Philadelphia PA police are being sued by a man claiming cops used excessive force when they left son in coma after beating and tasering him in an incident that witnesses indicated didn’t seem necessary  http://bit.ly/ne9uNd
2 Tulsa OK cops indicted for allegedly using excessive force on one man & pepperspraying genitals of another while serving a search warrant  http://bit.ly/n3Mlvq
Oakland CA police are being sued by the family of a barber who was unarmed when fatally shot by cops responding to a dispute call  http://bit.ly/pH3xOr
At least one Edmonton AB cop is under investigation for “grave assault” after a judge found it suspicious that cops didn’t recall if a man they left with severe facial injuries was bleeding despite blood being everywhere and saturating his shirt.  http://bit.ly/pQ0L1a
Santa Rosa Co FL deputy sentenced to 2-life terms for sexually abusing 2 girls, he’s already serving time in another case  http://bit.ly/mXv2UL
Mount Vernon NY settles suit for $90k to innocent man who suffered a 3 minute-long attack when police released a police dog  http://bit.ly/oGzslO
Elmhurst IL gives secret settlement deal for $25k to woman who was injured in unspecified incident w/cop at station  http://bit.ly/raufe1
New Orleans LA deputy superintendent retires a day before internal hearing for neglect of duty involving the Glover shooting and cover-up case.  http://bit.ly/qVy06U
Canton OH cop caught on video threatening to kill & falsely arrest a man after that man repeatedly tried to inform the cop that he legally had a CCW license and gun on him during a traffic stop.  http://bit.ly/nwwQWK
Granby CT police capt pleads to fed child porn charges for trading thousands of pics & videos of boys as young as 8yrs-old, some of which described as disturbingly sadistic  http://cour.at/qUzUCL
The first of up to 400 New York NY cops admitted to fixing tickets and was suspended for 5 days. By admitting to it he avoids charges but the union has hired high powered movie star lawyers (literally a movie star lawyer) in fears it may signal a RICO probe.  http://bit.ly/oec6Th
San Rafael CA police sued by family alleging they were wrongly arrested & abused on false road rage allegations  http://bit.ly/oS0D8X
DeWitt Co TX chief deputy suspended 2wks w/o pay for his role in the false arrest of a man on drug charges.  http://bit.ly/pPadvi
Denver CO cop charged w/assault on allegations he & his pal punched 2 men at golf club in dispute over game on tv  http://bit.ly/pPFBU1
Bridgeton MO cop sentenced to 2yrs in plea to obstruction & bribery for accepting cash to launder money and protect a drug trafficker  http://bit.ly/qjyY6A
Jackson Co MO deputy charged w/theft & forgery for writing false citations to fake overtime while sitting at home  http://bit.ly/pAaXOI
Lexington KY cop takes plea deal to get probation for his role in a $2mil federal mortgage fraud case  http://bit.ly/pfTjaC
Sumner Co TN deputy charged w/improper euthanasia after caught injecting dogs in the heart against proper procedure while working in animal control  http://bit.ly/pI995c
Johnson Co NE now-former sheriff sentenced to probation in plea to DV charge, 2nd alcohol-related conviction  http://bit.ly/nxJv1D
Appleton WI police apologize for shutting down a 9 and 10yr-old’s lemonade stand, say it won’t happen again  http://bit.ly/pNHjKc
4 Richland MS cops suspended over video that allegedly shows them drunk in public & shows one urinating in public  http://bit.ly/pAvS0h
Parkersburg WV settles suit for $70k to a man claiming cops beat him while he was cuffed when they arrested him, then again at the station and then yet again while he was shackled to a bed at the hospital.  http://bit.ly/r9iHbl
A Bryan TX cop resigned during an investigation into a questionable shooting incident where witnesses contradicted his report. The resignation seals and closes the investigation against him which prevents public release of any information about it.  http://bit.ly/qWKHRe
Punxsutawney PA settles suit for $250k to family of man who died while left alone in the back of police cruiser for 4 hours after police arrested him for public intoxication.  http://bit.ly/qKykXD
Lufkin TX police and prosecutors apparently insisted on taking a man to trial on an evading arrest charge after police broke down his door, tear gassed him in his bathroom, then shot him with pepperball rounds when they mistook him for a burglar in his own home because he didn’t speak any English. They originally charged him with burglary but then changed it to evading when they figured out they couldn’t charge him for burglarizing his own home.  http://bit.ly/olabfg
2 Jackson TN cops indicted on civil rights violation charges for allegedly stealing over $1,000 from the victim of a home invasion robbery who had been shot.  http://bit.ly/rfIXOx
Newark NJ settles suit for $55k to a journalist who had his camera seized and was arrested all allegedly to prevent him from sending photos he took for publication  http://bit.ly/qKs5n7
Oklahoma City OK police admit they made some mistakes when they wrongfully arrested 20 kids for curfew violations as they waited for their parents to pick them up from a movie theater 20 minutes before the curfew actually started.  http://bit.ly/nmKYry
Elgin IL cop arrested w/his nephew on assault charges for allegedly beating up employees at Michigan amusement park  http://bit.ly/nmdLZO
San Diego Co CA deputy arrested for obstruction, resisting & harboring fugitive wanted in a rape investigation who was apparently in her home.  http://bit.ly/nftYlB
Naperville IL police sued by man who’s mugshot was given to the press who published it as a DUI arrest even after he was released without charge when he blew 0.0 after a DUI stop.  http://bit.ly/otC7bW
Rosebud TX now-former police chief sentenced to 120days jail, to be served on weekends at his leisure, after convicted of evidence tampering  http://bit.ly/pJRlz9
Laurel IN reserve police officer suspended after charged w/public indecency for having sex in public pool after families complained to workers about it.  http://bit.ly/pXyAV3
2 Orlando FL cops stationed at schools suspended, 40hrs & 8hrs, for sending porn email msgs from school computers  http://bit.ly/rpRhw2
Payson AZ drug cop demoted for sexting photos of his genitals to a confidential female informant  http://bit.ly/pLLw3P
Baltimore MD cop forced to be rehired on appeal after fired for sleeping on duty now indicted for drug conspiracy & heroin distribution charges  http://bit.ly/nh4YaH
Just a note before I go, I may or may not suspend the news feed and reports for a day tomorrow. I was thinking about taking a break from things for my birthday but I’m not sure yet. We’ll see.
Tacoma WA police are the subject of a legal claim, the precursor to a lawsuit in this state, filed by a man who was wanted for vehicular assault and for shooting his girlfriend but was unarmed when shot 5x by a police sergeant who mistook the man’s wallet for a gun  http://bit.ly/pYQCfs
Chicago IL police version of a fatal officer-involved shooting incident is being investigated after it was contradicted by multiple witnesses  http://bit.ly/nmgnVK
New York NY settles suit for $125k to a diabetic woman who was denied treatment for 3hrs and had to be hospitalized after a minor misdemeanor marijuana possession arrest  http://nyti.ms/riOUau
Lubbock TX cop is accused of unnecessarily shooting a family’s dog to death while responding to their call for help during a home invasion  http://bit.ly/rf1NGk
West Valley UT cop may face charges after a DA’s investigation ruled that it was an unjustified use of force when he fired shots at a fleeing motorist.  http://bit.ly/nroRNO
Port Barre LA cop has been arrested on computer-aided solicitation of a juvenile charges on allegations that he texted a 14yr-old girl he found on Facebook nude photos of himself.  http://bit.ly/rcEpGu
Lakewood WA cop resigns after an investigation finds he lied when he claimed he crashed his police cruiser because someone pointed a shotgun at him.  http://bit.ly/qSYCHH
Williamsport PA drug task force cop takes a plea deal for selling seized items and agrees to testify against other cop in the same case  http://bit.ly/nw4whb
Memphis TN cop charged with agg assault in a possible racially-motivated road rage case had been disciplined previously for a racial slur in 2010  http://bit.ly/ruc7lN
Bartow County GA deputy arrested on agg assault, child cruelty, threatening someone with a gun & other charges involving an alleged domestic dispute  http://bit.ly/pFa9S6
Dillon SC cop arrested on grand larceny charge for allegedly stealing a pickup truck, officials say he no longer works there but won’t say whether he quit or was fired  http://bit.ly/ok1K9V
Philadelphia PA cop arrested on drunk driving charges after appearing impaired at the scene of off-duty accident  http://bit.ly/n6U2on
Wisconsin Dells WI cop arrested on drunk driving charges after pulled over for speeding while off duty  http://bit.ly/q1Lt0N
Before I start on this weekend’s reports I wanted to mention an interesting report about how few law enforcement agencies track how many of their officers are convicted of criminal misconduct by Alia Wong from the Honolulu Civil Beat. She did a good job trying to present both sides of the issue which included references to the NPMSRP.
Passaic NJ secretly settled a lawsuit for $350k to mentally ill man beaten on video by cop later acquitted of criminal brutality charges, the settlement appears to have contained a confidentiality clause.  http://bit.ly/qU7Hmq
US Park police accused of excessive force by witnesses to pedicab driver tasering incident amid ongoing allegations of abuse  http://bit.ly/nu9GvF
Ottawa ON cop subject of internal excessive use of authority charge for allegedly beating motorist while off duty then having a fellow officer falsely arrest him  http://bit.ly/pqlWzE
2 Knoxville TN cops accused of excessive force & false arrest of man who opened his apartment door after hearing commotion outside.  http://bit.ly/nfRzWN
Washington DC arbitrator says cops can’t be fired just because past misconduct makes their testimony untrustworthy when he forced the department to rehire the 5th officer fired for that reason.  http://bit.ly/qn8wPL
Quartzsite AZ police chief accused of abusing power to punish political foes, own officers beg for investigation, this is the same police chief who declared martial law in response to critical response to a video showing him and a fellow officer kicking a reporter out of an open council meeting when she had the floor.  http://bit.ly/ncMgzZ
2 Plainville CT cops injured by friendly fire from 2 other cops during arrest of unarmed child porn suspect  http://cour.at/oy41pj
El Paso TX cop accused of falsely jailing a jogger for alerting motorists to his speed trap up the road  http://bit.ly/qQhqyR
Bremerton WA police probe revealed an improper relationship with a teen explorer & favoritism in way officers were disciplined  http://bit.ly/qak2HO
South Carolina state trooper indicted on possession & distribution of child porn charges in federal investigation  http://bit.ly/pefw43
Florida state trooper sentenced to probation in plea deal after facing 34 counts of possession of child porn  http://bit.ly/rjPk2l
Philadelphia PA cop arrested w/boxer & 4 others for attacking Atlantic City cop working security at Bally’s  http://cbsloc.al/o1QXu3
Doral FL police chief subject of unspecified corruption probe conducted by state dept of law enforcement  http://cbsloc.al/ngxpck
Fife WA police chief suspended over unspecified investigation that may involve at least 2 other police employees  http://bit.ly/rfGBEt
Tulsa OK police accused of targeting federal witnesses w/investigations to discredit them in police corruption case http://bit.ly/qOYIg8
Las Vegas NV police mgmt union quietly closes a case against their union boss who accused of stealing $38k but never charged in order to avoid publicity  http://bit.ly/ppA1SL
Houma LA cop charged with disturbing the peace by fighting over altercation with woman outside of a bar  http://bit.ly/pMqLSN
Midway GA police chief shuts down 10&14yr-old’s lemonade stand since they didn’t have $50/day vendors license  http://bit.ly/qH6lJv
Pennsylvania state trooper tells cop “you’re screwing me out of pension” when arrested for .361 BAC DUI accident  http://bit.ly/pnAM5v
That’s it for this rough weekend. Please do stay safe out there!
Around 4:45pm on Saturday San Francisco police fatally shot a young man who fled after being detained for jumping fare on a light rail vehicle. Initial reports were that police insisted the young man was armed and had opened fire and officers returned fire without being injured. However, police could not find the alleged weapon and people claiming to be witnesses were contradicting their version of events by insisting the man was not armed and had his arms up when he was shot.
I initially added this to the news feed since it did meet our reporting criteria with 3rd party witnesses alleging misconduct and a lack of evidence supporting the police narrative. However, as time went by the story changed and finally came to a point where I felt it was no longer sufficiently credible to keep for our database.
What was the turning point? An alleged bystander’s cell phone video posted to YouTube in the aftermath of the shooting appeared to capture what seems to be a firearm on the ground approximately 6-7 yards away from the victim which, according to the person posting the video, was retrieved by a person in the crowd who later disappeared.
A clip from the video with an enlargement of the object alleged to be a firearm.
Now, this does not mean that either narrative is correct. After all, it seems strange that the person who took the video doesn’t alert anyone to the alleged gun, that others appear to walk right past it, and at least 5 officers with a line of sight on the alleged weapon do not react to it either. It is also questionable as to how the person who shot the video claims to know who picked up the gun when the video doesn’t pan over to where that alleged incident occurs but does capture someone picking up a cell phone that may have belonged to the victim.
However, it does cast enough questions on the incident to make the police version of events plausible where it wasn’t before. So, in fact, this may well be an incident where private citizens videotaping police may turn in favor of the police, which at least should make officers who want to make recording the police a crime think twice about that stance.
What are your thoughts on the case? Take our poll or let us know in the comment section.
*UPDATE: The SFPD now say they have retrieved a weapon they believe was used by the person they shot during the incident. They claim that a number of videos taken by witnesses led them to the person who is accused of picking up the alleged weapon in the aftermath of the officer-involved shooting incident.
Another update: Police are now saying that the young man had a criminal record in Washington state and was a person of interest in a Seattle WA shooting that injured 4, including a pregnant woman who later died from her injuries.
Review Update: As new footage comes to light a reader comments that a second video does not appear to show the object alleged to be a gun that was shown in the first video we reviewed. I’ve taken a look at the second video, available here (caution, it is very graphic and upsetting), and have highlighted a frame taken at full screen resolution between 1:03 and 1:05 and compared that to a frame from the initial video where the object appears closest to the viewer. Since this site is 3-column you’ll have to click the images to see them full size.
Image of alleged gun from 1st video
Image of unknown object from 2nd video
The grid lines are my best effort at trying to line up reference points between the two videos to determine whether the object that appears in the second video is in the same approximate position as what is alleged to be the gun in the first video and the position does appear to correspond as best as I can tell. Though, due to the poor quality at distance of the second video and because these are grabs from copies of the videos on YouTube instead of the raw video files I cannot determine for certain if they are the same object.
Unfortunately this is the best analysis I can do with the rather limited equipment and resources I have at my disposal. But it does appear as though the second video does not debunk the allegations of a gun appearing in the first video.
Now, again, I feel I have to say that I know being skeptical about this report isn’t going to earn me any friends and would appear to be counter to what some people might think this site is about. But this project must maintain a degree of credibility since we use our data to create statistics about police misconduct so it would be counter to our mission to record an incident in our database when there is evidence that it isn’t a case of misconduct.
Again, that’s not to say that there may or may not be some other component of misconduct involved here, but there just isn’t enough evidence to support that this was a case of non-defensive use of force at this time and there is no other evidence that I’ve been presented with that indicates that it is. Yes, it is difficult and upsetting to watch a young man suffer and die like this. But I cannot let my feelings about that affect how I analyze the evidence I’m shown. If anyone has any other videos or witness claims they feel should be weighed in this case, please do let me know.