PoliceMisconduct.net http://www.policemisconduct.net The Cato Institute's National Police Misconduct Reporting Project Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:50:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-17-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-17-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-17-14/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:50:55 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8342 Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 17, 2014: Update: Longmont, Colorado (First reported 12-02-14): A now-former police officer who admitted to attempted sexual assault of a woman was sentenced to eight years of sex … Continue reading

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Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 17, 2014:

  • Update: Longmont, Colorado (First reported 12-02-14): A now-former police officer who admitted to attempted sexual assault of a woman was sentenced to eight years of sex offender intensive supervise probation. ow.ly/vTT8I
  • Jefferson Parish, Louisiana: A video shows a man pleading with an officer not to shoot him, and asking why he was going to jail. A law professor says it appears his rights were violated while the police department is defending the deputy. ow.ly/vTQ0T
  • Cranston, Rhode Island: A police captain has been fired after a ticket blitz occurred. After three council members voted against a new police contract, tickets were handed out in their three wards. ow.ly/vTPGx
  • Lodi, California: The family of a man shot and killed by police filed a federal lawsuit against the city claiming the officers used excessive force and that they intentionally and recklessly provoked the man, which led to a violent confrontation. ow.ly/vTPgg
  • Radcliff, Kentucky: A boy was arrested for not giving an officer his name. It has led to questions about the First Amendment. ow.ly/vTP3R
  • South Bend, Indiana: A mother is speaking out in what she says is a vicious case of police brutality. She says her son was brutally attacked by a police officer in her driveway. ow.ly/vTOJC
  • Anaheim, California: A lawsuit has been filed alleging the civil rights of a gang member were violated when he was fatally shot by police. The suit questions police versions of events. It says that instead of calling an ambulance, an officer picked up the victim and threw him back onto the ground after he was shot. ow.ly/vTOjk
  • East St. Louis, Illinois: A state trooper is facing felony aggravated battery charges after authorities say he strip-searched a man along the side of a road during a traffic stop. ow.ly/vTLTk
  • Louisville, Kentucky: A detective from a high-profile police unit was charged with official misconduct for allegedly offering help with court cases in exchange for sex and sexually explicit text messages. ow.ly/vTFhB
  • Update: Athens-Clarke, Georgia (First reported 02-16-12): A police officer arranged to have a fellow officer take a bribe from a friend who wanted to buy his way out of a DUI arrest. ow.ly/vTFhB
  • Roseville, Minnesota: Four officers are being sued for excessive force stemming from an incident after a traffic stop. ow.ly/vTz8s
  • Dona Ana, New Mexico: The state police are recommending a sheriff’s deputy be charged with vehicular manslaughter. ow.ly/vTn4q
  • Update: Wilcox County, Alabama (First reported 06-28-14): A sheriff’s deputy was indicted on 8 counts of trafficking cocaine from his patrol car. He plead guilty to several charges. ow.ly/vTfng

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-16-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-16-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-16-14/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:46:52 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8339 Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 16, 2014: Ottawa County, Michigan: A woman who says an sheriff’s deputy used excessive force while breaking her arm and dislocating her shoulder will share her story with … Continue reading

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Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 16, 2014:

  • Ottawa County, Michigan: A woman who says an sheriff’s deputy used excessive force while breaking her arm and dislocating her shoulder will share her story with a U.S. District Court. ow.ly/vRMgD
  • Salt Lake City, Utah: A now-former police officer pled guilty to a felony and a misdemeanor in a plea deal on charges he faked DUI reports and collected thousands of dollars of overtime illegally. ow.ly/vRUJj
  • Long Beach, California: The families of two men shot dead by officers took legal action against the city and the police department, claiming the officers involved used excessive force. ow.ly/vRLD8
  • Hidalgo County, Texas: A police chief pled guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering involving a campaign contribution from a suspected drug trafficker. ow.ly/vRAeN
  • Monroe County, Tennessee: A deputy has been accused of beating his girlfriend. The girlfriend told authorities he punched her several times when he was drunk. ow.ly/vRu5B
  • Marathon County, Wisconsin: A police officer has been arrested on charges of soliciting a prostitute and encouraging probation violations. ow.ly/vRtzA
  • Glendale, New York: An off-duty police officer was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after he allegedly rear-ended another vehicle. ow.ly/vR9Vo
  • Beaufort County, South Carolina: A woman has filed suit. She claims that a police officer made a reckless u-turn and caused an accident. A response denies the officer was negligent and states he was turning around in the road to assist another deputy. ow.ly/vR4a4
  • Dinwiddie, Virginia: An officer was charged with rape, incest and sodomy. “The defense will play up the fact that he was a deputy and served the public but it’s a two-edged sword because prosecutors will say he violated the public’s trust,” said a legal expert. ow.ly/vQWvV
  • Guy, Arkansas: A police officer has been fired after he was arrested on a charge of sexual solicitation of a child. ow.ly/vRVQQ
  • North Mankato, Minnesota: A police detective has been accused of stealing OxyContin and charged with four felony drug counts. ow.ly/vQKWL

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-15-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-15-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-15-14/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:35:02 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8338 Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 15, 2014: Tuckerton, New Jersey: A police corporal surrendered on charges of misconduct and aggravated assault during a police stop. He allegedly allowed his K9 to “unjustifiably” attack … Continue reading

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Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 15, 2014:

  • Tuckerton, New Jersey: A police corporal surrendered on charges of misconduct and aggravated assault during a police stop. He allegedly allowed his K9 to “unjustifiably” attack and bite a woman. He is also accused of falsifying his police reports to hide the incident and justify his actions. ow.ly/vOHIZ
  • Glenview, Illinois: After their sworn testimony, a lawyer played a police video that contradicted what five officers, three from Chicago and two from Glenview, had said, a furious judge found. ow.ly/vOjuW
  • Update: Woodland Park, New Jersey (First reported 10-02-13): Relatives of a 12-year-old girl who was propositioned by a police officer filed a lawsuit against the department alleging the officer was not properly supervised, ow.ly/vOijD
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer was arrested and preliminarily charged with two counts of battery and one count of residential entry. http://ow.ly/vORai
  • Update: Rensselaer, New York (First reported 03-21-13): A now-former police officer was sentenced to three to nine years in prison. His speeding car slammed into a tree, killing his passenger, while he was drunk. http://ow.ly/vOUkh
  • Wichita, Kansas: Woman who filed suit claims her son was complying with police officer’s order to stop and turn around, raising his hands into the air, when the officer shot at him five or six times, then shot him three more times in the back as he lay on the ground. http://ow.ly/vP3uo
  • Update: Anchorage, Alaska (First reported 11-27-13): A now-former police officer was sentenced for using police resources to share private information with a woman he’d arrested and then started seeing casually. The judge suspended a two-year jail term for the felony, as well as a 90-day sentence for the misdemeanor. The officer will be on probation for 2 years. http://ow.ly/vP21n
  • Timberlake, Ohio: The police chief and another officer have been jailed. A grand jury found the pair stole property or services valued at $7500.00 or more, and used their status as public officials to “aid in committing the offense.” ow.ly/vP4xb

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Prosecuted for Recording Bullies? http://www.policemisconduct.net/prosecuted-for-recording-bullies/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/prosecuted-for-recording-bullies/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:37:54 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8335 Disturbing report from the Pittsburgh area (South Fayette).  A 15 yr old high school student was being bullied by several boys in one of his classes.  Sometimes they would hit him with books and different kinds of abuse would occur … Continue reading

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Disturbing report from the Pittsburgh area (South Fayette).  A 15 yr old high school student was being bullied by several boys in one of his classes.  Sometimes they would hit him with books and different kinds of abuse would occur almost every class.  His mom lodged complaints with the school, but nothing was done about it.

Since the bullying continued, the boy, who also has ADHD, used his iPad to record what his tormenters were doing so he could show his mother.  “I wanted her to understand what I went through,” he said.

Did the school officials say, “Good — this is the proof we needed to mete out discipline” ?   No.  The school officials forced him to erase the recording and then punished the bullying victim with a Saturday detention!

But it gets worse.

The school authorities also call in the police because  there is a “wiretapping” situation.The boy is charged with “disorderly conduct.”  The judge found him guilty and imposed a fine on the family.

The boy’s mom, Shea Love, says “The whole thing has been a horrible nightmare.”   Yes, the classmates, teacher, school officials, police, prosecutor, and judge all seem to have failed.

Go here for the story.

Update: Eugene Volokh has more details on this incident here.

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-12-14 to 04-14-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-12-14-to-04-14-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-12-14-to-04-14-14/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:14:29 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8334 Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 12, to Monday, April 14, 2014: Chester, West Virginia: A police officer was indicted on one count of displaying obscene matter to a minor, a felony. He allegedly … Continue reading

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Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 12, to Monday, April 14, 2014:

  • Chester, West Virginia: A police officer was indicted on one count of displaying obscene matter to a minor, a felony. He allegedly took a nude picture of himself and sent it to a 16-year-old girl. Her mother filed the original complaint. ow.ly/vLWWQ
  • Los Angeles County, California: The sheriffs’ department opened fired and killed a man after they mistook him for a suspect in a stabbing incident. He was actually a victim of the suspect. ow.ly/vLVwg
  • Adams County, Colorado: A deputy was arrested on child sex assault allegations. ow.ly/vLV0u
  • Update: Brusly, Louisiana (First reported 02-07-14): The police chief has been indicted with one count of malfeasance in office and one count of theft over $500. Both are felonies. ow.ly/vLT1C
  • Annapolis, Maryland: A police officer has been suspended after he was charged with second-degree assault in an alleged domestic dispute. ow.ly/vLCY8
  • Sandusky, Ohio: A state trooper has been indicted on a charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. The officer has denied the allegations. ow.ly/vLxgG
  • Update: Los Angeles, California (First reported 02-19-14): A police officer convicted of perjury and conspiracy after lying about the details of an arrest in court was sentenced to community labor and three years’ formal probation. ow.ly/vLvCg
  • Lake County, Oregon: A sheriff’s deputy has turned himself in following an investigation that he had a sexual relationship with a missing teenage girl. He resigned following the revelation of the investigation. ow.ly/vLwml
  • Update: Newport News, Virginia (First reported 04-10-14): A police officer already charged in a domestic violence case was arrested again. He was charged with violating a protective order. ow.ly/vGsK7
  • Whitehouse, Texas: A woman claims she was unfairly arrested for failing to stop for a police officer. She says the cop was acting suspicious and she felt threatened, so she walked away from him. He then tackled and arrested her for walking on the wrong side of the road. http://ow.ly/vMwHE
  • North Charleston, South Carolina: The family of a teenager who was shot by police has filed an excessive force lawsuit. The suit says the officer shot the boy in the back while he was running away, and then, after running up to him laying on the ground, fired another seven shots while “quite literally hovering over him.” http://ow.ly/vMzKc
  • Denton County, Texas: A sheriff’s deputy has been charged with official oppression and theft after being accused of stealing $1,700 in cash from two men while in uniform. http://ow.ly/vMFCy
  • Mobile, Alabama: A police officer is being punished after a shooting incident left one dog dead and another wounded in their owner’s fenced backyard. http://ow.ly/vMGBI

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From the Chicago Tribune:

One by one, five police officers took the witness stand at the Skokie courthouse late last month for what would typically be a routine hearing on whether evidence in a drug case was properly obtained.

But in a “Perry Mason” moment rarely seen inside an actual courtroom, the inquiry took a surprising turn when the suspect’s lawyer played a police video that contradicted the sworn testimony of the five officers — three from Chicago and two from Glenview, a furious judge found.

Cook County Circuit Judge Catherine Haberkorn suppressed the search and arrest, leading prosecutors to quickly dismiss the felony charges. All five officers were later stripped of their police powers and put on desk duty pending internal investigations. And the state’s attorney’s office is looking into possible criminal violations, according to spokeswoman Sally Daly.

“Obviously, this is very outrageous conduct,” a transcript of the March 31 hearing quoted the judge, a former county prosecutor, as saying. “All officers lied on the stand today. … All their testimony was a lie. So there’s strong evidence it was conspiracy to lie in this case, for everyone to come up with the same lie. … Many, many, many, many times they all lied.”

What would have happened here had there been no video?   What about other cases handled by these cops?   Was this the very first instance of dishonesty?

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-11-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-11-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-11-14/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:56:01 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8331 Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 11, 2014: Knox County, Tennessee: A lieutenant has been charged in connection to a rape investigation conducted by The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. A grand jury indicted the … Continue reading

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Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 11, 2014:

  • Knox County, Tennessee: A lieutenant has been charged in connection to a rape investigation conducted by The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. A grand jury indicted the officer on a set of criminal counts, including rape of a child, statutory rape by an authority figure, and incest. ow.ly/vHte0
  • Update: Plainfield, New Jersey (First reported 02-02-12): An officer threatened a woman with a five-year prison term unless she took off some of her clothes. The officer, still in his police uniform, masturbated as she did so. She was secretly videoing him during the incident; a jury convicted him of second-degree official misconduct and fourth-degree criminal sexual assault. He was sentenced to six years in prison. ow.ly/vHr34
  • Plymouth, Massachusetts: One police officer has been demoted and another fired in the wake of two off-duty motor vehicle accidents. The first agreed to a demotion in rank and an undisclosed suspension. The other officer was fired for not cooperating with an internal investigation of the accidents. ow.ly/vHnM8
  • Buckner, Missouri: The police chief is suspected of assaulting his 17-year-old son. The sheriff’s office said he was charged with one count of domestic violence assault. ow.ly/vGMRj
  • Country Club Hills, Illinois: The city will pay $700,000 to settle a federal lawsuit claiming a police officer wrongfully shot a teenager who then spent 14 months in jail before he was found not guilty of attempted murder. ow.ly/vGK8a
  • Redondo Beach, California: A woman has filed suit, alleging police violated her civil rights to free speech, to freedom of association, unreasonable search and seizure, the constitutional right to petition the government for regressive grievances, and the right to freedom of commerce in the purchase and possession of a legal substance for medical needs. ow.ly/vGIot
  • St. John’s County, Florida: Police who unlawfully recorded conversations between an attorney and her client were properly denied immunity, the 11th Circuit ruled. ow.ly/vGFwf
  • Seabrook, New Hampshire: One of three police officers investigated after a YouTube video showed alleged brutality against a teenager at the police station could face a maximum of two to five years in state prison. ow.ly/vGwVA
  • Plum Borough, Pennsylvania: A fired police officer was arrested on a charge of unlawful use of a computer. He is accused of accessing files while on duty. ow.ly/vF2XN

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-10-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-10-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-10-14/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:15:53 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8330 Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 10, 2014: Update: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (First reported 10-07-13):  A police officer accused of using excessive force on a man in handcuffs has been found guilty of misconduct in … Continue reading

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

  • Update: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (First reported 10-07-13):  A police officer accused of using excessive force on a man in handcuffs has been found guilty of misconduct in office. He could face three years in prison on the misconduct charge. ow.ly/vF2ET
  • Goldsboro, North Carolina: An 18-year police veteran has been charged with 12 felony sex offenses and subsequently fired from the police department. These charges include five counts of statutory rape/sex offense of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old; four counts of indecent liberties with a child; and three counts of sex offense in a parental role. ow.ly/vERWc
  • Carteret Co, North Carolina: A deputy has resigned after crashing his vehicle and being charged with DWI. ow.ly/vEP5e
  • Update: Markham, Illinois (Previously reported 11-06-13): A now-former Deputy Police Chief was sentenced to five years in prison for lying to FBI agents who were investigating an allegation that the officer sexually abused a woman in his police station office. ow.ly/vEJCj
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: The U.S. Justice Department charged that an investigation of the Albuquerque police force found that the department “engages in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force, including deadly force.” ow.ly/vEJ6w
  • Stamford, Connecticut: The city of has agreed to pay $230,000 to settle a lawsuit by a woman who accused a city police officer of punching her, attorneys for the woman and city said. ow.ly/vEp0f
  • Miami-Dade, Florida: A police officer was arrested on drunken driving charges after he caused a crash that injured two children, according to an arrest report. ow.ly/vEo0C
  • Newport News, Virginia: A police officer facing felony charges after police say he threatened to burn down his home has been arrested again for violating a protective order. ow.ly/vE5Fu
  • Mountlake Terrace, Washington: A commander who oversees the patrol division of the is now on administrative leave, after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence. ow.ly/vCZhS
  • Murfreesboro, Tennessee: The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested a police officer and charged him with official misconduct and misuse of official information. ow.ly/vCSJp

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Peculiar Police Ticketing http://www.policemisconduct.net/peculiar-police-ticketing/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/peculiar-police-ticketing/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:02:27 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8328 From NBC 10 News: Months after the NBC 10 I-Team revealed a parking ticket blitz in Cranston, Mayor Allan Fung on Thursday called for the firing of one of the city’s top police officers. “Today we are announcing a recommendation, … Continue reading

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From NBC 10 News:

Months after the NBC 10 I-Team revealed a parking ticket blitz in Cranston, Mayor Allan Fung on Thursday called for the firing of one of the city’s top police officers.

“Today we are announcing a recommendation, that is a recommendation of termination for Cranston Police Capt. Stephen Antonucci,” Fung said.

Fung said a state police investigation found it was Capt. Stephen Antonucci who ordered patrol officers to hand out more than 100 parking tickets.

All of the tickets were handed out in wards 1 and 3 after those council members voted against a new police contract.

Hmm.

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Albuquerque Police: There is a Pattern of Excessive Force http://www.policemisconduct.net/albuquerque-police-there-is-a-pattern-of-excessive-force/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/albuquerque-police-there-is-a-pattern-of-excessive-force/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:09:22 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8327 CNN: Albuquerque, New Mexico, police officers killed a 19-year-old as he “lay motionless on his back,” an unarmed drugstore robber who was walking away from officers and a 25-year-old veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who threatened to shoot himself … Continue reading

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CNN:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, police officers killed a 19-year-old as he “lay motionless on his back,” an unarmed drugstore robber who was walking away from officers and a 25-year-old veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who threatened to shoot himself in the head.

So says the U.S. Justice Department, which on Thursday issued a report lambasting the Albuquerque Police Department for a longstanding history of police brutality and unnecessary deadly force….

“For too long, Albuquerque officers have faced little scrutiny from their superiors in carrying out this fundamental responsibility,” the report says. “Despite the efforts of many committed individuals, external oversight is broken and has allowed the department to remain unaccountable to the communities it serves.”

To conduct its review, the Justice Department “reviewed thousands of pages of documents, including written policies and procedures, internal reports, data, video footage, and investigative files,” the report says. It also interviewed command staff, rank-and-file officers and community members, and held four community meetings where residents “provided their accounts of encounters with officers.”

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-08-14 to 04-09-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-08-14-to-04-09-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-08-14-to-04-09-14/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:25:09 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8323 Here are the 25 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 8 to Wednesday, April 9, 2014: Update: Springfield, Illinois (First reported 04-03-13): A 9-months pregnant woman who was tased in a parking lot has filed a federal lawsuit … Continue reading

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Here are the 25 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 8 to Wednesday, April 9, 2014:

  • Update: Springfield, Illinois (First reported 04-03-13): A 9-months pregnant woman who was tased in a parking lot has filed a federal lawsuit against the city and two officers who arrested her. ow.ly/vzTpe
  • New York, New York: A man thought he was helping cops catch a hit-and-run driver, but his courtesy got him punched and jailed on a DWI charge. He has filed a federal lawsuit accusing cops of false arrest and is seeking to recoup unspecified damages. ow.ly/vzSZZ
  • New York, New York: A young law student was arrested on completely bogus charges when he called out two officers who parked their cruiser in a bus stop so they could grab lunch from a food truck, he claims in a lawsuit. ow.ly/vzSnO
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: One officer has been fired and another suspended for their handling of a domestic abuse call. Police said the officers did not check a child for injuries, did not write a report, and did not talk to the 9-year-old boy away from adults. Six months after the call, the boy’s mother allegedly killed him. ow.ly/vzDNs
  • Update: Augusta, Kansas (First reported 07-15-13): A now-former police officer has been sentenced in connection to a child sex crime. He was arrested on two counts of Aggravated Indecent Liberties with a Child. He was given 59 days of house arrest and 60 days of probation. He must also register as a sex offender. ow.ly/vzBSJ
  • Bull Shoals, Arkansas: The chief of the police department is facing charges tied to his use of excessive force in an arrest he made. ow.ly/vzCTr
  • Update: Culpeper, Virginia (First reported 05-03-13): The town’s insurance carrier will pay $300,000 to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit involving a woman fatally shot by a now-former police officer. The officer is serving a three-year sentence for manslaughter in her death. ow.ly/vzyt6
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: In a fruitless search of a home for an alligator and wolves, police shot to death two Tibetan mastiffs, the most valuable dog in the world, which recently set a record of more than $1 million for a single puppy, the dogs’ owner claims in court. ow.ly/vzh6G
  • El Paso, Texas: A family plans to file charges after an officer shot their three-legged pit bull with their 11-year-old daughter nearby when responding to their home. ow.ly/vzbwD
  • Update: North Brunswick, New Jersey (First reported 02-04-14): A state police officer who was caught stealing $267 in gun supplies and other merchandise by store surveillance video was allowed to enter a special pre-trial intervention program known as Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition to avoid prosecution. ow.ly/vyYSp
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania: A woman claims in a lawsuit that a city police officer pepper-sprayer her for no reason. She also said officers with the department’s internal affairs division apologized to her and told her she was “in the wrong place at the wrong time” and that the officer who sprayed her was “pumped up from an earlier incident.” A police spokesman said the department doesn’t comment on litigation. ow.ly/vyJYn
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa: A lawsuit against two officers claims a woman’s Fourth Amendment rights were violated during her arrest. ow.ly/vyIuP
  • Yonkers, New York: A civil suit says a police officer had charges dropped, sprung a suspect from jail and gave her PCP that had been seized by the department, apparently for her recreational use, in exchange for sex. ow.ly/vyGHk
  • Update: Becker County, Minnesota (First reported 01-22-14): The now-former sheriff pled not guilty to charges including felony counts of theft by swindle and presenting false claim, along with a gross misdemeanor count of misconduct by a public officer. ow.ly/vBNep
  • Huntsville, Alabama: A woman is suing the city, the police chief, and five police officers in the death of her 17-year-old son. ow.ly/vBJc8
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A man says police used excessive force, racially profiled him, and retaliated against him when he questioned why they stopped him as he parked his car outside his home. ow.ly/vBDwW
  • Selma, Alabama: A former police officer serve 15 months in jail, followed by 5 years of probation, after pleading guilty to first-degree sexual abuse. ow.ly/vBtaB
  • West Baton Rouge, Louisiana: A sheriff’s major who once led the agency’s narcotics division has been arrested on drug charges, including possession of crack cocaine and several painkillers. http://ow.ly/vBPrI
  • Chicago, Illinois: Three people who claim police strip-searched them in public and falsely accused them of carrying heroin during a traffic stop are suing the city, calling the officers’ actions “exceeding all bounds of human decency.” http://ow.ly/vBRre
  • Orange, California: A resident has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against his police department for officers allegedly using excessive force. He says he was attempting to park his car in his garage when police approached and demanded to see ID. While he was in the process of complying, one of the cops shot him “multiple times,” the lawsuit states. http://ow.ly/vC3nO
  • Greenfield, Indiana: A police officer is facing felony charges for allegedly bribing police to perform a traffic stop on his ex-wife. http://ow.ly/vC6S1
  • Update: Ludlow, Massachusetts (Previously reported 03-12-14): A high-ranking police officer suspended after he was charged with stealing drugs from the department’s evidence locker pled not guilty. http://ow.ly/vC4BF
  • Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana: Three deputies with the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office and a New Roads police officer have been suspended without pay following an investigation into special treatment the officer received in an off-duty crash while suspected of driving while intoxicated. http://ow.ly/vC5ar
  • Clark County, Nevada: A man has been released after being arrested during an ongoing dispute over grazing rights between the Bureau of Land Management and a family in southern Nevada, and the family is calling for action. The Ranchers say their free speech rights have been violated, while authorities say it was a valid arrest. http://ow.ly/vC5MS
  • Tulare, California: A police chief could face criminal charges after getting arrested for domestic violence. http://ow.ly/vC66l

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Bureau of Land Mgt Under Fire in Nevada http://www.policemisconduct.net/bureau-of-land-mgt-under-fire-in-nevada/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/bureau-of-land-mgt-under-fire-in-nevada/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:50:11 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8324 Sacramento Bee: A Republican U.S. senator added his voice Wednesday to critics of a federal cattle roundup fought by a Nevada rancher who claims longstanding grazing rights on remote public rangeland about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Sen. Dean … Continue reading

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Sacramento Bee:

A Republican U.S. senator added his voice Wednesday to critics of a federal cattle roundup fought by a Nevada rancher who claims longstanding grazing rights on remote public rangeland about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada said he told new U.S. Bureau of Land Management chief Neil Kornze in Washington, D.C., that law-abiding Nevadans shouldn’t be penalized by an “overreaching” agency.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval pointed earlier to what he called “an atmosphere of intimidation,” resulting from the roundup and said he believed constitutional rights were being trampled…

“No cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists nor the limitation of constitutional rights that are sacred to all Nevadans,” the governor said in a statement.

Sandoval said he was most offended that armed federal officials have tried to corral people protesting the roundup into a fenced-in “First Amendment area” south of the resort city of Mesquite.

The site “tramples upon Nevadans’ fundamental rights under the U.S. Constitution” and should be dismantled, Sandoval said.

BLM spokeswoman Kirsten Cannon and Park Service spokeswoman Christie Vanover have told reporters during daily conference calls that free-speech areas were established so agents could ensure the safety of contractors, protesters, the rancher and his supporters.

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Worst of the Month — March 2014 http://www.policemisconduct.net/worst-of-the-month-march-2014/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/worst-of-the-month-march-2014/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:24:46 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8322 So for March it was the case of the soon-to-be-former Philadelphia police officer, Kevin Corcoran.  Mr.  Corcoran was driving the wrong way down a one-way street near a group of individuals when one of them pointed out that the officer … Continue reading

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So for March it was the case of the soon-to-be-former Philadelphia police officer, Kevin Corcoran.  Mr.  Corcoran was driving the wrong way down a one-way street near a group of individuals when one of them pointed out that the officer had made an illegal turn. The officer got out and aggressively approached the individuals, who readied their cell phone cameras to capture the incident.  The footage (warning: graphic language) shows Corcoran accosting one of the persons filming, an Iraq war veteran, and shouting “Don’t fucking touch me!” before slapping the vet’s phone out of his hand, throwing him up against his police vehicle, arresting him, and driving off.   Another of the cameras showed the vet with his hands up in a defensive posture, retreating from the officer.  When the vet asked why he had been arrested, Corcoran said it was for public intoxication.  Corcoran later cooled off and, after finding out the individual was a veteran, let him off without charges. 

Corcoran has a history of alleged misconduct, including allegations in 2008 that he entered a home without a warrant (and then administered a beating), allegations in 2009 that he falsely accused a man of assault and possession of a controlled substance (after administering a beating), and other similar situations.  In each case, the defendants ended up being acquitted of the charges.

Civil suits over Corcoran’s abuse of authority have been settled out of court in the past, but thanks to the quick cameras of the individuals he encountered here, Corcoran faces charges of false imprisonment, obstructing the administration of law, and official oppression—along with a suspension with intent to dismiss.  This incident shows the importance of the right to film police behavior.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-05-14 to 04-07-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-05-14-to-04-07-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-05-14-to-04-07-14/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:08:53 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8321 Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 5 to Monday, April 7, 2014: Buffalo, West Virginia: A lawsuit says that an officer had an affair with another man’s wife while on duty as a police … Continue reading

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Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 5 to Monday, April 7, 2014:

  • Buffalo, West Virginia: A lawsuit says that an officer had an affair with another man’s wife while on duty as a police officer. ow.ly/vx6HA
  • St. Louis, Missouri: A detective has been disciplined for running improper criminal background checks on about 200 people. ow.ly/vx4rL
  • Chicago, Illinois: A lawsuit says that police conspired to cover up evidence that Mayor Richard Daley’s nephew killed a man with a single “brutal” punch. ow.ly/vx3Tu
  • Houston, Texas: A sergeant was fired and seven others punished after an internal investigation of the homicide division determined nearly two dozen murder cases were ignored or investigative work was shoddy, the Chief said. “There were certainly some mistakes of the heart and mistakes of the mind,” said the Chief of the seven, “But as it pertains to [the sergeant], it is evident from the IAD investigation that he was lazy, he was a liar, he was not forthright with his supervisors, and he misled his other coworkers.” ow.ly/vx1Fl
  • Concord, California: A police officer has resigned from his job as he faces charges of burglary and elder abuse for taking prescription drugs from residents at a seniors complex, prosecutors said. ow.ly/vrHPa
  • Darlington County, South Carolina: A deputy has resigned after the sheriff says he failed to take critical steps that would have sent a murder suspect to trial. He resigned “for failing to follow procedure and, subsequently, attempting to cover up that fact,” said the sheriff. ow.ly/vwyCH
  • Tremonton, Utah: A police officer has been charged with 15 offenses in the collection of thousands of photos of a teenage girl in various stages of undress. ow.ly/vwvqi
  • Long Beach, California: A police officer has been arrested on three counts of sexual battery of a juvenile; he is accused of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl. ow.ly/vwnyf
  • Edgewood, Indiana: An off-duty police officer was arrested after a car crash. He rear-ended a vehicle, injuring a 9-month pregnant woman and killing her husband. Police say he was possibly under the influence of prescription medication at the time of the accident. ow.ly/vw5YR
  • Update: West Sacramento, California (Previously reported 02-28-14): A now-former police officer was sentenced to 205 years behind bars on 18 counts of kidnapping and sexually assaulting women while patrolling. “These were reprehensible crimes,” the Mayor said after the sentencing. “He violated the sacred oath he took and the trust of the city he served. It is an appropriate sentence for the crimes he committed.” ow.ly/vvTrw

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FBI Raids First, Asks Questions Afterward http://www.policemisconduct.net/fbi-raids-first-asks-questions-afterward/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/fbi-raids-first-asks-questions-afterward/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:58:06 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8320 From the Indianapolis Star: FBI agents Wednesday seized “thousands” of cultural artifacts, including American Indian items, from the private collection of a 91-year-old man who had acquired them over the past eight decades. An FBI command vehicle and several tents … Continue reading

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From the Indianapolis Star:

FBI agents Wednesday seized “thousands” of cultural artifacts, including American Indian items, from the private collection of a 91-year-old man who had acquired them over the past eight decades.

An FBI command vehicle and several tents were spotted at the property in rural Waldron, about 35 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

The Rush County man, Don Miller, has not been arrested or charged….

The aim of the investigation is to determine what each artifact is, where it came from and how Miller obtained it, Jones said, to determine whether some of the items might be illegal to possess privately.

My Cato colleague, Walter Olson, writes:  “Might be illegal. Or might have been acquired lawfully. They’re not saying! But to satisfy its curiosity the government gets to seize everything and sort through at its leisure over longer than “weeks or months.”   Read his blog post here.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-04-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-04-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-04-14/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:33:09 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8319 Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 4, 2013: Snohomish County, Washington: A now-former sheriff’s sergeant was charged with felony promoting prostitution and official misconduct for allegedly tipping off bikini baristas in exchange for sexual … Continue reading

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Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 4, 2013:

  • Snohomish County, Washington: A now-former sheriff’s sergeant was charged with felony promoting prostitution and official misconduct for allegedly tipping off bikini baristas in exchange for sexual favors. He reportedly warned baristas when their businesses were targeted by undercover officers. ow.ly/vrF1y
  • Los Angeles, California: A lawsuit says the police department attempted to bury a case of sexual assault involving two of its officers, even telling the victim not to seek legal counsel after she came forward. ow.ly/vrvOQ
  • Fond du Lac, Wisconsin: A police officer has been suspended for 20 days. She has had 3 high-speed crashes in one year while on-duty. The police chief said that “further violations of city policies…will not be tolerated.” ow.ly/vrnTB
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: A police officer accused of attempting to gain sexual favors from women he cited for traffic violations pled guilty to five gross misdemeanors. ow.ly/vrkcW
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A police officer was charged with assault and making terroristic threats. He backed his car into a man, and the man pounded on the trunk of the officer’s car to alert him. The officer then got out of his car, pulled up his shirt to display a handgun, and rushed at the man yelling racial epithets and threatening to kill him. He has been suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss.
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma: A police officer is charged with five felony counts, including two counts for receiving bribes. He was charged with taking bribes from an individual who was a part of a “sting” operation. He is also is charged with two counts of violating the Computer Crimes Act and one count of Attempted Intent to Deliver an Illegal Narcotic. ow.ly/vqZ1l
  • Bluffton, Georgia: The police department says they have suspended two officers without pay after they were involved in a bar fight. One was in possession of a firearm at the time. ow.ly/vqMgA

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-03-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-03-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-03-14/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:09:54 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8318 Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 3, 2014: Hendry County, Florida: A deputy has been arrested on charges of felony battery on his girlfriend. The sheriff’s office reports he was arrested on the highway … Continue reading

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Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 3, 2014:

  • Hendry County, Florida: A deputy has been arrested on charges of felony battery on his girlfriend. The sheriff’s office reports he was arrested on the highway after a call was received regarding a woman allegedly having been beaten. http://ow.ly/voWkb
  • Update: Taylor County, Kentucky (First reported 10-04-13): A former deputy sheriff pled guilty to charges of distributing anabolic steroids, a Schedule III controlled substance. http://ow.ly/voVSQ
  • Belen, New Mexico: A now-former police detective has pleaded guilty to using excessive force while arresting a man. Prosecutors say he entered his plea in federal court to violating an arrestee’s civil rights. http://ow.ly/voRsY
  • Update: Prince George’s County, Maryland (Previously reported 11-14-12): A now-former officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to sell untaxed cigarettes and cocaine. He pleaded guilty to cocaine trafficking, extortion and firearm offenses. He admitted protecting the sale and transport of multiple shipments of contraband cigarettes. ow.ly/vobz8Frederick, Maryland: A police officer pled guilty to a second-degree assault charge. He was placed on administrative duties after he was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend while they were vacationing. http://ow.ly/vopnP
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (Previously reported 08-23-12): A jury found a veteran police officer guilty of raping and kidnapping a woman. He face multiple charges of rape, kidnapping and gross sexual imposition involving two separate women. http://ow.ly/vohRs
  • Park Forest, Illinois: An officer was charged in the police killing of a 95-year-old World War II veteran who was fatally shot with beanbag rounds in his apartment at a senior facility. A Cook County State’s Attorney said the patrolman was charged with one count of reckless conduct, a Class 4 felony. http://ow.ly/voPR4
  • Update: Cincinnati, Ohio (First reported 01-30-14): Police have concluded an internal investigation of allegations by a woman who said she was raped. The woman filed a federal lawsuit against a police officer, alleging that she arrested her instead of helping her. http://ow.ly/vokRl
  • Frederick, Maryland: A police officer pled guilty to a second-degree assault charge. ow.ly/vopnP

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Reason-Rupe Poll: Half of Americans Think Police Are Not Held Accountable for Misconduct http://www.policemisconduct.net/reason-rupe-poll-half-of-americans-think-police-are-not-held-accountable-for-misconduct/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/reason-rupe-poll-half-of-americans-think-police-are-not-held-accountable-for-misconduct/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:31:17 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8316 Reason-Rupe Poll: Half of Americans Think Police Are Not Held Accountable for Misconduct is a post from PoliceMisconduct.net

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Chicago Spends Hundred of Millions on Police Misconduct Cases http://www.policemisconduct.net/chicago-spends-hundred-of-millions-on-police-misconduct-cases/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/chicago-spends-hundred-of-millions-on-police-misconduct-cases/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:02:34 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8314 From the Chicago Sun Times: Over the past decade, the City of Chicago has spent more than $500 million on police-related settlements, judgments, legal fees and other costs — raising new questions about the adequacy of training and oversight in … Continue reading

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From the Chicago Sun Times:

Over the past decade, the City of Chicago has spent more than $500 million on police-related settlements, judgments, legal fees and other costs — raising new questions about the adequacy of training and oversight in the Chicago Police Department, according to a review by the Better Government Association.

In 2013 alone, the city shelled out $84.6 million — the largest annual payout in the decade analyzed by the BGA, and more than triple the $27.3 million the city had initially projected to spend last year….

In all, the BGA found more than $521.3 million has been spent to handle police misconduct-related lawsuits from 2004 to the present day. The true cost, though, is even higher, as the BGA counted settlements and judgments, legal bills and other fees — but not less tangible expenses related to, say, insurance premiums, investigators and the cost of incarcerating innocents.

In all, the BGA found 1,611 misconduct-related lawsuits had been filed against Chicago police from 2009 to 2013, a majority alleging excessive force.

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Cop Pulls Gun on Boys Building a Tree Fort http://www.policemisconduct.net/cop-pulls-gun-on-boys-building-a-tree-fort/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/cop-pulls-gun-on-boys-building-a-tree-fort/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:12:46 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8312 From WSBTV: A fifth-grader says he was terrified when a police officer pointed a gun at him and his friends while they built a tree fort. Omari Grant, 11, said he and his friends often play in a wooded area … Continue reading

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From WSBTV:

A fifth-grader says he was terrified when a police officer pointed a gun at him and his friends while they built a tree fort.

Omari Grant, 11, said he and his friends often play in a wooded area behind his home and were building a fort when a neighbor in the next subdivision called police to complain about what the boys were doing.

But no one anticipated what Omari and his mother say happened next….

Omari told Diamant that two officers, one with his gun drawn, rolled up on him and a few of his friends as they built a fort in the trees behind his home.

“I was thinking that I don’t want to be shot today, so I just listened to what they said,” Omari said.

More here.

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-02-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-02-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-02-14/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:22:37 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8311 Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 2, 2014: Galveston, Texas: Twelve people say they were brutally beaten when more than 30 police officers burst into a wedding party at an outdoor bar. Police say … Continue reading

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Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 2, 2014:

  • Galveston, Texas: Twelve people say they were brutally beaten when more than 30 police officers burst into a wedding party at an outdoor bar. Police say the accusations are exaggerated and any force used was justified. http://ow.ly/vlC3x
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A now-former police officer withdrew his guilty plea to charges relating to drugs, assault, and promoting prostitution. ow.ly/vlB8E
  • Bennington, Vermont: A man who police arrested after a car and foot chase is suing the town, police department, and an officer for at least $500,000 over an incident in which he was allegedly hit in the face with an object and denied medical attention while he bled profusely. http://ow.ly/vlOlz
  • Baltimore, Maryland: A police officer pled guilty to two counts of sexual abuse of a minor. A state’s attorney said the officer sexually abused a child after knowing her and her family for years. ow.ly/vlrxL
  • Dallas, Texas: A police officer was fired and arrested on a charge of sexual assault. He was accused of raping a woman without her “consent or awareness.” ow.ly/vlk4C
  • New York, New York: A woman spent seven years in prison on an attempted murder conviction before it was dismissed. She said never laid eyes on the man she was accused of setting up to be attacked with gunshots to his chest and stomach. Her attorneys are filing a notice of claim charging false arrest, wrongful conviction, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and other civil charges. ow.ly/vl9ib
  • Charles County, Maryland: A sheriff has denied allegations of excessive force during a traffic stop. The victim says he plans to file suit. http://ow.ly/vlHVC
  • Opelika, Alabama: A police officer shot an Air Force Airman in the stomach after the Airman and a tractor trailer had pulled over to the side of an interstate following a seemingly routine, minor traffic accident. The Airman was told he would likely have to wear a colonoscopy pack his entire life. His father says this is a case of excessive force. OPD, which has yet to file charges against the Airman, has suspended the police officer with pay as the state investigation continues. http://ow.ly/vlMjS
  • South Bend, Indiana: Local pastors and activists gathered to call for the firing of a police officer accused of excessive force. A man was seriously injured and hospitalized after being arrested. The man has yet to be formally charged by the county prosecutor’s office and his family complained about the force used. http://ow.ly/vlNrG

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The Paramilitary Trend in American Policing http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-paramilitary-trend-in-american-policing/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/the-paramilitary-trend-in-american-policing/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:53:25 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8306 The Economist magazine has two articles on the militarization of American policing.  Go here and here. And the graphic below was sent to us from Arrestrecords.com.  

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The Economist magazine has two articles on the militarization of American policing.  Go here and here.

And the graphic below was sent to us from Arrestrecords.com.

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-01-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-01-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-04-01-14/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:27:56 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8308 Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 1, 2014: Dallas, Texas: The police department reopened a criminal and internal investigation into a police officer’s shooting of an unarmed man. ow.ly/vjjOl Harford County, Maryland: A sheriff’s … Continue reading

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Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 1, 2014:

  • Dallas, Texas: The police department reopened a criminal and internal investigation into a police officer’s shooting of an unarmed man. ow.ly/vjjOl
  • Harford County, Maryland: A sheriff’s deputy pled guilty to reckless endangerment stemming from an incident when he discharged his weapon after a confrontation with a driver. ow.ly/vjeNP
  • Cascade County, Montana: A sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence. He was off-duty when he was arrested. ow.ly/vj5oj
  • Warwick, Rhode Island: A rookie police officer and two other officers were suspended. Details about the rookie drinking and texting before he was involved in an off-duty head on collision were omitted from the initial police report. ow.ly/viXM4
  • Edison, New Jersey: Three police officers, including one who is already facing charges, have been charged with planning to retaliate against a North Brunswick police officer who arrested another man for drunken driving. ow.ly/viTCk
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: A white police officer should be fired for arresting a black teacher after a community meeting that addressed police relations with Pittsburgh’s black community, a board that investigates citizen complaints of police misconduct has concluded. ow.ly/viPJD
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 01-23-13): The city has agreed to pay $100,000 to a man whose beating by police officers was capture on surveillance video. Police were called by a security guard to say he found the man sleeping on a couch in a synagogue. The charges were later dropped after the synagogue confirmed he had permission to sleep there. ow.ly/viyPb
  • Scottsdale, Arizona: A 72-year-old man’s son says in court that an officer killed his father as he backed his truck into his own driveway. The claim says the officer needlessly fired 11 shots at the man. ow.ly/viuMX
  • Norwich, Connecticut: The family of a man killed by police has sued the city and police department, saying the shooting was wrong. The suit says the man was not holding a weapon when police began shooting, firing 41 shots, 6 of which hit him. ow.ly/vian4
  • Orleans Parish, Louisiana: A sheriff’s deputy has been suspended without pay after being arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in a marked Sheriff’s Office car. ow.ly/vhYOI
  • Spokane, Washington: A police officer has been placed on administrative leave after he was arrested for DUI. ow.ly/vgp4R

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-29-14 to 03-31-14 http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-03-29-14-to-03-31-14/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-03-29-14-to-03-31-14/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:48:12 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8304 Here are the 22 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, March 29 to Monday, March 31, 2014: Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 11-02-12): A police detective pled guilty to perjury in an affidavit and misconduct in office for obstructing … Continue reading

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Here are the 22 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, March 29 to Monday, March 31, 2014:

  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 11-02-12): A police detective pled guilty to perjury in an affidavit and misconduct in office for obstructing and hindering an investigation. ow.ly/vevPs
  • Mansfield, Louisiana: A man twice-arrested for a homicide has filed suit in federal court, claiming the arresting officer fabricated evidence and lied during court proceeding. The first time the man was arrested a jury declined to indict the man, and the second time the charges were dropped. http://ow.ly/vfeYD
  • Update: Newton County, Georgia (Previously reported 12-11-13): A now-former sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to serve five years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. ow.ly/vekOa
  • Bayonne, New Jersey: The wife and daughter of a slain man, who was shot by police when a routine welfare check went awry, have filed a lawsuit against the department, claiming wrongful death and excessive force among other claims. ow.ly/vetM1
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A now-former officer got three months’ house arrest and six years’ probation. He accepted $5,000 and skipped court so a man he arrested on gun charges could skate free. ow.ly/vehZ6
  • Hidalgo County, Texas: Four people claim members of the Panama Unit illegally raided their home. They claim they were illegally detained as the armed men searched their home looking for money and contraband. ow.ly/vero5
  • Update: New Hanover, North Carolina (First reported 11-04-13): A now-former sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to 12 months of probation, two days of community service, and stripped of his law enforcement credentials after using a stun gun on a utility worker. ow.ly/veeus
  • Evanston, Illinois: A man has filed a federal court suit claiming a police officer used excessive force when the officer repeatedly hit him in the head with the officer’s gun. ow.ly/ve6Jg
  • Dallas, Texas: The city gave $1.1 million to a man for his claims that he was beaten and falsely arrested by police, and then spent 15 months in jail as a result. Dashcam video exonerated the man and showed an officer lied about the incident. That officer resigned. The police chief said that since this incident happened he has enacted stricter policies on investigations like this one. ow.ly/vdZvK
  • Ramsey County, Minnesota: A sheriff’s deputy who allegedly ran a car containing three children off the road has been charged with driving while intoxicated. ow.ly/vdPzc
  • Flint, Michigan: A man has filed a lawsuit on claims he had to spend Christmas in jail when he was stopped by police while legally openly carrying his pistol. Police argue the man’s gun was concealed when he was stopped and the officer was within his rights to detain the man. bit.ly/1feDZpR
  • St. Cloud, Florida: A police officer was arrested and charged with domestic violence. The officer was placed on administrative leave pending a criminal and internal investigation. bit.ly/1i7Wr1X
  • Update; Eunice, Iowa (First reported 02-12-14): Three police officer face a lawsuit in federal court based on a video that appears to show use of excessive force on a man. http://ow.ly/vezzf
  • Franklin County, Ohio: A sheriff’s deputy faces two counts of child pornography after authorities discovered the material on his home computer. ow.ly/vexSp
  • Portland, Oregon: A former U.S. Air Force Sergeant, who is now disabled, is suing the federal government and four federal officers for allegedly tasing him several times and striking him in the head and back as he tried to go through security at a downtown office for an appointment. http://ow.ly/veAVM
  • Tucson, Arizona: A University of Arizona student caught footage of a police officer knocking down a woman who appears to be walking by. A police spokesman said the department is aware of the video and it is being reviewed by internal affairs. http://ow.ly/veC8h
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: A man said that he almost died after a car accident because police failed to get him medical treatment in a timely matter. When he finally did get to a doctor, they realized he had a serious head injury and needed emergency surgery to stop bleeding on his brain. http://ow.ly/veDOg
  • Hamden, New Hampshire: A police officer was given a 30-day unpaid suspension along with a verbal reprimand by the police commission after he was found guilty of two charges in an ethics and integrity case. He allegedly accessed a police system to help a female acquaintance. http://ow.ly/veKSb
  • Update: New Orleans, Louisiana (Previously reported 10-10-13): A now-former homicide detective agreed to spend three years behind bars after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting three young girls. http://ow.ly/vePOC
  • Hall County, Georgia: A now-former deputy has been charged with stealing county property and violating his oath as an officer. The item he stole was valued at less than $1,500. http://ow.ly/veQcg
  • Update: Monterey, Tennessee (First reported 07-11-13): A now-former police chief will serve no prison time after entering a best interest guilty plea on charges of misconduct involving a surplus bulldozer. http://ow.ly/veRbE
  • New York, New York: An aspiring rapper brought a federal lawsuit against two police officers. He alleges that the officer barged into his apartment without a warrant to question another man, and then handcuffed him and ordered him to perform some “spits and bars” for his release. ow.ly/vf5QZ

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On Improving Trust between the Black Community and the Police http://www.policemisconduct.net/on-improving-trust-between-the-black-community-and-the-police/ http://www.policemisconduct.net/on-improving-trust-between-the-black-community-and-the-police/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:19:36 +0000 http://www.policemisconduct.net/?p=8303 From the Associated Press: Henderson had just left a meeting of the Community Empowerment Association, which seeks to address problems in poorer black neighborhoods, and that night, had discussed ways to improve communication and trust between the black community and … Continue reading

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From the Associated Press:

Henderson had just left a meeting of the Community Empowerment Association, which seeks to address problems in poorer black neighborhoods, and that night, had discussed ways to improve communication and trust between the black community and the police.

Henderson was speaking to a photographer for the New Pittsburgh Courier, a newspaper that covers the city’s black community, in the street next to Henderson’s car when Gromek’s patrol car drove by close enough that Henderson and the photographer pressed against Henderson’s car for safety.

According to his lawsuit, Henderson said, “Wow!”—referring to the speed with which the officer was driving down a narrow street.

Gromek then turned around, stopped and confronted both of them and asked Henderson, “Do you have a problem?” eventually arresting the teacher when he and the photographer started using a cellphone to record the encounter as onlookers gathered.

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