“Rape cop” juror sells story of his experience

gothamist special featurePatrick Kirkland, a juror on the NYPD “rape cop” case, is selling his story on the blog Gothamist.

It’s not atypical for jurors to speak out after high-profile cases– in fact, a feminist-identified juror did just that in a Women’s E-News feature back in June– but something about this excerpt strikes me as odd:

The former cop sprang from his chair and rushed toward me, and before I could step back, the stocky arms of the ex-boxer were curled around my shoulders. To my left, I saw a crowd of faces; to my right, a place setting. One knife, one fork, and one dull spoon wrapped in a white cloth napkin— not much help if he started strangling me. The arms tightened, and then the high-pitched, soft-spoken voice I recognized from the witness stand whispered, “Thank you.”

My chest sank with a long exhale, and a whirlwind of high-powered suits and smiles rose from their glasses of Cabernet. They floated toward me with outstretched hands and watery eyes, the aroma of freshly baked focaccia robiolas mixing with their cologne. One floor below, diners in this Murray Hill Italian restaurant chattered away ignorant of the strange encounter at the top of the back staircase. The man hugging me was supposed to be the monster I had spent seven weeks analyzing and seven days judging. This was Kenneth Moreno, Rape Cop.

How the hell did I get here?

What do you think? Is this par for the course, or blatant opportunism at its worst? Will it have an even further chilling effect on assault survivors coming forward?

H/t Jessica Wakeman

Brooklyn, NY

Lori Adelman is Executive Director of Partnerships at Feministing, where she enjoys creating and curating content on gender, race, class, technology, and the media. Lori is also an advocacy and communications professional specializing in sexual and reproductive rights and health, and currently works in the Global Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. A graduate of Harvard University, she lives in Brooklyn.

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  • http://cabaretic.blogspot.com nazza

    If the dramatics are justified by his real reaction, then it’s fine. But if it’s hyperbole designed to gin up readers, then no.

  • http://feministing.com/members/amberchandler/ Amber

    I commented on their post and said I felt the piece was offensive—they deleted my comment. I commented again and said I thought it was a little ridiculous to delete comments that expressed a negative view of the piece, since they were advertising the entire thing as a “social experiment.” (How is it an experiment if dissuading opinions get deleted?) My second comment was deleted, and then I was BLOCKED from further commenting on the site—despite how I have been a regular participant on Gothamist for months. So to The Gothamist: SCREW YOU!

    • http://feministing.com/members/jenchung/ Jen Chung

      We have plenty of critical comments on the post—including a few from Amber—we moderated ones not for content but for “screw you” name-calling.

    • http://feministing.com/members/feminister/ feminister

      Amber, I managed to catch your comments on Gothamist before they were deleted: they were fair challenges, along the lines of still posted comments from three or four other identified-as-women. I don’t remember how many others you had, but two of them are still up this morning (not your “Hey, are you deleting my comments?” comment: that one’s gone). You have been a great voice on that site, one that’s in desperate need of feminist women’s voices, and it will be a huge loss if you’ve been blocked. (There are so many other commenters on that site that should be banned before you.) Sometimes Disqus randomly decides to block me but it goes away in about 15minutes, but if that isn’t your case, please appeal to Jen Chung directly, or just start another account with a new email address: we need you there.

  • http://feministing.com/members/athenia/ athenia

    From Jezebel’s review, I find this kinda disturbing because it kinda sounds like this Juror sympathized with the cop because he has had drunken sex before……and it sounds like he bullied that feminist jurorist as well into his view that drunken sex and sex-while-sleeping is not rape.

  • http://feministing.com/members/amberchandler/ Amber

    I e-mailed Jen and she amiably gave me back my commenting privileges—thanks for the kind words, @feminister.

    • http://feministing.com/members/feminister/ feminister

      Awesome!