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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-28-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, July 28, 2016:

  • Update: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (First reported 03-25-15): An officer who was fired for his role in the shooting death of Dontre Hamilton lost his appeal for reinstatement. Although the shooting itself was ruled justified, the confrontation that led to the shooting was not and was the cause for which he was fired. ow.ly/V8MI302EZhr
  • Pender County, North Carolina: A deputy was arrested for groping a woman while he was on duty and charged with sexual battery. He was fired. ow.ly/Q4f0302F0FY
  • Williamsburg County, South Carolina: A deputy arrested was for aggravated assault and battery for actions against a man and a female minor. ow.ly/eaHu302F1fg
  • Update: Broward County, Florida (First reported 12-11-15): A deputy’s manslaughter charges for killing Jermaine McBean were dismissed under the state’s Stand Your Ground law. The prosecutor intends to refile in the case. ow.ly/treX302Ht7o
  • San Francisco, California: An officer was arrested for illegal possession and manufacturing of an assault weapon. ow.ly/WXMn302FcuI
  • McAllen, Texas: Two officers resigned in the wake of a videoed excessive force action against a handcuffed arrestee. ow.ly/mOgI302Fg1s
  • Update: Anne Arundel County, Maryland (First reported 04-11-16): The sheriff was acquitted of assaulting his wife. ow.ly/5tM7302FQwL
  • Update: Westhampton Beach, New York (First reported 02-03-14): An officer had his stalking charge dropped after almost two and a half years of unpaid suspension. ow.ly/38nI302Hrtc
  • Update: Fort Worth, Texas (First reported 06-10-16): A detective was fired for mishandling multiple cases in crimes against children unit. ow.ly/Fy4u302HuXD

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-27-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 27, 2016:

  • Chicago, Illinois: The City’s Independent Police Review Authority ruled that the CPD shooting of Antwon Golatte was unjustified. ow.ly/2NMd302DA4p
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 05-01-15): The officers who were awaiting trial for killing Freddie Gray had their charges dropped by the prosecutor.  http://bsun.md/2aK4Vjw
  • Update: Grand Traverse County, Michigan (First reported 05-17-16): A now-former deputy was sentenced to 69 days (time served) for child pornography charges related to him sexting with a teenage girl. ow.ly/aSBL302DAUY
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: An officer was arrested for DUI. ow.ly/hoE3302DBeQ
  • Update: Decatur County, Georgia (First reported 06-17-15): The County settled a civil suit with a victim of police violence and cover-up for $200,000. ow.ly/H3h2302DBMi
  • Update: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (El Paso, TX): The agency agreed to pay $475,000 to a New Mexico woman for her unlawful cavity search and subsequently billing her for it. ow.ly/jFnQ302DCIS
  • York County, Pennsylvania: A deputy was charged with simple assault, false imprisonment, and harassment for a domestic violence incident. ow.ly/D8rA302DCWH
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for DUI after crashing his SUV into a backyard of a home. ow.ly/mAKv302EFD4
  • Arlington, Washington: An officer was fired for destroying evidence related to an internal investigation against him. ow.ly/Vr3R302EYCN

 

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-26-16

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, July 26, 2016:

  • Laurel, Montana: An officer was arrested for allegedly beating his girlfriend. ow.ly/bIz5302Chgc
  • New Haven, Connecticut: The chief was suspended for 15 days for berating a waitress and other actions unbecoming an officer. ow.ly/fL6u302Co3i
  • Love County, Oklahoma: The sheriff was arrested for harboring a fugitive and allowing drug use in his home. The case is before a grand jury. ow.ly/jAOQ302CoBm
  • Update: Reynoldsburg, Ohio (First reported 02-19-16): An officer was suspended as part of an ongoing investigation into falsified warrants and embezzlement. ow.ly/bEOZ302Cp1R
  • Whitehouse, Texas: An officer resigned while under IAD investigation for sexual impropriety, including harassing a female gas station attendant. ow.ly/uptV302CpZ5
  • Massachusetts State Police: A trooper was indicted on a bevy of rape and assault charges. ow.ly/TXR2302CqD7
  • Ottawa County, Ohio: A deputy was suspended and demoted for threatening an officer responding to a domestic disturbance call at his home. According to the report, the deputy has a history of suspensions for misconduct.  ow.ly/ijCt302Cryf
  • Update: Covert Township, Michigan (First reported 07-21-16): An officer was charged with sexual assault and kidnapping after attacking the female passenger of a DUI suspect. ow.ly/R0KQ302Ct4i
  • Tucson, Arizona: An officer was arrested after being found slumped over the wheel in a car that had struck parked vehicles while off duty. ow.ly/eJUU302CvjM
  • Horry County, South Carolina: A federal judge accepted two of three lawsuits filed by female (now-former) inmates who participated in catfights for money at the behest of a now-former detective. ow.ly/6dQj302Cudx
  • Update: Harris County, Texas (First reported 06-08-16): An officer’s firing for having sex with a female witness in the investigation of his colleague’s murder was upheld. ow.ly/JC7F302Cw9B
  • Gary, Indiana: An officer was placed on leave after his domestic violence arrest. ow.ly/XAkc302Cx3U
  • Pinellas County, Florida: A deputy who was previously fired from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office for DUI resigned after another DUI arrest. ow.ly/dY5a302Cxxd
  • Providence, Rhode Island: The City settled two lawsuits. One suit was brought by a man who was beaten unconscious by police. That settlement was for $255,000. The second suit was filed by an officer who claimed he and his son were racially profiled and arrested without cause. That settlement was for $50,000.  ow.ly/Ufo0302Cytb
  • Washington (DC) Metropolitan Area Transit Authority: An officer pled guilty to assault for pulling his service weapon during a road rage incident. ow.ly/5wzA302CA6y
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: An officer pled not guilty to insurance fraud and arson charges. ow.ly/YBz1302CAGG

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-25-16

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, July 25, 2016:

  • West Linn, Oregon: An officer was suspended after referring to Black Lives Matter protesters as “target practice” on Facebook. ow.ly/ElC6302yvX1
  • Update: Santa Ana, California (First reported 06-12-15): Three officers who were criminally charged for theft and other misconduct during a raid on a marijuana dispensary are no longer with the department. ow.ly/2rcQ302w7yJ
  • Cotton Plant, Arkansas: The chief was arrested and fired for pocketing civil fines that had been turned in to him. ow.ly/hoI3302yviK
  • Update: Bald Knob, Arkansas (First reported 03-16-16): The now-former police chief was given six months of house arrest and three years of probation for possession of a stolen gun. His plea agreement also ordered that he must reimburse an insurance company $12,000 for a truck fire to avoid arson charges. He can never work in law enforcement again. ow.ly/TFcc302yw7b
  • Nashville, Tennessee: An officer was suspended five weeks for making sexual comments to school employees when he served as SRO. He has been transferred out of school details. ow.ly/FsF0302ywl4
  • Update: Taylorville, Illinois (First reported 07-08-16): An officer was fired after his arrest for domestic battery. ow.ly/z6eW302ywIH
  • Update: Providence, Rhode Island (First reported 10-02-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to criminal charges for stealing from evidence. He was sentenced to seven years of incarceration. He will serve one year in home confinement and the remaining six years of his sentence was suspended. He will spend that time on probation. ow.ly/Vx3T302yx56
  • Update: Bullitt County, Kentucky (First reported 12-17-15): A now-former deputy was found guilty of civil rights violations for retaliating against a man who insulted him by breaking into his home, tasing him, and then falsely arresting him. He is scheduled to be sentenced October 17th.  ow.ly/G8Xd302yxkH
  • Spokane County, Washington: A deputy was fired for having a sexual relationship with a suspect who had an outstanding warrant. ow.ly/5kuX302yxC1
  • Martin County, North Carolina: A deputy was fired for having inappropriate relationships with two female (now-former) inmates. ow.ly/vUM6302yxQE
  • Manchester, Ohio: An officer was terminated for misrepresenting his arrest history. ow.ly/xbCd302yy6x
  • Trenton, New Jersey: The City settled two excessive force lawsuits for a total of $218,000 ow.ly/neG5302yyvs
  • Columbia County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for smuggling tobacco into jail for a friend who had been arrested. ow.ly/jXxq302yyGx
  • Update: Utah State Police (First reported 10-15-12): The State settled lawsuits with people who had been wrongly arrested for DUI by a now-former trooper who made a number of flawed arrests for $200,000. ow.ly/JxP2302yyZ9
  • Mount Hope, West Virginia: An officer was arrested for stalking her ex-girlfriend in Fayette County. ow.ly/dJxi302At2F
  • Sumter County, Alabama: The sheriff is undergoing an impeachment trial for misconduct and mismanagement of jail. ow.ly/F6fS302Atvt
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts: An officer was placed on leave after his arrest for assaulting a restaurant employee. ow.ly/cEdW302AtLT
  • Cherokee County, Georgia: A deputy confessed to stealing prescription drugs from evidence after his arrest for the crime. ow.ly/LJi3302AKWQ

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-22-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 22, 2016:

  • Pocomoke City, Maryland: A lieutenant and a now-former chief were charged with conspiracy and misconduct for interfering in an investigation. ow.ly/2X0R302tKn3
  • San Mateo, California: An officer was charged with 22 counts of rape and other sexual assaults on duty over more than two years.ow.ly/z3nm302uhkS
  • Austin, Texas: Two officers have been placed under investigation after a video of questionable and violent 2015 arrest of a female African-American teacher emerges. One officer said that the reason blacks are treated more harshly is because they have “violent tendencies.” ow.ly/L0Xs302ui4W
  • Update: Edison, New Jersey (First reported 04-01-14) officer who has been suspended since 2014 for criminal retaliation against an officer in another jurisdiction has been awarded unemployment benefits. His criminal trial is slated for September 2016. ow.ly/EkjJ302uirD
  • Update: Reading, Pennsylvania (First reported 05-26-16): An officer had tampering, false reporting, and criminal mischief charges that had been dismissed refiled against him. He is accused of seizing and smashing the phone of a bystander who recorded him in the course of his duties. ow.ly/xXcc302uiGg
  • Santa Fe County, New Mexico: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence against his wife. ow.ly/CkeO302uiP4
  • Citrus County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for solicitation and fired. ow.ly/lCmw302uiV6
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: An officer was charged with taking “upskirt” pictures of women, including during traffic stops.ow.ly/ngvW302uj2t
  • Update: Orangeburg County, South Carolina (First reported 07-01-16): A now-former deputy was charged with felony misconduct for orally raping a woman by threatening her with her boyfriend’s arrest if she did not comply. ow.ly/Xn5u302ujap

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-21-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, July 21, 2016:

  • North Miami, Florida: An officer shot Charles Kinsey, a health care worker who was lying on the ground with his hands up attempting to aid an autistic man. Kinsey survived. By his account, when he asked the officer why he shot him, the officer replied “I don’t know.” ow.ly/uEhL302sYIo
  • Covert Township, Michigan: An officer was accused of sexually assaulting an arrested driver’s girlfriend. He has resigned. ow.ly/a0ur302sXS7
  • Silver City, New Mexico: The City will not terminate officers for a botched DWI investigation of a district attorney who was cited for reckless driving. ow.ly/3TWa302t8A7
  • Yorktown, Texas: The chief and one lieutenant have been suspended. The chief is accused of having a woman show him her breasts on a number of occasions in exchange for community service credit. The lieutenant was allegedly present when this happened on at least two occasions. ow.ly/D2Iw302t9ek
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida: An officer was arrested for breaking into her ex-boyfriend’s home and causing $5,000 in damages. The ex-boyfriend is also the former mayor. ow.ly/rntD302taLv
  • Loudon County, Virginia: A deputy was charged with misdemeanor domestic assault. ow.ly/7bY7302tdFv
  • Dane County, Wisconsin: A deputy was fired and charged with five criminal counts for bringing contraband to jail inmate with whom she had a relationship. ow.ly/T9xq302teyn
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: A metro officer was arrested for DUI and three hit-and-run crashes on I-15. ow.ly/1ULR302thKB
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 07-07-16): The City is being sued for wrongful death by the widow of Delrawn Small, who was killed by an off-duty officer in an alleged road rage incident. ow.ly/PrLA302ttWj

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-20-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for July 20, 2016:

  • New York, New York: An officer was charged with eight criminal counts for a DUI incident in which he ran onto a sidewalk, killing one and injuring three other pedestrians. ow.ly/EPsA302qC7M
  • Update: Massachusetts and New Hampshire State Police (First reported 05-12-16): One trooper from each department was charged with assault for actions after an interstate chase ended with the video-recorded beating of a driver on live television. ow.ly/Gfey302qCBL
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer was arrested for DUI after an off-duty crash. ow.ly/tt8z302qE42
  • Pittsylvania County, Virginia: A deputy was arrested for DUI. He is no longer with the department. ow.ly/nT04302qGyD
  • Fort Pierce, Florida: The chief was suspended five days for intimidating a restauranteur. A City memo recommended suspension or termination for the incident. ow.ly/Q43r302qIcJ
  • Lee County, Florida: Several deputies are accused of seizing a bystander’s phone without a warrant. ow.ly/YeWu302qJ5g
  • Tulsa County, Oklahoma: The now-former sheriff Stanley Glanz pled no contest to charges for refusing to release information regarding the qualifications and training of his friend, Robert Bates, who became a reserve deputy. Bates was convicted for killing Eric Harris during a chase on foot. Glanz was given a one-year suspended sentence. ow.ly/QUCw302qKoK
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: An officer who was involved in the in-custody death of Derek Williams has been fired for undisclosed reasons. No one from the Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee Police Association, or the Fire and Police Commission would say whether termination relates to the Williams case or a disputed duty disability claim. ow.ly/aH25302rk4L
  • Mandan, North Dakota: An officer was arrested for breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s garage. He was fired. ow.ly/s45G302rl95

Is There a War on Police?

Heather MacDonald, who is based at the Manhattan Institute, has a new book out titled, The War on Cops.  Is there a war?  John Stossel notes that the “war on cops” narrative is overblown: “‘War’ means killing.  The attack on officers in Dallas was despicable, but, even including those five deaths, it is still safer to be a cop today than in years past.  According to FBI records, 2015 was one of the safest years ever recorded.”

MacDonald seems to recognize that.  Her primary aim is to push back against the critics of the criminal justice system.  She says we need more proactive policing and stricter incarceration practices to protect our cities from what she calls “mass destruction.”  I have a review of the book over at Reason and outline several problems with MacDonald’s thesis.

Here’s an excerpt:

In 2013, a federal district court ruled that the NYPD’s [stop & frisk] tactics were unconstitutional. The court noted that cops were evaluated by their “productivity”—that is, finding contraband and making arrests. Officers were not disciplined for stops that turned up nothing, and innocent persons had no practical legal recourse for brief detentions and patdowns of their clothing. Thus, the police had job pressures to stop a lot of people, suspicious or not, to see what might turn up. That helps to explain why, of the 4.4 million police stops between January 2004 and June 2012, there was no further action taken, such as an arrest or summons, in a whopping 88 percent. Mac Donald does not address these points.

That 88 percent might actually be an underestimate, because the police do not necessarily file the proper paperwork where a questionable stop turns up nothing. Recall that when NYPD officers roughed up former tennis pro James Blake last year in a case of mistaken identity, they did not report the encounter. As far as police records showed, it never happened. Fortuitously, the incident was captured by a hotel security camera and Blake’s wife urged him not to drop the matter, arguing that it would highlight a type of abuse that black men had been complaining about.

Read the whole thing.  Related items here, here, and here.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-19-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, July 19, 2016:

  • East Providence, Rhode Island: An officer was charged with simple assault after a domestic violence incident. ow.ly/B5gt302ogiy
  • Update: La Crosse, Wisconsin (First reported 06-21-16): An officer who was arrested for OWI and hit-and-run has resigned. ow.ly/FlfH302ohe0
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: An officer was charged with third-degree assault and unauthorized entry of a vehicle after off-duty road rage incident. His trial is set for September 12. ow.ly/8oXP302ohMr
  • Update: Mission, Texas (First reported 07-21-15): A now-former officer who also served as a DEA task force member was found guilty of cocaine distribution conspiracy. He and another man plotted to steal 15 kilograms of cocaine from dealers under the guise of a legal seizure. ow.ly/t7L3302oiwR
  • Sunbury, Pennsylvania: An officer was suspended for inappropriate Taser use against a man. ow.ly/GiLp302ojju
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was suspended after pursuing a suspect going the wrong way down I-35. ow.ly/ixdM302ok7R
  • Fort Worth, Texas: An officer was charged with domestic violence after he pulled a gun on his girlfriend in February. He was fired last week. ow.ly/jtQl302ol50
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: The officer who killed a fellow officer in a friendly fire incident will not be indicted. ow.ly/dIJw302om0A
  • Terre Haute, Indiana: An officer was fired after his arrest for DUI after driving through an Air National Guard base gate. ow.ly/Eu7o302omB8

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-18-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, July 18, 2016:

  • Update: Atlanta, Georgia (First reported 07-14-16): A now-former officer was charged with murder and related charges for fatally shooting Deravis Rogers while on duty. ow.ly/cNYk302klKg
  • New York, New York: An officer pled guilty to exploiting children and buying child pornography. ow.ly/bGqx302lRCT
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 05-01-15):  Lt. Brian Rice has been acquitted of all charges for his role in the death of Freddie Gray. http://bsun.md/29TpTiC
  • Santa Barbara, California: An officer was charged with workers’ compensation fraud. ow.ly/2M3B302lSEP
  • Laurens, South Carolina: An officer has been suspended for misconduct. He allegedly used a racial slur, drove drunk, and was involved in a domestic dispute while off duty and in the presence of other officers. ow.ly/TtRV302me6v
  • Update: Colfax County, New Mexico (First reported 03-06-15): A now-former deputy pled guilty to drug trafficking and theft for extorting suspected drug dealers. ow.ly/aFUs302mpl1
  • Barnwell City, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for domestic assault. The victim has subsequently asked for the charges to be dropped. ow.ly/BMDq302muAW
  • University of Maryland: An officer was suspended after inappropriately pepper-spraying and arresting a person at a party after officers received a false call about a fight and weapons at the predominantly black student party. ow.ly/B59m302myJd
  • Update: Los Angeles County, California (First reported 02-11-16): A now-former sheriff’s plea deal has been rejected by a judge. The judge said that the sentence of six months in jail was too lenient. ow.ly/YPkw302mM1y
  • Update: Union County, Arkansas (First reported06-13-16):  A now-former deputy has his trial date for August 10.. He is accused of child pornography possession. ow.ly/t55V302mzgG

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