PoliceMisconduct.net http://www.policemisconduct.net The Cato Institute's National Police Misconduct Reporting Project Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:11:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 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 08-28-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-28-14-2/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-28-14-2/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:17:08 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8540 Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 28, 2014: 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 … Continue reading

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Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 28, 2014:

  • 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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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 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 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 28, 2014: 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 … Continue reading

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Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 28, 2014:

  • 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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Chicago Officers Charged with Crime http://www.policemisconduct.net/chicago-officers-disciplined/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/chicago-officers-disciplined/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:35:58 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8538 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 … Continue reading

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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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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-23-14 to 08-25-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-23-14-to-08-25-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-23-14-to-08-25-14/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:38:04 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8534 Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, August 23, to Monday, August 25, 2014: El Paso, Texas: Victims and witnesses of a collision involving a police cruiser claim the officer caused the crash, and that police … Continue reading

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Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, August 23, to Monday, August 25, 2014:

  • El Paso, Texas: Victims and witnesses of a collision involving a police cruiser claim the officer caused the crash, and that police fabricated statements in the accident report to blame an innocent woman. A woman whose car was also hit as a result of the accident said the officer was at fault for the crash, and that the police report was a total lie: “The police officer was definitely at fault … he ran the red light and caused the whole collision.” ow.ly/AH9bY
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: The city council is expected to approve a $10,000 settlement with a man whose vehicle was struck by a police squad car. ow.ly/AHgyG
  • Update: Champaign County, Illinois (First reported 05-08-14): A deputy was acquitted of domestic violence. He was found not guilty during a bench trial. He had been on administrative leave since his arrest. ow.ly/AH6bR
  • Grant Park, Illinois: A police lieutenant let his brother’s 15-year-old daughter move in with him so he could “straighten out” the teen, then proceeded to have sex with her on a “daily basis” when she wasn’t cooking his meals, doing his laundry, or shopping for lingerie and shoes, a prosecutor said. He faces charges of criminal sexual assault and having sexual relations within his own family. ow.ly/AGUQV
  • Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: A police officer is facing indictment on bank fraud charges. A press release said that a disciplinary hearing will be scheduled as soon as possible. ow.ly/AGTwO
  • Albany, New York: A sergeant was suspended without pay while his use of a Taser against a teenage suspect is more thoroughly investigated. ow.ly/AGzm0
  • Brick Township, New Jersey: A police officer was indicted on stalking and official misconduct charges for allegedly tormenting his ex-girlfriend online, publishing humiliating and harassing messages about her, and improperly accessing a law enforcement database when she asked him to help find the culprit, prosecutors say. ow.ly/AGyd4
  • Dallas, Texas: A now-former police officer was sentenced to 180 days in county jail for beating and pepper-spraying a handcuffed man during an arrest. He was convicted of official oppression, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison. ow.ly/AGvLX
  • Catasauqua, Pennsylvania: A man says police shot him with a stun gun about a dozen times in a recently filed deposition. The man said he was handcuffed and in a squad car when police used the stun gun on him. ow.ly/AHDw0
  • Cumberland County, North Carolina: A deputy was charged with drunken driving; he has submitted his resignation. http://ow.ly/AHgSI
  • Broward County, Florida: A now-former sheriff’s deputy was given a five-year prison sentence and was immediately taken into custody. The deputy was arrested and accused of making a $15,000 cash-for-silence deal with a marijuana grower. http://ow.ly/AHBBn
  • Update: Burlington, Massachusetts (First reported 11-20-13): A now-former police officer will spend a year behind bars after pleading guilty to charges in connection with a scheme in which he falsified prescriptions to pocket more than 260 Percocets and collected tens of thousands of dollars in false disability claims. http://ow.ly/AHmBb
  • Grapeland, Texas: A grand jury indicted a now-former officer on a second-degree felony charge of fraudulent possession of a controlled substance/prescription charge. http://ow.ly/AHA0d
  • Update: Chester, West Virginia (First reported 04-14-14): A now-former police officer who was involved in a “sexting” incident with a 16-year-old girl has received a suspended jail sentence and probation. He pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a child. The officer agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charge in exchange for the dismissal of a felony charge. http://ow.ly/AK3B2
  • Update: Barrington, Rhode Island (First reported 11-27-12): A police sergeant accused of harassing his ex-wife pled guilty to charges of domestic cyberstalking and obstruction of justice. He was given a two-year suspended sentence and two years of probation. He was also ordered to go to domestic violence counseling. http://ow.ly/AHrQ7
  • Ithaca, New York: The mayor says the city and its police department have opened separate investigations looking into an incident after an out-of-uniform sergeant drew his gun on four teens. Versions of the events that transpired differ between the involved officer and the parents of the four teens. http://ow.ly/AHJ7u

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Vice President Biden and the Police http://www.policemisconduct.net/vice-president-biden-and-the-police/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/vice-president-biden-and-the-police/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:42:17 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8532 According to news reports, three White House officials will be attending the funeral for Michael Brown today.  Vice President Joe Biden will not be attending and that is no surprise.   Why?  Because the Brown family has been demanding a vigorous, … Continue reading

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According to news reports, three White House officials will be attending the funeral for Michael Brown today.  Vice President Joe Biden will not be attending and that is no surprise.   Why?  Because the Brown family has been demanding a vigorous, impartial investigation into the shooting and Biden is fond of saying that he “has the back” of the police force.  Biden’s presence would be awkward, to say the least.

Here is a clip where Biden is urging a police audience to get behind President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor.

Biden has kept a low profile since the unrest began in Ferguson–and no wonder.   The last thing protesters there want to hear is that the White House “has the back” of the police.   Indeed, that’s why there is so much concern about the local county prosecutor who is handling the investigation and why there have been calls for Governor Nixon to appoint a special prosecutor.  A special prosecutor would be more likely to follow the evidence impartially.

Beyond the Brown shooting, we have seen other abuses by the police there.  The false arrest of reporters, the tear gas rounds fired into the yards of homes, and the reckless weapon handling by officers against protestors.   One wonders if Biden has been on the phone to Obama … saying the administration’s approach thus far has been all wrong… It should “have the back” of the police–not the reporters, the residents, the protesters.

Beyond Ferguson, African-Americans (and others) have been protesting in other cities.  On Saturday, thousands of New Yorkers turned out to protest the killing of Eric Garner by New York City police.   Other cities have other incidents to relate.

Make no mistake, Biden has been part of the problem.  The long simmering tensions in communities around the country did not spring out of nowhere.  Misguided policies and unaccountable bureaucracies bear much of the blame.  And so do powerful politicians like Biden, who have been deaf to the cries of police abuse and harassment.

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-22-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-22-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-22-14/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:51:48 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8533 Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 22, 2014: Houston, Texas: A police officer was arrested on charges of cocaine possession. She is charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. She also had her 6-year-old … Continue reading

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Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 22, 2014:

  • Houston, Texas: A police officer was arrested on charges of cocaine possession. She is charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. She also had her 6-year-old son in the vehicle at the time of the alleged drug deal. ow.ly/ACUBb
  • Adams, Massachusetts: A police officer was charged in court with allegedly using a false identity to fill a prescription drug used to treat ADHD. ow.ly/ACQ0g
  • Paterson, New Jersey: The family of a 39-year-old mentally ill man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, nearly two years after the man was shot and killed by a police officer. ow.ly/ACJ9A
  • Phoenix, Arizona: Criminal and administrative investigations have been launched into an officer-involved fatal shooting of a mentally ill woman. ow.ly/ACznw
  • Denver, Colorado: A police department officer was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of non-injury child abuse, DPD said. ow.ly/ACrOn
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: A police officer was being held in jail after being accused of a string of on-duty sexual assaults in a case described as “disturbing” by the city’s police chief. ow.ly/ACoJx
  • Los Angeles, California: The city council approved a $5 million settlement with the family of man officers fatally shot at the end of a wild pursuit. Several days after the shooting, the chief said he was “very concerned” about the incident and said he was launching investigations to determine whether it required discipline against the officers or better training techniques. ow.ly/ACiOl
  • Ferguson, Missouri: A police officer who pointed an assault rifle at people and threatened to kill them has been relieved of duty and suspended indefinitely, authorities said. ow.ly/AC4bB
  • Struthers, Ohio: A police detective has been fired. He had already been placed on leave for what the mayor called “inappropriate conduct.” The mayor would not be specific about what the alleged inappropriate conduct was or who made the allegation. http://ow.ly/AD4Ea
  • Update: Jones County, Texas (First reported 05-02-14): A deputy has been indicted by a grand jury. She was arrested for allegedly shooting at two victims in a pickup and then fighting with officers upon their arrival. She was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault and one count of deadly conduct. http://ow.ly/AD5re
  • Mills, Wyoming: A police officer is accused of the negligent death of a K9. The officer pled not guilty to one misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals. http://ow.ly/AD8gS
  • Athens, New York: A police officer was arrested and charged with several counts of assault. http://ow.ly/AD64M
  • Update: San Diego, California (Previously reported 07-30-14): A now-former police officer accused of misconduct on the job, including groping and illegally detaining several women, pled guilty to several charges. The charges included felony false imprisonment as well as misdemeanor counts of assault and battery under the color of authority by a peace officer. http://ow.ly/AD7d3
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama: A police officer is accused of sexually assaulting and attempting to strangle his wife. He was arrested and is facing two counts of first degree sodomy and one count of domestic violence for strangulation. http://ow.ly/AD6Vd

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How Many Shootings? http://www.policemisconduct.net/how-many-shootings/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/how-many-shootings/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:55:13 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8531 From the Washington Post: HOW MANY times a year do U.S. police officers employ deadly force, and how many people die as a result? What are the races and ethnicities of those involved? How often are the objects of police … Continue reading

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From the Washington Post:

HOW MANY times a year do U.S. police officers employ deadly force, and how many people die as a result? What are the races and ethnicities of those involved? How often are the objects of police force armed or unarmed? These are just some of the questions people have asked in the wake of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. — and they are perfectly reasonable queries.

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Police Abusing Government Database http://www.policemisconduct.net/police-abusing-government-database/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/police-abusing-government-database/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:11:46 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8530 From CBS Sacramento: FAIRFIELD (CBS13) – Court documents show that Fairfield Police Officers Stephen Ruiz and Jacob Glashoff used company time and equipment to search for women on internet dating sites. The documents also show that two used the California … Continue reading

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From CBS Sacramento:

FAIRFIELD (CBS13) – Court documents show that Fairfield Police Officers Stephen Ruiz and Jacob Glashoff used company time and equipment to search for women on internet dating sites.

The documents also show that two used the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System – a statewide police database – to screen the women they liked.

“I feel like it’s an abuse of their power, using it for their own personal gain,” said Fairfield resident Carlos Thompson.

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Thousands of New Yorkers Protest http://www.policemisconduct.net/thousand-of-new-yorkers-protest/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/thousand-of-new-yorkers-protest/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:17:23 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8529 From the New York Times: Thousands converged on an overcast Saturday at the site of the encounter, the start of a protest march linking Mr. Garner’s death to lethal police actions past and present, from New York City to Ferguson, … Continue reading

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From the New York Times:

Thousands converged on an overcast Saturday at the site of the encounter, the start of a protest march linking Mr. Garner’s death to lethal police actions past and present, from New York City to Ferguson, Mo., where a white officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager on Aug. 9.

Signs and slogans touched on details of the deaths as well as broad policies that protesters argued encouraged bad behavior by officers.

“ ‘Broken Windows’ Kills,” a sign read, a reference to the aggressive policing of minor offenses like selling untaxed cigarettes, the crime Mr. Garner had been accused of committing.

Chants of “I can’t breathe” — Mr. Garner’s words as he struggled with officers — mixed with those borrowed from Ferguson: “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

For days, march organizers and Mayor Bill de Blasio emphasized that the demonstration on Staten Island would not devolve into the sort of violent confrontation with police officers that had plagued the protests over the death of the Ferguson teenager, Michael Brown. By late afternoon, the march had ended and the crowds were heading home. The police said all had been quiet and there had been no arrests….

During the demonstration, community affairs officers in royal-blue shirts and baseball hats offered a stark contrast to the militarized posture of police officers in the aftermath of Mr. Brown’s death. Uniformed patrol officers controlled crowds at the ferry terminal and appeared interested to keep a respectful distance from the marchers along the route.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-21-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-21-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-21-14/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:47:46 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8528 Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 21, 2014: Update: West Columbia, South Carolina (First reported 10-10-13): A police officer was found guilty of one count of lascivious acts with a minor. He faces a … Continue reading

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Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 21, 2014:

  • Update: West Columbia, South Carolina (First reported 10-10-13): A police officer was found guilty of one count of lascivious acts with a minor. He faces a mandatory prison sentence of five years followed by years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender. http://ow.ly/AxyKc
  • Dunkerton, Iowa: The longtime police chief has resigned after being placed on administrative leave. The city council had put him on leave amid an investigation into use of a city credit card. http://ow.ly/AxLdW
  • Update: Richardson County, Nebraska (First reported 06-23-14): A now-former deputy sheriff pled not guilty to charges that he lied about getting shot while on duty. He faces one felony charge and three misdemeanor charges for allegedly calling in a false report of being shot during a traffic stop while on duty. He is accused of shooting himself and his patrol car. http://ow.ly/AxK2G
  • Savanna, Georgia: The assistant police chief has resigned after being accused of providing beer to three underage girls. He has been charged with three felony counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor. He’s also been charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and obstructing an officer. http://ow.ly/AxLKI
  • Update: Sherwood, Oregon (First reported 06-27-13): A police officer who has been on paid administrative leave for more than a year pending criminal and internal investigations has returned to duty. An internal inquiry, conducted by an outside investigator, concluded he did not violate policy. http://ow.ly/AxYpY
  • Update: Saratoga County, New York (First reported 03-05-14): A now- former sheriff’s deputy pled guilty. He was charged by criminal complaint with attempting to aid and abet the possession, with intent to distribute, 500 grams or more of cocaine. http://ow.ly/AxYKD
  • Baltimore, Maryland: An off-duty state police trooper has been suspended with pay after he was driven from a restaurant following allegations he was disorderly and walking around in his underwear. No charges have been filed against either that trooper or another off-duty trooper who was with him. http://ow.ly/AxZfq
  • Brunswick County, North Carolina: A trooper has resigned following his arrest for DUI. http://ow.ly/Ay3gM
  • White Lake, North Carolina: A man has been indicted for stealing money while he was an officer at the police department. He was indicted by a grand jury on charges of embezzlement by a local or charitable officer or employee, obstruction of justice and embezzlement by local or charitable officer or employee. http://ow.ly/Ay3x0

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-20-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-20-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-20-14/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:04:07 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8525 Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, August 20, 2014: Update: Jemez Springs, New Mexico (First reported 08-11-14): A now-former Jmez Springs pled not guilty to rape charges. He was indicted on charges of kidnapping, criminal … Continue reading

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Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, August 20, 2014:

  • Update: Jemez Springs, New Mexico (First reported 08-11-14): A now-former Jmez Springs pled not guilty to rape charges. He was indicted on charges of kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration, criminal sexual contact and extortion. http://ow.ly/Axrvk
  • Hobart, Indiana: The police chief said he will seek to have an officer placed back on unpaid administrative leave, now that a hearing on three administrative charges filed against him has been postponed. The officer is facing a charge of misdemeanor charge of conversion. http://ow.ly/AxDYn
  • Update: Tulsa, Oklahoma (First reported 08-06-14): A police officer has pled not guilty to first-degree murder in the off-duty shooting death of his daughter’s boyfriend. http://ow.ly/Axxsu
  • Glendale, California: A police officer on vacation in Las Vegas was charged with soliciting prostitution after a sting involving an undercover cop. http://ow.ly/AxEst
  • San Antonio, Texas: The attorney for a 23-year-old man who was shot and killed by police in a disturbance in the drive through lane of a Restaurant says a new autopsy report proves police used excessive force. http://ow.ly/AxETu
  • Milwaukee County, Wisconsin: A captain was arrested for first offense OWI. According to a release from the sheriff’s office she was driving without her tail lights on when she was pulled over. She allegedly showed her sheriff’s office credentials and asked to be let go as a “professional courtesy.” ow.ly/AxwB4
  • Update: Swisher County, Texas (Previously reported 10-25-13): A now-former sheriff has pled guilty to charge of official oppression. He was charged for repeatedly fondling

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Feds to the Rescue? http://www.policemisconduct.net/feds-to-the-rescue/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/feds-to-the-rescue/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:58:32 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8526 James Bovard on Attorney General Eric Holder’s record: Attorney General Eric Holder arrives today in Ferguson, Missouri, in response to the unrest after a local policeman shot 18-year-old Mike Brown. Holder assured the people of Missouri: “Our investigation into this … Continue reading

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James Bovard on Attorney General Eric Holder’s record:

Attorney General Eric Holder arrives today in Ferguson, Missouri, in response to the unrest after a local policeman shot 18-year-old Mike Brown. Holder assured the people of Missouri: “Our investigation into this matter will be full, it will be fair, and it will be independent.”

But Holder’s own record belies his lofty promise. As the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1993 to 1997, Holder was in charge of policing the local police. When police violence spiraled out of control, he did little to protect Washington residents from rampaging lawmen…

There was such a dearth of oversight from Holder’s office that Washington police failed to count almost a third of the people killed by their officers between 1994 and 1997. Even when police review boards ruled that shootings were unjustified or found contradictions in officers’ testimony, police were not prosecuted. In one case, a police officer shot a suspect four times in the back when he was unarmed and lying on the ground. But Holder’s office never bothered interviewing the shooter….

As the smoke clears in Ferguson, Missouri, Americans have no reason to presume that either the local police or the feds have the market cornered on truth or justice.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-18-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-18-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-18-14/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:00:47 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8524 Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, August 18, 2014: Berkeley County, California: A sheriff’s deputy resigned following the suspension of his driver’s license. ow.ly/AvsHt Palatka, Florida: A police detective has resigned after being arrested in … Continue reading

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Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, August 18, 2014:

  • Berkeley County, California: A sheriff’s deputy resigned following the suspension of his driver’s license. ow.ly/AvsHt
  • Palatka, Florida: A police detective has resigned after being arrested in a prostitution sting. ow.ly/Avsfr
  • Update: Columbus, Ohio (First reported 02-18-14): A police officer convicted of stealing military surplus equipment from his employer was sentenced to 30 months in prison. ow.ly/Avr0c
  • Update: Fayetteville, Arkansas (Previously reported 02-14-14): The fired police officer accused of raping a woman while on duty received five years probation in a plea deal with prosecutors. He will be required to register as a sex offender. ow.ly/Avptg
  • Lincoln Heights, Ohio: A police officer has been charged with theft. He is accused of stealing property “while on duty acting in an official capacity as a police officer.” ow.ly/AuWev
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: For a second time, a now-former police officer has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for burning the body of a man shot to death by another police officer in the chaotic days following Hurricane Katrina. ow.ly/AuVDh
  • Onondaga County, New York: An off-duty sheriff’s deputy admitted leaving the scene of what turned out to be a fatal crash. ow.ly/AuqWY
  • Rio Arriba County, New Mexico: A sheriff was arrested on charges he cornered a driver at a dead end, threatened him with a silver revolver as the driver begged not to be shot and had him falsely charged with assault. ow.ly/Auixa
  • Tampa, Florida: A man shot by the police has filed a federal lawsuit against the officer who shot him and the city. He claims the city failed to properly train its officers to deal with people suffering mental distress. ow.ly/Aues4
  • Update: Springfield, Missouri (First reported 07-15-14): A police officer who shot and wounded an unarmed panhandler resigned. The officer has been charged with third-degree assault for shooting the man as he ran from the officer. ow.ly/Audww

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-16-14 to 08-18-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-16-14-to-08-18-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-16-14-to-08-18-14/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:06:55 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8523 Here are the 6 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, August 16 to Monday, August 18, 2014: Emmett Township, Michigan: A police officer has been arrested by state troopers and is expected to be formally charged with two counts … Continue reading

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Here are the 6 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, August 16 to Monday, August 18, 2014:

  • Emmett Township, Michigan: A police officer has been arrested by state troopers and is expected to be formally charged with two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct. ow.ly/Asn7m
  • Salem, Oregon: A police officer will face a charge of harassment in connection with a disturbance at a residence. ow.ly/AscYl
  • Tucumcari, New Mexico: Authorities say a state police officer has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. He’s not allowed to perform any police duties and has had to turn in his police vehicle, badge and department-issued firearms. e ow.ly/As2U8
  • Update: Richmond County, Georgia (First reported 08-06-12): Federal prosecutors say a now-former sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced in an identity theft and tax fraud scheme. Authorities said that he was sentenced to 2 years in prison for stealing personal information that was used to file fraudulent tax returns. ow.ly/ArPfO
  • Update: Kern County, California (First reported 07-28-14): A sheriff’s deputy whose speeding patrol car killed two people has pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter. ow.ly/ArsjP
  • Ellington, Connecticut: An off-duty state trooper has been placed on desk duty following his involvement in a crash after which he failed field sobriety tests, state police said. ow.ly/ArnKj

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-15-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-15-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-15-14/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:03:16 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8521 Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 15, 2014: Unicoi County, Tennessee: A $2 million lawsuit has been filed in federal court against the county, the sheriff, and one of his deputies alleging violation of … Continue reading

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Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 15, 2014:

  • Unicoi County, Tennessee: A $2 million lawsuit has been filed in federal court against the county, the sheriff, and one of his deputies alleging violation of a woman’s constitutional rights, among other things, stemming from the alleged removal of a dog from her home. http://ow.ly/Aszo9
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: A police officer has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash after he allegedly ran a red light and struck a woman’s vehicle. ow.ly/AnhyV
  • Madison, Wisconsin: The family of a woman shot and killed by police have filed a lawsuit against the city and police department seeking unspecified damages. ow.ly/AngTz
  • North Hodge, Louisiana: The assistant police chief was arrested and charged with six counts of malfeasance in office. The sheriff says now seven women accuse the officer of committing sexual acts against them. ow.ly/AnfCn
  • Springfield, Massachusetts: A judge has awarded $85,000 to two people in a police brutality and false arrest claim. ow.ly/Anf1N
  • Marion County, Florida: Five deputies have been suspended without pay while authorities investigate whether they used excessive force while arresting a suspect in an alleged drug ring. ow.ly/An6ge
  • Hamilton County, Ohio: The family of a mentally ill man who was shocked by a taser and died has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that sheriff’s deputies used excessive force. ow.ly/AmNHa
  • Montgomery County, Maryland: The police department launched an investigation into whether one of its officers acted appropriately in the arrest of a teen that was caught on video. ow.ly/AmLot
  • Update: Round Lake Beach, Illinois (First reported 07-10-14): A police officer pled not guilty to paying for thousands of dollars of gasoline with police department funds. He was placed on paid administrative after the state’s attorney’s office approved felony charges. ow.ly/AmIDc
  • Birmingham, Alabama: A police officer has been arrested on drug charges. He has been charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. ow.ly/AmHyP

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Refresher on Stop & Frisk http://www.policemisconduct.net/refresher-on-stop-frisk/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/refresher-on-stop-frisk/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:32:28 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8518 The Michael Brown shooting has brought attention to certain police policies and how those policies scramble the opinions of liberals and conservatives.  Thus far, most of the attention has been on the militarization of police.  In this post, I want … Continue reading

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The Michael Brown shooting has brought attention to certain police policies and how those policies scramble the opinions of liberals and conservatives.  Thus far, most of the attention has been on the militarization of police.  In this post, I want to briefly focus on another police tactic, “stop & frisk,”  and explain why this likely plays a part in the community unrest following the death of Michael Brown.

In 1968, the Supreme Court decided a case called Terry v. Ohio.  In that case, the Court approved the “stop & frisk” tactic.   Here is an excerpt from the Court’s opinion:

We … hold today that, where a police officer observes unusual conduct which leads him reasonably to conclude in light of his experience that criminal activity may be afoot and that the persons with whom he is dealing may be armed and presently dangerous, where, in the course of investigating this behavior, he identifies himself as a policeman and makes reasonable inquiries, and where nothing in the initial stages of the encounter serves to dispel his reasonable fear for his own or others’ safety, he is entitled for the protection of himself and others in the area to conduct a carefully limited search of the outer clothing of such persons in an attempt to discover weapons which might be used to assault him. (emphasis added).

Several things must be noted.  First, that is a rather sanitized description of what can happen out on the street (more on that below).

Second, in the 1990s, at the suggestion of conservative intellectual, James Q. Wilson, police officials like William Bratton tasked police units to go out and pro-actively stop & frisk city residents.  (Wilson is well known for his “broken windows” work, but his misguided promotion of stop & frisk is another reminder that ideas have consequences).  The number of stops–especially in New York City–started climbing.  The liberal Michael Bloomberg also championed the tactic when he became NYC Mayor after Rudy Giuliani.

Third, what happens if the police act unreasonably and use this tactic arbitrarily against people?  Persons holding contraband get busted, but what if there are tens of thousands of stops where the police officer’s actions were unreasonable against totally innocent persons?  Absent physical injury, who would take a day off of work to see an attorney about that?  And how many attorneys would take a case where there was an illegal 20 minute detention, illegal search of the person, and no injury?  No one.  For young, black men there has been no effective redress.  Anger and tensions simmer.  And when a young black man gets killed (recall Amadou Diallo ; and the shooting of Patrick Dorismond is also worth noting) the anger boils over into the protests and unrest we have seen in Ferguson.

The white experience with police is different because the police do not typically use the stop & frisk tactic in white communities.   Here is an example of what the complaints are about:

Short version reporting on the video that went viral:

Longer version (recommended):

Because these officers were “caught on tape,” the Philly Police Department was embarrassed and so took disciplinary action.  How many bad encounters are not captured on tape?  99%?

Back to the Michael Brown shooting.  We have been told that Officer Darren Wilson rolled up on Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson and told them to move to the sidewalk.  According to Johnson, Wilson started the interaction by cursing at them.  Did Wilson lose his temper after some back talk?  Or because he was dissatisfied with the speed with which the young men were complying with his command?  Did Wilson escalate the situation by grabbing Brown’s throat, as Johnson has said?  Did Brown passively resist by backing away so he could breath? (Recall poor Eric Garner  who lost his life waiting for the police to release their grasp!).    At some point, Wilson drew his weapon and shot Brown.  Several times.

Maybe Wilson was behaving like the abusive Philp Nace in the above video.  Maybe his conduct did not come close to that.  But these are some of the questions on the minds of minorities (and others) as the investigation continues.

More background on stop and frisk here and here.

 

 

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-14-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-14-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-14-14/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:14:03 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8517 Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 14, 2014: Detroit, Michigan: Six members of the police narcotics unit that raided a suspected drug house have been suspended after a surveillance video captured them taking away … Continue reading

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Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 14, 2014:

  • Detroit, Michigan: Six members of the police narcotics unit that raided a suspected drug house have been suspended after a surveillance video captured them taking away a box they never logged as evidence. ow.ly/AhgPO
  • Denver, Colorado: A police officer convicted of DUI will spend 10 days in jail. He also was given two years of probation. The officer tried to get out of it, by telling the arresting deputy, “Bro, I’m a cop.” ow.ly/AhHNy
  • Syracuse, New York: A 20-year-old man and his family say police beat him and used racial slurs when they arrested him after a party. Police say they are reviewing the complain. ow.ly/AhjLz
  • Alton, Illinois: The police department improperly destroyed evidence from 130 pending criminal cases, according to the Madison County State’s Attorney. ow.ly/Aifau
  • Titusville, Pennsylvania: State police have filed criminal charges against a police officer accused of touching a woman inappropriately at a business. He has resigned. ow.ly/Aie94
  • Hillsdale, Missouri: A lieutenant and officer pled guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute and attempted distribution of heroin. ow.ly/AicBb
  • Update: Sulphur, Louisiana (Previously reported 06-06-14): The now-former police officer accused of fatally shooting a dog pled not guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals. ow.ly/AibTL

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Cato Work on the Militarization of Police http://www.policemisconduct.net/cato-work-on-the-militarization-of-police/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/cato-work-on-the-militarization-of-police/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 01:30:37 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8516 New York Times reporter Matt Apuzzo: [T]he criticism of the so-called militarization of police has largely come from libertarian quarters for several years. They have kind of been the lone voice on this, folks like the Cato institute. Yes, even … Continue reading

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New York Times reporter Matt Apuzzo:

[T]he criticism of the so-called militarization of police has largely come from libertarian quarters for several years. They have kind of been the lone voice on this, folks like the Cato institute.

Yes, even before 9/11, we were trying to draw attention to the trend in American policing: Warrior Cops.  Since then, Radley Balko has written extensively on the problem.  First, with the Cato report, Overkill.  Next, more in-depth, with his book, The Rise of the Warrior Cop.

Perhaps in time more attention will come to the work we’re doing here on police misconduct.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-13-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-13-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-13-14/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:04:27 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8514 Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, August 13, 2014: New York, New York: The city has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a 27-year-old who died after … Continue reading

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Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, August 13, 2014:

  • New York, New York: The city has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a 27-year-old who died after a collision with a cop car. http://ow.ly/AhkHq
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An off-duty officer was arrested on drunk driving charges. http://ow.ly/AhmDt
  • Madison, Wisconsin: A man who alleges police used excessive force against him and violated his constitutional rights has filed a lawsuit against the police chief and three police officers. http://ow.ly/Ahxnv
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma: A highway patrol trooper is facing serious charges after allegedly sexually abusing a woman while on duty. ow.ly/AigZA
  • Los Angeles, California: A 24-year-old was shot and killed by police. His mother said her son was complying with officers’ orders, and that the shooting was unjustified. Her son, she said, was lying on the ground when he was shot in the back. He later died at an area hospital. The LAPD’s Force Investigation Division is looking into the shooting. ow.ly/AilMX
  • Kansas City, Missouri: A wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the widow and parents of a man shot to death in a struggle with an off-duty police officer. ow.ly/Aheow
  • Columbus, Georgia: A now-former police officer was arrested and charged with two felony counts of violation of oath of office and two misdemeanor counts of simple battery as part of a Georgia Bureau of Investigation probe into his on-duty conduct. ow.ly/Ahd7l
  • Hebron, Illinois: A former police sergeant denied allegations that he stole weapons from the police department. He was arrested on seven felonies and entered a not guilty plea to all charges. ow.ly/AhcAL
  • Appleton, Wisconsin: A federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed against the city of and two police officers, alleging excessive use of force. ow.ly/AhbO8
  • Middlesex County, New Jersey: A woman who was attacked and wrongly arrested by a sheriff’s officer two years ago has settled her federal civil rights lawsuit against the county and the now-former cop. She agreed to the $90,000 settlement. ow.ly/Ahbof
  • Willoughby, Ohio: An officer was suspended for three days after letting an officer off the hook for drinking and driving. The drunken driving officer was later stopped by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and arrested for OVI after his blood alcohol level was nearly two times the legal limit of .08. ow.ly/Aha9t

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From the Washington Post:

Multiple officers grabbed me. I tried to turn my back to them to assist them in arresting me. I dropped the things from my hands.

“My hands are behind my back,” I said. “I’m not resisting. I’m not resisting.” At which point one officer said: “You’re resisting. Stop resisting.”

That was when I was most afraid — more afraid than of the tear gas and rubber bullets.

As they took me into custody, the officers slammed me into a soda machine, at one point setting off the Coke dispenser. They put plastic cuffs on me, then they led me out the door.

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-09-14 to 08-12-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-09-14-to-08-12-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-09-14-to-08-12-14/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:09:53 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8511 Here are the 26 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, August 9, to Tuesday, August 12, 2014: North Port, Florida: A police officer who kissed a 16-year-old girl faces unpaid suspension and probation for the act but will not … Continue reading

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Here are the 26 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, August 9, to Tuesday, August 12, 2014:

  • North Port, Florida: A police officer who kissed a 16-year-old girl faces unpaid suspension and probation for the act but will not be criminally charged. The teen and her father reported to the department that she was kissed by the officer against her will. http://ow.ly/AdaHr
  • Montgomery County, Maryland: A police officer has been indicted for one count of perjury. He testified in a drug paraphernalia trial and a complaint was raised regarding the accuracy of his testimony, police said. http://ow.ly/Adbe2
  • Jemez Springs, New Mexico: The now-former police chief, already fired by the town for “questions of judgment,” has been indicted on criminal sexual penetration and other charges that occurred while he was the chief. http://ow.ly/AdbDZ
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: A man has claimed he was illegally searched when he was arrested during a traffic stop. He says he had not committed any violation when he was stopped. The jury found that the stop and frisk, and the false arrest claims, brought by the lawsuit were unlawful. They ruled that officers had no reasonable suspicion to stop and frisk him, and no probable cause to arrest him. http://ow.ly/Ade3f
  • Update: Hartford, Connecticut (First reported 08-06-14): The police officer accused of shoplifting meat and electronics from a Walmart was arrested again. Police said this second arrest comes “from alleged actions taken prior to the allegations that led to his first arrest.” Both arrests remain under investigation. http://ow.ly/Ader3
  • Pike County, Ohio: Two now-resigned sheriff’s deputies say they were defending themselves against a violent, out of control teenager. But the boy’s family says the deputies were drunk and they were the ones who attacked him. An independent investigation found all three of them could have faced criminal charges. ow.ly/Ada1P
  • St. Louis County, Missouri: A police officer is being investigated for the possible use of excessive force on a woman. The incident in question was captured on camera. ow.ly/Ad6Mt
  • Portland, Oregon: An off-duty police officer was arrested after police say he was drunk and crashed his car. ow.ly/Acy8d
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut: A police officer has been charged with violating a man’s civil rights by using unreasonable force during an arrest captured on video, prosecutors said. ow.ly/AcxCN
  • Update: Fulton County, Georgia (First reported 05-07-14): A now-former deputy sheriff has been sentenced to a year and three months in prison for demanding bribe payments from people he scheduled to work as public swimming pool security guards. ow.ly/AcwXN
  • Long Beach, California: The family of a man shot to death by police is filing suit against the city. The claim alleges officers “unjustly used excessive force” against the man, who posed “no imminent threat of death or serious physical injury” to officers or others. The family also claims he was unarmed and that his hands were visible to officers when he was shot. ow.ly/Acvin
  • Anaheim, California: A man and a woman who took part in protests filed a federal lawsuit accusing the police department of using excessive force and falsely arresting them. City officials have not yet responded to the suit’s claims. ow.ly/Aci5f
  • Ferguson, Missouri: Tensions are high and a large police presence is on hand after a teenager was shot to death by a police officer. Witnesses say the 18 year-old was unarmed and had his hands in the air when he was shot multiple times by a police officer. ow.ly/Ac3za
  • Buffalo, New York: A four-year veteran of the department admitted to running a marijuana-growing operation while he was a police officer. He made the admission as part of a plea deal that is likely to send him to federal prison for at least five years. ow.ly/Adp7h
  • Update: Atlanta Georgia (First reported 04-25-14): Ten former law enforcement officers from five agencies, in addition to two civilians, have been sentenced to from one to nine years in federal prison for selling their badges to protect drug dealers. ow.ly/Adp05
  • West Yellowstone, Montana: The town council fired its police chief after a state investigation found he selectively enforced the law, violated court orders and in some cases either did not know or chose not to follow the law. ow.ly/AdozY
  • Napa, California: A woman and her daughter are suing the police department, saying two officers allegedly used excessive force when they came to conduct an erroneous probation search at the mother’s house. The city is fighting back, though: “City defendants admit that following the arrest, they received information that sheriff’s personnel had provided inaccurate information, and that [the woman] was no longer on probation,” according to the document. ow.ly/AdnAO
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (First reported 08-01-14): Three police officers charged with conspiring to rob drug dealers of more than $500,000 in cash and cocaine were granted house arrest, although two others were denied bail. ow.ly/Adn9m
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: A police officer began serving his four year prison term for falsely jailing a juvenile. He was convicted of intimidation and two counts of abduction for jailing a teen he knew committed no crime. ow.ly/AdmSM
  • Update: Richland County, South Carolina (First reported 07-29-14): The sheriff apologized for the actions of a deputy after the officer ran a red light, causing a crash that injured a civilian driver. He fired the deputy. ow.ly/AdlQZ
  • New York, New York: A now-former sergeant was sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for duping people into investing $4.8 million in a dicey real estate deal in the Dominican Republic and then misusing the funds. He touted his position in the police department as proof that he was trustworthy. ow.ly/AdkJL
  • Update: Savannah-Chatham, Georgia (First reported 06-06-14): A now-former police chief pled not guilty in federal court to a new indictment adding a false statement charge to his gambling-extortion case. ow.ly/AdkjV
  • Update: Glouster, Ohio (First reported 07-07-14): The now-former police chief pled guilty to six second-degree misdemeanor counts of dereliction of duty. The judge accepted the plea agreement, sentencing him to two years probation with an underlying 100-day incarceration suspended jail time. He also had to give up his Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certificate and will no longer be able to work as a police officer in Ohio. ow.ly/AdiUd
  • St. Petersburg, Florida: A police officer was fired after a review board said he used excessive force during a DUI arrest. ow.ly/Adibx
  • Montrose, Pennsylvania: A police officer has been accused of stealing thousands in cash from a woman’s wallet. She has been placed on administrative leave. ow.ly/Adh7g
  • Update: Mesa, Arizona (First reported 08-07-14): A police officer was fired from the force following allegations of sexual misconduct while on duty. He had been on paid leave for about a year. ow.ly/Adfij

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The Michael Brown Case http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-michael-brown-case/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-michael-brown-case/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:50:10 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8509 The Michael Brown case is now all over the news.  The Washington Post has a front page headline, “FBI Will Investigate Shooting in Mo.”  It also has a helpful article, “What do we know about the shooting of Michael Brown, … Continue reading

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The Michael Brown case is now all over the news.  The Washington Post has a front page headline, “FBI Will Investigate Shooting in Mo.”  It also has a helpful article, “What do we know about the shooting of Michael Brown, and of Brown himself.”  According to the reports, Brown had no history of trouble with the law.  He was supposed to start college this week.

Police have not disclosed the identity of the officer who shot and killed Brown.   One can imagine the rationale for that.  There have been emotional protests and some violence by crowds.   Concerns for the officer’s safety, and perhaps for family members, could be the primary rationale.   That might justify a slight delay in releasing the name, perhaps to give a  family (if there is one) a chance to make some temporary arrangements, or for the department to arrange a security plan on the chance that protesters will go to the neighborhood.  However, it has now been several days and it is now necessary and appropriate for the officer to be identified.

The authorities keep saying that their investigation will be thorough.  Good.  That’s what we want to hear.  But deeds are more important than words.   At this point, it is important to know whether the officer has been the subject of police brutality lawsuits, and what were the outcomes of those cases.  On the other hand, maybe this officer has an unblemished record.  That would be good to know as well.

Michael Brown lost his life on Saturday.   We need to find out what happened and why.   Cases like this have 2 parts–the initial incident and then the response.   As bad as the initial incidents are; an inadequate response can be even more disturbing because it can be an indication of deeper problems within the police institution.  Fecklessness or, worse, abetting criminal conduct.  So far, the police have handled the Brown case very badly.

More here.

 

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Problems in Los Angeles http://www.policemisconduct.net/problems-in-los-angeles/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/problems-in-los-angeles/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:09:11 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8508 From the Los Angeles Times: The LAPD misclassified nearly 1,200 violent crimes during a one-year span ending in September 2013, including hundreds of stabbings, beatings and robberies, a Times investigation found. The incidents were recorded as minor offenses and as … Continue reading

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From the Los Angeles Times:

The LAPD misclassified nearly 1,200 violent crimes during a one-year span ending in September 2013, including hundreds of stabbings, beatings and robberies, a Times investigation found.

The incidents were recorded as minor offenses and as a result did not appear in the LAPD’s published statistics on serious crime that officials and the public use to judge the department’s performance.

Nearly all the misclassified crimes were actually aggravated assaults. If those incidents had been recorded correctly, the total aggravated assaults for the 12-month period would have been almost 14% higher than the official figure, The Times found.

The tally for violent crime overall would have been nearly 7% higher.

Numbers-based strategies have come to dominate policing in Los Angeles and other cities. However, flawed statistics leave police and the public with an incomplete picture of crime in the city. Unreliable figures can undermine efforts to map crime and deploy officers where they will make the most difference.

More than two dozen current and retired LAPD officers interviewed for this article gave differing explanations for why crimes are misclassified.

Some said it was inadvertent. Others said the problem stemmed from relentless, top-down pressure to meet crime reduction goals.

If the information is deliberately manipulated to make the department look good, what else is the department willing to do?

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