PoliceMisconduct.net http://www.policemisconduct.net The Cato Institute's National Police Misconduct Reporting Project Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:06:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-15-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-10-15-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-10-15-14/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:06:12 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8607 Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 15, 2014: Dover, Delaware: The ACLU filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and a police officer alleging that an officer assaulted a man during a routine … Continue reading

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Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 15, 2014:

  • Dover, Delaware: The ACLU filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and a police officer alleging that an officer assaulted a man during a routine police encounter. ow.ly/CP6Wj
  • Youngstown, Ohio: The city council will consider legislation to pay $50,000 to the city’s insurance company to settle a federal police- brutality lawsuit. ow.ly/COZKV
  • Pike Co, Georgia: The police chief was arrested on charges he used his position to solicit sex from young men and provide one with county gasoline. ow.ly/COzQ3
  • Bolton, New York: A state trooper was arrested and suspended after he allegedly accidentally shot a vehicle in a campground and hit a man while hunting off-duty. ow.ly/COmy1
  • Clinton, Maine: Acouple has sued a police officer, his department and the town alleging one of them was falsely arrested for setting off a firework on his own property. ow.ly/CNYd2
  • Melbourne, Florida: A police sergeant is on paid leave after he was found to have violated department policies after guns were stolen from his home. ow.ly/CNz0K
  • Carlisle, Pennsylvania: A police officer as sentenced to county prison after pleading guilty to sending sexually explicit text messages to a 13-year-old girl. ow.ly/CNwCQ

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-14-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-10-14-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-10-14-14/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:50:46 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8606 Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, October 15, 2014: Maury City, Tennessee: A polio chief has been charged with assault, harassment and stalking. ow.ly/CL3j9 Kirtland Hills, Ohio: Authorities say a former police chief has been charged with … Continue reading

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Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, October 15, 2014:

  • Maury City, Tennessee: A polio chief has been charged with assault, harassment and stalking. ow.ly/CL3j9
  • Kirtland Hills, Ohio: Authorities say a former police chief has been charged with defrauding a village out of $80,000. He was charged in federal court with single counts of mail fraud and destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation. ow.ly/CL00k
  • Island Co, Washington: A detective lost his job after being accused of inappropriately touching and making sexual and belittling comments toward a woman. ow.ly/CKZB5
  • Oldham Co, Kentucky: A now-former police officer accused of trying to solicit sex from a teenage girl was found guilty of official misconduct. ow.ly/CKZfU
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: State police arrested a Sergeant involved in an off-duty hit and run. He was driving while intoxicated and several other charges after he caused a crash. ow.ly/CKYuT
  • Waller, Texas: A police officer videotaped pepper-spraying a student, seemingly unprovoked, has been placed on leave. ow.ly/CKD3T
  • Update: New Hanover County, North Carolina: A now-former lieutenant pled guilty to drug charges. ow.ly/CKilr
  • Update: Fairfield, Connecticut: A now-former state trooper has been sentenced to serve a year in prison for stealing cash and a gold crucifix from a dying accident victim. ow.ly/CJVWK
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: A video recorded shows a police officer taking a jab at a bystander who recorded an arrest on his iPhone. The man filed suit, saying the officer broke a bone in his hand after hitting him with a Taser in the scuffle. ow.ly/CJBAB

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-11-14 to 10-13-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-10-11-14-to-10-13-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-10-11-14-to-10-13-14/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:06:18 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8605 Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, October 11 to Monday, October 13, 2014: Update: Walnut Creek, California (Previously reported 09-09-14): A now-former police officer was sentenced to a year in jail and three years of … Continue reading

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Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, October 11 to Monday, October 13, 2014:

  • Update: Walnut Creek, California (Previously reported 09-09-14): A now-former police officer was sentenced to a year in jail and three years of probation with the possibility of electronic home detention after donning a mask and beating a woman with a baseball bat. ow.ly/CGsEd
  • Lakeland, Florida: A K-9 police officer has been arrested and charged with aggravated domestic stalking against a co-worker to whom he had been engaged. ow.ly/CGs5Y
  • Update: Janesville, Wisconsin (First reported 09-26-14): A police officer arrested on suspicion of domestic violence will not be charged. “The District Attorney has determined that there is insufficient evidence to prove a criminal charge beyond a reasonable doubt.” ow.ly/CGrS9
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 10-09-14): A police officer and a state trooper charged with sexually assaulting a woman in an Atlantic City casino pled not guilty. http://ow.ly/CKf67
  • Miller County, Georgia: A deputy sheriff was arrested and has been charged with aggravated child molestation and statutory rape. ow.ly/CGrjk
  • Detroit, Michigan: A police homicide sergeant has been suspended after department officials found him wearing a murder victim’s expensive watch. ow.ly/CGqZG
  • Greensboro, North Carolina: A police officer charged with indecent exposure resigned before he was to appear in an internal police hearing. ow.ly/CGh5N
  • Update: Houston, Texas (First reported 08-22-14): An officer admitted in federal court to his crimes in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy. He had been accused by federal authorities of using his position as a police officer to escort loads of drugs being moved through the area. He provided security for the illicit cargo. ow.ly/CFZJu

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-10-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-10-10-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-10-10-14/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:31:25 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8604 Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 10, 2014: Update: Washington, DC (Previously reported 05-23-14): A judge sentenced a now-former police officer who served as a pimp for two teenage girls to seven years in … Continue reading

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Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 10, 2014:

  • Update: Washington, DC (Previously reported 05-23-14): A judge sentenced a now-former police officer who served as a pimp for two teenage girls to seven years in prison. ow.ly/CAeIR
  • Henry County, Georgia: A police officer is facing serious allegations after a woman arrested claims he had inappropriate contact with her. ow.ly/CA41A
  • Update: Greenfield, Indiana (First reported 04-09-14): An officer was found guilty of bribery and official misconduct. According to case documents the officer said he would pay for a $200 steak dinner for another officer to pull over his ex-wife, who was driving on an expired license. ow.ly/CzyLE
  • Raleigh, North Carolina: Police mistook a black teenager for a burglar and pepper-sprayed him inside the home of his white foster parents. ow.ly/CzgJv
  • Update: Bangs, Texas (First reported 09-04-14): A now-former police chief was booked briefly into the county jail following his indictment for abuse of official capacity, jail records show. The charge is a state jail felony. ow.ly/Czc9Y
  • Update: Memphis, Tennessee (First reported 10-17-13): A now-former police officer was convicted of trying to frame two men for burglary. He was found guilty of tampering with or fabricating evidence, official misconduct, and two counts of official oppression. ow.ly/CzbMb
  • Pacific County, Washington: The Attorney General’s Office has filed charges against a now-former sheriff’s deputy accused of misconduct on the job. He is charged with official misconduct and reckless driving. ow.ly/Czb3M
  • Fort Pierce, Florida: A four-year police officer has been arrested on one count of DUI. The charges stemmed from a DUI investigation conducted by the police department, a release said. ow.ly/Cz8z7
  • New York, New York: The district attorney’s office is investigating allegations that a officer swiped more than $1,000 from a man during a stop-and-frisk, then pepper-sprayed him and his sister when they complained. ow.ly/Cz5fQ
  • Cape Girardeau, Missouri: The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit claiming that a man was unlawfully arrested after insulting a police officer. ow.ly/CyT6N
  • Brunswick, Georgia: A police officer who took three hostages in a vacant office inside an apartment leasing center had been placed on administrative leave before the incident. He was charged with three counts of false imprisonment. ow.ly/CvePw
  • Update: Montezuma County, Colorado (First reported 07-15-13): A now-former undersheriff who used taxpayer money to pay for personal items, including firearms, has been ordered to pay more than $7,000 in restitution. ow.ly/CsYhu
  • Flint, Michigan: Authorities are asking people to step forward if they believe they were assaulted as children by a police sergeant who is charged with sexual misconduct while on duty in the 1990s. The officer, now retired, appeared in court on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was returned to jail without bond. ow.ly/CsYUe
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 03-27-13): A now-former police officer has been found guilty of two misdemeanor counts of careless driving in a wreck that killed a 21-year-old woman. ow.ly/CsY4x

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Yesterday, we were contacted by ABC News for a segment about police misconduct.   Increasingly, journalists are finding their way to the work that we are doing here.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-09-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-10-09-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-10-09-14/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:55:09 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8603 Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, October 20, 2014: Lockport, New York: A police lieutenant was placed on paid administrative leave following his arrest for drunken driving. http://ow.ly/Cs2qM Panama City, Florida: A police officer has … Continue reading

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Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, October 20, 2014:

  • Lockport, New York: A police lieutenant was placed on paid administrative leave following his arrest for drunken driving. http://ow.ly/Cs2qM
  • Panama City, Florida: A police officer has lost his job after being accused of stealing an iPad that was supposed to be stored in the department’s property holding room. http://ow.ly/Cs3gU
  • Bedford County, Tennessee: A high-ranking officer was dismissed following an accusation of shoplifting. http://ow.ly/Cs4S3
  • Jackson County, Tennessee: Prosecutors are recommending house arrest for a deputy in perjury case. The maximum penalty for the felony perjury offense is up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. http://ow.ly/CskVR
  • Fort Worth, Texas: A deputy police chief has been arrested for cruelty to an animal for fatally shooting a dog that may have mauled the chief’s cat to death. http://ow.ly/Cslqe
  • Wichita, Kansas: A police officer is accused of getting into a fight at a bar. Court documents accuse him of causing bodily harm to a family or household member, then driving drunk. He was formally charged with domestic battery, disorderly conduct and DUI. http://ow.ly/CsuT3
  • New York, New York: A police officer and a state trooper have been charged with sexually assaulting a woman in an Atlantic City casino. Lawyers for both men say they are innocent. http://ow.ly/CswWV
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (Previously reported 08-07-14): A now-former police officer will spend a year in prison for killing his girlfriend’s dog. http://ow.ly/CswQB
  • Yonkers, New York: Two police officers pled not guilty to charges related to a falsified search warrant at an apartment where a drug suspect died after falling out his window during a police raid. http://ow.ly/Cszeh
  • Romulus, Michigan: Three police officers pled no contest to charges stemming from a police corruption case and will lose their certification to be employed in law enforcement. http://ow.ly/CsC2d

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-08-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-10-08-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-10-08-14/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 13:28:55 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8599 Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 8, 2014: Tulsa, Oklahoma: A federal lawsuit filed blames the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety for employing a state trooper who, while off-duty, fatally shot a man outside … Continue reading

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Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 8, 2014:

  • Tulsa, Oklahoma: A federal lawsuit filed blames the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety for employing a state trooper who, while off-duty, fatally shot a man outside a motel, saying the agency either knew or should have known of the trooper’s “proclivity to shoot citizens.” http://ow.ly/Crt2A
  • East Cleveland, Ohio: A highway patrol trooper was arrested and booked. He was cited for disorderly conduct. http://ow.ly/CruYw
  • Eagle County, Colorado: Authorities have arrested a sheriff’s deputy accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a vacant warehouse. http://ow.ly/Crvjq
  • Toledo, Ohio: A police sergeant is on paid administrative leave after allegedly stealing a bag of popcorn that cost less than $2. http://ow.ly/CrvGg
  • Rothschild, Wisconsin: A police officer faces second-degree sexual assault and felony burglary charges after a woman told police that the off-duty officer had sex with her, while pretending to be her boyfriend. He has resigned. http://ow.ly/CrEvf
  • Update: Timberlake, Ohio (First reported 04-15-14): The now-former police chief was sentenced to six months in jail for stealing more than $24,000 from taxpayers. http://ow.ly/CrFNJ
  • Wichita, Kansas: The family of a marine suffering from PTSD who was shot and killed by police officers say that the officers mishandled the situation, letting it escalate before taking action. Officers say the marine ran at them with a knife, but the family disputes that assertion. There is an investigation underway. http://ow.ly/CrHw3
  • St. Landry Parish, Louisiana: A sheriff’s deputy has been accused of reckless driving after an incident. http://ow.ly/CrI1H
  • Goose Creek, South Carolina: An off-duty police officer has been charged with drunken driving. http://ow.ly/CrIiu

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-07-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-10-07-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-10-07-14/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 15:34:41 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8598 Here are the 6 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, October 7, 2014: Grand Junction, Colorado: A police officer was arrested and accused of vandalizing his ex-girlfriend’s home and her husband’s truck. He is facing three counts of criminal … Continue reading

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Here are the 6 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, October 7, 2014:

  • Grand Junction, Colorado: A police officer was arrested and accused of vandalizing his ex-girlfriend’s home and her husband’s truck. He is facing three counts of criminal mischief, one count of official misconduct and one count of domestic violence. ow.ly/CoH7h
  • Hammond, Indiana: A man whose car window was smashed and who was tased by police after a traffic stop said that “it felt like my civil rights were just thrown out the window, along with my body.” He has filed a suit that alleges excessive force, false arrest and battery. ow.ly/CnRyD
  • Asheville, North Carolina: A judge determined a police officer unlawfully arrested a local activist and granted a motion to suppress any evidence derived from the encounter. ow.ly/CnNqE
  • Tempe, Arizona: Video of a police officer repeatedly punching a man in the face while he’s flat on the ground has triggered an internal investigation. The officer is still on duty. ow.ly/CnMpm
  • New York, New York: Video show two officers catching up to a 16-year-old on the street. The first officer takes a swing at the boy’s face and misses. As the teen backs up with his hands up, the second officer runs up, gun drawn, and hits him in the teeth with it. Once on the ground, the boy gets hit again. “The video fails to capture the offense that resulted in police action or the lengthy foot pursuit that culminated in the arrest,” said the police union rep. ow.ly/CnxR8
  • Enfield, Connecticut: Police have fired an officer who was accused of using excessive force while making an arrest. ow.ly/CnrU8

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-03-14 to 10-06-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-10-03-14-to-10-06-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-10-03-14-to-10-06-14/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 23:24:10 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8597 Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 4 to Monday, October 7, 2014: Chico, California: The mother of a woman shot by police has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and the … Continue reading

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Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 4 to Monday, October 7, 2014:

  • Chico, California: The mother of a woman shot by police has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and the five officers who fired at her daughter. ow.ly/CfSJJ
  • Denver, Colorado: A jury has awarded $1.8 million to a family in a wrongful prosecution case in which police officers executed a warrantless raid on a home previously occupied by drug dealers and prostitutes. ow.ly/CfScA
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: The city council is due to approve a $95,000 settlement to a man who was left with a fractured skull and eye socket and a broken nose after an encounter with police. ow.ly/CfNU2
  • Update: Des Plaines, Illinois (Previously reported 06-12-14): A now-former police commander who padded DUI arrest records so the department could get federal grant money was sentenced to six months in prison. ow.ly/CfUXM
  • Kingston, Pennsylvania: One of two police officers involved in an quad crash was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to state police. ow.ly/CfLSI
  • Plainfield, New Jersey: The two police officers accused of stealing more than $11,000 from the city by filing fraudulent timesheets have now been suspended without pay, according to the city’s department of public affairs and safety. ow.ly/CfW8v
  • Update: Eddy County, North Dakota (Previously reported 05-07-14): A jury found the county sheriff not guilty of felony child abuse. He was accused of spanking his stepson and leaving a bruise. That bruise was discounted during the trial as being caused by a motorbike accident. ow.ly/CfLn0
  • Seabrook, Texas: A police officer is under arrest, accused of a sexual assault of a woman while on the job. ow.ly/CfWt2
  • Indio, California: Two police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of ongoing administrative and criminal investigations into allegations of misconduct that may have occurred during an arrest. ow.ly/CfLIW
  • Grand County, Utah: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested following an argument with his wife that allegedly left her with serious injuries, according to investigators.  ow.ly/CfKnd
  • Update: Clark County, Indiana (First reported 07-30-14): A now-former sheriff is expected to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with alleged incidents involving a prostitute. ow.ly/CfFCJ
  • Update: Atwater, California (First reported 09-03-14): There will be no discipline of the police chief after he killed a little boy’s pet chicken that was being kept in town against a city ordinance. ow.ly/Cfh07
  • Gonzales, Louisiana: Authorities say a police officer is under investigation after the state police accused him of DWI when he was involved in an accident while off duty. ow.ly/Cfg0F
  • Amite, Louisiana: Sheriff’s deputies say a police officer accused of sexually assaulting women after deceiving them online has been arrested. He was taken into custody and faces two counts of second-degree kidnapping, one count of aggravated rape, one count of sexual battery and one count of theft. ow.ly/CfeOM
  • Rotterdam, New York: A police officer has been placed on unpaid leave for 30 days stemming from a domestic dispute at a city apartment where he allegedly assumed a boxer’s stance and then fought with cops. ow.ly/Cfdk4
  • Dallas, Texas: The police department fired a 28-year veteran officer for ignoring a woman whose children had been kidnapped as he was on his way to another call. ow.ly/CfcPy
  • Cary, North Carolina: A 24-year veteran of the highway patrol was arrested after a fight at a bar, officials said. ow.ly/CkDog
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Police arrested one of their own after an officer allegedly assaulted his female partner while on-duty. Investigators believe it wasn’t the first time the officer struck the woman. ow.ly/CkCQM
  • Amarillo, Texas: A now-former police officer is accused of making changes to a police report in connection with an incident in which he and another officer illegally entered a home. ow.ly/CkClk
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: A police officer was suspended with pay after being charged with allegedly stealing an iPad. ow.ly/CkBJN
  • Detroit, Michigan: Police say they received an emergency call about a man displaying a handgun during an incident of road rage. The man identified himself as a police officer. ow.ly/CkBrx

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The worst misconduct of September goes to the still-unnamed police officer who shot John Geer last year and the police and federal investigators who have refused to release any information on the case a year after the shooting. Fairfax County police officers responded to a call from Geer’s longtime girlfriend who called 911 because Geer had been drinking and throwing her possessions into the lawn after she told him she was moving out. When officers arrived, they trained their weapons at Geer as they spoke with him in the doorway of his home for almost fifty minutes. Friends and family gathered to watch the situation. One of Geer’s daughters shouted from a neighbor’s home “Don’t you hurt my daddy!” Geer had been speaking calmly and holding his arms above his head, resting them on the doorframe from within, but when he moved his hands down the doorframe to about face-level, one of the officers abruptly fired a shot directly into Geer’s chest, as his best friend, father, and neighbors watched. Geer spun and closed the door before collapsing. The officers then waited an hour while Geer bled to death before sending in assistance. Over four hours later, Geer’s body was still left lying on the floor of his home.

Things haven’t been handled much better in the year since the shooting. Geer’s family and friends still don’t even know the name of the shooting officer—who has been on paid desk duty since—whether the shooting was declared justified or not, or why trained negotiators were not called. State and federal investigators have taken no substantial public action on the case, and the family, which exhibited incredible patience for the better part of a year, has finally had to resort to a lawsuit.

The refusal of the police to disclose even the name of the officer who shot and killed an unarmed man is just another example of the same troubling lack of transparency that we saw in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Police officers are human, and yes they make mistakes, but what possible excuse is there for circling the wagons and denying the public—and worse, the victims’ family and friends—the right to know what their public servants have done and which of them needs to be to held accountable? The resulting feeling among those affected, as Geer’s father described it, is “Frustrating to say the least—not knowing anything and having a feeling of helplessness, sadness, anger. Just wondering what’s going on and why nobody would tell us anything.” This is a case of one man shooting another unarmed man in the chest in front of dozens of witnesses. No complication can justify forcing that feeling of helplessness and anger on John Geer’s friends and family for over a year.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-02-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-10-02-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-10-02-14/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 14:01:41 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8595 Here are the 6 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, October 2, 2014: Columbia, South Carolina: A now-former police officer is facing charges and has been fired for what agents are saying is misconduct in office. He is accused … Continue reading

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Here are the 6 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, October 2, 2014:

  • Columbia, South Carolina: A now-former police officer is facing charges and has been fired for what agents are saying is misconduct in office. He is accused of sleeping with a prostitute. ow.ly/CdTp5
  • Providence, Rhode Island: A 36-year veteran police officer is accused of stealing jewelry from the police department’s evidence room. ow.ly/CdTi2
  • Update: Memphis, Tennessee (First reported 07-15-14): A now-former police officer has been sentenced to 11 years in prison without parole for raping a Rhodes College student. http://ow.ly/CaRQG
  • Flordell Hills, Missouri: An officer was fired. He has been charged with stealing prescription drugs from the evidence room. http://ow.ly/CaY76
  • Sterling Heights, Michigan: A police commander, following a one-car crash, is being charged with one count of operating while intoxicated with high blood-alcohol content of at least 0.17 percent. That is more than double the legal standard of intoxication. http://ow.ly/CaYSB
  • Tallahassee, Florida: A police officer has been placed on administrative leave after footage of an incident surfaced showing him tasing a 62-year-old woman who can be seen walking away from him, posing no immediate threat to the officer or his colleagues. http://ow.ly/CaZgL

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The David Hooks Case http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-david-hooks-case/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-david-hooks-case/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:52:10 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8594 A criminal comes on to your property and steals your SUV.  Later, the criminal, perhaps still under the influence of meth, tells the police that he found drugs on your property.  The police proceed to sneak on to your property … Continue reading

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A criminal comes on to your property and steals your SUV.  Later, the criminal, perhaps still under the influence of meth, tells the police that he found drugs on your property.  The police proceed to sneak on to your property and, without announcing themselves, break down your back door.  Frightened that the criminals have returned to your home, you retrieve a gun to protect yourself and your spouse.  The police then open fire and you are killed in your own home.  By the police.

According to the Hooks family attorney, that is what happened to his client.  Here is an excerpt from the attorney’s statement:

On Wednesday, September 24th at 9:56 p.m., drug task force agent Chris Brewer made application for a search warrant before Faith Snell a non-attorney Deputy Magistrate of the Laurens County Magistrate Court. The facts submitted to Deputy Magistrate Snell to convince her that probable cause existed to issue the warrant consisted of the statement by Rodney Garrett a confessed burglar, thief, and a meth addict who was under the influence at the time of his arrest that the approximately 20 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, and 2 firearms found on him at the time of arrest had been stolen by him out of another vehicle at the Hooks home. Investigator Brewer also stated information he claimed came from an investigation involving Jeff Frazier. That investigation was in August 2009 over 5 years ago. A search warrant was issued at 9:56 p.m. by Judge Snell. This search warrant is invalid on its face as it does not comport with the requirements of the Constitution of State of Georgia nor the United States Constitution. Armed with an invalid search warrant and with less than an hour of preparation, at approximately 10:55 p.m. several members of the Drug Task Force and the Laurens County Sheriff’s Response Team arrived at David and Teresa Hooks home unannounced by emergency lights or sirens. There is no question the Officers were aware the home had been burglarized only two nights earlier.

David and Teresa were under the impression that the burglars were back and that a home invasion was eminent. David armed himself to protect his wife and his home. Despite the fact that the illegal search warrant did not have a “no knock” clause the Drug Task Force and SRT members broke down the back door of the family’s home and entered firing in excess of 16 shots. These shots were from multiple firearms and from both 40 caliber handguns and assault rifles. Several shots were fired through a blind wall at David with the shooters not knowing who or what was on the other side of the wall. The trajectory of the shots, coupled with the number of shots infers a clear intent on behalf of the shooters to kill David Hooks.

From WMAZ:

Lauren’s County Sheriff’s department says they are not making any more statements on this case. They are directing all questions to the GBI. They’ve not responded.

Neither agencies has identified the deputies involved in the raid, said how many of them fired shots, or said how many times Hooks was hit.

Hooks was buried on Tuesday.

Read the whole thing.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-01-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-10-01-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-10-01-14/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:12:12 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8591 Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 1, 2014: Corpus Christi, Texas: The police chief has placed two officers on paid leave as the department looks into allegations excessive force was used during an arrest. … Continue reading

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Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 1, 2014:

  • Corpus Christi, Texas: The police chief has placed two officers on paid leave as the department looks into allegations excessive force was used during an arrest. http://ow.ly/CaJP4
  • Anderson County, Tennessee: A federal judge has ruled that police officers and a physician who medically paralyzed a man to conduct a cavity search for drugs are not immune from prosecution. http://ow.ly/CaN8s
  • Gainesville, Georgia: A woman may pursue legal action against police and prosecutors after she spent more than a month in jail for possession of SpaghettiOs. ow.ly/CaIz9
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Previously reported 11-12-13): Fifty-nine more convicted criminals will be set free as a result of the actions of a corrupt police officer. ow.ly/Capwm
  • Update: Webb, Mississippi (First reported 02-19-14): A now-former chief of police has been sentenced to almost two years in prison for punching someone in the face while acting in his official capacity. ow.ly/Ca0RD
  • Portsmouth, New Hampshire: A police officer accused of exploiting an elderly woman with dementia to inherit her $2.7 million estate is scheduled to be deposed. http://ow.ly/C9KLJ
  • Wewoka, Oklahoma: A now-former police officer has been charged with four felonies after he allegedly had sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl. Charges against him include one count of second-degree rape. http://ow.ly/C9LKg
  • Update: Tulsa, Oklahoma (Previously reported 09-16-14): A highway patrol trooper arrested on accusations that he raped and sexually assaulted three women during traffic stops has resigned from the patrol. ow.ly/C9ILn

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False Arrest for Spaghettios http://www.policemisconduct.net/false-arrest-for-spaghettios/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/false-arrest-for-spaghettios/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:21:29 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8592 Via Tulsa Channel 8: GAINESVILLE, Ga. – A woman spent more than a month in jail after deputies confused leftover Spaghetti-Os for drugs. The Gainesville Times reports, deputies arrested 23-year old Ashley Gabrielle Huff of Gainesville, after they found a … Continue reading

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Via Tulsa Channel 8:

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – A woman spent more than a month in jail after deputies confused leftover Spaghetti-Os for drugs.

The Gainesville Times reports, deputies arrested 23-year old Ashley Gabrielle Huff of Gainesville, after they found a spoon covered with a suspicious residue inside the car she was riding in.

Huff was booked into the Hall County Jail and charged with possession of methamphetamine.

She spent more than a month in jail after she could not afford bond, the newspaper reports. She even attempted to go through the drug court program.

When a crime lab analysis report came back, it confirmed the spoon was encrusted with spaghetti sauce, not drugs.

Huff was released after spending nearly 30 days in jail.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-30-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-30-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-30-14/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:27:18 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8589 Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, September 30, 2014: Dover, Delaware: The ACLU is suing the city and one of its police officers on behalf of a man who claims he was assaulted by the … Continue reading

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Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, September 30, 2014:

  • Dover, Delaware: The ACLU is suing the city and one of its police officers on behalf of a man who claims he was assaulted by the officer. ow.ly/C89BI
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 08-07-14): A newly decorated police officer has been indicted; he is accused of beating a woman in her home. He allegedly broke through the chain-locked door of an apartment, threw the woman to the floor and beat her about the head. ow.ly/C87xp
  • North Augusta, South Carolina: A 68-year-old great-grandfather was killed by a police officer who repeatedly fired through the driver’s side door after a slow-speed chase as the man parked in his own driveway. Investigators determined the officer broke the law. A prosecutor sought to charge him with voluntary manslaughter, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. But the grand jury disagreed and indicted him on a misdemeanor. ow.ly/C83yI
  • Buncombe County, North Carolina: A sheriff now serving 15-year federal sentence for extortion and corruption, threatened a 16-year-old with life behind bars if he did not give the false testimony that sent an innocent man to prison for murder, a federal lawsuit claims. ow.ly/C7IWj
  • Waukesha County, Wisconsin: A now-former sheriff’s lieutenant was sentenced to nine months in jail and two years of probation. She was accused of stealing prescription medication from her sick grandmother. ow.ly/C7Iqn
  • Update: Cincinnati, Ohio (First reported 09-11-14): A police officer was indicted on multiple charges from a fight outside a bar. The officer faces felony charges of felonious assault and tampering with evidence as well as misdemeanor charges of using weapons while intoxicated and obstructing official business. ow.ly/C7uMx
  • Collingdale, Pennsylvania: A couple is suing three police officers, claiming their rights were violated during a tense confrontation captured on cellphone video. The woman said of one officer that “His behavior was so aggressive that the first thing I thought was to pull out my phone and video. He told me that if I continued to video he was going to come in my house and confiscate my phone and place me under arrest.” ow.ly/C798b
  • Barrington Hills, Illinois: A police officer is on administrative leave after he was charged with domestic battery. ow.ly/C70p5

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-29-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-29-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-29-14/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:25:34 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8586 Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, September 29, 2014: Update: Fort Wayne, Indiana (Previously reported 08-08-14): A now-former police officer who pled guilty to raping a woman he had pulled over during a drunk driving … Continue reading

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Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, September 29, 2014:

  • Update: Fort Wayne, Indiana (Previously reported 08-08-14): A now-former police officer who pled guilty to raping a woman he had pulled over during a drunk driving patrol was sentenced to six years in prison and two years of probation. http://ow.ly/C4snZ
  • Etowah County, Alabama: A former deputy was arrested on a domestic violence charge. He was terminated from the sheriff’s office as a result of his arrest. http://ow.ly/C4CtC
  • Update: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (First reported 08-22-14): The police officer accused of sexually assaulting women is facing 10 new charges. http://ow.ly/C4CJi
  • Assumption Parish, Louisiana: Two sheriff’s deputies have been placed on leave pending the outcome of an investigation of a complaint that says excessive force was used on a youth. http://ow.ly/C4E6o
  • Update: Rio Arriba County, New Mexico (Previously reported 08-16-14): A sheriff who has fought off accusations of misconduct throughout his career was convicted of abusing a driver during a traffic stop that prosecutors called a fit of road rage. He faces up to 17 years in prison. http://ow.ly/C4EuU
  • Jackson, Mississippi: The now-former top official of the Mississippi Highway Patrol may be held accountable for not reporting an assault by a trooper on a woman. http://ow.ly/C4GoE
  • Doddridge County, West Virginia: The estate of a 71-year-old man who died during a police search of his home is suing six state troopers for excessive force, unreasonable search and seizure and wrongful death. http://ow.ly/C4HcR
  • Update; Carter County, Kentucky (First reported 03-27-14): A now-former sheriff’s deputy accused of forcing sexual favors in exchange for not serving an arrest warrant pled guilty, avoiding a trial. http://ow.ly/C4HEB
  • Update: San Diego, California (Previously reported 08-22-14): The now-former police officer who was prosecuted for groping four women was sentenced to three years probation and 365 days in county jail. ow.ly/C4ri5
  • Red Bank, Tennessee: A prosecutor has asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to review the arrest of a man who says police used excessive force when they took him into custody. ow.ly/C4qxV
  • Update: Williamsport, Pennsylvania (Previously reported 02-26-14): The police officer accused of killing a man as he was responding to a high speed chase is expected to be fired. bit.ly/1rvHGMw

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Judge Tynia Richard http://www.policemisconduct.net/judge-tynia-richard/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/judge-tynia-richard/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:45:20 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8583 From the New York Times: In past Rikers Island brutality cases, correction officers have frequently managed to escape serious punishment. But in a highly unusual legal decision published on Monday, Tynia Richard, an administrative law judge, wrote that the six … Continue reading

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From the New York Times:

In past Rikers Island brutality cases, correction officers have frequently managed to escape serious punishment. But in a highly unusual legal decision published on Monday, Tynia Richard, an administrative law judge, wrote that the six officers had lied about what had happened; that Mr. Hinton had been handcuffed during the entire episode, and that because such “brazen misconduct” must be put to an end, she was recommending the most severe sanction available: termination of employment for all six….

The judge’s decision is a fresh indication that pressure by federal prosecutors, as well as scrutiny by the media, may be starting to have an effect on the way such brutality cases, long tolerated at the Department of Correction, are handled.

Nevertheless, the fact that two and a half years elapsed between the episode and the judge’s decision underscores what continues to be a crucial issue at Rikers: the slow pace of internal investigations of guards accused in brutality cases….

She ruled that Captain Behari, Officer Almanzar and Officer Vincent Siederman were guilty of using excessive force and of lying to investigators.

She found Officers Bunton, Raul Marquez and Ramon Cabrera guilty of lying to investigators and writing false incident reports.

What a contrast with Judge Beverly Woodard.

(Quick reminder:  This site focuses on police misconduct, not prosecutor or prison guard, or judicial misconduct.  However, from time to time, we will post related news items.  This post is an example.)

 

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Problems with the Border Patrol http://www.policemisconduct.net/problems-with-the-border-patrol-2/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/problems-with-the-border-patrol-2/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:30:52 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8582 From the Washington Post: FEW FEDERAL government agencies have grown as quickly as U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which includes the 21,000 agents, double the number in 2004, who patrol the nation’s frontiers with Mexico and Canada. That growth has … Continue reading

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From the Washington Post:

FEW FEDERAL government agencies have grown as quickly as U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which includes the 21,000 agents, double the number in 2004, who patrol the nation’s frontiers with Mexico and Canada. That growth has been accompanied by an alarming number of incidents involving the use of lethal force, particularly along the Mexican border and all too frequently under circumstances that suggest the agency is indifferent or hostile to the most basic standards of restraint, transparency and self-policing.

Reports by news organizations and independent experts — including one report that was suppressed by Customs and Border Protection for more than a year — have finally prompted the agency to address its problems with accountability. The agency’s new commissioner, R. Gil Kerlikowske …has promised that the agency will be more forthcoming about future incidents involving the use of deadly force, which would be a constructive change from its deeply ingrained habit of stonewalling. To that end he is establishing a rapid-reaction force of investigators whose mission will be to gather evidence following incidents and allegations of abuse.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-26-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-26-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-26-14/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:34:32 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8581 Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, September 26, 2014: New York, New York: The police department says its internal affairs division is investigating after a video was posted that appeared to show officers push a … Continue reading

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Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, September 26, 2014:

  • New York, New York: The police department says its internal affairs division is investigating after a video was posted that appeared to show officers push a pregnant woman to the ground when she tried to intervene as her son was being taken into custody. ow.ly/C01PP
  • Burlington, Vermont: A judge has decided a police officer should face trial on charges he shot a mentally ill man. ow.ly/C01Cm
  • Dayton, Ohio: The father of a man fatally shot by police as he held an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart said he believes his son was murdered, despite a special grand jury declining to criminally charge the officers. The U.S. Justice Department has announced a probe to determine if his 22-year-old son’s civil rights were violated. ow.ly/C01nM
  • El Paso, Texas: A witness said that police stopped several men from trying to save a woman in a submerged car. The witness said she saw the woman moving her hands inside the car and that police stopped three men from attempting to get her out. The woman drowned. Now the department’s Special Traffic Investigations unit is conducting an investigation. ow.ly/BZWID
  • Boulder, Colorado: A detective was arrested on charges that he warned a sex crimes suspect that BPD was preparing to arrest him. ow.ly/BZTc8
  • Galveston, Texas: A now-former police officer has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl. ow.ly/BZSdu
  • Meridian, Idaho: A police officer seen passing another motorcycle rider on the right side of an interstate has been disciplined. ow.ly/BZPPt
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania: Lawyers for a man whose arrest was caught on a cellphone video that showed a police officer kneeing him twice as he lay on the ground, and another one punching him, have filed a federal lawsuit claiming the police used excessive force. ow.ly/BZAzr
  • Pickens, South Carolina: The police chief said one of his officers was fired amid a domestic investigation and his arrest. The officer was terminated for violation of city policy. ow.ly/BZmx5
  • Update: Los Angeles, California (Previously reported 08-01-14): A woman who was punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer in an incident caught on film will receive $1.5M as part of a settlement reached. ow.ly/BYDK9
  • Janesville, Wisconsin: An officer is being charged with misdemeanor battery and domestic violence. The chief has called that grounds for potential termination. ow.ly/BYTg6

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-25-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-25-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-25-14/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:45:59 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8577 Here are the 6 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, September 25, 2014: Healdton, Oklahoma: The chief of police entered a not guilty plea to a felony gun charge. He was fired. ow.ly/BVCb1 Okeechobee County, Florida: Ten months after … Continue reading

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Here are the 6 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, September 25, 2014:

  • Healdton, Oklahoma: The chief of police entered a not guilty plea to a felony gun charge. He was fired. ow.ly/BVCb1
  • Okeechobee County, Florida: Ten months after a crash involving a deputy that killed two women, an investigation has found the deputy was at fault. Crash witnesses said the deputy did not have his lights or sirens on and was traveling at least double the speed limit. ow.ly/BVz7C
  • Atlantic Beach, Florida: The police chief resigned in the wake of being the subject of an active criminal investigation. Sources said the investigation is related to the illegal purchase of steroids from Mexico. ow.ly/BVjxy
  • Montgomery County, Maryland: A police officer has been charged with perjury and workers’ compensation fraud. ow.ly/BVevK
  • Fulton, New York: A decorated veteran police sergeant has pled guilty to beating a handcuffed man and now faces up to 10 years in prison. He pled guilty in federal court to one count of deprivation of rights under color of law. ow.ly/BVbow
  • Greece, New York: A now-former police officer has been charged in federal court with possession of child pornography. ow.ly/BVa6n

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Internal Affairs Investigating Treatment of Pregnant Woman http://www.policemisconduct.net/internal-affairs-investigating-treatment-of-pregnant-woman/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/internal-affairs-investigating-treatment-of-pregnant-woman/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:05:24 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8580 From NBC New York: The NYPD says its internal affairs division is investigating after a video was posted over the weekend that appeared to show officers push a pregnant woman to the ground when she tried to intervene as her … Continue reading

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From NBC New York:

The NYPD says its internal affairs division is investigating after a video was posted over the weekend that appeared to show officers push a pregnant woman to the ground when she tried to intervene as her son was being taken into custody.

The video, which the woman’s attorneys say was captured on Fifth Avenue at 41st Street in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park at around 2:15 a.m. Sunday, shows an officer who was trying to arrest another suspect grabbing Sandra Amezquita, who is five months pregnant, before pushing her belly-first onto the ground and then hopping atop her back.

The video then shows a second, unidentified woman being shoved to the ground in the middle of the street as she comes to help Amezquita.

Amezquita’s attorney, Sanford Rubenstein, told media Wednesday that the 43-year-old woman suffered vaginal bleeding and bruises on her arms and stomach after the encounter. He said she has persisting abdominal pain and showed a photo of bruising on her stomach.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-24-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-24-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-24-14/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:51:42 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8579 Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, September 24, 2014: Update: West Yellowstone, Montana (First reported 08-12-14): A police chief who was fired after a state investigation found he selectively enforced the law and violated court orders … Continue reading

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Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, September 24, 2014:

  • Update: West Yellowstone, Montana (First reported 08-12-14): A police chief who was fired after a state investigation found he selectively enforced the law and violated court orders will not face criminal charges. ow.ly/BRzgn
  • Wise Co, Texas: A man who claims a sheriff’s deputy forced him to take nude photographs while registering for the state’s sex offender database says he thinks there are other victims. ow.ly/BRJbn
  • Update: Warren, Ohio (First reported 05-05-14): A now-former police officer has been convicted on less serious charges than those filed after he was accused of towing a car from private property to keep for himself. ow.ly/BRLqC
  • Hamilton Co, Tennessee: A now-former deputy sheriff was indicted by a federal grand jury for sexually assaulting a woman while he was on duty. ow.ly/BShhc
  • Bossier Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was fired after his arrest on a domestic violence charge. ow.ly/BSrzL
  • Tupelo, Oklahoma: Sheriff’s deputies arrested the police chief on suspicion of forgery and obtaining cash under a false pretense. ow.ly/BSMWV
  • Hollywood, California: A man is suing city for wrongful arrest. He has accused the department of discrimination against him. ow.ly/BSQck
  • Louisville, Kentucky: An attorney says, “It appears the actions of one of the officers — who clearly had the word “police” labeled across the back of his shirt — were illegal and unconstitutional.”ow.ly/BSQob
  • Tunkhannock Township, Pennsylvania: A man claims a police officer used a stun gun on him for no reason. HE filed a federal lawsuit against the officer, township and another man. ow.ly/BSQP2

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Police Shooting in South Carolina http://www.policemisconduct.net/police-shooting-in-south-carolina/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/police-shooting-in-south-carolina/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:06:12 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8575 From NBC News: A South Carolina state trooper who was fired after being captured on video shooting an unarmed driver during a routine traffic stop was arrested on Wednesday. Lance Corporal Sean M. Groubert was charged with assault and battery … Continue reading

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From NBC News:

A South Carolina state trooper who was fired after being captured on video shooting an unarmed driver during a routine traffic stop was arrested on Wednesday. Lance Corporal Sean M. Groubert was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature in connection with the shooting in a gas station’s parking lot, which was filmed by a camera in his patrol car.

On Sept. 4, Groubert pulled over Levar Edward Jones for a seatbelt violation in Columbia, South Carolina, and subsequently shot the unarmed man in the hip. In newly released video, Groubert is heard asking Jones for his license. As Jones reaches into his car, the officer is seen moving quickly while pointing his gun and shouting, “Get out of the car!” He then fires four shots at Jones as he falls backwards away from the car with his hands in the air. Groubert cuffs the injured driver, who can be heard asking, “What did I do, sir?”

Chilling video.   To the department’s credit, upon review, the officer was promptly discharged and criminal charges are now pending.  That’s the manner in which one would expect an incident like this to be handled.   Safe to say that the video was the critical factor and that’s why body cameras are needed.

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City Settles Excessive Force Lawsuit for $490,000; Denies Any Wrongdoing http://www.policemisconduct.net/city-settles-excessive-force-lawsuit-for-490000-denies-any-wrongdoing/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/city-settles-excessive-force-lawsuit-for-490000-denies-any-wrongdoing/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 19:46:31 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8574 From the San Bernardino Sun: City Attorney Cristina Talley announced Tuesday at the council meeting that the council agreed to settle the federal lawsuit filed July 31, 2013, in U.S. District Court by the parents of 22-year-old Trevor Taylor of … Continue reading

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From the San Bernardino Sun:

City Attorney Cristina Talley announced Tuesday at the council meeting that the council agreed to settle the federal lawsuit filed July 31, 2013, in U.S. District Court by the parents of 22-year-old Trevor Taylor of Colton, who was shot and killed a year earlier on July 31, 2012.

The wrongful death lawsuit lodged against the city alleges three Colton officers involved in the shooting used excessive force, were not properly trained, committed battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress as a result of the killing, according to court documents.

Officers Todd Smith, and Sgts. Steve Davis and Lou E. Gamache are still with the department in the patrol division….

“The use of force was reasonable and consistent with our policy,” said Colton Police Cpl. Ray Mendez. “We’re not changing any policy and we’re not amending anything.”

From the on-line comments section:

My city isn’t doing anything wrong, where MY payout?

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-23-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-23-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-23-14/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:47:55 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8573 Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, September 23, 2014: Richmond, California: A family plans to sue the city and the officer who shot and killed a 24-year-old man shot. Officers say that the man grabbed … Continue reading

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Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, September 23, 2014:

  • Richmond, California: A family plans to sue the city and the officer who shot and killed a 24-year-old man shot. Officers say that the man grabbed for his gun. The family’s attorney, however, says, “The officer’s claim is disputed by various witnesses.” ow.ly/BPLAq
  • Longwood, Florida: A now-former police chief has been indicted on charges of conspiracy and bribery. Investigators said that a man allegedly paid the former chief more than $30,000 in bribes in order to become a police officer. ow.ly/BPxVZ
  • Johnson City, Tennessee: A state trooper resigned from the department in lieu of termination following an internal investigation into an arrest on domestic assault charges. ow.ly/BPqhN
  • Newport, Tennessee: A police officer was arrested on charges of domestic assault with no bodily injury or physical violence. ow.ly/BOwYy
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: The police department suspended one of its officers he was charged him with second-degree assault. The officer was off duty at the time of his arrest and has been suspended with pay, pending an administrative hearing. ow.ly/BOwHW
  • Shreveport, Louisiana: A police officer has been arrested following a fight at a local bar. He has been placed on paid administrative leave. ow.ly/BOwt6
  • Chicopee, Massachusetts: A police officer will lose his job in connection with his alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. The mayor announced he decided to terminate the officer following a discipline hearing in connection to a restraining order taken out on him by the girl’s parents. ow.ly/BOw9v

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