Keep up the good work, NYPD

Monica Gonzalez was arrested in Brooklyn last November on charges of prostitution.  The evidence?  She was walking alone at night, and allegedly had a condom in her possession (a fact she refutes). The arresting officer also claimed she had been arrested for prostitution before (Her record is spotless, though the arresting officer, Sean Spencer, has been sued in the past for false arrest).

In reality?  Gonzalez had an asthma attack earlier in the day, her medication wasn’t working, and so she decided to walk four blocks to the emergency room later that night, get some help, and be back in time to send the kids off to school in the morning.

I wasn’t aware carrying a condom tantamount to wearing a scarlett P.  Hell, if that’s the case, half the people I know are prostitutes.  Ugh.

Luckily, the court has recently dropped charges against her.  I hope she sues the crap out of the city.

via NY Daily News (and as such, most of the comments are craptastic)

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2 Responses to Keep up the good work, NYPD

  1. Once you’ve been called a “prostitute,” you are considered sub-human and your attacker can do whatever he wants to do to you with a feeling of impunity. This convenient fact is part of the rape fear that American women live with every day. I wonder if it occurred to little 12-year old Dymond Milburn when she heard, “You’re a prostitute. You’re coming with me,” from her four kidnappers, who turned out to be Galveston police officers. Probably in some milisecond of their attack on her, it did. Because on some subconscious level, all women know that when you hear the “prostitute” label, in any form, applied to you, that any horrible thing can and probably will happen to you next.

    I have been looking for up-dates on the Monica Gonzalez story. I hope if anyone knows what has happened to her and what if any punishent has been meted out to her attackers.

  2. Sarah says:

    Officer Sean Spencer is a good guy.
    Police are human too, and make mistakes.

    I’m still not so sure this was one of them.

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