I know, I know; this one’s so gross even I can’t look at it.
I hold dual citizenship in Austin and St. Louis, but I confess that, owing to pesky laws of physics precluding my being in two places at once, my monitoring of the latter for patriarchally-motivated crimes against humanity has slacked off in recent months. If it had not, I might have noticed sooner that the St. Louis police department has been systematically "shelving" rape complaints filed by prostitutes and drug addicts, and that the review panel convened to investigate this triumph of the misogynist’s art was more or less paid off by the department to sweep it under the rug. Fortunately, my old homies Becker and Tony Patti, whom some of you may recognize from their patriarchy-blaming comments on this here blog, are on the case, and have alerted me to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s reportage on the subject.
It turns out that, in order to "lighten investigators’ load and make it appear they were solving a higher percentage of cases,"  the cops elected in many cases not to file actual police reports of prostitutes’ rape complaints. Instead, the Bad Lieutenants preferred to embrace the dude-affirming habit of writing "informal memos," which of course they then used to make paper airplanes. A year or so later (well in advance of the expiration of the statute of limitations), these memos would be introduced to patriarchy’s beloved instrument of history-cleansing, the paper shredder. This went on for at least twenty years "during a time in which the
city’s rape totals steadily dropped to a fraction of those in similar
cities."  This kept the rapes off the FBI’s radar and the rapists out on the streets. Upshot: Manly cops look like crime-solving heroes, rapists continue exercising their male prerogative, and whores and addicts get brutalized, thereby preserving the natural order of things.
Thus far, similar police encouragement of serial rapists has been discovered in Philadelphia and Atlanta, but St. Louis is the only city where the investigation resulted in a cover-up by "independent" panelists who turned out to be on the department’s dole. Nice. Under Georgia law, the Atlanta dicksmokes responsible for "failure to uphold the law" face felony charges, but there is no corresponding law in Missouri, so the STLPD will probably just throw a gala ball to honor all parties concerned.
If anyone gives a rat’s ass about serial violence perpetrated against Midwestern women to the apparent smirking delight of law enforcement, here’s a link to the entire St. Louis Post-Dispatch oeuvre on the scandal.