The Austin Police Department is currently investigating a pair of its officers whose dashboard camera recorded them joking about the rape of a random woman who was walking near their vehicle.
A local attorney obtained the video through a records request and posted it to YouTube with the description of the two officers as “yucking it up.” The cops, later identified as Mark Lyttle and Michael Castillo can be heard joking about what would happen if they ignored crimes for a week:
Officer 1: Alright, we’re gonna be riding out for a week.
Officer 2: Yo, we used to. They used to do that.
Officer 2: Hey, put it this way; if we ride out for a week, crime is gonna be on the run and [expletive] non-existent. [Expletive] would get real for the bad guys. The world would be at peace for a week.
Officer 1: Either that, or, you’d think that because we’d turn a blind eye towards everything.
Officer 2: Or that.
Officer 1: [Expletive], who cares.
Officer 2: Or that. It could be that.
Officer 1: I want to report a robbery! You probably deserved it.
And then came a joke about rape, when an unidentified female passed by their cruiser:
Officer 1: See my new rape whistle? Let’s see if it works. Look at that girl over there.
Officer 2: [Blows whistle] Go ahead and call the cops. They can’t unrape you. [Laughter]
Officer 1: Exactly. You didn’t turn your camera off, did you?
Officer 2: They can’t unrape you.
After confirming that the video was authentic and the officers were part of APD, the department released a statement apologizing for what was said on the tape and how it might reflect upon their ability to pursue justice for sexual assault victims:
The Austin Police Department has validated the video/audio publicly released pursuant to the Texas Open Records Act. The officers in the video/audio have been identified as Austin Police officers. Upon learning of the video’s contents, the Department immediately launched an internal investigation. The investigation will include a comprehensive audit of the involved officers’ contacts with victims of sexual assault to ensure the actions taken during the contacts meet the expectations of the Department, the public and most importantly, the victims. Upon conclusion of the investigation, the Department will take appropriate corrective action. APD extends a heartfelt apology to all victims of sexual assault. The comments made by the officers are contrary to the long-standing commitment of the Department to bring compassionate justice to sexual assault victims.
Watch the video below, via KXAN:
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