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12-Year Old Challenges Las Vegas Motorcycle Cop

From Examiner.com:

The 12-year-old boy, who’s name is Jeremy, confronts a Las Vegas Metro motorcycle cop after he noticed the cop was illegally parked on a sidewalk just to get something to drink. Earlier today, Gawker reported that the boy proceeded to ask the cop if he had any emergency reason to park, and then he asked for the cop to reveal his badge number.

After ignoring the boy’s questions, the cop then asks Jeremy if he is a lawyer. Jeremy states that he is just a 12-year-old citizen and continues to pressure the cop for his badge number….

The cop continues to refuse, and eventually leaves on his motorcycle. Before leaving the scene, the cop becomes agitated with the 12-year-old, and asks Jeremy for his ID then accuses him of loitering.

Video at the link above.

We may have a job for him here after high school.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-03-13

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 3, 2013:

  • New York, New York: Three men have said that police officers confronted them, sometimes violently, searched their clothing, and discovered small amounts of marijuana, according to a civil rights lawsuit. The suit contends that the officers routinely stop black and Latino men without cause and then falsely claimed the marijuana was in public view, making it a low-level misdemeanor, which allows for sentences of up to three months in jail. ow.ly/kGpb5
  • Glendale, Arizona: The assistant police chief has been suspended for one week without pay and has been demoted to commander. He is accused of threatening to burn down a shop for allegedly selling spice to his son. ow.ly/kGmjC
  • Taylor, Michigan: Three police officers have been suspended for their alleged connection to illegal gambling. All three officers have more than 10 years of experience. “We acted very quickly after hearing about it,” the police chief said. “We handled it internally. They were suspended and disciplined.”
  • Update: Culpeper, Virginia (First reported 02-01-13): A police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman has been sentenced to 36 months. A wrongful death lawsuit against the officer is still pending. ow.ly/kG46V
  • Cambridge, Maryland: A police officer has been charged with rape in an off-duty incident. He was indicted on second-degree rape, false imprisonment, and other sex offenses. ow.ly/kG1Xa
  • Update: Highland Park, Michigan (First reported 01-25-13): A police officer has admitted that he assisted with the protection of what he believed to be a shipment of cocaine in exchange for a $1,000 bribe. The purported smugglers were actually undercover FBI agents. “Police officers who take bribes have no place in law enforcement,” a US attorney said. “They will be prosecuted for violating their duties to serve the public.” http://ow.ly/kGEnp
  • Rio Hondo, Texas: A police officer has been sentenced to more than five years in prison in a guns case with ties to Mexico. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to export firearms and failure to appear. ow.ly/kEIB3
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan: Allegations have surfaced that police officers are abusing their power, making arrests for trespassing when people have done nothing wrong and no one’s asked them to leave. A lawsuit has been filed against the GRPD by the ACLU. http://ow.ly/kGsEw
  • Petaluma, California: Prosecutors say a police officer was legally drunk when he crashed a scooter on a public golf course during a department tournament. It is illegal to ride a scooter on a golf course while intoxicated. http://ow.ly/kGDyQ
  • Update: Nassau County, New York (First reported 02-21-13): A former police chief has pleaded guilty to official misconduct and conspiracy charges. He was one of the three police officials who prevented the arrest of a teenager whose father was a police benefactor. http://ow.ly/kGBUs
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: A detective has been charged in federal court with obstruction of justice following an FBI investigation that concluded he helped a suspected drug dealer. He has been suspended with pay. http://ow.ly/kGPze
  • Update: Apollo, Pennsylvania (First reported 07-03-12): The now-former police chief pleaded guilty to three felonies and two lesser charges in court. He was accused of improperly taking and selling guns, ammunition, and other borough property while he was serving as police chief. http://ow.ly/kGGjS
  • Center City, Pennsylvania: Three men and one woman have filed a federal lawsuit against the police claiming that they were mistreated by an officer. The encounter was recorded by one of the men. ow.ly/kGoua

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-02-13

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 2, 2013:

  • Durham, North Carolina: Another off-duty police officer faces charges for allegedly leaving the scene of a traffic accident. He has been charged with failing to remain at an accident scene, careless driving, and failing to report the incident. ow.ly/kEEHO
  • Barren County, Kentucky: A former deputy and a city police officer have testified against a sheriff who is accused of using excessive force during an arrest. The sheriff is facing federal charges of deprivation of rights under color of law, making false statements, and witness tampering among other counts. ow.ly/kEcYW
  • Lexington, Kentucky: A man has filed a federal lawsuit against a police officer, alleging that the officer forced his way into the man’s home without a warrant and charged him with several offenses that were later dismissed. ow.ly/kEbOu
  • Watertown, New York: A city police officer faces charges following a domestic dispute involving his ex-girlfriend that allegedly happened. “Obviously, we take these things seriously, but there is a presumption of innocence,” the mayor said. The officer has been put on administrative leave. ow.ly/kE6lg
  • Charlotte, North Carolina: A police officer was arrested and charged with obtaining property by false pretense, stemming from a criminal investigation which concluded he falsified time sheets while working a secondary job. ow.ly/kE6Ix
  • Jersey City, New Jersey: An off-duty police officer who struck and killed a man has been issued four summonses, including one for speeding. ow.ly/kDLm4
  • Mitchell County, Iowa: A police officer has been put on administrative leave for an accidental shooting. The police chief says the officer was off duty while showing another man a personal weapon. ow.ly/kCeLh

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-01-13

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 1, 2013:

  • Update: Schaumburg, Illinois (First reported 01-18-13): A civil lawsuit filed against two of the three now-former narcotics officers accused of stealing and selling illegal drugs is moving to federal court. They are being sued by a man who says he was arrested and sentenced to prison after the officers planted drugs and other paraphernalia on his person during an illegal search. ow.ly/kC7SA
  • Lowell, Massachusetts: An officer has been sentenced to two years in jail for using his badge to extort sexual favors from prostitutes. He admitted he had sex with prostitutes about 20 times while on duty in his cruiser and numerous other times in his personal car. ow.ly/kC07m
  • Williamson, Washington: A police officer has been suspended without pay after troopers say he was under the influence when he crashed his cruiser. He is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident. ow.ly/kBXqC
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: The police department’s Use of Force Board is recommending the firing of a police officer for shooting a man in the leg. He will have the opportunity to appeal the decision. ow.ly/kBX1p
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado: A police department supervisor was arrested and is suspected of clocking in and accepting pay for hours he did not work. One of his reporting officers is said to have reported the discrepancies, triggering an investigation. ow.ly/kBSKt
  • Harford County, Maryland: A deputy who fired his weapon at a suspect who was fleeing the scene of an accident has been charged with reckless endangerment. ow.ly/kBvJm
  • Update: Portland, Oregon (First reported 04-12-13): The city will pay $2.3 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed after a police officer wounded a man when he mistakenly fired lethal rounds at him from a beanbag shotgun. The victim is now permanently disabled and narrowly escaped death only because there was a hospital nearby. ow.ly/kBtvx
  • East Hartford, Connecticut: A police officer accused of assaulting a 12-year-old boy is under investigation again after a resident complained the officer was “acting unprofessionally while on duty,” according to the police chief. ow.ly/kBsdo
  • Update: Henderson, Nevada (First reported 03-12-13): A Police SWAT officer was fired after reportedly destroying a police department vehicle. The police chief said the officer committed serious policy violations leading to his termination. He drove a car on its rims until it caught on fire. ow.ly/kBnQw

ABC News: Six Police Misconduct Settlements Worth Millions

From ABCNews.com:

When police abuse their authority everyone loses. Victims may get hurt or even lose their life, police damage their credibility and taxpayers end up shouldering huge payouts to victims and their families.

Last week, the Los Angeles Police Department settled a lawsuit brought against it by two women officers mistakenly shot at during the Dorner manhunt in February. The settlement will cost the city $4.2 million and attorneys called it “a bargain.

The article has a good summary of the six settlements, including this:

Police apprehended Woodman who was drinking beer near the Fenway area with a group of fans. Woodman collapsed, according to reports, and was taken to a hospital where he died 11 days later.

An investigator’s report concluded he died of a pre-existing heart condition. However, his family said they believed police lied about what happened during their son’s arrest. Woodman had more than a dozen abrasions, bruises, cuts or lacerations that were not mentioned in the investigator’s report.

Read the whole thing.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-30-13

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 30, 2013:

  • Jacksonville, Florida: The assistant police chief has been demoted following a DUI arrest over the weekend. Officers say he rear-ended a tractor trailer that was slowing down for a red light, and then he refused to take a breath test. ow.ly/kzv4X
  • Sunset Beach, North Carolina: The police chief confirmed that she has placed a police officer on suspension, pending the results of an investigation. The investigation stems from a DWI court case.  http://ow.ly/kBxbk
  • Craig Beach, Ohio: A woman and her husband have sued the now-former village police chief and a councilwoman. They allege the police chief used excessive force against them in a traffic stop. They also say that he conspired to destroy evidence of his improper actions. ow.ly/kzjSi
  • Brooklyn, New York: A city police officer was charged with assault following a domestic dispute at his home.  He has been a member of the NYPD since 2002. ow.ly/kzj9t
  • Queens, New York: A former Marine says that he was punched and kicked in the face by cops as they ejected him from the stationhouse, where he had gone to retrieve a friend’s personal property. ow.ly/kzg7U
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado: A former police officer pleaded guilty to a single felony count. She left her job amid allegations that she lied about domestic violence to put an estranged boyfriend in prison. ow.ly/kzayZ
  • Greenville, North Carolina: A police officer has been charged with assault. The incident is under investigation by the Internal Affairs Division, and his police powers have been suspended. ow.ly/kz6To

The “Lazy, not Lawless” Defense

From the New York Times:

The picture painted in court of the New York Police Department’s officers was not pretty.

Ten percent of them were malcontents who worked as little as possible. Unless they are being paid overtime, officers seem to avoid writing summonses. Indeed, some police officers need to be weaned of the idea that they are paid to drive around in their patrol cars, eating doughnuts.

And those sentiments came not from critics of the department, but from police commanders and city lawyers.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-27-13 to 04-29-13

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 27 to Monday, April 29, 2013:

  • Update: Newark, New Jersey (First reported 02-22-13): A police officer was sentenced to five years in prison for assaulting a civilian. He was found guilty of pistol-whipping the man, and it was captured on video. The man he hit was never charged with a crime. ow.ly/kxGT0
  • Marysville, California: A reserve police officer was arrested by sheriff’s detectives in connection with a report of child molestation. He has been placed on administrative leave because of the incident. ow.ly/kxsQB
  • Hialeah, Florida: Detectives arrested a police sergeant. He has been charged with one count of cocaine possession, non-trafficking amount, and one count possession of drug paraphernalia. He is currently in custody. ow.ly/kxrbW
  • Lawrence, Indiana: A suspended police officer, who is already facing drunk driving charges in the death of a motorcyclist, has been arrested again. He was arrested after running his truck into a guardrail, a sign, and a power pole. According to the arrest report he told the arresting officer, “I know you know who I am. I messed up today. If you guys can cut me a break, I promise I will never drink again.” ow.ly/kx5dg
  • St. Petersburg, Florida: A police officer was arrested on a misdemeanor drunken driving charge. He was stopped for poor driving and failing to maintain a lane. It will be investigated by the internal affairs unit and he will be on administrative leave. ow.ly/kx4wD
  • Cordell, Oklahoma: An officer was arrested for allegedly having sex with a minor. He was taken into custody for two counts of rape in the second degree and one count of forcible sodomy. ow.ly/kwLg1
  • Sheboygan, Wisconsin: A man has accused a police officer of using excessive force, alleging that officer punched him in the back of the head before arresting him. Police Department officials confirmed they had received a formal complaint from the man. ow.ly/kwE1o
  • Clackamas County, Oregon: A deputy has been arrested in connection with a domestic violence case. He has been on administrative leave since the accusations arose. The Sheriff’s Office says it has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to employee-involved domestic violence. ow.ly/kwCz6
  • Orlando, Florida: An officer was suspended for 40 hours after an Internal Affairs investigation revealed he violated several OPD policies and procedures during an altercation inside a Walmart. ow.ly/kwwIj

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-26-13

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 26, 2013:

  • Elkhart County, Indiana: The sheriff announced that one of his deputies, a seven-year-veteran, had been arrested. “We have an expectation of professionalism and high standards from our officers and staff, and conduct outside those standards will not be tolerated,” he said. ow.ly/ksKUv
  • Town Creek, Alabama: A former police officer pleaded guilty to a civil rights violation during the course of an arrest in a case that involved excessive force. The officer ran up to a suspect, who had already been placed under arrest by another officer without resistance, and “unjustifiably and repeatedly beat the man in the head with an object that was either a baton or a flashlight causing the man to suffer physical injury,” according to the DOJ. ow.ly/ksHmg
  • Marion, South Carolina: Two officers were charged with misconduct in office. They were arrested and booked into the detention center for charges connected to an excessive force incident. ow.ly/ksH6g
  • Update: Atlanta, Georgia (First reported 04-16-13): A former state trooper who pleaded guilty in a crash that killed a woman has been sentenced to two years in prison. He was also ordered to serve eight years of probation and educate law enforcement on dangers and responsibilities associated with their jobs. ow.ly/ksGtx
  • East St. Louis, Illinois: A former assistant police chief faces up to five years in federal prison for lying to investigators about selling a gun to a registered sex offender. The officer admitted he got the gun while working as a police officer and kept and sold it. A U.S. attorney said he “threw away his career, tarnished the badge, and endangered his community for a few dollars.” ow.ly/ksDUo
  • Eric County, Pennsylvania: A former state trooper was sentenced for homicide while driving under the influence. He was given three to six years for the drunken driving incident. ow.ly/ksBvW
  • Chatham County, Georgia: A deputy has been indicted by a grand jury on four charges. They include sexual assault, public indecency, two counts of making false statements to deputies and obstruction of an officer. ow.ly/ksyNB
  • Baltimore County, Maryland: A police officer has been arrested and charged. He was engaging in sexual activity while on duty, and the charges come after an internal and criminal investigation. ow.ly/ksfW0
  • Canfield, Ohio: The parents of an 11-year-old girl cleared of false rape charges are suing the city, police department, and investigators. They say investigators pursued the case because of political connections even after they learned the accusations were false. The lawsuit says that the girl fell asleep on her mother’s lap during a five-hour interrogation, that she was eventually charged with multiple counts of rape, and was held in a juvenile detention center on charges despite detectives believing the girl was innocent. ow.ly/ks806
  • Franklin County, Ohio: A deputy sheriff pleaded guilty to a charge of physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated. He was placed on one year of non-reporting probation and fined $350. ow.ly/kqRHL

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-25-13

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 25, 2013:

  • Modesto, California: The city has paid $120,000 to a woman and her two adult daughters to settle a lawsuit they filed against the city after police officers entered their home without a warrant, refused to leave when asked, and threatened to arrest the woman. ow.ly/kqHKD
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts: A former police officer was arraigned in court on allegations that he unlawfully collected expired prescription drugs from elderly residents. He allegedly knocked on resident’ doors, while on duty, and collected their prescriptions without notifying a supervisor. ow.ly/kqG7G
  • Darby Township, Pennsylvania: A woman is suing a former police officer and the township police department, claiming the officer stalked her and forced her to have sex with him inside the police station. The harassment only ended when the officer was arrested. ow.ly/kqH7T
  • Bladensburg, Maryland: The manager of a restaurant was awarded $160,000 in a civil suit against a police officer who the manager claimed had falsely arrested and mistreated him. ow.ly/kqEJ5
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A police officer was arrested after being accused of striking a man at a parade. He will be suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss, according to the department. He faces charges for simple assault and official oppression. ow.ly/kqyFS
  • Dearborn, Michigan: An off-duty police officer was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. He has been charged with operating a vehicle under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. ow.ly/kqyMO
  • Maricopa County, Arizona: A former sheriff’s deputy will be sentenced after pleading guilty to theft and forgery-related charges. The charges stem from the theft and attempted repayment of $5,000 intended for a confidential informant. bit.ly/ZMxrn8
  • Washington County, Indiana: A sheriff’s deputy has been charged with felony improper disposal of a dead animal and misdemeanor animal neglect involving alleged mistreatment of cattle. If convicted, he faces up to six years for the felony charges. ow.ly/kqnPx
  • Update: Houston, Texas (First reported 05-17-12): Two fired police officers accused of beating a black teenage burglary suspect during an arrest that was caught on video were each sentenced to two years of probation as part of plea agreements. ow.ly/kqm0R
  • Orange County, California: Officials have unanimously approved a settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of an unarmed Marine sergeant who was shot to death by a sheriff’s deputy in a darkened high school parking lot. ow.ly/kqk1C
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania: A police chief was arrested on witness intimidation and obstruction charges after authorities say he had sex with an alleged victim in a criminal case and told her not to tell anyone. He also allegedly provided the woman with confidential information about the probe she was involved in. ow.ly/kpXnE
  • Portland, Oregon: The U.S. attorney’s office says a former police officer has been sentenced to five years in prison for receiving child pornography that included images of infants and young children being abused by adult males. ow.ly/kpWB1
  • Spokane, Washington: Another police officer has been accused of lying about the beating death of a man suspected of stealing money from a convenience store. He was charged with making a false statement. ow.ly/kpRYs
  • Sioux City, Iowa: The city has reached a $6,500 settlement in a lawsuit filed by a woman who was attacked by a police dog. In the suit she said that she was at her home when her then-husband pulled into their driveway, and four police officers arrived to arrest him. When one officer released her police dog, it attacked the woman. ow.ly/kqIvR

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