Target: Matthew M. Johnson, President, Los Angeles Police Commission
Goal: Stop Los Angeles police from raping civilians amid $6.15 million settlement for victim who was raped by a sheriff’s deputy.
A woman who was raped by a sheriff’s deputy in Los Angeles will be receiving a $6.15 million settlement nearly 5 years after the incident occurred. After the woman filed the lawsuit, the rapist, 31-year-old Jose Rigoberto Sanchez, was sentenced to nine years in state prison for rape under color of authority and for soliciting a bribe.
Although the punishments in these cases never seem to be enough, something can be done to bring real justice for this victim that will prevent other incidents like this in the future. The Los Angeles police must enact a plan to be proactive about preventing crimes like this from happening among their police force.
Colleges across the country are implementing programs like consent classes and other initiatives to spread awareness about rape and tackle the issues that lead people to rape head-on. If colleges can do this with teenagers and young twenty-somethings and make a difference, a police force of grown adults should be able to do the same.
Settlements don’t do anything to stop the problem, especially since police officers aren’t required to have liability insurance, thus placing the cost of these settlements on taxpayers. Urge officials to enact a plan to prevent the rape of civilians by officers.
Dear President Johnson,
A woman who was raped by sheriff’s deputy Jose Rigoberto Sanchez in your city will be receiving a $6.15 million settlement. However, a simple settlement and punishment for the perpetrator are not enough in these kind of cases. Something has to be done to stop the problem before it starts.
It’s vital to be proactive about these cases by implementing sexual assault and rape awareness classes for police officers and tackling any mental health or aggression issues within the force head-on before bad police officers can go and commit heinous crimes like this. I urge you to enact a plan to be proactive about preventing crimes like this from happening among your police force.
[Your Name Here]
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