Jennifer Ecklund Interviewed on CBS on Police Misusing “Exceptional Clearance” to Close Rape Cases

“Police accused of misusing “exceptional clearance” to close rape cases”

Across the country, police and prosecutors are using a term called “exceptional clearance” to close rape cases and mark them as resolved, even when there’s DNA evidence that could link a suspect to an attack. Now, women in Austin, Texas are fighting back against a system they say has failed them.

“Over a hundred women have called us since the lawsuit was filed. So I’ve heard many stories,” said attorney Jenny Ecklund, who is representing the women in the lawsuit. “Unfortunately, there’s a common thread in all of them, which is that the women felt disbelieved or dismissed, or like their case didn’t matter, or they never got calls back.”