more about America’s hidden rape crisis, where it has been exposed, and why it matters. We invite you to take action and support our efforts to make sure law enforcement takes rape seriously.