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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.25.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 25, 2015:

  • Update: Camden, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to lewdness for masturbating in a coffee shop. He remains suspended pending an administrative hearing to determine his future employment status.ow.ly/KKKL0
  • Santa Barbara County, California: A deputy was arrested for DUI.ow.ly/KKP2M
  • Orlando, Florida: An officer was arrested for assaulting a suspect in custody. Video shows him kneeing the handcuffed suspect in the torso. The suspect required medical treatment for a ruptured spleen. ow.ly/KMv7c
  • Hummelstown, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with homicide in the shooting death of a 59-year-old man. ow.ly/KN3HW
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The police department is being sued by a state trooper for false arrest and excessive force stemming from an incident at a wedding. ow.ly/KMYM6
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: An officer was fired after being arrested for harassment. ow.ly/KN1jr
  • Miami-Dade, Florida: An officer was arrested for false imprisonment and battery. She allegedly punched and choked her estranged husband.ow.ly/KN2Mg
  • Update: Milwaukee, Wisconsin: A now-former officer who fatally shot an unarmed man lost his appeal of his termination. ow.ly/KMXRD
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.24.15

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 24, 2015:

  • Update: Edwardsville, Pennsylvania (First reported 03-13-15): The police chief was fired for regularly leaving his post to spend time with his paramour. ow.ly/KJkzA
  • Update: East Moline, Illinois (First reported 03-26-12): A now-former officer pled no contest to misconduct and guilty to financial exploitation of the elderly. ow.ly/KJDwg
  • Linden, New Jersey: Three officers and a friend were involved in a fatal head-on crash with a tractor-trailer. One officer and the friend died, the other two officers are in the hospital. DUI is suspected and the investigation is ongoing. ow.ly/KJJFx
  • St. Ann, Missouri: An officer was arrested for DUI after hitting a house with his pickup truck. He resigned. ow.ly/KJLHv
  • Jacksonville, Florida: An officer allowed a woman to drive his patrol car. He also inappropriately used the police database to check her criminal record. He has a history of complaints from the public and his colleagues.  ow.ly/KKdQk
  • Update: Salem, New Hampshire (First reported 01-16-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 30 days in jail for twice assaulting a suspect. First, after a high-speed chase, he struck the suspect’s head with his flashlight. The suspect required medical treatment and had five staples put in his head. The second assault was intentionally stepping on the suspect’s hands after he was taken into custody.   ow.ly/KKgTl
  • University of Tennessee (Knoxville): A now-former officer was sentenced to three years of probation for knowingly protecting an illegal, high-stakes poker game. He was caught in an FBI sting. ow.ly/KKy4K
  • Seminole County, Florida: A deputy was fired after he was arrested on molestation and related charges. ow.ly/KKJss
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.23.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, March 21 through Monday, March 23, 2015:

  • Stamford, Texas: An officer was arrested and fired for felony possession of a controlled substance.  http://ow.ly/KEVNW
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: An officer was indicted on misconduct and firearms charges for pointing his gun at the head of an innocent man outside of his home. According to the news report, the officer approached two men in a car parked in front of a house. The officer claimed they were parked illegally, but they were not, and then asked what they were doing there. The driver explained he was dropping off his cousin who lived in the house, but when the passenger got out of the car to go into the house, the officer blocked his way and twice pointed his weapon at the passenger’s head. http://ow.ly/KEWkX
  • Salt Lake City, Utah (Unified Police Department): A detective was arrested for misappropriating over $8,000 in cash meant for drug buys. ow.ly/KEXeh
  • Update: Adams County, Colorado (First reported 06-06-14): A deputy had sexual assault and false imprisonment charges against him dropped. http://ow.ly/KGoqX
  • El Dorado County, California: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence. http://ow.ly/KGq62
  • South Burlington, Vermont: An officer was arrested for DUI after he hit a telephone pole. http://ow.ly/KGyqP
  • Cherokee County, Georgia: A now-former deputy pled guilty to theft by deception. She lied in order to take time off from the sheriff’s office for military training, but she had already been deactivated. She was sentenced to 12 months of probation and 80 hours of community service.  http://ow.ly/KGDo9
  • Update: Yuba County, California (First reported 03-25-14): A now-former deputy was found not guilty of assault. He had been accused of beating a man unconscious during an off-duty fight on St. Patrick’s Day. http://ow.ly/KGERG
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.20.15

 

 

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” Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 20, 2015:

  • Lauderhill, Florida: An officer was arrested for domestic violence and violating restraining order after going to his ex-wife’s home. http://ow.ly/KxEHh
  • Dougherty County, Georgia: An officer was arrested for making terroristic threats. ow.ly/KApon
  • Hardin County, Texas: A deputy pled guilty to making a false statement to a federal agent in regard to a child pornography shipment. Investigators determined it had been purchased with the deputy’s email address, credit card, and phone number.  ow.ly/KAByB
  • Kissimmee, Florida: A detective faces trial for DUI. The former Kissimmee detective of the year failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breath test. ow.ly/KAKfJ
  • Update: Houston County, Alabama (First reported 02-09-15): A deputy was acquitted of a domestic violence charge stemming from an incident with his stepson. ow.ly/KB6RJ
  • Escalante, Utah: The police chief, who also is the only officer in the town, was charged with making false statements on drug arrest reports.ow.ly/KAPmA
  • Ford County, Kansas: A now-former deputy was charged with 15 misdemeanor counts of misconduct and theft. He is alleged to have repeatedly used a county vehicle for personal use.  ow.ly/KAPUy
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.19.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 19, 2015:

  • Virginia Alcohol Beverage Commission (Charlottesville): Several officers were involved in alleged brutality against a University of Virginia student. ow.ly/KwbXi
  • Walker County, Georgia: A deputy was fired after he was arrested for battery in a domestic dispute. http://ow.ly/KxoUT
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (Ysleta, TX): An agent was arrested for sexual assault of a child. http://ow.ly/Kxs5T
  • Update: Niles, Illinois: A now-former officer was convicted of stealing more than $1,700 from the room of a deceased man at the YMCA.http://ow.ly/KxvJv
  • Pike Township, Indiana: An officer was arrested for OWI. He was driving 113 mph in a 55 mph zone. http://ow.ly/Kxwrp
  • Update: New York, New York: A sergeant who was implicated in a wide-ranging ticket-fixing scandal was acquitted of all charges. Thirteen other officers have cases pending. http://ow.ly/KxzEY
  • Humboldt County, Nevada: A deputy was arrested for brandishing his weapon in a convenience store. http://ow.ly/KxBu6
  • Oakland, Florida: An officer was arrested for directing and promoting sexual performance of a 3-year-old child. http://ow.ly/KxDpT
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.18.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 18, 2015:

  • Pitt County, North Carolina: A deputy was arrested and fired for statutory rape. He allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old girl at the high school where he was the school resource officer. http://ow.ly/Kt9gb
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania: An officer was fired and charged with assault for excessive force against separate suspects in different incidents. He allegedly kicked one suspect repeatedly in eye, causing vision damage, after a chase. The other suspect required staples in his head for the wounds he suffered at the hands of the officer, allegedly while handcuffed.  http://ow.ly/KtadJ
  • Atlanta, Georgia: The police chief and Fulton County District Attorney are being sued by the now-former head of the crime lab. The suit alleges obstruction of justice and retaliation. http://ow.ly/KtaJA
  • Ville Platte, Louisiana: A detective resigned after being accused of stealing $1,000 worth of roofing shingles with an accomplice. http://ow.ly/KtbD5
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer suspected of homicide has been fired. He has been missing since the homicide. http://ow.ly/KtcgE
  • Update: New Mexico State Police: An officer who was fired for shooting at a car that contained a woman and her children has been hired by Taos County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy.  http://ow.ly/KtcK9
  • Marshall County, Alabama: A deputy was arrested for DUI and fired. http://ow.ly/Ktdym
  • Orange County, Florida: A deputy who was fired for excessive force in 2010 has been hired by the Ocoee, Florida Police Department. http://ow.ly/Ktebv
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.17.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 17, 2015:

  • Update: Saratoga County, New York (First reported 11-10-14): A now-former sergeant pled guilty to misconduct and harassment for slapping a man who refused consent to a car search. Video evidence of the altercation prompted the sheriff to say “I’m kind of very disturbed with what I saw.” The former sergeant will not go to jail or be placed on probation, but he was charged $1500 for court costs and fines. ow.ly/Krcnv
  • St. Louis, Missouri: A now-former officer was indicted for providing a pistol-gripped shotgun to a known drug dealer. The indictment alleges that he provided the gun knowing it would be used in furtherance of drug trafficking and that while he was an officer he knowingly and repeatedly associated with drug dealers. ow.ly/KrldD
  • Washington, District of Columbia: An officer who also is a local pastor was charged with sexual abuse of a minor. ow.ly/Krv73
  • Nixon, Texas: An officer was given a one-week suspension for DWI. She left her car on tracks where it was totaled by a freight train. She returned to work Monday.  ow.ly/KrwjU
  • Chicopee, Massachusetts: A now-former officer faces assault charges for choking a woman during a 2013 arrest. The woman is suing him and the department. ow.ly/Krxqn
  • Rutland, Vermont: A probationary officer was arrested for DUI. He was pulled over for erratic driving. His BAC test registered at 0.164 at processing. ow.ly/Kry05
  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy was arrested after an off-duty shooting. Police allege he was intoxicated at the time of the incident. He claims he fired the gun in self-defense. ow.ly/KryQ1
  • Seminole County, Florida: A now-former deputy was arrested for fraud. Allegedly, he charged homeowners’ associations for off-duty security patrols he didn’t perform. ow.ly/KrzSH
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.14.15 To 03.16.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, March 14 through Monday, March 16, 2015:

  • Seattle, Washington: An officer was fired for calling and texting women he met while investigating potential crimes. http://ow.ly/KmQzD
  • Hull, Massachusetts: A now-former sergeant was charged with larceny for paying himself more than he was owed from police union coffers. http://ow.ly/KmQZr
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer was arrested for human smuggling across the U.S./Mexico border. Authorities found a person hiding in his trunk. http://ow.ly/KnQlQ
  • Update: Syracuse, New York (First reported 03-06-15): The officer suspended for having sex with a woman who called for a welfare check on her daughter was indicted on four counts of misconduct. http://ow.ly/KnS8n
  • El Paso, Texas: A detective was arrested for assault. She allegedly choked her stepdaughter to near unconsciousness. http://ow.ly/KnSTR
  • Denver, Colorado: A detective pled guilty to domestic violence, reckless endangerment, and reckless use of a gun. A child abuse charge was among those dropped in exchange for the plea deal. He was sentenced to two years of probation. He remains suspended as Internal Affairs determines whether his employment will be terminated. http://ow.ly/KnWPC
  • Owen County, Indiana: A now-former deputy was arrested for theft and misconduct. He allegedly took stolen ginseng he recovered from a suspect and resold it. http://ow.ly/KnYiX
  • Colfax County, New Mexico: A deputy was arrested in a sting. He offered to escort agents posing as drug couriers through the state in exchange for cash. http://ow.ly/KnYUT
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.13.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 13, 2015:

  • Denver, Colorado: An officer was fired for choking a resisting female inmate until she was unconscious instead of calling for a female officer to assist him. http://ow.ly/KhV2m
  • Update: Newton County, Texas (First reported 08-01-14): The sheriff was acquitted of making a terroristic threat and is back on the job.http://ow.ly/KhY5o
  • Marlin, Texas: The police chief was placed on leave after a complaint was filed against him for “inappropriate activity.” http://ow.ly/Ki1BW
  • Exeter, California: A now-former officer was sentenced to 45 days in jail for having sex with a minor and steroid possession. The juvenile was a participant in the department’s Explorer program. http://ow.ly/Ki3be
  • McLennan County, Texas: A constable was fired after he was arrested for trying to solicit sex from a minor. http://ow.ly/Kia4U
  • Burbank, California: The city settled with a detective who was fired for excessive force but reinstated by a labor arbitrator. As part of the agreement, the detective would be allowed to resign and would recieve $451,000. http://ow.ly/Kijzn
  • Bibb County, Georgia: Three deputies pled guilty to misdemeanor theft. They had been accused of conspiring to rob dealers and re-sell the drugs. As part of the plea agreement, they would each receive three years of probation, pay a fine, and permanently lose their law enforcement certification. The U.S. District Attorney in charge of the case said, “I felt like it was important to make sure…that these three defendants were not able to ever be police officers again.”   http://ow.ly/KilbB
  • Edwardsville, Pennsylvania: The police chief was fired after the city council reviewed undisclosed allegations against him. http://ow.ly/Kinl9
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.12.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 12, 2015:

  • Davie, Florida: An officer was arrested and charged with extortion. Allegedly, he threatened to publish compromising photographs of ex-girlfriend. ow.ly/KdKPR
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (San Diego, CA): An officer has been arrested by the FBI. He allegedly installed a camera in the women’s bathroom at the station in order to peep on them. http://bit.ly/1EXcYUc
  • Polk County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for falsifying his time card for five months. He took $1,000 that was not owed to him. ow.ly/Kf5U1
  • Hudson Falls, New York: An officer was charged with larceny. He is alleged to have stolen between $3,000 and $10,000 from the police union. ow.ly/KfzMP
  • New York, New York:  Two officers were punished for misconduct. The two of them flew to Seattle to investigate a rape allegation that happened in Union Square. They went out with the victim and got drunk with her on a nine-hour bender. After convincing her to stay in the hotel with them, one of the officers climbed into bed with her the next morning and attempted to rip her clothes off. That officer pled guilty to an administrative charge from the incident, resulting in a demotion from the rank of detective, a loss of 30 vacation days, and 10 days of unpaid leave. He was also placed on probation and transferred. The other officer, who was already being investigated for improperly collecting overtime pay, pled to that charge and misconduct in the Seattle incident. He lost 45 vacation days and was suspended for 15 days without pay. He had been in charge of Manhattan’s Special Victims Unit. He was transferred to a public housing assignment.   ow.ly/KfQU8
  • Update: South Congaree, South Carolina (First reported 06-18-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to lying to a grand jury. He was sentenced to eight months of house arrest and four years of probation.  ow.ly/KfLLO
  • Long Beach, Mississippi: A now-former officer was indicted on multiple counts of statutory rape for carrying on a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. ow.ly/KfVrA
  • United States Secret Service (DC): Agents are being investigated after they crashed into the barriers outside of the White House after a night out. The crash disrupted a suspicious package investigation. The supervisor on duty allowed the agents to go home despite officers on the scene wanting to arrest them and give them sobriety tests.  ow.ly/KgcjG
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Roundup 03.11.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 11, 2015:

  • Update: Graysville, Tennessee: The police chief facing charges of misconduct has been fired…again. According to the news report, he still awaits trial on “seven counts of official misconduct and three counts of theft stemming from nearly $4,000 in cash that went missing after a July 2013 drug bust.” He was laid off after his indictment, but subsequently reinstated before this second firing.
  • Essex County, New Jersey: An officer was charged with sexually assaulting a woman in her home. ow.ly/Kajqc
  • Sibley County, Minnesota: The Town of Gaylord and the County each settled their part of a lawsuit for $20,000. The plaintiff claimed unlawful detention and illegal search. The suit also claimed the incident was a result of a pattern of racial profiling. ow.ly/KakQA
  • Binghamton, New York: An officer was suspended for misconduct after she left the scene of a crash. A witness reported that the officer hit his parked car and, when he talked to her, he noticed alcohol on her breath. ow.ly/KanIh
  • State of New Jersey Human Services Police: A now-former captain avoided a mandatory prison sentence and was instead given probation for abusing FBI and police databases. ow.ly/Kaqqz
  • Coconut Creek, Florida: The police department has remained silent about a man who died in their custody, citing the federal law known as HIPAA. One critic was quoted in the news report saying, ““[The police] are misinterpreting and misapplying an exemption for complaints of misconduct to cover up what led to the Tasering and ultimate death of a human being.” ow.ly/KatRT
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico: An officer was fired while under investigation for domestic violence. ow.ly/Kat3E
  • Update: Norwalk, Connecticut (First reported 10-03-09): An officer who had been suspended for the past five years for inappropriately touching his friend’s daughter has been fired. ow.ly/KcLww
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.10.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 10, 2015:

  • Update: Des Moines, Iowa (First reported 05-07-13): A now-former officer faces his second trial for excessive force. He kicked a man in the head during a traffic stop, causing the man to lose two of his teeth and get stitches. He was acquitted in his first trial of falsifying records about the incident but the jury was deadlocked on the violation of civil rights charge. ow.ly/K7Sr5
  • Update: Indianapolis, Indiana (First reported 06-12-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 60 days in jail for OWI. He showed up to work drunk. He drove from his home in Martinsville, roughly a 45-minute drive away, and his blood alcohol level tested at three times the legal limit. ow.ly/K7TnC
  • Update: Henderson County, North Carolina (First reported 01-24-14): A now-former school resource officer was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a then-16-year-old student. ow.ly/K7TZH
  • Update: Starr County, Texas (First reported 11-28-11): A now-former deputy was given one year of probation and 30 days of house arrest for illegally hunting while on duty. ow.ly/K7UAJ
  • Update: Barron County, Wisconsin (First reported 02-19-14): A now-former deputy was sentenced to community service and probation. He pled guilty to disorderly conduct as a result of being arrested for domestic violence. He had pushed his wife and repeatedly punched her brother in the face. ow.ly/K7Vk2
  • Greenville County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for selling police information to a gambling operation. He was the second GCSO deputy arrested in a week in relation to that gambling ring. ow.ly/K7WmU
  • Hagerstown, Maryland: An officer was charged with DUI after an off-duty auto accident. ow.ly/KafxK
  • Redding, California: An officer was arrested for DUI after a high-speed roll-over accident. ow.ly/KagsF
  • Memphis, Tennesee: An officer is being investigated for embezzlement. He has a long disciplinary history with the department, including being fired and rehired by the MPD.  ow.ly/KahXw
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.06.15 To 03.08.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, March 6 through Monday, March 8, 2015:

  • Update: Orange Beach, Alabama (First reported 08-05-14): An officer was indicted on two counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old. http://ow.ly/K5asw
  • Update: San Antonio, Texas (First reported 07-08-13): The officer who held his family at gunpoint and had a standoff with police has been fired. However, due to his plea arrangement, he was allowed to keep his state law enforcement license. http://ow.ly/K5b0q
  • Jackson County, Mississippi: A deputy was fired after audio was released of him threatening another player in a video game chat. The argument got personal, and the now-former deputy told the other player his real name and home address when it escalated to threats of violence, saying “I get paid to beat-up n*****s like you.” http://ow.ly/K607I
  • Pasco County, Florida: A deputy was fired and arrested after sending photos of a suicide scene to his ex-girlfriend via cell phone. http://ow.ly/K62x8
  • Signal Hill, California: A now-former officer was charged with excessive force and assault with a firearm, stemming from an alleged road rage incident last year. http://ow.ly/K64n9
  • York & Chester, South Carolina: Two officers from separate departments were arrested for abusing their three-month-old child. The child was admitted to the hospital with neck and brain injuries.  http://ow.ly/K663R
  • Rochester, New York: A sergeant was charged with hit & run after hitting a 52-year-old woman with his automobile. She was treated and released from care. http://ow.ly/K67V1
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol: A now-former agent stationed in Brownsville, Texas pled guilty to conspiracy for knowingly allowing drugs to cross the U.S./Mexico border. He took no plea deal and thus faces a minimum of 10 years up to life imprisonment. http://ow.ly/K691Y
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.06.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 6, 2015:

  • New York, New York: A Sunset Park man had charges for assaulting a police officer dropped after video showed he was assaulted by police officers for filming them. His attorney said, “Basically, my client was a victim of a gang assault by the 72nd Precinct…Five officers slammed him against the gate of a closed store. Batons came down on his head.” This is the second assault against a 72nd Precinct officer thrown out recently after video showed officers engage in unprovoked violence.  ow.ly/JZCOx
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was shown on video possibly using excessive force during a traffic stop and arrest. ow.ly/K137h
  • Update: Memphis, Tennessee (First reported 01-06-15): The officer who got into a bar fight on Christmas Eve has been fired. ow.ly/K1dBz
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A labor arbitrator ordered the City to re-hire an officer who was fired for sexting and kissing crime victims. ow.ly/K1kSy
  • Putnam County, New York: A now-former investigator was indicted for misconduct and attempted assault. He allegedly abused a jail inmate.ow.ly/K1g6C
  • Update: Greece, New York (First reported 09-11-09): The Town settled with two women who were coerced into having sex with a now-former police officer. ow.ly/K1lWg
  • Syracuse, New York: An officer was suspended for having sex with a woman who called police for a welfare check on her daughter. ow.ly/K1nLR
  • Jackson, Mississippi: Two officers were arrested and fired for stealing two trailers from a local business. ow.ly/K1UUL
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.05.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 5, 2015:

  • Alton, Illinois: An officer was suspended for improperly disposing of forensic evidence. The evidence included 12 lbs. of marijuana, some crack cocaine, and firearms. He has filed suit to be reinstated or receive pay while on leave. ow.ly/JXY9D
  • Fort Worth, Texas: An officer was arrested for DWI after he was involved in a one-car accident. The 28-year-old officer previously pled guilty to public intoxication after crashing his SUV and abandoning it on railroad tracks.  http://ow.ly/JY2Bn
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An officer arrested a man for recording police and he is now suing for false arrest. The judge threw out his free speech claim, despite a growing consensus of a First Amendment right to record police in both state and federal judiciaries. The city solicitor said in his opening statement, “Like many other college students, [the plaintiff] has some very high-minded ideas about government, the role of government in interactions with its citizenry and the role of the media in observing those interactions.”  http://ow.ly/JY5eZ
  • St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana: A detective resigned after his arrest for domestic violence and battery against a police officer. http://ow.ly/JY75I
  • Elgin, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for exploitation of a child.http://ow.ly/JY8AO
  • Volusia County, Florida: A deputy fatally shot an unarmed man in the face during a drug raid. http://ow.ly/JYcDN
  • North Port, Florida: An officer was arrested for battering his fiancée. http://ow.ly/JYgMM
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: An officer was arrested for his participation in a bar fight while he was off duty. ow.ly/JYt72
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.04.15

 

 

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” Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 4, 2015:

  • Columbus, Ohio: An officer was arrested for drunk driving after a police chase. http://ow.ly/JTeBt
  • Kenosha, Wisconsin: A now-former officer testified at a criminal trial that he planted evidence—an identification card and a bullet—in a backpack that was seized during a homicide and robbery investigation. He resigned when an investigation was launched into his conduct. Making matters worse, the defense attorney claims the prosecutor’s office did not reveal the potentially exonerating information until days into the trial. ow.ly/JVocA
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 02-05-15): An officer was charged with multiple assault and endangerment charges. She was assigned to a middle school and got into a violent altercation with three female students. http://ow.ly/JTgLA
  • St. Louis County, Missouri: An officer was charged with felony theft for moonlighting during his shift. He claimed to be working for the County when he was working as a private security guard and collected $6,000 in inappropriate pay. http://ow.ly/JThTH
  • Update: Washington Township, New Jersey (First reported 05-01-14): The officer who was accused of falsification and misconduct for a bad DUI arrest of assemblyman was acquitted. http://ow.ly/JTiMW
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for misdemeanor solicitation. http://ow.ly/JTlGe
  • Dothan, Alabama: An officer was charged with multiple counts of identity theft and fraud. He was asked to resign after his arrest. ow.ly/JVXTS
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.03.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 3, 2015:

  • Greenville County, South Carolina: A deputy was charged with selling police information to an illicit gambling operation. http://ow.ly/JPZHF
  • Pickens County, South Carolina: A deputy was fired for inappropriate use of force. He twice Tasered a 65-year-old wheelchair-bound man and also threw him out of the wheelchair. http://ow.ly/JQ1Yy
  • Lansing, Michigan: A federal judge threw out an excessive force civil claim against the city but allowed the case to proceed against the officer involved in the case. The plaintiff’s 17-year-old daughter broke into a bank and was apprehended by the officer and two others present. The suspect was shot in the stomach after producing a sharp object. However, the plaintiff alleges that her daughter had already surrendered and was on her knees when the officer fatally shot the suspect in the head. The prosecutor had previously ruled the shooting justified. http://ow.ly/JQ7jM
  • Put-in-Bay, Ohio: The police chief was charged with aggravated menacing, dereliction of duty, and falsification. http://ow.ly/JQw8D
  • Orient, Illinois: The police chief brandished his weapon at bars twice in one night. He has been charged with intimidation and official misconduct. ow.ly/JSHxD
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A police officer is accused of performing a lewd act and solicitation of a minor. He allegedly picked up a teen on the way to school and masturbated while she was in the car. http://ow.ly/JT8af
  • Ottawa, Kansas: An officer was arrested for DUI after crashing his truck into a utility pole while off duty. http://ow.ly/JSGgP
  • Hawaii Island, Hawaii: An officer was arrested for negligent homicide after fatally striking a bicyclist with his car on a narrow roadway.http://ow.ly/JT9Eh
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan: An officer was charged with home invasion and sexual assault of his ex-girlfriend in Wyoming. He resigned upon his arrest.http://ow.ly/JTbSh
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.28.15 To 03.02.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, February 28 through Monday, March 2, 2015:

  • Red Bank, Tennessee: A grand jury will examine an officer’s actions during a forceful arrest. The internal investigation cleared him of wrongdoing, but the prosecutor referred the case to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The incident was caught on video but was not initially released by the Red Bank Police Department. The prosecutor decided to present the case to the grand jury after reviewing the report from the “months-long” investigation by the TBI. According to the news report, the officer punched the suspect “in the arm and face while other officers held him down, stun-gunned him and tried to handcuff him. The encounter left [the suspect] with a swollen-shut eye, a fractured eye socket and cuts and bruises on his face.”  ow.ly/JOSZ9
  • Washington Parish, Louisiana: A disabled veteran on a fixed income will not go to prison after a video proved his alleged battery of a police officer never happened. The veteran acted as a process server to deliver notice of a police brutality lawsuit to a police officer. Although the handoff went smoothly enough, he was accosted by the served officer’s companions, who were also officers. He was later pulled over and arrested for battery against the officer. Because of a prior cocaine conviction, the veteran faced up to 80 years as a multiple offender. The officers swore depositions that he assaulted the served officer. But the veteran had members of his family use their cellphones to record the delivery of the envelope to the officer. Charges were quickly dropped against him when the video was brought to light. However, the veteran had already spent almost a year in jail. A federal lawsuit is pending. ow.ly/JP3ER
  • Miami Gardens, Florida: The police chief was arrested and fired after being caught in prostitution sting. http://ow.ly/JPeJS
  • Los Angeles, California:  Officers fatally shot a homeless man after a scuffle on Skid Row. A bystander’s cell-phone footage and nearby surveillance video have been released, but police body cam footage is currently being withheld.  http://ow.ly/JPkDJ
  • Denver, Colorado: An officer with 40 citizen complaints against him was taken off patrol duty. Despite previous civil lawsuits for his behavior costing the City more than $1,000,000 in settlements, this suspension is his first discipline. http://ow.ly/JPUBV
  • Update: Shreveport, Louisiana (First reported 02-13-15): An officer was fired for violation of department policies. http://ow.ly/JPrFV
  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy dragged mentally ill woman through a courthouse hallway. http://ow.ly/JPqPI
  • San Francisco, California: An officer was shown on video beating homeless man with a baton after an argument on a city bus. http://ow.ly/JPH38
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer’s case ends in a mistrial. The officer was shown on video kicking and shoving suspect who later died in custody. http://ow.ly/JPTew
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.27.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, February 27, 2015:

  • Update: San Francisco, California (First reported 03-05-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 3.4 years in prison and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine for his role in robbing hotel guests during a drug raid. http://ow.ly/JHq9F
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for making or maintaining false public records and theft over $1,500.  http://ow.ly/JHre5
  • Denver, Colorado: An officer was arrested for domestic violence and 3rd-degree assault. http://ow.ly/JHs0L
  • Monroe, Michigan: An officer was arrested for DUI. http://ow.ly/JHsYj
  • Firebaugh, California: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. He claims he was breaking up a fight between two women that left one woman with a bloody nose. http://ow.ly/JHtQg
  • Winslow Township, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to falsely reporting he was fired upon. He shot his own car. As a result of the plea deal, he will be forbidden to hold public office and must forfeit the personal firearm he used in the incident.  http://ow.ly/JHuQQ
  • Sweetwater, Florida: An officer was arrested for public corruption. He allegedly used a stolen license plate to avoid paying tolls via EZ Pass. ow.ly/JKfh1
  • Detroit, Michigan: An officer was arrested for carrying her firearm while she was intoxicated. ow.ly/JJZtp
  • Alexandria, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for carnal knowledge of a juvenile. http://ow.ly/JKhX6
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.26.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 26, 2015:

  • Palm Beach County, Florida: The sheriff’s department is being sued for withholding evidence and improperly investigating a fatal deputy-involved shooting. http://ow.ly/JG6KS
  • Lompoc, California: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. He is the fourth LPD officer arrested since 2014, and the second arrested for domestic violence in the last four months. http://ow.ly/JGiiY
  • Port Barre, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for simple battery against his ex-girlfriend.  http://ow.ly/JGsAq
  • Update: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (First reported 08-14-13): An arbitrator ruled that a former officer should be reinstated after being fired for misconduct. He had crashed a car while intoxicated. http://ow.ly/JGzjp
  • Update: Maywood, Illinois (First reported 02-18-12): A now-former officer’s official misconduct conviction was thrown out by a judge after a post-trial motion. He stood trial for sexual assault and official misconduct, but had been acquitted of the sexual assault charge. ow.ly/JGBek
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: The City settled a lawsuit for $23,000. Police pinned in a man’s car at a gas station, broke his car windows, pulled him out of the car—thereby disconnecting his dialysis—and threw him on the ground. Officers claim they pulled him out of the vehicle because he was attempting to swallow the narcotics they were trying to arrest him for dealing. The City has a policy of not admitting liability when settling lawsuits.http://ow.ly/JGChV
  • Lawrence, Kansas: An officer was arrested and suspended on suspicion of domestic battery.  http://ow.ly/JH2Os
  • Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: A sergeant was arrested for slapping his wife. http://ow.ly/JHf4s
  • Indian Lake, Texas: The police chief was charged with 14 counts of tampering. Allegedly, he lied about officers’ firearms qualifications in official documents. ow.ly/JHbI7
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.25.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 25, 2015:

  • Union Township, Ohio: An officer pled guilty to reckless operation of a vehicle after a DUI arrest. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with 27 of those days suspended. The remaining three days of his sentence will be served in a “driver intervention program.” He was also sentenced to six months of probation. His employment status with the department is not known. ow.ly/JBERz
  • Chatham County, Georgia: A deputy was fired and arrested for sexual assault of an inmate and filing false statements to cover it up. ow.ly/JDvG5
  • Update: Schaumburg, Illinois (First reported 01-18-13): The City and two former officers are being sued for actions stemming from the officers’ drug theft and dealing scheme. This latest suit is the 16th filed since the scheme has been brought to light. ow.ly/JDytT
  • Sandusky, Ohio: A detective was forced to resign after maintaining and lying about his inappropriate relationship with an informant. ow.ly/JDCZV
  • Louisville, Kentucky: An officer entered an Alford plea to disorderly conduct. The official misconduct charge was dropped in exchange for the plea. He told woman to remove her pants on false warrant claim. He was arrested during a police sting for meeting her a second time and fondling her on that occasion. His current employment status with the department is not known. ow.ly/JDI7M
  • Medford, Massachusetts: An officer was charged with DUI, causing an accident, and fleeing the scene. ow.ly/JDJKU
  • Detroit, Michigan: The disbanded narcotics unit is now under investigation by the U.S. Attorneys’ Office. ow.ly/JDN6j
  • Baltimore County, Maryland: An officer shot a teenage boy while working as a security guard off-duty. The officer has been placed on leave pending an investigation. ow.ly/JDO3B
  • Clackamas County, Oregon: A deputy pled guilty to misconduct for masturbating while female inmate performed strip tease. As part of his plea agreement, he was forced to resign and was stripped of his law enforcement certification. He was also sentenced to 12 months of probation and ordered to serve 48 hours of community service. ow.ly/JDPra
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.24.15

 

 

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” Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, February 24, 2015:

  • Romulus, Michigan: An officer was demoted after he was caught on video Tasing a man in his jail cell. The officer is suing the department for improper training in the use of force. Incident caught on video. http://bit.ly/1vzX0x3
  • Update: Davidson County, Tennesee (First reported 02-09-15): The deputy who was arrested for domestic violence has resigned. ow.ly/JzMgL
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico: An officer was charged with four felony counts of “paying/receiving public money for services not rendered” for incidents in which he allegedly falsified time cards in 2013. He resigned his post after the initial investigation, but was rehired to the SFPD when a new police chief came in. He faces a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is probable cause to go to trial. ow.ly/JAsDb
  • Española, New Mexico: An officer was charged with embezzlement. He allegedly traded government-issued ammunition for t-shirts from a graphic shop. Like the officer in Santa Fe, he too faces a preliminary hearing. ow.ly/JAsDb
  • Chicago, Illinois: The Guardian (UK) reported that the CPD run a “black site” to illegally hold Americans incommunicado for police questioning. A summary of the report may be found here. The original story is here:  ow.ly/JAFSo
  • Round Rock, Texas: An officer was arrested and charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend. ow.ly/JB3O6
  • Atlantic Beach, North Carolina: Two officers were charged with DWI-related offenses while off duty. One was charged with DWI with reckless driving after being pulled over with a BAC of .12 and. The other was charged with aiding and abetting DWI. They both resigned. ow.ly/JB5MY
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida: An officer was suspended for slapping and pushing a homeless man at a bus stop. The incident was caught on video and a criminal investigation is pending. ow.ly/JBn1h
  • Nampa, Idaho: The City and one if its officers are being sued for forceful arrest that left a man with shattered shoulder blade. The man claims said he was being peaceful when he was slammed to the ground by the officer for arrest on an outstanding warrant. The suit also calls for the department to review how it trains officers to handle individuals with obvious disabilities.  ow.ly/JBtYY
  • Update: Huntsville, Alabama (First reported 12-16-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to a federal conspiracy charge. The former officer of the year was initially arrested for trying to get someone else’s drug charges dropped.  ow.ly/JBvmT
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.21.15 To 02.23.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, February 21 through Monday, February 23, 2015:

  • Update: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (First reported 12-05-13): A now-former detective was acquitted on two felony excessive force charges, despite video showing him punch a handcuffed suspect. He had been fired from the department for his actions. http://ow.ly/JtSmm
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer was arrested for attempted murder of his girlfriend. http://ow.ly/JtSJM
  • Kronenwetter, Wisconsin: An officer was suspended one week for misconduct and is back on the force. He had an inappropriate relationship with a known illicit drug user and used a police database to find information about her. He has been reprimanded several times over his career for various policy violations on and off duty. Information about the officer had been withheld from the public but was obtained via lawsuit by local media. http://ow.ly/JtTDa
  • Maricopa County, Arizona: The sheriff faces contempt of court charges for failing to comply with federal court orders to cease and desist policies of racial profiling. http://ow.ly/JtTZD
  • Douglasville, Georgia: An officer was investigated for taking an engagement ring during an arrest following a traffic stop. The dashcam footage of the arrest shows the officer discovering the ring, but it was never logged into evidence. Police deny the charge that the officer stole it and he has since returned to duty. http://ow.ly/Jw003
  • Update: Victoria, Texas (First reported 12-17-14): The city council rejected the appeal of a former officer to be re-hired. He was fired for tackling and twice Tasing a 76-year-old man during a traffic stop.  http://ow.ly/JwLPj
  • Fremont, Ohio: An officer was charged with DUI and failure to yield after being involved in a 2-car accident. He left the scene and may face more charges. http://ow.ly/JwRhO
  • Update: Phoenix, Arizona (First reported 11-03-14): An officer pled guilty to disorderly conduct for pointing his service weapon at someone in a ‘road rage’ incident. He had initially been charged with aggravated assault.  http://ow.ly/JwTcp
  • Update: Victoria, Texas (First reported 02-06-15): An officer who was indicted for DWI and felony property damage has been fired.http://ow.ly/JwUYw
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.20.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, February 20, 2015:

  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for falsifying reports about an arrest during a traffic stop outside of his jurisdiction. ow.ly/JnJPe
  • Adams County, Ohio: A now-former deputy was charged with two counts each of rape, sexual battery, and sexual conduct with a minor. The charges stem from an incident at his home with a 15-year-old girl in December. He resigned after his arrest.  ow.ly/JnLmp
  • Berkeley County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/JnMpr
  • Iowa City, Iowa: An officer was arrested for DUI. He was reported to be passed out in the driver’s seat at an intersection. ow.ly/JnQCM
  • Shreveport, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for felony misconduct in connection with an ongoing investigation. ow.ly/JnZ55
  • Fresno, California: A now-former officer was arrested on charges related to auto theft and perjury. He was fired from the department in January.ow.ly/Jo0k6
  • Houston, Texas: An officer was arrested for shoplifting $60 in ammunition from a sporting goods store. ow.ly/Jo2ap
  • Maricopa, Arizona: A now-former detective pled guilty to fraud and theft for stealing $1,300 from a drug smuggling operation. ow.ly/JoavO
  • Kansas City, Missouri: An officer was indicted for his conduct during a shooting incident in June. He is currently on unpaid leave.  ow.ly/JpLEk
 
 

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