Following a slow response from the Detroit Police Department, community members from one neighborhood took justice into their own hands and beat a man who is suspected of raping a 15-year-old girl with Down syndrome.
The suspect allegedly raped the girl in his apartment in early July. The man was beaten so badly with a baseball bat that he had to be taken to the hospital.
A family friend of the victim, Megan Herres, said the girl waited at the hospital for seven hours for the police to administer a rape kit and waited for five days before the police got around to interviewing her about what had happened. It also took the police 21 days to send the kit to the Michigan State Police Crime Lab for analysis, WXYZ reported.
“That’s just not acceptable,” Herres said. “DPD, we want to see an effort toward sexual assaults of minors. It’s not good to live in a community where people don’t feel safe."
Herres is against violence but said the community just couldn’t wait any longer.
“There was a lot of community response in asking the police for their assistance in apprehending the perpetrator and it wasn’t happening in a timely manner,” Herres said.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said they have asked the police for more evidence and are waiting to determine if charges will be brought against the man. The MSP crime lab is apparently still analyzing the rape kit. When asked about the delay, a Detroit Police representative said, "We are looking into this."
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