National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-06-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 06, 2014:

  • Goodyear, Arizona: A police officer is being investigated over allegations he secretly recorded nearly two dozen women while they undressed at a tanning salon.
  • Jackson, Tennessee: A police officer was indicted after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said he filed false reports that his truck had been stolen.
  • Dallas, Texas: The Child Abuse Squad has arrested a police officer on a charge of harassment.
  • Jonesboro, Arkansas: A patrolman was arrested on a charge of public servant bribery, which is a Class D felony.
  • Cumberland County, Maine: A 26-year veteran twice named Trooper of the Year, pled guilty to sexual contact. One of the mostly highly decorated police officers in Maine’s history was sentenced to four years in prison for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old child.
  • Cook County, Illinois: An officer allegedly conspired with his former partner to commit robberies of marijuana, contraband cigarettes and cash.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A now-former officer is charged with participating in a scheme to extort drugs and money from drug dealers and drug buyers while working as a police officer.
  • Update: Romulus, Michigan (Previously reported 10-21-14): Three now-former police officers have been sentenced to probation in connection with a corruption case that sent the city’s former chief to jail. The officers will also have to pay restitution in the case.
  • Greenacres, Florida: A police officer is accused of breaking a 14-year-old girl’s arm during an arrest attempt that was initiated because the officer attempted to view a video on her cell phone without a search warrant. The officer then arrested the teen for resisting arrest.
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: A now-former police sergeant avoided jail time and entered a no contest plea. “There was rather overwhelming evidence of his guilt,” said the District Attorney General. The officer was indicted on three counts of official misconduct and three counts of theft under $500 after pills and other evidence went missing from the department’s property room several months earlier.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-05-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 5, 2014:

  • Winooski, Vermont: A police corporal accused of assaulting a suspect is scheduled to change his plea in court. He had previously pled not guilty to charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and providing false information to state police.
  • Update: Hammond, Indiana (Previously reported 10-21-14): : Four people are suing the city and several police officers after a traffic stop for a seat belt violation turned violent when the officers broke a car window and used a stun gun one of the people.
  • Mattoon, Illinois: A local man has filed a federal lawsuit against the city regarding a police officer entering his home. The lawsuit says that an unknown police officer entered the man’s home, allegedly without probable cause or a warrant.
  • Update: Dallas, Texas (First reported 12-11-13): : A police officer has been indicted on a manslaughter count in the death of a bicyclist who was run over by a patrol car while being chased.
  • Yellowstone County, Montana: A sheriff’s deputy who was placed on paid leave has resigned. He had been arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
  • Richland County, South Carolina: Five sheriff’s deputies have been arrested for tax evasion and fraud, said the sheriff at a press conference. The sheriff apologized to the community and said the deputies were suspended without pay.
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: Two police officers have been indicted in separate incidents that occurred while they were on-duty. The officers allegedly both assaulted juveniles.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: A police officer has been charged in connection with a fight he got into with a man who had been taken into custody. He was charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
  • Calexico, California: FBI agents are at the police department to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by some members of the department, a bureau spokesman said.
  • Update: Brownsdale, Minnesota (Previously reported 11-19-13): : The now-former chief of police was convicted of assaulting a woman he met in a bar. A jury found him guilty of one count each of second-and third-degree criminal sexual assault, but acquitted him of a first-degree count.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-04-14

Here are the 7 reports tracked for Tuesday, November 4, 2014:

  • Long Beach, California: A federal jury ordered the city to pay a local couple $175,000, agreeing that police made an arrest without probable cause and used excessive force during an incident. ly/DPkaO
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: A man who says a police officer kicked him so hard his testicle shattered is taking that officer and the city to court. Lapel video shows the officer reaching into a car, grabbing a cellphone and deleting videos of when he kicked the man to the ground. His lawyer now wants to see criminal charges against the officer. ly/DOUtf
  • Myton, Utah: The chief of a recently formed police department has been fired amid allegations he stalked three women. ly/DOSmp
  • Henderson, Nevada: A now-former police officer agreed to a plea deal that required him to plead guilty to two charges in a DUI case. ly/DO8gg
  • King City, California: A police officer was arrested on suspicion of holding his ex-girlfriend and a man she was with at gunpoint. ly/DO7Ay
  • Roseville, California: An off-duty police officer has been arrested at his home after authorities received a call from a woman who said her husband was waving a gun and threatening her. ly/DLvjN
  • Plattsburgh, New York: A 33-year-old woman was killed in a collision involving a state trooper, who allegedly failed to yield the right-of-way. She was pronounced dead at the scene. At the time of the crash, her two sons, ages three and six, were in the back seat. They were treated for non-life threatening injuries. ly/DLuJH

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-01-14 to 11-03-14

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, November 1 to Monday, November 3, 2014:

  • Update: Little Rock, Arkansas (Previously reported 08-08-14): A now-former lieutenant has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after pleading guilty in a drug case. Prosecutors had accused him of conspiring to distribute and possess cocaine. At a plea hearing he admitted taking drugs from a traffic stop and the an evidence locker.
  • Thibodaux, Louisiana: The police chief’s decisions to suspend an officer twice for violating departmental policies were unanimously upheld by the city’s civil service board.
  • Park Ridge, Illinois: A police officer was charged with driving under the influence after he crashed into a utility pole. He was charged with DUI, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving off the roadway, improper lane usage and driving without a seat belt.
  • Update: Cincinnati, Ohio (Previously reported 07-01-14): A police officer set up a scheme using his job as bait to send and receive 650 sexually explicit photos and texts with a minor. He also destroyed an incriminating cell phone once he knew he was being investigated.
  • Camden County, New Jersey: An officer was acting as a mole. Her husband helped lead a drug ring that sold $1.2 million of narcotics annually, dealing heroin and crack cocaine. The officer kept an eye on police movements for the ring, offering details from police reports and confidential departmental briefings, authorities said.
  • Pickens, South Carolina: An officer is being charged after he allegedly assaulted a female victim while operating in the capacity of a police officer, according to arrest warrants.
  • Phoenix, Arizona: An on-duty policeman was arrested and charged with assault after pointing a weapon at people in a car.
  • Crawford, Texas: A police officer who’s charged with indecency with a child by contact fondled the breasts of a girl younger than 17 on several occasions, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
  • Daviess County, Missouri: A now-former police officer, charged in connection with a fatal fire, shot at several officers before taking his own life. The charges against him included first-degree murder, arson, armed criminal action and abandonment of a corpse.
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: Police say an officer has been suspended after she was charged with driving under the influence. ly/DKbod
  • Ocala, Florida: A police officer was arrested and charged with engaging in sexual activity with a 16-year-old he met while on duty. He was placed on unpaid administrative leave. ly/DKaco
  • Update: Beaverton, Oregon (Previously reported 06-07-14): A police officer was found guilty of raping a 5-year-old girl at his home. ly/DK8nl
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia: A police officer has been charged after a bar fight. He has been charged with two counts of assault and battery and one count of disorderly conduct. The officer has been placed on administrative duty pending his court appearance and an internal investigation. ly/DJWgn
  • Detroit, Michigan: The suspension of four police officers means the department is serious about weeding out corruption now that a decade of federal oversight has ended. They were suspended after two separate investigations, including a federal probe into alleged wrongdoing in the department’s disbanded Narcotics Section.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-31-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 31, 2014:

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A police officer has been arrested for soliciting a prostitute. The police commissioner has suspended the officer for 30 days with the intent to dismiss. ly/DDL1X
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 09-16-14): A police officer has been charged in a case of alleged police brutality, but attorneys for the victim don’t believe those charges go far enough. The officer was caught on camera punching a man in the face. ly/DDKRm
  • Sturgis, Michigan: A police officer who is under investigation for a crash that could have been caused by drunken driving, has been placed on administrative leave. ly/DDK6k
  • Gulfport, Mississippi: A now-former police officer turned himself in on a charge alleging he tried to sexually assault a woman he was helping while on duty. ly/DDKyY
  • Columbus, Georgia: A police officer was jailed on a sexual assault charge. ly/DDoAr
  • Miami, Florida: A police officer accused of providing protection to a drug dealer has been arrested. He met with a police informant posing as a drug dealer and offered his protection for illegal drug sales. ly/DDnSo
  • Columbus, Ohio: A now-former trooper pled guilty to four counts of violating the civil rights of female motorists and one count of engaging in cyber stalking. ly/DDkVS
  • Boynton Beach, Florida: A police officer raped a 20-year-old woman at gunpoint on the hood of his marked police car, according to a police report. He was charged with armed sexual battery, armed kidnapping and unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior. ly/DDdVo

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-29-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 29, 2014:

  • Davis County, Utah: A 14-year sheriff’s deputy was terminated from his position after he allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a person in custody.
  • Clay County, Kentucky: A federal judge is weighing whether to dismiss murder charges against two men accused of killing a federal informant after a state trooper mishandled and destroyed evidence. The trooper has since resigned after admitting he didn’t have authorization to dispose of the evidence.
  • Harris County, Texas: A now-former officer with an area school district is accused of misusing his authority when he pulled over a woman and reportedly asked her for sexual favors.
  • Tuskegee, Alabama: A police officer Maced a 17-year-old girl and framed her for unlawfully consuming alcohol as a minor after she broke off their sexual relationship, a federal lawsuit claims.
  • East Bay, California: An California Highway Patrol officer accused of stealing nude photos of a DUI suspect is speaking out, claiming that officers have stolen images for years.
  • Bullhead City, Arizona: A police sergeant suspended in one case was arrested on an a felony attempted sexual assault charge after he was accused of attacking a woman in a vehicle outside a bar.
  • Update: Edison, New Jersey (First reported 04-01-14): A grand jury has indicted four police officers for allegedly planning retaliation against another police officer because of a drunken-driving charge. An 11-count indictment, charges the officers with conspiracy and official misconduct.
  • St. Louis County, Missouri: A now-former area police chief face public corruption charges. He was accused of using a city credit card to pay for a trip to Hawaii.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-28-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, October 28, 2014:

  • Los Angeles, California: A police officer is under investigation after being accused of beating and kicking a suspect who was being held down by other officers. The altercation was captured by a private company’s security camera. Several police officials who saw the video said the officer delivered a powerful kick to the suspect’s head. One said the officer resembled “a football player kicking a field goal.” Another described it as “horrific.” The suspect, they said, had surrendered and was not resisting the officers.
  • Update: Maury City, Tennessee (First reported 10-14-14): The police chief has pled not guilty to charges that he assaulted and stalked the mother of his child.
  • Update: Bradenton, Florida (First reported 09-10-14): The second-in-command at the police department was charged with stealing from the agency and the Pittsburgh Pirates organization for hours that were not worked.
  • Longwood, Florida: The now-former police chief was in court for criminal charges. Court documents said he used his position to hire convicted felon and also took bribes.
  • West Baton Rouge, Louisiana: A deputy is in jail. He has been charged with using his badge to have his way with prostitutes in motel. Police say he didn’t realize that at least one of those prostitutes was a police informant.
  • Update: Natchitoches, Louisiana (First reported 09-12-13): The now-former police officer accused in the death of a man wants to change his plea to not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity.
  • Marion, South Carolina: The justice department announced two police officers pled guilty in federal court to using excessive force against a woman with mental disabilities.
  • Update: Clovis, New Mexico (First reported 09-19-14): Allegations of excessive force against a police officer are now being investigated by the FBI, according to city officials.
  • Austin, Texas: The police chief has indefinitely suspended a lieutenant who he says had an affair with a woman and embellished and falsified reports in an effort to arrest her husband.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-25-14 to 10-27-14

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, October 25 to Monday, October 27, 2014:

  • East Orange, New Jersey: A police officer and two others have been indicted on drug conspiracy charges after they allegedly sold crack cocaine out of the officer’s home.
  • Berkeley County, West Virginia: A now-former sheriff’s deputy has been indicted on charges of embezzling guns. He was charged with felony embezzlement and felony fraudulent scheme. According to media reports, the indictment accuses the officer of taking more than $5,000 worth of guns from the sheriff’s office and selling them to a gun shop.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A police officer who was caught on video cursing and threatening a teenager will face disciplinary action, according to police.
  • Northampton, Massachusetts: A state police trooper has been released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to sexually assaulting a woman he met on an online dating service.
  • Denver, Colorado: A woman said she was waiting for a friend by a McDonald’s when a police officer pepper sprayed her point blank in the face. Witnesses said it happened as police were breaking up a nearby fight. Cell phone video shows an angry mob of people questioning the officer’s actions as both boys scream nearby. One woman is heard yelling, “we were walking to our cars to go home!” Another witness said the officer was justified in deploying his pepper spray.
  • Ava, Missouri: A police officer was arrested and put in the county jail on suspicion of drunk driving.
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: A tip led the police department to arrest one of its own officers on child pornography charges, according to the arrest report.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-24-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 24, 2014:

  • Lompoc, California: Sheriff’s deputies arrested a police officer accused of assaulting his girlfriend, marking the third arrest of a member of the police department this year.
  • Update: Cherryville, North Carolina (First reported 06-24-13): The now-former police chief who stole from his city will not spend any time in prison. He faced as much as 10 years but will serve six months of house arrest and one year of probation for embezzlement. He admitted using city money to buy $11,000 worth of guns for personal use. He has repaid almost all of the money.
  • Rockaway Township, New Jersey: A police officer who was suspended after charges alleging that he attempted to get DWI charges against a relative dismissed in municipal court, pled innocent at his arraignment and was extended a plea offer of five years in prison.
  • Tampa, Florida: A Tampa police officer was charged with DUI after crashing his car.
  • John Day, Oregon: The police chief has been indicted on two counts of first-degree official misconduct. The charges allege he directed two officers in the department to falsify their time sheets, billing overtime hours against a DUI enforcement grant instead of the police budget.
  • St. Johns County, Florida: A sheriff’s deputy is in jail on a kidnapping charge after an Amber Alert was issued for her son.
  • Waupun, Wisconsin: A police officer has been charged in connection with nine burglaries in the city.
  • Altus, Oklahoma: An officer was charged as a result of an undercover investigation on allegations of public corruption involving stolen property. The officer was ordered to serve 120 days in jail; pay $3,000 in deferral fees, plus court costs; contribute $1,500 to the Crimestoppers Program; and will be supervised by the District Attorney’s Office for 24 months upon his release from jail.
  • Update: San Francisco, California (First reported 03-05-14): A now-former police officer, one of three veteran officers charged in a major corruption case, pled guilty to stealing money and property from suspects and distributing confiscated drugs, and has promised to testify against his former colleagues in their upcoming trial.
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: A police officer has been charged with stalking and harassment. The charges stem from a failed relationship he had with a woman over a span of 10 years.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-23-14

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, October 23, 2014:

  • Atlanta, Georgia: An officer has resigned amid allegations of drug use. He submitted his resignation after allegedly failing a drug test.
  • Update: Egg Harbor City, New Jersey (First reported 09-26-13): A police officer pled guilty to using his position to gain sexual favors from a woman. He now faces a five-year suspended sentence under the plea agreement.
  • Wheeling, Illinois: A wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the family of a man fatally struck by a police SUV. According to the suit and police, the officer had not activated the SUV’s flashers or sirens at the time of the crash.
  • Birmingham, Alabama: A police officer charged with sexually abusing a child is facing additional charges. Police say he is now charged with first-degree rape in a case involving a woman.
  • St. Petersburg, Florida: A federal lawsuit claims police officers used excessive force and injured two men during a drug raid at a home.
  • Burlington City, New Jersey: A woman has filed a federal lawsuit over the shooting death of her son by a police officer. She contends the officer used excessive force when he repeatedly shot her son.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The ACLU announced a lawsuit against the police department on behalf of a woman who was physically restrained from recording officers arresting a protestor.

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