National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

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Sorry for the site outage today and the brief switchover to the npmsrp.org site which is currently under construction. I finally talked to our server hosting provider and I’ve been assured the outage had nothing to do with our site specifically but was more of a general outage.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-03-11

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, February 3, 2011:

  • A Kershaw County SC deputy has been convicted of violating a handcuffed detainee’s rights when he repeatedly beat him with a baton, breaking his leg in the process as seen on the surveillance video shown above. [0]
  • A Goodwater AL police officer shot a man twice inside a courtroom after he became angry when the judge refused to allow him time to call his wife to get money for the fine he was sentenced to over a dispute he had with a neighbor. While the officer and a lawyer claim the man attempted to reach for a gun that the judge pulled on him, other witnesses claim that the man, who’s leg was in a cast and used crutches, was not posing a threat when shot. No matter which way you look at this one, it’s a bit crazy for a court of law. [3]
  • Four Ottawa ON police officers are the subject of a lawsuit alleging that they injured a man during arrest for drinking in public even though he claims he wasn’t drinking. Then, allegedly, they mistreated him in jail by stomping on his head and kicking him in the crotch and ribs when they threw him head-first into a cell. Assault on an officer charges against him were later dismissed. [3]
  • Three Las Vegas NV police officers were found to have used excessive force by a federal jury that awarded a $2,100,000 judgment to a man who had to have four operations on his neck after he was choked and pepper sprayed by the officers after one of them tripped when he went to detain him and they mistook it for a struggle. [0]
  • A Lawrence MA police officer was sentenced to 10-12 years in prison after found guilty of repeatedly raping a woman he offered a ride to in his cruiser while it was parked behind the police station. [0]
  • A Fort Valley GA police officer was arrested on enticing a child for indecent purposes & violation of an oath of office charges when he was caught trying to arrange to have sex with what he thought was a juvenile in an undercover sting operation. [1]
  • A Provo UT police officer has been sentenced to 180 days for forcible sex abuse & obstruction for coercing a woman to lift her shirt and allow him to grope her under threat of arrest. [0]
  • A Paterson NJ police officer was arrested on possession and distribution of child pornography charges after a 3-month long investigation. [0]
  • A Jeffersonville IN former police officer‘s fight to get unemployment benefits after he agreed to resign while under investigation has revealed that he was under investgiation on allegations that he had been blackmailing a young woman into having sex with him over traffic tickets and that he had been recorded leaking information to a drug dealer. Allegations which, under agreement in exchange for his resignation, were kept secret and for which he never faced charges for. [4]
  • A Nicholas County WV deputy has been arrested on three wanton endangerment charges for firing his gun inside his apartment in the presence of two other adults and an infant. [0]
  • A Fort Worth TX police officer has been suspended for 30 days after he admitted to breaking a man’s nose at a party he was hosting because the man kept talking to the officer’s girlfriend. He is still the subject of a criminal investigation over the incident. [1]
  • An Orange County CA deputy who had already been charged with domestic violence has been arrested again for violating the protection order and bail conditions by attempting to obtain a fully automatic weapon from a friend and for allegedly attempting to contact the victim. [0]
  • A Coles County IL chief deputy had resigned before he was arrested on allegations that he threw an unspecified female down and kicked her during a domestic dispute at his home. [1]
  • An Orange County CA deputy has been suspended after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic abuse for allegedly injuring wife during a dispute. [1]
  • The police chief of Bristol CT has been suspended while he’s the subject of an unspecified investigation that was requested by the mayor’s office. [2]
  • An Ottawa ON police officer has pled guilty to discreditable conduct for harassing and stalking a female officer that he broke up with. [0]
  • A Harford County MD sheriff’s major has been sentenced to 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to theft and official misconduct charges for shoplifting on two different occasions. The major made over $107,000 per year on just his base salary. [0]
  • A Macomb County MI deputy was sentenced to a fine after he pled guilty and payed restitution for stealing from the department’s teen explorer program. [0]
  • A Liberty County TX sheriff’s captain has been convicted on mail fraud and firearms charges for selling about 100,000 rounds of police-issued hollow-point ammunition in order to purchase guns that he sold through his personal business, some of the leftover ammo was sold along with the guns he sold as well. [0]
  • Two New York NY police officers face numerous charges on allegations that the wrote numerous fake tickets in order to pad their overtime and keep their assigned patrol duty that was considered “cushy” because they didn’t have to answer radio calls while doing it. [0]
  • And finally, the Toccoa GA police department is under investigation after an officer allegedly stopped the police chief’s daughter on suspicion of DUI outside of town, waved off a responding deputy, but then never arrested her even after she failed a breathalyzer test. [2]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-02-11

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for February 2, 2011:

  • Santa Ana CA police have been sued by the family of a man shot by a police officer who claimed that it was self defense because the man was armed with a knife. However, the suit comes after an autopsy showed the man died from a gunshot wound to the head, from behind. Lawyers for the family also claim a reluctant witness said the man had his hands up when he was shot. [4]
  • A Toronto ON police officer has been charged with a second assault with a weapon charge, both of which stem from alleged beatings that occurred during the G-20 protests last year. [1]

  • An Escambia County FL deputy has been charged with felony assault for slamming a handcuffed detainee to the floor then dragging him to a booking area as captured on a jail surveillance camera, shown above. [0]
  • A Fort Myers FL police sergeant is the subject of a lawsuit alleging he beat and choked a handcuffed and shackled suspect during an interrogation when the man refused to divulge any information to detectives. [3]
  • A Toronto ON police officer has pled guilty to a threat of bodily harm charge for slapping a handcuffed detainee then threatening to taser his testicles if he didn’t tell him where a suspect was. He then threatened to taser another man’s testicles if he didn’t answer the same question. [0]
  • A Longwood FL police officer has been arrested on six felony charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, kidnapping and burglary on allegations he drove to his estranged wife’s home in his police cruiser while in uniform, hit a man in the head with his service pistol, then threatened to kill them both and then commit suicide. His wife is also a police officer with the same department. [1]
  • A Newark NJ police detective has pled guilty to official misconduct for beating a handcuffed detainee so badly he suffered a fractured eye socket and a broken jaw, all allegedly because he asked to speak to a supervisor. [0]
  • New York NY police are being sued by a man claiming he was subjected to a cavity search in public while he was detained in a case of mistaken identity when he walked into a store to buy something during an ongoing drug bust. [3]
  • A Memphis TN police officer has resigned before he was officially arrested for robbing two Hispanic men during a traffic stop. The charges were filed after he signed a statement admitting to the act. [0]
  • A Toronto ON police officer has been charged with criminal harassment on allegations he repeatedly harassed a woman on a commuter train. [0]
  • A Louisiana State trooper was arrested after he was involved in an unspecified altercation outside of a nightclub while he was on medical leave for unspecified reasons. [2]
  • A Lafayette Parish LA sheriff’s lieutenant has been fired over allegations of sexual harassment that were made as part of a now-settled lawsuit which resulted in an unspecified payment to a female sheriff’s deputy. [1]
  • A Broward County FL deputy has become the eight sheriff’s employee arrested as part of an ongoing jail misconduct probe. He’s accused of accepting money in exchange for smuggling goods into the jail for inmates. [0]
  • A San Francisco CA police officer has been arrested on allegations that he stole the registration sticker from a motorist he pulled over then put that sticker on his own personal car. [0]

Before I close for the day, I did want to mention that the Houston Texas police department finally released a controversial video from an incident last year where a 15-year-old burglary suspect was hit by a police cruiser and surrendered before several officers began repeatedly stomping on him, kicking him, kneeing him, and punching him. Ultimately, four officers were criminally indicted, three were fired, and five received 2-day suspensions, all of which are in our database so this isn’t an additional report but worth mentioning. The video is below:

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

For Sale?

Well, to let everyone know how desperate I’m getting, I was considering trying to sell the site to raise funds to avoid eviction. But it turns out that wouldn’t have worked even if I tried it.

Mind you, before anyone gets upset that I was considering it, I am in the process of switching everything over to the new NPMSRP.ORG site anyway so nothing would have been lost except for our search engine ranking mostly.

Like I said though, no matter what happens I’ll still do what I can to keep this project going. Let’s all just hope for the best, I think that’s all we can do now with just a couple days left before I’m late with rent.

Thanks!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-01-11

First, sorry for the technical issues with the link shortening service we use, not sure if they’ve gone down for good or not, but if they did go away that presents a lot of work for me to try and track down good links for all the reports we’ve ever captured…

Next, as I’ve mentioned, I’ve been working on a switchover designed to make the project more professional so that more people feel comfortable using the information this project generates. The new site will be http://www.npmsrp.org (which is still under construction) and the corresponding news feed will be at http://twitter.com/npmsrp. There might be more changes too, so stay tuned. Still a ways away since I have to redo all links on all posts and move/relink all images in the posts that I’ve ported over. *sigh* It’s a lot more work than I bargained for.

Also, we still need donations very badly right now, in case you didn’t know… though I’m sure most of you do.

Anyway, here are the 17 reports of police misconduct that were tracked (then retracked to find the original URLs since the shortened URLs are bad now) in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, February 1, 2011:

  • An Florida Atlantic University FL police officer has been arrested on an attempted murder charge after he admitted to shooting a female escort multiple times in an apparent dispute over payment for sex after he had contacted her via an internet advertisement. The shooting left  the woman in serious condition and she will likely be paralyzed, according to doctors.  [0]
  • Two Carver County MN deputies are the subject of a lawsuit alleging they illegally entered a woman’s home while she was baking cookies with her 4-year-old granddaughter then used excessive force when they arrested her on false obstruction charges when she requested that they leave when they asked to search the home after a neighbor called 911 about a verbal dispute in her driveway between her daughter and her husband that she wasn’t even aware of. The charges were later dropped against the woman. [3]
  • A Yonkers NY police officer was indicted on multiple charges including assault, official misconduct, and filing false reports on allegations that he went into a bar while on duty in response to a call from his brother and he attacked two people there, arresting one of them on false charges in order to cover up for the assault. His partner, who was with him that night, is also the subject of an internal investigation regarding that incident. [0]
  • Honolulu HI has settled a lawsuit for $240,000 to a US Army veteran who was detained by a SWAT team and held on a mental health hold all because a police officer thought he might be a terrorist because of his middle-eastern heritage. [0]
  • A New York NY narcotics officer has been convicted of conspiring with his narcotics team to steal drugs from suspects and use them to pay off informants. He’s the second officer to be convicted in association with the alleged conspiracy so far. [0]
  • A Brookshire TX police officer has been fired and arrested on official misconduct and theft of a person charges after he was caught in a sting operation stealing money from an undercover FBI informant posing as a motorist during a traffic stop. The sting was performed after police received complaints about thefts by the officer. [1]
  • Six Glendale CA police officers are on paid leave while under investigation over at least four different incidents but the police chief and officials are refusing to elaborate as to what the allegations against the officers might be. [4]
  • A Martin County NC deputy was arrested on assault charges for allegedly punching his girlfriend in the face, knocking her two front teeth loose in the process. Oddly, he was arrested by officers he used to work with at a different police department. [0]
  • An Ely MN police officer has been charged with malicious punishment of a child on allegations that he shoved his 6-year-old daughter into a wall then slapped her across the face. [0]
  • An Inkster MI police lieutenant was awarded $700,000 by a jury that found the police chief had racially discriminated against him and retaliated against him over his testimony in another discrimination lawsuit by transferring him afterward.  [0]
  • A Pinellas Park FL police officer has been charged with official misconduct after resigning during an investigation over drugs and a gun that were missing from evidence in cases that he was involved in. [0]
  • A Texas State trooper has pled guilty to delivery of controlled substance charges after he was caught selling $800 worth of illegal steroids to an undercover officer in a sting operation. [0]
  • A Mobile AL police officer has retired while he was the subject of an internal investigation over allegations that he was caught shoplifting at a WalMart, even though he was never charged. [1]
  • A Proctor MN deputy police chief who also serves as a councilman has been sentenced to probation on drug charges and a related firearm charge that he pled guilty to. The judge in this case expressed doubts about the man’s story that he merely misplaced evidence, saying if a suspect he arrested gave him the same story that he wouldn’t have bought it either, but gave him the suggested sentence anyway. [0]
  • A Hackensack NJ police officer has been suspended for 75 days for driving her police cruiser with a suspended license and for personal use of a departmental computer while on-duty. [0]
  • And finally, a New Haven CT police officer has been suspended with pay after the police chief found out that he had already been convicted on a DUI charge and sentenced to 10 days in jail after he was already in jail. The officer was arrested on that charge after he had called in sick that day, which led to a disciplinary suspension before that. [1]

Before I go I did want to mention that my wife and I celebrated our 17th Anniversary today. I mention it because, if it wasn’t for her faith in me and the work that I’m doing with this project, it wouldn’t still be going, especially in the face of all the hardships that we’re facing now.

Interestingly, one of her friends wrote her today asking what to do after she had her own experience with police misconduct last night. We gave her the best advice that we could, but I did find it interesting how the whole thing goes full circle and I still remember how she and I were both so lost and left without anyone to turn to for advice when we went through it years ago… I’m happy we were able to be there for a few people since then with what we learned…

…and I’m even happier that she stuck with me through that horrible time and standing by me with what I’m doing now.

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-31-11

Unfortunately I’ve been fairly ill today, kept passing out and falling asleep so I’m sure I missed a few reports, but here are the 14 reports of police misconduct that I was able to track and put in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, January 31, 2011:

  • A Harris County TX deputy is under investigation on allegations that he beat a 72yr-old mentally ill man so severely in an empty visitation room that he died. There is some speculation that the beating was caught on camera but it seems unlikely. [4]
  • Antioch CA has settled a lawsuit for $750,000 to a former police officer who claims that police illegally broke into her home when she was having a dispute with a tenant then tasered her before falsely arresting her on a resisting arrest charge. [3]
  • Two Clearwater FL police officers have been suspended after internal investigations. One received a five day unpaid suspension for chipping a detainee’s tooth when he hit him in the head with his flashlight and the other received a single day without pay for hitting a metal pole with his police cruiser. [0]
  • A Las Vegas NV police officer is facing felony charges on allegations that he gave a handgun to a felon. The same officer was involved in the controversial Costco shooting incident last year that took the life of a soldier under questionable circumstances. [0]
  • A number of Wildwood NJ seasonal police officers are under investigation over a YouTube video that shows the officers harassing the person filming them and threatening to have him arrested for interference. However, it’s unclear of the seasonal officers are sworn law enforcement officers and it’s something I’m trying to verify before adding this to our database. [0]
  • The sheriff of Franklin County NC resigned a day before state officials announced that they are investigating allegations that funds are missing from the sheriff’s department. [2]
  • A North Charleston SC police officer was arrested on DUI charges after crashing his police cruiser into a ditch. It wasn’t clear at the time of the article’s publication if he was on-duty or not but it seemed to indicate that he was. [0]
  • A Gresham OR police detective was arrested on drunk driving charges after he crashed his unmarked cruiser into a ditch, though this officer appeared to be off-duty at the time. [1]
  • An Austin TX police officer who was mired in controversy a year ago after he fatally shot a teen under questionable circumstances and is current appealing his termination over a domestic violence charge has pled guilty to a DUI charge that he was fired for, then rehired after he appealed that disciplinary action. [0]
  • Two East Bank WV police officers are the subject of a lawsuit alleging that they harassed a woman for petitioning against a “police protection fee” by misleading her about needing to appear at court over a neighbor dispute so that she then became the subject of a bench warrant and subject to arrest.[3]
  • A Thunder Bay ON police officer has been suspended after charged with official misconduct on an unspecified neglect of duty allegation involving a subordinate officer. [2]
  • And finally, two Prince George’s County MD police officers who were assigned to desk duty while under investigation on different misconduct allegations, including one for excessive use of force, have been reassigned again now that they are under investigation for misbehaving while on desk duty by shooting property containers with bb guns. [0]

Before I call it a day I did want to mention that Radley Balko at Reason Magazine wrote a piece debunking the latest rhetoric about an alleged “war on cops”. We did the same thing debunking earlier claims made in December and even back in July by police groups making claims on very questionable statistical grounds that were easily proven false with a little research.

It’s important to understand that these same groups, especially the LEOMF, have also been instrumental in efforts to reduce transparency through “police officer bills of rights” in several states by using similar claims that making police misconduct transparent to the public put police officers at risk.

With the same rhetoric being carried heavily by the media now, (which is surprising given they stand to lose the ability to report on police misconduct if this “war on police” rhetoric is acted on), it’s clear that yet another push to keep information about misconduct from the public is underway. Most likely in the form of another push for a national “Police Officers Bill of Rights” legislative effort, similar to HR 1972 and the HR Bill 413 we talked about last year that had been pushed by the current Vice President. Such laws would keep disciplinary records sealed in every state while also making it impossible for individual departments to improve how they investigate and discipline their officers.

So, it’s something to keep an eye on, because these groups aren’t making up this stuff up for no reason and we definitely can’t challenge groups like these who have millions in funds and can afford to buy press releases like there’s no tomorrow on our own… heck, we can’t even afford housing… so we need people to spread the word and be aware of these tactics and be ready for where they’re leading.

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 01-29-11 to 01-30-11

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct that were tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend, January 29-30, 2011:

  • Four Reading PA police officers are the subject of a lawsuit filed by a former Philadelphia police officer who claims that he was run over by a police cruiser then, after he filed a complaint about it, three officers took him into an interrogation room then beat him while yelling at him about being a snitch. [3]
  • Two Westland MI police officers are accused of overstepping their authority and using excessive force in an incident that was accidentally captured via one of the officer’s lapel microphones and that recording may overturn the resisting arrest conviction against that man. The tape appears to contradict the officers’ claims that the man assaulted them and instead captures one of the officers saying “Let’s take him. Fuck him.” before the man can be heard crying out and complaining about being punched in the face then his wife pleading with officers to stop. [4]
  • Sacramento CA has settled an excessive force lawsuit for $96,000 to a man who claims that an officer needlessly beat him outside of a bar while he was restrained and injured him so badly that the jail refused to allow him to be booked without being taken to the hospital first. The suit then alleged that the officer drove him to the hospital and told him he was free to go. The officer resigned later but the department still refuses to say if it had anything to do with the case. [2]
  • An Elk Grove CA police officer is under investigation after he shot a man in the face with a rifle while he was handcuffed in the backseat of a police cruiser. The department described the man, a domestic violence suspect, as being “out of control” at the time but didn’t specify exactly how the man was so dangerous while he was handcuffed so as to justify the use of deadly force. The shot apparently only grazed the man’s face and he was treated at the hospital. [2]
  • A Philadelphia PA police officer was fired after he was arrested on aggravated assault charges and other charges on allegations that he threw a trash can at a donut shop waitress then pointed his gun at her and threatened to shot her… all because he got mad that she wouldn’t get off the phone. [1]
  • A Valencia County NM deputy was arrested on a domestic violence charge for allegedly hurting his girlfriend with a wristlock during an argument that began when she refused to go to Home Despot with him. [0]
  • A Philadelphia PA police officer was fired after charged with theft for allegedly getting caught shoplifting a $25 bottle of dietary supplements from a nutrition store. [1]
  • And finally, a Rocky Mount VA police officer was given a special deal that will allow him to avoid trial for misusing a police database so long as he doesn’t work as a police officer for one year. The special deal isn’t even a plea bargain and came about because a loophole in the state laws governing use of police data apparently doesn’t apply to officers who have authorization to access the data they improperly share or use. [0]

An update before I finish with today’s review…

I’m planning on revamping our news feed and site in order to allow us to capture more information per report and generate our statistical analysis faster than we currently can in addition to making the site look more like it’s part of an actual project than it does now.

The news feed change definitely won’t be popular because entries won’t be descriptive anymore. Instead each report will be a comma-delimited package of data that will go directly into our database. Each entry will include details like agency name, state, officer name, victim name, incident type, incident status, incident date, report date, fatalities, race, a transparency index number, a link to the report, and other data. This extra data will allow us to more efficiently and effectively create statistics and track individual cases.

For example, what used to be this:

4 Reading PA cops subject of suit filed by ex-cop claiming 1 cop hit him w/car & others beat him for “being a snitch” [3]http://is.gd/lGjh4u

Will look like this instead:

Reading Police,PA,Ofc Christopher Cortazzo,Roberto Clemente,EF A,Lawsuit,Active,0,On,10/06/08,01/31/11,H,5,http://is.gd/lGjh4u

Reading Police,PA,Ofc Angel Cabrera,Roberto Clemente,EF ,Lawsuit,Active,0,On,10/06/08,01/31/11,H,5,http://is.gd/lGjh4u

Reading Police,PA,Ofc Jeffrey Reichart,Roberto Clemente,EF,Lawsuit,Active,0,On,10/06/08,01/31/11,H,5,http://is.gd/lGjh4u

Reading Police,PA,Ofc Unnamed,Roberto Clemente,EF,Lawsuit,Active,0,On,10/06/08,01/31/11,H,5,http://is.gd/lGjh4u

While I know it won’t be a popular move since the news feed won’t be reader-friendly anymore. I do think it’s a good move because so many others are doing something similar to what we do with the news feed now that it doesn’t make sense for us to keep doing it the same way. After all, why have multiple sources for the same information all doing something similar, albeit with their own slants, when this project is designed to do more than just aggregate reports.

Remember, one of the main complaints we get from people like who want to cite our data for serious uses is that it’s just doesn’t look professional enough yet. So I want to change that perception and I have good reason to do so I think. After all, I didn’t put all this work into this project just to win a popularity contest, I want it to make a real difference. Hopefully most of you will agree with that reason for changing it up…

…who knows, maybe doing that will help us finally secure funding for this project so we can really stabilize it and make it more effective. Because, face it, right now we’re struggling to survive here, literally.

Besides, we’ll still do the daily reviews where will get into more detail about the reports covered each day, so it’s not a complete wash. But, if you think this is a bad move, let me know why because I’m certainly open to suggestions.

Anyway, that’s it for today, stay safe out there.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-28-11

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, January 28, 2011:

  • A Lawrence MA police officer has been found guilty of rape and three counts of indecent assault for repeatedly raping a woman that he detained in his cruiser behind the police station. [0]
  • An Uplands Park MO police officer has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for using his position to sexually assault and rob at least four paid escorts that he called from ads he found then, while in uniform, force them to have sex then take their money. [0]
  • A Jacksonville FL police sergeant has been convicted for official misconduct and filing false reports. Apparently he wrote up false burglary reports to justify a warrantless raid on a home in order to keep himself and his team out of trouble. He’s also awaiting trial on allegations he beat a handcuffed suspect with a police radio. [0]
  • At least two Baltimore MD police officers have been named in a lawsuit alleging that they wrongfully arrested a chef outside of his workplace when he asked why the officers were detaining his brother… then arresting another man when one of the officers said “arrest the next person who comes out that door”… then arresting a third man because he was taking pictures of what was happening. [5]
  • Three Atlanta GA police officers who are members of an elite drug unit have been suspended while under investigation on allegations that they strip searched and performed a body cavity search on two men in public during a traffic stop. [1]
  • A Las Vegas NV police officer is on leave while investigated for shooting at man who got into a car but was only given a citation for obstruction then allowed to leave the scene. The bullet struck the car but didn’t hit anyone. [2]
  • The sheriff of Shelby County OH apparently tried to file charges against a reporter for asking him questions about sexual assault allegations that he’s facing. So far the DA has refused to charge the woman though. [5]
  • The police chief of Bokoshe OK is under investigation by the sheriff’s office after a councilman filed a complaint alleging that the chief assaulted him during a dispute over a council vote while the pair were outside of a convenience store. [2]
  • A Phoenix AZ police officer has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to solicitation to commit theft in a deal that dropped 8 other charges including armed robbery, kidnapping, and money laundering related to the robbery of suspected drug dealers while he was on duty. [0]
  • A Muskegon County MI deputy has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual misconduct involving a female inmate, he already faced 3 other counts for an alleged relationship he had with a former inmate. [1]
  • A Sanford NC police officer has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle over a three car accident he caused that killed one person while he was off-duty. [0]
  • A Byron IL police officer was arrested on a possession of child pornography charge after an investigation that was performed by the Wisconsin State Department of Justice. [2]
  • The sheriff of Kidder County ND has been sentenced to probation after he pled guilty to a disorderly conduct charge for sexually harassing an employee. [0]
  • A Waterloo Regional ON police officer has been arrested for drug trafficking and another officer was suspended as part of an ongoing investigation that began last year when one officer was arrested on drug charges. [0]
  • The Seattle WA police department is accused of violating the state public records act by withholding an email in a public records request by a local paper that was sent to the department by a councilman urging the department to have an outside agency investigate the fatal shooting of a Native American woodcarver by a police officer. [4]
  • A Miami FL police officer has been charged with extortion on allegations he wrote false police reports and protected stolen goods in exchange for cash. [1]
  • And finally, a number of Miami FL police officers are accusing the police chief of abusing the internal investigation process by using it as a means to harass, intimidate and threaten officers while the chief is fighting to keep his job in the face of mounting criticism. Normally I question these kinds of allegations as they are usually nothing more than attempts by police unions or individual officers to weaken a department’s disciplinary process or make the public question when officers are accused of misconduct. However, there was a case cited which backed the claims alleging that one sergeant is under investigation after trying to arrest the deputy police chief’s daughter after she allegedly attacked an officer. Sometimes the disciplinary process is abused, which seems like a good reason for police officers to support the idea that police departments shouldn’t police themselves, but should be subject to an independent external review mechanism. [3]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-27-11

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

  • Police in Los Angeles CA are accused of performing a heavily armed raid on the home of Jeremy Marks, the teen who was charged with “inciting a lynching” when he recorded a police officer in an altercation with a student. Police allegedly confiscated all computers, cellphones, and some other electronics during the raid on the home. While the source for this story, the only one I could find right now, seems slanted, the claim of a raid appears credible. The site also claims that police performed another raid the same day on the home of another student who posted videos that appeared to contradict police accounts of the incident. Needless to say, if true… and there doesn’t appear to be reason to doubt it, this would be a disturbing escalation of an already disturbing case. If police can get away with this, then what would stop them from doing the same to someone who does what I do? (UPDATE: This piece came via a comment on Reddit about the incident which appears to be confirmation from the boy’s lawyer that the raid in question took place. Also, a person claiming to be the one who bailed Jeremy out also confirms that the raid occurred as described.) [5]
  • The Montgomery County NY sheriff’s department is the subject of a lawsuit alleging they denied medical care to an inmate in jail who complained of sinus problems and that, by the time the jail did have the man examined months later, the man suffered brain damage from it and died. The suit further alleges that the sheriff’s office added insult to injury by ordering the man’s complete release from jail right before he died so the sheriff’s department wouldn’t be responsible for the medical bill. The suit alleges that the sheriff’s department exhibits a pattern and practice of denying detainee access to medical care. [3]
  • Orlando FL has settled a lawsuit for $150,000 to a man who was tasered by a deputy while he was strapped into a gurney for refusing to allow nurses to insert a catheter so that he could be forcibly tested for drugs that the officers claimed he swallowed while chased. A judge later ruled he was within his rights to refuse and a drug test voluntarily done later showed he didn’t take any drugs. [0]
  • A Bryan County OK deputy is the subject of an FBI investigation into allegations that he mistreated detainees by needlessly tasering them after they had been strapped into a restraint chair. [1]
  • Charlotte NC has settled a lawsuit for $350,000 to a 17-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by a now former police officer who is currently serving a two-year sentence after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting six women while on duty, often during traffic stops. [0]
  • The now-former police chief of Shenandoah PA and one of his lieutenants were convicted on some of the charges against them for allegedly trying to cover for teens who beat a Hispanic man to death in a racially charged incident that sparked international media coverage. The chief was found guilty of hindering a federal investigation and falsifying records while the lieutenant was convicted for making false statements. A third officer was acquitted of all charges against him. The police chief and one of his former captains still face trial on extortion-related charges next month and a civil suit alleging a covered up the fatal beating of a Hispanic detainee by officers by making it look like a suicide. [0]
  • A Cobb County GA police sergeant has been sentenced to 4 years in prison on after pleading guilty to violating his oath of office, lying to police, and second degree homicide by water vessel after he hit a pylon while driving a boat under the influence, sending a friend overboard where he drowned. The sergeant then lied to police about the incident, claiming that was an effort to cover up an affair he was allegedly having at the time with a woman who was on the boat. [0]
  • A Buffalo NY police lieutenant has retired in order to close two internal investigations against him. He was under investigation on allegations of grabbing an officer by the neck in a briefing room dispute and for his alleged role in a bar brawl where a transit officer was attacked for suggesting the uniformed Buffalo officers drinking at the bar behave themselves because they were being videotaped. The officer is still the subject of a civil suit alleging excessive force against two teens, including the son of another officer, in a bb gun incident. [1]
  • Two Shelbyville TN police officers are the subject of a lawsuit alleging they falsely arrested a man on a public intoxication charge while he was on probation just to send him to jail. Apparently video of the arrest, along with testimony from jail employees, contradicted the officers claims that the man was drunk. [3]
  • A Los Angeles CA school police officer has been arrested for filing a false police report. The officer is accused of making up being shot in the chest by a car burglary suspect which triggered a massive police search and the lock-down of several schools, homes, and businesses across an entire neighborhood. Seems to be a trend lately. [0]
  • Lane County OR has settled a lawsuit for $20,000 to the family of an 11-year-old boy who was coerced by a sheriff’s deputy into confessing to shooting a neighbor’s dog with a bb gun even though he didn’t do it and a subsequent forensic examination proved it. [0]
  • A Riviera Beach FL police officer was rehired thanks to an arbitrator’s ruling after he was fired on allegations that he gave personal information about his fellow officers, including their addresses, to gang members who allegedly wanted to exact some revenge against the police. [0]
  • Internal FBI documents leaked to CNN reporters indicate that over 300 FBI employees each year are disciplined over acts of misconduct but that information is never released to the public. Some of the cases mentioned are pretty salacious but, since the article does not give a timeframe for the incidents/disciplinary actions nor does it distinguish between sworn agents and non-sworn employees we can’t really use this data for our statistical analysis, which is exceptionally disappointing. [5]
  • A number of Tupper Lake NY police officers are under investigation after GPS devices in their cruisers indicated that one of them slept on duty and others had remained at home for hours after their night shifts began.[1]
  • A Niagra Frontier Transit police officer in New York state has been suspended without pay on allegations that he had been taking items confiscated from passengers at Buffalo airport as his own personal property in violation of policy. I guess he had an impressive fingernail clipper collection. [0]
  • A Burr Oak MI police officer has been arrested on drunk driving charges after he got his police cruiser stuck in a ditch while on duty. [0]
  • A Detroit MI police officer apparently loved his job so much that he took his work home with him, literally. He’s been charged with illegally swapping license plates on his car and using his personal car to conduct traffic stops in the neighborhood where he lived while he was off-duty. Police are investigating the incidents further to see if there were any ulterior motives for his doing so. [0]
  • A Hamilton ON police officer has been charged with arson and insurance fraud for falsely reporting car was stolen twice then setting it on fire after the first try failed to net him any insurance money. [0]
  • And finally, a Somerville MA police officer has resigned after he was allegedly caught on camera stealing a bag of candy that was donated to the department for a Halloween event. [0]

Before I finish with today’s review I wanted to thank the folks at Western Rifle Shooters for letting their readers know about our financial plight and asking them to help out with donations. I really am amazed that people I’ve not really talked or worked with have stepped up to try and help out. While I don’t expect it to save us from being evicted, we will still need all the help we can get once that does happen whether it’s to help us survive on the streets or find some sort of temporary shelter. It will also help me keep this project going despite that happening. So thank you all for helping, I truly appreciate it.

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-26-11

Before I start I wanted to thank Hermis Yanis for having me on his Hermis Live show earlier tonight, despite technical difficulties it was an interesting interview with some questions I hadn’t been asked before.

Anyway, here are the 19 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for January 26, 2011:

  • A Los Angeles CA jury has awarded $1,700,000 to the family of an autistic man after that jury ruled that a police officer used excessive force when he shot the man to death. [0]
  • Five Lufkin TX police officers are the subject of a lawsuit alleging they barged into a Hispanic man’s home without cause or warrant while the man was in the bathroom then took the bathroom door off the hinges after tear-gassing him. The suit then alleges that the officers beat him before arresting him on charges that never stuck. All, allegedly, because he didn’t speak English. [3]
  • In this YouTube video sent to us by “CreepCops” on Twitter, A San Francisco CA police officer is accused of falsely arresting a street performer on unknown charges when the man asserted his rights by asking if he was being detained and why, questions that were never answered even though he was then taken to jail. He further alleges that the officer used excessive force on him, causing a head injury and that officers at the jail tried to coerce him into signing a waiver saying he wasn’t injured. While the video, taken by the alleged victim, does seem to show a very questionable arrest, it does not appear to show any use of force that can be seen, though you can hear him protest that he’s being hurt. So, for now, I’ll classify this as a false arrest allegation since the excessive force claim isn’t substantiated. [3]
  • A Smith Township PA and a Hanover PA police officer are the subject of a lawsuit alleging that one of the officers used excessive force when he broke a 64-year-old man’s arm when he reached for a pack of cigarettes on his porch then threw him to the ground. The suit does not mention any charges or the reason why officers confronted the man on his porch so I’m a little concerned about adding this one, but it’s hard to see why officers would have used enough force to break the man’s arm to the point where he required surgery afterward as alleged in the suit. [3]
  • A Pittsburgh PA police officer was issued unspecified disciplinary action after an investigation sustained a conduct unbecoming complaint when video contradicted his arrest report that alleged a woman assaulted a witness at court. The same officer was suspended last year after he was implicated in a wrongful drug arrest but returned to duty when a judge dismissed the case against him. [1]
  • The Spokane WA ombudsman is questioning how the police chief there decided to exonerate two officers in an excessive force case that was initiated when witnesses to the incident filed the complaint, not the person who was arrested and despite their statements which supported the allegations. The victim apparently didn’t file a complaint because he can’t even remember what happened other than that he was knocked out somehow. The police chief says he doesn’t care what the ombudsman thinks because he doesn’t have the authority to overrule the chief’s decisions on disciplinary matters. [5]
  • The Aurora CO police department was forced to rehire a police officer they fired for excessive force when he broke a woman’s eye socket with a knee strike while she was handcuffed after a civil service commission took his side of the story which was that her face must have hit his knee on accident somehow, though he doesn’t quite know how. [0]
  • A now-former Louisville KY police detective is now facing yet another accuser as a 6th person has joined a lawsuit against her alleging that she had a pattern of falsely arresting people to boost her numbers and that she perjured herself in court as well as intimidated witnesses in order to make the charges stick. [0]
  • The US Border Patrol is being sued by a former agent who claims that he was fired for saying that he believed legalizing marijuana would reduce crime and law enforcement-related violence. [0]
  • A Springhill NS police officer has been charged with theft and obstruction on allegations that he stole marijuana from evidence and other items from the department. [0]
  • A Dallas TX police officer who was in charge of that department’s crime stoppers program has been arrested on federal charges over allegations that she and a friend defrauded that program’s reward program. [1]
  • An Asbury Park NJ police officer has been charged with forgery and falsifying records for using forged military orders in an effort to get out of a lease. [0]
  • An Urbana OH police officer has retired after being cited for DUI and leaving the scene of an alcohol-related accident without injuries. [0]
  • A Fargo ND police officer was given a letter of reprimand as discipline for leaving her handgun in sporting good store bathroom. [0]
  • And finally, a Pasco County FL deputy has been charged with illegal compensation and for introducing contraband on allegations that he would call up the girlfriends of inmates when they were on work details and allow them to visit in exchange for chewing tobacco. I don’t know about this one, seems odd actually so it should be interesting to watch. [0]

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

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