National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-14-12

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, September 14, 2012:

  • Highland Heights, Kentucky: The former police chief pleaded guilty to two felony counts in federal court. He admitted to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft by using police credit cards: “I abused credit cards entrusted to me… and I am extremely remorseful for that.” He faces a maximum of 22 years with a $225,000 fine for each count. bit.ly/RQoSYP
  • Update: Providence, Rhode Island: The police chief accused of stealing $714 from a stripper’s pocketbook was sentenced to serve six months in prison. bit.ly/RS04dg
  • Miami, Florida: A police officer was fired after an internal affairs investigation recommended his termination for habitually speeding in his patrol car. sunsent.nl/RRGJcc
  • Jermyn, Pennsylvania: A police officer was dismissed for “legal violations for obtaining and presenting a first aid card.” All officers are required to have a first aid card.  bit.ly/Q9hi6W
  • Moulton, Alabama: An officer was charged with torture and willful abuse of a child. He allegedly whipped an 8-year-old girl so severely that she had to be taken to the hospital. “Theses are very serious allegations, and this is very disheartening for the department,” said the police chief. “When you go into law enforcement you are charged to uphold the law. Not only are these allegations disheartening to me and our department, but law enforcement in general.” bit.ly/UT9PMB
  • Aransas Pass, Texas: Two officers have been fired following claims of misconduct and mistakes involving criminal investigations. They were fired following claims of missing evidence and shoddy criminal investigations. bit.ly/SitnpR
  • Seattle, Washington: A police lieutenant was charged with violating a court order to stay away from his wife, adding a new allegation in the case against him. He was initially arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife.  bit.ly/PefDOG
  • Update: Prince George County, Maryland: An officer was given five years in prison and a $2.7 million fine for extortion in a cigarettes scheme. bit.ly/SkX8GD
  • Twin Rivers, California: A lawsuit alleges the abuse of five young men by police officers. It states that they were arrested for no apparent reason and three of them were brutally choked by an officer. The suit, which seeks monetary damages, alleges constitutional violations, including unreasonable seizure, excessive force, and derelict supervision and training. sacb.ee/Qfdyns
  • Portland, Oregon: Federal civil rights investigators have found “reasonable cause” to believe that police use “unnecessary or unreasonable force” with persons who have mental illness, reports the U.S. Justice Department. In the 42-page letter, there is an outline for remedies including training and new policies to investigate police misconduct. “We found instances that support a pattern of dangerous used of force against persons who posed little or no threat and who could not, as a result of their mental illness, comply with officer’s commands,” says the report.  bit.ly/PAk5c4

Creative Commons License
This work by Cato Institute is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.