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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-17-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, May 17, 2016:

  • St. Louis, Missouri: A now-former officer was charged with first-degree murder for the 2011 on-duty shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith after a high-speed chase. He is being held without bail. The City settled a wrongful death lawsuit in the case for $900,000.
  • Manchester, New Hampshire: Several officers are being sued by a man who was arrested for recording them while they were executing a warrant on his property against his tenants.
  • New York, New York: The City settled a lawsuit for $40,000 with a man who was roughed-up by the same officer who was shown on video tackling tennis pro James Blake.
  • Ferguson, Missouri: The City settled a lawsuit with four journalists for their treatment during the area’s period of unrest. The settlement’s terms forbid the journalists from publishing the precise details of the settlement.
  • Maricopa County, Arizona:  Sheriff Joe Arpaio and three top deputies were held in contempt for violating court orders in a racial profiling case. According to the report, the judge cited “multiple acts of misconduct, dishonesty, and bad faith” by the department.
  • Richland County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for burglary and aggravated domestic violence.
  • Update: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (First reported 07-23-14): An officer who settled her longstanding embezzlement case has been fired. She is appealing.
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 04-27-16): The City has filed administrative charges against a detective for failure to cooperate with a corruption investigation. He was previously suspended for attempting to retire in order to avoid testifying in the internal investigation regarding the sale of firearms licenses. As a result of the investigation, five commanders have been transferred. More discipline and criminal charges are expected.
  • Grand Traverse County, Michigan: A deputy was arrested for child pornography possession and related charges.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-16-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, May 16, 2016:

  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for DUI while he was off duty. He allegedly struck two pedestrians in the incident, though neither suffered serious injury.
  • Madison, Wisconsin: A now-former officer pled guilty to stealing nearly $4,000 from a purported drug dealer. The officer had been suspected of planning a robbery, so authorities set up a sting to catch him. He is scheduled to be sentenced August 23.
  • Delaware River Port Authority (Philadelphia area transit, a.k.a. PATCO): An officer was suspended after repeatedly pepper spraying a man and inducing him to fall onto train tracks. The man claimed he had accidentally gotten on the wrong train and was trying to catch a train back in the direction he intended to go. The officer had attempted to arrest him for not having a proper ticket for the station he was at, and the man refused to be arrested for what he argued was a simple mistake.
  • Update: Des Moines, Iowa (First reported 10-16-15): A now-former officer was given a ten-year suspended sentence and two years’ probation for embezzling $22,000 from the department’s weightlifting club, where he had served as treasurer. He was also ordered to pay restitution.
  • Alameda County, California: Two deputies were charged for their role in the video-recorded beating of a surrendering suspect who led them on high-speed chase. According to the report, suspect “ who suffered broken hands and a concussion, can be heard crying “I’m sorry. Oh my God, help me.””
  • Nashville, Tennessee: An officer who served as an SRO was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic assault for attempting to strangle his girlfriend in an off-duty incident.
  • Update: Bibb County, Georgia (First reported 02-29-16): A now-former deputy was indicted on 16 criminal counts for assaulting or threatening five women & three children over several years in off-duty domestic incidents. The charges include aggravated assault, false imprisonment, terroristic threats, and family battery.
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer was arrested for DWI in Austin after driving erratically and going 81 mph in a 55 mph zone.
  • Warren, Ohio: An officer was suspended for two days for failure to report use of force to his supervisor, though his use of force was deemed justified after an internal investigation. A second officer was fired for lying about the incident. Specifically, the suspect complained that his arm was broken during the arrest but the officer submitted paperwork that said “at no point did [the arrestee] complain to me about an injury, nor did he ask for medical attention during the booking process at the county jail,” which was untrue, and made similar false statements to an internal affairs investigator. The suspended officer works as an SRO during the school year.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Reap 05-13-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 13, 2016:

  • Update: Woodbridge, New Jersey (First reported 03-07-16): Three officers have been indicted for their roles in a crash on Route 9 and trying to cover it up. One of the three officers was the driver in the crash. The other two arrived on the scene.
  • Muscogee County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for battery against his son.
  • Bristol County, Massachusetts: A deputy who is also a DHS task force member for ICE was charged with smuggling cash to Portugal in what is being dubbed as the “Codfather” case. The business owner for whom the deputy was allegedly smuggling the money is a prominent businessman in the fishing industry.
  • Clark County, Ohio: A deputy was arrested for speeding and OVI.
  • Ross County, Ohio: A deputy was charged with OVI and failure to control his vehicle. In a separate incident, he is also facing a wrongful death lawsuit for 2013 fatal shooting of an unarmed woman. He was not criminally charged and was administratively cleared for that incident.
  • Dawson County, Georgia: Three deputies are being sued by a journalist who claims they violated her rights by arresting her and deleting data on her phone.
  • Oakland, California: Three officers are under investigation for maintaining possible sexual relationships with a woman who was an underage girl at the time.
  • Update: Los Angeles County, California (First reported 06-09-15): Two deputies were found guilty and sentenced to 13 and 18 months respectively for their role in covering up a jail beating. The department has been beset by several lawsuits and prosecutions for use-of-force and related scandals.
  • Update: Lucas County, Ohio (First reported 04-04-16): A now-former deputy was sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to pay $900 restitution for stealing from a suspect.


National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-12-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 12, 2016:

  • Columbia Heights, Minnesota: An officer was sued for an excessive force incident that caused permanent brain damage. A now-former officer backs the plaintiff’s claims. When asked by an internal affairs investigator whether the injured man was resisting, he replied, “I would view it more as he was trying to prevent himself from continuously getting his head smashed into the trunk [of the car].”
  • An interstate police chase from Massachusetts to New Hampshire ended in an apparent ‘run tax’ beating of a surrendered motorist, as shown on news helicopter video. The governor of New Hampshire has ordered an investigation into the incident. Story: video:
  • Update: Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania (First reported 02-02-16): An officer has been ordered to stand trial for an attempted rape of a woman at his home.
  • San Francisco, California: An officer was suspended for making inappropriate sexual and racial comments in front of colleagues. This suspension comes while the department is reviewing 200 criminal cases for bias as a result of a texting scandal in which officers used racial slurs.
  • Update: Fort Wayne, Indiana (First reported 03-30-16): A detective pled guilty to OWI and fleeing the scene of an accident.
  • Update: Harris County, Georgia (First reported 03-07-16): A now-former deputy faces more charges of sexual assault, forcible sodomy, and false imprisonment after several female motorists came forward after the first report of accusations against him went public.
  • Chicago, Illinois: Six officers are under investigation for perjury. One officer has triggered a disclosure notice from the prosecutor’s office. His false testimony resulted in the dismissal of charges against two suspects who were caught with a brick of cocaine worth an estimated $50,000.
  • Pinellas County, Florida: A deputy was charged with DUI manslaughter and other related counts for hitting a motorcycle and killing the woman who was riding on the back of it.
  • San Diego, California: An officer is being sued for wrongful death for shooting an unarmed woman in 2014. He was administratively cleared of wrongdoing. After that incident, he shot an empty crib and the bullet ricocheted into a wall while doing a routine probation check in a home.
  • Kern County, California: A deputy was arrested twice in as many days for being under the influence while on duty and domestic abuse.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-11-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 11, 2016:

  • Wyckoff, New Jersey: The chief was suspended by the City Council after department fell under investigation by the state attorney general for racial profiling. An email written by the chief condoned the practice.
  • Vancouver, Washington: An officer was fired for providing false information about his relationship with a woman. He also is accused of both using and furnishing marijuana.
  • Update: North Charleston, South Carolina (First reported 04-08-15): A now-former officer was indicted on federal civil rights charges for the killing of Walter Scott.
  • Update: Benton, Arkansas (First reported 01-23-14): A now-former officer who was acquitted of child rape is allowed to keep his law license over the objection of his former employing agency.
  • Spokane County, Washington: A deputy who served as SRO was terminated for having a sexual relationship with a student.
  • Update: Champaign, Illinois (First reported 07-06-15): An officer who is facing sexual assault and aggravated assault charges for actions against several former girlfriends has been fired.
  • Walsh University (Canton, Ohio): The assistant chief was arrested for domestic violence after allegedly grabbing and pushing a woman.
  • Update: Phoenix, Arizona (First reported 06-29-15): A now-former officer was acquitted of sexually assaulting a woman in his custody. He was, however, convicted of false reporting.
  • Dennis, Massachusetts: An officer was arrested for hitting his wife in the throat. She filed a restraining order against him.

Beating Caught on Tape

Several police officers from different departments are now under investigation after a news helicopter filmed them beating a man after a high speed chase that started in Massachusetts and ended in Nashua, New Hampshire.  The video appears to show the driver following police commands to get down on the pavement so he can be handcuffed and taken into custody, but then the beating begins.  More here.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-10-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, May 10, 2016:

  • York County, Pennsylvania: A deputy was fired and charged for crimes related to stealing cash from evidence.
  • Update: Riviera Beach, Florida (First reported 11-12-15): An officer was acquitted of battery for slapping the cell phone out of the hand of a disabled veteran during an off-duty parking lot dispute.
  • Denver, Colorado: An officer was arrested for sexual assault.
  • Topeka, Kansas: An officer was arrested for
  • McGwire Air Force Base: A civilian police officer is under criminal investigation for fraud and administrative investigation for other departmental violations.
  • Update: Anderson, Indiana (first reported 12-14-15): An officer agreed to plead guilty to drug dealing while he was in uniform.
  • Henderson, Louisiana: A now-former officer pled guilty to participating in an illegal ticket quota scheme. His lawyer claimed that the department was never informed that paying off-duty officers for writing tickets was made illegal by the legislature. The current chief was charged in relation to the incident but those proceedings are on hold.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: An officer was cleared to return to work after a three-year indefinite suspension. She claims she was never given a specific reason she was suspended, but that it was related to the investigation and eventual conviction case of a now-former chief.
  • Update: Milford, Connecticut (First reported 10-27-09): A now-former officer was sentenced to five years in prison, the remaining four years of which will be suspended after the first year is served, for a crash that killed two teens in 2009. He was originally sentenced to ten years, with five suspended, but that sentence was thrown out by a judge.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-09-16

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, April 9, 2016:

  • Salt Lake County, Utah: A now-former deputy pled guilty to misdemeanor assault for abusing inmate while he was working as bailiff.
  • Orange County, Florida: A deputy was suspended for abusing her authority after berating a tow truck driver, flashing her badge, and falsely threatening the driver with arrest if he towed her car during an off-duty incident. The deputy has a previous suspension for abuse of authority.
  • Rockford, Illinois: An officer was fired after his DUI arrest. He also sent graphic crime scene photos to his ex-wife.
  • Update: Radcliff, Kentucky (First reported 08-27-15): An officer was acquitted of assault and wrongful imprisonment in a domestic abuse case.
  • Nashville, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, and gun possession while under the influence after he was discovered asleep at the wheel.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: An officer was suspended for improperly detaining and searching bar patrons during a 2014 incident.
  • Update: Monticello, Utah (First reported 12-02-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to 10 days in jail and three years of probation for breaking-in to his ex’s home and assaulting her new partner.
  • Reeves County, Texas: A deputy was arrested for interfering with a 911 call. She allegedly grabbed her partner’s phone during domestic dispute and threw it away. She resigned.
  • Jacksonville, Florida: A deputy was arrested for fraudulently taking payments for details he did not work. He was subsequently accused of having sex on duty with sex workers. The deputy has resigned.
  • Kansas City, Missouri: A now-former officer was sentenced to two years of probation and 30 days in jail for using excessive force during an arrest.
  • Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: An officer was fired for pointing a loaded gun at fellow officers.
  • Plantation, Florida: A detective was fired for sending an explicit video of himself to a woman whose case he was investigating.
  • Update: Ellis County, Texas (First reported 04-20-16): A now-former deputy is the second deputy to be arrested in a case involving missing firearms from evidence.
  • New York, New York: An officer has been accused of abusing a domestic violence victim, according to a recently filed lawsuit. The report says the officer “has been directly accused of inappropriate behavior in several other lawsuits, including false arrest and assault.”

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-06-16

Here are the eleven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 6, 2016:

  • Newark, New Jersey: An officer was charged with sexual assault for allegedly coercing a woman to perform a sex act.
  • Update: Kern County, California (First reported 06-17-13): The County settled the lawsuit filed by the family of David Silva, who died of asphyxiation after a police beating for $3.4 million.
  • Update: Grand Rapids, Michigan: A now-former officer was sentenced to 2-15 years in prison for sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend during a home invasion.
  • Albion, Michigan: A now-former officer was arrested for running an illegal investigation to collect child pornography. He is also accused of protecting a couple who allegedly manufactured the pornography.
  • Winslow, Arizona: An officer fatally shot Loreal Tsingine. Officials have been slow to release information about the shooting and witnesses have been publicly critical of the officer’s actions during the shooting.
  • Federal Protective Service (Department of Homeland Security): An officer was arrested for murdering his estranged wife and shooting several others, two fatally, over a two-day shooting spree in the greater DC metro area. ;
  • North Hampton, Ohio: An officer was arrested in a prostitution sting.
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was fired for assaulting a woman while he was off duty outside of a party last year. He was charged with assault that resulted in
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was suspended for inappropriate contact with a 21-year-old woman during a ride-along as a part of the department’s Explorer program. He allegedly came on to her and repeatedly touched her during the ride.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An officer was suspended for using racial slurs against his co-workers, including calling his supervisor a “banana-eating monkey.”
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 07-29-14): An officer was convicted of assault for stomping on the head of Jahmi-El Cuffee.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-05-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 5, 2016:

  • Orlando, Florida: An officer was arrested for DUI and hit-and-run after hitting two parked cars and leaving the scene.
  • Chatham County, Georgia: A deputy was charged with assault and terminated for pepper spraying an inmate who was in restraints. The deputy let him sit there without treating him for the spray for several minutes.
  • South Boston, Virginia: Three officers will not be charged for their roles in the death of Linwood Lambert, whom they tased 20 times, including while he was shackled. Lambert wasn’t a suspect in any crime; he had been acting strangely, and the officers were called to take him for medical attention.
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: A now-former deputy was indicted as part of a large federal investigation that snagged more than 40 alleged gang members from at least ten states. He is alleged to have informed on police activity to gang members. He bragged about being a hitman for the Gangster Disciples but has not been charged in connection with any murder.
  • Update: Yukon, Oklahoma (First reported 11-16-15): An officer is back on the job after he pled guilty to misdemeanor assault. He was originally charged with aggravated assault, a felony, for pulling a woman out of a car by her hair in an off-duty incident during which he was intoxicated. He was suspended with pay and ordered to enter alcohol treatment.
  • Ansonia, Connecticut: An officer was charged with disorderly conduct after a domestic incident in Milford.
  • Sag Harbor, New York: A detective was suspended 30 days for an undisclosed
  • Update: Reynoldsburg, Ohio (First reported 02-19-16), A now-former officer, pled guilty to civil rights deprivation and stealing between $150,000-$250,000 in drug money on the job since 2006. He and his then-partner would conduct illegal searches and rob drug dealers of their money. The partner committed suicide in jail after his arrest.
  • Los Angeles County, California: A now-former deputy pled guilty to filing a false report that covered-up actions by two other deputies who mistreated a jail inmate. She was sentenced to 500 hours of community service.

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