UBER DRIVER WAS A RAPIST, HOW WAS HE FREE, DRIVING A CAR?
Well, here’s another reason not to trust Uber. Last weekend, an Uber driver with passengers in the car was pulled over by police. The Uber driver, Kevin Jerome, was on duty with his fare in the car when police randomly ran his car’s plates. But when police saw the information that came up, they immediately pulled Jerome’s car over. The police arrest of Jerome was also immediate. Jerome had outstanding warrants, two for attempted rape, two for sexual battery and three more for aggravated burglary. Imagine being the passengers in the car! You’re on your way somewhere and police pull you over and arrest your rapist Uber driver.
POLICE ARREST WAS INSTANT AFTER THEY RANDOMLY RAN HIS PLATES
But how was this guy Jerome able to work and drive under the Uber banner? Supposedly Uber does background checks on all drivers who work for them. Uber’s website even notes, “convictions for felonies, violent crimes, sexual offenses, and registered sex offender status, among other types of criminal records,” are all dis-qualifiers to work for Uber. In other words, rapists and attempted rapists aren’t supposed to be able to work for Uber. And Uber advertises that they make sure rapists can’t work for them. Clearly, something went wrong here. Uber says it’s investigating the situation. But how many more Uber rapist drivers might be out there?
MORE THAN 100 UBER DRIVERS KNOWN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED, ABUSED FARES OVER 4 YEARS
Uber has a new policy as of last April. They are supposed to re-run background checks on all their drivers every year. The idea is that an Uber driver with a clean record last year may not be one this year. It’s pretty straightforward. But Jerome’s charges are from way back in 2016. So far, we don’t know when he first applied to drive under the Uber platform. But also in April was CNN’s investigation that found that more than 100 Uber drivers faced accusations of sexual abuse or assault of their own passengers in the last four years. Uber has got some clean-up to do.
MAYBE UBER SHOULD RUN BACKGROUND CHECK ON ALL DRIVERS, NOT JUST SAY IT
How about this? Maybe Uber should work with the police database three times a year and ping every registered Uber car. That would certainly make them informed of their driver’s records. But maybe they don’t want to? A police arrest of every Uber driver with a record would not be a bad thing.