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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-04-13

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Sevier County, Utah: A highway patrol trooper was arrested and jailed on allegations he had sexually abused a young female relative over the last 8 years. He is on paid administrative leave, pending the investigation.
  • Los Angeles, California: Two officers are under investigation for allegedly preying on women over a period of five years, luring them into an unmarked car and forcing them to perform sex acts, according to court records. Investigators had planned to confront the officers in a surprise operation, but were forced to accelerate those plans, when one of the women unexpectedly filed a lawsuit against the officers. Fearing the officers might destroy evidence, investigators rushed to sequester the officers and seize their computers and phones, police confirmed.
  • Hurst, Texas: A police officer has been fired after being recorded on video threatening a teenager and using profane language. “You can’t help but be embarrassed — not only for the officers that work in our department, but for anybody in the law enforcement profession,” The Hurst Assistant Chief said. “You just expect when an officer shows up, they’re going to be in charge. You don’t want the foul language, anything that looks like it might be overreaction. You just want to be professional, calm and in control of the scene.”
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg, North Carolina: A police officer was arrested and charged with drunk driving on New Years Eve, troopers said.
  • Hearne, Texas: An officer is on paid leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation into a shooting in which he was involved that left a mentally challenged man dead.
  • Creve Coeur, Missouri: An off-duty officer was arrested in connection with the aggravated battery of two high school students on school property. He allegedly beat them up for harassing his girlfriend’s son, and is now under paid administrative suspension while the investigation continues.
  • Mogadore, Ohio: A police officer was arrested for allegedly point a gun at another officer while drunk.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-03-13

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 3, 2013:

  • Greer, South Carolina: A police officer has been suspended after authorities say he was arrested for public disorderly conduct.
  • Fort Worth, Texas: A police officer has been arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The police chief said, “Our organization works hard to keep our streets safe during all holidays. It is extremely troubling that one of our police officers, especially a DWI enforcement officer, has been arrested in this manner… Our residents can be assured that this matter will be handled expeditiously and to their expectations.”
  • North Chicago, Illinois: Police Chief James Jackson said an officer was terminated for taking property from another police officer. The chief described the conduct as “outrageous,” though he would not give details.
  • Liberal, Kansas: An officer is no longer a part of the police department, after the discovery of an outstanding arrest warrant for him. He was accused of stealing a work laptop from his previous job, and when he would not return the company’s calls or respond to their attempts to contact him, an arrest warrant was filed, stating “offense(s) committed/anticipated charges(s)” of embezzlement.
  • Shreveport, Louisiana: A police officer has been temporarily released of his duties for alleged policy violations.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: Seventeen felony and misdemeanor charges have been filed against an officer who was arrested. The officer faces charges including criminal confinement, intimidation, battery and criminal recklessness after a domestic violence incident involving his wife and their neighbors.
  • Indian Lake, New York: An off-duty state trooper was arrested for allegedly driving his snowmobile under the influence of alcohol.
  • Reading, Pennsylvania: A fired police officer has lost a federal court battle to get his job back and more than $150,000 in damages from the city and police chief. A federal jury said the city had the right to fire him for repeatedly fraternizing with a motorcycle gang while he was off-duty. The jury agreed that violated a contract clause that bans police from associating with a felon or someone with a reputation for criminal behavior. He also was accused of alcohol abuse and lying during the internal affairs probe.
  • Lowell, Massachusetts: A veteran police officer, who recently confirmed he was questioned in a department internal-affairs investigation, is facing assault charges.
  • Update: Whitaker, Pennsylvania: A suspended Whitaker police officer will stand trial on charges that he used his gun to break a driver’s window during a traffic stop and threatened charges unless she paid to fix his damaged gun.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-29-12 to 01-02-13

*Note* I was out of the office Monday, December 31, so there were no stories tweeted/recapped that day. This recap reflects the weekend, and the Holiday.

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, December 29, 2012 to Wednesday, January 2, 2013:

  • Seattle, Washington: A protester who was arrested has filed a lawsuit. Video shows that police officers lied about an altercation that occurred; an officer said the protester cursed at, and punched, her.
  • Fort Lee, New Jersey: A teenager who was left locked for hours in a police van with six others has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the town, the police department and several officers. He alleges that the officers falsely arrested and unlawfully detained him, and that borough officials failed to implement appropriate policies or practices and were negligent.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The Deputy Commissioner, one of Philly’s top officers, allegedly instructed an aide to browse the police department’s computer personnel files for photos of female officers so that he could select those he’d like to meet, according to court documents. The former longtime aide said the Commissioner would look at the photos, pick out some he wanted to meet and then direct his aide to find out where they worked.
  • Sedgwick County, Kansas: The County Sheriff says that a detention deputy has been suspended without pay for an incident; he said two inmates at the work release facility reported they were fondled by a deputy. Information was presented to the district attorney’s office, and a complaint was signed charging the officer with unlawful sexual relations.
  • Cumberland, Kentucky: An officer was let go from the police department when city property was found to be missing. He has been arrested and is charged with theft by unlawful taking.
  • Gainesville, Georgia: Authorities say a former jailer has been charged with using excessive force. The officer punched an unruly inmate in his head after the inmate was under control and in handcuffs.
  • Loudoun County, Virginia: Sheriff’s deputy charged with misdemeanor assault and battery and strangling another causing wounding or injury. He has been placed on administrative leave and his law enforcement powers have been suspended while the investigation continues.
  • Albemarle County, Virginia: The police department announced the arrest of a now former employee; Lieutenant Ernie Allen has been charged with embezzlement of public funds.
  • Henry County, Georgia: An officer has been arrested and charged with domestic battery and two counts of cruelty to children.

Trooper of the Year

From the New York Times:

Ms. Steed pulled over Julie Tapia for speeding as she was driving home. Ms. Tapia was giving a ride to her ex-husband, who had been drinking, but Ms. Tapia herself does not drink, the suit said.

Ms. Steed claimed Ms. Tapia failed a field sobriety test and arrested her. But blood tests showed no presence of impairing drugs or alcohol in her system, according to the suit. The charges were ultimately dismissed.

Michael Studebaker, another lawyer representing the plaintiffs, said that he believes there are at least hundreds of additional tainted arrests involving Ms. Steed. “The 40 or so individuals that have contacted us have to be the tip of the iceberg because Steed arrested many other people,” he said. “Her actions are so blatant, that it is probable that she acted like this in an untold number of cases.”

Wake up, put uniform on, smear some innocent people with false charges, then call it a day.   She was thriving — Trooper of the Year!  Promotions seemed “inevitable.”   If the evidence turns out to be as damning as it seems, her exposure is so much more than a “bad apple.”  It exposes  a dangerously dysfunctional system.


Federal Agents Riding to the Rescue to Protect Us

From the Wall Street Journal:

Peter Gleason was a psychiatrist who devoted much of his professional life to caring for what government officials call “underserved populations.” He would have been thrilled to learn that on Dec. 3 in New York, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a ringing opinion that vindicated the conduct for which he was indicted and arrested in 2006.

Unfortunately, Gleason did not live to see this welcome reversal of the federal government’s crusade against him and the promotion of Xyrem—a drug widely used by physicians, including Gleason, to treat a number of medical conditions beyond what the federal Food and Drug Administration approved it for. Hounded for years, he saw his career and finances ruined by the relentless war waged against him by FDA bureaucrats and Justice Department prosecutors. Gleason committed suicide on Feb. 7, 2011.

Harvey Silverglate is a Cato adjunct scholar.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12/28/12

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, December 28, 2012:

  • Detroit Lakes, Minnesota: A police officer has been charged in district court with reckless discharge of a firearm, a gross misdemeanor.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: A 37-year veteran was indicted for allegedly accepting $600 in bribes to steer city business to a tow truck company.
  • Jacksonville, Florida: A former Sheriff’s officer entered a plea to solicitation of a prostitute charges and will spend the next four months on probation. He has resigned.
  • Robbins, Illinois: The police chief was charged with drunken driving, his second DUI charge in three years.
  • Tucumcari, New Mexico: A former police officer was found guilty of criminal damage to property of a household member. The officer resigned after the incident.
  • Maryville, Illinois: A former police officer was indicted by a grand jury on charges related to fake worker’s compensation claims. He has been charged with two counts of felony theft and two charges of unlawful violation of the Workers Compensation Act.
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: An officer was found guilty of two counts of child molestation and sentenced to 25 years in prison. “We are dedicated to protecting our citizens from all predators,” said the District Attorney in an email statement. He was initially suspended without pay and eventually terminated.

Woman: ‘There should be other tactics for such situations’

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

Eventually, Eric Hill proved his identity to the officers, and they took him out of handcuffs, the couple said. But the couple said the officers never further identified themselves or explained why they had come to their house.

Melanie Hill said one of the officers made a comment about her husband coming to the door with a bat, saying that had it been a gun, the officers would have “blown you away.”

“It was a split decision to grab that bat,” she said. “They could have killed him in his house for no reason in front of me and my kids. There should be other tactics to handle this kind of situation.”

Policing in Prince George’s County, Maryland

From the Washington Post:

Other Maryland students were roughed up and badly injured by the police after the basketball game. At least three were knocked unconscious; two of them required medical care. Nine students (in addition to Mr. McKenna) received a total of $1.6 million in settlements from the county stemming from police violence.

In the absence of video evidence in those cases, the officers who used Maryland students as punching bags faced no disciplinary consequences. Amazingly, the police department’s internal affairs division, which handled the abuse complaints, did not even interview most of the students who were injured. It follows that if no video had surfaced of Mr. McKenna’s beating, that too would have been swept under the rug of police impunity and official indifference.

Read the whole thing.   You really should do it.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-27-12

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, December 27, 2012:

  • Update: Des Moines, Iowa: An officer was given five more years prison on top of the twenty months in prison he was already sentenced to. The extra sentence was in connection with an excessive force traffic stop.  ‪
  • Greensboro, North Carolina: A sheriff orders officers to discriminate against Latinos, telling them, “go out there and get me some of those taco eaters,” and blew off the federal government’s order to stop it, calling a Justice Department report “meaningless,” the United States claims in court.
  • Sacramento, California: Police arrested a former officer on suspicion of raping a 76-year-old woman while off duty, the department announced. Sacramento Chief of Police said, in a written statement, that the incident does not reflect the rest of his department.
  • Update: Moulton, Alabama: A former police officer has been indicted for allegedly beating two 8-year-old girls. The charges are felonies punishable by a minimum one year and maximum 10 years in prison.
  • Half Moon Bay, California: An officer who has been accused of stealing $5,700 was sentenced to 90 days in jail for felony embezzlement.
  • Novato, California: An officer is suspected of stealing, using and distributing narcotics that were meant to be destroyed. His involvement has caused a murder sentencing to come to a standstill.
  • Update: Miami-Dade, Florida: An officer was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release for his role in cocaine smuggling.
  • New York, New York: Two former police officers convicted of official misconduct over their interactions with a drunken woman they had helped get home have started their jail sentences.


National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-22-12 to 12-26-12

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct racked for Saturday, December 22 to Wednesday, December 26, 2012:

  • Hollywood, Florida: A trooper has filed suit against other officers. She says they accessed her personal information and intimidated her after she pulled over an officer going 100+ mph on the highway. He was fired.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: An officer is facing a fourth-degree assault charge. He has been accused of repeatedly hitting a man while off-duty.
  • Winona, Minnesota: A police officer was charged with two counts of third degree driving while intoxicated.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: A judge found an officer guilty on four criminal counts related to inmate abuse. The four counts he faces are simple assault, official oppression, terroristic threats and intimidation of a witness. The intimidation charge is a felony, the others misdemeanors.
  • Dagsboro, Pennsylvania: A man is suing two officers. He says they shocked him with a stun gun because they thought he was somebody else.
  • Wappinger Falls, New York: An officer has been arrested. He has been accused of conning thousands of dollars from immigrants seeking drivers licenses and immigration assistance.
  • Columbia, South Carolina: An officer was arrested on a drunken driving charge after he wrecked his patrol car while on-duty.

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