National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-08-14

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 08, 2014:

  • Update: Bellevue, Washington (First reported 12-06-13): A police officer on suspension following an alleged drunk driving incident pleaded not guilty to a DUI charge
  • Hernando County, Florida: A man, acquitted of felony battery charges against a law enforcement officer, is now seeking $10 million in damages from sheriff’s deputies. He filed a lawsuit, claiming constitutional rights were violated by four current and former deputies who used excessive force, as well as unlawful search, false arrest and covering up the use of excessive force, when investigating a noise complaint.
  • Update: McHenry, Illinois (First reported 08-15-13): A former sheriff’s deputy who investigated child pornography has pleaded guilty to federal charges involving sex with a minor.
  • Rockdale County, Georgia: A deputy with the County Sheriff’s Office resigned after being arrested for driving drunk and injuring three passengers.
  • Jackson, Mississippi: A former narcotics officer has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for his role in a scheme to help a man get a reduced sentence in a drug case in exchange for $45,000.
  • Seabrook, New Hampshire: Video showing a police officer throwing a teenager against a wall at the police department following an arrest lead to three police officers being placed on leave. They are on paid administrative leave while the investigation takes place.
  • Fort Worth, Texas: A police officer who was arrested for allegedly having sex with prostitutes has been fired. He is awaiting trial.
  • Kyle City, Texas: A police chief is being sued in federal court for allegedly harassing the husband of a woman with whom he purportedly fathered a son.
  • Update: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (First reported 10-09-13): A since-fired police officer will spend one to two years on work release from a halfway house, followed by six months’ house arrest, for an off-duty motorcycle crash that killed his fiancée’s friend.
  • Portland, Oregon: A police officer was arrested and accused of vandalizing a neighbor’s vehicle. He was off-duty at the time of the incident.
  • Lewis County, Washington: A sheriff’s office deputy was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and has been placed on administrative leave.
  • Omaha, Nebraska: Members of a Omaha family filed a lawsuit in federal court with the help of the ACLU. The lawsuit alleges that excessive force and a warrantless search and seizure were used in response to a parking incident.

Worst of the Month — December 2013

The worst misconduct incident for December was the case of Eric Crinnian, a Kansas City man who was threatened by police for refusing them warrantless entry into his home.  When Crinnian, a lawyer, refused to let officers search his home in the middle of the night without a warrant, he says an officer told him, “If we have to get a warrant, we’re going to come back when you’re not expecting it, we’re going to park in front of your house, where all your neighbors can see, we’re gonna bust in your door with a battering ram, we’re gonna shoot and kill your dogs, who are my family, and then we’re going to ransack your house looking for these people.”

That kind of conduct shows a clear contempt for the Constitution, which is supposed to be the law of the land.

Florida Police Now Ready For Minefields

From the New York Daily News:

“If you see my SWAT team roll up in this thing … it’s over, so just give up,” said Chief R. Sean Baldwin in a release….

The police department was able to purchase the armored vehicle through the 1997 National Defense Authorization Act, which passes excess military supplies to U.S. law enforcement.

More than $4.2 billion worth of property has been transferred to law enforcement since the program’s inception.

One wonders if these guys shout ‘Yippee Ki-Ya!” as they drive down neighborhood streets.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-07-08

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, January 7, 2013:

  • Richmond County, Georgia: A deputy who was named Deputy of the Year one week prior was fired. Information surfaced that he engaged in activities that might be considered a violation of his oath of office.
  • King County, Washington: An on-duty deputy was arrested after he appeared to be passed out at the wheel of his parked patrol car. A drug expert from a police department was called to investigate and believed the deputy was under the influence of a drug, possibly a narcotic.
  • Uniontown, Pennsylvania: A state trooper has been placed on unpaid leave and charged with pepper-spraying his girlfriend’s 13-year-old son because the boy stayed in bed instead of going to school.
  • Update: Long Beach, California (First reported 12-09-13): A now-former police officer and a relative who is a reputed gang member will be arraigned on conspiracy after the officer allegedly provided information to the relative to help the BIG gang.
  • Des Moines, Iowa: A police officer was arrested after a domestic abuse incident. He is on paid administrative leave with the police department pending the outcome of the department’s internal investigation.
  • Update: Dallas, Texas (First reported 12-19-13): An officer was fired for shooting an unarmed carjacking suspect “without fear or justification.” The firing came after an independent witness told investigators that the 19-year-old had his hands up and showed no signs of having a weapon when he was shot.
  • Sanford, Florida: An officer pled no contest to accepting a bribe, was placed on five years of probation and stripped of his right to be a law enforcement officer. He pulled over a driver and, when he discovered the man did not have a valid license, offered to let him go if he paid $400. The man did and drove away.
  • Goldanna, Louisiana: The police chief has been arrested on charges that include malfeasance in office as part of an investigation that involves one of his relatives.
  • Southport, North Carolina: A detective is on paid administrative leave after an officer involved shooting that happened at a home. A father said his family called the police to help with his schizophrenic son who had a small screwdriver in his hand. The father said officers had his son down on the ground after the teen was tased a few times and an officer said, “We don’t have time for this.” That’s when the father says the officer shot in between the officers holding the teen down, killing his son.
  • Update: Bethel Township, Delaware (First reported 03-07-13): A now-former police officer and treasurer of a youth baseball league has pled no contest to stealing more than $12,000 from the league. His sentence includes 90 days of electronic home monitoring, three years of probation, and 80 hours of community service. He has already started making restitution.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: An off-duty police officer punched a man in the head, and kicked him in the face. The man was awarded $125,000 by a federal jury in the lawsuit he filed.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-04-14 to 01-06-14

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, January 4, to Monday, January 6, 2014:

  • Memphis, Tennessee: A police officer has been arrested after authorities found child pornography on his cellphone. “It really sickens me to find that someone who has been sworn to protect the citizens and uphold the law would prey on our innocent children,” said the police department director.
  • Dothan, Alabama: A police officer who was charged with having sexual relations with a student says he is going to fight the charge.
  • Mount Kisco, New York: Authorities say a suburban police officer has been accused of punching his pregnant ex-girlfriend in front of their 2-year-old daughter.
  • Troy, Ohio: A now-former police officer pleaded guilty to a charge of felony theft in office for using a DARE program credit card for personal use.
  • Bethany Beach, Delaware: A trial board of Delaware law enforcement officers determined an officer had used unnecessary and excessive force on a suspect and that he falsified two police reports. The officer will appeal the decision.
  • Greenville, North Carolina: A police officer has been fired after his arrest on a stalking charge. His firing came after an internal investigation of the allegations against him.
  • Enfield, Connecticut: A police officer has been arrested and charged with operating a car while under the influence with his children in the car.
  • Fayetteville, Arkansas: A police officer was arrested in connection with rape, second-degree sexual assault, burglary and disclosure to an unauthorized person.
  • San Mateo County, California: A now-former sheriff’s deputy charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend’s former boyfriend pleaded not guilty to additional charges of violating a restraining order and intimidating a witness.
  • Chicago, Illinois: A veteran police officer has been accused of shoving an elderly gas station customer, leaving the 89-year-old with a broken hip.
  • Denver, Colorado: A police officer under investigation for allegations that he used cocaine has resigned from the force. Sources said it involved allegations that he used illegal narcotics and was required to take a drug test before he was suspended.
  • Spokane, Washington: Four people, who claim they were falsely accused in a sex trafficking case, filed a lawsuit against the count and members of the sheriff’s office. All of them were released from jail within a week and never charged. “The accusations were totally baseless. The police should have know that long before going to their house if they had don’t their job properly,” said the attorney representing them.
  • Hernando, Florida: Sheriff’s investigators arrested and charged two officers in separate incidents. They were accused of stealing tax dollars and donations to a fallen deputy memorial fund.


National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-03-14

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 03, 2014:

  • Marshall, Texas: The family of a man who died in police custody has filed a lawsuit against the city, its former police chief, and several police officers. The family is suing for wrongful death damages and survival damages.
  • Maui, Hawaii: A former police officer who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman has agreed to pay her $20,000 to settle a civil lawsuit. According to the plea agreement in the criminal case, he picked the woman up in his police car after she was released from a police cell and sexually assaulted her. He was sentenced to a year and a half in prison for extorting sex from her and stealing $1,500 from a driver during a traffic stop.
  • Sandown, New Hampshire: A now-former police sergeant is accused of falsifying police records on hundreds of occasions to “pad his statistics.” Those accusations allegedly prompted the 14-year police veteran to resign.
  • Hazelwood, Missouri: A wrongful death suit has been filed by the family of a man who died after a struggle with police. The man was pulled over by police on suspicion of drunken driving. Police said the man, who they suspected also to be under the influence of drugs, resisted arrested and caused a struggle.
  • Lake County, Illinois: A couple is suing local law enforcement agencies, saying officers ransacked their apartment and car looking for drugs but instead stole thousands of dollars’ worth of items. The lawsuit charges they were unlawfully detained and had been robbed by the officers while they were being interrogated.
  • Parma, Ohio: A man has filed a federal lawsuit against 15 Parma and North Royalton police officers, claiming he suffered a fractured skull as a result of excessive force following an early-morning pursuit across those cities.
  • Orlando, Florida: A man who claims he was brutally beaten by a police officer has filed a federal excessive force lawsuit against the city.
  • West Valley City, Utah: The police department disciplined an officer for mishandling money in a drug investigation, according to the Chief. He was suspended for 40 hours without pay.
  • Update: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (First reported 08-04-13): A Police Department memo sent to the city council recommending the termination of an officer details four alleged off-duty, alcohol-related incidents and two other disciplinary incidents over the officer’s 10-year career.
  • Elmwood Park, Illinois: A police sergeant is being investigated on claims he forged a $20,000 check belonging to an elderly man.
  • Anchorage, Alaska: A lawsuit filed against the city accuses a police officer of falsely arresting a woman for drunken driving after she wouldn’t give him her phone number.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-21-13 to 1-2-14

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, December 21, 2013 to Thursday, January 2, 2014:

  • Hornell, New York: A police officer stole $15,000 from her department’s evidence room. The money had been taken into evidence from the arrest of a man on attempted murder charges.
  • Cairo, Illinois: The police chief is accused of making false statements to federal officials and of disaster relief fraud offenses. The accusations say he repeatedly submitted false statements to FEMA that claimed he had to relocate while repairs were made to his residence in the city.
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (06-19-13): A now-former police officer who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl at a suburban motel has been sentenced to six to 20 years in state prison.
  • Frederick, Maryland: A detective was suspended after he was charged with the felony offense of entering without breaking.
  • Update: Phoenix, Arizona (First reported 09-25-13): A now-former police officer has been sentenced to a total of seven years in prison on assault and manslaughter charges after the fatal shooting of man during a domestic violence call.
  • Kobuk, Alaska: officer charged w sexual abuse of minor; asked 12-yr-old girl for sex via texts at least 20x while on duty
  • Alpine, New Jersey: State Troopers say a 21-year-old village police officer has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor after asking a 12-year-old girl to have sex via text messages at least 20 times while on duty.
  • Country Club Hills, Illinois: A now-former police officer was sentenced to one year in prison after being convicted of corruption for telling a female motorist she could either have sex with him or face a drunk-driving arrest.
  • Washington, DC: A police officer has been indicted on charges that he attacked, beat and tried to kill his wife. He has been charged with first and second degree attempted murder and several other charges after incident, during which he allegedly beat the victim with metal light fixtures and held her at knifepoint.
  • Athens-Clarke County, Georgia: A police officer was arrested following a dispute with her daughter at their home in which she allegedly assaulted the girl with a broom.
  • Clay Township, Michigan: A police officer was charged with 27 counts of unlawfully giving out pistol training certificates.
  • Greenwood, Indiana: An off-duty police officer was arrested early New Year’s Day after getting out of control during a party. Witnesses told police that the officer had been drinking at a party before he flew into a rage and became combative.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-20-13

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, December 20, 2013:

  • Frankfort, Illinois: A police officer has been charged with intimidation and phone harassment related to his alleged beating of a former girlfriend. He denied attacking the woman. The officer has been on administrative leave since his arrest.
  • Update: Des Moines, Iowa (First reported 05-07-13): A police officer who was fired after kicking a suspect in the head has been indicted by a federal grand jury. He was charged of deprivation of rights under color of law, a civil rights violation.
  • Trenton, New Jersey: Prosecutors with the state Attorney General’s Office are considering criminal charges against several State Police troopers in connection with how they handled another trooper after he drunkenly crashed his patrol car.
  • Update: Scranton, Pennsylvania (Previously reported 11-13-13): Supervisors accepted the resignation of the Police Chief. He was suspended with pay when township officials learned he was under investigation. The chief was charged with intimidation of a witness and other offenses for allegedly having sex with a witness in a case he was investigating.
  • Tampa, Florida: A police officer was arrested and charged with having sex with a 17-year-old female. He was charged with eight counts of felony sexual activity with a minor.
  • Update: Modesto, California (First reported 06-04-12): A judge has dismissed a woman’s lawsuit against a now-former police officer, who she alleged sexually assaulted her in a motel room.
  • Jackson, Mississippi: A now former police officer pled guilty to trying to bribe another officer with $10,000 to drop drug charges against one of his friends.
  • Atlantic City, New Jersey: A jury awarded a man $500,000 after finding a police officer used excessive force in an arrest and that they city did not properly train him.

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