A sickening new report on the sex crimes unit of the New Orleans police department reveals that reports of sexual assaults and rape were routinely ignored by a group of detectives—including one detective who "did not believe that simple rape should be a crime."

If you would like a short version of the findings, this will give you some idea of how much damage a small handful of (Corrupt? Incompetent? Lazy?) police detectives can do to the social fabric of an entire city, and to people's lives:

Of the 1,290 calls reviewed, 840 (65%) were designated as "miscellaneous" with no reports written. Of the remaining 450 calls (35%) that were designated as sex crimes, the five detectives followed their brief initial reports with supplemental reports only 40 percent of the time, producing just 179 supplemental reports during the three-year period.