Missouri: Springfield Police Chief Apologizes to Rape Survivors

HeadlineDec 05, 2018

In Missouri, Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams has issued a video apology to rape survivors after a damning CNN investigation revealed that his police department routinely pressured survivors, neglected to interview suspects and destroyed, or left untested, rape kits in cases that could have been prosecuted. Williams said he would make changes to the department’s handling of rape cases, including halting the practice of having victims sign “prosecution declination waivers.”

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