Failure to Railroad Duke Students Upsets Liberals and News Media
by Jim Kouri, CPP
Today was a major setback for liberals -- especially radical feminists and their male lapdogs -- in their continued efforts to demonize men, especially white men.It looks as if the Duke University rape case is unraveling like a cheap sweater.
When the story first hit the airwaves and pages of national and local newspapers, the feeding-frenzy was intense: here was a case involving a group of rich, white male college athletes accused of beating and raping a poor, black woman working her way through college by dancing at parties.
The media spin was breathtaking. These young, testosterone-driven men of privilege attacked and raped an innocent black woman who had to work as a stripper to raise her child and pay tuition for an education at third-tier college. The story had it all: Drunken white men with more money than they deserved; a horribly beaten and raped young woman; a white-on-black hate crime; exotic dancers forced into "that life" because of social injustice; and titillating sex at a top-ranked university.
Yes, this case fit nicely into the liberal media's template of American men who are soldiers, police officers or athletes -- a species of violent, immoral savages who victimize the weak whether they're fighting in Iraq, policing big city streets, or playing a highly competitive sport. Even the sport these Duke students played smacked of privilege and class -- lacrosse. Heck, when I was growing up we played stickball with a broomstick and rubber Spaulding and chalk-drawn bases on a city street. Lots of time outs in that game since we had to stop playing when a car drove through our "field." I never heard of lacrosse.
In the early stages of the Duke rape investigation there were left-leaning journalists hanging onto each syllable uttered by the District Attorney. The DA held press conferences and pandered to black voters in his district since he was coincidentally running for reelection. Listening to his TV press conferences one would think he had a "slam dunk" case against these evil white men. And the cherry on top of the cake was the DA being a liberal Democrat.
That was in March and April. As time passed, little by little information about the case came out that began to suggest the prosecutor overplayed his hand. Slowly, but surely, exculpatory evidence surfaced that tended to exonerate the Duke students: Lack of DNA evidence; a key witness -- the alleged victim's fellow stripper -- who changed her story every time she opened her mouth; one of the indicted students having an ironclad alibi that placed him miles away from the accuser; medical record notations of minor injuries inconsistent with a beating; the "victim's" use of sex toys when she entertained a couple in their hotel room that very likely mimicked vaginal distress from a rape; and the list goes on.
With each new revelation, the liberal talking heads would say, "Well that doesn't mean she wasn't raped." Correct. But it also doesn't mean she was. And then there's that "presumed innocent" thing that liberals love trotting out when it suits their purposes, but seem to forget when dealing with crimes that enter the "political correctness" zone.
To add to the drama, the New (and unimproved) Black Panthers injected themselves into the media frenzy. The liberals were ecstatic. Would they bring firearms? Would they confront these whiteboys? Would they "invade" the university campus while liberals uttered the Stalinist line about rich white men victimizing poor black women? Would the majority of men on the Duke campus hide like girlie-men?
It was incredible. A woman crying rape knocked the anti-Bush, antiwar stories right off the TV screens of cable news channels and front-pages of newspapers and newsmagazines. You know a case is big when Greta Van Susteran camps out on location to cover it.
But, alas, the liberals are left with a hate crime in which the key witness told cops the rape charge was a "crock." Lucky for them they have Haditha so they can vent their anger over US Marines allegedly killing people during a war. Perhaps the Duke whiteboys didn't rape a helpless woman, at least the liberal-left can focus on those men Senator Dick Durbin once compared to Nazis. Those horrible men in uniform Rep. John Murtha calls cold-blooded murderers. Our men in combat whom Senator John Kerry said are terrorizing women and children in the dark of night. They're left with the United State Marines to denigrate and railroad, the way they tried to railroad the members of the Duke lacrosse team..
Why, you may be asking yourself, is this writer so cynical about this particular rape case? Because, when I worked in law enforcement, I came across more cases of false sexual assault charges than actual sex crime cases.
One case stands out in my mind because of the enormous injustice perpetrated on a 19-year old, white male college student who had the misfortune to meet and bed a liar.
One night, the guy hooked up with other students to go out drinking and dancing. As often happens when you mix overly stimulated hormones and booze, the guy ended up in one of girls' dorm room where they enjoyed an evening of carnal knowledge.
The next day, the male student was summoned to the Dean of Students' office and was told that his "one-night stand" filed rape charges against him. The police were called and we conducted an investigation. Stories about the alleged rape appeared in the newspapers, including the boy's name and hometown. Even the college's newspaper printed a story about the rape on campus. The campus feminists used the case to make demands on the college administration who naturally caved-in.
Eventually, the guy dropped out of that college because of harassment by some of his fellow students -- mostly women blinded by feminist ideology -- and the embarrassment of being labeled a sex offender. And after all that, he still faced a criminal trial.
But not so fast. After a two-week investigation, this was what came to light:
The girl had a fiance'. One of her girlfriends told that fiance' that his dearly beloved slept with another student. The girl didn't want to lose her fiance', so she told him she had been raped while she was intoxicated. He insisted she press charges, which she did to save her relationship.
Finally, when faced with the facts, the girl confessed to making a false claim of rape and that in fact she initiated the sexual relationship.
Meanwhile, the alleged rapist had left college and was labeled a sex offender.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for a number of organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at local bookstores. Kouri holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and master of arts in public administration and he's a board certified protection professional.