Friday, May 18, 2012

Female police officer is victim of false protection from abuse order

The need to exercise extreme caution when a putative victim of abuse asks a court to deprive a presumptively innocent person of rights was brought into sharp focus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania yesterday.

Last week, the male owner of a Pittsburgh after-hours club was granted a protection from abuse order against a female Pittsburgh police commander. The man claimed he was a "current or former sexual or intimate partner" of the commander, but that after their supposed romantic relationship ended, the commander threatened to destroy his business. "At this point, I felt physically in danger for my life,” said the man on May 9. “This woman carries a gun.”

The story was prominently reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after the petition was filed.

Yesterday, after a nearly two hour hearing, a judge lifted the PFA, finding that there was "not one scintilla of evidence" that there was ever any type of personal relationship between the accuser and the accused.

In fact, it turns out the man's after-hours club had been labeled a trouble spot by police. The petition for the PFA was filed shortly before a zoning hearing where the commander was due to testify about the legality of Mr. Lee's club.

Pittsburgh police Chief Nate Harper released a statement saying he would consult with the district attorney to determine whether criminal charges against the man were possible. The chief called the man's PFA petition "an abuse of the Judicial System."

Sources:
*http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/05/17/judge-dismisses-pfa-filed-against-pittsburgh-police-commander/

*http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/judge-dismisses-protection-from-abuse-order-against-pittsburgh-police-commander-636369//

*http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/north-side-police-commander-served-with-protection-from-abuse-order-635056/

15 comments:

  1. And society only seems to care about this sort of stuff when the false accusation is leveled against a woman by a man.

    Things like this must be happening to men at a significantly higher rate that they do to women, and yet we have to listen yet again to some story about a woman who's been victimized.

    sad.

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  2. Anon above me.

    The rate that this happens to Men vs. women is about a trillion to one.

    If women were the vast vast majority of victims of false claims the punishment would be 25 years in prison minimum for making them.

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  3. It is rare for a woman to be a victim of a false claim of this nature, but this blog treats false claims as false claims, regardless of the gender of the victim or the perpetrator. For a writer to posit that "and yet we have to listen yet again to some story about a woman who's been victimized" is both peculiar and off-putting. This blog and FRS reports on essentially a daily basis about false claims where the victims are typically men. We are interested in the injustice and the due process issues. Many of these stories are of the human interest variety that paint the victims in the most sympathetic light, and rightfully so, given what they've experienced. This story, in contrast, does not even focus on the human interest aspect or about the police officer's victimization. Its entire focus is on the audacious lie told to keep the police from shutting down a night club. The real victims are the citizens of the Pittsburgh neighborhood where the club is located.

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  4. Peculiar and off-putting?

    I understand where you are coming from, but I disagree.

    But first, I just wanna say I do have tremendous respsect for the efforts you have made to bring FRA issues to people's attention.

    However, and I say this with all due respect, maybe this site has lost sight of the more important problem: misandry.

    False (rape) accusations, as serious and detrimental as they are to men (and only men), are only a symptom. The real disease we need to be treating is the misandry behind it.

    In fact, if there were no misandry, false accusations would not be as harmful.

    This post in fact illustrates that to an extent. Let's see: a) Was the woman jailed? b) Did some thugs beat her up or shoot her to death upon learning of the accusation without bothering to check the facts? c) Did she have to spend 20 years behind bars before some ignored piece of exculpatory evidence came to light?

    Let me answer those questions for you.

    a) No, she wasn't.
    b) No, nobody did that to her.
    c) No, she didn't.

    Why?

    Because she has a vagina. Without misandry, false accusations targeting men (i.e., 99.9999% of false accusations, probably) would not be as harmful, because people would listen to both parties impartially. And if things worked that way (as it would in a society without misandry), there probably wouldn't be as many false accusations to begin with. Women falsely accuse men because they know, consciously or subconsciously, that people, society, the courts, etc., are all too willing to listen to her and ignore what the man has to say. Because she knows she can get away with it.

    The real problem is not the accusation itself (though I don't want to minimize it, I understand what an unspeakably horrible ordeal it is for the men who have experienced it). What's at the heart of this problem is that people simply don't care when the accused has a penis, and no matter what "he" says, people are only going to listen to what "she" says.

    I have been a fan of your site since it was called FRS, and I have tremendous respect for your passion about false rape accusations. But I do feel that, when we start getting up in arms about some false accusation made against a woman which was dismissed right away (which is not the way it goes for far too many men), it indicates that we have lost sight of the real issue plaguing society.

    In today's misnadric world, speaking up against FRAs is very important. But I still maintain that having to listen to a false accusation against a woman, which nobody took seriously anyway, and which seems to have been given way more attention than it deserves when it was found to be false, is sad.

    Besides, I am sure there are plenty of feminists out there who will cover this kind of story while ignoring the plight of men.

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  5. We appreciate your comment. We fully understand where you are coming from.

    I will go a step further than you did: the harsh sex laws that once in a while affect women, even mildly, were largely enacted to control "bad" men and boys, and the women are just collateral damage.

    How do we remedy injustice? We remedy it by calling attention to it, and by demanding accountability for it. These laws, and their harsh applications, are the product of misandry and a law-and-order mentality that has made us the prison capital of the world. It is well to note that these injustices have many victims, and not all male. Yes, most directly men and boys, but if you could see our email, you'd know that women and girls are greatly affected, too. Some of the most heart-wrenching notes we've received are from mothers outraged at what is happening to their sons. The pain comes oozing through every line of the note. It's not the same pain as being falsely accused but it is pain nonetheless. I am amazed people can't see that. Wives, girlfriends, and daughters have also written to us.

    Do you not realize the value in being able to say that we care about all victims of these injustices, men and women, boys and girls, black and white? Not all injustice is equal, but all injustice is at least worth mentioning.

    This blog should not be as controversial as some want it to be. The issue we promote is one that every fair-minded person agrees with. But to be fair, and to maintain the appearance of fairness to the average person not well versed in these issues, we can't ignore injustices to women.

    This has been our philosophy since the beginning.

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  6. anonymous, you claim its general misandry that is fueling the new culture of false rape accusations, and i would respectfully dis-agree.
    I believe state and federal dollars are fueling the false accusation industry. The legal community in America no longer interprets the law, as the constitution calls for them to do, they are de-facto making the law, and then interpreting it also.
    The more conflict the American legal community can drum up, the more they and their brethren lawyers can charge by the hour to clean it up.
    I believe that congress needs to step up to the plate, and again take control of making laws, and make laws that clearly " REMOVE ALL FINANCIAL INTERESTS IN THE PERSECUTION OF THE INNOCENT".

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  7. Edit, "the legal community no longer "Just" interpret the law as the Constitution calls for...

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  8. The current FRA laws are wrong in two ways.

    Firstly, they are morally wrong. They fail the "beyond reasonable doubt" test.

    Secondly, they have unintended consequences. This story is an example of the second thing.

    THE FRA-friendly laws are a result of (among other things) lawmakers reacting with knee-jerk emotionalism to sob stories. It's a bad way to make law. Yes, as men we are interested in our own interests. But our approach is not the female one of seeking special exemptions so that out feelings aren't hurt. We are more than happy with a society that is fair for all. This story shows what happens when it isn't.

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  9. And where are all the feminists screeching about "blaming the victim" this time around? Never stops them when a woman files a manifestly ridiculous claim.

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  10. "Some of the most heart-wrenching notes we've received are from mothers outraged at what is happening to their sons. The pain comes oozing through every line of the note. It's not the same pain as being falsely accused but it is pain nonetheless. I am amazed people can't see that. Wives, girlfriends, and daughters have also written to us.

    "Do you not realize the value in being able to say that we care about all victims of these injustices, men and women, boys and girls, black and white? Not all injustice is equal, but all injustice is at least worth mentioning."


    Oh please... some of the "most heart-wrenching" notes were from women?

    That's as daft as claiming women are "the primary victims of war." I am sure their experiences were painful, but to try to imply that their pain merits mention on the same level as that of men who were actually falsely accused and who subsequently had to learn the painful lesson that, because they have a penis, when accused they must prove their innocence, that's just ludicrous, not to mention egregiously disrespectful of the real (read: male) victims.

    I understand that your idea of fairness is to treat both male and female victims of false accusations as if they were equal. But, even as a fan of your work, I have to disagree.

    In the unlikely event that a woman is accused, the accusation is most likely going to be dismissed out of hand (as in the case detailed in the post in question). She most likely: won't be jailed without due process; won't be named in the media until proven guilty; won't lose her job; won't find any difficulty in finding a subsequent job; will not be perceived as an "icky" pervert so long as she is not convicted (or, perhaps, even if she is convicted); etc. etc.

    The list goes on. I don't think I need to point out the corresponding outcomes for her male counterparts.

    As a long-time champion of the rights of the falsely accused, surely, you must understand that a woman being falsely accused is simply not the same thing as a man being falsely accused in the context of the misandric times we live in.

    To pretend as if they were, for the sake of "fairness" (which is not how I would describe your approach to male vs female false accusation victims), is not only absurd, but an affront of the greatest degree to those men that have been falsely accused by sick women, who falsely accuse men because they know full well that they will only get a slap on the wrist even if their crimes come to light.

    How might those Hofstra victims, or Vladek Filler, or Thomas Ball, etc., etc., feel if you told them "yeah, we're kinda sorry about what happened to you, but you know there's this case about an unnamed female police officer who was falsely accused but who wasn't expelled or fired or jailed, whose name wasn't splashed across the media and who wasn't painted as a sick sociopath or pervert, whose kids weren't taken away, who wasn't so traumatized as to douse herself with gasoline and set herself ablaze, who wasn't brutally murdered by a mob who assumed she did it, etc., etc. And in order to be 'fair,' we are going to run this story like its the female version of what happened to you, because we have to treat every false accusation case equally and that is what 'every fair-minded person agrees with.' Is that alright with you?"

    Telling male victims of false accusations that their experiences are equal, or even comparable, to those of female victims of false accusations is neither noble, nor very enlightened given the culture we live in.

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  11. Anon at 1:13: Thanks for your note. There are many other sites where your comments probably would be more appropriate. Your opinion seems based on a philospophy we don't share here.

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  12. COTWA,

    I have to admit, I was disappointed by your response. I at least tried to argue my case with passion. Your reply, on the other hand, was neither sincere nor respectful enough to refrain from drawing assumptions about my "philosophy".

    As I have said many times in the couple of comments I have posted with regard to this article, I have been a fan of your work. I mean that sincerely and I really hope you won't think I am trolling.

    As a man living in today's misandric zeitgeist, I do agree that false rape accusations are an important issue. But to become fixated on false rape accusations to the extent that we start equating the male experience of being falsely accused with that of women's is simply ridiculous, not to mention unconscionable.

    You just ran a story today about an innocent male passenger who was 1) falsely accused, and 2) whose face was exposed to the public in the media for kicks. You have also ran a couple of articles about the heart breaking story of Brian Banks.

    Would anything like these incidents have happened, or could anything even remotely resembling them ever happen, to a woman?

    I don't have to answer that question, do I?

    Even if they do get falsely accused once in a menstrual blue moon, women have the luxury of being accorded due process, annonymity, etc., etc. Of course, these really aren't so much luxuries as they are basic human rights, but, as a man, I can't help but see them as luxuries to pine for since we don't yet have them today.

    I now repeat myself, but, as important as they are, false accusations are not, in and of themselves, the problem. The problem is the misandry behind them that turns them into such monstrous ordeals for men, and men only.

    Sure, it would be nice to live in a world where there are no false accusations. But there will always be sick people, male and female. And these people will falsely accuse others. We can't change that. But what we can do is to make sure that the falsely accused men are not assumed guilty and treated like dirt.

    Women already enjoy that privilege (along with many others).

    Pretending as if the female experience of being falsely accused is comparable to that of men (by histerically reacting to a case of an unnnamed female police officer's false accusation that was dropped right away) is an insult to those men who have had to endure the real, and only, deal.

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  13. wow... censoring respectfully submitted comments now, are you? If I am not mistaken that is a pretty standard approach employed by feminist sites against comments that point out their bigotry and hatred.

    I used to think you were concerned about the plight of men in this culture. I guess I was naive and wrong. I guess you're just a bunch a guys with an obsession for false accusations with no real interest in the anti-male bigotry behind it. Though I will continue to read your blog, because I truly am concerned about misandry, I must say you have proven to be a huge disappointment. Sad. Censor this comment all you want.

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  14. =re-post=

    COTWA,

    I have to admit, I was disappointed by your response. I at least tried to

    argue my case with passion. Your reply, on the other hand, was neither

    sincere nor respectful enough to refrain from drawing assumptions about my

    "philosophy".

    As I have said many times in the couple of comments I have posted with regard

    to this article, I have been a fan of your work. I mean that sincerely and I

    really hope you won't think I am trolling.

    As a man living in today's misandric zeitgeist, I do agree that false rape

    accusations are an important issue. But to become fixated on false rape

    accusations to the extent that we start equating the male experience of being

    falsely accused with that of women's is simply ridiculous, not to mention

    unconscionable.

    You just ran a story today about an innocent male passenger who was 1)

    falsely accused, and 2) whose face was exposed to the public in the media for

    kicks. You have also ran a couple of articles about the heart breaking story

    of Brian Banks.

    Would anything like these incidents have happened, or could anything even

    remotely resembling them ever happen, to a woman?

    I don't have to answer that question, do I?

    Even if they do get falsely accused once in a menstrual blue moon, women have

    the luxury of being accorded due process, annonymity, etc., etc. Of course,

    these really aren't so much luxuries as they are basic human rights, but, as

    a man, I can't help but see them as luxuries to pine for since we don't yet

    have them today.

    I now repeat myself, but, as important as they are, false accusations are

    not, in and of themselves, the problem. The problem is the misandry behind

    them that turns them into such monstrous ordeals for men, and men only.

    Sure, it would be nice to live in a world where there are no false

    accusations. But there will always be sick people, male and female. And

    these people will falsely accuse others. We can't change that. But what we

    can do is to make sure that the falsely accused men are not assumed guilty

    and treated like dirt.

    Women already enjoy that privilege (along with many others).

    Pretending as if the female experience of being falsely accused is comparable

    to that of men (by hysterically reacting to a case of an unnnamed female

    police officer's false accusation that was dropped right away) is an insult

    to those men who have had to endure the real, and only, deal.

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