National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-10-12

Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, January 10, 2012:

  • New York NY police are being sued by the widow of a 73-year-old man she claims died of a heart attack after 2 cops forced him to walk back home in a winter storm during a traffic stop to retriever her license during a traffic stop for a seat belt violation, even though they didn’t really need it. [3] nyp.st/y5R5Ec
  • Pittsburgh PA settles suit for $88k to 11 protesters claiming police used excessive force during G-20 protest arrests [0] bit.ly/yjNIMa
  • Orangeburg SC settles suit for confidential sum to man claiming cop used excessive force on dashcam at traffic stop [3] bit.ly/zl9Kqx
  • Rome GA cop who injured man in taser incident now indicted for sexual battery of teen intern & false statements [0] bit.ly/xQAnbM
  • Boynton Beach FL cop sued alleging he falsely arrested man for trying to cash a bad check he was paid with for a job he got on Craigslist then injured him by transporting him to jail in the back of a cargo van while he was cuffed, causing him to roll around. [3] sunsent.nl/yBniU9
  • Boston MA police reversed their stance on whether it was legal to record police in public by ruling that two officers were in the wrong to arrest a man for recording them as they were arresting someone else. [0] bit.ly/Asc7l3
  • Gilberton PA settles suit for $15k to councilman claiming he was arrested & strip searched for swearing at mayor [0] bit.ly/yez0fd
  • Latana FL cop sentenced to 3yrs prison in plea deal for stealing money from Hispanic motorists during traffic stops [0] bit.ly/w76sNT
  • 3 Kansas City KS cops in elite police unit agree to plea deal after caught in sting operation stealing from suspects [0] bit.ly/Acu9h9
  • Oakland CA cop suspended 30days for covering his badge with tape during an OWS protes and his lieutenant was demoted for not reporting it. [0] bit.ly/z4PiZ6
  • Elmwood Place OH sued by cop claiming he suffered retaliation for reporting excessive force and misconduct by that department’s police chief. [5] cin.ci/xJoyPq
  • Los Angeles Co CA sheriff’s dept is being sued by 4 deputy trainees alleging they suffered retaliation for reporting misconduct & abuses by deputies. [4] bit.ly/w8nKi3
  • Knox Co MO deputy with a history of theft allegations was fired and faces charges for allegedly selling items he stole from evidence on E-Bay [0] bit.ly/xVuV2C
  • Benson NC cop charged w/obstruction & theft of evidence for allegedly stealing $850 from evidence [0] bit.ly/xL0NBk
  • Macon GA police sgt & another woman she was with were arrested on disorderly conduct charges in an unspecified incident [2] bit.ly/zIdZpe
  • Milwaukee WI asst police chief resigns amid probe for misleading cops while subject of suspicious persons stop [0] http://bit.ly/ze6aJl
  • St Louis MO police sgt subject of sexual harassment suit filed by female member of K9 unit he supervised [1] bit.ly/AbEEkX
  • New Orleans LA cop arrested for hit&run after his cruiser was left heavily damaged in an alleged string of crashes across 2 parishes. Alcohol was suspected to be involved but no DUI charges were filed. [0] bit.ly/weH68Q
  • Springfield MI cop arrested on DUI & leaving the scene of an accident charges after he ran from a strip club parking lot crash [0] bcene.ws/y0xQb7
  • Oakland Co MI deputy arrested on “super drunk” driving charge after testing over double the limit at .29 BAC [0] bit.ly/zP5tzK
  • Orange Co CA sheriff’s sgt & female deputy subject of investigation into allegations that the pari took a police helicopter for a joy ride [1] bit.ly/AuYg1y

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-09-12

I have to apologize for the short list of reports today and the low activity on the news feed. Today was an exceptionally hectic and long day at my day job which pre-empted my ability to monitor for reports through the day. I hope to have a chance to catch up with the reports I missed tomorrow.

With that said, here are the 6 reports of police misconduct tracked today, January 9, 2012:

  • Denver Co CO forced by “career service officer” to rehire deputy fired for slamming cuffed man’s face into wall [0] http://cbsloc.al/z1aSOt
  • Fredricksburg VA police capt charged w/contributing to delinquency of minor for conduct involving boy he met online [0] bit.ly/wzJA1M
  • Forsyth Co GA deputy suspended 120hrs w/o pay and reassigned for inappropriate relationship with woman on probation [0] bit.ly/wjUVdm
  • McMinn Co TN deputy under investigation for allegedly failing to report seized drugs & inventory them into evidence [0] bit.ly/wSxD5i
  • New York NY police face litigation from ACLU for refusing to release crime stats from pct accused of stat tampering [4] nydn.us/A2Uqcj
  • Seneca SC police capt demoted & “several” cops “departed” after female officer’s sexual harassment complaint [3] bit.ly/zHXmEM

Again, my apologies, and stay safe out there!

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 01-07-12 to 01-08-12

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of January 7-8, 2012:

  • Denver CO & Denver Co CO are being sued by the ACLU and others alleging over 500 people were wrongfully imprisoned in the last 5 years. [3] bit.ly/AhMpsB
  • McHenry Co IL sheriff’s sergeant was arrested on 10 counts of preditory sexual assault involving unspecified complaints. Everyone has been tight-lipped on what they first described as an investigation into a “domestic issue”, but this charge involves allegations of sexual assaults on minors and unnamed sources are suggesting this involves some children under the age of 13. [2] trib.in/zi9rCu
  • Fayette Co KY deputy constable was arrested on promoting prostitution & official misconduct charges on allegations he coerced 3 women who stayed at rentals he owned into having sex with him in exchange for overdue rent and urging them to turn tricks to make more money, in some cases the “overdue” part was allegedly concocted to coerce sex as well. [0] bit.ly/yoKpiJ
  • 3 New York NY undercover cops are the subject of a lawsuit filed by a man they dragged off the street as he was walking home from getting dog food, left cuffed to a hospital bed for 2 days while they had him x-rayed for drugs, then left him with over $9,000 in hospital bills for their failed drug search. [3] http://bit.ly/wx6xgM
  • Oakland CA police were apparently caught on video arresting a photographer who was complying with orders as he tried to photograph what was happening during a police raid on protesters. That video courtesy of Carlos Miller’s PNAC site. [5] bit.ly/zmfWHv
  • Oklahoma State trooper was recorded slapping a cellphone out of an OWS protester’s hand for being within 3 feet of “his personal space”. [3] bit.ly/ym5Yhr
  • Haverhill MA cop was caught on video apparently threatening to arrest a man if that video had audio, all this after the cop allegedly entered his home without permission. The person who uploaded this video to YouTube claims that police detained him and threatened to arrest him on trumped up charges if he didn’t delete the video. [3] bit.ly/z0YUcy
  • 2 Decatur AL cops are accused of needlessly shooting a dog to death & injuring beagle after witnesses contradict their report claiming the dogs attacked them after tasered when they opened the door to the home of a man they already arrested, while he begged them not to shoot his dogs. [3] bit.ly/zB5DCL
  • Houston TX cop allegedly detained and accused a civic club leader of being a shooting suspect only because he asked for the description of the suspect so he could alert members of the community. [1] bit.ly/zSH6jh
  • Shelby Co TN deputy was arrested on a simple assault charge in an alleged domestic violence incident with his ex-girlfriend. [1] bit.ly/z8PkvI
  • Cassia Co ID deputy charged w/misd battery for shoving his daughter’s boyfriend then gouging his eye with his thumb, apparently because he didn’t approve of him. [0] bit.ly/yRbyou
  • Ohio state patrol was ordered by an arbitrator to rehire a cop they fired over his drunken outburst at an NFL game that got him locked in a stadium holding cell that he ended up damaging. [0] bit.ly/x55byG
  • Pennsylvania state police commander of the York PA barracks retired after he was arrested on DUI charges after a motorist called police when she saw him weaving. [0] bit.ly/yRqqaP

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

The Worst Police Misconduct Videos of 2011


The National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project (NPMSRP) “Worst Police Misconduct Video of the Year” readers poll is part an examination of how our readers view police misconduct and part effort to garner more interest into the issues of police misconduct, transparency, and accountability.

Though so many of the thousands of cases we cover each year are bad even when they don’t include video of the incident, we pick about 20 each year that did have publicly accessible video associated with their cases and ask our readers to vote for the worst… and this is the third year we’ve run the poll.

There are no awards, prize packets, or even fake gotcha trophies in this contest that, ultimately, has no real winners. Just the shameful knowledge that hundreds of people decided that the officers involved took part in the worst example of police misconduct immortalized on video in the year of 2011.

With that said, here are the results of our poll:

The fifth worst police misconduct video of 2011 – 67 Votes (15%)


    Date: March 2010 (video leaked February 2011)
    Officers: 9 Houston TX police officers
    Victim: Chad Holley
    Status: 4 of 9 officers involved were fired and charged with official oppression and/or civil rights violations.

    This video that almost never made it to the light of day shows several Houston TX cops piling up on a 15-year-old burglary suspect after he was clipped by a police car and appeared to surrender. The officers then proceed to take turns repeatedly punching, kicking and kneeing the young teen for a span of minutes as he laid on the ground before taking him away. The mayor and police bitterly fought to keep this video from being released and complained fiercely that the person who leaked it should have been arrested.
    Latest Update: http://www.khou.com/home/Judge-denies-venue-change-in-Houston-cop-case-128256043.html

The fourth worst police misconduct video of 2011 – 77 Votes (17%)


    Date: September 2010 (released Nov/Dec 2010 but not on our site until Jan 2011)
    Officers: Approx 6 Weber-Morgan UT Narcotics Strike Force officers
    Victim: Todd Blair
    Status: Lawsuit pending, IA ruled shooting justified.

    This controversial and disturbing video of a no-knock raid performed by the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force in Utah appears to show a raid that went wrong and didn’t conform to standard planning practices. The multi-agency task force decided to rush into performing a raid on a home they suspected had housed a meth dealer in September of 2009. However, the raid only turned up a small amount of marijuana by one account or a small amount of an unidentified substance according to a different report. Needless to say, it appears as though their target wasn’t a dealer but, at most, an addict who died with $4.00 in his possession. The fatal shooting occurs very quickly after officers burst through the door, about 1 second after they spotted the victim holding a golf club at least 15 feet away. The report claimed the victim was approaching officers menacingly but, as the video shows, he was stationary at the time and appeared to have just woken up.
    Latest Update: http://www.standard.net/topics/drugs/2010/10/29/family-planning-lawsuit-prevent-repeat-drug-raid-shooting-death

The third worst police misconduct video of 2011 – 78 Votes (17%)


    Date: December 2011
    Officers: Approximately 6 Maricopa County AZ deputies and approximately 4 Phoenix AZ police officers
    Victim: Ernest Atencio
    Status: Under Investigation

    Several Phoenix AZ police officers and Maricopa County AZ deputies are seen in surveillance video taking down a detainee who didn’t appear to be presenting any visible threat then choking and tasering him repeatedly before dragging him into a “safe cell” where they stripped him naked and left him for several minutes. When they checked on him again he was unresponsive and not breathing. He died several days later when he was taken off life support while brain dead. While the Phoenix PD insisted their role in the incident was minimal, the video appears to contradict them.
    Latest Update: http://tucsoncitizen.com/hispanic-politico/2011/12/26/law-enforcer-mike-stauffer-reacts-to-death-of-ernest-m-atencio-death/

The second worst police misconduct video of 2011 – 131 Votes (29%)

And finally…

The Worst Police Misconduct Video of 2011 – 227 Votes (49%)


    Date: July 2011
    Officers: 6 Fullerton CA police officers
    Victim: Kelly Thomas
    Status: Police chief on extended sick leave, 2 officers charged with murder/manslaughter, 4 officers still on paid leave, lawsuit vs Fullerton PD, lawsuit vs Orange Co DA, and recall effort against several public officials.

    6 Fullerton CA police officers can be heard on this video, but not clearly seen, beating Kelly Thomas as Thomas heartrendingly cries out in pain for his father in an encounter, stemming from a questionable car prowling call, that ultimately led to Kelly Thomas’s death from numerous injuries. After a lengthy investigation 2 of the officers were charged with murder/manslaughter and excessive force over the incident. Other videos from surveillance cameras exist but are being kept secret as were a lot of details, which led to recall efforts against public officials who defended the police and tried to whitewash the incident prior to the criminal charges being filed. The incident also led to a flood of other misconduct reports involving that city’s police department being brought out and other legal cases as well.
    Latest Update: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/12/kelly-thomas-mother-sues-da-beating-death.html

Visit here to see all the video candidates and full results of the poll.
Results from the previous Worst Police Misconduct Video Reader’s Polls can be found at the following locations:
Worst Police Misconduct Videos of 2010
Worst Police Misconduct Videos of 2009

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-06-12

Here are the 28 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, January 6, 2012:

  • RCMP settled a lawsuit for an unspecified sum to the family of a First Nations man fatally shot by a Mountie in an incident a review commission determined was caused by “errors in judgment”. [0] bit.ly/zs0tH9
  • Tallahassee FL settles suit for $2.6mil to the family of a female police informant who was shot to death during a drug sting. [0] bit.ly/xxAXsU
  • Humphreys Co TN sued by man who suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung when he was allegedly beaten, tasered, and stripped naked in the snow in an incident partially caught on dashcam video. [3] bit.ly/wQsFNu
  • 2 Russell Co AL deputies were sentenced, one to 46mo and the other for 34mo, after they were convicted on deprivation of rights under color of law charges in a brutal beating incident that left a man severely injured. [0] bit.ly/xnCtrK
  • Knoxville TN police are being sued for injuring the autistic son of a slaying victim by tackling him for pacing after cops had already shot the alleged suspect. [3] bit.ly/wLRrvQ
  • Prince Albert SK cop pleads guilty to assault for stomping on a restrained drunk woman’s head for spitting at him on video. [0] http://bit.ly/xXkSnK
  • Barling AR police are ordered by a federal judge to pay $168 in a lawsuit who was tasered then beaten for walking away from a traffic stop when his ride arrived. He was the passenger of that car and, even police admitted, he was cooperative and had no cause to believe he was being detained. [0] bit.ly/yNwdCa
  • Laramie WY settles suit for undisclosed sum, which is at least $49k from one party, to a man who suffered facial injuries when tasered by a cop from behind. [3] bit.ly/xt3Yqi
  • New London CT cop was fired over allegations of excessive force that prompted employees at a rehab center to complain when he peppersprayed and beat a rehab patient. [1] bit.ly/AtHOcm
  • Arkansas state trooper is the subject of a claim, (which is an appeal to the state to have a conscience Arkansas law makes it illegal to sue the state) by the family of a teacher who was killed when the trooper, doing 103mph w/o lights or siren activated, hit her vehicle. [0] bit.ly/wxXqZ3
  • Georgia state trooper fired & may face charges over an on-duty crash that killed a baseball team’s trainer’s wife. [0] bit.ly/AeQi3J
  • North Carolina trooper was ruled to be at fault for doing 105mph w/o lights or siren before rear-ending an SUV making a legal u-turn [0] bit.ly/yiZsUA
  • Memphis TN cop took a plea deal for a laundry list of charges for… let me see if I got all this right… giving a 17yr-old girl he was romantically interested in a gun, plotting to have her boyfriend murdered, having her home shot up, delivering her drugs, then shooting himself and falsely blaming it on her relative in a strange bid for her affection. [0] bit.ly/Ar2sh7
  • Easton PA sued by man claiming cops used explosives and almost injured his 9yr-old daughter in a raid on his home that he claims was in retaliation for a lawsuit his mother filed against the police. He further claims police used the same warrant, only good from his home address, to illegally raid his business. [3] http://bit.ly/xEuUoP
  • New London CT cop was suspended while under investigation after a video allegedly shows him planting drugs near a man’s car following a traffic stop. [0] http://bit.ly/AfmwJU
  • Hillsborough Co FL & Temple Terrace FL cops accused of violating state law during a DUI arrest then editing video in an effort to cover it up. [4] on.wtsp.com/AleTbw
  • Yakima WA settles suit for $350k to a cop claiming he was retaliated against for reporting misconduct by a fellow officer who was allegedly a friend of the chief. [0] bit.ly/zbwa2E
  • RCMP Mountie in British Columbia is being sued by a female RCMP Mountie claiming he hurt her breasts when he chest-bumped her with his body armor on then humped her leg. [3] bit.ly/waSD5N
  • 2 Thomasville NC cops get reprimanded for illegally euthanizing dog they shot in the face by gassing it at the animal shelter [1] http://bit.ly/yoY0Zn
  • Rhine GA police chief arrested on drug charges for allegedly supplying & attempting to buy pills [0] bit.ly/zcurUh
  • Marion Co FL deputy found guilty of conspiracy to sell or distribute 100 kilos of marijuana and a scheme to steal drugs from alleged dealers. [0] bit.ly/wKn2yp
  • Piscataway NJ cop takes plea deal, to get 2-3yrs for stealing cocaine from evidence while he was the dept’s evidence officer [0] on.cpsj.com/zz3KB0
  • Fort Pierce FL cop suspended after arrested on 3 counts fraudulently obtaining drug charges after investigation [1] bit.ly/zLoXxt
  • Freeport TX cop fired on allegations that he tracked down woman he pulled over and sexually harassed her [0] bit.ly/xxzAJt
  • Ontario Provincial police officer sentenced to probation for wiretapping & making false claims against teacher [0] bit.ly/zalHfw
  • Howard Co MD police accused of making bad DUI stops to meet quotas by judge who threw out woman’s DUI case, the allegation was based on a number of memos appearing to support the allegation of illegal quotas. [3] bit.ly/y8w26f
  • Clark Co NV school district police chief resigns amid scandal about alleged underage party DUI crash coverup [3] bit.ly/xQyii7
  • Fayetteville NC cop arrested on DUI charges after he tried to hide DUI crash by calling tow truck instead of cops [0] bit.ly/A05QEv

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-05-12

Remember folks, voting in our Worst Police Misconduct Video of 2011 Readers Poll ends tonight at midnight, so tell your friends, your family, and your pets to vote soon.

Here are the 26 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, January 5, 2012:

  • Fresno CA settles a lawsuit for $1.3 million to the family of a man shot to death in a case recently ruled excessive & unreasonable by a jury. [0] bit.ly/zjgVVd
  • Lincoln RI cop who is now on trial for kicking a seated cuffed woman in the head on video in 2009 already had assault conviction from 2001, prompting many to ask why he was still a cop. The video of the incident, shown above, was finally released in court today. [3] bit.ly/ylKVtz
  • Lake Mary cop is accused of using excessive force on video then deleting a report that incriminated him during that incident. While the video didn’t show much, it showed enough to determine the officer lied on his report. [0] bit.ly/xtVzsn
  • Merrillville IN enters into a secretive settlement deal only now coming to light months after it was reached with a man who sued alleging a cop used excessive force on him while being transported to jail. [3] bit.ly/xYEBpT
  • Bridgeport CT police are being sued by a 76yr-old man how suffered multiple injuries when a heavily armed SWAT team forcibly tackled him off his lawn chair in his yard during a raid. His lawyer says the plan is to make the jury laugh at police claims that the frail old unarmed man made the heavily armed and armored officers feel threatened when he allegedly made a boxer’s pose as cops ran through his yard. [3] bit.ly/yZW4kv
  • Albemarle Co VA rsv deputy was arrested on rape charges after an investigation into unspecified allegations. [2] bit.ly/xyIo0Q
  • MARTA GA police officer arrested on child molestation & child exploitation charges after an investigation into sexting allegations. [0] bit.ly/wJ53a7
  • Kingsport TN cop pleads guilty to engaging in a child exploitation enterprise for his role in a massive child and infant porn ring. [0] bit.ly/wa4OPp
  • Waterville Twp OH cop indicted on allegations he downloaded and viewed child porn on his work computer while on duty. [0] bit.ly/AECaOh
  • Cleveland OH cop was arrested on gross sexual imposition charges involving the female crime victim of a case he was investigating. [1] on.wkyc.com/xVwujK
  • Kern Co CA deputy is the subject of a legal claim alleging he was speeding w/o his emergency lights & siren activated when he fatally struck 2 pedestrians. [3] bit.ly/As0A29
  • Miami Beach FL police sued by a man arrested for refusing to give cops his cellphone after he recorded video of a traffic stop he saw. [4] bit.ly/zGfkKN
  • Denver CO outgoing police monitor is requesting a federal investigation into that department on allegations that the internal affairs department is incapable or unwilling to police the police. He cites several cases where evidence or testimony against officers was ignored in investigations but the city insists he’s wrong. [3] bit.ly/xKp4h0
  • Austin TX police didn’t take a report from a woman claiming a man attacked her shortly before another woman was killed in her nearby home by what ended up probably being the very same attacker 30 minutes after the first report. Residents who live nearby say police were too busy with a jaywalker crackdown. But police say they took the report… just didn’t enter it until shortly after the media started asking questions about it. [3] bit.ly/xxN62d
  • New York NY police sued for refusing to release video of a fatal hit & run crash because it’s part of an investigation… despite the fact that they already declared that there would not be any charges in that case very shortly after the incident occurred. [4] nyti.ms/xZ00Hu
  • Howard Co MD cop was found guilty of assaulting a female Baltimore cop during an altercation outside of a bar when he punched her as his pal was being arrested. [0] bsun.md/xBo2BZ
  • Fort Myers FL cops asking why a police sergeant in charge of training them is still on the force after being caught cheating on an exam. [3] bit.ly/ygY5Z9
  • Nelson Co NE deputy was sentenced to 120 days jail for misdemeanor battery & destruction of a phone in a DV case. 2 felony charges from that case have been remanded to a grand jury so he may still face 2 more charges. [0] bit.ly/ymXKcP
  • Hall Co GA deputy arrested on credit card fraud charges for allegedly using a stolen card at Walmart multiple times. [0] bit.ly/wqfJI1
  • Seattle WA cop died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound the same day he was arrested for allegedly buying crack cocaine in a sting operation and stealing drugs from evidence. It’s sad because it’s doubtful he would have faced any serious criminal sanctions, as typified in the next case… [0] bit.ly/yGNtFD
  • Wolfeboro NH cop was sentenced to 3 days in jail in a deferred sentence deal after he was convicted for stealing painkillers from evidence. [0] bit.ly/zqGFfa
  • Wagoner OK cop was charged with drug possession after allegedly attempting to illegally obtain pain pills while on duty. [0] bit.ly/yPjelY
  • Mason Co WV sheriff arrested last year for shooting at his son now indicted on several embezzlement charges. [0] bit.ly/xpTeLd
  • Ohio University OH deputy police chief suspended while under investigation on unspecified misconduct allegations. [2] bit.ly/xpTwvs
  • Hollywood FL cop resigns in lieu of termination after investigation into allegations he covered up wife’s DUI crash [0] http://sunsent.nl/xy3eVP
  • Red Willow Co NE deputy resigns before pleading guilty to reduced refusal to take a breath test charge during a DUI stop. [0] bit.ly/wy2qFq

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-04-12

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, January 4, 2012:

  • 2 Austin TX cops are accused of using excessive force on a woman during a DUI traffic stop that prompted a bystander to start taking pictures. As he was photographing the officers one walked up to him and bent him backwards over his truck after he tried to assert his right to photograph in a public place. That man was arrested on felony charges but another bystander’s video, above, captured the incident and appears to contradict the police report. [4] bit.ly/wuN1cZ
  • Cleveland Clinic OH police are being sued by a man claiming that officers broke down his door then dragged him out of his home where they then tasered him and beat him with a baton… all just to give him 2 minor traffic citations they could have just left on his windshield. BTW, handing out traffic tickets isn’t a justifiable reason to break into someone’s home without a warrant. [3] bit.ly/AwiOsQ
  • 2 Charlotte-Mecklenburg NC cops, one of which has been charged with assault in another case, are accused of using excessive force in an incident prior to the incident that earned him 2 assault charges. [3] bit.ly/A41gqS
  • Henrico Co VA cop sentenced to 13yrs for possession & production of child porn, he used craigslist to find young girls who wanted to be models to and promised to help them. [0] bit.ly/z9iNKP
  • Phoenix AZ police found to have retaliated against a police sergeant who blew the whistle on questionable kidnapping stats that were used to get millions in federal grants. This finding was part of a second review into those allegations of rigged stats. [5] bit.ly/wDYwy0
  • Derry PA police are being sued by a woman after her home was left uninhabited after damaged by 26 tear gas canisters and flash grenades used by police who responded to a call that she was threatening suicide. [0] bit.ly/wIR53Q
  • New York NY cop was docked 10 vacation days for continuing to shoot a dog that attacked him after it was down and didn’t present a threat. [0] nydn.us/Auwodn
  • Seattle WA filed a lawsuit against an attorney for requesting several dashcam videos involving officers who are the subject of excessive force allegations made by his clients. This move by the city appears to be aimed at overturning recent court rulings that say the city’s use of special police officer privacy rights laws to keep videos and misconduct reports secret weren’t legal. [5] bit.ly/xTbxAr
  • Longwood FL cop was sentenced to 2yrs in prison for breaking into the home of his estranged wife’s boyfriend and holding a gun to his head while he was in uniform and threatening his life. [0] thesent.nl/yPJklS
  • Florida investigation into a tv star Broward Co deputy reveals that 137 officers in state are currently Brady listed, which means prosecutors feel they cannot be trusted testifying in court because of past misconduct or criminal behavior. [0] sunsent.nl/ypEXPS
  • Lawnside NJ police are being sued by the owner of a now-defunct bar claiming he had to shut it down after a police officer continually harassed and ticketed his customers after he refused to cave into her attempts to shake him down for money. [3] on.cpsj.com/xIBl8C
  • Bainbridge Island WA cop’s “reign of terror” Facebook post apparently was enough to convince city council members that the city’s police officers just couldn’t be trusted to police kids in school as they cited that, in addition to other claims, as the reason they refused to ask the feds to help fund school resource officer program. [0] bit.ly/y59aWj
  • Ohio state trooper sentenced to probation for assisting his wife with illegally obtaining prescription drugs [0] bit.ly/w5NeVS
  • Honolulu HI cop gets deferred sentence in plea deal for shoplifting $72 worth of merchandise from Walmart [0] bit.ly/y85wGW
  • Saskatoon SK cop demoted & suspended 30 days for having sex with woman while on duty [0] http://bit.ly/xJSB2b

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-03-12

Here are the 22 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, January 3, 2012:

  • Hammond IN settles suit for undisclosed sum to man claiming 4 cops left him with brain damage after wrongfully tasering him 4x & kicking him in the head [3] bit.ly/x5M93d
  • Henderson NV settles suit for $225k to man claiming cops beat & tasered him after he defended self in cop’s attack [0] bit.ly/wS3Qjl
  • Sandy UT police sued by grandparents of 9yr-old who suffered broken collarbone when cuffed by cop at school [3] bit.ly/zpTZGg
  • Fayetteville AR cop arrested for agg burglary, trespassing & battery after he allegedly barged into a home, threatened a man with a knife then fired his gun into the man’s bed two times. [0] bit.ly/z2z1NC
  • New York State trooper charged with felony criminal mischief & misdemeanor assault for busting into another person’s home while he was drunk and attacking a man inside. [0] bit.ly/xGBdGp
  • Massachusetts state trooper arrested by feds was allegedly a bookie who threatened to kill informant & his family [0] bit.ly/szRpIl
  • New Orleans LA police sued by 2 women injured & family of one woman who died in crash during questionable chase [0] http://bit.ly/A7hLgU
  • Portland OR police make changes & admit to flawed internal investigation processes as fed investigation starts [0] bit.ly/zrSZnE
  • North Chicago IL mayor acknowledges police problems suspends chief, asks for probe into 88 brutality claims in 3yrs [0] bit.ly/xhxK3k
  • Onslow Co NC now-former deputy pleads guilty to sexually abusing a minor, pled guilty to similar charge in June [0] bit.ly/wRkLhM
  • Lubbock Co TX Pct 3 constable accused of threatening his neighbors with a baseball bat during an alleged racist tirade in has resigned as part of a deal with the DA that will allow him to avoid charges [0] bit.ly/yWWev5
  • Denver CO police forced by civil service commission to rehire 2 cops fired for lying about chase against orders [0] bit.ly/zQdQER
  • Colorado state trooper’s credibility problems after fired for improper reports & bias sparks review of 400 cases [0] bit.ly/u4mcOE
  • Lenoir Co NC sheriff’s narcotics detective resigns before arrested on drug (hydrocodone) trafficking charges [0] bit.ly/yFF08m
  • Fort Lauderdale FL cop charged w/wire fraud in alleged scheme to defraud city by padding pay while in reserves [0] thesent.nl/yFK590
  • Turner Co GA deputy suspended after arrested on allegations he stole a flashlight from a car during traffic stop [0] bit.ly/AhLfNr
  • Dallas TX police officer fired after failing drug test for marijuana & failing to cooperate w/investigators [0] bit.ly/xIouGc
  • Stickney IL cop sued alleging he used police database to track down woman he ticketed & left love note on her car [3] bit.ly/yWxmJs
  • Payson AZ cop fired for false report claiming motorcycle w/bad title he got from relative was deserted property [0] bit.ly/ygou6G
  • DeKalb Co GA police sgt fired for having sex with subordinate officer & for taking “inappropriate” pics w/dept cell [0] bit.ly/yehWlf
  • Normandy MO cop resigns as arrested on allegations he submitted fraudulent car title in effort to save money [0] bit.ly/x1lIhn
  • Webster Parish LA narcotics deputy will not permitted to drive a cruiser until investigation after off-duty DUI arrest [0] bit.ly/ABlM3b

Before I go I did want to mention that story I retracted from the feed about allegations that a Utica NY cop planted drugs in a car on dashcam during a traffic stop. I retracted it after the full dashcam was released which seemed to show drugs being confiscated from the driver and passenger before the alleged plant. However, some people are saying it’s still misconduct because how the officer handled the drugs when he went into the car was not standard evidence handling practice. I don’t have time at the moment to really dig into this one, so I’m leaving it to you, our readers. Take a look and let us know what you think in the comment section below. [0] bit.ly/w5oZHw

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-02-12

As happens sometimes, especially on the first weekday following a weekend New Years when most people are still on holiday from work recovering from their hangover’s hangover, the news feed falls strangely silent. Of course, while we would like to welcome that silence as a good sign, it’s usually just a sign that reporters party just as hardy as the rest of us and have taken the day off as well.

With that said, here are the 4 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, January 2, 2012:

  • New York NY police criticized for continuing to threaten reporters & prevent them from covering protests [5] nyti.ms/rujlRA
  • Massachusetts state trooper arrested on unspecified charges following unspecified federal investigation [2] bit.ly/tEBVIV
  • Massachusetts trooper under investigation after accidentally shooting woman walking her dogs while deer hunting [0] bit.ly/rxtx6U
  • Douglas Co CO deputy arrested on multiple charges after causing several accidents while off duty on New Years [0] http://bit.ly/rzG8BO

Before I go, an interesting update about the polling in our 3rd Annual Worst Police Misconduct Video of the Year Reader’s Poll. While video #4 was the solid leader in votes up until late this afternoon, Video #1 overtook it for the lead in votes after a Facebook user campaigned to get people to vote for it because his friend was in it. Of course, anyone is allowed to campaign to get votes for the video they hate the most for whatever reason they have for hating it, and some other people have given some great reasoning for picking that video as one of the worst anyway (it wouldn’t be on the list of finalists otherwise, all of them deserve to be the worst). But, it’s the first time I’ve seen someone campaign for people to vote for a specific video in our 3 years of doing this so it was an interesting twist to watch how one person could shift the tide of the poll.

Also of interest, I noticed that several people started talking and posting about video #12 a day after our poll started, despite that video having been very publicly leaked about 9 months ago. While this uptick in interest in this video didn’t translate into votes, it has been burning up Facebook because people want to make others aware of it in the hopes it puts pressure on the powers that be to make sure there’s justice in that case, which is still pending over a year after it occurred… truth be told, spreading awareness like this is one of the biggest reasons I run the poll each year, so that alone has made it worthwhile this year. This awareness is important because, while the existence of video in a police misconduct case does increase the odds that justice will be done, sometimes that alone isn’t even enough.

Anyway, the poll has just begun with 4 more days of voting remaining and voting has been light so far with less than 10% of visitors actually casting votes. So make sure you vote for your most hated. Sure, there’s no trophy or prize, just the shameful knowledge that people thought the agency and officer(s) involved in the worst videos represents the worst of the worst.

As always, stay safe out there!

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 12-31-11 to 01-01-12

Since this weekend was both the last weekend of the year 2011 and the first weekend of 2012 I’ve split up the reports we tracked since they’ll be going in different databases, so to speak. So…

On the last day of the year, Saturday, December 31, 2011 we tracked 4 reports:

  • Phoenix AZ cop & his friend were arrested on aggravated assault charges after both of them pulled guns on bouncers who maced them for brawling with other patrons. [0] bit.ly/tQ9s5c
  • Miami-Dade FL cop gets probation in reduced charge plea deal for molesting young girls during traffic stops, prosecutors offered the reduced charge deal after one of the teens was caught making false claims against a family member. [0] bit.ly/vHZppB
  • Oregon State trooper resigns after pleading guilty to official misconduct & possession of meth charges. He was sentenced to probation as part of that plea deal [0] bit.ly/smpPDd
  • Bridgeport CT police forced by arbitrator to rehire a police lieutenant fired for covering up boyfriend cop’s hit & run crash. They were allowed to demote her though, after giving her back pay. [0] bit.ly/u1NHTy

And on the first day of the new year, Sunday, January 1, 2012 we tracked 7 reports:

  • New York NY state trooper suspended but not charged after breaking into home while he was drunk & assaulting the homeowner inside who was trying to protect his family. [1] bit.ly/w0dSFD
  • New York NY police are being accused of making random arrests during an OWS protest by an actress who complains that an officer was rude to her and shoved her when she tried to approach a police van containing a girl she says was wrongfully arrested and wasn’t associated with the protest. [3] bit.ly/rEcfTX
  • Washington DC Airport Authority police officer was arrested on an unspecified solicitation of a minor charge. [1] on.wusa9.com/tVdfSK
  • Georgia trooper was speeding with his emergency lights on but witnesses say they didn’t hear a siren when he ran a red light and crashed into an SUV in an accident that killed an Atlanta Braves trainer’s wife. [1] http://bit.ly/sUz0Oe
  • Soda Springs ID cop was arrested for battery & disturbing the peace following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend on New Years Eve. [1] bit.ly/uKW2ay
  • Winnebago Co IL sheriff’s sergeant was suspended on unspecified misconduct allegations for the 3rd time in 14 months. While the reason for this suspension was not divulged yet, one of the others appears to have involved allegations of sexual harassment. [1] bit.ly/vx619A
  • Canal Fulton OH cop has resigned in order to stop an investigation into unspecified misconduct that followed a “last chance” agreement he signed as a result of a previous incident. The officer appears to have skipped around other departments prior to this agency, interestingly enough. [2] bit.ly/tENEuF

That’s it for this weekend, but don’t forget to check out our Worst Police Misconduct Videos of 2011 Readers Poll and cast your vote for the ones you hate the most.

Stay safe out there!

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