I’ve been angered to read two recent news reports.
“We don’t charge domestic violence victims who falsely recant. We empathize with them, we support them, and we advocate for them,” the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement to the news outlet.
Prosecutors have decided not to file criminal charges against a Grapevine woman who falsely claimed that she was sexually assaulted by a state trooper last weekend.
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The office concluded that Dixon-Cole’s claims “do not constitute a false report to a peace officer” because they were made to either detention officers or to a private citizen over a recorded jailhouse phone line.
It also said the claims “did not create a situation, either real or false, in which there was imminent danger of serious bodily injury or imminent danger of damage or destruction to property.”
I’m sorry, but I simply don’t buy the explanations. Isn’t making false accusations against anyone, whether or not they’re police officers, an actionable offense? Perhaps lawyers reading this will offer their opinions, but that’s always been my understanding. At the very least, I hope that the officer concerned will bring a civil case for slander, libel, defamation, and any other feasible charge against his accuser. If he doesn’t, what’s to stop others making similar accusations in future? If there’s no deterrent, why shouldn’t they?
I don’t see any way to stop such false accusations other than by making those doing so pay a heavy price for their lies. As one who’s been subject to false accusations myself in the past, I know from personal experience how difficult they can make your life. Somehow, this must be stopped. If that means treating offenders harshly, to make an example of them in order to deter others, well . . . they asked for it. Only in the case of mental illness – clinically diagnosed, confirmed, and beyond doubt – would I make an exception.