Suit claims culture of rape, sodomy, sexual harassment at NYPD

A former NYPD cop was repeatedly raped, sodomized and mentally tormented by a cadre of officers over the course of 5 years however when her case was delivered to the Manhattan District Attorney’s workplace, they declined to prosecute, an explosive federal lawsuit filed Tuesday claims. 

Maria Mendez, who final labored within the thirty second precinct and resigned from the division in January 2019 after a 14-year profession, stated she was raped by two officers, one detective and one FDNY firefighter and was repeatedly pressured to ingest oxycodone, ecstacy and alcohol, her Manhattan federal court docket lawsuit claims. 

Mendez stated the “incalculable” quantity of rapes she endured had been so dangerous, she suffered “physical deformities to her vagina and anus requiring surgical repair” and he or she was left suicidal and affected by nervousness, melancholy and put up traumatic stress dysfunction, the lawsuit alleges. 

Mendez additional claims she was pressured to purchase medication from FDNY Firefighter Evan Santana, who additionally raped her, after he obtained opioids and different contraband by stealing it from the houses of lifeless folks.  

The go well with paints a vivid image of sexual abuse and harassment that ran rampant at the precinct the place Mendez was not solely repeatedly raped however was subjected to sexualized feedback and requests by lietuenants and sergeants — and, ultimately, deaf ears when she tried to report the crimes. 

Lieutenant Julio Calle allegedly requested Mendez to “spoon feed him in his bed because she’s Dominican” and in addition requested to suck her toes whereas Sergeant Alfred Gallicchio is accused of taking footage of a sergeant whereas she pumped breast milk — after which daring a subordinate to steal the milk and drink it, which he did. 

Gallicchio, a union delegate, can also be accused of asking Mendez to carry out threesomes and making grotqeuse feedback like “let me drink the p–y juice” and “I’ll lick your p–y all day” and different remarks about having intercourse together with her. 

When Mendez confided in Lieutenant Filastin Srour, a girl, in regards to the fixed rapes and abuse she was enduring, Srour allegedly did not take the required motion she was required to as a supervisor. Instead, she referred to as Mendez a “slut” and threatened that if she “didn’t stop making false allegations against good officers … she’d be forced to take action against her,” the go well with claims. 

The NYPD is probing a former cop's claims that her superiors did nothing amid complaints that she was raped and beaten by her co-workers in a Harlem precinct over a period of years
Maria Mendez claimed she was repeatedly raped and compelled to carry out varied intercourse acts on a fellow police officer.

Further, movies of Mendez being raped and assaulted had been repeatedly shared throughout the division in a bunch chat, the place high-ranking officers like Deputy Chief Michael Baker and Captain Neil Zuber allegedly seen the content material, however did nothing about it, the go well with claims. 

Mendez stated the abuse began together with her former accomplice Officer Ryan Marrero in 2014 when he slipped her two oxycodone capsules and began raping and sodomizing her frequently, the go well with claims. 

Once images and movies of the rapes made their rounds within the division, different cops, together with Officer Jimmy Gutierres and Detective Michael Ganz, demanded intercourse acts from her after which raped her, the go well with states. 

During one event, Marrero pressured her to attend an NYPD Christmas occasion with him and stated if she didn’t, he’d inform her husband in regards to the medication and nude footage he pressured her to take. 

Following the occasion, Marrero allegedly grabbed her by throat, shoved a silver handgun inside of her mouth and ordered her into the again seat of his automobile the place he proceeded to rape her vaginally, anally and orally. 

When she informed him to cease, Marrero allegedly informed her to “shut the f–k up” and if she “doesn’t stop resisting,” he’s going to take footage of her and ship it to her husband. He then referred to as a fellow officer, Peter Montalbano, and informed him to affix him “so he can have some fun too with a Dominican slut like her,” the go well with claims. 

The NYPD is probing a former cop's claims that her superiors did nothing amid  complaints that she was raped and beaten by her co-workers in a Harlem precinct over a period of years
On quite a few events, Ryan Marrero “brutally punched,” “kicked” and “strangled” Maria Mendez, the go well with claims.

Following the rape, Mendez stated in her go well with she was afraid to inform a supervisor as a result of “who would believe that a trained police officer could be sexually assaulted much less by another police officer” and anytime she tried to report the abuse afterwards, superiors did nothing to assist. 

Mendez stated Marrero would repeatedly rape her on a collection of public streets all throughout Harlem, near NYPD Headquarters and Manhattan Criminal Court once they had been there for hearings. 

She additional claims the rapes occurred in lodges, division autos, the law enforcement officials lounge, the feminine rest room and locker room and whereas out on emergency calls, together with one the place Marrero allegedly pressured her to the sting of a roof and threatened to throw her off. 

On quite a few events, Marrero “brutally punched,” “kicked” and “strangled” Mendez and compelled his “fist” inside her anus and vagina, inflicting her a collection of accidents, together with some that required medical consideration. 

He additionally subjected his division canine to abuse by hitting him in entrance of Mendez as a kind of intimdation and repeatedly talked about how he appreciated having intercourse with unconscius ladies as a result of they don’t struggle again and confirmed her bare footage of teenage ladies he claimed to have had intercourse with. 

In July 2019, Mendez was interviewed by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau and members of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Sex Crimes Unit and offered reams of proof to again up her claims. 

The proof included cell units, 20 exercise logs and greater than 100 pairs of “soiled” underwear and a DNA pattern however a 12 months later, she was knowledgeable the Manhattan DA wouldn’t be prosecuting as a result of they couldn’t “prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime has occurred.” 

To this date, Mendez doesn’t know in regards to the standing of the IAB probe. 

The NYPD didn’t return a request for remark and town’s Law Department, which handles such lawsuits, stated they received’t be commenting “before all the facts were in” and till they’ve “had a chance to review the suit.” 

The Manhattan DA’s workplace additionally didn’t instantly return a request for remark.

Additional reporting by Ben Feuerherd

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