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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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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-22-14 to 11-24-14

 

 

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” Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, November 22 to Monday, November 24, 2014:

  • Fremont, Ohio: A now-former state trooper pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile. He showed a pornographic video to a 12-year-old boy. ow.ly/EP5qy
  • Kootenai County, Idaho: A now-former state trooper from pled guilty to charges including petty theft and malicious injury to property in exchange for other criminal charges against him being dropped. He could receive up to five years in prison when sentenced. ow.ly/EP345
  • Newport, Rhode Island: A police officer has been arrested and accused of making a fake 911 call. ly/EOKSW
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A 12-year-old boy shot by police after grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a “probably fake” gun at a playground. ly/ENhGO
  • Kingsville, Texas: A police officer is behind bars after an investigation into claims of domestic violence. He was arrested and charged with obstruction or retaliation, assault bodily injury of a family or household member and tampering with a witness. http://ow.ly/ETg1u
  • Update: Sturgis, Michigan (First reported 10-31-14): A sheriff’s deputy told an officer that he had been out celebrating his birthday and admitted to drinking and driving before crashing his pickup truck. “He stated he had no memory of where he had been drinking, what he had been drinking or how much he had been drinking,” said the officer. ly/EOJsr
  • New York, New York: Footage shows a violent encounter between a police officer and an alleged fare beater at subway station. It shows an officer hitting a man in the head with a nightstick; that move is against department policy. An internal investigation is underway. ly/EOvw3
  • Campbell County, Wyoming: The sheriff is resigning in the midst of a state investigation into an allegation that he tried to suppress his son’s arrest on a drunken driving charge. ly/EOdzn
  • Update: Millvale, Pennsylvania (Previously reported 06-24-14): A federal court jury convicted a police officer of violating a man’s civil rights by using a stun gun on him three times while he was handcuffed. ly/EO32I
  • Update: San Diego, California (First reported 06-06-14): A married couple who both served in the police department for years pled guilty to committing burglaries while on duty in order to steal prescription medications and sell them. ly/ENHzz
  • Savannah-Chatham, Georgia: A jury found a now-former police detective guilty of seven counts of making false statements. ly/ENCoX “

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-21-14

 

 

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” Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, November 21, 2014:

  • Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina: The attorney general’s office said a now-former police officer has been indicted on charges of embezzlement by a grand jury. ly/EH2dS
  • Dupont, Pennsylvania: A police officer is under investigation by the county District Attorney’s office for a “systemic abuse of authority.” A range of examples was cited; the DA believes the officer did not act properly, from issuing unlawful traffic citations to failing to investigate a stabbing, a DUI and other cases. ly/EGQ0P
  • Oakwood, Ohio: A now-former police officer accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from the police lodge where he was treasurer has been charged with grand theft. ly/EGD4Z
  • Buffalo, New York: A police officer has been charged with taking $130 from a woman’s pocketbook while on duty. ly/EGhDL
  • New York, New York: Two police officers were entering pitch-black stairwell of a building one of them with his sidearm drawn. The investigation’s leading theory described an instance of clumsiness on the part of the officer; officials say he accidentally shot his gun, killing an unarmed man in the stairwell. The officer was relieved of his gun and his badge. ly/EGdIb
  • Garden City, Idaho: A Garden City police officer has resigned from his department after a second DUI arrest. ly/EG3cW
  • Oconee County, South Carolina: A deputy was fired after he was charged with the assault and battery of a young child. “No one is above the law,” said the sheriff in a written statement. “Officers will not be treated any differently than any other resident of Oconee County and if allegations surface and are proven to be true, appropriate action will be taken.”ly/EFEPJ
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A Memphis police officer charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting her wife has pled not guilty. She was also charged with attempted murder because she tried to shoot the woman’s 12-year-old son. ly/EFuJE “

 

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-20-14

 

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” Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 20, 2014:

  • Lake County, Indiana: A woman alleges in a federal lawsuit filed that a sheriff’s officer sexually assaulted her while he was on duty. ly/ECAci
  • Lake County, Illinois: A county sheriff’s officer is being investigated for allegedly pulling over a school bus to deliver lunch to his son onboard. The report indicates that the bus was en route to a school and the bus would have been outside of his jurisdiction at the time of the stop. ly/ECxqQ
  • Colville, Washington: The State Attorney General filed a criminal case a police officer. The charges are the result of a sexual misconduct investigation. They include burglary with sexual motivation, unlawful imprisonment with sexual motivation, custodial misconduct, false/misleading statement to a public servant, and official misconduct.ly/ECwkt
  • Murray County, Georgia: During a campaign to “End Domestic Violence,” the sheriff’s office arrested one of their own for allegedly assaulting his wife. ly/ECu5p
  • Update: Middlefield, Ohio: A man who says he was set up by police has sued the village’s police chief, its former police chief and mayor, among others. He is accusing the officials of planting evidence, making false reports, using an unreliable and dishonest informant and hiding information. ly/ECrKx
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: A federal court jury convicted a police officer of violating a man’s civil rights by using a stun gun on him three times while he was handcuffed. ly/ECohs
  • Update: Las Cruces, New Mexico: A now-former detective was sentenced for violating the civil rights of a student intern. He was sentenced to nine years in prison followed by five years of supervised release. The officer also was ordered to forfeit his law enforcement certification and comply with federal and state sex offender registration requirements. ly/EBxGg
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio: A now-former police officer was sentenced to nineteen and a half years in prison for videotaping himself having sex with a 15-year-old girl he met at a recreation center. ly/EBulT
  • Asheville, North Carolina: A police officer is behind bars on a charge of assaulting a female. He is accused of “holding female down and covering her mouth while telling her to shut up. And pushing female up against a wall by her neck using his hands,” according to the warrant. ly/EBtID
  • Update: San Jose, California: A woman who says a police officer raped her while on duty has filed a civil suit. http://ow.ly/EyH8A
  • Whitesburg, Kentucky: Cited for drunken driving over the weekend, the police chief said that he had learned from the experience. “It’s very unfortunate, but I’ve learned from it,” he said. “Just never do it again, pick up the pieces and move on.” http://ow.ly/EyHVb
  • Update: Columbia, South Carolina: A judge ruled the state had probable cause to arrest a now-former state trooper who shot a man during a traffic stop. http://ow.ly/EyHCN “

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-19-14

 

 

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” Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 19, 2014:

  • Chicago, Illinois: A police officer has been indicted on federal charges. He is accused of using excessive force when he allegedly punched a man during an arrest, and kicked him while he was handcuffed and lying on the floor face-down. ow.ly/EyGbl
  • Update: Clovis, New Mexico: Prosecutors have decided that a police officer won’t face state charges in connection with a traffic stop in which excessive force was alleged. ow.ly/EyDHO
  • Weld County, Colorado: A grand jury has indicted a now-former deputy on felony charges in the murder of his wife. ow.ly/EyzbH
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A police officer must face charges that he threatened a man with his city-issued handgun. He has been fired. ow.ly/EyywI
  • Horry County, South Carolina: A sheriff’s deputy was released from jail on $1,000 bail after he was charged with assault and trespassing related to an incident that occurred while he was on duty and driving a sheriff’s van. ow.ly/EykyD
  • Secaucus, New Jersey: A police officer has been charged with obtaining a steroid gel known as Androgel testosterone and then selling the medication online. ow.ly/Eycr0
  • Update: Santa Fe County, New Mexico: The now-former sheriff’s deputy accused of shooting and killing a fellow deputy has pled not guilty. ow.ly/ExEuw
  • Newton, New Jersey: A police officer was caught on videotape unzipping his pants and exposing himself to young men during at least five traffic stops, according to an arrest affidavit. ow.ly/ExDc1
  • Houston, Texas: A police officer has been charged with sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl. He allegedly sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl. ow.ly/EwUaU
  • Update: Goodyear, Arizona: A police officer pled not guilty after he was accused of recording 21 women as they undressed at a tanning salon. ow.ly/EuVZ0 “

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-18-14

 

 

 

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” Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 18, 2014:

  • Cleveland, Ohio: A police officer was fired after he was found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a crash and violating the probation set by the city. ly/EuVFr
  • Butte County, California: A deputy is facing allegations that he molested an 11-year-old girl, according to authorities. The deputy was taken into custody following a seven-month investigation by the Chico Police Department. ly/EuVdo
  • Los Angeles, California: A man who says police officers beat and kicked him unconscious has filed a lawsuit alleging civil rights violations. The officers are on paid leave as the LAPD investigates. ly/EuHwD
  • San Mateo County, California: A deputy who recently ran for sheriff has been arrested and charged with smuggling drugs and cell phones into jail for inmates, authorities said. ly/EuqSZ
  • Update: Pasco County, Florida: The county sheriff says one of his deputies violated the public’s trust. That deputy is accused of sexually violating a woman while on-duty. He’s been fired from the department and is facing sexual battery charges. ly/Et5Qh
  • Update: Denton County, Texas: A now-former deputy was indicted by a grand jury. He was indicted on a charge of theft of more than $1,500 and less than $20,000 after he allegedly took money from three individuals while in uniform. ly/EukPR
  • Sandusky, Ohio: A police officer involved in a controversial traffic stop has been suspended for 60 days and ordered to sign a last chance agreement. The officer received the discipline after he was found guilty of several administrative charges, including insubordination and failing to be honest.ly/Etj71
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana: A police officer will no longer receive pay during his suspension. He was first put on paid leave amid a criminal investigation in which he was accused of stealing money from a police motorcycle club.ly/Et7N4
  • Polk County, Florida: A deputy resigned after he was caught on camera stealing a DVD. ly/Et6Ad
  • Pasco County, Florida: A deputy has been fired and charged with evidence tampering. The deputy responded to a Walmart, recognized shoplifters on surveillance video as friends, and never filed any charges. ly/Et4ZT
  • Taunton, Massachusetts: A police officer has been accused of excessive force in five casesA fight caught on camera in the police station booking room is the latest potential blemish on the record of a veteran detective who’s described as “decorated and proactive” by his chief. ow.ly/Etvbd
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A jury convicted a now-former police officer of obstructing justice, a charge that stems from his heated arrest and quick release of a man. The jury found him not guilty of two other charges: false imprisonment and official oppression. ow.ly/EtuRI “

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-14-14

 

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” Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, November 14, 2014:

  • Fairview, Pennsylvania: A state police trooper who drove a patrol vehicle that ran a stop sign and caused a crash, killing a woman, failed in his bid to have a careless driving citation dismissed. ow.ly/EhaVn
  • Baltimore, Maryland: Officials say a police officer has been charged with perjury and misconduct after arresting a man he allegedly knew was innocent. ow.ly/Eh9Hc
  • Update: Los Angeles, California: A veteran policewoman has pled not guilty to faking military leave in order to get paid time off. ow.ly/Eh9n8
  • Update: Honolulu, Hawaii: A police officer pled not guilty to third degree sexual assault. ow.ly/Eh7hL
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana: A police officer has been charged with theft. He is accused of taking money from a nonprofit fraternal organization consisting of active and retired law enforcement men and women who enjoy riding motorcycles. ow.ly/Eh3Bd
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: An officer has been indicted by grand jury: for forcing woman to perform a sex act in park with the help of two other officers. ow.ly/Eh2zr
  • Greensboro, North Carolina: A police officer is charged in connection with child pornography. ow.ly/EgZjD
  • Update: District Heights, Maryland: A now-former officer convicted in a shooting that paralyzed a handcuffed suspect has been sentenced to five years in prison. ow.ly/EgYXF
  • Update: Skokie, Illinois: A now-former police officer was sentenced to two years of probation after he pled guilty to official misconduct for shoving a woman in the lockup at a police station, causing severe injury to her face. ow.ly/EgYkI “

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-13-14

 

 

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” Here are the 5 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 13, 2014:

  • Update: Shreveport, Louisiana (First reported 11-23-14): A police Sergeant must pay a $500 fine and then his criminal record will be expunged. He pled guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor by taking his 15-year-old son to a bar. ly/EeaLl
  • Raton, New Mexico: A local police captain has been on administrative leave for nearly four months as the an internal investigation is conducted and a district attorney contemplates whether criminal charges should be filed in relation to accusations the officer sexually assaulted a woman. ly/EdVG8
  • Franklin County, Illinois: A now-former police officer accused of attacking a handcuffed suspect will serve jail time. He was charged with aggravated battery, involuntary manslaughter, and official misconduct. The officer sentenced to 18 months, but he’ll only report to the county jail on weekends. During the week he’ll be under house arrest. ly/EdytA
  • New York, New York: Nine officer fired for disobeying their bosses, and flashing their badges to get out of trouble Three supervisors, including a lieutenant, also face disciplinary action following the drunken celebration.ly/EdvXt
  • Norfolk, Virginia: A now-former detective, currently serving a 12-1/2-year sentence for taking bribes from criminals, is now facing allegations that he coerced – even beat – false confessions out of murder suspects. ly/Edb1v “

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-12-14

 

 

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” Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 12, 2014:

  • Update: Winston County, Alabama (First reported 06-05-14): A now-former sheriff’s deputy previously jailed on state charges now faces federal charges for extorting a woman to cook methamphetamine. http://ow.ly/Ebkvt
  • Louis County, Missouri: A journalist is suing the police department over his arrest at the Ferguson police shooting protests. ow.ly/Eb5Ua
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 10-07-14): Two officers were officially charged for hitting teenager with their fists and a gun during an incident that was caught on video. Both the officers, who both have been on the force for nine years, pled not guilty. ly/EaUkx
  • Baltimore, Maryland: The city’s Board of Estimates is poised to award $40,000 to a woman who was struck by a police vehicle while crossing the street. ly/EaSr4
  • Colchester, Vermont: A police corporal is on unpaid leave from the force following his arrest on suspicion of stealing drug and gun evidence from the department’s evidence room. ly/EaGyT
  • Update: Newport, Tennessee (First reported 07-28-14): Officials say a police officer indicted on official misconduct charges “has officially retired” from the force.
  • Update: New York, New York (Previously reported 07-01-14): A now-former police officer acquitted of conspiring to kidnap, kill and eat women was sentenced to time served for unlawfully accessing a federal database. He also received one year of probation, must continue to get mental health treatment and cannot contact women involved in the case.http://ow.ly/EbESZ “

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-11-14

 

 

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” Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, November 11, 2014:

  • Washington, DC: Federal prosecutors are working to dismantle a case, which a U.S. Attorney hailed as an example of law enforcement taking “another step toward making our community safer,” because the investigation was tainted by the possible misconduct of an FBI agent.ly/E8eaf
  • Update: Sioux City, Iowa (First reported 08-07-13): A judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by a woman shown on camera being forcefully arrested by a police officer. A judge ruled she did not present enough evidence that the officer used unreasonable force. The incident was captured on a police car dashboard camera. ly/E6QyS
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 11-04-14): The police department suspended an officer without pay for six weeks for excessive force but did nothing to him for destroying evidence; he was caught on video deleting a man’s cell phone videos.
  • Update: Harris County, Texas (First reported 09-06-13): Prosecutors charged an officer with official oppression after they were shown a video that caught him on kicking a man. The man’s family obtained and released the video after filing a federal lawsuit against the deputy. A judge has just ruled that the statute of limitations had run on the misdemeanor charge, effectively barring prosecution of the officer. http://ow.ly/Ebp0u
  • Lake Stevens, Washington: A police officer has resigned amid a criminal investigation. According to court documents, a 26-year-old woman has sought a protection order against the officer, accusing him of intimidating her and stalking her. http://ow.ly/EbriA
  • White Hall, Alabama: The police chief has been suspended without pay by order of the mayor. http://ow.ly/E8is5
  • Update: Andover, Massachusetts (Previously reported 04-18-14): A now-former police officer who was involved in a hit-and-run accident was given a year’s probation after two serious charges against him were dropped. He admitted to sufficient facts to charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a property-damage accident.http://ow.ly/E8jLk
  • Lucas County, Ohio: A sheriff’s deputy was fired for conduct unbecoming an officer after she allegedly assaulted her husband. http://ow.ly/E8hzs
  • Update: Des Moines, Iowa (Previously reported 12-20-13): A jury couldn’t agree whether a now-former police officer used excessive force after a traffic accident, resulting in a mistrial. The federal jury also found the officer not guilty of falsifying records in connection with the case.http://ow.ly/E8ktv “

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-08-14 to 11-10-14

 

 

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” Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, November 08 to Monday, November 10, 2014:

  • Dover, Delaware: A suspended state police trooper who had stalking charges dropped in a plea bargain has been arrested again and charged with strangulation after attacking his wife at their home. http://ow.ly/E4R81
  • Vernon, New York: A now-former police officer cleared of allegedly falsifying overtime surrendered for an arraignment on new charges he used forged prescriptions to obtain at least 3,790 Hydrocodone pills.http://ow.ly/E4Tcj
  • Jacksonville, Florida: A detective suspected of driving drunk in a city-owned vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash has turned herself in nearly seven weeks after the crash. http://ow.ly/E4WBE
  • Update: Jefferson Parish, Louisiana (First reported 11-21-13): A now-former sheriff’s deputy faces a life sentence on federal fraud charges for stealing money from a man who disappeared in 2007. The deputy already faced decades behind bars after he pled guilty to seven counts of bank fraud, identity theft and using his badge to violate the civil rights of the man.http://ow.ly/E51re
  • Cleveland, Ohio: Several officers were handed suspensions after an internal investigation revealed they were taking various goods from a convenience store. The investigation began with claims that some officers went behind the glass and walked out with lottery tickets, cigarettes or snacks. ly/E4LV3
  • Monongalia County, West Virginia: The county sheriff said a deputy made an error in judgment by coming to work under the influence of alcohol. He fired the deputy after tests results came back. ly/E4HnY
  • Sioux City, Iowa: A police officer pled guilty to an OWI charge stemming from a car accident. ly/E4siF
  • Riverside County, California: A sergeant with the sheriff’s department was arrested on several charges, including assault and kidnapping, after allegedly getting into a fight with his girlfriend and then attacking a female friend who was with them. http://ow.ly/E55k3
  • Saratoga County, New York: A county sheriff’s deputy was suspended without pay as the department investigates his conduct during a traffic stop. In a video of a traffic stop, the officer asks if the driver wants to resist arrest before apparently slapping him in the face, which is heard but not seen because the camera is pointed down momentarily. ly/E3OO7
  • Pasco, Florida: A former deputy was arrested after allegedly groping a woman while on-duty. The fired deputy cased out the victim’s home with another officer days before. “It’s horrific when you read what he did,” said the sheriff. “It’s embarrassing.” http://ow.ly/E55Qw “

 

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 National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-06-14

 

 

 

 

    Welcome to a new daily feature here at YouViewed where we will bring you the latest news on police corruption from the Cato Institute .

 

 

” Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 16, 2014:

  • Goodyear, Arizona: A police officer is being investigated over allegations he secretly recorded nearly two dozen women while they undressed at a tanning salon. http://ow.ly/DT5vo
  • Jackson, Tennessee: A police officer was indicted after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said he filed false reports that his truck had been stolen. http://ow.ly/DT6bp
  • Dallas, Texas: The Child Abuse Squad has arrested a police officer on a charge of harassment. http://ow.ly/DT6Px
  • Jonesboro, Arizona: A patrolman was arrested on a charge of public servant bribery, which is a Class D felony. http://ow.ly/DT97s
  • Cumberland County, Maine: A 26-year veteran twice named Trooper of the Year, pled guilty to sexual contact. One of the mostly highly decorated police officers in Maine’s history was sentenced to four years in prison for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old child. http://ow.ly/DTa1D
  • Cook County, Illinois: An officer allegedly conspired with his former partner to commit robberies of marijuana, contraband cigarettes and cash.http://ow.ly/DTctb
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A now-former officer is charged with participating in a scheme to extort drugs and money from drug dealers and drug buyers while working as a police officer. http://ow.ly/DTgi1
  • Update: Romulus, Michigan (Previously reported 10-21-14): Three now-former police officers have been sentenced to probation in connection with a corruption case that sent the city’s former chief to jail. The officers will also have to pay restitution in the case. http://ow.ly/DTgDO
  • Greenacres, Florida: A police officer is accused of breaking a 14-year-old girl’s arm during an arrest attempt that was initiated because the officer attempted to view a video on her cell phone without a search warrant. The officer then arrested the teen for resisting arrest. http://ow.ly/DTkpV
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: A now-former police sergeant avoided jail time and entered a no contest plea. “There was rather overwhelming evidence of his guilt,” said the District Attorney General. The officer was indicted on three counts of official misconduct and three counts of theft under $500 after pills and other evidence went missing from the department’s property room several months earlier. http://ow.ly/DTlos “

 

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Government Gold-Plating

 

 

 

 

 

” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) released his annual Wastebook this past week. It contains a laundry list of doozies. The U.S. government’s gold-plating operations included $190,000 to study compost digested by worms, $297 million for the purchase of an unused mega blimp, and $1 million on a Virginia bus stop where only 15 people can huddle under a half-baked roof. These questionable (read: absurd) expenditures only represent the tip of the iceberg.

  Just consider the following: the Speaker of the House currently receives an annual salary of $223,500, and will receive a payment of roughly that amount, depending on the years of service, for life. An annual payment of this magnitude amounts to about five times the average annual wage in the United States. But that’s not all. For those who have had different positions in Congress, their retirements can be augmented. For example, Nancy Pelosi will not receive $223,500 for life, but roughly double that. Why? Because she is a member of Congress, currently the House of Representatives’ Minority Leader, and a retired Speaker of the House. For purposes of computing retirement pay, Congress adds and accumulates. They do not net.”

 

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War on Poverty Turns 50: Are We Winning Yet?

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” The War on Poverty is 50 years old. Over that time, federal and state governments have spent more than $19 trillion fighting poverty. But what have we really accomplished?

  Although far from conclusive, the evidence suggests that we have successfully reduced many of the deprivations of material poverty, especially in the early years of the War on Poverty. However, these efforts were more successful among socioeconomically stable groups such as the elderly than low-income groups facing other social problems. Moreover, other factors like the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the expansion of economic opportunities to African Americans and women, increased private charity, and general economic growth may all have played a role in whatever poverty reduction occurred. “

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Economic Freedom Of The World

 

 

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” Global economic freedom fell slightly in this year’s report, and it remains well below its peak level of 6.92 in 2007. The average score fell to 6.84 in 2012, the most recent year for which data is available. In this year’s index, Hong Kong retains the highest rating for economic freedom, 8.98 out of 10. The rest of this year’s top scores are Singapore, 8.54; New Zealand, 8.25; Switzerland, 8.19; Mauritius, 8.09; United Arab Emirates, 8.05; Canada, 8.00; Australia, 7.87; Jordan, 7.86; and, tied for 10th at 7.84, Chile and Finland.

  The United States, once considered a bastion of economic freedom, now ranks 12th in the world, tied with the United Kingdom at 7.81. Due to a weakening rule of law, increasing regulation, and the ramifications of wars on terrorism and drugs, the United States has seen its economic freedom score plummet in recent years, compared to 2000 when it ranked second globally.

  The rankings of other large economies in this year’s index are Japan (23rd), Germany (28th), South Korea (33rd), France (58th), Italy (79th), Mexico (91st), Russia (98th), Brazil (103rd), India (110th), and China (115th). “

 

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The Renewed Fight For An Open Internet

 

 

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” Applying old-school utility regulation to the Internet would be a disaster according to Berin Szoka, President of TechFreedom.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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