National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

Stealing Is Contrary to Police Dept Policy

Report from CarolinaLive:

NewsChannel 15 has learned a former Marion city police officer has been indicted for misconduct in office.

Officials with the State Attorney General’s Office say Farmer Blue took money from a woman and used it for his personal use, which is against Marion Police Department policy.

The Attorney General’s office didn’t go into specifics as to what the money was for.

Blue is expected to be arraigned in August.

Police Chief Ousted

From the Auburn-Reporter:

Pacific Police Chief John Calkins has been officially terminated.

Mayor Cy Sun and the City Council dismissed the embattled Calkins during executive session at the council’s regularly scheduled meeting on May 14, according to City officials.

The City has released no official statement about the termination.

Sun named Sgt. Jim Pickett as the acting police chief.

When the Auburn Reporter asked Sun to comment on Calkins’ firing or expand on the decision, he replied in an email, “No! I don’t want to talk about it.”

Calkins had been on paid administrative leave for misconduct during to an argument following the Jan. 17 City Council meeting about the City’s back-order purchase of new police vehicles.

Pacific’s police chief is appointed and, according to the City’s municipal code, the mayor has the “power of appointment and removal of all appointive city officers and employees ….”

The code also states that “every appointment or removal must be made in writing, signed by the mayor and filed with the city clerk,” although as of May 30 nothing had been filed with the Pacific city clerk.

The termination marks the end of a controversial tenure for Calkins as chief.

In 2009, Calkins was the subject of an outside investigation by the Klickitat Count Sheriff’s Office, which looked into allegations of misconduct, including: intimidation with a weapon; criminal trespass and improper conduct; driving under the influence; and improper conduct and witness tampering.

In August of 2008, Calkins was pulled over and charged with a DUI in Bonney Lake. He refused to perform field sobriety tests or provide a blood sample for testing, according to police reports. The report by the arresting officer also stated that Calkins tried to intimidate him. A jury later acquitted Calkins, but the investigation by the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office later found that Calkins actions during the stop “violated commonly accepted standards of conduct for law enforcement officers and chiefs of police.”

 

Despite the findings of the outside investigation, Calkins was not disciplined at the time.

Federal Judge Threatens Oakland Police Department Over Misconduct

From the Oakland Tribune:

A federal judge ordered a probe Thursday into how Oakland police investigate officer-involved shootings and threatened the department with sanctions if misconduct is uncovered.

U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson also ordered Oakland to provide by June 8 additional information showing how it will complete already past-due internal affairs investigations stemming from last year’s Occupy protests. He threatened to levy daily fines against the city if it again misses deadlines to complete the investigations.

Henderson oversees police reforms ordered as part of the 2003 settlement of the Riders police misconduct case. On Thursday, he again questioned whether police would ever be able to fully implement the reforms and warned that he was still considering proceedings to place the department under federal control.

Robert Warshaw, the federal monitor overseeing Oakland police, raised concerns to Henderson about how the department investigates officer-involved shootings, including the proceedings of the Executive Force Review Board and subsequent deliberations by the police chief and his supervisors.

“This is of utmost concern, as uses of force and the manner in which they are investigated are among the most serious issues in (the Riders) case,” Henderson wrote, “and officer-involved shootings, many of which result in death, are the most grave possible uses of force.”

Fort Lauderdale ‘Raiders’ Arrested

From Local10.com:

Three Fort Lauderdale police officers bonded out of jail Thursday night after they were arrested on charges of falsifying a police report and sworn testimony in connection with an officer-involved crash.

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department said that Sgt. Michael Florenco, Detective Matthew Moceri and Officer Geoffrey Shaffer surrendered Thursday at the Broward County Main Jail.

Their arrests stem from an investigation initiated after Kenneth Post filed a complaint following his Nov. 22, 2009, arrest.

According to the arrest warrants, the three officers responded to a report of the thefts of some liquor bottles that morning at the Hilton Hotel on Southeast 17th Street and saw Post, a suspect, trying to flee the scene. The officers followed him, and at some point, Post’s vehicle and an unmarked police vehicle driven by Florenco collided, police said.

Surveillance video shows Post stealing several liquor bottles from the hotel bar and three Fort Lauderdale officers arresting him.

Investigators said Moceri and Shaffer were also in the vehicle and helped Florenco arrest Post, who was charged with attempted homicide on a law enforcement officer, burglary, aggravated fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest with violence, aggravated assault and felony vandalism.

“The police say that he basically turned his car to intentionally try to kill them,” Local 10’s Bob Norman said to said Assistant Public Defender Kelly Murdock.

“And since Day 1, Kenneth has denied that that has ever happened. That’s something that the police said once he was beaten so bad. He was in the hospital. He suffered a broken nose because of this,” Murdock said. “They had beat him up and … they lied to cover themselves.”

The Public Corruption Task Force alleged in its investigation that physical evidence and at least one witness’ statement contradicted the officers’ reports, probable cause affidavits and sworn testimony. Crime scene photos did not show any damage to the front of Post’s white Cadillac nor to the side of the officer’s unmarked police car. Witnesses told investigators that what they saw was not what the officers said happened.

“This went from someone with an allegation of stealing liquor bottles to, ‘He’s out trying to kill police officers.’ And that never happened,” Murdock said.

All three officers face four counts of official misconduct and one count of conspiracy to commit official misconduct, both felonies, and four misdemeanor counts of falsifying records. Florenco and Moceri also face one charge of perjury in an official proceeding.

Breaking Bad

Former Secret Service agent is a candidate for the local sheriff position, but his candidacy has been put on hold because he has now been arrested for plotting to kidnap a judge:

Solicitor Chrissy Adams said evidence was captured on audio surveillance, and Bartee gave a person money to buy items needed for the kidnapping.

Bartee, who is a retired U.S. Secret Service agent, is one of four candidates for Oconee County sheriff. He is accused of trying to arrange to have retired circuit Judge James C. Williams Jr. kidnapped.

Bartee is accused of trying to arrange the kidnapping after Williams filed an action asking for a judgment on whether Bartee was qualified to run for sheriff. The action also asked for an injunction against creating ballots with Bartee listed as a candidate.

Williams’ filing claims that Bartee is ineligible to run for sheriff because he was never a certified law enforcement officer under state law.

New Map Available

For interested persons, we took the 2009 Aggregate Reports and 2010 Aggregate Reports previously compiled by David Packman and exported them to a single Fusion table, which we then linked up with a Google Map to visually display the incidents in those reports. To increase the usefulness of the map, we integrated the ability to focus the map on a specific locations, and also to filter the displayed results by words in the incident descriptions (so for example, searching “rape” will display those incidents with “rape” in the description). Thanks to Cato intern Will Hayworth for his efforts on this.

We will be working on other improvements to the site in coming weeks.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-30-12

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 30, 2012:

  • A Culpeper, VA police officer has been indicted on a charge of murder for a fatal shooting of a female motorist during a confrontation earlier this year.  The officer has also been charged with malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle, malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle resulting in death and use of a firearm in commission of a felony http://wapo.st/LDM6tx
  • Martin County Sheriffy’s deputy and former Florida Marlin, Kurt Abbott, was charged with a DUI.  According to the arrest affidavit, Abbott was aggressive and cursed at the booking staff and refused a breathalyzer test.  Abbott has been placed on administrative leave http://bit.ly/LDzVQI
  • A lawsuit against the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department alleges negligence in the fatal shooting of unarmed disabled man. The lawsuit also claims that Metro’s Crisis Intervention Team, who are specifically trained to deal with mentally distressed people, were never called to the scene http://bit.ly/L0t8l2
  • Former Logansport, Indiana police officer turned himself in for theft charges alleging that he misused a city issued gas card and filed questionable paperwork seeking compensation http://bit.ly/LGqUlW
  • A Charleston, South Carolina deputy’s DUI charge has been reduced to reckless driving.  The officer was arrested after he crashed into an on-ramp on Interstate 526 at 2 a.m. on May 5 http://bit.ly/KWJANr
  • Vallejo, California Police Department agrees to pay a 61-year-old man $4.15 million to compensate for severe police-inflicted injuries and for violation of his federal civil rights http://bit.ly/KcLq2L
  • A Milwaukee police officer is fired after his misconduct was captured on video. “The evidence was very strong and there was no reason to delay,” said Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn. “We took appropriate action, and now it will be in the hands of the review authorities.”  http://bit.ly/MDMTg9

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