The 18-year-old teen from Brooklyn, NY, who accused two NYPD detectives of sexually assaulting her after being cuffed for a drug charge, identified one of the two officers in a photo lineup. The victim’s lawyer explained on Saturday that he has yet to be arrested.
The lawyer who represents the teenager, Attorney Michael David, said another witness, her friend, who had seen her get arrested also identified the officer.
“She picked one of them out of a photo array within days of the incident. The ID was independently corroborated by a witness,” David said.
In any other case, charges would have been brought already, the lawyer said.
“Why the courtesy? Because they’re cops?” he questioned.
Detectives Edward Martins and Richard Hall were stripped of their guns and shields after the woman said she was sexually assaulted following a drug arrest on Sept. 14, according to the New York Daily News.
The two undercover detectives were accused of taking the Teen to a secluded area about two blocks away from the 60th Precinct, where she said that she was forced to perform a sexual act on both detectives. One of the detectives also raped her, her lawyer explained.
NYPD Sergeant John Epsey was also put on modified assignment for lacking to supervise the two detectives, authorities said.
Detectives Martins and Hall told their colleagues that the sex with the teen was consensual, according to the leading police source. Internal Affairs have not interviewed the detectives as of last Friday as they prepare for prosecutors to finish their investigation.
“He should be arrested already,” the lawyer said about the detective that was identified from the photo array.
He also picked to pieces the cops’ claim of consensual sex.
“She’s 18. She had never seen either of these guys before,” the attorney said, noting the detectives are in their 30s.
The NYPD declined to speak on the specifics of the case.
“The matter is under active investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau,” department said.