By far this is the worst instance I have seen. The story is down right disturbing.
As if that alone wasn’t bad enough.
She took her story to the Milwaukee District Attorney’s office. A prosecutor subsequently wrote, “While I did find the victim’s version of events credible, I did not believe that her testimony would be strong enough to successfully prosecute Officer Cates.”
Eventually the victim got the feds involved. The federal prosecutor immediately found enough to prosecute.
As the case headed for trial, Gina Barton of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Cates had been investigated for illegal behavior on five previous occasions, three of them involving sexual misconduct. Two of those were with prisoners. The third was with a 16 year-old and that case had been referred to the Milwaukee district attorney’s office, which declined to prosecute. The priors came as no surprise to the 19-year-old who was now accusing him of raping her while he somehow remained employed as a cop.
Especially since there was a history with this officer as well. Except that history couldn’t be used in the trial. This is by no means hearsay or dragging a good man’s name through the gutter because a jury of his peers convicted him.
Anything less than life in prison is too dang short. This predator went into law enforcement to seek out victims. Local law enforcement protected him and did their best to stop victims from pursuing action against this monster. I’m not one to wish ill or harm to others, but that’s one individual I wouldn’t mind seeing get some serious special treatment in the shower.
State Sponsored Criminal Count 253: Lamarald Cates
Because when a woman calls for help what’s she’s really doing is asking you to rape her, at least according to Milwaukee PD.
*I may take a few days off the criminal count. This one made me unbelievably angry, upset, and even physically ill. That such a monster like that could 1) serve, 2) be protected by his fellow officers, and 3) be protected by the local prosecutorial authorities is down right sickening. Every last one of them shares responsibility.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.