The woman seen in the video of a bystander who allegedly had sex with a Madison Police Supervisor in an unmarked police car is not a prostitute, the city’s police chief said Thursday.
The department cited an ongoing investigation into the September 16 incident as refusing to say who the police employee is or provide any other information about him, including his rank or even confirming his gender. In an online press conference Thursday, Chief Shon Barnes also declined to say whether he had been disciplined in the past.
But in a viral cellphone video of the incident at a Farm & Fleet parking lot, the man who recorded it, Marcel Scott, repeatedly refers to the woman in the patrol car. trivialized as a “prostitute”.
Barnes said Thursday that was not true and that his department took “the issue of human trafficking very seriously.”
“I can assure the community that the individual involved in this incident has been contacted and that this individual is not, I repeat, is not a prostitute,” he said. “There is also no evidence that the individual was ever a prostitute.”
The police employee was described in a police incident report as an “officer,” but the Wisconsin State Journal confirmed with a source who requested anonymity in order to discuss the case where employee no. is not represented by the city’s police union, the Madison Professional Association of Police Officers. Because the association represents all officers of the force but not the supervisors, it confirms – as the newspaper independently learned – that the employee is of a higher rank.