EL PASO: Lenient Sentence for Former Cop who Raped Woman After Domestic Dispute Call

Rapist cop, William Ollie Alexander, consults with his lawyer.

By Nélida Tello and Henry Perez

On January 31, former El Paso police officer William Ollie Alexander was convicted of raping a woman after responding to her domestic dispute call in 2018. Originally facing 20 years in prison, a jury sentenced Alexander to 10 years probation and required him to register as a sex offender for life, a light sentence reflective of the bourgeois justice system’s dismissal of the police’s anti-people crimes.

The identity of the woman remained undisclosed throughout the trial. Alexander made initial contact with the woman in March 2018, when he responded to a domestic dispute call between the woman and her former partner. Upon arriving at the scene the woman was unclothed and remained so during her interview with Alexander.

Later that night, Alexander contacted the woman using a fake phone number, and provided a false name. At around 2 am, Alexander lied that his child was in the hospital in order to end his shift early and secretly pay the woman a visit. Once with her, he drove her into a poorly lit area near Mesa Street behind a semi truck and proceeded to rape her in his car.

When the charges were initially brought against Alexander, he resigned from the force and faced at least 20 years in prison. Alexander’s father pleaded in court for a lighter sentence testifying that his son, simply “made a mistake.”

At the trial, Alexander’s defense lawyers Dolph Quijano and Omar Carmona, asked for a sentence with no jail time stating, “any sentence you give Mr. Alexander could result in a death sentence […] He will go to the penitentiary as former police officer. He is going to be there with gang members […] any prison sentence is a death sentence.”

Alexander’s defense is aware that behind bars, Alexander has little power and will be confronted with the anger of the incarcerated masses. This is why they attempt to depict all prisoners “as gang members,” purposely obscuring that many working class people are unjustly imprisoned and have hatred towards the police in general for their role in repressing the working class. Their awareness of Alexander being a rapist would only stoke their anger against him more.

The jury accepted the defense’s argument that Alexander would in fact become the victim in prison, doling out the weak sentencing with little regard for Alexander’s rape victim. The bourgeois-controlled jury selection prior to trials ensures that any person who expresses open hostility towards the police will be excluded from participation.

The bourgeois court, incapable of delivering justice to the masses, favorably sentenced Alexander because of his past in law enforcement, just as they did last year in San Diego with a former sheriff’s deputy convicted of assaulting at least 16 women, sentencing him to less than four years as opposed to the requested 25 years to life.

The assault endured by the El Paso woman has traumatized her. In court, she asked, “Can you imagine having a daughter and having this happen to her?”

Under bourgeois society, women are socialized to cower before their abusers, to live in fear. But through fighting for socialist revolution, this fear can be turned into its opposite, and the rage that Alexander fears to face behind bars will be fully realized in the people’s overthrow of the bourgeois society that protects criminals like him.