National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 10-08-11 to 10-09-11

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of October 8-9, 2011:

  • Iowa State trooper arrested on burglary charge for breaking into a woman’s home with the intent to sexually assault her. [0] http://t.co/xaILEYZc
  • Huntington WV police were caught on video arresting a man for obstruction while he was videotaping a cop searching someone’s car. http://bit.ly/pZPy1M
  • New Orleans LA cop indicted for malfeasance involving the death of his K9 partner from a fall down an elevator shaft while he was working an off-duty job. [0] http://t.co/N0jF8ssR
  • Rio Arriba Co NM sheriff’s department was raided by state police as part of an investigation into allegations of destruction of evidence and falsified reports involving a fatal DUI accident case. [0] http://t.co/cbc9igwY
  • Pinellas Park FL cop was arrested on domestic battery charge for intentionally shutting a kitchen cabinet drawer on his wife’s hand [0] http://t.co/bHi4ITRS
  • New York NY police have asked an exclusive police officer website to remove a discussion where the photo of an internal affairs officer who is leading the investigating into the ticket fixing scandal was posted after that officer subsequently started getting death threats [0] http://t.co/o5O7hqey That same message board was also in the news recently involving a thread where NYPD officers were expressing outrage that a cop took a picture with a #OccupyWallStreet protester while making the peace sign with his fingers. http://t.co/j1m0E3Tg
  • Northbridge MA cop was arrested on drunk driving charges after head-on crash injuring his passenger and another motorist [0] http://t.co/kSa5W8QG
  • Marco Island FL cop fired after invesitgation found him at fault in 2-car crash for speeding w/o lights or siren [0] http://t.co/RkMB2o8Z
  • Seattle WA police began handing out tickets to motorists and cabbies who were honking in support of #OccupySeattle protesters. Oddly, we’ve never heard of officers doing this to people honking in support of other protests. [0] http://t.co/hyN3OMmG

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-07-11

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, October 7, 2011:

  • Nashville TN cop was sentenced to 18 years in prison after being convicted for 2nd degree murder in the shooting death of his wife. He claimed she shot herself. [0] http://t.co/ddNp0Qy1
  • 3 Hackensack NJ cops were indicted, one for assaulting a man during arrest and the others for providing false information in an effort to cover it up. [0] http://t.co/v8uhNhqU
  • Bucks County PA sheriff’s sergeant was arrested on multiple charges for hitting a restrained suspect then perjuring himself when he filed false charges against the man in order to cover it up [0] http://t.co/3hnNbDBJ
  • New Jersey state trooper was suspended without pay for 6 months for pepperspraying a handcuffed suspect in the back of his cruiser then lying on his report about the incident. [0] http://t.co/J1fq7FVV
  • A Now-former Los Angeles County CA deputy is claiming that he quit after his supervisor forced him to beat a mentally ill detainee in order to “teach him a lesson”. [3] http://t.co/PabQI3v2
  • Aquia Harbour VA cop sentenced to 20 years in prison for producing child porn by filming sex acts with an unconscious 8-year-old boy. [0] http://t.co/gnpCifnh
  • South Ogden UT cop was sentenced from 5 years to life in prison for aggravated sexual abuse of a child under 14 and forcible sodomy. [0] http://t.co/1Z8zZDXO
  • Los Angeles County CA sheriff’s sergeant with a long history of sexual misconduct complaints was convicted on sexual assault & false imprisonment charges involving a woman he raped while on duty. [0] http://t.co/5RFsASHc
  • Warrensburg IL cop originally charged with the sexual assault of a girl under 12 was sentenced to 10 years in prison on a reduced possession of child porn charge. [0] http://t.co/1fhZ2INo
  • Dallas TX police are being sued by the family of a boy who was 11 when he was accidentally grazed by cop’s bullet during the fatal officer-involved shooting death of an unarmed man at an apartment complex. [0] http://t.co/iGS6EB6I
  • An Orlando FL police report is apparently contradicted by video in an incident where 2 cops broke a woman’s arm during a drunk and disorderly arrest at a theme park. [1] http://t.co/IPow2uje
  • Atlanta GA civil service board is forcing that city to rehire 3 cops who were fired after a judge found that they lied in their testimony about a man’s arrest on a firearm charge. [0] http://t.co/lafxAkQj
  • Newark NJ undercover cop apparently masturbated while fondling a female suspect while conducting a massage parlor sting operation. The chief is blaming their training, or, more specifically, that they weren’t trained not to do that… [0] http://t.co/tgzX4WVH
  • St Louis County MO deputy was arrested on drug and drug paraphernalia charges after caught with heroin while in uniform [0] http://t.co/EDyiZKpS
  • A 3rd Lake Co IN deputy pleads guilty to charges related to the illegal sales of military grade fully automatic weapons over the internet [0] http://t.co/Lk9r0FjQ
  • Pontiac IL cop was arrested on drunk driving charges in Wisconsin after crashing his unmarked cruiser into a ditch [0] http://t.co/fIzt7JH4
  • Miami-Dade FL cop arrested on drunk driving charge after rear-ending another motorist while off-duty [0] http://t.co/qSfPLl7J

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-06-11

Sorry these are in short format, ran out of time to spend on writing anything additional up tonight. Anyway, here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, October 6, 2011:

  • Colorado Springs CO sued by man claiming jail video shows cop needlessly tasering him then lying on report [3] http://t.co/Xz1IFmRE
  • Nashville TN adds $30k to existing settlement to woman injured by cop during arrest, total now $57k [0] http://t.co/V2BlGKlg
  • RCMP mountie in Vancouver Island BC gets conditional discharge, cop reported he assaulted woman during traffic stop [0] bit.ly/mSdKBI
  • Atlanta GA police sued by woman claiming her camera was illegally seized after she recorded cops kicking cuffed man [4] http://t.co/xgHpLlbK
  • Carrabassett Valley ME cop pleads guilty to 10 counts unlawful sexual contact with a child under 12 [0] http://t.co/U8AbM5rk
  • Paulding County GA deputy fired after arrested on child molestation & child enticement charges [0] http://t.co/mOw1zUiC
  • Tucumcari NM cop under investigation for allegedly sending nude pics to 16yr-old & having sex with her while on duty [1] http://bit.ly/r3zroe
  • Gilberton PA police chief & mayor sued by councilman arrested & strip searched for v-mail profanity [0] bit.ly/q4m4A5
  • Niagara Falls NY police lt charged with criminal trespass & menacing over unspecified domestic incident [2] http://t.co/HdMdxANY
  • LaPorte Co IN cop arrested on federal possession of child pornography & evidence tampering charges [0] bit.ly/p1RQlW
  • Irondequoit NY cop arrested on assault charges for allegedly helping brother attack man inside bar while off-duty [0] http://t.co/cuLJg6tT
  • Univ of South Carolina police officer arrested on misconduct in office charge, details sketchy so far [1] bit.ly/pfE55t
  • New York NY cop accused of threatening to arrest assaulted cabbie instead of taking report & arresting assailant [3] http://t.co/QU4Q20ar
  • St Petersburg FL cop suspended 3 days w/o pay for failing to report hit & run accident involving an acquaintance [0] bit.ly/oCC8bV
  • Perry UT cop under investigation for allegedly trying to bribe trooper on behalf of friend over DUI charge [0] bit.ly/nxvAXw
  • San Jacinto Co TX deputy arrested on possession of a controlled substance and fraud charges in neighboring county [0] http://t.co/U3ouamPW
  • Dallas TX police detective faces termination after investigation into allegedly fraudulent overtime reports [0] http://t.co/w32kY8gt
  • Chandler AZ asst police chief investigated over verbal outburst against daughter’s high school teammate at game [0] http://t.co/CdppXUSJ

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-05-11

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, October 5, 2011:

  • A number of videos came out stemming from a single incident at the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City NY today, all showing a higher-ranking officer in a white shirt, alleged to be an officer Connolly according to the Gothamist, beating a large number of people with a baton…
  • Among those people being beaten and peppersprayed was a credentialed journalist that offered this first-hand perspective of getting hit:

    …as well as a local Fox affiliate news reporter and his cameraman:

    Many are asking, in light of these videos and videos from last week showing white shirted officers as primary aggressors, why are the high ranking officers appearing more aggressive than the rank and file officers? Generally speaking, departments that have problems disciplining their officers for excessive force still have to do something to get cops that show a pattern of brutality off the street or else they risk more civil litigation or a pattern/practice investigation by the feds. So, instead of firing cops, they promote them off of the street to supervisory roles… which could be one explanation for the white shirts being more aggressive here. If you don’t believe that explanation consider the next report…

  • A New York NY cop was arrested by the FBI for “repeatedly using his position to intimidate others, including beat downs and violence” as well as using police databases to get info on a man in a parking dispute, to tip off his cousin to a federal investigation, and for pepperspraying & illegally detaining man at bar owned by his cousin. He was finally suspended though… only after the arrest. [3] http://t.co/eqhgCnlM
  • Furthermore, another New York NY cop was caught on video bragging that his nightstick was going to get a workout at the #OccupyWallStreet protests tonight. So far, thankfully, it doesn’t appear as though his did at least. [3] http://t.co/TDpXX9y6
  • New York NY police are being sued by #OccupyWallStreet protesters claiming the previous Brooklyn Bridge mass arrest was a civil rights violation because most of the protesters and journalists caught up in the kettling action on the bridge couldn’t hear any warnings about impending arrests. [0] http://t.co/h1AWhMaM
  • New Orleans LA cop was sentenced to 8 years prison in his plea deal over his role in the Danziger Bridge shooting & subsequent cover up. [0] http://t.co/vxnaSFz2
  • New Brunswick NJ police are being accused of vandalism & false arrests against people protesting a questionable fatal officer-involved shooting incident. One person arrested was showing others what he claimed was evidence cops were tearing down their posters, even cutting a hole in a screen window to remove one that was posted inside a home when police came en mass and arrested him and at least one other person for no apparent reason. [4] http://t.co/9XxTBvN0
  • Portage IN settles suit for a confidential sum to a woman who was beaten by cop in high-profile 2007 videotaped incident where he slammed a woman’s head into a car then threw her to the ground. (sorry about the badly edited video with political commentary, the case is so old I had a hard time finding unedited video that could be embedded) [3] http://t.co/QCl3rr8K
  • Gardner MA cop already charged with indecent assault of a child under the age of 14 has now been charged with indecent assault & battery of his female roommate as well. [0] http://t.co/XhZgmlPU
  • Eastchester NY cop found guilty of manslaughter for fatally shooting a man in the throat while the officer was playing with one of his guns. [0] http://t.co/PB9eoH2r
  • Cherokee Co SC deputy arrested for allegedly having sex with confidential informant, he resigned after the allegation surfaced in 2009. [0] http://t.co/thE3dW8q
  • Plaquemines Parish LA sheriff resigns after arrested on federal mail fraud & bribery charges along with a local businessman in an ongoing federal investigation. [1] http://t.co/BPaPv0Y0
  • Bandera Co TX deputy was caught up in an FBI gang and drug sweep for his alleged ties to a gang & for alleged drug distribution [0] http://t.co/VhemLuMA
  • Caruthersville MO police chief & one of his officers arrested on 24 & 11 counts of forgery respectively, though no details on what the forgery entailed yet. [1] http://t.co/7q6a20kl
  • Seattle WA police are being sued by a computer security expert alleging he was falsely arrested and that the department committed spoilation of video evidence when he was told there was no video of the arrest when he sought evidence to prove his case. [4] http://t.co/3sTh2Ons
  • Harris County TX deputy sued by woman claiming she was falsely arrested because the deputy didn’t like her attitude and that she was then forced to listen to the Rush Limbaugh show in the deputy’s cruiser. [3] http://t.co/a86wyKrS
  • Minneapolis MN cop accused of harassing & illegally accessing a now-former St Paul MN police officer’s driving records. [1] http://t.co/avXj1xzb
  • Milwaukee WI settles suit for $6,500 to man claiming cops refused to return his gun after an illegal search of his car and home and subsequent false charges against him that were dismissed later. [0] http://t.co/tO81Y8JS
  • Portage IN settles tort claim for $30k involving unspecified misconduct allegations over a DUI arrest. [3] http://t.co/QCl3rr8K
  • Baltimore Co MD cop arrested on 1st degree assault charges involving an alleged domestic incident with his ex-girlfriend. [0] http://t.co/3BzXbGK3
  • Fullerton CA police formally apologize for a wrong door drug raid that narcotics officers failed to report. [0] http://t.co/7yQO04TJ
  • Middle Twp NJ cop suspended w/o pay after indicted on theft by deception involving over $4k in unemployment funds [0] http://t.co/v1jyxYW5
  • 3 Houston TX cops under investigation for allegedly eating man’s pot brownies may have also stolen 3.5lbs of pot and then chatted about that over their police computers as well as discussing how the pot brownies gave them the munchies. [0] http://t.co/UqGperre
  • 3 Los Angeles CA police detectives win $2.5mil judgment against dept for gender discrimination & retaliation. [0] http://t.co/pv6gsPui

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

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] http://t.co/UTtsp3Pp
  • 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] http://t.co/mvE7HvIr
  • 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] http://t.co/OZfqGYnF
  • 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] http://t.co/JMmq6C9h
  • 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] http://t.co/7C80CTCR
  • 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 copblock.org but I wasn’t informed about it from them, instead the person who runs the-minutemen.org site tipped me off to the story. (thanks for the tip!) [3] http://t.co/TVdGhKlJ
  • 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] http://t.co/NzNzZ6mh
  • Yakima WA tribal police officer was found guilty of felony harassment for falsely detaining a man who was sleeping with his estranged wife. [0] http://t.co/flNtWKLC
  • 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] http://t.co/qux4DYdh
  • Braddock PA cop faces burglary, distribution of narcotics and other charges for alleged incidents that spanned 2 counties. [1] http://t.co/5jr1mHsD
  • 2 San Jose CA cops were arrested for allegedly embezzling $120k from a Latino Police Officer Association. [0] http://t.co/BDdezDqs
  • 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] http://t.co/xEvzVsne
  • 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] http://t.co/88EfxMTF
  • North Miami Beach FL cop was fired for posting a threatening ethnically-charged comment on a local blog [0] http://t.co/0mtZ5QpC
  • 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] http://t.co/EsVv7DgY

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] http://t.co/f7r9gWF1
  • Oneonta NY settles a brutality suit for $135k to a man claiming cops beat and choked him during a traffic stop [0] http://t.co/iiaEez8C
  • Harrison Co TX deputy was fired after he & his wife were arrested on felony sexual indecency with a child charges [0] http://t.co/NO0NKl14
  • 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] http://t.co/PWHrregu
  • 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] http://t.co/sJrHfcD6
  • 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] http://t.co/21u4Jfyv
  • 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] http://t.co/Jrm7PQop
  • 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] http://t.co/LiogO5U6
  • 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] http://t.co/SuJOYau0
  • Clay Co AR deputy was charged with 4 felonies including stalking, agg assault and breaking & entering in an alleged domestic case. [0] http://t.co/Dq3wbyfi
  • 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] http://t.co/ppCNQhTZ
  • Oklahoma City OK cop arrested on domestic abuse charge after husband reported that she assaulted him [0] http://t.co/P9CAtx2p
  • 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] http://t.co/TIUKr3Qk
  • 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] http://t.co/zjBT465T
  • Brunswick GA ruled to have violated minister’s rights when cops arrested him for shouting at Tea Party protesters [0] http://t.co/os9UBLtI
  • Weslaco TX police chief accused by union of failing to do anything to stop 2 armed robbers he witnessed leaving a bank [0] http://t.co/GEGsGGYQ
  • Ottawa ON police sgt gets conditional discharge in plea to reduced dangerous driving for 2 DUI hit skips in 1 night [0] http://t.co/6HbQEX9G
  • Mesa AZ cop & wife sentenced to probation in plea deal to solicitation to commit mortgage fraud charges [0] http://t.co/DnJAlX90
  • Issaquah WA ordered to stop threatening to arrest people for handing out leaflets outside of “expression areas” [0] http://t.co/9IAIV1XJ
  • DeSoto Parish LA deputy ticketed after someone posts Facebook pic of his cruiser parked in handicap space [0] http://t.co/kGdcuTXp

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] http://t.co/Byt3UO2B
  • 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] http://t.co/MAwrb3lE
  • 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] http://t.co/g6DunRyC
  • 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] http://t.co/QbWGoj76
  • 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] http://t.co/a8QLVVIy
  • 11 Mississippi state troopers have been demoted & 3 resigned after admitting to cheating on promotional exams [0] http://t.co/MhnSYhNl
  • 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] http://t.co/fSD0cdml

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] http://t.co/pmQp7w3Z 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] http://t.co/wN9OqKg0
  • Hall Co GA deputy subject of suit by man alleging deputy erased audio tapes after beating & falsely arresting him [3] http://t.co/F445Aeb8
  • 2 Texas DPS officers indicted for official oppression for allegedly mistreating 2 detained men while off duty [1] http://t.co/4OYswBbd
  • 3 Albuquerque NM cops investigated after accused of performing cavity searches on suspect in front of kids in public[0] http://t.co/dfaxwJQ4
  • Clovis NM settles suit for $1.05mil to family of woman who died in crash w/cop facing trial for vehicular homicide [0] http://t.co/yLUh2dyK
  • Boulder CO settles suit for $80k to mentally ill woman tasered thru screen door in home after throwing wine on cop [0] http://t.co/5sNFMv1w
  • 2 Powder Springs GA cops investigated after choking, beating & tasering man on dashcam when he reacted to grope [1] http://t.co/Yi8rQA8d
  • Shelby Co OH sheriff already charged w/sexual battery now indicted on 5 counts misuse of police database [1] http://t.co/1wSJSmjO
  • Gaitlinburg TN cop gets judicial diversion to clear record after probation in plea to assaulting couple at bar [0] http://t.co/RK7B2NKw
  • Ottawa ON cop demoted over inappropriate relationship with domestic assault victim in case he investigated [0] http://t.co/GyUgDn8q
  • Fair Oaks TX cop sentenced to 2yrs prison in fed stalking case for sending explicit pics of woman to her coworkers [0] http://t.co/NDze943u
  • Easton PA cop charged w/theft after resigning for stealing $375 from lost wallet then throwing wallet in dumpster [0] http://t.co/YaLVEEzg
  • Houston TX Baptist Univ police officer arrested on possession of cocaine with intent to deliver charges [0] http://t.co/tHV2on2u
  • Levy Co FL deputy arrested for possession & selling controlled substances after state investigation [0] http://t.co/v22tCJAk
  • US Border Patrol agent still on leave for attempt to smuggle 745lbs of pot arrested for possession at traffic stop [0] http://t.co/58J3T9kM
  • 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] http://t.co/Pp6S79AU
  • New Orleans LA cop in charge of red light cam program accused of using device that makes plates invisible to cams [0] http://t.co/YYrDdW0R
  • Tarentum PA cop who also works for East Deer PA PD arrested on DUI charges after crashing into parked truck [0] http://t.co/riMPIP6z
  • Pennsylvania state liquor control officer arrested on DUI charges w/.117 BAC after crashing state-owned vehicle [0] http://t.co/TjM4z7DR
  • Norwich CT cop on paid leave resigns to end investigation into allegations of unspecified “improper activity” [2] http://t.co/wQRvYfPk

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] http://t.co/4lrhL6tO
  • 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] http://t.co/ici3hjFv
  • 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] http://t.co/uqDa5YDc
  • 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] http://t.co/IkcZJU3r
  • 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] http://t.co/GMgAY6at
  • 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] http://t.co/VH839aRs
  • Slaton TX cop assigned to local schools has taken a plea deal for receiving child pornography after an investigation by the DHS. [0] http://t.co/lUZp6THC
  • 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] http://t.co/rPdi1SOD
  • Los Angeles CA police detective was arrested for domestic violence, false imprisonment & threats against his live-in girlfriend [0] http://t.co/8tu6Qfe2
  • Bucks Co PA deputy suspended while authorities confiscated his home computer & police equipment as part of an unspecified investigation [2] http://t.co/IUxlHHEo
  • Midland MI cop gets probation & community service in a plea deal for possessing a stolen Rent-A-Center flat screen TV [0] http://t.co/In2Lo4iV
  • 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] http://t.co/e4zJowSH
  • Fort Worth TX cop fired on allegations she falsified timesheets & used patrol car as her personal vehicle [0] http://t.co/d1bdgb1u
  • 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] http://t.co/Ao2QJNeh
  • Orlando FL cop was suspended 30 days after caught selling stolen theme park tickets, a scheme that earned him $15k a year. [0] http://t.co/4OYswBbd
  • Stockton CA police sgt is on leave after arrested on child endangerment & drunk driving charges. [0] http://t.co/Gz1CuwGX
  • 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] http://t.co/nl1KN3Qx

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

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