There is so much spin and recapitulating that goes on by so many different people when it comes to rape trials. So, I thought it was important to go straight to the facts.
We dug up the actual police incident report from the evening of January 17 and combed through it. Upon doing so, every single attempt by Brock's lawyers to recast the events of the night become instantly, and shockingly, absurd.
When the officers came upon the scene, the victim was breathing but still completely unresponsive.
The report says,
She was lying in a position with her feet and legs bent in a 45-90 degree angle (fetal position).
In fact, it would only be nearly three hours later the victim would finally become responsive in any way, as explained by one of the medical personnel who cared for her after the assault:
Approximately every 15 minutes, I attempted to ask (V01) VICTIM in a very loud voice; 'Can you hear me?' and 'What is your name?' I did not recieve any kind of response from (V01) until approximately 0415 hours.
When the officers found her, her dress was pulled up, and she was naked from the waist down.
The officers then saw the two witnesses (Jonsson and Arndt), who caught Brock Turner in the act as they were riding their bikes through campus and called the police.
Peter Jonsson's (the man who actually chased down and tackled Turner after the assault) witness statement paints a harrowing picture of the events.
As the officer who questioned Jonsson remarked, Jonsson was deeply disturbed by what he saw:
It should be noted that several times throughout giving his statement, JONSSON became very upset, to the point where he began crying while recounting the incident. He had to stop and take several deep breaths before being able to resume giving me his statement. He said it was a very disturbing event for him to witness and be involved in, but he just reacted to the situation at hand without really thinking.
The police report then switches over to a summary of Jonsson and Arndt's direct accounts of the event.
(W01) JONSSON said movement caught his eye and he looked over and saw a male subject on top of a female who was lying on her back on the ground near the dumpster. It looked like the male and female were having sex, as (W01) JONSSON saw the male's hips thrust several times on top of the female.
Arndt corroborates the fact that he thought Brock Turner was having intercourse with the victim, saying he saw him thrust on top of her around 10 times.
This is contradicted by Brock who, in the report, claims he only fingered her. At the trial, we had only Brock's word for it.
At first, both Jonsson and Arndt just thought it was a normal "hookup," and there was no foul play. That quickly changed as they got closer looks.
However, (W01) JONSSON said as he kept riding by, he noticed that the female laying on the ground was not moving and 'something seemed weird' about the situation. It looked like the female was asleep or unconscious.
They got off their bikes and approached Turner, and this is when Turner's attempted spinning of the events in and out of court is rendered totally ridiculous.
As (W01) JONSSON got closer he said 'hey' to (S01) TURNER, in an effort to get his attention. He said that (S01) looked up, saw him, slowly got up off the female and began running 'pretty fast' away from the area.
Now, as Brock Turner put it in his own report to the officer that very evening, he did not run away. What happened was, in the middle of fingering the victim, he just, you know, got up and decided to leave.
TURNER started to not feel well and decided that it was getting late. He said that he stood up to leave and was suddenly tackled by a group of guys.
This is pretty much the most ridiculous excuse I've ever read. This is worse than when I denied spraying my sister in the face with Windex because "I was at Hogwarts."
Yeah, Brock, we are going to believe you were "hooking up" with a girl -- consensually, as you claimed -- and five minutes in (something you also claim in this report), you decided to get up and go home, leaving a girl behind a dumpster half naked and unconscious, just because you suddenly realized it was "getting late." Fuck you.
Jonsson continued his story, explaining how he and Arndt heroically, and very athletically, chased down and effectively subdued Brock.
The report says,
JONSSON and ARNDT briefly checked on the girl and noticed that she appeared to be unconscious and did not respond to them asking if she was ok. (W01) JONSSON never lost sight of (S01) TURNER and started chasing after him. He caught up to him about 35 yards down the path and told (S01) TURNER to stop several times. He said that (S01) TURNER kept running and didn't look like he was going to stop. (W01) JONSSON caught up to (S01) TURNER and did a 'leg sweep' and tripped (S01) TURNER. (S01) TURNER fell to the ground and tried to get up.
(If there is any silver lining in any of this, it is the use of the term "leg sweep" here.)
Jonsson and Arndt went on to explain Turner, after falling, tried to get up and run away again, so the two men tackled him to the ground and Jonsson straddled Turner while Arndt held his legs until the police arrived.
Some of the saddest parts of this report involve the victim finally coming to the hospital, completely disoriented, unable to process what had just happened.
It was not until the YWCA advocate 'April' handed her a rape form did she realize something actually happened to her.
This case is unlike many rape cases because there were witnesses -- and still Brock was given only a three-month sentence. Too often, it's simply the word of the attacker versus that of the attacked, and if the person attacked was unconscious or intoxicated, the attacker can dictate the narrative of events with impunity.
With witnesses, though, that narrative becomes absurd. In this report, pressured by knowledge of direct eye witnesses, Brock's version of the events become wildly ludicrous.
Let me just summarize what he told the officer's that night: He said they were flirting and holding hands, then they walked off, began kissing, fell on the ground, kept kissing, he started fingering her, he suddenly felt tired and then started walking home, which is when two people tackled him for no reason, and he was arrested.
As he put it to the officer,
He was having a good time with VICTIM and state that she also seemed to enjoy the activity.
He added she rubbed his back and enjoyed the fingering.
I'll let the victim respond to this sentiment in her own words, with this excerpt from the remarkable letter she read aloud to him in court:
He said he thought I liked it because I rubbed his back. A back rub. Never mentioned me voicing consent, never mentioned us speaking, a back rub. One more time, in public news, I learned that my ass and vagina were completely exposed outside, my breasts had been groped, fingers had been jabbed inside me along with pine needles and debris, my bare skin and head had been rubbing against the ground behind a dumpster, while an erect freshman was humping my half naked, unconscious body. But I don't remember, so how do I prove I didn't like it.
There is so much to pour over in this report, but it's so important we hold the narratives of those accused of sexual assault and their lawyers to task in every possible way we can.
Looking at the direct evidence, unfiltered by defense attorneys and the media, is a crucial way we can do this in the future.