Category: Civil Liberties


National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05.20.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 20. 2015:

  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for domestic assault. Authorities determined he had been drinking at the time of the incident.ow.ly/NbySl
  • Henry County, Virginia: A deputy was arrested after an off-duty shooting. ow.ly/NbJWL
  • New York City Dept. of Homeless Services: A peace officer was arrested for an off-duty assault outside of Yankee Stadium. ow.ly/NbW4p
  • Update: Honolulu, Hawaii (First reported 05-07-15): An officer pled guilty to assault during gambling raid. He also resigned. ow.ly/Nc2Oq
  • Update: Santa Fe, New Mexico (First reported 12-14-12): The city settled with eight women who accused a now-former officer of stalking them on duty. In 2012, he pled no contest to a bevy of charges including contributing to the delinquency of a minor, stalking, and false imprisonment, among others. He successfully completed probation and all of the charges have been wiped from his record. He was allowed to retire before entering his plea. http://ow.ly/NcqKG
  • Bibb County, Georgia: A deputy was one of four people arrested in a housing scam. They allegedly stole abandoned houses and re-sold them. He had been a property crimes investigator but he was fired after his arrest. http://ow.ly/NcuJn
  • Update: Buffalo, New York (First reported 08-12-14): A labor arbitrator ordered the city to pay nearly $200,000 to a now-former officer who was fired and eventually convicted for participation in a marijuana grow operation. http://ow.ly/NcB81
  • Las Cruces, New Mexico: Two officers were fired for a jail cell beating caught on video. The prosecutor is now considering whether to file criminal charges. http://ow.ly/NcAP2
  • Montgomery County, Texas: A deputy was arraigned for a fatal motorcycle crash that killed a young colleague after a night out. His BAC was more than twice the legal limit. http://ow.ly/NcFWu
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05.19.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, May 19, 2015:

  • Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with vehicular homicide, involuntary manslaughter, and other charges for a fatal collision he allegedly caused while he was on duty. He was in pursuit of a vehicle who had illegally passed in traffic. At the time of impact, his cruiser’s speed was estimated at more than 110 miles per hour. http://ow.ly/N6zrT
  • Dayton, Ohio: A now-former officer was sentenced to five years’ probation, 100 hours of community service, and a small fine for disorderly conduct. She attempted to disrupt an investigation in favor of her friend who fled a fatal auto wreck. http://ow.ly/N6DKG
  • Greenville, Mississippi: An officer was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband. http://ow.ly/N6EAp
  • Richard Stockton College, New Jersey: A now-former officer was sentenced to more than 2.5 years in prison for selling pills to an undercover agent when he was off-duty. http://ow.ly/N6KpN
  • Update: Minneapolis, Minnesota (First reported 04-06-15): An officer who threatened to break a teen’s legs during his arrest has been suspended pending an investigation into the incident.  ow.ly/N6Qbk
  • Update: Chicago, Illinois (First reported 2012): The twelfth and final officer involved in a long-running tow and extortion scheme was sentenced to one year in prison. ow.ly/N9iM0
  • South Bound Brook, New Jersey: The chief was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run and appeared to be intoxicated when he was questioned after the accident. ow.ly/N9juw
  • Altavista, Virginia: An officer resigned while under criminal investigation by the Virginia State Police. ow.ly/N9AwJ
  • Cherokee Indian Police Department (North Carolina): An officer faces several charges of domestic violence.ow.ly/N9CEV

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05.16.15 To 05.18.15

 

 

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” Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, May 16 through Monday, May 18, 2015:

  • Union City, Georgia: An officer’s statements about his shooting of unarmed teen Ariston Waiters are getting a second look after new video evidence was discovered by media. According to the report, “The video differed from earlier statements that [the officer] had given, so much so that an expert called his statements “self-contradictory” and inconsistent with the forensic evidence….In his report on the Waiters case, [the expert] recommended charging [the officer] with making false statements, calling [his] actions contrary to all professional law enforcement standards and citing “a disregard for human life that is unacceptable.”” ow.ly/N434X
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: An officer was arrested for sexual assault. ow.ly/N3VRi
  • Chicago, Illinois: The City settled a lawsuit with a woman who was sexually assaulted by two now-former police officers. She was so intoxicated she was unable to give sexual consent to the officers, who were on duty at the time of the incident, after they offered to give her a ride home. Both officers pled guilty to felony misconduct and were sentenced to probation.  ow.ly/N3Yg5
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 09-16-14): An officer was sentenced to six months in jail after he pled guilty to assaulting a man at a bus stop. ow.ly/N41jP
  • New York, New York: Two now-former officers were sentenced to 30 days in jail for beating up a teen outside of the police station. ow.ly/N4g4b
  • Monroe County, Florida: A deputy was arrested on an outstanding warrant for domestic battery. ow.ly/N3VES
  • Billings, Montana: An officer was investigated for an off-duty fight. The fight was with an off-duty officer from another department who needed to be hospitalized for his injuries. ow.ly/N4aHr
  • Update: Washington, District of Columbia (First reported 03-17-15): An officer who was arrested for sexual abuse of a minor had child pornography charges added to his case. ow.ly/N4aWW
  • Columbia County, Georgia: A deputy was fired after his arrest for DUI. ow.ly/N4bEE
  • Newtown, Connecticut: A sergeant was indicted for distribution of steroids, prescription medication, and counterfeit drugs. ow.ly/N4c7G
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05.15.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 15, 2015:

  • Reno County, Kansas: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence.ow.ly/MZtO1
  • Jackson, New Jersey: An officer was arrested for hindering a murder investigation. He is allegedly a friend of one of the suspects. ow.ly/MZv2f
  • Onslow County, North Carolina: A deputy was charged with solicitation of child pornography. ow.ly/MZvWS
  • Lake County, Colorado: A now-former deputy was convicted of stealing four firearms taken from evidence. He is scheduled to be sentenced in July.ow.ly/MZy1G
  • Fowlerville, Michigan: An officer was arrested for his involvement a  fight outside of a gentlemen’s club. He is alleged to have been intoxicated at the time.  ow.ly/MZX3P
  • Update: Adams County, Colorado (First reported 07-03-14): A now-former deputy was acquitted of child sex abuse and incest charges. ow.ly/N02cI
  • State College, Pennsylvania: An officer was suspended during an investigation into whether he’d been stealing items from evidence. ow.ly/N0cwe
  • Boston, Massachusetts: An officer is under investigation for intimidating videographer. He apologized after the incident, but the investigation is ongoing. ow.ly/N0gW7
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05.14.15

 

 

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” Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 14, 2015:

  • Sarasota, Florida: A man died after traffic stop where he was tased and struck several times with a flashlight. Use of force was not mentioned in the initial police report. A subsequent news account indicates that 37 seconds after the ambulance was called for the man, an officer called-off medical treatment saying “he’s had a miraculous recovery.” Three officers have been placed on leave.  http://ow.ly/MWh1x
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was arrested for theft for the second time in eight days. http://ow.ly/MWlpZ
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested on drug and paraphernalia charges. http://ow.ly/MWmj7
  • Update: Miami-Dade County, Florida (First reported 04-03-15): A second officer has been arrested in a federal investigation into a fraudulent credit-building scheme. http://1.usa.gov/1HlMBdi
  • Spotsylvania, Virginia: A deputy resigned after being charged with assault. The incident was caught on video. ow.ly/MWAhl
  • U.S. Marshals Service: A male employee of the agency pistol-whipped a man in an off-duty road rage incident. His name and title have been withheld to this point. ow.ly/MWUa4
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (First reported 08-01-14): Six officers who were on trial for robbing thousands of dollars from drug dealers over several years have been acquitted on all charges. A now-former 24-year veteran officer who cooperated with the prosecution testified against them.According to one news report, he testified “I was very loyal to the guys….I would lie for them. I would steal for them. I would abuse people for them. I wanted to be part of the squad.” ow.ly/MXr1E
  • Los Angeles County, Calfornia: The now-former undersheriff and a now-retired captain were indicted for obstruction of a federal investigation into brutality at the jail. ow.ly/MXnOj
  • Pasco, Washington: A now-former officer was criminally charged for allegedly raping a relative. ow.ly/MXvE0
  • Orange County, Florida: A now-former deputy was arrested on child pornography charges. He resigned shortly after the investigation began.ow.ly/MXxyx
  • Los Angeles, California Port Authority: The chief was charged with 16 federal counts including fraud and tax evasion. http://ow.ly/MXyX9
  • Bossier Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was fired after being arrested for solicitation of prostitution. http://ow.ly/MXzI1
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: A now-former officer was convicted of assault and endangerment charges for striking a student at the school where he served as SRO. http://ow.ly/MXDnl
  • Pacific County, Washington: A now-former deputy will spend 14 days in jail for intimidating children who egged his personal car and attempting to coerce their families to pay for the damage. His sentence includes 350 days that were suspended. He was also fined over $1,500. He is appealing his dismissal from the department.  http://ow.ly/MXEUP

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05.13.15

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 13, 2015:

  • Athens-Clarke County, Georgia: An officer was arrested for molesting a child 16-years-old or younger. The alleged abuse happened over the course of a year and the victim was in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program at the local airport, which the officer supervised.  ow.ly/MTyzo
  • Orleans Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was arrested for smuggling drugs and contraband into prison. ow.ly/MTJS1
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was arrested for DWI after a crash. ow.ly/MTLUw
  • Update: Orlando, Florida (First reported 07-25-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to five years’ probation for unjustifiably firing 23 rounds from AR-15 into a fleeing vehicle. ow.ly/MTN89
  • Update: Miami, Florida (First reported 02-03-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to two years in prison for extortion in an illegal gambling scheme. ow.ly/MUoDu
  • Update: Rio Grande City, Texas (First reported 04-30-15): An officer and drug task force member was indicted for his role in a cocaine-trafficking scheme. He allegedly took bribes to write fake reports indicating that cocaine was seized in law enforcement operations, when in fact it was being diverted for distribution. ow.ly/MUDob
  • Muskegon County, Michigan: A corrections officer was placed on leave after inappropriately releasing a corrections officer from another jurisdiction who had been jailed for DUI.  ow.ly/MUPP8
  • Wilson County, Tennessee: A deputy was arrested for domestic assault after an incident at his estranged wife’s home. ow.ly/MUXSp
  • Highland Park, Michigan: An officer was arrested for his role in a bar fight.  http://ow.ly/MUZvz

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05.12.15

 

 

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” Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, May 12, 2015:

  • Franklin County, Washington: A woman and former jail inmate is suing the county. She claims it failed to protect her from a deputy who was widely rumored to have committed acts of sexual misconduct, who subsequently sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions. The now-former deputy was sentenced to 10 months in the same jail for his actions but is currently out on medical furlough. http://ow.ly/MP84d
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer was fired for pointing his gun at ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend. http://ow.ly/MPdgj
  • St. Clair County, Michigan: A deputy was fired and arrested for criminal sexual conduct for having sex with an inmate. http://ow.ly/MPedg
  • Anderson, South Carolina: An officer was fired and arrested for assaulting a woman at a local rec center. http://ow.ly/MPeSt
  • Frankfort, Kentucky: A DARE officer resigned after his name surfaced in an investigation into large bourbon theft. He was allegedly involved with steroids. http://ow.ly/MPfXq
  • Toledo, Ohio: An officer was charged with OVI after hitting a fellow officer in a parking lot while off duty. The injured officer was treated and released from medical care. http://ow.ly/MR3I8
  • Dubuque, Iowa: An officer was suspended for 40 hours for profanity and excessive force. He threatened a woman and shoved her onto the stairs of a city bus while arresting her. The Civil Service Commission upheld his suspension. http://ow.ly/MRcEB
  • Horry County, South Carolina: An officer was fired for a high-speed chase of stolen car suspect, repeatedly bumping the car during the chase. http://ow.ly/MRdel
  • Bethel, Ohio: An officer resigned after he was indicted for rape and sexual battery. http://ow.ly/MReku
  • Update: Boston, Massachusetts (First reported 11-17-14): A now-former was given one year of probation and ordered to pay a $2,000fine for lying to FBI. He was trying to protect childhood friend who was targeted in a federal gang probe. http://ow.ly/MRfJo
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for cyberstalking and violating a protective order. http://ow.ly/MRkrl

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05.08.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 8, 2015:

  • Washington County, Oregon: A sergeant resigned during an investigation into his alleged sexual harassment and misconduct. ow.ly/MGZ6D
  • Washington State Police: A trooper was arrested for attempting to conceal his teenaged son’s role in an attempted arson. The veteran trooper allegedly tried to destroy evidence that linked his son to the crime.  ow.ly/MGZBH
  • Alameda, California: The city settled an excessive force lawsuit. The plaintiff who was beaten by an officer with a baton received $450,000 for injuries he sustained during his mistaken arrest. ow.ly/MH0ld
  • Update: Chula Vista, California (First reported 06-18-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to misdemeanor child abuse for choking and assaulting his girlfriend’s 16-year-old son. ow.ly/MHDbf
  • Buffalo, New York: An officer faces civil rights charges for mistreating a witness to a crime and having that witness falsely arrested. The officer was off-duty at the time and working security at a pub. The incident was a murder in which the pub’s manager threw a man down the stairs, leading to his death.  ow.ly/MHTVy
  • Clanton, Alabama: The police chief was arrested for stealing from FOP’s “Santa Claus Fund.” That fund provides gifts to kids in need during the holiday season. ow.ly/MHWXC
  • Bel Aire, Kansas: A now-former chief and three now-former officers were indicted for fraud. Allegedly, they bought guns under the guise of official use to take advantage of law enforcement tax exemptions to sell them at a profit.  ow.ly/MI0OL
  • Bartlett, Tennessee: An officer was charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter for a high-speed crash while in pursuit that killed two motorists. ow.ly/MIwpn

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05.08.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 8, 2015:

  • Washington County, Oregon: A sergeant resigned during an investigation into his alleged sexual harassment and misconduct. ow.ly/MGZ6D
  • Washington State Police: A trooper was arrested for attempting to conceal his teenaged son’s role in an attempted arson. The veteran trooper allegedly tried to destroy evidence that linked his son to the crime.  ow.ly/MGZBH
  • Alameda, California: The city settled an excessive force lawsuit. The plaintiff who was beaten by an officer with a baton received $450,000 for injuries he sustained during his mistaken arrest. ow.ly/MH0ld
  • Update: Chula Vista, California (First reported 06-18-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to misdemeanor child abuse for choking and assaulting his girlfriend’s 16-year-old son. ow.ly/MHDbf
  • Buffalo, New York: An officer faces civil rights charges for mistreating a witness to a crime and having that witness falsely arrested. The officer was off-duty at the time and working security at a pub. The incident was a murder in which the pub’s manager threw a man down the stairs, leading to his death.  ow.ly/MHTVy
  • Clanton, Alabama: The police chief was arrested for stealing from FOP’s “Santa Claus Fund.” That fund provides gifts to kids in need during the holiday season. ow.ly/MHWXC
  • Bel Aire, Kansas: A now-former chief and three now-former officers were indicted for fraud. Allegedly, they bought guns under the guise of official use to take advantage of law enforcement tax exemptions to sell them at a profit.  ow.ly/MI0OL
  • Bartlett, Tennessee: An officer was charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter for a high-speed crash while in pursuit that killed two motorists. ow.ly/MIwpn

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05.07.15

 

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” Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 7, 2015:

  • Ottawa County, Michigan: A deputy was arrested for DUI with greater than .17 BAC. Under a new Michigan law, he faces stiffer penalties for driving more than twice the legal limit. ow.ly/MDQSp
  • Update: Lexington County, South Carolina (First reported 01-06-14): The now-former sheriff was sentenced to one year plus one day for taking money to ignore a restaurant’s employment of undocumented immigrants.ow.ly/MDRUL
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: An officer was charged with deprivation of rights for an assault that was caught on camera in an illegal gambling room. ow.ly/MEn3b
  • Los Angeles, California: The police chief questioned the justification for the fatal officer-involved shooting of Brandon Glenn. According to the news report, Chief Charlie Beck said, “Any time an unarmed person is shot by a Los Angeles police officer, it takes extraordinary circumstances to justify [it]…I have not seen extraordinary circumstances at this point.” The investigation is ongoing.  ow.ly/MEyyA
  • Savannah-Chatham, Georgia: An officer was suspended after a year-long investigation into theft and distribution of thousands of dollars of merchandise. Although the investigation has not led to any other current officers, the report indicates that the former chief of police received some merchandise from the officer. The current chief apologized for the corruption of the department.  ow.ly/MEpuD
  • Miami Beach, Florida: An officer was suspended for one month after a video surfaced of his violent arrest of a woman two years ago. ow.ly/MEqVR
  • Broward County, Florida: Two deputies were charged with battery and falsifying reports about their attack on a man at a gas station.  ow.ly/MEAkF
  • Clayton County, Georgia: The sheriff was charged for recklessly shooting a real estate agent. She’s currently in critical condition, but he remains on duty. ow.ly/MF6qK
  • Update: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (First reported 08-25-14): Two officers pled guilty to bank fraud charges. They are scheduled to be sentenced in August. ow.ly/MFdtc
  • Update: Tulsa County, Oklahoma (First reported 04-13-15): The undersheriff resigned in the wake of the investigation of reserve deputy that shot and killed Eric Harris. When the reserve deputy’s fitness was called into question, the undersheriff “quashed” the report. ow.ly/MFfPm
  • Update: San Diego, California (First reported 02-07-14): The City settled with two women who were sexually abused by a now-former officer while in custody. Together, the settlements totaled $1,500,000.  ow.ly/MFkPZ
  • Waverly, Virginia: An officer was sentenced to one year in jail, six months of which are suspended, for over-reporting work hours, taking home more than $5000 in illegal earnings. He held three full-time law enforcement jobs at the same time and wrote false reports to conceal his triple-dipping. He has been ordered to pay restitution and must not work in law enforcement for three years.  ow.ly/MFmdF
  • Update: Springfield, Louisiana (First reported 07-12-12): The sheriff pled guilty to a misdemeanor and resigned.  He had been charged with four felony counts of obstruction of justice. ow.ly/MFnAJ
  • Washington County, Arkansas: A deputy was arrested for choking his wife. ow.ly/MFr1Q

 

 

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Blasts the Media Over Pam Geller’s Event In Texas

 

 

 

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05.06.15

 

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 6, 2015:

  • Indiana University-Bloomington: A police officer resigned after he was accused of raping a student.  ow.ly/MACaW
  • DEA: Six agents who left a man alone in a cell without food or water for five days, forcing the man by circumstance to drink his urine to survive, were given short suspensions and reprimands. None of them lost their positions to termination. http://ow.ly/MBaIn
  • Dover, Delaware: An officer was indicted for assault. He kicked a man in the head and broke his jaw when responding to a call. The dashcam video of the incident was recently released. The former state attorney general was unable to secure an indictment from a grand jury shortly following the 2013 incident. However, the new attorney general re-presented case to the grand jury and had more success. ow.ly/MBeyY
  • Columbia County, Florida: Two officers were charged in beating of an inmate at the jail and an attempt to cover it up. ow.ly/MBgnA
  • Lee County, Florida: A deputy was fired for not responding to 911 call instead finishing his lunch, though he was not on his lunch break. He was sitting with three fellow deputies when he responded verbally to the dispatcher twice but did not move for assistance either time. He waited nearly 30 minutes to tell another deputy to respond. That deputy arrived on the scene 53 minutes after the initial 911 call.  The caller had succumbed to a fatal heart attack. The sheriff said the now-former deputy’s actions were “beyond negligent.” ow.ly/MBm4l
  • Ramapo, New York: The police department is being sued for stopping four black parole officers at gunpoint and holding them even after they successfully identified themselves. ow.ly/MBxSK
  • Anne Arundel County, Maryland: An officer was arrested for biting another man’s testicles during a fight. http://ow.ly/MC3pc
  • Update: Victoria, Texas (First reported 12-17-14): The officer who was fired for twice tackling and then tasing a 76-year-old man during a traffic stop has been hired by Beeville PD. http://ow.ly/MC5Vx
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05.05.15

 

 

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” Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 5, 2015:

  • Hillsborough, North Carolina: An officer pled guilty to acts of indecency with two 13-year-olds. He was sentenced to 20-33 months, suspended. http://ow.ly/MuCsq
  • Chaska, Minnesota: An officer was fired after and investigation into alleged racial profiling of Latinos. http://ow.ly/MuKzt
  • Update: Meeker County, Minnesota (First reported 04-01-15): A now-former deputy pled guilty to assault. He tasered the police chief from Eden Valley during an argument. http://ow.ly/MvBYQ
  • Wellford, South Carolina: An officer was charged with misconduct for illegally possessing and mishandling evidence. http://ow.ly/MvGoT
  • Cottonwood Shores, Texas: The police chief resigned and surrendered his law enforcement certification in exchange for a harassment charge against him being dropped. http://ow.ly/MvGRc
  • Aransas Pass, Texas: An officer was arrested for forgery. It was his second stint with the department, with a brief stint at another law enforcement agency in between. He lied about military training on his second stint with the department. http://ow.ly/MvHuF
  • Update: Yonkers, New York (First reported 10-09-14): Two officers were sentenced for perjury and misconduct charges. They lied on paperwork to acquire a search warrant. During the raid based on the flawed warrant, the suspect fell from a third story window and died. After the incident, the officers attempted to cover-up the nature of the warrant by urging a confidential informant to lie and say they had done several drug buys in the apartment. One officer was sentenced to eight weekends in jail; the other officer was sentenced to spend every weekend in jail for six months.  http://ow.ly/MvIbQ
  • Los Angeles County, California: A deputy received an undisclosed discipline for a fatal collision with a cyclist.  He had been looking at his dashboard computer at the time of the incident. http://ow.ly/MvKv4
  • Update: Fort Collins, Colorado (First reported 09-19-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to four years in prison for stalking a woman. It had been his second law enforcement job http://ow.ly/MvMib
  • Hayward, California: A now-former officer was charged with grand theft. Allegedly, he began a coercive relationship with a sex worker while he was an officer and, over several years, fraudulently took more than $500,000 from her. http://ow.ly/MvMTB
  • Update: Algona, Washington: An officer and former chief resigned after his arrest for theft from a youth program. ow.ly/MzGvL

 

 

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Charlie Hebdo Receives Free Speech Award, Standing Ovation at PEN Gala

” The staff of Charlie Hebdo was honored tonight at the PEN American Center gala, following much controversy, and they received a standing ovation as they affirmed their commitment to free speech and free expression.

  There was a recent controversy when a group of authors refused to participate in the gala because of their opposition to what they perceive as the French publication’s “intolerance.” Salman Rushdie and a whole host of other writers stood up for Charlie Hebdo, defending them from that charge of intolerance and insisting the free speech principle is of paramount importance.

  Well, the gala happened tonight (under heavy security), and they received the award to a standing ovation.”

   The six dhimmi authors who shamefully refused to participate are: Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner and Taiye Selasi .

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Louie Gohmert Gets Why Some Texans Are Worried About A Military Takeover

” U.S. Special Operations Command is preparing to launch a five-month, multi-state exercise across private and public land to prepare Army special forces for threats anywhere in the world. Or at least that’s what the Pentagon would want you to believe. Officials and citizens in Texas, one of the states involved, see something potentially more nefarious in the exercise, dubbed Jade Helm 15. And now Rep. Louie Gohmert is joining them.

” Over the past few weeks, my office has been inundated with calls referring to the Jade Helm 15 military exercise scheduled to take place between July 15 and September 15, 2015,” Gohmert said in a Tuesday statement. “This military practice has some concerned that the U.S. Army is preparing for modern-day martial law. Certainly, I can understand these concerns.” 

” When leaders within the current administration believe that major threats to the country include those who support the Constitution, are military veterans, or even ‘cling to guns or religion,’ patriotic Americans have reason to be concerned,” Gohmert wrote.”

” The congressman took particular issue with the layout and labels of the Pentagon map for the exercise. “Once I observed the map depicting ‘hostile,’ ‘permissive,’ and ‘uncertain’ states and locations, I was rather appalled that the hostile areas amazingly have a Republican majority, ‘cling to their guns and religion,’ and believe in the sanctity of the United States Constitution.” Gohmert called on the Pentagon to change the map, the names on the map, and said “the tone of the exercise needs to be completely revamped so the federal government is not intentionally practicing war against its own states.” “

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05.02.15 to 05.04.15

 

 

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” Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, May 2 through Monday, May 4, 2015:

  • Update: Isabella County, Michigan: A deputy was charged with multiple accounts of sexual assault. ow.ly/MtLkI
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer was charged with OVI. Her SUV was pulled over after it was observed swerving on the road. ow.ly/Mu4Gv
  • Update: Barren County, Kentucky: A now-former sheriff had his convictions for witness tampering upheld by Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. http://ow.ly/MucGX
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: An officer entered an Alford plea for the 2012 beating of handcuffed 15-year-old boy. He’s due to be sentenced in June. http://ow.ly/Muffd
  • Pembroke Pines, Florida: The lawsuit against a now-former officer who shot a man having a seizure in 2010 was dismissed. http://ow.ly/MujHL
  • Maryland State Police: A trooper was arrested for punching a handcuffed man in custody at the MSP Glen Burnie barracks. http://ow.ly/MumKL
  • Update: Fairfax County, Virginia:  The state medical examiner ruled that the death of Natasha McKenna was an accident. McKenna was a 37-year-old woman with mental health issues who was Tased four times while fully restrained in order to prepare her for a transfer to another jail. She died as a result.  http://ow.ly/MuFUi
  • Hammondville, Alabama: The police chief was arrested for insurance fraud. The charge is related to a house fire in 2014. http://ow.ly/MuvKb
  • Lee County, North Carolina: The sheriff’s office fired one deputy and arrested another after an investigation into how jail inmates began sharing a cell phone smuggled in for them. http://ow.ly/MuwxQ
  • Connellsville, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged for coercing a minor for sexual favors in exchange for not filing drug charges against her. http://ow.ly/MuyY5
  • Decatur, Indiana: An officer was fired and charged for sending pictures of his genitalia to two teenage girls. http://ow.ly/MuB2V

 

 

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FCC Commissioner: Feds Could ‘Start Tamping Down’ On Websites

 

 

 

 

” Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai, one of two Republicans on the five-member commission, says he’s concerned that the government will try to control websites like the Drudge Report based on their political content, CNS News reports.

  Pai, speaking Saturday at the annual Right Online conference in Washington, D.C., said he envisions net neutrality regulations passed by the agency could  result in crackdowns on websites in “the direction of content… What you’re seeing now is an impulse not just to regulate the roads over which traffic goes, but the traffic itself,” he said.

” It is conceivable to me to see the government saying, ‘We think the Drudge Report is having a disproportionate effect on our political discourse. He doesn’t have to file anything with the FEC. The FCC doesn’t have the ability to regulate anything he says, and we want to start tamping down on websites like that,'” Pai said, according to CNS.”

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05.01.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 1, 2015:

  • Update: Los Angeles, California (First reported 10-28-14): An officer who was named in an excessive force lawsuit has been charged with assault for the incident that prompted it. ow.ly/MmcgG
  • Plainfield, New Jersey: An officer charged was with misconduct and receiving stolen property. ow.ly/MnGW9
  • Baltimore, Maryland: Six officers were charged with felonies for the death of Freddie Gray. Charges include manslaughter, 2nd degree murder, false imprisonment, and assault. http://nyti.ms/1EAlXK2
  • South Daytona, Florida: An officer was arrested for hitting a handcuffed suspect. ow.ly/MnUFr
  • Update: South Burlington, Vermont (First reported 03-23-15): A lieutenant who pled guilty to DWI was suspended for four weeks and will keep his job. He will also see a pay decrease during the time his driver’s license is suspended. ow.ly/MooZb
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia: An officer was placed on administrative leave for violating department’s use of force policy against a 17-year-old boy. The officer used pepper spray on the boy during a traffic stop but deployed a stun-gun too soon after the pepper spray.  ow.ly/MorMK
  • Billings, Montana: An officer was fired for lying about the circumstances that led to a high-speed chase. ow.ly/MoHfI
  • Northampton, North Carolina: Five deputies and six other current and former law enforcement officers were caught in an FBI drug bust. ow.ly/MoRqY

 

 

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Police Shoot Dead 2 Gunmen At Texas Exhibit Of Prophet Mohammad Cartoons

 

 

 

” Texas police shot dead two gunmen who opened fire on Sunday outside an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad that was organized by an anti-Islamic group and billed as a free-speech event.

  The shooting in a Dallas suburb was an echo of past attacks or threats in other Western countries against art depicting the Prophet Mohammad. In January, gunmen killed 12 people in the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in revenge for its cartoons.

  Sunday’s attack took place at about 7 p.m. in a parking lot of the Curtis Culwell Center, an indoor arena in Garland, northeast of Dallas. Geert Wilders, a polarizing Dutch politician and anti-Islamic campaigner who is on an al Qaeda hit list, was among the speakers at the event.

  Police said they had not determined the identity of the two gunmen or whether they were linked to critics of the event who had branded it anti-Islamic.

  As a precaution, a police bomb squad was checking the suspects’ car, and the immediate vicinity of the Culwell Center was evacuated, city police spokesman Joe Harn said. Investigators were keeping their distance from the bodies of the gunmen, which were close to the car, until the vehicle was deemed clear of explosives, he said later.”

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.30.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 30, 2015:

  • Update: Tampa, Florida (First reported 12-20-13): A now-former school resource officer was sentenced to six years for having sex with a 17-year-old student. http://ow.ly/MktY0
  • Atlanta, Georgia: An officer was arrested for approaching a woman who was sitting in her car and allegedly masturbating in front of her. He was off-duty at the time but was later identified by the victim’s description.  http://ow.ly/MkAc1
  • Jackson, Mississippi: An officer was arrested for assault after an alleged fight with a cousin’s ex-boyfriend. http://ow.ly/MkICM
  • Millville, New Jersey: A lieutenant was arrested for DUI after sideswiping another car while off duty. http://ow.ly/MkMgR
  • Millville, New Jersey: A lieutenant was arrested for assault for shoving man in a liquor store. Video of the confrontation was found while the press looked into the DUI arrest of another lieutenant (in the case just above). ow.ly/MkMYk
  • Wichita, Kansas: A now-retired officer is on trial for sexual assault of minors during last six years of his career and several years after. ow.ly/MlHXt
  • Fountain, Colorado: An officer was arrested for stalking and promotion of obscenity to a minor. ow.ly/MlTDM
  • Update: Knox County, Tennessee (First reported 11-07-14): A now-former deputy was last of six law enforcement offcers to be sentenced in gambling sting. All received probation and a period of home confinement. ow.ly/Mm2KO
  • Rio Grande City, Texas: An officer and Starr County drug task force member was arrested for cocaine distribution conspiracy. http://ow.ly/Mm5ke

 

 

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IRS Caught Violating Its Own Civil Forfeiture Policy;  U.S. Attorney Admonishes Small Business Owner To Keep His Mouth Shut

 

 

 

” Lyndon McLellan has spent more than a decade running L&M Convenience Mart, a gas station, restaurant and convenience store in rural Fairmont, North Carolina. Then, almost one year ago, agents from the IRS came to the store and announced that they had seized his entire bank account, totaling more than $107,000.

  Lyndon did nothing wrong, and the IRS has never alleged that he committed a crime—much less charged him with one. Despite this, in December 2014, the IRS and Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a civil forfeiture complaint in federal court, which, if successful, would allow them to keep Lyndon’s money permanently. The DOJ’s actions came months after the IRS announced a formal policy change prohibiting the agency from using civil forfeiture to take money from law-abiding citizens like Lyndon.

  Yesterday, the Institute for Justice (IJ), a national public interest law firm leading the fight to end civil forfeiture, filed court documents contesting the IRS’s forfeiture of Lyndon’s money.

“ This case demonstrates that the federal government’s recent reforms are riddled with loopholes and exceptions and fundamentally fail to protect Americans’ basic rights,” said Institute for Justice Attorney Robert Everett Johnson, who represents Lyndon. “No American should have his property taken by the government without first being convicted of a crime.”

  In February 2015, during a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Oversight Subcommittee, North Carolina Congressman George Holding told IRS Commissioner John Koskinen that he had reviewed Lyndon’s case—without specifically naming it—and that there was no allegation of the kind of illegal activity required by the IRS’s new policy. The IRS Commissioner responded, “If that cases exists, then it’s not following the policy.” “

 

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There Is Growing Evidence Non-Citizens Are Voting. Why Isn’t The Government Doing Anything?

 

 

 

 

” Non-citizens are registering to vote and at best, it seems the federal government’s officials don’t care about this illegal activity.

  At worst, it raises questions about whether some in Washington support illegal voting, so long as it supports their political agenda.

  The exact number of non-citizens who are voting in our elections is difficult to quantify because of the bureaucratic quagmire perpetuated by federal agencies against the (very few) states that have the resolve to attempt to verify citizenship.

  Federal agencies responsible for immigration and naturalization routinely fight efforts to compare voter rolls with lists of known non-citizens.

  Yet evidence of noncitizen voting mounts. The American Civil Rights Union just filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court documenting instance after instance of non-citizens registering and voting. It urges the Court to take up a petition for certiorari filed by Kansas and Arizona seeking to overturn a bad decision on this issue by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

  Last February, the Heritage Foundation’s Hans A. von Spakovsky spoke before a House committee and provided examples of foreigners voting.

  Worse, none of the perpetrators were prosecuted by Obama’s Justice Department. The examples provided by von Spakovsky are now before the Supreme Court in the briefs filed.”

 

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Cops Thru Out The Nation Being Demonized Due To Baltimore

 

 

 

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.29.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 29, 2015:

  • Update: Kirtland Hills, Ohio (First reported 10-14-14): The now-former police chief was sentenced to two years in prison for fraud and tampering charges. According to the news report, “Prosecutors say he defrauded the village out of at least $80,000 by making unauthorized purchases of clothing, tools and goods for his own use.”  http://ow.ly/MfzJn
  • Update: Miami-Dade, Florida (First reported 08-06-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to aiding and abetting marijuana distribution. He faces a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for tipping off marijuana growers to when the police were investigating them and how to avoid capture. http://ow.ly/MfOqr
  • Sweetwater, Florida: An officer was arrested and suspended for buying cocaine. http://ow.ly/Mg26N
  • Phoenix, Arizona: The department released a video that led to the firing of a detective. The now-former detective knocked out an 18-year-old man’s teeth after he surrendered. http://ow.ly/Mg2Jz
  • Allen County, Ohio: A now-retired sergeant was charged with 112 counts related to 35 thefts from the evidence room. The alleged thefts occurred while he was employed with the department. http://ow.ly/Mg4Nm
  • Sidney, Nebraska: The chief was charged with obstructing government operations by a state attorney. Allegedly he did not pursue a criminal case that he should have. ow.ly/MiAJr
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was fired after a lengthy investigation. He fought a man after a fender bender in 2013 and though he was acquitted of criminal charges, his position was terminated after a disciplinary review. http://ow.ly/MiCPu
  • Update: Prescott Valley, Arizona (First reported 01-20-15): A now-former commander was sentenced to three years of probation. He pled guilty to stealing drugs from the evidence room. ow.ly/MiHhQ
 
 

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