National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-19-12

Here are the 25 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, January 19, 2012:

  • Las Vegas NV police are set to settle suit for $1.7mil to the family of an unarmed man fatally shot during a drug raid that went bad before police even got the warrant. [0]
  • Chicago IL settles suit for $525k to family of an autistic boy who was chased by cops and beaten with a baton without cause inside his family’s restaraunt. [0]
  • Merced Co CA deputy is the subject of a lawsuit for breaking a 68yr-old woman’s arm because she couldn’t get out of her car w/o a leg  brace during a traffic stop. [3]
  • 2 Lee Co FL deputies accused of excessive force against gay bar patrons, including allegations they tasered a disabled man. [3]
  • Des Moines IA cop pleads guilty to submitting a false report and violating the rights of a black couple he beat with a baton during a traffic stop [0]
  • Boston MA cop with a history history was fired for dishonesty & use of excessive force on a man who refused to stop filming cops [0]
  • King City CA cop investigated for alleged excessive force when he broke a teen’s ankle with a leg sweep caught on video while booking him [3]
  • Killeen TX cop arrested after investigation into allegations he had sex with a 16yr-old girl at a motel [0]
  • Pierce Co WA deputy suspended while under investigation for alleged unspecified sex crimes against a female child [3]
  1. Volusia County FL Beach Patrol Capt convicted of soliciting perjury by telling teen not to testify about sex w/cop [0]
  • Canton GA police chief resigns after scathing report details how dept mishandled missing girl case, girl killed [0]
  • Indianapolis IN cop arrested for allegedly beating pregnant wife to force miscarrage after told she was pregnant [0]
  • Washington DC cop arrested on assault charges for allegedly attacking a female bartender he used to date [0]
  • Oakland CA court-ordered police monitors say department’s actions during #OWS protests show hasn’t reformed [0]
  • Bristol PA police, mayor & city sued by cop alleging retaliation for investigating cop who coerced woman into sex [5]
  • 2 Santa Barbara Co CA deputies investigated on allegations they threw away sleeping bags from homeless people [0]
  • Carpentersville IL police under investigation for conducting drug sting resulting in gunfire near school [0]
  • Berkeley CA settles suit for $170k to woman hit by police cruiser while driving her scooter, cop retired later [0]
  • Washington DC Metro Transit police officer arrested w/metro employee for allegedly stealing over $150k from meters [0]
  • East St Louis IL police chief pleads guilty to strealing X-Box systems FBI planted in sting operation [0]
  • West Helena AR cop pleads guilty to extortion charge in deal dropping several drug trafficking charges [0]
  • St Louis MO police sgt arrested for allegedly stealing drugs he “seized” then selling them with his brother [0]
  • Mathis TX police sgt gets probation for driving while intoxicated w/unrestrained 3yr-old daughter in car [0]
  • Memphis TN cop suspended after arrested on allegations he was following and harrassing his estranged wife [0]
  • Hastings WI cop who was already facing charges for allegedly stealing a corkscrew from a restaurant is in trouble again for passing a stopped school bus & sleeping on duty [1]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-18-12

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, January 18, 2012:

  • DeKalb Co GA cop went to the wrong address while responding to a domestic disturbance call where he then fatally shot a dog that was chained to a garage… then detained the owner at gunpoint… where he then allegedly threatened to shoot him to when he questioned the officer about what happened. [1]
  • Los Angeles Co CA sheriff and his top commanders are being sued by the ACLU alleging a pattern & practice of inmate abuse at county jails, all while the feds are still investigating them over the same issue. [0]
  • Chicago IL cop was found guilty of aggravated drunken driving & reckless homicide in a high-profile case where the Chicago PD was accused of favoritism and an attempted cover up by waiting several hours to test him after the fatal crash. [0]
  • LaPorte Co IN a now-former deputy who was fired over child porn charges was involved in a standoff after police came to charge him with associated child molestation charges. [0]
  • Somerville MA cop and a Cambridge MA cop are facing assault charges for allegedly beating up a DJ along with a third unidentified cop while the three were attending an out-of-town drug cop conference. [1]
  • Sibley LA cop resigns over allegations of harassment made by several residents alleging he was pulling  people over & arresting them on DUI charges without cause. This is the second department he’s resigned from. [3]
  • 3 Kansas City KS cops pleaded guilty to stealing electronics and other items during warrant searches. They were caught in a sting operation and part of the plea deals they took have them promising to assist with further investigations. [1]
  • Hermosa Beach CA motorcycle cop is accused of falsely charging a motorist after that cop rear-ended him. The charges were dismissed. [3]
  • Tatum TX police chief resigns over allegations he threatened one of his cop’s girlfriends and forced her to leave the house and drive while intoxicated after the couple had a domestic dispute where deputies had already responded. [1]
  • Savannah-Chatham GA police sergeant was sentenced to 9 months in federal prison for hiding illegal activity by a fellow officer involved in a nightclub shakedown scheme. [0]
  • Farmington IL cop was arrested twice in 36 hours. The first arrest was for domestic violence and then he was arrested for violating a protection order after he was released. [0]
  • Massena NY cop was suspended after charged with drunk driving when she crashed into a utility pole while off duty [0]

Before I go, I did want to mention that I was considering shutting the site down in protest against SOPA/PIPA but I decided against it… not because I support it, in fact I’m quite certain this site would disappear quickly if it passed. Instead, it was because we’ve been having trouble staying online as it is and because I don’t have sufficient rights to the hosting server our site resides on to do something like that. So it would have been difficult for me to justify the risk involved with trying to shut it down at this point. Besides, the way things have been going lately, with my luck, I probably wouldn’t have been able to get the site back up again afterward. *sigh*

…still, tell your congresscritter you hate SOPA, the senatecritters you hate PIPA, and stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-17-12

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, January 17, 2012:

  • Eastchester NY cop was sentenced to 3-9 yrs in prison for fatally shooting his friend in the throat while playing with his laser sighted gun in his car [0]
  • Washington DC police are being sued by the ACLU over an incident captured on video where 2 cops slammed a man in a wheelchair down on the ground to arrest him for drinking in public then arrested another man who complained about the use of excessive force. The ACLU is suing on behalf of the man arrested for criticizing the cops on the grounds that it was a violation of his right to free speech. [5]
  • Costa Mesa CA settles a lawsuit for $150,000 to a man who pleaded guilty in order to avoid jail time after a cop planted fake drugs on him then hid the test results which showed the powder was fake. [0]
  • Long Beach CA cop charged w/multiple counts of domestic violence & assault with a deadly weapon involving over 6 alleged incidents of domestic violence. He also faces other charges after he was arrested in a stand off situation. [0]
  • Citrus Co FL deputy was reprimanded for shooting a Jack Russel Terrier to death while he was serving a warrant on the dog’s owner [0]
  • Clayton Co GA cop sentenced to 5ys 2mo prison for using his position to protect a drug deal & steal guns from motorists he stopped [0]
  • Geneva AL cop arrested on 2 misdemeanor stolen property charge for alleged role in copper theft ring [1]
  • Houston TX cop takes plea for probation on theft charge for stealing $1k from cop posing as motorist in sting op [0]
  • Saint Petersburg FL cop sentenced to 2yrs after pleading to accepting bribes in order to vouch for informant [0]
  • Edmonton AB cop sentenced to 2yrs house arrest for $225k worth of fraudulent overtime and court time pay [0]
  • RCMP officer in BC under investigation on suspicion of drunk driving involving alleged hit & skip accident [1]
  • Scottsboro AL cop suspended after arrested on public intox charge along with a drunk underage female [2]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 01-14-12 to 01-15-12

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of January 14-15, 2012:

  • San Antonio TX police accused of excessive force when they allegedly repeatedly stomped on a man who was laying down prone after a female officer knocked him down during a traffic stop involving the man’s son. He allegedly came over to make sure his son was ok and the allegations are being backed by a third-party witness. [3]
  • Broken Arrow OK cop was suspended while under investigation after a woman sought treatment at a hospital claiming that the officer sexually assaulted her. [1]
  • Seminole Co FL deputy claims she was told by her sergeant and a sergeant with the Lake Mary PD to alter her report where she alleged a Lake Mary FL cop used excessive force when he arrested a drunk man on questionable charges. [5]
  • Maui HI police are being sued over a wrong door raid on a couple who were hosting a dinner party when it went down. The raid apparently lasted 30 minutes before cops realized they had the wrong address. [3]
  • Torrance CA police are being sued by one of their own cops claiming that his senior officer tasered him to see if he really had a back injury. [3]
  • Denver Co police were forced by a civil service panel to rehire 2 cops who were fired for lying on their reports about an excessive force incident. [0]
  • Tatum TX police chief is being investigated after allegedly threatening to make one of his officer’s girlfriends disappear after the two had a domestic dispute. [3]
  • Lee Co FL deputy will likely be fired after she asked officers for a break then yelled at them when she was arrested for drunk driving while off-duty [0]
  • St Marys WV cop appologizes for making at least 2 fake police misconduct videos with the help of a fellow cop who played the part of a motorist being harassed by the officer. No word on what the intent behind this one was. [0]

Before I go, I just wanted to mention that I’m a bit behind on our internet provider bill again so we would definitely appreciate some donations right about now. Thanks!

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-13-12

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct we were able to track in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, January 13, 2012:


  • 2 Seattle WA cops on dashcam dragging passenger from car & tasing him for refusing to give them ID when he legally didn’t have to then arresting his mom for telling them to call their supervisor. The video then shows one officer telling the man he was arrested for “being lippy”. The department gave one of them nothing more than a letter of reprimand. [3]
  • 2 Melbourne FL cops also got themselves an oh-so-scary reprimand for turning off their dashcam during an incident with a 66-year-old man with dementia that was still caught on video as they kicked, beat, and allegedly tasered him in the face… but the department decided that use of force was just fine because the officer claimed he came at him threateningly, though the video doesn’t back that claim. (sorry, they won’t let me embed this one). [3]
  • West Springfield MA police capt subject of state & fed investigation into unspecified brutality & rights violations [2]
  • Chicago IL police sued by woman acquitted of wiretapping charge for recording IA officers who tried to talk her out of filing a complaint that another officer sexually abused her. [5]
  • Pueblo CO cop charged with misdemeanor assault, oppression, misconduct & falsifying documents involving an alleged on-duty bar brawl [0]
  • Leptanto AR cop arrested for public sexual indecency & harassment involving 17yr-old girl he allegedly took into a back room at a gas station [0]
  • Lake Wales FL police captain was fired after a state’s attorney put him on a Brady list for hiding his no contest plea for a sex with a minor charge in ’85 [0]
  • New York NY cop investigated for his alleged pimping activity but prosecutors decided not to file charges… he’s accused of intimidating hookers into refusing to talk. [0]
  • Suwanee GA DUI task force cop fired after admitting to on duty oral sex with woman claiming it wasn’t consensual [0]
  • San Luis AZ police lieutenant was charged with felony stalking, illegal imprisonment & misconduct w/weapons for stalking a  woman [0]
  • Seneca SC police sued by TV station for withholding information from FOI request concerning sexual harassment case [4]
  • Windsor ON police dept is being criticized for their policy of giving out secretive informal discipline for cops involved in misconduct. Makes it sound like they have to stand in the corner or do a couple sit-ups or something for being bad. [3]
  • Colorado Springs CO settles suit for $480k to cop claiming 2 cops fasely arrested him for breaking up w/one of them. The cop gave an interesting quote when asked if he’d ever be a cop again “I saw the other side,” he said, talking about being in jail. “People that needed to be there and people that didn’t need to be there. I saw a system that didn’t care what it did to people.” [0]
  • Lancaster Co SC deputy faces charges for breaking into home under construction & stealing tiles while in patrol car [0]
  • Los Angeles CA police sgt arrested on suspicion of fraud for allegedly altering dr’s note extending paid leave [0]
  • Katy TX cop fired for letting drunk man drive his truck while he was drunk as well… that man ended up causing a crash that killed a woman & her son. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-12-12

Unfortunately, again, my day job was overwhelming and made it difficult to do report tracking. To give you an idea, I have over 100 hours of unpaid overtime banked so far in the last month. But hopefully tomorrow will be less demanding and give me a chance to catch up again.

With that said, here are the 11 reports we were able to track in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, January 12, 2012:

  • US Deputy Marshal indicted on civil rights violations for allegedly assaulting cuffed detainees in 2 different incidents [0]
  • Killeen TX cop arrested on a sexual assault charge for alleged acts with a 16yr-old police explorer scout volunteer [0]
  • Hopewell VA cop resigns after arrested on forcible sodomy charge after investigation into a sex assault complaint [1]
  • New York NY cop takes a plea deal for violating the civil rights of a black man he bragged about falsely arresting [0]
  • Harrisonburg VA cop charged w/animal cruelty for “euthanizing” an injured cat by beating it to death with a baton after it was hit by a car [0]
  • Santa Fe NM police sgt with a long history of harassment, bullying & abuse of authority complaints is under investigation yet again for allegedly harassing women. [0]
  • Boynton Beach FL cop who was rehired by an arbitrator’s ruling after he fired for excessive force with a taser was sentenced to probation for firing a taser near a female cop’s ear as a joke, damaging her hearing. [0]
  • Chubbuck ID cop charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly pointing his firearm at others during unspecified altercation [2]
  • Phoenix AZ hires an outside firm to investigate & evaluate the police unit responsible for internal investigations after complaints from, well, just about everyone it seems. [0]
  • Harris Co TX pct 1 constable was arrested on allegations he accepted bribes to do background checks & hire deputies who were unqualified. [0]
  • Anaconda MT cop gets suspended sentence after pleading guilty to drunk driving charge, remains on duty [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-11-12

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed on this Wednesday, January 11, 2012:

  • Los Angeles Co CA deputy was caught on video punching a mentally ill female bus passenger in the head by a veteran who he then threatened to arrest unless he deleted the video. [4]
  • A number of Harrisburg PA cops are under investigation after they were caught on video allegedly using excessive force on a guy trying to stop them from arresting his pal outside a bar… the video then shows officers beginning to arrest bystanders and people videotaping the incident. [3]
  • Durham Regional ON cop suspended after arrested on sexual assault, possession and production of child porn charges. [1]
  • Milwaukee WI cop found guilty in a mixed jury decision finding he violated the rights of a 19yr-old woman by raping her while responding to her 911 call. [0]
  • Livingston Parish LA deputy was fired & arrested on indecent behavior w/minor & molestation of a juvenile charges. [0]
  • West Chester OH cop pleads guilty to public indecency & exposure for walking around hotel property without pants on, masturbating while peeping in hotel room windows, then crapping and urinating in the parking lot in an incident apparently caught on surveillance video. [0]
  • New York NY undercover cops are accused of arresting a Belgian tourist at gunpoint for a crime that never happened. [3]
  • 2 Springdale PA cops sued by a county cop claiming they pulled a gun on him and threw him into a snow bank for complaining about them blocking the road then they arrested him on false charges. [3]
  • Canton OH cop caught in string of high-profile dascham videos threatening & swearing at motorists is finally fired [1]
  • Memphis TN cop charged w/computer fraud & false statements for alleged use of police database for criminal purpose [1]
  • 3 Philadelphia PA police internal affairs officers & supervisors face discipline for stopping investigation into cop related to IA officer [0]
  • Dallas TX cops have firefighters damage car & charge couple for leaving dogs in “hot car”… in 55 degree weather [0]
  • Douglas Co SD deputy takes plea deal for insurance fraud, tried to get a commission for signing up fake employees in his fake company. [0]
  • Flat Rock MI police sgt charged w/racketeering for allegedly running illegal gambling op w/city worker while on duty[0]
  • RCMP officer in BC arrested on theft charges for allegedly stealing cocaine from a drug exhibit. [0]
  • Los Angeles Co CA deputy faces charges for allegedly conspiring with another person to smuggle drugs to jail using a burrito [0]
  • Maui HI cop gets probation in plea deal for possession of a meth pipe that was found in his bag that he claims he forgot to turn into evidence [0]
  • Kanabec Co MN chief deputy gets suspended sentence & probation in plea to misd drunk driving charge [0]

In an update to the infamous Glick case the US DOJ took an official stand on right to record cops for the first time by urging the judge in that case to rule against the cops who deleted videos of an arrest he filmed and for siezing his cellphone. While not an official update in our database, it was a noteworthy action by the DOJ. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-10-12

Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, January 10, 2012:

  • New York NY police are being sued by the widow of a 73-year-old man she claims died of a heart attack after 2 cops forced him to walk back home in a winter storm during a traffic stop to retriever her license during a traffic stop for a seat belt violation, even though they didn’t really need it. [3]
  • Pittsburgh PA settles suit for $88k to 11 protesters claiming police used excessive force during G-20 protest arrests [0]
  • Orangeburg SC settles suit for confidential sum to man claiming cop used excessive force on dashcam at traffic stop [3]
  • Rome GA cop who injured man in taser incident now indicted for sexual battery of teen intern & false statements [0]
  • Boynton Beach FL cop sued alleging he falsely arrested man for trying to cash a bad check he was paid with for a job he got on Craigslist then injured him by transporting him to jail in the back of a cargo van while he was cuffed, causing him to roll around. [3]
  • Boston MA police reversed their stance on whether it was legal to record police in public by ruling that two officers were in the wrong to arrest a man for recording them as they were arresting someone else. [0]
  • Gilberton PA settles suit for $15k to councilman claiming he was arrested & strip searched for swearing at mayor [0]
  • Latana FL cop sentenced to 3yrs prison in plea deal for stealing money from Hispanic motorists during traffic stops [0]
  • 3 Kansas City KS cops in elite police unit agree to plea deal after caught in sting operation stealing from suspects [0]
  • Oakland CA cop suspended 30days for covering his badge with tape during an OWS protes and his lieutenant was demoted for not reporting it. [0]
  • Elmwood Place OH sued by cop claiming he suffered retaliation for reporting excessive force and misconduct by that department’s police chief. [5]
  • Los Angeles Co CA sheriff’s dept is being sued by 4 deputy trainees alleging they suffered retaliation for reporting misconduct & abuses by deputies. [4]
  • Knox Co MO deputy with a history of theft allegations was fired and faces charges for allegedly selling items he stole from evidence on E-Bay [0]
  • Benson NC cop charged w/obstruction & theft of evidence for allegedly stealing $850 from evidence [0]
  • Macon GA police sgt & another woman she was with were arrested on disorderly conduct charges in an unspecified incident [2]
  • Milwaukee WI asst police chief resigns amid probe for misleading cops while subject of suspicious persons stop [0]
  • St Louis MO police sgt subject of sexual harassment suit filed by female member of K9 unit he supervised [1]
  • New Orleans LA cop arrested for hit&run after his cruiser was left heavily damaged in an alleged string of crashes across 2 parishes. Alcohol was suspected to be involved but no DUI charges were filed. [0]
  • Springfield MI cop arrested on DUI & leaving the scene of an accident charges after he ran from a strip club parking lot crash [0]
  • Oakland Co MI deputy arrested on “super drunk” driving charge after testing over double the limit at .29 BAC [0]
  • Orange Co CA sheriff’s sgt & female deputy subject of investigation into allegations that the pari took a police helicopter for a joy ride [1]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-09-12

I have to apologize for the short list of reports today and the low activity on the news feed. Today was an exceptionally hectic and long day at my day job which pre-empted my ability to monitor for reports through the day. I hope to have a chance to catch up with the reports I missed tomorrow.

With that said, here are the 6 reports of police misconduct tracked today, January 9, 2012:

  • Denver Co CO forced by “career service officer” to rehire deputy fired for slamming cuffed man’s face into wall [0]
  • Fredricksburg VA police capt charged w/contributing to delinquency of minor for conduct involving boy he met online [0]
  • Forsyth Co GA deputy suspended 120hrs w/o pay and reassigned for inappropriate relationship with woman on probation [0]
  • McMinn Co TN deputy under investigation for allegedly failing to report seized drugs & inventory them into evidence [0]
  • New York NY police face litigation from ACLU for refusing to release crime stats from pct accused of stat tampering [4]
  • Seneca SC police capt demoted & “several” cops “departed” after female officer’s sexual harassment complaint [3]

Again, my apologies, and stay safe out there!

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 01-07-12 to 01-08-12

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of January 7-8, 2012:

  • Denver CO & Denver Co CO are being sued by the ACLU and others alleging over 500 people were wrongfully imprisoned in the last 5 years. [3]
  • McHenry Co IL sheriff’s sergeant was arrested on 10 counts of preditory sexual assault involving unspecified complaints. Everyone has been tight-lipped on what they first described as an investigation into a “domestic issue”, but this charge involves allegations of sexual assaults on minors and unnamed sources are suggesting this involves some children under the age of 13. [2]
  • Fayette Co KY deputy constable was arrested on promoting prostitution & official misconduct charges on allegations he coerced 3 women who stayed at rentals he owned into having sex with him in exchange for overdue rent and urging them to turn tricks to make more money, in some cases the “overdue” part was allegedly concocted to coerce sex as well. [0]
  • 3 New York NY undercover cops are the subject of a lawsuit filed by a man they dragged off the street as he was walking home from getting dog food, left cuffed to a hospital bed for 2 days while they had him x-rayed for drugs, then left him with over $9,000 in hospital bills for their failed drug search. [3]
  • Oakland CA police were apparently caught on video arresting a photographer who was complying with orders as he tried to photograph what was happening during a police raid on protesters. That video courtesy of Carlos Miller’s PNAC site. [5]
  • Oklahoma State trooper was recorded slapping a cellphone out of an OWS protester’s hand for being within 3 feet of “his personal space”. [3]
  • Haverhill MA cop was caught on video apparently threatening to arrest a man if that video had audio, all this after the cop allegedly entered his home without permission. The person who uploaded this video to YouTube claims that police detained him and threatened to arrest him on trumped up charges if he didn’t delete the video. [3]
  • 2 Decatur AL cops are accused of needlessly shooting a dog to death & injuring beagle after witnesses contradict their report claiming the dogs attacked them after tasered when they opened the door to the home of a man they already arrested, while he begged them not to shoot his dogs. [3]
  • Houston TX cop allegedly detained and accused a civic club leader of being a shooting suspect only because he asked for the description of the suspect so he could alert members of the community. [1]
  • Shelby Co TN deputy was arrested on a simple assault charge in an alleged domestic violence incident with his ex-girlfriend. [1]
  • Cassia Co ID deputy charged w/misd battery for shoving his daughter’s boyfriend then gouging his eye with his thumb, apparently because he didn’t approve of him. [0]
  • Ohio state patrol was ordered by an arbitrator to rehire a cop they fired over his drunken outburst at an NFL game that got him locked in a stadium holding cell that he ended up damaging. [0]
  • Pennsylvania state police commander of the York PA barracks retired after he was arrested on DUI charges after a motorist called police when she saw him weaving. [0]

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

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