The number of reports tracked today were a bit below average but that was due to my inability to keep the feed updated as often as I usually do and I really haven’t had a chance to try and dig to make sure I didn’t miss any stories during this rather busy day I had today. In any case, here are the 21 reports of police misconduct as tracked in the National Police Misconduct News Feed today, March 30, 2010:
At least 10 Burbank California police officers have been notified of impending disciplinary actions over various misconduct allegations that include excessive use of force. The notices were the result of a year-long external investigation into the department prompted by multiple allegations of widespread misconduct and each officer that received a notice has been placed on “administrative home duty”… which sounds suspiciously like vacation time to me.
Meanwhile, some more Burbank California police officers are under investigation for their tactics during a high speed chase for opening fire on the subject in heavy traffic during rush hour, which potentially risked injuring bystanders.
A West Valley Utah police officer assigned to work at a local high school was sentenced to 1 year of home detention in a plea deal that dropped five felony charges of dealing in material harmful to a minor and left one remaining for his efforts to arrange a sexual encounter with what he believed was a 15-year-old boy but was instead an undercover police officer. The judge went against recommendations in sentencing him to home detention because he felt prison is just too harsh and dangerous for cops. This may sound familiar to some of our more devoted readers.
An Asheville North Carolina police officer has filed a suit claiming that her superior officer, the 2008 cop of the year for that department, subjected her to sexually explicit and racist text messages and that the department refused to do anything to stop it. The messages apparently included such gems as “I must licky you” and “you smell like a ho”… classy.
An Acworth Georgia police officer has plead guilty to making false statements to the FBI about selling an illegal short-barrel assault rifle to a deputy who went on to sell it to an FBI agent. That deputy is still facing charges in the incident, by the way.
A Carrollton Texas police officer is facing possible disciplinary action for yanking a 5-year-old boy from a car then pepper spraying his parents in front of him. Why? Because they had the audacity to wait and pull over in a well-lit area after he tried to pull them over. The department, surprisingly, admitted that the officer was out of bounds and apologized for it.
A Daly City police officer is facing multiple misdemeanor charges including assault with a knife, brandishing a firearm, and assault with a firearm over two different incidents. The first apparently happened at a burger joint where he allegedly jabbed an acquaintance in the stomach with his gun when he accused him of stealing his cell phone. The second for coming up behind another acquaintance and holding a knife to his neck after discussing different ways to kill people in a Starbucks coffee shop.
A Ventura California police officer is on administrative duty while he’s investigated for spraying an anti-abortion protester with a mix of vinegar and water outside his church, then hosing him down. He was off-duty at the time, but apparently had some history with the aforementioned anti-abortion activist.
One Springfield Massachusetts police officer has been fired for beating a man who was having an argument with his niece and another officer was fired for fudging the report to cover up the assault. The victim in the case is still facing charges of assault on an officer and resisting.
A Norfolk Virginia police officer has plead guilty to federal mail fraud charges for tagging his own car with gang graffiti and stealing his own rims in an effort to get an insurance payout.
An East St. Louis Illinois police officer plead guilty to a misdemeanor civil rights violation charge in a deal that dropped felony charges relating to his punching a handcuffed detainee.
A Lynchburg Virginia deputy was found guilty of felony hit & run where he clipped a college student while driving down the wrong side of the road and then fled the scene. Witnesses at the scene and those where he was later apprehended said he smelled of alcohol.
New York NY settled suit for $98,000 to 5 cyclists over wrongful arrests & excessive force used during a 2007 critical mass ride. This was before the infamous tape of a NYPD cop who clotheslined a cyclist on video during another critical mass event, by the way.
The former Salisbury North Carolina interim police chief was suspended while he’s the subject of unspecified internal investigation. He was interim chief until about a week or so prior to the start of the investigation when he was returned to the rank of lieutenant.
Witnesses are questioning the choice by Placerville California cops to fatally shoot a female mental patient who stole ambulance and led cops on a slow speed chase. It seems there’s some discrepancies between the official report saying officers gave repeated warnings and witnesses who say they heard no such thing.
4 Brookline Massachusetts police officers are on paid leave while investigated on allegations that they beat and kicked a stripper’s chaperone at a bachelor party when he asked for payment. The officers were off-duty when they apparently broke the man’s eye socket, nose, and gave him facial lacerations. The police aren’t releasing the officers names so the man can’t file charges against them for the assault.
The St Lucie County FL sheriff’s department is facing a lawsuit filed by a woman claiming that she required surgery to fix her shoulder that was injured when she was held in a restraining chair for over 4 hours. For those who aren’t familiar, restraint chairs are also often referred to as “the devil’s chair” which is used across the US and has a good bit of history as a method to abuse detainees.
The Florence County South Carolina Sheriff’s department and one of their deputies are the subject of a sexual harassment suit filed by a female deputy.
A Warren Ohio police officer has been accused of racially profiling three young kids when he held them at gunpoint under suspicion of breaking and entering, while they were in their own yard. The family is apparently the only black family in the neighborhood and the kids, ages 7, 9, and 10, were not charged.
A third New Orleans Louisiana police officer has been charged for his role in the Danziger bridge shooting and subsequent cover up. He’s the third so far and, just like the other two, he is expected to plead guilty to the charges and cooperate with the ongoing investigation.
Finally, an Allegheny County Pennsylvania deputy was sentenced to pay a fine for a disorderly conduct charge for his confrontation with two uniformed Springdale cops in an apparent instance of road rage. The confrontation resulted in the off-duty deputy being arrested by the two off-duty, but uniformed, Springdale cops.
That’s it for today, stay safe out there!