Target: Anonymous Victim of Ladmarald Cates, courtesy of Robin Shellow, Defense Lawyer.
Goal: Show support for woman who was sexually assaulted by the police officer who came to her house when she reported a disturbance.
A 19-year-old single mother of two expected help when she called 911 after a brick was thrown threw her window. Two police officers arrived at her Milwaukee home shortly after the call was placed. One officer took the victim’s 15-year-old brother outside to talk to him, while the other officer, Ladmarald Cates, remained inside with the victim and her boyfriend. Cates then sent the girl’s boyfriend out to get bottled water, declining the chilled water the victim offered and insisting he only drank bottled water.
As the boyfriend left, Cates indicated that the victim should show him the broken window. When they got to the hallway however, Cates was not interested in the window. He violently grabbed the young woman and raped her. The victim’s revulsion was overpowering – she stumbled outside, vomiting and screaming that an officer had just raped her. But the policemen waiting outside the house were not inclined to believe her. Cates reappeared just then, handcuffed the traumatized woman and told her she was being charged with assaulting a police officer. After 12 hours of humiliation, internal affairs took the young woman to a hospital, where a rape kit was performed. She was then taken to the county jail and held for four days without charge.
Cates told internal affairs a number of different stories regarding the incident, stating finally that the sexual encounter had been “voluntary.” On January 11, he was found guilty violating the victim’s civil rights by raping her by a federal jury. He was sentenced to 24 years in prison. For the 19-year-old victim, the horror has finally ended, but she feels no happiness. Crimes like this should never be forgotten. Sign the petition below to show your support for the victim.
Dear Robin Shellow,
I am writing to you regarding the Ladmarald Cates case, when a 19-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by a police officer responding to her 911 call. I hope you will forward my letter to the young woman who brought the case to you. Crimes like these should never be forgotten, and they should never be swept under the rug. While Cates has been successfully tried and sentenced, the young woman’s ordeal will leave a longer-lasting wound.
I hope that she knows that there are many individuals who stand with her, who laud the courage she showed in her fight to bring Cates to justice. I hope that she, and her family, are doing well.
[Your Name Here]
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