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US justice investigates for “sexism” at the “sex crimes” cell of the New York police

2022-06-30T21:09:18.746Z

A major New York City police sex crimes unit, which inspired the hit TV series New York: Special Victims Unit, is...



A major New York City police sex crimes unit, which inspired the famous TV series

New York, Special Victims Unit

, is the subject of a major US federal justice investigation over its

"sexist"

policies in the towards victims of sexual assault.

The two federal prosecutors' offices in New York - Manhattan and Brooklyn - announced in a joint statement Thursday that the Special Victims Division (SVD) of the New York Police Department (NYPD) would be scrutinized to determine

"if (it) applies a sexist model or practices a sexist policy”.

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"Victims of sex crimes deserve investigations that are as rigorous and unbiased as the NYPD does for other types of crimes

," warned Manhattan District Attorney Damian Williams.

His Brooklyn counterpart Breon Peace added

"to have learned in recent months of worrying information (...) on the way the SVD has been carrying out its investigations for many years".

The two point

to “chronic deficiencies for more than ten years” within the SVD unit, and in particular “the inability to lead the start of an investigation” by the

police.

Worse, according to prosecutors, victims may feel

"ashamed, assaulted and traumatized"

by investigators.

Federal justice will therefore conduct a

"comprehensive review of the SVD's policies, procedures, and training for sexual crimes and assault investigators, in particular on the SVD's interactions with victims and witnesses, how it brings together evidence and complete its investigations

.

New York City mayor Eric Adams, a former city police captain, and NYPD Chief Keechant Sewell have

“promised to cooperate with the investigation

,” according to New York prosecutors.

The NYPD is the largest municipal police force in the United States with some 36,000 uniformed officers and 19,000 administrative staff.

Certain elements of this prestigious body have been accused of acts of violence, corruption, racism or discrimination.

Tensions between police officers, prosecutors and federal justice judges in New York, as well as with local magistrates in New York State, are frequent.

Especially on the fight against gun crime.

The SVD directly inspired the television series

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

(

New York, special unit

) broadcast on NBC since 1999. With no less than 23 seasons, it is the longest running series in the first part of the evening. American television history.

Source: lefigaro

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