National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-21-11

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, November 21, 2011:

  • Jackson MS police officer is now facing capital murder charges after charges of felony child abuse were upgraded following the death of a 1-year-old girl who was just declared as his daughter a few months ago. She died after hospitalized with abdominal injuries. [0]
  • Mount Rainier MD cop pleaded guilty to a sex offense and the attempted murder of a man he lured to his home with the promise of a role in a porn movie but then attempted to sexually assault him. When the man attempted to flee the officer shot him. [0]
  • Wilson County TN deputy was arrested on multiple counts including agg robbery and attempted first degree murder on allegations that he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home and gave the items he stole to his wife as gifts then he attempted to murder his wife by poisoning her. [0]
  • Onondaga Co NY deputy was sentenced to 2 years in prison in his plea to sexual contact with a 14yr-old boy. He was originally charged for abusing his authority to have sex two boys. [0]
  • Moberly MO cop was charged with sexual assault and sodomy for alleged, but unspecified, incidents that likely occurred when he was cop. [3]
  • New Mexico state police are being sued for allegedly detaining a couple and their kids at gunpoint then searching their car with the kids inside without a warrant after mistaking their silver SUV for a white truck that was wanted in an alleged threat with a weapon call. [0]
  • Elizabeth NJ cop arrested on 58 counts including extortion for allegedly shaking down at least a dozen illegal immigrants for bribes in exchange for not turning them in. [0]
  • New York NY Transit Authority cop investigated for allegedly shooting a family’s dog in front of them after asking if it was friendly when it ran up to him as he was walking his dog while off duty. [1]
  • New York NY police are being sued by 2 people who were allegedly dragged into a bank then arrested for being in that bank during an #OWS protest. (video above) [3]
  • Scottsboro AL cop admits to using illegal steroids during a domestic abuse case. He also let slip that the department was aware of his drug use when they hired him but the police chief has no comment about that. [3]
  • Centerville MO cop charged with aggravated battery & domestic battery for allegedly striking a child under 13 in the head. [1]
  • Chattanooga TN cop suspended after arrested on an assault warrant over alleged road rage incident involving the use of his taser. [1]
  • Chubbuck ID cop is under investigations on allegations he pulled his gun during an unspecified altercation. [3]
  • Kennedy PA cop already facing a DUI trial for a hit and skip accident with a pedestrian is now charged with insurance fraud on allegations he falsely reported his motorcycle was stolen. [0]
  • Shasta Co CA 2 kids hospitalized for drug and hepatitis/HIV tests after they found and looked through a bag of evidence they found near a high school that was apparently discarded from that county’s sheriff department. [1]

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 11-19-11 to 11-20-11

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of November 19-20, 2011:

  • In an update to a report we covered on Friday, 2 UC Davis CA police officers have been placed on paid leave while they are being investigated for pepperspaying seated students at a protest in an incident that has now garnered wide-spread media coverage.  (UPDATE: news reports coming in now indicate the police chief has also been suspended pending investigation over the incident as well) [0]
  • 5 BART CA cops, including the officer who was convicted for killing Oscar Grant, are facing a civil suit due to start soon in an excessive force case that allegedly happened just weeks prior to that infamous shooting incident. [3]
  • Jackson MS cop faces felony child abuse charges that may be upgraded after his 1yr-old daughter died from injuries to her stomach. [1]
  • Lincoln RI police are being investigated after an alleged struggle at the police station landed a man in the hospital on life support in a coma from a severe head injury [3]
  • Spokane Co WA deputy sued by family of 74yr-old pastor fatally shot when he investigated unmarked car on property [3]
  • San Francisco CA settles suit for $71k to man who suffered broken knee & wrist when cop beat him with a baton after he allegedly surrendered during a shoplifting arrest. [0]
  • Champaign IL police under investigation for use of pepperspray during questionable traffic stop that was caught on unreleased video [2]
  • Lafourche Parish LA deputy was found guilty of the repeated aggravated rape of a 6yr-old that occurred over a period of 9 months. [0]
  • Chicago IL settles suit for $100k (plus $447k in legal fees) to 2 kids attacked and falsely arrested by a cop angry over a playground spat between his kid and the other child. [3]
  • Calhoun Co FL deputy sentenced to probation for coercing sex from woman is now being sued by 3 other women for on similar allegations. [0]
  • York Regional ON police officer on paid leave after arrested on 2 counts of sexual assault & firearms charges [1]
  • Portland OR police chief apologizes for misleading claim that #OccupyPortland prevented response to rape call [0]
  • Missoula MT police accused of dropping aggressive drunks off at #OccupyMissoula in order to harass protesters [3]
  • Cleveland OH cop on desk duty after testing positive for drug use following 8mo suspension for excessive force [0]
  • Thurston Co WA narc detective arrested for unlawful imprisonment domestic violence in alleged dispute with wife [0]
  • Richmond Co GA deputy forced to resign after admitting to falsified DUI arrests, the admission may impact hundreds of DUI cases [0]
  • Hastings NE police capt gets probation in reduced DUI charge after unsecured trailer caused his vehicle to flip [0]

That’s it for this weekend, stay safe out there.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-18-11

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, November 18, 2011:

  • UC Davis CA cop is caught on video taunting a crowd of protesters by showing off a pepperspray canister before slowly dousing protesters sitting on ground with it. The police chief justified it by claiming the officers were afraid of the crowd but the video appears to really contradict that claim. [0]

    It’s what that same officer does after his initial pepperspray stroll that turns this into a case of blatantly punitive use of excessive force when he goes back and forces teach student’s head back as he unleashes streams of spray into their faces at point-blank range with his crowd-dispersal canister. Students were reporting that some of those who were hit coughed up blood afterward. There was no fear for public safety or officer safety here, just malice and a strong desire to inflict extrajudicial punishment.
  • Aurora CO pays $150k to settle claims to the family of a man who died and $240k to a man left partially paralyzed when both were shot during a chase. [0]
  • Birmingham AL cop is accused of shooting a motorist from behind as he swerved to avoid the the officer when he allegedly jumped in front of his car after he drove around the airport parking lot as ordered while he waited for the people he was supposed to pick up. The man wasn’t charged. [1]
  • Lubbock TX is being sued by a 90yr-old man who was shot in the neck by a cop after he alleges he grabbed his shotgun when cops broke his window responding to robbery call next door. The police reports apparently contradicted themselves, at one point claiming police only opened fire after they were shot at but the charges against the man didn’t hold up. {3}
  • Hartwell GA police lost a lawsuit for $45k in a civil judgment to a man who lost an eye when a cop hit him with a metal baton during an arrest. [0]
  • Minneapolis MN settles a lawsuit for $77k to a man who was strip searched by cops in public. This came after a judge ruled that the search was unconstitutional. [0]
  • Westmont Village IL woman wins a lawsuit for over $500k on allegations that a cop violated her rights with false arrests in retaliation against her because she was speaking out against that department. [3]
  • New York NY cop accused of shoving judge acting as legal observer at #OWS against wall & threatening to arrest her [3]
  • Portland OR cop has been indicted on 3rd & 4th degree assault charges for seriously injuring a man by shooting him with a shotgun slug that he accidentally loaded in a modified shotgun meant for beanbag rounds. [0]
  • Long Beach MS police are being sued by the ACLU of Mississippi on behalf of a woman who was arrested while protesting against BP over an oil spill, she alleges she had a permit and was legally protesting on a public sidewalk. [3]
  • 2 Chicago IL cops were arrested by feds on allegations they used their positions as cops to help a gang rob people. [0]
  • 4 Bartlesville OK cops are currently under investigation over excessive force allegations in an incident where they allegedly beat and choked a man in the hospital according to a witness. [3]
  • Perry IA police are accused of excessive force against a family and an elderly relative then needlessly shooting their dogs to death duing a fruitless raid for drugs and a stolen x-box… None of the family were charged with any crimes. [4]
  • Orlando FL cop was arrested on felony official misconduct & possession charges after drug buy bust following tip off [0]
  • Harahan LA cop who resigned in Aug while investigated for theft & drug use is arrested for having stolen excavator [0]
  • Troy NY police investigate allegations of overtime & leave abuse by unspecified number of officers [1]
  • Yakima WA tribal police officer sentenced to 19mo prison for threatening to kill man he caught w/his estranged wife [0]
  • Gallatin MO police officer suspended after summons issued on allegations of unspecified sexual misconduct [2]
  • Bristol VA deputy sentenced to probation after found guilty of making harassing phone calls to businessman [0]
  • Albuquerque NM cop fired after caught w/prostitute now charged w/promoting prostitution involving other allegations [0]
  • Lake Co FL deputy arrested on drug charges after found at house where drug deal allegedly took place [0]
  • Hopkinsville KY cop suspended while subject of internal investigation after being arrested on drunk driving charges [0]
  • Billings MT cop gets suspended sentence & fine in plea to .101 BAC DUI charge, the first trial against her resulted in a hung jury based on the defense that her BAC was elevated due to the altitude. [0]

That’s it for today, stay safe out there.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-17-11

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, November 18, 2011:

  • New York NY police accused of using excessive force & attacking journalists during the latest #OWS demonstration. There were more than one incident involved in these claims so we should break them down a bit:
      1. NYPD officers were accused of hitting one female reporter in the arm with a baton and repeatedly shoving another journalist. [3]

      At 1:24 at the above video a NYPD officer is seen repeatedly punching a man in the head. It doesn’t appear as though the man or anyone else in the crowd was being aggressive towards the police which brings that level of force into question. At 1:33 in the same video police can be seen throwing what appears to be a female to the ground after lifting her off her feet, again, it’s difficult to see how that level of force was justified.

      In this other video making rounds a protester with a bloody head wound can be seen being escorted away by police. Reports on this one are contradictory so it’s difficult to make a definitive determination on this one so I’m waiting on more information to come out. But protesters claim he was beaten and suffered a skull fracture but police say he climbed up on a structure and pelted police with various objects then fell when they tried to arrest him.
  • Portland OR police accused of excessive force in a number of incidents during #OccupyPortland #N17 protest. While associated videos are a bit inconclusive they do seem to verify claims that protesters were on the sidewalks as ordered when riot police began a push and other claims appear to be bolstered by third-party witnesses. [3]
  • Sam Houston State University TX cop was shown on dashcam, above, beating a student then bragging about it. While the student still faces drug possession charges he was cleared of assault on an officer charge which would indicate the video contradicted the cop’s report. [4]
  • North Chicago IL police refuse to say how man in custody died as state police take over the investigation into the man’s death [3]
  • Peterborough ON cop charged w/assault & assault w/weapon for beating & pepperspraying 16yr-old girl while responding to a domestic dispute call. [0]
  • Dickson TN cop faces a state investigation & lawsuit over 2 alleged excessive force incidents in the last year. [0]
  • 2 Virginia State troopers are accused of excessive force & using racial slurs against a Hispanic woman who refused to sign a ticket. [3]
  • San Diego CA cop convicted on 8 felonies & 4 misdemeanors for coercing 7 women for sexual favors at traffic stops [0]
  • Poquoson VA police officer arrested on rape and sexual assault of a minor charges involving girl under 13 [0]
  • Opa-locka FL police capt arrested by feds for allegedly protecting drug dealers & an accused murder [0]
  • McFarland CA police sued by a cop claiming he was falsely arrested at gunpoint for blowing the whistle on that department’s police chief & several officers he claims should not have qualified to serve due to their histories of being fired from other departments for misconduct. [5]
  • Cordova IL disbands their police department, calling it an unmanageable mess after cop arrested & suit filed [0]
  • Philadelphia PA sheriff now subject of federal probe for personally buying homes that were slated for sheriff’s auction then selling them for personal profit. [0]
  • Monterey Co CA sheriff’s sgt charged w/theft & felony false claims on time sheet falsification allegations [0]
  • Lee County FL deputy suspended one week for sexually harassing female co-worker [0]
  • 2 Baltimore MD cops plead guilty to extortion & conspiracy to commit extortion in car repair scam [0]
  • South Lake Tahoe CA cop rehied in 07 after fired suspended while subject of unspecified fed criminal investigation [2]
  • Phillipsburg NJ police detective faces weapons charge for discharging a firearm in a cemetery while off duty [0]
  • Rochester PA cop subject of criminal investigation over firearm incident that occurred while he ran for sheriff [3]
  • Bainbridge Island WA cop who is police union secretary resigns in lieu of firing for secretly recoding meeting between the union and city council officials. [0]
  • Morrow GA police chief arrested for DUI & 8 open containers after falling asleep at a green light in his cruiser [0]
  • New Jersey state trooper charged w/assault by auto & drunk driving after crash that left one person injured [0]
  • Cook Co GA deputy charged w/violating oath & furnishing alcohol to minors at a motel party [0]

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-16-11

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, November 16, 2011:

  • 2 Albuquerque NM cops were fired after a video showed them beating and kicking a man while holding him down, then apparently celebrating with a chest bump afterward. [0]
  • Coats NC police chief & 4 officers are being sued by 3 people over a series of alleged excessive force false arrests. One officer in particular is accused of being notorious for racially motivated beatings. [4]
  • 2 DeKalb Co GA cops charged w/felonies for driving suspect behind garage & beating him until stopped by other cop [0]
  • Tuscaloosa County AL sheriff’s sergeant pleaded guilty to multiple charges for using his taser to punish 3 detainees, injuring one of them. [0]
  • Temple GA cop gets probation in a plea deal for child cruelty & battery charges. He was accused of raping his ex in her home while bringing their child back after a custody visit [0]
  • Elk Grove CA cops accused of excessive response by holding mom & kids at gunpoint mistaking them for car thieves due to a paperwork mistake by another department. [0]
  • New York NY cop subject of NYCLU suit for arresting 2 for “unlawful photography” for taking photographs in subway [3]
  • Maricopa Co AZ report indicates 3 former top aides to sheriff Arpaio ignored misconduct by favorited deputies [0]
  • Albuquerque NM cop who cuffed 7yr-old autistic grade school kid is on leave pending an investigation, a school official says it was inappropriate [0]
  • Webb County TX deputy constable arrested for allegedly stealing firearm from evidence room & pawning it [0]
  • Bainbridge WA cop who heads the police union was suspended 2 weeks for tailing a councilwoman and harassing her. [0]
  • Reno NV renegotiates $120k judgement to teen forced to strip by cop down to $58k due to state tort reforms [-]
  • Laredo TX cops accused of assaulting & threatening woman who reported deputy for domestic violence [3]
  • Webb County TX deputy arrested on family violence assault charge in alleged domestic incident [0]
  • Slocomb AL cop suspended after arrested on menacing charge for threatening cop responding to domestic dispute call [0]
  • Scottsboro AL cop suspended while under investigation on allegations of steroid use and domestic violence [1]
  • San Jose CA police forced by arbitrator to rehire cop fired for mishandling dozens of sex crime cases [0]
  • RCMP officer in Richmond BC arrested on drunk driving charge and for failing to stop at an accident [0]

The events yesterday in Seattle Washington during the Occupy Seattle march in solidarity with Occupy wall Street have gone national, but is what happened an issue of police misconduct? Let’s look at the information currently available about the two incidents and figure it out.

1. Protesters peppersprayed during the march in Belltown:

The above video shows Seattle police officers pepperspraying protesters marching in the Belltown area of Seattle. Police claim that a teen girl swung a stick at them and that when they went to arrest her for attempting to assault a cop that the protesters interfered with the arrest, prompting the pepperspray. The video does not support or contradict the claim that she swung at them but it does support the claim that protesters interfered, even showing one protester getting ready to swing a stick at the police as well. Additionally, some protesters with Occupy Seattle have admitted that she swung at police, but say she was retaliating agianst an officer who was antagonizing her.

So, with that information in mind, was the first pepperspray incident a matter of police misconduct?

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2. Protesters peppersprayed while blocking intersection during rush hour:

This second video shows protesters being peppersprayed while or after they intentionally blocked an intersection during rush hour in an act of civil disobedience. During the incident, protesters claim an innocent elderly woman was among those hit with the spray. Police claim the spray was in response to protesters refusing to move from the intersection, that protesters were throwing things at the cop, and that one officer was hit in the face with an unidentified liquid. Protesters claim that they didn’t throw anything and that they were on the sidewalk when they were penned in and sprayed.

There are a number of issues with this. First of all, if members of that sit-in were throwing things at officers and other members were allowing that to happen then all the members participating in that action were abetting an assault on officers, which would justify the use of pepperspray. But this aspect is not certain since there is no evidence one way or another.

Second, protesters claim they were on a sidewalk as ordered when they were peppersprayed. Even if they were, if they were throwing things at the officers at the time it wouldn’t matter if they were or weren’t. However, the video, when it pans out, appears to show the protesters were still in the street when the pepperspray was used, which would contradict claims by the protesters. Though, it would be better if there was another angle in order to verify this since all the videos I’ve seen so far are too edited to make any definitive determination.

Thirdly, the elderly woman was an active participant in the civil disobedience, not a bystander. In fact she has a reputation as a professional protester. Of course, this on it’s own is not cause for anyone to be peppersprayed by police. But the fact is that if she was a part of a group that was shielding people who threw things at officers she wasn’t an innocent bystander and this would make it difficult to call the use of pepperspray unjustified. So this one still hinges on whether the police claims of being pelted by protesters were accurate.

I’ve seen the additional videos released by protesters for both incidents but they were edited to make it impossible to determine what happened prior to the use of pepperspray.

But, with all that said, I want to know what you think. Was this second incident an act of police misconduct?

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That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-15-11

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, November 15, 2011:

  • US Customs & Border Protection officer in Texas has been sentenced to 25yrs in prison after convicted for murder when he shot a bar owner to death after he was kicked out of a bar. [0]
  • Bryan County OK sheriff’s lieutenant has been indicted on federal deprivation of rights charges over three excessive force incidents, one where he tasered a woman tasering woman 2x & 2 men in diff cases [0]
  • New York NY police arrested at least 7 journalists during the crackdown on Occupy Wall Street, Additionally, questions are being asked about why the press was kept away from documenting the police action so aggressively. [5] (UPDATE: Make that 10, at least according to Carlos Miller’s count)
  • New York NY city councilman was injured when arrested on resisting & obstruction charges when he was apparently tying to observe the NYPD raid on Zuccatti Park. It seems a bit disturbing that the police weren’t content to stop the media from reporting on their activities, but that they also prevented their own government’s officials from practicing some oversight as well. [5]
  • London ON police lost a civil suit for $144k to a man who suffered broken leg in police van. The police tried to blame it on the detainee saying he injured himself by kicking at the doors but doctors testified the break was the type that occurs when the leg is twisted. [3]
  • Virginia Commonwealth University VA police sergeant was suspended after arrested on distribution of child pornography charges [0]
  • Iberia Parish LA deputy was arrested on 100 counts of possession of child pornography after a multi-agency investigation. [0]
  • Joplin MO police officer pleads guilty to using a police database to perform identity theft in order to take out $13k in student loans [0]
  • Camden Co NC deputy pleads to charges related to the illegal purchase of automatic weapons as an officer with the intent to deliver them to the former Blackwater group. [0]
  • Oceanside CA sued by an ex-cop claiming that his being fired on sex harassment allegations was trumped up in an effort to cover up a recording he made that he says is evidence of an attempt to cover for a cop who was caught driving while intoxicated. [3]
  • Honolulu HI police major who is already facing extortion charges has now been charged with the distribution of meth after his home raided by the feds [0]
  • Houston TX cop was convicted on federal corruption charges for using his police cruiser to escort what he believed was a shipment containing 7kg of cocaine [0]
  • Abbotsford BC cop investigated for investment fraud in an alleged scheme that began before he retired & cost investors that included fellow officers over $6mil [0]
  • US Treasury police office pleads guilty to receiving over $500k in unreported income while he was on disability leave [0]
  • Cumberland Co NC deputy pleads guilty to mail fraud charges for bilking money from insurance companies under the guise of being donations to the police. [0]
  • 4 Scottsboro AL police officers suspended 3-4 days w/o pay after investigation into unspecified misconduct [2]
  • Cape Coral FL cop resigns after an internal investigation determined that his GED certificate was a fake [0]

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-14-11

Here are the ~15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, November 14, 2011:

  • Several chaotic reports out of New York NY related to the police raid on #OccupyWallStreet. So far the credible reports include allegations that the police forcibly removed press credentials from reporters in or near the park prior to the action and arrested at least one reporter. Additionally, there were also reports that police told protesters they could remove their belongings from the park but then apparently went back on their word and locked it down, then destroyed everything inside. There were also reports that a city councilman was injured by police but this hasn’t been confirmed by any credible sources. An LRAD was videotaped at the park but no indication it was used. The situation is ongoing and I’m trying to track as best I can, I only have one video found so far alleging excessive force but it’s difficult to make out exactly what’s happening in the one shown above… I’ll update with links as I find them… (pending links)

    Now that it’s morning and I’m back at it, the accounts of police forcibly removing the press from the area appears to be true as several journalists are detailing rough treatment and detentions at the hands of police. One reporter alleges police told them they aren’t reporters tonight and another claims a journalist was put into a choke hold. (latest update indicates at least 4 reporters arrested) (UPDATE: The tally of reporters arrested has increased to at least 7 as of this afternoon). [5]

    It also appears as though the NYPD and the mayor are openly defying a court order allowing #OWS protesters to retake the park and encamp at that location. The mayor’s response to the court order? “your rights are not absolute.” [5]

  • Now that a second judge overturned the first judge’s ruling this one no longer applies.

  • Oakland CA police are being sued by the ACLU & other groups over tactics used and allegations of excessive force used against #OccupyOakland protesters. [3]
  • UC Berkeley CA police are also being sued by over a dozen student protesters on allegations of excessive force against #OccupyCal protesters as well. [3]
  • Edmonton AB cop convicted of using excessive force on suspect during arrest, this is his second excessive force conviction [0]
  • 2 Fairfax Co VA cops sued by a man claiming they beat & tasered him during a fruitless Terry stop search for drugs when he was stopped while walking to his job at a church. [3]
  • New Haven CT cop accused of beating & kicking man who refused to be searched by the cop he agreed to go with after asked to ID man at traffic stop [3]
  • Covington LA unspecified number of cops are being investigated after several witnesses say they beat, tasered & arrested 2 men they picked out at random while responding to an alleged bar fight. [4]
  • Richmond VA cop was charged with indecent liberties with a 15yr-old girl after he allegedly took her to a fast food restaurant with his son after a band event then asked to see nude pics of herself that she apparently had on her cell phone. [0]
  • New York NY settled a lawsuit for $4,000 to woman who was detained 17hrs in cell with a broken toilet without charge after a police raid on a beauty shop. She alleges she wouldn’t let her leave until she cleaned the sewage off the cell floor. [3]
  • 1 Fort Wayne IN cop was suspended 180 days for showing up to work drunk while another was suspended 5 days after stopped for DUI. A captain may be disciplined for not telling officers to detain him and test him. [0]
  • Toronto ON cop told his testimony was unreliable, possibly fabricated by judge dropping fraud charges against 4 men [3]
  • Broward Co FL deputy charged w/domestic violence for allegedly head-butting then punching & choking girlfriend [0]
  • Panama City FL cop who resigned on allegations he sought favoritism at DUI stop has charges dropped, no prosecutor [0]
  • Lowell MA cop on leave while under investigation on allegations he showed up for work while intoxicated [0]
  • Dallas TX cop is suing Taser Inc after he was badly injured by a taser when one was used on him during training. But, before you feel too bad for him, he says tasers are too dangerous to use on cops but they are just fine to use on you. [0]

That’s it for today, so far, stay safe out there!

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 11-12-11 to 11-13-11

Here are the 26 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of November 12-13, 2011:

  • Refugio County TX sheriff and 2 deputies are the subject of a lawsuit alleging a man with a seizure disorder died in jail due to a denial of medical care. [3]
  • Lauderhill FL cop charged with attempted murder for shooting at an on-duty officer who apparently was his girlfriend that he was having a dispute with. He was later arrested by a SWAT team at a pizza shop. [1]
  • San Diego CA police are accused of using excessive force in a video showing an officer putting a man in a choke hold until it appeared his faced turned blue after he was confronted by officers for laying in a sleeping bag at #OccupySanDiego [0]
  • UC Berkeley CA police are being accused of excessive force again in yet another video showing cops dragging female protesters by hair during the same crackdown that resulted in a video showing them striking non-violent male and female students with batons. The university says they are looking into that to see if it was excessive and that they preferred batons since they feel they are less risky than chemical agents… yet oddly say they are considering using those for the next crackdown. [3]
  • UC Berkeley CA police are accused of telling a protester who suffered cracked ribs from a baton blow that he had no rights when he asked questions after his arrest. [3]
  • Levy County FL sheriff’s lieutenant arrested on an armed sexual battery charge in an unspecified incident. He was apparently tasered while allegedly resisting arrest as well. [0]
  • Ontario County NY deputy shot an unarmed woman in the shoulder as she rushed to answer door when deputies knocked while looking for a suspect. [0]
  • Denver CO police are accused of arresting a photojournalist who was not associated with the #OccupyDenver protests during their crackdown on that group. [3]
  • Chapel Hill NC police SWAT team allegedly detained 2 journalists during a heavily armed raid on what was initially reported as #OccupyChapelHill squatters at an abandoned car dealership. 8 unarmed people were arrested on misdemeanor charges during that armed raid on people that police now say consisted of “dangerous anarchists”. [3]
  • Los Angeles Co CA jail brutality issues that have garnered a federal investigation are now being blamed on the practice of assigning deputies with disciplinary problems to the jails as a way to keep them away from the public they were accused of abusing. [1]
  • Evansville WY is being sued by a woman claiming a cop sexually assaulted her and that her son was traumatized when he witnessed the attack. [3]
  • Licking County NJ deputy was suspended 20 days for pulling a gun on 3 people he mistakenly thought were involved in a domestic violence incident, including the woman he thought was the victim. [0]
  • Country Club Hills IL cop charged w/battery for shoving his police chief when confronted with excessive force allegations but he was not charged over the allegations that he beat a man right before that. [2]
  • Bozeman MT police are being accused of altering evidence, including the erasure of portions of taser recordings, after an excessive force lawsuit was filed over an incident that left a man with permanent brain injuries. [5]
  • Lubbock TX are being forced by an arbitrator to rehire cop who was fired for needlessly kicking a suspect in the stomach then accidentally tasering a fellow officer during the same traffic stop incident. No reason was given for the arbitrator’s reasons for thinking this was a good idea. [0]
  • La Marque ISD TX now-former police chief is the subject of a criminal investigation into theft allegations where there was allegedly some video involved [1]
  • 2 Newark NJ cops were disciplined for not taking an assault report from an injured woman and then referring to the apartment building where she lived in a derogatory manner. [0]
  • Newark NJ reserve police officer resigns after he didn’t inform the department about his DUI arrest. He was was later convicted of a reduced failure to control charge. [0]
  • Pittsburgh PA police sergeant was arrested on simple battery charge during domestic dispute with her husband over a laptop. [0]
  • US 4th Distict Court of Appeals is trying to overturn a US Supreme Court precedent by allowing officers to raid homes without a warrant by claiming they suspect the residents were driving while intoxicated. The appeal was filed by an officer trying to save his job because he faced firing over the incident since it was the second civil rights case sustained against him.
  • Wheeling IL cop was fired for unspecified misconduct after he allegedly violated his last chance agreement that involved more unspecified misconduct. I noticed this report last month but it was so damned confusing I didn’t add it at first… then a reader reminded me about it with some additional background so it’s in our database now. [4]
  • An audit into Utah Transit Authority’s handling of an investigation into a police sergeant who was allegedly drunk while working at the Obama inauguration in Washington DC reveals problems with the internal investigation practices of that department. (Some readers might recognize the name of the officer who conducted the audit, he did a good job conducting it). [0]
  • Victoria BC police are being accused of clearing cops of excessive force allegations despite graphic video evidence of that excessive force, reinforcing calls to establish an external review process. [4]
  • Fort Lauderdale FL police accountability methods are being questioned after that city’s toothless citizens review board canceled 5 monthly meetings in a row because the department didn’t bother to forward any police misconduct cases to them for review. [4]
  • Surprise AZ asst police chief who resigned in Aug is now the subject of a POST investigation for allegations of on-duty sex on government property [0]
  • Perry County AR deputy resigns after cited for deer hunting out of season… while in uniform… on duty… from the side of a road. [0]

That’s it for this weekend, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-11-11

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, November 11: 2011:

  • Washington DC settles suit for a confidential sum to the family of 14yr-old who was shot to death by two off-duty cops for allegedly stealing one of their minibikes [3]
  • Parker FL settles suit for $200k plus funeral expenses to the family of a woman who was murdered by her police officer ex-boyfriend on claims that the police ignored her domestic violence complaints. [0]
  • Montreal QC police are accused of using excessive force against student protesters who were upset with tuition hikes. During the crackdown, one professor who wasn’t even a part of the protest was beaten & maced on his way to pick up his kids from daycare. [3]
  • 2 Tulsa OK cops, 1 of which has been convicted for perjury, are the subject of a lawsuit by a man alleging they obtained several warrants against him based on intentionally falsified information. [3]
  • Dallas TX cop was investigated after a 2nd video appeared to confirm he sparked a confrontation that ended in several arrests by shoving an Occupy Dallas protester off a tall planter outside of a bank. [0]
  • San Diego Co CA sheriff says he’s investigating why dozens of arrested #OccupySanDiego protesters were left in police vans for hours, some up to half a day. [0]
  • Downers Grove UT is being sued by man alleging a cop, now facing trial for a plot to rob a pharmacy for drugs, stole his medications during his false arrest. [3]
  • Collier County FL is being sued by a man who was jailed for 4 years before he was finally cleared of charges related to a vehicular homicide case. He claims a deputy with a history of over a dozen false arrest complaints intentionally ignored several witnesses who knew he wasn’t even driving. [3]
  • Albuquerque NM lost a lawsuit for a $67,500 judgment over a case where cops allegedly threatened to violate a woman’s rights in effort to coerce her into letting them into her home. [0]
  • Lubbock Co TX precinct 3 constable was arrested for alleged bizarre racist rants and behavior against his neighbors in a dispute over a soccer ball. At one point he allegedly came out with a sheet over his head then later threatened them with a metal baseball bat [0]
  • Orange NJ cop was fired for allegedly posting multiple racially-charged rants on his Twitter account. [0]
  • Tolleson AZ police sgt charged w/DV assault, criminal damaging & disorderly conduct in dispute with his wife [0]
  • Mason Co WV sheriff was charged with wanton endangerment after 2 deputies claimed they witnessed him shot at his 13yr-old relative while he was drunk [0]
  • Wadesboro NC cop suspended while investigated for improper disposal of meth lab parts that were allegedly found by a relative [0]
  • Waterloo Regional ON police officer charged with obstruction of an officer & possession of stolen property [1]
  • Yoakum Co TX deputy arrested for abusing his position by sharing information with the subject of a warrant that he allegedly partied with. [0]
  • New York NY cop under investigation after photos of suicide victims & videos of detainees ended up on the internet from her photobucket account. [0]
  • Sûreté du Quebec police officer charged w/drunk driving after crash on highway that left a female motorist injured [0]
  • Finally, in an update to a store covered yesterday, it was revealed that Merrillville IN settled a suit for $88,750 to a security guard choked by cop while trying to show his ID. The amount was previously reported as being unspecified.

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-10-11

Here are the 19 18 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, November 10, 2011:

  • Chicago IL police are being sued by a man claiming cops tasered him 11 times in a row after mistaking him for a man with a similar name who had a warrant out for him. [4]
  • Ontario Provincial Police officer charged with sexual assault of an employee at an OPP work location [0]
  • El Paso Co TX deputy investigated for allegedly threatening to arrest former paramedic for helping accident victim [2]
  • King Co WA deputy fired for lack of integrity & misuse of auth after 22 investigations & 26 findings of misconduct [0]
  • Merrillville IN settles suit for unspecified sum to security guard choked by cop after he was asked for his ID [3]
  • Berkeley CA turns down mutual aid agreement w/UC Berkeley police after video of violence against #OWS by UC cops [0]
  • Red Bank TN sued by cops claiming systemic racism & retaliation for cops who helped w/case that got chief fired [3]
  • Lake Co IN deputy faces discipline, charged w/battery, resisting arrest & battery on an officer after attacking a bouncer at a bar [0]
  • Port Orchard WA cop sentenced to 23yrs prison for leaving girlfriend permanently disabled by shoving her out window [0]
  • Warren Twp OH cop found guilty of felony burglary & abduction for breaking into his ex’s home & attacking her [0]
  • 3 New York NY cops disciplined for rough treatment of councilman & other city officials at parade [0]
  • New Orleans LA police wrongfully cited pedestrian hit by cop, then cover it up when victim’s video contradicts cops [4]
  • Miami FL cop gets reprimand for pulling over trooper in retaliation for other trooper stopping a speeding Miami cop [0]
  • Twin Rivers CA school police chief suspended after emails about quotas emerge during jurisdiction probe [1]
  • Swisher Co TX sheriff resigns after investigation launched into alleged sexual harassment complaints [1]
  • Bridgeport CT cop suspended pending probe into video that appeared on web then vanished showing dispute w/woman [4]
  • Richwood WV police chief fired for unspecified reasons, mayor will only say “it’s a personnel matter” [3] (NOTE: More recent information alleges that the firing was retaliation by the mayor over an investigation into his use of a city vehicle. I’m removing this one from the database).
  • Sandoval Co NM deputy suspended 30 days for alleged drunken IHOP dine & dash at 4 in the morning [0]
  • 2 West Covina CA cops investigated for using patrol cars & uniforms to make funny video spoofing police harassment [0]

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

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