CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell made it clear Friday that he condemns the way one of his officers behaved towards an alleged rape victim.
In January, dash camera video showed an officer getting frustrated and dismissing a woman who said she had been sexually assaulted by a cab driver. Blackwell said Officer Adrienne Brown was unprofessional and wrong to have closed the window between herself and the woman in the back.
Brown picked the woman up, who told Brown she had been raped by her cab driver. The woman was agitated, uncooperative and according to police, intoxicated. The video shows Brown closing the window to the backseat and turning up the music.
"She was a very difficult person to deal with, by all accounts. The victim was obnoxious. She was out of control at times," Blackwell said. "We're the professionals. We get paid to deal with situations like that every day. So to throw your hands up in exasperation and shut the Plexiglas slide and turn on the music, is completely unacceptable."
Blackwell said he's been asked about his decision to put Brown on desk duty, and if his feelings about the officer's actions have changed.
"It had nothing to do with the case itself, the rape allegation and all of that that has played out," Blackwell said. "We have done an investigation. It was simply surrounding the music and the lack of--what I felt--was the appropriate level of compassion for the victim. I made the decision to put her on desk duty immediately based on conduct I observed in the video, that I thought was unprofessional."
Before Brown is formally disciplined, Blackwell will review the internal affairs investigation. In February, Brown was placed back on the streets, no longer to work at a desk.