Suit Charges Widespread Sex Abuse by Chicago Police Officers


A woman who allegedly was raped by two on-duty Chicago police officers filed a federal lawsuit alleging a “widespread practice” of abuse within the department that goes largely unpunished, reports the Chicago Tribune. The suit alleged that the abuse was facilitated by a “code of silence” among officers and an unwillingness by supervisors to investigate wrongdoing.

“Chicago police officers accused of sexual misconduct against citizens can be confident that the city will not investigate those accusations in earnest,” the suit charged. Officers Paul Clavijo and Juan Vasquez, both 38, were charged with criminal sexual assault and official misconduct in the March 30 alleged assault. Clavijo was also charged in an alleged on-duty sexual assault of a 26-year-old woman March 10. Prosecutors have said the first victim did not immediately report the sexual assault because she was intimidated, but the lawsuit contended she had told investigators before the second alleged sexual assault.

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