National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-31-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 31, 2015:

  • Tate County, Mississippi: A deputy was indicted by a federal grand jury for abusing a pre-trial detainee. ow.ly/L1xA7
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation: A now-former agent was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He pled guilty to 11 charges of bribery and obstruction of justice. He was part of a broader scheme to obstruct an investigation into defense contract kickbacks.  ow.ly/L1Jo3
  • Update: University of Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX) (First reported 01-06-15): A now-former officer will not be indicted in shooting death of a student. ow.ly/L1QCM
  • San Francisco, California: Sheriff’s deputies are accused of forcing inmates into ‘gladiator style’ fights. Four deputies have been reassigned from the jail pending an investigation. ow.ly/L20Ro
  • Update: Cherokee, Georgia (First reported 03-23-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to serve one year of probation, pay a $500 fine, and pay over $1,800 in restitution for taking paid leave under false pretenses.  ow.ly/L21FZ
  • Euharlee, Georgia: The chief and assistant chief of police were fired and arrested for theft of government funds and violating their oaths of office. ow.ly/L22HV
  • Indio, California: An officer is being investigated for releasing confidential information. ow.ly/L23OX
  • Update: Winston County, Alabama (First reported 06-05-14): A now-former deputy was sentenced to three years and nine months for extorting a woman to cook methamphetamine. ow.ly/L2OEC
  • Indiana Excise Police: An officer was arrested for sexual misconduct with a minor. ow.ly/L2Q6l

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-28-15 to 03-30-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, March 28 through Monday, March 30, 2015:

  • Inkster, Michigan: Recently released dashcam footage shows an officer punching black man he already had in chokehold 12 times during a traffic stop. ow.ly/KTVB2
  • Update: Madison, Alabama (First reported 02-11-15): The now-former officer who seriously injured and Indian national has been indicted by federal grand jury. ow.ly/KXgzr
  • Update: Independence, Missouri (First reported 09-17-14): A now-former officer was indicted on federal civil rights charges for violating the rights of a minor. The officer allegedly tased the minor despite not being threatened and then deliberately dropping the minor head-first onto the ground, causing injury.  ow.ly/KXgKX
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An officer arrested for driving his police cruiser while intoxicated. The arresting officer noticed him trying to park his cruiser and realized it had three flat tires and bent rims. He allegedly resisted arrest when he was being booked. This is his second arrest—he had been arrested and fired for assaulting his girlfriend but was reinstated after the charges were dropped. http://bit.ly/1NFejlr
  • Update: Greece, New York (First reported 09-25-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to child pornography possession. ow.ly/KXiiQ
  • Drug Enforcement Agency and Secret Service: Two federal agents have been charged with wire fraud and money laundering in connection with the high-profile case against Silk Road. According to the investigative news report, “[The Secret Service agent] is accused of placing $800,000 of Silk Road bitcoins he obtained in a personal account on the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange. … [The DEA agent] allegedly took hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin payments from the Silk Road as part of his undercover investigation and transferred them to a personal account rather than confiscate them as government property. He’s also accused of secretly working for the bitcoin exchange firm CoinMKT, using his DEA powers to seize a customer’s funds from the exchange, and later using a subpoena to the payment firm Venmo to try to unlock his frozen funds there. He put the Bitcoin in a personal account instead of turning it over to evidence. He allegedly also tipped-off Silk Road as to the progress of the investigation against them.”  http://ow.ly/KZv5O
  • Idaho State Police: A major was arrested for misdemeanor DUI and placed on leave. http://ow.ly/KZstj
  • Falmouth, Kentucky: A now-former chief was indicted for theft. He allegedly took $10,000 from a drug task force and also sold a firearm purchased with government funds for his own profit.  http://ow.ly/KZyws

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-27-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 27, 2015:

  • Fresno, California: A deputy chief was arrested on federal drug distribution charges. ow.ly/KSmAY
  • Brooklyn, Illinois: A now-former detective is accused of mishandling evidence. The department is now being investigated for broader infractions. ow.ly/KSmZS
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for repeated sexual assaults on a minor. He allegedly met the 16-year-old victim at the church where he was also pastor. ow.ly/KSvyP
  • Burlington, Vermont: An officer was arrested for domestic assault. ow.ly/KTeHh
  • Update: Carencro, Louisiana (First reported 02-12-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to federal extortion charges for protecting a prostitution and drug ring operating in a gentlemen’s club. ow.ly/KToRS
  • Marshall County, Alabama: Three deputies were arrested for criminal mischief. They’re accused of destroying campaign signs of the current sheriff’s opponent. ow.ly/KTrOb
  • New Jersey State Police: A trooper was charged with assault for kicking a suspect in the head when he was handcuffed and on the ground. http://bit.ly/1ytwce9
  • Algona, Washington: The now-former interim police chief was arrested for stealing from a law enforcement youth program. ow.ly/KTSTU

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-26-15

Here are the six reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 26, 2015:

  • Thibodaux, Louisiana: An officer pled guilty to reckless driving in Florida. He was originally charged with DUI. http://ow.ly/KOnq4
  • Omaha, Nebraska: An officer resigned after he was involved in a fatal shooting at a robbery scene. This was his second on-duty shooting. A grand jury declined to indict so there will be no criminal charges filed.  http://ow.ly/KOnXG
  • Update: Williamsburg County, South Carolina (First report 02-21-14): The now-former sheriff was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. He was found guilty of fraud for filing false stolen identity reports. A credit agency “suppressed over $11 million in trade liens and public debt from over 130 consumer credit reports that falsely and fraudulently improved credit histories and scores.”  http://ow.ly/KOofr
  • Montville Township, Ohio: An officer was convicted on one of two charges of animal cruelty for leaving his K-9 partner in a hot car. The K-9 died. The officer was sentenced to pay a $500 fine. He was suspended by the department for two weeks for violating procedures.  http://ow.ly/KOoOj
  • Olmstead Township, Ohio: An officer pled not guilty to a DUI charge. He failed a field sobriety test. http://ow.ly/KOpjw
  • New Haven, Connecticut: An officer was placed on administrative duty after video of his takedown of a 15-year-old girl sparked protests. http://ow.ly/KOq1r

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-25-15

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

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

Arizona Considers Controversial Law

From the New York Times:

PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey has until Monday to decide whether to sign or veto a bill requiring state agencies to keep confidential for 60 days the identities of law enforcement officers involved in deadly or serious shootings.

The bill, which passed the State Senate by a large margin on Tuesday, follows what supporters said were threats against officers here after two recent shootings as well as concerns raised by events in Ferguson, Mo., where Officer Darren Wilson fled his home after being identified as the officer who shot an unarmed black teenager.

After Ferguson, the issue of officer identification has become “one of the most emotional issues in American policing,” said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, which conducts research on law enforcement policy and convenes meetings of police leaders….

“Police officers have this extraordinary power,” she said, “and when they decide to use their weapon and to shoot, the public has the right to know who the officer was. That kind of transparency provides the strongest form of oversight,” she said.

But without stronger protective rules, law enforcement agencies are sometimes too quick to identify officers, putting them at unnecessary risk, said John Ortolano, a highway patrol officer and president of the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police, which supports the legislation.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-24-15

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

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

Philadelphia Police Shootings

From the New York Times:

WASHINGTON — Roughly once a week, 390 times over the past eight years, Philadelphia police officers opened fire at a suspect. The shootings involved 454 officers, most of them on patrol. Almost always, the suspects were black. Often, the officers were, too.

Fifty-nine suspects were unarmed. Officers frequently said they thought the men — and they were almost always men — were reaching for a weapon, when they were actually doing something like holding a cellphone.

The statistics were laid out in a Justice Department report on Monday, which does not allege racial discrimination but offers an unusually deep look at the use of lethal force inside a major city police department, including information on the race of officers and suspects. It is the kind of data that has been nearly absent from the debate over police tactics that began last summer with a deadly shooting in Ferguson, Mo.

Only a handful of major departments regularly publish statistics on police shootings, and those that do are not always consistent. That makes comparing the records of police departments difficult. But even with such spotty figures, Philadelphia stands out when compared with the public data in other cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. In many years, Philadelphia saw more police shootings than New York, a city with five times the number of residents and officers.

“I want to express regrets for all who have been shot and killed in Philadelphia — civilian and police officers,” Mayor Michael A. Nutter said at a news conference Monday.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-23-15

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

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-20-15

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

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

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