National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-16-14 to 10-17-14

Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, October 16 to Friday, October 17, 2014:

  • Shively, Kentucky: A man says a traffic stop led to his facial fractures and a hospital stay and now he’s suing the police department. The lawsuit alleges an officer used excessive force during the traffic stop. The police report, however, disputes his story.
  • Purvis, Mississippi: A now-former police officer has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges that include fondling and sexual battery.
  • Medina, Ohio: A police dog died from heatstroke after being left in a police cruiser for more than four hours, officials said.
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: A police officer has been suspended after being cited for drunken driving.
  • Providence, Rhode Island: The police chief says he may review hiring protocol after a newly sworn-in probationary officer was connected to the alleged theft of a cellphone. The chief said the situation is “absolutely embarrassing.”
  • Update; Chattanooga, Tennessee (First reported 09-11-14): An woman says a police officer pulled her into a men’s bathroom, pushed her against a wall and kissed her. The woman, who says she had been raped in a bathroom a month earlier, had a panic attack. She says she pulled away and ran outside. The officer was in charge of her case’s investigation.
  • Madisonville, Texas: A police officer facing charges after the death of his K-9 partner has resigned. He was officially charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.
  • Denver, Colorado: A federal jury found five sheriff’s deputies used excessive force against a homeless street preacher who died in the city’s downtown jail and awarded his family a record $4.65 million in damages, a verdict an attorney said should send a message to law enforcement everywhere.
  • Aiken County, South Carolina: A deputy has been fired because of conduct unbecoming of an officer.
  • Florence, South Carolina: A sergeant was terminated. He faces criminal domestic violence charges, weapons charges and unlawful use of a telephone.
  • Update: Tom Bean, Texas (First reported 08-20-13): A now-former police chief pled guilty in court after allegedly stealing firearms and tasing one of his officers.
  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy has been. The deputy made contact with a woman at a gas station; she did not have a valid driver’s license and was in possession of marijuana and an unlabeled bottle of prescription medication. She told him that she was on felony probation and she offered him money not to arrest her. The deputy didn’t take the money but did return her drugs, the sheriff’s office says. He then gave the woman a ride home and once there she offered to perform a sex act. According to the sheriff’s office the deputy accepted the offer and did not make an arrest.
  • Espanola, New Mexico: A police officer has been put on administrative leave after an off-duty drunken driving arrest.
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: A $45,000 settlement was reached in the lawsuit of a man who claimed a police officer punched him in the head, punishing someone he mistakenly believed was involved in another officer’s murder decades earlier.
  • Update: Williamsport, Pennsylvania (Previously reported 09-29-14): A police officer, charged in connection with a deadly high speed chase, has been fired. He is charged with vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter.
  • Madison County, Mississippi: A now-former deputy sheriff has been indicted on one count of making fraudulent statements. He is accused of falsifying time sheets in order to embezzle public funds to which he was not entitled.
  • Update: Chicago, Illinois (First reported 05-21-14): The city is expected to pay $150,000 to settle a federal lawsuit brought by a woman who accused police of hitting, threatening and berating her during a raid at a tanning salon.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: A man has filed a $2 million lawsuit against the police department after officers allegedly performed a cavity search on him in public, in the middle of the day, for no reason.
  • Sequim, Washington: A man has filed a lawsuit against the city police department after an officer was seen on cellphone video punching him repeatedly. The lawsuit states that the man was the victim of excessive force.
  • Buckeye, Arizona: Police are conducting an administrative inquiry after an officer was caught on video threatening to kill a man during a traffic stop.
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: The police chief fired an officer who killed a mentally ill man in a park. The chief said that while the officer correctly identified the man as someone who was emotionally disturbed, he ignored his training and police policy and treated him as a criminal. “You don’t go hands-on and start frisking somebody only because they appear to be mentally ill,” the Chief said during a news conference announcing the firing.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-15-14

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 15, 2014:

  • Dover, Delaware: The ACLU filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and a police officer alleging that an officer assaulted a man during a routine police encounter.
  • Youngstown, Ohio: The city council will consider legislation to pay $50,000 to the city’s insurance company to settle a federal police- brutality lawsuit.
  • Pike Co, Georgia: The police chief was arrested on charges he used his position to solicit sex from young men and provide one with county gasoline.
  • Bolton, New York: A state trooper was arrested and suspended after he allegedly accidentally shot a vehicle in a campground and hit a man while hunting off-duty.
  • Clinton, Maine: Acouple has sued a police officer, his department and the town alleging one of them was falsely arrested for setting off a firework on his own property.
  • Melbourne, Florida: A police sergeant is on paid leave after he was found to have violated department policies after guns were stolen from his home.
  • Carlisle, Pennsylvania: A police officer as sentenced to county prison after pleading guilty to sending sexually explicit text messages to a 13-year-old girl.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-14-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, October 15, 2014:

  • Maury City, Tennessee: A polio chief has been charged with assault, harassment and stalking.
  • Kirtland Hills, Ohio: Authorities say a former police chief has been charged with defrauding a village out of $80,000. He was charged in federal court with single counts of mail fraud and destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation.
  • Island Co, Washington: A detective lost his job after being accused of inappropriately touching and making sexual and belittling comments toward a woman.
  • Oldham Co, Kentucky: A now-former police officer accused of trying to solicit sex from a teenage girl was found guilty of official misconduct.
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: State police arrested a Sergeant involved in an off-duty hit and run. He was driving while intoxicated and several other charges after he caused a crash.
  • Waller, Texas: A police officer videotaped pepper-spraying a student, seemingly unprovoked, has been placed on leave.
  • Update: New Hanover County, North Carolina (First reported 06-12-13): A now-former lieutenant pled guilty to drug charges.
  • Update: Fairfield, Connecticut (First reported 11-29-12): A now-former state trooper has been sentenced to serve a year in prison for stealing cash and a gold crucifix from a dying accident victim.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: A video recorded shows a police officer taking a jab at a bystander who recorded an arrest on his iPhone. The man filed suit, saying the officer broke a bone in his hand after hitting him with a Taser in the scuffle.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-11-14 to 10-13-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, October 11 to Monday, October 13, 2014:

  • Update: Walnut Creek, California (Previously reported 09-09-14): A now-former police officer was sentenced to a year in jail and three years of probation with the possibility of electronic home detention after donning a mask and beating a woman with a baseball bat.
  • Lakeland, Florida: A K-9 police officer has been arrested and charged with aggravated domestic stalking against a co-worker to whom he had been engaged.
  • Update: Janesville, Wisconsin (First reported 09-26-14): A police officer arrested on suspicion of domestic violence will not be charged. “The District Attorney has determined that there is insufficient evidence to prove a criminal charge beyond a reasonable doubt.”
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 10-09-14): A police officer and a state trooper charged with sexually assaulting a woman in an Atlantic City casino pled not guilty.
  • Miller County, Georgia: A deputy sheriff was arrested and has been charged with aggravated child molestation and statutory rape.
  • Detroit, Michigan: A police homicide sergeant has been suspended after department officials found him wearing a murder victim’s expensive watch.
  • Greensboro, North Carolina: A police officer charged with indecent exposure resigned before he was to appear in an internal police hearing.
  • Update: Houston, Texas (First reported 04-24-14): An officer admitted in federal court to his crimes in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy. He had been accused by federal authorities of using his position as a police officer to escort loads of drugs being moved through the area. He provided security for the illicit cargo.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-10-14

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 10, 2014:

  • Update: Washington, DC (Previously reported 05-23-14): A judge sentenced a now-former police officer who served as a pimp for two teenage girls to seven years in prison.
  • Henry County, Georgia: A police officer is facing serious allegations after a woman arrested claims he had inappropriate contact with her.
  • Update: Greenfield, Indiana (First reported 04-09-14): An officer was found guilty of bribery and official misconduct. According to case documents the officer said he would pay for a $200 steak dinner for another officer to pull over his ex-wife, who was driving on an expired license.
  • Raleigh, North Carolina: Police mistook a black teenager for a burglar and pepper-sprayed him inside the home of his white foster parents.
  • Update: Bangs, Texas (First reported 09-04-14): A now-former police chief was booked briefly into the county jail following his indictment for abuse of official capacity, jail records show. The charge is a state jail felony.
  • Update: Memphis, Tennessee (First reported 10-17-13): A now-former police officer was convicted of trying to frame two men for burglary. He was found guilty of tampering with or fabricating evidence, official misconduct, and two counts of official oppression.
  • Pacific County, Washington: The Attorney General’s Office has filed charges against a now-former sheriff’s deputy accused of misconduct on the job. He is charged with official misconduct and reckless driving.
  • Fort Pierce, Florida: A four-year police officer has been arrested on one count of DUI. The charges stemmed from a DUI investigation conducted by the police department, a release said.
  • New York, New York: The district attorney’s office is investigating allegations that a officer swiped more than $1,000 from a man during a stop-and-frisk, then pepper-sprayed him and his sister when they complained.
  • Cape Girardeau, Missouri: The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit claiming that a man was unlawfully arrested after insulting a police officer.
  • Brunswick, Georgia: A police officer who took three hostages in a vacant office inside an apartment leasing center had been placed on administrative leave before the incident. He was charged with three counts of false imprisonment.
  • Update: Montezuma County, Colorado (First reported 07-15-13): A now-former undersheriff who used taxpayer money to pay for personal items, including firearms, has been ordered to pay more than $7,000 in restitution.
  • Flint, Michigan: Authorities are asking people to step forward if they believe they were assaulted as children by a police sergeant who is charged with sexual misconduct while on duty in the 1990s. The officer, now retired, appeared in court on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was returned to jail without bond.
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 03-27-13): A now-former police officer has been found guilty of two misdemeanor counts of careless driving in a wreck that killed a 21-year-old woman.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-09-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, October 20, 2014:

  • Lockport, New York: A police lieutenant was placed on paid administrative leave following his arrest for drunken driving.
  • Panama City, Florida: A police officer has lost his job after being accused of stealing an iPad that was supposed to be stored in the department’s property holding room.
  • Bedford County, Tennessee: A high-ranking officer was dismissed following an accusation of shoplifting.
  • Jackson County, Tennessee: Prosecutors are recommending house arrest for a deputy in perjury case. The maximum penalty for the felony perjury offense is up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
  • Fort Worth, Texas: A deputy police chief has been arrested for cruelty to an animal for fatally shooting a dog that may have mauled the chief’s cat to death.
  • Wichita, Kansas: A police officer is accused of getting into a fight at a bar. Court documents accuse him of causing bodily harm to a family or household member, then driving drunk. He was formally charged with domestic battery, disorderly conduct and DUI.
  • New York, New York: A police officer and a state trooper have been charged with sexually assaulting a woman in an Atlantic City casino. Lawyers for both men say they are innocent.
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (Previously reported 08-07-14): A now-former police officer will spend a year in prison for killing his girlfriend’s dog.
  • Yonkers, New York: Two police officers pled not guilty to charges related to a falsified search warrant at an apartment where a drug suspect died after falling out his window during a police raid.
  • Romulus, Michigan: Three police officers pled no contest to charges stemming from a police corruption case and will lose their certification to be employed in law enforcement.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-08-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 8, 2014:

  • Tulsa, Oklahoma: A federal lawsuit filed blames the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety for employing a state trooper who, while off-duty, fatally shot a man outside a motel, saying the agency either knew or should have known of the trooper’s “proclivity to shoot citizens.”
  • East Cleveland, Ohio: A highway patrol trooper was arrested and booked. He was cited for disorderly conduct.
  • Eagle County, Colorado: Authorities have arrested a sheriff’s deputy accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a vacant warehouse.
  • Toledo, Ohio: A police sergeant is on paid administrative leave after allegedly stealing a bag of popcorn that cost less than $2.
  • Rothschild, Wisconsin: A police officer faces second-degree sexual assault and felony burglary charges after a woman told police that the off-duty officer had sex with her, while pretending to be her boyfriend. He has resigned.
  • Update: Timberlake, Ohio (First reported 04-15-14): The now-former police chief was sentenced to six months in jail for stealing more than $24,000 from taxpayers.
  • Wichita, Kansas: The family of a marine suffering from PTSD who was shot and killed by police officers say that the officers mishandled the situation, letting it escalate before taking action. Officers say the marine ran at them with a knife, but the family disputes that assertion. There is an investigation underway.
  • St. Landry Parish, Louisiana: A sheriff’s deputy has been accused of reckless driving after an incident.
  • Goose Creek, South Carolina: An off-duty police officer has been charged with drunken driving.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-07-14

Here are the 6 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, October 7, 2014:

  • Grand Junction, Colorado: A police officer was arrested and accused of vandalizing his ex-girlfriend’s home and her husband’s truck. He is facing three counts of criminal mischief, one count of official misconduct and one count of domestic violence.
  • Hammond, Indiana: A man whose car window was smashed and who was tased by police after a traffic stop said that “it felt like my civil rights were just thrown out the window, along with my body.” He has filed a suit that alleges excessive force, false arrest and battery.
  • Asheville, North Carolina: A judge determined a police officer unlawfully arrested a local activist and granted a motion to suppress any evidence derived from the encounter.
  • Tempe, Arizona: Video of a police officer repeatedly punching a man in the face while he’s flat on the ground has triggered an internal investigation. The officer is still on duty.
  • New York, New York: Video show two officers catching up to a 16-year-old on the street. The first officer takes a swing at the boy’s face and misses. As the teen backs up with his hands up, the second officer runs up, gun drawn, and hits him in the teeth with it. Once on the ground, the boy gets hit again. “The video fails to capture the offense that resulted in police action or the lengthy foot pursuit that culminated in the arrest,” said the police union rep.
  • Enfield, Connecticut: Police have fired an officer who was accused of using excessive force while making an arrest.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-03-14 to 10-06-14

Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 4 to Monday, October 7, 2014:

  • Chico, California: The mother of a woman shot by police has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and the five officers who fired at her daughter.
  • Denver, Colorado: A jury has awarded $1.8 million to a family in a wrongful prosecution case in which police officers executed a warrantless raid on a home previously occupied by drug dealers and prostitutes.
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: The city council is due to approve a $95,000 settlement to a man who was left with a fractured skull and eye socket and a broken nose after an encounter with police.
  • Update: Des Plaines, Illinois (Previously reported 06-12-14): A now-former police commander who padded DUI arrest records so the department could get federal grant money was sentenced to six months in prison.
  • Kingston, Pennsylvania: One of two police officers involved in an quad crash was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to state police.
  • Plainfield, New Jersey: The two police officers accused of stealing more than $11,000 from the city by filing fraudulent timesheets have now been suspended without pay, according to the city’s department of public affairs and safety.
  • Update: Eddy County, North Dakota (Previously reported 05-07-14): A jury found the county sheriff not guilty of felony child abuse. He was accused of spanking his stepson and leaving a bruise. That bruise was discounted during the trial as being caused by a motorbike accident.
  • Seabrook, Texas: A police officer is under arrest, accused of a sexual assault of a woman while on the job.
  • Indio, California: Two police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of ongoing administrative and criminal investigations into allegations of misconduct that may have occurred during an arrest.
  • Grand County, Utah: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested following an argument with his wife that allegedly left her with serious injuries, according to investigators.
  • Update: Clark County, Indiana (First reported 07-30-14): A now-former sheriff is expected to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with alleged incidents involving a prostitute.
  • Update: Atwater, California (First reported 09-03-14): There will be no discipline of the police chief after he killed a little boy’s pet chicken that was being kept in town against a city ordinance.
  • Gonzales, Louisiana: Authorities say a police officer is under investigation after the state police accused him of DWI when he was involved in an accident while off duty.
  • Amite, Louisiana: Sheriff’s deputies say a police officer accused of sexually assaulting women after deceiving them online has been arrested. He was taken into custody and faces two counts of second-degree kidnapping, one count of aggravated rape, one count of sexual battery and one count of theft.
  • Rotterdam, New York: A police officer has been placed on unpaid leave for 30 days stemming from a domestic dispute at a city apartment where he allegedly assumed a boxer’s stance and then fought with cops.
  • Dallas, Texas: The police department fired a 28-year veteran officer for ignoring a woman whose children had been kidnapped as he was on his way to another call.
  • Cary, North Carolina: A 24-year veteran of the highway patrol was arrested after a fight at a bar, officials said.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Police arrested one of their own after an officer allegedly assaulted his female partner while on-duty. Investigators believe it wasn’t the first time the officer struck the woman.
  • Amarillo, Texas: A now-former police officer is accused of making changes to a police report in connection with an incident in which he and another officer illegally entered a home.
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: A police officer was suspended with pay after being charged with allegedly stealing an iPad.
  • Detroit, Michigan: Police say they received an emergency call about a man displaying a handgun during an incident of road rage. The man identified himself as a police officer.

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