Back on February 14, 2012 I wrote the following under the title “There is a special place in hell reserved for you, Officer Ladmarald Cates”:
When you dial 9-1-1 you expect the police to arrive and help you. The very last thing you think you’re doing is calling Dial-A-Rapist, yet that’s exactly what happened to a 19-year-old Milwaukee single mom who cannot be identified by law as a victim of sex crimes.
Within minutes of her 9-1-1 call, a police cruiser arrived with two police officers inside it. The first took the woman’s 15-year-old brother outside “for questioning”, while Officer Ladmarald Cates gave her boyfriend money and told him to go to the store to get him some bottled water.
That left the rapist cop alone in the house with the 19-year-old single mother. Taking full advantage of the circumstances he manufactured, he proceeded to sodomize and rape her.
The young single mom had managed to escape the inner city ghetto, complete her high school diploma and was attending the University of Wisconsin where, until being raped by Officer Ladmarald Cates, she had planned on becoming either a police officer or a lawyer.
Well, today this piece of human excrement was sentenced to 24 years in prison for his depraved and disgusting actions by U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mel Johnson had asked for a longer sentence of 30 years, but for reasons known only to Judge Stadmueller, he chose not to extend Ladmarald Cates’ prison stay the extra 6 years.
Cates will be 70 years old when his sentence expires, at which time he will likely no longer be a threat to the women of whatever town he resides. That’s if he lives that long, of course. Rapist cops don’t exactly have a high life expectancy in prison, and that’s as it should be.
It’s not like Cates is repentant of his crime; he’s not. In a statement to the judge before the sentence was handed down, Cates stuck to his story that the sex was consensual and that he was the victim here, not the woman he raped. Cates hypocritically stated the following:
"I come to your courtroom today stating the truth, as I did before. Growing up, and what I teach my sons is four things: truth, accept responsibility, apologize and ask for forgiveness."
Obviously guess the “accept responsibility” portion of that statement is not something Ladmarald Cates believes he must live up to.
I find it most …. interesting… to note that while he apologized to the Milwaukee Police Department, the residents of the city of Milwaukee and his own family, he did not apologize to the woman he raped and sodomized.
After his hypocritical statement to the judge, the woman he raped changed her mind and made her own statement. She hadn’t intended to, but listening to her rapist speak such nonsense and then apologize to everyone except her was just too much to take.
"He apologized to everybody, and he didn't apologize to me or my kids. It's been two long years that I've been waiting for this to happen -- to see him punished for what he did to me," she told the judge. "I feel really bad for his children and his wife, because they didn't deserve it, and neither did I."
She called the police for help and instead was brutalized by a thug with a badge and a gun. I hope he rots in prison and has a very unpleasant time; a time to adequately reflect on his horrific actions.
The defense attorney for Cates, one Dennis Coffey, asked for a sentence of only 1- to 15 years, which kind of boggles the mind.
This man, if I can use the term so loosely, used his position of authority as a cop to enable him to rape and sodomize a young woman who called the police for help. That is the most egregious abuse of trust and police authority there is and needs to be punished as harshly as possible.
When decent citizens like this young woman dial 9-1-1, she expects help to arrive, not a serial rapist like Ladmarald Cates. While this is the first time Ladmarald Cates was convicted of a sexual crime, it’s not the first time he’s been accused.
Cates had been investigated five times before, three of those times for sexual offenses. He attacked two prisoners and then a 16-year-old girl. As with the unnamed 19-year-old woman’s case, the Milwaukee district attorney’s office did not have the cojones to prosecute Officer Ladmarald Cates when the case was first brought to them, literally giving this disgrace of a man a free pass to rape again.
It astonishes me that men with badges and guns continue to abuse their power like this and think the community will stand for it.
If you’re not familiar with the case, this young woman’s story is truly the stuff of nightmares. Instead of being taken seriously, she was tossed in jail for 4 days while cops ignored her pleas for help and her insistence that Cates had raped her. Internal Affairs whitewashed the entire case and the District Attorney’s office placed their conviction rate ahead of doing justice. It’s truly horrific.
If you want all the details of the nightmare this young woman went through to obtain justice, please read my previous article title “There is a special place in hell reserved for you, Officer Ladmarald Cates”.