“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.”