Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, January 25, 2011:
- Philadelphia PA has settled a wrongful death lawsuit in the middle of the civil trial for $500,000 to the family of woman who was shot by police five times, two of those shots hit her in the back. Her family claimed that was because she was walking away at the time. 
- King County WA has settled an excessive force lawsuit for $10,000,000 to the family of a man who was left in a permanent comatose state due to catastrophic brain damage he suffered when a deputy launched him head first into a wall with a shoulder tackle in a case of mistaken identity. The family needed the money to pay for the constant care he will need for the rest of his life. 
- A Houston TX police officer already facing sexual assault charges on allegations he handcuffed and kidnapped a waitress at her place of work then raped her on the trunk of his cruiser while on duty has now been named as a suspect in five other sexual assault cases. 
- At least two New Jersey State troopers are the subject of a lawsuit alleging that they used unnecessary force when they threw a mentally disabled man to the ground then beat and kicked him repeatedly on dashcam video after they asked him to step out of a car he was a passenger in during a DUI traffic stop, after the driver passed all sobriety tests. 
- Two Toronto ON police officers have been found guilty of assaulting a disabled man in an excessive force case where the judge ruled the officers had no grounds to have arrested the man, let alone fracturing his ribs and leaving him with facial lacerations indicative of being struck repeatedly by the officers. 
- A Humble TX police officer’s actions in the accidental shooting death of a car burglary suspect are being questioned by police tactical experts who say it’s against any known training they know of for an officer to use a loaded gun to break a car window, precisely because of the risks of an accidental discharge. The officer is currently under investigation over the incident. 
- An Ontario County NY sheriff’s lieutenant is the subject of a lawsuit filed by a corrections officer and a deputy alleging that he sexually harassed them then retaliated against them when they complained about their mistreatment and made allegations that he assaulted a detainee. 
- A Rockaway NJ police officer and a Denville NJ police detective are the subject of a lawsuit filed by a man claiming the detective assaulted him inside a gym where both of the men got into a dispute and that the responding Rockaway officer falsely arrested him for assault when it was the detective who was the aggressor. The assault charges agaisnt the man were dismissed later. 
- The Lake County FL Sheriff’s Office and the Tavares FL police department are being sued by the ACLU on behalf of a woman who they claim was illegally jailed for being an undocumented immigrant after she called police to translate for her sister who was a victim of a domestic assault. 
- A Phoenix AZ police officer is under investigation on allegations that he assaulted a man while off-duty. The same officer was the subject of a high-profile incident last year where he was accused, and later cleared, of roughing up a councilman at the scene of a house fire. 
- A Chattanooga TN police officer has been suspended after he was arrested on a domestic simple assault charge on allegations he shoved a woman of unspecified relation to him. 
- A New Brunswick NJ police sergeant has been charged with theft by deception on allegations he worked on extra jobs while he was also on-duty. 
- Concord CA has settled a sexual discrimination and harassment lawsuit for $150,000 to a female police lieutenant. 
- A Hamilton ON police officer has resigned after pleading guilty to an obstruction charge over a strange convoluted prank 911 phone call case that even I had a hard time figuring out. 
- And finally, I don’t know if I can classify this as “misconduct” but it was WAY out there and seemed pertinent to at least discuss… An Akron OH police officer who was suspended last year for charging a woman with a felony for videotaping him then refusing to give him her camera is now suing his employer claiming that the disciplinary action was nothing more than a racially motivated plot because he’s a white officer, the woman was black, and the black mayor wanted to use the case to get more votes… uh huh. [?]
Before I end today’s review I wanted to thank the folks at The War on Guns site for helping us out in our time of need, we truly appreciate the help and support right now. They put up a post asking their members to help us out if they can and did so completely on their own without my asking them to. That really means a lot to me! I also wanted to thank the people who have donated so far, thank you so much for your help and support!
Speaking of the situation we’re in, I finally spoke with the recruiter about what was going on with the contract I was supposed to start working on this week. Apparently the hiring manager’s boss’s boss put the breaks on the project for at least 2 weeks while he decides whether he’ll approve it or not. If they go ahead with it they’ll want me to do it, but that’s up in the air now and, even if they do choose me, chances are that it will likely be too late to avoid eviction at that point.
That’s it for today, stay safe out there.