PoliceMisconduct.net http://www.policemisconduct.net The Cato Institute's National Police Misconduct Reporting Project Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:42:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-23-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-23-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-23-15/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:42:11 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8856 Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 23, 2015: Vermont VA Medical Center: An officer was arrested after a road rage incident. She allegedly pointed her gun at another vehicle while driving in Maine. ow.ly/M0IMx Houston, … Continue reading

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Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 23, 2015:

  • Vermont VA Medical Center: An officer was arrested after a road rage incident. She allegedly pointed her gun at another vehicle while driving in Maine. ow.ly/M0IMx
  • Houston, Texas: The department is investigating an accusation that officers illegally searched a business and under-reported the cash seized. The sum of money that was inventoried and returned to the business owner was roughly $23,000 less than the amount the owner claims was taken.  ow.ly/M0Qwd
  • Update: Louisville, Kentucky (First reported 02-04-15): A now-former SRO was indicted for assaulting 13-year-old student at the school where he worked. The incident was caught by surveillance cameras. ow.ly/M0TEn
  • Update: Kansas City, Missouri (First reported 02-20-15): The officer indicted in February for actions in a non-fatal shooting had his charges dropped by the prosecutor. ow.ly/M12q8
  • Lakewood, Washington: A fatal officer-involved shooting was caught on video. A man was hiding in lumber yard before being shot by the officer. Police claim the man reached for his pocket. ow.ly/M1Fph
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts: An officer was charged with assault and placed on leave. ow.ly/M15FG
  • Harlandale Independent School District (San Antonio, Texas): An officer was arrested for forgery after stealing blank checks from school, writing them out to himself, and then cashing them. ow.ly/M17z0
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Three officers face arrest for separate incidents. The officers are accused of perjury, animal cruelty, and theft of an iPhone from a motorist. ow.ly/M1cjT
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (El Paso, Texas): An agent was arrested for possession of ounces of marijuana. ow.ly/M12ZX

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The Samantha Ramsey Shooting http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-samantha-ramsey-shooting/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-samantha-ramsey-shooting/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:47:36 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8855 From Fox19.com: The family of Samantha Ramsey filed a federal civil rights and wrongful death suit Wednesday against Boone County Deputy Tyler Brockman and Boone County. A grand injury declined to indict Deputy Brockman in November of last year in … Continue reading

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From Fox19.com:

The family of Samantha Ramsey filed a federal civil rights and wrongful death suit Wednesday against Boone County Deputy Tyler Brockman and Boone County.

A grand injury declined to indict Deputy Brockman in November of last year in the death of 19-year-old Ramsey.

Attorney Al Gerhardstein, one of the attorneys on the case stated, “This deputy was not indicted or disciplined. He was wrong to jump onto the car; shoot while Samantha was slowing down; and wrong to shoot at this young lady at all before he jumped back off the hood.  Samantha’s shooing and death was completely unnecessary and avoidable.”

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Covington.  The issues raised by the shooting match those raised in numerous other police shootings across the nation where police have killed unarmed civilians, according to a release.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-22-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-22-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-22-15/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:45:06 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8853 Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 22, 2015: Update: San Bernardino County, California (First reported 04-10-15) : The county settled with man beaten by police after chase on horse for $650,000. Footage of the … Continue reading

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Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 22, 2015:

  • Update: San Bernardino County, California (First reported 04-10-15) : The county settled with man beaten by police after chase on horse for $650,000. Footage of the beating was caught by a news helicopter flying overhead. http://lat.ms/1DJM00P
  • Pasadena, Texas: A now-former officer was found not guilty of oppression in the shooting of a 19-year-old man in the face during a DWI stop in 2011. ow.ly/LXDVQ
  • Update: Chicago, Illinois (First reported 11-26-13): A detective was found not guilty of manslaughter in the killing of Rekia Boyd. She was shot in the back of the head by the detective as she stood in an alley. He shot into the alley from out of the window of his car. At the time the detective was charged, the county attorney said, “”It’s a sad day when charges are warranted against a police officer, but we feel very strongly that in this particular case Ms. Rekia Boyd lost her life for no reason…And in evaluating all the facts that I saw, I felt that [the detective’s] actions were not appropriate, not justified and were reckless.”” The City previously settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the Boyd estate for $4.5 million. The judge issued a seven-page opinion that said the charge of involuntary manslaughter was inappropriate given the circumstances of the case. The detective cannot be tried again because of double jeopardy protections.   ow.ly/LY6DU
  • St. Petersburg, Florida: A detective was arrested on a domestic battery charge. ow.ly/LYjvm
  • Park Ridge, Illinois: An officer was suspended for texting image of a sexual nature to a woman who had recently dealt with police. ow.ly/LYAwY
  • Butler County, Ohio: A deputy was arrested for having sexual contact with a minor. ow.ly/LYIlN
  • Update: Richland County, South Carolina (First reported 10-15-13): A now-former deputy was sentenced to time served for assaulting female soldier at a bar in 2013. ow.ly/LYRF5

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-18-15 to 04-21-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-18-15-to-04-21-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-18-15-to-04-21-15/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:52:31 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8851 Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 18, through Tuesday, April 21, 2015: Denver, Colorado: An officer was suspended for an altercation that was caught on video. Despite 18 previous excessive force allegations against him, … Continue reading

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Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 18, through Tuesday, April 21, 2015:

  • Denver, Colorado: An officer was suspended for an altercation that was caught on video. Despite 18 previous excessive force allegations against him, this was the first one that was sustained. ow.ly/LTWeN
  • Update: Los Angeles, California (First reported 11-18-14): An officer pled not guilty to assault. The alleged victim filed a lawsuit in November. The incident was video recorded. ow.ly/LTX0h
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/LTXqF
  • Shreveport, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for battery and placed on leave. ow.ly/LU1tL
  • Catoosa County, Tennessee: The department initiated a series of personnel shifts after several misconduct reports. Two deputies are no longer with the department, one is on leave, and a fourth was demoted. The incidents include DUI, inappropriate use of a firearm, stealing prescription medication, and failure to respond to an emergency call. ow.ly/LUqjp
  • Baltimore, Maryland: Six officers have been suspended pending an investigation into how a man suffered spine injury in custody. That man died of his injuries a week later.  ow.ly/LVBPd
  • United States Marshals (South Gate, CA): The USMS is investigating an incident in which a marshal or officer working with the marshals seized and attempted to destroy a woman’s phone for recording them. This incident was caught by another person’s cell phone footage. The marshal/officer has yet to be identified. ow.ly/LVEKy
  • Orange County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for DUI. ow.ly/LVLD4

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Problems in Oakland Police Department http://www.policemisconduct.net/problems-in-oakland-police-department/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/problems-in-oakland-police-department/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:54:49 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8850 From Bay City News: Oakland police officers who are fired for misconduct are reinstated at arbitration hearings 75 percent of the time because department officials and the city attorney’s office do a poor job of handling the cases, a report … Continue reading

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From Bay City News:

Oakland police officers who are fired for misconduct are reinstated at arbitration hearings 75 percent of the time because department officials and the city attorney’s office do a poor job of handling the cases, a report says.

San Francisco attorney Ed Swanson compiled the report at the request of U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson, who is supervising the Oakland Police Department’s slow progress in complying with a police misconduct lawsuit settlement in 2003 that requires the department to implement 51 reforms in a variety of areas….

Swanson criticized the Oakland City Attorney’s Office for what he said is its “neglect and indifference and handling of police disciplinary cases and arbitration” because it doesn’t prepare well for them. He also said the relationship between the Police Department and the City Attorney’s Office has been “dysfunctional.”

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-17-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-17-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-17-15/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:09:21 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8848 Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 17, 2015: Worcester, Massachusetts: An officer was arrested for assault & battery and a civil rights violation for abusing an inmate awaiting transfer. The City’s press release said … Continue reading

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Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 17, 2015:

  • Worcester, Massachusetts: An officer was arrested for assault & battery and a civil rights violation for abusing an inmate awaiting transfer. The City’s press release said the victim “was forced against a wall, punched, thrown to the floor and kicked” by the officer. ow.ly/LIsph
  • Akron, Ohio: An officer was accused of stalking and threatening the life of his ex-girlfriend. ow.ly/LIsXN
  • Update: Athens County, Ohio (First reported 02-04-14): The now-former sheriff was sentenced to seven years in prison on corruption and perjury charges. He is appealing. ow.ly/LItNp
  • Update: Clark County, Indiana (First reported 07-30-14): The now-former sheriff was given a fine and sentenced to probation for his role in a case involving a sex worker and evidence destruction. ow.ly/LIuyX
  • Laceyville, Pennsylvania: The now-former chief pled guilty to DUI while on duty. His BAC was 3 times the legal limit. ow.ly/LIv9u
  • Richmond County, Georgia: A deputy has been accused of rape. ow.ly/LIvP7
  • Update: Inkster, Michigan (First reported 03-30-15): An officer was suspended indefinitely for his role in a violent arrest caught on dashboard camera. ow.ly/LIx5q
  • Update: Jupiter, Florida (First reported 09-12-13): An officer was found not guilty of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. ow.ly/LIwwT

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The Laquan McDonald Case http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-laquan-mcdonald-case/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-laquan-mcdonald-case/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:27:42 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8847 From New York Times editorial:   [T]he [City] Council awarded $5 million to the family of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager who was shot 16 times by a police officer in October. The shooting spawned a federal investigation, rattled public … Continue reading

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From New York Times editorial:

 

[T]he [City] Council awarded $5 million to the family of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager who was shot 16 times by a police officer in October. The shooting spawned a federal investigation, rattled public trust and raised troubling accusations of a police cover-up. The Council’s decision to pay was made before a lawsuit was filed, but this cannot be the end of the case. The city needs to release a police dash-cam video of the shooting that it has withheld on grounds that releasing it might interfere with the federal investigation….

Over the last seven years, Chicago police have killed more 120 people. Mr. Emanuel described the reparations plan as a way to bring a dark chapter of the city’s history to a close. But, even as he spoke, federal and state investigators were combing the city for information about the McDonald shooting.

Last October, a spokesman for the police union said that officers shot the teenager because he refused drop a knife he was carrying. Witnesses have said that he was moving away from the officers and was shot while lying on the ground.

A lawyer for the family who had viewed a police video taken at the scene told the Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell last week that Mr. McDonald was not menacing the officers or running when he was shot and that the officer continued to fire once the young man had fallen. He further asserted that 86 minutes of surveillance video taken by security cameras at a Burger King restaurant near the scene of the shooting had gone missing and that Chicago detectives had visited the restaurant.

Hmm.

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Cops Seizes Cell Phone & Tries to Destroy It http://www.policemisconduct.net/cops-seizes-cell-phone-tries-to-destroy-it/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/cops-seizes-cell-phone-tries-to-destroy-it/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:46:12 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8846 From South Gate, California:

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The Freddie Gray Case http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-freddie-gray-case/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-freddie-gray-case/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:44:23 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8845 From CNN: More than a week after Freddie Gray was arrested in Baltimore, and a day since he died, authorities are still scrambling to find out exactly what happened and why. “I’ll tell you what I do know, and right … Continue reading

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From CNN:

More than a week after Freddie Gray was arrested in Baltimore, and a day since he died, authorities are still scrambling to find out exactly what happened and why.

“I’ll tell you what I do know, and right now there’s still a lot of questions I don’t know. I know that when Mr. Gray was placed inside that van, he was able to talk. He was upset. And when Mr. Gray was taken out of that van, he could not talk, and he could not breathe,” Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez told reporters Monday.

He spoke the same day an autopsy was done on the body of Gray, which showed that he died from a severe injury to his spinal cord. “What we don’t know, and what we need to get to, is how that injury occurred,” Rodriguez said.

The Gray family has retained a great attorney, Billy Murphy.  Go here for a Cato podcast interview with Mr. Murphy about police tactics and constitutional rights.

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NewsFeed Break http://www.policemisconduct.net/newsfeed-break/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/newsfeed-break/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:39:20 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8844 Please know there will be a one-day break in the NewsFeed. We will resume tracking and posting Tuesday, April 21, 2015. As always, we appreciate it when readers use our submissions page to send us stories they find from around … Continue reading

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Please know there will be a one-day break in the NewsFeed. We will resume tracking and posting Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

As always, we appreciate it when readers use our submissions page to send us stories they find from around the country.

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Use-of-Force Briefing at John Jay http://www.policemisconduct.net/use-of-force-briefing-at-john-jay/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/use-of-force-briefing-at-john-jay/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 03:36:00 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8842 I will be speaking Monday at a briefing of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on police tactics and the use of force. The event is being held at John Jay College in New York City. The full roster and … Continue reading

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I will be speaking Monday at a briefing of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on police tactics and the use of force. The event is being held at John Jay College in New York City. The full roster and schedule may be found here.

I am looking forward to the briefing because I am familiar with the work and contributions of many of the other participants and their organizations. The panelists represent a broad range of perspectives on criminal justice. I believe we will provide a thought-provoking discussion on current policies and what changes need to be made to them going forward.

You can stream the event at this link starting just after 9 AM.

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-16-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-16-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-16-15/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:54:29 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8841 Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 16, 2015: Fairfax County, Virginia: A public information officer was charged with two counts of child pornography possession. ow.ly/LGKP6 Update: Tulsa County, Oklahoma (First reported 04-13-15): The sheriff’s … Continue reading

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Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 16, 2015:

  • Fairfax County, Virginia: A public information officer was charged with two counts of child pornography possession. ow.ly/LGKP6
  • Update: Tulsa County, Oklahoma (First reported 04-13-15): The sheriff’s office is alleged to have falsified firearm certification for the 73-year-old reserve deputy who has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a man caught on video. Deputies who refused to sign-off were allegedly reassigned. The deputy who allegedly cooperated is now with the U.S. Secret Service. ow.ly/LH6XL
  • Grundy County, Tennessee: A deputy was fired after his arrest for DUI. ow.ly/LHdl5
  • Update: Larimer County, Colorado (First reported 04-01-15): A deputy was fired for his hit-and-run incident. He hit a fenced-in yard on his way to work and instead of taking responsibility, sped home and changed clothes. ow.ly/LHe0L
  • Cumberland County, North Carolina: A deputy was fired for stealing and then selling sheriff’s department ammunition. ow.ly/LHgpI
  • St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana: An officer was fired and arrested for perjury. He lied about the details of a traffic stop that led to a drug bust. ow.ly/LHm4u
  • Yuba City, California: An officer and his cousin were arrested because of an alleged cocaine trafficking conspiracy. ow.ly/LHo37
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (Savannah, GA): An agent had an affair with an Assistant United States Attorney while they worked on cases together. As many as 200 cases they collaborated on during their several-year affair may be affected by their inappropriate conduct. ow.ly/LIdNd

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Chicago Plans Reparations Fund For Torture Victims http://www.policemisconduct.net/chicago-plans-reparations-fund-for-torture-victims/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/chicago-plans-reparations-fund-for-torture-victims/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:56:55 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8839 From the New York Times: [T]he City Council this week began considering a $5.5 million reparations package for scores of victims of abuse and torture by the police here in the 1970s and ’80s under the watch of a notorious … Continue reading

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From the New York Times:

[T]he City Council this week began considering a $5.5 million reparations package for scores of victims of abuse and torture by the police here in the 1970s and ’80s under the watch of a notorious police commander, Jon Burge. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his support this week for the long-sought reparations, which would include a memorial and a formal apology for the mostly black South Siders who have described being shocked with cattle prods, beaten with phone books and suffocated with plastic bags to compel confessions.

The cases involving Mr. Burge and a group of officers under his command had haunted Chicago and its Police Department for years….

[Mayor Rahm] Emanuel this week described Mr. Burge’s actions as a disgrace, adding, “We stand together as a city to try and right those wrongs and to bring this dark chapter of Chicago’s history to a close.”

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-15-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-15-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-15-15/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:23:00 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8837 Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 15, 2015: Update: Boston, Massachusetts (First reported 01-07-15): An officer who allegedly assaulted an Uber driver in January has been indicted for assault. He was suspended without pay … Continue reading

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Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 15, 2015:

  • Update: Boston, Massachusetts (First reported 01-07-15): An officer who allegedly assaulted an Uber driver in January has been indicted for assault. He was suspended without pay after the indictment.  ow.ly/LDFTr
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: A deputy was indicted on federal charges for excessive force against a restrained but uncooperative jail inmate and attempting to cover it up. According to the U.S. Department of Justice press release, “The complaint alleges that [the deputy]…placed his hands around the inmate’s neck, struck the inmate’s head against the wall and pulled the inmate to the floor.  The complaint further alleges that the defendant then struck the inmate in the face with his knee.”  ow.ly/LDO9f
  • Update: North Augusta, South Carolina (First reported 04-06-15): The now-former officer who fatally shot a 68-year-old black man in his own driveway has been charged with illegal discharge of a firearm. The City has already paid $1.2 million to the man’s estate as the result of a wrongful death suit. http://ow.ly/LE3ST
  • Update: Prichard, Alabama (First reported 08-05-13): A now-former officer was sentenced to 36 years in prison after being convicted of drug trafficking and related charges. http://ow.ly/LE2Uj
  • Update: Maxton, North Carolina (First reported 05-08-15): The officer who allegedly shot her weapon at unoccupied cars has been fired. http://ow.ly/LDWZC
  • Clayton, New Mexico: An officer was fired after he was arrested and charged with false imprisonment and aggravated assault & battery after an incident with a 17-year-old girl. ow.ly/LETBR
  • Melrose Park, Illinois: A detective was arrested for conspiracy to rob police lab evidence of 2kg of seized cocaine. He was caught in a sting discussing his plan to replace the cocaine with fake cocaine after the evidence had been tested. ow.ly/LEW46
  • Lafayette Parish, Louisiana and Louisiana State Police: One parish deputy and one state trooper were arrested for their alleged participation in a drug and racketeering conspiracy. ow.ly/LEX56

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-14-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-14-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-14-15/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 22:08:17 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8836 Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 14, 2015: Chicago, Illinois: An officer is under FBI investigation for fatally shooting teen. He fired 16 rounds that hit the 17-year-old boy. ow.ly/LAwVA San Pablo, California: An … Continue reading

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Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 14, 2015:

  • Chicago, Illinois: An officer is under FBI investigation for fatally shooting teen. He fired 16 rounds that hit the 17-year-old boy. ow.ly/LAwVA
  • San Pablo, California: An officer was arrested for buying drugs out of his car and possession of illegal guns. He was on administrative leave at the time and also had 2-year-old girl in the car with him. ow.ly/LAxh7
  • Update: Fairfax County, Virginia (First reported 02-09-15): The sheriff defended the actions that led to a 37-year-old woman’s death in custody. She was fully restrained when she was Tased four times. ow.ly/LAUH2
  • Update: Houston, Texas (First reported 04-24-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in prison for providing police protection to drug deals. ow.ly/LAzC4
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: Two officers were placed on administrative leave after an APD employee accused them of excessive force. ow.ly/LAxCu
  • Jacksonville, Florida: An officer was arrested for petit theft and misconduct for falsifying time sheets. ow.ly/LAXpv
  • Update: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (First reported 08-25-14): A now-former officer agreed to a plea bargain in a bank fraud conspiracy case. His sentence is yet to be determined. Presumably in exchange for cooperation against his co-conspirators still awaiting trial or a detailed allocution in court, prosecutors have agreed they “will dismiss the remaining charges and will recommend a reduction in sentence if [he] adequately shows he accepts responsibility.” He faces up to 30 years and a $1 million fine. ow.ly/LAZVX
  • Update: South Burlington, Vermont (First reported 03-23-13): A lieutenant pled guilty to DWI. He was ordered to pay a fine. He remains on leave. ow.ly/LBywq
  • Update: Detroit, Michigan (First reported 11-03-14): Two now-former narcotics officers were indicted on federal charges for robbing and extorting drug dealers. ow.ly/LBDOV

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-11-15 to 04-13-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-11-15-to-04-13-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-11-15-to-04-13-15/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:08:30 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8834 Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 11 through Monday, April 13, 2015: Tulsa County, Oklahoma: An officer was shown on video holding down suspect who had been shot and was complaining of shortness of … Continue reading

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Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 11 through Monday, April 13, 2015:

  • Tulsa County, Oklahoma: An officer was shown on video holding down suspect who had been shot and was complaining of shortness of breath. He said, “F*** your breath!” The man had been shot by a 73-year-old reserve officer who is also a substantial financial donor to the department. The reserve officer has been charged with negligent homicide. ow.ly/Lvz0w
  • United States Secret Service: A uniformed officer was arrested for burglary and destruction of property after allegedly kicking down the door of his ex-girlfriend’s home when he was off duty. ow.ly/LxryG
  • Tuscon, Arizona: Four officers were placed on administrative leave during investigation into undisclosed misconduct. Their names will not be released during the investigatory process. ow.ly/LxIKb
  • New York, New York: A detective was suspended for stealing rent money from a deli during a raid for selling untaxed cigarettes. The proprietor thought employees had stolen the money but surveillance video shows the detective removing the over $2,500 in cash from the place the owner left it. The receipt the proprietor was given for the seized funds was just under $600. The officer’s supervisor has been placed on desk duty. ow.ly/LxMZf
  • Akron, Ohio: An officer was arrested for assault in an “attack” outside a hotel in Cleveland, though the officer claims self-defense. Two suspects remain at large. ow.ly/Lymid
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A transit officer was placed on administrative probation after an excessive force complaint by passenger. ow.ly/LyvAI
  • Update: Vineland, New Jersey (First reported 04-06-15): An officer is shown on video sitting on a man’s back, punching him, and siccing a K-9 unit on him while he was face down on ground. He died in custody. ow.ly/LyAeX

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-10-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-10-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-10-15/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:24:12 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8833 Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 10, 2015: Ohio State Police: A now-former trooper was sentenced to five years in prison for coercing drivers for sexual favors in exchange for throwing-out traffic tickets. ow.ly/Lr96Z … Continue reading

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Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 10, 2015:

  • Ohio State Police: A now-former trooper was sentenced to five years in prison for coercing drivers for sexual favors in exchange for throwing-out traffic tickets. ow.ly/Lr96Z
  • Germantown, Tennessee: An officer was suspended after his arrest on aggravated rape and assault charges. ow.ly/Lrb1x
  • San Bernadino County, California: Several deputies shown on video repeatedly kicking and beating man after chase on an allegedly stolen horse. The footage was provided by a news helicopter following the chase. The sheriff is investigating. ow.ly/LrcG7
  • Weld County, Colorado: A deputy was placed on leave because he may have withheld evidence in an investigation into woman’s death. ow.ly/Lrllt
  • Harris County, Texas: An officer allegedly struck his sleeping girlfriend with his motorcycle helmet and strangled her. She survived. ow.ly/LrLHg
  • Update: Paris, Maine (First reported 12-01-14): The police chief pled guilty to DUI. He lost his driver’s license for five months and was ordered to pay a fine. ow.ly/LrMqT
  • Newbern, Tennessee: The chief was suspended for 14 days on allegations of providing a hostile work environment. He encouraged falsification of time sheets to minimize overtime and incentivized high-volume ticketing. ow.ly/Ls8vs

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Few Police Prosecutions in Shooting Cases http://www.policemisconduct.net/few-police-prosecutions-in-shooting-cases/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/few-police-prosecutions-in-shooting-cases/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:33:10 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8832 Over the weekend, the Washington Post ran a front-page story on the rarity of prosecutions of police officers for on duty shootings. They teamed up with researchers at Bowling Green State University to look at the few cases in which … Continue reading

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Over the weekend, the Washington Post ran a front-page story on the rarity of prosecutions of police officers for on duty shootings. They teamed up with researchers at Bowling Green State University to look at the few cases in which charges were brought against officers. Since 2005, they found 54 criminal cases against police officers filed for police-involved shootings:

In half the criminal cases­ identified by The Post and researchers at Bowling Green, prosecutors cited forensics and autopsy reports that showed this very thing: unarmed suspects who had been shot in the back.

In a third of the cases­ where officers faced charges, prosecutors introduced videos into evidence, saying they showed the slain suspects had posed no threat at the moment they were killed. The videos were often shot from cameras mounted on the dashboards of patrol cars, standard equipment for most police departments.

In nearly a quarter of the cases, an officer’s colleagues turned on him, giving statements or testifying that the officer opened fire even though the suspect posed no danger at the time.

And in 10 cases, or about a fifth of the time, prosecutors alleged that officers either planted or destroyed evidence in an attempt to exonerate themselves — a strong indication, prosecutors said, that the officers themselves recognized the shooting was unjustified.

While 19 of the 54 cases they found are still pending, 21 officers were acquitted of charges and only 11 officers were convicted.

It is important to note that untold thousands of people were killed in police-involved shootings during that period. Just in Los Angeles County, California, there have been at least 409 police-involved shootings since 2010—and yet there hasn’t been a single prosecution for one since 2001.

As my colleague Matthew Feeney noted, the cell phone footage of Walter Scott’s death was integral to the officer’s firing and criminal charge. Without it, South Carolina authorities may not have filed any charges, let alone murder. Indeed, even with the video, conviction is not certain.

Read the whole Washington Post piece here.

Cross-posted at Cato at Liberty

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Tulsa County Shooting http://www.policemisconduct.net/tulsa-county-shooting/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/tulsa-county-shooting/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:25:21 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8830 From the Tulsa World: Robert Bates, the reserve Tulsa County deputy who fatally shot a man who was in a physical altercation with another deputy last week, has donated thousands of dollars worth of items to the Sheriff’s Office since … Continue reading

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From the Tulsa World:

Robert Bates, the reserve Tulsa County deputy who fatally shot a man who was in a physical altercation with another deputy last week, has donated thousands of dollars worth of items to the Sheriff’s Office since becoming a reserve deputy in 2008.

Bates, 73, accidentally shot Eric Harris on Thursday, according to Maj. Shannon Clark, after Harris — the subject of an undercover gun and ammunition buy by the Sheriff’s Office’s Violent Crimes Task Force — fled from arrest and then fought with a deputy who tackled him. Bates, Clark said, thought he was holding a stun gun when he pulled the trigger….

First Assistant District Attorney John David Luton said Monday that the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office had not received the case from the Sheriff’s Office but would seek to “move quickly” on a decision on possible charges against the reserve deputy once presented with the case.

Video of the shooting at the link above.

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San Bernardino Deputies Filmed From News Helicopter http://www.policemisconduct.net/san-bernardino-deputies-filmed-from-news-helicopter/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/san-bernardino-deputies-filmed-from-news-helicopter/#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2015 21:57:20 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8829     From the Los Angeles Times: Charles “Sid” Heal, retired Los Angeles County sheriff’s commander Heal, who has testified in dozens of force trials, said that when the man “fell off the horse and lay flat, he is done … Continue reading

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From the Los Angeles Times:

Charles “Sid” Heal, retired Los Angeles County sheriff’s commander

Heal, who has testified in dozens of force trials, said that when the man “fell off the horse and lay flat, he is done …. I think I am pretty conservative, given I have been in so many situations that have been misread, but I cannot see any explanation for their conduct here.”

As to the tactics, he said, the deputies exhibit almost none.

“It was like a feeding frenzy. It was like blood in the water with sharks,” Heal said. “The only thing is they thought they could get away with it.”

Adrenaline could be an explanation for the first unnecessary blows, he said.

“But it went on way too long and involved deputies who weren’t there in the initial stage; they took what we call cheap shots,” he said. “They thought they could get away with it.”

Heal said cameras capture everything today, and these deputies seemed to have forgotten that.

Public outrage over the video is shared by other law enforcement officers who believe such actions smear the badge, he said.

“Everybody I know is outraged,” he said. “This sets law enforcement back 20 years. All the things we have been saying basically get thrown out the window.”

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-09-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-09-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-09-15/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 21:56:33 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8828 Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 9, 2015: Update: Ambridge, Pennsylvania (First reported 12-19-13): A now-former officer pled guilty to drug and obstruction charges and was sentenced to three years of probation. ow.ly/Lo55X Monroe … Continue reading

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Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 9, 2015:

  • Update: Ambridge, Pennsylvania (First reported 12-19-13): A now-former officer pled guilty to drug and obstruction charges and was sentenced to three years of probation. ow.ly/Lo55X
  • Monroe County, Tennessee: Two now-former deputies were indicted and arrested for assaulting a man in their custody. http://bit.ly/1GxXQyQ
  • Franklin County, Kentucky: A now-former deputy was sentenced to 16 months in prison for stealing property during the search of a home. ow.ly/LoeeU
  • Orange County, Virginia: A man is facing charges for assault on a police officer. The dash cam footage available shows no assault by the man but does show the officer throwing him to the ground and inflicting other injuries. The investigative news report revealed that the audio from the dash cam and all footage from other cameras that were on the scene are missing or otherwise unaccounted for. ow.ly/LoByW
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: An officer admitted to illegally accessing a law enforcement database, a federal crime. No charges have been filed yet. ow.ly/LoIGj
  • Update: Iowa City, Iowa (First reported 02-20-15): An officer facing a DUI charge is no longer with the department. The police chief declined to clarify whether the now-former officer resigned or was fired. ow.ly/LoRCz
  • Houston, Texas: An officer was arrested on federal gun and drug distribution charges. The indictment alleges him to have been dealing cocaine since 2012. ow.ly/Lp1xO
  • Miami Gardens, Florida: Dash camera footage shows police fatally shoot a 25-year-old man. The state attorneys’ office is investigating the case and discouraged the man’s family from releasing the video while the investigation was ongoing. However, upon releasing the video, the family’s attorney said, “When you see this video, you will realize that this was not a justifiable shooting.”  ow.ly/Lp3Ky

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The Walter Scott Case http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-walter-scott-case-2/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-walter-scott-case-2/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:34:22 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8826 My opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times: A generation ago, when someone complained of police misconduct, we would learn that a police spokesperson denied the accusation and that was that. Because we were not there and did not know … Continue reading

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My opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times:

A generation ago, when someone complained of police misconduct, we would learn that a police spokesperson denied the accusation and that was that. Because we were not there and did not know those involved, it was impossible to draw any conclusions. There was also an understandable reluctance to believe that the local department would spread falsehoods. Now more and more incidents are captured in cellphone videos, and that means citizens can judge for themselves whether the police broke the law. Smartphones are providing us with a glimpse of the widespread abuse that policymakers have been ignoring for years and changing the world of American policing….

To a certain extent, the authorities in South Carolina deserve praise for how they handled this incident. They disclosed the identity of the officer and his disciplinary record. They turned the case over to an independent agency to avoid a conflict of interest, and those investigators followed the evidence. Many people will say that the system “worked.” Did it?

Read the whole thing here.

Btw, with this case making national news, it is a good time to blast a note to all your friends and contacts about Cato’s Police Misconduct Reporting Project.  Just a quick note saying something like “check out this website–police misconduct is more common than you may realize.”  And don’t forget to Like us on Facebook.  Thank you for considering.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-08-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-08-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-08-15/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 20:37:03 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8825 Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 8, 2015: North Charleston, South Carolina: An officer was charged with murder for shooting a fleeing 50-year-old man in the back. In his police report, the officer claimed … Continue reading

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Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 8, 2015:

  • North Charleston, South Carolina: An officer was charged with murder for shooting a fleeing 50-year-old man in the back. In his police report, the officer claimed he “felt threatened” and administered CPR on the suspect after shooting him. A bystander came forward with video evidence contradicting the officer’s account. He was fired from the police department. ow.ly/LjCq9
  • Baltimore County, Maryland: A now-former officer pled guilty to burglary and drug charges for breaking into dealer’s home to rob him. ow.ly/Ll8iV
  • Tampa, Florida: A now-former officer pled guilty to stealing evidence. She took tax refund checks seized from fraud cases and cashed them herself. ow.ly/LlhJM
  • Bristol, Rhode Island: An officer was charged with breaking-in to a neighbor’s home to steal prescription pills. He resigned upon arrest. ow.ly/LlDx1
  • Update: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (First reported 02-24-15): An officer was charged with two counts of battery and one count of falsifying official record for slapping a homeless man and trying to cover it up. Video shows the exchange. ow.ly/LlZTd
  • Maxton, North Carolina: An officer was arrested after shooting her firearm at two unoccupied vehicles during an altercation. ow.ly/LlY5l
  • New Milford, New Jersey: A patrolman was arrested on drug charges after being found in parking lot acting suspiciously. He was allegedly in possession of a bag of crack cocaine and a hypodermic needle. ow.ly/LlXvE
  • Update: St. Louis, Missouri (First reported 03-17-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to conspiracy charges for knowingly providing a drug dealer with a firearm. ow.ly/LmhtO

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-07-15 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-07-15/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-07-15/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 20:02:10 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8821 Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 7, 2015: San Francisco, California: Seven officers were suspended over racist texts uncovered during a corruption investigation. Their past cases are under review for bias. ow.ly/Liacr Update: Rutland, … Continue reading

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Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 7, 2015:

  • San Francisco, California: Seven officers were suspended over racist texts uncovered during a corruption investigation. Their past cases are under review for bias. ow.ly/Liacr
  • Update: Rutland, Vermont (First reported 03-17-15): The officer arrested last month for DUI has been fired. ow.ly/Liqs4
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: A man is suing the department for excessive force. The officer at the heart of the suit was fired for insubordination and untruthfulness. The now-former officer had twice been involved in violent interactions that were not recorded by the body camera he was wearing. In addition to the incident in this lawsuit in which he claimed he was assaulted by the plaintiff, he fatally shot a 19-year-old woman. According to the news report, there is no record of the now-former officer receiving any discipline in the shooting case. The news report also notes he is petitioning to get his job with APD reinstated. ow.ly/LiuwS
  • Update: Fresno, California (First reported 03-27-15): The deputy chief arrested for drug distribution has resigned. ow.ly/LiRbZ
  • Norfolk, Virginia: Four officers are “no longer with” the department after a K9 unit bit a female college student who was being held down by two officers. ow.ly/LjaZa
  • New York, New York: An officer pled guilty to cocaine trafficking in Florida. He faces 10 years of imprisonment. ow.ly/LjgMQ
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: An officer was arrested for shooting a woman at a bar when off-duty. ow.ly/Ljj2m
  • Hunt County, Texas: A deputy is being investigated after video appears to show him repeatedly striking woman who was months pregnant at the time. ow.ly/LjnYD

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The Walter Scott Case http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-walter-scott-case/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-walter-scott-case/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:15:02 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8819 Yesterday, South Carolina’s Post and Courier released the video of a North Charleston police officer fatally shooting a fleeing man, Walter Scott, in the back. After the North Charleston mayor’s press conference late yesterday afternoon, the State Law Enforcement Division arrested the … Continue reading

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Yesterday, South Carolina’s Post and Courier released the video of a North Charleston police officer fatally shooting a fleeing man, Walter Scott, in the back. After the North Charleston mayor’s press conference late yesterday afternoon, the State Law Enforcement Division arrested the officer and charged him with murder. Under Tennessee v. Garner (1985), it is illegal for an officer to shoot a fleeing suspect absent an objectively reasonable fear of danger to the public or himself.

Post and Courier

Photo courtesy of the Post and Courier.

The officer had originally stated that he “felt threatened” before deploying lethal force against the 50-year-old man. The police report also stated that the officer performed CPR on Scott after the shooting, but video shows the officers left him handcuffed and on the ground with no attempt at CPR.

You should read the full story here.

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