National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-22-14

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 22, 2014:

  • Houston, Texas: A police officer was arrested on charges of cocaine possession. She is charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. She also had her 6-year-old son in the vehicle at the time of the alleged drug deal.
  • Adams, Massachusetts: A police officer was charged in court with allegedly using a false identity to fill a prescription drug used to treat ADHD.
  • Paterson, New Jersey: The family of a 39-year-old mentally ill man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, nearly two years after the man was shot and killed by a police officer.
  • Phoenix, Arizona: Criminal and administrative investigations have been launched into an officer-involved fatal shooting of a mentally ill woman.
  • Denver, Colorado: A police department officer was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of non-injury child abuse, DPD said.
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: A police officer was being held in jail after being accused of a string of on-duty sexual assaults in a case described as “disturbing” by the city’s police chief.
  • Los Angeles, California: The city council approved a $5 million settlement with the family of man officers fatally shot at the end of a wild pursuit. Several days after the shooting, the chief said he was “very concerned” about the incident and said he was launching investigations to determine whether it required discipline against the officers or better training techniques.
  • Ferguson, Missouri: A police officer who pointed an assault rifle at people and threatened to kill them has been relieved of duty and suspended indefinitely, authorities said.
  • Struthers, Ohio: A police detective has been fired. He had already been placed on leave for what the mayor called “inappropriate conduct.” The mayor would not be specific about what the alleged inappropriate conduct was or who made the allegation.
  • Update: Jones County, Texas (First reported 05-02-14): A deputy has been indicted by a grand jury. She was arrested for allegedly shooting at two victims in a pickup and then fighting with officers upon their arrival. She was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault and one count of deadly conduct.
  • Mills, Wyoming: A police officer is accused of the negligent death of a K9. The officer pled not guilty to one misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals.
  • Athens, New York: A police officer was arrested and charged with several counts of assault.
  • Update: San Diego, California (Previously reported 07-30-14): A now-former police officer accused of misconduct on the job, including groping and illegally detaining several women, pled guilty to several charges. The charges included felony false imprisonment as well as misdemeanor counts of assault and battery under the color of authority by a peace officer.
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama: A police officer is accused of sexually assaulting and attempting to strangle his wife. He was arrested and is facing two counts of first degree sodomy and one count of domestic violence for strangulation.

How Many Shootings?

From the Washington Post:

HOW MANY times a year do U.S. police officers employ deadly force, and how many people die as a result? What are the races and ethnicities of those involved? How often are the objects of police force armed or unarmed? These are just some of the questions people have asked in the wake of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. — and they are perfectly reasonable queries.

Police Abusing Government Database

From CBS Sacramento:

FAIRFIELD (CBS13) – Court documents show that Fairfield Police Officers Stephen Ruiz and Jacob Glashoff used company time and equipment to search for women on internet dating sites.

The documents also show that two used the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System – a statewide police database – to screen the women they liked.

“I feel like it’s an abuse of their power, using it for their own personal gain,” said Fairfield resident Carlos Thompson.

Thousands of New Yorkers Protest

From the New York Times:

Thousands converged on an overcast Saturday at the site of the encounter, the start of a protest march linking Mr. Garner’s death to lethal police actions past and present, from New York City to Ferguson, Mo., where a white officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager on Aug. 9.

Signs and slogans touched on details of the deaths as well as broad policies that protesters argued encouraged bad behavior by officers.

“ ‘Broken Windows’ Kills,” a sign read, a reference to the aggressive policing of minor offenses like selling untaxed cigarettes, the crime Mr. Garner had been accused of committing.

Chants of “I can’t breathe” — Mr. Garner’s words as he struggled with officers — mixed with those borrowed from Ferguson: “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

For days, march organizers and Mayor Bill de Blasio emphasized that the demonstration on Staten Island would not devolve into the sort of violent confrontation with police officers that had plagued the protests over the death of the Ferguson teenager, Michael Brown. By late afternoon, the march had ended and the crowds were heading home. The police said all had been quiet and there had been no arrests….

During the demonstration, community affairs officers in royal-blue shirts and baseball hats offered a stark contrast to the militarized posture of police officers in the aftermath of Mr. Brown’s death. Uniformed patrol officers controlled crowds at the ferry terminal and appeared interested to keep a respectful distance from the marchers along the route.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-21-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 21, 2014:

  • Update: West Columbia, South Carolina (First reported 10-10-13): A police officer was found guilty of one count of lascivious acts with a minor. He faces a mandatory prison sentence of five years followed by years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.
  • Dunkerton, Iowa: The longtime police chief has resigned after being placed on administrative leave. The city council had put him on leave amid an investigation into use of a city credit card.
  • Update: Richardson County, Nebraska (First reported 06-23-14): A now-former deputy sheriff pled not guilty to charges that he lied about getting shot while on duty. He faces one felony charge and three misdemeanor charges for allegedly calling in a false report of being shot during a traffic stop while on duty. He is accused of shooting himself and his patrol car.
  • Savanna, Georgia: The assistant police chief has resigned after being accused of providing beer to three underage girls. He has been charged with three felony counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor. He’s also been charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and obstructing an officer.
  • Update: Sherwood, Oregon (First reported 06-27-13): A police officer who has been on paid administrative leave for more than a year pending criminal and internal investigations has returned to duty. An internal inquiry, conducted by an outside investigator, concluded he did not violate policy.
  • Update: Saratoga County, New York (First reported 03-05-14): A now- former sheriff’s deputy pled guilty. He was charged by criminal complaint with attempting to aid and abet the possession, with intent to distribute, 500 grams or more of cocaine.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: An off-duty state police trooper has been suspended with pay after he was driven from a restaurant following allegations he was disorderly and walking around in his underwear. No charges have been filed against either that trooper or another off-duty trooper who was with him.
  • Brunswick County, North Carolina: A trooper has resigned following his arrest for DUI.
  • White Lake, North Carolina: A man has been indicted for stealing money while he was an officer at the police department. He was indicted by a grand jury on charges of embezzlement by a local or charitable officer or employee, obstruction of justice and embezzlement by local or charitable officer or employee.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-20-14

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, August 20, 2014:

  • Update: Jemez Springs, New Mexico (First reported 08-11-14): A now-former Jmez Springs pled not guilty to rape charges. He was indicted on charges of kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration, criminal sexual contact and extortion.
  • Hobart, Indiana: The police chief said he will seek to have an officer placed back on unpaid administrative leave, now that a hearing on three administrative charges filed against him has been postponed. The officer is facing a charge of misdemeanor charge of conversion.
  • Update: Tulsa, Oklahoma (First reported 08-06-14): A police officer has pled not guilty to first-degree murder in the off-duty shooting death of his daughter’s boyfriend.
  • Glendale, California: A police officer on vacation in Las Vegas was charged with soliciting prostitution after a sting involving an undercover cop.
  • San Antonio, Texas: The attorney for a 23-year-old man who was shot and killed by police in a disturbance in the drive through lane of a Restaurant says a new autopsy report proves police used excessive force.
  • Milwaukee County, Wisconsin: A captain was arrested for first offense OWI. According to a release from the sheriff’s office she was driving without her tail lights on when she was pulled over. She allegedly showed her sheriff’s office credentials and asked to be let go as a “professional courtesy.”
  • Update: Swisher County, Texas (Previously reported 10-25-13): A now-former sheriff has pled guilty to charge of official oppression. He was charged for repeatedly fondling

Feds to the Rescue?

James Bovard on Attorney General Eric Holder’s record:

Attorney General Eric Holder arrives today in Ferguson, Missouri, in response to the unrest after a local policeman shot 18-year-old Mike Brown. Holder assured the people of Missouri: “Our investigation into this matter will be full, it will be fair, and it will be independent.”

But Holder’s own record belies his lofty promise. As the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1993 to 1997, Holder was in charge of policing the local police. When police violence spiraled out of control, he did little to protect Washington residents from rampaging lawmen…

There was such a dearth of oversight from Holder’s office that Washington police failed to count almost a third of the people killed by their officers between 1994 and 1997. Even when police review boards ruled that shootings were unjustified or found contradictions in officers’ testimony, police were not prosecuted. In one case, a police officer shot a suspect four times in the back when he was unarmed and lying on the ground. But Holder’s office never bothered interviewing the shooter….

As the smoke clears in Ferguson, Missouri, Americans have no reason to presume that either the local police or the feds have the market cornered on truth or justice.

Read the whole thing.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-18-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, August 18, 2014:

  • Berkeley County, California: A sheriff’s deputy resigned following the suspension of his driver’s license.
  • Palatka, Florida: A police detective has resigned after being arrested in a prostitution sting.
  • Update: Columbus, Ohio (First reported 02-18-14): A police officer convicted of stealing military surplus equipment from his employer was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
  • Update: Fayetteville, Arkansas (Previously reported 02-14-14): The fired police officer accused of raping a woman while on duty received five years probation in a plea deal with prosecutors. He will be required to register as a sex offender.
  • Lincoln Heights, Ohio: A police officer has been charged with theft. He is accused of stealing property “while on duty acting in an official capacity as a police officer.”
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: For a second time, a now-former police officer has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for burning the body of a man shot to death by another police officer in the chaotic days following Hurricane Katrina.
  • Onondaga County, New York: An off-duty sheriff’s deputy admitted leaving the scene of what turned out to be a fatal crash.
  • Rio Arriba County, New Mexico: A sheriff was arrested on charges he cornered a driver at a dead end, threatened him with a silver revolver as the driver begged not to be shot and had him falsely charged with assault.
  • Tampa, Florida: A man shot by the police has filed a federal lawsuit against the officer who shot him and the city. He claims the city failed to properly train its officers to deal with people suffering mental distress.
  • Update: Springfield, Missouri (First reported 07-15-14): A police officer who shot and wounded an unarmed panhandler resigned. The officer has been charged with third-degree assault for shooting the man as he ran from the officer.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-16-14 to 08-18-14

Here are the 6 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, August 16 to Monday, August 18, 2014:

  • Emmett Township, Michigan: A police officer has been arrested by state troopers and is expected to be formally charged with two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct.
  • Salem, Oregon: A police officer will face a charge of harassment in connection with a disturbance at a residence.
  • Tucumcari, New Mexico: Authorities say a state police officer has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. He’s not allowed to perform any police duties and has had to turn in his police vehicle, badge and department-issued firearms. e
  • Update: Richmond County, Georgia (First reported 08-06-12): Federal prosecutors say a now-former sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced in an identity theft and tax fraud scheme. Authorities said that he was sentenced to 2 years in prison for stealing personal information that was used to file fraudulent tax returns.
  • Update: Kern County, California (First reported 07-28-14): A sheriff’s deputy whose speeding patrol car killed two people has pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter.
  • Ellington, Connecticut: An off-duty state trooper has been placed on desk duty following his involvement in a crash after which he failed field sobriety tests, state police said.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-15-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 15, 2014:

  • Unicoi County, Tennessee: A $2 million lawsuit has been filed in federal court against the county, the sheriff, and one of his deputies alleging violation of a woman’s constitutional rights, among other things, stemming from the alleged removal of a dog from her home.
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: A police officer has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash after he allegedly ran a red light and struck a woman’s vehicle.
  • Madison, Wisconsin: The family of a woman shot and killed by police have filed a lawsuit against the city and police department seeking unspecified damages.
  • North Hodge, Louisiana: The assistant police chief was arrested and charged with six counts of malfeasance in office. The sheriff says now seven women accuse the officer of committing sexual acts against them.
  • Springfield, Massachusetts: A judge has awarded $85,000 to two people in a police brutality and false arrest claim.
  • Marion County, Florida: Five deputies have been suspended without pay while authorities investigate whether they used excessive force while arresting a suspect in an alleged drug ring.
  • Hamilton County, Ohio: The family of a mentally ill man who was shocked by a taser and died has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that sheriff’s deputies used excessive force.
  • Montgomery County, Maryland: The police department launched an investigation into whether one of its officers acted appropriately in the arrest of a teen that was caught on video.
  • Update: Round Lake Beach, Illinois (First reported 07-10-14): A police officer pled not guilty to paying for thousands of dollars of gasoline with police department funds. He was placed on paid administrative after the state’s attorney’s office approved felony charges.
  • Birmingham, Alabama: A police officer has been arrested on drug charges. He has been charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

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