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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.27.15

 

 

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

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

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.26.15

 

 

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

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

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.25.15

 

 

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

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

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.24.15

 

 

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

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

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.21.15 To 02.23.15

 

 

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

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

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.20.15

 

 

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

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

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.19.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 20, 2015:

  • Kentucky State Police: A now-former trooper faces misconduct and tampering charges. He allegedly pulled over underage girls who he found to be intoxicated and let them drive away. He then pulled them over a second time and initiated inappropriate contact with one of them.  http://ow.ly/JiwQr
  • Houston County, Texas: A deputy was arrested for domestic assault after an altercation with his stepson, who is a minor. ow.ly/JjMJm
  • Update: Ottawa Hills, Ohio (First reported 02-07-14): A now-former officer who had been convicted of shooting and paralyzing a motorcyclist will get a new trial. He had been sentenced to ten years, in part because of the use of the gun in the incident. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the law was not written to apply to police officers who were acting against someone they thought was armed. ow.ly/Jko27
  • New York, New York: A now-former officer was sentenced to two years and four months in prison for credit card fraud and identity theft. The officer provided a confidential informant with someone else’s name and driver’s license number. ow.ly/JkAmJ
  • Update: Shreveport, Louisiana (First reported 02-13-15): The corporal that was suspended for policy violations last week was arrested for aggravated rape and intimidation. The incident allegedly happened at the police station. ow.ly/JkEdp
  • Greensburg, Indiana: The now-former police chief admitted to stealing $70,000 in cash from evidence seized for criminal cases.  ow.ly/JkUhf
  • Washoe County, Nevada: A deputy was indicted for having sex with a detention center inmate. ow.ly/JkXBj
  • Update: Orlando, Florida (First reported 07-10-14): An officer was fired for excessive force. He attacked a handcuffed man who was facedown on the ground, contrary to the officer’s statements. He had been charged with assault and perjury, but the charges were later dropped. According to the news report, the victim has filed a lawsuit against the city. ow.ly/Jlebp
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.18.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 18, 2015:

  • Broward County, Florida: A now-former deputy was sentenced to five years in prison for coercing undocumented immigrants to have sex with him. As part of the plea deal, he will not have to be placed on the sex offender registry. ow.ly/JfOww
  • Update: Marysville, California: An officer was convicted of repeatedly molesting a teenager in the 1990s. His employment with the department was terminated upon his conviction. http://ow.ly/JfSMe
  • Update: New Orleans, Louisiana (First reported 04-25-14): An officer was acquitted of a domestic violence charge. http://ow.ly/JfUIU
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for punching a woman while he was off duty. ow.ly/JfX5a
  • Albany, Georgia: A woman filed a lawsuit alleging that her arresting officer was too violent when she was arrested at the jail. The suit also claims that the subsequent denial of medical treatment for the night she was held in the jail contributed to her miscarriage. ow.ly/JgPxL
  • Daytona Beach, Florida: An officer was arrested for groping a suspect during her arrest. http://ow.ly/Jhb6w
  • Owasso, Oklahoma: The City agreed to pay $280,000 in back pay to an officer fired for excessive force who was subsequently reinstated by an arbitrator. ow.ly/Jhe32
  • Lubbock, Texas: An officer was arrested for hiring a prostitute while he was off duty. ow.ly/Jhf2Y
  • Update: Waupun, Wisconsin: A now-former officer pled no contest to one count of burglary in each of seven counties.  The prosecutor recommended the former officer be sentenced to a maximum of ten years in exchange for the plea. The former officer had been accused of over 60 robberies and other offenses during his crime spree.  ow.ly/JhKMU
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-14-15 To 02.17.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct reported for Saturday, February 14 through Tuesday, February 17, 2015:

  • Update: Lafayette, Indiana (First reported 07-03-14): The city and an officer face an amended federal lawsuit alleging officer pushed over a man in a wheelchair and conducted an illegal search. ow.ly/JafQl
  • Update: Louisville, Kentucky (First reported 09-09-14): A suspended officer was acquitted of assault for kicking a handcuffed suspect. The department’s internal investigation is ongoing. http://ow.ly/Jai2k
  • Broward County, Florida: A now-former deputy was acquitted of tampering. He was accused of interfering in a separate racketeering case against Ft. Lauderdale detectives. http://ow.ly/Jakqf
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: The City settled a $140,000 lawsuit alleging an officer choked a high school senior. http://ow.ly/Jalpe
  • Update: Rothschild, Wisconsin (First reported 10-08-14): An officer pled not guilty in sexual assault case. He has resigned from the department. http://ow.ly/Jc9mE
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 09-19-14): A vendor that was seen on video being kicked by a now-suspended officer at a street fair finally had his resisting arrest charges dropped. http://ow.ly/JchCq
  • Update: Nassau County, New York (Last reported 05-06-14): A grand jury did not indict a now-former officer for shooting and wounding an unarmed cab driver after a night of drinking. According to the news report, key witnesses were never called to testify before the now-expired grand jury. The officer was fired last year.  http://ow.ly/JcC6y
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: An officer was arrested for assaulting his 12-year-old stepson. http://ow.ly/JcQrf
  • New York State Police: A trooper was arrested for DWI in Lockport. He was pulled over for speeding and failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.  http://ow.ly/JcWGv
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.13.15

 

 

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

  • Update: Madison, Alabama (First reported 02-11-15): The officer who seriously injured a 57-year-old Indian national has been fired and arrested for the incident. A video of the violent encounter has been released.  ow.ly/J0bZm
  • Lakeside, Colorado: A man was put in handcuffs and had his phone seized for recording a shoplifting arrest. ow.ly/IXGAC
  • Pasco, Washington: Three officers were placed on leave after one or more of them fatally shot a man throwing rocks into traffic. Video of the incident appears to show the suspect running away when he was shot. ow.ly/J0U8l
  • Mansfield, Ohio: An officer was indicted on 40 charges, including 25 felonies, related to sexual battery, burglary, and tampering. Seventeen of the counts are for abusing a police database. The initial complaint that led to the investigation alleged the officer offered to destroy criminal evidence in exchange for a sexual favor. The officer has been on leave since late November.  ow.ly/J0tVS
  • Toledo, Ohio: A lieutenant has been charged with obstruction, felonious assault, and tampering. He is accused of conspiring to shoot a witness.  ow.ly/J1vkH
  • Miami-Dade, Florida: A sergeant already on house arrest for lewd conduct was arrested again for child pornography possession—some of which he produced. He was suspended with pay after the first incident in August.  ow.ly/J1IVC
  • Shreveport, Louisiana: An officer was placed on administrative leave during an investigation into unspecified policy violations. ow.ly/J1F0G
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (Montana Vista, TX): An agent who was recently arrested for domestic violence took his estranged wife and another man hostage. He shot the man in the head during a standoff with police before surrendering. ow.ly/J1VB3
 
 

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Grandfather Paralyzed by Police

 

 

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” From CNN:

  It started out as a morning walk, but ended up with a 57-year-old grandpa laying partially paralyzed in an Alabama hospital bed.

  Sureshbhai Patel required spinal fusion surgery to repair damage to his back when his family says police twisted his arm and forced him to the ground.

  Video at the CNN link.   When the police department was asked for an explanation, a spokesperson said that Patel reached into his pocket while speaking to the officers on the scene.   Hmm.

 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.12.15

 

 

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

  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for DUI after causing accident that caused two cars to flip over. Remarkably, no injuries were reported. ow.ly/IWhvD
  • Webb, Alabama: An officer was arrested for domestic violence.ow.ly/IWhYH
  • Flower Mound, Texas: An officer was arrested and charged with felony DWI. She was driving 77mph in a 35mph zone with her 6-yr-old in front seat.ow.ly/IWiTE
  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: An officer was charged with DUI and an open container violation after crashing his truck into a ditch. ow.ly/IWSMS
  • Carencro, Louisiana: A now-former officer was indicted for extortion, illegally using a government database, and lying to federal agents. He is alleged to have taken money in exchange for allowing prostitution at a gentlemen’s club.  ow.ly/IX0OA
  • Williamson County, Texas: A sheriff’s detective was arrested for falsifying government documents. He allegedly lied on his timesheets and was working another job when he was claimed to be on duty. ow.ly/IXd5e
  • Update: Wewoka, Oklahoma (First reported 10-01-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to five years in prison for raping a 15-year-old girl who had been enrolled in the department’s police explorer program. ow.ly/IXgbO
  • Update: Bayonne, New Jersey (First reported 01-26-15): An officer already indicted for brutality faces new charges, including embezzlement from United States government. ow.ly/IXhX3
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.11.15

 

 

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

  • Madison, Alabama: An officer used enough force to put a 57-year-old Indian citizen in the hospital, temporarily paralyzed and with fused vertebrae, after an altercation. The man, who was visiting the United States and speaks no English, was walking around the neighborhood his son just moved in to.  ow.ly/IQBAp
  • Baltimore, Maryland: An officer was arrested on assault and sex offense charges after a domestic dispute. ow.ly/ISpj8
  • Pennsylvania State Police: A trooper was charged with reckless endangerment after a firearms mishap during which he fatally shot a colleague. ow.ly/ISqkH
  • Lake County, California: A now-former deputy was charged with vehicular manslaughter for an October 2013 car crash. He had been responding to a call of  home invasion and vehicle pursuit when he hit the victim’s car head-on at a high rate of speed.  ow.ly/ISXEx
  • Update: Berkeley County, South Carolina (First reported 01-06-14) : The sheriff who had been arrested for DUI has resigned and has been indicted.ow.ly/ISYwC
  • Richmond County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested and fired over allegations he abused a 12-year-old while off duty but still in uniform. ow.ly/IT02n
  • New York, New York: A sergeant faces numerous criminal counts related to the alleged rape of a girl under 15 years old. Internal Affairs is continuing to investigate. ow.ly/ITDjW
  • Miami, Florida: Two officers were fired for falsifying police reports to protect informants. No criminal charges against them appear to be forthcoming. ow.ly/ITF5V
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.10.15

 

 

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

  • Kensington, California: An officer who also serves as head of the police union was suspended after having his gun, badge, handcuffs, and ammunition stolen by a sex worker in Reno, Nevada. The incident happened months ago, but the officer had not been disciplined until the incident received media attention. ow.ly/IKXhK
  • Cedar Grove, West Virginia: The police chief was arrested and charged with two counts each of domestic battery, domestic assault, and brandishing for pointing a gun at his wife and striking her brother with the gun. This is the chief’s second arrest. Last year, he pled guilty to assault for an altercation in a parking lot.  ow.ly/ILd7v
  • Detroit, Michigan: The City settled with an innocent man wrongly convicted of rape because police withheld evidence from the prosecutors and defense attorneys. The victim was awarded $2.5 million for the 26 years he spent in prison. ow.ly/ILbrV
  • Isle of Wight, Virginia: A deputy was charged with sexual battery and taking indecent liberties with a minor. He was working as a school resource officer when the alleged crimes took place. ow.ly/ILgAn
  • Lexington, Kentucky: An officer was charged with harassment and misconduct for altercation with a suspect. ow.ly/ILhuh
  • Perth Amboy, New Jersey: The police chief was indicted on official misconduct and tampering charges. He allegedly assigned department mechanics to illegally work on personal vehicles.  ow.ly/ILjwt
  • Richland County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for DUI. ow.ly/ILTaO
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 11-21-14): The officer who fatally shot a man in a public housing complex was indicted for manslaughter. According to the news report, the police commissioner called the victim, Akai Gurley, ““totally innocent” and characterized the shooting as an “unfortunate accident.”” http://nyti.ms/1E1X0FE
  •  Falfurrias, Texas: An officer was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a child.ow.ly/IPJyi
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.07.15 To 02.09.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, February 7 through Monday, February 09, 2015:

  • Coffeyville, Kansas: An officer was arrested in a prostitution sting in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ow.ly/II7zK
  • Davidson County, Tennessee: A deputy was charged with aggravated assault, burglary, and vandalism after an alleged domestic dispute while on duty. ow.ly/II7YA
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: A now-former officer was sentenced to 3-10 years in prison after she pled guilty to reckless driving, violating her oath of office, and two counts of vehicular homicide. She was going 74 mph in a 35mph zone when she crashed into another car, killing both women inside. ow.ly/IIfyr
  • Fairfax County, Virginia: The sheriff’s office is investigating the death of a woman in custody. The 37-year-old woman apparently went into cardiac arrest after being tased. She had been taken into custody for assaulting a law enforcement officer. The Fairfax County Police will also investigate the incident. ow.ly/IKiJv
  • Paterson, New Jersey: The city settled a lawsuit that claimed officer recklessly caused an auto accident while in a police car. ow.ly/IKp8M
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (First reported 07-22-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to one day in prison and six months of house arrest. During a traffic stop, he took a driver into custody and drove him around in the back of his squad car until he learned the driver was a military veteran. The officer was charged with false imprisonment, official oppression, and obstruction of justice. He was acquitted on the first two counts but was convicted on the obstruction charge. According to the news report, the officer’s “career had been littered with complaints and lawsuits filed against him for incidents of police brutality and other inappropriate behavior.” In siding against the district attorney’s suggestion of 23 months in prison, the judge cited the officer’s “stellar” record and that such a sentence would be “unfair.” The former officer intends to appeal the conviction.  ow.ly/IKCU8
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (First reported 11-16-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to robbery and conspiracy charges. He and his accomplices robbed drug dealers and drug buyers of both cash and drugs. He was not offered a plea deal and faces up to 120 years and a $1.5 million fine for all charges. ow.ly/IKIFd
  • Adams County, Colorado: A deputy has been charged with perjury. His testimony in past cases is being investigated, as a result. ow.ly/IKOr1
  • Update: Salem, Virginia (First reported 12-16-14): A now-former police officer and DEA task force member was sentenced to 2.5 years in federal prison. He solicited and received sexual favors from at least one suspect in exchange for potential support at sentencing. http://ow.ly/ILWlN
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: An officer was charged with ten felonies for selling police equipment to a pawn shop. http://ow.ly/IKTdG

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.06.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, February 6, 2015:

  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for firing his gun out of the window of a car.  ow.ly/IByZE
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Two officers were arrested for beating a motorist in 2013 after a video surfaced that contradicted their account of what happened. ow.ly/IBBsA
  • Victoria, Texas: An officer was indicted for DUI and criminal mischief for hitting a parked car while intoxicated and off duty. ow.ly/ICkVS
  • Niles, Ohio: A patrolman was suspended for 30 days for violating policies related to use of force and unlawful detention. He followed and threatened a romantic couple, he knew the woman personally. He has completed the suspension and is back on duty. No criminal charges will be filed.ow.ly/ICsmB
  • Huntsville, Alabama: An officer was arrested for knocking a man unconscious in an off-duty altercation at a restaurant. She is on leave pending the outcome of her case. ow.ly/ICCEv
  • Shreveport, Louisiana: An officer ran a red light and hit another car. According to the police report, the officer was doing just over twice the speed limit and was distracted at the time of the accident.  ow.ly/ICLmz
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: A detective was arrested for DUI after he was found asleep in his car after a night out. ow.ly/ICSw2
  • Yamhill County, Oregon: A now-former deputy was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for assaulting his then-girlfriend’s 4-year-old son. According to the news report, the boy suffered serious brain injury as a result of the assault. ow.ly/ICTCN
  • Providence, Rhode Island:  A now-former detective pled guilty to misdemeanor assault. In exchange for the guilty plea, his earlier felony conviction for striking a suspect with a flashlight was expunged from his record, as the judge for that case declared a mistrial. He was sentenced to one year in jail, suspended, and probation. After five years, he can move to expunge the misdemeanor conviction as well. http://bit.ly/1AbZ6nj 
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.05.15

 

 

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

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A sergeant was charged with providing false identification information when turning in three guns to a gun give-back program. He became nervous and tried to leave but other officers stopped and questioned him. Upon stopping him, they determined he was carrying a firearm and told him to provide his permit to carry. His identification did not match the name and birthday he provided when turning in the firearms. The three weapons had been reported stolen.   http://ow.ly/Iw4tV
  • Baltimore, Maryland: An officer was reassigned to administrative duty after use-of-force incident against three middle school students. The three female students were taken to the hospital. The police union stated that the use of force was justified, but the investigation is ongoing.  ow.ly/IxLVQ
  • Update: Fort Collins, Colorado (First reported 09-19-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to charges related to stalking a woman. He used police resources to find out where she lived and worked. ow.ly/IxNyY
  • Horry County, South Carolina: An officer was fired after his arrest for DUI. He was driving the wrong way down a state road. http://ow.ly/IytlZ
  • Pasadena, Texas: The school district and school resource officer are being sued by a former student who claims he was beaten with a metal baton for swearing at the officer. http://ow.ly/IyMuy
  • Fayetteville, Arkansas: An officer was placed on paid leave during an investigation into an alleged domestic violence incident at his home.http://ow.ly/IyQQc
  • DeLand, Florida: An officer resigned after being pulled over with a known gang member in his car and marijuana that was found on the floorboard.http://ow.ly/IySHj
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A homicide detective was indicted for obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges. He allegedly lied to investigators and helped his lover flee the jurisdiction. His paramour was wanted for stabbing her husband to death. ow.ly/Izu5G
 
 

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Libertarianism Is On The Verge Of A Political Breakout

 

 

 

 

 

” The spotlight on Rand Paul may help more Americans fully embrace their libertarian ideals

  Rand Paul’s leadership in the Senate – on the budget, regulation, privacy, criminal justice, and foreign policy – and his likely presidential campaign are generating new attention for libertarian ideas.

“ Libertarianism is hot,” headlined the Washington Post in 2013. From an almost-forgotten part of American political culture, libertarianism has grown into a respected and much-discussed political faction and a compelling set of ideas that challenge the conventional wisdom. Tens of millions of Americans are fiscally conservative, socially tolerant, and skeptical of American military intervention.”

 

 

 

 

 

” The growth of the libertarian movement is a product of two factors: the spread of libertarian ideas and sentiments, and the expansion of government during the Bush and Obama administrations, particularly the civil liberties abuses after 9/11 and the bailouts and out-of-control spending after the financial crisis. As one journalist noted in 2009, “The Obama administration brought with it ambitions of a resurgence of FDR and LBJ’s active-state liberalism. And with it, Obama has revived the enduring American challenge to the state.” “

 

 

Now we come to the heart of the matter …

 

 

” In studies that David Kirby and I have published at the Cato Institute on “the libertarian vote,” we have found that only 2 to 4 percent of Americans say that they’re libertarian when asked. But 15 to 20 percent – 30 to 40 million Americans – hold libertarian views on a range of questions. The latest Gallup Governance Survey finds 24 percent of respondents falling into the libertarian quadrant, matching the number of conservatives and liberals and up from 17 percent in 2004 and 23 percent in 2008. And when asked in a Zogby poll if they would define themselves as “fiscally conservative and socially liberal, also known as libertarian,” fully 44 percent of respondents – 100 million Americans – accept the label.”

 

 

 

 

 

   This is America’s innate “live and let live” attitude reasserting itself after being partially extinguished by several generations of all-encompassing Statist media , education , entertainment and public policies .

   After all , there is no political tradition older nor more ingrained into the American psyche than the spirit of libertarianism , and fifty years of historical revisionism on the part of the establishment forces allied in the perpetuation of the Leviathan state have failed in snuffing it out the spark of independence .  

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.04.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 04, 2015:

  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 07-29-14): An officer seen on video stomping on the head of a subdued suspect was indicted for assault and misconduct. ow.ly/Iq792
  • Louisville, KY: An officer who worked as an SRO at a middle school was arrested for assaulting two 13-year-old students. Both incidents were caught on video. He appears to punch one in the face, with injuries that sent the student to the hospital. In a separate incident, he appears to put another student in a choke hold that rendered him unconscious.  The officer cuffed him and took him home without medical treatment and without telling the boy’s parents what happened. According to the news report, the student suffered brain damage from the choke-hold incident.ow.ly/ItJPB
  • Bothell, Washington: An officer working as an SRO at a high school was charged with sexual misconduct for having a sexual relationship with a then-17-year-old student.  ow.ly/Iua73
  • Update: San Antonio, Texas (First reported 07-08-13): An officer who held his wife and children at gunpoint, and had a standoff with police after the incident, pled no contest to disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to one day of probation and ordered to pay a $100 fine. According to the news report, “The plea deal struck out any reference to a gun or family violence,” and thus the officer will retain his peace officer’s license whether or not the SAPD terminates his employment. ow.ly/IufTR
  • Walton County, Georgia: A deputy was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct for his actions that resulted in the death of his girlfriend. ow.ly/IuYCi
  • King County, Washington: A deputy was arrested on domestic violence charges. He has surrendered his weapon and is on leave. ow.ly/IuZsZ
  • Buckeye, Arizona: An officer was cited for DUI and speeding after suffering a motorcycle crash that left him badly injured. ow.ly/IvvTA
  • Update: Park Forest, Illinois: An officer was acquitted of criminal charges for using a succession of beanbag rounds against a 95-year-old WWII veteran. The veteran, who was allegedly wielding a knife, died hours after the incident.   ow.ly/IvBx9
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.03.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, February 3, 2015:

  • New York State Police: A trooper was arrested for DWI after he was in a one-car accident.  http://ow.ly/In1pE
  • Louisville, Kentucky: An officer was arrested for assaulting his wife as they were driving home from a party, causing an accident. When witnesses approached the vehicle to check for injuries, the officer yelled at them before attacking his wife again. One witness subdued the violent and highly intoxicated officer until police arrived on the scene. http://ow.ly/In509
  • Gasconade County, Missouri: A now-former deputy was charged with multiple criminal counts including acceding to corruption, sexual assault, statutory rape, and use of a child in a sexual performance.  http://ow.ly/In8Gy
  • Update: Edwardsville, Illinois (First reported 01-05-15): An officer that had already been arrested earlier this year for a string of robberies faces additional charges, including arson and money laundering.  http://ow.ly/IpTJf
  • Stockton, California: The district attorney filed a complaint against a school police officer for strip-searching a student against department protocol.  http://ow.ly/Iqpnm
  • Miami-Dade, Florida: An officer was arrested and charged with misconduct for lying to investigators about vandalism to his patrol vehicle. The investigation into the damage implicated the officer in a hit-and-run accident, perhaps inside his station’s garage.  ow.ly/IqA9e
  • Update: St. Paul, Minnesota (First reported 06-09-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 30 days in jail for identity theft. Through accounts she set up, she wired money to her incarcerated and gang-affiliated boyfriend under her friend’s name. Her friend was not aware that her name was being used for the illicit transactions. The now-former officer was acquitted of two counts of aggravated forgery. http://ow.ly/IqwpC
  • Miami, Florida: An officer was arrested by the FBI for providing paid protection to an illegal gambling operation. ow.ly/Ir5OK
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01.31.15 To 02.02.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked between Saturday, January 31 and Monday, February 2, 2015:

  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 06-12-12): The City settled a wrongful death suit for $3.9 million. A police officer chased an unarmed 18-year-old man into his home and fatally shot him in 2012. The officer believed the victim, Ramarley Graham, had participated in a drug deal. The U.S. Department of Justice continues to investigate the possibility of civil rights charges against the officer and the department.  http://ow.ly/IgE0D
  • Seattle, Washington: An officer pepper-sprayed an activist walking by and talking on his cell phone at a Martin Luther King Day/Black Lives Matter rally. The man had previously spoken on stage at the rally and appeared to be leaving at the time of the incident. http://ow.ly/IgGUo
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 12-18-14): An officer that had been arrested for domestic violence has been arrested again on new charges of domestic violence as well as kidnapping and intimidation.  http://ow.ly/IhYwx
  • Update: Fairfax, Virginia: According to four police witnesses, John Geer had hands up when he was fatally shot by an officer in 2013. The Washington Post editorialized, “Everyone involved in this case has dropped the ball and dodged responsibility, enabling what now looks like a coverup in a case of police impunity.” http://ow.ly/Ii1zf
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 01-05-15): The police officer who allegedly choked an MTA (subway) conductor was charged with misdemeanor assault. Some critics have complained that assaulting an MTA employee is a felony, and thus the officer’s charge should reflect that.http://ow.ly/IibCA
  • Mission, Texas: A now-former officer and deputy U.S. Marshall pled guilty to fraud charges. He had an “accident only” insurance policy and forged a doctor’s signature on his false claim to the insurance company.  http://ow.ly/Ihawh
  • Update: Detroit, Michigan (First reported 09-27-13): A now-former officer was sentenced to 2-20 years in federal prison for racketeering, fraud, and bribery charges. For a fee, working in cooperation with a financial consultant, he filed false identity-fraud reports to a credit agency in order to raise the credit of the consultant’s clients. Additionally, he improved his own score by filing a report that he was a victim of identity fraud, but under the name of another police officer without that officer’s knowledge.http://ow.ly/ImCRK
  • Jefferson County, Idaho: The sheriff was indicted for misuse of public funds. He allegedly bought personal cell phones for himself and his wife, as well as a lifetime membership to the National Rifle Association.  http://ow.ly/ImIHh
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: An officer was charged with misdemeanor negligent homicide after he was involved in a car crash that resulted in the death of a 79-year-old woman. http://ow.ly/ImZnh
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01.30.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 30, 2015:

  • Fairfax, Virginia: The police use a SWAT team to raid a home poker game and seize 40 percent of the money through asset forfeiture. ow.ly/Id7HW
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: A detective was arrested for attempted sexual assault and battery. The incident allegedly began as a dispute over fees for prostitution and escalated when the detective attempted to retrieve his money. ow.ly/Id9ud
  • Valdosta, Georgia: An officer was arrested on evidence tampering and theft charges. He was fired. He allegedly failed to turn in a shotgun he had collected as evidence.  http://bit.ly/1HMXLZj
  • California Highway Patrol: A now-former officer was sentenced to three years of probation for sending nude photos from arrestees’ phones to himself and others. After arresting female drivers, he would go through their cell phones to find pictures of them and forward them to fellow officers. The two other officers involved were not charged.  ow.ly/Ie4Cm
  • Update: Franklin County, Ohio (First reported: 03-31-14): A now-former deputy pled guilty to possession of child pornography. ow.ly/IejNh
  • Kankakee County, Illinois: A now-former deputy who had once served as president of the state’s chiefs of police pled guilty to fraud and tax evasion. He misused $250,000 from a fund for helicopters. According to the news report, he’ll be sentenced in May for mail fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, and filing false tax returns. ow.ly/IeBfd
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: A now-former officer pled guilty to stealing nearly $160,000 of government funds. The money was a subsidy meant to encourage landlords to rent out their spaces cheaply to those displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The officer filed for the paperwork but did not lower the rates on the properties she rented out, thereby violating the law’s requirements. ow.ly/IePJw
  • Update: Holcomb, Missouri (First reported 05-16-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to failure to execute an arrest warrant, a misdemeanor. He was initially charged with obstruction, a felony, for warning a burglary suspect that she was wanted for arrest. http://ow.ly/IeTDg
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01.29.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 29, 2015:

  • San Francisco, California: A police inspector arrested a public defender for resisting arrest, but video evidence released by the public defenders’ office shows the attorney attempting to advise her client of his constitutional rights.  ow.ly/I9rQm
  • St. Louis, Missouri: An airport policeman was arrested and charged with conspiracy to possess child pornography. ow.ly/I9Lj9
  • Horry County, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for fleeing on foot after he was pulled over for a traffic stop. ow.ly/I9VBb
  • Update: Honolulu, Hawaii (First reported 09-17-14): Sexual assault charges against a police officer have been dropped. The criminal case is closed, but the officer remains on administrative duty without police powers until the internal investigation is concluded.  ow.ly/Ia3TG
  • Seattle, Washington: The police department has apologized to a 69-year-old black man who was arrested for swinging a golf club at a police officer. The dashboard camera footage of the incident did not support the officer’s story. The officer has been reassigned to administrative duty pending an investigation. http://bit.ly/1uJQ5Me
  • Update: Detroit, Michigan (First reported 03-12-13): An officer will not face a third trial for killing a seven-year-old girl during a raid for a murder suspect. The incident happened during a taping of the reality show, “The First 48.” The officer’s two previous trials ended with hung juries. ow.ly/IawcI
  • Edinburg, Texas: An officer resigned after being arrested and charged with selling synthetic marijuana in his novelty store. ow.ly/IaOgc
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for DUI after a traffic accident. No injuries and only minor damage were reported. ow.ly/IaV5n
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01.28.15

 

 

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” These are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 28, 2015:

  • Nolensville, Tennessee: A now-former officer was sentenced to four years of probation and ordered to pay a $1000 fine for official misconduct and tampering with evidence. He solicited inappropriate texts from a minor. ow.ly/I5dpz
  • Miramar, Florida: A federal appeals court upheld a $7,000,000 judgment against two now-former officers. In 1983, the officers coerced a mentally challenged 15-year-old boy to confess to rape and murder and withheld exculpatory evidence in his case. He served 26 years before being exonerated by DNA evidence in 2009.  ow.ly/I5eRY
  • Assumption Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was fired after an arrest for domestic violence. He allegedly threw his wife to the ground repeatedly. When a female deputy responded to the home, he assaulted her and attempted to disarm her.  ow.ly/I63iQ
  • Ogden, Utah: A now-former police officer and Weber-Morgan drug task force agent was arrested for drug distribution. According to the news report, on two occasions, he approached a woman to buy prescription drugs from a third party in exchange for money. The officer, who was then assigned to the narcotics unit, never paid the woman and she subsequently reported him to authorities. One criminal case has already been dismissed and others may be threatened by the officer’s alleged misconduct.ow.ly/I5N7M
  • Stanislaus County, California: A detective was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. ow.ly/I6hlz
  • Chesapeake, Virginia: The City settled a lawsuit for $50,000 brought by a 70-year-old woman who claimed police wrongfully arrested her and slammed her onto the ground in her own home. The City did not accept responsibility in the incident. The officer and now-former officer involved in the incident disputes the plaintiff’s claims, but the body camera evidence submitted in the lawsuit has not been made public. ow.ly/I6iCw
  • Update: Tallahassee, Florida (First reported 10-02-14): The officer who shot a taser into a 61-year-old woman’s back has been suspended for one month without pay. Video of the incident showed the woman walking away and then falling to the ground face-first after the officer tasered her.  ow.ly/I6ubc
 
 

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