National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-25-11

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, July 25, 2011:

  • Monterey Co CA SWAT team is subject of a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who was unarmed when the heavily armored team launched a flash-bang grenade into his home then watched as it burned. The man perished in the fire but wasn’t even the target of the raid. [0] http://bit.ly/n4zLtG
  • 2 Miami Beach FL cops accused of assaulting a gay man while shouting homophobic slurs then falsely arresting a man who witnessed the incident back in 2009 were finally fired over the incident. [0] http://bit.ly/qEw5kN
  • Cleveland OH police officer is the subject of a lawsuit alleging he used excessive force when he mistook a teen with downs syndrome for a suspect and threw him against a car then allegedly told his parents he’s lucky he didn’t just shoot him. [3] http://bit.ly/qvcldN
  • Toronto ON cop charged w/assault causing bodily harm for allegedly attacking detainee during processing at station [1] http://bit.ly/nXgQfl
  • Harris County TX deputy is being investigated after he was accused of needlessly shooting a neighborhood dog while riding his bike off duty then pulling a gun on a man who tried to stop him [1] http://bit.ly/nX30Z9
  • Dallas TX police are being sued by a stroke victim who was sober when police asked her to step out of her home then arrested her for public intoxication while refusing to listen when she explained she slurred her words because of the stroke. [3] http://bit.ly/nNE1TI
  • Portland ME police are being accused of lying in a report used to justifying how they shot a motorist when he refused to stop by his defense attorney who took the unusual step of creating a web page to show the public the dashcam video he says proves they lied and that the shooting wasn’t justified. [2] http://bit.ly/riHxst
  • Bogalusa LA cop arrested on armed robbery & dangerous use of weapon charges after police responded to a call alleging the off duty officer was firing shots in the neighborhood. [0] http://bit.ly/qYRIOa
  • 3 Columbia SC cops caught lying on reports in a videotaped false arrest case were never investigated by city or state despite assurances by officials that investigations were underway. Which was the reason they cited for not releasing any information about the case. [5] http://bit.ly/otNXfe
  • Newburyport MA police officer resigns before indicted on perjury charges in unspecified case [2] http://bit.ly/nxzOpg
  • Washington DC cop sentenced to 7mo for using her police equipment to assist with what she believed was a burglary but was actually a sting operation. [0] http://bit.ly/pYYVT6
  • Milwaukee WI cop faces firing after he was charged with identity theft for allegedly using a 7yr-old Racine kid’s social security info to get credit to buy a high-end Mercedes [1] http://bit.ly/pNEXoQ
  • Milwaukee WI cop faces 60day suspension after arrested but never charged in 2010 DV incident with wife [2] http://bit.ly/oEjPnM
  • Monroe LA cop under investigation after arrested along w/wife on domestic abuse battery charges [0] http://bit.ly/oqCm5U
  • Hamilton ON police officer faces drunk driving charges after off-duty traffic stop [0] http://bit.ly/qKQ4A6
  • Omaha NE police officer arrested on drunk driving charges while off duty in Iowa with a BAC of .207 [0] http://bit.ly/nWcyHl

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Thank you, and stay safe out there!

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 07-23-11 to 07-24-11

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of July 23-24, 2011:

  • Washington Twp PA police officer was arrested on homicide, conspiracy and possession of stolen goods charges after his father was arrested on homicide charges involving the stabbing death of a 92-year-old woman who lived next door to both of them. [0] http://bit.ly/oGarR7
  • Lee’s Summit MO settles a lawsuit for $15,500,000 to a man who was falsely convicted of child molestation by a cop who conspired with his ex-wife to convict him. [0] http://bit.ly/r2JTYu
  • Detroit MI city council approved $71k in multiple settlements to 5 men allegedly groped during illegal searches by “booty cops”. The council dragged it’s feet for months until a judge threatened to haul them into his court 60 miles away to explain what was taking so long to approve these settlements, some of which were recorded in our database last year. [0] http://bit.ly/oFoM0E
  • 2 Anderson County TN deputies accused of using excessive force on a repo man after a resident reported a suspected car prowler. [0] http://bit.ly/o2MNDi
  • San Francisco CA cops accused of excessive force & false arrest by man who was just found not guilty on several charges stemming from him telling an officer “fuck you” [3] http://cbsloc.al/nd7XAC
  • 13 East Baton Rouge Parish LA deputies demoted for pocketing expense money meant for cops helping w/extraditions [0] http://bit.ly/qZeNEx
  • Eden NC police detective resigns after his affair with an informant was discovered which potentially compromised several cases [0] http://bit.ly/oakOge
  • Nantucket MA police sgt charged w/drunk driving & may face weapons charge after he was accused of pulling two women over without cause while off duty. [0] http://bit.ly/oFLSGq
  • Reno NV police sergeant will supposedly be the first to face a new set of stricter discipline policies for off-duty crimes after his 2x limit DUI motorcycle crash [0] http://bit.ly/nCXMJj
  • Panama City Beach FL police officer on paid leave after arrested on off-duty drunk driving charges [0] http://bit.ly/nSatUw

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-22-11

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, July 22, 2011:

  • San Francisco CA cop who cost city over $400k in multiple brutality claims is fired 4yrs after put on desk duty [1] http://bit.ly/oad5ji
  • US Marshals settle suit for $3.4mil to mom of 2yr-old boy left brain damaged in shootout between cops & his dad [0] http://bit.ly/pD1N4l
  • Port St Lucie FL cop arrested on rape & “object sexual penetration” charges over alleged 2005 incident in Virginia [2] http://bit.ly/qNE1EJ
  • San Diego CA settles suit for $500k to father of child shot by off-duty cop during mom’s road rage incident [0] http://bit.ly/oCWJUu
  • Gretna FL cop sentenced to 9yrs prison after convicted on sexual battery by a law-enforcement officer charge [0] http://bit.ly/oRtvni
  • Spartanburg Co SC deputy suspended while investigated on allegations of assault & battery on a suspect in custody [1] http://bit.ly/qTJAOz
  • Tampa FL police accused of falsely arresting Navy vet for recording them on cell phone & taking phone [0] http://bit.ly/nkYNlc
  • Norfolk VA cop sentenced to community service for fatally striking bicyclist while speeding w/o lights on duty [0] http://bit.ly/qoVIBZ
  • El Paso TX cop indicted over 2010 off-duty shooting of unarmed motorist after auto accident [0] http://bit.ly/ppLE0O
  • 10 of 14 Quartzsite AZ cops suspended for filing abuse of power complaint against chief who declared martial law and ousted mayor over police misconduct video [5] http://bit.ly/pwGS0f
  • Salem OR cop gets probation in plea to exchanging inappropriate texts and calls with an underage girl [0] http://bit.ly/pWrXto
  • McKeesport PA cop sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to stealing woman’s key from under her door mat & breaking into her home [0] http://bit.ly/pRpEbm
  • Los Angeles Co CA deputy sentenced to 13yrs for breaking into girlfriend’s apt, assaulting & holding her at gunpoint[0] http://bit.ly/na0yMD
  • Johnson City TN police officer found guilty of domestic assault involving his now-former wife [0] http://bit.ly/pZGXDZ
  • DeKalb Co GA cop pleads guilty to helping others possess & hide a stolen car then lying to federal agents [0] http://bit.ly/pm1xEt
  • Manistee MI cop resigns while subject of unspecified investigation into possible property crime [2] http://bit.ly/nge0XZ
  • Turner Co GA sheriff under investigation for transferring large amount of pot from evidence to friend w/cancer [0] http://bit.ly/ol2cT2

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-21-11

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

  • Philadelphia PA police are being sued by a man claiming cops used excessive force when they left son in coma after beating and tasering him in an incident that witnesses indicated didn’t seem necessary [3] http://bit.ly/ne9uNd
  • 2 Tulsa OK cops indicted for allegedly using excessive force on one man & pepperspraying genitals of another while serving a search warrant [1] http://bit.ly/n3Mlvq
  • Oakland CA police are being sued by the family of a barber who was unarmed when fatally shot by cops responding to a dispute call [0] http://bit.ly/pH3xOr
  • At least one Edmonton AB cop is under investigation for “grave assault” after a judge found it suspicious that cops didn’t recall if a man they left with severe facial injuries was bleeding despite blood being everywhere and saturating his shirt. [4] http://bit.ly/pQ0L1a
  • Santa Rosa Co FL deputy sentenced to 2-life terms for sexually abusing 2 girls, he’s already serving time in another case [0] http://bit.ly/mXv2UL
  • Mount Vernon NY settles suit for $90k to innocent man who suffered a 3 minute-long attack when police released a police dog [0] http://bit.ly/oGzslO
  • Elmhurst IL gives secret settlement deal for $25k to woman who was injured in unspecified incident w/cop at station [4] http://bit.ly/raufe1
  • New Orleans LA deputy superintendent retires a day before internal hearing for neglect of duty involving the Glover shooting and cover-up case. [0] http://bit.ly/qVy06U
  • Canton OH cop caught on video threatening to kill & falsely arrest a man after that man repeatedly tried to inform the cop that he legally had a CCW license and gun on him during a traffic stop. [3] http://bit.ly/nwwQWK
  • Granby CT police capt pleads to fed child porn charges for trading thousands of pics & videos of boys as young as 8yrs-old, some of which described as disturbingly sadistic [0] http://cour.at/qUzUCL
  • The first of up to 400 New York NY cops admitted to fixing tickets and was suspended for 5 days. By admitting to it he avoids charges but the union has hired high powered movie star lawyers (literally a movie star lawyer) in fears it may signal a RICO probe. [0] http://bit.ly/oec6Th
  • San Rafael CA police sued by family alleging they were wrongly arrested & abused on false road rage allegations [3] http://bit.ly/oS0D8X
  • DeWitt Co TX chief deputy suspended 2wks w/o pay for his role in the false arrest of a man on drug charges. [0] http://bit.ly/pPadvi
  • Denver CO cop charged w/assault on allegations he & his pal punched 2 men at golf club in dispute over game on tv [0] http://bit.ly/pPFBU1
  • Bridgeton MO cop sentenced to 2yrs in plea to obstruction & bribery for accepting cash to launder money and protect a drug trafficker [0] http://bit.ly/qjyY6A
  • Jackson Co MO deputy charged w/theft & forgery for writing false citations to fake overtime while sitting at home [0] http://bit.ly/pAaXOI
  • Lexington KY cop takes plea deal to get probation for his role in a $2mil federal mortgage fraud case [0] http://bit.ly/pfTjaC
  • Sumner Co TN deputy charged w/improper euthanasia after caught injecting dogs in the heart against proper procedure while working in animal control [0] http://bit.ly/pI995c
  • Johnson Co NE now-former sheriff sentenced to probation in plea to DV charge, 2nd alcohol-related conviction [0] http://bit.ly/nxJv1D
  • Appleton WI police apologize for shutting down a 9 and 10yr-old’s lemonade stand, say it won’t happen again [0] http://bit.ly/pNHjKc
  • 4 Richland MS cops suspended over video that allegedly shows them drunk in public & shows one urinating in public [0] http://bit.ly/pAvS0h

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-20-11

Here are the 20 reports of police miscoduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, July 20, 2011:

  • Charlotte NC family wins $10mil jury judgment against Taser Int after son died when tasered by police [0] http://bit.ly/pOBaoR
  • Sevierville TN cop gets deferred sentence in plea deal for ramming cruiser before arrest in domestic case [0] http://bit.ly/q1RfDV
  • Meanwhile, one of the Blount County TN deputies who arrested him is being investigated after video shows him repeatedly punch & kick that Sevierville cop during that incident [1] http://bit.ly/q1RfDV
  • Moreover, that same Blount Co TN deputy being investigated for beating that cop on video also being sued for the fatal shooting of a 61yr-old in the back 5x [0] http://bit.ly/qhGwQw
  • Baltimore MD city council calls for review of cop lawsuits ahead of $100k settlement to a 65yr-old beaten by cops [0] http://bit.ly/nWNWY2
  • New York NY (Staten Island) cop arrested on multiple charges for allegedly writing false citations to pad overtime [0] http://bit.ly/nPkV9c
  • Sonoma Co CA sheriff settles ACLU immigration suit by promising to implement enforcement & detention reforms [0] http://bit.ly/mVc7tv
  • New Castle PA cop suspended 60 days w/o pay and removed from K9 unit after his police dog died in hot cruiser [0] http://bit.ly/p8cbbP
  • Maui HI cop sentenced to fine & probation for stealing $500 from woman he illegally searched & falsely arrested [0] http://bit.ly/nWICwU
  • Santa Fe Co NM sheriff take plea deal for embezzling equip & bulletproof vests & selling them on e-bay for profit [0] http://bit.ly/oLN3pT
  • Miami Beach FL police lieutenant demoted in relation to cop’s ATV joyride crash that injured 2 people [1] http://cbsloc.al/qXqtrF
  • Monroe NC cop suspended while under investigation on allegations he took indecent liberties w/15yr-old girl [1] http://bit.ly/nSgNdG
  • Baltimore MD cop arrested on multiple charges for firing gun at her ex-boyfriend’s home & his guest’s car [1] http://bsun.md/qPQAGH
  • Jacksonville FL cop resigns after violating probation when charged w/battery of woman who wouldn’t stay in his cabin[0] http://bit.ly/nCklT2
  • San Antonio TX park cop arrested for deadly conduct, possession of brass knucks & other charges in domestic case [0] http://bit.ly/ouqREu
  • Massachusetts state trooper arrested for assault on allegations he strangled his girlfriend & threatened her w/gun [0] http://bit.ly/pqL9MK
  • Carrizozo NM hires ex-Farmington cop who resigned after DV incident & had history of at least 22 misconduct probes [0] http://bit.ly/reItwN
  • Hempstead NY police detective indicted on multiple charges for allegedly covering up theft of gun before he retired [0] http://bit.ly/qgsMlx
  • Hemostead NY cop suspended w/o pay after arrested on allegations he was dealing prescription painkillers [0] http://bit.ly/n451LB
  • Toledo OH cop fired for lying & another demoted over vehicle chase & use of force incident that wasn’t reported [0] http://bit.ly/nZ7llp

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-19-11

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, July 19, 2011:

  • Parkersburg WV settles suit for $70k to a man claiming cops beat him while he was cuffed when they arrested him, then again at the station and then yet again while he was shackled to a bed at the hospital. [3] http://bit.ly/r9iHbl
  • A Bryan TX cop resigned during an investigation into a  questionable shooting incident where witnesses contradicted his report. The resignation seals and closes the investigation against him which prevents public release of any information about it. [3] http://bit.ly/qWKHRe
  • Punxsutawney PA settles suit for $250k to family of man who died while left alone in the back of police cruiser for 4 hours after police arrested him for public intoxication. [0] http://bit.ly/qKykXD
  • Lufkin TX police and prosecutors apparently insisted on taking a man to trial on an evading arrest charge after police broke down his door, tear gassed him in his bathroom, then shot him with pepperball rounds when they mistook him for a burglar in his own home because he didn’t speak any English. They originally charged him with burglary but then changed it to evading when they figured out they couldn’t charge him for burglarizing his own home. [5] http://bit.ly/olabfg
  • 2 Jackson TN cops indicted on civil rights violation charges for allegedly stealing over $1,000 from the victim of a home invasion robbery who had been shot. [0] http://bit.ly/rfIXOx
  • Newark NJ settles suit for $55k to a journalist who had his camera seized and was arrested all allegedly to prevent him from sending photos he took for publication [4] http://bit.ly/qKs5n7
  • Oklahoma City OK police admit they made some mistakes when they wrongfully arrested 20 kids for curfew violations as they waited for their parents to pick them up from a movie theater 20 minutes before the curfew actually started. [0] http://bit.ly/nmKYry
  • Elgin IL cop arrested w/his nephew on assault charges for allegedly beating up employees at Michigan amusement park [1] http://bit.ly/nmdLZO
  • San Diego Co CA deputy arrested for obstruction, resisting & harboring fugitive wanted in a rape investigation who was apparently in her home. [0] http://bit.ly/nftYlB
  • Naperville IL police sued by man who’s mugshot was given to the press who published it as a DUI arrest even after he was released without charge when he blew 0.0 after a DUI stop. [3] http://bit.ly/otC7bW
  • Rosebud TX now-former police chief sentenced to 120days jail, to be served on weekends at his leisure, after convicted of evidence tampering [0] http://bit.ly/pJRlz9
  • Laurel IN reserve police officer suspended after charged w/public indecency for having sex in public pool after families complained to workers about it. [0] http://bit.ly/pXyAV3
  • 2 Orlando FL cops stationed at schools suspended, 40hrs & 8hrs, for sending porn email msgs from school computers [0] http://bit.ly/rpRhw2
  • Payson AZ drug cop demoted for sexting photos of his genitals to a confidential female informant [0] http://bit.ly/pLLw3P
  • Baltimore MD cop forced to be rehired on appeal after fired for sleeping on duty now indicted for drug conspiracy & heroin distribution charges [0] http://bit.ly/nh4YaH

Just a note before I go, I may or may not suspend the news feed and reports for a day tomorrow. I was thinking about taking a break from things for my birthday but I’m not sure yet. We’ll see.

In any case, stay safe out there.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-18-11

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, July 18, 2011:

  • Tacoma WA police are the subject of a legal claim, the precursor to a lawsuit in this state, filed by a man who was wanted for vehicular assault and for shooting his girlfriend but was unarmed when shot 5x by a police sergeant who mistook the man’s wallet for a gun [3] http://bit.ly/pYQCfs
  • Chicago IL police version of a fatal officer-involved shooting incident is being investigated after it was contradicted by multiple witnesses [3] http://bit.ly/nmgnVK
  • New York NY settles suit for $125k to a diabetic woman who was denied treatment for 3hrs and had to be hospitalized after a minor misdemeanor marijuana possession arrest [0] http://nyti.ms/riOUau
  • Lubbock TX cop is accused of unnecessarily shooting a family’s dog to death while responding to their call for help during a home invasion [1] http://bit.ly/rf1NGk
  • West Valley UT cop may face charges after a DA’s investigation ruled that it was an unjustified use of force when he fired shots at a fleeing motorist. [0] http://bit.ly/nroRNO
  • Port Barre LA cop has been arrested on computer-aided solicitation of a juvenile charges on allegations that he texted a 14yr-old girl he found on Facebook nude photos of himself. [0] http://bit.ly/rcEpGu
  • Lakewood WA cop resigns after an investigation finds he lied when he claimed he crashed his police cruiser because someone pointed a shotgun at him. [0] http://bit.ly/qSYCHH
  • Williamsport PA drug task force cop takes a plea deal for selling seized items and agrees to testify against other cop in the same case [0] http://bit.ly/nw4whb
  • Memphis TN cop charged with agg assault in a possible racially-motivated road rage case had been disciplined previously for a racial slur in 2010 [0] http://bit.ly/ruc7lN
  • Bartow County GA deputy arrested on agg assault, child cruelty, threatening someone with a gun & other charges involving an alleged domestic dispute [0] http://bit.ly/pFa9S6
  • Dillon SC cop arrested on grand larceny charge for allegedly stealing a pickup truck, officials say he no longer works there but won’t say whether he quit or was fired [2] http://bit.ly/ok1K9V
  • Philadelphia PA cop arrested on drunk driving charges after appearing impaired at the scene of off-duty accident [0] http://bit.ly/n6U2on
  • Wisconsin Dells WI cop arrested on drunk driving charges after pulled over for speeding while off duty [0] http://bit.ly/q1Lt0N

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 07-16-11 to 07-17-11

Before I start on this weekend’s reports I wanted to mention an interesting report about how few law enforcement agencies track how many of their officers are convicted of criminal misconduct by Alia Wong from the Honolulu Civil Beat. She did a good job trying to present both sides of the issue which included references to the NPMSRP.

With that said, here are the 19 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of July 16-17, 2011:

  • Passaic NJ secretly settled a lawsuit for $350k to mentally ill man beaten on video by cop later acquitted of criminal brutality charges, the settlement appears to have contained a confidentiality clause. [3] http://bit.ly/qU7Hmq
  • US Park police accused of excessive force by witnesses to pedicab driver tasering incident amid ongoing allegations of abuse [2] http://bit.ly/nu9GvF
  • Ottawa ON cop subject of internal excessive use of authority charge for allegedly beating motorist while off duty then having a fellow officer falsely arrest him [4] http://bit.ly/pqlWzE
  • 2 Knoxville TN cops accused of excessive force & false arrest of man who opened his apartment door after hearing commotion outside. [3] http://bit.ly/nfRzWN
  • Washington DC arbitrator says cops can’t be fired just because past misconduct makes their testimony untrustworthy when he forced the department to rehire the 5th officer fired for that reason. [5] http://bit.ly/qn8wPL
  • Quartzsite AZ police chief accused of abusing power to punish political foes, own officers beg for investigation, this is the same police chief who declared martial law in response to critical response to a video showing him and a fellow officer kicking a reporter out of an open council meeting when she had the floor. [3] http://bit.ly/ncMgzZ
  • 2 Plainville CT cops injured by friendly fire from 2 other cops during arrest of unarmed child porn suspect [0] http://cour.at/oy41pj
  • El Paso TX cop accused of falsely jailing a jogger for alerting motorists to his speed trap up the road [3] http://bit.ly/qQhqyR
  • Bremerton WA police probe revealed an improper relationship with a teen explorer & favoritism in way officers were disciplined [3] http://bit.ly/qak2HO
  • South Carolina state trooper indicted on possession & distribution of child porn charges in federal investigation [0] http://bit.ly/pefw43
  • Florida state trooper sentenced to probation in plea deal after facing 34 counts of possession of child porn [0] http://bit.ly/rjPk2l
  • Philadelphia PA cop arrested w/boxer & 4 others for attacking Atlantic City cop working security at Bally’s [0] http://cbsloc.al/o1QXu3
  • Doral FL police chief subject of unspecified corruption probe conducted by state dept of law enforcement [3] http://cbsloc.al/ngxpck
  • Fife WA police chief suspended over unspecified investigation that may involve at least 2 other police employees [3] http://bit.ly/rfGBEt
  • Tulsa OK police accused of targeting federal witnesses w/investigations to discredit them in police corruption case[5] http://bit.ly/qOYIg8
  • Las Vegas NV police mgmt union quietly closes a case against their union boss who accused of stealing $38k but never charged in order to avoid publicity [3] http://bit.ly/ppA1SL
  • Houma LA cop charged with disturbing the peace by fighting over altercation with woman outside of a bar [0] http://bit.ly/pMqLSN
  • Midway GA police chief shuts down 10&14yr-old’s lemonade stand since they didn’t have $50/day vendors license [0] http://bit.ly/qH6lJv
  • Pennsylvania state trooper tells cop “you’re screwing me out of pension” when arrested for .361 BAC DUI accident [0] http://bit.ly/pnAM5v

That’s it for this rough weekend. Please do stay safe out there!

Why we pulled the 7/16 San Francisco shooting report

Around 4:45pm on Saturday San Francisco police fatally shot a young man who fled after being detained for jumping fare on a light rail vehicle. Initial reports were that police insisted the young man was armed and had opened fire and officers returned fire without being injured. However, police could not find the alleged weapon and people claiming to be witnesses were contradicting their version of events by insisting the man was not armed and had his arms up when he was shot.

I initially added this to the news feed since it did meet our reporting criteria with 3rd party witnesses alleging misconduct and a lack of evidence supporting the police narrative. However, as time went by the story changed and finally came to a point where I felt it was no longer sufficiently credible to keep for our database.

What was the turning point? An alleged bystander’s cell phone video posted to YouTube in the aftermath of the shooting appeared to capture what seems to be a firearm on the ground approximately 6-7 yards away from the victim which, according to the person posting the video, was retrieved by a person in the crowd who later disappeared.


A clip from the video with an enlargement of the object alleged to be a firearm.

Now, this does not mean that either narrative is correct. After all, it seems strange that the person who took the video doesn’t alert anyone to the alleged gun, that others appear to walk right past it, and at least 5 officers with a line of sight on the alleged weapon do not react to it either. It is also questionable as to how the person who shot the video claims to know who picked up the gun when the video doesn’t pan over to where that alleged incident occurs but does capture someone picking up a cell phone that may have belonged to the victim.

However, it does cast enough questions on the incident to make the police version of events plausible where it wasn’t before. So, in fact, this may well be an incident where private citizens videotaping police may turn in favor of the police, which at least should make officers who want to make recording the police a crime think twice about that stance.

What are your thoughts on the case? Take our poll or let us know in the comment section.

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*UPDATE: The SFPD now say they have retrieved a weapon they believe was used by the person they shot during the incident. They claim that a number of videos taken by witnesses led them to the person who is accused of picking up the alleged weapon in the aftermath of the officer-involved shooting incident.

Another update: Police are now saying that the young man had a criminal record in Washington state and was a person of interest in a Seattle WA shooting that injured 4, including a pregnant woman who later died from her injuries.

Review Update: As new footage comes to light a reader comments that a second video does not appear to show the object alleged to be a gun that was shown in the first video we reviewed. I’ve taken a look at the second video, available here (caution, it is very graphic and upsetting), and have highlighted a frame taken at full screen resolution between 1:03 and 1:05 and compared that to a frame from the initial video where the object appears closest to the viewer. Since this site is 3-column you’ll have to click the images to see them full size.

Image of alleged gun from 1st video

Image of unknown object from 2nd video

The grid lines are my best effort at trying to line up reference points between the two videos to determine whether the object that appears in the second video is in the same approximate position as what is alleged to be the gun in the first video and the position does appear to correspond as best as I can tell. Though, due to the poor quality at distance of the second video and because these are grabs from copies of the videos on YouTube instead of the raw video files I cannot determine for certain if they are the same object.

Unfortunately this is the best analysis I can do with the rather limited equipment and resources I have at my disposal. But it does appear as though the second video does not debunk the allegations of a gun appearing in the first video.

Now, again, I feel I have to say that I know being skeptical about this report isn’t going to earn me any friends and would appear to be counter to what some people might think this site is about. But this project must maintain a degree of credibility since we use our data to create statistics about police misconduct so it would be counter to our mission to record an incident in our database when there is evidence that it isn’t a case of misconduct.

Again, that’s not to say that there may or may not be some other component of misconduct involved here, but there just isn’t enough evidence to support that this was a case of non-defensive use of force at this time and there is no other evidence that I’ve been presented with that indicates that it is. Yes, it is difficult and upsetting to watch a young man suffer and die like this. But I cannot let my feelings about that affect how I analyze the evidence I’m shown. If anyone has any other videos or witness claims they feel should be weighed in this case, please do let me know.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-15-11

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, July 15, 2011:

  • Lake View IA police chief & a fellow cop subject of suit alleging they helped cover up racially motivated beating by falsely arresting the victim [3] http://bit.ly/qHhGKk
  • 2 Braidwood IL cops found liable in $60k jury award to female electric meter reader falsely arrested on the job [0] http://trib.in/qs4M3Z
  • Decatur Co IN deputy on paid leave after charged w/misd battery for groping sleeping 17yr-old’s genitals [0] http://bit.ly/qJdni5
  • Rockford IL cop involved in fatal shooting of unarmed man in church is fired after fitness evaluation [0] http://bit.ly/ozz6UW
  • New Roads LA cop arrested on felony theft & malfeasance charges for allegedly stealing $800 while responding to call[0] http://bit.ly/pYAqX0
  • 3 Kansas City KS SWAT cops indicted on conspiracy charges over sting that caught them stealing during raid [1] http://bit.ly/r81j7v
  • Chicago IL cop arrested on agg battery of an officer when allegedly caught w/felon during drug raid [1] http://bit.ly/pi3MVQ
  • Peoria IL cop subjected to no-stalking order by judge barring him from contact w/fellow cop & having gun off duty [0] http://bit.ly/pCrygZ
  • Smithfield UT cop resigned after leaving runaway dog to die in heat then trying to cover it up [0] http://bit.ly/pKmemz
  • Oakland CA police accused of giving preferential treatment to Council members [1] http://bit.ly/qOw7Nw
  • Decherd TN police chief never disclosed incident where he fired gun in his apt while drunk [3] http://bit.ly/oTC1fX
  • US ICE officer investigated after leaving his firearm in Bush Airport bathroom were it was found by cleaning crew [0] http://bit.ly/pGV0IF

Sorry the feed was down most of the day, I’ve been fighting a nasty case of food poisoning. Hopefully I’ll be doing better tomorrow.

Stay safe out there!

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