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Let me tell you about the very first sexual assault case I investigated.
A guy had dropped Rohyphenol (also known as a roofie) in a woman’s drink. He had raped her repeatedly. When she started to come to and recognized him, he beat her to within an inch of her life.
That piece of garbage went away for a long time.
Then you’ve got the Pennsylvania Police Chief last week accused of raping a child – with his buddy – hundreds of times over a seven-year period, starting when the child was just 4-years-old.
They are Brent Getz, the 27-year-old Chief of the Weissport Police Department and 28-year-old friend Gregory Wagner.
According to the press release, the investigation “began in May 2012 when the victim, then 12-years-old, reported to a substitute teacher that Gregory Wagner, then 22-years-old,” had sexually assaulted her.
The teacher went to the Franklin Township Police Department and told them about the allegation. There was an investigation but not a single criminal charge filed.
“In 2015, the case was reassigned and police prepared a criminal complaint charging Wagner with various crimes,” reads the statement. “The complaint was dismissed by the Magisterial District Judge due to a paperwork error. The charges were never refiled.”
Then in August of 2018, “a Franklin Township Police Officer revisited the case and asked the victim to come back in for an interview. At this time, the victim also disclosed that Brent Getz, who was Wagner’s friend, had sexually assaulted her too. Getz is now the Chief of Police in Weissport.”
These are disgusting, horrible people.
I’m a father of a teenager girl. Let me be very clear. If a man were to ever touch my daughter in appropriately, he’d find himself in a world of hurt.
I have a zero tolerance policy for disrespect of women. I have family members who have been sexually assaulted. I’ve got after more rapists in my career than I care to think about.
But you know what else I’ve investigated?
LOTS of them.
There was the girl at a college out here in the Rust Belt that claimed she was drugged and raped. Her story fell apart pretty quickly thanks to security footage at the bar.
A week later, she collapsed in tears and admitted that she had slept with her boyfriend’s best friend and didn’t want him to find out.
The number of false claims that have fallen apart in cases I’ve investigated over the years is staggering… and disgusting.
It pulls resources away from ACTUAL investigations. It damages credibility. And it creates this terrible desensitization in society to ACTUAL claims of sexual assault.
Now let’s talk about former Vice President Joe Biden.
I’m calling bullshit on the article I read about him over the weekend from Law Enforcement Today – along with all of the media outlets that picked it up shortly after.
I’m going to use some of their own words and own clips to point out that this isn’t about sexual assault… it’s about politics.
Second Woman Claims She Was Touched Inappropriately By Joe Biden – But Her Credibility Is In Question
Amy Lappos told The Courant on Monday that Joe Biden touched her inappropriately and rubbed noses with her during a 2009 political fundraiser in Greenwich when he was vice president.
“It wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head,” Amy Lappos said. “He put his hand around my neck and pulled me in to rub noses with me. When he was pulling me in, I thought he was going to kiss me on the mouth.”
Ok, time for the investigator in me. Lappos admits to having fake profiles on Facebook – a violation of Facebook’s terms and conditions. Her actual profile states that she’s a:
“Feminist. Ally. Equalist. Activist. #AlicePaul. Hillaryite. Deadhead. Phish Chick. Tree Hugger.”
She posts under the names Alice Paul and Allison Greer and uses the fake profiles to attack any man that disagrees with female politicians, immediately calling them “sexists” and “misogynists” – even when sex has nothing to do with it. She’s spent a considerable amount of time trolling, referring to police officers and firefighters as “racist white supremacists”.
She recently made accusations against a man in Simsbury, Connecticut that he claims were false and meant to attack him and his wife personally. He was so upset about it that their family has been speaking to an attorney to explore their options.
Now riddle me this. Why would a self-proclaimed “feminist” and “activist” who is so outspoken on social media that she’s created fake profiles to attack men HIDE something like this for over 10 years? A man disagrees on social media with a female legislator, and she immediately attacks him as being a sexist. Could this have been a real encounter? Absolutely. But since she’s clearly outspoken… why wouldn’t she want to prevent something like this from happening to other women?
Joe Biden – We All Know “That Guy”
So we’re doing call on a Monday morning, and Mike, this cop who is pretty new to the department, walks in late and starts giving us man-hugs and fist pumps.
Don’t touch me. Seriously. I hate it when people touch me.
We all know that guy who is a little too touchy-feely. They don’t know boundaries. They step in your space.
But is Mike doing it to be a creeper? Am I worried he’s about to play grab ass with me? Do I need to go to the national media and claim #MeToo? No.
To former Vice President Joe Biden’s credit, he responded on Sunday to accusations he’s inappropriately touched women over the years.
His argument? He doesn’t “believe” he did… but he could be wrong. And he’s willing to “listen respectfully” to suggestions he did.
Biden, who is considering a run for president in 2020, released a statement in response to allegations from a Nevada politician that he crossed the line.
“In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort. And not once — never — did I believe I acted inappropriately,” he said. “If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention.”
Biden finds himself in quite the predicament, as do Democrats who have been excited about his potential run.
While some are expressing support for Lucy Flores, they aren’t saying it disqualifies him from joining the race.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., a candidate for president, said she had “no reason not to believe” Flores’ allegations.
“And I think we know from campaigns and from politics that people raise issues and they have to address them and that’s what he will have to do with the voters if he gets into the race,” Klobuchar told ABC’s “This Week.”
White House counselor Kellyanne Conways seized the opportunity to go on the attack against the prospective contender against Trump, saying Flores was “quite bold” to “go up against the highest levels of her political party” with the allegations.
“If anybody just types in ‘Creepy Uncle Joe Videos’ you come up with a treasure trove,” Conway told “Fox News Sunday.”
“I think Joe Biden has a big problem here because he calls it affection and handshakes. His party calls it completely inappropriate,” she said.
The #MeToo Movement, Weaponized
Like I said earlier, I believe that as police officers – screw it, as Americans – we need to aggressively go after anyone who treats women as objects or pieces of meat. There’s no room in society for sexual harassment.
But this whole attack on Joe Biden is starting to feel more like “MeToo” has been weaponized, much like it was with the unfounded allegations and savage attacks against the now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“She deserves to be treated with dignity,” Biden said of Ford. “It takes enormous courage for a woman to come forward under bright lights, with millions of people watching, and relive something that happened to her, assert that something happened to her, and she should be treated with respect.”
Those were the words of former Vice President Joe Biden about Christine Ford, the woman who made unfounded accusations against Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings.
And he was right. Any woman raising accusations should be treated with dignity and respect… and those accusations need to be investigated. But there’s also a balance of investigation and still recognizing that the accused are innocent until proven guilty.
In Biden’s case, the guy might be a creeper… but has he crossed the line into what constitutes “sexual assault”? Let’s take this picture, for example.
Media outlets use this as an example that Biden crossed the line. They point to the looks on the faces of these two men to support their point.
These dudes look like pretty bad-ass bikers to me. And let me tell you something. As a guy who rides off-duty, I’ll tell you this – if a man was touching a woman in front of the boys or I, we don’t give a shit who that man is. We’re gonna have a problem.
In an article written for New York Magazines The Cut on Friday, Lucy Flores, a former Democratic candidate in Nevada has accused Biden of inappropriate conduct during a 2014 campaign event.
According to Lucy Flores, the incident happened at a campaign rally in early November 2014.
That’s when she was trying to become the state’s lieutenant governor. Biden showed up to help round up support for Democrats in Nevada.
Flores says she was in line, waiting to go on stage at the rally when she claimed to have “felt two hands on my shoulders”.
“Why is the vice-president of the United States touching me?” she recalled.
She then goes on to say that Biden sniffed her hair and “proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head.”
I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified. I thought to myself, “I didn’t wash my hair today and the vice-president of the United States is smelling it. And also, what in the actual fuck? Why is the vice-president of the United States smelling my hair?”
She said that’s when the kiss happened.
My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused. There is a Spanish saying, “tragame tierra,” it means, “earth, swallow me whole.” I couldn’t move and I couldn’t say anything. I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me. My name was called and I was never happier to get on stage in front of an audience.
In a tweet, Flores said writing about it “was an incredibly difficult thing to do, but something that felt necessary. It took awhile before I found the words and the support that made me feel like this was finally a story I could tell”.
This was an incredibly difficult thing to do, but something that felt necessary. It took awhile before I found the words and the support that made me feel like this was finally a story I could tell. https://t.co/Sr5Go3xuTe
— Lucy Flores (@LucyFlores) March 29, 2019
Let’s be fair for a minute. If Biden did it… creepy. But it’s also her word against his. And she acknowledged that she shared it when she found out he might be running for President. Against female Democrats.
Treat the accuser with dignity… but remember, the accused is innocent until proven guilty.
She went on to state that while the legal line might not have been crossed, the ethical line sure was.
“Even if his behavior wasn’t violent or sexual, it was demeaning and disrespectful,” she wrote. “I wasn’t attending the rally as his mentee or even his friend; I was there as the most qualified person for the job.”
She said she talked about what happened with some members of her team, but mentions in the article that she had no intention of bringing it up further.
“Is it enough of a transgression if a man touches and kisses you without consent, but doesn’t rise to the level of what most people consider sexual assault?” she wrote. “I did what most women do, and moved on with my life and my work.”
As reported by Fox News, Biden spokesman Bill Russo said Joe Biden “was pleased to support” Flores’s 2014 campaign “and to speak on her behalf” at the rally.
“Neither then, nor in the years since, did he or the staff with him at the time have an inkling that Ms. Flores had been at any time uncomfortable, nor do they recall what she describes,” the statement said. “But Vice President Biden believes that Ms. Flores has every right to share her own recollection and reflections, and that it is a change for better in our society that she has the opportunity to do so. He respects Ms. Flores as a strong and independent voice in our politics and wishes her only the best.”
Law Enforcement Today and the mainstream media keep using pictures like the one below to show how inappropriate Biden is.
Yes, Hillary Clinton looks remarkably uncomfortable. And has spoken out saying Biden was totally inappropriate.
Oh, wait. She didn’t. As a matter of fact, despite this photo having been circulating for years, she hasn’t raised a single concern about it.
Is it possible that the media is spinning a moment shared between two friends to disparage a potential presidential candidate?
Flores writes that not only was she NOT the only one, but says America has been witnessing it for years:
Time passed and pictures started to surface of Vice-President Biden getting uncomfortably close with women and young girls. Biden nuzzling the neck of the Defense secretary’s wife;
Biden kissing a senator’s wife on the lips;
Biden whispering in women’s ears;
I saw obvious discomfort in the women’s faces, and Biden, I’m sure, never thought twice about how it made them feel. I knew I couldn’t say anything publicly about what those pictures surfaced for me; my anger and my resentment grew.
Twitter exploded shortly after the article, with video clips and photos being spread far and wide.
One user pointed out:
“As former VP, Biden had a habit of smelling the hair of women and (particularly) little girls. In this clip, he fixes the hair of a little girl, conveniently placing his hands near her chest area. Her and the other young girl beside her clearly seem uncomfortable by it all.”
As former VP, Biden had a habit of smelling the hair of women and (particularly) little girls. In this clip, he fixes the hair of a little girl, conveniently placing his hands near her chest area. Her and the other young girl beside her clearly seem uncomfortable by it all. pic.twitter.com/fpER7WB604
— Richard Armande Mills (RAM) (@RAMRANTS) November 13, 2017
That same user also tweeted a video saying:
In this clip, Biden swears-in (R) Senator Jim Risch. During photographs, Biden touches Risch’s daughter, specifically asking to take a photo alone with her. You can hear Risch say “Dad’s going to stand pretty close.” (I wonder why?) Biden even jokes and says, “If I was young…”
In this clip, Biden swears-in (R) Senator Jim Risch. During photographs, Biden touches Risch's daughter, specifically asking to take a photo alone with her. You can hear Risch say "Dad's going to stand pretty close." (I wonder why?) Biden even jokes and says, "If I was young…" pic.twitter.com/LLqJ4guU0q
— Richard Armande Mills (RAM) (@RAMRANTS) November 13, 2017
That same user pointed out that there’s even a montage about it:
Think about it. “You’re turning 11. You’re beautiful. Just remember: No dates till you’re 30.” Is it a joke? A rule. A requirement. A demand? Why shouldn’t a young women be able to date until she’s well-past maturity? Former VP Biden has said it so much, a montage exists.
Think about it.
"You're turning 11. You're beautiful. Just remember: No dates till you're 30."
Is it a joke? A rule. A requirement. A demand?
Why shouldn't a young women be able to date until she's well-past maturity?
Former VP Biden has said it so much, a montage exists. pic.twitter.com/SdWqn8mSIa
— Richard Armande Mills (RAM) (@RAMRANTS) November 15, 2017
Lucy Flores goes on to say there’s no questioning it – even the media has joked about it:
“Had I never seen those pictures, I may have been able to give Biden the benefit of the doubt. Had there not been multiple articles written over the years about the exact same thing — calling his creepy behavior an “open secret” — perhaps it would feel less offensive.”
She points out that despite the steady stream of pictures and occasional article, Biden still gets to keep the title of America’s Favorite Uncle.
“On occasion that title was downgraded to America’s Creepy Uncle but that in and of itself implied a certain level of acceptance. After all, how many families just tolerate or keep their young children away from the creepy uncle without ever acknowledging that there should be zero tolerance for a man who persistently invades others’ personal space and makes people feel uneasy and gross?” said Flores.
“In this case, it shows a lack of empathy for the women and young girls whose space he is invading, and ignores the power imbalance that exists between Biden and the women he chooses to get cozy with,” said Flores.
Do you want to know what I see above? I see examples of a guy who doesn’t know personally boundaries. Of a loving man who tries to treat everyone like family – albeit awkwardly and uncomfortably.
I see families who are going to go home and talk about “creepy Uncle Joe”, sure. But I have yet to see anything that rises to the level of sexual assault or sexual harassment.
Would I let him near my family? Honestly? Sure. Anyone who thinks that the Vice President is sexually assaulting people on camera in the national media is someone who is probably driven by a political agenda.
Late last year, Republicans invoked the words of Joe Biden from nearly three decades ago to shoot down the opposition’s call for an FBI probe into Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, when it became clear they were trying to delay a vote.
On Twitter, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell encouraged “my Democratic friends (to) consider” Biden’s admonition back when he was chairing the Supreme Court confirmations for Clarence Thomas in 1991.
My Democrat friends might want to consider this from then-Judiciary Committee Chairman JOE BIDEN (D-DE) In 1991: The ‘FBI Explicitly Does Not, In This Or Any Other Case Reach A Conclusion, Period’ pic.twitter.com/NvAI3RqevL
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) September 25, 2018
“The next person that refers to an FBI report as being worth anything obviously doesn’t understand anything,” Biden said during a hearing where Anita Hill was accusing Thomas of sexual harassment. “FBI explicitly does not – in this or any other case – reach a conclusion. Period.”
The Republicans love attacking Biden on this. But was he wrong? It’s not comfortable, sure. It doesn’t make us happy to think that the FBI doesn’t reach a conclusion. But let’s not forget about what the role of law enforcement is… to explore facts. To treat accusers with dignity and respect and to treat the accused as innocent until proven guilty.
Biden’s words were repeated at a hearing days later by Republicans during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s attempt to shoot down requests by Democrats for a delay until the FBI investigated the sexual assault allegations, which the 53-year-old federal appeals court judge forcefully denied.
Ronald Klain was Biden’s chief of staff when he was vice president under Barack Obama. He claimed Republicans were taking his former boss’ words out of context.
His point was that the fbi does not make conclusions. That’s for the Committee.
But it does investigate. And take statements (as Biden noted).
And that would be super useful in this case. https://t.co/Z59o4ax7PX
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) September 26, 2018
Here’s what it comes down to. Between now and the next presidential election (and the rest of eternity in America), we’re going to see a tremendous amount of “he-said, she-said”. Before we rush to judgement, we ALWAYS owe it to both the accuser and the accused to properly investigate, review all facts and make a final determination about guilt vs. innocence.
If we fail to do that… if we allow the #MeToo movement to be weaponized in politics to destroy due-process, than the Republic is in much greater danger than we realize.