The Milwaukee Police Department has launched an internal investigation into the reports of three women who say police didn’t help them when they first reported assaults by accused serial rapist Gregory Tyson Below, says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We’re committed to ascertaining whether or not our personnel at any time did anything to inhibit or discourage complaints being brought,” said Chief Edward Flynn.
The announcement came after the Journal Sentinel reported the women’s accounts of their cases being mishandled by police. One woman said Below kidnapped her from a south side nightclub in 2008 and repeatedly sexually assaulted her over a period of several hours. She went to three different Milwaukee police district stations to report the attack, but officials kept telling her to go to a different district station. Below is accused of stalking the woman and assaulting her on two more occasions. She finally moved to Georgia to get away from him. “There may also be victims out there that feel somehow that their treatment by this police department does not meet our high standards,” Flynn said. “We want to hear from all of them.”