MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Milwaukee Police are investigating allegations that officers failed to help 3 women, when they tried to say they were molested by Gregory Below.
He’s the man charged with 32 counts in the kidnappings and rapes of 7 women since 2004. In his criminal complaint, prosecutors said 3 of the women claimed that police mishandled their cases.
Wednesday, Police Chief Ed Flynn said he’s trying to find out if officers did anything to discourage or inhibit the women from reporting the crimes. One victim said she kept being told to go to a different police station to report her assault.
But Flynn said officials have checked their records – and they could not verify her claim that she went to 3 different police stations to try and report her assault.
Another victim said officers refused to believe her story, after they learned she was charged with a drug offense. And the third victim said she believed officers never investigated 5 assaults against her – even though she reported them twice.
Flynn said internal investigators are still checking out those assertions. And the chief said that if other crime victims felt their cases were not handled by police with high standards, “We want to hear from all of them.”