“The callousness and depravity with which these officers communicated about my client is dehumanizing, horribly offensive and degrading to all women. It’s going to lead to another level of mistrust and skepticism to the motive of law enforcement in general”
Earlier this week, we broke the story of California Highway Patrol officer Sean Harrington, a cop who was accused of stealing nude photographs from a woman who was arrested for DUI.
On Friday, Mercury News obtained court documents showing that the situation was more disturbing and more widespread than was initially expected. The victim and her lawyer did suspect that other officers were involved in the crime, and according to the recently obtained documents, there were a number of other officers involved. In fact, it was admitted by officer Harrington that collecting nude photos from the phones of arrested women was a “game” that he and other officers played while on duty.
Rick Madsen, the attorney representing the 23-year-old woman who discovered the officer’s activities, pointed to evidence that was recently uncovered in the case, showing degrading messages that were sent back and forth between officers at the department.
“The callousness and depravity with which these officers communicated about my client is dehumanizing, horribly offensive and degrading to all women. It’s going to lead to another level of mistrust and skepticism to the motive of law enforcement in general,” Madsen said.
In text messages uncovered during the investigation, Harrington and another officer discussed sharing the nude photographs from the woman’s phone, and spoke in the most crude terms.
According to the arrest affidavit, “Harrington said he first learned of this scheme when he was working in the Los Angeles office, Harrington said when he was assigned to the Dublin office, he learned from other officers that they would access the cell phones of female arrestees and look for nude photographs of them. Harrington said if photographs were located, the officers would then text the photographs to other sworn members of the office, and, to non-CHP individuals. Harrington described this scheme as a game.”
In one text message exchange between Harrington and another officer, Harrington promised to send the officer nudes and said, “Just return the favor down the road buddy,” with a smiley face.
This situation gives a candid look into the sick games that cops play.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.