King County Detectives’ Lawsuit

Oh God.

Three veteran King County Sheriff’s detectives have filed a lawsuit against the county, alleging years of sexual harassment from two supervisors in the department’s Special Assault Unit.

Among the allegations, statements from other detectives accuse Provenzo and Mahlum of making repeated comments about the size of female detectives’ body parts and that Provenzo “regularly talks about the size of his penis” in front of co-workers: “On more than one occasion, Provenzo took a plastic penis and hung it out of the bottom of his pants.”

The complaint also alleges the sergeants made light of sex abuse victims, instructing the female detectives to “say it slower, so I can close my eyes” when they were discussing the facts of a case. Provenzo regularly told one of the plaintiffs not to investigate rapes on the Mukleshoot Indian Reservation because such crimes take place there “all the time.”

I don’t even know how someone with that attitude becomes a police officer. If there’s a lot of a type of crime, that’s a reason to step up enforcement, not to ignore it. I don’t even know what to say except if the allegations are true, I’m sorry my tax dollars were poorly spent hiring, training, and paying him.

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    Michael spews:

    Gig Harbor either has or just had a similar lawsuit, not nearly as vulgar but the same sort of sexist nonsense. I’m not sure if the suit has been settled or is still going on.

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    I don’t even know how someone with that attitude becomes a police officer.

    Same way pedophiles have that tendency to end up as priests.

    It’s permitted by others’ protective behavior. The Church protects the pedophiles. A union will protect the detective.

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    ArtFart spews:

    Perhaps being exposed day in day out to evil and crazyness eventually makes most people turn evil and crazy.

    Metro has long had a policy of periodic “shakeups” in which they reassign drivers at random to new routes. This has several advantages, such as promoting drivers to become familiar with different runs and equipment and maybe not becoming too “chummy” with certain passengers who might try to talk their way out of paying fares.

    Why not do the same thing in police departments? This might help prevent officers becoming too “personally involved” and would have the added benefit of making it easier to reassign people to fill unexpected vacancies.