The victim of a serial rapist has filed a civil-rights lawsuit against Lynnwood police for violating her rights by discounting her story, ignoring evidence that supported it, and charging her with making a false statement to police when she continued to insist it was true
Our news partner, The Seattle Times, is reporting that iIn August 2008, a stranger broke into the apartment of an 18-year-old Lynnwood woman, gagged her, bound her hands with a shoelace and raped her.
When the woman reported the attack to Lynnwood police, she says detectives Jerry Rittgarn and Sgt. Jeff Mason didn’t believe her. Claiming police coerced her into recanting her story, the woman was charged with false reporting and fined $500 when she later tried to insist the rape did happen.
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