The Times-Picayune says rape victims whose crime reports were ignored by the New Orleans Police Department’s Special Victims Section describe the hopelessness and depression they felt while trying to convince investigators to treat their complaints seriously. A report last week by the city’s inspector general singled out five detectives who had largely ignored hundreds of reports of rape and child abuse from 2011 to 2013.
Several victims told the newspaper that the officers were skeptical of them and grilled them on how much they had to drink, seemingly looking for a reason to kill their complaint. Each said they experienced a lack of follow-up investigation. A private investigator hired by one victim summed up the attitude of police: “Couldn’t care less.” Previous inquiries by the inspector general, the U.S. Department of Justice and the news media have found the department for years has mistreated victims, bungled investigations and downgraded statistics.