National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-17-14

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 17, 2014:

  • Update: Longmont, Colorado (First reported 12-02-14): A now-former police officer who admitted to attempted sexual assault of a woman was sentenced to eight years of sex offender intensive supervise probation. ow.ly/vTT8I
  • Jefferson Parish, Louisiana: A video shows a man pleading with an officer not to shoot him, and asking why he was going to jail. A law professor says it appears his rights were violated while the police department is defending the deputy. ow.ly/vTQ0T
  • Cranston, Rhode Island: A police captain has been fired after a ticket blitz occurred. After three council members voted against a new police contract, tickets were handed out in their three wards. ow.ly/vTPGx
  • Lodi, California: The family of a man shot and killed by police filed a federal lawsuit against the city claiming the officers used excessive force and that they intentionally and recklessly provoked the man, which led to a violent confrontation. ow.ly/vTPgg
  • Radcliff, Kentucky: A boy was arrested for not giving an officer his name. It has led to questions about the First Amendment. ow.ly/vTP3R
  • South Bend, Indiana: A mother is speaking out in what she says is a vicious case of police brutality. She says her son was brutally attacked by a police officer in her driveway. ow.ly/vTOJC
  • Anaheim, California: A lawsuit has been filed alleging the civil rights of a gang member were violated when he was fatally shot by police. The suit questions police versions of events. It says that instead of calling an ambulance, an officer picked up the victim and threw him back onto the ground after he was shot. ow.ly/vTOjk
  • East St. Louis, Illinois: A state trooper is facing felony aggravated battery charges after authorities say he strip-searched a man along the side of a road during a traffic stop. ow.ly/vTLTk
  • Louisville, Kentucky: A detective from a high-profile police unit was charged with official misconduct for allegedly offering help with court cases in exchange for sex and sexually explicit text messages. ow.ly/vTFhB
  • Update: Athens-Clarke, Georgia (First reported 02-16-12): A police officer arranged to have a fellow officer take a bribe from a friend who wanted to buy his way out of a DUI arrest. ow.ly/vTFhB
  • Roseville, Minnesota: Four officers are being sued for excessive force stemming from an incident after a traffic stop. ow.ly/vTz8s
  • Dona Ana, New Mexico: The state police are recommending a sheriff’s deputy be charged with vehicular manslaughter. ow.ly/vTn4q
  • Update: Wilcox County, Alabama (First reported 06-28-14): A sheriff’s deputy was indicted on 8 counts of trafficking cocaine from his patrol car. He plead guilty to several charges. ow.ly/vTfng

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-16-14

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 16, 2014:

  • Ottawa County, Michigan: A woman who says an sheriff’s deputy used excessive force while breaking her arm and dislocating her shoulder will share her story with a U.S. District Court. ow.ly/vRMgD
  • Salt Lake City, Utah: A now-former police officer pled guilty to a felony and a misdemeanor in a plea deal on charges he faked DUI reports and collected thousands of dollars of overtime illegally. ow.ly/vRUJj
  • Long Beach, California: The families of two men shot dead by officers took legal action against the city and the police department, claiming the officers involved used excessive force. ow.ly/vRLD8
  • Hidalgo County, Texas: A police chief pled guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering involving a campaign contribution from a suspected drug trafficker. ow.ly/vRAeN
  • Monroe County, Tennessee: A deputy has been accused of beating his girlfriend. The girlfriend told authorities he punched her several times when he was drunk. ow.ly/vRu5B
  • Marathon County, Wisconsin: A police officer has been arrested on charges of soliciting a prostitute and encouraging probation violations. ow.ly/vRtzA
  • Glendale, New York: An off-duty police officer was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after he allegedly rear-ended another vehicle. ow.ly/vR9Vo
  • Beaufort County, South Carolina: A woman has filed suit. She claims that a police officer made a reckless u-turn and caused an accident. A response denies the officer was negligent and states he was turning around in the road to assist another deputy. ow.ly/vR4a4
  • Dinwiddie, Virginia: An officer was charged with rape, incest and sodomy. “The defense will play up the fact that he was a deputy and served the public but it’s a two-edged sword because prosecutors will say he violated the public’s trust,” said a legal expert. ow.ly/vQWvV
  • Guy, Arkansas: A police officer has been fired after he was arrested on a charge of sexual solicitation of a child. ow.ly/vRVQQ
  • North Mankato, Minnesota: A police detective has been accused of stealing OxyContin and charged with four felony drug counts. ow.ly/vQKWL

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-15-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 15, 2014:

  • Tuckerton, New Jersey: A police corporal surrendered on charges of misconduct and aggravated assault during a police stop. He allegedly allowed his K9 to “unjustifiably” attack and bite a woman. He is also accused of falsifying his police reports to hide the incident and justify his actions. ow.ly/vOHIZ
  • Glenview, Illinois: After their sworn testimony, a lawyer played a police video that contradicted what five officers, three from Chicago and two from Glenview, had said, a furious judge found. ow.ly/vOjuW
  • Update: Woodland Park, New Jersey (First reported 10-02-13): Relatives of a 12-year-old girl who was propositioned by a police officer filed a lawsuit against the department alleging the officer was not properly supervised, ow.ly/vOijD
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer was arrested and preliminarily charged with two counts of battery and one count of residential entry. http://ow.ly/vORai
  • Update: Rensselaer, New York (First reported 03-21-13): A now-former police officer was sentenced to three to nine years in prison. His speeding car slammed into a tree, killing his passenger, while he was drunk. http://ow.ly/vOUkh
  • Wichita, Kansas: Woman who filed suit claims her son was complying with police officer’s order to stop and turn around, raising his hands into the air, when the officer shot at him five or six times, then shot him three more times in the back as he lay on the ground. http://ow.ly/vP3uo
  • Update: Anchorage, Alaska (First reported 11-27-13): A now-former police officer was sentenced for using police resources to share private information with a woman he’d arrested and then started seeing casually. The judge suspended a two-year jail term for the felony, as well as a 90-day sentence for the misdemeanor. The officer will be on probation for 2 years. http://ow.ly/vP21n
  • Timberlake, Ohio: The police chief and another officer have been jailed. A grand jury found the pair stole property or services valued at $7500.00 or more, and used their status as public officials to “aid in committing the offense.” ow.ly/vP4xb

Prosecuted for Recording Bullies?

Disturbing report from the Pittsburgh area (South Fayette).  A 15 yr old high school student was being bullied by several boys in one of his classes.  Sometimes they would hit him with books and different kinds of abuse would occur almost every class.  His mom lodged complaints with the school, but nothing was done about it.

Since the bullying continued, the boy, who also has ADHD, used his iPad to record what his tormenters were doing so he could show his mother.  “I wanted her to understand what I went through,” he said.

Did the school officials say, “Good — this is the proof we needed to mete out discipline” ?   No.  The school officials forced him to erase the recording and then punished the bullying victim with a Saturday detention!

But it gets worse.

The school authorities also call in the police because  there is a “wiretapping” situation.The boy is charged with “disorderly conduct.”  The judge found him guilty and imposed a fine on the family.

The boy’s mom, Shea Love, says “The whole thing has been a horrible nightmare.”   Yes, the classmates, teacher, school officials, police, prosecutor, and judge all seem to have failed.

Go here for the story.

Update: Eugene Volokh has more details on this incident here.

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-12-14 to 04-14-14

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 12, to Monday, April 14, 2014:

  • Chester, West Virginia: A police officer was indicted on one count of displaying obscene matter to a minor, a felony. He allegedly took a nude picture of himself and sent it to a 16-year-old girl. Her mother filed the original complaint. ow.ly/vLWWQ
  • Los Angeles County, California: The sheriffs’ department opened fired and killed a man after they mistook him for a suspect in a stabbing incident. He was actually a victim of the suspect. ow.ly/vLVwg
  • Adams County, Colorado: A deputy was arrested on child sex assault allegations. ow.ly/vLV0u
  • Update: Brusly, Louisiana (First reported 02-07-14): The police chief has been indicted with one count of malfeasance in office and one count of theft over $500. Both are felonies. ow.ly/vLT1C
  • Annapolis, Maryland: A police officer has been suspended after he was charged with second-degree assault in an alleged domestic dispute. ow.ly/vLCY8
  • Sandusky, Ohio: A state trooper has been indicted on a charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. The officer has denied the allegations. ow.ly/vLxgG
  • Update: Los Angeles, California (First reported 02-19-14): A police officer convicted of perjury and conspiracy after lying about the details of an arrest in court was sentenced to community labor and three years’ formal probation. ow.ly/vLvCg
  • Lake County, Oregon: A sheriff’s deputy has turned himself in following an investigation that he had a sexual relationship with a missing teenage girl. He resigned following the revelation of the investigation. ow.ly/vLwml
  • Update: Newport News, Virginia (First reported 04-10-14): A police officer already charged in a domestic violence case was arrested again. He was charged with violating a protective order. ow.ly/vGsK7
  • Whitehouse, Texas: A woman claims she was unfairly arrested for failing to stop for a police officer. She says the cop was acting suspicious and she felt threatened, so she walked away from him. He then tackled and arrested her for walking on the wrong side of the road. http://ow.ly/vMwHE
  • North Charleston, South Carolina: The family of a teenager who was shot by police has filed an excessive force lawsuit. The suit says the officer shot the boy in the back while he was running away, and then, after running up to him laying on the ground, fired another seven shots while “quite literally hovering over him.” http://ow.ly/vMzKc
  • Denton County, Texas: A sheriff’s deputy has been charged with official oppression and theft after being accused of stealing $1,700 in cash from two men while in uniform. http://ow.ly/vMFCy
  • Mobile, Alabama: A police officer is being punished after a shooting incident left one dog dead and another wounded in their owner’s fenced backyard. http://ow.ly/vMGBI

Video Contradicts Testimony of 5 Chicago Cops

From the Chicago Tribune:

One by one, five police officers took the witness stand at the Skokie courthouse late last month for what would typically be a routine hearing on whether evidence in a drug case was properly obtained.

But in a “Perry Mason” moment rarely seen inside an actual courtroom, the inquiry took a surprising turn when the suspect’s lawyer played a police video that contradicted the sworn testimony of the five officers — three from Chicago and two from Glenview, a furious judge found.

Cook County Circuit Judge Catherine Haberkorn suppressed the search and arrest, leading prosecutors to quickly dismiss the felony charges. All five officers were later stripped of their police powers and put on desk duty pending internal investigations. And the state’s attorney’s office is looking into possible criminal violations, according to spokeswoman Sally Daly.

“Obviously, this is very outrageous conduct,” a transcript of the March 31 hearing quoted the judge, a former county prosecutor, as saying. “All officers lied on the stand today. … All their testimony was a lie. So there’s strong evidence it was conspiracy to lie in this case, for everyone to come up with the same lie. … Many, many, many, many times they all lied.”

What would have happened here had there been no video?   What about other cases handled by these cops?   Was this the very first instance of dishonesty?

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-11-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 11, 2014:

  • Knox County, Tennessee: A lieutenant has been charged in connection to a rape investigation conducted by The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. A grand jury indicted the officer on a set of criminal counts, including rape of a child, statutory rape by an authority figure, and incest. ow.ly/vHte0
  • Update: Plainfield, New Jersey (First reported 02-02-12): An officer threatened a woman with a five-year prison term unless she took off some of her clothes. The officer, still in his police uniform, masturbated as she did so. She was secretly videoing him during the incident; a jury convicted him of second-degree official misconduct and fourth-degree criminal sexual assault. He was sentenced to six years in prison. ow.ly/vHr34
  • Plymouth, Massachusetts: One police officer has been demoted and another fired in the wake of two off-duty motor vehicle accidents. The first agreed to a demotion in rank and an undisclosed suspension. The other officer was fired for not cooperating with an internal investigation of the accidents. ow.ly/vHnM8
  • Buckner, Missouri: The police chief is suspected of assaulting his 17-year-old son. The sheriff’s office said he was charged with one count of domestic violence assault. ow.ly/vGMRj
  • Country Club Hills, Illinois: The city will pay $700,000 to settle a federal lawsuit claiming a police officer wrongfully shot a teenager who then spent 14 months in jail before he was found not guilty of attempted murder. ow.ly/vGK8a
  • Redondo Beach, California: A woman has filed suit, alleging police violated her civil rights to free speech, to freedom of association, unreasonable search and seizure, the constitutional right to petition the government for regressive grievances, and the right to freedom of commerce in the purchase and possession of a legal substance for medical needs. ow.ly/vGIot
  • St. John’s County, Florida: Police who unlawfully recorded conversations between an attorney and her client were properly denied immunity, the 11th Circuit ruled. ow.ly/vGFwf
  • Seabrook, New Hampshire: One of three police officers investigated after a YouTube video showed alleged brutality against a teenager at the police station could face a maximum of two to five years in state prison. ow.ly/vGwVA
  • Plum Borough, Pennsylvania: A fired police officer was arrested on a charge of unlawful use of a computer. He is accused of accessing files while on duty. ow.ly/vF2XN

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-10-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 10, 2014:

  • Update: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (First reported 10-07-13):  A police officer accused of using excessive force on a man in handcuffs has been found guilty of misconduct in office. He could face three years in prison on the misconduct charge. ow.ly/vF2ET
  • Goldsboro, North Carolina: An 18-year police veteran has been charged with 12 felony sex offenses and subsequently fired from the police department. These charges include five counts of statutory rape/sex offense of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old; four counts of indecent liberties with a child; and three counts of sex offense in a parental role. ow.ly/vERWc
  • Carteret Co, North Carolina: A deputy has resigned after crashing his vehicle and being charged with DWI. ow.ly/vEP5e
  • Update: Markham, Illinois (Previously reported 11-06-13): A now-former Deputy Police Chief was sentenced to five years in prison for lying to FBI agents who were investigating an allegation that the officer sexually abused a woman in his police station office. ow.ly/vEJCj
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: The U.S. Justice Department charged that an investigation of the Albuquerque police force found that the department “engages in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force, including deadly force.” ow.ly/vEJ6w
  • Stamford, Connecticut: The city of has agreed to pay $230,000 to settle a lawsuit by a woman who accused a city police officer of punching her, attorneys for the woman and city said. ow.ly/vEp0f
  • Miami-Dade, Florida: A police officer was arrested on drunken driving charges after he caused a crash that injured two children, according to an arrest report. ow.ly/vEo0C
  • Newport News, Virginia: A police officer facing felony charges after police say he threatened to burn down his home has been arrested again for violating a protective order. ow.ly/vE5Fu
  • Mountlake Terrace, Washington: A commander who oversees the patrol division of the is now on administrative leave, after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence. ow.ly/vCZhS
  • Murfreesboro, Tennessee: The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested a police officer and charged him with official misconduct and misuse of official information. ow.ly/vCSJp

Peculiar Police Ticketing

From NBC 10 News:

Months after the NBC 10 I-Team revealed a parking ticket blitz in Cranston, Mayor Allan Fung on Thursday called for the firing of one of the city’s top police officers.

“Today we are announcing a recommendation, that is a recommendation of termination for Cranston Police Capt. Stephen Antonucci,” Fung said.

Fung said a state police investigation found it was Capt. Stephen Antonucci who ordered patrol officers to hand out more than 100 parking tickets.

All of the tickets were handed out in wards 1 and 3 after those council members voted against a new police contract.

Hmm.

Albuquerque Police: There is a Pattern of Excessive Force

CNN:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, police officers killed a 19-year-old as he “lay motionless on his back,” an unarmed drugstore robber who was walking away from officers and a 25-year-old veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who threatened to shoot himself in the head.

So says the U.S. Justice Department, which on Thursday issued a report lambasting the Albuquerque Police Department for a longstanding history of police brutality and unnecessary deadly force….

“For too long, Albuquerque officers have faced little scrutiny from their superiors in carrying out this fundamental responsibility,” the report says. “Despite the efforts of many committed individuals, external oversight is broken and has allowed the department to remain unaccountable to the communities it serves.”

To conduct its review, the Justice Department “reviewed thousands of pages of documents, including written policies and procedures, internal reports, data, video footage, and investigative files,” the report says. It also interviewed command staff, rank-and-file officers and community members, and held four community meetings where residents “provided their accounts of encounters with officers.”

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