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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-08-16

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, June 8, 2016:

  • Calhoun County, Michigan: A deputy’s death appears to be a murder-suicide he initiated.
  • Newaygo County, Michigan: A deputy was suspended for on-duty political activity and other violations of law and policy.
  • Harris County, Texas: A deputy had sex with a witness involved in the murder investigation of a fellow deputy. As a result of his ethical indiscretion, eight other homicide investigations he led are now being reviewed.
  • North East Independent School District (San Antonio, Texas): An officer was arrested for DWI.
  • Toledo, Ohio: A detective was suspended for being intoxicated on duty.
  • Portsmouth, Virginia: A now-former officer was charged with perjury and forgery for actions while he was on the force.
  • Iowa State Police: An investigation revealed that a trooper was not cited for a car accident in which he was at fault. The trooper was fired weeks later for unrelated misconduct.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-07-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, June 7, 2016:

  • Minnesota State Police: A trooper who previously had been commended for making a large number of DWI arrests was arrested for DWI.
  • Rockford, Illinois: An arbitrator’s ruling that a now-former officer’s firing was improper was upheld by an appellate court. The officer had been ruled medically unfit for duty after several on-duty shootings. This brings the officer closer to official reinstatement.
  • Bardstown, Kentucky: An assistant chief was fired for shredding internal affairs documents. He contends the documents were duplicates, and his actions were not improper.
  • Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana: A now-former narcotics squad chief pled guilty to stealing more than $15,000 in government funds. He is scheduled to be sentenced September
  • Update: Los Angeles, California (First reported 03-16-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to smuggling a Mexican national across the U.S.-Mexico border in his spare tire compartment.
  • Update: Kenosha, Wisconsin (First reported 03-04-15): A now-former officer who planted a bullet and ID on a murder suspect was given probation and community service. He will not serve any time incarcerated.
  • Nogales, Arizona: An officer was arrested for felony drug possession by the DEA in an off-duty incident.
  • Tukwila, Washington: An officer faces federal civil rights charges for pepper spraying a restrained patient at a hospital in 2011.
  • Ault, Colorado: An officer was charged with 2nd-degree murder for a suspected road-rage crash.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-06-16

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, June 6, 2016:

  • Rio Grande City, Texas: An officer was arrested for searching a motorist without reasonable suspicion or consent.
  • U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (Wyoming): An officer was charged with kidnapping and brandishing a weapon in the commission of a violent crime.
  • Update: Oak Ridge, Tennessee (First reported 08-21-15): A now-former officer was charged with aggravated statutory rape and official misconduct.
  • Elkhart, Indiana: A woman claims police officers shot her dog without justification and then celebrated doing so with high-fives and laughter. The dog survived the encounter.
  • North Port, Florida: An officer is under state investigation and suspended after a complaint of false arrest.
  • Update: Perth Amboy, New Jersey (First reported 02-10-15): The chief, who has been under suspension during an investigation into misconduct, was arrested for trespassing and impersonating a police officer.
  • Update: Mercer County, New Jersey (First reported 11-02-15): A deputy pled guilty to wrongful access and disclosure charges. He admitted to sharing a mugshot of a 14-year-old suspect who was shot by police with the media. The misconduct charge was dropped.
  • Update: Dixon, Missouri (First reported 04-25-16): The City Marshal entered an Alford plea for hindering prosecution. He allegedly took several inappropriate steps to get a woman out of a DUI charge. In exchange for the plea, 14 other charges were dropped.  He was given one year of probation. He resigned his position and relinquished his peace officers’ license.
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: An officer was arrested for domestic abuse against his ex-girlfriend.
  • San Bernardino County, California: A deputy is the subject of wrongful death suit for his fatal shooting of Nathaniel Pickett Jr.
  • Update: Emmett Township, Michigan (First reported 08-18-14): A now-former officer pled no contest to strangulation. Several sexual assault charges were dropped in exchange for the plea. Sentencing is scheduled for September 11, 2016.
  • Greencastle, Indiana: A detective was arrested for speeding and OWI with a BAC higher than .15. His BAC registered at .20.
  • Update: Indio, California (First reported 10-03-14): Two now-former officers were acquitted in the beating of a man while on duty. The city had previously paid $140,000 civil settlement to the man for his injuries. The video of the incident has been released.
  • Hueytown, Alabama: An officer was charged with third-degree domestic violence.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-03-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, June 3, 2016:

  • Humble, Texas: An officer was arrested for felony assault against a family member.
  • Update: Bexar County, Texas (First reported 09-04-13): A now-former deputy was found not guilty of murder for shooting a motorist in an off-duty incident while he was in uniform. The deputy claimed that he feared for his life when he saw the decedent come at him with a shiny object in his hand. The object turned out to be a cigarette lighter.
  • Henderson, Kentucky: An officer was arrested at her home after a domestic disturbance.
  • Maryland Transportation Authority: An officer was arrested for theft from the Fraternal Order of Police lodge.
  • Update: Champaign, Illinois (First reported 07-06-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to sexual assault of his ex-girlfriend. He was sentenced to six months in jail and four years of probation.
  • Clark County (Nevada) School District: An officer pled not guilty to federal charges he covered up an attack he made on a student and a school staffer.
  • Update: Miami-Dade County, Florida: A now-former deputy was the last of four deputies to be convicted in a credit card fraud scheme. The deputies would file false charges of identity or credit card theft in coordination with a credit-building scheme that would make legitimate purchases appear fraudulent. The credit card companies would then forgive the debt and thus inflate the credit of the people who filed such claims.
  • Middlesex County, New Jersey: The chief warrant officer was suspended for throwing an object at a colleague and consequently drawing blood.
  • Lawrence, Massachusetts: An officer was charged with extortion after engaging in drug transactions and then threatening a dealer who was, in fact, an FBI informant.
  • Salt River, Arizona: An officer was arrested for sexually assaulting a woman in custody under the guise of a

Worst of the Month — May 2016

So for May we have selected the case of Shane Mauger.  Over a period of about 10 years, this former police officer told lies to obtain search warrants, falsified official police reports, and stole cash and property for his own personal use.

Now, because of his corruption, officials cannot tell how many of his previous cases were based on valid police work and how many were based upon dishonest work.  Many cases are being reviewed and thrown out.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Recap 06-02-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, June 2, 2016:

  • East Cleveland, Ohio: A jury awarded a man $22,000,000 for being locked in a closet with no toilet for four days by an ECP detective.
  • Roseau County, Minnesota: A deputy was criminally charged for shooting into another cabin and falsely reporting a crime in an off-duty incident.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer faces 13 charges, 8 of which are felonies, related to domestic violence and abuse.
  • Owenton, Kentucky: An officer was arrested for rape. It is unclear whether the incident happened while the officer was on or off duty.
  • Madison, New Jersey: A now-former patrolman pled guilty to child endangerment by way of child pornography possession. He had a nude picture of a 17-year-old girl on his phone. He is likely to be ordered to undergo counseling, and he agreed never to work in law enforcement or any other public office in the State of New Jersey.
  • Update: Fostoria, Ohio (First reported 01-26-16): Two officers who were arrested for OUI in separate incidents pled no contest to lesser counts of reckless operation of a motor vehicle.
  • Greenwood, Mississippi: An officer was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.
  • Update: Bakersfield, California (First reported 11-23-15): An officer will plead guilty to bribery and drug corruption charges. According to the report, more indictments against BPD are possible, if not likely.
  • San Bernardino, California: An officer was acquitted of charges related to a fight at a winery while off duty.

In a Turnaround, Chicago Releases Videos, Audio Recordings, and Internal Reports

From the Chicago Tribune:

The Emanuel administration posted evidence online Friday morning from nearly 90 pending investigations of police shootings and other incidents, marking a watershed moment for a city that fought for decades to keep videos in excessive force cases hidden from the public….

As many as half of the cases still under investigation by the city’s police oversight agency include dashcam videos, surveillance footage and audio, including a handful deemed “sensitive” because they depict citizens being beaten or shot, city officials said.

The move marks the official rollout of a new policy to release video of shootings by police within 60 days of most incidents — an unprecedented shift toward transparency that even longtime critics of the secrecy of the Police Department have praised as an important step.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-01-16

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, June 1, 2016:

  • Farmington Hills, Michigan: An officer was charged with multiple counts of child pornography possession.
  • New York, New York: An officer was charged with misconduct for tracking a woman who was the subject of a police probe in order to date her. After making contact with the woman, he allegedly then leaked investigatory information to her.
  • Update: Independence, Missouri (First reported 09-17-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to four years in prison on federal civil rights charges. He purposely dropped a teen driver on his face while restrained.
  • Fairfax County, Virginia: An officer pled guilty to child pornography possession. As part of the plea deal, the prosecution is suggesting one year in jail.
  • Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: An officer’s firing for racist texts was upheld by labor arbiter. Prosecutors had dismissed 18 of his pending criminal cases at the time of his termination.
  • New York, New York: A commander filed for early retirement amid allegations he received benefits in the ongoing pay-for-favors scandal affecting the department.
  • Update: Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation (First reported 08-06-15): An officer was acquitted of charges for drunkenly pointing a gun at a man’s head in an off-duty incident.
  • Mullins, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for DUI and suspended.  The officer’s BAC registered at .12.
  • Update: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (First reported 10-20-15): The now-former officer who fatally shot Corey Jones has been charged with manslaughter.
  • Mount Carmel, Tennessee: The assistant chief was suspended, and another officer resigned amid an ongoing probe into “illegal or unethical conduct.”
  • Shawnee County, Kansas: A detective was suspended and charged with perjury.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-31-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, May 31, 2016:

  • Update: Commerce City, Colorado (First reported 03-21-16): A now-former officer pled guilty to staging his own shooting. He was given three years’ probation and ordered to complete 500 hours of community service.
  • Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was fired for pulling a knife on a jail inmate.
  • Denver County, Colorado: Three deputies were suspended for abusing or neglecting jail inmates in three separate and apparently unrelated incidents.
  • Update: Fort Wayne, Indiana (First reported 03-30-16): A detective was given a one-year suspended sentence for leaving a crash scene on Easter. He was intoxicated at the time of the incident. He is on unpaid leave and will have his employment status reviewed by the department.
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was suspended during an investigation into excessive force after a video of his arrest of a motorist went viral.
  • Update: St. Charles County, Missouri (First reported 04-01-16): A now-former deputy was given two suspended sentences—four years and five years, respectively—and five years’ probation for stealing from a bait car.
  • Santa Clara County, California: Two deputies were arrested for their role in the beating of a jail inmate.
  • Update: Richland County, South Carolina (First reported 11-02-14): A now-former deputy was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for tax fraud and counterfeiting schemes.
  • New York, New York: An officer who is facing assault charges was arrested for a DWI crash during which he flipped his car after hitting parked vehicles.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-27-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 27, 2016:

  • Put-in-Bay, Ohio: A now-former officer pled no contest to charges he illegally used the Ohio law enforcement database more than a dozen times. He is scheduled to be sentenced August 15.
  • Beaver County, Pennsylvania: A now-former deputy was found guilty of obstructing justice for lying about her knowledge of her then-fugitive brother.
  • San Francisco, California: An officer’s testimony about a search was undermined by subsequently uncovered video evidence. The officer was previously reprimanded for misconduct, including rights violations and using improper procedure during an arrest.
  • Update: Austin, Texas (First reported 06-03-15): An officer who was fired for a DUI arrest—an incident in which he was driving in excess of 90 mph in a 55 mph zone—has been reinstated by a labor arbitrator.
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee: A sheriff was indicted on federal fraud, extortion, and conspiracy charges.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Edinburg, Texas: A USCBP agent and  Edinburg officer were indicted with several other current and former law enforcement officers in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy.
  • Fairlawn, Ohio: An officer was arrested after leading police on a chase during an off-duty incident. He was originally clocked doing 77 mph in a 35 mph zone.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A judge denied qualified immunity to a Cleveland officer in an excessive force and false arrest lawsuit.

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