"Nobody will believe you."
That self-satisfied statement falls easily from the smirking lips of rapists and similar violent degenerates, such as predatory thugs in police costumes who commit sadistic criminal acts in the serene confidence that they'll never be called to account.
That phrase was hurled in the face of Anthony Anderson and Robert Schiman, two Wisconsin National Guardsmen and Iraq veterans, by police in Wisconsin Dells who forced the off-duty soldiers to lick what they were told was human urine.
According to a federal lawsuit filed on Monday, Anderson and Schiman were stopped by police officers Wayne W. Thomas, 19, and Collin H. Jacobsen, 22, early on the morning of June 1, 2008 and accused of urinating in public.
"In order to prove that it was not their urine and avoid a citation, Thomas and Jacobsen made Anderson and Schiman lick the ground and scrape mud up with their hands and lick it," recounts the Wisconsin State Journal. Schiman was also "made to eat a plant that was drenched in the liquid," according to the suit.
One of the victims was forced to repeat the vile, self-debasing act.
"That's not good enough," taunted one of the officers. "Do you want a ticket?"
"A third officer, Scott Albrecht, arrived at the scene and was told by Jacobson, `I can't stop laughing,'" recalls the Journal. "`Wayne just made those two guys lick their own piss off the ground.'"
When Albrecht, a senior officer, appeared on the scene, Anderson and Schiman demanded that Officers Thomas and Jacobsen tell them the name of their commanding officer. This prompted the officers to threaten the victims with a bogus burglary charge if they filed a complaint, and to warn them that "nobody would believe them."
As it happens, the complaint was believed. Officer Thomas was fired the same day, and Jacobson was suspended for two weeks without pay before being reinstated on the force.
What has yet to be explained is how two cretinous sadists barely older, and no wiser, than Beavis and Butt-Head ended up on the police force to begin with. Sure, the typical police officer is a former high school bully armed with a badge and gun, but usually the high school bully doesn't "go pro" quite this quickly.
The most important question about this horrible story is one likely to remain unasked: If the victims in this episode had been "mere" civilians, rather than National Guard soldiers, would their claims have been taken seriously?