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  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.  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  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.  bit.ly/nglAu3
- Sacramento Co CA settles suit for $400k to 2 men whose drug convictions were overturned thanks to recording  bit.ly/ptyOIC
- BART CA police considering restrictions on media coverage of protests after detaining journalists at last protest  bit.ly/q7p1bd
- Orleans Parish LA deputy arrested on agg rape, kidnapping & sexual malfeasance in office charges involving inmate  bit.ly/pyo9ji
- 2 McCracken Co KY deputies reprimanded and apologize to dad of teen girl used in drug bust without his consent  bit.ly/rlNigF
- Cuyahoga Co OH deputy investigated after questioned for allegedly stalking women around park while on sick leave  bit.ly/oaBJij
- Portland OR cop arrested on drunk driving charge after found passed out in car while off duty  http://bit.ly/qh0wzR
- Key West FL cop suspended after arrested on drunk driving and hit & run charges after crashing into parked car  bit.ly/pWb56j
- Mission TX police officer arrested on drunk driving charge after stopped by trooper for several alleged violations  bit.ly/qmYiOc
- Mission TX police labor lawyers say police chief got preferential treatment despite gun being stolen from car  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/
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
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
That’s it for today, stay safe out there!