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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-11-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, January 11, 2016:

  • Taos, New Mexico: A sergeant was acquitted of criminal battery and is appealing her recommended termination. ow.ly/WSajA
  • Buncombe County, North Carolina (2): A deputy was fired after an excessive force complaint. The complaint was supported by body camera footage. Later in the day, a second deputy was fired for his role in the same incident. ow.ly/WSaIk ; ow.ly/WVf9D
  • Update: Jefferson County, Arkansas (First reported 07-16-14): A now-former deputy is on trial for battery for shooting Dedric Jones while he was off duty. ow.ly/WSb9q
  • San Diego County, California: A deputy was disciplined for making a German-speaking suspect watch Hitler videos. The original allegations suggested he and perhaps other deputies verbally abused the man, but that was not confirmed in the internal investigation. ow.ly/WSbiH
  • Simpsonville, Kentucky: An officer arrested for participating in a police station robbery of cash, drugs, and weapons. ow.ly/WSbFh
  • Update: National Institute of Standards & Technology (First reported 08-18-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to three years in prison for trying to synthesize methamphetamine at NIST. He was discovered when the lab exploded. ow.ly/WSc1F
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer who was arrested for DWI in January 2015 has been fired. She may appeal. ow.ly/WV14n
  • Pickens County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for first-degree domestic violence and discharging a firearm in city limits. He was fired. ow.ly/WVdvN

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-08-16

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 8, 2016:

  • Florence County, South Carolina: A deputy was fired after his arrest for stealing ammunition from Wal-Mart. ow.ly/WM64S
  • Hancock County, West Virginia: A deputy was arrested for DUI while driving a drug task force vehicle. ow.ly/WM6dD
  • New York, New York: The City settled two lawsuits concerning dragnet surveillance of Muslims.  New rules for the police are among the initiatives to be implemented, per settlement terms. ow.ly/WNRDR
  • Update: Chicago, Illinois (First reported 04-15-15): Civil lawyers claim that documents obtained via Freedom of Information Act include accusations that witnesses to the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald were threatened and coerced by CPD to lie. ow.ly/WNWhB
  • Update: Prince George’s County, Maryland (First reported 12-03-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to five years in prison for pointing a gun at the head of a black man. The officer had out-of-town guests in his patrol car and apparently picked the disagreement with the man to show-off his power to them. ow.ly/WO5B0
  • Update: Wise County, Texas (First reported 09-24-14): A now-former deputy was sentenced to 16 months in prison for stripping sex offenders naked and taking pictures of them. ow.ly/WO4Eo
  • Update: Fort Wayne, Indiana (First reported 11-18-14): A now-former detective pled guilty to stealing money from a motorcycle club of current and former police officers. ow.ly/WOfkB
  • Update: Denver, Colorado (First reported 02-27-15): An officer was acquitted of domestic violence charges in November and has since resumed policing duties. ow.ly/WO0cj
  • Update: Springfield, Louisiana (First reported 07-12-12): A now-former chief who pled guilty to a misdemeanor for ticket fixing—having been initially charged with four felonies—was re-appointed to the force by a new mayor. Both the former chief and the former mayor had been forced to step down from their positions as part of their plea agreement, but no bar was established to prevent reinstatement. The prosecutor said, “I just never thought anyone would be dumb enough to hire him back.” ow.ly/WO9MP
  • Update: Marion County, Florida (First reported 12-09-15): A deputy who was suspended last month for false reporting during a traffic stop has been fired. ow.ly/WOdD5
  • Stockton, California: An officer was suspended for allegedly issuing a ‘revenge citation’ against a man who had been critical of police on facebook. ow.ly/WOeET

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-07-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 7, 2016:

  • Washington County, Tennessee: A major was arrested on theft and forgery charges in another county. ow.ly/WKDQp
  • Update: Falmouth, Kentucky (First reported 03-30-15): The now-former chief was sentenced to probation after he pled guilty to stealing $10,000 from drug task force fund. ow.ly/WKEz8
  • Los Angeles County, California: The County is being sued by family of Noel Aguilar after footage was released that shows deputies fatally shooting him in the back during arrest. ow.ly/WKGyO
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: The district attorney recommended charging an officer with a number of charges including murder and felony assault for killing Anthony Hill. ow.ly/WL98Y
  • Quincy, Massachusetts: A lieutenant was suspended six months for ‘double-dipping’—getting paid by two entities for same work. ow.ly/WL6h3
  • Marin County, California: A deputy was fired after he was outed as leader of a bike gang that was dangerously stunting through streets. Police couldn’t pursue the gang on high speed chases for public safety reasons. ow.ly/WL6Uf
  • St. Louis County, Missouri: An officer was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend while he was off duty. ow.ly/WLxc9
  • Port Royal, South Carolina: An officer was fired for sexual harassment. He allegedly made sexual advances toward a woman in his patrol car. ow.ly/WLIjI
  • Plaquemine, Louisiana: An officer was fired after his arrest for kidnapping his estranged wife. ow.ly/WLK6f
  • Greene County, Missouri: A deputy was arrested for child pornography. ow.ly/WM5TX

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-06-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 6, 2016:

  • Canonsburg, Pennsylvania: An officer was suspended for threatening a judge. ow.ly/WHxBB
  • Baltimore, Maryland: An officer was arrested after leading state police on high-speed chase. ow.ly/WHFdj
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. This is his third arrest. ow.ly/WHWt7
  • Update: Colchester, Vermont (First reported 11-12-14): A now-former officer’s sentencing has been rescheduled—again—for May. He pled guilty to stealing drugs from the evidence room. ow.ly/WIext
  • Update: Dover, Delaware (First reported 05-06-15): The City settled with a man whose jaw was broken by an officer who kicked him in the face when he was on the ground. The officer was acquitted of criminal charges in December. ow.ly/WIhCd
  • Update: Onslow County, North Carolina (First reported 05-15-15): A now-former deputy pled guilty to child porn charges. ow.ly/WIhU4
  • Update: Massachusetts State Police (First reported 08-13-15): A trooper was found guilty of domestic assault and battery for breaking his girlfriend’s collarbone at a party. In the initial news report, the trooper blamed his twin brother for the incident. ow.ly/WItTa
  • Novato, California: An officer was charged with facilitating child pornography for exchanging lewd messages and digital files with a minor.ow.ly/WIuCR
  • Update: Texas Department of Public Safety (First reported as Waller County, TX 07-16-15): The trooper who pulled over Sandra Bland has been indicted for perjury and fired. ow.ly/WIXT2

Worst of the Month — December 2015

So for December we have selected the shooting death of Andrew Thomas in Paradise, California.  According to news reports, here’s what happened:  Thomas was seen leaving the parking lot of a bar and his vehicle didn’t have its lights on — even though it was late at night.  Officer Patrick Feaster suspected the driver might be intoxicated and so pursued Thomas to pull him over and investigate further.

No problem so far.  We want police to be alert for impaired drivers who endanger other people.

Next, Thomas did not pull over after Feaster was behind him with his police lights flashing.

Moments later, Thomas’s SUV crashed and his wife was ejected from the vehicle.  She died.

Next, things get even worse.  Officer Feaster is seen on dash-cam video walking toward the crashed SUV.  The video shows Thomas trying to climb out of the overturned SUV.  Feaster draws his sidearm and shoots Thomas in the neck and he falls back into his SUV.

After the shooting, Officer Feaster gets on his radio to report that the driver is refusing his commands to get out of the vehicle.  He does not mention that he shot the driver.  Feaster also reports that a injured woman is unresponsive, but the video shows that he is not checking on her condition or rendering aid.

Other police and responders get to the scene, but ten minutes go by before Feaster says he fired his weapon.  It is very unclear what could be the justification for shooting a man after a vehicle crash in these circumstances.  Officer Feaster says he was not threatened, but that his gun went off accidentally.

On a police body camera, Feaster is heard telling the watch commander that his gun went off, but he didn’t think the driver was hit because he wasn’t aiming his weapon in the driver’s direction.  Thomas initially survived the shot to his neck, but was paralyzed.  He died weeks later.

Despite community outrage, the local prosecutor, Mike Ramsey, declined to file any criminal charges against Officer Feaster because he said he lacked sufficient evidence to prove a crime in court.  That’s very odd.  Prosecutors would typically be relieved to know that the incident was captured on videotape.

View the video for yourself here:

 

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-01-16 to 01-05-16

Here are the eleven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 1 through Tuesday, January 5, 2016:

  • Kitsap County, Washington: A sergeant admitted to driving drunk after he was found by an officer covered in his own vomit while behind the wheel. However, no arrest was made in the case. Video footage of the incident was recently released. ow.ly/WEgcf
  • Pinellas County, Florida: The County is investigating a deputy who shot a suspect whose hands were cuffed behind his back. The suspect is recovering. ow.ly/WEqSU
  • Palm Bay, Florida: An officer was fired for inappropriate contact with a teenaged girl on house arrest. ow.ly/WEtuZ
  • Harrisville, Utah: An officer was fired for sexual misconduct. ow.ly/WEtXf
  • Montgomery County, Tennessee: A deputy was arrested for DUI on New Year’s Eve.ow.ly/WEumA
  • Update: Suffolk County, New York: The department was placed under federal investigation in the wake of the arrest of the now-former chief. ow.ly/WEx6S
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer was given a one-year suspended jail sentence for sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl he met while working at a private security. He has resigned on Monday. ow.ly/WEQhj
  • West Fargo, North Dakota: A school resource officer was arrested for DUI. ow.ly/WERAw
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: An officer was charged with battery for repeatedly slamming a man’s head into the ground during a bar fight while off duty. ow.ly/WES1f
  • North Charleston, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/WFrWL
  • Shelby, Michigan: The police chief was suspended without pay for administrative violations.  The Michigan State Police are investigating him for potential criminal conduct. ow.ly/WFvpN

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-22-15 to 12-31-15

Here are the 31 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, December 22 through Thursday, December 31, 2015 (tweeted January 4, 2016):

  • Hattiesburg, Mississippi: A now-former officer appealed his termination for having sex with a 16-year-old girl while he was on duty. ow.ly/WzJwx
  • Cambridge City, Ohio: A school resource officer pled guilty to charges related to sexual misconduct with a minor. ow.ly/WzKMv
  • Spokane, Washington: An officer was charged with criminal assistance and obstruction of justice for tipping-off colleague about a pending investigation into rape allegations from a female officer.  ow.ly/WzLeC
  • St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was fired and arrested for striking an inmate at the jail. ow.ly/WzLTD
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 06-11-15): Michael Brelo, the officer who was acquitted in the 2012 shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malinda Williams, pled no contest for assaulting his brother four days after his voluntary manslaughter trial concluded. ow.ly/WzMuV
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 11-24-14): Two officers will not face charges for killing 12-year-old Tamir Rice.ow.ly/WzN0a
  • New York, New York: An officer was charged with misconduct and lying on a criminal complaint for arresting a man who was recording his actions on video. Surveillance footage contradicted the officer’s account. ow.ly/WzNsS
  • Madison, Connecticut: A now-former officer was charged with workers’ compensation fraud and perjury for filing a false claim. ow.ly/WzNVk
  • Update: Portland, Oregon (First reported 02-03-10): An officer who had been indefinitely suspended for shooting an unarmed man in 2010 was reinstated by appellate court order. ow.ly/WBB7P
  • Baltimore County, Maryland: An officer was placed on leave after a video was released that showed him punch a 19-year-old man in the face during his arrest. ow.ly/WzOdc
  • Update: Waller County, Texas (First reported 07-16-15): Jailers will not face charges for their actions leading up to the in-custody death of Sandra Bland. ow.ly/WzOsY
  • Bartow, Florida: An officer was arrested for molesting a 15-year-old girl. ow.ly/WzP30
  • Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with false reporting for September assault that authorities say never happened.ow.ly/WzVHN
  • Teller County, Colorado: A deputy was arrested and fired for sexual misconduct. ow.ly/WzWKA
  • Alleghany County, Virginia: A deputy was fired after his arrest for drug distribution. ow.ly/WzXdJ
  • Hernando County, Florida: A deputy resigned amid excessive force claims. A video showing his actions toward a man in handcuffs was released. ow.ly/WzXCs
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: An officer was arrested for sexual assault. ow.ly/WzYL1
  • Selma, California: An officer was placed on leave during a DUI investigation following a crash. ow.ly/WzZnv
  • Delavan, Wisconsin: An officer was charged with strangulation, battery, and disorderly conduct for an off-duty incident. ow.ly/WzZAp
  • Honesdale, Pennsylvania: An officer who had been suspended for giving a DUI suspect a “rough ride”—handcuffing a suspect, putting him in the back of a police vehicle, then speeding and stopping abruptly so that the suspect is unable to brace himself—was fired for accumulated policy violations. ow.ly/WBmoK
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for DUI and marijuana possession after a car crash. He allegedly fled the scene. ow.ly/WBq4z
  • San Juan, Texas: An officer was suspended for using excessive force against a handcuffed suspect. ow.ly/WBsnZ
  • Houston, Texas: An officer was arrested for DWI after rear-ending another car at a stoplight while off duty. ow.ly/WBt7Y
  • Windsor, Connecticut: An officer was arrested for posting nude photos of his wife on Craigslist. ow.ly/WBvTq
  • Independence, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for targeting and robbing Hispanic motorists who did not speak English. ow.ly/WBx0C
  • Sardis City, Alabama: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/WBxOJ
  • Stamford, Connecticut: An officer was fired and charged with felony larceny for abusing the department’s military leave policy. He was discovered when the military called the department to check on his status. He eventually admitted he went on vacation in Hawaii. ow.ly/WByQ1
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 04-07-15): The City settled a lawsuit that alleged excessive force by a now-former officer for $90,000. ow.ly/WBCI8
  • Yuba County, California: A deputy and drug task force member was arrested in Pennsylvania for drug trafficking. He allegedly transported 200 lbs. of marijuana.  ow.ly/WBDb3
  • Middletown, Pennsylvania: An officer was suspended after his arrest for public drunkenness. ow.ly/WBEzP
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida: A deputy was sentenced to one year of probation and 50 hours of community service for scalding inmate with hot water. ow.ly/WBFHH

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-21-15

Here are the eleven reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, December 21, 2015:

  • Calhoun County, Michigan: A deputy was arrested for DUI after being found unconscious behind the wheel while off duty. ow.ly/WaVXu
  • Spartanburg County, South Carolina: A deputy was charged with misconduct for providing law enforcement information to known criminals. ow.ly/WaXje
  • Colbert County, Alabama: A deputy who was also an SRO was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/WaXNL
  • Tennessee State University: An officer was charged with assault for actions against a female security guard. ow.ly/Wb3ml
  • Update: Orange County, California: A deputy was sentenced to 60 days community service after he pled guilty to illegally obtaining prescriptions. ow.ly/Wb4Nx
  • Fairview Township, Pennsylvania: An officer was arrested by the FBI for stealing thousands of dollars from drug dealers. ow.ly/Wb8mW
  • Madison, Wisconsin: An officer was arrested for theft ow.ly/Wb8D9
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: An officer was arrested for assaulting a man while working in a security detail. ow.ly/Wb93d
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A now-former officer was found guilty of rape, sexual battery, and incest against a child over a period of years. ow.ly/Wbaoz
  • Bakersfield, California: An officer was arrested for DUI. ow.ly/WbdVo
  • St. Louis, Missouri: An officer resigned after his arrest. He allegedly ran into parked car with his police cruiser and fled the scene. ow.ly/WbeNt

Happy Holidays from NPMRP!

I’d like to personally thank all of our readers for making this another great year. NPMRP is an important public information project and the more people know about what is going on in their police departments the more impetus for change there will be.

Our staff is wrapping up for the holidays to spend time with our families so our newsfeed will be dark for the remainder of 2015. That said, we’ll be back up and running again on January 4, 2016 with all of the reports over our break to start the new year.

Keep submitting tips and stories here on the website and we will get to them when we return. We wish you and yours safe and happy holidays. We’ll see you in 2016!

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-18-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, December 18, 2015:

  • Baltimore, Maryland: An officer was banned from circuit courts for video recording witness while in the courthouse. ow.ly/W4IeP
  • Seattle, Washington: An officer was suspended one day for punching a homeless man. ow.ly/W4Iwi
  • Chesterfield County, South Carolina: A now-former deputy was charged with misconduct. He allegedly paid for sex acts while he was on duty. ow.ly/W4MA3
  • Wrens, Georgia: An officer was arrested for having obscene contact with a child. ow.ly/W4NZ5
  • Carrabelle, Florida: An officer was arrested for sexual battery of a minor and child pornography. ow.ly/W4Oa3
  • Bourne, Massachusetts: An officer was arrested after a bar fight. ow.ly/W4OiS
  • Bear Creek, Alabama: An officer was arrested for sexual abuse. ow.ly/W4Or3
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: An officer pled guilty to driving violations after accident. He was one of three officers who had been suspended for covering up the incident. ow.ly/W4P2Z

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