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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-11-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, June 11, 2015:

  • Update: Brandenburg, Kentucky (First reported 11-01-13): A now-former officer’s trial for child rape has been postponed until April 2016. A state trooper was charged for abusing the same then-15-year-old girl.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: The officer acquitted in the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams has been charged with assault.
  • Williams County, North Dakota: A deputy was arrested for child pornography and fired.
  • Mt. Vernon, Missouri: The chief was cited for discharging his firearm on conservation land. The shot spooked a horse that bucked and briefly dragged a child.
  • University of Florida: A police officer was arrested for child abuse.
  • Topeka, Kansas: A now-former officer is being investigated for assault on a couple and perjury.
  • Grayville, Illinois: An officer will not be charged for shooting into a car, hitting a suspect in the face. The suspect was treated for his injuries and was charged with driving on suspended license.
  • Calcasieu Parish, LA: A deputy was arrested for indecency with a minor. He was fired.
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 11-22-14): In response to a petition filed by activists under Ohio law, a municipal judge found probable cause to charge the officer who shot Tamir Rice with murder and other charges. The results of the finding were then delivered to the prosecutor’s office. The prosecutor also recently received the results of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s investigation of the case and will present evidence to a grand jury.
  • Update: Toledo, Ohio (First reported 05-12-15): An officer pled no contest to OVI for accident that injured fellow officer. He was given probation and fined.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-10-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 10, 2015:

  • Update: McKinney, Texas (First reported 06-08-15): The officer who pulled a gun at a pool party has resigned. The chief called his actions “indefensible.”
  • Update: Schaumburg, Illinois (First reported 01-18-13): The City settled its tenth lawsuit alleging police abuse by a small crew of current and former officers.
  • Chicago & Glenview, Illinois: Three Chicago narcotics officers and one Glenview officer have been charged with felony perjury. One officer testified that he pulled over a suspect for failing to signal and then smelled marijuana when he approached the vehicle which led to a search. The officers recovered almost a pound of the drug. The three other officers testified to the first officer’s version of events. Video of the arrest shown in court did not match up with their story. They had performed an illegal search and then lied about it under oath. Charges against the suspect were immediately dropped after the search was suppressed.
  • Linden, New Jersey: An officer, who is also son of the police chief, pled guilty to hit-and-run. He was given a six-month suspension of his driver’s license and fined.  His employment status is under internal review.
  • Corinth, Mississippi: An officer resigned after his arrest for domestic violence.
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia: An officer was indicted for illegally obtaining prescription pills. He obtained the pills from a medical facility after being denied the drug in the emergency room.
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A now-former officer was indicted for first-degree murder of her wife. She was also indicted for attempted murder for shooting at her wife’s 12-year-old son.
  • Lincoln County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence.
  • Owyhee County, Idaho: A deputy was charged with DUI on duty. He resigned.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-09-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, June 9, 2015:

  • New York, New York: The City is being sued by a man who recorded officers joke about falsifying their write-up about why they pulled him over. According to the news report, one officer said, “I don’t even know why we pulled him over!” as he was rummaging through the car. A second responded, “Just the (unintelligible) cocaine test.” The first officer then replied, “That’s what you put! [laughs] That’s how you write the summons!” The plaintiff claims he was arrested for driving with a license, despite providing paperwork that showed his license was valid. The search of the car yielded no contraband.
  • Orlando, Florida: Two officers were shown on video repeatedly kicking and tasing unarmed man sitting on sidewalk.
  • Tucson, Arizona: Several officers have been placed on paid leave because they have been implicated in a long-running prostitution investigation.
  • Lowell, Massachusetts: A captain is the subject of internal and criminal investigations involving misconduct against a woman.
  • Los Angeles County, California: A now-former deputy pled guilty to lying to the FBI. He will testify that three co-workers abused a handcuffed jail visitor who was alleged to have been smuggling in contraband to inmates.
  • Update: Hickory, North Carolina (First reported 03-19-14): A now-former officer faces new assault indictments in the beating of a woman in custody.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was suspended after a domestic violence arrest.
  • San Francisco, California: An officer was arrested for domestic violence.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-06-15 to 06-08-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, June 6 through Monday, June 8, 2015:

  • McKinney, Texas: An officer was placed on leave after throwing a 14-year-old black girl on the ground and pulling his gun on other black teens attending a pool party.
  • Lee County, North Carolina: The sheriff’s department settled an excessive force claim from 2010.
  • Update: Laceyville, Pennsylvania (First reported 04-17-15): The now-former chief was given a sentence to range between three days and six months in jail for DUI. He received credit for time served in alcohol rehabilitation and will not have to finish his sentence in jail provided he fulfills his obligations on probation.
  • Update: North Charleston, South Carolina (First reported 04-08-15): A now-former officer was formally indicted for the murder of Walter Scott.
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer was found guilty of assault for hitting handcuffed woman in the throat with an open hand and kicking her groin. The woman lost consciousness in custody and later died.
  • Bethel, Alaska: The City paid a plaintiff $175,000 for a violent arrest by a now-former officer. $80,000 of the sum was to pay for medical bills.
  • Atlanta, Georgia: An officer was arrested for helping murder suspect elude capture. The officer and the suspect were alleged to have been friends.
  • Update: Ann Arbor, Michigan (First reported 01-23-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to 11 months for offering leniency to women in exchange for sex.
  • New York, New York: The City settled with a teen who claimed she was arrested for resisting an officer’s sexual advances. The payout was for $45,000.
  • Alabama State Police: A trooper resigned after he was accused and demoted for driving drunk and putting his gun to his estranged wife’s head.

The Pool Party in McKinney, Texas


The video has gone viral.  Most of the talk seems to be about the way in which the officer took the teenage girl to the ground to handcuff her, but it is when he brandishes his handgun (deadly force) that is most disturbing.

More here from the Washington Post:

A police officer slams an unarmed 15-year-old girl in a bikini to the ground, pulls his gun and kneels on her as teens on either side of him shout and, of course, record the encounter. Within hours, millions watch the video: Some see a defenseless black teen being manhandled by an out-of-control white cop; others see a lone, scared officer in the crowded, chaotic aftermath of a fight he doesn’t yet understand….Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a Washington think tank, called the Texas video “appalling,” adding: “The people were in bathing suits. In this case, there isn’t anything that would justify taking out a gun.”

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-05-15

Here are the nine cases of police misconduct tracked for Friday, June 5, 2015:

  • Madison, Wisconsin: An officer was exonerated in the shooting death of Tony Robinson. He is expected to return to regular duty soon.
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for trespassing at an NYU dormitory while he was off duty.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer was arrested for OUI after a traffic accident.
  • Saratoga Springs, New York: An officer was suspended for arresting a man who gave him the finger.
  • Ropesville, Texas: The chief was charged with tampering. He allegedly pawned firearms that were being held as evidence.
  • Campbell County, Wyoming: Four deputies will return to duty after being cleared in a fatal officer-involved shooting. One deputy remains on leave pending further investigation.
  • Update: Greece, New York (First reported 09-25-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to four years in prison, with ten years of supervised release, for his child pornography conviction.
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: A jury finds one officer engaged in excessive force and awarded the victim $200,000 in damages. The City’s broader liability will be determined in a later court proceeding.
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 02-17-15): An officer returned from suspension after he was arrested for child abuse.  Both the criminal case and internal investigation are ongoing.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-04-15

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 4, 2015:

  • Maui, Hawaii: An officer was arrested and charged with OUI and refusing to take sobriety tests.
  • Winona County, Minnesota: A deputy was fired after his arrest for solicitation of prostitution.
  • Update: Kankakee County, Illinois (First reported 01-30-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to two years and three months for misusing donated public funds for his private business. He was formerly the police chief of an Illinois town and former president of the organization for the Illinois chiefs of police.
  • Update: Secaucus, New Jersey (First reported 11-19-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to one year of probation for fraudulently purchasing steroid gel with the intent to resell it.
  • Greenville County, South Carolina: A deputy was fired after he was arrested by his colleagues for DUI.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (Los Angeles): A now-former agent was indicted for stealing $100,000 of drug proceeds and obstruction of justice.
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: Eleven officers were placed on administrative leave after two incidents during which officers shot at moving vehicles.
  • Portland, Tennessee: An officer was charged with leaving the scene of an accident. He allegedly hit a mailbox with his cruiser. The police department repaired the damaged mailbox. The officer resigned.
  • Update: Jefferson County, Idaho (First reported 02-02-14): The sheriff was found guilty misusing public funds. Sentencing is scheduled for June 22.
  • East Chicago, Indiana: An officer was suspended for inappropriately pointing his gun at people while off duty. The news report revealed he has a history of similar encounters.

Worst of the Month — May 2015

So the worst case for May was the death of Matthew Ajibade.  Ajibade’s girlfriend called the police because he was having a bipolar episode.  Georgia deputies arrested Ajibade but then took him to the jail instead of a hospital.  At the jail, he was placed in a restraint chair.  Deputies reportedly fired stun guns at him while he was restrained in the chair and then left him unattended in an isolation cell.  Ajibade, 22, died and the coroner now says it was homicide.  Nine deputies were fired over the incident and a criminal investigation is on-going.


Note: We were so busy in early May following the criminal charges leveled at the 6 Baltimore police officers that we neglected to do a “Worst of the Month” for April.   It was the death of Freddie Gray.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-03-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 3, 2015:

  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for stealing a credit card from deceased man and buying herself a diamond ring with it.
  • Update: Simpsonville, South Carolina (First reported 02-24-14): A now-former chief and now-former detective had the misconduct charges against them dropped.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The City will settle two lawsuits alleging police brutality for $100,000 (combined). Those settlements put the citywide payout for misconduct over $5,000,000 since 2010.
  • Update: Darien, Georgia (First reported 10-21-14): A now-former officer was indicted for stealing $1,500 worth of drugs from the evidence room.
  • Update: Seabrook, New Hampshire (First reported 04-11-14): A now-former officer’s assault case ends in a mistrial. Video showed the officer slamming the victim into a wall. Three other officers were fired or disciplined for the event. According to the report, the foreman said one juror believed marijuana gave a user super-human strength and therefore he refused to convict the officer because the victim had drugs in his possession.
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was arrested for DWI.
  • Update: Washington County, Arkansas (First reported 05-07-15): A deputy resigned after being targeted in a fraud investigation. After he was charged, he pled not guilty to insurance fraud and assault of his ex-wife.
  • Update: Minneapolis, Minnesota (First reported 02-08-13): A now-former officer who lured young girls for sex was re-sentenced to 102 months in prison. The appellate court ruled that his previous sentence of 30 months was not within the permissible scope of downward departure, the mechanism by which a judge may reduce a sentence below normal range for a given crime.
  • Update: Fresno, California (First reported 07-23-12): A now-former officer pled no contest to a rape charge.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-02-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, June 2, 2015:

  • Kissimmee, Florida: An officer was arrested for assaulting a child at a middle school.
  • Shelby County, Tennessee: A deputy was arrested for DUI on his motorcycle.
  • Carrollton, Kentucky: The police department, under orders from the chief, allegedly bought a one-way bus ticket to Florida for a mentally ill man in their custody. He was to be evaluated under court order, but the department allegedly sent the confused and possibly suicidal man out of the state on a bus full of strangers. He has been returned to Kentucky and is receiving psychiatric care. The department is under investigation.
  • Fredericksburg, Virginia: An officer resigned after a video showed him Taser and pepper spray stroke victim. The department said he violated policy in his use of force.
  • Youngstown, Ohio: An officer had his discipline reduced by an arbitrator. The punishment was dropped from 15 days to four hours. He altered charging documents to protect an officer’s brother during an arrest, but he claimed—and the arbitrator agreed—that he did so under orders.
  • Jeanerette, Louisiana: The police chief was arrested and suspended for malfeasance in office and three counts of compounding a felony. It was related to an investigation of a gentlemen’s club that was raided for prostitution.
  • Scott County, Texas: A deputy was charged with shooting a BB gun at kids playing volleyball at a church.
  • Jackson County, Kentucky: The sheriff’s department settled with a judge-executive who was falsely arrested by the former sheriff. The payment was for $62,500.
  • Update: Bullhead City, Arizona (First reported 10-29-14): A now-former officer will stand trial in December on sexual assault charges.

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