NYC Police Captain Under Fire for Comments on Rape

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A New York police captain is under fire after suggesting that some rapes are not so serious as others, reports the Washington Post. Capt. Peter Rose, head of New York’s 94th Precinct, made his comments to a DNA Info New York reporter about an increase in sex attacks in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. Thirteen attempted rapes and rapes were reported in the precinct in 2016, compared with eight in 2015. Rose seemingly tried to play down the increase. “It really becomes a balancing act for the investigators. Some of them were Tinder, some of them were hookup sites, some of theme were actually coworkers,” Rose said. “It’s not a trend that we’re too worried about because out of 13 [cases], only two were true stranger rapes. … If there’s a true stranger rape, a random guy picks up a stranger off the street, those are the troubling ones. That person has, like, no moral standards.”

Rose elaborated on his perceived difference between those cases at a community council meeting. “They’re not total-abomination rapes where strangers are being dragged off the streets,” Rose said at the meeting, according to the news site. After word of Rose’s comments spread online, thousands reacted in outrage and anger. “Wtf,” one Twitter user said. “No NYPD rape is always rape. There are no degrees of rape. And no always means no. No matter what.” Eric Phillips, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, said, “Rape is rape, in New York City and everywhere else.”

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