On the heels of the Michael Brown murder in Ferguson, Missouri, we’ve all been focusing on our police officers. Are they doing what we expect? Are they upholding the laws, no matter what? Are they protecting and serving all the citizens? And if they aren’t, are they being removed from duty? And, when they are deemed, and proven to be bad cops, what happens to them?
Well, if you’re a bad cop, like Dennis Krauss, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles will restore your right to carry a gun even though you have been convicted of sexually assaulting a woman while on duty. And this wasn’t the first accusation Krauss faced; at least ten different women complained he threatened to arrest them unless they had sex with him. And a man said that Krauss threatened to arrest him on falsified charges unless the man allowed Krauss to have sex with his wife.
Yeah, he’s a dream of a police officer, eh?
But finally, it took one woman to stand up to Krauss and finally, after a trial, where he was found guilty, his police career was over. Here's the account of the assault:
...the record shows that on December 5, 1999, Krauss, a uniformed officer with the police department, was dispatched to the trailer home of the victim after she called 911. When Krauss arrived, the victim told him that her husband had hit her and that she wanted her husband to leave. Krauss, however, asked the victim to go with him in the police car. In the car, Krauss told the victim that he could take her to jail if he wanted to for domestic violence. The victim testified that at this point she became frightened; she also stated that she believed that she was in custody and was not free to leave. The victim told Krauss that she did not want to go to jail. He told her that they “could take care of it.” When asked how she “could take care of it,” Krauss told her “[b]y having sex with him.” Krauss also said, “We can go to the motel or you can go to jail.”
Once in the room, Krauss took his gun from his gun belt and told the victim he wanted to have anal sex with her with the gun. The victim refused, started crying, and, at Krauss's order, sat on the bed. Krauss then pushed her back, pulled off her pants, and had sex with her. The victim stayed in the police car; when asked why she had done so, she said, “I had to, I was afraid to leave, he, you know, he is a police officer; you don't just leave.” She also stated that she thought she was under arrest. After securing a room, Krauss drove the police car around the back of the motel, got out, opened the door for the victim, and pushed her toward the door of the room. Krauss drove to a motel, got out of the car, and went into the office to get a room.
The victim continued crying and told Krauss she wanted to go home. Krauss dressed and dropped by the motel office to get a refund on the room; while he was in the office, the victim again stayed in the car, testifying that she felt “locked in” and “under his authority.” After leaving the motel office, Krauss drove the victim home.
Dennis Krauss, a police officer, was convicted of sexual assault against a person in custody and his conviction was upheld on appeal. But, after a hearing the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles restored his “right” to carry a gun.
A police officer, who used his position in the community to terrorize women, and men, so he could get his rocks off; a police officer, who while wearing his uniform, while on the job, forced women to have sex with him under threat of going to jail; he victimized victims and lost his job because of it. And then, he gets his gun back; a convicted rapist.
And most sickening of all is that he is not alone; Krauss is purportedly just one of 358 violent felons who have regained their gun rights over the last six years; 32 convicted killers and 44 sex offenders have been given their guns back.
Way to protect and serve your citizenry Georgia. And America, too, where gun owners can use their guns to terrorize people and still be able to keep them.