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Austin cop retires after ranting to reporter, ‘You act like a whore, you get treated like one’

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A police officer in Austin, Texas left the department after finding out that his derogatory comments about women to a local reporter would be made public.

KUT-FM reporter Joy Díaz said on Thursday that she was approached by Officer Andrew Petrowski while she was covering a police-related story and began complaining about coverage of the domestic violence case involving NFL player Ray Rice.

At the time, Díaz was at the local police union building waiting to interview union president Wayne Vincent. She recorded Petrowski’s remarks, which included criticism regarding “the women’s movement today.”

“[They say] Oh, we want to go [into] combat,’ and then, ‘We want equal pay, and we want this,'” Petrowski told Díaz. “You want to go fight in combat and sit in a foxhole? You go right ahead, but a man can’t hit you in public here? Bullsh*t. You act like a whore, you get treated like one.”

The date of the recording is unclear. But KUT reported that Petrowski, a 36-year veteran of the department, retired on Dec. 12 after learning that his statements would be aired. But Díaz also played her recording of the remarks to Police Chief Art Acevedo, who quickly condemned them.

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“Somebody [who] has that mentality has no business being a cop,” Acevedo said.

According to KXAN-TV, Vincent also criticized Petrowski’s statements.

“What made him go on like that, we will never know. It is disappointing,” Vincent said. “It surprised us as well as everyone else. Either way, those are unnecessary comments.”

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KUT also reported that Acevedo suspended two officers caught on a dashboard camera making jokes about rape victims, including the statement, “Go ahead and call the cops. They can’t un-rape you.” The officers were given three-day and five-day suspensions, respectively. Acevedo said these comments belong to an “extreme minority” of officers in his department.

Listen to KUT’s story, as aired on Thursday, below.


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