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Another NYPD Officer Accused of Extra-Protecting Lady Citizen

NYPD protecting and servingHello, NYPD police officers, how have you been protecting and serving lord and master Mayor Bloomberg the citizens of New York lately? Oh by raping, menacing, attacking, and assaulting a lady in a Staten Island parking lot when off duty?  That’s nice! We should note that the officer’s mother claimed that he was innocent of the charges, and then helpfully tried to defend her son by saying “This is not in his character, he’s a police officer.” We’re not lawyers, but given that last year ANOTHER woman was raped at gunpoint by a DIFFERENT off duty NYPD police officer and an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT woman was raped  in her own apartment by an on-duty NYPD police officer while another on-duty police officer kept a look out, and this all happened in the past year and a half or so, the “he’s a police officer” thing is maybe not the most solid defense probably? And let’s not even mention the NYPD officer that was accused of sodomizing a man with his walkie talkie on a subway platform, or the (alleged) patternof sexual assault against Occupy protesters in March. So. Yeah, maybe “he’s a police officer” isn’t the most solid testament to a man’s character these days, iffen he’s working for the NYPD.

Yesterday, an off-duty police officer, Arthur Roldan, was arrested for rape, menacing and assault for attacking a woman in a Staten Island parking lot. It’s believed he raped her at gunpoint. [...] The woman reported the incident Tuesday evening, and Roldan, who has been on the force for six years, was taken into custody yesterday morning, the sources said.”

However, Roldan’s mother told the News, “My son is innocent,” and his aunt said, “This is not in his character, he is a police officer… He’s never been a problem, he’s never had a problem in his life.”

Roldan, a Staten Island resident, works at the 78th Precinct in Brooklyn, which covers Park Slope. He has been suspended without pay.

Last year, an off-duty police officer, Michael Pena, raped a woman at gunpoint in Inwood. While a jury was unable to convict him on rape charges (he was found guilty of sexual assault), Pena did eventually plead guilty to rape as part of a plea deal.

Aren’t you happy that these are the people who will be Keeping You Safe starting next week, by watching your online and offline activity all the time? Ladies, I bet you feel especially safe, don’t you?

[the Gothamist]

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93 comments

  1. mavenmaven

    I assume the police know who we really are behind these pseudonyms, so I'm not saying anything.

      1. actor212

        The civilian who tipped off the cops was interviewed on the TeeVee this morning. His story was pretty funny. I'll see if I can dig it up.

        EDIT: OK, found it

        PS: the tipster is former TSA. So some good came out of that program.

    1. ElPinche

      Comeon , it's only upskirt. I'm surprised the urologist stopped there and didn't go full-fallopian .

  2. Beowoof

    Many times I have wondered as I read about cops being hauled off to jail, why should I call them, sounds as if they might join in. Too many crooks in the town of Greece lately.

    1. MittBorg

      Because Baconzgood. Thank you. From all of us who have ever had teh surprise-sex inflicted upon us or our children.

      ETA: Forgot my daily Bacon hug. (Squeeze)

    2. Gleem McShineys

      What if you were forced to, at gunpoint?

      (I had to do it, look how your comment was dressed)

      In my defense, if I didn't make the jokes, that anti-Skittles-walrus-guy would probably have a valid point, or something.

      1. Sparky McGruff

        Daniel Tosh gives your comment a thumbs up. (Or, maybe he just has his thumb up his ass. It's hard to tell from here.)

  3. Dudleydidwrong

    Is the defense "He's a police officer!" as good as "He's a priest!" or "He's a congressman!"? Ya gotta look behind the badge, the robe, or under the desk.

  4. BaldarTFlagass

    "This is not in his character, he is a police officer…"

    So were the guys who beat Rodney King. And shot that black kid 879 times.

  5. Native_of_SL_UT

    It's probably that the NYPD while monitoring me online finds that all that porn makes them extra rapey.
    My bad.

  6. actor212

    There's an element of society that joins things like the military and police forces not to serve their fellow men but because it's a power trip for them. Until we can find a way to weed them out of the candidate pool, and so long as we will need protection from ourselves and others, we're going to hear stories like this.

    Sadly, those days are years, if not decades, away.

    1. IndianaKevin

      I was made a temporary cop for a short time while in the Air Force, and remember one of the "real" SPs saying he went into police work so he could "bust some heads." It seems there are a lot of those showing up at Occupy events.

      1. Billmatic

        I also realize too late that I should say reality, since I think the word concept implies that it exists only in feminist philosophy.

  7. LastGasp

    I wonder if the National Rifle Association approves of citizens using a gun to protect themselves from the police.

    1. Biff

      They always say we need to be vigilant against the government, but always seem to forget that the po-po is part of that government.

  8. BaldarTFlagass

    They really should stop renting the DVD of Harvey Keitel in "The Bad Lieutenant" to police officers. That movie sends the wrong message.

  9. memzilla

    Cops who are sentenced to prison have a tough enough time there as it is… but a cop-rapist? This guy's gonna need a butt-plug the size of a Toyota Camry by the time he gets out.

  10. Mittens Howell, III

    I'm beginning to wonder if NY Police Academy is where you go after dropping out of Creepy Clown Academy.

  11. Typodong3

    To all those NYC finest accused of rape: I see your walki-talkie rapey thing and raise you my large, splintery baseball bat that I keep next to my bed. Lets compare notes!

    1. CommieLibunatic

      Nah, I think you got it right. You just forgot the next verse that says "with outrageous implements and organs you didn't know existed."

    1. Jukesgrrl

      Yes, he can issue Bernie Kerik-style Irish sweaters to them so they look less menacing while they're destroying citizens' civil rights and personal safety.

  12. mrpuma2u

    The NYPD are starting to make Rahmbo's boys in blue look good by comparison. Stinkin' Bloombergermeister won't do crap about it neither.

  13. OhDeerMee123

    Nothing screams snark potential like cop rape. Where's a good political sex scandal when you need it?

  14. MissTaken

    I'm impressed she reported the rape to the cops. I honestly don't know if I could be that strong in that situation.

    1. actor212

      He knew the victim, so likely she knows other cops in the neighborhood. They tend to live in the same neighborhoods.

      "Copland" was not far from the truth.

  15. sharethegrief

    My cousin had a few dates with a cop years ago. She invited him into her house for coffee after their last date when he started getting real aggressive. She said that evil word "no" and he pulled a gun on her. She was able to talk him down and get him out of her house. But she never reported him. She was living alone and feared for her life. I always wondered what happened to his next victim because I'm sure there was one or two or three.

  16. Gopherit

    I really hope this is a weedout post to banhammer anyone who tries to snark about this. Otherwise, I don't see the point.

    1. CommieLibunatic

      To wallow in misery over man's inhumanity towards man. Isn't that always the point?

    1. Gopherit

      I know, right? I think some of the comments here give a good argument to bringing back the thumbs down.

  17. SayItWithWookies

    According to the Post's sources, the victim was his girlfriend, while the Daily News reports that she was an ex-girlfriend.

    Well that probably rules out mistaken identity. And while this doesn't rule out malicious falsehood on the part of the accuser, the NYPD has earned a skeevy reputation on its own, regardless of this particular case. 'Scuse me while I go find some adorable kitten photos to look at.

    1. hippie13

      Well being a rapist is something they can be proud of and admit in public…its embarassing having to say NYPD when people ask.

  18. hippie13

    The drawbacks to the successful crime fighting skills of the NYPD is that the women are left to rape themseleves and the city can't have that

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