PoliceMisconduct.net http://www.policemisconduct.net The Cato Institute's National Police Misconduct Reporting Project Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:03:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-17-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-12-17-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-12-17-14/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:01:24 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8674 Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, December 17, 2014: Greene County, Ohio: A now-former sheriff’s major was convicted on two of seven counts for illegally purchasing a machine gun. He forged a superior’s name on … Continue reading

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Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, December 17, 2014:

  • Greene County, Ohio: A now-former sheriff’s major was convicted on two of seven counts for illegally purchasing a machine gun. He forged a superior’s name on the federal paperwork to acquire the gun and then kept it for his personal use. http://ow.ly/FWCAG 
  • Boston, Massachusetts: A state trooper has been placed on restricted duty. The state police are investigating an incident caught on video in which the trooper verbally abused and pepper sprayed a peaceful protester. http://ow.ly/FYX4c 
  • Huntsville, Alabama: A police officer was arrested by FBI for bribery. The highly decorated officer was arrested under sealed affidavit so few other details are currently available to the public. http://ow.ly/FWFa7 
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: An officer has been named in two federal lawsuits alleging excessive force. The lawsuits allege a documented history of violent behavior by the officer. http://ow.ly/FZy6u 
  • Espanola, New Mexico: A police officer was arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated. His law enforcement certification has been suspended pending outcome of the criminal case. http://ow.ly/FZAWH 
  • Baltimore, Maryland: The police department is being sued by woman who claims she was verbally abused, tasered, and arrested for recording a police stop of another person. She claims the police erased the encounter from her cell phone, but she was able to recover the footage that included her own arrest because she had an application that automatically backed up her data. http://ow.ly/FZFIv 
  • Chillicothe, Ohio: An officer was suspended and then resigned amid administrative and criminal investigations into an alleged sexual assault. The victim originally refused to speak to anyone in law enforcement when she was admitted to the hospital. The following day, she returned to the hospital to talk with sheriff’s department detectives from the county. She described the officer and he was identified. http://ow.ly/FZJZ3 
  • Jefferson Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was fired and arrested for having sex with suspect in exchange for not taking her to jail. The deputy had responded to a reported theft from a car. He learned that the caller had a warrant and two other outstanding attachments. They reached a compromise. However, when she called-in another theft, according to the news report: “A different deputy responded and told the woman about the attachments and warrant….The woman then informed the deputy of her previous arrangement with his colleague. But no similar terms were struck. The deputy arrested the woman and informed supervisors about the allegation.” http://ow.ly/FZZS8 
  • Update: Colchester, Vermont (First reported 11-12-14): A detective has been indicted for stealing $5,000 in cash and drugs from the evidence room, giving a firearm to a felon, and heroin distribution. http://ow.ly/G05dV 
  • Salem, Virginia: An officer and DEA task force member pled guilty to bribery. He had been accused of soliciting sex from a cooperating witness in exchange for his support at her sentencing. http://ow.ly/G078w 
  • Onondaga County, New York: Three sheriff’s deputies have been indicted for filing false time sheets for public transit duty they didn’t serve. http://ow.ly/G1dHV 
  • Denton County, Texas: A deputy has been indicted for child exploitation. He is alleged to have downloaded and stored child pornography on his computer. http://ow.ly/G32hB 
  • Victoria, Texas: An officer was suspended and is under investigation for excessive force after tasing a 76-year-old man over expired inspection tags for his vehicle. The video of the incident has gone viral. http://ow.ly/G3aRQ 
  • Update: King County, Washington (First reported 03-04-14): A deputy pled guilty to reckless driving, a misdemeanor. He had originally been arrested for DUI and hit & run. Investigators alleged that he took sleeping pills an hour before the accident. http://ow.ly/G2YV7 
  • Aledo, Illinois: Two deputies were arrested on the same day after a state police investigation into an allegation of an inappropriate relationship between a member of the department and a minor. One deputy was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, meaning he had sexual contact with someone between 13 and 17 years old. The other was charged with indecent solicitation of a child.  http://ow.ly/G34DB 
  • Buffalo, New York: An officer has been suspended without pay after a video surfaced of him beating a man with a baton Thanksgiving morning. http://ow.ly/G37NB 
  • St. Petersburg, Florida: An officer was arrested for suspicion of DUI after running red light. He has been suspended pending an investigation into the incident. http://ow.ly/G3BlC 
  • Salem, Massachusetts (Massachusetts State Police): A state trooper pled not guilty to DUI and other offenses stemming from Spring 2014 car accident. The vehicle hit a utility pole and a 53-year-old passenger in the car had to be airlifted to the hospital to be treated for his injuries. The trooper refused a field sobriety test and refused medical treatment, thus precluding a blood test. http://ow.ly/G45cK 
  • Update: Los Angeles County, California (First reported 01-18-12): A now-former deputy has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for obstructing federal civil rights investigation. The former deputy was the last of a number of department members prosecuted for abusing prisoners in the jail and covering up investigations into that abuse. http://ow.ly/G49ij 
  • Update: Clay County, Florida (First reported 02-27-14): The sheriff’s office has settled a wrongful arrest suit for $50,000. Two detectives jailed the wrong teen for child sex abuse and held him for 35 days. http://ow.ly/G3Gbg 
  • Update: Honolulu, Hawaii (First reported 09-19-14): An officer pled not guilty to three sexual assault charges and is awaiting trial. http://ow.ly/G43nw 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-16-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-12-16-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-12-16-14/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:29:48 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8672 Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday December 16, 2014: Update: Oldham County, Kentucky (First reported 10-14-14): A now-former police officer was sentenced to nine months in jail for sending lewd text messages to a teenager … Continue reading

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Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday December 16, 2014:

  • Update: Oldham County, Kentucky (First reported 10-14-14): A now-former police officer was sentenced to nine months in jail for sending lewd text messages to a teenager he met during a traffic stop. http://ow.ly/FWfGR
  • Update: Woonsocket, Rhode Island (First reported 08-22-12): A now-former police officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but six months suspended, for choking his 9-year-old sister while she was in his custody. http://ow.ly/FWjWa
  • Update: Berkeley, New Jersey (First reported 06-11-14): The police department settled an excessive force lawsuit for $110,000 from an incident in January 2013. Video evidence shows an officer punch a handcuffed man in custody. The offending officer had been involved in another excessive force lawsuit in 2008 that also resulted in a $110,000 settlement. http://ow.ly/FWlpY 
  • Colfax, Louisiana: A now-former police chief was sentenced for one count each of malfeasance in office, obstruction of justice, and theft of a firearm for pawning seized police evidence. He received five year sentences, suspended, on both the malfeasance and obstruction charges. He was sentenced to seven years hard labor, with five suspended, on the gun charge. http://ow.ly/FWoCz 
  • Update: Alton, Illinois (First reported 08-14-14): An evidence officer is accused of destroying forensic evidence, including a rape kit and clothing. The discovery was made during an investigation into missing evidence in 130 cases. It is unclear whether this officer is responsible for the other missing evidence. http://ow.ly/FWvnC 
  • Update: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (First reported 04-01-14): The department settled a lawsuit by a teacher for wrongful arrest. The teacher was arrested outside a public meeting that had been discussing police/community relations. http://ow.ly/FYGZw 
  • Suffolk, Virginia: A female officer was arrested for assault after confrontation with another officer’s wife. The wife had filed charges against her husband but subsequently dropped them. Both officers are currently under investigation. http://ow.ly/FYE4d 
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 12-10-11): A now-former police officer was sentenced to 12.5-14.5 years in prison for grand larceny, robbery, and drug possession. This conviction was the latest in a string of cases that originally stemmed from a ticket fixing scandal that uncovered a drug ring and other corruption in the NYPD. http://ow.ly/FYQ1d 
  • El Paso, Texas: A police officer was fired after the investigation into the fatal shooting of a handcuffed man who was sitting on the ground outside the local jail. The officer had been on leave since the incident in March 2013. The victim’s family has filed a civil suit, but the district attorney declined to file criminal charges. http://ow.ly/FWAu2 
  • Starr County, Texas: A sheriff’s deputy was indicted for smuggling 77 pounds of marijuana across US-Mexico border. The deputy and her brother were arrested November 10 at a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol checkpoint with bundles of marijuana hidden in their vehicle’s floor. http://ow.ly/FYS2T 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-03-14 to 12-15-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-12-03-14-to-12-15-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-12-03-14-to-12-15-14/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:23:48 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8670 Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday December 3 to Monday, December 15, 2014: Corpus Christi, Texas: A police officer has been disciplined after dash cam video showed he asked woman to delete video of chokehold … Continue reading

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Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday December 3 to Monday, December 15, 2014:

  • Corpus Christi, Texas: A police officer has been disciplined after dash cam video showed he asked woman to delete video of chokehold by county official. ly/FUGrY
  • Colcord, Oklahoma: A police chief has been arrested for driving under the influence in his police cruiser. It’s his third DUI since 2004. ly/FUNb4
  • Pittsfield, Massachusetts: A man claims he was arrested for recording a traffic stop with his cell phone. He is challenging the arrest at his trial for disorderly conduct. ly/FV3fJ
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A police officer resigned and pled guilty to a charge of misconduct. He was accused of coercing a fugitive to perform sex acts. ly/FV6u4
  • Riverside County, California: A sheriff’s sergeant was charged with battery on a spouse, false imprisonment, assault, and illegal possession of controlled substances. ly/FVn0f
  • New Straitsville, Ohio: The police chief was indicted for records tampering for second time in the past two years. The newer charges are related to complicity in his wife’s alleged food stamp and Medicaid fraud charges, for which he faces up to seven years. A former Perry County Sheriff’s deputy, he was already slated for a trial for tampering with records and unlawful use of a law enforcement database. He faces up to 14 years in that case. http://ow.ly/FVplR
  • Update: Los Angeles, California (First reported 8-30-12): The police department settled excessive force suit for $550,000. The plaintiff had video showing officers body slamming her to the ground twice after she talked back to one officer. One officer involved in the case was suspended and the other was fired. http://ow.ly/FVvdU
  • Update: Los Angeles County, California (First reported 9-13-13): A now-former sheriff’s deputy pled no contest to charges related to a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. The highly decorated 22-year veteran was sentenced to three years in prison. http://ow.ly/FVCjn
  • Update: Eutawville, South Carolina (First reported 8-16-13): A now-former police chief was indicted for murder stemming from 2011 shooting of unarmed man in parking lot. He had been charged in relation to the case with misconduct in office, but a judge recently ruled he could not use a Stand Your Ground defense and subsequently a grand jury indicted him for murder. http://ow.ly/FVHJy
  • Carbon County, Utah: A county sheriff was charged with misuse of public funds and equipment. He allegedly used department funds to pay for $2000 worth of gasoline for his personal use. He also used the department’s search and rescue trailer to move into his new home in a neighboring county. http://ow.ly/FVQJj
  • Clewiston, Florida: A police officer was arrested for assaulting a Hendry County sheriff’s deputy at a gas station. Both officers were off duty but the assaulting officer was still wearing part of his uniform at the time of the alleged attack. http://ow.ly/FVXmK

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Boston Globe Looks at Police DUI Cases http://www.policemisconduct.net/boston-globe-looks-at-police-dui-cases/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/boston-globe-looks-at-police-dui-cases/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:05:42 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8669 From the Boston Globe: Simpkins is one of at least 30 Massachusetts law enforcement officials who have been charged with drunken driving while off-duty since the start of 2012, a Globe review has found. The crashes collectively killed three people … Continue reading

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From the Boston Globe:

Simpkins is one of at least 30 Massachusetts law enforcement officials who have been charged with drunken driving while off-duty since the start of 2012, a Globe review has found. The crashes collectively killed three people and injured more than a half-dozen others.

Though some officers resigned or were placed on unpaid leave after the charges, a majority kept their jobs, sometimes after a short suspension.

The drunken driving tally is almost certainly low because not every arrest is widely reported and officers sometimes let their peers off the hook, a practice known as “professional courtesy.” …

The Globe also found the vast majority of officers, like Simpkins, refused to take a breath test, making it harder to prosecute them criminally for drunken driving. And departments frequently went out of their way to accommodate them — keeping officers on the payroll even after they temporarily lost their licenses for refusing the test and could no longer do their regular duties….

The Globe’s findings saddened Ron Bersani of Marshfield, whose 13-year-old granddaughter was killed by a drunk driver in 2003, inspiring “Melanie’s Law” to combat drunken driving.

“I think people in public service should be held to a higher standard, but that is apparently not the case,” said Bersani, grandfather of Melanie Powell. “It is enormously frustrating.”

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-03-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-12-03-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-12-03-14/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:17:20 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8667 Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, December 3, 2014: Update: Bangs, Texas (Previously reported 10-10-14): The now-former police chief was sentenced to five years of probation and permanently lost his peace officer license. He pled … Continue reading

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Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, December 3, 2014:

  • Update: Bangs, Texas (Previously reported 10-10-14): The now-former police chief was sentenced to five years of probation and permanently lost his peace officer license. He pled guilty to abuse of official capacity, a felony. ly/Ff4lB
  • Erie, Pennsylvania: A police officer is facing DUI charges after he hit a fire truck with his car. ly/FeXCc
  • Port St. Lucie, Florida: A police officer is behind bars for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old high school student. “This is unacceptable behavior and incomprehensible for a police officer to engage in this type of behavior,” said the police chief. ly/FeVTi
  • Update: Buffalo, New York (Previously reported 06-18-14): A now-former police officer convicted on federal civil rights charges related to the videotaped beating of a handcuffed suspect has been sentenced to a year of probation. The incident was recorded by a bystander. ly/FeTPI
  • Brunswick Hills Township, Ohio: An officer has been suspended for 30 days for a series of incidents where he failed to properly use his sirens and traveled at excessive speeds. The chief said the officer’s actions created a danger to other emergency crews, pedestrians and children. ly/FeRxa
  • Cabell, West Virginia: A now-former sheriff’s deputy entered a plea convicting him of misdemeanor domestic battery. ly/FeNSs
  • Update: Boynton Beach, Florida (First reported 10-31-14): The 20-year-old woman who police say was raped by a police officer has filed a lawsuit against the officer and the city. ly/FeIRO
  • Nags Head, North Carolina: The police chief has been served by the with an arrest warrant for assaulting a female, a published report says. ly/FeBD9
  • New York, New York: A police officer has been arrested on a drunken driving charge after he left the scene of a fender bender. ly/Fey1o
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: Police have suspended an officer after he was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct, authorities said. ly/FdXke

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Police Departments on Trial http://www.policemisconduct.net/police-departments-on-trial/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/police-departments-on-trial/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:47:57 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8665 From the Economist: So far much of the debate within America has focused on race. That is not unreasonable: the victims were all black, and most of the policemen involved were white. American blacks feel that the criminal-justice system works … Continue reading

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From the Economist:

So far much of the debate within America has focused on race. That is not unreasonable: the victims were all black, and most of the policemen involved were white. American blacks feel that the criminal-justice system works against them, rather than for them. Some 59% of white Americans have confidence in the police, but only 37% of blacks do. This is poisonous: if any racial group distrusts the enforcers of the law, it erodes the social contract. It also hurts America’s moral standing in the world (not aided by revelations about the CIA’s use of torture—see article). But racial division, rooted as it is in America’s past, is not easily mitigated.

There is, however, another prism through which to examine these grim stories: the use of excessive violence by the state (see article). It, too, has complex origins, but quite a lot of them may be susceptible to reform. In many cases Americans simply do not realise how capricious and violent their law-enforcement system is compared with those of other rich countries. It could be changed in ways that would make America safer, and fairer to both blacks and whites….

In many ways America remains a model for other countries. Its economic engine has roared back to life. Its values are ones which decent people should want to spread. Yet its criminal-justice system, the backbone of any society, is deeply flawed.

 

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Worst of the Month — November 2014 http://www.policemisconduct.net/worst-of-the-month-november-2014/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/worst-of-the-month-november-2014/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 21:40:10 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8664 The worst police misconduct in November goes to the Cleveland Police Department. To begin with, in late November, a Cleveland officer shot and killed 12-year old Tamir Rice. The press reports based on the police accounts at the time of … Continue reading

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The worst police misconduct in November goes to the Cleveland Police Department.

To begin with, in late November, a Cleveland officer shot and killed 12-year old Tamir Rice.

The press reports based on the police accounts at the time of the incident read:

A rookie Cleveland police officer shot a 12-year-old boy outside a city recreation center late Saturday afternoon after the boy pulled a BB gun from his waistband, police said.

Police were responding to reports of a male with a gun outside Cudell Recreation Center at Detroit Avenue and West Boulevard about 3:30 p.m., Deputy Chief of Field Operations Ed Tomba said.

A rookie officer and a 10-15 year veteran pulled into the parking lot and saw a few people sitting underneath a pavilion next to the center. The rookie officer saw a black gun sitting on the table, and he saw the boy pick up the gun and put it in his waistband, Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Jeffrey Follmer said.

The officer got out of the car and told the boy to put his hands up. The boy reached into his waistband, pulled out the gun and the rookie officer fired two shots, Tomba said.

As detailed in this video report by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, the initial reports by the police do not jibe with video evidence in several major respects.

The video shows Rice, alone, playing with his toy gun and also with the snow, as 12 year olds are wont to do. He was not, as the police said, with “a few people” in the pavilion. Other police reports to the press said the shooting officer got out of his car and told Rice three times to put his hands up. The video, unfortunately without audio and recording at the speed of two frames per second, shows the officer shooting Rice within 1.5-2 seconds after exiting the police vehicle.

The officers also waited several minutes before administering CPR to the fallen boy.

The original call that drew the police to the park in the first place said the person with the gun in the park was likely a minor and likely was a toy gun. Apparently, this information was not relayed to the responding officers, who called-in the shooting victim as “possibly 20” years old.

The officer who shot Rice “was specifically faulted for breaking down emotionally while handling a live gun” according to subsequent reporting. The internal memo that informed the report concluded that the officer be “released from the employment of the City of Independence [,Ohio].”

And here’s the thing: The Cleveland Police hired the officer without checking his personnel file from his previous law enforcement job, where he was deemed unfit!

The Department of Justice took a close look at the Cleveland Department and issued a highly critical report:

The Justice Department report on Cleveland cataloged many instances of unjustified force, including officers who assaulted, pepper-sprayed and even Tasered people already being restrained. In one case last year, the police fired two shots at a man wearing only boxer shorts who was fleeing from two armed assailants. In a 2011 case, a man who had been restrained on the ground with his arms and legs spread was then kicked by officers. He was later treated for a broken bone in his face.

The city’s policing problems, [Attorney General] Holder said, stemmed from “systemic deficiencies, including insufficient accountability, inadequate training and equipment, ineffective policies and inadequate engagement with the community.”

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Cop Car Crashes http://www.policemisconduct.net/cop-car-crashes/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/cop-car-crashes/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 01:15:43 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8662 From WJLA: They’re sworn to serve and protect. But police officers are not immune to causing harm, especially behind the wheel. An ABC7 I-Team investigation discovered police officers in the D.C. area have been found at fault in hundreds of … Continue reading

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From WJLA:

They’re sworn to serve and protect. But police officers are not immune to causing harm, especially behind the wheel. An ABC7 I-Team investigation discovered police officers in the D.C. area have been found at fault in hundreds of accidents, causing deaths, injuries and thousands of dollars in damages….

Some of the accidents also resulted in injuries, not just to officers, but also members of the public. In Montgomery County, which supplied the most detailed and comprehensive records, eight civilians have been injured since 2010 in police-involved accidents in which the officer was classified as responsible. Those incidents include a 2013 accident in which a person was hurt after being struck by an officer who didn’t see them walking through a parking garage.

The video that details the last seconds of Ashley McIntosh’s life has logged more than 240,000 views on YouTube. But for the Fairfax County woman’s mother, Cindy Colasanto, seeing it just once was enough.

“I can’t even tell you how I felt, how devastating it was to see,” Colasanto said.

Colasanto fought in Richmond to change laws requiring police lights and sirens after being forced to watch her daughter’s life end on a dash camera. McIntosh was killed by a police cruiser that slammed into her car. The officer had run a red light at a high rate of speed without using a siren.

Good reporting.

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NYT on Police Misconduct: Millions of Americans Subjected to Intimidation http://www.policemisconduct.net/nyt-on-police-misconduct-millions-of-americans-subjected-to-intimidation/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/nyt-on-police-misconduct-millions-of-americans-subjected-to-intimidation/#comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 23:06:49 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8661 New York Times editorial: The Justice Department report describes the Cleveland Police Department as something far closer to an occupying military force than a legitimate law enforcement agency. The officers, for example, seem to take a casual view of the … Continue reading

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New York Times editorial:

The Justice Department report describes the Cleveland Police Department as something far closer to an occupying military force than a legitimate law enforcement agency. The officers, for example, seem to take a casual view of the use of deadly force, shooting at people who pose no threat of harm to the police or others. In one case in 2013, for example, they actually fired at a victim who had been held captive in a house — as he escaped, clad only in boxer shorts.

The report cataloged numerous incidents of wanton violence, with officers beating, pepper-spraying and Tasering people who were unarmed or had already been restrained. Officers escalated encounters with citizens instead of defusing them, making force all but inevitable.

The record in Cleveland is extreme. But aspects of illegal police conduct can be found in cities all over the country, subjecting millions to intimidation and fear that they could be killed for innocent actions.

Subjecting millions to intimidation.  Stop what you’re doing and think about that.

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The Wire: Police Commanders Discuss Prospects of Grand Jury Indictment for Brutality Case http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-wire-police-commanders-discuss-prospects-of-grand-jury-indictment-for-brutality-case/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-wire-police-commanders-discuss-prospects-of-grand-jury-indictment-for-brutality-case/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20:37:39 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8658 Does this scene from an HBO show tell us that the outcome in every grand jury case involving police misconduct is preordained?  Of course not.  Do prosecutors exert their power and influence to have grand juries refrain from criminal charges … Continue reading

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Does this scene from an HBO show tell us that the outcome in every grand jury case involving police misconduct is preordained?  Of course not.  Do prosecutors exert their power and influence to have grand juries refrain from criminal charges against police officers — even when the available evidence is incriminating?  It happens.

Cato study on grand juries here.

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The Eric Garner Case: Time to Open Your Eyes http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-eric-garner-case-time-to-open-your-eyes/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-eric-garner-case-time-to-open-your-eyes/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 03:16:53 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8657 Harry Siegel in the New York Daily News: Garner had a heart attack in the ambulance, and died. As he lay dying, he was treated like a piece of meat. By Pantaleo. By the other cops on the scene. Even … Continue reading

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Harry Siegel in the New York Daily News:

Garner had a heart attack in the ambulance, and died.

As he lay dying, he was treated like a piece of meat. By Pantaleo. By the other cops on the scene. Even by the medical technicians.

Had Garner been treated with basic human dignity after he was violently, and needlessly, taken down, he might not be dead.

I’m no lawyer, but this is section 125.15 of New York’s penal code: “A person is guilty of manslaughter in the second degree when: 1. He recklessly causes the death of another person.”

So I’m stunned, and saddened, by a Staten Island grand jury’s decision to level no charges against Pantaleo.

Anyone unsure why so many people of color are upset with the police, and suspicious of the American justice system, put your politics down, open your eyes and watch the videos.

Regular visitors will recall that we selected the Garner case as the ‘worst of the month’ for July.

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Grand Juries: What Everyone Needs to Know http://www.policemisconduct.net/grand-juries-what-everyone-needs-to-know/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/grand-juries-what-everyone-needs-to-know/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 02:50:27 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8656     Here is a link to the 2003 Cato paper on grand juries.    

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How Many Police Killings Are There Annually? http://www.policemisconduct.net/how-many-police-killings-are-there-annually/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/how-many-police-killings-are-there-annually/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 20:30:56 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8655 Today’s Wall Street Journal has a front page story titled, “Hundreds of Police Killings Uncounted in Federal Statistics.” Here is an excerpt (sorry for no link; there is a paywall): A Wall Street Journal analysis of the latest data from … Continue reading

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Today’s Wall Street Journal has a front page story titled, “Hundreds of Police Killings Uncounted in Federal Statistics.”

Here is an excerpt (sorry for no link; there is a paywall):

A Wall Street Journal analysis of the latest data from 105 of the country’s largest police agencies found more than 550 police killings during those years [2007 – 2012] were missing from the national tally or, in a few dozen cases, not attributed to the agency involved. The result: It is nearly impossible to determine how many people are killed by the police each year.

Public demands for transparency on such killings have increased since the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Mo. The Ferguson Police Department has reported to the FBI one justifiable homicide by police between 1976 and 2012.

Law-enforcement experts long have lamented the lack of information about killings by police. “When cops are killed, there is a very careful account and there’s a national database,” said Jeffrey Fagan, a law professor at Columbia University. “Why not the other side of the ledger?”

Good question.

However, there is an unstated bias at work here.  It is in the unfortunate title of the Journal article quoted above.  “Uncounted in Federal Statistics.”   But the Journal is hardly alone.  The bias/assumption is that the FBI “oversees” police departments across America.  Thus, it follows that those departments ought to be reporting data to the FBI.   This is incorrect.   Local police do not report to the FBI.   Often departments cooperate with one another.  Cooperation should not be confused with a legal obligation.

To clarify, we should know how many police killings there are.  We should even know more than that.  [If a guy is shot 5 times by an officer and is hospitalized for 8 months and manages to live, but is paralyzed, why should that incident not also be counted? ]    Governors should be responsible for this data-gathering task, not the federal government.   Btw, the article says, “Also missing from the FBI data are killings involving federal officers.”   Good grief.   Let the feds start there.  FBI, DEA, IRS, etc

Kudos to the Wall Street Journal for pressing police agencies around the country for this information.  Good reporting.

Related articles here and here.

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NewsFeed Hold http://www.policemisconduct.net/newsfeed-hold/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/newsfeed-hold/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 22:44:07 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8654 Please know that our NewsFeed will be on hold for a few days. We expect to resume reporting on Monday, December 15. As usual, we appreciate it when readers use our submissions page to send us stories they find from … Continue reading

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Please know that our NewsFeed will be on hold for a few days.

We expect to resume reporting on Monday, December 15.

As usual, we appreciate it when readers use our submissions page to send us stories they find from around the country.

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Is There a Connection Between Police Unions and Abusive Cops? http://www.policemisconduct.net/is-there-a-connection-between-police-unions-and-abusive-cops/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/is-there-a-connection-between-police-unions-and-abusive-cops/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 16:47:02 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8653 Conor Friedersdorf: There are, of course, police officers who are fired for egregious misbehavior by commanding officers who decide that a given abuse makes them unfit for a badge and gun. Yet all over the U.S., police unions help many … Continue reading

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Conor Friedersdorf:

There are, of course, police officers who are fired for egregious misbehavior by commanding officers who decide that a given abuse makes them unfit for a badge and gun. Yet all over the U.S., police unions help many of those cops to get their jobs back, often via secretive appeals geared to protect labor rights rather than public safety. Cops deemed unqualified by their own bosses are put back on the streets. Their colleagues get the message that police all but impervious to termination.

That isn’t to say that every officer who is fired deserves it, or that every reinstated cop represents a miscarriage of justice. In theory, due process before a neutral arbiter could even protect blue whistleblowers from wrongful termination. But in practice, too many cops who needlessly kill people, use excessive force, or otherwise abuse their authority are getting reprieves from termination….

Society entrusts police officers with awesome power. The stakes could not be higher when they abuse it: Innocents are killed, wrongly imprisoned, beaten, harassed—and as knowledge of such abuses spreads, respect for the rule of law wanes. If police officers were at-will employees (as I’ve been at every job I’ve ever held), none of the cops mentioned above would now be walking the streets with badges and loaded guns. Perhaps one or two of them deserved to be exonerated, despite how bad their cases look. Does the benefit of being scrupulously fair to those individuals justify the cost of having more abusive cops on the street?

Read the whole thing.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-27-14 to 12-01-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-11-27-14-to-12-01-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-11-27-14-to-12-01-14/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:48:00 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8652 Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 27 to Monday, December 1, 2014: Update: Houston, Texas (First reported 08-22-14): A police officer charged with carrying a kilogram of cocaine in was indicted on first-degree felony … Continue reading

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Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 27 to Monday, December 1, 2014:

  • Update: Houston, Texas (First reported 08-22-14): A police officer charged with carrying a kilogram of cocaine in was indicted on first-degree felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. ly/Fbhpd
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: A police officer has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident. ly/Fb8oK
  • Imperial County, California: A police officer was arrested while in full uniform following an FBI-led investigation of bribery allegations. ly/FaO8p
  • Palo Alto, California: A detective has been disciplined for forwarding an explicit photo of a suspect from a cellphone while the woman was under arrest, according to an audit report. ly/FaKYV
  • Gainesville, Florida: A police officer has been fired after an internal affairs investigation found he had sex with a 19-year-old woman he arrested for shoplifting. ly/FaEx9
  • Maricopa County, Arizona: Some deputies have been accused of falsifying search warrant requests. A judge said there were “seemingly pervasive misstatements of basic facts” made by investigators when they obtained search warrants. ly/FauYG
  • Paris, Maine: The police chief faces a charge of drunk driving after getting pulled over. ly/Fa6mb
  • Fruitport Township, Michigan: An officer is being charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence and having a minor in the car at the time. ly/Fa5lO
  • Des Moines, Iowa: A police officer has been charged with driving while intoxicated. He was off duty when he was pulled over for speeding. ly/F9XUV
  • Dallas, Texas: A police officer has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested. He is facing charges of driving while intoxicated and evading on foot. ly/F9y28

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-26-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-11-26-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-11-26-14/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 21:33:43 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8650 Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 26, 2014: Update: Salisbury, Maryland (First reported 09-12-14): A judge found a police officer made an unlawful arrest of a teen. The boy was acquitted on all charges … Continue reading

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Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 26, 2014:

  • Update: Salisbury, Maryland (First reported 09-12-14): A judge found a police officer made an unlawful arrest of a teen. The boy was acquitted on all charges as a result. http://ow.ly/EVDXi
  • Cuyahoga County, Ohio: A prosecutor said three law enforcement officials face felony charges for misusing their access to confidential criminal records. http://ow.ly/EVLoH
  • Douglas County, Colorado: Sheriff’s deputies arrested a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agent on charges of domestic violence and criminal mischief. http://ow.ly/EVRpY
  • Denver, Colorado: Video shows an officer punching an unarmed suspect in the face six times then tripping the man’s seven-and-a-half-months pregnant girlfriend. http://ow.ly/EVOJq
  • Update: Troy, New York (First reported 07-30-14): A city police officer who worked with a state police drug task force was indicted on charges of tampering with evidence after allegedly warning a friend about a drug raid. http://ow.ly/EVUOr
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer was arrested after police were called to meet with an injured woman. Detectives say a fight between escalated into violence that left the woman hospitalized with serious injuries. http://ow.ly/EVWmf
  • Fort Hood, Texas: A woman who was raped by a military police officer is suing the U.S. government. http://ow.ly/EVWLc
  • Update: Polk County, Florida (First reported 01-23-14): A now-former sheriff’s deputy pled guilty to two counts of official misconduct, which stems from arresting women and offering them deals if they exposed themselves. http://ow.ly/EW42e
  • Grapevine, Texas: A police officer was placed on administrative leave after admitting to taking and ingesting K-9 training narcotics. http://ow.ly/EW4Zl
  • Update: Hillsdale, Missouri (First reported 08-14-14): A now-former lieutenant will spend the next 46 months in jail followed by three years of probation. He pled guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and attempt to distribute heroin. http://ow.ly/EW5M3
  • Update: Maywood, Illinois (First reported 12-18-12): A now-former police officer was found guilty of misconduct but acquitted on charges that he sexually assaulted a woman he picked up in his squad car while on duty. http://ow.ly/EWaYL
  • Isabella County, Michigan: A deputy quit before facing firing for repeatedly questioning a 24-year-old woman about her sexual experiences and sending her graphically sexual text messages, according to departmental investigative reports. http://ow.ly/EW80n
  • Plaistow, New Hampshire: A now-former police detective has been sentenced to spend nine days behind bars. He pled guilty to criminal threatening and admitted he held a knife to a man’s throat, saying “shut up or I will slice you.” ly/EVDet
  • Update: Atlanta, Georgia (First reported 09-02-14): The shooting death of a woman whose body, found burning, has resulted in an indictment of a now-former police officer. ly/ESOot
  • Washoe County, Nevada: A sheriff’s deputy has been arrested after police say he was firing a gun while drunk and threatened to shoot at a sheriff’s helicopter. ly/ESOdi

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-25-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-11-25-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-11-25-14/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:24:33 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8645 Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, November 25, 2014: Dallas, Texas: A police officer has been fired for using excessive force in a videotaped incident in which a suspected panhandler was pinned to the ground. … Continue reading

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Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, November 25, 2014:

  • Dallas, Texas: A police officer has been fired for using excessive force in a videotaped incident in which a suspected panhandler was pinned to the ground. http://ow.ly/ESsCi
  • Update: Jarrel, Texas (First reported 02-07-14): A police chief will spend four and a half years in federal prison for using the witness protection program to collect bribes from illegal aliens wanting to avoid deportation. ly/ESjEz
  • Knox County, Tennessee: Two former law enforcement officers have pled guilty to attempting to commit extortion after being indicted by a federal grand jury. ly/ESqZz
  • Update: Superior, Wisconsin (Previously reported 10-21-14): An officer was given a 10-hour unpaid suspension for his actions during the arrest of a woman. Video shot by a dashboard camera in the squad car shows him shoving her onto the hood of the vehicle and striking her in the face with a closed fist as she reached toward his face and tried to pull away. The suspension was given because the officer used vulgarities when dealing with the woman, and his manner didn’t defuse the situation, according to the police department. ly/ERZBT
  • Update: Savannah-Chatham, Georgia (Previously reported 08-12-14): The now-former police chief was found guilty on one count of commercial gambling, one count of conspiracy, two counts making false statements, and two counts of extortion. He was found not guilty of three additional extortion charges. ly/ERKNQ
  • Eddy County, New Mexico: A sheriff’s deputy has resigned after being placed on administrative leave over alleged off-duty conduct. He submitted his resignation after he was arrested and accused of allegedly driving drunk. ly/ERGLG
  • San Marcos, Texas: A woman who says she suffered broken teeth and a concussion at the hands of a police officer who arrested her has sued him, the city’s police department and its former chief. ly/ERGbN
  • Nodaway, Missouri: A couple has filed a civil lawsuit in federal District Court claiming that the county sheriff and a deputy improperly entered their home while investigating allegations of child endangerment. ly/ERDZd
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (Previously reported 01-24-14): A now-former police officer was sentenced in federal court to 21 months in prison for his role in operating a prostitution business. He was also sentenced to two years of supervised release for his crime. According to the indictment he had more than 300 customers as part of his business. http://ow.ly/ES1Dv

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-22-14 to 11-24-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-11-22-14-to-11-24-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-11-22-14-to-11-24-14/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:24:03 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8644 Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, November 22 to Monday, November 24, 2014: Fremont, Ohio: A now-former state trooper pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile. He showed … Continue reading

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Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, November 22 to Monday, November 24, 2014:

  • Fremont, Ohio: A now-former state trooper pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile. He showed a pornographic video to a 12-year-old boy. ow.ly/EP5qy
  • Kootenai County, Idaho: A now-former state trooper from pled guilty to charges including petty theft and malicious injury to property in exchange for other criminal charges against him being dropped. He could receive up to five years in prison when sentenced. ow.ly/EP345
  • Newport, Rhode Island: A police officer has been arrested and accused of making a fake 911 call. ly/EOKSW
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A 12-year-old boy shot by police after grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a “probably fake” gun at a playground. ly/ENhGO
  • Kingsville, Texas: A police officer is behind bars after an investigation into claims of domestic violence. He was arrested and charged with obstruction or retaliation, assault bodily injury of a family or household member and tampering with a witness. http://ow.ly/ETg1u
  • Update: Sturgis, Michigan (First reported 10-31-14): A sheriff’s deputy told an officer that he had been out celebrating his birthday and admitted to drinking and driving before crashing his pickup truck. “He stated he had no memory of where he had been drinking, what he had been drinking or how much he had been drinking,” said the officer. ly/EOJsr
  • New York, New York: Footage shows a violent encounter between a police officer and an alleged fare beater at subway station. It shows an officer hitting a man in the head with a nightstick; that move is against department policy. An internal investigation is underway. ly/EOvw3
  • Campbell County, Wyoming: The sheriff is resigning in the midst of a state investigation into an allegation that he tried to suppress his son’s arrest on a drunken driving charge. ly/EOdzn
  • Update: Millvale, Pennsylvania (Previously reported 06-24-14): A federal court jury convicted a police officer of violating a man’s civil rights by using a stun gun on him three times while he was handcuffed. ly/EO32I
  • Update: San Diego, California (First reported 06-06-14): A married couple who both served in the police department for years pled guilty to committing burglaries while on duty in order to steal prescription medications and sell them. ly/ENHzz
  • Savannah-Chatham, Georgia: A jury found a now-former police detective guilty of seven counts of making false statements. ly/ENCoX

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-21-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-11-21-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-11-21-14/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:30:44 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8642 Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, November 21, 2014: Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina: The attorney general’s office said a now-former police officer has been indicted on charges of embezzlement by a grand jury. ly/EH2dS Dupont, … Continue reading

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Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, November 21, 2014:

  • Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina: The attorney general’s office said a now-former police officer has been indicted on charges of embezzlement by a grand jury. ly/EH2dS
  • Dupont, Pennsylvania: A police officer is under investigation by the county District Attorney’s office for a “systemic abuse of authority.” A range of examples was cited; the DA believes the officer did not act properly, from issuing unlawful traffic citations to failing to investigate a stabbing, a DUI and other cases. ly/EGQ0P
  • Oakwood, Ohio: A now-former police officer accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from the police lodge where he was treasurer has been charged with grand theft. ly/EGD4Z
  • Buffalo, New York: A police officer has been charged with taking $130 from a woman’s pocketbook while on duty. ly/EGhDL
  • New York, New York: Two police officers were entering pitch-black stairwell of a building one of them with his sidearm drawn. The investigation’s leading theory described an instance of clumsiness on the part of the officer; officials say he accidentally shot his gun, killing an unarmed man in the stairwell. The officer was relieved of his gun and his badge. ly/EGdIb
  • Garden City, Idaho: A Garden City police officer has resigned from his department after a second DUI arrest. ly/EG3cW
  • Oconee County, South Carolina: A deputy was fired after he was charged with the assault and battery of a young child. “No one is above the law,” said the sheriff in a written statement. “Officers will not be treated any differently than any other resident of Oconee County and if allegations surface and are proven to be true, appropriate action will be taken.” ly/EFEPJ
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A Memphis police officer charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting her wife has pled not guilty. She was also charged with attempted murder because she tried to shoot the woman’s 12-year-old son. ly/EFuJE

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-20-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-11-20-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-11-20-14/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:43:34 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8641 Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 20, 2014: Lake County, Indiana: A woman alleges in a federal lawsuit filed that a sheriff’s officer sexually assaulted her while he was on duty. ly/ECAci Lake County, … Continue reading

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Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 20, 2014:

  • Lake County, Indiana: A woman alleges in a federal lawsuit filed that a sheriff’s officer sexually assaulted her while he was on duty. ly/ECAci
  • Lake County, Illinois: A county sheriff’s officer is being investigated for allegedly pulling over a school bus to deliver lunch to his son onboard. The report indicates that the bus was en route to a school and the bus would have been outside of his jurisdiction at the time of the stop. ly/ECxqQ
  • Colville, Washington: The State Attorney General filed a criminal case a police officer. The charges are the result of a sexual misconduct investigation. They include burglary with sexual motivation, unlawful imprisonment with sexual motivation, custodial misconduct, false/misleading statement to a public servant, and official misconduct. ly/ECwkt
  • Murray County, Georgia: During a campaign to “End Domestic Violence,” the sheriff’s office arrested one of their own for allegedly assaulting his wife. ly/ECu5p
  • Update: Middlefield, Ohio (First reported 08-04-14): A man who says he was set up by police has sued the village’s police chief, its former police chief and mayor, among others. He is accusing the officials of planting evidence, making false reports, using an unreliable and dishonest informant and hiding information. ly/ECrKx
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: A federal court jury convicted a police officer of violating a man’s civil rights by using a stun gun on him three times while he was handcuffed. ly/ECohs
  • Update: Las Cruces, New Mexico (First reported 04-22-13): A now-former detective was sentenced for violating the civil rights of a student intern. He was sentenced to nine years in prison followed by five years of supervised release. The officer also was ordered to forfeit his law enforcement certification and comply with federal and state sex offender registration requirements. ly/EBxGg
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (Previously reported 07-23-14: A now-former police officer was sentenced to nineteen and a half years in prison for videotaping himself having sex with a 15-year-old girl he met at a recreation center. ly/EBulT
  • Asheville, North Carolina: A police officer is behind bars on a charge of assaulting a female. He is accused of “holding female down and covering her mouth while telling her to shut up. And pushing female up against a wall by her neck using his hands,” according to the warrant. ly/EBtID
  • Update: San Jose, California (Previously reported 05-14-14): A woman who says a police officer raped her while on duty has filed a civil suit. http://ow.ly/Fbyif
  • Whitesburg, Kentucky: Cited for drunken driving over the weekend, the police chief said that he had learned from the experience. “It’s very unfortunate, but I’ve learned from it,” he said. “Just never do it again, pick up the pieces and move on.” http://ow.ly/EyHVb
  • Update: Columbia, South Carolina (First reported 09-22-14): A judge ruled the state had probable cause to arrest a now-former state trooper who shot a man during a traffic stop. http://ow.ly/EyHCN

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-19-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-11-19-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-11-19-14/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:20:13 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8638 Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 19, 2014: Chicago, Illinois: A police officer has been indicted on federal charges. He is accused of using excessive force when he allegedly punched a man during an … Continue reading

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Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 19, 2014:

  • Chicago, Illinois: A police officer has been indicted on federal charges. He is accused of using excessive force when he allegedly punched a man during an arrest, and kicked him while he was handcuffed and lying on the floor face-down. ow.ly/EyGbl
  • Update: Clovis, New Mexico (Previously reported 10-28-14): Prosecutors have decided that a police officer won’t face state charges in connection with a traffic stop in which excessive force was alleged. ow.ly/EyDHO
  • Weld County, Colorado: A grand jury has indicted a now-former deputy on felony charges in the murder of his wife. ow.ly/EyzbH
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A police officer must face charges that he threatened a man with his city-issued handgun. He has been fired. ow.ly/EyywI
  • Horry County, South Carolina: A sheriff’s deputy was released from jail on $1,000 bail after he was charged with assault and trespassing related to an incident that occurred while he was on duty and driving a sheriff’s van. ow.ly/EykyD
  • Secaucus, New Jersey: A police officer has been charged with obtaining a steroid gel known as Androgel testosterone and then selling the medication online. ow.ly/Eycr0
  • Update: Santa Fe County, New Mexico (First reported 10-30-14): The now-former sheriff’s deputy accused of shooting and killing a fellow deputy has pled not guilty. ow.ly/ExEuw
  • Newton, New Jersey: A police officer was caught on videotape unzipping his pants and exposing himself to young men during at least five traffic stops, according to an arrest affidavit. http://ow.ly/FbvOm
  • Houston, Texas: A police officer has been charged after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl. ow.ly/EwUaU
  • Update: Goodyear, Arizona (First reported 11-06-14): A police officer pled not guilty after he was accused of recording 21 women as they undressed at a tanning salon. ow.ly/EuVZ0

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-18-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-11-18-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-11-18-14/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:11:38 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8637 Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 18, 2014: Cleveland, Ohio: A police officer was fired after he was found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a crash and … Continue reading

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Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 18, 2014:

  • Cleveland, Ohio: A police officer was fired after he was found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a crash and violating the probation set by the city. ly/EuVFr
  • Butte County, California: A deputy is facing allegations that he molested an 11-year-old girl, according to authorities. The deputy was taken into custody following a seven-month investigation by the Chico Police Department. ly/EuVdo
  • Los Angeles, California: A man who says police officers beat and kicked him unconscious has filed a lawsuit alleging civil rights violations. The officers are on paid leave as the LAPD investigates. ly/EuHwD
  • San Mateo County, California: A deputy who recently ran for sheriff has been arrested and charged with smuggling drugs and cell phones into jail for inmates, authorities said. ly/EuqSZ
  • Update: Pasco County, Florida (First reported 11-10-14): The county sheriff says one of his deputies violated the public’s trust. That deputy is accused of sexually violating a woman while on-duty. He’s been fired from the department and is facing sexual battery charges. ly/Et5Qh
  • Update: Denton County, Texas (First reported 04-14-14): A now-former deputy was indicted by a grand jury. He was indicted on a charge of theft of more than $1,500 and less than $20,000 after he allegedly took money from three individuals while in uniform. ly/EukPR
  • Sandusky, Ohio: A police officer involved in a controversial traffic stop has been suspended for 60 days and ordered to sign a last chance agreement. The officer received the discipline after he was found guilty of several administrative charges, including insubordination and failing to be honest. ly/Etj71
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana: A police officer will no longer receive pay during his suspension. He was first put on paid leave amid a criminal investigation in which he was accused of stealing money from a police motorcycle club. ly/Et7N4
  • Polk County, Florida: A deputy resigned after he was caught on camera stealing a DVD. ly/Et6Ad
  • Pasco County, Florida: A deputy has been fired and charged with evidence tampering. The deputy responded to a Walmart, recognized shoplifters on surveillance video as friends, and never filed any charges. ly/Et4ZT
  • Taunton, Massachusetts: A police officer has been accused of excessive force in five casesA fight caught on camera in the police station booking room is the latest potential blemish on the record of a veteran detective who’s described as “decorated and proactive” by his chief. ow.ly/Etvbd
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (First reported 07-22-14): A jury convicted a now-former police officer of obstructing justice, a charge that stems from his heated arrest and quick release of a man. The jury found him not guilty of two other charges: false imprisonment and official oppression. ow.ly/EtuRI

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-15-14 to 11-17-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-11-15-14-to-11-17-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-11-15-14-to-11-17-14/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:14:56 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8636 Here are the 7 reports tracked for Saturday, November 15 to Sunday, November 17, 2014: Update: Campbell, Wisconsin (Previously reported 07-25-14): The police chief pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge that accused him of harassing a local tea party … Continue reading

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Here are the 7 reports tracked for Saturday, November 15 to Sunday, November 17, 2014:

  • Update: Campbell, Wisconsin (Previously reported 07-25-14): The police chief pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge that accused him of harassing a local tea party activist by using his email to sign him up for multiple online dating, insurance, and pornography websites. ly/Eq3lV
  • Holyoke, Massachusetts: A police officer who drew his gun following a heated argument with another officer at a restaurant was fired following an investigation. ly/EpKPi
  • Beardstown, Illinois: Police arrested one of their own officers on charges of theft, criminal damage to government-supported property, and official misconduct. ly/Eowfs
  • Hoffman Estates, Illinois: An officer allegedly made a phone call to people in a hotel room warning them that officers were on their way. Police were responding to a complaint of loud noise and a marijuana smell. ly/Eoybf
  • Phoenix, Arizona: A detective is facing charges of domestic violence and disorderly conduct after he allegedly got into a fight with his girlfriend. ly/EovHa
  • Rocky Ford, Colorado: A police officer has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of a 27-year-old man. He is being held on a $1 million bond. ly/Eovw9
  • Update: Placer County, California (Previously reported 07-14-14): A now-former sheriff’s deputy pled no contest to a single felony charge of having unlawful sex with a minor. ly/EqayE

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-14-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-11-14-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-11-14-14/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:47:15 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8635 Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, November 14, 2014: Fairview, Pennsylvania: A state police trooper who drove a patrol vehicle that ran a stop sign and caused a crash, killing a woman, failed in his … Continue reading

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Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, November 14, 2014:

  • Fairview, Pennsylvania: A state police trooper who drove a patrol vehicle that ran a stop sign and caused a crash, killing a woman, failed in his bid to have a careless driving citation dismissed. ow.ly/EhaVn
  • Baltimore, Maryland: Officials say a police officer has been charged with perjury and misconduct after arresting a man he allegedly knew was innocent. ow.ly/Eh9Hc
  • Update: Los Angeles, California: A veteran policewoman has pled not guilty to faking military leave in order to get paid time off. ow.ly/Eh9n8
  • Update: Honolulu, Hawaii: A police officer pled not guilty to third degree sexual assault. ow.ly/Eh7hL
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana: A police officer has been charged with theft. He is accused of taking money from a nonprofit fraternal organization consisting of active and retired law enforcement men and women who enjoy riding motorcycles. ow.ly/Eh3Bd
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: An officer has been indicted by grand jury: for forcing woman to perform a sex act in park with the help of two other officers. ow.ly/Eh2zr
  • Greensboro, North Carolina: A police officer is charged in connection with child pornography. ow.ly/EgZjD
  • Update: District Heights, Maryland: A now-former officer convicted in a shooting that paralyzed a handcuffed suspect has been sentenced to five years in prison. ow.ly/EgYXF
  • Update: Skokie, Illinois: A now-former police officer was sentenced to two years of probation after he pled guilty to official misconduct for shoving a woman in the lockup at a police station, causing severe injury to her face. ow.ly/EgYkI

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