NYPD’s dealing with of intercourse crimes investigated by the Division of Justice

Ms Manning said: “For too many years, rape and sexual assault survivors have come to report these crimes, only to be met with indifference and incompetence from investigators. , who were supposed to set an example for the world. “For the Department of Justice to investigate the NYPD for unsuccessful rape victims, the Department of Justice understood that.”

Thursday’s announcement has been in the works for months. Last fall, federal prosecutors spent weeks interviewing more than a dozen victims and their advocates about their experiences with the department.

Michael Osgood, who led the Special Victims Division for eight years, said the federal investigation is an indictment of Mayor Bill de Blasio and senior police department leaders who worked under him. . Last year, Mr. Osgood, who was sacked in 2018, sue the government; he and many of his supporters believe he was forced to cooperate with the Bureau of Investigation’s audit. The report is based on dozens of memos he made with senior officials.

The Mayor and his subordinates “have been well informed for many years about the root causes of Special Victims system errors and have done little to fix them, and in fact they have made it got worse,” Mr. Osgood said. “They have disgraced themselves and brought shame to a respectable section. Now there is hope.”

Mr. de Blasio did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment.

Mayor Eric Adams said at a news conference on Thursday that he welcomed the latest review. “There is no higher priority for us than to ensure that victims of sexual assault receive the right treatment, investigation and resolution,” he said.

While many welcomed the federal investigation in New York, some victims felt conflicted.

Alison Turkos reported to police that she was abducted, armed and raped in October 2017 by a Lyft driver and two other men. Federal investigators took over the case after her receipt showed she was driven across state lines. Thursday’s announcement came less than a day after she learned they would not bring charges.

“There are so many of us, myself included, who won’t even get justice or accountability because the legal system has failed us miserably, because we I did what we had to do,” she said, describing how she eagerly helped investigators. “It was like a slap in the face.”

Glenn Thrush, Emma Fitzsimmons and Benjamin Weiser contribution report.

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