PoliceMisconduct.net http://www.policemisconduct.net The Cato Institute's National Police Misconduct Reporting Project Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:33:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-26-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-26-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-26-15/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:33:46 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8764 Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 26, 2015: Palm Beach County, Florida: The sheriff’s department is being sued for withholding evidence and improperly investigating a fatal deputy-involved shooting. http://ow.ly/JG6KS Lompoc, California: An officer was arrested … Continue reading

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Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 26, 2015:

  • Palm Beach County, Florida: The sheriff’s department is being sued for withholding evidence and improperly investigating a fatal deputy-involved shooting. http://ow.ly/JG6KS
  • Lompoc, California: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. He is the fourth LPD officer arrested since 2014, and the second arrested for domestic violence in the last four months. http://ow.ly/JGiiY
  • Port Barre, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for simple battery against his ex-girlfriend.  http://ow.ly/JGsAq
  • Update: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (First reported 08-14-13): An arbitrator ruled that a former officer should be reinstated after being fired for misconduct. He had crashed a car while intoxicated. http://ow.ly/JGzjp
  • Update: Maywood, Illinois (First reported 02-18-12): A now-former officer’s official misconduct conviction was thrown out by a judge after a post-trial motion. He stood trial for sexual assault and official misconduct, but had been acquitted of the sexual assault charge. ow.ly/JGBek
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: The City settled a lawsuit for $23,000. Police pinned in a man’s car at a gas station, broke his car windows, pulled him out of the car—thereby disconnecting his dialysis—and threw him on the ground. Officers claim they pulled him out of the vehicle because he was attempting to swallow the narcotics they were trying to arrest him for dealing. The City has a policy of not admitting liability when settling lawsuits. http://ow.ly/JGChV
  • Lawrence, Kansas: An officer was arrested and suspended on suspicion of domestic battery.  http://ow.ly/JH2Os
  • Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: A sergeant was arrested for slapping his wife. http://ow.ly/JHf4s
  • Indian Lake, Texas: The police chief was charged with 14 counts of tampering. Allegedly, he lied about officers’ firearms qualifications in official documents. ow.ly/JHbI7

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-25-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-25-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-25-15/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:31:02 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8763 Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 25, 2015: Union Township, Ohio: An officer pled guilty to reckless operation of a vehicle after a DUI arrest. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with 27 … Continue reading

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Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 25, 2015:

  • Union Township, Ohio: An officer pled guilty to reckless operation of a vehicle after a DUI arrest. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with 27 of those days suspended. The remaining three days of his sentence will be served in a “driver intervention program.” He was also sentenced to six months of probation. His employment status with the department is not known. ow.ly/JBERz
  • Chatham County, Georgia: A deputy was fired and arrested for sexual assault of an inmate and filing false statements to cover it up. ow.ly/JDvG5
  • Update: Schaumburg, Illinois (First reported 01-18-13): The City and two former officers are being sued for actions stemming from the officers’ drug theft and dealing scheme. This latest suit is the 16th filed since the scheme has been brought to light. ow.ly/JDytT
  • Sandusky, Ohio: A detective was forced to resign after maintaining and lying about his inappropriate relationship with an informant. ow.ly/JDCZV
  • Louisville, Kentucky: An officer entered an Alford plea to disorderly conduct. The official misconduct charge was dropped in exchange for the plea. He told woman to remove her pants on false warrant claim. He was arrested during a police sting for meeting her a second time and fondling her on that occasion. His current employment status with the department is not known. ow.ly/JDI7M
  • Medford, Massachusetts: An officer was charged with DUI, causing an accident, and fleeing the scene. ow.ly/JDJKU
  • Detroit, Michigan: The disbanded narcotics unit is now under investigation by the U.S. Attorneys’ Office. ow.ly/JDN6j
  • Baltimore County, Maryland: An officer shot a teenage boy while working as a security guard off-duty. The officer has been placed on leave pending an investigation. ow.ly/JDO3B
  • Clackamas County, Oregon: A deputy pled guilty to misconduct for masturbating while female inmate performed strip tease. As part of his plea agreement, he was forced to resign and was stripped of his law enforcement certification. He was also sentenced to 12 months of probation and ordered to serve 48 hours of community service. ow.ly/JDPra

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-24-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-24-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-24-15/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:32:51 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8762 Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, February 24, 2015: Romulus, Michigan: An officer was demoted after he was caught on video Tasing a man in his jail cell. The officer is suing the department for … Continue reading

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Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, February 24, 2015:

  • Romulus, Michigan: An officer was demoted after he was caught on video Tasing a man in his jail cell. The officer is suing the department for improper training in the use of force. Incident caught on video. http://bit.ly/1vzX0x3
  • Update: Davidson County, Tennesee (First reported 02-09-15): The deputy who was arrested for domestic violence has resigned. ow.ly/JzMgL
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico: An officer was charged with four felony counts of “paying/receiving public money for services not rendered” for incidents in which he allegedly falsified time cards in 2013. He resigned his post after the initial investigation, but was rehired to the SFPD when a new police chief came in. He faces a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is probable cause to go to trial. ow.ly/JAsDb
  • Española, New Mexico: An officer was charged with embezzlement. He allegedly traded government-issued ammunition for t-shirts from a graphic shop. Like the officer in Santa Fe, he too faces a preliminary hearing. ow.ly/JAsDb
  • Chicago, Illinois: The Guardian (UK) reported that the CPD run a “black site” to illegally hold Americans incommunicado for police questioning. A summary of the report may be found here. The original story is here:  ow.ly/JAFSo
  • Round Rock, Texas: An officer was arrested and charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend. ow.ly/JB3O6
  • Atlantic Beach, North Carolina: Two officers were charged with DWI-related offenses while off duty. One was charged with DWI with reckless driving after being pulled over with a BAC of .12 and. The other was charged with aiding and abetting DWI. They both resigned. ow.ly/JB5MY
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida: An officer was suspended for slapping and pushing a homeless man at a bus stop. The incident was caught on video and a criminal investigation is pending. ow.ly/JBn1h
  • Nampa, Idaho: The City and one if its officers are being sued for forceful arrest that left a man with shattered shoulder blade. The man claims said he was being peaceful when he was slammed to the ground by the officer for arrest on an outstanding warrant. The suit also calls for the department to review how it trains officers to handle individuals with obvious disabilities.  ow.ly/JBtYY
  • Update: Huntsville, Alabama (First reported 12-16-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to a federal conspiracy charge. The former officer of the year was initially arrested for trying to get someone else’s drug charges dropped.  ow.ly/JBvmT

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-21-15 to 02-23-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-21-15-to-02-23-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-21-15-to-02-23-15/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:20:00 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8760 Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, February 21 through Monday, February 23, 2015: Update: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (First reported 12-05-13): A now-former detective was acquitted on two felony excessive force charges, despite video showing him punch … Continue reading

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Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, February 21 through Monday, February 23, 2015:

  • Update: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (First reported 12-05-13): A now-former detective was acquitted on two felony excessive force charges, despite video showing him punch a handcuffed suspect. He had been fired from the department for his actions. http://ow.ly/JtSmm
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer was arrested for attempted murder of his girlfriend. http://ow.ly/JtSJM
  • Kronenwetter, Wisconsin: An officer was suspended one week for misconduct and is back on the force. He had an inappropriate relationship with a known illicit drug user and used a police database to find information about her. He has been reprimanded several times over his career for various policy violations on and off duty. Information about the officer had been withheld from the public but was obtained via lawsuit by local media. http://ow.ly/JtTDa
  • Maricopa County, Arizona: The sheriff faces contempt of court charges for failing to comply with federal court orders to cease and desist policies of racial profiling. http://ow.ly/JtTZD
  • Douglasville, Georgia: An officer was investigated for taking an engagement ring during an arrest following a traffic stop. The dashcam footage of the arrest shows the officer discovering the ring, but it was never logged into evidence. Police deny the charge that the officer stole it and he has since returned to duty. http://ow.ly/Jw003
  • Update: Victoria, Texas (First reported 12-17-14): The city council rejected the appeal of a former officer to be re-hired. He was fired for tackling and twice Tasing a 76-year-old man during a traffic stop.  http://ow.ly/JwLPj
  • Fremont, Ohio: An officer was charged with DUI and failure to yield after being involved in a 2-car accident. He left the scene and may face more charges. http://ow.ly/JwRhO
  • Update: Phoenix, Arizona (First reported 11-03-14): An officer pled guilty to disorderly conduct for pointing his service weapon at someone in a ‘road rage’ incident. He had initially been charged with aggravated assault.  http://ow.ly/JwTcp
  • Update: Victoria, Texas (First reported 02-06-15): An officer who was indicted for DWI and felony property damage has been fired. http://ow.ly/JwUYw

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Disturbing Report from Chicago http://www.policemisconduct.net/disturbing-report-from-chicago/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/disturbing-report-from-chicago/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:54:14 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8758 Those of us who follow police misconduct closely know that patterns of abuse can become normalized when tolerated or unchecked by police supervisors. Abuses that went unreported or were unsubstantiated in years past have been exposed by the growing presence … Continue reading

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Those of us who follow police misconduct closely know that patterns of abuse can become normalized when tolerated or unchecked by police supervisors. Abuses that went unreported or were unsubstantiated in years past have been exposed by the growing presence of camera phones and other technologies that record police-public interactions. But they can’t catch them all.

The Guardian’s Spencer Ackerman has reported a truly disturbing practice in Chicago. The police have established a “black site” area where Americans are held incommunicado to be interrogated. Prisoners are held without charge and in violation of their constitutional rights and without access to legal counsel:

The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights.

Alleged police practices at Homan Square, according to those familiar with the facility who spoke out to the Guardian after its investigation into Chicago police abuse, include:

  • Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.
  • Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.
  • Shackling for prolonged periods.
  • Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facility.
  • Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.

At least one man was found unresponsive in a Homan Square “interview room” and later pronounced dead.

Unlike a precinct, no one taken to Homan Square is said to be booked. Witnesses, suspects or other Chicagoans who end up inside do not appear to have a public, searchable record entered into a database indicating where they are, as happens when someone is booked at a precinct. Lawyers and relatives insist there is no way of finding their whereabouts. Those lawyers who have attempted to gain access to Homan Square are most often turned away, even as their clients remain in custody inside.

“It’s sort of an open secret among attorneys that regularly make police station visits, this place – if you can’t find a client in the system, odds are they’re there,” said Chicago lawyer Julia Bartmes.

This is not Chicago’s first brush with systematic abuse of citizens. Just this month, a retired CPD detective was released from prison for covering up the torture and false confessions of over 100 people in the 1970s and ‘80s. He still collects a $4,000 per month pension.

Police transparency is essential to effective policing, but police organizations often protect their officers from outside scrutiny, making it difficult to hold officers accountable for repeated violations of policy. Secretive internal investigations can stonewall public inquiry into disputed officer-related shootings committed in broad daylight. Left unchecked, entire police departments can develop institutional tolerance for constitutional violations in day-to-day policing.

But what Ackerman reports seems to be the ultimate lack of police transparency. If what he reports is true, a full investigation should be launched by government officials outside of the Chicago Police Department to examine such egregious violations of civil and constitutional rights.

Read the whole thing here.

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Problems at U.S. Border Patrol http://www.policemisconduct.net/problems-at-u-s-border-patrol/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/problems-at-u-s-border-patrol/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:33:48 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8757 One of the greatest challenges to resolving police misconduct allegations is the opaqueness of internal investigations in any police department or agency. This is true at the local, state, and federal levels. Today, the Los Angeles Times has a report … Continue reading

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One of the greatest challenges to resolving police misconduct allegations is the opaqueness of internal investigations in any police department or agency. This is true at the local, state, and federal levels.

Today, the Los Angeles Times has a report on the backlog of use-of-force cases, particularly fatal shootings, at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. There is an added wrinkle here, due to bureaucratic overlaps, that other agencies in the Department of Homeland Security share responsibility for oversight and have been unable to further these investigations.

Nearly a year after the Obama administration vowed to crack down on Border Patrol agents who use excessive force, no shooting cases have been resolved, no agents have been disciplined, a review panel has yet to issue recommendations, and the top two jobs in internal affairs are vacant.

The response suggests the difficulties of reforming the nation’s largest federal law enforcement force despite complaints in Congress and from advocacy groups that Border Patrol agents have shot and killed two dozen people on the Southwest border in the last five years but have faced no criminal prosecutions or disciplinary actions.

Customs and Border Protection, which has more than 60,000 agents and officers, saw most of its abuse investigations outsourced to a sister agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and to the Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General. Internal affairs instead conducted lie detector tests, did performance reviews, and dealt with questions from outside agencies.

Read the whole thing here.

You should also check out this Cato Policy Analysis calling for the abolition of DHS.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-20-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-20-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-20-15/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:05:23 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8756 Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, February 20, 2015: Broward County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for falsifying reports about an arrest during a traffic stop outside of his jurisdiction. ow.ly/JnJPe Adams County, Ohio: A … Continue reading

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Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, February 20, 2015:

  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for falsifying reports about an arrest during a traffic stop outside of his jurisdiction. ow.ly/JnJPe
  • Adams County, Ohio: A now-former deputy was charged with two counts each of rape, sexual battery, and sexual conduct with a minor. The charges stem from an incident at his home with a 15-year-old girl in December. He resigned after his arrest.  ow.ly/JnLmp
  • Berkeley County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/JnMpr
  • Iowa City, Iowa: An officer was arrested for DUI. He was reported to be passed out in the driver’s seat at an intersection. ow.ly/JnQCM
  • Shreveport, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for felony misconduct in connection with an ongoing investigation. ow.ly/JnZ55
  • Fresno, California: A now-former officer was arrested on charges related to auto theft and perjury. He was fired from the department in January. ow.ly/Jo0k6
  • Houston, Texas: An officer was arrested for shoplifting $60 in ammunition from a sporting goods store. ow.ly/Jo2ap
  • Maricopa, Arizona: A now-former detective pled guilty to fraud and theft for stealing $1,300 from a drug smuggling operation. ow.ly/JoavO
  • Kansas City, Missouri: An officer was indicted for his conduct during a shooting incident in June. He is currently on unpaid leave.  ow.ly/JpLEk

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-19-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-19-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-19-15/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:54:43 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8755 Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 20, 2015: Kentucky State Police: A now-former trooper faces misconduct and tampering charges. He allegedly pulled over underage girls who he found to be intoxicated and let them … Continue reading

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Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 20, 2015:

  • Kentucky State Police: A now-former trooper faces misconduct and tampering charges. He allegedly pulled over underage girls who he found to be intoxicated and let them drive away. He then pulled them over a second time and initiated inappropriate contact with one of them.  http://ow.ly/JiwQr
  • Houston County, Texas: A deputy was arrested for domestic assault after an altercation with his stepson, who is a minor. ow.ly/JjMJm
  • Update: Ottawa Hills, Ohio (First reported 02-07-14): A now-former officer who had been convicted of shooting and paralyzing a motorcyclist will get a new trial. He had been sentenced to ten years, in part because of the use of the gun in the incident. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the law was not written to apply to police officers who were acting against someone they thought was armed. ow.ly/Jko27
  • New York, New York: A now-former officer was sentenced to two years and four months in prison for credit card fraud and identity theft. The officer provided a confidential informant with someone else’s name and driver’s license number. ow.ly/JkAmJ
  • Update: Shreveport, Louisiana (First reported 02-13-15): The corporal that was suspended for policy violations last week was arrested for aggravated rape and intimidation. The incident allegedly happened at the police station. ow.ly/JkEdp
  • Greensburg, Indiana: The now-former police chief admitted to stealing $70,000 in cash from evidence seized for criminal cases.  ow.ly/JkUhf
  • Washoe County, Nevada: A deputy was indicted for having sex with a detention center inmate. ow.ly/JkXBj
  • Update: Orlando, Florida (First reported 07-10-14): An officer was fired for excessive force. He attacked a handcuffed man who was facedown on the ground, contrary to the officer’s statements. He had been charged with assault and perjury, but the charges were later dropped. According to the news report, the victim has filed a lawsuit against the city. ow.ly/Jlebp

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-18-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-18-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-18-15/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:12:58 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8754 Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 18, 2015: Broward County, Florida: A now-former deputy was sentenced to five years in prison for coercing undocumented immigrants to have sex with him. As part of the … Continue reading

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Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 18, 2015:

  • Broward County, Florida: A now-former deputy was sentenced to five years in prison for coercing undocumented immigrants to have sex with him. As part of the plea deal, he will not have to be placed on the sex offender registry. ow.ly/JfOww
  • Update: Marysville, California: An officer was convicted of repeatedly molesting a teenager in the 1990s. His employment with the department was terminated upon his conviction. http://ow.ly/JfSMe
  • Update: New Orleans, Louisiana (First reported 04-25-14): An officer was acquitted of a domestic violence charge. http://ow.ly/JfUIU
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for punching a woman while he was off duty. ow.ly/JfX5a
  • Albany, Georgia: A woman filed a lawsuit alleging that her arresting officer was too violent when she was arrested at the jail. The suit also claims that the subsequent denial of medical treatment for the night she was held in the jail contributed to her miscarriage. ow.ly/JgPxL
  • Daytona Beach, Florida: An officer was arrested for groping a suspect during her arrest. http://ow.ly/Jhb6w
  • Owasso, Oklahoma: The City agreed to pay $280,000 in back pay to an officer fired for excessive force who was subsequently reinstated by an arbitrator. ow.ly/Jhe32
  • Lubbock, Texas: An officer was arrested for hiring a prostitute while he was off duty. ow.ly/Jhf2Y
  • Update: Waupun, Wisconsin: A now-former officer pled no contest to one count of burglary in each of seven counties.  The prosecutor recommended the former officer be sentenced to a maximum of ten years in exchange for the plea. The former officer had been accused of over 60 robberies and other offenses during his crime spree.  ow.ly/JhKMU

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-14-15 to 02-17-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-14-15-to-02-17-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-14-15-to-02-17-15/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:41:38 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8753 Here are the nine reports of police misconduct reported for Saturday, February 14 through Tuesday, February 17, 2015: Update: Lafayette, Indiana (First reported 07-03-14): The city and an officer face an amended federal lawsuit alleging officer pushed over a man … Continue reading

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Here are the nine reports of police misconduct reported for Saturday, February 14 through Tuesday, February 17, 2015:

  • Update: Lafayette, Indiana (First reported 07-03-14): The city and an officer face an amended federal lawsuit alleging officer pushed over a man in a wheelchair and conducted an illegal search. ow.ly/JafQl
  • Update: Louisville, Kentucky (First reported 09-09-14): A suspended officer was acquitted of assault for kicking a handcuffed suspect. The department’s internal investigation is ongoing. http://ow.ly/Jai2k
  • Broward County, Florida: A now-former deputy was acquitted of tampering. He was accused of interfering in a separate racketeering case against Ft. Lauderdale detectives. http://ow.ly/Jakqf
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: The City settled a $140,000 lawsuit alleging an officer choked a high school senior. http://ow.ly/Jalpe
  • Update: Rothschild, Wisconsin (First reported 10-08-14): An officer pled not guilty in sexual assault case. He has resigned from the department. http://ow.ly/Jc9mE
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 09-19-14): A vendor that was seen on video being kicked by a now-suspended officer at a street fair finally had his resisting arrest charges dropped. http://ow.ly/JchCq
  • Update: Nassau County, New York (Last reported 05-06-14): A grand jury did not indict a now-former officer for shooting and wounding an unarmed cab driver after a night of drinking. According to the news report, key witnesses were never called to testify before the now-expired grand jury. The officer was fired last year.  http://ow.ly/JcC6y
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: An officer was arrested for assaulting his 12-year-old stepson. http://ow.ly/JcQrf
  • New York State Police: A trooper was arrested for DWI in Lockport. He was pulled over for speeding and failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.  http://ow.ly/JcWGv

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Problems in Cleveland http://www.policemisconduct.net/problems-in-cleveland-2/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/problems-in-cleveland-2/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 21:17:55 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8752 From Cleveland.com: The U.S. Department of Justice issued a scathing report in December, claiming that the Cleveland Police Department routinely violated citizens’ civil rights. But taxpayers already had been paying a heavy price: more than $8.2 million to resolve lawsuits … Continue reading

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From Cleveland.com:

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a scathing report in December, claiming that the Cleveland Police Department routinely violated citizens’ civil rights. But taxpayers already had been paying a heavy price: more than $8.2 million to resolve lawsuits that accused officers of brutality, misconduct or making wrongful arrests….

In a number of cases, the people who alleged brutality were the ones who called police for help in the first place.  [!!]

More than a year ago, The Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Media Group submitted public records requests to the city, in an effort to determine how widespread allegations of misconduct were and how much police behavior was costing the city. The records were turned over on the eve of the Justice Department’s release of its report….

Mayor Frank Jackson says the settlements don’t prove any pattern of police conduct. They don’t even mean officers were at fault for wrongdoing, officials have said.
But viewed as a whole, the details show that high-level city officials were, or should have been, on notice about allegations that officers too often used excessive force, escalated confrontations and needlessly disrespected citizens in the community they were hired to serve.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-13-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-13-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-13-15/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:19:16 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8750 Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, February 13, 2015: Update: Madison, Alabama (First reported 02-11-15): The officer who seriously injured a 57-year-old Indian national has been fired and arrested for the incident. A video of … Continue reading

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Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, February 13, 2015:

  • Update: Madison, Alabama (First reported 02-11-15): The officer who seriously injured a 57-year-old Indian national has been fired and arrested for the incident. A video of the violent encounter has been released.  ow.ly/J0bZm
  • Lakeside, Colorado: A man was put in handcuffs and had his phone seized for recording a shoplifting arrest. ow.ly/IXGAC
  • Pasco, Washington: Three officers were placed on leave after one or more of them fatally shot a man throwing rocks into traffic. Video of the incident appears to show the suspect running away when he was shot. ow.ly/J0U8l
  • Mansfield, Ohio: An officer was indicted on 40 charges, including 25 felonies, related to sexual battery, burglary, and tampering. Seventeen of the counts are for abusing a police database. The initial complaint that led to the investigation alleged the officer offered to destroy criminal evidence in exchange for a sexual favor. The officer has been on leave since late November.  ow.ly/J0tVS
  • Toledo, Ohio: A lieutenant has been charged with obstruction, felonious assault, and tampering. He is accused of conspiring to shoot a witness.  ow.ly/J1vkH
  • Miami-Dade, Florida: A sergeant already on house arrest for lewd conduct was arrested again for child pornography possession—some of which he produced. He was suspended with pay after the first incident in August.  ow.ly/J1IVC
  • Shreveport, Louisiana: An officer was placed on administrative leave during an investigation into unspecified policy violations. ow.ly/J1F0G
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (Montana Vista, TX): An agent who was recently arrested for domestic violence took his estranged wife and another man hostage. He shot the man in the head during a standoff with police before surrendering. ow.ly/J1VB3

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-12-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-12-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-12-15/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 21:16:27 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8747 Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 12, 2015: Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for DUI after causing accident that caused two cars to flip over. Remarkably, no injuries were reported. ow.ly/IWhvD Webb, Alabama: An … Continue reading

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Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 12, 2015:

  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for DUI after causing accident that caused two cars to flip over. Remarkably, no injuries were reported. ow.ly/IWhvD
  • Webb, Alabama: An officer was arrested for domestic violence.ow.ly/IWhYH
  • Flower Mound, Texas: An officer was arrested and charged with felony DWI. She was driving 77mph in a 35mph zone with her 6-yr-old in front seat. ow.ly/IWiTE
  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: An officer was charged with DUI and an open container violation after crashing his truck into a ditch. ow.ly/IWSMS
  • Carencro, Louisiana: A now-former officer was indicted for extortion, illegally using a government database, and lying to federal agents. He is alleged to have taken money in exchange for allowing prostitution at a gentlemen’s club.  ow.ly/IX0OA
  • Williamson County, Texas: A sheriff’s detective was arrested for falsifying government documents. He allegedly lied on his timesheets and was working another job when he was claimed to be on duty. ow.ly/IXd5e
  • Update: Wewoka, Oklahoma (First reported 10-01-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to five years in prison for raping a 15-year-old girl who had been enrolled in the department’s police explorer program. ow.ly/IXgbO
  • Update: Bayonne, New Jersey (First reported 01-26-15): An officer already indicted for brutality faces new charges, including embezzlement from United States government. ow.ly/IXhX3

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and his Investigations http://www.policemisconduct.net/ohio-attorney-general-mike-dewine-and-his-investigation/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/ohio-attorney-general-mike-dewine-and-his-investigation/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:58:26 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8746 From the Sandusky Register: An Ohio attorney general spokesman told the Register last week that state prosecutors hadn’t yet determined if recordings made by former Put-in-Bay police Sgt. Steve Korossy of interviews and interactions Korossy had just prior to arresting … Continue reading

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From the Sandusky Register:

An Ohio attorney general spokesman told the Register last week that state prosecutors hadn’t yet determined if recordings made by former Put-in-Bay police Sgt. Steve Korossy of interviews and interactions Korossy had just prior to arresting three island hotel employees was relevant to the ongoing police misconduct investigation.

The employees were cleared in October by a jury of all the criminal charges Korossy filed against them 13 months after they were arrested. They, and others, contend the employees were falsely arrested and wrongfully put on trial….

The fact DeWine cannot even acknowledge the relevancy of that material is an indicator just how seriously he’s taking the complaints, the lawsuits and the judgments against the PIB police department….

After four decades as a public servant, it seems obvious to us DeWine forgot a long time ago that public service is meant for the public. DeWine, it’s clear, serves the bureaucracy first and doesn’t appear willing to serve the people at all.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-11-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-11-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-11-15/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 22:01:54 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8745 Here are the eight reports of police misconduct for Wednesday, February 11, 2015: Madison, Alabama: An officer used enough force to put a 57-year-old Indian citizen in the hospital, temporarily paralyzed and with fused vertebrae, after an altercation. The man, … Continue reading

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Here are the eight reports of police misconduct for Wednesday, February 11, 2015:

  • Madison, Alabama: An officer used enough force to put a 57-year-old Indian citizen in the hospital, temporarily paralyzed and with fused vertebrae, after an altercation. The man, who was visiting the United States and speaks no English, was walking around the neighborhood his son just moved in to.  ow.ly/IQBAp
  • Baltimore, Maryland: An officer was arrested on assault and sex offense charges after a domestic dispute. ow.ly/ISpj8
  • Pennsylvania State Police: A trooper was charged with reckless endangerment after a firearms mishap during which he fatally shot a colleague. ow.ly/ISqkH
  • Lake County, California: A now-former deputy was charged with vehicular manslaughter for an October 2013 car crash. He had been responding to a call of  home invasion and vehicle pursuit when he hit the victim’s car head-on at a high rate of speed.  ow.ly/ISXEx
  • Update: Berkeley County, South Carolina (First reported 01-06-14) : The sheriff who had been arrested for DUI has resigned and has been indicted. ow.ly/ISYwC
  • Richmond County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested and fired over allegations he abused a 12-year-old while off duty but still in uniform. ow.ly/IT02n
  • New York, New York: A sergeant faces numerous criminal counts related to the alleged rape of a girl under 15 years old. Internal Affairs is continuing to investigate. ow.ly/ITDjW
  • Miami, Florida: Two officers were fired for falsifying police reports to protect informants. No criminal charges against them appear to be forthcoming. ow.ly/ITF5V

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Grandfather Paralyzed by Police http://www.policemisconduct.net/grandfather-paralyzed-by-police/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/grandfather-paralyzed-by-police/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:48:18 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8743 From CNN: It started out as a morning walk, but ended up with a 57-year-old grandpa laying partially paralyzed in an Alabama hospital bed. Sureshbhai Patel required spinal fusion surgery to repair damage to his back when his family says … Continue reading

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From CNN:

It started out as a morning walk, but ended up with a 57-year-old grandpa laying partially paralyzed in an Alabama hospital bed.

Sureshbhai Patel required spinal fusion surgery to repair damage to his back when his family says police twisted his arm and forced him to the ground.

Video at the CNN link.   When the police department was asked for an explanation, a spokesperson said that Patel reached into his pocket while speaking to the officers on the scene.   Hmm.

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Will ‘Community Policing’ Help? http://www.policemisconduct.net/will-community-policing-help/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/will-community-policing-help/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:29:38 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8742 From the New Republic: On January 30, the USCM released a report on strengthening “police-community” relations in American cities. The six-page report came full of recommendations for everything from “youth study circles” to new equipment. The report was completed with the help … Continue reading

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From the New Republic:

On January 30, the USCM released a report on strengthening “police-community” relations in American cities. The six-page report came full of recommendations for everything from “youth study circles” to new equipment. The report was completed with the help of a working group of police chiefs, including Philadelphia Commissioner Charles Ramsey, the man appointed by President Obama to chair his Task Force on 21st Century Policing in response to rising unrest around around the issue of police brutality.

Absent from their suggestions, however, was a single mention of officer discipline….

What the #BlackLivesMatter protests made clear is that communities of color are increasingly fed up with the over-policing of our neighborhoods, extrajudicial killings of unarmed black people and the failures of the justice system to hold killer cops accountable. To ignore those complaints and suggest that the issue is merely one of distrust is dishonest, and it evades the very obvious fact that police brutality is a national problem that persists, in part, because cops can get away with it.

I’ve commented before on “community policing,” but it’s worth noting again how troubling that term is. “Community policing” reframes the conversation around police reform from one that addresses police brutality to one that addresses the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color, as though they’re mutually combative. The relationship between the two isn’t the issue. It’s the manner in which law enforcement relates to communities of color that’s proven deadly, time and time again.

Comedian Chris Rock provided an apt analogy for this during his recent New York Magazine interview.

“If you saw Tina Turner and Ike having a lovely breakfast over there, would you say their relationship’s improved? Some people would. But a smart person would go, ‘Oh, he stopped punching her in the face.’ It’s not up to her. Ike and Tina Turner’s relationship has nothing to do with Tina Turner.”

Similarly, ending police brutality isn’t up to the communities that are brutalized.

Read the whole thing.

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-10-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-10-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-10-15/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 22:10:34 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8741 Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, February 10, 2015: Kensington, California: An officer who also serves as head of the police union was suspended after having his gun, badge, handcuffs, and ammunition stolen by a … Continue reading

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Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, February 10, 2015:

  • Kensington, California: An officer who also serves as head of the police union was suspended after having his gun, badge, handcuffs, and ammunition stolen by a sex worker in Reno, Nevada. The incident happened months ago, but the officer had not been disciplined until the incident received media attention. ow.ly/IKXhK
  • Cedar Grove, West Virginia: The police chief was arrested and charged with two counts each of domestic battery, domestic assault, and brandishing for pointing a gun at his wife and striking her brother with the gun. This is the chief’s second arrest. Last year, he pled guilty to assault for an altercation in a parking lot.  ow.ly/ILd7v
  • Detroit, Michigan: The City settled with an innocent man wrongly convicted of rape because police withheld evidence from the prosecutors and defense attorneys. The victim was awarded $2.5 million for the 26 years he spent in prison. ow.ly/ILbrV
  • Isle of Wight, Virginia: A deputy was charged with sexual battery and taking indecent liberties with a minor. He was working as a school resource officer when the alleged crimes took place. ow.ly/ILgAn
  • Lexington, Kentucky: An officer was charged with harassment and misconduct for altercation with a suspect. ow.ly/ILhuh
  • Perth Amboy, New Jersey: The police chief was indicted on official misconduct and tampering charges. He allegedly assigned department mechanics to illegally work on personal vehicles.  ow.ly/ILjwt
  • Richland County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for DUI. ow.ly/ILTaO
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 11-21-14): The officer who fatally shot a man in a public housing complex was indicted for manslaughter. According to the news report, the police commissioner called the victim, Akai Gurley, ““totally innocent” and characterized the shooting as an “unfortunate accident.”” http://nyti.ms/1E1X0FE
  •  Falfurrias, Texas: An officer was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a child.ow.ly/IPJyi

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Baltimore’s Top Officials Struggling With the Basics http://www.policemisconduct.net/baltimores-top-officials-struggling-with-the-basics/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/baltimores-top-officials-struggling-with-the-basics/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:52:57 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8740 From the Baltimore Sun: While seeking approval this week for a $150,000 settlement in a lawsuit alleging brutality by a Baltimore detective, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s administration did not tell the city spending board that taxpayers had already paid $100,000 to … Continue reading

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From the Baltimore Sun:

While seeking approval this week for a $150,000 settlement in a lawsuit alleging brutality by a Baltimore detective, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s administration did not tell the city spending board that taxpayers had already paid $100,000 to settle another lawsuit against the officer….

The administration vowed to provide more details about settlements after a Baltimore Sun investigation found that taxpayers had paid nearly $6 million since 2011 in lawsuits alleging misconduct by officers — including some who had been sued multiple times. The investigation also showed that city officials lacked a comprehensive system to track such misconduct.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-07-15 to 02-09-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-07-15-to-02-09-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-07-15-to-02-09-15/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:48:37 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8739 Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, February 7 through Monday, February 09, 2015: Coffeyville, Kansas: An officer was arrested in a prostitution sting in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ow.ly/II7zK Davidson County, Tennessee: A deputy was charged with aggravated … Continue reading

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Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, February 7 through Monday, February 09, 2015:

  • Coffeyville, Kansas: An officer was arrested in a prostitution sting in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ow.ly/II7zK
  • Davidson County, Tennessee: A deputy was charged with aggravated assault, burglary, and vandalism after an alleged domestic dispute while on duty. ow.ly/II7YA
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: A now-former officer was sentenced to 3-10 years in prison after she pled guilty to reckless driving, violating her oath of office, and two counts of vehicular homicide. She was going 74 mph in a 35mph zone when she crashed into another car, killing both women inside. ow.ly/IIfyr
  • Fairfax County, Virginia: The sheriff’s office is investigating the death of a woman in custody. The 37-year-old woman apparently went into cardiac arrest after being tased. She had been taken into custody for assaulting a law enforcement officer. The Fairfax County Police will also investigate the incident. ow.ly/IKiJv
  • Paterson, New Jersey: The city settled a lawsuit that claimed officer recklessly caused an auto accident while in a police car. ow.ly/IKp8M
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (First reported 07-22-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to one day in prison and six months of house arrest. During a traffic stop, he took a driver into custody and drove him around in the back of his squad car until he learned the driver was a military veteran. The officer was charged with false imprisonment, official oppression, and obstruction of justice. He was acquitted on the first two counts but was convicted on the obstruction charge. According to the news report, the officer’s “career had been littered with complaints and lawsuits filed against him for incidents of police brutality and other inappropriate behavior.” In siding against the district attorney’s suggestion of 23 months in prison, the judge cited the officer’s “stellar” record and that such a sentence would be “unfair.” The former officer intends to appeal the conviction.  ow.ly/IKCU8
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (First reported 11-16-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to robbery and conspiracy charges. He and his accomplices robbed drug dealers and drug buyers of both cash and drugs. He was not offered a plea deal and faces up to 120 years and a $1.5 million fine for all charges. ow.ly/IKIFd
  • Adams County, Colorado: A deputy has been charged with perjury. His testimony in past cases is being investigated, as a result. ow.ly/IKOr1
  • Update: Salem, Virginia (First reported 12-16-14): A now-former police officer and DEA task force member was sentenced to 2.5 years in federal prison. He solicited and received sexual favors from at least one suspect in exchange for potential support at sentencing. http://ow.ly/ILWlN
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: An officer was charged with ten felonies for selling police equipment to a pawn shop. http://ow.ly/IKTdG

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-06-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-06-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-06-15/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 21:19:19 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8738 Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, February 6, 2015: Broward County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for firing his gun out of the window of a car.  ow.ly/IByZE Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Two officers were arrested for … Continue reading

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Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, February 6, 2015:

  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for firing his gun out of the window of a car.  ow.ly/IByZE
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Two officers were arrested for beating a motorist in 2013 after a video surfaced that contradicted their account of what happened. ow.ly/IBBsA
  • Victoria, Texas: An officer was indicted for DUI and criminal mischief for hitting a parked car while intoxicated and off duty. ow.ly/ICkVS
  • Niles, Ohio: A patrolman was suspended for 30 days for violating policies related to use of force and unlawful detention. He followed and threatened a romantic couple, he knew the woman personally. He has completed the suspension and is back on duty. No criminal charges will be filed. ow.ly/ICsmB
  • Huntsville, Alabama: An officer was arrested for knocking a man unconscious in an off-duty altercation at a restaurant. She is on leave pending the outcome of her case. ow.ly/ICCEv
  • Shreveport, Louisiana: An officer ran a red light and hit another car. According to the police report, the officer was doing just over twice the speed limit and was distracted at the time of the accident.  ow.ly/ICLmz
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: A detective was arrested for DUI after he was found asleep in his car after a night out. ow.ly/ICSw2
  • Yamhill County, Oregon: A now-former deputy was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for assaulting his then-girlfriend’s 4-year-old son. According to the news report, the boy suffered serious brain injury as a result of the assault. ow.ly/ICTCN
  • Providence, Rhode Island:  A now-former detective pled guilty to misdemeanor assault. In exchange for the guilty plea, his earlier felony conviction for striking a suspect with a flashlight was expunged from his record, as the judge for that case declared a mistrial. He was sentenced to one year in jail, suspended, and probation. After five years, he can move to expunge the misdemeanor conviction as well. http://bit.ly/1AbZ6nj 

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Accountability Measures Getting Talked About. Awaiting Enactment… http://www.policemisconduct.net/accountability-measures-getting-talked-about-awaiting-enactment/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/accountability-measures-getting-talked-about-awaiting-enactment/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 20:10:35 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8737 From the Washington Post: More than a dozen states are considering new legislation aimed at increasing police accountability in the wake of incidents in Ferguson, Mo.; Staten Island, N.Y.; and Cleveland that left unarmed black men dead at the hands … Continue reading

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From the Washington Post:

More than a dozen states are considering new legislation aimed at increasing police accountability in the wake of incidents in Ferguson, Mo.; Staten Island, N.Y.; and Cleveland that left unarmed black men dead at the hands of officers.

Dozens of bills addressing body cameras for police have been filed in at least 13 states. Other proposed measures would change the way police departments report officer-involved shootings, racial profiling and the way courts deal with low-level offenders.

“There is a concrete coherent legislative agenda that we are pushing for,” said Cornell Brooks, president and chief executive of the NAACP. “We’ve been doing this from state capital to state capital, as well as here in Washington, D.C.”

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-05-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-05-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-05-15/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 21:36:34 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8735 Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 5, 2015: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A sergeant was charged with providing false identification information when turning in three guns to a gun give-back program. He became nervous and tried … Continue reading

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Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 5, 2015:

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A sergeant was charged with providing false identification information when turning in three guns to a gun give-back program. He became nervous and tried to leave but other officers stopped and questioned him. Upon stopping him, they determined he was carrying a firearm and told him to provide his permit to carry. His identification did not match the name and birthday he provided when turning in the firearms. The three weapons had been reported stolen.   http://ow.ly/Iw4tV
  • Baltimore, Maryland: An officer was reassigned to administrative duty after use-of-force incident against three middle school students. The three female students were taken to the hospital. The police union stated that the use of force was justified, but the investigation is ongoing.  ow.ly/IxLVQ
  • Update: Fort Collins, Colorado (First reported 09-19-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to charges related to stalking a woman. He used police resources to find out where she lived and worked. ow.ly/IxNyY
  • Horry County, South Carolina: An officer was fired after his arrest for DUI. He was driving the wrong way down a state road. http://ow.ly/IytlZ
  • Pasadena, Texas: The school district and school resource officer are being sued by a former student who claims he was beaten with a metal baton for swearing at the officer. http://ow.ly/IyMuy
  • Fayetteville, Arkansas: An officer was placed on paid leave during an investigation into an alleged domestic violence incident at his home. http://ow.ly/IyQQc
  • DeLand, Florida: An officer resigned after being pulled over with a known gang member in his car and marijuana that was found on the floorboard. http://ow.ly/IySHj
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A homicide detective was indicted for obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges. He allegedly lied to investigators and helped his lover flee the jurisdiction. His paramour was wanted for stabbing her husband to death. ow.ly/Izu5G

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Two Philly Cops Charged With Brutality http://www.policemisconduct.net/two-philly-cops-charged-with-brutality/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/two-philly-cops-charged-with-brutality/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 16:19:55 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8733 From Philly.com: [The arrest] on May 29, 2013, was allegedly so violent that District Attorney Seth Williams on Thursday charged two Philadelphia police officers with aggravated assault, conspiracy and related crimes. After seeing the blood, [girlfriend] Scannapieco began asking questions. … Continue reading

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From Philly.com:

[The arrest] on May 29, 2013, was allegedly so violent that District Attorney Seth Williams on Thursday charged two Philadelphia police officers with aggravated assault, conspiracy and related crimes.

After seeing the blood, [girlfriend] Scannapieco began asking questions.

She eventually found surveillance video, at a barber shop-auto detailing business on the block, that would exonerate Rivera and lead to the arrest of the officers who prosecutors say beat him without provocation and then falsely arrested him.

“This type of behavior has absolutely no place in our city, and I will prosecute these two officers to the fullest extent of the law,” Williams said.

The accused officers, Kevin Robinson and Sean McKnight, turned themselves in to police Thursday.

Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey suspended the officers with intent to dismiss. Before the video of their arrest of Rivera surfaced, the officers’ account of what happened had been accepted as fact, Ramsey said….

Without the video, Rivera would have had little chance challenging the testimony of two police officers.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-04-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-04-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-02-04-15/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 22:41:40 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8732 Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 04, 2015: Update: New York, New York (First reported 07-29-14): An officer seen on video stomping on the head of a subdued suspect was indicted for assault and … Continue reading

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Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 04, 2015:

  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 07-29-14): An officer seen on video stomping on the head of a subdued suspect was indicted for assault and misconduct. ow.ly/Iq792
  • Louisville, Kentucky: An officer who worked as an SRO at a middle school was arrested for assaulting two 13-year-old students. Both incidents were caught on video. He appears to punch one in the face, with injuries that sent the student to the hospital. In a separate incident, he appears to put another student in a choke hold that rendered him unconscious.  The officer cuffed him and took him home without medical treatment and without telling the boy’s parents what happened. According to the news report, the student suffered brain damage from the choke-hold incident. ow.ly/ItJPB
  • Bothell, Washington: An officer working as an SRO at a high school was charged with sexual misconduct for having a sexual relationship with a then-17-year-old student.  ow.ly/Iua73
  • Update: San Antonio, Texas (First reported 07-08-13): An officer who held his wife and children at gunpoint, and had a standoff with police after the incident, pled no contest to disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to one day of probation and ordered to pay a $100 fine. According to the news report, “The plea deal struck out any reference to a gun or family violence,” and thus the officer will retain his peace officer’s license whether or not the SAPD terminates his employment. ow.ly/IufTR
  • Walton County, Georgia: A deputy was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct for his actions that resulted in the death of his girlfriend. ow.ly/IuYCi
  • King County, Washington: A deputy was arrested on domestic violence charges. He has surrendered his weapon and is on leave. ow.ly/IuZsZ
  • Buckeye, Arizona: An officer was cited for DUI and speeding after suffering a motorcycle crash that left him badly injured. ow.ly/IvvTA
  • Update: Park Forest, Illinois: An officer was acquitted of criminal charges for using a succession of beanbag rounds against a 95-year-old WWII veteran. The veteran, who was allegedly wielding a knife, died hours after the incident.   ow.ly/IvBx9

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