NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The acquittal of two NYPD officers accused in the rape of an East Village woman has sparked emotions from many. On Tuesday night we heard from their accuser — in her own words.
It was the first we’ve heard from her — and it was at once touching, and stunning. The woman at the center of the rape trial of those two now exonerated, but ultimately fired, city cops issued a surprise statement reacting to the verdict, reports CBS 2’s Kristine Johnson.
Her note, sent out by her lawyer, captured her anguish when the jury handed in its decision.
“Hearing that verdict brought me to my knees; it brought me back to my bedroom on that awful night when my world was turned upside down,” she said.
For the accuser of former Officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata, it was too much. She said she was traumatized by the trial and her experience on the witness stand.
“One’s word is not enough,” she said. “Even if people believe you, you are tested beyond what any crime victim should have to endure.”
She said she found comfort in the dismissal of the two cops, who were found guilty of official misconduct.
“I take great comfort and express my thanks in the swift action from Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly, to fire misters Moreno and Mata from service immediately following the verdict,” she said.
Now she said she’ll take solace from the court of public opinion — that’s where she said the “ultimate verdict” will come from. She also marveled at, “how amazing are the people of New York City, and all over the country, to speak up in my honor.
“Thank you so much. I am overwhelmed by your support.”
The woman also expressed gratitude for the support of her family and friends, calling them her “silver lining.”
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