New York police officers quit force atfer rape charges

The New York Police Department has two fewer officers in its ranks. The officers, who are facing charges of the recent alleged rape of an 18-year-old woman, quit their jobs days before an internal trial that usually takes place and the completion of criminal proceedings. The New York department broke with precedent in this instance, choosing to hold an internal trial beforehand. 

The accused officers were knocked down from their ranks as detective after they were indicted for the alleged sex crime. The NYPD did not indicate the reasoning behind the resignation of the two men. They did say, however, that if one of their ranks faces serious criminal charges and is found guilty, he or she would be immediately fired.

The NYPD holds internal hearings to ascertain what discipline should be levied upon officers who are accused of inappropriate actions. The hearing for the two former officers was not to discuss the charges brought against them regarding the alleged rape. The hearing was scheduled because they refused to answer internal queries regarding the alleged incident.

Those who are charged with a criminal offense like rape are innocent until proved guilty. New York state has three degrees of rape charges, and each is considered a felony offense; however, first-degree rape is the most serious. It involves forced sexual relations with someone unable to defend himself or herself. Those so accused have the right to retain legal counsel to mount a defense case with an attorney who will defend his or her client's charges dynamically.

Source: nytimes.com, "New York Police Officers Facing Rape Charges Quit the Force", Alan Feuer, Nov. 6, 2017

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