Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Enterprise-Journal: Trooper accused of rape


What the hell is going on at the Mississippi Highway Patrol?  The McComb Enterprise-Journal reported on April 25 a woman alleged she was raped by a trooper of the Mississippi Highway Patrol:

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department is investigating allegations that a state trooper raped a woman during a traffic stop earlier this month.

Deputies responded to the emergency room at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center on April 5 after a woman in her early 20s went there and asked to be examined for a rape that she claimed had occurred earlier that morning.

Chief Investigator Bruce Fairburn said the woman, whom he would not identify, told deputies that she received a phone call from her younger brother shortly after midnight April 5. He told her he was being stopped by the Mississippi Highway Patrol near Summit.

The woman reportedly drove to that location and saw her brother’s vehicle pulled over by two MHP vehicles. Her brother was being stopped for a traffic violation, Fairburn said.

She reportedly got out of her vehicle and approached the troopers to speak to them.

One of the troopers administered a portable breath test on her, told her she was under arrest for driving under the influence and placed her in the back seat of his patrol vehicle.

She told the sheriff’s department that a short time later, her brother and the other trooper left the scene, and the trooper who arrested her moved his vehicle to another location, then allegedly assaulted her inside the vehicle.

She said the trooper then released her from custody and left her where the alleged assault occurred. She was not charged.

The sheriff’s department has not released the name of the trooper under investigation.

Fairburn said the woman called a family member for transportation, then sought medical treatment. He said results from rape kit tests have not been received yet.

“No arrest has been made as of yet, and the case will be presented to the Pike County grand jury,” Fairburn said.

He said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is conducting an internal inquiry.

Both MHP and MBI are divisions of the department of public safety.

Warren Strain, spokes-man for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, turned down the Enterprise-Journal’s requests for information and repeatedly referred to the sheriff’s department’s investigation as a “personnel matter.”

It’s unknown whether the trooper is still on duty.

Reprinted with permission of the Enterprise-Journal.

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

Time for Santa Cruz to go but.....obviously he has some video tape on Phil Bryant because he should have been fired a long time ago. I sure would like to see that tape he's got. Must be a doozy!!!

Holy Odometer Batman! said...

First IQ Test: Driving your car (while intoxicated) to a location where you know with certainty MHP officers are on duty.

Question: Since MHP has already acknowledged it has no problem with consensual sex while an officer is on duty, if it turns out the 'victim' offered it as a gratuity of some sort, will all be well in the Department?

Anonymous said...

Kirk Fordice woulda rolled some heads already.

Anonymous said...

a "personnel matter " ???????? what? A close friend who is a cop told me that the highway patrol has become a group of steroid using body builders and it's ranks a incestuous group of elitist blow hards.....rape is rape....I am sorry that Mr. Strain doesn't understand that.

Anonymous said...

The Trooper has been allowed to retire. Now the other Trooper has been suspended for 10 days, demoted, but allowed to stay in the Brookhaven District - "watching his fellow man's back" so to speak!

Anonymous said...

But did she get a ticket?

Anonymous said...

Supposedly, the female offered to make a deal with the Trooper and he agreed. Now some three weeks later, the female comes forth with the rape allegations. Maybe that's what happened between the Trooper and the trucker.

Kingfish said...

Mr. Strain does what the lawyers tell him to do.

Kingfish said...

So if she offers him sex while he is on the job, he can't keep his pants on?

Tamora, Queen of the Goths said...

There once was a state highway trooper
Who made an egregious blooper.
When in course of duty
He spied speedin' booty,
Proceeded to stop 'er and shtupp her.

Anonymous said...

Pants on? No. Anyone with reasonable girth will find the teeth of his zipper are unkind when copulating with his pants on. Think, KF. Think.

Anonymous said...

This sounds just like same mentality in regard to a brutal rape of a 15 year girl by several high school football players in Stubenville, Ohio a few years ago. Blame the drunk little girl and on to yet another state championship......yes indeed..... You , Mr. Strain, are a disgrace.

Anonymous said...

To protect and serve! I feel so much safer with these officers who sacrifice so much for our safety out there! Right?!

Anonymous said...

I always thought State Troopers were the best of the law enforcement and actually had some respect for them. I guess we really can't trust any cops at all.

Anonymous said...

And they wonder why no one respects them!!!!!

Kingfish said...

Mr. Strain is the mouthpiece for the agency. He says what they tell him to say. If the lawyers tell him something, he does it. Period. Criticize the lawyers and Cruz, they are the ones who decide what he can do.

Anonymous said...

10:30 troopers are not true law enforcement officers. They do not even have police powers like real law enforcement officers do. They are only traffic cops. Their whole academy time is spent on writing tickets. They do not even work 24/7 365. Their late shift ends at 1:00 am unless there is a wreck somewhere.

Anonymous said...

Well shit. Is their any law enforcement in Mississippi that's respectable? How about game wardens. They seem like a good bunch.

Anonymous said...

I was tasked with serving a subpoena on a game warden who had raped a 12yo boy. I don't really have any experience with other game wardens so I dunno.

Anonymous said...

KF post has the following:

"Deputies responded to the emergency room at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center on April 5 after a woman in her early 20s went there and asked to be examined for a rape that she claimed had occurred earlier that morning.

Chief Investigator Bruce Fairburn said the woman, whom he would not identify, told deputies that she received a phone call from her younger brother shortly after midnight April 5. He told her he was being stopped by the Mississippi Highway Patrol near Summit."

anonymous 9:10 then posts:

"Supposedly, the female offered to make a deal with the Trooper and he agreed. Now some three weeks later, the female comes forth with the rape allegations. Maybe that's what happened between the Trooper and the trucker."

Can't read?
Calling bs with some BS?
Nolo comprende?

Anonymous said...

Shocked to find this. Dispute over access to public records concerning this alleged rape and related info? Who coulda knowed?

" Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014 8:00 am Wesley Muller | Enterprise-Journal |

E-J seeks probe of DPS records refusal

The Enterprise-Journal is asking the Mississippi Ethics Commission to compel the Mississippi Department of Public Safety to release information concerning allegations that a state trooper raped a woman in Pike County last month.

A request for opinion mailed Friday outlines nine reasons why DPS is in violation of the Mississippi Public Records Act by refusing to release an incident report and basic identifying information about the trooper under investigation."

http://www.enterprise-journal.com/news/article_9818fed6-d8c0-11e3-92d7-001a4bcf887a.html

Anonymous said...

+1 @11:02. I've always understood the hierarchy to be city cops, followed by sheriff's deputies, followed by state troopers. There was a time not so long ago when, if you couldn't get a job anywhere else, you could join the highway patrol. Frank Poncherello and Jon Baker, these guys aren't.

Anonymous said...

[And] once again we see the Clarion Ledger reading JJ to ripoff easy story ideas.

Anonymous said...

Was this by chance a black raping a young white woman? Because this is the common trend in Mississippi. Or am I racist to ask the question, and just supposed to go on like the problem doesn't exist.

Anonymous said...

blatant ignorance from 2:09

Anonymous said...

I am a former long-term career prosecutor that worked in several different counties in difference parts of the state. State troopers are the sharpest looking LEOs because they are military minded on uniforms, vehicles, and discipline. They have very narrow training however and know little about the law beyond traffic offenses and auto accidents. 90% have zero investigative skills. Their reports are not reliable because they tend to be so short. They are notorious for ignoring subpoenas to trials. Many tickets, and even DUIs, get dismissed because they don't come to court. I'm not mad at them, I'm just telling what I have observed over the last thirty years.

Anonymous said...

The fact is the uniform division of the highway patrol is useless. Law enforcement in the state would not change if they no longer existed, bottom line. Elite, no...remedial, yes.

Anonymous said...

This is what you get when you have a "red-neck" governor who is a law enforcement "wanna-be". He will protect Santa Cruze until the cows come home - never mind that he has criminals in his employ!!

Step Outa The Car Please said...

This really ain't about the current governor. This situation has existed for seventy five years.

Anonymous said...

8:24 This really ain't about the current governor?

Then which governor is it about? Do we have another one of which we are not aware?

You say this type behavior has been in existence for seventy-five years....no it has not? Maybe on the watch of Cliff Finch! We have former governors who would not have put up with this type behavior for five minutes. But, hey, they had principles, something with which Bryant is not familiar....or the people who support him!!

Anonymous said...

Was Mr. Strain told what to say by SantaCruz who relies heavily on the guys at Frontier for talking points and spin? Frontiersmen are experts at coming up with what to tell the public just like they do for political campaigns. You can bet the phone call was made "Josh, Albert Earl here. We got a problem I am going to need some emergency contracting on".

Anonymous said...

MHP just got a new motto - "cruising in our cruisers"

8:24 Backatcha said...

8:24 here. What I mean about seventy five years is the attitude of the MHP. They're taught to strut and they're taught they are the top-tier when it comes to force, the trampling of rights, jack-boot tactics and insulation from reproach. A storm-trooper mentality is drummed into their heads.

And, no, there is not another governor of which you are not aware. These officers are 'above' the governor. He admires their polished boots and gets off on their ability to drive him around at 87 mph. It's 'shits and giggles' for Phil.

Maybe we need 'that girl' Mabus put in charge of the Department.

Lunch Break said...

'He asked his dispatcher for a one hour lunch break'.....

It's idiotic to suggest that 'going 10-7' for a blowjob can keep one from getting fired for inappropriate conduct.

Anonymous said...

Happens more than is reported. Usually it never gets out of the dept. They had a lesbo trooper recently who took pictures of she and her girlfriend making it and uploaded it on her in car tropper computer. Was smart because when it crashed the pictures we discovered. Santa Cruz probably still looks at them.

Mabus' Girl Was One Too said...

Were they wearing their strap-ons? Weapons, I mean.

Anonymous said...

2:09 here.

Anyone want to answer my question? Or is everyone just going to scream 'ignorance'.

I'm right, aren't I? Since when is being right 'ignorant'?

Anonymous said...

Had to look back and find what 2:09's question was. I have a rule, which is; Never axe a question unless you know what you will do with the answer.

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