The Detroit Police Department is looking into an allegation its internal affairs unit in 2011 failed to investigate a report alleging that an officer had raped his estranged wife, reports George Hunter of The Detroit News.
"We're looking into whether IA handled this allegation properly," Detroit police Chief James Craig tells the News, saying he opened the probe after the woman last month sent letters to him and Mayor Mike Duggan laying out her allegations.
The woman says the officer, who retired last year, assaulted her in her Clinton Township home in 2010. The woman said about a week later she consulted an attorney, who told her it would do no good to report the crime because her husband was a cop.
She said she was afraid of her husband, and that it took a year to muster the courage to file a report with Clinton Township police. The detective, who wrote in his report that the woman cried throughout the interview, alerted Detroit’s internal affairs unit, although the woman said the unit never contacted her.