Brooklyn resident Anna Chambers alleged that she was raped by two New York Police detectives in the back of a police van Sept. 2017. Wednesday, however, she was left a subpoena by a process server who called her “a stupid b*tch.”
In an interview with Gothamist, Chambers explained she came home to find him in her yard, behind the gate. He was filming her with his phone and referenced the subpoena on her front steps.
The man is seen following her as she walks down the sidewalk toward her gate, seemingly blocking her from entering her home. She gets past him to walk up her stairs and says “thank you,” telling him to get off of her property.
“Don’t tell me what to do,” he replied.
He identified himself as being with the sheriff’s office and told her he “could do whatever I want.”
“Why do you cover your face? What are you afraid of, Anna? This isn’t Russia. I’m not the KGB,” the man said.
At the end of the video as she’s turning to go inside he’s heard calling her “a stupid b*tch.”
Chambers’s attorney Michael David told Gothamist that the video proves “witness intimidation” and he plans to report it to the city and ask the attorney general to launch an investigation.
“He had a badge on him and he claimed he was from the sheriff’s office,” the attorney said. “That’s impersonating a police officer; that’s a crime. And he said ‘I can do whatever I want.’ That’s police abuse. And he’s denigrating women with that ‘b*tch’ remark; not just a rape victim, all women. So even if he’s a licensed process server, that’s wrong. You don’t denigrate women and use language like that.”
In her complaint, Chambers identified two former narcotics detectives, Richard Hall and Eddie Martins, pulling her over, handcuffing her and arresting her for prescription medication and marijuana they claimed was found in her car. She said that they then took turns raping her in the back of the police van. A DNA rape kit matched both detectives. The men then tried to claim that the sex was consensual.
Both men have since resigned from the NYPD and the Brooklyn DA is prosecuting them for rape and kidnapping. They face up to 25 years in prison.
There was a loophole in New York law that let officers have consensual sex with a person in custody without facing any punishment. Chambers’ case prompted a bill closing the loophole and making it illegal.
You can read the full report at Gothamist. Watch the video from Chambers below:
THIS ISNT HARASSMENT ?! pic.twitter.com/X0SvaIfXRg
— Anna Chambers (@annaaachambers) August 8, 2018
Mississippi sheriff busted for complaining Hispanic lawmaker is ‘worse than a black person’
On Friday, the Atlanta Black Star reported that Jim Johnson, the sheriff of Lee County, Mississippi, made a racist comment about Hispanic GOP state Rep. Shane Aguirre while complaining about his opposition to the construction of a new county jail outside Tupelo.
Aguirre, Johnson told white Lee County Supervisor Phil Morgan in a 2017 text message first released Tuesday by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, was "worse than a black person."
Another blue wave? This expert says is just might happen
In July 2018, the most widely respected analysts were decidedly uncertain whether the Democrats could retake the House. On July 6, Cook Political Report, for example, listed 180 seats as "solid" for Democrats, with 12 likely/lean and 3 "toss-up or worse." If the Democrats won all of those and the 22 GOP-held seats described as "toss-ups" — they'd still be one seat short of a majority, at 217.
This article first appeared in Salon.
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"Since Trump became president, he's done, established, promulgated rules, or met with virulently homophobic leaders in the White House 123 times. Not 100 times, not 23 times, 123 times," said Williams. "In fact, yesterday, the Trump Department of Justice sent an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States saying transgendered Americans don't have the right to not be discriminated against in the workplace. They did that yesterday! I am glad President Trump is trying to decriminalize gender hate in the United States. I cannot go and adopt a child in South Carolina, where I currently am as we speak, because the president of the United States granted a waiver to South Carolina back in January of this year saying that adoption agencies in the state can say no to gay people trying to adopt."