Women's group commends officer's accuser - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Women's group commends officer's accuser

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Germantown police officer facing aggravated rape charges is out on bond.  Some believe officers accused of such crimes still hold the upper hand.
    
"This kind of violence is never okay," said Deborah Clubb with Memphis Area Women's Council.

GPD officer James Kensinger is accused of stepping beyond the law by violating his own oath to protect and serve. He is accused of raping a woman inside his Memphis home.

Because it is WMC Action News 5 policy to not identify sexual assault victims, we will only tell you the case concerns a woman with whom Kensinger had a relationship.

"Whatever he might have decided he was angry about, or whatever lesson he was trying to teach, it's never okay," said Clubb, who commends the woman for coming forward.  Research shows that victims may be less likely to do so in cases involving police officers. "Because women don't expect that a fellow officer is going to believe her or do anything."

Officer Kensinger was out on bond when a WMC Action News 5 crew stopped by his house.

"I am calling police, OK?" the man said. "You're harassing my brother's house and where he has a home, so I would highly suggest you
leave."

Clubb hopes both Kensinger and his accuser get the help they need.

"We've seen too much of police officers around the country making really bad judgments about what their capacity or authority is," said Clubb.  "At home, just as anywhere else, they've got to use better judgement."

Germantown Police Department is not commenting on the open investigation, but Kensinger is suspended with pay.

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