PoliceMisconduct.net http://www.policemisconduct.net The Cato Institute's National Police Misconduct Reporting Project Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:01:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Problems in Milwaukee http://www.policemisconduct.net/problems-in-milwaukee/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/problems-in-milwaukee/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:18:00 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8486 From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Two Milwaukee police officers who admitted they were present during invasive body cavity searches that led to felony convictions against a third officer were neither criminally charged nor fired from the department after making deals with … Continue reading

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From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

Two Milwaukee police officers who admitted they were present during invasive body cavity searches that led to felony convictions against a third officer were neither criminally charged nor fired from the department after making deals with prosecutors, according to court records.

One of the two officers, Michael Gasser, was on the scene during a 2010 search that caused the victim to bleed from his anus for several days, according to Gasser’s deposition in a federal civil rights lawsuit.

Not only did Gasser avoid termination, he has been allowed to continue training rookie officers — even though he told internal investigators he didn’t think there was anything wrong with the search, he testified in June.

The second officer, Zachary Thoms, admitted in a deposition that he and Officer Michael Vagnini coerced a suspect to try to defecate into a cardboard box at the District 5 police station in 2011, hoping he would expel hidden drugs.

Meanwhile, two supervisors who were in charge of District 5 while illegal searches were occurring there have been promoted to the highest levels of the department.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-25-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-25-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-25-14/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:57:38 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8483 Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 25, 2014: Orlando, Florida: A police officer has been indicted by a grand jury on charges he shot into a vehicle with an assault rifle without justification. ow.ly/zAgyz … Continue reading

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Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 25, 2014:

  • Orlando, Florida: A police officer has been indicted by a grand jury on charges he shot into a vehicle with an assault rifle without justification. ow.ly/zAgyz
  • Update: Los Angeles, California (First reported 06-18-13): A surfer who was shot at and had his car rammed by police officers during the manhunt for ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner will receive $1.8 million in a settlement. ow.ly/zAcuH
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Police records found that the suspect in the deaths of two women whose bodies were found in suitcases dumped on a rural road had abused his authority as a police officer by selling cellphone service while on duty. An internal investigation determined he was also stalking women while on duty. ow.ly/zAJAH
  • Update: Broward, Florida (Previously reported 07-22-14): A second now-former deputy has been sentenced to prison for falsely arresting a woman as part of a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme operated by a disbarred lawyer. ow.ly/zA7Md
  • Perryville, Missouri: A now-former police chief was sentenced in connection with charges of making a false report. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and a year of probation for suspended execution of sentence. He will serve 10 days in jail and turn in his police license and certification. ow.ly/zA3QC
  • Spavinaw, Oklahoma: The police chief was released from jail after being arrested on two complaints of lewd molestation. According to a probable cause affidavit, the girls told investigators they were inappropriately touched by the chief multiple time during a period of years. ow.ly/zA7xm
  • St. Louis County, Missouri: A 13-year veteran has been charged with felony assault after striking a MetroLink passenger on the hand with his expandable baton following an argument. ow.ly/zAgNf
  • North Charleston, South Carolina: A police officer was arrested for possessing counterfeit money during a traffic stop. An officer pulled the man over for speeding in excess of 110 mph. Authorities found a police badge that identified the suspect as an officer. ow.ly/zA4XP
  • Update: Campbell, Wisconsin (First reported 06-10-14): A prosecutor says he plans to charge the police chief with a misdemeanor for allegedly registering a tea party leader on gay dating, pornography and federal health care websites. ow.ly/zASdP
  • Update: North Olmsted, Ohio (First reported 05-14-14): A now-former police officer, who held a New Year’s Eve party at his home attended by dozens of teenagers, was sentenced to five days in jail, given three years probation and fined $500. ow.ly/zA4oZ
  • New York, New York: A new video showing the arrest of an alleged subway farebeater purports to show a police officer using a chokehold to subdue the suspect, a prohibited police tactic that’s sparked outrage since another man died after being put in a similar position recently. ow.ly/zAg8j
  • Denver, Colorado: A police officer and his wife who were involved in a drunken brawl involving another officer and his wife both pled not guilty to charges. ow.ly/zA3Ch
  • Newark, New Jersey: A veteran police officer was indicted on charges that he pulled a gun on a man driving with his wife and son after a traffic dispute. ow.ly/zA3pE
  • Anderson County, Tennessee: The sheriff and four deputies have been named in a lawsuit that alleges assault and battery and false arrest in what’s described as a case of mistaken identity. ow.ly/zAfpQ
  • Weare, New Hampshire: The city has agreed to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit from a resident who was arrested after videotaping the police during a traffic stop. The resident received $35,000 and a written apology from the police chief. ow.ly/zA2jK
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: A now-former police officer pled guilty to trying to extort $15,000 from the owners of a local hostess bar. The charge was one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats and violence. ow.ly/zA1by
  • Jefferson Parish, Louisiana: A now-former deputy sheriff pled guilty to a felony traffic violation, for chasing a narcotics agent who was investigating allegations of illegal drug sales. The deputy sheriff was placed on five years’ probation for aggravated obstruction of a highway. ow.ly/zv4ZO

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Problems in Newark, NJ http://www.policemisconduct.net/problems-in-newark-nj/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/problems-in-newark-nj/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:22:45 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8485 From the New York Times: A three-year federal investigation has found that the Newark Police Department engaged in a pattern of unconstitutional practices, chiefly in its use of stop-and-frisk tactics, unwarranted stops and arrests, and discriminatory police actions, officials said … Continue reading

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From the New York Times:

A three-year federal investigation has found that the Newark Police Department engaged in a pattern of unconstitutional practices, chiefly in its use of stop-and-frisk tactics, unwarranted stops and arrests, and discriminatory police actions, officials said on Tuesday.

The inquiry by the Justice Department, which found that the Police Department’s practices “have eroded the community’s trust,” said that about 75 percent of pedestrian stops documented by the police did not provide a sufficient basis for the stop. Also, it found that Newark police officers stopped black people at a considerably higher rate than white people and underreported the use of force by officers, said Paul J. Fishman, the United States attorney for New Jersey. Officials also said there was a pattern of theft of citizens’ property, mostly by officers working in the narcotics, gangs and prisoner processing units.

Note this:

Chief Campos said it was unclear if officers who took part in the unconstitutional behavior cited in the Justice Department report would face consequences.

Unclear?  Hmm.

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Problems at the Border Patrol http://www.policemisconduct.net/problems-at-the-border-patrol/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/problems-at-the-border-patrol/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:14:12 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8482 From the Washington Post: FOLLOWING MONTHS of damning disclosures about the use of deadly force by Border Patrol agents, Department of Homeland Security officials tightened the rules of engagement this spring. But it remains unclear whether U.S. Customs and Border … Continue reading

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From the Washington Post:

FOLLOWING MONTHS of damning disclosures about the use of deadly force by Border Patrol agents, Department of Homeland Security officials tightened the rules of engagement this spring. But it remains unclear whether U.S. Customs and Border Protection — with 43,000 agents, the biggest federal law enforcement agency — will end what appears to be a culture of impunity that has shielded agents from consequences and even meaningful investigations following senseless and unjustified killings.

Full editorial here.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-24-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-24-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-24-14/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:56:21 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8481 Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, July 24, 2014: Update: Waltham, Massachusetts (Previously reported 03-05-14): A now-former veteran police officer, guilty of possessing child pornography, was sentenced to five years in federal prison. http://ow.ly/zv7Np Harker … Continue reading

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Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, July 24, 2014:

  • Update: Waltham, Massachusetts (Previously reported 03-05-14): A now-former veteran police officer, guilty of possessing child pornography, was sentenced to five years in federal prison. http://ow.ly/zv7Np
  • Harker Heights, Texas: A veteran K-9 officer has turned in his badge and gun after a misdemeanor arrest stemming from the theft of three pairs of sunglasses from a store. http://ow.ly/zvaij
  • Saint Jo, Texas: A police officer was arrested for official oppression. He is accused of unlawfully detaining an 18-year-old female driver on at least two occasions and following her on several other occasions, according to the arrest affidavit. http://ow.ly/zvaL6
  • Independence, Kansas: The police chief made pleas to perjury, official misconduct, misuse of public funds, and theft of property valued at more than 25,000. He was sentenced to concurrent terms of six months for the perjury charge, 12 months for the official misconduct charge, 12 months for the misuse of public funds charge, and 12 months for the theft charge. http://ow.ly/zvwpG
  • Update: Schuyler County, Missouri (First reported 07-11-14): The Sheriff has submitted his letter of resignation. He has been charged with three counts of permitting escape and two charges of tampering with a witness. http://ow.ly/zv6T5
  • Dallas, Texas: The mother of a man whose shooting death at the hands of an officer spurred outrage and protest has filed a lawsuit against the city and the officer. She accuses the officer of using excessive force, the police department of racial profiling and false arrest.
  • Denver, Colorado: A police officer has been placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation into sexual assault allegations. http://ow.ly/zvF8q
  • New York, New York: A man claims in a $10 million lawsuit that he sustained a broken rib from a beatdown by a detective in an interrogation room. The city declined to comment on the suit. http://ow.ly/zvFH1

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-23-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-23-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-23-14/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:29:06 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8480 Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 23, 2014: St. Clair County, Missouri: The now-former sheriff was indicted by a federal grand jury for stealing property recovered in criminal cases and for selling a stolen … Continue reading

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Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 23, 2014:

  • St. Clair County, Missouri: The now-former sheriff was indicted by a federal grand jury for stealing property recovered in criminal cases and for selling a stolen firearm. “Today’s indictment alleges that the former sheriff treated the county’s evidence room like his personal tool shed, cheating the taxpayers and citizens of St. Clair County,” an attorney said. “No one is above the law. When the county’s chief law enforcement officer violates the very law he took an oath to uphold, he will be held accountable.” http://ow.ly/zv39U
  • Austin, Texas: A man has filed a lawsuit against a police officer, claiming the officer used excessive force. http://ow.ly/zv68a
  • Country Club Hills, Illinois: A police officer faces charges after he allegedly fired his weapon into a home while off duty and drinking at a friend’s house. He was charged with felony reckless discharge of a firearm and his bond was set at $75,000. ow.ly/zuXOz
  • Los Angeles County, California: A sheriff’s deputy who hit and killed bicycler was texting when the incident occurred. ow.ly/zuNhH
  • Greenville County, South Carolina: The third-highest ranking officer in the sheriff’s office has been fired after an internal affairs investigation concluded that he assisted criminals and didn’t keep Sheriff’s Office business secure. ow.ly/zuITe
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 07-15-14): A police officer has been indicted on 15 felony charges related to his illicit sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl. ow.ly/zuHLD
  • Oakdale, Louisiana: A police officer was fired and charged with a sex crime involving a juvenile. State Police says its investigation revealed that the officer had sexual relations with a juvenile while on duty. ow.ly/zt3jz
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: A police officer is being charged following allegations that she misappropriated funds from the Harrisburg Police Athletic League, a volunteer charitable organization she helped administer. ow.ly/zsZh3
  • Boardman, Oregon: A police officer resigned in the wake of his arrest for drunk and reckless driving. ow.ly/zsY5h

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-22-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-06-22-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-06-22-14/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:05:17 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8479 Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, July 22, 2014: Update: Bull Shoals, Arkansas (Previously reported 07-11-14): The police chief was found not guilty on two counts related to an arrest. A mistrial was declared on … Continue reading

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Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, July 22, 2014:

  • Update: Bull Shoals, Arkansas (Previously reported 07-11-14): The police chief was found not guilty on two counts related to an arrest. A mistrial was declared on the third count of use of excessive force. http://ow.ly/zpuJr
  • Hazleton, Pennsylvania: Claims that a man pointed a gun at police before they shot him to death defy science and common sense, his sister said in a federal lawsuit filed that seeks more than $3.45 million in damages and claims that the city police routinely use excessive force against minorities. http://ow.ly/zq58I
  • Update: Broward County, Florida (Previously reported 05-13-14): A now-former lieutenant has been sentenced to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy for his role in a convicted Ponzi scheme operator’s $1.2 billion fraud. http://ow.ly/zpRyu
  • Update: Westminster, South Carolina (First reported 03-25-13): A now-former police chief who was charged with embezzlement, forgery and misconduct in office pled guilty. ow.ly/zsXKO
  • El Paso, Texas: A now-former police officer charged with tax fraud in connection with a medical billing scheme is scheduled to appear in court. He has been charged with corrupt interference with Internal Revenue laws and 14 counts of structuring transactions to evade reporting requirements and aiding and abetting. ow.ly/zsV7p
  • Nolensville, Tennessee: An officer has been indicted for misconduct, according to a media release. He is accused of receiving inappropriate images of a minor female on his cellphone. ow.ly/zsQcc
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A now- former 10-year officer was ordered to stand trial for false imprisonment and related charges. He allegedly snatched a retired military veteran off a street, cuffed him, threw him face-first into the back of his marked SUV and drove him to a dark alley in the early-morning hours. ow.ly/zsDIQ
  • Update: Phillips, Wisconsin (First reported 03-05-14): The police chief accused of wrongdoing by the mayor will retire after an agreement was reached with the city. He been on paid administrative leave while the city’s Police Review Committee investigated the accusations. In a 16-page he was accused of falsifying an arrest document in a drug investigation and submitting a claim for expenses for a trip he never took. ow.ly/zsv9p
  • Golden Meadow, Louisiana: Authorities say a police officer and two others have been arrested and booked with manufacturing methamphetamine. ow.ly/zselX

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Conservatives and the Police http://www.policemisconduct.net/conservatives-and-the-police/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/conservatives-and-the-police/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:30:31 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8478 From National Review Online: Imagine if I were to tell you there is a large group of government employees, with generous salaries and ridiculously cushy retirement pensions covered by the taxpayer, who enjoy incredible job security and are rarely held … Continue reading

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From National Review Online:

Imagine if I were to tell you there is a large group of government employees, with generous salaries and ridiculously cushy retirement pensions covered by the taxpayer, who enjoy incredible job security and are rarely held accountable even for activities that would almost certainly earn the rest of us prison time. When there is proven misconduct, these government employees are merely reassigned and are rarely dismissed. The bill for any legal settlements concerning their errors? It, too, is covered by the taxpayers. Their unions are among the strongest in the country.

No, I’m not talking about public-school teachers.

I’m talking about the police.

We conservatives recoil at the former; yet routinely defend the latter — even though, unlike teachers, police officers enjoy an utter monopoly on force and can ruin — or end — one’s life in a millisecond….

But it’s time for conservatives’ unconditional love affair with the police to end….

The new video and photo evidence invites the troubling thought that this kind of behavior has long been routine. Only now is it coming to the attention of people who have led lives insulated from heavy interaction with the police. There is some statistical reason to believe that police today may actually be better-disciplined than they were in the past, and there’s certainly reason to hope that dashboard cams, wearable audio and video devices, and other technologies will lead to better outcomes for law-abiding cops as well as for law-abiding civilians.

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-19-14 to 07-21-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-19-14-to-07-21-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-19-14-to-07-21-14/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:38:28 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8477 Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, July 19 to Monday, July 21, 2014: Miami Beach, Florida: A homicide detective was jailed and accused of having sex in his police car with a teenage girl whose … Continue reading

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Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, July 19 to Monday, July 21, 2014:

  • Miami Beach, Florida: A homicide detective was jailed and accused of having sex in his police car with a teenage girl whose trust he gained while on the job. http://ow.ly/zpTXD
  • Clark County, Ohio: A sheriff’s deputy has been indicted for tampering with evidence, obstructing justice and improperly furnishing firearms to a minor in relation to a murder investigation. http://ow.ly/zq4DP
  • Miami Beach, Florida: A police officer is being investigated by his own colleagues after he was allegedly drunk during an off-duty job, while in full uniform. He has been relieved of duty with pay while internal affairs investigates the allegation. http://ow.ly/zq87n
  • Richmond, Illinois: An officer has been charged with official misconduct, possession of a stolen firearm, and burglary after he was fired for failing to show up for work. The charges stem from incidents that happened while he was an officer. http://ow.ly/zq6nr
  • Gaffney, South Carolina: A longtime officer has been suspended after he was charged with aggravated criminal domestic violence and pointing a firearm. ow.ly/zpUnC
  • Update: Springfield, Oregon (First reported 06-17-14): A police detective pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, interfering with a police officer and second-degree disorderly conduct. ow.ly/zp6s6
  • Shinnston, West Virginia: A now-former police officer has been sentenced on drug charges. Media outlets report that a judge sentenced him to four to 16 years in prison. ow.ly/zpSmT
  • Update: Arcadia, California (First reported 10-02-13): A now-former police officer pled “no contest” to embezzling more than $40,000 from the Arcadia Police Officers’ Association to buy motorcycle parts, exercise equipment and other personal items, officials said. ow.ly/zp3eV
  • Los Angeles, California: Deputies kicked and beat a man with fists and batons even after he was subdued and handcuffed, according to attorneys who contend he was subjected to excessive force and “street justice.” The sheriff’s department confirms the incident is under investigation by an internal affairs unit. ow.ly/zp4gV
  • Update: Exeter, Pennsylvania (First reported 04-18-14): A police officer who had been on administrative leave has been fired. According to court records, he was placed on leave for allegedly watching pornography and soliciting sexual relationships using his work computer while on duty. ow.ly/zp2rw
  • Update: Boiling Spring Lakes, North Carolina (Previously reported 08-21-12): The now-former police chief has pled guilty to charges stemming from an investigation involving his son, who is a convicted felon. The officer pled to willfully failing to discharge his duties as a police officer. ow.ly/zp21d
  • West Palm Beach, Florida: A now-former police officer who sold anabolic steroids while on duty was sentenced to five years in prison. ow.ly/zoRHi
  • Clairton, Pennsylvania: A 17-year-old girl claims she was beaten by police after she and her friends were stopped for a curfew violation. The girl admits she and her friends were out a few minutes after the city’s 10 p.m. curfew, and that she both ran from officers and resisted them after being tackled, but she doesn’t believe she deserves the injuries she suffered. ow.ly/zoAdn

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Bill Maher on Paramilitary Policing http://www.policemisconduct.net/bill-maher-on-paramilitary-policing/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/bill-maher-on-paramilitary-policing/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:34:10 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8474 Go here for more Cato scholarship. h/t: Pete Guither

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Go here for more Cato scholarship.

h/t: Pete Guither

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-18-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-18-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-18-14/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:02:04 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8473 Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 18, 2014: Beaufort, South Carolina: A police officer pled guilty to simple assault against his 10-year-old stepdaughter, then resigned from the police department. According to warrants, he slapped … Continue reading

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Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 18, 2014:

  • Beaufort, South Carolina: A police officer pled guilty to simple assault against his 10-year-old stepdaughter, then resigned from the police department. According to warrants, he slapped her on the right side of her head. ow.ly/zkrDR
  • Warrenton, Oregon: A police officer was arrested on charges related to the sale of guns. He was booked on charges including theft, forgery, tampering with physical evidence and official misconduct. ow.ly/zks2Q
  • Los Angeles, California: A police officer allegedly caught on video as he used a baton to repeatedly strike a man who was on his knees has been charged with two felony assault counts. ow.ly/zkg1X
  • Update: Hidalgo, Texas (First reported 04-16-14): A now-former sheriff who pled guilty to money laundering was sentenced to five years in prison. The U.S. District Judge departed from sentencing guidelines that topped out at less than four years to impose a stiffer sentence. ow.ly/zkrOJ
  • Charleston County, South Carolina: The sheriff’s office says a detective was fired after an internal investigation discovered that the officer had a sexual relationship with a murder suspect’s mother and lied about it. ow.ly/zkthZ
  • Omaha, Nebraska: A now-former police officer facing criminal charges in connection with a controversial arrest caught on video has made a plea deal. He entered no-contest pleas to two misdemeanor counts of obstructing governmental operations. Prosecutors allege the officer disposed a memory card from a cellphone possibly used to record an incident. ow.ly/zkcGx
  • Update: Pierce County, Georgia (Previously reported 12-03-13): Federal prosecutors say a now-former deputy sheriff has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for protecting drug dealers. ow.ly/zksd1
  • Denver, Colorado: A deputy is under investigation for inappropriate force against a detainee during the booking process at the jail. A security camera recorded the incident, but the chief said he would not release it to the public, pending the investigation. ow.ly/zk8D0
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama: A police officer has been arrested on a domestic violence charge for the second time in two years. After speaking with the victim and the suspect, officers found probable cause to charge the officer with third degree domestic violence criminal coercion. ow.ly/zktCr
  • Montgomery, Alabama: A police officer is being charged with domestic violence following an arrest, according to the department. ow.ly/zk7cE
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: A jury found that two police officers used excessive force during an arrest. The jury awarded a combined $105,000 in compensatory and punitive damages the victim, who accused one officer of beating him while the other officer failed to intervene. ow.ly/zk6yg
  • Update: Washington Park, Illinois (First reported 07-01-13): A now-former police officer pled guilty to bringing drugs into a jail for an inmate. ow.ly/zjL2O
  • New York, New York: A 400-pound asthmatic dad died after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, video of the incident shows. ow.ly/zkb0T
  • Barren County, Kentucky: A federal judge ruled that a now-former sheriff’s deputy violated a man’s constitutional rights by using excessive force against the man after arresting him. ow.ly/zjKoJ
  • Update: King County, Washington (First reported 01-07-14): The sheriff has fired a deputy who was arrested after being found asleep in his patrol car and showing signs of impairment. The deputy was ultimately found to have prescription drugs in his system. ow.ly/zjx6c
  • Spokane County, Washington: A sheriff’s deputy was fired after he billed a local business for work he didn’t do. The deputy left his post to work patrol but billed the store for a full 12-hour shift. ow.ly/zjAyP
  • Update: Irwindale, California (First reported 06-13-14): A now-former police officer denied molesting a 14-year-old police Explorer. He pled not guilty to using a minor for sex acts, sending harmful matter, oral copulation of a person under 16, sexual penetration by a foreign object and two counts of contact with a minor for sexual offense. ow.ly/zjvTR
  • Miramar, Florida: A police officer was arrested on petit theft and official misconduct charges after officials say he stole two bottles of liquor while investigating a shoplifting case. ow.ly/zjgf3

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Chicago is Ready for Reform http://www.policemisconduct.net/chicago-is-ready-for-reform/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/chicago-is-ready-for-reform/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:24:30 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8472 From the Chicago Sun-Times: We stand at a watershed in the long history of efforts to address patterns of police abuse in Chicago. On March 10, the state appellate court held in Kalven v. Chicago that documents bearing on allegations … Continue reading

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From the Chicago Sun-Times:

We stand at a watershed in the long history of efforts to address patterns of police abuse in Chicago. On March 10, the state appellate court held in Kalven v. Chicago that documents bearing on allegations of police misconduct are public information. On July 11, the Emanuel administration announced that it will not appeal Kalven and that it has adopted a set of procedures for implementing the decision…

As the plaintiff and attorneys in Kalven, we engaged in extended negotiations with Corporation Counsel Steve Patton and his staff in order to settle the case. The Emanuel administration is to be commended. Not only does its new transparency policy conform to Kalven, in some respects it goes beyond what the decision requires.

This is real reform. It is important to understand why.

The documents at issue are: (1) the investigative files generated when a citizen files a complaint charging police misconduct, and (2) lists of officers who accumulated repeated complaints of abuse….

Until now, the city has fiercely resisted any and all efforts via the Freedom of Information Act and civil discovery to make public the identities of officers with repeated complaints and the contents of police misconduct files. From our perspective, it has often seemed to allocate more resources to maintaining official secrecy than to addressing the underlying problems.

The Emanuel administration’s new policy breaks with the past. From now on, the city will honor FOIA requests for police misconduct files, subject only to the redaction of private information such as the names of complainants and the accused officer’s address and Social Security number. If it believes a request is unduly burdensome, it will provide summary digests, detailed narratives of the investigation. Requesters will then have the option of asking the city for a subset of the requested files or specific documents they have identified within the files.

This policy will allow the public and the press to assess the quality of investigations and to identify groups of officers with a pattern of complaints. It will create incentives for investigators, knowing their work is subject to public scrutiny, to conduct rigorous investigations. And it will ultimately, we believe, move the department to address patterns of police abuse.

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From the New York Times:

The 350-pound man, about to be arrested on charges of illegally selling cigarettes, was arguing with the police. When an officer tried to handcuff him, the man pulled free. The officer immediately threw his arm around the man’s neck and pulled him to the ground, holding him in what appears, in a video, to be a chokehold. The man can be heard saying “I can’t breathe” over and over again as other officers swarm about.

Now, the death of the man, Eric Garner, 43, soon after the confrontation on Thursday on Staten Island, is being investigated by the police and prosecutors. At the center of the inquiry is the officer’s use of a chokehold — a dangerous maneuver that was banned by the New York Police Department more than 20 years ago but that the department cannot seem to be rid of.

Read the whole thing.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-16-14 to 07-17-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-16-14-to-07-17-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-16-14-to-07-17-14/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:16:15 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8469 Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 16 to Thursday, July 17, 2014: Update: Berthoud, Colorado (Previously reported 04-28-14): A now-fired police officer was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and 30 days in … Continue reading

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Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 16 to Thursday, July 17, 2014:

  • Update: Berthoud, Colorado (Previously reported 04-28-14): A now-fired police officer was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and 30 days in a jail work-release program for physically abusing a 15-year-old girl for years. http://ow.ly/zjiH4
  • Durham, North Carolina: A police chief has officially barred officers from making up phony 911 calls in order to gain access to private residences without a search warrant. Several officers lied about 911 hang-up calls to convince residents to consent to searches of their homes, an officer said under oath. ow.ly/zeUYC
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: A police officer accused of trying to kill his girlfriend pled not guilty to charges of attempted second-degree murder and simple battery. ow.ly/zeURO
  • Miami, Florida: Two police officers are under investigation after getting into a fight during a traffic stop, and it was all caught on camera. ow.ly/zeq4E
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: A second police officer has been charged with a felony stemming from an alleged domestic matter. ow.ly/zeWTq
  • Jefferson County, Arkansas: A sheriff’s deputy involved in a shooting at a bar and grill has resigned amid an internal investigation, the sheriff’s office said. ow.ly/zeprB
  • Update: King County, Washington (First reported 06-25-14): The sheriff’s deputy who is at the center of a police corruption scandal distributing drugs was fired by the sheriff. “[The officer] violated his oath, the trust of his fellow deputies, and the trust of the citizens of King County,” the sheriff said in a statement. “He does not deserve to be a police officer.” ow.ly/zegig
  • Ashtabula, Ohio: A police officer was pulled over twice in one night under suspicion of driving under the influence before he was arrested. ow.ly/zdYRd
  • Simsbury, Connecticut: An attorney has filed a lawsuit against police, saying he was falsely charged with stealing from a pellet company that he represented in a lawsuit brought by the state. ow.ly/zfg1v
  • Coeur d’Alene, Idaho: The owner of a dog fatally shot by a Police officer says the dog wasn’t a “vicious pit bull,” as initially reported by the police department in a news release, but a 2-year-old black Labrador. ow.ly/zffzn
  • Evansville, Indiana: A well-decorated police officer was suspended for four days because of his driving. According to police records, he has been involved in six accidents in which he was determined to be at fault. ow.ly/zffbP
  • Update: Green Bay, Wisconsin (First reported 04-22-14): Police have cleared an officer in an internal investigation into his use of force in an arrest. Police say the officer has been exonerated, which means he followed the appropriate department policies and procedures and did not use excessive force during the arrest. ow.ly/zfdXZ
  • Update: Plymouth, Massachusetts (Previously reported 02-21-14): A now-former police officer has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison. He was convicted of using excessive force on a man who was handcuffed and then covering it up by falsifying police reports on the incident. ow.ly/zf3to
  • Woonsocket, Rhode Island: A police officer is accused of biting a man’s ear while attending a premiere party for his wife’s reality show. Police are conducting an internal investigation into what happened. ow.ly/zf2I0

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30 Days in Jail for Years of Abuse? http://www.policemisconduct.net/30-days-in-jail-for-years-of-abuse/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/30-days-in-jail-for-years-of-abuse/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:27:34 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8467 From the Denver Channel: LOVELAND, Colo. – Fired Berthoud police officer Jeremy Yachik was sentenced Monday to three years of supervised probation and 30 days in a jail work-release program for physically abusing a 15-year-old girl. A Larimer County judge … Continue reading

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From the Denver Channel:

LOVELAND, Colo. – Fired Berthoud police officer Jeremy Yachik was sentenced Monday to three years of supervised probation and 30 days in a jail work-release program for physically abusing a 15-year-old girl.

A Larimer County judge also ordered Yachik to perform 80 hours of community service and to undergo a domestic violence evaluation to determine if he will be required to participate in a domestic violence-treatment program.

According to court records, the girl told Loveland police investigators that Yachik abused her almost daily for years. The abuse allegedly included restraining her hands with handcuffs or plastic zip ties and then slamming her head into a wall hard enough to leave a hole and choking her until she blacked out, according to a Loveland Police Department arrest affidavit.

The girl also said he beat her with ropes, restricted her food, shackled her in a darkened room for hours and force-fed her “ghost pepper sauce” that’s roughly 10 times hotter than habanero peppers, the affidavit said.

During a voluntary Sept. 27 interview with Loveland investigators, Yachik, who is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 270 pounds, admitted doing many of these things to the girl, the affidavit said.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-15-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-15-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-15-14/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:25:13 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8468 Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 15, 2014: Cleveland, Ohio: A police officer was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual conduct with a minor 10 years or older. He is also charged … Continue reading

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Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 15, 2014:

  • Cleveland, Ohio: A police officer was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual conduct with a minor 10 years or older. He is also charged with four counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, according to the court website. ow.ly/zby0c
  • Fulton, New York: A police officer has been arrested and charged with three misdemeanors, police said. They include 3rd degree assault, falsifying business records, and making a punishable false written statement. ow.ly/zc7Wt
  • Update: Memphis, Tennessee (First reported 05-06-13): A now-former police officer has been convicted of two counts of rape involving a student from Rhodes College. He was also charged with three counts of assault and four counts of official misconduct. http://ow.ly/zf8hY
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: A police officer was arrested and charged with attacking and pointing a handgun at a parking valet. ow.ly/zcbdc
  • Revere, Massachusetts: A police officer resigned after admitting that he stole money used in a controlled drug buy. ow.ly/zbHge
  • Fruitland, Florida: The deputy chief resigned and another officer was fired after the FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement turned over a report to the city describing their link to the Ku Klux Klan. ow.ly/zcdC3
  • Chesterfield County, South Carolina: An officer was arrested on one count of filing a false police report. The offense is a misdemeanor which carries a fine up to $500, 30 days in jail or both. ow.ly/zbwnN
  • Springfield, Missouri: A police officer here who said he meant to fire his taser, not his handgun, has been charged with a misdemeanor in the shooting of a fleeing panhandler. ow.ly/zbusj
  • Update: Miami Beach, Florida (First reported 06-10-14): A police officer was sentenced to 18 months in prison after striking and seriously injuring two people while joy-riding with a woman on the beach using a police all-terrain vehicle. ow.ly/zbsH0
  • Houston, Texas: A police officer, who used a squad car and badge to protect a load of cocaine for a drug trafficker, was sentenced to probation and home confinement. ow.ly/zbosm
  • China Grove, Texas: The police chief was arrested on a DWI charge while he was driving his marked patrol unit. ow.ly/zbfWR

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-12-14 to 07-14-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-12-14-to-07-14-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-12-14-to-07-14-14/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:12:10 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8466 Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, July 12 to Monday, July 14, 2014: Grady County, Georgia: Four law enforcement officers have been indicted on charges in connection with an incident. According to the Department of … Continue reading

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Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, July 12 to Monday, July 14, 2014:

  • Grady County, Georgia: Four law enforcement officers have been indicted on charges in connection with an incident. According to the Department of Justice, a now-former deputy used excessive force during an arrest. As a result of the assault, the victim sustained injuries to his face, including cuts, bleeding, swelling and bruising. ow.ly/z9sae
  • Boone County, Kentucky: An off-duty sheriff’s deputy has been suspended without pay after he was arrested on a domestic violence charge. ow.ly/z9mpw
  • Update: Placer County, California (First reported 06-17-14): A decorated sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a teen who was volunteering at his department, according to authorities. ow.ly/z9ac1
  • Update: Washington, DC (Previously reported 11-18-13): A now-former police officer has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing a girl who participated in his church choir. After he gets out of prison he will have to register as a sex offender. ow.ly/z8VcM
  • Bexar County, Texas: A deputy was arrested after allegedly choking his girlfriend. The nearly six-year veteran of the sheriff’s office will face a charge of assault with bodily injury – choking. The assault came during an argument and caused his girlfriend to lose consciousness, authorities said. ow.ly/z8qum
  • Dayton, Ohio: A police officer charged for allegedly interfering with a police investigation pled not guilty to all counts. ow.ly/z8peK
  • Harris County, Texas: A sheriff’s deputy has been charged with two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver following an investigation. ow.ly/z8lDh
  • Aberdeen, Mississippi: A dispute between the police chief and the city building inspector could lead to the chief being charged with verbal simple assault. ow.ly/z89Tx

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-11-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-11-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-11-14/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:02:45 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8465 Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 11, 2014: Isle of Palms, South Carolina: A now-former police officer twice pawned her service weapon and stole items from the evidence room, according to the State Law … Continue reading

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Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 11, 2014:

  • Isle of Palms, South Carolina: A now-former police officer twice pawned her service weapon and stole items from the evidence room, according to the State Law Enforcement Division. ow.ly/z3Jbp
  • Frisco, Texas: A police detective who investigated major crimes from 2011 to 2013 had inappropriate relationships with four women tied to his cases, possibly jeopardizing future criminal trials. ow.ly/z3Hoh
  • Hughestown, Pennsylvania: The federal drug case against a now-former police officer took another step forward with the filing of criminal information against him. He allegedly distributed oxycodone on numerous occasions while he was employed as a borough police officer. ow.ly/z3GVB
  • Oswego, Illinois: Police assaulted an unconscious man, flipped his body in somersaults and hogtied him, and permanently disabled his mother as she tried to intervene, the family claims in court.
  • Update: Bull Shoals, Arkansas (Previously reported 05-12-14): The police chief pled not guilty to federal charges accusing him of using excessive force during an arrest. http://ow.ly/z8XVq
  • Heartland, Missouri: The sheriff was arrested and faces five felony charges. Documents state he is charged with two counts of tampering with a witness and three counts of permitting escape. ow.ly/z3id0
  • Pasadena, California: The police chief said he has launched an investigation into allegations of misconduct against a detective. In an audio recording the detective was heard telling a colleague he would “pin it on anybody, that’s how we roll.” http://ow.ly/z3JUa
  • Update: Edwardsburg, Michigan (First reported 06-10-14): A now-former police officer who admitted to stealing prescription medication from a residence where he responded to a 911 call was to two years of probation. http://ow.ly/z3O3a
  • Indio, California: A federal court jury awarded the parents of a 23-year-old fatally shot by police $1.9 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, its chief of police and a veteran police officer. http://ow.ly/z3OHn
  • Sanford, Florida: The city has settled with a man injured when two officers hit him with a Taser. He face-first onto the road after the confrontation with the officers. The department is going to pay him $75,000. http://ow.ly/z3Pvj
  • Update: Wyoming Borough, Pennsylvania (Previously reported 10-23-13): A police officer pled guilty and agreed to serve two to four years in state prison, followed by five years probation. He pled guilty to four separate criminal cases, including two counts of statutory sexual assault and one count each of unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors. http://ow.ly/z3TiC
  • Spanish Fork, Utah: A police officer who killed his wife, their two children, his mother-in-law and then himself received text messages from his wife just hours earlier threatening to leave him and take their kids and confronting him for raping her. http://ow.ly/z3Z8r
  • Blue Island, Illinois: A police officer and church camp counselor is charged with having and distributing child pornography. http://ow.ly/z3V8b

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Reacp 07-10-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-reacp-07-10-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-reacp-07-10-14/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:50:22 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8464 Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, July 10, 2014: New Bern, North Carolina: A now-former police officer pled guilty to stealing pills from the police department’s evidence room. She was sentenced to between 12 to … Continue reading

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Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, July 10, 2014:

  • New Bern, North Carolina: A now-former police officer pled guilty to stealing pills from the police department’s evidence room. She was sentenced to between 12 to 25 months in prison. http://ow.ly/yYdjT
  • Orlando, Florida: Police confirmed they are investigating an officer who was videotaped kicking and punching a man while he was handcuffed and forced to the ground. http://ow.ly/yYoQr
  • Round Lake Beach, Illinois: A 17-year veteran officer has been charged with 13 counts of theft and official misconduct for allegedly paying for $3,700 worth of gasoline with department money. http://ow.ly/yYbiv
  • Update: Chillicothe, Missouri (First reported 03-07-14): A now-former police officer who faces rape and sodomy charges now faces new allegations of tampering with prosecution.He was charged with a felony of tampering with a victim/witness in felony prosecution while being incarcerated on charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy. http://ow.ly/yYdSD
  • East Point, Georgia: A lawsuit is pending against police following the death of a man stunned by a police taser, the man’s family says. http://ow.ly/yYe4i
  • Update: Cincinnati, Ohio (First reported 06-21-13): The family of a father of eight who died after being shot in the chest with a Taser stun gun settled their federal civil rights police department for $650,000. Policy changes were also put in place at the department regarding Taser use. http://ow.ly/yYeVD
  • Update: Chesapeake, Virginia (First reported 02-24-14): A now-former city police officer was sentenced to 30 days in jail for stealing more than $3,000 from three prostitutes. He pled guilty to two counts of misdemeanor embezzlement. http://ow.ly/yYfBG
  • Kenner, Louisiana: A police officer has been accused of negligence in a recently filed lawsuit that claims he ran over a pedestrian. http://ow.ly/yYlRe

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-09-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-09-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-09-14/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 03:01:34 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8460 Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 9, 2014: Fremont, Nebraska: The body responsible for oversight of the police department announced it will launch an investigation and review into the department and its internal investigation … Continue reading

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Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 9, 2014:

  • Fremont, Nebraska: The body responsible for oversight of the police department announced it will launch an investigation and review into the department and its internal investigation in connection to an incident in which an 18-year-old man was killed in a drunk-driving accident after allegedly drinking with off-duty police officers. http://ow.ly/yXDfB
  • Huntsville, Alabama: Police say one of their officers is on administrative leave after being charged with domestic violence. http://ow.ly/yXE6x
  • Bradenton, Florida: A police officer found himself on the other side of the law when he was arrested for soliciting a prostitute. He has been fired. http://ow.ly/yXODT
  • Update: Suffolk County, New York (First reported 02-05-14): A now-former police sergeant has been charged with 20 more hate crimes in an indictment that accuses him of repeatedly targeting and stealing from Hispanic motorists. http://ow.ly/yY8vr
  • Update: Santa Rosa, California (Previously reported 11-06-13): Prosecutors said they will not file criminal charges against a sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun he mistook for an assault rifle. http://ow.ly/yY9gy
  • Hallowell, Maine: A private investigator will examine a second allegation of sexual misconduct against the police chief. A woman said he took a pornographic picture of her while she slept, with other policemen posing in front of her. http://ow.ly/yYaGE
  • Update: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin (Previously reported 07-24-13): A police detective charged with stealing prescription drugs from the department’s evidence room was ordered to spend 30 months on probation, according to state court records. ow.ly/yXBAF
  • Kronenwetter, Wisconsin: An officer resigned after an investigation began into allegations that he had solicited a prostitute multiple times. ow.ly/yXAi5
  • Kenosha, Wisconsin: The police chief said he felt termination was the only proper course of action in the case of an officer accused of making inappropriate comments to a female officer and “stalking” a man with whom he had a confrontation over a parking space. ow.ly/yXzon
  • Update, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (First reported 05-05-14): Accused of a cover-up, the sheriff and four of his deputies are named as co-defendants in a federal civil rights lawsuit. When a deputy T-boned her car, the victim suffered more than a broken neck. She suffered the indignity of a false arrest for driving while intoxicated. ow.ly/yXw53
  • Update: College Park, Georgia (First reported 12-19-13): A police officer was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to immigration fraud. ow.ly/yXtfB
  • Sweetwater, Florida: A police officer was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated battery after he and his wife got into an argument. According to the police report, he allegedly bit his wife on her upper lip. Police said he was in uniform and armed on the day of the alleged battery. ow.ly/yVNR4
  • Update: Chesterfield, Missouri (First reported 06-09-14): A police officer accused of secretly recording victims in a men’s restroom was indicted by a grand jury. ow.ly/yVv5O

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Bizzare Police Work http://www.policemisconduct.net/bizzare-police-work/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/bizzare-police-work/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:42:04 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8462 From the Washington Post: A Manassas City teenager accused of “sexting” a video to his girlfriend is now facing a search warrant in which Manassas City police and Prince William County prosecutors want to take a photo of his erect … Continue reading

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From the Washington Post:

A Manassas City teenager accused of “sexting” a video to his girlfriend is now facing a search warrant in which Manassas City police and Prince William County prosecutors want to take a photo of his erect penis, possibly forcing the teen to become erect by taking him to a hospital and giving him an injection, the teen’s lawyers said. A Prince William County judge allowed the 17-year-old to leave the area without the warrant being served or the pictures being taken — yet.

I should add that it is bizarre work by prosecutors and judges too.  A near complete system breakdown.

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Filming the Watchmen http://www.policemisconduct.net/filming-the-watchmen/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/filming-the-watchmen/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:46:05 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8458 Excerpt from a new paper, “Filming the Watchmen,”  from the Heritage Foundation: Brandy Berning spent the night in a Florida jail because she used a cell phone to film a traffic stop on I-95. George Thompson of Fall River, Massachusetts, … Continue reading

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Excerpt from a new paper, “Filming the Watchmen,”  from the Heritage Foundation:

Brandy Berning spent the night in a Florida jail because she used a cell phone to film a traffic stop on I-95. George Thompson of Fall River, Massachusetts, claimed that he was verbally abused, arrested, and locked up overnight for filming a profane police officer with a cell phone from his front porch. The officer was across the street in full view and within earshot of anyone who happened to be passing by his home.  Most recently, Florida police arrested and charged Lazaro Estrada with obstruction of justice for peacefully filming an arrest with his cell phone on a public street.

Why is this happening? Police are unhappy that people are using their cell phones—which often have video capabilities—to film police conduct. Some state statutes generally prohibit the recording or interception of oral communications unless all parties to the conversation consent. To prevent citizens from gathering and disseminating information about police conduct, police are relying on these statutes to arrest citizens who film police in public, even if those citizens have a right to be present in the locations from which they film.

The question arises: Are such filming and any subsequent publication protected by the First Amendment? If so, what can we do to better secure our rights?

This paper summarizes how federal courts of appeal have treated the filming of police officers in public. It then contends that there exists a First Amendment right not only to film police in such places, subject to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions, but also to publish the content of those films.

Full paper here.  Still more here.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-08-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-08-14-2/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-08-14-2/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:42:56 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8459 Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, July 8, 2014: Worcester, Massachusetts: A police officer has been arrested on home invasion and assault charges. He forced his way into his ex-wife’s home and struck her companion … Continue reading

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Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, July 8, 2014:

  • Worcester, Massachusetts: A police officer has been arrested on home invasion and assault charges. He forced his way into his ex-wife’s home and struck her companion in the face and neck. http://ow.ly/yVn7H
  • Hobart, Indiana: A woman claiming she was roughed up by police is suing the city’s department. She claims they verbally harassed her during transport to the police station and that she suffered injuries to her face from excessive force by the officers. http://ow.ly/yVnix
  • Lonoke County, Arkansas: A detective is facing felony charges after an investigation by state police. He is accused of accessing secure information about a case involving a family member that was being investigated by police. http://ow.ly/yVnQl
  • Greene County, Ohio: The sheriff’s office has finalized a $130,000 settlement agreement with a man who alleged deputies used excessive force. http://ow.ly/yVroS
  • Update: Fort Smith, Arkansas (Previously reported 06-23-14): A now-former police officer has been sentenced to five years in prison for having sex with a girl who was 16 at the time. http://ow.ly/yVuJZ
  • Sequoyah County, Oklahoma: A state trooper has been arrested in for driving under the influence of alcohol while on duty after he crashed an Oklahoma Highway Patrol sport utility vehicle that was towing an OHP boat. http://ow.ly/yVvoZ
  • Walla Walla, Washington: A man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the county and several local law enforcement officers, claiming he was repeatedly tasered by a sheriff’s deputy, arrested without cause and unlawfully transported across state lines. ow.ly/yVmH6
  • Update: York, South Carolina (Previously reported 06-11-14): The police chief has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing after he was involved in a high speed police chase that ended with the suspect being stomped on. ow.ly/yVk8h
  • Update: Clay County, Florida (First Reported 06-11-14): The sheriff has suspended two detectives and two supervisors without pay and will assign them to patrol for wrongfully arresting a Louisiana woman. ow.ly/yUYGF
  • Maricopa County, Arizona: A man is suing a deputy after he says the deputy collided with his truck and then handcuffed the plaintiff when he tried to write down the deputy’s license-plate number. ow.ly/yUD0i
  • Toledo, Ohio: A foster mother is suing the city, the police department, and an individual officer claiming her civil rights were violated and excessive force was used during her arrest. ow.ly/yUC2J
  • Alamance County, North Carolina: The sheriff allegedly ordered his deputies to stop and arrest motorists who appeared to be Hispanic. The US Justice Department brought the charges after interviewing more than 125 victims and personnel over the course of several years. The investigation found that drivers who were Hispanic were being pulled over at an alarming rate for minor traffic infractions. ow.ly/yUxFw
  • Sayreville, New Jersey: A police officer has admitted stealing more than $20,000 in rent paid by the Sayreville Housing Authority. ow.ly/yUwhy

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-08-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-08-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-08-14/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 01:48:26 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8457 Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 4 to Monday, July 7 2014: Laurens County, South Carolina: A state trooper has been suspended after he threatened to use a Taser on a man during a … Continue reading

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Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 4 to Monday, July 7 2014:

  • Laurens County, South Carolina: A state trooper has been suspended after he threatened to use a Taser on a man during a traffic stop for speeding. ow.ly/ySiJF
  • Update: Glouster, Ohio (First reported 05-27-14): A police chief suspected of helping a woman avoid arrest pled not guilty on 12 counts, including obstructing justice. ow.ly/ySeKV
  • Montezuma County, Colorado: A civil-rights lawsuit claims that “incompetent” and “heavily armed” deputies have used “excessive force” under the sheriff’s direct supervision. http://ow.ly/ySkTN
  • Update: Brattleboro, Vermont (Previously reported 02-26-13): A now-former state trooper has paid $27,000 to settle a civil lawsuit alleging that he assaulted two men while on duty. ow.ly/yS2L3
  • Clayton County, Georgia: A police officer is under investigation, accused of losing his temper with a driver going too slow. After both pulled into a shopping complex parking lot, witnesses said the situation got out of control. “She opened her door up and that’s when he charged too her car,” said the witness, who was standing outside at the shopping center with her two children. The witness said the officer started to curse, used a racial slur and then spit on the driver. ow.ly/yRorm
  • Update: Osage County, Missouri (Previously reported 10-22-13): The sheriff pled guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor harassment. The judge suspended imposing any sentence and placed the sheriff in two years supervised probation. ow.ly/yRYVN
  • Los Angeles, California: California Highway Patrol is investigating a video showing an officer pummeling a woman alongside a freeway during an arrest that began with an attempt to stop her from walking into traffic. ow.ly/yRpWj
  • Update: Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina (First reported 02-21-14): A police officer pled guilty to secretly taking photos of girls’ underwear as they participated in a youth police program. He was placed on probation for 36 months. He will not be required to register as a sex offender. ow.ly/yRQO7
  • Boston, Massachusetts: A police officer who has been on administrative leave was arrested after police said he took a vehicle he was unauthorized to use. ow.ly/yRctQ
  • New York, New York: An off-duty officer who was allegedly intoxicated when he randomly opened fire and shot at two strangers was indicted on attempted murder charges. http://ow.ly/ySWQv

 

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Worst of the Month — June 2014 http://www.policemisconduct.net/worst-of-the-month-june-2014/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/worst-of-the-month-june-2014/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:00:23 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8456 Earning worst of the month for June is police officer Ronald Harris.   Recall that he attempted to rob a woman at Memphis International Airport.  But this was an extraordinary theft.  Harris was trying to steal a bag from an employee … Continue reading

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Earning worst of the month for June is police officer Ronald Harris.   Recall that he attempted to rob a woman at Memphis International Airport.  But this was an extraordinary theft.  Harris was trying to steal a bag from an employee of St. Jude Children’s Hospital who was, in turn, delivering the bag to a family. The bag was a gift from the Make-A-Wish Foundation—the organization that grants wishes to terminally-ill children.  The bag held several St. Jude t-shirts and a $1500 credit card for the family to use for travel.  Harris followed the St. Jude employee into the airport and then struck a member of the family who tried to stop him from stealing their wish away.  Harris has been suspended pending an investigation and faces a long list of charges. Police misconduct is never good, but plotting to steal the wish from a terminally-ill child and their family is just really low.

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