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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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-17-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, December 17, 2015:

  • Starkville, Mississippi: An officer was placed on leave for improperly detaining a man and threatening him with a rifle. ow.ly/W1CsL
  • Bullitt County, Kentucky: A deputy was charged with deprivation of rights for entering man’s home without consent or a warrant, injuring the man, and filing false charges against him. ow.ly/W1DhX
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (San Ysidro): A now-former supervisor was sentenced to 21 months in prison for secretly recording female colleagues in the bathroom. ow.ly/W1EeY
  • University of Mary Washington (Virginia): An officer was arrested for sexual assault. ow.ly/W1EOk
  • Santa Clara County, California: The County settled with the family of a man fatally shot by a deputy in 2013 for $2,000,000. ow.ly/W2ee9
  • U.S. Marshals: A now-former deputy marshal pled guilty to conspiracy for stealing 24 lbs. of marijuana from a dealer. ow.ly/W1OSH
  • Rockford, Illinois: An officer is being investigated for domestic violence.ow.ly/W2fj1
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut: An officer was suspended and demoted but not criminally charged after sexual assault allegation. ow.ly/W1PR7
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for child molestation.ow.ly/W2glL
  • Cairo, Illinois: A now-former officer was arrested for trying to illegally purchase guns from the evidence custodian. ow.ly/W1QDa

Chicago Pays Millions to Settle Police Killings

From the New York Times:

The release last month of a 2014 video showing a Chicago police officer fatally shooting another teenager, Laquan McDonald, has upended this city. The police superintendent, Garry F. McCarthy, was forced out despite a reduction in crime citywide. So was the leader of an authority charged with disciplining officers. The Justice Department has opened an investigation into possible civil rights abuses by the Police Department. Demonstrators call nearly every day for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign.

But the Chicago Police Department’s record of brutality began long before Mr. McDonald, 17, lay crumpled on Pulaski Road. For decades — back to violent clashes at the Democratic National Convention in 1968 and the confessions coerced by a “midnight crew” of detectivesaccused of using suffocation, electric shock and Russian roulette on black men in the 1970s and 1980s — the Chicago police have wrestled with allegations of torture, racism, weak oversight and a code of silence….

In Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, officers shot and killed 70 people, most of them black, in a five-year span ending in 2014. That was the most among the nation’s 10 largest cities during the same period, according to the Better Government Association, a nonprofit watchdog organization.

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-16-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, December 16, 2015:

  • Update: West York, Pennsylvania (First reported 03-07-11): An officer who was fired in 2013 for illegally wiretapping her ex-girlfriend was reinstated with backpay and seniority. ow.ly/VYkuu
  • Update: Tucson, Arizona (First reported 06-09-15): An officer who had been fired for computer tampering in connection with prostitution probe was reinstated by Civil Service Commission. ow.ly/VYlby
  • Council Bluffs, Iowa: An officer will not face charges for shooting at escaped shoplifting suspect. ow.ly/VYlVB
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was suspended for two months and demoted for working on his home while on the clock for security detail. ow.ly/VYseo
  • Austin, Texas: A lieutenant was fired for failing to report misconduct (the case above) and hindering the internal investigation into the incident. ow.ly/VYn0w
  • Orange County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for DUI despite legal BAC and not failing field sobriety test. ow.ly/VYoeC
  • Faulkner County, Arkansas: A deputy was fired after arrest for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. ow.ly/VYp4r
  • Update: Temple, Texas (First reported 09-11-15): An officer who was arrested for firing his gun and inappropriately touching woman at a police function at a hotel has resigned. ow.ly/VYtcA
  • Oglala Sioux Tribe (SD): A now-former officer was acquitted of civil rights charges. She tased unresponsive tribe member 28 times. ow.ly/VYqlL
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 04-21-15): The first officer’s trial for the in custody death of Freddie Gray ends in a mistrial. The jury was deadlocked. ow.ly/VZHcY

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-15-15

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, December 15, 2015:

  • Los Angeles, California: The police must pay $5,700,000 judgment to a man who was shot in the back and paralyzed by police. The department’s appeal was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court. ow.ly/VTRfN
  • Washington County, Oregon: A now-former deputy was charged with official misconduct, coercion, domestic assault, and domestic strangulation. ow.ly/VTUhV
  • Las Animas, Colorado: An officer was arrested for DUI, criminal mischief, and failure to notify authorities after an accident. He resigned. ow.ly/VTUJ4
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: A detective was arrested for abuse of a family member. ow.ly/VTWyW
  • Madison County, Tennessee: A deputy was arrested for DUI and open container violations. ow.ly/VTXF3
  • Duval County, Florida: An SRO was fired for breaking into the school principal’s office to retrieve her daughter’s confiscated cell phone. ow.ly/VTX3B
  • Duval County, Florida: An SRO was suspended for reckless driving and administratively charged with conduct unbecoming an officer. ow.ly/VTYs5
  • Morris County, New Jersey: An officer who was already on suspension had misconduct and DUI charges dismissed because the judge ruled he was the victim of illegal stop meant to entrap him. He remains suspended and faces criminal charges for arson and child endangerment. ow.ly/VTZnS
  • Update: Round Rock Independent School District, Texas (First reported 10-20-15): An officer was cleared of wrongdoing for choke-slamming a non-violent student. The incident was captured on video.  ow.ly/VTZQv
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer was acquitted of felony assault for beating a man who was on his knees with a baton for 15 seconds. ow.ly/VU1i1
  • Arkansas Highway Patrol: An officer was arrested for sexual contact with a minor. ow.ly/VU29u
  • South Bend, Indiana: A now-former officer’s guilty plea for striking a handcuffed man in custody was rejected by a federal judge who was not persuaded by the officer’s allocution. The judge ordered the defendant to enter a different plea or go to trial. ow.ly/VU3g7

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-12-15 to 12-14-15

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, December 12 through Monday, December 14, 2015:

  • Caraway, Arkansas: An officer was suspended for two weeks for drinking & driving. He was caught driving 91mph while off duty. ow.ly/VPKc9
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A detective is under investigation for improper contact with a man who has been arrested for drug trafficking. ow.ly/VPKzV
  • Polk County, North Carolina: An officer was terminated after confessing to stealing from the evidence room. ow.ly/VPKR1
  • Update: East Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 10-08-15): A now-former supervisor pled guilty to robbing drug dealers with two other officers.  Those two also-terminated officers previously pled guilty. ow.ly/VPL2F
  • Update: Chicago, Illinois (First reported 09-02-14): A decorated officer was acquitted of criminal charges for shoving a gun down a man’s throat despite DNA evidence on the weapon. ow.ly/VRqxF
  • Hidalgo County, Texas: A deputy was arrested for DWI in Austin. ow.ly/VPLex
  • Update: Nassau County, New York (First reported 05-07-14): An officer was acquitted of criminal charges for videoed beating of Kyle Howell during a traffic stop. ow.ly/VPLDz
  • Update: Loveland, Colorado (First reported 05-11-15): An officer was acquitted of child abuse. ow.ly/VPLM5
  • Update: Habersham County, Georgia (First reported 07-22-15): A now-former deputy was acquitted of charges related to maiming toddler with a flashbang grenade during a raid. ow.ly/VPLSW
  • Anderson, Indiana: An officer was arrested for allegedly selling drugs while on duty to an FBI informant. ow.ly/VPM7l
  • Lovington, New Mexico: An officer is off the job after his arrest for shoplifting. ow.ly/VPMcV
  • Paradise, California: An officer shot a drunk driver emerging from his overturned car, paralyzing him. District Attorney did not press charges and said the gun accidentally fired. (Warning: graphic video) ow.ly/VRWdS
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: The police union president was arrested for child abuse. ow.ly/VPMoX
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: An officer is under investigation for his use of a baton on a suspect he was taking into custody. ow.ly/VPMzz
  • Update: Ocala, Florida (First reported 11-03-14): An officer was sentenced to 12 years in prison for having sex with a 16-year-old runaway and sex worker. ow.ly/VQTe5
  • St. Lucie County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for having sex with a minor. ow.ly/VQTDU
  • Grand Junction, Colorado: An officer was suspended and demoted after using a law enforcement database to investigate acquaintance. ow.ly/VQUfQ
  • Los Angeles County, California: Several deputies are under investigation for fatally shooting Nick Robertson, a stabbing suspect, after he was downed by rounds. ow.ly/VQV9N

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-11-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, December 11, 2015:

  • Update: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (First reported 08-22-14): Now-former officer Daniel Holtzclaw was found guilty on 18 of 36 counts for sexually assaulting 13 black female motorists. ow.ly/VLkb3
  • Eunice, Louisiana: An officer was suspended for mistreating a woman at the scene of a traffic accident. ow.ly/VLsGt
  • Fox Lake, Illinois: A detective and two officers were suspended for a 2014 beating of a detainee and subsequent coverup. ow.ly/VLuGr
  • Salisbury, North Carolina: An officer was fired after allegations that he drove his patrol car after drinking alcohol and committed sexual harassment. ow.ly/VLEHb
  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy was charged with manslaughter for the shooting death of Jermaine McBean in 2013. ow.ly/VLUJP
  • Hidalgo County, Texas: A deputy was arrested for DWI while off duty. ow.ly/VLGFA
  • Update: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (First reported 09-10-13): A now-former officer was acquitted of murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of his friend during a bar fight. ow.ly/VLQtl
  • Update: Greenville County, South Carolina (First reported 03-03-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to probation for tipping-off an illegal gambling operation to police activity. ow.ly/VLUhS

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