A group of NYPD police officers are accused of going to the hospital room of a teenager who is alleged to have been sexually assaulted by two other officers, as an attempt at intimidation, according to Fox News.
Michal David, the lawyer representing accuser Anna Chambers, told reporters that a group of nine officers entered the hospital room and confronted the accuser and her mother as an attempt “to discourage them from coming forward” with the initial report against Eddie Martins, 37, and Richard Hall, 33. The duo has been accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting 18-year-old Chambers on September 15.
“He kept saying to Anna and her mom, ‘How do you know they were real cops?’” David said, noting that one cop spoke to them in their native language of Russian and even tried to hide his badge identification. “Anna said [the officer] was trying to manipulate a rubber band over his name tag, so she couldn’t see who it was.”
David said mom and daughter held firm against the nine rogue officers, noting that a hospital nurse told them to “be strong.” The attorney is now seeking to add these officers to the $50 million civil suit he has filed on behalf of his client.
“I’m outraged,” he said. “To me, it’s almost as outrageous as the crime, that you have cops trying to intimidate her to not report the crime, trying to protect fellow cops.”
As previously reported by CrimeOnline, Martins and Hall both quit the force before they could be formally investigated. Both officers have admitted to having sex with Chambers, but have stated that it was consensual. David, however, has said that “there was zero consent,” and that “The cops were over 6 feet tall. She’s very petite, like 5-2 and maybe 100 pounds. There’s nothing she could do.”
Martins and Hall still face a host of criminal charges, including rape, sexual misconduct, sexual abuse, official misconduct, and coercion. It is unclear if the NYPD will release the identities of the nine officers accused of trying to intimidate Chambers and her mother.
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