PoliceMisconduct.net http://www.policemisconduct.net The Cato Institute's National Police Misconduct Reporting Project Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:42:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-18-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-18-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-18-14/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:42:30 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8566 Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, September 18, 2014: Cody, North Dakota: A man claims the city’s current assistant police chief used a taser on him while he was handcuffed, according to a federal civil … Continue reading

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Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, September 18, 2014:

  • Cody, North Dakota: A man claims the city’s current assistant police chief used a taser on him while he was handcuffed, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit. He further alleges he was assaulted while other officers were present, and that the incident caused severe and permanent injuries. http://ow.ly/BBlas
  • Lowndes, County, Georgia: A now-former deputy pled guilty to conspiring to use his law enforcement authority to unlawfully detain and take money from motorists. http://ow.ly/BBlyu
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An eight-year veteran officer was arrested for allegedly physically assaulting his wife. The arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation by internal affairs and the District Attorney’s office. The officer has been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss. http://ow.ly/BBuhU
  • Rockaway Township, New Jersey: A now-suspended police officer was indicted on charges of official misconduct and witness tampering in connection with his alleged efforts to get a relative’s drunken-driving ticket dismissed. http://ow.ly/BBuFm
  • Lynwood, California: A video appears to show a police officer slugging a handcuffed prisoner inside the police station, perhaps knocking him out. The prisoner sustained a concussion and a broken nose from the ordeal. http://ow.ly/BBwqE
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The DA’s Office says a police officer has been charged with theft and leaving the scene of an accident following an incident. http://ow.ly/BBUyY
  • Coral Springs, Florida: Three police officers were charged with stealing thousands of dollars from their own police union. http://ow.ly/BBVcQ
  • New York, New York: A lawsuit filed says officers used “unreasonable and wholly unprovoked force” when they arrested a woman without cause. She was waiting for her husband and their 6- and 10-year-old kids to come out from a bathroom stop at a restaurant when she was told to leave by an officer. The suit says she explained she was waiting for her family and then the officer, without any legal basis, grabbed her, turned her and pushed her against the wall and placed her under arrest. http://ow.ly/BBVKC
  • Bastrop, Texas: The city and multiple officers were named in a federal lawsuit filed alleging excessive force and disability discrimination against a mentally disabled resident. http://ow.ly/BBXFd
  • Update: Garland, Texas (Previously reported 11-19-13): The family of an unarmed man who was shot at 41 times and killed by police filed a civil lawsuit against the city, the police chief, and a lieutenant. http://ow.ly/BBY4N

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-17-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-17-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-17-14/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:23:03 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8564 Here are the 7 reports tracked for Wednesday, September 17, 2014: Fayetteville, Arkansas: A police officer has been suspended for 30 days after an investigation into sexual harassment claims, according to the police chief. ow.ly/BB9QD Daytona Beach, Florida: A love … Continue reading

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Here are the 7 reports tracked for Wednesday, September 17, 2014:

  • Fayetteville, Arkansas: A police officer has been suspended for 30 days after an investigation into sexual harassment claims, according to the police chief. ow.ly/BB9QD
  • Daytona Beach, Florida: A love triangle involving three policewomen ended with one of the officers jailed on domestic violence related charges. http://ow.ly/BBbch
  • Portland, Maine: A couple claimed they were illegally arrested after observing and attempting to record a police “interaction” with a woman. http://ow.ly/BBeug
  • Independence, Missouri: The FBI is investigating allegations of excessive force by a police officer during a traffic stop that left a teenage motorist in critical condition. http://ow.ly/BBeRh
  • Update: Greene, New York (First reported 04-30-14): The police chief pled guilty to two counts of official misconduct and one count of second-degree criminal contempt. He was arrested after state police responded to a request from village officials to look into a complaint of missing village property. http://ow.ly/BBggS
  • Louisville, Kentucky: An eight-year veteran has been arrested and charged with fourth-degree domestic assault. http://ow.ly/BBcVR
  • Weare, New Hampshire: The police chief is on administrative leave from his post. A restraining order was issued against him in the wake of domestic violence allegations filed by a female employee of the department. http://ow.ly/BBj3y

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-16-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-16-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-16-14/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:49:06 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8565 Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, September 16, 2014: Salina, Kansas: A police officer has been suspended after being arrested on requested charges of driving under the influence, refusing to submit to a breath test, … Continue reading

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Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, September 16, 2014:

  • Salina, Kansas: A police officer has been suspended after being arrested on requested charges of driving under the influence, refusing to submit to a breath test, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving. ow.ly/Bzz21
  • Update: Clovis, California (First reported 06-06-13): A year after beating his ex-girlfriend, a now-former police officer pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury and was sentenced to three years of probation and 30 days in jail. ow.ly/BzxMw
  • Baltimore, Maryland: A man filed a lawsuit against a city police officer, accusing the officer of punching him repeatedly during an arrest. The incident was captured on video. ow.ly/BzvyN
  • Update: Hebron, Illinois (First reported 08-13-14): A police officer who was fired after just days on the job and charged with several crimes is now accused of additional drug-related offenses. ow.ly/BztI4
  • Hebron, Indiana: Officials with the police department have confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the actions of the now-former. ow.ly/BzqXE
  • Update: Laurelville, Ohio (First reported 05-01-14): The police chief pled guilty to unauthorized use of property. He admitted that he misused the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway to obtain information on people for purposes unrelated to law enforcement. The online secure network shares criminal-justice data among law-enforcement agencies and is supposed to be used only for official business. ow.ly/Bz9Hd
  • Atlanta, Georgia: The city council approved a $200,000 settlement agreement for the family of an 18-year-old killed by a police officer. His family said the teen was unarmed and was driving away from officers at the time. ow.ly/Bz8zY
  • Update: Rio Arriba County, New Mexico (First reported 08-19-14): The sheriff pled not guilty to federal charges stemming from an off-duty traffic stop that authorities say left a driver injured. He was arraigned on charges of deprivation of rights and brandishing a firearm in a superseding indictment. ow.ly/ByRD6
  • Update: Tulsa, Oklahoma (Previously reported 08-28-14): A state trooper accused of sexually assaulting a woman after a traffic stop has been arrested. The 16-year veteran was taken into custody by his fellow troopers. “This particular matter sickens us as an agency,” said the police chief. Investigators found enough evidence to move forward with criminal charges. ow.ly/Byw8R

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-13-14 to 09-15-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-13-14-to-09-15-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-13-14-to-09-15-14/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:18:07 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8563 Here are the 19 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, September 13, to Monday, September 15, 2014: Rock Island, Illinois: A sheriff accused of cyberstalking and threatening a woman he met at a gym resigned from office. http://ow.ly/Bwq4Q Update: … Continue reading

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Here are the 19 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, September 13, to Monday, September 15, 2014:

  • Rock Island, Illinois: A sheriff accused of cyberstalking and threatening a woman he met at a gym resigned from office. http://ow.ly/Bwq4Q
  • Update: Waldo, Florida (Previously reported 09-09-14): Another member of the police department command staff resigned after facing turmoil from allegations that included enforcing ticket quotas, using city-owned video gear for residential security and stealing hotel towels. http://ow.ly/BwqMy
  • Los Angeles, California: The police department is conducting an internal investigation after an actress accused officers of violating her rights when they handcuffed and detained her while responding to a report of indecent exposure. http://ow.ly/BwSoI
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina: A police officer has been charged with assault after slamming a suspect that was in handcuffs into a wall. Police charged him with assault inflicting serious injury and simple assault. http://ow.ly/Bwr8Y
  • West Lampeter Township, Pennsylvania: A police officer has been charged with DUI in connection with a one-vehicle crash. He was charged with DUI, careless driving and accidents involving damage to unattended property. http://ow.ly/BwJPk
  • Delaware County, Indiana: A veteran sheriff’s deputy was drunk when he caused an accident that injured two other people plus himself, according to authorities. http://ow.ly/BwuwE
  • Marshall, Texas: A pending charge has been filed in the local federal court against a now-former narcotics officer for misprision of a felony, which is withholding information on a crime or deliberately concealing one’s knowledge of a treasonable act or felony. http://ow.ly/BwIKM
  • Wellfleet, Massachusetts: A man has filed a civil lawsuit against a police sergeant, alleging civil rights violations and use of excessive force, among other things, during an altercation. The chief said, “There was no discipline that needed to be taken at the time.” http://ow.ly/BwwPH
  • Update: Iredell County, North Carolina (First reported 03-23-12): The sheriff and one of his deputies have settled a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by two women, one of whom was a domestic violence victim who’d sought the officer’s help. http://ow.ly/BwHqy
  • Indian Lake, Texas: The police chief has released a video that he said proves his innocence. He has been indicted on two counts of official oppression and filing a false police report charges. http://ow.ly/BwE2d
  • Henry County, Georgia: A veteran sheriff’s captain is accused of using a computer to have an inappropriate relationship a 14-year-old boy. He was after a two-month investigation. Computers and cell phones were taken from his home by police. http://ow.ly/BwF95
  • Wetumpka, Alabama: An officer will be suspended for two days without pay following an internal investigation that shows he reportedly harassed a student at the request of her father. http://ow.ly/BwEmt
  • Duplin County, North Carolina: A sheriff’s deputy has been suspended after his K-9 died after being left in a hot squad car all night. ow.ly/BwpLb
  • Update: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (First reported 09-05-14): Charges against a state trooper who was allegedly involved in a wedding night fight at Station Square have been dropped. ow.ly/Bwo52
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer is under investigation after police say he was near the scene of a kidnapping and drove off without taking action. ow.ly/Bwm0T
  • Coral Gables, Florida: The police chief has resigned amid a controversy. There have been allegations that he was manipulating crime statistics to make the city look much safer, and that he was manipulating statistics about the city’s response times. ow.ly/BvP8C
  • Louisville, Kentucky: A police officer is on administrative leave after being arrested. He was charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. ow.ly/BuIgb
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: A police officer has been suspended from his job after he was charged with second-degree assault following an incident. ow.ly/BuIag
  • Sebastian, Florida: Police arrested one of its veteran sergeants on charges of trafficking in oxycodone and tampering with evidence, a police spokesman said. He was jailed and is being held in the jail in lieu of a $150,000 bail. ow.ly/BuI2s

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The Rise of the SWAT Team in American Policing http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-rise-of-the-swat-team-in-american-policing/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-rise-of-the-swat-team-in-american-policing/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:35:22 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8562 From the New York Times: Cheye Calvo spoke at a Cato Policy Forum last week.

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From the New York Times:

Cheye Calvo spoke at a Cato Policy Forum last week.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-12-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-12-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-12-14/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:01:03 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8561 Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, September 12, 2014: Lyman, South Carolina: The mayor said that some of the allegations leveled against the now-former police chief could lead to a charge of misconduct in office. … Continue reading

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Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, September 12, 2014:

  • Lyman, South Carolina: The mayor said that some of the allegations leveled against the now-former police chief could lead to a charge of misconduct in office. After council members reviewed the allegations with the chief, he promptly offered his resignation. http://ow.ly/BriQ5
  • Torrance County, New Mexico: The sheriff arrested one of his own deputies following a tip from a Colorado State Trooper notifying him of an outstanding warrant for arrest on a larceny charge. http://ow.ly/Brvzl
  • Salisbury, Maryland: An officer is facing two lawsuits that allege excessive force. The mayor said the officer’s actions have been reviewed, “What we have done is made sure that we are looking at all of our internal records of both incidents to make sure the employee is following and doing what he should be doing. We have found that he is.” http://ow.ly/Brgws
  • Newport, Tennessee: A veteran police officer who pleaded guilty to federal gun charges and distributing hydrocodone has been fired. http://ow.ly/Blz2l
  • Manchester, New Hampshire: A police officer is on modified desk duty after being charged with assaulting the retired police chief. ow.ly/BqL0Z
  • Suffolk County, New York: A detective pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct for leaking confidential information. ow.ly/BqJyq
  • Greenville, Mississippi: The police arrested one of their own and charged him. The resigned shortly before he was arrested on a charge of statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl. ow.ly/BqAGS
  • Windsor, Virginia: An ex-police chief is now charged with embezzlement. He is now facing one felony count of embezzlement and one felony count of obtaining money under false pretenses. ow.ly/Bqx0y
  • Fairborn, Ohio: A now-former police officer has been charged with two misdemeanor counts as the result of a department investigation triggered by a stalking complaint. ow.ly/BrSxn

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-11-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-11-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-11-14/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:10:49 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8559 Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, September 11, 2014: Pembroke, North Carolina: A police detective has been suspended without pay for the second time on allegations of sexual abuse. ow.ly/BnnK2 Indianapolis, Indiana: Two police officers … Continue reading

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Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, September 11, 2014:

  • Pembroke, North Carolina: A police detective has been suspended without pay for the second time on allegations of sexual abuse. ow.ly/BnnK2
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: Two police officers face charges after an off-duty incident. They have been suspended without pay, pending termination. They’re charged with battery resulting in serious bodily injury and battery with moderate bodily injury after an altercation. ow.ly/Bnmpu
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: A recently-promoted sergeant with a history of domestic violence accusations is under internal investigation after a security surveillance video surfaced showing him apparently beating up his girlfriend in a restaurant where she works. ow.ly/BnlLU
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: A police officer who was fired from the force but recently got his job back is under investigation again. He has been assigned to desk duty while police investigate his role in a fight outside a bar that sent a man to a hospital. http://ow.ly/BrD5V
  • Durham, North Carolina: A police officer faces misdemeanor charges after he allegedly assaulted his wife. ow.ly/Bm6Yt
  • Update: Hearne, Texas (Previously reported 05-12-14): A jury has declined to indict a now-former police officer who fatally shot an armed 93-year-old woman during a confrontation. ow.ly/Bm6Qe
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: A police officer has been accused of sending explicit texts to the woman in a rape case he was investigating, including asking her to send nude photos, and filing a harassment charge against the father of a murder victim whose case he was in charge of. http://ow.ly/BlfYX
  • Update: St. Paul, Minnesota (First reported 06-09-14): A police officer facing forgery charges rejected a plea deal that would have spared her prison time. She was in court on two counts of aggravated forgery and one count of electronic use of false pretense to obtain identity. http://ow.ly/BlsnO

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-10-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-10-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-10-14/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:17:43 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8558 Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, September 10, 2014: Harbor, Louisiana: A 12-year veteran has been arrested on fraud charges. Police officials say he is under investigation for alleged fraudulent use of a fuel card, … Continue reading

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Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, September 10, 2014:

  • Harbor, Louisiana: A 12-year veteran has been arrested on fraud charges. Police officials say he is under investigation for alleged fraudulent use of a fuel card, and that the alleged misuse “spanned into other parishes.” ow.ly/BkQ5i
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A now-former police officer was indicted on aggravated rape charges. A back-logged rape kit finally got tested and helped lead to his indictment which stems from an attack that happened 14 years ago. ow.ly/BkPIV
  • Cornelius, Oregon: A federal jury found that a police officer fabricated evidence in a drug case. ow.ly/BkPcS
  • Princeton, West Virginia: The police department has placed an officer on administrative leave following his arrest on a domestic violence charge. ow.ly/BkH1a
  • Bradenton, Florida: The deputy police chief is on paid suspension following apparently serious allegations of unspecified criminal behavior that surfaced. ow.ly/BkCS1
  • Lamar County, Mississippi: A now-former officer pled not guilty to multiple charges. He was indicted by a grand jury on four counts of fondling, two counts of sexual battery and a count of attempted sexual battery on a female under the age of 18. http://ow.ly/BkY5L
  • Coconut Creek, Florida: An officer has been put on paid leave after being accused of patronizing a spa that was a front for prostitution, police said. He faces a purchasing services of prostitution charge and was put on administrative leave. http://ow.ly/BkYs0
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: The police chief has placed a detective on administrative leave following the detective’s arrest on DUI charges. http://ow.ly/Bl0Lv

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-09-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-09-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-09-14/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:51:25 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8557 Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, September 9, 2014: Woodland, California: A highway patrol officer is charged with abusing his wife. He was arrested by police responding to his residence after being alerted that he … Continue reading

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Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, September 9, 2014:

  • Woodland, California: A highway patrol officer is charged with abusing his wife. He was arrested by police responding to his residence after being alerted that he was having an argument with his wife. ow.ly/BhywO
  • Update: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (First reported 06-17-14): A police officer who punched, pushed and swung a woman by her head while trying to break up a fight during a PrideFest parade did not use excessive force, according to the police department’s final report. ow.ly/Bhxd3
  • Lake Milton, Ohio: Township police arrested a police officer on domestic-violence charges. According to a police report he got into an argument with his wife, and then struck her on the face, causing her to fall. He reportedly caused her to fall to the ground a second time in a second altercation after she returned from a neighbor’s apartment, where she had gone to ask for help. ow.ly/BhwGB
  • East St. Louis, Illinois: The city’s assistant chief of police is being investigated for misconduct related to a female summer youth program worker. He is on an unpaid five-day suspension after an unnamed young woman, who was at City Hall for her first day of work with a summer youth program, made a four-page written complaint involving the officer. ow.ly/BhvXm
  • North Port, Florida: An officer was fired for sexual misconduct. The officer was terminated after a five-month internal affairs investigation found he’d violated department policies by having sex with his girlfriend while on the job. ow.ly/BhuSI
  • Louisville, Kentucky: An officer was stripped of her police duties and charged with harassment after an investigation revealed she used excessive force during an arrest. ow.ly/BhubO
  • Anderson County, Tennessee: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested for driving under the influence. ow.ly/BhsLk
  • Update: Walnut Creek, California (First reported 09-02-14): A police officer who beat a woman with a baseball bat entered pleas to two felonies. He pled no contest to felony assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury and felony vandalism, and admitted to a firearm enhancement. http://ow.ly/Bi3IB
  • Enfield, Connecticut: A man has filed a notice of intent to sue the town, police department, and four police officers, claiming excessive force was used in an incident that caused serious injuries from bites by a police dog. http://ow.ly/Bi6m2
  • Update: Waldo, Florida (First reported 09-03-14): The suspended chief has resigned. He was called out by several of his officers who claimed he forced them to meet a ticket quota every night. http://ow.ly/Bi7Pk
  • Sayreville, New Jersey: A police officer was ordered to forfeit public employment, including his job, and was placed on probation for three years after admitting he stole more than $20,000 in rent subsidies paid by the housing authority. http://ow.ly/BiCZi

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The Forfeiture Machine http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-forfeiture-machine/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-forfeiture-machine/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:15:30 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8555 For additional background, see the recent series of articles about forfeiture in the Washington Post.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-06-14 to 09-08-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-06-14-to-09-08-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-06-14-to-09-08-14/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 21:37:18 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8554 Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, September 6 to Monday September 8, 2014: San Jose, California: A resident who was one of several people recording the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting is alleging he was … Continue reading

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Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, September 6 to Monday September 8, 2014:

  • San Jose, California: A resident who was one of several people recording the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting is alleging he was intimidated and threatened with detainment for refusing to surrender his cellphone or delete the images he took. http://ow.ly/BiVj1
  • Coeur D’Alene, Idaho: A group of protesters have called for an officer who shot and killed a dog to be fired. A review panel found the officer’s actions unjustified and in violation of the departments policies. Authorities said they could not discuss what punishment he would receive. ow.ly/Bff1a
  • Sandwich, Massachusetts: A state police trooper was arrested for allegedly attacking a woman. He pled not guilty to a charge of simple assault and battery. ow.ly/BeSj2
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: A police officer was arrested. He initially denied having sex with the woman but later recanted his statement, court documents reveal. State police arrested him on a misdemeanor charge of false informing. ow.ly/BePzJ
  • Burbank, California: Police say an apparently drunk man arrested after allegedly brandishing a gun on the street is a federal agent. ow.ly/BeK5E
  • Pittston, Pennsylvania: A man claims police used excessive force when stopping him for riding an all-terrain vehicle, according to a federal lawsuit he filed. ow.ly/BeJjY
  • Update: Fort Wayne, Indiana (First reported 08-29-14): A police officer who pled guilty to rape has resigned from his position on the force. ow.ly/BeDyV
  • Atlanta, Georgia: A lieutenant at the Georgia State Patrol has retired while under investigation. An internal report alleges the state trooper was hanging out around the Master’s Tournament while on the taxpayer’s tab. ow.ly/BepCF

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Washington, DC: The Wild West of Traffic Enforcement http://www.policemisconduct.net/washington-dc-the-wild-west-of-traffic-enforcement/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/washington-dc-the-wild-west-of-traffic-enforcement/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:58:20 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8553 From the Washington Post: In Washington, D.C., where issuing traffic citations is a $179 million-a-year business, drivers get speeding tickets for violations they don’t commit and for vehicles they’ve never owned. Those are among the findings in a 115-page audit … Continue reading

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From the Washington Post:

In Washington, D.C., where issuing traffic citations is a $179 million-a-year business, drivers get speeding tickets for violations they don’t commit and for vehicles they’ve never owned.

Those are among the findings in a 115-page audit of the three city agencies that issued nearly 2.5 million parking and traffic tickets in fiscal 2013, according to a withering report issued Monday by the D.C. inspector general.

The report portrays the District as the Wild West of traffic enforcement when compared with neighboring jurisdictions and the states, with a shortage of regulations, a legion of ticket writers often confused about the rules, “arbitrary” decision-making about who gets some speed-camera tickets and parking-meter monitors who get called on the carpet if they don’t write enough tickets….

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier called the report “flawed” and “sensationalist.”

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-05-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-05-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-05-14/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 21:07:23 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8552 Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, September 5, 2014: Atlanta, Georgia: A now-former police officer was indicted for allegedly beating a man so badly that the man suffered broken ribs and a collapsed lung. http://ow.ly/B9yjY … Continue reading

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Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, September 5, 2014:

  • Atlanta, Georgia: A now-former police officer was indicted for allegedly beating a man so badly that the man suffered broken ribs and a collapsed lung. http://ow.ly/B9yjY
  • Louisville, Kentucky: A police officer is being accused of shoplifting from an outdoors store. The officer faces charges of theft by unlawful taking under $500http://ow.ly/B9oTt
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: An off-duty state trooper got involved in a fight during a wedding, and also became aggressive with police. He is now facing charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and obstructing law enforcement, along with an internal investigation. ow.ly/B9nT4
  • Update: North Hodge, Louisiana (First reported 08-15-14): The assistant police chief was arraigned after victims have come forward claiming he sexually violated them. He pled not guilty to seven counts of malfeasance in office, two counts of forcible rape and one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile. ow.ly/B8O6r
  • Baltimore, Maryland: Police are investigating whether officers used excessive force in the arrest of a pair of brothers, the department said. Officers say that one man punched an officer as the two resisted arrest, while witnesses alleged that officers used unnecessary force in detaining the men following a dirt bike crash. ow.ly/B8Ams
  • Broward County, Florida: A veteran sheriff’s deputy was arrested after investigators found in his marked patrol vehicle prescription drugs that had belonged to a dead man. The deputy faces one count each of armed trafficking in hydrocodone, possession of alprazolam, grand theft of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence and official misconduct/falsifying public or court records, according to the sheriff’s office. ow.ly/B8mR5
  • Montgomery County, Ohio: An area woman and her attorney are preparing to file a lawsuit against the sheriff’s office after she says a deputy lifted her off the ground and slammed her head on a concrete floor while booking her into jail. ow.ly/B8mws
  • Thibodaux, Louisiana: A police officer was fired after allegations of misconduct surfaced. The issue is under investigation and disciplinary action has been taken against more than one officer. ow.ly/B8jiM

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More on the John Geer Case http://www.policemisconduct.net/more-on-the-john-geer-case/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/more-on-the-john-geer-case/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 02:00:53 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8551 From the Washington Post: Shot in the chest, he was left to bleed to death inside his doorway while police officers, remaining outside the house, did nothing for an hour. Five and a half hours after the shooting, his body … Continue reading

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From the Washington Post:

Shot in the chest, he was left to bleed to death inside his doorway while police officers, remaining outside the house, did nothing for an hour. Five and a half hours after the shooting, his body remained sprawled on the floor where he died.

Incredibly, the authorities in Northern Virginia — including Fairfax County police and state and federal prosecutors — have refused to furnish any explanation for this stupefying sequence of events last Aug. 29 in Springfield. They have stonewalled.

Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. promised to “hold myself accountable” to Mr. Geer’s family, which includes two young daughters. He has done nothing of the kind. No official information about the shooting has been forthcoming. The officer who fired the shot, who remains on the force with full pay, has not been identified.

The authorities conduct themselves as if the case presented insurmountable complexities. This strains credulity. It involved one shot, one gun, one shooter and one fatality. It took place in broad daylight, at mid-afternoon. It was witnessed at close range by at least two other police officers, as well as friends and neighbors of Mr. Geer. And still authorities refuse to act or discuss Mr. Geer’s death.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-04-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-04-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-04-14/#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 14:05:28 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8548 Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, September 4, 2014: Delaware County, Pennsylvania: A man says that members of the police department dragged him into a room without surveillance cameras and beat him repeatedly about the … Continue reading

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Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, September 4, 2014:

  • Delaware County, Pennsylvania: A man says that members of the police department dragged him into a room without surveillance cameras and beat him repeatedly about the head and back after he went to the police station to retrieve a confiscated handgun, according to a federal suit filed. ow.ly/B6aTk
  • Bangs, Texas: The police chief announced his resignation pending an investigation into alleged misconduct. According to the Mayor, the city council was set to meet to discuss the cheif’s removal based on alleged misconduct or lack of confidence, but he resigned first. ow.ly/B68Mm
  • Update: Lee, Massachusetts (First reported 08-30-13): The now-former police chief remains free after he pled not guilty to a dozen new charges in federal court in connection with the alleged theft of more than $50,000 meant for Christmas gifts for needy families. ow.ly/B66zo
  • Yonkers, New York: A police officer has been suspended after he was arrested and accused of pointing a firearm at a woman and choking her at his home, authorities said. ow.ly/B64pW
  • Miami, Florida: A police officer is facing DUI and criminal mischief charges following his arrest. He also faces a charge of possession of narcotics and driving with a suspended license. ow.ly/B5txp
  • Update: San Jose, California (Previously reported 05-14-14): The police officer accused of rape was charged with another crime. He stormed out of the a Safeway with a bottle of vodka about 2:30 a.m. in violation of a state law that bans the sale or purchase of alcohol between 2 and 6 a.m. ow.ly/B3FID
  • Barrow County, Georgia: Internal investigations led to the firing of a deputy for use of excessive force as well as the resignations in lieu of termination by another deputy and a lieutenant for their reaction to the incident. ow.ly/B3v21
  • Put-in Bay, Ohio: Allegations of unlawful arrests and heavy-handed tactics against police are being investigated by a county sheriff and a state agency. ow.ly/B3z1Y

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Worst of the Month — August 2014 http://www.policemisconduct.net/worst-of-the-month-august-2014/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/worst-of-the-month-august-2014/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:49:03 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8547 So the worst police misconduct for the month of August goes, unsurprisingly, to the Ferguson police. As the events in Ferguson played out during August, the police department there put on a clinic on how not to police a community.  … Continue reading

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So the worst police misconduct for the month of August goes, unsurprisingly, to the Ferguson police. As the events in Ferguson played out during August, the police department there put on a clinic on how not to police a community.  From the withholding of Darren Wilson’s name (He was the officer who shot Michael Brown six times), to brandishing weapons of war against a community expressing its anger and mourning through protest, and blatantly targeting journalists for arrest and assault, the events in Ferguson have shown just how disastrous poor policing can be to a community.  If there is any silver lining to the situation, it is that people across the country have been presented with a good look at the consequences of when police misconduct goes unchecked and bad policies, like militarizing local police forces, are allowed to continue.  Things were bad enough in Ferguson for them to collectively qualify as the worst police misconduct of August, but the situation will be much worse if the lessons of Ferguson are not learned and the mistakes not corrected in the future—and not just in Ferguson, but in similar towns around the country.

Next week, Cato will be hosting two events related to Ferguson.  More info here and here.

For additional Ferguson-related posts, go here, here, here, and here.

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Finally, a not-so-’honorable mention’ goes to the Denver police officer who tried to get out of his DUI arrest by telling the arresting officer “Bro, I’m a cop.” That he would even attempt this tactic tells us something about the police subculture–where too many law enforcement officers believe that they are above the law.  They aren’t, and the arresting officer did the right thing by getting a dangerous drunk driver off the streets—cop or not.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-03-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-03-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-09-03-14/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:21:48 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8546 Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, September 3, 2014: Waldo, Florida: The City Council suspended two police supervisors: a captain and the police chief. This happened after police said they were ordered to write 12 … Continue reading

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Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, September 3, 2014:

  • Waldo, Florida: The City Council suspended two police supervisors: a captain and the police chief. This happened after police said they were ordered to write 12 tickets per 12-hour shift, or face punishment. http://ow.ly/B3tYW
  • Savanna, Georgia: A police officer has been fired after he shot and wounded an unarmed man while responding to reports of gunshots outside a nightclub. ow.ly/B3qki
  • Atwater, Minnesota: A woman has filed a formal complaint against the police chief for trespassing on her property and killing her young son’s pet chicken – leaving the hen’s decapitated head just feet from the backyard chicken coop. ow.ly/B3lRU
  • Charlotte, North Carolina: A police officer was arrested after deputies say they were called to the officer’s home about a domestic dispute. The officer’s wife told deputies that he picked her up and threw her to the ground during an argument. ow.ly/B2Md1
  • Paducah, Kentucky: The police department is responding to accusations that two of their officers used excessive force during a traffic stop. The police chief has defended the officers’ actions and says there will be no further details until an internal investigation into the matter is complete. ow.ly/B2zqU
  • Eddy County, New Mexico: A deputy was arrested stemming from a domestic violence incident. She is being charged with battery against a household member after she allegedly physically assaulted her girlfriend at their residence. ow.ly/B2ymP
  • Update: Fairfax County, Virginia (First reported 09-04-13): A family has sued the police department, the chief, and three unnamed officers for gross negligence for shooting and killing their father a year ago. Police and federal investigators have not released any information publicly about the case. They have not said whether they think the shooting was justified and have not released the names of the officers involved. Witnesses say the man was unarmed when he was shot. ow.ly/B2tFR
  • Tewksbury, Massachusetts: A police officer has been arrested for a second drunk driving charge after he led state police on a three-mile chase on the interstate. ow.ly/B2b2q

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-20-14 to 09-02-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-20-14-to-09-02-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-20-14-to-09-02-14/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 20:31:09 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8545 Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, August 30 to Tuesday, September 2, 2014: Ferguson, Missouri: At least five people are suing the Ferguson and St. Louis County police departments for $40 million, alleging abuse and … Continue reading

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Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, August 30 to Tuesday, September 2, 2014:

  • Ferguson, Missouri: At least five people are suing the Ferguson and St. Louis County police departments for $40 million, alleging abuse and mistreatment during the civil upheaval. http://ow.ly/B0ffW
  • Update: Los Angeles County, California (First reported 07-23-14): A sheriff’s deputy who was typing on a patrol car computer when he hit and killed a bicyclist will not be prosecuted, the district attorney’s office said in a statement. http://ow.ly/B0jEa
  • Oregon, Wisconsin: An investigation launched by the village board alleges the police chief withheld information about the extent of police calls to a sports and entertainment facility where he and some of his officers routinely performed off-duty security work. http://ow.ly/B0m0I
  • Update: Boulder, Colorado (First reported 06-04-14): A now-former police officer convicted of killing an elk was sentenced to four years of probation, some community service and was fined. http://ow.ly/B0tdn
  • Chicago, Illinois: A police commander is accused of placing the barrel of his gun into a suspect’s mouth. He has been charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct. ow.ly/B09Qp
  • San Bernardino, California: A jury has found a former sheriff’s deputy guilty of two misdemeanor charges for repeatedly kicking a man in the chest and groin as he lay handcuffed on the ground. ow.ly/B0207
  • Vinita, Oklahoma: The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said a police officer was arrested for multiple counts of lewd molestation with a child under 16. ow.ly/B01hE
  • Update: Omaha, Nebraska (First reported 07-18-14): A now-former police officer who pled no contest to obstructing governmental operations has been sentenced. He was given 12 months of probation. Prosecutors allege the officer disposed a memory card from a cellphone possibly used to record a controversial arrest. ow.ly/AZmuW
  • Havana, Florida: An officer was arrested on a count of perjury after state investigators say he lied in traffic court. ow.ly/AXMvh
  • Walnut Creek, California: A police officer arrested after allegedly donning a mask and beating a woman with a baseball bat has been placed on administrative leave, police said. ow.ly/AXMkD
  • Atlanta, Georgia: Police have arrested a police officer accused of shooting a woman and burning her body in. He was arrested at the international airport attempting to get on a flight to Mexico. ow.ly/AXM9n
  • Fayette County, Pennsylvania: A police officer was arrested in an apparent domestic dispute. He was charged with simple assault and harassment. ow.ly/AXLXb

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Police ‘Dispatch’ Boy’s Pet Chicken http://www.policemisconduct.net/police-dispatch-boys-pet-chicken/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/police-dispatch-boys-pet-chicken/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 18:28:29 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8544   From the West Central Tribune: An Atwater woman has filed a formal complaint against the Atwater Police Chief for trespassing on her property and killing her young son’s pet chicken – leaving the hen’s decapitated head just feet from … Continue reading

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From the West Central Tribune:

An Atwater woman has filed a formal complaint against the Atwater Police Chief for trespassing on her property and killing her young son’s pet chicken – leaving the hen’s decapitated head just feet from the backyard chicken coop.

Ashley Turnbull said she knows she violated the city’s ordinance that prohibits fowl and acknowledges she was told Aug. 7 by police to remove the three chickens and two ducks.

But she said Police Chief Trevor Berger went too far when he came onto her property about a week later, when nobody was home, and clubbed, killed and decapitated a small, red hen with a shovel.

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The John Geer Case http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-john-geer-case/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-john-geer-case/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:54:52 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8543 From the Washington Post: In the year since John Geer was fatally shot by a Fairfax County police officer, his family has struggled to cope with the sudden loss. His younger daughter, now 14, cried for weeks after the Aug. … Continue reading

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From the Washington Post:

In the year since John Geer was fatally shot by a Fairfax County police officer, his family has struggled to cope with the sudden loss. His younger daughter, now 14, cried for weeks after the Aug. 29, 2013, incident.

His older daughter, now 18, marks the 29th of every month with some remembrance of her father. For years, he took her to every travel and high school softball practice and game, so his absence was obvious almost every day. The other fathers of her South County High team walked her onto the field on Senior Night, because hers couldn’t be there.

For Geer’s partner of 24 years and his parents, the grief was accompanied by waiting, they say. For information. For action. For answers from the prosecutors or police as to why a man who witnesses say was unarmed was shot in front of his home.

Police and federal investigators have not released any information publicly about the case. They have not said whether they think the shooting was justified and have not released the names of the officers involved.

“It’s been hell,” said Don Geer, John Geer’s father. “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.”

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-29-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-29-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-29-14/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:23:18 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8542 Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 29, 2014: Mathis, Texas: A police officer has been accused of indecency with a child. The 14-year-old accuser told detectives about the incident and the officer was booked … Continue reading

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Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 29, 2014:

  • Mathis, Texas: A police officer has been accused of indecency with a child. The 14-year-old accuser told detectives about the incident and the officer was booked into the county jail and held on a $50,000 bond. http://ow.ly/ANtCq
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina: A jury found a police officer used excessive force in the death of a man. The officer shot him with a Taser gun twice and he died of a heart attack shortly after the incident. The man’s parents were awarded $500,000 for the death of their son. ow.ly/ARPzn
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana: A police officer has pled guilty to raping a woman during an OWI arrest. As part of his plea agreement he pled guilty to a felony charge of rape as well as one charge of sexual misconduct and another charge of official misconduct. ow.ly/ARI2Y
  • Phoenix, Arizona: A police lieutenant is part of an ongoing criminal investigation. He has been placed on paid administrative leave. ow.ly/ARBGS
  • Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania: A now-former police officer pled guilty to illegally killing a white-tailed deer, two wild turkey gobblers and a bobcat while he was on duty, according to court records. ow.ly/ARzKy
  • St. Clair County, Illinois: A lawsuit was filed in federal court accusing members of the sheriff’s department of using coercive tactics to get a false confession from a then 17-year-old with an IQ of 60. ow.ly/ARuob
  • Phoenix, Arizona: A police sergeant resigned after workers allegedly caught him shoplifting. The 29-year veteran is still eligible to collect his pension because he quit and wasn’t fired. ow.ly/ARBcv
  • Leland, North Carolina: A police officer has been fired and two others have announced their resignation amidst an ongoing SBI investigation regarding missing evidence within the department. ow.ly/ANi3j

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The Gregory Towns Case http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-gregory-towns-case/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-gregory-towns-case/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:11:13 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8541 From the Atlanta Journal Constitution: Two former East Point police officers violated the department’s policies when they repeatedly activated their Tasers to shock a handcuffed 24-year-old man, who died in a creek, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday. Unlike other … Continue reading

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From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Two former East Point police officers violated the department’s policies when they repeatedly activated their Tasers to shock a handcuffed 24-year-old man, who died in a creek, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

Unlike other recent instances in New York and Ferguson., Mo., in which men died while interacting with police, there are no claims Gregory Lewis Towns Jr. was resisting, according to police reports and a Fulton County State Court lawsuit. Also in the case of Towns, everyone involved was black.

Records show police found Towns, who weighed 281 pounds, sitting on the ground, catching his breath, after a chase of less than a mile, and he asked officers at least 10 times to be allowed to rest before going with them. According to the suit and logs from the Tasers, the devices were activated 14 times over the following 29 minutes with the two officers pressing the electrified prongs against Towns’ skin.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-27-14 to 08-28-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-28-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-28-14/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:04:33 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8537 Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, August 27 to Thursday, August 28, 2014: Salt Lake City, Utah: The police officer who shot and killed a man captured the incident on his body camera, said the … Continue reading

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Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, August 27 to Thursday, August 28, 2014:

  • Salt Lake City, Utah: The police officer who shot and killed a man captured the incident on his body camera, said the police chief. The family says he was unarmed; the police department says the shooting is under review. ow.ly/AMG09
  • Dallas, Texas: A veteran sheriff’s deputy has been charged with sexual assault over an allegation. He has been accused of performing a sex act on a male victim. ow.ly/AMsp7
  • Mayflower, Arkansas: A local police officer accused of voluntarily withholding key evidence in a case involving a woman accused of stealing supplies from tornado relief efforts has been fired. ow.ly/AMmDs
  • Update: Sequoyah County, Oklahoma (First reported 07-08-14): A state trooper resigned after he crashed an OHP vehicle while towing a boat and was charged with a DUI. “[The trooper’s] actions were an egregious breach of the standard of conduct demanded by our profession,” said the police chief. ow.ly/AMmlK
  • Christiansburg, Virginia: A now-former police officer has been indicted on charges that he embezzled about $34,000. ow.ly/AMgbH
  • Update: Springfield, Missouri (Previously reported 08-19-14): A now-former police officer who shot an unarmed fleeing man in the back pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge. The plea agreement between would put him on unsupervised probation for two years. http://ow.ly/AMwvQ
  • Richland County, South Carolina: The sheriff’s department has fired a deputy who shot a man during a traffic stop. “It is clear from the evidence in this case that [the deputy’s] performance was substandard and potentially dangerous to not only the suspect, but to other law enforcement personnel and innocent bystanders,” wrote the 5th Circuit Solicitor. http://ow.ly/AMwQG
  • Update: Beggs, Oklahoma (First reported 09-04-13): The police chief pled no contest to domestic abuse charges and was sentenced to a five-year deferred sentence. He was accused of putting a loaded handgun to his wife’s head after the two got in an argument. http://ow.ly/AMxRm
  • New Britain, Connecticut: A man has filed a lawsuit against the city and a now-former police officer, claiming the officer’s cruiser collided with his car, causing damages to his head, shoulders and hand. http://ow.ly/AMDVT
  • Update: Tulsa, Oklahoma (First reported 08-13-14): A second woman has been added to a lawsuit against a state trooper. The lawsuit says he pulled over her car and made inappropriate sexual comments to her. It also says he drove her to a secluded location and sexually assaulted her. http://ow.ly/AMCLf
  • Denver, Colorado: A woman who called 911 during an argument with her boyfriend has sued police officers, claiming they bloodied her face by slamming her into a wall and an elevator door and then arrested her without cause. The police spokesman said that police internal affairs officers determined there was no excessive force. http://ow.ly/AMMaa
  • Update: Miami, Oklahoma (Previously reported 05-22-14): A now-former police officer accused of lying to a state grand jury in connection with the beating of a man which was caught on video tape pled no contest and received a three-year deferred sentence. http://ow.ly/AMt5Q
  • Oglala Sioux Tribe, South Dakota: A now-former police officer has been indicted by a federal grand jury for violating the constitutional rights of a man in her custody by repeatedly using her Taser on him without justification. http://ow.ly/ANgO2
  • Bell County, Kentucky: A video caught a state trooper harassing a motorist and the US Court of Appeals ruled that the trooper could be sued for false arrest. http://ow.ly/AN5I2

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From the Chicago Tribune:

A Chicago police commander frequently praised by Supt. Garry McCarthy for his no-nonsense approach to fighting crime in some of the city’s toughest neighborhoods was charged Wednesday with placing the barrel of his gun into a suspect’s mouth.

Cmdr. Glenn Evans, who headed the West Side’s Harrison patrol district until he was relieved of his police powers, faces one count of aggravated battery and one count of official misconduct, according to Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-26-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-26-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-26-14/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:07:11 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8535 Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, August 26, 2014: Update: Tremonton, Utah (First reported 04-07-14): A now-former police officer accused of creating a fake pornography email account and convincing a teen girl to send him … Continue reading

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Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, August 26, 2014:

  • Update: Tremonton, Utah (First reported 04-07-14): A now-former police officer accused of creating a fake pornography email account and convincing a teen girl to send him nude photos pled not guilty to charges. http://ow.ly/AHz6H
  • Rotterdam, New York: A federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed against the police department by the parents of an emotionally disturbed boy whose arm was broken when two police officers tried to force him off a school bus. http://ow.ly/AHO8b
  • Pharr, Texas: A grand jury indicted a now-former police officer after he allegedly sexually assaulted an underage girl multiple times, according to court records. He is accused of having sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old girl during work hours on five separate incidents. http://ow.ly/AHSHz
  • Belleair, Florida: The police chief is the target of numerous allegations ranging from mismanagement to ethical breaches and possible criminal acts. The person making those claims is the department’s detective. The mayor says he does not believe any of them. http://ow.ly/AHT6t
  • Louisville, Kentucky: Two University of Louisville graduate students who worked in a police summer residential program for at-risk youths say officers mentally and physically abused some participants. http://ow.ly/AHTRr
  • Columbia, South Carolina: A state trooper has been fired, state officials said. The Department of Public Safety said in a news release he was terminated for violating agency policies including conduct unbecoming a state employee. http://ow.ly/AHWAc
  • San Francisco, California: The family of a man who was fatally shot by police officers filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city following a march and rally against police brutality. http://ow.ly/AHXqC
  • Lowell, Massachusetts: A police officer has been charged with motor vehicle homicide and operating under the influence of liquor. His car crossed over the double yellow line and collided with another car, killing the other driver. The off-duty officer was arrested at the scene and is also charged with having an open container of alcohol. http://ow.ly/AHY8w
  • Bastrop County, Texas: The family of a woman who was shot and killed by a deputy is suing the county and the sheriff for $5 million. Initially, officials said the woman answered the door at the house she was in with a firearm and disregarded the deputy’s command. They later retracted that statement. She was unarmed when the deputy shot her. http://ow.ly/AJFPW

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