National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-13-11

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, September 13, 2011:

  • Natchez MS cop sentenced to 2yrs prison for stealing credit cards from man he allegedly beat in back of cruiser [0] bit.ly/qgP9Lj
  • Royston GA police officer arrested on child molestation charges possibly involving multiple incidents [1] bit.ly/pJrJDN
  • Aiken Co SC deputy claims he was frightened by family’s toothless arthritic elderly dog when he shot it to death [2] bit.ly/ndyAVU
  • Baltimore MD cop pleads guilty to conspiracy & extortion charges in tow kickback scandal, 7th of 17 to plead so far [0] bsun.md/r6jreW
  • US FBI detains & strip searches arab/jewish housewife because 2 Indian men next to her on flight used bathroom [3] gaw.kr/qt8vLz
  • Florida State trooper, Westchester Co NY cop & 3 TSA agents arrested for alleged roles in oxycodone trafficking ring [0] bit.ly/ospizf
  • US CIA investigate themselves to see whether laws were broken when they helped NYPD build spy program [1] bit.ly/oe95gi
  • Leland NC cop wins harassment complaint after repeatedly shot in a “private area” w/training ammo by fellow cops [2] bit.ly/qXgUT0
  • Cuyahoga Co OH deputy charged w/menacing & public indecency for masturbating & chasing women in park on day off [0] bit.ly/nsG0LR
  • San Diego CA police sued by cop claiming detectives in sex crimes unit sexually harassed & retaliated against her [3] bit.ly/o8VSe1
  • Honolulu HI cop investigated after allegedly posting pic & making fun of badly burned theft suspect on Facebook page [0] http://bit.ly/pHlqCj
  • Essex Co NJ deputy pleads guilty to laundering what he believed was drug trafficking money in sting operation [0] bit.ly/nDtcLP
  • Memphis TN cop arrested on domestic assault charge for allegedly hitting ex-husband in the back of the head [0] bit.ly/olYHcZ

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-12-11

Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, September 12, 2011:

  • Buena Vista MI police officer arrested on premeditated murder charges related to the strangulation death of a woman who was weeks away from giving birth to what police believe is his child. [0] http://is.gd/FZ2xEt (Corrected from being listed as “Saginaw County previously)
  • Northside TX ISD cop with a history of 16 reprimands is the subject of a lawsuit by the family of a 14-year-old student who was fatally shot in a questionable incident where the officer’s report was contradicted by a witness [3] bit.ly/nuVvtL
  • Cottageville SC is citing budget pressure as their reason for firing a cop who had been fired or forced to resign from a number of other police departments for excessive force and misconduct who is now being investigated for fatally shooting that town’s ex-mayor with a shotgun. [2] bit.ly/qGwUwj
  • Charleston WV police are being sued for unreasonable force by the widow of cop who was killed by friendly fire during a car chase involving a man suspected of misdemeanor crimes. [0] bit.ly/q7MwyX
  • New Orleans LA cop sentenced to 210 years in prison after pleading guilty to 7 counts of rape, 6 of those counts involved the teen daughter of his girlfriend. [0] bit.ly/nY90Az
  • San Francisco CA cop was videotaped hitting a photojournalist’s camera twice during the latest BART police brutality protest [3] bit.ly/rhhUwv
  • Montreal QC police under investigation over videotaped incident where woman was thrown into metal pole [0] bit.ly/pqwkzG
  • Haines FL sued by an innocent man who lost job and home after he was arrested, strip searched & jailed for 2 days due to a warrant made out to the same-name except that it was for a woman [0] bit.ly/qaOJil
  • Maui HI cop sentenced to 18mo prison for stealing $1500 from motorist during a traffic stop and for extorting sex from a female detainee [0] bit.ly/pRvouD
  • Edinburg TX police sued by strip club owners after police confiscate cash & property in raid that found nothing [4] bit.ly/o2R5Lg
  • Meigs GA cop fired after arrested on statutory rape charges following a local & state investigation [1] bit.ly/mRaC27
  • West Memphis AR cop arrested on domestic battery charge after teachers report suspicious marks on his stepchild [0] bit.ly/qoorD2
  • Los Angeles CA USD cop convicted on false evidence & other charges for fake shooting incident that sparked lockdown and manhunt [0] bit.ly/mPTXDn
  • Edison Twp NJ settles discrimination & retaliation suit for $250k to cop suspended after complaint about fellow cop [0] bit.ly/n8TdW8
  • US District Court for Eastern District New York overturns ruling allowing stopping & searching vehicles on hunch [0] bit.ly/p9qIn2
  • Pinal Co Sheriff’s dpt admits policy error as Prison Legal News files suit over refusal to deliver mag to prisoners [0] bit.ly/odAb54
  • Perry Twp OH cop remains on duty after arrested on assault charge involving unspecified woman [2] bit.ly/olUHTr
  • Chattanooga TN cop accused of having role in pressuring a bar to censor a band when they played song critical of cops [3] bit.ly/rmcQWw
  • Seattle WA police sergeant retires ahead of disciplinary hearing over rubberstamped DUI arrest reports [0] bit.ly/qpR9I5
  • Waynesboro GA cop resigns after suspended for allegedly destroying drug evidence to give teen break at traffic stop [0] bit.ly/oVWDM0
  • 2 New York NY cops under investigation for sexually suggestive dancing on video during West Indian Day parade [0] nydn.us/pX7T5E

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 09-10-11 to 09-11-11

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of September 10-11, 2011:

  • West Covina CA settles suit for $1.5mil to family of man shot 15x by cops claiming he took the baton they beat him with and attacked them with it after they detained him for being suspicious [3] bit.ly/oDIada
  • 2 Chicago IL cops sued by man claiming they beat him for taking photos of them dragging a man down street with their police cruiser. [5] bit.ly/pxNES7
  • Washington Co NY settles claim for $83k to family of 83yr-old man struck by cruiser chasing car w/o lights or siren [0] bit.ly/n1g280
  • Doña Ana Co NM agrees to pay hospital bill for 19yr-old who was billed by the hospital that subjected her to a fruitless body cavity search that was ordered by the police. [1] bit.ly/nglAu3
  • Sacramento Co CA settles suit for $400k to 2 men whose drug convictions were overturned thanks to recording [3] bit.ly/ptyOIC
  • BART CA police considering restrictions on media coverage of protests after detaining journalists at last protest [5] bit.ly/q7p1bd
  • Orleans Parish LA deputy arrested on agg rape, kidnapping & sexual malfeasance in office charges involving inmate [0] bit.ly/pyo9ji
  • 2 McCracken Co KY deputies reprimanded and apologize to dad of teen girl used in drug bust without his consent [0] bit.ly/rlNigF
  • Cuyahoga Co OH deputy investigated after questioned for allegedly stalking women around park while on sick leave [0] bit.ly/oaBJij
  • Portland OR cop arrested on drunk driving charge after found passed out in car while off duty [0] http://bit.ly/qh0wzR
  • Key West FL cop suspended after arrested on drunk driving and hit & run charges after crashing into parked car [0] bit.ly/pWb56j
  • Mission TX police officer arrested on drunk driving charge after stopped by trooper for several alleged violations [0] bit.ly/qmYiOc
  • Mission TX police labor lawyers say police chief got preferential treatment despite gun being stolen from car [0] bit.ly/rk7kWd

As our long-time readers probably already know, we try to stick to using reports that pass a credibility bar in order to maintain the integrity of our statistical data in the face of a public that is highly skeptical about the issue of police misconduct. Sometimes reports come in that I have a difficult time determining if they pass our credibility tests due to any number of factors. Sometimes they are cases where there is culpability on both sides or when they present a new kind of issue that isn’t in the realm of typical misconduct. When that happens, I don’t like to judge them myself, but instead put them up for readers to debate about and vote on.

There were a couple of these kinds of reports this weekend… so please review and let us know what you think…

Where – Keene NH
Allegations – Excessive force and wrongful arrest
Considerations – Where the arrests lawful and, if so, was the level of force used justified?
Report – http://freekeene.com/2011/09/10/keene-law-enforcers-use-violence-to-shut-down-live-free-or-dance/
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Where – Fullerton CA
Allegations – 1st Amendment violations via harassment of people showing support by citing drivers who honked in support of anti-brutality protesters.
Considerations – Were the traffic stops legitimate or were they a form of harassment through selective enforcement?
Report – http://www.ocregister.com/news/police-316561-fullerton-horns.html?cb=1315707387
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Where – New Orleans LA
Allegations – High-ranking officer under investigation for violating recently enacted policy forbidding officers for asking for cash for escort jobs. The violation was that the officer asked for checks made out to cash, but investigators appear to suggest there was no evidence of malicious or fraudulent attempt.
Considerations – Was this an issue of an honest mistake made by an officer used to doing things a certain way as outlined by older policy or was there intent to defraud or violate policy? If not, was the mistake severe enough to merit being called misconduct?
Report – http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2011/09/nopd_officer_reassigned_in_dis.html
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That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-09-11

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, September 9, 2011:

  • Clarksburg WV cop was fired & indicted for battery & neglect of an incapacitated adult over an on-duty videotaped altercation shown above. [0] http://bit.ly/qgTzMt
  • Aransas Pass TX police are accused of beating & tasing a man in an apparent case of mistaken ID then planting drugs in order to cover for it, this according to sworn statements by several witnesses to the incident. [5] bit.ly/p2jJb4
  • Evergreen AL cop suspended pending possible firing for allegedly tasering woman after she was strapped into a restraint chair then laughing about it with other officers [0] bit.ly/r2LFAN
  • Chicago IL cops are being sued by a man who lost everything after he was tasered & peppersprayed during his arrest that resulted in him being jailed for 8mo before he was finally acquitted [3] bit.ly/rquynD
  • Detroit MI cop accused of beating & pistol whipping a man so badly while off duty at a teen girl’s party that an environmental cleanup crew had to be called to clean up all the blood. [3] bit.ly/qpAROm
  • Philadelphia PA cop says he’ll keep being aggressive despite being the subject of 9 complaints, 2 suits & 3 brutality findings in 4yrs [0] bit.ly/o29dBF
  • Washington Twp NJ cop arrested for hit & run accident that left seriously injured man laying in a parking lot [0] bit.ly/nCdXKc
  • Miami-Dade FL cop shoots family’s dog to death in their own backyard after he was warned not to go there by a neighbor while the officer was responding to a false burglar alarm [0] bit.ly/nF0ygV
  • Santa Fe NM sheriff sentenced to 3mo jail for stealing $75k worth of equipment from dept & selling it on eBay [0] bit.ly/o4b8Gv
  • Eureka CA cop sentenced to probation in plea deal for felony heroin possession, vandalism & DMV record disclosures [0] bit.ly/qXevab
  • Palisades Park NJ cop fired over alleged on-duty affair w/borough employee & violent dispute with his wife [0] bit.ly/qxu8BV
  • Portland OR police sgt who used to head the police union is fired over 2 separate road rage incidents involving same woman [0] bit.ly/q3JJad
  • Poughkeepsie NY cop pleads guilty to 3 felony charges for compromising drug investigations in exchange for cocaine [0] bit.ly/rdYiH3
  • Chicago IL cop who was arrested for DUI allegedly told his arresting officers “some day you could be real police officers like me” [0] bit.ly/q9a5aK

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-08-11

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, September 8, 2011:

  • In a disturbing update to a report we covered yesterday, New York NY police are being accused of lying about what happened when an undercover cop fatally shot an unarmed man who saw the officer attacking a neighbor. A lawyer for the man’s family claims that video and witness statements are contradicting police claims that the man choked the officer, instead he claims he mearly positioned himself between the two men to stop the fighting when he was shot. That lawyer also claims that a female relative, who happens to be a nurse, was arrested and assaulted when she tried to stop the man’s bleeding. [5] bit.ly/oBH9M9
  • Toronto ON cops are being accused of racial profiling and false arrest when they stopped a black man because of his limp then arrested him on allegations he assaulted an officer by pushing him with his right arm…. an arm that has been paralyzed ever since he suffered a stroke which also caused his limp. [4] http://bit.ly/nMrWre
  • US Border Patrol settled a suit for $850k to the family of an illegal immigrant who was fatally shot by that agent in the desert. That agent was charged with murder over the incident but both trials ended in hung juries which prompted prosecutors to drop the charges. [0] bit.ly/prTEtD
  • Coon Rapids MN now-former cop was arrested on allegations that he repeatedly molested a young boy from the age of 6 until he was 13 while before he retired [0] bit.ly/oCkJku
  • Norton KS police officer received a diversionary sentence deal that will ultimately clear his record if he doesn’t get into trouble again after he was originally charged for raping 2 women. The prosecutor insists such a deal for a felony offense is normal. [0] bit.ly/nPWWHc
  • Atlanta GA Citizen’s Review Board is alleging that they have documented a disturbing pattern of illegal strip searches and body cavity searches performed in public by police, including at least one incident where an underage teen’s genitals were groped.  [3] bit.ly/qQqnGe
  • Chicago IL cop at center of the SOS corruption scandal has been sentenced to 12yrs for his role in the robberies of suspected dealers and innocent people as well as his plot to kill a cop he thought helped with the investigation against them. [0] trib.in/pAo22x
  • BART CA police are accused of detaining & arresting dozens of people who were inside their designated “free speech area” during a protest at a station. Those detained or arrested apparently included protesters, journalists & students alike. [0] bit.ly/nKNSyr
  • Palm Beach Co FL settles suit for $600k to man & his son allegedly arrested on false felony charges by 2 deputies [0] sunsent.nl/mRI22u
  • Boynton Beach FL “cop of the year” allegedly fled country to Brazil after arrested for selling over 500g of meth [0] bit.ly/nuKV2W
  • US Mint police officer pleads guilty to stealing $2.4mil worth of error coins that he then sold to coin dealer [0] bit.ly/qA31km
  • Niagara Region ON police officer charged w/assault in off-duty altercation involving female cop & security guard [1] bit.ly/pBBgwl
  • Monroeville OH cop charged w/disorderly conduct for beating a Huron Co deputy he caught w/his wife at his home [0] bit.ly/ozxLpT
  • Hartford CT police investigate traffic stop that resulted in unwarranted towing of state treasurer’s state-owned car [0] bit.ly/qHimP4
  • Revere MA cop pleads guilty to lying to the FBI in sting operation where he accepted $200 bribe (Via MassCopBlock) [0] bit.ly/rajFC1
  • Catoosa OK police chief resigns after placed on admin leave for unspecified reasons officials refuse to disclose [3] bit.ly/qzYccI
  • Montesano WA police chief sentenced to 6mo jail for using police dept credit cards for personal purchases [0] bit.ly/pIfjQu
  • New Orleans LA police captain sentenced to 11yrs 4mo on wire fraud conviction for his role in kickback scheme [0] bit.ly/oz6irs
  • US ATF guns from failed Fast & Furious program connected w/another violent crime, 2 charged w/agg assault of cops [0] lat.ms/oTCfFe
  • Campbell Co TN chief deputy fired over unspecified connection to deputy’s firing for crashing into a home off duty [3] bit.ly/pBZ7rw
  • 2 Montezuma GA cops & an Oglethorpe GA cop charged w/burglary on allegations they vandalized a home in Alabama [0] bit.ly/n5sB3k
  • Franklin Twp NJ cop pleads to record tampering charge for stealing $11k via falsified timesheets & pay records [0] bit.ly/ploNHU
  • St Louis MO police sued by ACLU in effort to enforce ruling requiring city to release records about ticket scandal [4] bit.ly/ohGm7t

Before I go I wanted to thank all of you who have donated to keep us going, we truly appreciate having the chance to provide this service to everyone and you’re the reason we’re able to keep doing it. Thank you!

I also wanted to mention the really great mention of our “Film Something” poster that appeared in NetworkWorld’s Privacy & Security Fanatic blog today. Thanks for that!

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-07-11

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, September 7, 2011:

  • Columbus GA police officer apparently shot a carjacking victim to death while chasing bank robbery suspect who jumped in his truck [2] bit.ly/q9qNal
  • Chicago IL settles suit for $1.3mil to family of man who died in custody by choking on drugs after 5 cops beat him for violating policy requiring they take people to the hospital instead of the jail when this happens then lying to cover for it. Instead video showed the officer stop on the way to the jail then used his foot to shove the man’s body back in the cruiser when he slumped out while the officer opened to the door to check on him. [3] bit.ly/qH1DkV
  • New Orleans LA cop fired on allegations he was untruthful about altercation w/student where a witness alleged that the officer kicked the boy in the head while he was on the ground. [0] bit.ly/p9TGDV
  • Birmingham AL police officer shot his wife to death with his service weapon then radioed police before killing himself in their apartment while their young children were home [0] bit.ly/o9YGLe
  • New York NY police investigate how undercover cop fatally shot a man who intervened in a drug arrest after he mistook the officer for a mugger who was attacking his neighbor [3] bit.ly/orQ0uF
  • Broken Arrow OK settles suit for $20k to man claiming cop beat him during DUI arrest, cop claimed he fell [0] bit.ly/nHMOJy
  • Aurora CO accused of piling charges on woman falsely arrested while reporting sexual assault to keep her from suing [5] bit.ly/qAeGaF
  • Univ of Pittsburgh PA settles ACLU suit for $48k to man arrested for using cell to record police questioning friend [0] bit.ly/mUVOaD
  • Venice FL cop sued by woman claiming he illegally entered her home, manhandled her & arrested her for resisting [2] bit.ly/mYbFyT
  •  Hidalgo Co TX deputy arrested for unzipping pants, showing cuffed teen a condom & putting her hand on his crotch [0] bit.ly/ovysed
  •  New Mexico state trooper fired over public sex photos now accused of sexually harassing woman he arrested for DUI [0] bit.ly/nr0BHP
  • Houston TX police accused by ex-prosecutor of withholding evidence about DUI “BAT Van” problems [3] bit.ly/qUO7VJ
  •  Atlanta GA faces 2nd Atlanta Eagle bar raid lawsuit alleging dept failed to implement changes promised in 1st suit [0] bit.ly/pyMubM
  • Ontario police union lawyers urge cops to keep 2 sets of notes, one for themselves & scripted set for investigators [4] bit.ly/oxo6M1
  • 2 NYPD cops sentenced to 195mo & 75mo for roles in armed robbery of perfume warehouse [0] bit.ly/ptmRWy
  • Fairbanks AK cop faces confidential disciplinary action for his role in off-duty altercation w/woman at movie [1] bit.ly/pps1Tm
  • 5 El Paso TX cops resign after investigation into overtime pay irregularities involving state DUI enforcement fund [2] bit.ly/oEH5hi
  • Sartell MN cop resigns before investigation into unspecified complaint is completed, claims resignation was planned [4] bit.ly/oJ16dn
  • Pennsylvania state police were embarassed when faxed press release lists a suspect’s name as “low-life piece of shit” [0] bit.ly/o7JkkO
  • New Hanover Co NC deputy resigns after arrested on drunk driving charges at DUI checkpoint over Labor day weekend [0] bit.ly/pIfdux
  • McLennan Co TX deputy on admin leave after arrested on drunk driving charge during traffic stop [0] bit.ly/pIJ02n
  • Campbell Co TN deputy fired while under investigation by state police for crashing into a house while off duty [1] bit.ly/ppJhbw

Two things before I call it a day.

First, the family of Kelly Thomas, the man who died after severely beaten and tasered by 6 Fullerton CA cops, released medical records from the hospital staff who treated him which cites the cause of death as blunt force trauma resulting in brain damage. The release was done due to the incredibly slow investigation by the Orange County prosecutor and the apparent foot-dragging by that county’s coroner in releasing the results of his autopsy. The story is still getting a lot of coverage but KTLA appears to have the most details.

Second… I really hate to mention it but we could really use some donations. Since I’m a temp worker in my primary job I don’t get paid holidays but I am forced to take those days off. That lower paycheck coincides with a number of bills coming due this week so we’re in a bit of a situation. So, if you haven’t donated and appreciate what we do, please consider helping out today. Remember, the only funding this project gets is from readers like you!

Thanks, and stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-06-11

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, September 6, 2011:

  • Lancaster NY police are accused of using excessive force in the death of a man who was repeatedly tasered. A witness claims that the man was on the ground and compliant when he was being tasered. [3] http://bit.ly/rmm8rx
  • Denver CO police are being forced by a civil review board to rehire 2 cops who were fired for beating 2 men on video then filing false reports about what happened. The review board apparently offered no explanation for their ruling. [0] http://is.gd/dm1t3A
  • Avon Park FL cop gives up police certification in deal dropping felony charge for false report in shooting case involving his girlfriend during an apparent drug deal. [0] bit.ly/nII1Ty
  • In an update to a report we covered yesterday, a Memphis TN cop facing charges for lying about being shot by Hispanic man when he was allegedly shot by a woman he had a relationship with is now being accused of shooting himself in an effort to gain the attention of that woman’s underage niece. This one gets weirder as it goes on. [3] bit.ly/rruUSC
  • Springfield OH & Absolute Software settled a lawsuit for an unknown sum to a woman who bought a laptop from a student without knowing it was stolen when police and the software company downloaded nude images of her and her boyfriend when they tracked the laptop. [1] abcn.ws/q3Y3fM
  • Harlingen TX police are accused of needlessly shooting a pet dog then arresting the owner for “entering a crime scene” by approaching where police fatally shot his dog. [3] bit.ly/pbtWkJ
  • Tulsa OK police detective charged w/domestic assault for allegedly pepperspraying a woman who was living with him in the mouth and then pointing a gun at the man who brought her home.[0] bit.ly/pB50Dd
  • Waynesboro GA police major suspended 5days w/o pay for alleged dishonesty & violation of public trust. Unfortunately we can’t determine the specifics since this came from a subscription site. [1] bit.ly/qJADP6
  • 2 Will County IL deputies sued by woman alleging she was mistreated & denied medication after she was wrongfully arrested on DV charges, charges that were dropped when her boyfriend admitted to making up the allegations. [3] bit.ly/qacDTJ
  • 4 Joliet IL cops are accused of false arrest & falsified reports in a lawsuit by a man who was jailed for 5 months until drug charges against him were dismissed [3] bit.ly/qacDTJ
  • Tempe AZ cop takes plea deal to evidence tampering charges for stealing items, including a refridgerator, from evidence [0] bit.ly/oveg16
  • Rome GA now-former cop charged w/theft for allegedly stealing $25k earmarked for needy children from police union [0] bit.ly/rt6MiM
  • Daytona Beach FL cop charged with theft on allegations he stole diamond earring from inmate he transported [0] bit.ly/oxIjDg
  • In an update to this report we tracked yesterday, a Port Jefferson OH cop is now facing felony charges for lying when he claimed his cruiser was damaged during a car chase and gun battle with a suspect when he actually sideswiped a guardrail while speeding. [0] bit.ly/qbTzY1
  • Pennsylvania State Police sued by trooper alleging he suffered retaliation for filing racial harassment complaint [3] bit.ly/qGvc3z
  • Cincinnati OH cop under investigation after motorist videotapes her asleep in cruiser w/emergency lights activated [0] bit.ly/rfYf6M
  • 14 Chicago IL cops face firing & 19 face suspensions for abusing that department’s generous sick leave policy which gives all officers a year’s worth of paid sick leave for every two years they work. [1] bit.ly/oOX9vb

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 09-03-11 to 09-05-11

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked so far in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Labor Day weekend of September 3-5, 2011:

  • The US 10th Circuit Court ruled that cops cannot use minor traffic violations as an excuse to break into homes without a warrant in a case involving a Murray County OK deputy and 2 Sulphur OK cops being sued for allegedly doing just that in addition to beating a man in the head with a baton, pepperspraying a woman and her 14-year-old son, then dragging their other son out of the bathroom at gunpoint all over a minor traffic violation he didn’t stop for. [0] http://bit.ly/roN9IT
  • A Seattle WA police brutality lawsuit alleging a cop with a history of misconduct allegedly beat one man and tasered another then concocted a story about being assaulted even though he had no injuries illustrates the difficulties Seattle has in imposing discipline on cops even when there is a history of misconduct and how it results in more misconduct and legal bills for that city. [3] bit.ly/p0DsQS
  • Philadelphia PA police will be facing planned lawsuits that will allege that the police have a pattern of destroying people’s cell phones and arresting them for videotaping the police in public while the practice of recording police was recently confirmed as being a protected form of constitutionally protected expression in a 1st Circuit Court ruling. [4] bit.ly/oa2rKL
  •  New York NY police investigate up to 15 cops who threw councilman & aide to ground & arrested them at parade [1] http://t.co/zP4Qb4U
  • In an update to a report we tracked last week, now 2 Omaha NE cops are suspended while the focus of a videotaped beating incident that only ended when cops told it was being recorded, previously only one officer was the focus for kicking the man but another can be seen repeatedly punching him too. [1] http://bit.ly/r7YmIP
  • 2 RCMP mounties in Newfoundland are accused of kicking a woman who broke down kicking and screaming after hearing her son was murdered then calling her a slut before throwing her in the back of a cruiser on assaulting an officer charges. [3] http://t.co/oDLra67
  • A Memphis TN police sergeant may face charges now that police are accusing him of lying about being shot by an unknown Hispanic man last week. They allege that he was shot by a woman he had a relationship with after she found out about his alleged affair with her underage relative. [0] http://t.co/fRpipXc
  • US Border Patrol station in Port Angeles WA is accused of racial profiling… likely related to other allegations that the station expansion is a waste of taxpayer money because agents have nothing else to do in the remote area, a claim made by an agent who now says he’s suffered retaliation for reporting that. [3] http://t.co/jaREPdn
  • New York NY settles suit for $45k to man who was forcibly hauled out of his apartment & hospitalized on a mental health hold after 2 cops broke into his room and grabbed him because they thought him sitting in his 2nd floor window while smoking was a suicide attempt [0] http://t.co/kprZNGk
  • Port Jefferson OH cop investigated for allegedly making up story about a chase & shoot-out to cover for how his cruiser was damage when he hit a guardrail at 60mph [0] http://t.co/QKXRQCj
  • 2 Lubbock TX cops sued by deputy US Marshal alleging excessive force in struggle when they tried to enter his home. This one is questionable for a number of reasons, but since the plaintiff and defendants are all officers, it’s misconduct no matter which side is right. [0] bit.ly/r9gdE0
  • Texas DPS management & distribution of fed homeland security funds to law enforcement questioned after audit [0] http://bit.ly/opW2hv
  • Arapahoe Co CO deputy arrested on domestic violence & menacing w/a gun charges in unspecified incident [1] bit.ly/ouT6aL
  • Volusia Co FL deputy suspended after arrested on domestic battery charge involving wife who suffered minor injuries [0] bit.ly/n0MIT5
  • Pontiac MI police chief was under investigation for allegedly falsifying documents on pal’s breath test when fired [1] bit.ly/ovUHM5
  • Evansville IN cop resigns in apparent deal to clear record after pulling woman over w/o cause & hitting on her [3] bit.ly/o9eBvR
  • Toronto CA undercover gang cops accused of leaving loaded shotgun at scene of home raid then failing to report it [3] bit.ly/ovmZ9T
  • Paden City WV police chief arrested on 3 misd domestic battery charges for allegedly shoving wife, father-in-law & mother-in-law which left her with a leg laceration [0] http://t.co/LeYjC36
  • Pennsylvania state trooper convicted on misd assault charge over dispute that led to off-duty fight w/neighbor [0] bit.ly/r2x0tX
  • Jacksonville FL police lieutenant sentenced to 1yr jail for stealing $51k from police charity group [0] bit.ly/rtDYbm

As you may notice, this is an extended weekend recap for this Labor Day weekend since reporting tends to be reduced over holiday weekends like this, not because there’s a shortage of misconduct, but because news staffing tends to be slimmer than usual. I decided to put the recap up early and will be adding reports on Monday as they come in.

Stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-02-11

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, September 2, 2011:

  • Raleigh NC is being sued by a man claiming a cop broke his leg and shattered his knee without cause then a judge jailed him for contempt because he couldn’t stand at court, then he was still denied medical care for several hours afterward. [3] bit.ly/qrgDVf
  • New York NY settles suit for $40k to woman claiming she went into premature labor after peppersprayed and tackled by cops at BBQ [0] bit.ly/nWn47u
  • 2 Palatine IL cops sued by man alleging they broke his skull by slamming his head against a holding cell wall while was using the toilet. [3] bit.ly/ohNCY7
  • Tacoma WA cop convicted on 4 counts 1st degree child molestation involving young female relative [0] bit.ly/nhpvGQ
  • Statesville NC cop charged w/misd assault & sexual battery for alleged improper searches of 2 women while on patrol [0] bit.ly/qL71bC
  • Maricopa Co AZ settles suit for $100k to retired judge subjected to politically motivated prosecutions by sheriff [0] bit.ly/pEpdar
  • Hartsville SC cop fired & arrested after admitting to threatening the lives of a senator and his police chief [0] bit.ly/pWJ2ow
  • Robbins IL cop hired after fired for felony mail fraud conviction now charged w/unlawful possession of gun by felon [0] bit.ly/qLtJ3o
  • Summit Co UT deputies accused of racial bias after jailing 8 black door-to-door salespeople but not white one [3] bit.ly/mWVJun
  • Alabama A&M Univ AL cop arrested on unlawful distribution of a controlled substance charge in unspecified case [1] bit.ly/n7fthe
  • Coral Gables FL cop arrested on unspecified charges in unspecified off-duty incident by unspecified agency [4] bit.ly/rbaofF
  • Easton PA cop found guilty on 2 summary charges of public intox & disorderly conduct in off-duty fight w/fellow cop [0] bit.ly/pvDdFQ
  • San Diego Co CA sheriff’s detective arrested for DUI hit&run after hitting parked cars, a foot & a fountain [0] bit.ly/qtnygR
  • Orleans MA cop loses license for 45 days after pleading to drunk driving charges for crash that injured passenger [0] bit.ly/nXPLzW
  • Pinal Co AZ sheriff’s Lt reprimanded after repeatedly stopped by troopers, but not cited, for speeding on duty [1] bit.ly/oYhpLe
  • New Mexico state trooper fired after caught on video having sex in public while in uniform on hood of car [0] http://bit.ly/o3OuNf

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-01-11

Here are the 29 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, September 1, 2011:

  • 3 San Bernardino Co CA deputies sued alleging 5 taser cartridges were used for over 10mins when a man was tasered to death for honking at cop [3] on.msnbc.com/p9zyNj
  • Aransas Pass TX cops say dashcam wasn’t working when bicyclist was allegedly hit by cruiser then badly beaten [4] bit.ly/qYyivo
  • Wyoming settles suit for $500k to family of man who died when while being restrained by troopers after crash [0] bit.ly/r2inWD
  • Russell Co AL deputy found guilty of civil rights violation for brutally beating man on ground while cuffed [0] bit.ly/oix1fE
  • Altoona PA judge finds cops had no cause to arrest man peppersprayed & injured during arrest for resisting arrest [3] http://bit.ly/nHkwPm
  • Arlington TX settles suit for $25k to man tasered 2x by cop even as witnesses told him it was wrong man (update) [3] bit.ly/q9JU3g
  • 12+ Chicago IL cops sued by brothers shown in video being attacked by cops inside store where they work [3] bit.ly/qIFhvv
  • Washington DC cop accused of shooting woman’s dog after pointing gun at them then refusing to give badge number [1] wj.la/qtEEBN
  • Jackson Co MO lawsuit by woman raped by deputy at age 15 alleges dept failed to stop pattern of sexual misconduct [3] bit.ly/p1623Q
  • Texas Police Chief organization hacks by Anonymous reveal racist & homophobic emails by police chiefs [0] gizmo.do/mYin7p
  • Anniston AL police accused of pattern of racism by cop saying he got fed up & resigned, FBI probe requested [2] bit.ly/pby3tF
  • New York NY police sued by cop alleging he was demoted for reporting supervisor for racist language & using quotas [4] nydn.us/pdlDzp
  • King NC cop subject of state investigation but officials refuse to say why after secret city council meeting [2] bit.ly/n6rfit
  • Sandusky OH cop on leave while subject of unspecified investigation into actions during dispute between biker clubs [2] bit.ly/o18UAv
  • North Providence RI police chief arested for larceny on allegations he stole $720 from motorist’s purse after chase [0] bit.ly/pXyIxN
  • Manistee MI cop subject of warrant for allegedly stealing money from someone’s wallet & embezzling money from dept [0] bit.ly/pkzLG6
  • Winnipeg MB police sued by transgendered woman claiming cops mocked her during mistaken ID arrest [1] bit.ly/pGrdMO
  • US Border Patrol sued by agent claiming he was retaliated against for reporting illegal search of car by supervisors [3] bit.ly/qkwwQ2
  • Youngstown OH cop disciplined for trying to disable suspect by shooting at his foot instead of shooting to kill [0] bit.ly/pOT2Ht
  • Morton IL police sgt pleads guilty to domestic battery, sentenced to fine & forbidden to have firearm, ending career [0] bit.ly/qF9kJ8
  • Mason City IA cop blaming sex harassment & retaliation for her firing now says 2 cops implicated in abduction case [3] bit.ly/oUt3rJ
  • Williamson Co IL deputy arrested of allegedly taking pot from task force seizures and giving it to others to sell [0] bit.ly/mVB6k2
  • Mesa AZ cop & wife plead guilty to solicitation to commit mortgage fraud by lying to get loan modification [0] bit.ly/mVS0NK
  • Daytona Beach FL cop arrested on felony false statement & misuse of personal info for renewing tags under ex’s name [0] thesent.nl/ohRAJN
  • Ft Lauderdale FL cop on leave while investigated for perjuring himself after report & testimony contradicted by GPS [0] bit.ly/psktap
  • St Louis Co MO police say no policy against cops drinking & driving patrol cars after man films cop doing just that [3] bit.ly/owXfx1
  • Jacksonville FL cop charged w/DUI after investigation into head-on crash between his cruiser and another car [0] bit.ly/nNaTBW
  • Snohomish Co Regional Drug & Gang Task Force leader suspended 6 days after convicted on DUI charge in Arizona [1] bit.ly/nfnkLK
  • Cliffside Park NJ cop suspended after arrested on shoplifting charge in unspecified incident, makes $107k/yr [1] bit.ly/pngYNb

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

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