National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

SWAT officer involved with drugs, prostitution, and illegal slush fund

From KOMONews.com:

SEATTLE — A King County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested Thursday on suspicion of helping his wife start a prostitution business, as well as stealing ammunition from the Sheriff’s Office firing range and dabbling in a number of illegal drugs.

Seattle resident Darrion Holiwell, 49, is being held in King County Jail on $150,000 bail. He has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 1995 and was a member of the department’s SWAT unit and its chief firearms instructor until his arrest.

According to the charges filed Thursday in King County Superior, Holiwell has been violating the public trust and the law for years, with the charging documents stating he “displays a high level of disdain for the very law he has sworn to uphold.”

Note that the corruption was not exposed by an Internal Affairs investigation.  It came to light during divorce proceedings.  And the divorce happened because Holiwell slept with a friend of his then-wife.  Had the corrupt officer only stayed away from his wife’s close friends, it seems like the corruption would have persisted for many more years.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-18-14

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, June 18, 2014:

  • Baltimore City, Maryland: A police officer was arrested and charged with aggravated animal cruelty and other charges after cutting the throat of a dog. ow.ly/ycltU
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer was suspended for driving while intoxicated, rear-ending another car, and fleeing the scene of an accident. ow.ly/ycldI
  • Update: Parkersburg, West Virginia (First reported 11-26-13): A man has settled his lawsuit alleging a city police officer used excessive force against him. The police chief said that the city’s insurer agreed to pay $80,000. ow.ly/yckRe
  • Plant City, Florida: A police officer was arrested on a battery charge and has resigned from the police department. ow.ly/ycjjC
  • Bastrop County, Texas: A sheriff’s deputy has been indicted on a murder charge in a woman’s shooting death. ow.ly/ycj2p
  • Columbus, Ohio: A police officer is accused of attempting to illegally buy pain pills while on duty. The chief is recommending that he be fired. ow.ly/yca4b
  • South Congaree, South Carolina: The now-former police chief has been indicted by a state grand jury on a charge of misconduct in office. According to the indictment against him, he took money from a councilman, and in return the councilman would get gaming machines that had been seized by the police department. ow.ly/ybn9D
  • Lexington County, South Carolina: The sheriff has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of public corruption and accepting bribes. The federal government says he “accepted bribes from friends in return for using his position, power, and influence as Sheriff to interfere with the proper identification and processing” of undocumented immigrants. ow.ly/ybmR2
  • Chula Vista, California: A police officer has been placed on administrative leave after he got into a physical confrontation with a 16-year-old family member at a graduation ceremony that had to be broken up by the school’s principal. ow.ly/ybj93
  • Dillon, South Carolina: A now-former SC Highway Patrol officer is under investigation by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Office of Professional Responsibility for allegations of falsification of documents. ow.ly/ybiMA
  • Yakima, Washington: A police detective with more than 18 years on the force was fired for improperly sharing information with a potential witness in a double-murder case. ow.ly/ybhTL
  • Update: Buffalo, New York (Previously reported 06-03-14): A man who was hit and kicked by a police officer filed a notice of claim seeking $500,000 in damages for his injuries and violation of his constitutional rights. ow.ly/ybcd8
  • Update: Schenectady, New York (First reported 04-19-13): A now-former police officer was sentenced for two misdemeanors stemming from a “road rage” incident last year where he allegedly pointed his gun at a family. ow.ly/yccAy
  • Update: Colchester, Vermont (First reported 03-26-14): A police officer has pleaded guilty to the drunk driving charge leveled against him. On the night of his arrest his blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit. ow.ly/y9r1L

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-17-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, June 17, 2014 :

  • Springfield, Oregon: A detective has been placed on paid administrative leave after being charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants and resisting arrest. ow.ly/y9pbi
  • Placer County, California: A deputy is accused of engaging in sexual acts with a 17-year-old girl who was a volunteer at the sheriff’s office. ow.ly/y9kHz
  • Madison, Wisconsin: A 71-year-old woman who says her hand was injured while she was in police custody has filed a complaint with the department, claiming an officer used excessive force.ow.ly/y9dsT
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: A now-former police officer was arrested after he was accused of getting paid from working extra detail and also from the police department simultaneously. ow.ly/y9cf3
  • Pontotoc County, Tennessee: A sheriff’s deputy has been indicted on charges in a shooting. He is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of employing a firearm to commit a felony. ow.ly/y8QsY
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: A police officer has been suspended from active duty after a clip of a violent arrest at Pittsburgh Pride surfaced online. The clip showed the police officer grabbing a woman by the head and punching her, before restraining her in front of the crowd. http://ow.ly/ybe3n
  • Ivey, Georgia: The now-former police chief faces criminal charges for allegedly pawning four city-owned weapons. GBI arrest warrants showed he pawned one of those guns eight times. ow.ly/y8xCE
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma: The family of a man shot and killed by a police officer during a drug raid is now suing the city. Attorneys for the family claim police violated the man’s civil rights by using deadly force. ow.ly/y8m3P
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: An off-duty police officer pled guilty to second degree assault, officials said. ow.ly/y8aRa
  • Douglas County, Nebraska: A sheriff’s deputy faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance following an investigation. ow.ly/y84jJ

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-13-14 to 06-16-14

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, June 13, to Monday, June 16, 2014:

  • Everett, Massachusetts: A police officer forced his 10-year-old son to lie face-down as he whipped the boy with a belt. He pled not guilty to one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and was held on $1,000 bail. ow.ly/xZfwA
  • Update: Gautier, Mississippi (First reported 02-10-14): A police officer was sentenced to 25 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with 20 years to serve day-for-day and five years on post-release supervision. He pled guilty to three counts of sexual battery and one count of touching of a child for lustful purposes. ow.ly/xZdpT
  • Oklahoma County, Oklahoma: A now-former sheriff’s office lieutenant has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the case of an inmate who died after having his shoulder and wrist dislocated in the county jail. http://ow.ly/y8IB6
  • Kingsland, Georgia: The police department is reviewing a case where officers used a taser on a man during an arrest. The family of the man said police brutally beat him. But, the department says he struggled with officers, even after being handcuffed. ow.ly/xYRlb
  • Brazoria County, Texas: A now-former deputy has been charged with oppression and deadly conduct. According to investigators the officer was at an after-hours party while off duty. During an argument, investigators say he displayed his badge and gun in a threatening manner. ow.ly/xYQhD
  • Update: Oxnard, California (First reported 04-11-14): The city will pay a family $6.7 million after the accidental shooting death of an innocent man. It’s the largest amount ever paid by the city in a wrongful death case. ow.ly/xYP9S
  • Atlanta, Georgia: Reviews suggest that at least 500 law enforcement officers in Georgia, including an Oconee County sheriff’s deputy who was subsequently fired, may have lied about fulfilling required training in the last year. ow.ly/xYGsZ
  • Irwindale, California: Prosecutors filed several sex charges against a now-former police officer who allegedly molested a 14-year-old. He is accused of using a minor for sex acts, sending harmful matter, oral copulation of a person under 16, sexual penetration by a foreign object and two counts of contact with a minor for sexual offense. ow.ly/xYsIl
  • Laporte, Indiana: The president of a local FOP called the acts of a police officer accused of embezzling more than $7,000 from the group “selfish and foolish.” The officer served as the lodge’s treasurer/secretary at the time the funds went missing. “It is unfortunate that a fellow police officer and FOP member would commit such a selfish and foolish act when considering he is technically stealing from not only his brothers and sisters, but from the community organizations that the FOP donates the money to,” said the president. ow.ly/y5nxt
  • Nashville, Tennessee: A lieutenant was arrested on after being indicted on charges of raping a woman with whom he had a long-term relationship. Police said he was taken into custody after a three-count rape indictment accused him of having non-consensual sex with the alleged victim three times. ow.ly/y5kZa
  • Kenmore, New York: A police officer has resigned after allegedly drawing a gun on a man while working a side job as a bowling alley. ow.ly/y5lgv
  • Nashville, Tennessee: Three officers were decommissioned after one of the officers was not immediately arrested when he allegedly arrived at his post drunk. “All members of this police department are expected to conduct themselves in such a way that enhances the trust and confidence Nashville’s citizens have in us,” the chief said in a prepared statement. “It goes without saying that supervisors should lead the way. The events…are serious and are being treated as such.” ow.ly/y5kEP
  • St. Petersburg, Florida: A police officer was arrested on a drunken driving charge. ow.ly/y5kfj

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-12-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, June 12, 2013:

  • Newport News, Virginia: A man who served 22 years in prison for capital murder only to see his conviction overturned is suing the police chief for $25 million. He claims police failed to turn over to prosecutors – and in turn, his defense attorneys – a Polaroid picture that cast doubt on the state’s theory of what happened. ow.ly/xWtaC
  • Update; Barbour County, West Virginia (First reported 02-24-14): The now-former sheriff was sentenced to prison today for scheming to defraud an insurance company. ow.ly/xWrhP
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A police officer pleaded guilty to aggravated menacing and was fined $500. ow.ly/xWhx4
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer has been charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated after investigators say he showed up for work drunk. ow.ly/xWeI9
  • Bibb County, Georgia: An officer was fired for not following orders. He had been told not to “engage in any law enforcement functions,” and then stopped some people “acting suspiciously.” ow.ly/xVMME
  • Update: East Hampton Village, New York (First reported 01-23-14): A police officer who was reportedly found “in a compromising position” with a female companion in an unoccupied home has resigned. ow.ly/xVMcQ
  • Daphne, Alabama: A police captain was booked into the county jail and arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence third degree harassment. ow.ly/xVKn4
  • Update: Pasadena, California (First reported 04-07-12): The father of an unarmed 19-year-old who was shot and killed by police officers, has agreed to settle a wrongful death and civil rights lawsuit against the city.
  • Raritan, Florida: A man has filed a federal lawsuit against township, its police department and several officers, claiming he was the victim of excessive force when he came to the aid of his daughter during a traffic stop. ow.ly/xTGVk
  • Update: Des Plaines, Illinois (First reported 02-25-13): A now-former police commander accused of padding DUI arrest records to obtain federal grant money for the police department plead guilty to a lesser charge in federal court. ow.ly/xTFWP

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-11-14

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, June 11, 2014:

  • Los Angeles County, California: A veteran caught a deputy punching a woman in the face on video. The officer then tried to intimidate the man into turning the video over to him. http://ow.ly/xTJYq
  • Clay County, Florida: The sheriff’s office extradited a 28-year-old single mother of two from her home state of Louisiana and jailed her for 28 days before being convinced they had the wrong person. Then, during a previously scheduled status hearing related to the charge that was being dropped, she was wrongly arrested again in a different case. http://ow.ly/xTj4L
  • Update: Conroe, Texas (First reported 09-27-13): A jury has found an officer guilty in the fatal shooting of a teen that ran away from a Wal-Mart store. http://ow.ly/xTzwv
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: A police officer was charged in connection with what authorities say was a road rage incident in which he allegedly followed a driver to a parking lot and pointed his service weapon at him while off-duty. http://ow.ly/xTzJO
  • Update: Cave Spring, Georgia (First reported 07-03-13): An officer was sentenced to 35 years in prison, followed by life on probation and a $10,000 fine, and he must register as a sex offender when released. He will be going to prison for aggravated child molestation. http://ow.ly/xTFxN
  • New York, New York: The city has agreed to pay nearly $600,000 to settle allegations that police wrongfully arrested a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters. http://ow.ly/xTDTz
  • Hearne, Texas: A now-former police officer has been sued by a man who says the officer harassed him during a traffic stop. http://ow.ly/xTFdc
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: The city must pay more than $6 million in connection with the wrongful death of a man with schizophrenia killed by police, a judge ruled. http://ow.ly/xTElN
  • Update: District Heights, Maryland (First reported 11-05-12): A now-former police officer was found guilty of first- and second-degree assault in connection with a shooting that left a man paralyzed. http://ow.ly/xTECb
  • Berkeley, New Jersey: A handcuffed 38-year-old man shown on video being punched by a police officer has sued the department. A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office said the video depicts a “small segment of a larger amount of video which gives a clearer picture of the entire event.” ow.ly/xTfAh
  • Sarasota, Florida: The mother of a man killed during a traffic stop has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the county sheriff. ow.ly/xT5bi
  • Quitman, Georgia: A police officer was sentenced on a misdemeanor disorderly conduct conviction. He had to pay a $500 fine, got 12 months probation, 40 hours of community service, and has been ordered to have no contact with the other deputy involved. ow.ly/xSQLm
  • Fort Worth, Texas: A police officer who was arrested on charges that he assaulted his wife at their home said in a recorded tirade that she needed to be “cut by a razor, set on fire, beat half to death and left to die,” police said. ow.ly/xQSQX
  • Update: York, South Carolina (First reported 04-28-14): Three officers and the chief violated police pursuit policies when they chased a car thief and reached speeds of 137 miles per hour, according to the department’s recent review of the incident. ow.ly/xQOxm
  • Moss Point, Mississippi:  A police officer who shot and killed a Georgia man has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an independent investigation. http://ow.ly/xTg4V
  • Edison, New Jersey: Officials are moving to fire two officers over misconduct claims that surfaced. Two patrolmen have been suspended with pay over unrelated allegations. Recently, both received letters signaling the township’s intention to terminate them, according to two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the cases. http://ow.ly/xTh59

Woman Jailed 28 Days Before Police Admit Their Mistake

From the Florida Times Union:

They’ve done it again.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the wrong person.

This time, the sheriff’s office extradited Ashley Nicole Chiasson, a 28-year-old single mother of two, from her home state of Louisiana in January and jailed her for 28 days before being convinced they had the wrong person.

Then during a previously scheduled May status hearing related to the charge that was being dropped, Chiasson was wrongly arrested again in a different case.

Twice?  Good grief.

Policing for Profit in Atlanta?

From WSB-TV:

Numbers show police and Park Atlanta are issuing nearly double the number of tickets from years prior.

Park Atlanta wrote 141,000 tickets in 2010 and two years later, wrote 221,000, according to documents obtained by Channel 2 Action News.  The city received thousands of dollars in ticket revenue, but Mayor Kasim Reed said money was not the motivation for the increase.

“The ticket and traffic enforcement process is actually a tool in combating crime. One of the off-shoots of that is you do have an increase in revenue,” Kasim said.

Atlanta resident Joe Williams say he remembers Reed telling Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne three years ago that this would happen.

“Police will be issuing more tickets to keep more people safe,” Reed said.

Williams said he wonders if the push for more tickets is just an easy chance to increase the city’s revenue.

“I thought the purpose of police departments was supposed to be to serve and protect, and not ticket and arrest,” Williams said.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-10-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, June 10, 2014:

  • Campbell, Wisconsin: The police chief is under investigation over accusations that he created online accounts on pornographic, dating and insurance websites for man who sued him in federal court. ow.ly/xPZCP
  • Hillsboro, Oregon: A man out for a bike ride near his home was illegally stopped by police and beaten, according to a federal lawsuit filed. ow.ly/xPVc7
  • New York, New York: A woman is suing the city and an officer, who’s accused of pulling her over because he found her attractive, using a cell phone to video tape her rear end while she was handcuffed at a precinct, and pressuring her into a date by promising to clear up her case. The lawsuit accuses the officer and the city of excessive force, negligent training, assault, battery, false arrest, rape, libel, malicious prosecution, abuse of authority, harassment and other violations. ow.ly/xPT74
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: A wrongful death suit has been filed against the city for the deadly officer-involved shooting of a man. The case was cited in the Department of Justice’s report as an example of “Albuquerque Police officers own recklessness sometimes led to their use of deadly force.” ow.ly/xPQuA
  • Update: Alexandria, Virginia (First reported 05-29-14): A now-former sheriff’s deputy is no longer charged with raping an inmate at the city jail. But, he will still face prosecution on the felony charge of carnal knowledge of an inmate. ow.ly/xPQ7j
  • Edwardsburg, Michigan: A now-former officer pled no contest to a charge of home invasion. The officer was in uniform and on duty when he assisted on a medical call at a private residence. Prosecutors say he went inside the home and removed painkillers. http://ow.ly/xQ3UI
  • Update: North Port, Florida (Previously reported 05-16-14): An internal investigation has found that an officer did engage in conduct unbecoming of an officer and violated moral character rules for officers. http://ow.ly/xQ526
  • Miami Beach, Florida: A jury has found a now-former police officer guilty of reckless driving with serious bodily injuries. He was acquitted on the DUI charges stemming from a crash in which he struck and seriously injured two people while joy-riding with a woman on a police all-terrain vehicle. http://ow.ly/xQ6DK
  • Update: Youngstown, Ohio (Previously reported 06-18-13): A city police officer was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of importuning, one count of pandering obscenity and one count of illegal use of a minor in a nudity-oriented performance. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison. http://ow.ly/xQ86a

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-07-14 to 06-09-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, June 7 to Monday, June 9, 2014:

  • Salt Lake City, Utah: A police deputy chief on leave amidst allegations of sexual harassment has resigned. He was found to be in violation of harassment prevention policies, conduct unbecoming a police employee and accessing inappropriate materials on a department phone. The chief noted his actions were unacceptable but did not warrant termination. ow.ly/xO47i
  • Los Angeles, California: A police officer was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and illegal discharging of a firearm, law enforcement officials said. ow.ly/xO3S5
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An off-duty police officer tried to rob a woman. According to the police report, he also injured a family member of a Make-A-Wish recipient who tried to stop him. The Make-A-Wish Foundation gave the family a credit card so they could travel and make a wish come true. The officer was after that money. ow.ly/xNLwe
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: A police officer has been accused of using someone else’s identity to funnel money to a man in prison. ow.ly/xNKIl
  • Chesterfield, Missouri: A police officer secretly videotaped men in a gas station restroom stall, lured anonymous sex partners to his home through Craigslist ads and posted dozens of voyeuristic and pornographic videos to his own website, authorities say. ow.ly/xNwFc
  • Kennebunkport, Maine: Police have charged one of their own officers with driving to endanger, following a motorcycle accident. ow.ly/xITMh
  • Doylestown, Pennsylvania: A couple is suing the police department for alleged civil-rights violations. They say several police officers used unauthorized and unnecessary excessive force against them causing serious injuries. ow.ly/xISrh
  • Los Angeles County, California: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested and is expected to be charged as part of a internal sheriff’s investigation into an alleged traffic-ticket-fixing scheme. ow.ly/xIS1z
  • Washington, Pennsylvania: A county sheriff’s deputy has been fired after state prosecutors say he sold a prescription drug used to treat heroin addiction to an undercover informant. ow.ly/xIRlB

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