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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-25-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 25, 2016:

  • Ellis County, Texas: A constable and his chief deputy are facing criminal charges for misuse of government property and subsequently attempting to cover it up.
  • St. Clair County, Missouri: A deputy pled guilty to a wire fraud scheme to falsely collect unemployment benefits.
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was suspended for threatening an off-duty officer after a traffic stop. According to the report, the officer said, “I’ll beat the f*** out of him.”
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was suspended for engaging in a high-speed pursuit without authorization and against protocol.
  • Tacoma, Washington: A teenager is suing the police and mall security for her arrest when she was 15. The arrest was caught on third-party video.
  • Delbarton, West Virginia: A now-former officer pled guilty to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl. Other girls have come forward since the story broke and claimed to be his victims.
  • Update: Austin, Texas (First reported 02-10-26): A grand jury declined to indict the officer who fatally shot David Joseph, a seventeen-year-old boy who was naked and unarmed at the time of the incident.
  • Update: Schenectady, New York (First reported 03-29-16): An officer had criminal charges lessened to traffic infractions after he fled a traffic stop.
  • Portland, Oregon: The police chief was put on leave after misleading investigators about shooting his friend in a hunting accident.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-24-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, May 24, 2016:

  • Jackson, Mississippi: An officer has been charged with fraud for filing false reports in exchange for bribes. Allegedly, the reports were for fictitious crimes against immigrants that could make them eligible for a special visa.
  • Horry County, South Carolina: The County is being sued by a woman, who had originally filed a complaint of rape against another civilian, who claims she was sexually assaulted and forced to participate in nude catfights by an officer who said he understood why a man would lose control around her. That officer resigned before the suit was filed.
  • Tampa, Florida: An officer was placed under investigation after a video showed a forceful arrest of a then-15-year-old. skateboarder.
  • Opa-Locka, Florida: An officer was arrested for aggravated battery of his pregnant girlfriend.
  • Glouster, Ohio: Two officers were fired after a drunk driving crash. Both officers in the car were intoxicated at the time of the accident.
  • Clearwater, Florida: An officer was suspended for letting a Pinellas County deputy out of a DUI.
  • Pinellas County, Florida: The deputy in the Clearwater report above resigned as a result of the story going public.
  • Update: Henry County, Virginia (First reported 05-20-15): A now-former deputy entered an Alford plea for shooting and wounding his neighbor in an off-duty incident. He was given a suspended sentence.
  • Update: Syracuse, New York: An officer pled guilty to larceny for filing false reports and consequently receiving $32,000 in salary he didn’t earn because he was double-dipping.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-23-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, May 23, 2016:

  • Berwyn, Illinois: An officer is being sued for allegedly targeting and harassing the daughter of his lover and the daughter’s boyfriend. According to the suit, the behavior was triggered by the younger couple’s disapproval of the mother’s relationship with the officer.
  • Update: Ansonia, Connecticut (First reported 09-17-15): An officer pled guilty to larceny and other charges for stealing items from the evidence room. He was given a one-year suspended sentence.
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 04-21-15):  Officer Edward Nero was found not guilty of all charges in a bench trial for his role in Freddie Gray’s death.
  • Hull, Massachusetts: A now-former officer pled guilty to larceny for stealing $116,000 from the police union. He was sentenced to one year of home confinement and five years of probation.
  • Update: Massachusetts State Police (First reported 05-12-16): A trooper has been suspended for his role in the televised beating of Richard Simone after a high-speed interstate chase.
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: A sergeant was suspended for improperly releasing a Boynton Beach officer who was caught in a solicitation sting. The Boynton Beach officer was fired from his department, as reported here on April 21.
  • Upshur County, West Virginia: A deputy was arrested for allegedly choking a woman.
  • Lane County, Oregon: The County settled a lawsuit brought by a 77-year-old man who was injured by a deputy while he was an inmate in the jail. The settlement was for $95,000.
  • New York, New York: A plainclothes officer was suspended for brandishing his weapon and threatening bystanders filming an arrest he was assisting.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer was charged with obstruction of justice for actions related to an off-duty incident. She was working security at a bar and told a witness to an assault to erase the footage from their cell phone. She subsequently filed a false report about the incident.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-20-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 20, 2016:

  • Bullitt County, Kentucky: A deputy was accused of running an interstate drug ring that had ties to Mexican cartels. His defense team claims the many wiretaps that built the case were, in fact, illegal.
  • Bibb County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for DUI after being discovered unconscious behind the wheel. He has been fired.
  • Asotin County, Washington: Deputy is facing charges of failing to report child abuse and rendering criminal assistance for not reporting that an adult friend was sexually involved with a teenager.
  • San Francisco, California: The chief resigned in the wake of an officer’s fatal shooting of an unarmed female motorist.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer was charged with falsifying official documents to hide how much he paid for a truck and boat.
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for simple assault after an off-duty incident with his girlfriend.
  • U.S. Capitol Police (Washington, DC): An officer was arrested for harboring a drug fugitive.
  • St. George, South Carolina: An officer was fired after he was arrested for sexual exploitation of a minor.
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was arrested in Arkansas for domestic disturbance.
  • Update: Sanford, Florida (First reported 04-12-16): An officer who was arrested for punching and head-butting a woman while he was off duty has

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-19-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 19, 2016:

  • San Jose, California: A man is suing the department and several officers for a beating he suffered as the result of a traffic stop. Video taken of the incident contradicts the officers’
  • Bartow County, Georgia: A deputy was charged with sexual assault, meth possession, and violation of the oath of office after allegedly forcing a woman in custody to undress and taking pictures of her in his cruiser. He also allegedly touched her breasts.
  • Update: Drug Enforcement Administration (First reported 01-07-15): A now-former agent pled guilty to making a false statement regarding free travel he received while he was a station chief. He is scheduled to be sentenced December 6.
  • Kissimmee, Florida: An officer was arrested for sexual battery and misconduct for coercing sex from a female suspect both on and off duty. He is also alleged to have pushed for her preferential treatment in her criminal case.
  • Taliaferro County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested in a gambling raid.
  • Update: Delaware County, Indiana (First reported 02-16-16): A now-former deputy pled guilty to stealing $8,580 worth of ammunition over about three years.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: A detective was suspended 20 days for taking overtime pay he didn’t earn. He will not face criminal charges for the violation.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: Several officers are under investigation for using racial slurs and committing other abuse that was caught on audio during a stop and arrest.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-18-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 18, 2016:

  • Farmington, West Virginia: An officer was arrested for bribery for allegedly accepting a woman’s offer of sex so she could avoid a driving violation.
  • San Francisco, California: An officer was charged with five felonies for overtime fraud.
  • Richfield, Ohio: An officer was accused of stealing $25,000 from a Christmas charity for needy kids.
  • Roswell, New Mexico: An officer was arrested for assaulting his wife during a domestic dispute.
  • Harris County, Texas: A deputy was charged with misuse of official information for running the license plates of his wife’s business’ patrons to check for any outstanding warrants.
  • Walker County, Georgia: A deputy was charged with sexual assault for having an inmate perform a sex act during hospital transport. Both claim the act was consensual, but his custodial role makes the act criminally coercive.
  • Update: Albany, New York (First reported 11-23-15): A now-former officer who was suspended last year for an altercation with teens on Halloween has been named in three civil suits that alleged he unlawfully searched the plaintiffs. After he had received his suspension, he left the department for a job with the Schenectady County police.
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico ( First reported 04-28-15): A now-former officer pled no contest to charges related to the beating of a man after the officer intentionally disabled his body camera. The man suffered permanent ear damage and incurred $4,000 in medical bills. The former officer faces a restitution hearing June 3. He was sentenced to 364 days of probation and ordered to 30 hours of community service.
  • Warrior, Alabama: An officer was charged with domestic violence.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-17-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, May 17, 2016:

  • St. Louis, Missouri: A now-former officer was charged with first-degree murder for the 2011 on-duty shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith after a high-speed chase. He is being held without bail. The City settled a wrongful death lawsuit in the case for $900,000.
  • Manchester, New Hampshire: Several officers are being sued by a man who was arrested for recording them while they were executing a warrant on his property against his tenants.
  • New York, New York: The City settled a lawsuit for $40,000 with a man who was roughed-up by the same officer who was shown on video tackling tennis pro James Blake.
  • Ferguson, Missouri: The City settled a lawsuit with four journalists for their treatment during the area’s period of unrest. The settlement’s terms forbid the journalists from publishing the precise details of the settlement.
  • Maricopa County, Arizona:  Sheriff Joe Arpaio and three top deputies were held in contempt for violating court orders in a racial profiling case. According to the report, the judge cited “multiple acts of misconduct, dishonesty, and bad faith” by the department.
  • Richland County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for burglary and aggravated domestic violence.
  • Update: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (First reported 07-23-14): An officer who settled her longstanding embezzlement case has been fired. She is appealing.
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 04-27-16): The City has filed administrative charges against a detective for failure to cooperate with a corruption investigation. He was previously suspended for attempting to retire in order to avoid testifying in the internal investigation regarding the sale of firearms licenses. As a result of the investigation, five commanders have been transferred. More discipline and criminal charges are expected.
  • Grand Traverse County, Michigan: A deputy was arrested for child pornography possession and related charges.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-16-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, May 16, 2016:

  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for DUI while he was off duty. He allegedly struck two pedestrians in the incident, though neither suffered serious injury.
  • Madison, Wisconsin: A now-former officer pled guilty to stealing nearly $4,000 from a purported drug dealer. The officer had been suspected of planning a robbery, so authorities set up a sting to catch him. He is scheduled to be sentenced August 23.
  • Delaware River Port Authority (Philadelphia area transit, a.k.a. PATCO): An officer was suspended after repeatedly pepper spraying a man and inducing him to fall onto train tracks. The man claimed he had accidentally gotten on the wrong train and was trying to catch a train back in the direction he intended to go. The officer had attempted to arrest him for not having a proper ticket for the station he was at, and the man refused to be arrested for what he argued was a simple mistake.
  • Update: Des Moines, Iowa (First reported 10-16-15): A now-former officer was given a ten-year suspended sentence and two years’ probation for embezzling $22,000 from the department’s weightlifting club, where he had served as treasurer. He was also ordered to pay restitution.
  • Alameda County, California: Two deputies were charged for their role in the video-recorded beating of a surrendering suspect who led them on high-speed chase. According to the report, suspect “ who suffered broken hands and a concussion, can be heard crying “I’m sorry. Oh my God, help me.””
  • Nashville, Tennessee: An officer who served as an SRO was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic assault for attempting to strangle his girlfriend in an off-duty incident.
  • Update: Bibb County, Georgia (First reported 02-29-16): A now-former deputy was indicted on 16 criminal counts for assaulting or threatening five women & three children over several years in off-duty domestic incidents. The charges include aggravated assault, false imprisonment, terroristic threats, and family battery.
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer was arrested for DWI in Austin after driving erratically and going 81 mph in a 55 mph zone.
  • Warren, Ohio: An officer was suspended for two days for failure to report use of force to his supervisor, though his use of force was deemed justified after an internal investigation. A second officer was fired for lying about the incident. Specifically, the suspect complained that his arm was broken during the arrest but the officer submitted paperwork that said “at no point did [the arrestee] complain to me about an injury, nor did he ask for medical attention during the booking process at the county jail,” which was untrue, and made similar false statements to an internal affairs investigator. The suspended officer works as an SRO during the school year.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Reap 05-13-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 13, 2016:

  • Update: Woodbridge, New Jersey (First reported 03-07-16): Three officers have been indicted for their roles in a crash on Route 9 and trying to cover it up. One of the three officers was the driver in the crash. The other two arrived on the scene.
  • Muscogee County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for battery against his son.
  • Bristol County, Massachusetts: A deputy who is also a DHS task force member for ICE was charged with smuggling cash to Portugal in what is being dubbed as the “Codfather” case. The business owner for whom the deputy was allegedly smuggling the money is a prominent businessman in the fishing industry.
  • Clark County, Ohio: A deputy was arrested for speeding and OVI.
  • Ross County, Ohio: A deputy was charged with OVI and failure to control his vehicle. In a separate incident, he is also facing a wrongful death lawsuit for 2013 fatal shooting of an unarmed woman. He was not criminally charged and was administratively cleared for that incident.
  • Dawson County, Georgia: Three deputies are being sued by a journalist who claims they violated her rights by arresting her and deleting data on her phone.
  • Oakland, California: Three officers are under investigation for maintaining possible sexual relationships with a woman who was an underage girl at the time.
  • Update: Los Angeles County, California (First reported 06-09-15): Two deputies were found guilty and sentenced to 13 and 18 months respectively for their role in covering up a jail beating. The department has been beset by several lawsuits and prosecutions for use-of-force and related scandals.
  • Update: Lucas County, Ohio (First reported 04-04-16): A now-former deputy was sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to pay $900 restitution for stealing from a suspect.


National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-12-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 12, 2016:

  • Columbia Heights, Minnesota: An officer was sued for an excessive force incident that caused permanent brain damage. A now-former officer backs the plaintiff’s claims. When asked by an internal affairs investigator whether the injured man was resisting, he replied, “I would view it more as he was trying to prevent himself from continuously getting his head smashed into the trunk [of the car].”
  • An interstate police chase from Massachusetts to New Hampshire ended in an apparent ‘run tax’ beating of a surrendered motorist, as shown on news helicopter video. The governor of New Hampshire has ordered an investigation into the incident. Story: video:
  • Update: Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania (First reported 02-02-16): An officer has been ordered to stand trial for an attempted rape of a woman at his home.
  • San Francisco, California: An officer was suspended for making inappropriate sexual and racial comments in front of colleagues. This suspension comes while the department is reviewing 200 criminal cases for bias as a result of a texting scandal in which officers used racial slurs.
  • Update: Fort Wayne, Indiana (First reported 03-30-16): A detective pled guilty to OWI and fleeing the scene of an accident.
  • Update: Harris County, Georgia (First reported 03-07-16): A now-former deputy faces more charges of sexual assault, forcible sodomy, and false imprisonment after several female motorists came forward after the first report of accusations against him went public.
  • Chicago, Illinois: Six officers are under investigation for perjury. One officer has triggered a disclosure notice from the prosecutor’s office. His false testimony resulted in the dismissal of charges against two suspects who were caught with a brick of cocaine worth an estimated $50,000.
  • Pinellas County, Florida: A deputy was charged with DUI manslaughter and other related counts for hitting a motorcycle and killing the woman who was riding on the back of it.
  • San Diego, California: An officer is being sued for wrongful death for shooting an unarmed woman in 2014. He was administratively cleared of wrongdoing. After that incident, he shot an empty crib and the bullet ricocheted into a wall while doing a routine probation check in a home.
  • Kern County, California: A deputy was arrested twice in as many days for being under the influence while on duty and domestic abuse.