Brooklyn, NY — As the Free Thought Project has reported time and again, police will and do arrest people for crimes they frequently commit themselves. One of the most popular one of these “crimes” is the act of hiring a prostitute. When police are lobbying the government to grant them permission to have sex with prostitutes before they bust them, they are often times out participating in it.
To be clear, the act of two consenting adults exchanging voluntary sexual favors for money is not an issue government should be involved in at all. What consenting adults voluntarily do behind closed doors, even when money is involved is of no concern to the state. Sadly, however, unless these consenting adults are filmed and their sex acts distributed online and taxed, the process remains illegal and cops, like the one mentioned below, will jail you for it.
Officer Ali Sheppard was in his personal car on Tuesday when he picked up 20-year-old Taquanna Lawton — known as “Unique” — at Liberty Avenue and Sackman Street to pay her for her sexual services. But Lawton was more than just a sex worker, however. She was a thief.
In what some would call karma, the officer, who has likely arrested prostitutes before, was quickly turned from john to victim.
As the pair headed off to a motel in East New York, Sheppard stopped at an ATM so he could take out money to pay Lawton for her services. However, as Sheppard waited for his money to dispense from the ATM, Lawton hopped into the driver’s seat and took off.
Sheppard’s Smith & Wesson service-issued pistol was on the front seat which Lawton also got away with.
It only took police a short time before they found Lawton and arrested her just after midnight on Wednesday. Showing his blue privilege, however, Sheppard, who was caught in the act of hiring a prostitute—was not arrested.
The cop, who makes over $100,000 a year, according to SeeThruNY, was merely suspended pending the investigation.
“He was immediately suspended and he’ll be facing some disciplinary action,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said at a press conference Wednesday. “We’re working on the investigation.”
“You gotta be f**king kidding me,” Sheppard’s father Eugene Sheppard told reporters Wednesday morning outside his Brownsville home. “Excuse my lingo man. This is a surprise.”
“I would never have thought this,” the dad continued. “The man has been in the service twice. I’ve never heard that he would pick up a prostitute…I’m in shock actually. This is a child that I raised by myself as a single parent and I’ve never known anything like this to happen, ever. He’s a good kid.”
Missing the point, however, Sheppard’s father is enraged that his son would hire a prostitute while ignoring the hypocrisy of working a job in which he promises to arrest people for the exact same thing.
What this case illustrates is the nature of what happens when sex work is pushed into dark alleys. It fosters criminal behavior, creates an extremely unsafe work environment for the sex workers, and leads to the kidnapping and caging of people for simply wanting to have sex for money.