…there is nothing that the police can’t make worse via their involvement therein.
The investigation into whether Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston sexually assaulted a female student in 2012 took a vicious turn Wednesday, when the accuser’s family refuted earlier statements from police that the original investigation was halted because the alleged victim did not want to press charges.
[T]he report came Monday that it was the accuser who “changed her mind” about the investigation. Those emails and claims cited in that report, according to a statement provided to the Tampa Bay Times today, are false.
The two-page statement maintains that the victim “immediately reported” the incident “to law enforcement and cooperated completely with all requests made of her.” After she identified Winston, the statement says, the victim and her family “grew concerned that she would be targeted on campus” and “requested assistance from an attorney friend to interact with law enforcement on the victim’s behalf.”
That’s when the family says the cooperation from the Tallahassee Police Department changed. According to the family, Tallahassee detective Scott Angulo warned the victim’s attorney “that Tallahassee was a big football town and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against (Winston).” Should she proceed, the family says Angulo said, “she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable.”
Rape is a crime – but the most criminalistic act here that thus far we know for certain to have been committed was done by the police. They’ve completely corrupted the entire judicial process and have ensured that no matter what the outcome is there will be a victim who has been denied justice.
If the woman’s story is accurate and if Winston is convicted, she will have been denied swift justice and, at least for a while, put in fear of what the authorities would do to her (anyone who thinks that, in such an eventuality, she’ll actually have any relevant recourse against anyone involved with the attempt to muscle her into permanent silence has been indulging in too much of everything – legal and illegal – that one can indulge in) rather than her rapist.
If the woman’s story is accurate and if Winston is not convicted, then she is Trayvon Martin: TNG (and her reward for pressing charges will be waiting until next October to see what the racist assholes who made the Trayvon ‘costumes’ this year come up with regarding a costume representation of her.)
If the woman is lying about the circumstances of what we now know to have been some form of sexual encounter, then the interference of the police in attempting to squash the investigation will ensure that even if Winston is fully and completely exonerated in court, he will possibly have been screwed out of a Heisman Trophy – and the public will always and forever view an innocent human being as being guilty or rape.