NYPD cops ‘bullied rape victim out of bringing charges’ | Breaking News US/Australia

NYPD cops ‘bullied rape victim out of bringing charges’ | Breaking News US/Australia

★More News Channel – Entertainment Video►► http://bit.ly/2zUac3v Nine policemen turned up at hospital to intimidate an 18-year-old woman out of reporting that two of their colleagues raped her while she was handcuffed in the back of a police van, a lawyer has claimed.Anna Chambers was being treated for the rape at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York in September when the officers allegedly turned up at around 10pm.’They came with nine cops to intimidate her and her mom, to discourage them from coming forward and reporting the rape and sex assault,’ her lawyer Michael David told The New York Post.One in particular questioned her story and allegedly told her mother in her native Russian: ‘Your daughter doesn’t know what she’s talking about.’ David said: ‘He kept saying to Anna and her mom, ‘How do you know they were real cops?’ ‘ The officer then allegedly asked: ‘Didn’t you make complaints about cops before?’ Miss Chambers replied that she knew they were cops because they had guns, handcuffs, and the police radio was on.David said the officer was trying to cover his name tag to hide his identity and at one point became so insistent that he nearly chased Miss Chambers’ mother into the women’s bathroom.A nurse at the hospital from where the rape was reported told the mother to stay strong for her daughter in the face of the alleged intimidation.Miss Chambers went ahead with a sexual assault forensic exam which found DNA from both the officers she accuses.Officers Eddie Martins, 37, and Richard Hall, 32, have resigned after being suspended without pay following their arrests in October.They allegedly took turns to force Miss Chambers to perform a sex act on them and rape her in the back of a police van after arresting her for possessing drugs.The Brooklyn South Narcotics Division officers have been charged with first-degree rape, first-degree criminal sexual act, second-degree kidnapping, official misconduct and related counts.David said that cops trying to cover up their colleagues’ alleged crimes by intimidating victims was almost as bad as the crime itself.Martins and Hall were released after posting $250,000 and $150,000 bail, respectively.Both were ordered to return to court on January 18, 2018.If convicted, they each face up to 25 years in prison.In court, their defense lawyers said they were planning to fight the charges.’We don’t believe they have the evidence to support the majority of charges that are alleged,’ said Mark Bederow, who represents Martins.The defense team hinted that the alleged victim’s social media postings, among them photos of the teenager striking provocative poses in skimpy outfits, could be used to dispute her claim that she was forced to have sex with the officers.Attorney Michael David, who represents the 18-year-old woman, responded by hitting out at his adversaries for engaging in victim-blaming.’Whatever she posts, however she dresses, whatever she does, has nothing to do with the brutal rape that was done on her,’ he told PIX11.’They should stop smearing her, they should stop shaming her, they need to stop blaming this victim.’ David also said that his client was ‘not happy’ that Martins and Hall were freed on ‘low bail,’ and described her to NBC New York as ‘an emotional wreck.’ On Monday, the 18-year-old shared a link to a story about her alleged assailants’ resignation from the NYPD, accompanied by a status update that simply read: ‘!!!!!!’ ‘It is incomprehensible that two veteran NYPD detectives would allegedly commit such an outrageous act,’ Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez stated.’They took an oath to protect and serve, but allegedly violated that oath by raping a young woman who was in their custody.’We will now seek to hold them accountable for this flagrant betrayal of public trust.’ The 18-year-old victim, who tweets under the name Anna Chambers, alleges that one NYPD detective raped her and both forced her to perform oral sex in a Chipotle parking lot after she was caught smoking marijuana on September 15.The woman confirmed to DailyMail.com that she is the victim and gave permission for her name and photos to be published.A grand jury voted to indict the officers after listening to a week of testimony, including the accuser taking the stand.The two detectives, assigned to the NYPD’s Brooklyn South Narcotics, did not deny the sexual acts but claimed they were consensual.According to a press release from the DA’s office, on September 15, at around 7.30pm, Martins and Hall, who were on-duty and riding in a Dodge Caravan as part of a team of plainclothes detectives conducting a buy-and-bust operation in the 60th Precinct, left their post without authorization and drove to Calvert Vaux Park in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn.Just after 8pm, the officers pulled over an Infinity Coupe driven by the 18-year-old accuser with two male passengers, according to Gonzalez’s office.After observing some marijuana in a cup holder, Hall and Martins