Police Union Director Jokes on Facebook About Two Women Being Sexually Assaulted by a Police Officer

A Texas state trooper charged with sexually assaulting two women during a traffic stop was providing them with "customer service," says Dale Roberts, the executive director of the Columbia Police Officers Association (CPOA) and a professor at the University of Missouri. (The CPOA is a part of the Fraternal Order of Police, one of the country's largest police unions.)

"It's called Customer Service!" Roberts wrote in a March 27 Facebook post about the indictment of Texas State Trooper Kelly Helleson, who was charged with two counts of sexual assault after conducting an illegal roadside strip search of two women. "We just did it so they wouldn't have to make the trip all the way down to the station," he added. A screenshot of Roberts' post was taken by Keep Columbia Free, a civil liberties blog run by Mark Flakne.

Keep Columbia FreeKeep Columbia FreeAngel Dobbs and her niece Ashley Dobbs definitely didn't see it as customer service. The two women were pulled over last year by Helleson and fellow trooper David Farrell in Irving, Texas, after throwing a cigarette butt out the window of their car. Farrell came up to the car and claimed he smelled marijuana. When a search of the vehicle didn't turn up any pot, he instructed Helleson to conduct a cavity search on the women, who Farrell said were "acting weird." That's when Helleson, in plain view of passing cars on Highway 161 (and the dashboard camera in her cruiser), stuck her hand down the back and front of both women's pants, searching their genitals. To make matters worse, Helleson conducted both searches without changing her latex gloves. In short order, the Dobbs filed suit and video of the stop was posted on Youtube. As Reason's Brian Doherty noted, Helleson and Farrell were charged last week.

In addition to cracking jokes about the Dobbs' assault (including, in the comment section of his own Facebook post, "Evidently, the [sic] searched them downtown without going downtown"), Roberts recently came under fire for a racist joke he posted last month on CPOA's Facebook page.

Keep Columbia FreeKeep Columbia Free"If CPD rolled up in the new Mercedes 6x16, you KNOW all the boys in the hood would come running out the house," Roberts wrote on the CPOA Facebook page. The post was in regards to the Columbia Police Department's campaign to get the city to buy it a Mercedes 6x16, which is an armored personnel carrier used by the military. After Columbia's mayor called the Facebook post racist, Roberts apologized, saying it was "intended to be satirical in nature."

While Dale Roberts is not a police officer, he is the head of the Columbia chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Missouri, and an instructor at the University of Missouri's Law Enforcement Training Institute. You'd think he'd have better judgement. 

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  • Rights-Minimalist Autocrat||

    I heard Dale Roberts likes to fuck goats.

  • Rich||

    Farrell ... instructed Helleson to conduct a cavity search on the women, who Farrell said were "acting weird."

    I heard David Farrell acts weird.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Sheep. I definitely heard from a reliable source that he's a sheep fucker.

  • ||

    I don't know if he fucks sheep, but he definitely provides barnyard customer service.

  • fried wylie||

    Goats don't put up with that shit.

  • Restoras||

    Yes, this is what I heard too. Definately an ovine fornicator.

  • Thane of Whiterun||

    Does the spawn of a pig and a goat produce bacon-flavored milk?

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    No, it produces peppermint schnapps, ironically.

  • fried wylie||

    What do you think it took to enable the coupling in the 1st place?

  • Almanian!||

    I thought it produced artisanal mayonnaise.

    Hmm - learn something every day!

  • ||

    Cop or not, Dale Roberts is still a pig.

  • Tonio||

    Why are all the replies to KK's 11:31 AM comment indented like four levels?

  • ||

    There was some active moderating. I'm assuming Warty posted his reply after the thread he was replying to was deleted.

  • ||

    We made rape jokes in the thread about threads about rape jokes. It was too recursive for the Man to handle.

  • Killazontherun||

    May one hundred thousand Warty clones be unleashed upon the nation and rape every man, woman and child who has ever been or ever will be a cop.

  • Ted S.||

    Ooh, how many layers of replies got deleted?

    And maybe those police officers were really Roman Polanski, and we should be praising them.

  • ||

    Goddammit, I missed all the fun; nurses came in to strap me down and give me multiple painful injections.

    Did it have to do with another famous alleged goat fucker?

  • ||

    I ain't no boy, I'm a man!

  • ||

    Think it's time to take your temperature...see if the meat's just right...

  • ||

    Someone with mod powers is not a fan of ATHF.

  • Randian||

    Is there a comment missing here?

  • ||

    No. Be about your business.

  • Randian||

    There's something goin' on here, and I'll get to the bottom of it!

  • SugarFree||

    There's something goin' on here, and I'll get to the bottom of it!

    That's what the police said.

  • ||

    Oh, we're done thinking. 'Cause, see, every time I think, you're there...haunting my dreams!

  • ||

    "There's something goin' on here, and I'll get to the bottom of it!" said Epi at the lemon party.

  • Tonio||

    This is weird. Did HandR delete a comment?

  • SugarFree||

    Did HandR delete a comment?

    Yes. Warty wrote out a very graphic and horribly specific treatise on his last bowel movement, and tripled posted it. I could barely get through it, something about cricket legs and golden rectangles and the Mayans.

  • Gray Ghost||

    "Sometimes to be a man, you've gotta' be a boy."

    The sheer WTF?! look on my fiancee's face when we saw Squidbillies was priceless.

  • ||

    I saw Unknown Hinson a few months back. He played Squidbillies episodes instead of hiring an opening band,and then he shredded the fuck out of his guitar for a couple hours. Good time.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Those skinheads who are allegedly targeting Texas prosecutors could give themselves a little PR boost if they dropped by Roberts' house some evening.

  • Thane of Whiterun||

    No, they have White Male Privilege.

    Maybe if they were Nation of Islam they'd be lauded for their heroism.

  • ||

    I wonder if this pig's sentiments are indicative of the way all cops feel about "civilians"? Anybody else wonder that?

  • Thane of Whiterun||

    No. We know already.

  • ||

    I don't wonder a bit.

  • Ptah-Hotep||

    I wonder if this pig's sentiments are indicative of the way all cops feel about "civilians"? Anybody else wonder that?

    Rhetorical question, right?

  • ||

    Most certainly. In don't "wonder" at all.

  • ||

    Note three identical time stamps!

  • Ted S.||

    Does out wonder?

  • PapayaSF||

    I am less bothered by the jokes than by the "You shouldn't joke about that!" mentality.

  • Thane of Whiterun||

    I'm bothered by the fact that this will probably get less play in the news than that racist frat party a month or two back.

  • Virginian||

    Yeah it would be a little hypocritical of me to condemn outrageous and offensive humor.

  • Killazontherun||

    I'm outraged by the existence of fraternal orders of cops, not that a member of one made a joke.

  • phandaal||

    There's no way to prove that you "shouldn't" joke about a man and a woman essentially raping two women in public, but anyone who does joke about it proves that at the very least they have no class.

    Since this is a guy joking about turning the force of law against two women and THEN raping them in public, and this guy happens to have a lot of influence over which way the force of law is turned, then I'd say it's a little worse than just being a lout.

  • PapayaSF||

    True, it's a bit worse, but I am getting really tired of the "that joke offends me" people.

  • phandaal||

    I totally understand. A lot of the time people are just bitching about something that offends their sense of PC.

  • Randian||

    The "boys" joke was especially inoffensive (to me). He's just channeling Eazy-E! (I mean, without the AIDS and shit)

  • SugarFree||

    I'm not offended he made a joke, but rather I'm delighted that he showed his true face, however briefly.

  • Rights-Minimalist Autocrat||

    I'm not saying you shouldn't joke about that, but I am saying he probably shouldn't. It would be like Jay Carney making a drone joke.

  • Rich||

    "To Project and Service"

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Just another isolated incident.

    And I'm absolutely certain his "brothers" will issue a swift and appropriate response.

  • fried wylie||

    "Two women found dead yesterday..."

  • Almanian!||

    AND NOTHING ELSE HAPPENED.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    I'm also certain my "friend" the Union Man Democrat, who was practically weeping at the nightmarish horror of the KKK's Occupy Oberlin atrocity, will give this his full attention.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    But True Americans consistently tell pollsters they respect and revere the nation's law enforcement professionals, you bigorati haters!

  • Hugh Akston||

    If I didn't absolutely know better, I would almost think that cops view "civilians" as a subclass whose concerns are unworthy of serious consideration.

  • Average Dude||

    Yes, I think you are totally on to something here.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    I am getting really tired of the "that joke offends me" people.

    "Hey, look over there!"

  • Brandon||

    Surely Dunphy will be in this thread, right?

  • Hugh Akston||

    Nope, dunphy is too busy punching out crime with one hand and fending off the hordes of dripping-wet women with the other. Look for him at the eow when he goes home fulfilled at making the city safer for another day.

  • Tonio||

    Don't call him Shirley, he hates that.

  • Killazontherun||

    Only when we do it. In the bedroom with his wife Morgan Fairchild taunting him, he is okay with it.

  • H. ReardEn||

    While Dale Roberts is not a police officer, he is ... a professor of constitutional law at the University of Missouri...

    What is it about professors of constitutional law and their utter lack of understanding of the constitution?

    Yoou know who else was a constitutional law professor?

  • Hugh Akston||

    Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.?

  • Randian||

    I can't tell is the "Yoou" is intentional on your part.

  • Randian||

    *if*

  • H. ReardEn||

    Is you thought it was intentional, what do you think I was implying?

  • ||

    An O that we really didn't need.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    John Yoo?

  • dianemgoldstein||

    Nice piece by Mike Riggs @ Reason. It's why I wrote my blog on "Time to Return the Peace to Peace Officer" This is caused by the drug war and law enforcement's attitude towards drug addicts or even those that use cannabis responsibly. Maybe a letter writing campaign to the University of Missouri would temper his tongue! Please share this Hit and Run article.

    http://ladybud.com/time-to-ret.....e-officer/

  • georgesands||

    Why aren't more people in positions like his held accountable? How dumb in today's day and age do you have to be to say something like this on facebook? Then again look at what the US military is allowing and how they allow rape and sexual assault.
    http://www.theusmarinesrape.com/FaceBook.html

  • CE||

    So he won't complain when police provide similar customer service to his daughter, wife, sister and mother.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    How would this Roberts guy feel if someone stuck their gloved hand in *his* vagina?

  • AlgerHiss||

    Current civilian peace keeping is completely out of control. One is quite foolish to think these people are your friends.

    For a daily report on criminal activity by cops, visit:

    http://www.policemisconduct.net/

    You will be shocked at just how common this bunch gets out of hand.

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  • Big Jim||

    And what do they get for all this? A brand new armored personnel carrier of course.

    http://www.columbiamissourian......d-vehicle/

  • ||

    "You'd think he'd have better judgement. "

    Why would you think that Mike?

  • ||

    The mission statement of the FOP:

    We, the law enforcement officers of the United States and of the several states and political subdivisions thereof, as representatives and delegates of state and subordinate lodges, do hereby associate the several lodges we represent and the members thereof for the following purposes:

    ...to increase the efficiency of the law enforcement profession and thus more firmly to establish the confidence of the public in the service dedicated to the protection of life and property.
  • ||

    Meanwhile, elsewhere in the empire:



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    The officer had been under investigation for allegations of sexual misconduct, according to law enforcement sources. Chicago police were...

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