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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01.21.15

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 21, 2015:

  • Moundsville, West Virginia: An officer was arrested for sex with a minor. He allegedly contacted the then-15-year-old girl on a social media site and met her at his residence. ow.ly/HGNy4
  • Stamford, Connecticut: An officer was arrested for breach of the peace after he allegedly put his wife in a headlock. Following his arrest, he checked-in to an alcohol abuse treatment facility. ow.ly/HGO0n
  • New York, New York: An officer was nabbed in a prostitution sting.ow.ly/HHtzc
  • Michigan State Police: A trooper was arrested on DUI and open container charges. The 15-year MSP veteran was placed on leave.  ow.ly/HHzsd
  • Update: Aledo, Illinois (First reported 12-17-14): A now-former officer pled not guilty to aggravated sexual assault with a weapon. He was forced to resign from the department earlier this month. His is alleged to have touched the breast of a minor who was between the ages of 13 and 17 at the time of the incident. ow.ly/HHEvG
  • Jefferson County, Ohio: A deputy was arrested for firing a gun in city limits. He is suspended without pay. ow.ly/HHQgG
  • Knox County, Tennessee: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence and drugged driving. He allegedly got in an argument with his wife over his prescription drug use, broke her cell phone and the house phone when she tried to call 911, and pushed their 15-year-old son down some stairs.  ow.ly/HHSK7
  • Bibb County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for battery after altercation with his wife. He is suspended pending investigation into the incident.  ow.ly/HHUFY
  • Danbury, Connecticut: An officer was fired for violating professional standards after unnecessary force used during arrest. The deputy mayor wrote in the letter of termination, “I expect that all police officers act professionally, treat all persons with dignity and respect, (and) refrain from threatening persons with arrest or use of force simply because they appear to disrespect an officer.”  ow.ly/HI4NZ
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01.17.15 to 01.19.15

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, January 17 through Monday, January 19, 2015:

  • Columbia, South Carolina: An officer was suspended without pay after a use-of-force incident was caught on video and made public. He is shown in the video repeatedly striking a suspect who appears to be  subdued. The internal investigation is ongoing. http://ow.ly/HBrGp
  • Holly Springs, Georgia: A now-former officer was indicted on false statement and theft by deception charges. He is alleged to have lied about receiving the Purple Heart on several official documents which allowed him to receive tax benefits to which he was not entitled. http://ow.ly/HEpjM
  • Washington, Pennsylvania: An officer’s plea deal was rejected by a judge. He’s accused of tipping-off a prostitute to a police sting. He is alleged to have had an ongoing sexual relationship with the woman. ow.ly/HBodm
  • West Monroe, Louisiana: An officer was arrested and charged with negligent homicide in shooting of a homeless man.ow.ly/HBs9T
  • Prescott Valley, Arizona: A police commander has resigned after he was caught stealing prescription drugs that had been turned-in by the public to be destroyed. ow.ly/HDpBe
  • New York, New York: The city and police department settled a lawsuit for $75,000. The suit alleged two officers used a chokehold against a driver during a traffic stop. Chokeholds have been banned by the NYPD since 1993. ow.ly/HDtw8
  • Pine Beach, New Jersey: An officer was charged with DUI after accidentally shooting a friend in his car in an off-duty incident. The wound was not life-threatening.  ow.ly/HDB3m
  • North Miami Beach, Florida: An officer faces disciplinary action for ‘conduct unbecoming’ after his arrest at a protest. He allegedly refused to remove his mask or provide identification until he was found to be carrying a firearm.  ow.ly/HEhf2
  • UPDATE: Wichita Falls, Texas (First reported 03-24-12): A now-former officer was convicted on three manslaughter counts in fatal crash and was sentenced to eight years in prison. He was driving his patrol car at approximately 75 miles per hour while on prescription medication. He was not responding to an emergency call at the time of the accident that killed a 13-year-old girl and her pregnant 17-year-old cousin. Wichita Falls settled a lawsuit brought by the surviving family in 2012 for $500,000.  ow.ly/HEyAz
 
 

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California’s Secretive Policies

 

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” From the Sacramento Bee:

  California has one of the nation’s most restrictive laws for public access to information about police officer misconduct. State law bars disclosure of all police personnel records – a restriction that prevents the public from finding out which officers have engaged in serious misconduct. What’s more, courts and police agencies have interpreted that confidentiality broadly to cut off public access to nearly all information that might be used in personnel decisions, including internal affairs investigations and hearings on civilian complaints.

  Under California law, civilians who file complaints against officers find out little about what happens next. To avoid violating state law, departments often don’t disclose even whether the officer was found to have violated policy, much less exactly what policy the officer violated, what kind of discipline resulted, or any explanation of why the department reached the result it did.

 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-15-15

 

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” These are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 15, 2015:

  • Update: Buffalo, New York (First reported 08-12-14): A now-former police officer was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $300,000 for his role in a large marijuana grow operation. http://1.usa.gov/1C8RtOH
  • Titusville, Florida (First reported 03-07-14): A now-former officer was found guilty on drug conspiracy charges. He accepted $500 to guard what he believed to be a cocaine deal while he was in uniform. He also accessed police database in furtherance of his illicit activities. http://ow.ly/HkYe5
  • Los Angeles County, California: Three deputies have been suspended while they are investigated for bribery involving a towing scheme. No criminal charges have been filed yet so their names and other details have not been released. ow.ly/HnRnU 
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 06-18-14): One of the two officers charged with animal cruelty for slitting a dog’s throat had his case dismissed. Charges against the other officer are still pending. ow.ly/HnIDY 
  • Shelby County, Tennessee: A deputy has been suspended while he is investigated for assaulting his girlfriend’s two-year-old child. He allegedly disciplined the child for having a dirty diaper. ow.ly/HnB07 
  • Durham, North Carolina: An officer was suspended because he is being investigated for domestic assault against his wife. ow.ly/Hn5ya 
  • Update: Bridgeport, Connecticut (First reported 08-08-14): One of the three police officers caught on video “stomping” a suspect in a park was acquitted for civil rights violations after a three day federal trial. The other two now-former officers previously pled guilty and did not testify in this trial. http://ow.ly/Hn7tQ 
  • Update: Tuckerton, New Jersey (First reported 04-15-14): An officer was indicted on falsification charges stemming from an incident where he sicced a K9 on a 57-year-old woman in custody. The prosecutor alleged the officer lied on official documents to cover-up his conduct. ow.ly/HnDEn 
  • Coraopolis, Pennsylvania: The police chief was charged for his role in a vehicular accident that left a woman seriously injured. ly/HnOXX 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-14-15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 14, 2015:

  • Polk County, Florida: A deputy faces a domestic violence charge after an argument with his wife at their home. Both he and his wife were charged in the incident. http://ow.ly/Hh2uv
  • Update: Irwindale, California (First reported 03-18-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to nine years in prison for sexually assaulting woman during a traffic stop. He had pled no contest to charges of oral copulation under color of authority and sexual battery by restraint. http://ow.ly/Hh2Sf 
  • Chatham County, Georgia: Two deputies were put on leave for “inappropriate actions” after a mentally ill man died in custody. The man’s girlfriend had given the arresting officers his medication and requested that he be taken to the hospital because he was having a bi-polar episode, but he was instead taken to the jail. He was found non-responsive in a restraining chair in his cell after an altercation with deputies at the jail. The investigation into his death is on-going. http://ow.ly/Hh4pL 
  • Orlando, Florida: An officer was suspended for eight hours for inadequately searching the area after a car was reported to have been driven into a pond. The body of the driver was found in the car in the pond one month after the first report of the incident. The department announced it changed policies regarding searches in bodies of water.  http://ow.ly/Hh5F0 
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 07-13-12): A now-former officer was sentenced to 15.5-23.5 years in prison for fraud, counterfeiting, and conspiring to kill a witness. According to the news report, this sentence will run concurrently with the 12.5-14.5 years he is serving for robbery and drug charges. The officer’s actions were uncovered in an investigation originally opened to look into his ticket-fixing scheme. The investigation uncovered widespread misconduct and corruption in the NYPD, resulting in the indictments of 15 officers and administrative sanctions against “hundreds of others.” http://ow.ly/Hj8NK 
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for domestic violence and home invasion. According to the news report, the officer kicked down a door during a domestic argument in the middle of the night.http://ow.ly/Hjags 
  • Miami-Dade, Florida: A police officer was jailed for aggravated assault for shooting at a correctional officer in alleged road rage incident. The officer was off-duty when he allegedly shot out of the window of the vehicle he was in and hit the taillight of the corrections officer. http://ow.ly/HktZu 
  • Update: Jersey City, New Jersey (First reported 08-06-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing 600,000 cigarettes and extorting $20,000 from a suspected drug courier. The courier was actually an undercover FBI agent. http://ow.ly/Hkvri 
  • Update: Trumbull, Connecticut (First reported 02-26-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison and 10 years of probation for sexually assaulting a teenage girl in a police youth program. He took her to his home, ordered her into his bedroom, and sexually assaulted her there. He received half of the 5 year sentence agreed-to in a plea bargain because of his “years of good service with the police department,” according to news reports.  http://bit.ly/1ybgJEq

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-13-15

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, January 13, 2015:

  • Pacific Grove, California: A now-former commander already convicted of extortion, fraud, and criminal threats pled guilty to fraudulently accepting dozens of firearms on behalf of the department. A police academy at which he had been an instructor closed its doors and its guns were to be liquidated. Instead, he consigned many of them to a dealer who sold them for profit. http://ow.ly/Hf4yf 
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (Salt Lake City, Utah): An agent was arrested for aggravated assault in a domestic incident involving his live-in girlfriend. According to the news report, the agent is accused of being belligerently drunk when he “grabbed her by her hair, threw her to the ground caus[ed] her head to hit the floor and “strangled her.”” http://ow.ly/Hf9M9 
  • Ocean County, New Jersey: A detective arrested a man for video recording car accident scene. According to the television news report, the citizen-journalist had been granted access to the crash site by other first responders and had promised to provide a copy of the evidence to investigators afterward. After about 45 minutes of filming, the detective approached the man and demanded he relinquish his device under penalty of arrest, saying “This is not a negotiation. Does it sound like I’m negotiating with you?” After the arrest, the prosecutor told the television station that the obstruction charges against the man would be dropped and that another detective from his office had been involved in the accident. http://ow.ly/Hfdoo
  • Homerville, Georgia: An officer arrested was for sexual assault of a female jail inmate. The officer is alleged to have taken the inmate to another location in the county where they had consensual sex. Afterward, he returned the inmate to jail. http://ow.ly/HfeRt 
  • Signal Mountain, Tennessee: An officer was charged with domestic assault. According to the news report, the inebriated officer got in an altercation with his girlfriend near a downtown Chattanooga hotel. http://ow.ly/Hfhwn 
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina: An officer was arrested for DWI. He is the sixth officer from the department that has been arrested in the last six months. A local attorney said, “It lends a lot of credibility to the …department that they have charged and arrested one of their own for a criminal offense.”  http://ow.ly/Hfj25 
  • Duluth, Georgia: An officer was fired after being arrested for sexual battery of an acquaintance. He allegedly touched her buttocks without permission.http://ow.ly/Hfktp 
  • Brooklet, Georgia: An officer was fired for improperly sharing personal information of the candidates applying to be the next chief. He shared résumés and other materials to one of the candidates who was also a member of his department. http://ow.ly/HfnOp 
  • Update: Placer County, California (First reported 06-17-14): A now-former deputy was sentenced to 150 days in jail after he pled no contest to charge of sex with a minor. The minor was a 17-year-old sheriff’s department volunteer. http://ow.ly/HgGNx 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-10-15 to 01-12-15

 

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” Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, January 10 through Monday, January 12, 2015:

  • Savannah-Chatham, Georgia: A now-former officer pled not guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute ecstasy. He is alleged to have been involved in an ecstasy distribution scheme while he was employed by the department, though not  while he was on duty. http://ow.ly/H9k4t 
  • Plano, Texas: An officer was arrested for possession of child pornography on his phone. He had been arrested three weeks prior to this incident for indecent contact with a minor, allegedly inappropriately touching a nine-year-old girl. He is on administrative leave pending the investigations.http://ow.ly/H9lqO 
  • Sarasota, Florida: A department sergeant was arrested for battery. After finding his wife seated to another man at a bar, the sergeant allegedly put the patron in a choke hold after accusing him of having an affair with his wife. http://ow.ly/Hbf1T 
  • Marion County, Florida: The sheriff’s office settled a lawsuit for $30,000 stemming from an incident at a party. The plaintiffs, a couple, alleged they were unlawfully arrested for disobedience when the police showed up to a party at their place. Specifically, one of the arrests was for filming the officers and thus the arrest violated her constitutional rights. The sheriff’s office refused to accept culpability in the settlement. http://ow.ly/Hbhz5 
  • Update: Memphis, Tennessee (First reported 12-15-14): A now-former officer received a one year suspended sentence and two years of probation in a sexual misconduct case. The officer pulled over a car with two men in it, instructed the passenger to get out, and told the other occupant of the car to perform a sex act. The victim reported the incident to the police six days later. http://ow.ly/HbxBE 
  • Hodgenville, Kentucky: The police chief was charged with misconduct for sharing DUI dashcam footage with members of the media.http://ow.ly/HbyQj 
  • Little Silver, New Jersey: An officer was arrested and charged with domestic violence. He is alleged to have gotten into a physical altercation while driving with a friend or acquaintance. http://ow.ly/HbQl9 
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 03-27-14): The two officers shown on video shooting a homeless man who was camping have been charged with murder. http://ow.ly/HbSt7 
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: A police lieutenant shot an undercover officer during a methamphetamine bust. The investigation is on-going.http://ow.ly/HcJ9S 
  • Update: Memphis, Tennessee (First reported 06-09-14): The officer who had been fired for attempted theft from a Make-a-Wish family has been indicted by a grand jury. In a scuffle at the airport, the now-former officer allegedly tried to steal a bag of t-shirts and a credit card meant for a family as part of the Make-a-Wish program. http://ow.ly/HbWX1 
 

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National Police Misconduct Daily NewsFeed Recap 01-09-15

 

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” Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 9, 2015:

  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was suspended without pay after he was arrested for domestic disturbance. http://ow.ly/H2ei4 
  • Oakwood, Ohio: A now-former police officer was indicted for embezzling more than $90,000 from Fraternal Order of Police lodge. He resigned the day the findings were brought to the police department by the lodge.http://ow.ly/H2eMC 
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (First reported 03-14-13): A now-former police officer received three years of probation and 200 hours of community service for her obstruction of an investigation. Specifically, she lied to a grand jury about a loan sharking scheme run by a fellow officer.http://ow.ly/H3FEl 
  • Welch, West Virginia: An officer was arrested for stalking and harassing a woman. Among other allegations, he pulled her over and sexually propositioned her. http://bit.ly/17B93Qd
  • Celina, Ohio: The city settled a lawsuit for wrongful death in officer-involved shooting for $800,000. Although the settlement does not include an acceptance of culpability in the shooting, the department agreed to outfit all officers with body cameras and underwent a thorough review of internal procedures. City attorneys also issued a formal apology to the family. The officer resigned from the department in 2013 after he was arrested for DUI.http://ow.ly/H3Pin 
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was arrested for felony theft. He is alleged to have stolen an unspecified amount of marijuana, a rifle, and thousands of dollars in cash from a couple after responding to a domestic disturbance call. http://ow.ly/H3R7
  • Brigantine and Atlantic City, New Jersey: Two officers were indicted for sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl. The prosecutor alleges that the men provided alcohol to the teen and took photographs of sexual acts.http://ow.ly/H3SUo 
  • Update: King City, California (First reported 02-27-14): The police chief resigned and three officers have been fired for their roles in an ongoing corruption case. Six officers were arrested in February for involvement in a large tow truck scheme and bribery. http://ow.ly/H4J0P 
  • Update: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (First reported 08-22-14): The officer facing multiple counts for sexually assaulting female drivers he pulled over has been fired. http://ow.ly/H3ZlY 
  • Louisiana Department of Public Safety: An officer was arrested for groping a woman and trying to kiss her during traffic stop. http://ow.ly/H46GO 

 

 

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National Police Misconduct Daily NewsFeed Recap 01-08-15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 8, 2015:

  • Wichita, Kansas: An officer was arrested on seven counts of domestic violence. The officer is a 19-year veteran of the department.http://ow.ly/GWKSv 
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer was charged with exposing himself to five people at the Huntington Beach nature preserve. The victims, all female, range between 12 and 80 years of age. He is alleged to have victimized one 12-year-old girl twice. http://ow.ly/GWNJo 
  • Update: Park Ridge, Illinois (First reported 03-07-12): A police commander had aggravated battery charges reinstated. He is accused of beating two teenagers. http://ow.ly/GZM4U 
  • Update: Greene, New York (First reported 04-30-14): The now-former police chief was sentenced to pay restitution for buying personal items—tires and a vacuum cleaner—with public money. http://ow.ly/GZMVv 
  • Cedar Park, Texas: An officer was fired for lying about his personal relationship with a “known criminal.” The police found pictures of the officer and the suspect together on the suspect’s cell phone during the course of an investigation. According to the news report, the police department said that not only did they fire the officer for being dishonest, but because he accessed police databases about the suspect without legal reason to do so. The suspect has a history of sexual assault and is characterized in other reports as a potential “serial rapist.”http://ow.ly/GZPlT 
  • Tipton County, Tennessee: A sheriff’s deputy was fired for crashing his cruiser while off duty and intoxicated. His six-year-old son was in front seat of the car and not properly restrained in a booster seat. No injuries were reported from the accident.  http://ow.ly/GZQfD 
  • Edwardsville, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with obstruction of emergency services. He arrived at the scene of a one vehicle accident and knew the driver. He attempted to get the other first responders to not write-up the driver’s intoxication in their reports. http://ow.ly/GZRdd 
  • Update: Chattanooga, Tennessee (First reported 09-10-14): A detective who was already suspended for DUI in September was arrested on domestic violence charges. He is alleged to have struck his mother-in-law in the face.http://ow.ly/GZSPd 
  • Irvington, New Jersey: A police captain was arrested and charged with stalking, criminal mischief, assault, and weapons charges. The captain had been promoted to that rank the morning of the incident and had been at a celebration of that promotion beforehand. She allegedly confronted a city councilman at his home around 11 P.M. that night and repeatedly rammed her car into his.  http://ow.ly/H0EBX 
 
 

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National Police Misconduct Daily NewsFeed Recap 01-07-15

 

 

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” Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 7, 2015:

  • Raleigh, North Carolina: An officer was arrested for DWI.http://ow.ly/GTWsU 
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources (Frederick County): An officer was arrested for second degree assault and resisting arrest following a late night encounter with the Montgomery County Police. The former park ranger is currently suspended with pay. http://ow.ly/GTX3h 
  • Macon County, Illinois: A sheriff’s detective was caught in prostitution sting with several civilians. He retired 12 days after his arrest. http://ow.ly/GTYgq 
  • Boston, Massachusetts: An officer was charged with assaulting his Uber driver. Allegedly, the officer told he driver it was the wrong address and then used racist slur before striking the driver. According to the news story, prosecutors allege that after the driver was struck and got out of the vehicle, the officer drove the car away. Another motorist gave the driver a ride and caught up to the officer in the Uber car, when the officer again struck the Uber driver. The officer had left the scene by the time police arrived, but turned himself in later. http://ow.ly/GTZPM 
  • Update: Victoria, Texas (First reported 12-17-14): A police officer has been fired for tasing a 76-year-old man during a traffic stop for expired tags. The video of the incident went viral. http://ow.ly/GWvmW 
  • North Charleston, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. He allegedly punched the victim five times in the face after picking her up from an appointment that made him late for work.http://ow.ly/GWze0 
  • Drug Enforcement Agency: An agent stationed in Mexico has been charged with fraud and lying to investigators. The Department of Justice alleges he exchanged legal favors for gifts like luxury travel and accommodations.http://ow.ly/GWZ5u 
  • Update: Honesdale Borough, Pennsylvania (First reported 06-19-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to his second DUI. He had crashed into three parked cars in June, totaling two of them and his own.  http://ow.ly/GWC8G 
  • Crisp County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested and fired for illegal deer hunting. He was intoxicated, trespassing, and hunting on a roadway at night. http://ow.ly/GWD8W 
  • Idaho State Police (Coeur d’Alene): A now-former trooper was sentenced for fraud, property damage, and hunting charges. He received a three year suspended sentence, 600 hours of community service, and 120 days in jail for using a false name on a title when he bought a motorcycle and failing to tag a deer he killed. http://ow.ly/GWJ7W 

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-06-15

 

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” Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, January 6, 2015:

  • Update: Massachusetts State Police (Boston) (First reported 12-14-14): A trooper was reinstated after he was suspended for pepper spraying a peaceful protester at a rally against police violence. The incident was caught on video and went viral. The MSP reached out to the victim, but he declined to file charges. http://ow.ly/GMnup 
  • Berkeley County, South Carolina: The sheriff was arrested by a state trooper for DUI and leaving scene of an accident after hitting another car and causing injury. The sheriff was apprehended during a traffic stop four miles away from the scene of the accident. South Carolina law states that only a coroner may arrest a sheriff, so there is a lingering question as to the legality of the arrest. http://ow.ly/GMr4w 
  • Waterbury, Connecticut: An officer was fired after an internal investigation showed he made false statements on official documents. According to the news report, “a statement he made about a confrontation with an armed robbery suspect was “completely lacking in credibility.””http://ow.ly/GMrV4 
  • Cook County, Illinois: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested and charged with three felonies related to an attempted sexual assault. Allegedly, while off duty, the deputy picked up a “known prostitute” in his car. When she attempted to get out of the car, according to the news report, he made reference to his gun and threatened the woman.  http://ow.ly/GP0gH 
  • Update: Tulsa, Oklahoma (First reported 04-04-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay $2300 restitution after pleading guilty to bribery, drug, and misconduct charges. Specifically, he was paid by a confidential informant to use a police database to find the home address of someone who had a large amount of cash in their home. He also pled guilty to a cocaine distribution. http://ow.ly/GMyKE 
  • University of Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX): A campus officer resigned one year after fatally shooting a student following a traffic stop for erratic driving. According to the news report, the officer and the decedent had been in an altercation before the shooting. The officer claimed he told the decedent to put his hands behind his back 14 times and to stop resisting arrest 56 times. The former officer now faces a wrongful death lawsuit from the family of the student. http://ow.ly/GP28H 
  • Phoenix, Arizona: A police officer was arrested in Goodyear for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. http://ow.ly/GOC4g 
  • Wisconsin State Police (Hudson): An off-duty trooper was charged with driving while intoxicated after suffering a car crash that left his passenger seriously injured. Onstar services called 911 from the original crash site, but no vehicle was there when police arrived. The trooper later called 911 from a parking lot. At the time of the news report, the injured passenger was in the intensive care unit. http://ow.ly/GOAC9 
  • Update: Lexington County, South Carolina (First reported 06-18-14): The now-former sheriff pled guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to aid undocumented immigrants. In exchange for his plea, the other nine charges were dropped. He, and two others, arranged for two undocumented people to escape processing at the jail the he supervised. The judge had previously rejected a plea deal that would have kept the disgraced sheriff out of prison. He awaits sentencing. http://ow.ly/GOEYl 
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was arrested after Christmas Eve bar fight. The argument had started indoors but moved outside into the parking lot. The officer and other suspects drove away before the police arrived, but a witness wrote down their license plate numbers, thus allowing the police to apprehend them. http://ow.ly/GOGsl 
  • Minnesota State Police: A trooper was indicted on manslaughter charges for a fatal July 4 car crash while on duty. The trooper was responding to a motorcycle accident (with injury) when he broadsided the vehicle occupied by two senior citizens, who died from their injuries. http://ow.ly/GOIla 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-24-14 to 01-05-15

 

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” Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, December 24, 2014 through Monday, January 5, 2015:

  • Update: Rosepine, Louisiana (First reported 08-08-14): The police chief was indicted on felony stalking and malfeasance charges. He is alleged to have stalked his estranged wife and illegally used a police database to find personal information through a license plate search. http://ow.ly/GMbKt 
  • San Antonio, Texas: A police officer was fired for neglecting duty 23 times over four months. The investigation utilized dashcam footage and GPS to show, among other incidents, that the officer once drove away from a call to respond to a self-inflicted gunshot wound even though she was the closest officer in the area. The individual died later of his wound.http://ow.ly/GMcyg 
  • Update: Mohave County, Arizona (First reported 12-18-14): A deputy was fired after he was charged with assaulting his mother-in-law. The investigation was opened by another police department and the criminal case is ongoing. http://ow.ly/GMddm 
  • Texas Department of Public Safety: Four state troopers, the department, and its director have been named in a lawsuit alleging public and inappropriate body cavity search. The plaintiff alleges that while she was on her way to the beach, she was pulled over for speeding. According to her lawyer, the plaintiff was cuffed and subjected to a cavity search in the open as cars drove by. http://ow.ly/GOKyT 
  • Mineral County, Nevada: A now-former deputy was charged with illegally obtaining a controlled substance and filing false report. He is alleged to have stolen prescription drugs from an inmate while employed as a deputy. He had already been fired for unrelated misconduct by the time of his arrest. http://ow.ly/GMeCU 
  • Yellow Springs, Ohio: An officer was disciplined and ordered to undergo training after forcibly seizing a video camera from a citizen. The letter of reprimand cited “evidence that showed a “recurring and unacceptable pattern” of [the officer’s] inability to “control [her] actions.””http://ow.ly/GOWHw 
  • Hillsborough County, Florida: A deputy has been charged with domestic battery after altercation with his live-in girlfriend. http://ow.ly/GMfhN 
  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for repeatedly shoplifting from Wal-Mart in uniform. On five occasions in November and December, he was caught on camera taking items to the self-checkout lane but paying for only some of them. http://ow.ly/GOXHV 
  • Update: Jal, New Mexico (First reported 06-04-14): The police chief who was caught on tape having sex in an ambulance has resigned. He continues to fight the one-year suspension of his law enforcement license.http://ow.ly/GMhXW 
  • Milan, New Mexico: An officer was arrested for off-duty sexual assault and providing alcohol to a minor. He and a male companion were allegedly drinking with the 20-year-old female victim and the officer forced her to perform oral sex. The incident happened on the evening of Christmas Day.http://ow.ly/GOS3h 
  • Worcester, Massachusetts: An officer was suspended and charged with DUI after crashing vehicle into utility pole. According to the news report, the officer had glassy eyes and had alcohol on his breath at the scene of the October accident, but was not arrested at that time. http://ow.ly/GMi7s 
  • Update: Yonkers, New York (First reported 09-09-14): A police officer was fired for falsifying information to get a search warrant. As a result of the raid, the suspect fell from a window and landed on his head, causing his death. The officer and detective allegedly tried to cover up the bogus nature of the warrant by citing information given to them by an informant. The informant could not have provided the information they said he did because he had since moved to another jurisdiction. The criminal case for misconduct and perjury is ongoing. http://lohud.us/1xBWPQW
  • Edwardsville, Illinois: An officer was charged with 14 counts related to burglarizing homes and businesses, sometimes while on duty and in uniform. He is alleged to have taken money from cash registers and was discovered to be in possession of seven stolen firearms. http://ow.ly/GMivL
  • Americus, Georgia: A now-former police officer received 12 months of probation and was ordered to pay $2,200 in restitution for shooting his neighbor’s dog, apparently for not being on a leash. http://ow.ly/GMlJr
  • New York, New York: An officer was detained and questioned after allegedly assaulting female MTA employee, putting her in the hospital. A video of the incident went viral even before it was learned the suspect was an off-duty policeman. http://ow.ly/GQ3w0  “
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-20-14 to 12-22-14

 

 

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” Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, December 20 to Monday, December 22, 2014:

  • New York, New York: A police officer was suspended after a video that showed him repeatedly striking a 16-year-old in custody went viral.  http://ow.ly/GfVie 
  • Sierra Vista, Arizona: An officer was fired after causing a chain-reaction traffic accident under the influence of alcohol. Two other vehicles were damaged but no injuries were reported after the 7 A.M. fracas.   http://ow.ly/GfVPb 
  • Update: Atlanta, Georgia: A now-former police officer was sentenced to five years in prison, with another five suspended, after being found guilty on four of five counts related to excessive force allegations.http://ow.ly/GfWNw 
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for allegedly stealing and then pawning her boyfriend’s mother’s jewelry. She faces charges of possession of stolen property and petty larceny. http://ow.ly/GfX7
  • San Francisco County, California: A deputy was charged with assaulting a hospital patient and filing a false report to cover it up. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the victim had been sleeping in a chair when the deputy approached him and began to question him. When the victim attempted to walk away with the help of a cane, the deputy grabbed the man’s throat and choked him. Authorities say they have video of the incident. http://ow.ly/GfXws 
  • Denver, Colorado: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested and accused of assaulting her wife in a dispute over lost car keys. http://ow.ly/GiFCM 
  • Dallas, Texas: A 26-year veteran officer was arrested and accused of coercing prostitutes to perform sexual acts.  http://ow.ly/GiR8S 
  • Derry Township, Pennsylvania: A now-former police officer was charged with stealing prescription drugs from the evidence room at the police station. He admitted to taking and consuming the drugs as a result of a substance abuse problem.  http://ow.ly/GiRDe
  • Update: Milwaukee, Wisconsin: A now-former police officer will not face charges in fatal shooting of mentally ill black man he encountered in a park. The officer was fired after the incident for initiating a pat-down of the victim against policy that preceded the shooting.  http://ow.ly/GiUeo
 

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” Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, December 19, 2014:

  • Indianapolis, Indiana: A police officer was arrested and charged with theft, mishandling of evidence, and obstruction of justice. He allegedly stole three firearms and some ammunition that had been seized as evidence.http://ow.ly/Gb4M8
  • Boulder, Colorado: A police officer was charged with three felony stalking counts after allegedly tracking and harassing his estranged wife in a neighboring county. According to police, he called her incessantly and texted her 2,650 times between June 12 and October 2. He resigned from the police department several days after his arrest. http://ow.ly/GbtxT
  • Marion County, Indiana: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested and charged with rape. He had been on administrative leave pending investigation and was fired when charges were filed. http://ow.ly/Gb6m8
  • Update: Lamar County, Mississippi: A now-former police officer who had already been jailed for sexual battery was convicted of attempted murder of wife and step-daughter. The alleged sexual battery happened while he was on the force, but the attempted murder charges were a result of actions he took in jail after he’d retired from the police department. He still awaits trial on the battery charges. http://ow.ly/Gbsyj
  • Richmond, California: A police sergeant was fired after allegedly tipping-off drug dealers to police activity and exposing the identity of an informant. No criminal charges have been filed against the former sergeant yet.http://ow.ly/Gb7NL
  • Bryan, Texas: An officer was indicted for 58 counts of child pornography possession. Law enforcement had been alerted by a friend of the officer who found the material on the officer’s cell phone. He resigned upon arrest. ly/GaYTG
  • Dalton, Tennessee: An officer was arrested and charged with child molestation. He was a new hire and on force fewer than 90 days. A woman had filed a complaint that her daughter had been touched inappropriately by a police officer and was told not to tell anyone. ly/GaWJa
  • Update: Emmett Township, Michigan: An officer already charged with multiple counts of sexual misconduct was charged with two additional sexual assault charges and related firearms charges. ly/GaUJx
  • Chicago, Illinois: An officer was stripped of his arrest powers after being stopped for suspected DUI and firing his weapon at the off-duty officer who pulled him over. Neither officer was injured by the gunfire. ly/G7IMe
  • Update: Waupun, Wisconsin: A now-former police lieutenant was sentenced to three years’ probation for auto theft. He currently awaits other charges related to a two-day crime spree apparently triggered by being caught in a burglary by another officer. ly/G7FwB
  • Update: Lompoc, California: A police officer was arrested for violating court order stemming from previous domestic violence arrest. ly/G7DhH

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-17-14

 

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” Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, December 17, 2014:

  • Greene County, Ohio: A now-former sheriff’s major was convicted on two of seven counts for illegally purchasing a machine gun. He forged a superior’s name on the federal paperwork to acquire the gun and then kept it for his personal use. http://ow.ly/FWCAG 
  • Boston, Massachusetts: A state trooper has been placed on restricted duty. The state police are investigating an incident caught on video in which the trooper verbally abused and pepper sprayed a peaceful protester.http://ow.ly/FYX4c 
  • Huntsville, Alabama: A police officer was arrested by FBI for bribery. The highly decorated officer was arrested under sealed affidavit so few other details are currently available to the public. http://ow.ly/FWFa7 
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: An officer has been named in two federal lawsuits alleging excessive force. The lawsuits allege a documented history of violent behavior by the officer. http://ow.ly/FZy6u 
  • Espanola, New Mexico: A police officer was arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated. His law enforcement certification has been suspended pending outcome of the criminal case. http://ow.ly/FZAWH 
  • Baltimore, Maryland: The police department is being sued by woman who claims she was verbally abused, tasered, and arrested for recording a police stop of another person. She claims the police erased the encounter from her cell phone, but she was able to recover the footage that included her own arrest because she had an application that automatically backed up her data. http://ow.ly/FZFIv 
  • Chillicothe, Ohio: An officer was suspended and then resigned amid administrative and criminal investigations into an alleged sexual assault. The victim originally refused to speak to anyone in law enforcement when she was admitted to the hospital. The following day, she returned to the hospital to talk with sheriff’s department detectives from the county. She described the officer and he was identified. http://ow.ly/FZJZ3 
  • Jefferson Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was fired and arrested for having sex with suspect in exchange for not taking her to jail. The deputy had responded to a reported theft from a car. He learned that the caller had a warrant and two other outstanding attachments. They reached a compromise. However, when she called-in another theft, according to the news report: “A different deputy responded and told the woman about the attachments and warrant….The woman then informed the deputy of her previous arrangement with his colleague. But no similar terms were struck. The deputy arrested the woman and informed supervisors about the allegation.” http://ow.ly/FZZS8 
  • Update: Colchester, Vermont (First reported 11-12-14): A detective has been indicted for stealing $5,000 in cash and drugs from the evidence room, giving a firearm to a felon, and heroin distribution. http://ow.ly/G05dV 
  • Salem, Virginia: An officer and DEA task force member pled guilty to bribery. He had been accused of soliciting sex from a cooperating witness in exchange for his support at her sentencing. http://ow.ly/G078w 
  • Onondaga County, New York: Three sheriff’s deputies have been indicted for filing false time sheets for public transit duty they didn’t serve.http://ow.ly/G1dHV 
  • Denton County, Texas: A deputy has been indicted for child exploitation. He is alleged to have downloaded and stored child pornography on his computer. http://ow.ly/G32hB 
  • Victoria, Texas: An officer was suspended and is under investigation for excessive force after tasing a 76-year-old man over expired inspection tags for his vehicle. The video of the incident has gone viral. http://ow.ly/G3aRQ 
  • Update: King County, Washington (First reported 03-04-14): A deputy pled guilty to reckless driving, a misdemeanor. He had originally been arrested for DUI and hit & run. Investigators alleged that he took sleeping pills an hour before the accident. http://ow.ly/G2YV7 
  • Aledo, Illinois: Two deputies were arrested on the same day after a state police investigation into an allegation of an inappropriate relationship between a member of the department and a minor. One deputy was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, meaning he had sexual contact with someone between 13 and 17 years old. The other was charged with indecent solicitation of a child.  http://ow.ly/G34DB 
  • Buffalo, New York: An officer has been suspended without pay after a video surfaced of him beating a man with a baton Thanksgiving morning.http://ow.ly/G37NB 
  • St. Petersburg, Florida: An officer was arrested for suspicion of DUI after running red light. He has been suspended pending an investigation into the incident. http://ow.ly/G3BlC 
  • Salem, Massachusetts (Massachusetts State Police): A state trooper pled not guilty to DUI and other offenses stemming from Spring 2014 car accident. The vehicle hit a utility pole and a 53-year-old passenger in the car had to be airlifted to the hospital to be treated for his injuries. The trooper refused a field sobriety test and refused medical treatment, thus precluding a blood test. http://ow.ly/G45cK 
  • Update: Los Angeles County, California (First reported 01-18-12): A now-former deputy has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for obstructing federal civil rights investigation. The former deputy was the last of a number of department members prosecuted for abusing prisoners in the jail and covering up investigations into that abuse. http://ow.ly/G49ij 
  • Update: Clay County, Florida (First reported 02-27-14): The sheriff’s office has settled a wrongful arrest suit for $50,000. Two detectives jailed the wrong teen for child sex abuse and held him for 35 days.http://ow.ly/G3Gbg 
  • Update: Honolulu, Hawaii (First reported 09-19-14): An officer pled not guilty to three sexual assault charges and is awaiting trial.http://ow.ly/G43nw 

 

 

 

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-16-14

 

 

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” Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday December 16, 2014:

  • Update: Oldham County, Kentucky (First reported 10-14-14): A now-former police officer was sentenced to nine months in jail for sending lewd text messages to a teenager he met during a traffic stop. http://ow.ly/FWfGR
  • Update: Woonsocket, Rhode Island (First reported 08-22-12): A now-former police officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but six months suspended, for choking his 9-year-old sister while she was in his custody.http://ow.ly/FWjWa
  • Update: Berkeley, New Jersey (First reported 06-11-14): The police department settled an excessive force lawsuit for $110,000 from an incident in January 2013. Video evidence shows an officer punch a handcuffed man in custody. The offending officer had been involved in another excessive force lawsuit in 2008 that also resulted in a $110,000 settlement.http://ow.ly/FWlpY 
  • Colfax, Louisiana: A now-former police chief was sentenced for one count each of malfeasance in office, obstruction of justice, and theft of a firearm for pawning seized police evidence. He received five year sentences, suspended, on both the malfeasance and obstruction charges. He was sentenced to seven years hard labor, with five suspended, on the gun charge. http://ow.ly/FWoCz 
  • Update: Alton, Illinois (First reported 08-14-14): An evidence officer is accused of destroying forensic evidence, including a rape kit and clothing. The discovery was made during an investigation into missing evidence in 130 cases. It is unclear whether this officer is responsible for the other missing evidence. http://ow.ly/FWvnC 
  • Update: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (First reported 04-01-14): The department settled a lawsuit by a teacher for wrongful arrest. The teacher was arrested outside a public meeting that had been discussing police/community relations. http://ow.ly/FYGZw 
  • Suffolk, Virginia: A female officer was arrested for assault after confrontation with another officer’s wife. The wife had filed charges against her husband but subsequently dropped them. Both officers are currently under investigation. http://ow.ly/FYE4d 
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 12-10-11): A now-former police officer was sentenced to 12.5-14.5 years in prison for grand larceny, robbery, and drug possession. This conviction was the latest in a string of cases that originally stemmed from a ticket fixing scandal that uncovered a drug ring and other corruption in the NYPD. http://ow.ly/FYQ1d 
  • El Paso, Texas: A police officer was fired after the investigation into the fatal shooting of a handcuffed man who was sitting on the ground outside the local jail. The officer had been on leave since the incident in March 2013. The victim’s family has filed a civil suit, but the district attorney declined to file criminal charges. http://ow.ly/FWAu2 
  • Starr County, Texas: A sheriff’s deputy was indicted for smuggling 77 pounds of marijuana across US-Mexico border. The deputy and her brother were arrested November 10 at a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol checkpoint with bundles of marijuana hidden in their vehicle’s floor.http://ow.ly/FYS2T  “

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-03-14 to 12-15-14

 

 

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” Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday December 3 to Monday, December 15, 2014:

  • Corpus Christi, Texas: A police officer has been disciplined after dash cam video showed he asked woman to delete video of chokehold by county official. ly/FUGrY
  • Colcord, Oklahoma: A police chief has been arrested for driving under the influence in his police cruiser. It’s his third DUI since 2004. ly/FUNb4
  • Pittsfield, Massachusetts: A man claims he was arrested for recording a traffic stop with his cell phone. He is challenging the arrest at his trial for disorderly conduct. ly/FV3fJ
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A police officer resigned and pled guilty to a charge of misconduct. He was accused of coercing a fugitive to perform sex acts.ly/FV6u4
  • Riverside County, California: A sheriff’s sergeant was charged with battery on a spouse, false imprisonment, assault, and illegal possession of controlled substances. ly/FVn0f
  • New Straitsville, Ohio: The police chief was indicted for records tampering for second time in the past two years. The newer charges are related to complicity in his wife’s alleged food stamp and Medicaid fraud charges, for which he faces up to seven years. A former Perry County Sheriff’s deputy, he was already slated for a trial for tampering with records and unlawful use of a law enforcement database. He faces up to 14 years in that case.http://ow.ly/FVplR
  • Update: Los Angeles, California (First reported 8-30-12): The police department settled excessive force suit for $550,000. The plaintiff had video showing officers body slamming her to the ground twice after she talked back to one officer. One officer involved in the case was suspended and the other was fired. http://ow.ly/FVvdU
  • Update: Los Angeles County, California (First reported 9-13-13): A now-former sheriff’s deputy pled no contest to charges related to a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. The highly decorated 22-year veteran was sentenced to three years in prison. http://ow.ly/FVCjn
  • Update: Eutawville, South Carolina (First reported 8-16-13): A now-former police chief was indicted for murder stemming from 2011 shooting of unarmed man in parking lot. He had been charged in relation to the case with misconduct in office, but a judge recently ruled he could not use a Stand Your Ground defense and subsequently a grand jury indicted him for murder. http://ow.ly/FVHJy
  • Carbon County, Utah: A county sheriff was charged with misuse of public funds and equipment. He allegedly used department funds to pay for $2000 worth of gasoline for his personal use. He also used the department’s search and rescue trailer to move into his new home in a neighboring county. http://ow.ly/FVQJj
  • Clewiston, Florida: A police officer was arrested for assaulting a Hendry County sheriff’s deputy at a gas station. Both officers were off duty but the assaulting officer was still wearing part of his uniform at the time of the alleged attack. http://ow.ly/FVXmK “

 

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Police Departments On Trial

 

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” From the Economist:

  So far much of the debate within America has focused on race. That is not unreasonable: the victims were all black, and most of the policemen involved were white. American blacks feel that the criminal-justice system works against them, rather than for them. Some 59% of white Americans have confidence in the police, but only 37% of blacks do. This is poisonous: if any racial group distrusts the enforcers of the law, it erodes the social contract. It also hurts America’s moral standing in the world (not aided by revelations about the CIA’s use of torture—see article). But racial division, rooted as it is in America’s past, is not easily mitigated.

  There is, however, another prism through which to examine these grim stories: the use of excessive violence by the state (see article). It, too, has complex origins, but quite a lot of them may be susceptible to reform. In many cases Americans simply do not realise how capricious and violent their law-enforcement system is compared with those of other rich countries. It could be changed in ways that would make America safer, and fairer to both blacks and whites….

  In many ways America remains a model for other countries. Its economic engine has roared back to life. Its values are ones which decent people should want to spread. Yet its criminal-justice system, the backbone of any society, is deeply flawed. “

 

 

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Worst Of The Month — November 2014

 

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” The worst police misconduct in November goes to the Cleveland Police Department.

To begin with, in late November, a Cleveland officer shot and killed 12-year old Tamir Rice.

The press reports based on the police accounts at the time of the incident read:

  A rookie Cleveland police officer shot a 12-year-old boy outside a city recreation center late Saturday afternoon after the boy pulled a BB gun from his waistband, police said.

  Police were responding to reports of a male with a gun outside Cudell Recreation Center at Detroit Avenue and West Boulevard about 3:30 p.m., Deputy Chief of Field Operations Ed Tomba said.

  A rookie officer and a 10-15 year veteran pulled into the parking lot and saw a few people sitting underneath a pavilion next to the center. The rookie officer saw a black gun sitting on the table, and he saw the boy pick up the gun and put it in his waistband, Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Jeffrey Follmer said.

  The officer got out of the car and told the boy to put his hands up. The boy reached into his waistband, pulled out the gun and the rookie officer fired two shots, Tomba said.

  As detailed in this video report by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, the initial reports by the police do not jibe with video evidence in several major respects.

  The video shows Rice, alone, playing with his toy gun and also with the snow, as 12 year olds are wont to do. He was not, as the police said, with “a few people” in the pavilion. Other police reports to the press said the shooting officer got out of his car and told Rice three times to put his hands up. The video, unfortunately without audio and recording at the speed of two frames per second, shows the officer shooting Rice within 1.5-2 seconds after exiting the police vehicle.

  The officers also waited several minutes before administering CPR to the fallen boy.

  The original call that drew the police to the park in the first place said the person with the gun in the park was likely a minor and likely was a toy gun. Apparently, this information was not relayed to the responding officers, who called-in the shooting victim as “possibly 20” years old.

  The officer who shot Rice “was specifically faulted for breaking down emotionally while handling a live gun” according to subsequent reporting. The internal memo that informed the report concluded that the officer be “released from the employment of the City of Independence [,Ohio].”

  And here’s the thing: The Cleveland Police hired the officer without checking his personnel file from his previous law enforcement job, where he was deemed unfit!

  The Department of Justice took a close look at the Cleveland Department and issued a highly critical report:

  The Justice Department report on Cleveland cataloged many instances of unjustified force, including officers who assaulted, pepper-sprayed and even Tasered people already being restrained. In one case last year, the police fired two shots at a man wearing only boxer shorts who was fleeing from two armed assailants. In a 2011 case, a man who had been restrained on the ground with his arms and legs spread was then kicked by officers. He was later treated for a broken bone in his face.

  The city’s policing problems, [Attorney General] Holder said, stemmed from “systemic deficiencies, including insufficient accountability, inadequate training and equipment, ineffective policies and inadequate engagement with the community.”

 
 

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Cop Car Crashes

 

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From WJLA:

  They’re sworn to serve and protect. But police officers are not immune to causing harm, especially behind the wheel. An ABC7 I-Team investigation discovered police officers in the D.C. area have been found at fault in hundreds of accidents, causing deaths, injuries and thousands of dollars in damages….

  Some of the accidents also resulted in injuries, not just to officers, but also members of the public. In Montgomery County, which supplied the most detailed and comprehensive records, eight civilians have been injured since 2010 in police-involved accidents in which the officer was classified as responsible. Those incidents include a 2013 accident in which a person was hurt after being struck by an officer who didn’t see them walking through a parking garage.

  The video that details the last seconds of Ashley McIntosh’s life has logged more than 240,000 views on YouTube. But for the Fairfax County woman’s mother, Cindy Colasanto, seeing it just once was enough.

“I can’t even tell you how I felt, how devastating it was to see,” Colasanto said.

  Colasanto fought in Richmond to change laws requiring police lights and sirens after being forced to watch her daughter’s life end on a dash camera. McIntosh was killed by a police cruiser that slammed into her car. The officer had run a red light at a high rate of speed without using a siren.

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NYT On Police Misconduct: Millions Of Americans Subjected To Intimidation

 

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New York Times editorial:

  The Justice Department report describes the Cleveland Police Department as something far closer to an occupying military force than a legitimate law enforcement agency. The officers, for example, seem to take a casual view of the use of deadly force, shooting at people who pose no threat of harm to the police or others. In one case in 2013, for example, they actually fired at a victim who had been held captive in a house — as he escaped, clad only in boxer shorts.

  The report cataloged numerous incidents of wanton violence, with officers beating, pepper-spraying and Tasering people who were unarmed or had already been restrained. Officers escalated encounters with citizens instead of defusing them, making force all but inevitable.

  The record in Cleveland is extreme. But aspects of illegal police conduct can be found in cities all over the country, subjecting millions to intimidation and fear that they could be killed for innocent actions.

Subjecting millions to intimidation.  Stop what you’re doing and think about that.”

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-27-14 to 12-01-14

 

 

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” Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 27 to Monday, December 1, 2014:

  • Update: Houston, Texas (First reported 08-22-14): A police officer charged with carrying a kilogram of cocaine in was indicted on first-degree felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. ly/Fbhpd
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: A police officer has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident. ly/Fb8oK
  • Imperial County, California: A police officer was arrested while in full uniform following an FBI-led investigation of bribery allegations. ly/FaO8p
  • Palo Alto, California: A detective has been disciplined for forwarding an explicit photo of a suspect from a cellphone while the woman was under arrest, according to an audit report. ly/FaKYV
  • Gainesville, Florida: A police officer has been fired after an internal affairs investigation found he had sex with a 19-year-old woman he arrested for shoplifting. ly/FaEx9
  • Maricopa County, Arizona: Some deputies have been accused of falsifying search warrant requests. A judge said there were “seemingly pervasive misstatements of basic facts” made by investigators when they obtained search warrants. ly/FauYG
  • Paris, Maine: The police chief faces a charge of drunk driving after getting pulled over. ly/Fa6mb
  • Fruitport Township, Michigan: An officer is being charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence and having a minor in the car at the time. ly/Fa5lO
  • Des Moines, Iowa: A police officer has been charged with driving while intoxicated. He was off duty when he was pulled over for speeding.ly/F9XUV
  • Dallas, Texas: A police officer has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested. He is facing charges of driving while intoxicated and evading on foot. ly/F9y28 “

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-26-14

 

 

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” Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 26, 2014:

  • Update: Salisbury, Maryland (First reported 09-12-14): A judge found a police officer made an unlawful arrest of a teen. The boy was acquitted on all charges as a result. http://ow.ly/EVDXi
  • Cuyahoga County, Ohio: A prosecutor said three law enforcement officials face felony charges for misusing their access to confidential criminal records. http://ow.ly/EVLoH
  • Douglas County, Colorado: Sheriff’s deputies arrested a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agent on charges of domestic violence and criminal mischief. http://ow.ly/EVRpY
  • Denver, Colorado: Video shows an officer punching an unarmed suspect in the face six times then tripping the man’s seven-and-a-half-months pregnant girlfriend. http://ow.ly/EVOJq
  • Update: Troy, New York (First reported 07-30-14): A city police officer who worked with a state police drug task force was indicted on charges of tampering with evidence after allegedly warning a friend about a drug raid.http://ow.ly/EVUOr
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer was arrested after police were called to meet with an injured woman. Detectives say a fight between escalated into violence that left the woman hospitalized with serious injuries. http://ow.ly/EVWmf
  • Fort Hood, Texas: A woman who was raped by a military police officer is suing the U.S. government. http://ow.ly/EVWLc
  • Update: Polk County, Florida (First reported 01-23-14): A now-former sheriff’s deputy pled guilty to two counts of official misconduct, which stems from arresting women and offering them deals if they exposed themselves. http://ow.ly/EW42e
  • Grapevine, Texas: A police officer was placed on administrative leave after admitting to taking and ingesting K-9 training narcotics. http://ow.ly/EW4Zl
  • Update: Hillsdale, Missouri (First reported 08-14-14): A now-former lieutenant will spend the next 46 months in jail followed by three years of probation. He pled guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and attempt to distribute heroin. http://ow.ly/EW5M3
  • Update: Maywood, Illinois (First reported 12-18-12): A now-former police officer was found guilty of misconduct but acquitted on charges that he sexually assaulted a woman he picked up in his squad car while on duty.http://ow.ly/EWaYL
  • Isabella County, Michigan: A deputy quit before facing firing for repeatedly questioning a 24-year-old woman about her sexual experiences and sending her graphically sexual text messages, according to departmental investigative reports. http://ow.ly/EW80n
  • Plaistow, New Hampshire: A now-former police detective has been sentenced to spend nine days behind bars. He pled guilty to criminal threatening and admitted he held a knife to a man’s throat, saying “shut up or I will slice you.” ly/EVDet
  • Update: Atlanta, Georgia (First reported 09-02-14): The shooting death of a woman whose body, found burning, has resulted in an indictment of a now-former police officer. ly/ESOot
  • Washoe County, Nevada: A sheriff’s deputy has been arrested after police say he was firing a gun while drunk and threatened to shoot at a sheriff’s helicopter. ly/ESOdi “

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-25-14

 

 

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” Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, November 25, 2014:

  • Dallas, Texas: A police officer has been fired for using excessive force in a videotaped incident in which a suspected panhandler was pinned to the ground. http://ow.ly/ESsCi
  • Update: Jarrel, Texas (First reported 02-07-14): A police chief will spend four and a half years in federal prison for using the witness protection program to collect bribes from illegal aliens wanting to avoid deportation. ly/ESjEz
  • Knox County, Tennessee: Two former law enforcement officers have pled guilty to attempting to commit extortion after being indicted by a federal grand jury. ly/ESqZz
  • Update: Superior, Wisconsin (Previously reported 10-21-14): An officer was given a 10-hour unpaid suspension for his actions during the arrest of a woman. Video shot by a dashboard camera in the squad car shows him shoving her onto the hood of the vehicle and striking her in the face with a closed fist as she reached toward his face and tried to pull away. The suspension was given because the officer used vulgarities when dealing with the woman, and his manner didn’t defuse the situation, according to the police department. ly/ERZBT
  • Update: Savannah-Chatham, Georgia (Previously reported 08-12-14): The now-former police chief was found guilty on one count of commercial gambling, one count of conspiracy, two counts making false statements, and two counts of extortion. He was found not guilty of three additional extortion charges. ly/ERKNQ
  • Eddy County, New Mexico: A sheriff’s deputy has resigned after being placed on administrative leave over alleged off-duty conduct. He submitted his resignation after he was arrested and accused of allegedly driving drunk. ly/ERGLG
  • San Marcos, Texas: A woman who says she suffered broken teeth and a concussion at the hands of a police officer who arrested her has sued him, the city’s police department and its former chief. ly/ERGbN
  • Nodaway, Missouri: A couple has filed a civil lawsuit in federal District Court claiming that the county sheriff and a deputy improperly entered their home while investigating allegations of child endangerment. ly/ERDZd
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (Previously reported 01-24-14): A now-former police officer was sentenced in federal court to 21 months in prison for his role in operating a prostitution business. He was also sentenced to two years of supervised release for his crime. According to the indictment he had more than 300 customers as part of his business. http://ow.ly/ES1Dv “

 

 

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