PROTECTING AND SERVING  3:18 pm August 3, 2012

Another NYPD Officer Accused of Extra-Protecting Lady Citizen

by Kris E. Benson

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 }

mavenmaven August 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm

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

actor212 August 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I'll see your rapey cop and raise you a urologist who really loves his work.

Dudleydidwrong August 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm

He's on the job 24/7.

actor212 August 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm

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.

deanbooth August 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Probably just doing sciency research.

not that Dewey August 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Dude looks like Rand Paul. Why am I not surprised?

Nostrildamus August 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Research requires raw data.

weejee August 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm

That's a real pisser.

ElPinche August 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm

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

Fraudulently_Joe August 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm

See, this is exactly why you shouldn't take your work home with you.

unclejeems August 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Yes, but I'm sure he's held in high regard by his peers.

Beowoof August 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm

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.

Baconzgood August 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I really can't snark on rape.

Goonemeritus August 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Truer words were never spoken, I hope she is ok.

MittBorg August 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm

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)

Baconzgood August 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I look forward to the daily ham hug from Mittborg.

Gleem McShineys August 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm

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.

emmelemm August 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm

If we weren't laughing, we'd be crying.

Sparky McGruff August 3, 2012 at 11:07 pm

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.)

BaldarTFlagass August 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I hope he wore some protection while he was serving.

Maman August 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Even good people can suck sometimes.

Dudleydidwrong August 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm

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.

BZ1 August 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm

or a Scout master?

BaldarTFlagass August 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm

"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.

deanbooth August 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm

The "he's a police officer" defense has gone the way of the "he's a priest" defense.

Native_of_SL_UT August 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm

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

actor212 August 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Good thing the DoD finally got around to banning it on the missile defense computers, in that case.

actor212 August 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm

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.

IndianaKevin August 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm

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.

Billmatic August 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm

The concept of rape culture makes me so sad.

MittBorg August 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Me too. (Hugs you)

Billmatic August 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm

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

MittBorg August 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Gay men will tell you that rape is a reality in the gay male community.

LastGasp August 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm

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

ibwilliamsi August 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm

They say that they do. But really, they only do if a cop assaults one of them.

Biff August 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm

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.

BaldarTFlagass August 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm

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

BaldarTFlagass August 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm

They are really taking this "stop and frisk" policy too far.

actor212 August 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Yes, by adding a "y" to "frisk."

Mittens Howell, III August 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I'm sure Daniel Tosh will have something FUCKING HILARIOUS to say about this.

Billmatic August 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm

#deadbabies

sewollef August 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Tosh…. he's an asshole, acting out on stage what he's like in real life.

memzilla August 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm

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.

sewollef August 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm

He's from Staten Island, he'll be needing a Dodge Durango SUV at least.

Mittens Howell, III August 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm

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

memzilla August 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I'll have Lt. Pennywise get back to you on that.

Typodong3 August 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm

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!

IndianaKevin August 3, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Is the stand-your-ground defense valid after you shout "bring it!"?

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm

When Police Officers can't rape, only rapist will be Police Officers….

Wait, what??

mrpuma2u August 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm

That isn't the case now? Your comment btw is a win, 842 virtual upfists for you.

Extemporanus August 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm

FUCK THA POLICE!

Er, wait…

CommieLibunatic August 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm

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."

MittBorg August 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Ya know? I mean. Honestly.

Biff August 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm

With votes?

Local_Mojo August 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm

My white, clean-cut, mannerly, Southern son learned early: never trust a cop.

Mittens Howell, III August 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm

That cop's mom also offered to vouch for Mitt Romney's taxes.

ph7 August 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm

It's Giuliani time! Again!

Jukesgrrl August 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm

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.

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm

This is all because the Government is providing women with free birth control, isn't it.

MittBorg August 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Once they removed those aspirins from between their knees, it was open season, dude.

mrpuma2u August 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm

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

OhDeerMee123 August 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm

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

MissTaken August 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm

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

actor212 August 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm

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.

sewollef August 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Wasn't that shot in Staten Island too?

actor212 August 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Jersey, so yes.

sharethegrief August 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm

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.

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm

"I was raped by a police officer. Which, as a German, is a bit of a mix blessing."

avec des excuses Sarah Silverman

chascates August 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm

At least they keep the bribes running on time.

Callyson August 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I am too pissed to comment beyond noting that I am too pissed to comment.

Gopherit August 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

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

CommieLibunatic August 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm

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

Gopherit August 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Yeah, well, I'm having a hard time seeing the funny ironic side of rape by cop. My bad.

Boojum August 3, 2012 at 10:59 pm

You mean there's an unfunny, nonironic….wait, you said BY cop…never mind, carry on.

BigSkullF*ckingDog August 3, 2012 at 3:42 pm

He gives the term "cavity search" a whole new meaning.

JadedDissonance August 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Yeah, nice try Wonkett. Not falling for this one.

Gopherit August 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm

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

randcoolcatdaddy August 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm

But …. can't someone bring up 9/11 in all of this?

fuflans August 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm

today we are all pussy riot.

actor212 August 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm

OT: A lighter note

MORE POT!

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Alt-text fail, as clearly she still has her pants on.

johnnymeatworth August 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm

More than ever, New York needs John Shaft.

SayItWithWookies August 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm

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.

Guppy August 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I'm betting the Post talked to the cop while the Daily News talked to the victim.

hippie13 August 4, 2012 at 7:08 am

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

ElPinche August 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Nope I got nothing funny..just hope for the lady and hope for justice.

Fraudulently_Joe August 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Yeah, well, at least we're not Arkansas.

fuflans August 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm

link goes back to this sad story.

it's an endless loop of outrage.

Fraudulently_Joe August 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Arkansas.

In case you needed to hate humanity even more.

fuflans August 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm

hey! job numbers up! bamz' polling numbers up! mittens being successfully defined as an asshole!! it's friday!!
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la

can we have funny cat video please?

rocktonsam August 3, 2012 at 11:05 pm

always remember , never forget , assholes

hippie13 August 4, 2012 at 7:06 am

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

ttommyunger August 4, 2012 at 9:33 am

Well, if his mother says so……

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