Category: Crime


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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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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Manchester Man, 95, Fends Off Would-Be Robber With Cane

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A 95-year-old World War II veteran used his cane to fight off a would-be robber in Manchester over the weekend.

  Arthur Kamberis said he has been in tough situations before, including climbing down a cargo net 70 years ago on his way to invade Okinawa, but he was still unnerved when he was accosted by a man Saturday morning.

” But damn it, if I’d have had my cellphone, we would have nailed that guy, because the police station is only one block down,” Kamberis said.

  Police said they always recommend surrendering goods during robberies because things can be replaced, but people can’t. Despite the attempted robbery, Kamberis said he has no plans to change his routine — with one exception.

” When I go out alone, my .357 Magnum will be with me all the time when I’m alone, because I cannot protect myself other than the cane,” he said.”

 

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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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Congratulations, New York, You’re #1 In Corruption

 

 

 

 

 

” Other states have plenty of corruption, but it’s hard to beat New York when it comes to sheer volume. The indictment Monday of Dean Skelos, the state Senate majority leader, and his son Adam came just three months after charges were brought against Sheldon Silver, then the Assembly Speaker. Having the top leaders in both chambers face indictment in the same session is an unparalleled achievement, but Skelos is now the fifth straight Senate majority leader in Albany to face indictment.

  New York doesn’t so much have a culture of corruption as an entire festival. So far, Senate Republicans are standing by Skelos, but if they decide to make a change, they probably won’t turn to Thomas Libous, the chamber’s Number Two leader. He faces trial this summer on charges of lying to the FBI, while his son faces sentencing later this month on similar charges. All told, more than two dozen members of the New York state legislature have been indicted or resigned in disgrace over the past five years. “Albany for a long time has had a culture of self-interest, where private gains are woven in with public policy,” says Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause in New York.

  Clusters of corruption and even convictions are not unique to New York. Silver was one of four state House Speakers to face indictment over the past year (Alabama, Rhode Island and South Carolina are home to the others). In Massachusetts, three Speakers prior to current incumbent Robert DeLeo all resigned and pleaded guilty to criminal charges. When Dan Walker died last week, it was hard for obituary writers not to note that he was one of four Illinois governors over the past five decades who ended up in prison. “While I’m a proud New Yorker and want my state to be ahead in everything, I’m not sure we’re ahead on corruption,” says Daniel Richman, a former federal prosecutor who teaches law at Columbia University.

  Richman is kidding, but he makes a serious point. Give any U.S. attorney a year and 10 FBI agents and he or she can probably come back from the state capital with a passel of indictments. Having said all that, however, the waters in Albany have long been heavily stocked with potentially big fish. Remember in the movie Lincoln, when the president decides he has to resort to low dealings to get the anti-slavery amendment through Congress? The characters he relies on to do the trick come from Albany.”

 

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Who Pays When The DEA Destroys Your Vehicle And Kills Your Employee During A Botched Sting? Hint: Not The DEA

 

Craig Patty is seeking damages after his truck was used without his permission as part of a botched law-enforcement operation that left the driver dead. Photo: James Nielsen / © 2011 Houston Chronicle

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” The DEA likes to borrow stuff. It’s just not very good about returning borrowed items in the same shape it got them.

  Like a woman’s Facebook account. Or a businessman’s semi truck. And his employee’s life.

  Craig Patty runs a tiny trucking company in Texas. He has only two trucks in his “fleet.” One of them was being taken to Houston for repairs by his employee, Lawrence Chapa. Or so he thought.

  In reality, Chapa was working with the DEA, which had paid him to load up Patty’s truck with marijuana and haul it back to Houston so the DEA could bust the prospective buyers. That’s when everything went completely, horribly wrong.

  [A]s the truck entered northwest Houston under the watch of approximately two dozen law enforcement officers, several heavily armed Los Zetas cartel-connected soldiers in sport utility vehicles converged on Patty’s truck.

In the ensuing firefight, Patty’s truck was wrecked and riddled with bullet holes, and a plainclothes Houston police officer shot and wounded a plainclothes Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was mistaken for a gangster.

The truck’s driver was killed and four attackers were arrested and charged with capital murder.

  Until Patty received a call notifying him that his employee had been killed, he was completely unaware of the DEA’s operations involving both his truck and his driver. Unbelievably, things got even worse for Patty after this discovery.

  Patty’s truck was impounded by the DEA. After it was released to him, it was out of service for several months as it underwent more than $100,000-worth of repairs. The DEA offered him no financial assistance for the truck it helped fill with bullet holes nor did it offer to make up for the revenue Patty lost while his truck was out of commission. His insurance company likewise turned down his claim, citing his truck’s use in a law enforcement operation.

 Nor did the DEA offer to do something to repair his newly-acquired reputation as a drug runner and/or DEA informant — something that makes Patty’s life a little bit more dangerous.

  Nor will it have to. A federal judge has dismissed Patty’s lawsuit against the DEA seeking up to $6.4 million in damages. (h/t to attorney Mark Bennett, who previously advised Patty but did not represent him in this lawsuit.)”

 

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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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13 Current And Former North Carolina And Virginia Law Enforcement Officers Indicted

 

 

 

 

 

” Federal officials said at a news conference Wednesday that 13 current and former law enforcement officers are accused of protecting cocaine and heroin shipments along the East Coast.

  All were arrested Wednesday morning after a two-year undercover investigation called “Operation Rockfish”.

” Corruption in local government – especially involving law enforcement – threatens the social compact that binds our communities together,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell in a statement.

  In addition to the 13, two more civilians are also charged with conspiring to distribute controlled substances and conspiring to use and carry firearms during and in relation to drug trafficking offenses.

  Some are also charged with attempted extortion, attempted possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, money laundering, federal programs bribery and use and carry of firearms during and in relation to crimes of violence and drug trafficking offenses.

  Here’s the full list:

-Lann Tjuan Clanton, 36, a correctional officer with the Virginia Department of Corrections;
-Ikeisha Jacobs, 32, a deputy with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office;
-Jason Boone, 29, a deputy with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office;
-Wardie Vincent Jr., 35, formerly of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office;
-Adrienne Moody, 39, a correctional officer with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety;
-Cory Jackson, 43, formerly of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office;
-Jimmy Pair Jr., 48, a deputy with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office;
-Curtis Boone, 31, a deputy with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office;
-Antonio Tillmon, 31, a police officer with the Windsor City Police Department;
-Alaina Sue Kam Ling, 27, a correctional officer with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety;
-Kavon Phillips, 25, a correctional officer with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety;
-Crystal Pierce, 31, of Raleigh, North Carolina;
-Alphonso Ponton, 42, a correctional officer with the Virginia Department of Corrections;
-Thomas Jefferson Allen II, 37, a deputy with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office; and
-Tosha Dailey, 31, a 911 dispatch operator for Northampton County.”

 

 

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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: Man Shoots, Kills Would-Be Carjacker Outside Store

 

 

 

” A shopper with a concealed weapons permit shot and killed a man who was trying to carjack a woman Saturday outside a Utah grocery store, officers said.

  The 31-year-old male shooter was in Macey’s parking lot in Orem, 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, when he heard a woman’s screams as she was being pulled from her SUV by the suspect, investigators said.

  The man told police he went to assist the woman, and the 27-year-old male suspect lunged at him in an attempt to grab his gun.

  The man fired one round at the suspect, hitting him in the chest. The suspect later died at a hospital.”

 

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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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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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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.25.15 To 04.27.15

 

 

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” Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 25 to Monday, April 27, 2015:

  • Hodgeman County, Kansas: A deputy was arrested for killing his 2-month-old child. http://ow.ly/M8YjT
  • Columbia County, Georgia: A deputy was sentenced to three years’ probation and a $300 fine for giving accident reports obtained from a law enforcement database to injury lawyers.  http://ow.ly/M8YwX
  • Clay County, Missouri: A deputy was arrested for assaulting his estranged wife. http://ow.ly/M8YKU
  • Dunn County, Wisconsin: A deputy was arrested for DUI. http://ow.ly/M90Xc
  • Waynesburg, Pennsylvania: An officer was arrested after an alleged drunken burglary and assault. He subsequently resigned.http://ow.ly/MaVQE
  • Update: Berkeley County, West Virginia (First reported 10-27-14): A now-former captain was acquitted on a fraud charge, but the jury was hung on an embezzlement charge. The State plans to re-try the embezzlement case. http://ow.ly/Mbb64
  • Belmont, North Carolina: The City suspended and fired the police chief. Allegations of intimidation and payroll manipulation led to the dismissal. A captain also resigned as a result of the investigation. http://ow.ly/Mbdpm
  • Redstone Township, Pennsylvania: An officer was indicted for striking a suspect and then lying about the incident to justify the violence. http://ow.ly/MbfVe
  • Update: Shreveport, Louisiana (First reported 09-23-14): An officer was sentenced to 20 days in jail for an off-duty bar fight. He has been fired.http://ow.ly/Mbh9M
  • Update: Fruitport Township, Michigan (First reported 12-01-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to one year of probation for DUI with a minor in the car. http://ow.ly/Mbj3t
  • Vermont State Police: A trooper was arrested for DUI and has resigned. He responded to a late-night call and colleagues smelled alcohol on his breath. http://ow.ly/MbmU6
  • Peachtree City, Georgia: The police chief was indicted for shooting his wife in an apparent accident at home.  http://ow.ly/Mbo4B
  • Update: Ipswich, Massachusetts (First reported 04-28-14): A now-former officer and brother of the chief was sentenced to two years of probation after plea deal for off-duty assault. He also agreed never to work in law enforcement again. ow.ly/Mbrhh
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.24.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 24, 2015:

  • Dallas, Texas: A grand jury declined to indict two officers who fatally shot 38-year-old Jason Harrison. ow.ly/M3PzB
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: Recently released dashcam video contradicts statement by deputy who had been cleared in the 2013 shooting of unarmed black man. ow.ly/M3QbX
  • Latimer County, Oklahoma: A now-former deputy was arrested for stealing drug evidence. The drugs were discovered in his patrol vehicle during a routine cleaning. ow.ly/M3Wno
  • Oakland, California: The city paid $275,000 to two innocent teens. One of the teens was shot in the jaw by a police officer because he was mistaken for robbery suspect, the other was present at the time of the shooting. The officer who shot at the boys was, at the time, a field training officer. He claimed the victim made “a sweeping motion toward his waistband.”  http://bit.ly/1DArdJO
  • Coral Springs, Florida: An officer was arrested for domestic battery. He allegedly dragged his wife out of a car and drove off with their one-year-old son ow.ly/M4z5S
  • Update: Inkster, Michigan (First reported 03-30-15): An officer was fired and charged with assault after violent arrest video was released. The police chief resigned in the wake of the incident. ow.ly/M4Dyc
  • Dallas, Texas: Two officers were fired for maintaining inappropriate personal relationships. One officer had a relationship with someone in their Explorers program. The other had a relationship “with a person of immoral character.” ow.ly/M4Gcd
  • Mt. Juliet, Tennessee: An officer was suspended for falsifying time cards. ow.ly/M4Ihq
  • Greenwood, Mississippi: An officer was suspended after arresting activist who is also a candidate for lieutenant governor. The activist was recording a traffic stop. ow.ly/M51KU

 

 

 

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