National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-24-11

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, October 24, 2011:

  • Elgin ND now-former police chief who is also a former judge has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for molesting a girl from the age of 12 to age 17. [0]
  • South Bend IN cop was charged with official misconduct & battery on allegations he sexually assaulted 2 women while on duty. [1]
  • Lansing KS DARE cop who was also the 2008 cop of the year for that department has pled no contest to child enticement charges after he was caught in an undercover sting operation. [0]
  • Orange County FL sheriff’s department is being sued by barber shop owners claiming deputies conducted warrantless raids on black-owned shops under the guise of “license inspections” [3]
  • Pittsburgh PA settles false arrest lawsuit for $60k to 2 college students who say they weren’t even part of the G20 protests when they were thrown to ground & arrested by police while trying to get back to their dorm. [0]
  • 2 Baltimore MD cops plead guilty to extortion charges in that city’s towing scandal, bringing the total to 9 officers who have pled guilty so far. [0]
  • New York NY police are being sued by a couple claiming a cop smacked their Pomeranian mix dog out of their 20′ high window during a raid on their apartment in search of a relative. While police admit that is what happened and that the dog didn’t pose a real threat by itself, they say the officer needed to take control of the situation by shutting the yapping dog up somehow, but didn’t intend for the dog to go flying out the window by smacking it. The couple also claims some items were stolen during the raid but police deny that claim. [3]
  • Hudson County NJ deputy was charged with obstruction for trying to stop two officers from arresting two of her friends after a bar brawl. [0]
  • Alpharetta GA police are accused of refusing to file a report claiming that a councilwoman’s husband, who also chairs a police charity organization, assaulted a 4yr-old girl in the park. [0]
  • Baltimore MD police detective was charged with felony & misdemeanor counts of presenting false insurance disability claims [1]
  • New York state police investigation finds that a trooper was speeding when he ran red light without using his emergency lights or siren in a crash with a taxi that left 2 injured. [1]
  • Warsaw NC cop was fired after his supervisor smelled alcohol on his breath while he was on-duty, even though the officer tested under the legal limit. [0]
  • Fairfax Co VA police officer was charged with driving while intoxicated after crashing into a utility pole while off duty [0]
  • Braintree MA cop charged with illegal possession of an assault weapon that was found during an investigation into a domestic dispute [0]
  • Neptune Beach FL cop who helped that city develop anti-gambling regulations was arrested for his alleged role in a gambling ring. [0]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 10-22-11 to 10-23-11

Here are the 27 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of October 22-23, 2011:

  • Downey CA police have apparently shot an unarmed man to death after mistaking him for robbery suspect. Police claim they shot him while chasing him when he turned around in a “menacing manner”. However, family claim he was with his wife at a gas station and crossed the street to get cigarettes. [3]
  • Sioux City IA officer, alleged to be a narcotics detective, is shown on a YouTube video (above) repeatedly punching & choking a woman during an arrest on unknown charges. A commenter claiming to know about the case says it’s from an incident in August that resulted in a lawsuit. [3]
  • Santa Barbara CA cop accused of excessive force by witnesses who say the officer repeatedly punched and tasered a compliant suspect in a parking lot during a traffic stop as the man begged bystanders for help. [4]
  • 3 Aurora CO cops are the subject of a lawsuit claiming they used excessive force and broke his wrist while he was unconscious on his bed following a siezure after his family called for medical assistance. The then allegedly dragged him out in front of his family into the cold while he was only wearing underwear. [3]
  • Mountain View CO cop is accused of roughing up a motorist after the officer crashed into his car with his cruiser. The same officer is apparently the subject of another excessive force case as well. [3]
  • Walsenburg CO cops are being sued by man claiming cops taunted him after tasering him twice while he was face-down and already cuffed. [3]
  • Orlando FL cop sued by a man alleging the officer punched, maced, tasered & arrested him for asking a security guard why girlfriend was being detained at a theme park they were visiting. She apparently touched a “cast member”. [3]
  • San Jose CA is settling a lawsuit for $100k to a man who was struck in face after cuffed and a woman he was with who was falsely arrested as a passenger during a DUI stop. [0]
  • Roosevelt UT police are accused of using excessive force when they peppersprayed fans who were doing a traditional dance after a high school football game. The spray also hit other fans, players, adults, and even a 4-year-old child. [0]
  • Columbia MO cop fired last mo in excessive force case now implicated in 2 more misconduct investigations including another excessive force case. [0]
  • Vermont State police agree to change policies in settlement for unspecified sum for tasering mentally disabled man [0]
  • Nashville TN police & US ICE agents sued by ACLU over alleged warrantless raid on an entire apartment complex. [3]
  • Columbus OH cop under investigation after anti-abortion protesters claim he assaulted other cop called to help them [0]
  • Milwaukee WI newspaper spent over $7,500 to examines records of 93 cops disciplined for criminal acts since 1979, finds lax discipline [3]
  • Toronto ON cop charged with perjury for allegedly covering up his brother’s role in the execution-style murder of a millionaire [0]
  • US FBI are being accused by the ACLU of creating assessment maps targeting communities for investigation via large-scale racial profiling [3]
  • Torrance CA settles suit for $120k to man involved in altercation with police sergeant in a police station lobby when he went there to ask police for more traffic enforcement in his neighborhood after his child was hit by a car. [0]
  • Los Angeles Co CA sheriff accused of training his deputies to illegally search people who are caught photographing things officers deem aren’t art while in public. [3]
  • Lewiston ME police were reprimanded by a judge for sloppy evidence handling & losing evidence that resulted in charges being dropped against a robbery suspect. [1]
  • Nelson Co VA deputy fired after arrested on abduction, discharge of firearm, assault & other charges in a DV case [0]
  • McDowell Co WV deputy arrested for domestic assault, harassment, possession, & brandishing gun outside 911 center [0]
  • Cherokee Co SC deputy fired after arrested on criminal domestic violence charge involving incident with his wife [0]
  • St Petersburg FL police detective pleads guilty to wire fraud for extorting money from informant to help w/charges [0]
  • Douglas Co SD deputy indicted on theft by deception charges in Minnesota involving insurance application fraud [0]
  • Denver CO judge threatens to send US Marshals to get disciplinary records as police defy order to release them, they finally released the records later in the day but the lawyers who requested them are bound by a confidentiality agreement to keep them a secret except for how they are used as evidence in their police brutality lawsuit. [5]
  • Oxford Twp NJ cop w/history of misconduct gets probation & will never be cop again in plea deal involving two cases [0]
  • Eugene OR cop pleads no contest to .15BAC DUI charge but dept & prosecutor refuse to release arrest report to paper [4]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-21-11

Here are the 18 reports and one updated report tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, October 21, 2011:

  • Chicago IL cop under investigation over 3 shooting incidents, 2 of which were fatal, after a video apparently showed that he fatally shot an unarmed person who was laying face-down on the ground. [0]
  • In an update to a previous report, Escondido CA revealed it settled a lawsuit for $7.25mil over psychologically abusive interrogations of murdered child’s brother and false arrests. (update)
  • Washington DC cop was sentenced to 15yrs for acting as lookout during a botched armed robbery attempt on a drug dealer that left one person dead [0]
  • 3 Union City NJ cops were arrested on agg assault & weapons charges after allegedly threatening a man with a gun and dragging a woman out of his car while off-duty [1]
  • New York NY undercover cop sparked a confrontation at protest against the NYPD stop-and-frisk policies when he tried to arrest a photojournalist that he shoved without cause [4]
  • Beaufort Co SC deputy arrested on allegations he was sending inappropriate text messages to a 15yr-old girl [0]
  • Columbia SC cop arrested on allegations he had sex with a 17yr-old prostitute while in uniform then left in his police cruiser afterward [0]
  • Forsest City IA cop charged w/arson & burglary after admitting to setting fire to a police station & stealing a rifle [0]
  • Tempe AZ cop sentenced to probation for stealing items from evidence including gift cards and a refrigerator [0]
  • Barre MA cop convicted on 5 of 7 counts of perjury involving his testimony at the trial of his girlfriend [0]
  • Philadelphia PA cop convicted on misd theft charge for stealing $825 from an open safe while responding to call at a bar [0]
  • Elkins WV cop revokes police cert in plea deal for harassment, dropping felony & misd kidnapping & DV charges [0]
  • Yuma AZ cop fired and may face charges for abuse of authority involving unspecified on-duty sexual activity [1]
  • Fife WA police lieutenant was suspended while investigated for unspecified misconduct, possibly sexual harassment [2]
  • Cape Breton NS cop charged w/assault & unlawful confinement involving multiple unspecifed incidents [3]
  • Mint Hill SC cop fired for lying when he claimed he retreived equip from ex-cop he supervised who now faces charges [0]
  • 2 Miami-Dade FL cops, a detective & major, face suspensions & demotions over unspecified misconduct allegations [2]
  • Bristol CT police lieutenant charged w/disorderly conduct after investigation into unspecified domestic incident [1]
  • Florida Highway Patrol officer fired after arrested on drunk driving charge after alleged hit & skip crash w/tree [0]

Before I go, I wanted to see what our readers thought about this report and it’s associated video out of New York city…

A word of caution, it is graphic…

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-20-11

Before I start with today’s report, I just wanted to thank the people at Occupy Denver for the above shout-out to Thank you very much, I appreciate the support!!

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, October 20, 2011:

  • The federal investigation into Los Angeles County CA jail brutality claims has been expanded to include an allegation that deputies beat and peppersprayed a visitor after handcuffing and detaining him for bringing a cellphone into the jail, and act that may have violated policy, but wasn’t an arrestable offense. [0]
  • Los Angeles County CA deputy turned himself in on the urging of the special victims unit for 3 felony charges on allegations he molested a 15yr-old girl he met while on duty. [0]
  • Riviera Beach FL cop was charged with assault for allegedly pushing a 12yr-old boy and threatening to taser him at camp [0]
  • Irvington NJ cop arrested on allegations he helped two women assault and rob a 17yr-old girl at gunpoint then drove them both away afterward. [0]
  • Washington DC police sgt was sentenced to 4ys for grabbing a female friend by throat & threatening her by pointing a gun to her head. [0]
  • 2 Gilbert WV cops are the subject of a suit alleging they falsely arrested a motorist for refusing to sign a traffic ticket, which isn’t an arrestable offense. [3]
  • Bethlehem PA settles suit for $63k to a man who spent 7mos in jail before found not guilty of a firearms charge over a gun that didn’t belong to him. [0]
  • Frazer PA police sued by ACLU alleging false arrest of 9 legal resident Mexican workers. They were allegedly arrested merely because police received a report that a group of unidentified Mexicans were passing counterfeit bills in a neighboring county. [0]
  • Albermarle County VA settles suit for undisclosed sum to a man who was in a wheelchair when he was struck by a police cruiser [3]
  • Muskogee OK cop arrested on allegations that he made violent threats against a fellow officer after that officer questioned his duties. [0]
  • Hidalgo Co TX deputy convicted on conspiracy charge for a plot to steal 354lbs of marijuana along with another officer [0]
  • Woodville MS police chief on unpaid leave while investigated over unspecified complaint by visiting court worker [2]
  • Detroit MI cop was charged with multiple felonies on allegations he falsified paperwork in order to get paid for work he didn’t do [0]
  • Minnesota State trooper arrested on drunk driving charges after an alleged off-duty hit & run property damage crash [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-19-11

Here are the 25 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, October 19, 2011:

  • An East St Louis IL police captain and sergeant are being investigated after a video, above, posted on YouTube showed them stand by & watch while an unidentified man beat and peppersprayed a handcuffed man while he was laying in the street. [1]
  • East Grand Rapids MI police are being sued by the family of a man who died after tasered 19 times while he was suffering from a psychotic episode [0]
  • Green Bay WI settles suit for $50k to a bystander who was accidentally shot by cops who fatally shot suspect. [0]
  • Tacoma WA cop sentenced to 14yrs and 5mo in prison after he was convicted for molesting a young female relative [0]
  • Bedford Co VA deputy working as a high school resource officer was arrested on 12 counts of indecent liberties with a juvenile [0]
  • 4 Atlanta GA cops investigated after woman spends 53 days in jail after arrested in case of mistaken identity [1]
  • Warren MI settles suit for $2.8 million to a man who spent 12yrs in prison after wrongfully convicted of rape based on questionable “bite mark expert” testimony and a questionable police investigation. [0]
  • St George UT cop loses suit for $5k for violating man’s rights by arresting him for trying to get lost phone back [0]
  • Douglas Co GA sheriff’s dept sued by 4 of 60 teens who were held in prisoner bus for hours to be interrogated in murder case [0]
  • New York NY officials ask for fed probe into controversial police stop & frisk policies after an officer was arrested for an alleged racially-motivated false arrest during a stop & frisk. The mayor dismissed such incidents as “minor complaints”. [3]
  • Chambers Co TX sheriff disciplined 2 deputies saying they mishandled an investigation into a sheriff’s sergeant accused of sexually assaulting a young child. This came after he was accused of ignoring the allegations that lingered for a year and a half until Texas Rangers stepped in and investigated the case. [4]
  • Roswell GA cop is accused of detaining a man for 15 minutes to write him a ticket when he was stopped for speeding while rushing his ill wife, suffering from deadly blod clots, to the emergency room. When the man told the officer the cop demanded proof that the woman was sick. [3]
  • North Braddock PA settles suit for $25k to woman after cop fatally shot her dog as she tried to catch it after telling him it was her’s when it got loose. [0]
  • Talbotton GA ex-police chief charged w/false statements for allegedly lying to feds during corruption probe [0]
  • Vancouver BC police accused by research study of a pattern of forcing prostitutes to provide sexual favors to avoid arrests [3]
  • Mangum OK police chief arrested for assault & battery after allegedly attacking a rodeo organizer and his wife while drunk because his stepdaughter didn’t win the rodeo princess title. [0]
  • Webb Co TX deputy resigns after he and his son are arrested for possession of heroin [0]
  • Calcasieu Parish LA deputy sentenced to 5yrs & $30k restitution for malfeasance, drug pos & theft from evidence [0]
  • Pekin IL police sgt gets probation after pleading to solicitation charge, retired after investigation started [0]
  • New York NY cop pleads guilty to attempted burglary & conspiracy for attempting to steal $900k in drug money he believed was hidden in an apartment [0]
  • Aliquippa PA cop sentenced to probation for stealing shotgun he confiscated from man during drug arrest [0]
  • US ICE officer arrested for role in pot smuggling scheme, fled police while tossing pot out of unmarked ICE truck [0]
  • Houston TX cop charged w/drunk driving & unlawful carry after rollover crash when he ran red light [0]
  • Langston OK police chief & asst police chief suspended while investigated over various issues including his refusal to sign an agreement to gain access to the state police database. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-18-11

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, October 18, 2011:

  • Oakland CA settles a wrongful death excessive force lawsuit for $1.7 million to the family of a man who died after beaten by 5 officers in 2000. The suite wasn’t filed until 2009 when the investigative reports concerning the case were leaked to the press. [3]
  • Hanford CA settles suit for a confidential amount to a man claiming 3 cops used excessive force when they peppersprayed & beat him while 2 other officers watched. [3]
  • Denver CO settles an excessive force suit for $38,500 while also settling two other police lawsuits including $38k to 2 pedestrians hit by a police cruiser & $6k for a car accident caused by a police  cruiser. [0]
  • An anonymous New York NY police source has leaked allegations that the police deputy inspector who peppersprayed two groups of people on video during OccupyWallStreet protests was found to have violated departmental policy and was disciplined with the loss of 10 vacation days. [1]
  • A report by the NYCLU claims Syracuse, Albany, Glens Falls, Greece, Guilderland, Nassau Co, Rochester and Saratoga Springs NY police misuse and overuse tasers [0]
  • Parkersburg WV cop was suspended pending an investigation into an alleged unspecified altercation with detainee at jail [2]
  • Pittsburgh PA settles suit for $6k to man convicted for bank robbery claiming cops used excessive force when they arrested him after a chase. [0]
  • Denver CO police are accused of harassing legal observers and making other questionable arrests at Occupy Denver protests. [3]
  • Chicago IL police sued by gang member driven to rival gang territory by 2 cops who let gang threaten him on video [0]
  • Readstown WI cop suspended after month-long investigation by sheriff into unspecified misconduct in office allegations. [3]
  • Perry UT cop charged w/bribery for attempting to pay off trooper to fix ticket for ex-Ogden UT cop pal also charged [0]
  • US Border Patrol agent charged w/intox assault may face manslaughter charge in now-fatal 3-car DUI crash [0]
  • Murfreesboro TN police detective arrested on his 2nd DV charge in 3yrs after allegedly hitting ex-wife in the face [0]
  • Bonneville Co ID deputy arrested on allegations he used county credit card to buy gas for personal car [0]
  • Orange Co CA deputy w/previous DUI conviction charged w/DUI after stopped for driving on wrong side of road [0]
  • San Bernardino CA school district cop discharges firearm while cleaning it inside district police department bldg [0]
  • DeKalb Co GA cop sentenced to 1yr for lying to feds and using his position to help others hide a stolen vehicle [0]
  • Yellowstone Co MT sheriff’s sergeant placed on leave while investigated on allegations of sexual harassment [1]
  • Chicago IL cop investigated after detained by US Coast Guard for allegedly firing guns on boat while drinking, while he won’t be charged, he is now under investigation over the incident. [1]
  • Ontario Provincial police officer arrested on theft charge after allegedly caught shoplifting by store security [0]

Also worthy of note, a Wisconsin state appeals court has ruled that Forest County WI can’t be held liable for hiring a cop who had psychiatric problems who killed 6 people in a shooting rampage.

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-17-11

Thanks to a handfull of last minute donations we were able to finally get our internet service turned back on late this afternoon. (Thank you very much to those of you who donated!) Due to that interruption it took a while to catch up to all the reports I missed during the day so today’s report includes some reports placed in our feed after midnight.

With that said, here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, October 17, 2011:

  • New York NY police tactics are being questioned after a video shows a mounted officer apparently spurring his horse into a crowd of trapped OccupyWallStreet protesters who were so packed together that they had nowhere to go. The horse appears to drop to it’s knees in panic. [2]
  • New York NY police deputy inspector is now under investigation for punching OccupyWallStreet protester on video and for another video apparently showing him drag a woman through an orange net barrier to arrest her. [0]
  • 2 Detroit MI cops are the subject of a lawsuit alleging excessive force at a casino involving the video above apparently showing a cop choke a handcuffed man, the third such case involving police at that casino in fact. This suit comes after an investigation found they used “inappropriate behavior” during the incident even though that finding never resulted in disciplinary action. [1]
  • 9th Circuit court has ruled that Seattle WA police used excessive force when they tasered a pregnant woman in her car for refusing to sign a traffic ticket, which is a non-arrestable offense. However, the court ruled that the officers have immunity to the suit because taser guidelines were not well defined at the time of the incident.
  • 9th Circuit Court also ruled similarly in a case involving Maui HI police who tasered a woman while she was trying to calm her husband down during a confrontation between him and the cops who were responding to a domestic complaint. Again, the court granted immunity to the officers even though they found the action excessive.
  • New York NY cop was charged with falsely arresting a man for insulting him after an allegedly racially-motivated stop-and-frisk incident. The report claims the officer called a woman he knew after the incident and told her he “fried another n—–“. He was also charged with extortion on allegations he beat a man he believed had stolen his truck then demanded $5,000 from him. [0]
  • A Southaven MS police lieutenant and 6 other officers are the subject of a lawsuit alleging they forced a family out of their home at gunpoint after they received but didn’t properly investigate a questionable burglary tip from a caller who based his suspicion on seeing a garage door opened. [3]
  • Utah County UT sheriff’s dept is part of a lawsuit filed by a couple claiming false arrest & malicious prosecution for the murder of their dad in a case where they claim they were kidnapped as well. [2]
  • Seattle WA police sergeant with that department’s domestic violence unit was arrested on an assault charge after police spotted him dragging his girlfriend through a parking lot at Octoberfest in a domestic dispute over drink tickets. [0]
  • Lake Hallie WI cop resigns after charged with misdemeanor battery related to the harassment of an unspecified woman [1]
  • Alorton IL police chief who was in the running for chief of East St Louis PD was decertified as an officer after a probe finds he had a felony record [1]
  • 2 Los Angeles Co CA deputies reassigned while investigated on allegations that one of the deputies had sex with a female inmate while the other stayed nearby. [0]
  • Franklin Co OH settles suit for $4,317 to father of daughter who’s car was hit by deputy changed lanes w/o caution [0]
  • Cincinatti OH is being sued by Occupy Cincinatti protesters claiming citations police gave them for protesting at a park after 10pm are a violation of their 1st Amendment rights to free speech and free assembly. [0]
  • Superior WI cop charged with theft for stealing at least $2,000 from dept’s informal fitness center fund [0]
  • Philadelphia PA cop arrested on theft charges after internal investigation into unspecified allegations [1]
  • Yakima WA cop suspended 1mo for false info on drug warrant, 2 suspended 1wk for buying beer w/city credit card [0]
  • Upper Providence PA board votes to fire cop for unspecified neglect of duty and conduct unbecoming an officer [2]
  • Abbotsford BC police constable charged w/obstruction after investigation into his possible DUI cruiser crash [0]
  • Cresskill NJ cop given unspecified discipline for gag photo showing him in uniform pretending to smoke a joint [2]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 10-15-11 to 10-16-11

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of October 15-16, 2011:

  • San Diego CA police officer in the above video used some questionable tactics on Occupy San Diego protesters by apparentl applying a choke hold to at least one protester then spraying several others, including the person taking the video. It appears, from this video at least, that he was the only one using force and pepperspray on the protesters during this incident. [3]
  • New York NY police on this video appear to tell an Occupy Wall Street protester that he can walk through a police line and promise him they won’t arrest him if he does, then arresting him for doing it. [3]
  • New York NY police in this video above make some highly questionable arrests outside and inside a Citibank branch where Occupy Wall Street protesters were trying to close their accounts. The really questionable one is where a woman, claiming to be a customer, is grabbed by a man in plain clothes then dragged inside to be arrested. This is really disturbing because the official statement is that the people arrested at that incident were charged with trespassing for refusing to go outside when the manager told them to. [3]
  • A New York NY police deputy inspector who appeared in our news feed on Friday punching a protester in the face on video is apparently the same white-shirted officer who was shown, in the video above, in some questionable use of force incidents on a photographer and a woman right before his fellow officer peppersprayed a group of women for no apparent reason. [3]
  • A judge has ruled that 2 Minneapolis MN cops violated the rights of a man who they strip searched in public in front of others on a video captured by a security guard working at a nearby building. Rulings like this are rare and the jury award phase of that civil case will start in December. [3]
  • Unicoi County TN sheriff faces indictment on official misconduct, aggravated assault, theft & evidence tampering charges [1]
  • Farmington NM cop suspended after arrested on allegations he beat his girlfriend while on vacation in Michigan [0]
  • Baltimore MD cop already convicted for extortion now charged with assault for allegedly attacking his wife [0]
  • Wilmington DE is being sued by the ACLU after police cited terrorism laws in their refusal to divulge taser and cell phone tracking records [3]
  • Miami Beach FL police lieutenant already facing demotion over his role in a cop’s drunken ATV crash into tourists is now accused of fudging his timesheets. [0]
  • Truro MA police chief has been suspended after arrested for allegedly crashing his police cruiser while intoxicated [0]
  • Owyhee Co ID sheriff asked to resign while in the midst of unspecified investigation by Attorney General’s Office [3]
  • Warren OH cop charged w/DUI after crashing into other car, arrested last year for DV incident that injured 2yr-old [1]

Our @InjusticeNews news feed may go offline for a while, or at least become a bit sporadic. We weren’t able to come up with enough to pay our internet access bill this month yet so they might shut it off at some point. We’ll see.

Stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-14-11

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, October 14, 2011:

  • A New York NY white-shirted police officer was caught on video punching an #OccupyWallStreet protester in the head during a march. While police say they are looking to arrest the man he punched for attempted assault on an officer, claiming that he tried to elbow the officer who decked him, the video below from a different angle pretty clearly shows no such threat appears to have occurred. [3]
  • Pennsylvania State trooper was charged with misdemeanor assault for beating & macing a handcuffed mentally ill man in the back of his cruiser. [0]
  • 2 New Haven CT cops are being sued by 2 men claiming brutality in two separate incidents. One claims he was repeatedly tasered in the face & neck while cuffed. [3]
  • Nutter Fort WV cop & 3 Harrison Co WV deputies are being investigated on an excessive force complaint made by a man who claims he suffered multiple facial and rib fractures in addition to a torn eyelid when police beat him.[1]
  • 6 Columbia MO cops are the subject of lawsuits by two people claiming excessive force in two separate incidents, one of which was never charged or arrested in an incident where an officer mistook him for an alleged assailant. [1]
  • Chicago IL police lieutenant is being investigated for dropping a man’s infant son while he was arresting the man for sticking up for another man who was being questioned by police in a restaurant. [2]
  • Chambers County TX sheriff’s sergeant was charged with sexual assault of a child after Texas Rangers investigated him when the county sheriff refused to. [3]
  • Selma CA cop was sentenced to 6 years in prison, a sentence reduced from the norm by the judge citing that he was an officer, for possession of over 600 child porn images & videos, some of which were described as violent & sadistic in nature. [0]
  • Louisiana State trooper takes plea deal for receiving child porn that was found on his work and home computers [0]
  • A jury found that a Portland OR assaulted man who won a lawsuit against that same officer in a previous case, but the jury refused to award damages over this seperate incident. [0]
  • 2 Los Angeles County CA deputies were arrested on felony assault charges involving an unspecified off-duty shooting incident where a 3rd deputy was injured [3]
  • Cheshire CT cop & wife arrested on obstruction, larceny, & theft of a dog after dog’s owner spots her dog in photo with the couple. [0]
  • St Petersburg FL police subject of campaign to change policies by owner of arthritic golden retriever shot by cop [1]
  • Windermere FL police chief sentenced to 1yr jail for halting a child molestation investigation targeting friend [0]
  • RCMP constable in Winnipeg MB arrested for uttering death threats during domestic dispute [1]
  • Manchester CT settles suit for $60k to nurse injured when cop car crashed into her car while responding to call [0]
  • Houston TX cop among 13 arrested in association with “pill mill” doctors and clinics, allegedly owned 2 clinics [0]
  • Cloquet MN cop arrested on 3 charges over alleged hit & skip accident after Ted Nugent concert at casino [0]

Before I go, there was a second allegation of misconduct made against another NYPD officer dring today’s #OccupyWallStreet protest march. In this case, videos appear to show a police officer on a motorcycle run over the leg of a National Lawyer’s Guild observer then leave his bike parked on that man’s leg. He was eventually dragged away by police who arrested him and didn’t take him to the hospital until after booking him into jail. However, the reason this hasn’t been added to the database is that at least two independent photojournalists state that they saw him intentionally try to block the motorcycle with his leg before he was hit.

The videos I’ve seen are inconclusive. While it seems like the officer approached at a high speed, the view of the actual incident is blocked. While it could be argued that the misconduct was the delay in treatment and subsequent denial of access ot the prisoner by lawyers requesting to see him after the arrest, the actual collision is too difficult to prove at this time due to conflicting third-party accounts.

Update: Someone at the DailyKos notes that it appears as though the observer was punched while being held down with a baton across his neck when he was dragged away from the bike in a video that appeared on the Keith Olbermann show. Which might help explain the blood left on the pavement after the incident.

What do you think? Is it misconduct?

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-13-11

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, October 13, 2011:

  • Morgan Co WV deputy sued by man shot 2x through closed door during domestic call, dashcam audio apparently contradicted the cop’s story but state police exonerated him in their investigation anyway. [4]
  • 2 Pocatello ID cops sued by man who suffered hearing loss & a fractured skull when he was tasered when he allegedly tried to surrender during a traffic stop. [3]
  • Waukegan IL police sued by man claiming he was intimidated and beaten for over 26 hours by police into making a false confession to a murder where DNA later implicated another man who went to prison for armed robbery. [4]
  • Miami FL settles suit for $500k to woman who was kidnapped & raped by cop now serving 10yr sentence [0]
  • New York NY cop’s testimony alleges that the practice of planting drugs on suspects and innocent people in order to meet drug arrest quotas by padding numbers with false arrests was widespread at all levels in that department. [4]
  • Glendale CA police subject of suit by ACLU alleging racial profiling & harassment of Latino students who were detained at school [3]
  • Penn Hills PA cop & Vandergrift Co PA constable sued by woman claiming they broke into her home without a warrant in search of her boyfriend who didn’t live there, over unpaid traffic tickets. [3]
  • Denver CO settles class action suit for $200k to 93 people caught up in mass arrest during the 2008 DNC [0]
  • Will Co IL sheriff & a sheriff’s detective were named in suit by a Lynwood cop wrongfully accused in a series of shootings last year [0]
  • West Chester OH cop indicted on unspecified felony obstruction & evidence tampering charges in ongoing probe [2]
  • Delavan WI cop charged w/obstruction for allegedly lying to Whitewater police looking for an assault suspect [0]
  • Oregon Co MO deputy arrested for apparently blackmailing a woman w/threats of arrest in exchange for $5k in cash [1]
  • Hanging Rock OH cop pleads guilty to theft in office & evidence tampering for taking cash for traffic tickets [0]
  • Williamsport PA cop sentenced to probation after convicted for tampering w/public records and obstruction [0]
  • Lawrenceburg IN cop police captain suspended after charged w/official misconduct for campaigning while on duty [0]
  • Calhoun Co IL sheriff indicted on official misconduct & disorderly conduct charges in board of commissioners dispute[2]
  • Ridgefield CT cop arrested on threatening & disorderly conduct charges involving dispute with ex-wife [0]
  • Central Saanich BC cop censured for trying to use his badge in order to get out of a DUI arrest [0]
  • Peel ON retired cop who beat child porn charges now charged w/possession of several stolen police badges [0]
  • Hoboken NJ cop arrested on DUI charges after crashing into several parked cars & landing his car on it’s side [0]

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

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