National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-31-11

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked by our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, March 31, 2011:

  • A New Orleans LA police officer was sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatally shooting Henry Glover, an unarmed man that he suspected was looting in wake of hurricane Katrina. [0]
  • Another New Orleans LA police officer was sentenced to 17 years in prison in the same Henry Glover case for burning Glover’s body inside a car that was driven to the police by people seeking medical attention for him. [0]
  • 4 Hattiesburg MS cops are the subject of a lawsuit alleging they beat a man they stopped after they didn’t find any drugs on him and then denied him medical care afterward despite his suffering a severe eye injury. [3]
  • A Texas State trooper was indicted on official oppression and assault charges over a videotaped incident involving a passenger on a bus. [0]
  • 2 Chicago IL cops suspended while investigated over allegations that they sexually assaulted woman while on duty [0]
  • Calhoun Co AL sheriff shown on video using force on shackled teen at jail but sheriff claims it’s not the whole story [1]
  • Pueblo CO cop charged w/misd official oppression for allegedly slapping restrained juvenile at medical center [0]
  • Toledo OH cop under investigation after allegedly pulling man over at gunpoint while off-duty & not showing badge [0]
  • Jacksonville FL cop accused of being overly aggressive by pulling gun on woman & kids in mistaken ID traffic stop [2]
  • Birmingham AL cop convicted of reckless manslaughter for killing motorist in 100mph+ drunk driving accident [0]
  • Los Angeles Co CA deputy arrested for breaking into girlfriend’s home, assaulting boyfriend & threatening both w/gun [0]
  • Babbitt MN police officer arrested on felony domestic assault charge for allegedly choking his girlfriend [0]
  • North Myrtle Beach SC police admit woman was arrested in case of mistaken ID but charges not dropped, woman sues [3]
  • Jennings LA cop rehired by civil board that reduces firing to demotion & suspension for failing to give cop DUI test [0]
  • Montgomery Co OH sheriff’s sgt fired for lying about sexting employees, other sgt reprimanded for forwarding the msgs [0]
  • Philadelphia PA sued by lawyer over “live-stop” law after daughter left on street when cops took car for expired tags[0]
  • North Charleston SC police sgt fired after testing positive for cocaine use during random drug screen [0]
  • Halifax NS police officer, suspected to be the deputy chief, suspended on allegations of lying under oath [2]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-30-11

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, March 30, 2011:

  • Birmingham AL police officers under investigation over videotaped beating of security guard who had hands in air [3]
  • Pittsburgh PA cop who was sued in a $150k brutality settlement earlier this month is now under investigation over alleged road rage case [3]
  • Arnaudville LA settles suit for undisclosed amount to man shot in back of legs while trying to run from cop [0]
  • Saskatoon SK police officers accused of kneeing & beating man w/flashlights as retaliation for previous incident [3]
  • Tuscaloosa AL cop charged w/sexual assault for allegedly raping a woman he offered a ride to in his police cruiser [0]
  • DeKalb Co GA cop indicted for child molestation, rape, & battery for allegedly having sex w/15yr-old & hitting her [0]
  • Nashville TN police officer fired after investigation into allegations he had sex w/women he arrested in police car [0]
  • San Diego CA cop now faces 18 felony charges involving 5 alleged victims coerced into sex under threat of arrest [0]
  • Port Arthur TX cop reassigned from working at school while subject of investigation into relationship w/student [2]
  • Espanola NM cop charged w/animal cruelty for allegedly letting dog hit by car suffer for a month before taking it to vet
  • Contra Costa CA Community College police version of arrest the left woman bruised in library contradicted by witness [3]
  • Toronto ON police officer charged w/careless use of firearm for firing shots at car for reckless driving [1]
  • Atlanta GA & Fulton County GA police agencies sued alleging they violate law by not documenting seized assets [3]
  • Antioch CA police sued by 5 people claiming cop facing charges & others illegally seized their property w/o charges [3]
  • Concord CA female police lt who won 2 sex harassment suits now sued by female subordinate alleging sexual assault [3]
  • Texas State Tech of Waco TX police chief fired on allegations he misused evidence seized by police dept [1]
  • Las Vegas NV cop suspended w/o pay after arrested for allegedly assaulting ex-girlfriend & breaking into her car [0]
  • Edinburg TX cop suspended & indicted on allegations of timesheet fraud & sex w/jailed woman and for using a subpoena to find a woman for sex. [0]
  • Gaithersburg MD cop fired & 2 others suspended over unrelated but undisclosed misconduct allegations [2]
  • Fairfield OH police officer arrested on drunk driving charge after stopped by highway patrol for crossing line [0]
  • Galveston TX cop convicted for deceptive business practices for failing to complete promised hurricane repairs [0]
  • Wakeman OH police officer on administrative leave after arrested on drunk driving charge by state trooper [0]
  • Marco Island FL sued by ex-cop alleging he was fired for warning chief about driving to crime scenes while drunk [3]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-29-11

Here are the 19 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, March 29, 2011:

  • An Oneonta NY police officer is the subject of a lawsuit alleging he beat motorist during a cell phone violation traffic stop in front of the police station in front of several other officers who refused to stop it and then denied him medical care. [0]
  • A Niles MI police officer that we reported being arrested last week on unspecified charges was apparently accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy who was in custody at a juvenile detention facility while the officer was on duty. [1]
  • A Toronto ON police officer was arrested on sexual assault and child exploitation charges involving a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old boy. [0]
  • A Covington County MS deputy is the subject of a lawsuit alleging that he followed a man to his home then beat and falsely arrested him. [3]
  • A Pennsylvania State trooper was fired after he was convicted and sentenced to probation for interfering with a child molestation investigation. [0]
  • 3 Fort Lee NJ police officers were suspended while under investigation for leaving 5 teenage boys locked in police van overnight in near-freezing temperatures after detaining them for underage drinking at a party. [0]
  • A Jersey City NJ police officer was arrested on child abuse charges on allegations that he tried to coerce a 16-year-old runaway for sex in exchange for a night in a hotel room. The girl got scared while she was in his car and called a friend who then called the police. [0]
  • 2 Washington DC police officers were found liable by a jury in a $97,000 judgment against the city in a suit alleging the officers falsely arrested a woman for “contempt of cop”. [0]
  • The Denver CO police are being sued by the ACLU for racial bias on behalf of a man who was jailed on false allegations that he was an illegal alien despite his giving the officers a valid ID that the police didn’t recognize or try to validate. [2]
  • A Baltimore Co MD police sergeant, who is the head of the police union, has been charged with assault for allegedly punching a taxi driver and threatening him with a gun while he was drunk. [0]
  • 5 St Louis MO police officers have apparently admitted to sharing a graphic cellphone photo taken by a fellow SWAT officer of a man who was shot to death in a shootout with police. [0]
  • A Shreveport LA police officer has been convicted for perjury after he lied on the witness stand about what happened when he ran away from an officer-involved shooting situation involving his fellow officers. [0]
  • A Conroe TX police officer was fired and indicted for allegedly misusing the department’s letterhead in order to avoid paying taxes on firearms he bought for personal use. [0]
  • A Modesto CA police officer was arrested for possession of illicit drugs and distribution after an investigation into allegations that he seized drugs but never entered them into evidence. [0]
  • A Suffolk County VA police officer was arrested last month for harassing a man is now facing an additional charge for allegedly hacking into the man’s social networking page. [0]
  • And finally, an Altamonte Springs FL police officer has been suspended for 8 hours without pay for driving an unmarked cruiser to at least 2 bars to drink… after a Casselberry police officer let him go after stopping him for swerving when the Altamonte Springs cop admitted to drinking at a strip club prior to the stop. No word on any disciplinary action against the Casselberry cop. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-28-11

First, sorry this one is late, things are pretty hectic at the moment. Also, some of you may notice that a few reports that were posted after midnight PST are in today’s review. Had a bit of an outage last evening so I had to rush to catch up, but these ones belong in today’s report even though they came in after midnight.

With that said, here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, March 29, 2011:

  • A US Border Patrol agent is being investigated after fatally shooting a man in the back as he was climbing the border wall. Investigators say there no indication the man assaulted him. [1]
  • 2 West Point GA cops received a reprimand after dashcam showed them use excessive force on 17yr-old girl who was recording them making an arrest. [0]
  • The now-disbanded Chicago IL police SOS unit is being sued alleging cops ransacked and illegally raided a home & threatened the 13yr-old sitter who was there. [3]
  • An Aurora CO police officer was arrested on multiple felony charges on allegations he sexually exploited a 15yr-old runaway. [0]
  • 2 Newark NJ cops are being sued by the ACLU for illegally searching & arresting a 16yr-old honors student for videotaping them on a bus. [3]
  • 2 St Louis MO cops are under investigation after video contradicted their  arrest reports which claimed that a motorist they arrested had tried to run them down with his car. [1]
  • A Louisville KY lawsuit against a police detective over several alleged false arrests has been joined by 3 more alleged victims, bringing the total up to 9. [0]
  • A Mansfield LA police sergeant who was fired 2 years ago over his problematic history of misconduct has been rehired by that department’s new chief who says the officer deserves yet another chance. [0]
  • A Piscataway NJ police officer was fatally wounded after he opened fire at fellow officers with a submachine gun during a standoff sparked when the officer claimed he had hostages. [0]
  • A Milwaukee WI police officer had his firing reduced to a 60 day suspension and 2 other officers were rehired after appealing their firing over some serious sexual misconduct allegations. [1]
  • A Houston TX cop w/14 career disciplinary actions has been suspended 20 days for failing to investigate the sexual assault of a minor. [0]
  • South Shore KY police chief arrested on domestic violence charges after children say he threw table at their mom [0]
  • 2 Waukesha WI police officers resign in lieu of termination for smoking pot and other misconduct allegations [0]
  • 2 Chicago IL police officers subject of suit alleging they ticketed car when it wasn’t even in the city [3]
  • 2 Kingsport TN cops face termination & 3rd resigns for keeping beer seized from teen party for personal use [0]
  • Bedford County VA deputy arrested on drunk driving charges after caught driving wrong way on major freeway [0]
  • Warren OH cop claiming he got death threat over pending excessive force suit is under investigation in unrelated case [1]
  • Coral Gables FL police officer suspended after arrested on allegations that he assaulted pregnant sister-in-law [0]
  • Forrest Co MS sheriff settles suit w/ACLU for undisclosed sum & reinstates deputy claiming he was fired for being gay [0]
  • 2 El Monte CA cops charged w/felony perjury for allegedly lying about carpool, their sex harassment suit due to start [3]

Before I go I did want to mention that about a half a dozen people sent me emails about a series of reports out of Houston Texas describing disciplinary problems down there. I can’t really add it as it doesn’t really specifically describe a new incident that we hadn’t tracked and is a continuation of a report that made similar points last week that I mentioned as well. But I did want to explain why I haven’t posted it on the feed.

Also of interest is a report out of Florida describing a rise in police misconduct cases statewide down there. Again, not a specific case for statistical tracking, but useful general info.

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 03-26-11 to 03-27-11

Unfortunately I was pretty ill this Sunday, so I didn’t make as much progress on the statistical analysis of 2010 numbers as I would have liked, but I did what I could to track reports.

So, here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend, March 26-27, 2011:

  • A Las Vegas NV police officer has been accused of beating a man for videotaping police officers making an arrest across the street while he was on his own property. The officer is also accused of destroying the tape from the man’s video camera afterward. [3]
  • The police chief of Omega GA has been charged with aggravated assault on allegations that he severely injured a shoplifting suspect by beating him at a county jail and then releasing him afterward. [0]
  • A Sevierville TN police detective was arrested for DUI, vandalism and aggravated assault on allegations that he rammed a deputy’s patrol car then assaulted two deputies as they were responding to a call about a domestic dispute he was involved with. [0]
  • Broward County FL deputies and TLC reality show crews are being accused of pressuring and bribing suspects as well as crime victims into signing release forms for their show, including one account of a rape victim being pressured by a female deputy to allow her to be shown on the show. [3]
  • An Ames IA police officer received a deferred sentence for stealing from the department’s charity fund. He  resigned after being arrested. [0]
  • A Wausau WI police officer was sentenced to 14 days in jail for a 2nd offense DUI which occurred while he was on duty after fellow officers reported that he smelled of alcohol when he showed up to a crime scene. He resigned after being charged. [0]
  • The police chief of Hampton IA has been placed on paid administrative leave without explanation and officials are refusing to comment other than to say his employment status will be decided next month. [2]
  • And finally, the sheriff of Clayton County GA is being accused of firing one of his deputies because she refused to participate in a three-way along with him and another female deputy. Interestingly, that second deputy was recently indicted for videotaping a deputy in the restroom, but more interesting is that she’s still on the job while the deputy that reported her isn’t. [4]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-25-11

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, March 25, 2011:

  • 2 Denver CO cops fired for beating man who called his dad while his friend was roughly arrested on surveillance video (shown above) [0]
  • US FBI agent in Dallas TX sentenced to 2yrs prison for trying to buy .50cal rifle in plot to kill his boss and wife [0]
  • Philadelphia PA cop sentenced to 17.5-35yrs for sexually assaulting girl since age 12, retired 1 day before arrest [0]
  • Russellville AL police officer arrested for custodial sexual abuse involving at least 4 female detainees [1]
  • Warren OH cop subject of suit for detaining 3 kids, ages 7, 9 & 10, at gunpoint after mistaking them for armed men [0]
  • Irving TX agrees to pay $700k to man who sued detective after spending 9yrs in prison on wrongful rape conviction [0]
  • New York NY cop facing trial for luring a 5th grader had coerced teen prostitute into sex in 2008 but kept his job [3]
  • Barrie ON cop charged w/assault, obstruction & fabricating evidence over altercation in mall & false arrest [0]
  • Greeley CO police officer arrested on sexual assault charge involving alleged incident during traffic stop [1]
  • Baltimore Co MD police sgt, president of FOP, investigated for allegedly threatening motorist w/gun & punching him [1]
  • Connecticut State trooper allegedly threatens to arrest judge who refused to sign arrest warrant he prepared [3]
  • Attleboro MA police accused of ignoring complaint by retired cop claiming officer threatened him & used racial slurs [4]
  • Ashley PA police chief fired after protection order filed alleging he physically abused his pregnant girlfriend [0]
  • 2 New Orleans LA police officers fired & may face charges after investigation into the false arrest of 2 women [0]
  • Johnson Co NE sheriff sentenced to probation in plea deal for domestic assault after losing election for 3rd term [0]
  • Niles MI police officer suspended after arrested by state police on unspecified charges related to on duty misconduct [2]
  • Detroit MI police officer sentenced to 20mo prison for using police databases to stalk ex-girlfriend & her boyfriend [0]
  • Wilson County TN deputy arrested for theft on allegations he gave goods he stole from wife to girlfriend & vice versa [0]
  • Cincinnati OH police lieutenant transferred & reprimanded for making out w/girlfriend in a police-issue SUV [0]
  • Windsor ON cop sentenced to 15mo house arrest for smuggling tobacco into Canada to pay off gambling debts [0]
  • Warminster PA police officer fired for unspecified reasons, officials refuse to release any details [2]
  • Pembroke ON police officer found guilty of drunk driving but not for starting an altercation at a diner afterward [0]
  • Long Beach CA police officer sentenced to community service & treatment for DUI after passing out at traffic light [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-24-11

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, March 24, 2011:

  • An RCMP officer in Kelowna BC has been charged with 2 counts of assault over a videotaped excessive force incident, shown above, and another unrelated incident as well. [0]
  • Frederick Co MD deputy assigned to school charged w/child sex abuse on allegations he had sexual contact w/14yr-old [0]
  • 3 Saskatoon SK police officers accused of beating a man & falsely arresting him after he accused officer of affair [3]
  • 2 Chicago IL cops under investigation over video showing them encourage gang members to taunt rival detained in car [3]
  • Lancaster PA cop found guilty of misdemeanor assault for repeatedly punching teen in face during New Years party [0]
  • Surete du Quebec police officer sued by woman claiming he needlessly shot her dog then aimed gun at her on video [0]
  • Swoyerville PA police officer sued by Wilkes-Barre PA cop who claims he was attacked by the officer’s police dog [0]
  • Huron SD police officer sentenced to 30days jail in plea deal for sending explicit texts & videos to 15yr-old girl [0]
  • Lynchburg VA cop loses suit for $80k which city’s insurance will pay to man falsely arrested for asking him to leave [0]
  • Pennsylvania State trooper arrested for stealing money during traffic stops and possession of heroin paraphernalia [0]
  • Terrebonne Parish LA deputy fired after arrested for allegedly stealing $30k from her 90yr-old grandmother [0]
  • Belle WV cop on leave after arrested on domestic battery charges, faced similar charges while Charleston WV cop [0]
  • Marquette County WI deputy sentenced to 6 months jail for stealing drugs from an evidence storage room [0]
  • Oklahoma City OK police sgt charged w/obtaining money through false pretenses on allegations of timesheet fraud [0]
  • Yancey County NC deputy resigns after investigation found he pawned assault rifle belonging to the department [0]
  • Kennebunk ME police officer on leave while subject of unspecified investigation, second suspended this year [2]
  • Mass State trooper & Pittsfield MA police officer suspended while subjects of ongoing steroids investigation [1]
  • Dallas TX police officer charged w/DUI in November now faces being fired after testing positive for marijuana use [0]
  • Buckeye AZ cop on paid leave after cited for disorderly conduct for verbal disputy w/teens and their parents at store [0]
  • Bellevue NE cop convicted of intimidation & disturbing the peace for obscene phone calls to women that he arrested [0]
  • Saltville VA cop pleads to using over $1000 of public assets for personal gain after racking up $1,500 phone bill [0]
  • Wilton Manors FL police officer gets reprimand after caught trying to find images of friend on porn site at work [0]

Sorry the reports are still in short format, it’s been a rough week and today was even more difficult as I seem to have come down with a bad case of eyestrain, which made it very difficult to track cases I’m afraid.

Anyway, that’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-23-11

Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct, in short format, as tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, March 23, 2011:

  • A Streamwood IL police officer was convicted for repeatedly beating a motorist with a metal baton in his driveway as caught on the above dashcam footage. [0]
  • New York NY transit cops face suit by a good samaritan who was injured while stopping a crazed stabber claiming that the cops hid when he called for help [3]
  • Petersburg VA sheriff’s deputy arrested on multiple charges for attempting to have sex with what he thought was an 11-year-old in a sting operation [0]
  • Baltimore MD police officer charged w/sexual abuse of a minor & assault involving minor living at his home [1]
  • US Immigration officer arrested on sexual battery of a child under 12 charges involving ex-girlfriend’s daughter [0]
  • Kearny Co KS deputy pleads to 10 of 13 sexual exploitation charges over photos of underage girl he had sex with [0]
  • Nogales AZ police sued by officer who was tasered in the genitals by his sergeant who later resigned over incident [0]
  • Inkster MI cop sentenced to 90days jail after taking plea deal for perjury in drug case, 2nd officer to plead in case [0]
  • Hadley MA & South Hadley MA police sued on allegations they misused stolen goods warrant to look for marijuana [0]
  • New York NY cop charged w/attempted burglary & conspiracy for trying to steal $900k in drug money w/fake warrant [0]
  • Philadelphia PA cop suspended pending termination after arrested at bar for allegedly punching estranged wife’s face [0]
  • Ashley PA police chief subject of protection order filed by pregnant ex-girlfriend alleging domestic abuse [3]
  • Fort Myers FL police officer arrested on misdemeanor domestic battery charge in alleged dispute with wife [0]
  • Schenectady NY cop already on paid leave suspended w/o pay after arrested on domestic violence-related charges [0]
  • Bethel AK cop under investigation after family demands to know why he shot their dog to death while off-duty [2]
  • Boone County WV deputy subject of unspecified criminal investigation after resigning, DEA may join probe [1]
  • Middlesex County MA sheriff’s capt & 2 of his subordinate COs fined for fundrasing for ex-sheriff while on duty [0]
  • North Strabane PA cop fired for unspecified policy violation in case forwarded to prosecutors for review [2]
  • Philadelphia PA police department’s improperly calibrated breathalyzer machines may affect up to 1,147 DUI cases [0]
  • Connecticut General Assembly considers bill that would allow cops to be sued if they stop people from recording them [0]
  • Maricopa Co AZ sheriff accused of staging heavily armored raid on unarmed cockfighting suspect for TV cop show [3]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-22-11

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, March 22, 2011:

  • The Bainbridge Island WA police are being sued by the family of a mentally ill man who bled to death after shot by police and left in his room for 75 minutes w/o an effort to retrieve him. While police apparently made some divergent claims that the man threatened them with an axe his family claims he wasn’t a threat and that police shot him in the leg through the door he was trying to shut. This case is pretty controversial, but the 75 minute lag between the shooting and any effort to retrieve the man as he bled to death on it’s own is rather disconcerting. [3]
  • A Norfolk VA police lieutenant allegedly shot his wife to death before shooting himself according to the preliminary results of an ongoing investigation into the couple’s deaths. [0]
  • A Saline County IL deputy already facing sexual assault & misconduct charges is now facing 7 additional charges involving sexual misconduct with a girl under 16 years of age. [1]
  • A Cobb County GA deputy has been sentenced to life in prison (at least 25 yrs before he’s eligible for parole actually) for kidnapping & raping a woman at gunpoint. [0]
  • High ranking Philadelphia PA police officers are accused of inciting an angry mob to brutally beat a man they claimed had molested children in a lawsuit filed by that man who was later cleared of thos allegations by DNA testing. [3]
  • A Seguin TX cop was sentenced to 7 years in prison in a plea deal that reduced a sexual indecency with a minor charge to an injury to a child charge that also won’t require registration as a sex offender. (similar to another case earlier this month which another Seguin officer received probation for evidence tampering in a deal dropping solicitation of a minor charges) [0]
  • 3 Charlotte NC cops are under investigation on allegations they beat a man suspected of shooting a cop for several minutes after he had already been shot and handcuffed. [3]
  • 6 Los Angeles County CA deputies are facing termination hearings after an investigation into allegations that they assaulted two fellow deputies at a Christmas party revealed they used gang-like hand signs to signify membership to their group which apparently had the highest use of force rate in the jail they worked at. [0]
  • A Jacksonville FL police sergeant was sentenced to 9 months in jail for filing a false burglary report in an effort to cover up an illegal raid his team conducted on a home. [0]
  • The Ontario County NY sheriff is accused of lying about an FBI investigation clearing his department of sexual harassment and whistleblower retaliation allegations. An officer involved in the case says the FBI merely stopped the probe because the case isn’t a federal case, but a state-level case instead. [3]
  • A Kingston NY police detective filed for retirement and will get his pension while he’s the subject of criminal charges and several investigations into allegations of theft, overtime fraud, and other misconduct. [0]
  • A Gulfport MS police officer is under investigation after a resident questioned why a police officer fatally shot his dog 6 times while it was on a chain in his yard while the officer was investigating an incident next door. [2]
  • A Surete du Quebec police sergeant was ruled to have violated police code of conduct for his behavior after his cover was blown at a protest where he and other officers were also accused of attempting to be agent provocateurs. [0]
  • A Wilson PA police officer, once accused of receiving stolen property, was fired on unspecified neglect of duty allegations. [2]
  • An Austin TX cop was suspended 3days for accidentally shooting fellow cop’s feet when he fell while using gun-mounted light [0]
  • A Columbus GA police officer is under investigation after an off-duty dispute with mall security resulted in a criminal trespass charge. [1]
  • An Elmira NY cop is suspended w/o pay while under investigation by state police into an unspecified incident with a neighbor. [2]
  • A Honolulu HI cop was arrested after an alleged accident he was involved with where he was driving on a revoked license while awaiting sentencing for hitting an elderly pedestrian while driving drunk. [0]

Before I go today I wanted to mention that I had to remove about four links from our blogroll which sadly included 3 now-defunct police misconduct-related sites and the former US DOJ Civil Rights Division page that dealt with investigations into allegations of police misconduct… apparently the DOJ removed that page and doesn’t investigate those complaints anymore and refers all cases to the FBI according to the new page on their site. Now, not that I don’t trust the FBI to be diligent when addressing civil rights abuses by fellow law enforcement agencies, but limiting avenues for redress by victims of police misconduct isn’t a good thing for this administration to do.

Some days things seem to be getting worse instead of better.

Anyway, that’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-21-11

Here are the 24 reports of police misconduct (sorry, in short format again) tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, March 21, 2011:

  • A Savannah-Chatham GA cop is under investigation after YouTube video (seen above) shows the officer use his baton and pepperspray to subdue a man and woman while responding to a woman on woman fight. [1]
  • DeKalb Co GA police sued by family of man who died after tasered 6x in effort to cuff him for medical treatment [0]
  • New York NY police sued on allegations cops beat couple w/batons, breaking woman’s nose, for recording brutal arrest [5]
  • 2 New York NY cops subject of suit alleging they maced & tasered man for arguing about his traffic ticket [1]
  • Reading PA cop sued for beating man w/flashlight. Cop, fired for ties to bikers, claims man pulled pliers on him [1]
  • Center CO cop pleads to misd official misconduct in deal dropping 6 charges including assault & witness intimidation [0]
  • 2 New York NY cops already facing trial for raping woman in apt multiple times now face 11 more charges in that case [0]
  • San Diego CA cop charged w/10 felonies on allegations he elicited sex from & sexually battered over 3 women on duty [0]
  • Russellville AL sued by several former female jail detainees involving cop under investigation for sexual battery [3]
  • Arlington TX cop investigated after tasering innocent man he mistook for car theft subject while walking into bar [0]
  • Harvey IL & Dolton IL police sued by cop claiming he was detained & threatened after calling 911 on chief for DUI [5]
  • Washington DC police IA officer investigated for repeatedly hitting man w/car, responding cops refused to charge him [4]
  • South Beloit IL cop who was chief on leave for unspecified investigation after suspension for grabbing teen’s throat [3]
  • St Louis MO SWAT officer under investigation after admitting to sending people pic of man’s body after shot by cops [0]
  • Trail Creek IN cop subject of investigation by state police, officials refuse to release details but charges possible [2]
  • Glendale CA police officer suspended on sexual solicitation allegations but officials refuse to release any details [1]
  • Winter Haven FL motorcycle cop forced to give up police certification in plea deal for stealing pot during drug bust [0]
  • Woodmere OH police lt fired & 3 officers on leave while investigated on allegations of missing property & OT fraud [1]
  • Mesquite TX police sgt to plead guilty to fed theft charges for stealing $2k he believed was drug money in FBI sting [0]
  • Morton IL police sgt suspended w/o pay after arrested on 2 domestic battery charges over altercation w/woman at bar [0]
  • Southern Illinois Univ Edwardsville IL cop arrested after accused of breaking window during domestic dispute w/wife [0]
  • Rosebud TX cop fired over 2nd job & may face charges for confronting people about signs calling town a speed trap [2]
  • 5 Corsicana TX cops suspended 2-3wks for giving clerk their accounts so she could take certification tests for them [0]
  • Seattle WA police sgt & DUI unit cops investigated for using stamp of sgt’s signature to sign reports w/o review [1]

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

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