National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

Status Update

Since we didn’t really track very many reports on Monday we’re not publishing a daily review for that day. Instead we’ll work today to locate any reports we might have missed yesterday and include all reports from Monday in tonight’s report along with the reports we track today.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 02-12-11 to 02-13-11

Well, only 4 reports of police misconduct were tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of February 12-13, 2011… Monday might be slow too, but more because there might be some things going on that may interfere with my ability to track reports, but I’ll talk about that after we review what we did track this weekend:

  • A Saltville VA police officer who is already the subject of a lawsuit on allegations that he falsely arrested an entire family on obstruction charges and maced two of them is now the subject of yet another false arrest lawsuit filed by a woman who claims that she was falsely arrested for trespassing when she went to the police station to discuss why her son had been arrested.  UPDATE: dashcam footage from one of the incidents mentioned is available here. [0]
  • A Farmington NM police officer with a long history of misconduct complaints, including several brutality allegations, has resigned while he was under investigation on domestic violence allegations involving his girlfriend, though he hasn’t been charged. [1]
  • A New Albany IN police officer who was supposed to be on unpaid leave for 40 days as discipline for telling fellow officers that the worst thing that happened in American history was when blacks were given civil rights and for working an off-duty job while he was supposed to be on sick leave. However, it was discovered this weekend that he received over $6,000 in vacation and holiday pay during that “unpaid” suspension, which makes it more of a paid suspension I think. [0]
  • And finally, the Baltimore MD police department sent out about 2,000 red light camera citations that contained a sworn statement that an officer reviewed each citation to validate the charge… but the problem was that the certifying officer’s signature belonged to an officer who died months previous to those citations being issued. The police claim they are fixing the issue and that it was all just a computer glitch… [4]

So, for those who don’t know, this project isn’t my “job” (in that it isn’t supposed to pay my bills since it isn’t funded with a grant or anything) and I lost my paying job back in June of last year. Though, in between then and now, I did have a brief contract gig for about 2 months but it finished ahead of schedule back in mid-December and I haven’t found any other work since.

Because of all this, we were evicted from the apartment we had for about 5 years last year and are now facing a possible second eviction due to the early finish of that other contract. Which leads me to the present…

See, things are going to come to a head this Monday, which is today for most of the people who will read this I suppose. First, today is when the only job I’m currently in the running for will let me know if I got the job or not. I had a third interview last week but it’s hard for me to tell how it went and, since I already had a sure-thing contract fall through already this month, while I had the signing papers in hand no less, I’m not holding my breath.

Second, today is the day our landlord has set for us to pay our rent, deposits, and the $25 per day late fees we’ve racked up. Now, I’m not sure what our landlord will do since we don’t have enough to pay any of that, but it’s safe to assume that either we’ll be given some more time, we’ll be able to negotiate an exit date without an official eviction, or the official eviction process will begin.

The problem is that, even if I do get the job, which will be a good thing no matter what happens, it will be too late for us to catch up with the hole we’re in with rent no matter what we negotiate. Which leads me to suspect our best hope at this point is to negotiate an exit date. While we have no other place to go, it will be that much harder to find something if we have two official evictions on our record instead of just one. Of course, none of that will matter if I don’t get the job.

In any case, this Monday is going to be a very difficult day for me and my family no matter which way we cut it. We’re all pretty worried right now and we’re gearing up for the worst. Needless to say, it’s going to be a rough day, so I hope people understand if I’m not as diligent with tracking reports in the news feed as I usually am and if I might be late with the daily review. I’ll do my best, but it’s just not going to be an easy day.

Still, as I’ve said before, I will continue to work on this project as long as I have the ability to do so no matter what does happen to us… so, in the meantime, thank you all for sticking around through these rough times and thank you all for your support.

…and wish us luck.

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

UPDATE:

I’m sorry to say that I was narrowly beat out for the job I was hoping for by someone with just a little more experience for what they were looking for. For those who are curious, the position was for a person to manage a mid-size organization’s (around a 1,000 servers) Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 infrastructure and, while that product was one of the many things I’ve worked with as a consultant, they went with someone who only worked with that. The curse of being a jack of all trades I suppose. Otherwise they said the interview went well and had no negative feedback for me.

Needless to say, we’re devastated right now, it was our last grasp of a hope for any positive outcome and we’re going to ask the landlord what day she wants us out. Nothing else really to be done.

Again, thanks for the support and well wishes everyone, my wife and I both appreciate it.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-11-11

Before I start today I wanted to say thank you to Rick Horowitz for plugging our site and asking his readers to help us out with much needed donations. His latest post is very pertinent to what we cover here and I really do advise people to read it and keep our advice contained in our Police Misconduct Victim’s Guide in mind when you do.

Anyway, here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, February 11, 2011:

  • Puerto Rico police are being accused of using excessive force and of making indiscriminate arrests in response to a strike at the Puerto Rico University. The above video was sent to us via our News Feed on Twitter from @WinterFNmute665 [3]
  • Lima OH has settled a lawsuit for $2,500,000 to the family of a woman who was fatally shot by police while she was unarmed and holding her 1-year-old son who was also shot during a drug raid. This was separate from the $253k settlement made over the injuries the boy suffered which included the loss of part of his hand. [0]
  • New Brunswick NJ police are being sued by 2 Rutgers students claiming officers used excessive force while raiding their off-campus rental home, allegedly beating and kicking them both before completely ransacking their room. While the two students filing suit weren’t arrested, police say others in the multi-tenant home were found with drugs and charged. [3]
  • A Knoxville TN police officer has been given a suspended sentence in a plea deal to a supplying alcohol to a minor charge which allows him to avoid any sex charges over an incident where he and his partner plied two 13-year-old girls with alcohol, showed them some porn, and coaxed them into performing a striptease for them. [0]
  • Two Des Moines WA police officers are the subject of a citizen criminal complaint of animal cruelty that was filed on behalf of the owners of Newfoundland dog named Rosie who was tasered and shot to death even though witnesses say the dog wasn’t being aggressive. The allegations of malicious intent rely on recordings made on dashcams and police radios where officers can be heard saying things such as ““I say we just shoot him, kill him. He’s gonna fight like a (expletive deleted) once he’s tased; I can try to choke him out” before deciding to shoot the dog and “Niiiice” when the dog was shot. [0]
  • Houston TX police are being sued by a retired 65yr-old NASA engineer who claims that officers refused to listen and used excessive force when she was arrested for allegedly threatening a man when his dog crapped on her lawn. She claims that, if officers would have checked, they would have found out the man making allegations against her had warrants out against him. [3]
  • A Milwaukee WI police officer has been convicted of four misdemeanor charges for threatening two people with a gun while he was off-duty and drunk. [0]
  • A Bakersfield CA police officer resigned before being arrested on 7 charges related to allegations that he had sex with at least three prostitutes while on duty. [0]
  • An Ottawa ON police officer has been charged with two counts of assault but police officials are refusing to name the officer or even explain what prompted the charges. [2]
  • The police chief of Rogers MN and a police sergeant have both been suspended while under investigation for unspecified corruption allegations. [2]
  • Two Atlanta GA police officers have been indicted for lying to FBI agents for their statements in an unspecified investigation that already apparently cost them their jobs. [1]
  • A New Bethlehem PA police officer has been sentenced to 4-8 years in prison for possession of heroin. The officer also worked at Reynoldsville & Brockway police departments as well. [0]
  • A Gainesville FL police officer was fired for allegedly falsifying a crash investigation and for discussing an internal investigation without permission. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-10-11

Here are the 31 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, February 10, 2011:

  • An RCMP constable has been ruled to have used excessive force when he punched one-footed man in the face for not getting up quickly enough in an incident that a judge described as “cruel” when he determined that the charges filed against the man should never have stuck and stayed them. [0]
  • Lawrence MA has settled a lawsuit for $400,000 to a man claiming an officer punched him in the face and broke his eye socket when he complained that his handcuffs were too tight after he was erroneously arrested for car theft. [0]
  • Four Winslow NJ police officers and three “good Samaritans” are the subject of a lawsuit filed by the family of a mentally disabled man who died after the group of people subdued him drung a wrongfull arrest initiated by an officer who has since pled guilty to assault over the incident and is no longer a cop. [0]
  • A Middeltown PA police officer is the subject of an unspecified criminal investigation. Police officials refuse to release any details but the probe may involve one of two lawsuits recently filed against the department including an excessive force case and an incident where a woman claims officers refused to let her get dressed while she was detained in her home in front of her children while they served a search warrant. [3]
  • The Seattle WA police department is being accused of failing to inform prosecutors about the video of an off-duty cop stomping a handcuffed man who was one of three arrested for fighting the cop when he was drunk and appeared to be harassing a woman outside of a bar. prosecutors and lawyers defending the three men, charged with assaulting an officer, say the video and witness statements bring those felony charges into question but the police waited a month to inform prosecutors about it. [3]
  • The Seattle WA police released a video today showing an officer yelling at and flipping off a detainee in a holding cell that he was also accused of choking in the back seat of his cruiser earlier. This was the same officer that made the news when a video was released last year showing him telling an innocent man he detained that he would “beat the Mexican piss” out of him then stomping on his head. [2]
  • A Houston TX police officer is accused of using excessive force in a video released by activists showing the officer shove the cuffed man down to the ground. Activists say it contradicts his police report. [3]
  • A Spokane WA police officer was determined by investigators to have been speeding without activating his lights or siren when he fatally struck a pedestrian. [0]
  • A Palm Beach County FL deputy has been arrested on multiple charges for allegedly facilitating a fight between jail inmates, one of which was arrested on murder charges. [0]
  • Atlanta GA police have agreed to order officers to stop interfering with people who record them in a settlement that will also pay $40,000 to that city’s copwatch group after police confiscated a copwatcher’s camera when he was recording an arrest. [0]
  • An off-duty St Louis MO sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot by a St. Louis police officer when officer’s spotted him arguing with someone and ordered him to put his hands up when they also spotted his gun. The officer opened fire when the deputy allegedly reached for the gun instead of following commands. [0]
  • Vancouver WA has offered to settle a claim for $383,000 to a family claiming an officer broke the law when he failed to arrest a man after a domestic violence incident just days before he killed his sister. The claim asserts that if he was arrested he would have been forced into treatment for his mental illness and wouldn’t have killed his sister. [0]
  • An Elkhart IN police officer who had previously been suspended for groping women has now been fired after accused of coercing a woman into sex under threat of arrest. [0]
  • A Gatineau QC police officer has been fired for “discreditable conduct” for allegedly abusing authority to abuse victim in what is rumored to be a sexual-related incident. Officials are refusing to release any details though. [0]
  • A Jackson PA police officer has been charged with aggravated assault and making terroristic threats over an alleged incident where he hit and choked his girlfriend. [0]
  • A Lawrence MA police officer has been sentenced to probation for assaulting his girlfriend in an incident that resulted in him being tasered by another off-duty officer. [0]
  • A Gainesville FL police officer has been sentenced to one year in jail for hitting an elderly pedestrian with his car while he was drunk in a plea deal that dropped unrelated voyeurism charges against him. [0]
  • A Cocoa FL police officer has been fired for pointing a firearm at another vehicle before he was stopped and arrested for DUI. [0]
  • An Ohio State trooper was arrested on 34 felony charges on allegations he helped his wife illegally obtain prescription drugs. [0]
  • A Long Beach CA police officer has pled guilty to embezzlement charges for stealing 4 firearms he was supposed to book into the department’s property room. [0]
  • A Lancaster County SC deputy resigned prior to being arrested on allegations that he stole prescription drugs from his elderly neighbor on several occasions. [0]
  • A Spokane WA police detective, who is also the VP of that police union, has been charged with obstructing a wildlife officer who pulled him over after complaints that two minors who were with him were hunting after hours. [0]
  • And finally, a Douglas County CO sheriff’s lieutenant has resigned while he was under investigation for allegedly using a departmental computer to post racist and homophobic comments in response to stories on news websites while he was on-duty. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-09-11

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, February 9, 2011:

  • A Seattle WA police officer is under investigation after he was caught on dashcam, shown above, stomping on the head of a handcuffed man that allegedly assaulted him outside of a bar while he was off-duty. The incident apparently began when he accused some women of stealing his jacket inside a bar he had been drinking at with a friend and tried to arrest them and, according to some witnesses, threatened people outside with a gun. At that point, apparently, three men approached and yelled at the officer to let go of the woman, sparking a brawl which police responded to. The incident was reported by an officer at the scene, which initiated an internal investigation which has since changed into a criminal investigation. [0]
  • A Palm Beach County FL deputy has been arrested on felony assault with a deadly weapon and making false statements charges in an unspecified incident. [1]
  • Los Angeles CA police are being accused of excessive force in one of two raids that were conducted on the homes of two teens who had recorded a police officer fighting with a student at a bus stop in which one of the students was arrested on “attempted lynching” charges for it. We had previously recorded the raids after a political group reported them but this is the first mention we’ve seen from a more mainstream source confirming the controversial raids occurred and detailing some additional allegations about what occurred during the raids. [5]
  • A Cleveland OH jury found a case put in front of them was so egregious that they immediately found the teen accused of assault not guilty, pledged to file a complaint with the police about the shoddy investigation work, and even offered to give the accused their jury pay as a result. The prosecutors office there was recently the subject of a newspaper expose alleging hundreds of cases where there was insufficient evidence and investigation work done prior to prosecution. [3]
  • An East Greenwich RI police officer has been sentenced to pay court costs as a result of his plea to an assault charge over an incident outside of a bar where he broke a cow statue then punched a man who tried to detain him when he tried to leave when confronted. [0]
  • A Colorado State trooper was suspended after arrested for his alleged role in a New Years bar brawl along with his friends whom, local police claim, are convicted drug dealers currently on parole. They’re all accused of assaulting bar staff after asked to leave. [0]
  • A Reno NV police officer has been arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge over an unspecified incident that occured at a casino. [1]
  • A Spokane County WA deputy has been fired for stabbing a knife into the seat of a woman’s car after he had it towed over a minor non-moving traffic violation after a routine traffic stop. [0]
  • A Nashville TN metro parks police captain has been suspended while investigated over domestic violence allegations in addition other unspecified allegations he was already under investigation for at the time. [2]
  • A Hancock County IN deputy is facing theft charges for allegedly stealing over $9,000 from the department’s drug buy fund so he could pay bills and gamble. [0]
  • A West Pittston PA police officer has been convicted on theft charges for accepting $20,000 in DARE funds for teaching DARE classes at local schools that he never taught. [0]
  • A Cochise County AZ deputy has been indicted on multiple fraud and conspiracy-related charges for allegedly helping and advising his wife about how to embezzle $1,000,000 from the doctor’s office she worked at. [0]
  • The Fairbanks AK police chief has had charges dropped against a good Samaritan who had been at an accident scene that he stopped at to help the injured before a police officer arrived and asked him to stay in order to get a statement. The man was arrested for urinating behind a truck while he waited. The chief also issued an apology, saying it was overzealous, and had him reimbursed for the money he spent over the charge. [0]
  • An Accomack County VA deputy has resigned before he was arrested for stealing energy drinks from a convenience store on at least 10 occasions. [0]
  • And finally, the sheriff of Norfolk County MA has hired a former Wapole MA police officer who agreed to resign in order to avoid charges for allegedly shoplifting from a convenience store on a daily basis. While the chief was surprised to hear he got another job in law enforcement, the sheriff insists the officer deserves a second chance. [0]

I’m sorry the report is early today, but it’s been a very bad day and that’s all I’ll say about it.

I will be unable to record reports for most of tomorrow morning, so the news feed will have a late start. I do apologize for the inconvenience but I don’t have a choice. Things are getting pretty desperate here, unfortunately, and there’s little I can do about it now.

Still, as always, that’s it for today. Do try to stay safe out there.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-08-11

Here are the 24 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, February 8, 2011:

  • Two Los Angeles County CA deputies are now under investigation after an ACLU member claimed to have witnessed them repeatedly beat and taser an inmate while he appeared to be unconscious on the floor of the jail she was visiting to see a different inmate. [5]
  • Troy MT has settled a lawsuit for $100,000 to a man claiming he was tasered by a police officer while he was handcuffed and strapped down with a seat belt in the backseat of a police cruiser because he was being loud while the officer was trying to talk on the radio. That officer is now the police chief there. [0]
  • Baltimore MD police are being accused of using excessive force by a neighbor who witnessed police taser a teenager who was on the roof of his home. The teen was badly injured when he fell to the ground after being tasered and suffered a broken neck and back. The officers claimed the teen came at them when they tried to get at him from a window but the witness claims the teen was trying to get away from the officers, not going towards them. [2]
  • Gary IN has settled a lawsuit for $170,000 to four people who were beaten inside their home by the former police chief and two of his aides because the chief thought they had broken into his home and robbed him. [0]
  • The town of Oneonta NY has requested that an external review be conducted into unspecified allegations of excessive force made against one of their officers during an arrest last month. [2]
  • A Bethlehem PA police officer was given a deal that will eventually leave him with a completely clean criminal record after he completes a first-time offender program after he admitted to destroying a video that was evidence in an excessive force case. No decision has been made on his employment with the department. [0]
  • Iowa City IA police are being sued by a man claiming that officers went into his apartment to conduct a probation check on his roommate while he was taking a shower and when he came out, wearing only a towel, the officers badly injured his shoulder when they cuffed and detained him while accusing him of flushing drugs… no evidence of any criminal activity was found during a subsequent search. [3]
  • A US DOD police officer has been arrested for child enticement after he allegedly called off work to meet what he believed to be a 13-year-old boy for sex. It turned out that it was an undercover officer in a sting operation. [0]
  • A Baxter County AR deputy has been fired over a string of alleged acts of misconduct that culminated in allegations of excessive force, an illegal search, and a domestic violence incident this year. [0]
  • A Miami FL police officer was sentenced to probation and must pay $1,500 in restitution in a plea deal that reduced a number of charges against him down to a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge for starving his K9 partner to death. [0]
  • Terrebonne Parish LA has settled a lawsuit for an undisclosed sum to a woman who was attacked by a police dog while she was walking down the street. [2]
  • A High Point NC police officer has been demoted and suspended for 3 weeks without pay for threatening to arrest a woman because she called 911 to report her home being broken into and that she was afraid the person who did it was still there. The officer instead yelled at her and threatened to arrest her for placing a fake 911 call while refusing to respond to the call. [0]
  • A Jacksonville FL police officer has been sentenced to probation and community service after pleading guilty to making a false report in an effort to cover up an illegal search. [0]
  • A Blue Ash OH police officer was sentenced to probation in a plea deal for DUI and disorderly conduct after an apparent road rage incident. [0]
  • Several Raleigh NC police officers have been suspended in an ongoing but secretive investigation into unspecified allegations of sexual misconduct involving a prostitute. [4]
  • Barstow CA has settled a lawsuit for $298,500 to a police officer who claims that he was fired for recording a meeting with supervisors in retaliation for reporting alleged acts of misconduct by supervisors that he witnessed. [0]
  • A Cincinnati OH police sergeant has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a fellow officer in an unprovoked attack at a bar while both were off-duty. [0]
  • A Stockton CA police officer has accepted a plea deal and pled no contest to a single felony possession of steroids for sale charge after he was caught with a “significant quantity” of steroids. [0]
  • The now-former sheriff of Kanabec County MN is facing an ever-growing number of charges. After being implicated and charged with 4 counts of theft by swindle and 5 counts of theft through temporary control in an investment scandal he’s now facing charges for failing to pay taxes he owed from 2003-2007. [0]
  • The now-former sheriff of Gallatin County IL who has already been sentenced to life in prison for marijuana trafficking and for plotting to have a witness who testified against him killed is now facing state charges for stealing the pot he sold from evidence and for trying to blackmail people during an investigation. [0]
  • A Connecticut State police lieutenant has been suspended while he’s under investigation after he crashed his unmarked cruiser into the back of a truck, severely injuring it’s driver. While police won’t verify it, sources say that there were open containers of alcohol found in his cruiser after the wreck. [1]

But, before we call it a day, there is a question I have for you…

Is It Misconduct?

In Algood Tennessee the owner of a 20lb Chihuahua mix named Pie is claiming that Algood police officers went too far when one of them tasered her dog in the eye after it charged at him from the doorway when they came in response to a complaint about the dog. The chief says the officer showed restraint in response to a threat but the owner says the dog now suffers from seizures ever since the incident, captured on dashcam above, occurred.

So, did the officer overreact when he tasered the small dog or was he justified in using that level of force out of fear of being nipped? If it was over the top, what should he have done instead?

[SURVEYS 4]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-07-11

Here are the 22 reports of police misconduct tracked by our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, February 7, 2011:

  • A video was released today which was used in the trial of a Toronto police officer who pled guilty to an issuing threats charge. While I can’t embed the video, it shows the officer press a taser to one cuffed man’s neck while trying to elicit information from him, threatening to taser his nuts if he lied. Then he goes to another cuffed man in a different cruiser, slaps him in the head, then presses the taser to his crotch while threatening to taser him in the nuts as well if he doesn’t tell the officer who a third suspect was. While this report was already in our database, I felt the release of the associated video was something our readers would be interested in finding out about.
  • A Dallas PA police officer fatally shots his girlfriend in the head before shooting himself to death during a domestic dispute. [0]
  • A San Diego CA police officer has been suspended without pay while under investigation on allegations that he raped a woman in a house while he was on duty. [0]
  • A Wisconsin State trooper has been arrested on allegations that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a foster child over a period of years beginning when since she was 15 years old. [0]

  • At least one New Brunswick NJ police officer is under investigation after a YouTube video, shown above, showed him repeatedly punch a Rutgars student in the head while four other officers were holding him down while cuffing him. [2]
  • Indianapolis IN police are being accused of using excessive force when they mistook a man’s violent epileptic seizure for being drunk when they tasered him three times then arrested him for resisting arrest and public intoxication. However, there’s no word on if he was actually tested for any intoxicants. [3]
  • A Florida State trooper was sentenced to probation after taking a plea deal to battery and official misconduct charges for misusing his position to coerce a woman into having sex under threat of arrest following a traffic stop. [0]
  • The Atlanta GA police chief decided to disband the controversial “Red Dog” narcotics unit after several incidents that resulted in lawsuits including the controversial raid of a gay bar. However, he plans to replace the unit with another “elite” unit and will allow officers from the Red Dog unit to join that new unit, though pledging not to allow any officers with sustained excessive force findings to join. [0]
  • Two Philadelphia PA police officers have pled guilty to charges related to the robbery of a suspected heroin dealer during staged traffic stop. One of the officers has agreed to testify against a third officer awaiting trial. [0]
  • A Harris County TX deputy pled guilty to federal extortion charges after he was caught in a sting operation using position to rob an undercover cop he thought was a drug dealer. [0]
  • A Nashville TN police sergeant was suspended after charged with assault for punching a man he thought kissed his girlfriend at a super bowl party. [0]
  • A Stafford TX police officer has been charged with theft and abuse of office for stealing from the evidence room that he was in charge of. [0]
  • A Pittsburgh PA police detective and his wife were both arrested on domestic violence charges after their daughter called 911 during one of their disputes. [0]
  • A Denver CO police detective has been suspended while under investigation for allegedly mishandling evidence in a high-profile investigation into a hit and run accident. [2]
  • A Hancock County IN deputy was sentenced to 365 days in jail, with 351 of those days suspended, after pleading guilty to DUI charges involving him crashing a squad car. [0]
  • A Ferndale WA police officer is suspected of being under the influence when he crashed his truck into a tree off-duty and severely injured himself. [0]
  • The Providence RI police chief was suspended for 1 day for threatening to throw coffee in the face of a police sergeant who had a coughing fit during a meeting. [1]
  • A Bethlehem PA police officer was suspended without pay for an unspecified period of time for accidentally firing his gun in the police department restroom then refusing to admit that he did it. [0]
  • And finally, the Morris Brown College in Georgia is under investigation for employing 27 sworn police officers in it’s police department even though the 3-building campus only has 63 students enrolled. State investigators are looking into allegations that the officers were employed as part of some sort of payroll scam and several of the officers have misconduct records from their previous stints as officers elsewhere. [5]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 02-05-11 to 02-06-11

Before I start with this weekend’s review, I did want to mention that we still need donations. While we didn’t raise nearly enough for rent, we did use what we had to hold off an eviction until the 14th. I don’t know what will happen then, but we’re planning for the worst and hoping for the best.

With that said, here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend, February 5-6, 2011:

  • The New York NY police officer who accidentally shot a  76yr-old man during a late night drug raid on his home even though his son was the subject of the search warrant is now the subject of a legal claim filed on the man’s behalf. Such claims are generally the precursor to a civil suit. [0]
  • A Cape Coral FL police officer’s shooting of a “large dog” is under investigation after witnesses disputed his version of events, claiming the dog wasn’t a threat and that it was, at best, a small to medium size dog of 10-15 lbs in size. [2]
  • Three Conyers GA police officers were disciplined over a bar brawl that allegedly started when a bouncer refused to allow the officers to bring an underage person in with them. One of the officers resigned, one was demoted & suspended 10 days, the 3rd was given a reprimand. [0]
  • A Zanesville OH police officer was indicted on conspiracy to distribute cocaine involving a planned fake raid on dealers during what the officer and his co-conspirators suspected would be a drug delivery. Those co-conspirators included another Zanesville officer and an officer from a medical center. [0]
  • The Atlanta GA police vice inspector, who was the lead investigator during the problematic Atlanta Eagle raid, has been charged with driving under influence of alcohol & possession of marijuana. [0]
  • Montreal QC police have been told to pay $20,000 by that city’s human rights commission to a couple claiming they were harassed because the had authorized Ivory Coast IDs and then were forced to wait in the cold with their young baby for a tow truck when one of the officers refused to let them sit in the cruiser to wait. [0]
  • A West Carrollton OH police officer was arrested along with is wife for allegedly shoplifting $80 worth of goods from Walmart while they had their 2-year-old child with them. [0]
  • And finally, a Cape Coral FL police officer managed to not get charged when he was caught with marijuana in his car because his wife claimed it was her’s, but he is now being fired because he didn’t turn her in himself. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-04-11

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for February 4, 2011:

  • A Florida Atlantic University FL police officer is now facing murder charges after the escort that he shot in a dispute over payment for her services died in the hospital. He’s also currently in the hospital in critical condition after he attempted to hang himself in jail. Newer reports released since the incident paint a picture of an officer who left two other police departments due to allegations of misconduct. [0]
  • A Fredericktown MO police captain who was also a scout leader has been sentenced to three consecutive life terms in prison in addition to 22 additional years for repeatedly sexually assaulting two young boys who were brothers. [0]
  • Portland OR will have to pay a $30,000 jury award to a college student who was tasered twice by a police officer inside a Denny’s restaraunt when the officer was called to wake the kid up. Several witnesses disputed the officer’s version of events in that case where there was a gap in the surveillance video which would have shown what happened. [0]
  • A Choctaw County MS deputy has been indicted on deprivation of rights and falsifying documents charges for releasing his police dog on a man without just cause, allowing it to bite him several times, then filing a false report about what happened. [0]
  • Montreal QC police have been ordered by a judge to pay a $4,000 civil judgment to a man who was arrested in his own yard because he raised police suspicions by traveling from airport to home by bike at winter night. [0]
  • Four Denver CO police officers may face an amended lawsuit alleging they have covered-up an excessive force incident through their testimony in a brutality lawsuit that was dismissed when all of the officers claimed they never saw one of them repeatedly beat a man on the leg with a baton until he suffered permanent damage from the injuries.[5]
  • A Miami-Dade FL police officer has been charged with lewd and lascivious molestation on allegations that he fondled two teenage girls during a traffic stop behind a store. [0]
  • The Franklin County OH sheriff’s office has settled a closely watched class action lawsuit that was joined by the US DOJ over the use of tasers against detainees in jail. The settlement requires the sheriff to institute policy permitting tasers only when a detainee presents a threat and so long as that detainee is not restrained. [0]
  • Salisbury NC has settled a lawsuit for $60,000 to a man who was shown on video being punched a number of timed by a police officer inside a nightclub where several officers were responding to a fight. The man who was hit didn’t appear to be involved with the fight and didn’t appear to be posing a threat. That officer later resigned over the incident. [3]
  • Smith Twp PA and Burgettstown PA have settled a lawsuit for an unspecified sum to a couple who claimed that two officers raided their home and falsely arrested them using false statements to justify both. [3]
  • A Madison WI police officer who was also a member of the Dane County drug task force has resigned following an investigation into numerous alleged policy violations that included “oppressive conduct”. [2]
  • Two New Orleans LA police officers have been fired. One officer was fired over allegations he would leave his duty area to have sex while on-duty and the other was fired over allegations that he robbed some motorist then beat him and pepper sprayed his girlfriend when confronted about it. That officer was charged for it but was not convicted at trial. [0]
  • A Phoenix AZ police officer, who happens to be the mayor’s son, was already under investigation for allegedly groping a female city employee but is now facing another investigation over a number of unspecified allegations. [3]
  • A Tallahassee FL police officer is the subject of an arrest warrant on allegations that he physically abused two women, one of which was his ex-girlfriend. [0]
  • Two Newtown CT police officers have resigned while they were the subject of a criminal and internal investigation involving missing union funds. [0]
  • A Saginaw MI police officer has been awarded a $750,000 judgment over his lawsuit claiming that his supervisor sexually harassed him then retaliated against him when he rebuffed the advances. [0]
  • And finally, two West Palm Beach FL police officers were given a deal that allows them to avoid prosecution all together for vandalizing cars while they were drunk, but they still had to pay restitution and may face disciplinary action despite being returned to duty. [0]

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

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