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NYPD ignored understaffing in sex-crimes units, told detectives to ignore cases, probe shows

• usatoday.com by Christie Hayes

The results from a year-long investigation by a city watchdog agency found the special victims division, which is currently investigating rape allegations against media mogul Harvey Weinstein, is chronically understaffed, and despite constant pleas and warnings from the division, the department's leadership didn't act. 

"Victims of sexual assault deserve justice, with the full weight of law enforcement by their side," said Mark Peters, the commissioner of the city's Department of Investigation, which led the probe. "The neglect and understaffing of NYPD's Special Victims Division are serious and deeply troubling."

The report found that the department prioritizes high-profile cases and rapes, while sexual assaults are not properly examined. The findings came from interviews with current and former members of the division, prosecutors, victim advocates and thousands of pages of internal documents. 

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