Instances of shocking misconduct by members of law enforcement seem to be growing in frequency, making society feel untrusting and less safe.
Prather, 37, was arrested last week for repeatedly stopping women “between the ages of 20 and 35 and soliciting them to go on a date with him or give him their phone numbers,” according to an official press release from the New Jersey Attorney General’s office.
The state police learned of Prather’s sleazy tactics once several women reported complaints against him.
After further investigation, the New Jersey State Police Office of Professional Standards discovered that the trooper had been turning off his microphone during these inappropriate stops, and then later claiming he experienced technical difficulties.
Prather faces a third-degree charge of tampering with public records or information and a fourth-degree charge of falsifying or tampering with records.
The third-degree charge could lead to a three- to five-year prison sentence for Prather while the fourth-degree charge could result in an18-month prison sentence.
He’s currently out on bail and suspended without pay for his misconduct. He reportedly plans to plead not guilty. What may be the worst part about this case is that Prather likely doesn’t even equate what he did to sexual harassment, even though that is exactly what it is.
Most people are already vulnerable and nervous when being pulled over by a cop because being stopped is an indication that you've done something wrong.
Prather took advantage of being in an authoritative position, and he likely created a looming fear for the women that they would be cited or arrested if they rejected his advances.
It’s a textbook example of intimidation, and it is beyond disgusting that someone who is entrusted to uphold the law would stoop to such a low level.
Prather deserves to be convicted and ordered the steepest punishment for his inexcusable behavior.
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