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The sexual allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden are reportedly being probed by the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, according to the Washington Examiner.
This comes after Tara Reade came forward with her allegations of Joe Biden sexually assaulting her back in 1993.
“This is an active, ongoing investigation, and there are no further details to provide at this time,” a Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson said.
“Cases that are handled by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit go through a multi-review prior to being assigned a disposition. This case is progressing through the review process.”
The investigation remains open despite the alleged assault happening past the statute of limitations.
Reade filed an incident report with the D.C. police on April 9.
Police said she “disclosed that she was the victim of a sexual assault which was committed by Subject-2 in 1993.”
Reade said that she filed the report for “safety reasons,” for the purpose of establishing a paper trail in case “something happened to me.”
Since coming forward with the allegations, Reade reportedly receives hreatening and vulgar messages often.
Wendy Murphy, a professor of sexual violence law at New England Law Boston and a former sex crimes prosecutor said, “Sometimes they receive information that is never going to lead to a criminal charge, but nonetheless, does invoke some of their obligations as public safety officials.”
“Is it usual or typical? I think the answer is no. But this is also not a usual, typical case,” Murphy said.
“You don’t waste resources reviewing something that has no purpose,” Murphy said.
One D.C. Police officer spoke with the Washington Examiner on the condition of anonymity said, “I wouldn’t expect a department to look into this for that long, maybe just take a report and close it out. It would also automatically be closed. They wouldn’t spend time investigating something they can’t prosecute,” the individual said.
“I’m sure the D.C. PD has plenty of work without creating it. Obviously, it’s a very high-profile case, so high-profile cases get a lot more attention, unfortunately, than if the victim or offender wasn’t a known public figure. In spite of that, I wouldn’t expect them to proceed on something that had no chance of getting prosecution.”
Robert Pusins, a former police officer in Florida who now serves as an expert witness in civil trials, said that he thinks the case is open because “it involves a high-profile person such as a former vice president.”
“It’s a balancing act, and either way, the police are gonna be caught in the middle and criticized for not investigating thoroughly or investigating thoroughly a 30-year-old claim,” Pusins said.
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The decision by the D.C. police department struck several former police officers as peculiar, citing the fact that there is ultimately little law enforcement can do should they believe Reade’s allegations.
Reade told the Washington Examiner that she hopes this development encourages any other people who might have an allegation against Biden.
“There is a mechanism for them to remain anonymous by going to the D.C. metro police, or they can direct them to their law enforcement,” she said.
Tara Reade, the woman who accused the former Vice President Joe Biden of sexual assault, filed a formal criminal complaint. “Late Thursday afternoon, Reade filed a report of the incident with the sexual assault unit of the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Department,” according to Business Insider.
“Business Insider has obtained a public incident report recording the allegation.”
Reade explained what allegedly happened during a podcast interview last month.
“She said he was down towards the Capitol, and he’ll meet you,” Reade said.
“I went down, and I was heading down towards there. He was at first talking to someone.. and then they went away. We were in like the side, like the side area, and he just said, ‘Hey, come here Tara.’”
“I handed him the thing. He greeted me. He remembered my name. And then we were alone,” Reade continued.
“It was the strangest thing. There was no like exchange really. He just had me up against the wall. I was wearing like a skirt, a business skirt.”
“It happened all at once…his hands were on me and underneath my clothes. Yeah, and he went down my skirt but then up inside it, and he penetrated me with his fingers, and he was kissing me at the same time, and he was saying something to me.”
“He said several things. I can’t remember everything he said.”
Reade recalls Biden asking if she wanted to go “somewhere else,” and after she rejected his alleged advances, he allegedly said, “C’mon man, I heard you liked me.”
Kate Bedingfield, deputy campaign manager and communications director for the Biden campaign said, “Women have a right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims,” Bedingfield said. “We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false.”