PoliceMisconduct.net http://www.policemisconduct.net The Cato Institute's National Police Misconduct Reporting Project Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:00:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 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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Now Reporters Falsely Arrested http://www.policemisconduct.net/now-reporters-falsely-arrested/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/now-reporters-falsely-arrested/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:10:50 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8515 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. … Continue reading

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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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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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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-08-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-08-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-08-14/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:37:55 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8507 Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 8, 2014: Parma Heights, Ohio: A now-former police officer pled not guilty at his arraignment. He is accused of stealing drugs from the property room at the police … Continue reading

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Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 8, 2014:

  • Parma Heights, Ohio: A now-former police officer pled not guilty at his arraignment. He is accused of stealing drugs from the property room at the police station. ow.ly/A7ExT
  • Update: Little Rock, Arkansas (First reported 07-22-13): A now-former state plice lieutenant pled guilty to drug charges. In exchange for the plea, 4 additional charges will be dropped, but he could face jail time for pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge in the indictment. He is accused of stealing marijuana from the state’s evidence room then selling them to a dealer; he also admitted to stealing cocaine and heroin. ow.ly/A7zwj
  • Cortez, Colorado: A police officer has resigned after being charged with eight felony child sex crimes. He submitted his jailhouse resignation letter the day after charges were filed against him. ow.ly/A7FOw
  • Update: Sacramento, California (First reported 09-29-12): A now-former sheriff’s deputy was convicted on two felony firearms-related charges, one for providing a large-capacity ammunition clip to a federal undercover agent and another for possession of an illegal shotgun. ow.ly/A7riy
  • Update: Brusly, Louisiana (Previously reported 04-21-14): The former police chief pled not guilty to four felony charges. The charges stem from allegations that he gave seven of the town’s guns to a firearms dealer, forged signatures on two town checks and cashed them out for $600. ow.ly/A7dto
  • Rosepine, Louisiana: The police chief was arrested on charges of stalking and malfeasance in office, state police said. The complaint against him alleged he stalked his estranged wife while she was at her place of work and at her home. ow.ly/A7d8w
  • Spokane County, Washington: The sheriff’s office announced that a sheriff’s detective is resigning. The release says he chose to resign to avoid being terminated. ow.ly/A7bix
  • Atlanta, Georgia: A police officer has been arrested and charged with DUI for the second time in two years. ow.ly/A77lh
  • Palo Alto, California: A man is suing the Palo Alto Police Department and Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office in federal court over a “severely” broken arm and other alleged civil rights violations. ow.ly/A75j9
  • New York, New York: Prosecutors announced that a police officer has been indicted on charges that he contacted a woman with a pending application to the police department and offered to expedite the hiring process in return for sex. ow.ly/A73EF
  • Dedham, Massachusetts: A police officer was arrested in connection with the kidnapping of man. Officials said the officer gave his police department issued badge, handcuffs and empty holster to the mastermind of the kidnapping. ow.ly/A733r
  • Pierre, South Dakota: A mother is suing the city, it’s former police chief, and members of its police department, saying an officer used excessive force and violated her 8-year-old daughter’s rights when he shot her in the chest with a stun gun. ow.ly/A719S
  • Davenport, Iowa: The woman is suing the city for an incident while she was being arrested. She says an officer pushed her into a corner of a room and slammed her face into the floor. He then punched her in the head more than five times. The woman’s 2-year-old daughter was in the room, upset and crying. According to a police report of the incident, the woman was belligerent, aggressive and profane. ow.ly/A6Nh5

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Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 7, 2014:

  • Mesa, Arizona: A police officer has been indicted on charges of sexual assault and child molestation for acts that allegedly occurred on the job, authorities said. http://ow.ly/A2d4T
  • Update: Iva, South Carolina (First reported 07-28-14): The police chief has resigned after being charged with criminal domestic violence. He allegedly hit his teenage son with a piece of wood multiple times and grabbed his wife and threw her. http://ow.ly/A2eMd
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested on burglary and assault charges. He is accused of breaking into a woman’s apartment and punching her repeatedly. http://ow.ly/A2fXx
  • Update: King County, Washington (Previously reported 07-16-14): A now-former sheriff’s deputy accused of helping his estranged wife work as a prostitute, stealing department ammunition and illegally delivering testosterone pled guilty. http://ow.ly/A2gcY
  • Ozaukee County, Wisconsin: A high school senior was arrested at a fair, and he says the police used excessive force. The department reviewed the video and said the situation was handled with proper police protocol. http://ow.ly/A2hDH
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 03-06-14): The lawyer for a police officer charged with beating and choking his girlfriend’s puppy, and later texting her a photo of the dog’s body, says his client will plead guilty to one count of felony animal cruelty. http://ow.ly/A2jxa
  • Sanford, Florida: A police officer was fired for activating his Taser because he didn’t like the way an inmate cleaned his patrol car. He was placed on leave and investigators even recommended criminal charges after the incident. http://ow.ly/A2abm
  • Update: Greenfield, Indiana (First reported 04-09-14): A police officer already under suspension was arrested for the third time on suspicion of drunk driving. http://ow.ly/A2p5B
  • Update: Wilcox County, Alabama (Previously reported 04-17-14):  A now-former deputy got 90 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. He is said to have used his patrol vehicle to pick up what he thought was pure, powdered cocaine, and tried to deliver it, all while in uniform. ow.ly/A2EvM
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina: A 26-year veteran officer was charged with three counts each of first-degree sex offense, taking indecent liberties with a minor and crimes against nature. http://ow.ly/Acg4h
  • Enfield, Connecticut: A man who claims he was the victim of police brutality when he was shot with a stun gun multiple times by an officer has filed a notice of intent to sue. He is the second person to allege brutality against the officer, who is currently on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation into that complaint. http://ow.ly/A2nG9 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-06-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-06-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-06-14/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 19:11:56 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8501 Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, August 6, 2014: Tulsa, Oklahoma: Two police officers have been arrested following the shooting death of a 19-year old. One is facing a charge for first degree murder. The … Continue reading

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Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, August 6, 2014:

  • Tulsa, Oklahoma: Two police officers have been arrested following the shooting death of a 19-year old. One is facing a charge for first degree murder. The other is facing a charge of “accessory to murder after the fact.” http://ow.ly/A2pYr
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 07-18-14): The medical examiner’s office confirmed what demonstrators have been saying: A police officer’s choke hold on a man being arrested for selling loose cigarettes killed him. The death has been ruled a homicide. http://ow.ly/A2aTn
  • Lee County, Florida: A deputy has resigned after an internal affairs investigation found he improperly accessed personal information using the department’s secure database. http://ow.ly/A2aGp
  • Update: Spavinaw, Oklahoma (First reported 07-25-14): Community leaders formally suspended a police chief accused of molesting two teenage girls. He is charged with two counts of lewd molestation. ow.ly/A28DP
  • Update: Washington County, Arkansas (First reported 05-15-14): Prosecutors will not file charges against a fired deputy accused of performing a sex act on a man without his consent. ow.ly/A26yt
  • Baltimore County, Maryland: A veteran police officer was suspended and faces several criminal charges after the department said he tried to break into a home in search of drugs. ow.ly/A1Hze
  • Miami-Dade, Florida: A police officer has been arrested after a grand jury indicted him on charges he gave confidential information to illegal pot growers and was given $1,500 in exchange for keeping mum on the criminal operation. ow.ly/A1Buy
  • Greenville County, South Carolina: A former deputy has been arrested after authorities found missing items inside his home. He was jailed on charges of breach of peace, misconduct in office and breach of trust. ow.ly/A1yiU
  • Hartford, Connecticut: A police officer has been suspended from the department after being arrested on a larceny charge. He turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He has been charged with larceny in the fifth degree and possession of a shoplifting device. ow.ly/A1kY7

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Worst of the Month — July 2014 http://www.policemisconduct.net/worst-of-the-month-july-2014/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/worst-of-the-month-july-2014/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:00:38 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8502 The worst police misconduct of July was the case of Eric Garner, who was killed by New York City police officers using a banned chokehold maneuver. A cell phone video of the incident shows Garner (who stood at least 6’3” … Continue reading

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The worst police misconduct of July was the case of Eric Garner, who was killed by New York City police officers using a banned chokehold maneuver. A cell phone video of the incident shows Garner (who stood at least 6’3” and 350+ lbs.) arguing with police officers in an agitated state, then pulling back when officers tried to arrest him. Almost immediately, one of the officers started using an illegal chokehold maneuver to subdue Garner, at which point the 350+ pound asthmatic can be heard saying “I can’t breathe” repeatedly.  Garner was pronounced dead a short time later.  The medical examiner has ruled the death a homicide.

Garner was accused of and being arrested for selling single, untaxed cigarettes on the street corner.

Chokeholds have been banned since 1994 because they were determined to be too dangerous. Every officer and recruit is trained not to use them.  In response to the incident, NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has ordered a top-to-bottom review of use of force training methods, with retraining programs likely to follow. It’s a good step, but it won’t do Eric Garner and his six children any good.

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The sexting case from Virginia is too awful and bizarre not to include as a “runner up.”

Recall that 17-year old Trey Sims had been arrested for allegedly sending a video of his erect penis to his girlfriend, also a minor. Prince William County prosecutors charged the teen with two felony charges: for possession of child pornography and manufacturing child pornography. These charges could have landed him in jail until he reached 21 years of age and then put him on the sex offender list, potentially for the remainder of his life. All for ‘sexting’ his girlfriend.

If it wasn’t bad enough already that prosecutors were willing to go forward with such drastic charges—and ones intended to protect children like Trey from adult predators—it gets worse. Manassas city police had already forcibly taken pictures of the teen’s penis when he was arrested, but that, apparently, wasn’t enough. Commonwealth’s attorney Claiborne Richardson told the teen’s lawyer that he either had to plead guilty or they would obtain a search warrant for pictures of his erect penis—which would be obtained by bringing the teen to a hospital and forcing him to take an erection-inducing drug while police officers took pictures of his forcibly-erect penis. Apparently, special software would then be used to compare the penises. When he did not plead guilty, substitute Juvenile Court Judge Jan Roltsch-Anoll granted the search warrant.  Thankfully, it was never actually served.

When word got out about what was happening, the government agents backed off a bit.  Sims just recently agreed to a year of probation to avoid the more serious charges.

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-05-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-05-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-05-14/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:07:02 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8500 Here are the 5 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, August 5, 2014: Update: Lyons, Illinois (First reported 10-01-13): A now-former police officer was sentenced to five years in federal prison for illegally extorting more than $48,000 from targets … Continue reading

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Here are the 5 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, August 5, 2014:

  • Update: Lyons, Illinois (First reported 10-01-13): A now-former police officer was sentenced to five years in federal prison for illegally extorting more than $48,000 from targets of criminal investigations he was supposedly conducting. ow.ly/zYT7o
  • Chelmsford, Massachusetts: A veteran state police sergeant was put on probation without pay after police say he was driving drunk while off-duty when he ran a red light and totaled a local woman’s car. He was later fired. ow.ly/zYRNE
  • Update: Bull Shoals, Arkansas (Previously reported 07-22-14): The police chief has agreed to resign and never serve in law enforcement again in exchange for federal prosecutors dropping a charge against him. ow.ly/zYOB6
  • Los Angeles County, California: A sheriff’s deputy inadvertently shot and killed the resident of a home during a gunfight. ow.ly/zYtHK
  • Orange Beach, Alabama: A police officer is facing allegations after his arrest on charges of sex abuse on a minor younger than 12 years old. ow.ly/zYrKj

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-02-14 to 08-04-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-02-14-to-08-04-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-02-14-to-08-04-14/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 19:28:47 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8499 Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, August 2, to Monday, August 4, 2014: Romulus, Michigan: A police officer is accused of being the aggressor in a road rage incident. He was charged with felonious assault and felony … Continue reading

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Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, August 2, to Monday, August 4, 2014:

  • Romulus, Michigan: A police officer is accused of being the aggressor in a road rage incident. He was charged with felonious assault and felony firearm. ow.ly/zVY77
  • Buffalo, New York: A now-former police officer sentenced to 10 months home confinement for mail fraud. He was also ordered to pay $6,400 in restitution to his victims. http://ow.ly/zZdns 
  • Prineville, Oregon: Police chief fired for falsifying records, misusing city equipment and bad leadership ow.ly/zVURt
  • Update: Huntsville, Alabama (First reported 03-27-14): A man has reached a settlement after being badly beaten during an arrest.  He had filed a civil lawsuit against the sheriff and eight of his deputies, claiming false arrest and conspiracy to cover up a “revenge beatdown.” ow.ly/zVSy0
  • Broward County, Florida: Sergeant was charged with misdemeanor battery after a fight and tried to use his personal friendship with the sheriff to “make this go away,” according to police reports. ow.ly/zVTxE
  • Update: Pickens, South Carolina (First reported 06-26-14): A police officer at the center of a SLED investigation has resigned, according to the mayor. The officer resigned after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman while on duty. ow.ly/zVQaD
  • Miami-Dade, Florida: County taxpayers will pay $600,000 to the families of three men who were shot to death in a botched police sting, despite police claims that the shootings were justified. ow.ly/zViU4
  • Middlefield, Ohio: officers botch case, make improper arrest of man for not having driver’s license; admit made mistakes ow.ly/zVixe
  • Mt. Olive, New Jersey: A  man was pulled over for going over the center line, although police dashcam video doesn’t show that he did. He was then arrested, though whether he should have been was disputed among officers. “You can’t arrest someone for not having a valid drivers license,” said a county prosecutor. ow.ly/zQcSC
  • Chicago, Illinois: A city finance committee approved the use of $1.2 million of taxpayer money to compensate the family of a 17 year-old boy shot and killed by police officers. ow.ly/zQ7Qg

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FBI Grading News Stories http://www.policemisconduct.net/fbi-grading-news-stories/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/fbi-grading-news-stories/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:17:53 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8495 From the Washington Times: The FBI is hiring a contractor to grade news stories about the agency as “positive” “neutral” or “negative,” but the agency won’t say why officials need the information or what they plan to do with it. … Continue reading

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From the Washington Times:

The FBI is hiring a contractor to grade news stories about the agency as “positive” “neutral” or “negative,” but the agency won’t say why officials need the information or what they plan to do with it.

FBI officials wouldn’t even reveal how they will go about assigning the grades, which were laid out in a recent contract solicitation. The contract tells potential bidders to “use their judgment” in scoring news coverage as part of a new “daily news briefing” service the agency is seeking as part of a contract that could last up to five years.

Just a guess, but this story is probably not going to be recorded as “positive.”

J. Edgar Hoover did some of this sort of thing.  He would give friendly journalists advance notice of FBI raids.  When other reporters and newspapers started wondering why this or that newspaper always seemed to be getting good scoops on FBI stories, they’d eventually learn that it really, really helps if one does not run “negative” stories about FBI agents or FBI management.  Even if those negative stories are true.  Good reporters have to work hard to avoid being manipulated by law enforcement agencies.

Additional background here.

UPDATE: Apparently, they are now backing off of this idea.

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-01-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-01-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-08-01-14/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:15:14 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8494 Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 1, 2014: Update: Lakeland, Florida (Previously reported 09-26-13): The city has paid a $25,000 settlement to a woman ordered to shake out her bra during a traffic stop. … Continue reading

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Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 1, 2014:

  • Update: Lakeland, Florida (Previously reported 09-26-13): The city has paid a $25,000 settlement to a woman ordered to shake out her bra during a traffic stop. http://ow.ly/zLqTu
  • Los Angeles, California: Two officers are under investigation for their use of force on a female suspect in a holding cell. The force used on the woman, who had been arrested on suspicion of petty theft, included kicking and punching and resulted in her being taken to a hospital to be treated for her injuries. http://ow.ly/zLt8d
  • Update: Seabrook, New Hampshire (First reported 04-11-14): Two officers have been fired. A third officer was suspended for two days without pay and a fourth has been demoted to patrolman. The disciplinary actions are the end result of an investigation into a videotaped incident showing excessive force against a 19 year old man. http://ow.ly/zLQ1y
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh has agreed to pay $35,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman who accused a now-former city police officer of assaulting her. The woman claimed the city should not have allowed the officer to be on the force because he failed his psychological exam and should have removed him from the force when two women filed sex assault complaints previously. http://ow.ly/zLsqe
  • Norwalk, Connecticut: The attorney for a man who suffered multiple injuries during an arrest filed a $10 million lawsuit against the city and four police officers. It says police officers violated his civil rights and caused a series of injuries, some of which were deemed permanent. http://ow.ly/zLvNG
  • Update; Los Angeles, California (First reported 07-07-14): The woman punched by an officer along a freeway has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the officer and head of the agency. The suit alleges that the unnamed officer used excessive force. “The punches, the brutality, the viciousness of the attack itself are all violations of her 4th Amendment rights to be free from excessive force,” said her attorney. http://ow.ly/zLywG
  • Fishers, Indiana: A teenager and his parents will file a lawsuit after the teen was attacked by a police dog. The review by the chief of police said the K-9 officer gave repeated commands to stop running and was in complete control of his dog. http://ow.ly/zLO63
  • Update; New Orleans, Louisiana (First reported 11-26-13): A pair of now-former narcotics detectives each were sentenced to 18 months in prison after they pled guilty to working side jobs while on the clock for the city and taking cash that was supposed to go to drug informants. http://ow.ly/zLDlm
  • Estelline, Texas: The city is reviewing its police procedures after authorities reached a $77,500 legal settlement with a woman who alleged officers illegally seized more than $29,000 from her pickup and kept $1,400 of her cash. http://ow.ly/zLLka
  • Memphis, Michigan: The police chief was fired after she was driving a city police car that went through a stop sign on a gravel road, striking a FedEx delivery truck. http://ow.ly/zLLzU
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Six city narcotics officers used gangland tactics to shake down drug dealers, relying on guns, badges, beatings and threats to extort huge piles of cash and cocaine, federal authorities charged. The police officers once held a suspect over an 18th floor balcony and used a steel bar to beat someone else in the head, authorities said. They also held one man captive in a hotel room for several days while he and his family were threatened. http://ow.ly/zPV3n
  • Galion, Ohio: A police lieutenant and his wife were both arrested by police on charges of domestic violence. http://ow.ly/zQ0IT
  • Newton County, Texas: The sheriff has been indicted on one count of terroristic threat on a public servant and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. The charge is a third-degree felony.  If convicted, he could be sentenced to from 2 to 10 years in prison. He will face a $10,000 bond when arraigned on the charge. http://ow.ly/zQj5i
  • Update: East Hartford, Connecticut (Previously reported 03-28-14): A now-former police officer has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for possession of child pornography.  Prosecutors say he will serve five years of supervised release following his prison time. http://ow.ly/zQloz

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National Police Miscondcut NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-31-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-miscondcut-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-31-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-miscondcut-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-31-14/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:03:27 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8493 Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, July 31, 2014: Oakland, California: Relatives of a man who collapsed while struggling with police and later died have filed a federal wrongful-death lawsuit against the city. The coroner … Continue reading

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Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, July 31, 2014:

  • Oakland, California: Relatives of a man who collapsed while struggling with police and later died have filed a federal wrongful-death lawsuit against the city. The coroner concluded that the man died of multiple drug intoxication, with “physical exertion” as a contributing factor. http://ow.ly/zLNnX
  • Update: Hodgenville, Kentucky (First reported 07-01-14): A not-guilty plea was entered for the police chief. He is charged with official misconduct and hindering prosecution. http://ow.ly/zKY8u
  • Covington, Tennessee: A now-former police officer has been found guilty of misconduct. A jury found him guilty of official misconduct and misuse of official information. He knew his father was a felon and still allowed him to have more than 20 guns. http://ow.ly/zKZjD
  • Grundy County, Tennessee: A now-former captain for the sheriff’s office has been indicted on charges of theft and misconduct after allegedly stealing handguns from an evidence room. http://ow.ly/zL17A
  • Bibb County, Georgia: Bond has been set at $55,500 for a deputy accused of child sex crimes. He was arrested and could lose his job after authorities said he approached a teenage girl to make “sexual contact” and repeatedly touched her in a sexual way, even though she asked him to stop repeatedly. http://ow.ly/zKRcv
  • Pacific, Missouri: A now-former police officer is facing felony drug charges. Prosecutors say he was still with the department when he allegedly stole narcotics. http://ow.ly/zLgOW
  • Update: Lilburn, Georgia (First reported 02-24-14): More than five months after an investigation was launched into her alleged theft of prescription drug evidence, a now-former police officer has been arrested. http://ow.ly/zLgj1
  • Santa Ana, California: Police said this week the department is investigating the use of force by officers recorded by a nearby surveillance camera the night of the arrest. http://ow.ly/zKX8Y

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-30-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-30-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-30-14/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:00:39 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8490 Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 30, 2014: Macomb, Illinois: A patrol officer has been charged with forgery and state benefit fraud. He’s accused of obtaining a Link card in someone else’s name and … Continue reading

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Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 30, 2014:

  • Macomb, Illinois: A patrol officer has been charged with forgery and state benefit fraud. He’s accused of obtaining a Link card in someone else’s name and then using that card. Link cards in Illinois are issued to anyone approved to receive cash assistance or SNAP (food stamp) benefits. ow.ly/zKVXQ
  • Troy, New York: A police officer has been accused of purposefully revealing information about an investigation into a drug ring to at least one suspect. ow.ly/zKTDZ
  • Update: Miami-Dade, Florida (First reported 04-10-14): A police officer charged with DUI is back in custody for driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident while out on bond. “I do have serious concerns regarding the safety of the community,” a judge said. He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending his trial. ow.ly/zL2Eh
  • San Antonio, Texas: Three police officers are being investigated for possibly using excessive force, after an incident left a man with injuries to his face, skull and neck. The man said he was struck about 50 times, even though he complied with the officers’ instructions and did not fight back. Shortly after being handcuffed and explaining to officers that he owned the property, a fourth officer approached and said the suspect the officers were actually looking for was in custody nearby. ow.ly/zLlji
  • Portland, Oregon: An off-duty police officer is accused of assaulting a teen at an RV park. ow.ly/zKKQs
  • Manchester, New Hampshire: A now-former police officer has pled guilty to running criminal records checks on stolen identities for someone who was the target of a drug-related investigation. ow.ly/zKxvE
  • Baltimore, Maryland: A police officer was charged with second-degree assault after prosecutors say he struck a 14-year-old boy who was already apprehended. ow.ly/zKua7
  • Clark County, Indiana: An officer gave a prostitute official law enforcement credentials and a deputy’s badge so she could get a government employee rate at a hotel. The two met at a hotel where the officer paid the prostitute $300 for sex and gave her a uniform shirt and other official department clothing. He is also accused of lying to the FBI about it. ow.ly/zKuwj
  • Atlanta, Georgia: A police officer was fired, two days after being charged in a collision that killed a woman and injured two others. http://ow.ly/zLkaz
  • Baldwin, Louisiana: State Troopers have charged a now-former police officer with molesting a 14-year-old girl who lived in his home. Troopers confirmed the officer was charged after the girl gave birth. http://ow.ly/zLPnD
  • Update: Chula Vista, California (First reported 06-18-14): A police officer was charged with four misdemeanor battery counts stemming from an off-duty dispute with his girlfriend’s 16-year-old son. http://ow.ly/zKQZU
  • Harvey, Illinois: A police detective he has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested for allegedly attacking the boyfriend of his former girlfriend. http://ow.ly/zLOCn
  • Panama City, Florida: A police officer is demoted following an internal investigation. The complaint reveals the officer asked two members of staff to look up information on a law enforcement database. http://ow.ly/zLM3N
  • North Enid, Oklahoma: A now-former officer arrested on a complaint of driving under the influence was arraigned. He was charged with driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, eluding a police officer and transporting an open container of beer, all misdemeanors. http://ow.ly/zLOXZ
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: City Council approved a $115,000 settlement with a woman who accused a city officer of false arrest in a lawsuit. She alleged that the officer was wrong to arrest her on charges of witness intimidation and simple assault. She spent five days in jail, accused of hitting a witness, but video surveillance showed that she only brushed against the witness, according to the lawsuit. http://ow.ly/zLMYe
  • Update: Frankfort, Indiana (First reported 02-12-14): A now-former police officer has pled guilty to charges that he stole nearly $150,000 from a company for which he transported cash. http://ow.ly/zLPGV
  • Update: San Diego, California (First reported 02-07-14): A ninth accuser has come forward with graphic allegations of sexual misconduct against a now-former police officer, but for the first time the accuser is a man. http://ow.ly/zLNam

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-29-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-29-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-29-14/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:25:37 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8489 Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, July 29, 2014: Oakland County, Michigan: A now-former sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to three days in jail, which he already served, and one year probation for attempting to resist … Continue reading

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

  • Oakland County, Michigan: A now-former sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to three days in jail, which he already served, and one year probation for attempting to resist a police officer following a bar fight. ow.ly/zI4ze
  • Hometown, Illinois: A police officer was fired after shooting to death a family dog. The mother says her 6-year-old daughter saw the shooting of their dog by the officer. ow.ly/zI1u7
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer is accused of domestic abuse and reckless driving and hit-and-run charges. ow.ly/zI0H2
  • Woodbury, New York: An off-duty state trooper was arrested after police say he struck another trooper’s patrol car. He is accused of driving while intoxicated. ow.ly/zI0mL
  • Richland County, South Carolina: The sheriff’s department has fired a deputy who ran a red light and caused an accident. He was fired following a departmental investigation and examination of the deputy’s driving record. ow.ly/zHWS3
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: A police officer resigned after coming under fire for shooting a resident’s German Shepherd and then blocking the owner from taking the dog to the vet. ow.ly/zHWsX
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An police officer has been arrested on drunken driving charges for the second time within a year. ow.ly/zHVpH
  • Santa Ana, California: Police officers are being accused of using excessive force after surveillance video emerged showing officers punching and using a baton on a burglary suspect who fled arrest. Video from a neighbor’s security cameras shows the man raising his hands and laying on the ground face-down after being confronted by police officers. An officer then comes to restrain the suspect, putting his knee on the man’s back and punching him repeatedly. Another officer is then seen hitting the man on the legs with what appears to be his police baton. ow.ly/zHOnZ
  • New York, New York: An officer was put on modified assignment after allegedly stomping on a suspect’s head, authorities said. The suspect had been subdued, and then the officer booted the man as he lay on the ground, officials said. ow.ly/zHMCX
  • Lakeland, FL A police officer was arrested on charges of driving under the influence. ow.ly/zHMji
  • Albany, New York: A police officer has resigned from his job after being arrested on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and refusing a breath test. ow.ly/zHF6J

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Problems at the FBI http://www.policemisconduct.net/problems-at-the-fbi/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/problems-at-the-fbi/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:59:07 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8488 From the Washington Post: Nearly every criminal case reviewed by the FBI and the Justice Department as part of a massive investigation started in 2012 of problems at the FBI lab has included flawed forensic testimony from the agency, government … Continue reading

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From the Washington Post:

Nearly every criminal case reviewed by the FBI and the Justice Department as part of a massive investigation started in 2012 of problems at the FBI lab has included flawed forensic testimony from the agency, government officials said.

The findings troubled the bureau, and it stopped the review of convictions last August. Case reviews resumed this month at the order of the Justice Department, the officials said.

U.S. officials began the inquiry after The Washington Post reported two years ago that flawed forensic evidence involving microscopic hair matches might have led to the convictions of hundreds of potentially innocent people. Most of those defendants never were told of the problems in their cases.

One wonders whether the FBI had a good reason for stopping the review.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-26-14 to 07-28-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-26-14-to-07-28-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-07-26-14-to-07-28-14/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:19:21 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8487 Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, July 26 to Monday, July 28, 2014: Iva, South Carolina: The police chief has been arrested on criminal domestic violence charges and suspended from duty. http://ow.ly/zEPiQ Seminole County, Florida: … Continue reading

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Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, July 26 to Monday, July 28, 2014:

  • Iva, South Carolina: The police chief has been arrested on criminal domestic violence charges and suspended from duty. http://ow.ly/zEPiQ
  • Seminole County, Florida: A deputy accused of soliciting a 17-year-old girl for sex was arrested on a warrant. He was charged with lewd computer solicitation of a child, according to investigators. http://ow.ly/zESOl
  • Update: Columbus, Ohio (First reported 12-13-13): A now-former veteran police officer has been sentenced after admitting to collecting child pornography. He was given 10 ½ years behind bars. http://ow.ly/zETtJ
  • Socorro, New Mexico: A police sergeant was indicted on state felony theft charges. He is accused of stealing property of more than $1,500 and less than $20,000 and misapplication of fiduciary property over $1,500. ow.ly/zFx2t
  • Update: Scott Twp, Pennsylvania (Previously reported 05-13-14): A now-former police chief was sentenced to six months of unsupervised probation. He agreed to a plea deal on charges he hindered investigators in a sex abuse case. ow.ly/zG6eR
  • Newport, Tennessee: Two police captains were among four people indicted in a misconduct and money laundering case involving stolen goods and prescription pills, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced. ow.ly/zF1HH
  • Kern County, California: A deputy is set to go on trial for hitting and killing two pedestrians with his patrol car. The deputy is charged with two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter. He was responding to a call of a stolen vehicle. Reports by the California Highway Patrol show he was traveling at 80 mph without the emergency lights and siren activated. ow.ly/zEUk2

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