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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

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-15-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 15, 2016:

  • Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: The department moved to fire an officer who gave pills to an informant. Criminal charges were dismissed last year. ow.ly/4t88302fWM1
  • Fresno County, California: The County settled a lawsuit filed by an attorney who was roughed up and arrested by a deputy without justification. The settlement was for $250,000. ow.ly/QClY302husV
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 03-22-16): An officer was acquitted of assault, kidnapping, and abduction. He had been accused of slamming woman’s head into car bumper. ow.ly/5TH7302hwF8
  • Update: Knox County, Tennessee (First reported 04-11-14): A now-former deputy lost a legal motion to suppress the search of his home. The judge denied the motion because, as a police officer, the deputy knew the implications of his consent. He is accused of child rape. ow.ly/FT1O302hCoV
  • Richland Parish, Louisiana: A deputy pled guilty to animal cruelty and false reporting for the death of a K-9 from heat exposure. ow.ly/Y6ym302hCRP
  • Detroit, Michigan: The now-former deputy chief will not face perjury charges for actions that led to the wrongful conviction and incarceration of Devontae Sanford in a quadruple murder. ow.ly/qDtY302hDJR
  • Sandusky County, Ohio: A homicide detective is under investigation by an unnamed outside agency. The high-profile murder investigation he was leading has been taken over by the state attorney general.ow.ly/jBgZ302i9aL
  • Brantley, Alabama: An officer was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property. ow.ly/WKxB302i9wX

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-14-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, July 14, 2016:

  • Lake County, Indiana: A deputy was arrested for DUI and hit-and-run on a pedestrian. ow.ly/xhjo302eYnp
  • Florence, Alabama: An officer entered pretrial diversion after a guilty plea for domestic violence. He was given 90 days in jail, which was suspended for two years, at which time it will be expunged if he stays out of trouble. He remains on unpaid leave.ow.ly/SqzG302f6da
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: The City is being sued by the state ACLU and other organizations for actions against protesters in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling. ow.ly/6Q37302f74q
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: An officer was charged with domestic assault for pointing a gun to his wife’s head during an argument. ow.ly/9L7q302f7z4
  • Update: Grand Rapids, Michigan (First reported 03-03-15): A now-former officer’s sentence of 18-84 months for child pornography will be served concurrently with his two sentences of 2-15 years for sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend. The illicit material in question were pictures of a 17-year-old whom he had been seeing. ow.ly/oWyK302fcXF
  • Dallas County, Texas District Attorney’s Office: A now-former investigator pled guilty to fixing a case after taking a bribe. ow.ly/fliJ302fdNG
  • Update: Fresno, California (First reported 06-29-16): The police department released the body cam video of the fatal officer shooting of Dylan Noble. ow.ly/lqxG302fxOI
  • Atlanta, Georgia: An officer was fired for fatally shooting a fleeing suspect. ow.ly/QzdP302fWnL

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-13-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 13, 2016:

  • Los Angeles County, California: A now-former deputy was sentenced to anger management and one year of probation for assaulting two jail inmates. ow.ly/88Sc302cG4h
  • Richmond, California: A school resource officer was reassigned then suspended in connection with the growing Oakland PD/child prostitution scandal. ow.ly/a6Fj302cRDc
  • Memphis, Tennessee: Two officers were suspended after posting a Snapchat video simulating the shooting of a black person. ow.ly/Idut302cTSo
  • Update: Detroit, Michigan (First reported 02-25-15): Two now-former officers were convicted of extortion and robbing drug dealers. ow.ly/jpox302cWjF
  • Garner, North Carolina: An officer was arrested for assaulting two different women. ow.ly/QU5w302dbqb
  • Guadalupe, California: An officer was arrested for domestic violence against his wife. ow.ly/Y0E6302dbKV
  • Kissimmee, Florida: An officer was charged with domestic violence for allegedly hitting and choking a woman. ow.ly/pny4302dbYe
  • Update: Fargo, North Dakota (First reported 07-11-16): An officer who was arrested for DUI after BAC recorded at almost twice the legal limit has resigned. ow.ly/qi94302dccT

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-12-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, July 12, 2016:

  • San Bernardino County, California: A deputy was arrested for having sex with female jail inmates. ow.ly/ge7T302a9Ad
  • Harnett County, North Carolina: A detective was fired. The state Bureau of Investigation has been asked to initiate a criminal investigation. ow.ly/g8F3302amvS
  • Update: Washington County, Oregon (First reported 12-15-15): A now-former deputy will plead guilty to charges related to coercing a co-worker to maintain their sexual relationship. ow.ly/UBnJ302aAim
  • Update: East Orange, New Jersey (First reported 10-27-14): An officer was acquitted of charges that she ran a drug ring from her home. She claimed she was unaware her tenant was using the house for dealing. Her defense attorney said that she will seek reinstatement to the department. ow.ly/JfuN302aI3Y
  • Abilene, Texas: An officer was fired for stealing marijuana from evidence. He appealed his termination and his administrative case will be decided in August. ow.ly/scXv302aPKs
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer was charged with felony theft for unpaid taxes owed by the private security firm he runs. ow.ly/sTQi302aR5r
  • Overland Park, Kansas: An officer was fired after posting a threat on a woman’s facebook page related to Black Lives Matter protests. ow.ly/87wH302aSlk
  • Floyd County, Georgia: A now-former deputy pled guilty to stalking a then-17-year-old girl, who is now his wife. As part of the plea, he surrendered his law enforcement license. ow.ly/Bids302aUeh

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-11-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, July 11, 2016:

  • New York, New York: The City paid a man $75,000 for an unlawful arrest during which an officer allegedly used a racial slur. ow.ly/TGlB3026m8j
  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy was arrested on multiple drug charges and for leaving the scene of an accident. ow.ly/OPCq3026ncC
  • Cass County, North Dakota: A deputy was arrested for DUI in Barnes County. ow.ly/S3Jx30288TT
  • Alpharetta, Georgia: An officer was arrested for BWI after a boating accident that resulted in serious injury on Lake Lanier. ow.ly/wyzf3026pbe
  • Fargo, North Dakota: An officer was arrested for DUI. ow.ly/isR03026pkN
  • Westminster, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for second-degree domestic violence. ow.ly/sBuN3026pHt
  • San Diego, California: An officer was arrested for domestic violence against his girlfriend while they were in a bar district. ow.ly/sjUQ3026pN7
  • Columbus, Mississippi: An officer was suspended for four months for attacking a woman for personal reasons while on duty. ow.ly/RJH43026pYf
  • Jackson, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend and holding her against her will. According to the report, the officer has a lengthy disciplinary record. ow.ly/g5Dq3026qae