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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-05-16

Here are the eleven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, February 5, 2016:

  • Fairview, Tennessee: A newly promoted detective was arrested after responding to a sex work ad. ow.ly/XZ8Ed
  • Newark, New Jersey: A detective was suspended, and the remaining members of the gang unit were reassigned, after an arrest that left 14-year-old boy injured was improperly reported. ow.ly/XZiaL
  • Yellowstone County, Montana: All involved deputies were cleared of criminal wrongdoing in a coroner’s inquest held regarding the shooting death of Loren Simpson. ow.ly/XZB9v
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was acquitted of rape but found guilty of official oppression. He was accused of forcing a woman to perform a sex act while he was on duty. ow.ly/XZLqd
  • Update: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (First reported 12-21-15): An officer had charges dismissed for assaulting a man while he was working security off duty. The District Attorney’s Office said that it would re-file criminal charges. ow.ly/XZN3R
  • New York, New York: An officer was awarded $15,000,000 by a jury. He was falsely arrested and beaten in his home by fellow officers who were responding to a disturbance call. They ignored his attempts to identify himself as an NYPD officer.  ow.ly/Y0b5C
  • Chicopee, Massachusetts: An officer was acquitted of filing a false report against a colleague. He has since filed a lawsuit against the City. ow.ly/XZNvQ
  • Update: New Orleans, Louisiana (First reported 08-19-14): The now-former officer who set Henry Glover’s body on fire after he was shot by another officer in the Hurricane Katrina aftermath had his sentence reduced from 17 years to 11 years and nine months. ow.ly/XZOl6
  • Iberia Parish, Louisiana (First reported 07-19-15):  Deputies will not be criminally charged for Victor White’s death. Before the shooting, White had been searched, arrested, handcuffed—with his hands behind his back—and placed in the back of a squad car. He was shot in the chest. His death has been ruled a suicide. ow.ly/Y0oja
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: The department released a year-end report that said they fired 17 officers in 2015, more than double the number fired in 2014. In all, 58 officers were disciplined for infractions over the course of the year. ow.ly/XZQyj
  • Update: Duluth, Minnesota (First reported 11-25-15): An officer who was on leave for a domestic violence arrest was arrested and pled not guilty to DUI charges. ow.ly/XZRko

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-04-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 4, 2016:

  • Update: O’Fallon, Missouri (First reported 12-07-15): A now-former detective was sentenced to 120 days for stealing drugs from the evidence room. ow.ly/XVkB8
  • Los Angeles County, California: Two deputies were acquitted of assault in jailhouse beating. They were, however, found guilty for covering-up the incident. ow.ly/XWIbh
  • Los Angeles County, California: The County agreed to pay the mother of Darrell Atkinson $375,000 to settle wrongful death lawsuit. Atkinson was a mentally ill combat veteran who deputies shot in a confrontation under an overpass. ow.ly/XWN7x
  • Louisville, Kentucky: An officer was arrested for DUI in southern Indiana after he was pulled over for expired tags.  ow.ly/XX1I6
  • Update: Palm Beach County, Florida (First reported 04-24-15): The County agreed to pay $23,000,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by Dontrell Stephens.  Stephens was shot and paralyzed by a deputy. ow.ly/XXeLV
  • New York, New York: An officer was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after striking a 13-year-old boy with his car when he was off duty. According to the report, the officer stopped to see if the boy was OK, but then drove off after the boy declined a ride home. ow.ly/XXcUl
  • Suffern, New York: An officer was arrested and charged with criminal contempt for violating a restraining order by contacting his ex-wife. ow.ly/XXdQY
  • North Olmsted, Ohio: A now-former officer pled guilty to misusing a law enforcement database for a personal matter and then confronting the target of that search. ow.ly/XXaji

Worst of the Month — January 2016

So for January, it was the case from Suffolk County, New York, involving now former police officer, Scott Greene.  He was convicted of repeated instances of theft.

According to the evidence introduced at his criminal trial, Greene would target Hispanic drivers, pull them over, order them to surrender their wallets, or invent a reason to search their vehicles and then steal cash located inside.  By stealing from persons he thought were illegal immigrants, Greene thought his victims would not come forward to file any complaint.  And he would enrich himself by using his police powers.  Prosecutor Tom Spota called Greene a “thief with a badge” and says he will be seeking the maximum possible prison sentence–about four years.

Alas, there are problems in the Suffolk department even beyond Greene.  The recently departed chief, James Burke, has been indicted for abusing a suspect and then coercing his subordinate officers to cover up his crime.  Local community activists say the department is so corrupt that they want a federal takeover.  Stay tuned about that.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-03-16

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 3, 2016:

  • Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana:  deputy arrested and fired after threatening two friends with a gun and Taser. ow.ly/XToxv
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for punching his girlfriend and damaging property during an off-duty incident. ow.ly/XTxL1
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for choking his wife. ow.ly/XTyEd
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for participating in a National Guard recruitment scam. ow.ly/XTzjb
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for DUI on Staten Island. ow.ly/XTzLD
  • New York, New York: An officer pled guilty to extortion for running a protection racket against local businesses. ow.ly/XTAOc
  • Update: Ogdensburg, New York (First reported 08-14-15): A detective who was already facing child porn charges has been arrested for violating a protective order. He contacted a 16-year-old boy. ow.ly/XTZ2i
  • Harris County, Texas: A deputy constable pled guilty to official oppression for beating a handcuffed man in 2012. ow.ly/XUcRc
  • Update: Tampa, Florida (First reprted 04-08-15) officer sentenced to 5yrs probation, 8 mos home detention for stealing tax checks. ow.ly/XUdwJ
  • Allegan County, Michigan: The County settled a lawsuit with a jail inmate who was kneed in the head by deputies for $300,000. ow.ly/XUhOA
  • Chicago, Illinois: An officer was suspended for equipping his personal vehicle like a squad car. He was arrested for the same offense before he became an officer, with suspicion he was posing as a police officer, leading to questions about how he was hired in the first place. ow.ly/XUkO0
  • South Carolina Highway Patrol: A trooper was fired for failure to provide truthful or complete information. ow.ly/XUm8G
  • Albany, Texas: An officer was fired after drugs were left in a student’s locker after a K-9 search exercise at a local  school. ow.ly/XUFQl
  • New York, New York: An officer was fired and charged with running an interstate prostitution ring in metro area motels. ow.ly/XUGlT
  • Conway, Arkansas: An officer resigned after his suspension for accidentally discharging his firearm during an arrest. ow.ly/XUGOc

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-02-16

Here are the eleven reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, February 2, 2016:

  • Bastrop County, Texas: A deputy was arrested for DUI on duty after being found in his car with a bottle of vodka and an empty prescription container. ow.ly/XQyF3
  • Mount Pleasant, New York: An officer was arrested and charged with attempted rape and several assault counts. ow.ly/XQM3X
  • Sullivan City, Texas: A now-former officer was indicted for taking marijuana from the evidence room. ow.ly/XQPBu
  • Bibb County, Georgia: A non-former deputy was sentenced to three years in prison and seven years’ probation for providing jail inmate with a cell phone.  He had known the inmate as a child, but the old friend used the cell phone to intimidate potential witnesses against him. He is awaiting trial for murder. ow.ly/XQQYv
  • Onley, Virginia: An officer was arrested for carrying a weapon while subject to a protective order. The officer was in a car accident, and the responding officer found out about the order on a routine license check. The order was issued in January 2014 and about to expire. The officer was in uniform and carrying his service weapon. ow.ly/XQSmk
  • Update: Mt. Prospect, Illinois (First reported 12-03-15): An officer withdrew his guilty plea to a misdemeanor and will face trial on felony aggravated battery charges. He claims he did not know he would be terminated after the guilty plea. ow.ly/XQU9r
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: Two officers were arrested in separate DWI incidents and suspended. ow.ly/XQVyH
  • Boston, Massachusetts: A now-former detective was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine for obstructing a federal gang investigation. He was the second officer to be convicted for obstructing that particular investigation. ow.ly/XQXCW
  • Rainbow City, Alabama: An officer was arrested and charged with sex crime. ow.ly/XQYn2
  • Update: Inkster, Michigan (First reported 03-30-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to 13 months to ten years in prison for the videotaped beating of motorist Floyd Dent. The City previously settled a civil suit with Dent. ow.ly/XRVH6
  • Camden, New Jersey: A man is suing an officer who allegedly pointed a gun at his head and assaulted him when he was a juvenile in 2012. ow.ly/XRjlD

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-01-16

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, February 1, 2016:

  • Jackson Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence. He has been fired. ow.ly/XMcee
  • Guthrie, Oklahoma: An officer was suspended for coming to work drunk. He was arrested for possession of a firearm while intoxicated because he had his service weapon on his person. ow.ly/XMc4z
  • Update: Orlando, Florida (First reported 10-26-15): The officer who was acquitted of battering a handcuffed suspect was suspended for 40 hours without pay and a written censure was placed in his personnel file. ow.ly/XMdhV
  • Update: Bridgeton, New Jersey (First reported 01-20-12): An officer was acquitted of selling steroids to a fellow officer. ow.ly/XMduU
  • Update: McAllen, Texas (First reported 06-25-15): A now-former officer was acquitted of human smuggling for driving people across US-Mexico border.ow.ly/XMdLy
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (McAllen, Texas): An officer was arrested for bribery and unauthorized use of an official computer in order to manipulate visas. ow.ly/XMe6I
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado: An officer was arrested after he “punched, kicked and choked” a handcuffed man during a traffic investigation. ow.ly/XMefV
  • Houston, Texas: An officer pled guilty to transporting an undocumented relative and another person within the United States. ow.ly/XMfYa
  • Update: Pinellas County, Florida (First reported 01-05-16): A now-former deputy was charged with attempted manslaughter for shooting a suspect. ow.ly/XMgb9
  • Los Angeles, California: Two officers were fired for shooting an unarmed man in the back on live television after a car chase. ow.ly/XMgEU
  • Jacksonville, Arkansas: A now-former officer pled guilty and was sentenced to probation for an off-duty battery in a road rage incident. ow.ly/XMhgb
  • San Francisco, California: The police will be investigated by U.S. Justice Department in the wake of the fatal shooting of Mario Woods. ow.ly/XOfiV

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 01-29-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 29, 2016:

  • Denver, Colorado: The police are being sued for excessive force by a man who was shoved down a flight of stairs by an officer. http://bit.ly/1RWggz0
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: An officer was suspended after he was indicted for theft in office http://bit.ly/1Puw3CX
  • Update: Emmett Township, Michigan (First reported 08-18-14): A now-former officer was acquitted of raping a family relative who was a minor. He awaits trial on charges he raped another (adult) relative. ow.ly/XGrMv
  • Seattle, Washington: A now-former officer was acquitted of sexual misconduct with his ex-girlfriend’s daughter. ow.ly/XGseM
  • Kona, Hawaii: An officer was charged with 2nd-degree assault after an altercation with a 72-year-old neighbor. ow.ly/XGQ3k
  • Update: Fair Bluff, North Carolina (First reported 06-19-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to child porn manufacturing for secretly recording a minor in the bathroom. ow.ly/XH6Nu
  • Los Angeles, California: A detective was arrested for threatening an ex-boyfriend and filing a false report ow.ly/XH7ym
  • Caroline County, Virginia: A detective will not be charged with perjury and forgery despite a civil settlement related to a gang investigation. ow.ly/XHoZn

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-28-16

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

  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. She allegedly tried to run over a man with her car. ow.ly/XDkJS
  • Phoenix, Arizona: A now-former officer was sentenced to 23 years in prison after accepting a plea deal for sexual conduct with underage boys he met while on the job. ow.ly/XDlfr
  • Update: Indianapolis, Indiana (First reported 12-02-15): An officer pled guilty to assisting a criminal, who was his girlfriend. He resigned and given a suspended sentence of one year. ow.ly/XDlta
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: An officer was fired for misconduct. He had been named in at least two excessive force lawsuits, including one alleging he kicked a handcuffed man in his patrol car. ow.ly/XDBq1
  • Los Angeles, California: After a lengthy investigation, prosecutors determined eight officers will not face criminal charges for shooting truck occupied by a grown mother and daughter 103 times during the Christopher Dorner manhunt. The mother was shot in the back but luckily survived. The daughter suffered minor injuries from debris during the shooting. The women had been delivering newspapers in the neighborhood when, according to the report, the sound of a paper hitting the pavement was mistaken for a gunshot that led to the barrage.  ow.ly/XDCJp
  • Livingston Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was fired and arrested for slamming the head of an inmate against a wall.ow.ly/XDDwZ
  • Meeker County, Minnesota: A deputy was arrested for stealing toys from a toy drive and stealing from a county drop box for discarded drugs. ow.ly/XDE3g
  • Iberville Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was fired after domestic violence arrest. ow.ly/XDEzU
  • Seminole County, Florida: A deputy was fired and arrested for surreptitiously recording co-workers’ phone conversations. ow.ly/XDFH5

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-27-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 27, 2016:

  • Oregon State Police: The OSP settled an excessive force lawsuit with a motorcyclist who was rear-ended by a trooper in his cruiser and then kicked in the chest for $180,000. The motorcyclist suffered a broken clavicle and broken rib. ow.ly/XAFWo
  • Fall River, Massachusetts: The City settled a lawsuit with a man who was arrested for video recording an on-duty police officer for $72,500. ow.ly/XAHw3
  • Marion County, Florida: A now-former deputy was indicted on federal civil rights charges for excessive force. ow.ly/XB3Kk
  • Salisbury, North Carolina: An officer was fired for harassment, misconduct, and conduct unbecoming an officer. ow.ly/XAJlc
  • Delaware County, Oklahoma: A now-former deputy was arrested for propositioning a 13-year-old girl. ow.ly/XAYZc
  • Floyd County, Georgia: A deputy was fired and arrested for stealing prescriptions from citizens while he was on duty. ow.ly/XAZDU
  • Update: Jackson, Mississippi (First reported 01-26-16): The deputy chief who was recently arrested for domestic violence has been fired. ow.ly/XAJ3X
  • Chatham County, Georgia: A deputy who is suspected of helping jail inmates escape has been fired. ow.ly/XBdGz

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-26-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, January 26, 2016:

  • Fostoria, Ohio: An officer was arrested for OUI. ow.ly/XxPlR
  • Toledo, Ohio: An officer was arrested for OUI after an accident causing property damage. ow.ly/XxY51
  • Update: Louisville, Kentucky (First reported 02-03-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to six months’ house arrest for beating his wife while she was driving on the way home from a party last year. ow.ly/XxZnm
  • White, Georgia: A chief and one officer have been suspended. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation raided the department last Thursday amid charges of extortion. ow.ly/Xy0fQ
  • Update: Minneapolis, Minnesota (First reported 04-06-15): An officer has been terminated for threatening to break a teen’s leg. The incident was captured on video. ow.ly/Xy31Z
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 06-04-14): Of the 13 officers who fired 137 shots that killed Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams after their car backfired, one retired, six were suspended, and six were terminated. Among the fired was Michael Brelo, who was charged and acquitted of criminal charges for jumping up on the hood of the car and emptying his magazine into their bodies. http://bit.ly/1KbDhv5
  • Charleston County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for DUI after being found unconscious behind the wheel at an intersection. ow.ly/Xy3vQ
  • Muscogee County, Georgia: A now-former deputy was arrested for sexually assaulting a jail inmate. ow.ly/Xy9hx
  • Jackson, Mississippi: The deputy chief was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic assault. ow.ly/Xy9R5
  • Brimfield Township, Ohio: A now-former chief was sentenced to two years’ probation for theft, assault, unlawful restraint, and unauthorized use of a gun in connection with sexual harassment in office. ow.ly/XycLs

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