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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 08-29-16

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, August 29, 2016:

  • California Highway Patrol: An officer was arrested for secretly recording a victim by placing a hidden camera at her home.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer was placed on administrative duty after he was recorded striking a handcuffed female suspect.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged for repeatedly assaulting and threatening the life of his
  • Jackson, Mississippi: An officer was fired after a video showed him solicit a female for sex while he sat in his police car. The female is rumored to be 17 years old, but that hasn’t been confirmed.
  • Grovetown Department of Public Safety, Georgia: An officer was fired after being caught drunk on the job.
  • Update: Bloomington, Illinois (First reported 06-25-14): An officer appealed his firing. He was previously charged and acquitted of misconduct charges for writing fake tickets to meet a departmental quota.
  • New York, New York: An officer was suspended after his friends were involved in a fight that resulted in serious injury in an off-duty incident. The department is looking into the incident to see if the officer should have intervened sooner and whether criminal charges should be filed.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: A man was acquitted of charges from an arrest after refusing plea deal. Police officials admit that officers broke the man’s arm—his shoulder was pulled from its socket and broken in two places—and he intends to sue. An internal investigation into the arrest is underway.
  • Update: Fort Worth, Texas (First reported 10-23-13): An officer was reinstated after he was fired, charged, and acquitted of stealing shoes and other items during a drug raid. His discipline was changed to 15 days suspension. He was awarded more than two years of backpay.
  • Whitley County, Kentucky: A deputy was fired after a domestic violence order was issued against him.
  • Update: Waco, Texas (First reported 06-28-16): An officer charged with assault for grabbing a handcuffed suspect by the neck. Two other officers who were suspended during the investigation into the incident were cleared of criminal wrongdoing.
  • Lucas County, Ohio: A deputy was fired for racial comments on social media that was directed at two fast food employees. He made an oblique reference to using violence against them if cameras had not been present.
  • Fultondale, Alabama: An officer was arrested on child pornography charges. He has been fired.
  • Crescent, Oklahoma: The chief and another officer have been fired amid a corruption

Nattional Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 08-26-16

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 26, 2016:

  • Madison County, Missouri: A now-former deputy pled guilty to stealing $40,000 from a woman’s home while he was off duty.
  • Update: Newtown, Connecticut (First reported 05-18-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to 16 months in prison for participation in a steroid distribution ring.
  • Update: Farmington Hills, Michigan (First reported 06-01-16): A now-former officer was sentenced to 1-7 years in prison for child pornography possession and secretly taking photos of a woman. He committed his criminal behavior while off duty.
  • Update: Eugene, Oregon (First reported 08-07-15): An officer was convicted of assaulting a detainee and resigned before his termination could be finalized. He will appeal his conviction.
  • Springfield, Kentucky: An officer was indicted for 2nd-degree assault for an incident that left a man injured. The man was protesting the towing of his car by sitting on top of the car. Both the tow operator and the officer allowed the protest to continue and proceeded to tow the car anyway. The man fell off and was hurt.
  • Rockwood, Tennessee: An officer was named in a lawsuit for pepper spraying a man who he said charged him. The officer’s body camera showed that the officer lied. He resigned.
  • Akron, Ohio: An officer was charged with aggravated vehicular assault and OVI for an off-duty crash that injured himself and his wife.
  • Nashville, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene after an off-duty crash. He was the second Nashville officer arrested for DUI in three days.
  • Grants, New Mexico: An officer was arrested for marijuana distribution, conspiracy, and embezzlement.
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was suspended 10 days after drug paraphernalia was found at his home. He is accused of not reporting drug activity there by his now-ex-girlfriend.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 08-25-16

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 25, 2016:

  • Maricopa County, Arizona: The chief deputy and a captain will be investigated for misconduct by the state certification agency. The investigation will begin after the ongoing criminal probe into the department is completed.
  • El Paso County, Texas: A now-former deputy was sentenced to 17 years in prison for fatal DWI crash. He struck and killed Richard Lopez, who was changing a tire.
  • Update: Ventura County, California: A deputy was charged for stealing prescription pills from a drop-off box.
  • Hinds County, Mississippi: A deputy was arrested while on duty for drug possession and fired.
  • Update: Lehigh Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania: A now-former officer was granted first-time offender diversion to avoid a criminal record for break-in. He had originally claimed he was working undercover when he was caught in the act.
  • Snoqualmie, Washington: The department fired an officer who was indicted for civil rights violations for pepper spraying restrained suspect on a gurney. He was working for a different department at the time of the incident.
  • Longview, Texas: A now-retired officer was indicted for indecency with children for incidents that allegedly took place during the1980s and 90s when he was on the force.
  • Sedgwick County, Colorado: The sheriff was arrested for sexually assaulting a jail inmate.
  • Huber Heights, Ohio: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. He allegedly struck his wife with a dog food bowl.
  • Bristol, Tennessee: An officer resigned after his off-duty arrest for DUI-related charges.
  • Franklin County, Missouri: A now-former lieutenant was named in a lawsuit for coercing drug rehab patients to be informants for the police.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 08-24-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, August 24, 2016:

  • Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee: One MPD officer and one SCSD deputy were indicted on federal charges for buying what the believed to be stolen property, including shoes, electronics, and liquor.
  • San Jose, California: An officer was arrested as part of Vietnamese street gang probe.
  • Update: Sandusky County, Ohio (First reported 08-23-16): The sheriff was indicted on 43 charges related to tampering and drug theft; 38 of the counts are felonies.
  • New York, New York: An officer was found passed out outside of Barclay’s Center with a loaded gun while off duty. He was suspended.
  • Nashville, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for DUI and decommissioned.
  • Great Barrington, Massachusetts: An officer is being investigated for OUI after an off-duty traffic stop. He was not arrested during the stop and allowed to get a ride home.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer shot a homeowner who called to report an attempted carjacking at his residence.
  • Update: Victoria County, Texas (First reported 04-06-15): A now-former deputy pled guilty to oppression for coercing a woman to have sex. He was fined and given probation. The first attempt at a criminal case ended in mistrial. According to the report, the prosecutor was concerned about a corroborating witness under cross-examination because that witness was a sex worker with a criminal history. The officer will not be allowed to own a firearm or work in law enforcement again. He was also ordered to serve 200 hours of community service.
  • Update: Burlington, Vermont (First reported 07-16-15): An officer has new charges added for a fatal DUI crash that happened while she was off
  • Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: An officer is facing a possible 20-day suspension for assaulting security guard while drunk, armed, and holding his baby. The security guard declined to press charges but was struck in the face twice before getting the baby out of the officer’s hands and recovering the officer’s weapon that came loose during the scuffle. According to the report, the officer was so intoxicated it would be difficult to prove that he was cogent enough to know he was assaulting the guard.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 08-23-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, August 23, 2016:

  • Lynchburg, Virginia: An officer was arrested for DWI while off duty.
  • Update: Ottawa County, Ohio (First reported 07-26-16): A deputy will not face criminal charges for threatening a Carroll Township officer. He was, however, demoted from his rank of detective and suspended three days. He has filed a grievance contesting the disciplinary actions.
  • Kane County, Illinois: A deputy pled not guilty to illegal possession of three types of
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for buying cocaine on duty from a deputy who was under federal gang investigation.
  • West Blocton, Alabama: An officer was arrested and fired for drug possession and evidence tampering. He was previously fired from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Seminole County, Florida: A deputy committed a murder-suicide at a gas station. The victim was his girlfriend.
  • Update: Ellis County, Texas (First reported 04-20-16): An alleged gang member had his murder charge dropped because of pending criminal charges against the only living deputy who was assigned to the case. The suspect is also an unauthorized immigrant, and he will thus be deported to his native country, where he has another pending murder charge against him.
  • Orlando, Florida: Two officers were fired for attempting to cover-up an unauthorized vehicle chase in 2015.
  • Sandusky County, Ohio: A detective may have illegally leaked information implicating the sheriff for missing funds and drug tampering. Both officers are under investigation.
  • Denver, Colorado: An officer was suspended 16 days after entering a guilty plea to a lane violation and impaired driving after an off-duty crash in February. The arresting officer did not show up to his hearing to have his driver’s license revoked so he was allowed to keep it. He will not be terminated.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 08-22-16

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, August 22, 2016:

  • Update: Fort Worth, Texas (First reported 03-14-16): An officer was who indiscriminately pepper sprayed passing motorcyclists on a highway was given undisclosed sanctions and will not be criminally prosecuted.
  • Dinwiddie County, Virginia: A deputy was arrested and charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting his brother during an argument while off duty.
  • Hardin County, Texas: A constable was indicted for abuse of his official capacity for an undisclosed violation.
  • El Paso, Texas: An officer was arrested for DWI after rear-ending another vehicle.
  • Texas Department of Public Safety: A trooper was arrested for child pornography possession and assault.
  • Update: Bartlett, Tennessee (First reported 05-08-15): An officer was found guilty of reckless driving for a crash while on duty that killed two people. He is scheduled to be sentenced September 23.
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer who works in youth services was arrested for sending “harmful” texts to a juvenile. It is not known whether the minor was involved in the programs the officer worked in.
  • Monroe County, Florida: A deputy offered to aid an inmate’s escape for $400,000 in cash.
  • Update: Auburn, Georgia (First reported 04-11-16): A now-former officer pled guilty to extortion and drug conspiracy in his role as a law enforcement officer.
  • Hopkinsville, Kentucky: An officer was arrested for sexually abusing a minor.
  • Gettysburg Borough, Pennsylvania: Two officers resigned over actions during an arrest and related inappropriate Taser use. As part of an agreement with the department, one officer was allowed to leave with a clean record and a $10,000 severance, likely making him eligible for employment elsewhere in law enforcement.

The Daniel Harris Case

From NBC News:

A North Carolina state trooper killed a deaf man last week after an attempted traffic stop, authorities and neighbors said Monday.

State trooper Jermaine Saunders shot Daniel Kevin Harris to death on Thursday after what North Carolina Bureau of Investigation described in a statement as “an encounter.”

The bureau, which is investigating Harris’ death, did not provide additional details. In an earlier statement, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said that the trooper tried to pull over a Volvo for speeding.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 08-19-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 19, 2016:

  • Prichard, Alabama: An officer was arrested for assaulting a woman while he was off duty. Allegedly, the incident occurred after a horse wandered onto the woman’s property.
  • Chicago, Illinois: An appellate judge ruled that two officers should be terminated for a 2006 beating of a man while both officers were off duty.
  • Update: Clark County, Ohio (First reported 05-13-16): A deputy pled guilty to “physical control”–a lesser OVI charge–and given a 90-day suspended sentence. The deputy remains employed as the internal investigation into the incident is ongoing.
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for an on-duty crash that resulted in the other driver’s traumatic brain injury.
  • Update: Floyd County, Georgia (First reported 01-27-16): A now-former deputy was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 20 years of probation for burglary and drug charges. He was on duty when he took prescription drugs from people’s homes.
  • St. Johns County, Florida: Two deputies resigned after separate domestic battery charges.
  • Update: Janesville, Wisconsin (First reported 07-29-16): An officer who was cited for disorderly conduct has been fired.
  • New Mexico State Police: A trooper was cited for DWI after hitting parked cars at a detox center. Before becoming a trooper, he had been arrested twice for DWI.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 08-18-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 18, 2016:

  • Update: Kingston, New York: (First reported 03-16-16): An officer pled guilty to misdemeanor DUI for a rollover crash and possession of stolen property. The car he flipped wasn’t his and he was driving it without permission, but he was allowed to plea to a lesser charge than grand theft auto. He was giving a 30-day suspended sentence and was allowed to keep his job.
  • Update: Garner, North Carolina (First reported 07-13-16): An officer who was arrested for domestic violence in July has been fired.
  • Mesa, Arizona: A lieutenant retired before his termination paperwork could be completed after his DUI guilty plea. He had been charged with aggravated DUI because his BAC tested at four times the legal limit. In his letter of departure, he listed a number of current officers who had been arrested for DUI but allowed to remain on the force.
  • Lafayette, Louisiana: The City Marshal was indicted on charges of misusing public funds and perjury.
  • Berkeley County, South Carolina: A now-former deputy was sentenced to one year and a day for selling firearms to a person he knew was under felony indictment.
  • Dillon, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for DUI.
  • Nashville, Tennessee: An officer was charged with assault. She allegedly slapped a drug suspect after the officer pricked her finger on a used syringe during a body search.
  • Update: Albany, New York (First reported 08-15-16): An officer was arrested for slamming a teen girl to the ground at a group home.  There is video of the incident but it has not yet been released. He was previously suspended and his partner is on desk duty.
  • Amarillo, Texas: An officer was arrested for child pornography possession.
  • Update: Clark County, Nevada School District (First reported 06-03-16):  An officer was acquitted of excessive force and covering-up his actions against a student and staffer in a bench trial.

The Vachel Howard Case


From ProPublica:

Video images such as those involving Howard’s encounter with the LAPD have rarely been seen by Californians. Since the late 1970s, California law has specifically authorized police agencies to keep material involving real or alleged police misconduct secret from the general public. But the question of what police owe the public has been given fresh context as the LAPD moves to become the largest police department in the country to routinely outfit its officers with body cameras. The department so far has said it has no plans to make footage readily available to the public, even after deadly incidents.

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