National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 11-19-11 to 11-20-11

Here are the 11(13) reports tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of November 26 to 27, 2011:

  • Sarasota FL settles suit for $40k to man in videotaped excessive force case that led to officer & chief resigning [0]
  • Fullerton CA police dept’s history examined, including brutality, false arrests, raids & questionable detainee deaths. While this specifically isn’t new, a review of the entire report revealed three incidents that we weren’t aware of:
    • Fullerton CA police sued by woman claiming 2 warrantless raids on her home then harassment over complaint [5]
    • Fullerton CA cop destroyed his personal audio recorder after detainee found hanged in cell after having exchange with cop [5]
    • Fullerton CA police accused of mass detention of minorities at park while responding to alleged weapon complaint, none found [5]
  • Las Vegas NV officer-involved shootings the focus of newspaper’s “Always Justified” multi-part investigative report. While this one didn’t lead to any specific cases that we haven’t tracked, but the allegations appears to be that there is an overall lack of accountability for officer-involved shooting incidents. [1]
  • Lakeside WA police sued by man whose legs were severely injured by police dog when police responded to a domestic dispute call that resulted in no charges [3]
  • Adams Co CO sued by deaf man held 25 days without access to sign language interpreter after a questionable domestic violence arrest when police responded to a disturbance call and heard the deaf couple verbalizing. [3]
  • St Lucie Co FL deputy arrested a man for filming a traffic stop, alleging that the cop watcher was verbally abusive. What was more disturbing was the Sun Sentinel newspaper wrongly reporting that cop watching is illegal and stupid. [5]
  • Campbell OH police dog attacked an 8yr-old boy after apparently mistaking him playing in grandmother’s yard for the kind of behavior it’s trained to attack, namely a suspect running. The boy’s parents say the officer walking the dog should have had it under control. [0]
  • Paterson NJ settles suit for $10k to man shot by his ex-girlfriend police officer in case where both faced charges [0]
  • Lincoln Co GA sheriff’s sergeant suspended while subject of investigation into unspecified citizen complaint [2]
  • Philadelphia PA man claiming to be cop has been posting menacing messages to #OccupyPhiladelphia’s Facebook page, which would be a violation of departmental policy if it is a cop doing it. [3]
  • Lake Stevens WA police officer was allegedly quietly convicted on a DUI charge but not disciplined despite other alleged complaints, all this came from an opinion piece from a reader to a local paper asking why it wasn’t being covered. [3]

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-24-11 to 11-25-11 Live Edition

Since I took the day off yesterday I decided it’s only fair to make today’s review of police misconduct reports a live blogging edition. So I posted them as I found them.

So, here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for Thursday and Friday, November 24-25, 2011:

  • Richmond CA settled a lawsuit for $1.5mil to the family of a mentally ill man who died after tasered for 72 seconds straight and beaten with batons by 4 police officers. [0]
  • Marco Island FL settles suit for $50k to a man who was punched then peppersprayed along with his two friends by a cop while they were cuffed in a police cruiser, as shown in the above video. [0]
  • Chatham-Kent ON cop was charged with assault causing bodily harm after man suffered serious facial injuries while detained, no details about the actual incident were released. [1]
  • A Kinston NC cop working an off-duty security gig at WalMart is accused of pepperspraying a man who accidentally fell into a cellphone display at that store. The spray affected at least 20 other shoppers and one news article decided to go with an Orwellian “Police use pepperspay to calm crowd” headline… I’m pretty sure that was pepperspay, not camomilespray. [1]
  • In the same incident, Kinston NC police are being accused of arresting an ex-cop for complaining about that cop’s use of pepperspray inside a crowded store. Use of pepperspray in an enclosed area like that is generally discouraged because it takes a long time to dissipate and has an increased likelihood of affecting bystanders. This is considered a separate complaint from the use of pepperspray itself. [5]
  • Buckeye AZ cops are accused of injuring a 54-year-old man, shown in the above video, by slamming him face-first into the concrete floor at a Toys-R-US after allegedly mistaking his attempt to save his grandson from being trampled by a Black-Friday shopping mob for an attempt at shoplifting. Generally, you can’t charge someone for shoplifting until that person tries to leave the store with the merchandise. Police say the officer did nothing wrong despite witness statements to the contrary. [3]
  • Del City OK police accused of using excessive force by tackling #OccupyOKC protesters from behind for doing mic checks at Walmart store [3]
  • Waterloo Regional ON police ordered to return property & pay $32k to man in suit over unlawful raid, arrest & strip search after police found nothing in his home. [3]
  • Canyon Co ID sheriff and chief deputy sued by ACLU alleging retaliation against jail detainees who filed complaints about that jail in an apparent effort to derail a lawsuit alleging unconstitutional conditions there. [5]
  • Nogales AZ cop suspended while investigated on allegations he had sex with a 17-year-old girl who was participating in that department’s explorer program. [0] UPDATE: That officer has now been charged with 13 counts of sexual conduct with a minor based on those allegations.
  • Montreal QC police officer arrested on 2 charges of luring a child on the internet, no other details released [1]
  • Stanislaus Co CA sheriff’s lieutenant on paid leave after charged with 2 counts of felony welfare fraud [1]
  • Houston TX cops sued for racial profiling alleging they cuffed & searched a man for being white in black neighborhood [3]
  • Barrie ON cop arrested on drunk driving charges while stopped for speeding, he was charged for drunk driving in 2005 as well but that case was dropped. [0]
  • Clayton County GA cop was arrested for doing 108mph in a 55mph zone, he claimed he was afraid of a desolate road he was on and wanted to hurry up and get past it. [0]
  • Mount Gilead OH cop was convicted on 18 of 20 theft charges despite his astounding defense that claimed that a ghost stole the city’s property, including 12 air conditioners, that were found in the basement of his home. [0]

That’s finally it for today. Stay safe out there!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope everyone has a great holiday season and we’re very thankful for everyone’s continued support and interest in our project. The news feed will not be updating today and there won’t be a daily review this evening. All reports found for today will be reported in the news feed tomorrow and in tomorrow’s daily recap.

So, have a safe and happy thanksgiving out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-23-11

Here are the 22 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, November 23, 2011:

  • Toronto ON cop was found guilty of assault & sexual assault for squeezing a man’s testicles during a traffic stop. [0]
  • New York NY police are accused of excessive force during a questionable traffic stop that was allegedly nothing more than an attempt to fill the officers’ quotas [3]
  • Baltimore MD settles a lawsuit for $40k to a man injured by a cop who beat him with a baton when he was arrested on charges that were later dismissed. [0]
  • Baltimore MD settles another lawsuit for $67.5k to a man who was injured & falsely arrested by cops who mistook him for a robbery suspect. [0]
  • Utah Highway Patrol settles suit for $40k to a man who was caught on dashcam being tasered by a trooper during a DUI stop when he asked to talk to an attorney before agreeing to take a breathalyzer test. [0]
  • Seattle WA received a stinging rebuke from the US DOJ over a policy that gives overly broad protection against prosecution for cops who agree to be interviewed for internal investigations into excessive force. The rebuke came shortly after charges were dropped against an officer for an excessive force incident caught on camera, (which was actually three different incidents caught on video in the same night). City officials say that, no matter what the DOJ tells them to do, they have to ask the police union for permission before they can make any changes first.. [3]
  • Michigan State trooper faces charges for an alleged illegal strip search and cavity search, few details about this one are being released though. [1]
  • Louisiana State police are accused of giving a Terrebonne Parish LA deputy preferential treatment after he killed a pedestrian with an SUV. [4]
  • New York NY police told they’ll face discipline if they keep harassing journalists trying to cover police actions against #OccupyWallStreet. But, apparently, it was ok before since there won’t be any investigations into the arrests and mistreatment of journalists that already occurred. [3]
  • Denver CO police & city officials are the subject of a lawsuit by #OccupyDenver protesters alleging their rights are being violated via selective enforcement of city ordinances. [3]
  • Citrus Co FL deputy shot a Jack Russel Terrier to death while serving a warrant on the small pet owner’s son. Police are defending the officer by claiming he was afraid for his safety. The owner says someone that frightened by a tiny dog probably shouldn’t be a cop. [0]
  • Birmingham AL cop charged w/misd assault & endangerment after allegedly punching & pulling his gun on man in an alleged incident of road rage [0]
  • Passaic Co NJ deputy suspended & faces charges after fellow cop accuses him of terroristic threats & harassment [1]
  • Hamilton NJ cops are accused of sending threatening letters to officials boasting about their questionable DUI arrest of that township’s deputy mayor after some officers were laid off. [3]
  • Morgan Co IN deputy subject of investigation by special prosecutor possibly involving inappropriate emails to a teen [1]
  • San Antonio TX police sgt arrested on assault bodily injury & family violence on warrant after fight w/woman [0]
  • Jackson Co AR deputy resigns after accidentally discharging another officer’s weapon on video when he picked it up inside the jail. Nobody was injured. [0]
  • Norfolk VA cop pleads guilty to 1 count selling steroids & 1 count possession of marijuana, the deal drops 17 other counts [0]
  • Massachusetts State trooper allegedly flees to Florida, misses court date, after suspected DUI police chase [0]
  • Butler Co OH deputy suspended 40 days after arrested on DUI charge while driving unmarked cruiser [0]
  • Collegedale TN cop investigated after cops allegedly see him having sex in car while they made a DUI arrest nearby. Officials refuse to say if he was on duty but his cruiser was parked next to the truck he was allegedly having sex in. [2]
  • Waldwick NJ cop investigated for participating in a treasure hunt for jewelry while on duty. He won a necklace. [0]

Just a quick note, it’s likely I won’t be updating the news feed or doing a daily recap tomorrow because of the holiday, it’s rare that the media reports on police misconduct during holidays anyway, but we’ll see.

That’s it for today, stay safe out there.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-22-11

Here are the 28 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, November 22, 2011:

  • Scotland Neck NC cop is under investigation after a 61-year-old man he tasered while he was on a bicycle died. The officer was responding to a call about a man who fell off his bike and tasered him when he didn’t respond after ordered to stop but the man had a number of medical problems including difficulty hearing. The mayor of that town described him as being meek and never known to be a threat to anyone. [0]
  • Sharpsburg PA & Etna PA settle suit for $300k to the wife of a man who died after police allegedly beat and tasered him. [0]
  • 2 Seattle WA cops are accused of excessive force durring a traffic stop where they dragged a black man out of his car and beat him, causing injuries to his face and ribs. The man was charged on a stand-alone obstruction charge after a search of the car turned up nothing and even that charge was later dismissed. The department is currently the subject of a DOJ investigation into an alleged pattern of excessive force against minorities. [3]
  • Victoria BC cop found guilty of assault by choking a prisoner until he passed out in a holding cell [0]
  • Alabama State trooper charged w/2 counts negligent homicide after a 120mph on duty crash that killed a couple. [0]
  • Wisconsin State trooper convicted on 6 counts of sexual assault on a foster child that was placed in his care. [0]
  • Osceola Co FL deputy sentenced to 12.5 years in prison after convicted for sex abuse & battery of a child between the ages of 12 & 17. [1]
  • Warsaw IN cop suspended while investigated for alleged inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old high school girl [1]
  • Yemassee SC cop arrested for criminal sexual conduct & official misconduct for demanding and receiving oral sex in exchange for dropping a ticket. [0]
  • Harrisonburg VA cop is the subject of an investigation after he was accused of repeatedly beating an injured cat with his baton in order to “put it out of it’s misery” after it was injured by a car [3]
  • Portland OR police captain is on leave after he was charged with misdemeanor display of weapon over an alleged Idaho road rage incident that occurred in August. [0]
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) officer allegedly gave false information in order to obtain a drug raid warrant that netted 17 arrests. The charges had to be dismissed because of the falsehoods. [1]
  • West Chester OH undercover officer charged with obstruction & evidence tampering over a drug investigation that he tried to help a friend get out of. [1]
  • Atlanta GA female officer working undercover in a prostitution sting operation is accusing her fellow officers of delaying their response when she signaled them after she got naked with a target of that operation and that officers showed the video recording of that incident to other officers not involved with the sting. [3]
  • Easton PA vice squad detective was demoted to patrol after an investigation into unspecified misconduct [3]
  • Bloomfield OH cop fired & 2 other resign as unspecified ongoing investigation that has been forwarded to the sheriff’s department & prosecutor [3]
  • 17 Detroit MI cops suspended after allegedly participating in a “sick-out” that the city says was an illegal strike [0]
  • Atlanta GA police hiring practices questioned after investigative report finds cops who shouldn’t have been hired including some who failed psychological exams but were hired anyway because of family members in the force. [3]
  •  Oxford NC cop suspended after arrested along with his father on assault inflicting serious bodily injuries charges [2]
  • New Milford CT cop facing felonies for extorting money from teen takes alford plea to reduced misd charge [0]
  • Pennsylvania State trooper sentenced to 1 week jail for assaulting his neighbor after 5yr fued, trooper was fired [0]
  • Berkeley Co SC deputy arrested on official misconduct & domestic violence charges after state investigation [1]
  • Indiana State police commander pleads guilty to 17 felony counts for embezzling over $91k in funds from the post he was in charge of. [0]
  • Memphis TN cop arrested on possession of marijuana charges during traffic stop by Tenn State Univ police [0]
  • Louisiana Sate trooper resigns in order to avoid charges for misusing state gas card to fuel his personal vehicle [0]
  • Minnesota State trooper faces possible disciplinary action, admitted to being distracted in crash that injured 2 [0]
  • Massachusetts State police capt suspended after arrested on suspicion of DUI following chase in unmarked cruiser [0]
  • Blue Ash OH cop gets treatment & fine in plea deal dropping DUI charge, 2nd reckless operation offense in a year [0]

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-21-11

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, November 21, 2011:

  • Jackson MS police officer is now facing capital murder charges after charges of felony child abuse were upgraded following the death of a 1-year-old girl who was just declared as his daughter a few months ago. She died after hospitalized with abdominal injuries. [0]
  • Mount Rainier MD cop pleaded guilty to a sex offense and the attempted murder of a man he lured to his home with the promise of a role in a porn movie but then attempted to sexually assault him. When the man attempted to flee the officer shot him. [0]
  • Wilson County TN deputy was arrested on multiple counts including agg robbery and attempted first degree murder on allegations that he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home and gave the items he stole to his wife as gifts then he attempted to murder his wife by poisoning her. [0]
  • Onondaga Co NY deputy was sentenced to 2 years in prison in his plea to sexual contact with a 14yr-old boy. He was originally charged for abusing his authority to have sex two boys. [0]
  • Moberly MO cop was charged with sexual assault and sodomy for alleged, but unspecified, incidents that likely occurred when he was cop. [3]
  • New Mexico state police are being sued for allegedly detaining a couple and their kids at gunpoint then searching their car with the kids inside without a warrant after mistaking their silver SUV for a white truck that was wanted in an alleged threat with a weapon call. [0]
  • Elizabeth NJ cop arrested on 58 counts including extortion for allegedly shaking down at least a dozen illegal immigrants for bribes in exchange for not turning them in. [0]
  • New York NY Transit Authority cop investigated for allegedly shooting a family’s dog in front of them after asking if it was friendly when it ran up to him as he was walking his dog while off duty. [1]
  • New York NY police are being sued by 2 people who were allegedly dragged into a bank then arrested for being in that bank during an #OWS protest. (video above) [3]
  • Scottsboro AL cop admits to using illegal steroids during a domestic abuse case. He also let slip that the department was aware of his drug use when they hired him but the police chief has no comment about that. [3]
  • Centerville MO cop charged with aggravated battery & domestic battery for allegedly striking a child under 13 in the head. [1]
  • Chattanooga TN cop suspended after arrested on an assault warrant over alleged road rage incident involving the use of his taser. [1]
  • Chubbuck ID cop is under investigations on allegations he pulled his gun during an unspecified altercation. [3]
  • Kennedy PA cop already facing a DUI trial for a hit and skip accident with a pedestrian is now charged with insurance fraud on allegations he falsely reported his motorcycle was stolen. [0]
  • Shasta Co CA 2 kids hospitalized for drug and hepatitis/HIV tests after they found and looked through a bag of evidence they found near a high school that was apparently discarded from that county’s sheriff department. [1]

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 11-19-11 to 11-20-11

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of November 19-20, 2011:

  • In an update to a report we covered on Friday, 2 UC Davis CA police officers have been placed on paid leave while they are being investigated for pepperspaying seated students at a protest in an incident that has now garnered wide-spread media coverage.  (UPDATE: news reports coming in now indicate the police chief has also been suspended pending investigation over the incident as well) [0]
  • 5 BART CA cops, including the officer who was convicted for killing Oscar Grant, are facing a civil suit due to start soon in an excessive force case that allegedly happened just weeks prior to that infamous shooting incident. [3]
  • Jackson MS cop faces felony child abuse charges that may be upgraded after his 1yr-old daughter died from injuries to her stomach. [1]
  • Lincoln RI police are being investigated after an alleged struggle at the police station landed a man in the hospital on life support in a coma from a severe head injury [3]
  • Spokane Co WA deputy sued by family of 74yr-old pastor fatally shot when he investigated unmarked car on property [3]
  • San Francisco CA settles suit for $71k to man who suffered broken knee & wrist when cop beat him with a baton after he allegedly surrendered during a shoplifting arrest. [0]
  • Champaign IL police under investigation for use of pepperspray during questionable traffic stop that was caught on unreleased video [2]
  • Lafourche Parish LA deputy was found guilty of the repeated aggravated rape of a 6yr-old that occurred over a period of 9 months. [0]
  • Chicago IL settles suit for $100k (plus $447k in legal fees) to 2 kids attacked and falsely arrested by a cop angry over a playground spat between his kid and the other child. [3]
  • Calhoun Co FL deputy sentenced to probation for coercing sex from woman is now being sued by 3 other women for on similar allegations. [0]
  • York Regional ON police officer on paid leave after arrested on 2 counts of sexual assault & firearms charges [1]
  • Portland OR police chief apologizes for misleading claim that #OccupyPortland prevented response to rape call [0]
  • Missoula MT police accused of dropping aggressive drunks off at #OccupyMissoula in order to harass protesters [3]
  • Cleveland OH cop on desk duty after testing positive for drug use following 8mo suspension for excessive force [0]
  • Thurston Co WA narc detective arrested for unlawful imprisonment domestic violence in alleged dispute with wife [0]
  • Richmond Co GA deputy forced to resign after admitting to falsified DUI arrests, the admission may impact hundreds of DUI cases [0]
  • Hastings NE police capt gets probation in reduced DUI charge after unsecured trailer caused his vehicle to flip [0]

That’s it for this weekend, stay safe out there.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-18-11

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, November 18, 2011:

  • UC Davis CA cop is caught on video taunting a crowd of protesters by showing off a pepperspray canister before slowly dousing protesters sitting on ground with it. The police chief justified it by claiming the officers were afraid of the crowd but the video appears to really contradict that claim. [0]

    It’s what that same officer does after his initial pepperspray stroll that turns this into a case of blatantly punitive use of excessive force when he goes back and forces teach student’s head back as he unleashes streams of spray into their faces at point-blank range with his crowd-dispersal canister. Students were reporting that some of those who were hit coughed up blood afterward. There was no fear for public safety or officer safety here, just malice and a strong desire to inflict extrajudicial punishment.
  • Aurora CO pays $150k to settle claims to the family of a man who died and $240k to a man left partially paralyzed when both were shot during a chase. [0]
  • Birmingham AL cop is accused of shooting a motorist from behind as he swerved to avoid the the officer when he allegedly jumped in front of his car after he drove around the airport parking lot as ordered while he waited for the people he was supposed to pick up. The man wasn’t charged. [1]
  • Lubbock TX is being sued by a 90yr-old man who was shot in the neck by a cop after he alleges he grabbed his shotgun when cops broke his window responding to robbery call next door. The police reports apparently contradicted themselves, at one point claiming police only opened fire after they were shot at but the charges against the man didn’t hold up. {3}
  • Hartwell GA police lost a lawsuit for $45k in a civil judgment to a man who lost an eye when a cop hit him with a metal baton during an arrest. [0]
  • Minneapolis MN settles a lawsuit for $77k to a man who was strip searched by cops in public. This came after a judge ruled that the search was unconstitutional. [0]
  • Westmont Village IL woman wins a lawsuit for over $500k on allegations that a cop violated her rights with false arrests in retaliation against her because she was speaking out against that department. [3]
  • New York NY cop accused of shoving judge acting as legal observer at #OWS against wall & threatening to arrest her [3]
  • Portland OR cop has been indicted on 3rd & 4th degree assault charges for seriously injuring a man by shooting him with a shotgun slug that he accidentally loaded in a modified shotgun meant for beanbag rounds. [0]
  • Long Beach MS police are being sued by the ACLU of Mississippi on behalf of a woman who was arrested while protesting against BP over an oil spill, she alleges she had a permit and was legally protesting on a public sidewalk. [3]
  • 2 Chicago IL cops were arrested by feds on allegations they used their positions as cops to help a gang rob people. [0]
  • 4 Bartlesville OK cops are currently under investigation over excessive force allegations in an incident where they allegedly beat and choked a man in the hospital according to a witness. [3]
  • Perry IA police are accused of excessive force against a family and an elderly relative then needlessly shooting their dogs to death duing a fruitless raid for drugs and a stolen x-box… None of the family were charged with any crimes. [4]
  • Orlando FL cop was arrested on felony official misconduct & possession charges after drug buy bust following tip off [0]
  • Harahan LA cop who resigned in Aug while investigated for theft & drug use is arrested for having stolen excavator [0]
  • Troy NY police investigate allegations of overtime & leave abuse by unspecified number of officers [1]
  • Yakima WA tribal police officer sentenced to 19mo prison for threatening to kill man he caught w/his estranged wife [0]
  • Gallatin MO police officer suspended after summons issued on allegations of unspecified sexual misconduct [2]
  • Bristol VA deputy sentenced to probation after found guilty of making harassing phone calls to businessman [0]
  • Albuquerque NM cop fired after caught w/prostitute now charged w/promoting prostitution involving other allegations [0]
  • Lake Co FL deputy arrested on drug charges after found at house where drug deal allegedly took place [0]
  • Hopkinsville KY cop suspended while subject of internal investigation after being arrested on drunk driving charges [0]
  • Billings MT cop gets suspended sentence & fine in plea to .101 BAC DUI charge, the first trial against her resulted in a hung jury based on the defense that her BAC was elevated due to the altitude. [0]

That’s it for today, stay safe out there.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-17-11

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, November 18, 2011:

  • New York NY police accused of using excessive force & attacking journalists during the latest #OWS demonstration. There were more than one incident involved in these claims so we should break them down a bit:
      1. NYPD officers were accused of hitting one female reporter in the arm with a baton and repeatedly shoving another journalist. [3]

      At 1:24 at the above video a NYPD officer is seen repeatedly punching a man in the head. It doesn’t appear as though the man or anyone else in the crowd was being aggressive towards the police which brings that level of force into question. At 1:33 in the same video police can be seen throwing what appears to be a female to the ground after lifting her off her feet, again, it’s difficult to see how that level of force was justified.

      In this other video making rounds a protester with a bloody head wound can be seen being escorted away by police. Reports on this one are contradictory so it’s difficult to make a definitive determination on this one so I’m waiting on more information to come out. But protesters claim he was beaten and suffered a skull fracture but police say he climbed up on a structure and pelted police with various objects then fell when they tried to arrest him.
  • Portland OR police accused of excessive force in a number of incidents during #OccupyPortland #N17 protest. While associated videos are a bit inconclusive they do seem to verify claims that protesters were on the sidewalks as ordered when riot police began a push and other claims appear to be bolstered by third-party witnesses. [3]
  • Sam Houston State University TX cop was shown on dashcam, above, beating a student then bragging about it. While the student still faces drug possession charges he was cleared of assault on an officer charge which would indicate the video contradicted the cop’s report. [4]
  • North Chicago IL police refuse to say how man in custody died as state police take over the investigation into the man’s death [3]
  • Peterborough ON cop charged w/assault & assault w/weapon for beating & pepperspraying 16yr-old girl while responding to a domestic dispute call. [0]
  • Dickson TN cop faces a state investigation & lawsuit over 2 alleged excessive force incidents in the last year. [0]
  • 2 Virginia State troopers are accused of excessive force & using racial slurs against a Hispanic woman who refused to sign a ticket. [3]
  • San Diego CA cop convicted on 8 felonies & 4 misdemeanors for coercing 7 women for sexual favors at traffic stops [0]
  • Poquoson VA police officer arrested on rape and sexual assault of a minor charges involving girl under 13 [0]
  • Opa-locka FL police capt arrested by feds for allegedly protecting drug dealers & an accused murder [0]
  • McFarland CA police sued by a cop claiming he was falsely arrested at gunpoint for blowing the whistle on that department’s police chief & several officers he claims should not have qualified to serve due to their histories of being fired from other departments for misconduct. [5]
  • Cordova IL disbands their police department, calling it an unmanageable mess after cop arrested & suit filed [0]
  • Philadelphia PA sheriff now subject of federal probe for personally buying homes that were slated for sheriff’s auction then selling them for personal profit. [0]
  • Monterey Co CA sheriff’s sgt charged w/theft & felony false claims on time sheet falsification allegations [0]
  • Lee County FL deputy suspended one week for sexually harassing female co-worker [0]
  • 2 Baltimore MD cops plead guilty to extortion & conspiracy to commit extortion in car repair scam [0]
  • South Lake Tahoe CA cop rehied in 07 after fired suspended while subject of unspecified fed criminal investigation [2]
  • Phillipsburg NJ police detective faces weapons charge for discharging a firearm in a cemetery while off duty [0]
  • Rochester PA cop subject of criminal investigation over firearm incident that occurred while he ran for sheriff [3]
  • Bainbridge Island WA cop who is police union secretary resigns in lieu of firing for secretly recoding meeting between the union and city council officials. [0]
  • Morrow GA police chief arrested for DUI & 8 open containers after falling asleep at a green light in his cruiser [0]
  • New Jersey state trooper charged w/assault by auto & drunk driving after crash that left one person injured [0]
  • Cook Co GA deputy charged w/violating oath & furnishing alcohol to minors at a motel party [0]

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-16-11

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, November 16, 2011:

  • 2 Albuquerque NM cops were fired after a video showed them beating and kicking a man while holding him down, then apparently celebrating with a chest bump afterward. [0]
  • Coats NC police chief & 4 officers are being sued by 3 people over a series of alleged excessive force false arrests. One officer in particular is accused of being notorious for racially motivated beatings. [4]
  • 2 DeKalb Co GA cops charged w/felonies for driving suspect behind garage & beating him until stopped by other cop [0]
  • Tuscaloosa County AL sheriff’s sergeant pleaded guilty to multiple charges for using his taser to punish 3 detainees, injuring one of them. [0]
  • Temple GA cop gets probation in a plea deal for child cruelty & battery charges. He was accused of raping his ex in her home while bringing their child back after a custody visit [0]
  • Elk Grove CA cops accused of excessive response by holding mom & kids at gunpoint mistaking them for car thieves due to a paperwork mistake by another department. [0]
  • New York NY cop subject of NYCLU suit for arresting 2 for “unlawful photography” for taking photographs in subway [3]
  • Maricopa Co AZ report indicates 3 former top aides to sheriff Arpaio ignored misconduct by favorited deputies [0]
  • Albuquerque NM cop who cuffed 7yr-old autistic grade school kid is on leave pending an investigation, a school official says it was inappropriate [0]
  • Webb County TX deputy constable arrested for allegedly stealing firearm from evidence room & pawning it [0]
  • Bainbridge WA cop who heads the police union was suspended 2 weeks for tailing a councilwoman and harassing her. [0]
  • Reno NV renegotiates $120k judgement to teen forced to strip by cop down to $58k due to state tort reforms [-]
  • Laredo TX cops accused of assaulting & threatening woman who reported deputy for domestic violence [3]
  • Webb County TX deputy arrested on family violence assault charge in alleged domestic incident [0]
  • Slocomb AL cop suspended after arrested on menacing charge for threatening cop responding to domestic dispute call [0]
  • Scottsboro AL cop suspended while under investigation on allegations of steroid use and domestic violence [1]
  • San Jose CA police forced by arbitrator to rehire cop fired for mishandling dozens of sex crime cases [0]
  • RCMP officer in Richmond BC arrested on drunk driving charge and for failing to stop at an accident [0]

The events yesterday in Seattle Washington during the Occupy Seattle march in solidarity with Occupy wall Street have gone national, but is what happened an issue of police misconduct? Let’s look at the information currently available about the two incidents and figure it out.

1. Protesters peppersprayed during the march in Belltown:

The above video shows Seattle police officers pepperspraying protesters marching in the Belltown area of Seattle. Police claim that a teen girl swung a stick at them and that when they went to arrest her for attempting to assault a cop that the protesters interfered with the arrest, prompting the pepperspray. The video does not support or contradict the claim that she swung at them but it does support the claim that protesters interfered, even showing one protester getting ready to swing a stick at the police as well. Additionally, some protesters with Occupy Seattle have admitted that she swung at police, but say she was retaliating agianst an officer who was antagonizing her.

So, with that information in mind, was the first pepperspray incident a matter of police misconduct?

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2. Protesters peppersprayed while blocking intersection during rush hour:

This second video shows protesters being peppersprayed while or after they intentionally blocked an intersection during rush hour in an act of civil disobedience. During the incident, protesters claim an innocent elderly woman was among those hit with the spray. Police claim the spray was in response to protesters refusing to move from the intersection, that protesters were throwing things at the cop, and that one officer was hit in the face with an unidentified liquid. Protesters claim that they didn’t throw anything and that they were on the sidewalk when they were penned in and sprayed.

There are a number of issues with this. First of all, if members of that sit-in were throwing things at officers and other members were allowing that to happen then all the members participating in that action were abetting an assault on officers, which would justify the use of pepperspray. But this aspect is not certain since there is no evidence one way or another.

Second, protesters claim they were on a sidewalk as ordered when they were peppersprayed. Even if they were, if they were throwing things at the officers at the time it wouldn’t matter if they were or weren’t. However, the video, when it pans out, appears to show the protesters were still in the street when the pepperspray was used, which would contradict claims by the protesters. Though, it would be better if there was another angle in order to verify this since all the videos I’ve seen so far are too edited to make any definitive determination.

Thirdly, the elderly woman was an active participant in the civil disobedience, not a bystander. In fact she has a reputation as a professional protester. Of course, this on it’s own is not cause for anyone to be peppersprayed by police. But the fact is that if she was a part of a group that was shielding people who threw things at officers she wasn’t an innocent bystander and this would make it difficult to call the use of pepperspray unjustified. So this one still hinges on whether the police claims of being pelted by protesters were accurate.

I’ve seen the additional videos released by protesters for both incidents but they were edited to make it impossible to determine what happened prior to the use of pepperspray.

But, with all that said, I want to know what you think. Was this second incident an act of police misconduct?

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That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

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