Following a disturbing incident in Austin, Texas, involving two police officers and a woman passerby, an internal investigation has been launched by the Austin Police Department after the officers were picked up on their dashcam joking about rape.
In the video clip, which was taken back on May 24, the officers, who had just attended a car accident, can be heard chatting and joking together. When a woman walked past their car, one of the officers points at her and whistles, then yells “go ahead call the cops, they can’t unrape you.”
At that point, the other officer reminds his partner that he has left his dashcam on, and in an attempt to distance himself from the conversation, which he knew was being recorded, he said, cleverly, “Are you insinuating something? Are you done?”
The Austin Police Department have since confirmed the video is authentic, and revealed that they were looking in to the incident.
“The officers in the video/audio have been identified as Austin Police officers. Upon learning of the video’s contents, the Department immediately launched an internal investigation. 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 statement, released to Raw Story, added that the officers have both been placed on leave pending a full investigation.
The attorney who found the video footage, Drew Gibbs, told reporters that he was more disturbed by the way the first officer reacted to the officer who made the rape comments.
“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.” Gibbs said.