National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-16-11

Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, September 16, 2011:

  • An Illinois Circuit Court judge ruled that using that state’s wiretap law to arrest people for recording cops or other public officials in the course of their work is unconstitutional in a case where a man was facing a ridiculous 75 years in prison for doing just that. While the ruling only directly affects that case, it could serve as leverage in the upcoming court battle filed by the ACLU and is definitely another win for transparency and accountability in that very troubled state. [0] bit.ly/qrvTbo
  • Fullerton CA police suspend one of the officers who is alleged to have a primary role in the beating death of Kelly Thomas after he was implicated in a third excessive force incident where a man is filing suit alleging the officer bounced his head off a wall during a false public intoxication arrest. Oddly, the department refused to say why he was suspended or what the results of the investigation that supposedly occurred as a result of that complaint ended up being. [5] bit.ly/qSVIzG
  • Alameda Co CA deputies are being sued alleging they used excessive force when they tackled and tasered a mentally disabled 18-year-old girl who has the mental capacity of a 4-year-old. [0] bit.ly/nWrZdV
  • Frankfort MI police are being sued by an 81-year-old woman claiming a cop used excessive force by pepperspraying her in the face while officers were arresting her grandson at her home. [0] bit.ly/o0l5TU
  • Anderson CA cop who originally faced a possible life sentence for the array of charges against him for raping a woman in his custody will now only face a possible 1 year maximum sentence in a plea deal that was prompted by a legal loophole that says it can’t be an in-custody rape if the victim isn’t first booked into jail. [0] bit.ly/ovIdbz
  • Brazos Co TX deputy constable already charged with kidnapping a woman while on duty is now charged with the attempted sexual assault of another woman who came forward after the story broke. [0] bit.ly/rrKbvU
  • Saline Co IL deputy pleads to agg sexual abuse in a plea deal dropping other charges involving his sexual relations with a minor [0] bit.ly/nb7FcO
  • New York State Parks police officer pleads to reduced sexual abuse charge in a strange case where he apparently stripped inside a beauty salon and forced a woman to touch his butt because he’s a body builder and wanted to show off his body. [0] bit.ly/oGsjYi
  • Austin TX cop suspended 90days w/o pay after getting suspended sentence for assault on an elderly store employee he had a dispute with [0] bit.ly/nuF8aH
  • Kentucky state trooper at fault in on-duty crash that killed female motorist when his cruiser drifted out of lane [0] bit.ly/qMBAs8
  • Mt Washington KY cop pleads to burglary & assault charges involving girlfriend, still faces charges in other cases including allegations he threatened his wife with a gun. [0] bit.ly/oyO6TB
  • Hinesburg VT cop gets deferred sentence after pleading to domestic assault charge for shoving & injuring girlfriend [0] bit.ly/nMm0Dx
  • US ATF agent sentenced to 37mo prison for stealing caseloads of cigarettes & selling them on blackmarket [0] bit.ly/pZgHML
  • Fort Lauderdale FL cop suspended & arrested on perjury & falsification charges for allegedly lying on arrest report [0] sunsent.nl/qzyFBp
  • Puyallup WA tribal police officer sentenced to 57mo prison for possession & distribution of narcotics in fed probe [0] bit.ly/nzfXcX
  • 3 Delaware Co OH deputies indicted on allegations they illegally used police databases to find info on Twp official [0] bit.ly/r1RVcU
  • Mandeville LA cop gets suspended sentence in plea to perjury charge for false testimony given as favor to mayor as part of a corruption scandal [0] bit.ly/r0QjH0
  • Guelph ON cop arrested on theft & breach of trust charges for alleged theft of “materials” obtained in drug case [1] bit.ly/osM3oM
  • 2 Vienna OH cops resign after investigation into $1500 in block-watch & Christmas funds missing from dept safe [0] http://bit.ly/qivKOg
  • Lorain OH cop sentenced to 6mo prison for tampering w/records to cover up for double dipping off-duty jobs [0] bit.ly/ojVBBr
  • 2 Paducah KY cops resign over scandal involving sex with the same female police employee while on duty in uniform [1] bit.ly/nSPXQV

That’s it for today, have a safe weekend out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-15-11

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, September 15, 2011:

  • 2 New Orleans LA cops were sentenced, 21yrs for one & 6yrs for the other, for the beating death of a man and the subsequent cover up [0] bit.ly/o9RmGt
  • Conneaut Lake PA cop fatally shoots his girlfriend before shooting himself in a domestic dispute, 2 children who were in the home at the time were unharmed [0] bit.ly/oygulT
  • Ridgfield Park NJ police are accused of using excessive force while arresting 2 women for recording them during a traffic stop. Police say there is no video of the incident in response to a court order demanding any video evidence related to the incident. [4] bit.ly/q9v04T
  • An Atlanta GA cop with an apparently extensive history of several complaints and questionable arrests is now accused of roughing up a disabled woman while falsely arresting her when she tried to call his supervisor when he ordered her to leave a yard she would sit in every day for several years. [3] bit.ly/nO43Za
  • 2 Calhoun Co MI deputies are the subject of a suit alleging they threw a 72yr-old man & his 68yr-old wife to the ground at gunpoint and injured them during a traffic stop [3] bit.ly/po9AB6
  • 2 Maricopa Co AZ deputies are being sued by a 50yr-old man who claims he was put in choke hold, tasered, then suffered a broken foot when he was stomped on, all because he gave his pal a bear hug at NASCAR race. The arrest report alleges he was belligerent and attacked the deputies but several witnesses contradict that report and charges were later dismissed. Not only that, but the suit alleges the report neglected to document how the man’s son was also attacked and detained w/o charge as well.  [3] bit.ly/olLQ57
  • Seattle WA offers $105k to the lawyers of a man who won a $1 judgment in order to get civil rights judgement against cop tossed in an effort to stop it’s use as evidence of a pattern of misconduct in another pending civil rights lawsuit where the same officer is accused of using excessive force in a shooting incident… honestly, I didn’t even know such a thing was possible, let alone that a city official would be willing to openly do something like this to protect a suspect cop. [5] bit.ly/rgxybB
  • Karnak IL police chief resigns after an incident where he was accused of tasering & falsely arresting a council member who voted against the purchase of a new drug dog [0] bit.ly/ruuKj4
  • Colorado Springs CO cop already facing 196 counts child porn & sexual abuse of a child charges involving 21 kids may face more charges in allegations he had even more victims [0] bit.ly/qdhccn
  • Osceola Co FL deputy found guilty of child abuse, sexual activity w/child & attempted sexual activity w/child that was in his care. [0] thesent.nl/qwsbzn
  • Bernalillo Co NM deputy investigated after seen on video violently shoving woman in dispute over table at restaurant. The video also shows the off-duty deputy and his friend, a former deputy from Texas, put their hands on their guns during the incident. [1] http://bit.ly/mXcYl1
  • Sunrise FL cop arrested on agg assault charges on allegations he slashed tires on a car at a gas station then threatened 2 men who witnessed it with a knife [0] sunsent.nl/qThqaO
  • Ector Co TX deputy fired after being arrested on domestic violence charges for the second time this year [0] bit.ly/nM8e0O
  • Oxnard CA police detective suspended after arrested on suspicion of domestic violence involving unspecified woman [1] bit.ly/ouNnLx
  • Jonesboro GA cop fired for false statements claims it was retaliation for reporting excessive force & discrimination[3] bit.ly/r78vYj
  • Indianapolis IN police major/councilman found guilty of extortion & solicitation of a bribe in fed sting operation [0] bit.ly/nAknI5
  • Asbury Park NJ cop fired after jury finds her guilty of forging Army relocation orders to get out of rental lease [0] bit.ly/pR8sKM
  • 3 Glendale CA cops rehired by civil service commission ruling after fired for taking cop car on joyride to Vegas [0] bit.ly/rgz4zN
  • Honolulu HI cop indicted for impersonating other officers and forging their names on checks in order to skirt limitations on special duty shifts [0] bit.ly/pt9VWk
  • Annville PA police chief charged w/2 counts record tampering for falsified records related to state-funded program [0] bit.ly/pfFQDo

In addition to the reports above, three videos were brought to our attention by a reader via email but weren’t added to our feed yet due to a number of different credibility considerations that I have to take into account. Still, in the spirit of transparency here are those videos along with my concerns about them:

Video 1:
This video from Compton allegedly shows “police brutality” via an officer apparently shoving a woman against a cruiser in a highly charged situation where he then appears to pull out an ASP baton as several men confront him and another suspect kicks out the window of his cruiser. Given the situation this officer was in it’s hard to say what the justification might have been, but the video isn’t clear enough to determine if the shove was excessive force or if it was even intentional given the swarm of people around the officer at the time. *CAUTION: This video is VERY loud, you may want to reduce your speaker volume before playing.

Video 2:
The person who took this video alleges that the officers from an unknown agency had used excessive force in this altercation involving apparently intoxicated individuals outside of a bar who were apparently in a fight. The problem here is that the actions shown appear to be in response to resistance shown by the individuals and the excessive force allegations involve activities that allegedly occurred before the video started. What’s disturbing here, though, is the shouts from the drunken crowd urging the cops to beat them up more. Furthermore, even if I didn’t have concerns, I couldn’t add this to our reports since I can’t figure out what agency is involved.

Video 3:
This news report shows a video clip showing an officer trying to pick a woman up by her hair while trying to get her to cooperate during an incident that occurred after an accident she was involved in along with her husband. The actions of the officer are pretty questionable here, the use of a person’s hair to physically manipulate them is generally banned by policy in most agencies because there is a high risk of serious injury, especially on someone who was just in an accident, and it’s degrading. However, the police claim that dascham videos they have show actions that justified the use of force before this other video started. I may still add this one, but it’s not as clear cut as it sounds.

…as always, I’m interested to hear what you think about these videos, do they show police misconduct? Would you have the same concerns I have? Remember, when I say credible I mean that the report must be credible to an average person, not necessarily someone who believes police misconduct is a problem or that all cops are bad. With that in mind, let us know by voting below and giving your reasoning in the comments section. You can vote for more than one option.
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That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-14-11

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, September 14, 2011:

  • Miami-Dade FL police claim they only slapped a mentally disabled man with down syndrome after chasing him because he had a suspicious bulge in his pants but witnesses say his face was injured when they bodyslammed him to the ground. The search revealed that the suspicious bulge was his colostomy bag. [2] bit.ly/n70zB7

  • Denver CO police are being sued by 4 women over a videotaped incident showing 2 cops shoving & macing them. Those officers were later fired for lying about what happened. [0] cbsloc.al/mRZexh
  • Meanwhile, Denver CO is facing the threat of a $5,000 per day fine for failing to turn over records of excessive force complaints as ordered by a judge as part of a lawsuit. [4] bit.ly/qC4gqG
  • Baltimore MD settles suit for $30k to a man who suffered a broken arm & head injuries when police yanked him from his car & stomped on him during a traffic stop. [3] bit.ly/mRnuN3
  • New York NY cop arrested on DUI & vehicular manslaughter charges for off duty accident killing 22yr-old pedestrian [0] bit.ly/nU3C2a
  • Onondaga Co NY deputy has pled guilty to 1 of 36 counts in deal for using position to engage in sex w/young teen boys [0] bit.ly/qYfhsu
  • Fort Pierce FL cop gets probation in plea deal for repeatedly patting down a homeless woman before forcing her to strip and lay naked for him inside her tent. [0] bit.ly/qD64P4
  • US FBI agents mistakenly raid home of CBS News correspondent as she nursed newborn in bedroom (via @RadleyBalko) [0] cbsloc.al/qBdlw3
  • Golden Beach FL “cop of the month” caught on video threatening to arrest motorist for recording him during a traffic stop [3] bit.ly/mSMAht
  • Fountain Valley CA police sued by dispatcher claiming police sergeant repeatedly sexually harassed & groped her [3] bit.ly/pydQ2f
  • Las Vegas NV cop arrested on solicitation charge after spotted picking up a prostitute & having sex in parking lot [0] bit.ly/qMgcXS
  • Valley Brook OK police chief charged w/drug trafficking & other charges after traffic stop uncovered paraphernalia [0] http://bit.ly/o0Db9d
  • Grant Co IN deputy said to have been drinking before dying in head-on crash that severely injured other motorist [0] bit.ly/oxHWU8
  • Hastings NE police capt arrested on drunk driving charges after crashing his pickup truck while off duty [0] bit.ly/pEdDRm
  • Worcester State Univ MA police cmdrs reprimanded over video showing practice of cops raiding campus cafe at night [0] bit.ly/qdwVAB
  • Leland NC police chief accused of punching one of his officers during bachelor party in Myrtle Beach [1] bit.ly/pDuYgb

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-13-11

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

  • Natchez MS cop sentenced to 2yrs prison for stealing credit cards from man he allegedly beat in back of cruiser [0] bit.ly/qgP9Lj
  • Royston GA police officer arrested on child molestation charges possibly involving multiple incidents [1] bit.ly/pJrJDN
  • Aiken Co SC deputy claims he was frightened by family’s toothless arthritic elderly dog when he shot it to death [2] bit.ly/ndyAVU
  • Baltimore MD cop pleads guilty to conspiracy & extortion charges in tow kickback scandal, 7th of 17 to plead so far [0] bsun.md/r6jreW
  • US FBI detains & strip searches arab/jewish housewife because 2 Indian men next to her on flight used bathroom [3] gaw.kr/qt8vLz
  • Florida State trooper, Westchester Co NY cop & 3 TSA agents arrested for alleged roles in oxycodone trafficking ring [0] bit.ly/ospizf
  • US CIA investigate themselves to see whether laws were broken when they helped NYPD build spy program [1] bit.ly/oe95gi
  • Leland NC cop wins harassment complaint after repeatedly shot in a “private area” w/training ammo by fellow cops [2] bit.ly/qXgUT0
  • Cuyahoga Co OH deputy charged w/menacing & public indecency for masturbating & chasing women in park on day off [0] bit.ly/nsG0LR
  • San Diego CA police sued by cop claiming detectives in sex crimes unit sexually harassed & retaliated against her [3] bit.ly/o8VSe1
  • Honolulu HI cop investigated after allegedly posting pic & making fun of badly burned theft suspect on Facebook page [0] http://bit.ly/pHlqCj
  • Essex Co NJ deputy pleads guilty to laundering what he believed was drug trafficking money in sting operation [0] bit.ly/nDtcLP
  • Memphis TN cop arrested on domestic assault charge for allegedly hitting ex-husband in the back of the head [0] bit.ly/olYHcZ

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-12-11

Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, September 12, 2011:

  • Buena Vista MI police officer arrested on premeditated murder charges related to the strangulation death of a woman who was weeks away from giving birth to what police believe is his child. [0] http://is.gd/FZ2xEt (Corrected from being listed as “Saginaw County previously)
  • Northside TX ISD cop with a history of 16 reprimands is the subject of a lawsuit by the family of a 14-year-old student who was fatally shot in a questionable incident where the officer’s report was contradicted by a witness [3] bit.ly/nuVvtL
  • Cottageville SC is citing budget pressure as their reason for firing a cop who had been fired or forced to resign from a number of other police departments for excessive force and misconduct who is now being investigated for fatally shooting that town’s ex-mayor with a shotgun. [2] bit.ly/qGwUwj
  • Charleston WV police are being sued for unreasonable force by the widow of cop who was killed by friendly fire during a car chase involving a man suspected of misdemeanor crimes. [0] bit.ly/q7MwyX
  • New Orleans LA cop sentenced to 210 years in prison after pleading guilty to 7 counts of rape, 6 of those counts involved the teen daughter of his girlfriend. [0] bit.ly/nY90Az
  • San Francisco CA cop was videotaped hitting a photojournalist’s camera twice during the latest BART police brutality protest [3] bit.ly/rhhUwv
  • Montreal QC police under investigation over videotaped incident where woman was thrown into metal pole [0] bit.ly/pqwkzG
  • Haines FL sued by an innocent man who lost job and home after he was arrested, strip searched & jailed for 2 days due to a warrant made out to the same-name except that it was for a woman [0] bit.ly/qaOJil
  • Maui HI cop sentenced to 18mo prison for stealing $1500 from motorist during a traffic stop and for extorting sex from a female detainee [0] bit.ly/pRvouD
  • Edinburg TX police sued by strip club owners after police confiscate cash & property in raid that found nothing [4] bit.ly/o2R5Lg
  • Meigs GA cop fired after arrested on statutory rape charges following a local & state investigation [1] bit.ly/mRaC27
  • West Memphis AR cop arrested on domestic battery charge after teachers report suspicious marks on his stepchild [0] bit.ly/qoorD2
  • Los Angeles CA USD cop convicted on false evidence & other charges for fake shooting incident that sparked lockdown and manhunt [0] bit.ly/mPTXDn
  • Edison Twp NJ settles discrimination & retaliation suit for $250k to cop suspended after complaint about fellow cop [0] bit.ly/n8TdW8
  • US District Court for Eastern District New York overturns ruling allowing stopping & searching vehicles on hunch [0] bit.ly/p9qIn2
  • Pinal Co Sheriff’s dpt admits policy error as Prison Legal News files suit over refusal to deliver mag to prisoners [0] bit.ly/odAb54
  • Perry Twp OH cop remains on duty after arrested on assault charge involving unspecified woman [2] bit.ly/olUHTr
  • Chattanooga TN cop accused of having role in pressuring a bar to censor a band when they played song critical of cops [3] bit.ly/rmcQWw
  • Seattle WA police sergeant retires ahead of disciplinary hearing over rubberstamped DUI arrest reports [0] bit.ly/qpR9I5
  • Waynesboro GA cop resigns after suspended for allegedly destroying drug evidence to give teen break at traffic stop [0] bit.ly/oVWDM0
  • 2 New York NY cops under investigation for sexually suggestive dancing on video during West Indian Day parade [0] nydn.us/pX7T5E

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

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

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of September 10-11, 2011:

  • West Covina CA settles suit for $1.5mil to family of man shot 15x by cops claiming he took the baton they beat him with and attacked them with it after they detained him for being suspicious [3] bit.ly/oDIada
  • 2 Chicago IL cops sued by man claiming they beat him for taking photos of them dragging a man down street with their police cruiser. [5] bit.ly/pxNES7
  • Washington Co NY settles claim for $83k to family of 83yr-old man struck by cruiser chasing car w/o lights or siren [0] bit.ly/n1g280
  • Doña Ana Co NM agrees to pay hospital bill for 19yr-old who was billed by the hospital that subjected her to a fruitless body cavity search that was ordered by the police. [1] bit.ly/nglAu3
  • Sacramento Co CA settles suit for $400k to 2 men whose drug convictions were overturned thanks to recording [3] bit.ly/ptyOIC
  • BART CA police considering restrictions on media coverage of protests after detaining journalists at last protest [5] bit.ly/q7p1bd
  • Orleans Parish LA deputy arrested on agg rape, kidnapping & sexual malfeasance in office charges involving inmate [0] bit.ly/pyo9ji
  • 2 McCracken Co KY deputies reprimanded and apologize to dad of teen girl used in drug bust without his consent [0] bit.ly/rlNigF
  • Cuyahoga Co OH deputy investigated after questioned for allegedly stalking women around park while on sick leave [0] bit.ly/oaBJij
  • Portland OR cop arrested on drunk driving charge after found passed out in car while off duty [0] http://bit.ly/qh0wzR
  • Key West FL cop suspended after arrested on drunk driving and hit & run charges after crashing into parked car [0] bit.ly/pWb56j
  • Mission TX police officer arrested on drunk driving charge after stopped by trooper for several alleged violations [0] bit.ly/qmYiOc
  • Mission TX police labor lawyers say police chief got preferential treatment despite gun being stolen from car [0] bit.ly/rk7kWd

As our long-time readers probably already know, we try to stick to using reports that pass a credibility bar in order to maintain the integrity of our statistical data in the face of a public that is highly skeptical about the issue of police misconduct. Sometimes reports come in that I have a difficult time determining if they pass our credibility tests due to any number of factors. Sometimes they are cases where there is culpability on both sides or when they present a new kind of issue that isn’t in the realm of typical misconduct. When that happens, I don’t like to judge them myself, but instead put them up for readers to debate about and vote on.

There were a couple of these kinds of reports this weekend… so please review and let us know what you think…

Where – Keene NH
Allegations – Excessive force and wrongful arrest
Considerations – Where the arrests lawful and, if so, was the level of force used justified?
Report – http://freekeene.com/2011/09/10/keene-law-enforcers-use-violence-to-shut-down-live-free-or-dance/
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Where – Fullerton CA
Allegations – 1st Amendment violations via harassment of people showing support by citing drivers who honked in support of anti-brutality protesters.
Considerations – Were the traffic stops legitimate or were they a form of harassment through selective enforcement?
Report – http://www.ocregister.com/news/police-316561-fullerton-horns.html?cb=1315707387
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Where – New Orleans LA
Allegations – High-ranking officer under investigation for violating recently enacted policy forbidding officers for asking for cash for escort jobs. The violation was that the officer asked for checks made out to cash, but investigators appear to suggest there was no evidence of malicious or fraudulent attempt.
Considerations – Was this an issue of an honest mistake made by an officer used to doing things a certain way as outlined by older policy or was there intent to defraud or violate policy? If not, was the mistake severe enough to merit being called misconduct?
Report – http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2011/09/nopd_officer_reassigned_in_dis.html
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That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-09-11

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, September 9, 2011:

  • Clarksburg WV cop was fired & indicted for battery & neglect of an incapacitated adult over an on-duty videotaped altercation shown above. [0] http://bit.ly/qgTzMt
  • Aransas Pass TX police are accused of beating & tasing a man in an apparent case of mistaken ID then planting drugs in order to cover for it, this according to sworn statements by several witnesses to the incident. [5] bit.ly/p2jJb4
  • Evergreen AL cop suspended pending possible firing for allegedly tasering woman after she was strapped into a restraint chair then laughing about it with other officers [0] bit.ly/r2LFAN
  • Chicago IL cops are being sued by a man who lost everything after he was tasered & peppersprayed during his arrest that resulted in him being jailed for 8mo before he was finally acquitted [3] bit.ly/rquynD
  • Detroit MI cop accused of beating & pistol whipping a man so badly while off duty at a teen girl’s party that an environmental cleanup crew had to be called to clean up all the blood. [3] bit.ly/qpAROm
  • Philadelphia PA cop says he’ll keep being aggressive despite being the subject of 9 complaints, 2 suits & 3 brutality findings in 4yrs [0] bit.ly/o29dBF
  • Washington Twp NJ cop arrested for hit & run accident that left seriously injured man laying in a parking lot [0] bit.ly/nCdXKc
  • Miami-Dade FL cop shoots family’s dog to death in their own backyard after he was warned not to go there by a neighbor while the officer was responding to a false burglar alarm [0] bit.ly/nF0ygV
  • Santa Fe NM sheriff sentenced to 3mo jail for stealing $75k worth of equipment from dept & selling it on eBay [0] bit.ly/o4b8Gv
  • Eureka CA cop sentenced to probation in plea deal for felony heroin possession, vandalism & DMV record disclosures [0] bit.ly/qXevab
  • Palisades Park NJ cop fired over alleged on-duty affair w/borough employee & violent dispute with his wife [0] bit.ly/qxu8BV
  • Portland OR police sgt who used to head the police union is fired over 2 separate road rage incidents involving same woman [0] bit.ly/q3JJad
  • Poughkeepsie NY cop pleads guilty to 3 felony charges for compromising drug investigations in exchange for cocaine [0] bit.ly/rdYiH3
  • Chicago IL cop who was arrested for DUI allegedly told his arresting officers “some day you could be real police officers like me” [0] bit.ly/q9a5aK

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-08-11

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, September 8, 2011:

  • In a disturbing update to a report we covered yesterday, New York NY police are being accused of lying about what happened when an undercover cop fatally shot an unarmed man who saw the officer attacking a neighbor. A lawyer for the man’s family claims that video and witness statements are contradicting police claims that the man choked the officer, instead he claims he mearly positioned himself between the two men to stop the fighting when he was shot. That lawyer also claims that a female relative, who happens to be a nurse, was arrested and assaulted when she tried to stop the man’s bleeding. [5] bit.ly/oBH9M9
  • Toronto ON cops are being accused of racial profiling and false arrest when they stopped a black man because of his limp then arrested him on allegations he assaulted an officer by pushing him with his right arm…. an arm that has been paralyzed ever since he suffered a stroke which also caused his limp. [4] http://bit.ly/nMrWre
  • US Border Patrol settled a suit for $850k to the family of an illegal immigrant who was fatally shot by that agent in the desert. That agent was charged with murder over the incident but both trials ended in hung juries which prompted prosecutors to drop the charges. [0] bit.ly/prTEtD
  • Coon Rapids MN now-former cop was arrested on allegations that he repeatedly molested a young boy from the age of 6 until he was 13 while before he retired [0] bit.ly/oCkJku
  • Norton KS police officer received a diversionary sentence deal that will ultimately clear his record if he doesn’t get into trouble again after he was originally charged for raping 2 women. The prosecutor insists such a deal for a felony offense is normal. [0] bit.ly/nPWWHc
  • Atlanta GA Citizen’s Review Board is alleging that they have documented a disturbing pattern of illegal strip searches and body cavity searches performed in public by police, including at least one incident where an underage teen’s genitals were groped.  [3] bit.ly/qQqnGe
  • Chicago IL cop at center of the SOS corruption scandal has been sentenced to 12yrs for his role in the robberies of suspected dealers and innocent people as well as his plot to kill a cop he thought helped with the investigation against them. [0] trib.in/pAo22x
  • BART CA police are accused of detaining & arresting dozens of people who were inside their designated “free speech area” during a protest at a station. Those detained or arrested apparently included protesters, journalists & students alike. [0] bit.ly/nKNSyr
  • Palm Beach Co FL settles suit for $600k to man & his son allegedly arrested on false felony charges by 2 deputies [0] sunsent.nl/mRI22u
  • Boynton Beach FL “cop of the year” allegedly fled country to Brazil after arrested for selling over 500g of meth [0] bit.ly/nuKV2W
  • US Mint police officer pleads guilty to stealing $2.4mil worth of error coins that he then sold to coin dealer [0] bit.ly/qA31km
  • Niagara Region ON police officer charged w/assault in off-duty altercation involving female cop & security guard [1] bit.ly/pBBgwl
  • Monroeville OH cop charged w/disorderly conduct for beating a Huron Co deputy he caught w/his wife at his home [0] bit.ly/ozxLpT
  • Hartford CT police investigate traffic stop that resulted in unwarranted towing of state treasurer’s state-owned car [0] bit.ly/qHimP4
  • Revere MA cop pleads guilty to lying to the FBI in sting operation where he accepted $200 bribe (Via MassCopBlock) [0] bit.ly/rajFC1
  • Catoosa OK police chief resigns after placed on admin leave for unspecified reasons officials refuse to disclose [3] bit.ly/qzYccI
  • Montesano WA police chief sentenced to 6mo jail for using police dept credit cards for personal purchases [0] bit.ly/pIfjQu
  • New Orleans LA police captain sentenced to 11yrs 4mo on wire fraud conviction for his role in kickback scheme [0] bit.ly/oz6irs
  • US ATF guns from failed Fast & Furious program connected w/another violent crime, 2 charged w/agg assault of cops [0] lat.ms/oTCfFe
  • Campbell Co TN chief deputy fired over unspecified connection to deputy’s firing for crashing into a home off duty [3] bit.ly/pBZ7rw
  • 2 Montezuma GA cops & an Oglethorpe GA cop charged w/burglary on allegations they vandalized a home in Alabama [0] bit.ly/n5sB3k
  • Franklin Twp NJ cop pleads to record tampering charge for stealing $11k via falsified timesheets & pay records [0] bit.ly/ploNHU
  • St Louis MO police sued by ACLU in effort to enforce ruling requiring city to release records about ticket scandal [4] bit.ly/ohGm7t

Before I go I wanted to thank all of you who have donated to keep us going, we truly appreciate having the chance to provide this service to everyone and you’re the reason we’re able to keep doing it. Thank you!

I also wanted to mention the really great mention of our “Film Something” poster that appeared in NetworkWorld’s Privacy & Security Fanatic blog today. Thanks for that!

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-07-11

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, September 7, 2011:

  • Columbus GA police officer apparently shot a carjacking victim to death while chasing bank robbery suspect who jumped in his truck [2] bit.ly/q9qNal
  • Chicago IL settles suit for $1.3mil to family of man who died in custody by choking on drugs after 5 cops beat him for violating policy requiring they take people to the hospital instead of the jail when this happens then lying to cover for it. Instead video showed the officer stop on the way to the jail then used his foot to shove the man’s body back in the cruiser when he slumped out while the officer opened to the door to check on him. [3] bit.ly/qH1DkV
  • New Orleans LA cop fired on allegations he was untruthful about altercation w/student where a witness alleged that the officer kicked the boy in the head while he was on the ground. [0] bit.ly/p9TGDV
  • Birmingham AL police officer shot his wife to death with his service weapon then radioed police before killing himself in their apartment while their young children were home [0] bit.ly/o9YGLe
  • New York NY police investigate how undercover cop fatally shot a man who intervened in a drug arrest after he mistook the officer for a mugger who was attacking his neighbor [3] bit.ly/orQ0uF
  • Broken Arrow OK settles suit for $20k to man claiming cop beat him during DUI arrest, cop claimed he fell [0] bit.ly/nHMOJy
  • Aurora CO accused of piling charges on woman falsely arrested while reporting sexual assault to keep her from suing [5] bit.ly/qAeGaF
  • Univ of Pittsburgh PA settles ACLU suit for $48k to man arrested for using cell to record police questioning friend [0] bit.ly/mUVOaD
  • Venice FL cop sued by woman claiming he illegally entered her home, manhandled her & arrested her for resisting [2] bit.ly/mYbFyT
  •  Hidalgo Co TX deputy arrested for unzipping pants, showing cuffed teen a condom & putting her hand on his crotch [0] bit.ly/ovysed
  •  New Mexico state trooper fired over public sex photos now accused of sexually harassing woman he arrested for DUI [0] bit.ly/nr0BHP
  • Houston TX police accused by ex-prosecutor of withholding evidence about DUI “BAT Van” problems [3] bit.ly/qUO7VJ
  •  Atlanta GA faces 2nd Atlanta Eagle bar raid lawsuit alleging dept failed to implement changes promised in 1st suit [0] bit.ly/pyMubM
  • Ontario police union lawyers urge cops to keep 2 sets of notes, one for themselves & scripted set for investigators [4] bit.ly/oxo6M1
  • 2 NYPD cops sentenced to 195mo & 75mo for roles in armed robbery of perfume warehouse [0] bit.ly/ptmRWy
  • Fairbanks AK cop faces confidential disciplinary action for his role in off-duty altercation w/woman at movie [1] bit.ly/pps1Tm
  • 5 El Paso TX cops resign after investigation into overtime pay irregularities involving state DUI enforcement fund [2] bit.ly/oEH5hi
  • Sartell MN cop resigns before investigation into unspecified complaint is completed, claims resignation was planned [4] bit.ly/oJ16dn
  • Pennsylvania state police were embarassed when faxed press release lists a suspect’s name as “low-life piece of shit” [0] bit.ly/o7JkkO
  • New Hanover Co NC deputy resigns after arrested on drunk driving charges at DUI checkpoint over Labor day weekend [0] bit.ly/pIfdux
  • McLennan Co TX deputy on admin leave after arrested on drunk driving charge during traffic stop [0] bit.ly/pIJ02n
  • Campbell Co TN deputy fired while under investigation by state police for crashing into a house while off duty [1] bit.ly/ppJhbw

Two things before I call it a day.

First, the family of Kelly Thomas, the man who died after severely beaten and tasered by 6 Fullerton CA cops, released medical records from the hospital staff who treated him which cites the cause of death as blunt force trauma resulting in brain damage. The release was done due to the incredibly slow investigation by the Orange County prosecutor and the apparent foot-dragging by that county’s coroner in releasing the results of his autopsy. The story is still getting a lot of coverage but KTLA appears to have the most details.

Second… I really hate to mention it but we could really use some donations. Since I’m a temp worker in my primary job I don’t get paid holidays but I am forced to take those days off. That lower paycheck coincides with a number of bills coming due this week so we’re in a bit of a situation. So, if you haven’t donated and appreciate what we do, please consider helping out today. Remember, the only funding this project gets is from readers like you!

Thanks, and stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-06-11

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, September 6, 2011:

  • Lancaster NY police are accused of using excessive force in the death of a man who was repeatedly tasered. A witness claims that the man was on the ground and compliant when he was being tasered. [3] http://bit.ly/rmm8rx
  • Denver CO police are being forced by a civil review board to rehire 2 cops who were fired for beating 2 men on video then filing false reports about what happened. The review board apparently offered no explanation for their ruling. [0] http://is.gd/dm1t3A
  • Avon Park FL cop gives up police certification in deal dropping felony charge for false report in shooting case involving his girlfriend during an apparent drug deal. [0] bit.ly/nII1Ty
  • In an update to a report we covered yesterday, a Memphis TN cop facing charges for lying about being shot by Hispanic man when he was allegedly shot by a woman he had a relationship with is now being accused of shooting himself in an effort to gain the attention of that woman’s underage niece. This one gets weirder as it goes on. [3] bit.ly/rruUSC
  • Springfield OH & Absolute Software settled a lawsuit for an unknown sum to a woman who bought a laptop from a student without knowing it was stolen when police and the software company downloaded nude images of her and her boyfriend when they tracked the laptop. [1] abcn.ws/q3Y3fM
  • Harlingen TX police are accused of needlessly shooting a pet dog then arresting the owner for “entering a crime scene” by approaching where police fatally shot his dog. [3] bit.ly/pbtWkJ
  • Tulsa OK police detective charged w/domestic assault for allegedly pepperspraying a woman who was living with him in the mouth and then pointing a gun at the man who brought her home.[0] bit.ly/pB50Dd
  • Waynesboro GA police major suspended 5days w/o pay for alleged dishonesty & violation of public trust. Unfortunately we can’t determine the specifics since this came from a subscription site. [1] bit.ly/qJADP6
  • 2 Will County IL deputies sued by woman alleging she was mistreated & denied medication after she was wrongfully arrested on DV charges, charges that were dropped when her boyfriend admitted to making up the allegations. [3] bit.ly/qacDTJ
  • 4 Joliet IL cops are accused of false arrest & falsified reports in a lawsuit by a man who was jailed for 5 months until drug charges against him were dismissed [3] bit.ly/qacDTJ
  • Tempe AZ cop takes plea deal to evidence tampering charges for stealing items, including a refridgerator, from evidence [0] bit.ly/oveg16
  • Rome GA now-former cop charged w/theft for allegedly stealing $25k earmarked for needy children from police union [0] bit.ly/rt6MiM
  • Daytona Beach FL cop charged with theft on allegations he stole diamond earring from inmate he transported [0] bit.ly/oxIjDg
  • In an update to this report we tracked yesterday, a Port Jefferson OH cop is now facing felony charges for lying when he claimed his cruiser was damaged during a car chase and gun battle with a suspect when he actually sideswiped a guardrail while speeding. [0] bit.ly/qbTzY1
  • Pennsylvania State Police sued by trooper alleging he suffered retaliation for filing racial harassment complaint [3] bit.ly/qGvc3z
  • Cincinnati OH cop under investigation after motorist videotapes her asleep in cruiser w/emergency lights activated [0] bit.ly/rfYf6M
  • 14 Chicago IL cops face firing & 19 face suspensions for abusing that department’s generous sick leave policy which gives all officers a year’s worth of paid sick leave for every two years they work. [1] bit.ly/oOX9vb

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

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