A woman who was raped by a Milwaukee police officer responding to her 911 call in July of 2010 is now set to receive a $2.5 million settlement in relation to her civil rights suit against the city.
The city attorney’s office recommended the settlement, which would require the city borrowing the funds.
If the proposal is approved, it would would be among the largest ever paid by the city to a single person.
The victim, according to her attorney, is relieved that she won’t have to endure a trial. She has three children and hopes the settlement will help her provide a better life for them.
Officer Ladmarald Cates raped the woman when she was 19. He was convicted of violating her civil rights by engaging in aggravated sexual abuse while acting under color of law” in federal court. He’s now serving 24 years in prison.
At his criminal trial, the victim testified that he’d raped her in the bathroom of her home after she’d called the cops about neighbors throwing rocks through her windows. After the responding officer raped her, she was arrested. She told several officers on the scene and at the station that she’d been raped, but they didn’t believe her.
After roughly 11 hours, internal affairs officers took her to a hospital, where a nurse found evidence of the rape, as well as having been strangled. After leaving the hospital, she was taken back to jail and held for several days.
She was never charged with a crime.
The $2.5 million to be borrowed is proposed to be paid back over 10 years with $315,000 in interest.