Police in Austin prove they take sexual violence seriously by refusing to adequately investigate a rape report and pressing DWI charges against the complainant. After Virginia Glore specifically requested to have toxicology tests and DNA swabs performed to gather evidence that she had been given GHB and raped, the APD refused. Why? Because they did not believe that she had been raped and they thought she was trying to get out of the DWI charge. The Travis County attorney, Ken Oden, says
She is raising the question of whether or not it was voluntary intoxication, which would be a defense if it can be proven in court … I don’t know what kind of proof would be brought forward. … But our job is to evaluate that evidence and our position is to look at each piece of evidence we can. Well, gee, not to be snide or anything, but all of this could have been determined if they had actually administered the toxicology screen when they were supposed to. The police finally took DNA swabs and photographed her injuries 11 days later, after Glore’s husband made a furious call to Internal Affairs, but by 11 days it was far too late to take the toxicology test that could have exonerated her on the DWI and slammed shut the case on the rape.
The police investigation also turned up two suspects based on the description given by the women. Both of them were convicted felons and one was a registered sex offender. The sex offender (Stefan Fiege) is still on the lam, and the other felon (Chris Turnrock) turned himself in. Turnrock gave a statement that they had been with the women that night, but that nothing had happened and he denied the alleged use of GHB. The police investigators decided that this was good enough to clear them of the charges. Proving that sensitivity on issues of sexual violence goes all the way to the top, APD Commander Duane McNeill puts it this way:
Everyone who says they were raped, weren’t [necessarily] raped,says McNeill.I know that one comes as a surprise. You know, things happen.Things like not getting home on time, or drinking and flirting, he said, are circumstances that might compel a person to fabricate a rape allegation. And in this case, McNeill insists, the APD investigators did a good job.I am perplexed by the outcry,he said.If ever there was a case that was done correct, it was this one.
They are still pressing the DWI charge against Glore. The callous, mean-spirited laziness of the police has deprived Virginia Glore of both the chance for justice in the rape case, and the chance to defend herself in the DWI case.
And people wonder why rape is underreported. Fuckers.