National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-01-11

Here are the 29 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, September 1, 2011:

  • 3 San Bernardino Co CA deputies sued alleging 5 taser cartridges were used for over 10mins when a man was tasered to death for honking at cop [3]
  • Aransas Pass TX cops say dashcam wasn’t working when bicyclist was allegedly hit by cruiser then badly beaten [4]
  • Wyoming settles suit for $500k to family of man who died when while being restrained by troopers after crash [0]
  • Russell Co AL deputy found guilty of civil rights violation for brutally beating man on ground while cuffed [0]
  • Altoona PA judge finds cops had no cause to arrest man peppersprayed & injured during arrest for resisting arrest [3]
  • Arlington TX settles suit for $25k to man tasered 2x by cop even as witnesses told him it was wrong man (update) [3]
  • 12+ Chicago IL cops sued by brothers shown in video being attacked by cops inside store where they work [3]
  • Washington DC cop accused of shooting woman’s dog after pointing gun at them then refusing to give badge number [1]
  • Jackson Co MO lawsuit by woman raped by deputy at age 15 alleges dept failed to stop pattern of sexual misconduct [3]
  • Texas Police Chief organization hacks by Anonymous reveal racist & homophobic emails by police chiefs [0]
  • Anniston AL police accused of pattern of racism by cop saying he got fed up & resigned, FBI probe requested [2]
  • New York NY police sued by cop alleging he was demoted for reporting supervisor for racist language & using quotas [4]
  • King NC cop subject of state investigation but officials refuse to say why after secret city council meeting [2]
  • Sandusky OH cop on leave while subject of unspecified investigation into actions during dispute between biker clubs [2]
  • North Providence RI police chief arested for larceny on allegations he stole $720 from motorist’s purse after chase [0]
  • Manistee MI cop subject of warrant for allegedly stealing money from someone’s wallet & embezzling money from dept [0]
  • Winnipeg MB police sued by transgendered woman claiming cops mocked her during mistaken ID arrest [1]
  • US Border Patrol sued by agent claiming he was retaliated against for reporting illegal search of car by supervisors [3]
  • Youngstown OH cop disciplined for trying to disable suspect by shooting at his foot instead of shooting to kill [0]
  • Morton IL police sgt pleads guilty to domestic battery, sentenced to fine & forbidden to have firearm, ending career [0]
  • Mason City IA cop blaming sex harassment & retaliation for her firing now says 2 cops implicated in abduction case [3]
  • Williamson Co IL deputy arrested of allegedly taking pot from task force seizures and giving it to others to sell [0]
  • Mesa AZ cop & wife plead guilty to solicitation to commit mortgage fraud by lying to get loan modification [0]
  • Daytona Beach FL cop arrested on felony false statement & misuse of personal info for renewing tags under ex’s name [0]
  • Ft Lauderdale FL cop on leave while investigated for perjuring himself after report & testimony contradicted by GPS [0]
  • St Louis Co MO police say no policy against cops drinking & driving patrol cars after man films cop doing just that [3]
  • Jacksonville FL cop charged w/DUI after investigation into head-on crash between his cruiser and another car [0]
  • Snohomish Co Regional Drug & Gang Task Force leader suspended 6 days after convicted on DUI charge in Arizona [1]
  • Cliffside Park NJ cop suspended after arrested on shoplifting charge in unspecified incident, makes $107k/yr [1]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-31-11

Here are the 38 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this record-breaking* Wednesday, August 31, 2011:

  • Washington Co OR sued by man who was unarmed & only dressed in underwear when he was shot by deputies who burst into the house he was staying in over a minor property damage complaint [3]
  • Seminole Co FL settles suit for $3.2mil to man shot by deputies on his own property, dept destroyed evidence [0]
  • Pittsburgh PA narc cop subject of fed probe & planned lawsuit for allegedly pistol whipping a motorist during a traffic stop last year[3]
  • 9 Westchester Co NY police agencies involved in alleged excessive force incident on video against Muslim men & women [3]
  • Omaha NE police investigate videotaped arrest at hospital involving 9 cops, some seen punching & kicking man [1]
  • Polk Co IA deputy once disciplined for racially profiling Hispanics now investigated for allegedly pistol-whipping Hispanic man & beating another in an off-duty road rage incident where the uninjured deputy claims he was the victim. While the department is defending him, a third-party witness says the deputy appeared to be the aggressor. [1]
  • New Orleans LA cop fired for violating policies in car chase that ended in uninvolved 18yr-old girl’s death [0]
  • Karnak IL police chief investigated for tasering & arresting councilman after he voted against new police dog [3]
  • Philadelphia PA cop arrested on several charges over previously reported allegations that he raped a woman in his cruiser that he offered a ride to while on duty [0]
  • San Jose CA cop reinstated after he was fired for his role in a DUI cover-up has now arrested on allegations that he sexually molested 2 teenage boys that he plied with alcohol. [0]
  • Harris Co TX Precinct 3 Constable deputy resigns in lieu of firing for allegedly fondling woman during traffic stop [0]
  • RCMP constable sues alleging supervisor misused his position to sexually assault her & force her into relationship [3]
  • Brazos Co TX Precinct 2 deputy constable arrested for kidnapping after spotted handcuffing woman without cause then driving her around without taking her to the station. There may be more to this one since the investigation is ongoing. [1]
  • Knoxville TN cop gets probation in plea deal for plying 2 teen girls w/alcohol while downloading child porn [0]
  • Livingston TN sued by woman after chief gives recommendation to cop fired for groping & sending her genital pics [3]
  • San Bernardino Co CA deputy sentenced to 270days jail for having sex w/17yr-old female member of explorers program [0]
  • Amber OK asst police chief arrested on allegations he pointed gun at wife & children while talking about murder/suicide and saying, “which one should I shoot first?” [0]
  • Baltimore MD police sued by man claiming cops deleted videos on cell in confrontation between cops & girlfriend [4]
  • Lakewood OH police sued by woman attempting to get legally owned firearms returned after cops illegally raided apt [3]
  • 12 Pennsylvania state troopers sued by man claiming they conspired w/trooper dating his wife to falsely arrest him [3]
  • Unspecified federal law enforcement agent arrested for allegedly choking medic & kicking cop who responded to call [1]
  • East Cleveland OH cop tasered when arrested on disorderly conduct charge during domestic dispute w/wife [0]
  • Atlanta GA audit confirms at least 85 cops not certified to make arrests due to training lapses, previous est 200 [0]
  • Miami Beach FL cop accused of pulling knife to deflate Beyoncé’s sister’s banana has history of disciplinary issues [0]
  • Pasco Co FL deputy arrested for failing to turn in evidence from 10 arrests after drugs were found in his patrol car [0]
  • Vernal UT cop resigns after arrested on allegations he committed 2 burglaries to steal prescription drugs [0]
  • Williamsburg KY cop sentenced to 9yrs 4mo for burglarizing pharmacy in effort to steal prescription painkillers [0]
  • Seattle WA police dropped their court fight against a man seeking records about the investigation into his excessive force complaint in a stunning about-face for a department known for keeping disciplinary records secret. This change came about shortly after a state supreme court ruling in an unrelated case found that departments must release those records. [0]
  • Coatesville PA police lieutenant once accused of rape now suspended while subject of unspecified investigation [2]
  • Booneville MS police chief & one of his police officers fired for unspecified reasons during special board meeting [3]
  • New Orleans LA cop investigated after YouTube video shows him driving erratically in unmarked cruiser, hit guardrail [0]
  • Jefferson Co KY no discipline for deputy who delayed trials tainting 200 in jury pool, urged them to punish suspects [0]
  • Muskogee Co OK deputy charged w/obstruction, allegedly lied about firing gun in domestic dispute, witnesses allegedly told police later that her boyfriend fired it instead [0]
  • Viena Twp OH police under investigation after $1,500 found missing from locked drawer in police dept [0]
  • Easton PA police officer pleads guilty to drunk & disorderly charges, fined $50, another faces court today for same [0]
  • Madison WI cop suspended 6 days for infecting work laptop w/virus while downloading movies while on duty [0]
  • Aurora CO SWAT cop was charged w/DUI over stop that occured in January that is only now being released [2]
  • Aurora CO police lieutenant head of gang task force reassigned after investigation finds he was skipping out of work [0]

*The previous record for most reports tracked in a single day was 36.

That’s it for today, stay safe out there and let’s hope for fewer reports tomorrow.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-30-11

Here are the 19 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, August 30, 2011:

  • Long Beach CA police claims that a man shot to death by a cop was running away from an alleged stabbing incident are being questioned by residents of that neighborhood who claim that the man they shot couldn’t run or hold the alleged “cutting instrument” police found near the scene because he was crippled. [3]
  • Worcester MA settles suit for $80k to a woman who claimed 2 cops with a history of disciplinary problems beat her then falsely arrested her. [0]
  • A Freeport TX police lieutenant resigned after his estranged wife released a video he had kept at his home showing him slap a detainee in the head while other officers watched. Those other officers also resigned prior to the start of an internal investigation even though none of them can be charged since the statute of limitations expired. [0]
  • Ottawa ON police are the subject of a lawsuit alleging cops brutally beat a man in an incident partially captured in a cellblock surveillance video after his questionable arrest on drunk & disorderly charges. [3]
  • Allentown PA settles suit for $315k to a man who had his legs crushed when he tried to save a young boy from being fatally struck by an out-of-control police cruiser driven by a cop with a history of reckless driving. [0]
  • Fort Lewis College CO settles suit for $140k to a man who was tasered 4x by 2 cops who were arresting him for being drunk & disorderly at a concert. [0]
  • Grays Harbor Co WA deputy is the subject of a lawsuit alleging he extorted sex from a man, sometimes violently, under threat of arrest when he started a medicinal marijuana dispensary. The suit also includes other local agencies on allegations that they harassed and falsely detained him as well. [3]
  • A Box Elder Co UT deputy is being sued alleging he forced a teen girl to strip naked inside his cruiser and made two others expose their breasts as they stood in the snow during a traffic stop. [3]
  • Los Angeles Co CA sheriff was ordered to pay legal fees to a newspaper that sued to get the names of deputies who were involved in fatal shooting incidents. [3]
  • San Fernando CA police chief is back on job but must retire by Jan in a settlement deal made over the alleged retaliatory firing of a cadet he had sex with [1]
  • A Riverside Co CA deputy gets 90 days in jail for having sex w/9 female inmates in exchange for goods & protection from mistreatment. [0]
  • Glendale CA cop gets anger management classes in a pleal deal to a reduced distrubing peace charge for hitting man in a road rage case [0]
  • St Matthews TN cop arrested on domestic violence assault charge for allegedly shoving wife in front of her friend [0]
  • Riverside Co CA deputy charged w/DUI for April crash while now facing a lawsuit over a seperate possible alcohol-involved accidental shooting incident [1]
  • Orange Co FL sheriff’s capt & other deputies investigated for misusing personal information gathered from a confidential CCW database in an effort to lobby state lawmakers [0]
  • Indianapolis IN cop loses cop car take home privilege after caught on video doing 100mph in his police cruiser while late for work [0]
  • Omaha NE cop gets 2 day suspended sentence after pleading guilty to drunk driving charge in Iowa [0]
  • Umatilla FL police chief suspended for violating policy by playing games on duty & having cops get rent from tenant [0]
  • Mississippi State trooper promotion exam results thrown out while troopers investigated over cheating allegations [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-29-11

Here are the 19 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, August 29, 2011:

  • Yavapai-Prescott AZ cop caught on video tasering man twice while he had his hands up, no comment from police about the case so far. [3]
  •  Orlando FL undisclosed number of cops involved in a shooting incident where their claims they were nearly run over by a suspect were contradicted by a video are now under investigation [3]
  • Elgin OR considers disbanding their police dept after a questionable fatal shooting incident by a cop who was the subject of a number of complaints alleging he was always nervous and would often put his hand on his gun during interactions. [2]
  • Peel ON police successfully blocked a state investigation by refusing to release records about a police dog that attacked a woman who was sitting in a park [4]
  • Michigan State trooper sentenced to 20mo for 2 felony criminal sexual conduct charges involving a 12yr-old girl [0]
  • Wichita Falls TX cop suspended indefinitely for 80mph crash that killed 2 teens, he wasn’t responding to a call at the time. [0]
  • New York NY police issued judicial stipulation to stop arresting homeless woman w/o charges after she filed suit [0]
  • Tahlequah OK cop arrested on multiple charges for allegedly stealing over $1,600 from 3 Hispanic motorists at traffic stops [0]
  • Boynton Beach FL cop facing trial for selling meth on duty being sought after removing ankle monitor & skipping town [0]
  • Philadelphia PA cops accused of arresting 2 men on false “lack of common sense” charge for rafting on flooded street [3]
  • Denver CO cop faces possible felony child abuse charge on allegations he gave toddler liquor to shut her up inside of a restaurant. [0]
  • New Mexico state trooper on leave after arrested on battery on a household member charge in unspecified incident [1]
  • Pittsburgh PA cop arrested on several charges alleging he drove women to make drug buys & promoted prostitution [0]
  • Missouri State trooper pleads guilty to concealing illegal activities of an auto repair business that altered VINs [0]
  • Phoenix AZ cop arrested in Texas on solicitation charges after allegedly busted during prostitution sting op [0]
  • Philadelphia PA cop arrested for simple assault & reckless endangerment in alleged fight w/police officer girlfriend [0]
  • Seattle WA police DUI rubber-stamping problems illustrates how agencies hid behind challenged public records law [4]
  • West Bloomfield MI cop suspended 5days for failing to detain twp supervisor’s husband who failed prelim DUI test, he allegedly gave them a ride home instead. [0]
  • Champaign Co IL sheriff’s investigator sentenced to 9 days in drunk driving & obstructing plea deal for 3-car crash [0]
  • A New Mexico state trooper is now under investigation after stills from a surveillance camera surfaced showing him having sex in public on the hood of a car while wearing his uniform… as seen below. [0]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 08-27-11 to 08-28-11

It was an exceptionally slow weekend for reports in the National Police Misconduct News Feed for August 27-28, 2011:

  • A Culpeper County VA deputy was suspended while she’s the subject of a federal investigation into allegations she was caught on video beating a female detainee after she had been strapped into a restraint chair [4]
  • Meanwhile, another Culpeper County VA deputy alleges that he was suspended without pay for reporting that he saw deputy beat restrained detainee on video. However, two other deputies were suspended, allegedly for not reporting it right away. [5]
  • New Castle NY is being sued by a police lieutenant alleging the chief transferred him out of internal affairs for investigating a cop who came to work drunk and drove his patrol car while intoxicated. [3]
  • Rock Hill SC police are being accused of abusing a law passed in 2001 that makes it a criminal offense to question any command from a police officer. The chief defends it by claiming it’s not often used without a supporting charge, but didn’t give any specific numbers to support the claim. [3]
  • Aspen CO cop who was fired after tasering a homeless woman received a secret settlement deal for her lawsuit alleging that she was the victim of sexual harassment [3]
  • Los Angeles County CA sheriff’s captain has been suspended while investigated after feds allegedly heard her voice during a drug ring wiretap [3]

That’s it for this weekend, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-26-11

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, August 26, 2011:

  • Nashville TN cop was found guilty of 2nd degree murder in the shooting death of his wife that he claimed was accidental [0]
  • Las Vegas NV loses lawsuit for $2.2 million to the family of a man killed in a crash with a cop who was speeding w/o lights or siren [0]
  • Washington DC cop was arrested on DUI & assault with a deadly weapon charges after he allegedly crashed into a car containing a group of transgendered women who previously rebuffed his offers of money in exchange for sex then opened fire on them, injuring two. [0]
  • Jacksonville FL cop arrested on capital sexual battery & molestation charges involving 2 girls, one of which was under 12yrs-old [0]
  • White Co GA deputy was arrested on production of child pornography charges on allegations that he filmed at least one 7-year-old girl. [0]
  • Pinellas Co FL now-retired deputy arrested for allegedly molesting 5-10 yr-old girl 35yrs ago while deputy. While this one seems odd, the arrest was made after the alleged victim’s account of what happened 30-35 years ago was corroborated by others. [0]
  • Trenton NJ cop investigated for refusing to render aid to stop fight because he was working off-duty security job [0]
  • Rapides Parish LA sheriff’s narcotics supervisor was charged w/malfeasance relating to unspecified activities he had with 3 female suspects [2]
  • Lebanon OH police policies are being criticized as possibly being in violation of state laws after a police officer fatally shot a family’s pet cat in the head after a neighbor called to complain when it snuck out [0]
  • Brigantine NJ now-former cop charged with stealing funds from police union while he was treasurer [1]
  • Lincoln Parish LA deputy arrested for allegedly misusing his status as an officer to coerce someone into selling him a car at reduced price [1]
  • Phoenix AZ cop who is the mayor’s son was suspended for 4 days for inappropriately touching female city worker and having sex with another while on duty [0]
  • Reading OH cop under investigation & may be reprimanded after boy snaps photo of him driving while texting on duty [0]

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-25-11

Here are the 24 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, August 25, 2011:

  • 6 El Monte CA cops are accused of using excessive force in an incident that left the man shown above nearly blind when almost every bone in his face was broken. The claim filed by his lawyer also alleges that police held his 3-year-old nephew at bay with a gun or taser when the child tried to stop it. [3]
  • Tampa FL settled a lawsuit for $35k to the man shown above who suffered severe facial injuries when he was tasered because he couldn’t understand the commands police were giving him. Charges against him were eventually dismissed. [0]
  • A Canton OH cop who made national news earlier this year for a videotaped traffic stop where he threatened to kill a passenger, then again in another video involving similar threats, is now the subject of a third video showing him making death threats during a questionable traffic stop. Apparently he’s had over a dozen complaints but the police chief insists he didn’t know the guy was a problem until now. [0]
  • Austin TX settles a lawsuit for $750k to the family of an 18yr-old who was shot to death after being startled while sleeping in a car by an off-dute cop who was working security. [0]
  • Ohio County WV now-former deputy was convicted on 2 counts of sexual assault on a 14yr-old girl back in 2003. He later left that agency and began work in a Chicago suburb then as a Washington DC cop when he was arrested. [0]
  • Brown County TX sheriff’s dept, a Texas Ranger & a state trooper are being sued alleging they let a cop continue molesting a teen just so they could catch him in the act in order to get an airtight case against him. [3]
  • Findlay OH police sgt sentenced to 60 days for impersonating his stepdaughters online, transmitting nude pics of them to others, and using police databases to look up info on their friends. [0]
  • The New York NY cop who was recently arrested for raping a schoolteacher at gunpoint may now be a possible suspect in 2 other unsolved sexual assaults. [0]
  • Country Club Hills MO cop was charged w/corruption by a public servant on allegations he coerced a DUI suspect into sex as a way to get out of the charges. [0]
  • A Washington DC cop is under investigation on allegations she failed to take action after witnessing a murder committed by a man she was involved with. [0]
  • Broward County FL deputy arrested on possession charges after allegedly caught buying steroids in an IHOP parking lot [0]
  • San Mateo Co CA sheriff sued by a mentally disabled man who spent 40 days in jail after he was coerced into making false confession over a phoned-in bomb threat that phone records proved he never made. [3]
  • Columbus NM police chief pleads guilty to corruption, conspiracy & gun smuggling charges in a scandal that also involves that town’s mayor and 13 others [0]
  • Carbondale IL cop sentenced to 30yrs prison for robbing a bank using his service weapon along with an accomplice [0]
  • Redmond OR police lieutenant sentenced to 90days & loss of his police certification for selling firearms he stole from his dept [0]
  • Orland Hills IL sued by ex-cop claiming he was fired in retaliation for reporting an alleged ticket fixing incident to the FBI [3]
  • Monroe Co NY deputy arrested on allegations he sexually abused a woman then choked her teenage son in seperate incident. [0]
  • RCMP officer in Enfield NS was arrested after violating probation by allegedly uttering death threats to his wife [0]
  • Ocala FL cop fired for pattern of complaints & discipline now including a DV incident that is currently under investigation [0]
  • Dallas TX cop arrested on family violence assault & interfering with an emergency call charges involving a domestic dispute with his wife [0]
  • Baltimore Co MD police sgt who is the head of that police union got a plea deal for an assault charge that returned his police powers and will eventually clear his record of the conviction if he doesn’t violate probation. [0]
  • Monroe LA cop indicted for mail fraud & false statements, he allegedly sold about $193k in stolen goods on eBay that were shoplifted by an accomplice then lied to federal investigators about it. [0]
  • An Anchorage AK cop was sentenced to 3mo prison & $10k fine for fraudulently staying in US using a stolen passport [0]
  • Earlville IL cop resigns after an arrest last year for allegedly selling marijuana on duty & official misconduct, and arrest we certainly didn’t see reported until now. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-24-11

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, August 24, 2011:

  • A Woodford County IL deputy and at least 1 of 4 Washburn IL cops have been suspended while under investigation for two alleged excessive force incidents in 1 day including an incident that left one man hospitalized in critical condition. [2]
  • Columbia Heights MN cop is accused of bodyslamming a man into the pavement which left him with a brain injury but the officer claims that he just fell because he was drunk. However, the family claims that tests at the hospital found no traces of alcohol or drugs and the man’s injuries, including facial and neck fractures in addition to lower back injuries, seem too excessive to be attributed to a simple fall. [4]
  • A Stanislaus County CA deputy is the subject of a suit by a homeless woman claiming excessive force was used and policies ignored when the deputy’s police dog attacked her and left her with serious arm injuries after a chase sparked when police threatened to have her truck, that she lived in, towed. The K9 handler and his partner have apparently been involved in a number of questionable police dog attacks. [3]
  • Pittsburgh PA cop was found liable for unjustifiably dragging a man from a car & tasering him. However, the same jury that found him at fault only awarded him $269 to cover his initial medical bill. [0]
  • Cook County IL jury acquitted a woman on wiretapping charges that were filed against her for recording her interview with two internal affairs officers who were trying to deter her from filing a complaint against an officer she accused of groping her while responding to her domestic disturbance call. Oddly, the status of that complaint is sealed so there’s no way to know if the officer was even investigated and it doesn’t sound like the two IA cops were investigated for trying to deter a complainant. [0]
  • Baltimore MD settles suit for $30k to a woman who was injured while she was being arrested when she tried to stop her grandson who was yelling at police while they were arresting a suspected drug dealer. [3]
  • An investigative AP report reveals info on New York NY police department’s secret spy agency that may be violating civil rights in their anti-terrorism espionage efforts which were apparently assisted by the CIA. [5]
  • Tulsa OK cop was found guilty on 7 perjury & 2 deprivation of rights charges in a police corruption trial but the same jury found a second officer involved in that case not guilty. [0]
  • Philadelphia PA cop pleads guilty to conspiracy & possession of steroids w/intent to distribute as part of a steroid ring which also involves 2 other officers still facing trial. [0]
  • Hollister CA police sergeant charged w/felony for allegedly embezzling $102k from the police union he lead until retiring [0]
  • Portland OR police capt with a history of disciplinary issues is now under investigation for an alleged off-duty road rage incident in Idaho where he displayed a gun. [1]
  • Rutherford County TN deputy resigned while under investigated for allegedly pointing a gun at a man in a taxi while he was drunk [0]
  • Washington Twp NJ cop was alleged to be behind the wheel of a car in a hit & run accident that left a pedestrian critically injured [2]
  • Delaware River & Bay Authority police officer is accused of impersonating a state trooper & stealing another driver’s ID in an apparent road rage case [0]
  • Henry Co GA cop was among 7 arrested on burglary charges for stealing over $700 worth of items from a home they mistakenly thought was foreclosed [0]
  • Cordova IL cop arrested for intimidation when he supposedly told a businessman that he would make sure his 911 calls were ignored if he didn’t fire two employees he had a problem with. [0]
  • Aurora CO cop gets probation in a plea deal over an accident caused while street racing with 2 kids in his car [0]
  • Jacksonville FL cop is suspected of driving drunk after he was involved in an accident on the way home from work in his police cruiser. Troopers say they smelled alcohol on his breath and found beer spilled on the floorboard of his cruiser.  [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-23-11

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

  • San Francisco CA police in the above video are being accused of using excessive force on female protester at end of protest against BART police [3]
  • 2 Seaside Heights NJ cops accused of arresting 2 men on video, above, and beating one of them after shutting off the cell phone videotaping them. Apparently because one of them was videotaping one of the officers. [0]
  • Syracuse NY cop gets unspecified discipline but no charges after caught on video, above, slamming a cuffed man into his cruiser [1]
  • Ottawa ON sued by man alleging cops beat him, stripped him, then tried to crush his testicles against cell bars [3]
  • Burlington ON & Halton ON cops accused of excessive force by judge dismissing case against man who had arm broken [3]
  • Chicago IL cop in SOS scandal sentenced to probation in plea to false report about warrantless raid caught on video [0]
  • Corpus Christi TX cop found guilty of indecency with child for groping a 12yr-old girl during an ATV ride [0]
  • Rockaway Beach OR cop who coached softball team arrested for encouraging child sexual abuse & other charges [0]
  • Madison NJ cop pleads guilty to child pornography charge for asking what he thought was 13yr-old girl for nude pics [0]
  • Los Angeles Co CA sheriff reaches tentative $900k settlement w/family of woman who died after released from jail [0]
  • Craven Co NC deputy sentenced to 60days jail after pleading to charges over fatal on-duty 100mph crash [0]
  • Regina SK cop charged w/assault on unspecified allegations that he used excessive force on a man in custody [2]
  • New Britain CT police capt faces new allegations of sexual misconduct raised during testimony in suit by other cop [0]
  • Colonial Regional Police PA cop charged w/assaulting his estranged wife in custody dispute in front of 9yr-old son [0]
  • Palm Beach Co FL deputy arrested for allegedly smuggling contraband into jail in exchange for stolen debit cards [0]
  • Moorehead State Univ KY cop indicted on shoplifting charges along with wife accused of stealing from Walmart [0]
  • Midwest City OK now-retired police major charged for falsely claiming 2.5hrs overtime when GPS showed he was home [0]
  • Redding CA cop suspended after arrested on suspicion of drunk driving while behind wheel of city-owned vehicle [1]
  • Tucson AZ cop arrested on drunk driving, agg assault & other charges after rear ending another car while off duty [0]
  • North Muskegon MI cop who also works for Roosevelt Park MI gets suspended sentence for crashing into home while DUI [0]
  • Pittsburgh PA cop on paid leave after charged w/insurance fraud and related crimes involving off-duty accident [0]
  • Gage Co NE deputy arrested on drunk driving allegations after being pulled over for speeding while off duty [0]
  • Turner Co GA sheriff resigns & pleads to violating oath for giving pal’s wife pot from evidence to treat cancer. Honestly, I didn’t want to add this one since my wife’s dad died of cancer and she would tell me how marijuana was the only thing that seemed to help him with the pain. But, it is a plea to a criminal charge so I have to add it like any other criminal case. [0]

Before I go, I had a bit of time to make to variations of bumper stickers based on the “If you see something, film something” poster I designed since a couple people said they were interested in that. I’m not sure if I’m happy with the design yet, but it’s what I was able to do in the time I had. Let me know what you think.
If You See Something, Film Something 2 bumpersticker
If You See Something, Film Something bumpersticker
That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-22-11

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, August 22, 2011:

  • Bay City MI settles suit for $1mil to family of 15yr-old who died after tasered. While police claim he was tasered for taking up a “fighting stance”, witnesses claim he was cuffed when he was tasered. [0]
  • Gretna LA cop who is already the subject of an excessive force case where a police dog bit off a man’s penis is now being sued by a man claiming the officer tasered him and his 7-year-old son during a traffic stop then beat him afterward. [3]
  • Washington Park IL cop pleads to rights charge for firing at car, illegally jailing 2 men & unrelated fraud charges [0]
  • Portsmouth VA cop sued by man claiming he was tasered while handcuffed in drug arrest that was later dismissed [3]
  • Palmetto FL cop arrested for threatening wife & kids w/rifle & taser had history of 14 disciplinary cases in 11yrs [0]
  • Trenton NJ cop arrested on agg assault & other charges for allegedly pointing gun at girlfriend & threatening her [0]
  • Cranford NJ cop suspended w/o pay after arrested for alleged on-duty criminal sexual contact & official misconduct [0]
  • Harrison Co IN sheriff gets 9mo house arrest in plea deal to groping employees & covering it up w/intimidation [0]
  • Philadelphia PA cop w/history of retaliatory false arrests subject of 3rd suit alleging yet another false arrest [0]
  • Draper UT K9 cop arrested on drug paraphernalia charge after allegedly caught on video smoking heroin in patrol car [0]
  • Chicago IL police sgt threatens & takes ID from traffic cop who put boot on car of cop who had 62 unpaid tickets [0]
  • Boone IA cop subject of state criminal investigation into unspecified allegations after resigning last week [2]

Before I go there are two reports I’m trying to figure out.

First, there appears to have been a mass detention incident in the aftermath of the second OpBART protest by groups including Anonymous in San Francisco California over two shooting deaths and Bay Area Rapid Transit’s attempt to quell potential protests by shutting down cellular service. We’ve seen a number of suits arise out of similar police actions during protests where, instead of singling out individual troublemakers, the police just round everyone up in the area including innocent bystanders and reporters…. which appears to have happened here. However, nobody has come out yet and alleged that it was an illegal action which makes me wonder, was it legal? What do you think?

Second, someone sent me an email about this case in Vilas County Wisconsin where an off-duty deputy mistakenly shot his niece was a cougar while she was playing a practical joke on him. These ones are difficult as it’s a call between an honest mistake and culpable negligence. Yes, the niece unintentionally put herself at risk during the prank, but the deputy violated a general gun safety rule by firing at an unconfirmed target. I think this is one to watch to see how the internal investigation turns out, but the niece isn’t pressing charges so I don’t think we’ll see criminal negligence called on it. What do you think?

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

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