Drop Unjust Charges Against Police Sexual Assault Victim Tiawanda Moore
  • Petitioned Anita Alvarez

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Anita Alvarez

Drop Unjust Charges Against Police Sexual Assault Victim Tiawanda Moore

    1. Petition by

      Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women

Tiawanda Moore, whose trial is now tentatively scheduled for June 1st in Cook County Criminal Court, is accused of using her Blackberry to record two Internal Affairs investigators who spoke to her inside Police Headquarters while she filed a sexual harassment complaint last August against another police officer.

On Jan 22, the New Times featured her case as well as that of Chris Drew as they are both facing up to 15 years in prison for taping police officers. 

Quoting from the New York Times:

Ms. Moore’s case is more complicated and “disturbing,” said her lawyer, Robert W. Johnson, who is representing her pro bono.

Ms. Moore lived with her boyfriend at the time of the incident and theirs was a stormy relationship, filled with fights and visits by the police, Mr. Johnson said. Last July, the boyfriend called the police and said he wanted Ms. Moore out of his house. But by the time the police arrived, Mr. Johnson said, the couple had calmed down. Still, one of the officers talked to Ms. Moore upstairs while his partner interviewed the boyfriend.

On Aug. 18, Ms. Moore and her boyfriend went to Police Headquarters to file a complaint with Internal Affairs about the officer who had talked to her alone. Ms. Moore said the officer had fondled her and left his personal telephone number, which she handed over to the investigators.

Ms. Moore said the investigators tried to talk her out of filing a complaint, saying the officer had a good record and that they could “guarantee” that he would not bother her again.

“They keep giving her the run-around, basically trying to discourage her from making a report,” Mr. Johnson said. “Finally, she decides to record them on her cellphone to show how they’re not helping her.”

The investigators discovered that she was recording them and she was arrested and charged with two counts of eavesdropping, Mr. Johnson said. But he added that the law contains a crucial exception. If citizens have “reasonable suspicion” that a crime is about to be committed against them, they may obtain evidence by recording it.

“I contend that the Internal Affairs investigators were committing the crime of official misconduct in preventing her from filing a complaint,” Mr. Johnson said. “She’s young. She had no idea what she was getting into when she went in there to make a simple complaint. It’s just a shame when the people watching the cops aren’t up to it.”

Days later, accompanied by Mr. Johnson, Ms. Moore returned to Internal Affairs and was able to file a full complaint. There is a continuing investigation of Ms. Moore’s charges against the officer, a Police Department spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Ms. Moore is in Cook County Jail after another domestic dispute with her boyfriend, Mr. Johnson said.

In a tearful telephone interview from jail, Ms. Moore said that when she went to Internal Affairs she was only trying to make sure no other women suffered at the hands of the officer.

“I’m scared,” she said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen now. I don’t want to be in jail. I want to make my parents happy and proud of me.”

Our Call to Action:

1. Read the entire New York Times article here.

2. Complete this petition.

3. E-mail the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls & Young Women at chitaskforce@gmail.com if you are interested in potentially attending Tiawanda's trial.  We will let you know once the trail date is confirmed.

 

 

Photo credit: Ian Lamont

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    News

    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. A Morning in Court in Support of Tiawanda Moore

      Mariame Kaba, of the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women, went to court yesterday to stand in support of Tiawanda Moore. So far, though Ms. Moore is calling upon her right to a speedy trial, the court has continued to put it off -- and the prosecutor won't dismiss the charges either. Kaba speculates that the court doesn't want Ms. Moore's recording of the police played.

    3. Reached 2 signatures
    4. Radley Balko at HuffPost does an excellent comprehensive piece on Moore's case and constitutional challenges to law against recording cops:

    5. Reached 2 signatures
    6. Victim Faces Jail Time While More Chicago Cops Commit Sexual Assault

      Tiawanda Moore was sexually harassed and assaulted by a Chicago police officer. Want to guess who's facing the possibility of up to 15 years jail time?
      If you guessed the victim, congratulations: you're correct (and probably very jaded).
      As part of...

    7. Tiawanda's trial is coming up next week on May 3!

    8. Reached 750 signatures
    9. SF Examiner picks up on Tiawanda Moore's story and another police eavesdropping victim, Christopher Drew

    10. Reached 500 signatures
    11. Police Sexual Assault Victim Arrested for Recording Officer Misconduct

      Twenty-year-old Tiawanda Moore went to Chicago Police Headquarters to report being fondled by an officer. But Internal Affairs didn't want to take her complaint. After asking for new investigators and being refused, Moore turned on her Blackberry...

    12. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Patty Buchler JACKSON, MI
      • about 3 years ago

      This case make me sick! It should be allowed for citizens to record anything they see fit if it is in thier best interest and to protect themselves if anything should arise in the future-it is proof of the incident on thier behalf ! She did the right thing by recording them - they were trying to "cover thier own a$$e$" and protect "one of thier own" well quess what- now instead of doing the right thing in the first place and take the filing of the complaint - now there is two complaints.

      1. drop the charges and cleard her name of all.

      2. complaints against the officers involved should be taken seriously.. it was illegal.

      3. All police have taken an oath to PROTECT--that does not mean-your own- under these type of circumstances. And if you must -them have PROOF...

      4. citizens have the right to protect themselves...she was trying to get the proof she needed---sound like she did.

      5. poloce and I.A. is NOT above the law- so stop acting like you are.

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    • Denise Roux PUYALLUP, WA
      • about 3 years ago

      This treatment of a citizen is unconscionable, that it was perpetrated on a young womean is indefensible. This behavior blemishes the honor and reputation of all Chicago police officers. When citizens can not record or tape police in their performance of thier duty it is a short jump to a police state. Ms. Moore was protecting her rights, and can not be eavesdropping on a conversation she was participating in. This charge is trumped up to scare women from protecting themselves by using their government rights.

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    • Diamond Moore NEWARK, DE
      • about 3 years ago

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    • Sharon Fuentes PORTLAND, CT
      • about 3 years ago

      This happens all over the globe where you least expect and many of us women pay the price when we ask the mysogynistic, ethnocentric police for help. We are summarily dismissed and disreguarded time and time again. True and Sad

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    • Darrell Bezet BATON ROUGE, LA
      • about 3 years ago

      THE COP,S ARE SO WRONG, FOR DOING THIS. GOD IS LOOKING AT YOU MY FRIEND

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