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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-02-13 to 02-04-13

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, February 2 to Monday, February 4, 2013:

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A police officer has been charged; he fired 13 bullets in the direction of a building. After the police were called to the scene, he made a false 911 call to distract them.
  • Independence, Iowa: A police officer who had an expired driver’s license when his cruiser hit a woman’s car is being sued. A councilman says that they city will defend the officer, but that the officer clearly screwed up and got caught in this situation.
  • Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: A police officer was arrested on drug and child endangerment charges. She called the police to her house after a dispute with her son, and they found her drug paraphernalia and it smelled of marijuana.
  • Northbrook, Illinois: A 12-year veteran has been charged with felony counts of residential burglary and official misconduct. He was caught on video stealing jewelry from a home he had been sent to check on.
  • Lake County, Illinois: A deputy who tracked predators is being investigated. He allegedly had sexual contact with a teenage boy. He has been placed on paid administrative leave.
  • Orient, Ohio: An officer has been accused of sexual assault on a female staff member at a prison. He has been placed on indefinite leave.
  • Update: Miami, Florida: Another officer has been charged. He recently resigned while under investigation and pleaded guilty to extortion charges. The charges are related to a FBI corruption probe involving a police-protection racket for a sports-betting ring operating out of a barbershop.
  • East St. Louis, Illinois: An officer who lied to federal agents about demanding sex from a traffic violator was vilified in federal court as a prime example of poor law enforcement that fosters rampant crime in his community. He was ordered to 30 months in prison, which is 2 ½ times the maximum recommendation under sentencing guidelines. He pleaded guilty to lying about the encounter.
  • Hanford, California: An officer entered a no-contest plea to carrying narcotics with intent to sell. He has resigned from the department. Two witnesses testified that the officer supplied them with prescription drugs, drug paraphernalia, and meth.
  • Macon, Georgia: A police officer pleaded guilty to violating his oath of officer and was sentenced to five years probation. He was on duty when he drove a 20-year-old to an inn, where he had sex with her.

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