NYPD officer accused of rape

March 2, 2009 11:04:30 AM PST
Two police officers have been stripped of their guns and badges as investigators look into claims at least one of them raped an intoxicated woman after they escorted her into her Manhattan apartment, police said Monday. The two officers, who have not been identified, were placed on modified duty while the NYPD's internal affairs bureau and the Manhattan district attorney's office investigates, said Paul Browne, deputy commissioner for public information with the New York Police Department. The woman reported the allegations to the district attorney's office.

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The officers apparently were responding to a 911 call on Dec. 7 from a taxi driver who said she got sick in his car and didn't have cab fare. The owner of a bar near the woman's East Village apartment told the New York Times that surveillance footage shows the woman, visibly drunk, being helped inside by the two officers around 1 a.m. The video allegedly then shows them returning to the building two more times, once with a key. The bar owner gave the video to investigators.

The district attorney's office declined comment on Monday.

One of the officers was also being investigated for drug possession because heroin was found in his locker during a search after the complaint, but it's possible the heroin was from a police investigation and had not yet been turned in, police said.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Sunday called the allegation very serious.

"I don't want to prejudice anything, but you can rest assured that the Internal Affairs Bureau is working very hard and doing an investigation," he told the Times.

Stephen Worth, an attorney representing one of the officers, told Newsday the district attorney's investigation has gone on a while, "which would seem to indicate that there are questions about the complainer's original version of the facts."


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