Remember officers Mata and Moreno, the two NYC cops who were acquitted of the charges that they raped a drunk woman whom they had been called to help? The story was of interest to us because Moreno used the 12 Step get out of jail free card, claiming that he is in recovery from alcoholism and stuck around to counsel this inebriated, semi-conscious woman about her drinking problem. Also, as I pointed out in “Why Addiction Recovery Should Be A Feminist Issue,” drunk women are not credible witnesses.
The Village Voice is reporting today that just a few months before this, another woman was involved in a disturbing incident with Mata and Moreno. She was also drunk, had just been robbed, and was making a bit of a scene. Mata and Moreno were called. They refused to take her police report, and instead harassed her for a few hours. Their behavior that night never came up during the rape trial.
Chad Siegel, who represented Moreno along with Joseph Tacopina, said he wasn’t previously aware of the allegation. “It sounds like someone who is disorderly got arrested and now wants to capitalize on what happened,” he says. “It sounds like sour grapes to me.”
Siegel adds that neither officer had poor disciplinary records: “My guess is that even the D.A.’s Office discredited her. If they thought it was relevant, they would have used it.”
Edward Mandery, Mata’s lawyer, tells the Voice, “The prosecution saw it for exactly what it was, that this wasn’t anything of substance. People make complaints about police officers every single day.”
“She’s in a bar, they are refusing to serve her, what does that tell you?” he adds. “The D.A. left no stone unturned in this case, and they didn’t feel this was in any way relevant. There’s a reason for that.”
So, once again, the lesson is that drunk women cannot be trusted to tell the truth and they deserve what they get. Her story never made it to the courtroom, but you can read the whole thing in the Voice:
They aren’t taking me seriously from the beginning,” she tells the Voiceduring an interview at Junior’s Restaurant in Brooklyn. “I’m trying to be reasonable and rational, saying my things were stolen, and they are laughing and giggling, patronizing me. So I get upset. They grab me, push me against the car, handcuff me, and put me in the back seat. They aren’t taking my report. They also hit my friend.”
While she was in the police car, Caitlin says Mata looked through her bag, took out a sanitary pad, and said, “Is this why you’re so cranky?”
“I get pissed,” she says. “I opened the car door, and he kicked or pushed me back in the door so hard that my glasses fell off. I asked him to get them, and he said, ‘You’re a smart girl. Get them for yourself.’ ”
Later, Mata teased her, “You’re not going to India now.”
Caitlin said she kicked at the seat and called Mata names, ragging on his salary and his profession. She asked him to identify himself, but he refused, saying, “It’s none of your business.”