National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-04-11

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, October 4, 2011:

  • Detroit MI police officer has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for the high-profile shooting death of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones during a questionable raid conducted in front of a television crew for a reality TV show. Interestingly, one of the producers of that show was also charged with perjury & obstruction in that case as well. [0]
  • Chicago IL settles suit for $1,250,000 to a man who was imprisoned for 12 years after he was allegedly tortured into making a false confession by the notorious police Lt Burge’s unit. [0]
  • Denver CO pays $225,000 to settle an excessive force lawsuit that threatened to force the department to open up several years of their excessive force records. However, there is another pending lawsuit that still threatens to do the same. [3]
  • DeKalb County GA police officer was indicted for vehicular homicide for killing 2 people after crashing into their car with a cruiser while speeding. [0]
  • Indianapolis IN is being sued by a couple left critically injured by an alleged drunk driving cop who hit them on their motorcycles while he was responding to a call. [0]
  • Manchester NH school resource police officer is being accused of using excessive force in an incident caught on cellphone video that school officials tried to force the student who recorded it to delete. Interestingly, the video was released by the people at but I wasn’t informed about it from them, instead the person who runs site tipped me off to the story. (thanks for the tip!) [3]
  • Fullerton CA police have given notice to the cop involved in the recent $500k settlement to 2 of 7 women claiming he groped and sexually harassed them during traffic stops that they wish to fire him. However, the department is refusing to say exactly why they want to fire him after they didn’t discipline him for those allegations. [3]
  • Yakima WA tribal police officer was found guilty of felony harassment for falsely detaining a man who was sleeping with his estranged wife. [0]
  • Plum PA cop was arrested on burglary, bribery, theft of crack from evidence, use of the stolen drugs to bribe someone, and insurance fraud charges. [0]
  • Braddock PA cop faces burglary, distribution of narcotics and other charges for alleged incidents that spanned 2 counties. [1]
  • 2 San Jose CA cops were arrested for allegedly embezzling $120k from a Latino Police Officer Association. [0]
  • South Bend IN cop was charged with misdemeanor intimidation for allegedly sending threatening text messages to his ex-wife in an attempt to force her to apologize to his police chief and recant allegations that he abused their son. [0]
  • 3 El Paso TX join 5 other officers who have already resigned during an investigation into overtime abuse tied to a federal traffic enforcement grant. One of the officers is claiming that the investigation is retaliation in an attempt to keep that department’s use of quotas a secret. [1]
  • North Miami Beach FL cop was fired for posting a threatening ethnically-charged comment on a local blog [0]
  • Primera TX police chief was suspended 1 week without pay for sending transgender porn images to a county constable’s work phone after losing an election bid against him. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-03-11

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, October 3, 2011:

  • New Brunswick NJ could be facing a lawsuit now that the family of a man who was allegedly unarmed when fatally shot by police have filed a tort claim since officials are still refusing to release any information about the shooting incident. [4]
  • Oneonta NY settles a brutality suit for $135k to a man claiming cops beat and choked him during a traffic stop [0]
  • Harrison Co TX deputy was fired after he & his wife were arrested on felony sexual indecency with a child charges [0]
  • Indianapolis IN cop with an alleged history of misconduct is being accused of excessive force in a videotaped incident where he allegedly tasered a man that witnesses say did nothing wrong. [1]
  • Fullerton CA settles suit for a rumored $500,000 to 2 of 7 women who claim that an officer groped and sexually harassed them during traffic stops. This came after a judge sharply rebuked the city for failing to discipline the officer despite some compelling evidence including that he shut off recording devices prior to each alleged incident. [3]
  • 14 Atlanta GA cops, most of them former members of the now-disbanded Red Dog unit, are being sued by 5 men who allege the officers had a pattern of performing public strip searches as an intimidation tactic and that some of them were groped by the officers during those searches. [3]
  • Atlanta GA settles suit for $120k to 8 people who sued over the raid on the Atlanta Eagle gay bar, this was in addition to another settled suit over the same incident that cost the city at least $1,000,000. [0]
  • Clark Co NV school district police chief has been suspended pending an internal and federal investigation into allegations of cover ups including a drinking party attended by cops and teens that resulted in a fatal DUI crash and an alleged excessive force incident against a student. [3]
  • US Secret Service, Minneapolis MN, St Paul MN & Ramsey Co MN have all settled a lawsuit for $100k stemming from the violent arrests of Democracy Now journalists and producers during the Republican National Convention. Part of the settlement also includes promised reforms. [0]
  • Clay Co AR deputy was charged with 4 felonies including stalking, agg assault and breaking & entering in an alleged domestic case. [0]
  • Dallas TX cop arrested on injury to a child charges for allegedly beating her 11-year-old son with a laptop cable and a belt buckle. [0]
  • Oklahoma City OK cop arrested on domestic abuse charge after husband reported that she assaulted him [0]
  • New York state trooper subject of complaint by firefighter arrested for racing his unconscious 1yr-old child to the hospital after he had to perform CPR on her when she fell. [0]
  • Chicago IL cop sentenced to 18mo for extorting $5k from a lender, this to be served consecutively with a 6mo sentence for extorting $4.5k from cop [0]
  • Brunswick GA ruled to have violated minister’s rights when cops arrested him for shouting at Tea Party protesters [0]
  • Weslaco TX police chief accused by union of failing to do anything to stop 2 armed robbers he witnessed leaving a bank [0]
  • Ottawa ON police sgt gets conditional discharge in plea to reduced dangerous driving for 2 DUI hit skips in 1 night [0]
  • Mesa AZ cop & wife sentenced to probation in plea deal to solicitation to commit mortgage fraud charges [0]
  • Issaquah WA ordered to stop threatening to arrest people for handing out leaflets outside of “expression areas” [0]
  • DeSoto Parish LA deputy ticketed after someone posts Facebook pic of his cruiser parked in handicap space [0]

Before I go, we received an interesting message on Twitter today that contained two pictures of what appear to be Cresskill NJ police officers who were apparently, or at least pretending to, smoke a blunt.

I can’t track this as misconduct without any context though, especially without knowing when these photos were taken… even though there is no record of any similar incident in our records (aside from this). If anyone has any info, let me know.

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 10-01-11 to 10-02-11

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this rather slow weekend of October 1-2, 2011:

  • our latest reader’s poll concerns the latest New York NY police confrontation with the #occupyWallStreet protesters where the protesters claim police lured them onto the Brooklyn Bridge where they were then boxed in and subjected to a mass arrest where, apparently, at least one journalist was rounded up along with the protesters. However, the NYPD then released a video on YouTube showing an officer apparently give the protesters a warning before they proceeded onto the bridge. Since this one is controversial, I decided it was best to let you, the readers, let me know what you think about it. [3]
  • In Miami Beach FL, details have emerged about an apparent cover up attempt on behalf of a cop who was allegedly drunk when he crashed into another car then fled the scene. However, he wasn’t arrested and a trooper who investigated the case and found that the department was covering for the officer was then apparently targeted by the police chief for retaliation. [5]
  • Sault Ste. Marie ON police appear to have attempted to cover up for one of their constables when he rear-ended a motorist at an intersection while on duty. The accounts indicate that police acted as if they were more concerned with covering up for their officer than they were about the condition of the people he injured at the scene. Furthermore, it appears as though they tried to make the guy feel like he was going to be charged in subsequent interviews until he got his local councilmen involved. [3]
  • Sanford FL cop suspended while subject of state investigation on allegations he took money during a traffic stop, hard to say whether this was extortion or bribery, but generally people who bribe officers don’t come back to file a complaint about it, if that’s how police found out. [0]
  • California police departments are apparently ignoring a toothless law requiring agencies to report police chases & fatalities associated with police pursuits, even when the victims are one of their own. [3]
  • 11 Mississippi state troopers have been demoted & 3 resigned after admitting to cheating on promotional exams [0]
  • Palm Beach FL police sgt demoted & suspended 160hrs for working on his dating website while he was on duty, apparently 80 hours worth of work in fact. [0]

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

The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge Reader’s Poll

In the latest confrontation between “Occupy Wall Street” protesters and the New York Police Department, now being dubbed “The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge” where police claim up to 700 protesters were arrested for illegally marching down the traffic lane of the Brooklyn Bridge, protesters and some journalists initially claimed there was no warning and that the incident appeared to be a case of entrapment by the NYPD because they allowed protesters to continue onto the bridge in the traffic lane.

Screenshots showing an initial account of what happened by a journalist and a revised version of the same report, with commentary from Occupy Wall Street.

The claims of the protesters appeared to be bolstered by accounts from a journalist who apparently was also arrested on the bridge. Videos from the protesters also appeared to confirm that there were no warnings as none were heard in those videos and the police certainly appeared to have a large contingent of police on site as if they were prepared to kettle the protesters already. After all, the police can’t claim they couldn’t have forced protesters to stay off the road if they really wanted to prevent them from doing that.

Video from Occupy Wall Street protester being passed around as the best proof there wasn’t any warnings by the NYPD.

However, the NYPD also released video that appears to contradict videos and claims from the protesters in which police are apparently shown informing the protesters that if they continued down the traffic lanes of the bridge that they would face arrest.

Video released by the NYPD apparently showing an officer on a bullhorn informing protesters that they could face arrest if they continued to march on the road.

Now, it is probable that the entire group of protesters caught up on the bridge had not heard the police warning. Even in the video it’s difficult to make out a lot of what the officer is saying even at such close range. In fact, again, the initial account by the journalists there appeared to bolster this explanation. But it does appear that the people up front could hear the warning and then chanted “take the bridge” before marching ahead despite the warning. At least as it appears to be the case in the video released by the NYPD.

Still, there are questions about the mass arrest itself that should be asked and addressed beyond whether it was an act of entrapment or not. For example, why were journalists apparently arrested along with protesters? Did all protesters hear the warning and, even if so, did they have opportunity to follow those warnings if they did hear them? Was the pedestrian path blocked to protesters who may not have heard the warning, leaving them no option but to follow the main march? If police did let some protesters leave if they didn’t hear the warnings, how is it that they still arrested over 700, what was the criteria for determining who to arrest and who to let go?

So, what do you think? Was there any police misconduct at the Battle of Brooklyn Bridge? If so, what kind of misconduct do you think there was?

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-30-11

Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, September 30, 2011:

  • Fort Myers FL cop investigated after witness claims he fatally shot suspect in back after he dropped gun & was laying face-down from being shot in the chest. [0] We have removed this report from our news feed and database after the person alleging she witnessed the shooting incident changed her story. Will be added back in if subsequent investigation finds evidence of misconduct or other credible details come out.
  • Culpepper Co VA deputy charged w/assault for beating restrained detainee in incident that cost 4 others their jobs [0]
  • Hall Co GA deputy subject of suit by man alleging deputy erased audio tapes after beating & falsely arresting him [3]
  • 2 Texas DPS officers indicted for official oppression for allegedly mistreating 2 detained men while off duty [1]
  • 3 Albuquerque NM cops investigated after accused of performing cavity searches on suspect in front of kids in public[0]
  • Clovis NM settles suit for $1.05mil to family of woman who died in crash w/cop facing trial for vehicular homicide [0]
  • Boulder CO settles suit for $80k to mentally ill woman tasered thru screen door in home after throwing wine on cop [0]
  • 2 Powder Springs GA cops investigated after choking, beating & tasering man on dashcam when he reacted to grope [1]
  • Shelby Co OH sheriff already charged w/sexual battery now indicted on 5 counts misuse of police database [1]
  • Gaitlinburg TN cop gets judicial diversion to clear record after probation in plea to assaulting couple at bar [0]
  • Ottawa ON cop demoted over inappropriate relationship with domestic assault victim in case he investigated [0]
  • Fair Oaks TX cop sentenced to 2yrs prison in fed stalking case for sending explicit pics of woman to her coworkers [0]
  • Easton PA cop charged w/theft after resigning for stealing $375 from lost wallet then throwing wallet in dumpster [0]
  • Houston TX Baptist Univ police officer arrested on possession of cocaine with intent to deliver charges [0]
  • Levy Co FL deputy arrested for possession & selling controlled substances after state investigation [0]
  • US Border Patrol agent still on leave for attempt to smuggle 745lbs of pot arrested for possession at traffic stop [0]
  • Concord CA ex-cop sentenced to 18mo prison for role in marijuana grow op, dept won’t say if he was cop at time [3]
  • New Orleans LA cop in charge of red light cam program accused of using device that makes plates invisible to cams [0]
  • Tarentum PA cop who also works for East Deer PA PD arrested on DUI charges after crashing into parked truck [0]
  • Pennsylvania state liquor control officer arrested on DUI charges w/.117 BAC after crashing state-owned vehicle [0]
  • Norwich CT cop on paid leave resigns to end investigation into allegations of unspecified “improper activity” [2]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-29-11

Before we start I wanted to mention some rumors I’ve seen alleging YouTube is working with law enforcement agencies to remove police misconduct videos. Whether it’s true or not it is certain that police misconduct videos disappear from YouTube regularly and that articles about misconduct also go away fairly regularly from many sites. The problem is growing more urgent for our project and I need to find a way to store reports and videos relating to misconduct to address this problem. Storage and hosting isn’t cheap but if anyone has ideas to address the problem without risking litigation for copyright issues please let me know. Thanks!

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, September 29, 2011:

  • Detroit MI police are the subject of a 2nd lawsuit alleging an act of excessive force was caught on video at a local casino. This time from a man who claims he was choked & beaten with a baton without cause. [3]
  • Glouster OH settles suit for $16k to man claiming cops used excessive force when he complained about an illegal serach of his car without permission or warrant [0]
  • Westfield IN cop is on leave while under investigation after a fellow officer reported him for using excessive force when he allegedly pistolwhipped an alleged shoplifter and threatened his mother with a gun. [0]
  • Fullerton CA has entered into a tentative settlement agreement in a lawsuit filed by 2 women alleging the department failed to discipline, and thus encouraged, a cop to continue sexually abusing women despite a history of 12 sexual assault complaints that were bolstered by the fact that he would violate policy by turning off his audio recorder during each alleged incident. The department only gave him a reprimand for turning off the recorder during stops involving women. [3]
  • Berwyn IL police are being sued by man claiming cops needlessly beat, tasered & falsely arrested him during a raid on his sister’s home where he was staying. While the reasons for the raid weren’t disclosed in the filing, the charges against him were dropped afterward. [3]
  • Lee Co FL sheriff is part of a lawsuit filed by pawn brokers alleging the department encouraged a rogue deputy to continually harass pawn brokers and to falsely arrest them [3]
  • Slaton TX cop assigned to local schools has taken a plea deal for receiving child pornography after an investigation by the DHS. [0]
  • Nampa ID police sued by 2 internal affairs officers & the wife of one of the officers alleging whistleblower retaliation after they tried to report misconduct and then writing to city officials when the department refused to act. [3]
  • Los Angeles CA police detective was arrested for domestic violence, false imprisonment & threats against his live-in girlfriend [0]
  • Bucks Co PA deputy suspended while authorities confiscated his home computer & police equipment as part of an unspecified investigation [2]
  • Midland MI cop gets probation & community service in a plea deal for possessing a stolen Rent-A-Center flat screen TV [0]
  • Spokane Co WA deputy resigns & expected to take plea deal over housing fraud involving an “Officer Next Door” program that gives cops half off of houses. [0]
  • Fort Worth TX cop fired on allegations she falsified timesheets & used patrol car as her personal vehicle [0]
  • Ferndale MI police are refusing to criminally investigate a police chaplain even after he admitted to doing meth with a man who died from an overdose. [0]
  • Orlando FL cop was suspended 30 days after caught selling stolen theme park tickets, a scheme that earned him $15k a year. [0]
  • Stockton CA police sgt is on leave after arrested on child endangerment & drunk driving charges. [0]
  • Winsooki VT cop gets probation in plea to DUI after found unresponsive behind wheel of his truck with a .429 BAC. As one commenter on Twitter noted, he’s lucky he’s still alive with a BAC like that. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-28-11

Today was an exceptionally difficult day and a Firefox update that broke the application I use to post reports to Twitter, called “HootBar”, really made tracking reports quite problematic. If the app isn’t fixed soon, I may have to think of a different way to track reports other than Twitter.

With that said, here are the 17 reports we were able to track in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, September 28, 2011:

  • Along the same lines, Clayton County GA police are being accused of intentionally failing to control a cop that is a accused of terrorizing that county’s citizens. The officer hasn’t faced a day of disciplinary actions despite an internal affairs record 500 pages long that includes a record-breaking 58 use-of-force cases and 12 excessive force complaints that include allegations that he pummeled a man with his fists and a baton while that man was passed out inside his own car due to a diabetic attack even though the man had stickers on his car to warn people about his condition. [3]
  • Furthermore, Denver CO has offered to settle a brutality suit that threatened to force the department to release thousands of secret excessive force records, all in an apparent effort to keep that from happening. However, a second excessive force lawsuit against the same officer is threatening to do the same after the lawyers in that suit have requested the exact same records that a court was forcing the department to release in that other case. I foresee another quick settlement in Denver’s future. [3]
  • And still in the same vein, Seattle WA police have been ordered to pay $20,000 in penalties for refusing to release internal investigation files relating to an excessive force lawsuit filed by a 72-year-old man who claims officers, cleared by that secret investigation, had abused him when they came to his business in response to a call from his health insurer who said he was suicidal because he sarcastically said “I might as well die now” while disputing his insurer’s refusal to pay for medication. [4]
  • And yet again, Morehouse Parish LA sheriff and 2 of his deputies are being sued on allegations that they conspired to intentionally falsely arrest and prosecute an innocent man in an attempt to cover for a hate crime committed by a deputy’s two sons. [4]
  • Montreal QC cop was cited by an ethics commission for using excessive force when he repeatedly tasered a suspect which then resulted in the man’s death. A second officer was also cited for failing to stop that officer from repeatedly tasering that man. [0]
  • Farmington NM cop was suspended while he’s being investigated after a woman filed fore an emergency restraining order accusing that officer of raping her at her home. [1]
  • A Memphis TN cop who shot himself in an attempt to endear himself on a teen girl he fancied has now been arrested by state investigators on false reporting charges and for solicitation to commit murder in an alleged plot to have someone kill that girl’s boyfriend as well. [0]
  • Whitley Co KY sheriff was sentenced to 15.5 years for conspiracy to commit extortion, launder money & distribute drugs. [0]
  • Indianapolis IN cop was found guilty of arson for setting fire to an apartment complex. He is still facing trial for four other acts of alleged arson as well. [0]
  • Montgomery AL cop sentenced to 48 months in prison on federal wire fraud & ID theft charges. He apparently used police databases to steal other people’s identities. [0]
  • West Palm Beach FL deputy has been charged with three counts of grand theft for allegedly selling a trailer home that wasn’t his. [0]
  • Lumberton NC cop arrested for embezzlement in office & several drug charges after a state investigation [1]
  • Hull MA cop sues alleging sexually harassed by the police chief two other senior officers but was told that she would be fired when she tried to report it to the city. [3]
  • RCMP gang cop in BC is under investigation after he was accused of hitting on a man’s girlfriend during a pretty questionable traffic stop. [0]
  • Anchorage AK police chief gets an official reprimand but no ticket for rear ending a motorist while he was distracted by his iPhone [0]
  • Primera TX police chief is being accused of sending a county constable unsolicited transgender porn images on his cellphone in an alleged rivalry over their battle to become constable. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-27-11

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, September 27, 2011:

  • It was finally confirmed today that New York NY police detained a PBS WNET journalist for 9 hours during the “Occupy Wall Street” protests when he tried to to interview the women who were peppersprayed without cause in the above video that we first reported on this weekend. [4]
  • Los Angeles Co CA report on jail by ACLU contains details on allegations of widespread abuses by sheriff’s deputies. That report contained 70 testimonies from civilians, jail employees and prisoners alike and will likely be used as the basis of a planned lawsuit. [3]
  • RCMP officer in BC is under investigation after being accused of repeatedly punching a handcuffed 17-year-old girl in the face in the back of his cruiser after police were called to help her. The girl was not charged with any crime. [3]
  • Dover NJ settles suit for $185k to a man who was 17 when he claimed that a cop beat him in a holding cell in retaliation when he mistook him for his brother who the officer claimed had hit him earlier that evening. [3]
  • Oxford MS cop was suspended w/o pay after indicted on felony child abuse and sexual battery charges [0]
  • Kiowa Co CO deputy who was also a Lamar CO reserve officer was arrested on sexual assault on a child by a person of trust charge. [0]
  • Pennington Co SD deputy was sentenced to 30 years in prison for possession & manufacture of child porn. He allegedly used his  position to gain access the kids he took explicit pictures of until a 6-year-old boy reported him. [0]
  • US Immigration & Customs Enforcement head in Florida arrested for possession & distribution of child porn [0]
  • El Paso Co CO deputy with two previous reckless driving convictions has been fired & faces charges for causing a fatal crash by running a red light [0]
  • Lynn MA cop found guilty of witness intimidation but not guilty of assault w/weapon when he hit man w/car [0]
  • Fairfax Co VA cop arrested on domestic assault & battery charges after altercation w/unspecified acquaintance [1]
  • New York NY cop accused of detaining & harassing tourist for legally taking photograph at 9/11 memorial [3]
  • Baltimore MD cop arrested for driving drunk, leading cops on high-speed chase, reaching for gun & resisting arrest [0]
  • Dallas TX cop resigns while investigated for allegedly coercing 2 female theft victims to show him their breasts [0]
  • Easton PA cop resigns while investigated for allegedly taking lost wallet but not reporting it or turning it over [0]
  • Baton Rouge LA cop sentenced to 3yrs prison after pleading no contest to bribery & corrupt influence charges [0]
  • Cicero IL cop sentenced to 2yrs prison after pleading guilty to leaking info to alleged mob racketeering bosses [0]
  • Martins Ferry OH ex-police chief in jail for celeb surrogate burglary sentenced to 3 more years for stolen dpt guns [0]
  • Morganton NC cop pleads guilty for embezzling $9,000 from police union to pay for trips to beach & electronics [0]
  • 2 of 3 Lake Co IN deputies charged w/money laundering & selling military-grade firearms on internet have accepted a plea deal [0]
  • Daviess Co IN deputy suspended while investigated for an alleged by unspecified compromise of info in drug case [1]
  • Indio CA police chief fired for his role in multi-million dollar federal grant scandal that led to one conviction [0]

A few things before I go for the evening.

First, some of the few readers who follow my personal twitter account may have noticed I’ve been getting pretty perturbed about some of the new “bad cop” sites that have popped up recently that re-post old stories and videos in a way that misleads people into believing that they are new cases, even years after they already went to court and were settled. This frustrates me because it takes a lot of work to track all the new reports we publish each and every single day and so many of these reports will never get any coverage beyond the single small article in a local paper somewhere or a small segment in a local news channel but really deserve so much more attention than that. Yet they get ignored on all these other sites that have triple the readership that we do.

My apologies  if my outrage about this is difficult to understand, but if self-declared police accountability activists can’t even get serious about the issue, how can anyone expect the public to get serious about it. While this project is mainly devoted to gaining a better understanding of police misconduct by generating statistical information about it, it’s also an effort to improve awareness about the issue. That’s a difficult enough task to undertake without other activists undermining that effort.

Also, some may have noticed that I removed one report that was on the feed. The person who reported it via a video uploaded to YouTube, but that user removed it on his own for an unknown reason so I have nothing to base the report on, thus I cannot include it per our guidelines that require a publicly available account of that report. This requirement is necessary in order to maintain transparency and allow for people to challenge any report they feel shouldn’t be included.

Our statistics have no meaning if people don’t trust the data behind them. This is why we have credibility requirements for the reports we publish. After all, I can’t complain about law enforcement agencies failing to be transparent and accountable if we’re not as well.

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-26-11

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, September 26, 2011:

  • New Orleans LA settles suit for an undisclosed sum to the family of a mentally ill man they claim wasn’t a threat when police fatally shot him 9 times. He was allegedly holding a folding knife at the time but his family insists he wasn’t using it in a threatening manner at that time. [0]
  • Rome GA cop fired & another was given unspecified discipline for an incident where a 20-year-old man was left paralyzed from a broken neck after he fell down a cliff when he was tasered twice. [0]
  • Navajo Nation AZ police officer was sentenced to 6 months jail & 6 months house arrest for beating & macing a handcuffed man in retaliation for a run in he had with the officer’s relative who is also a cop. [0]
  • 2 RCMP officers in Manitoba were found guilty of beating a handcuffed man. They claimed he injured himself. [0]
  • Detroit MI sued by man claiming the officer’s report didn’t match video from the casino where the officer broke his nose after punching him twice in the face then broke his ribs with two punches to his back while they were escorting him out. [4]
  • Las Vegas NV settles suit for $125k to a female defense attorney who was injured by an officer when he wrenched her arm behind her and up over her head because she was taking too long giving him her papers during a traffic stop for a u-turn she didn’t take. [3]
  • DeKalb Co GA cop pleads guilty to several chages for molesting two 15-year-old girls at a school and for drug possession. [0]
  • 2 Richmond VA deputies fired on allegations of “inappropriate contact” with female jail detainees, they may still face charges. [1]
  • At least one Cypress CA cop is accused of harassing the father of Kelly Thomas who was a mentally ill man who was beaten to death by Fullerton cops, two of which are facing manslaughter and murder charges. The interview where the allegations is discussed is at 2:45 in the following link [3]
  • Romulus MI ex-police chief & 5 cops arrested for misappropriation of public funds involving a prostitution probe. Apparently it’s being alleged that the officers used public funds to pay for sex. [1]
  • Ohio state trooper resigns after arrested on fraud charges and is currently under investigation for alleged links to drug trafficking [0]
  • Pittsburgh PA police are being sued by a man who claims he was detained without charge for 12hrs at a G20 protest despite having press credentials [3]
  • New Castle NY sued by police lieutenant claiming he was retaliated against for investigating a sergeant who came to work drunk [4]
  • US Border Patrol officer in AZ was arrested along with five other people for taking part in an alleged drug smuggling conspiracy that apparently smuggled at least 547kg of pot into US. [0]
  • Northside Independent School Dist TX police officer fired after arrested for causing bodily injury to a young child who was a relative. [1]
  • RCMP officer in Terrace BC arrested on criminal harassment charge in regard to an unspecified “family matter” [2]
  • Los Angeles Co CA deputy resigns & may face charge for accepting $1500 to smuggle a cell phone into jail in a sting that was part of an ongoing FBI investigation into that jail. [0]
  • New York NY police recorded in wiretaps associated with the ticket fixing scandal there were apparently using racist remarks with such frequency that many other officers may face discipline for it and prosecutors are desperately trying to keep those recordings from being unsealed in court in fear of jeopardizing criminal cases where those officers were arresting officers. [3]
  • San Diego CA police sgt gets probation in plea for stalking & harassing phone calls to female cop, still on duty [0]
  • Arkansas State Univ cop arrested after alleged dispute with Jonesboro AR cop who was arresting his nephew, it’s unclear why the nephew was being arrested. [0]

Before I go we tracked this interesting report out of Honolulu Hawaii that, while not necessarily misconduct, is something we want to keep our eye on for what it might portend. Honolulu police are being criticized by the ACLU for buying $700k in “less-than lethal” ammunition and equipment that includes 25,000 pepperball rounds, 18,000 beanbag rounds and thousands of taser cartridges in preparation for an upcoming APEC summit. It’s surprising that they expect that many protesters, let alone that they would think they might have to fire that many rounds at them. [0]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 09-24-11 to 09-25-11

Every now and then I switch over to a live update version of the weekend recap. I’ve decided to do that today with all the information coming in from New York about police actions at the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations where at least 80 were arrested yesterday. Remember, I can only report on information that is publicly available for review, so if you know of a credible report of misconduct that I missed please do contact me and let me know about it. You can reach us here by using the contact page link on the right or on Twitter at @David_NPMSRP.

With that said, here are the 18 reports tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of September 24-25, 2011:

  • A higher-ranking New York NY police officer was caught on video needlessly pepperspraying at least 3-4 female protesters who were already fenced in during the #occupywallstreet protest. The video clearly shows the women were not posing a threat or resisting any commands at the point they were sprayed. A photo of the officer afterward shows him laughing while texting on his phone. Police officials insist it wasn’t misconduct and that the women were interfering with the deployment of the net, which they insist was somehow edited out of all the videos released. This is unlikely given the number of different videos from different angles showing this event. Besides, if this justification were true, you would see the officers move the net forward after the pepperspray was deployed and the women retreated, which doesn’t happen. Interestingly, one site is alleging that the officer who allegedly peppersprayed them is named “Bologna“. Here is an account of what happened from one of the girls seen in the video. [4]
  • New York NY police are heard refusing to let one of the female #occupywallstreet protesters who was needlessly peppersprayed use a bathroom as she cried and begged while detained in a police vehicle afterward. It’s alleged she had already been detained for about 2 hours after being peppersprayed at the point that this video was taken. [3]
  • New York NY police shown on video throwing a non-violent protester to the ground, allegedly giving him a concussion. While there is some debate that the video does show the protester passively resisting the officer’s efforts to cuff him, use of passive resistance is low on the use of force continuum and generally does not warrant that kind of takedown, especially with the risk of head injuries. Another video shows the undercover officer in red actually performed a leg sweep on him, though it’s unclear if he actually hits his head. [3]
  • 2 New York NY cops are shown in the above photo apparently grabbing a woman by the breasts while pulling her away to be detained during the #occupywallstreet protest. It’s clear that the officer on the left is causing her some significant pain as it appears that he’s actually lifting her up by her breast. Given how small she is and that they never even took the pen out of her hand when they detained her it’s hard to argue that she was presenting any threat at the time, which means they should have had time to grab her by the arms instead of where they are both grabbing her. In that context this image is particularly disturbing even without additional context. However, if anyone has more information about this photo please let us know.
  • New York NY police officer shown on video throwing cafe worker to ground for what appears to be complaining about being shoved by cop at #occupywallstreet protest, claims he wasn’t even a part of the protest, just a bystander. [3]
  • This video out of New York NY shows a questionable arrest by NYPD as well. Police appear to go after this protester for nothing more than repeatedly saying “is this what you’re about?” Sure, it might be annoying, but that isn’t a legally justifiable excuse to selectively pick him out of a crowd of protesters and violently arrest him.
  • Atlanta GA police face more allegations of illegal strip searches by 3 young men claimng they were groped in public. A civil suit with similar allegations was settled for $200k earlier this month and another similar suit is planned for filing next week while that city’s civilian review board claims they’ve documented a disturbing pattern of illegal road-side strip searches and body cavity searches. [3]
  • Cowlitz Co WA deputies are accused in a lawsuit of encouraging the use of excessive force against female protesters by private security at a union strike/protest. The deputies are accused of fist bumping and cheering at the security officers when they removed the protesters, injuring some of the women. [3]
  • Los Angeles Co CA sheriff’s dept is being investigated by the FBI over allegations of excessive force by deputies at county jail including one incident allegedly witnessed by an ACLU lawyer who claims a detainee was beaten into unconsciousness then beaten some more. [0]
  • Vancouver BC cop is accused of using unecessary force on actor DJ Qualls as he was trying to point out an assault suspect to officers after a bar fight he wasn’t involved with. The officer was accused of telling him “you think you’re fucking better than me?” during the incident where the actor wasn’t charged. [3]
  • 2 Bexar Co deputies sued alleging they physically abused then taunted 2 Las Vegas gaming executives after falsely accusing them of scalping. They were eventually released without charges after employees at the venue informed officers they were guests. [3]
  • Dallas Co TX deputy constable was sentenced to 1year in jail for unauthorized use of a vehicle but only received probation for 2 sexual assault and 2 bribery charges, apparently because he’s ill. [0]
  • Salinas CA cop sentenced to 6 months jail after pleading no contest to molesting a 12yr-old Nepalese girl who, to compound insult to injury, was forced to attend counceling with the officer after the incident. [0]
  • El Paso Co CO sheriff agrees to stop questionable raids on businesses in an effort to collect outstanding fees. The collection of fees is normally a civil court process and the raids have been likened to a strong-arm collection tactic after officers were accused of taking cash from one business. [0]
  • 2 Pierce Co WA deputies found guilty of perjury for lying about entering a home without a warrant in order to seize a firearm. They claimed the man brought the gun out to them when they asked for it. [0]
  • Denver CO took nearly 2 years to drop charges against a woman who was arrested for leaving her disabled daughter on a bus after a cop, who later resigned over a separate excessive force case, had ordered her to get off the bus after she had called police to report being threatened by a passenger who was upset she got to get on first with her disabled daughter. The officer’s report was apparently contradicted by video from the bus. [3]
  • 4 Bartlesville OK cops suspended while they are the subject of a state investigation into unspecified allegations of official misconduct[3]
  • Pennsylvania State trooper already facing hearing for one DUI charge is arrested on suspicion of DUI again [0]

I’m still trying to get more information about claims associated with the following photograph taken during the #occupywallstreet protest at New York City NY on Saturday in order to validate the associated claim and determine if it qualifies for entry into our statistical database. I can’t add a report based on a photo alone and a small caption beneath it.

A caption at one site alleges that one of these people being detained is a journalist from PBS. While the one person sitting up on both knees appears to have some sort of credentials around his neck, I can’t determine if they are press credentials. Need confirmation on this one, especially since PBS isn’t complaining that one of their people was detained.

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

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