Men in power and abuse of authority

Why do men in power believe that they can do whatever it is that they wish? And that belief seems especially strong when it comes to women and sex. It seems that the head of the IMF, Strauss-Kahn was unable to control his sexual desires when the maid at the Sofitel hotel walked into his suite to clean it, believing that it was empty (a $3,000 a night suite, by the way, that I’m sure he was not paying for). It comes to light after this incident that Strauss-Kahn was a bit of a ladies man, earning him the title of  “the great seducer”. Now that another women has come forward, that title may need to be changed to just “the rapist.” It makes you wonder how may other times he has done, or has attempted to do this, without being caught or exposed.  And what are the headlines that we get:
Strauss-Kahn’s Arrest A ‘Disaster’ For IMF, Casts Doubt On Greece, Recovery
A disaster for the IMF. What about the victim or victims? Is it not a disaster for them? Well, it’s just a maid, and we are talking about the IMF, after all.
When I was a cop, I remember being told by the mutts that we arrested that it was their first time, especially in narcotics cases. Most of the time you knew that they were full of shit. As an undercover, you could always tell the ones who were experienced in dealing drugs and those who were not. I wonder if the “great seducer” will claim the same, or that the maid came onto him.
Which reminds me of a similar case where two of New York’s Finest  are currently on trial for the rape of a young woman. It seems that Police Officer Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata have a skewed perception of what it means to “protect and serve”. They decided to get “served’ by one of those they were sworn to protect. Now before everyone jumps down my throat about not giving these cops the benefit of the doubt, or that innocent until proven guilty applies to cops too, chew on this: if we were sitting around the station house having our morning cup of coffee and discussing this case, you know exactly what would be said about Moreno’s testimony. Comments ranging from he’s full of shit, he’s got to be kidding, what a stupid mother, I got a bridge to sell you, etc. You know what I mean, and you know I am right.
The sad part of all this – and I hope that I am wrong – is that this was probably not the first time Moreno was involved in a situation like this. That’s one of the other things we would be saying over coffee while we discussed the case. And what’s sadder is that other cops may have known about Moreno’s prior crimes and abuses of authority. I wish that I was wrong about this but I don’t think I am. As an old timer told me once while investigating my first homicide, “if it looks like shit and smells like shit, it probably is shit.” 
A true ‘disaster’  for the reputation of the NYPD and for all the other police departments across the country. A ‘disaster’ whether or not the jury convicts Moreno and Mata. And a true ‘disaster’ for that young woman who thought that the cops were supposed to be the good guys.


3 responses to “Men in power and abuse of authority

  1. Donna Cherwinski

    Great job on linking these two cases and the Police Dept. The case about the IMF was a job handled perfectly by the Police without regard for his status. I am proud of the police in that case, especially since she was African and they might have otherwise overlooked it. Good job.

    In the second case, it’s pathetic that two cops could and would do such things. The evidence seems very clear to me that they did exactly what they were accused of. It makes honest cops hang their heads in shame because two of them were the scum of the earth. What a shame.

  2. Absolutely not, not, not a defense for these two idiots (who I believe will walk, but deservedly lose their jobs), just a poll for law-enforcement, I would be interested in:
    1) Have you ever been propositioned while on duty or known of someone who was? (even off-duty when you’re profession was known and a factor)?
    2) Have you ever taken up that offer?
    3) Was there any degree of alcohol involved? If yes, could it have been judged as possibly causing an “unable to give proper consent” situation?
    4) Was this a one time event with no further contact? If so, did it illict an angry response?
    Once again, absolutely not, not, not a defense for these two idiots and I bet I will take some flak, but before you fire one off, read it over. This is a black and white case but if some factors were tweaked……well, I bet some readers will realize they dodged a bullet.

  3. Gray Man, thanks for reading my blog and commenting.  I’ll participate in your poll and I’ll try to be as honest as I possibly can:

    1) Yes I have and yes I do. They don’t call the uniform the “pussy magnet” for nothing.

    2) Not while on duty…

    3) There was always alcohol involved. Cops do have one of the highest rates of alcoholism. Alcohol is involved in everything. Did an ex wife or girlfriend pass out while having sex, yes. I’m not sure if it was the alcohol or me… Anyway taking sexual advantage of a female because she’s bombed is an ungentlemanly thing to do (unless she’s your wife or girlfriend and she’s okay with it).

    4)  Well maybe it was the alcohol that made them pass out, because they invited me back.

    And you’re right Gray Man, it absolutely is not a defense for what those assholes did.

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