A Michigan woman testified that then-Grand Rapids police Officer Ryan Bruggink raped her in the same bed where her daughter was sleeping.
At a preliminary court hearing last week, the victim told the jury that she met the 24-year-old rookie cop on an online dating service. However, she said relationship only lasted several months before she called it off, MLive.com reported.
The woman explained that Bruggink had insisted on coming to her house on the night of Nov. 24, but she “kept telling him ‘No, don’t come over.'”
She testified that Bruggink forced his way into her home, and began searching her belongings. He claimed that he had a right to go through her things, and showed her his police badge.
She hoped that Bruggink, who had been drinking at a local bar, would pass out on her couch. Instead, he came into her bedroom and sexually assaulted her on the bed where her 7-month-old child was sleeping.
Bruggink called her a “ghetto piece of shit,” and said that he hated that he loved her so much, the woman told the court. She eventually convinced him to move into another room, where he allegedly continued to rape her.
The woman said that Bruggink slapped her and choked her while she was being sexually penetrated.
“I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t even talk,” she recalled.
“I was fighting him,” the woman noted. “He grabbed me, and turned me around on the couch by my neck and put my face into the arm of the couch. I told him, ‘No.’ I told him stop, and he was holding my hands behind me, and then he just kept trying to get it in. He had let go of one of my hands, and that’s when I punched him.”
The victim said that she did not report the incident initially because she knew Bruggink had “buddies” on her town’s police force.
“I was scared to call the police,” she insisted. “He was police.”
Attorney Robert Hackett, who was representing Bruggink, told the court that the victim enjoyed having rough sex with his client, and that the incident had been consensual.
“I mean, you didn’t call for help at that point, did you?” Hackett said to the woman. “In fact, you didn’t call for help at all.”
Following the woman’s testimony, Bruggink was hit with two additional charges. He now faces three counts of criminal sexual conduct, and one count of first-degree home invasion.
Watch the video below from WOOD-TV, broadcast March 11, 2015.
The videos below are from MLive.com.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews suggests four more years of Trump might be better for Democratic Party
As Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared headed for a decisive victory Saturday in the Nevada caucuses, MSNBC host Chris Matthews pondered whether President Donald Trump's re-election might be better for the Democratic establishment than the Vermont senator's multiracial, multigenerational movement taking over the party.
"I'm wondering if Democratic moderates want Bernie Sanders to be President?" said Matthews. "Maybe that's too exciting a question to raise. Do they want Bernie to take over the Democratic Party in perpetuity? Maybe they'd rather wait 4 years and put in a Democrat that they like."
‘Fox & Friends Weekend’ co-host says Democrats and the media are ‘the agents of Russia’ — not Trump
"Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Pete Hegseth falsely claimed Friday that the media and Democrats are agents of Russia, because they are allegedly attempting to delegitimize President Donald Trump.
"Every single media member in that clip, every single Democrat that parrots what they are saying — they're working together. They are the agents of Russia," Hegseth told "Fox & Friends."
His comments came after the president's favorite morning show aired a montage of media outlets and Democrats discussing a recent report that Russia was trying to help Trump get re-elected.
"This is what Russia wants," Hegseth said. "They want to sow discord, and misinformation and delegitimize our republic — destabilize it — because they are not our friends. And they know that when we're strong, they are in a worse position."
Here is why Gov Roy Cooper is offering ‘honorary’ citizenship for a Canadian Zamboni driver
North Carolina's Democratic governor offered honorary citizenship for a Canadian on Saturday evening in a heartwarming display of sportsmanship.
Gov. Roy Cooper made the offer after a unique situation arose.
The Toronto Maple Leafs were scheduled to play Carolina Hurricanes in hockey, but both of the Marlies' goalies were out with injuries.
So 42-year-old Zamboni drive David Ayres suited up, becoming the second-oldest player to ever make their NHL debut.