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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-21-12

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, December 12, 2012:

  • Oviedo, Florida: A police officer has resigned from the force after being accused of stalking a woman. An internal investigation found the officer violated several department policies when he followed a bank teller after asking for her phone number hours earlier.
  • Commerce City, Colorado: An officer was charged with a felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals. He shot a dog and it was caught on tape.
  • Update: San Diego, California: A woman filed a claim in court, accusing an officer of pulling her hair during a struggle in front of her burning home.
  • Gallatin, Tennessee: An officer pleaded guilty to drunken driving. He was sentenced to serve two days in jail for the charge.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: Former Police Lieutenant has been convicted of theft and forgery three years after she was put on leave for stealing money from a police organization.
  • Hertford County, North Carolina: A former chief deputy sheriff has been indicted by a federal grand jury for violating an inmate’s civil rights. He was charged this summer with assault inflicting serious injury and simple assault after an altercation that took place in a courtroom involving an inmate
  • Greene County, Tennessee: A former deputy pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of a woman. While on duty, he admits to pulling a man and woman over during a traffic stop. Court documents state the woman told the officer she would do anything to get out of charges. They met, and the woman performed a sexual act with him.
  • Catabwa County, North Carolina: A former sheriff’s deputy says she was sexually harassed by a superior officer and the sheriff retaliated and fired her when she complained.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-20-12

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, December 20, 2012:

  • Lexington, Kentucky: A University of Kentucky officer has been fired after a student posted a video of officers entering his room and searching it.
  • Chicago, Illinois: The officer in charge of an “elite” Special Operations Section that ransacked homes without warrants and shook down drug dealers for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash pleaded guilty to those crimes. He also pleaded guilty to ordering a hit on another officer.
  • Oroville, California: A Chico police officer pleaded no contest to charges stemming from an off-duty incident outside a casino.
  • Maury, Tennessee: An officer was charged with solicitation of sex with a minor and booked into jail on a $15,000 bond. He has been terminated.
  • Houston, Texas: A Philadelphia police officer was arrested at the Houston Texans’ stadium for resisiting arrest.
  • Albany, New York: An off-duty state trooper was arrested after police say he crashed his own car while driving drunk.
  • Denver, Colorado: A police officer, charged with sexually assaulting a woman he pulled over, was found guilty.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-19-12

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, December 19, 2012:

  • Little Rock, Arkansas: An officer faces a third-degree battery charge stemming from a domestic incident.
  • Naples, Florida: An officer was arrested by deputies for driving under the influence and resisting an officer with violence. “It’s unfortunate that one of our officers is involved in this type of situation when it’s something we work very hard at combating on a daily basis,” said the police chief.
  • Waterloo, Illinois: A state police officer was charged with aggravated domestic battery and unlawful restraint. He is accused of choking his girlfriend, and preventing her from leaving his house.
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: An officer with 8 years on the department was arrested on suspicion of theft while on duty and misconduct in public officer. He is currently suspended with pay, per state law.
  • Update: Delaware, Ohio: A highway patrol trooper and a sheriff’s deputy have been convicted of dereliction of duty in relation to an intoxicated man who was taken to a fast-food restaurant and was later struck and killed by a vehicle.
  • Dover Township, Pennsylvania: A state police trooper is facing criminal charges and has been suspended without pay after a domestic incident was sparked over Facebook.
  • Irving, Texas: Two women are suing two state troopers and the police department head. They allege that there was an illegal “roadside body cavity search” during a traffic stop.
  • Seattle, Washington: The police arrested two off-duty officers following a hit-and-run crash. A witness saw the incident.
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: A police officer has been arrested after being accused of receiving stolen property.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-15-12 to 12-18-12

*Note* I was out of the office Monday, so this recap includes an extra day.

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, December 15 to Tuesday, December 18, 2012:

  • Chicago, Illinois: An officer and his family were awarded $565,000 in damages after police raided their home. Findings showed that one officer was at fault for a falsified warrant and two others were responsible for the illegal search.
  • New York, New York: A former officer accepted a $340,000 settlement in her lawsuit against the city. Her male supervisor beat her up while she was an officer, and she says that the NYPD ignored her complaints and did nothing to stop the abuse.
  • Detroit, Michigan: An officer pleaded guilty to lying on her overtime sheets and collecting nearly $30,000 in overtime pay that she never earned.
  • Maywood, Illinois: A police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman he encountered while on patrol. He is facing two counts of criminal sexual assault and one count of official misconduct.
  • Buffalo, New York: The officer who was fired this year amid allegations that he organized parties involving prostitutes pleaded guilty. He faces up to a year in jail.
  • Update: Rogersville, Tennessee: A judge has sentenced a former sheriff’s deputy to 10 years in prison on 75 theft-related charges. The counts stem from drugs being taken from the sheriff’s evidence locker.
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: An officer was place on unpaid administrative leave following his arrest on felony charges including fraudulent worker’s compensation activities.
  • Hidalgo County, Texas: Two deputies and two officers have been charged with protecting drug smugglers’ shipments of narcotics. They reportedly used their positions to get thousands of dollars for facilitating and protecting drug shipments.
  • Update: Salt Lake City, Utah: The FBI is now investigating an officer. She allegedly was arresting sober people for DUI. Two judges say that she lied on the stand.

‘A slap on the wrist’

From the Washington Post:

IF A WITNESS hadn’t shot video of two Prince George’s County police officers savagely beating John McKenna, a University of Maryland student, after a March 2010 men’s basketball game, that would probably have been the end of it. The officers didn’t file a report, as required, on their use of force. When initially questioned about the beating, they lied. And when they filled out the initial paperwork on the incident, police said Mr. McKenna had sustained his injuries, including a concussion, from being kicked by a police horse.

Yes, a real eye-opener.  Consider: If there was no video, the cover-up would have succeeded.  Even with compelling videotaped evidence of wrongdoing, just a slap on the writs–just enough to say, “something was done about it.”

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-14-12

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, December 14, 2012:

  • Update: Washington Township, New Jersey: An officer is facing 13 criminal charges in connection to an arrest. The charges include official misconduct, submitting a false report, harassment, tampering with public records, and more. He has been suspended without pay per the ruling of an official hearing.
  • West Pittston, Pennsylvania: A state police trooper was charged with falsely filing a report claiming she was assaulted. She was arraigned by a district judge on three counts of false reports to law enforcement, among other charges.
  • Wicomico County, Maryland: A deputy has been charged with using his position as a school resource officer to allegedly sexually abuse a student.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: An officer has been sentenced to two years probation, four months of home confinement, ordered to pay $14,000 and must execute 100 hours of community service. He was convicted of mail fraud.
  • Mobile, Alabama: An officer was arrested on charges of drug trafficking has resigned. He was caught delivering more than 3 pounds of high-grade marijuana by other deputies.
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico: Seven women, including two former officers, a judge, and an officer’s wife, are suing the police department and the chief, claiming he knew about harassment and did nothing. It was filed against a now-former officer, and the complaints go back a decade.
  • Update: Des Moines, Iowa: A federal judge sentenced an officer to 20 months in prison for his use of excessive force during a traffic stop. According to reports, the officer severely beat a man with a police baton.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-13-12

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, December 13, 2012:

  • James Island, South Carolina: An officer faces one count of leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death. The officer was charged for leaving the scene of a crash after he struck and killed a bicyclist.
  • Tacoma, Washington: A state trooper is facing charges that he failed to immediately report child-abuse allegations against his father. He allegedly waited three weeks before reporting the abuse to other law-enforcement officers.
  • Licking County, Ohio: A police officer who impregnated his live-in girlfriend’s daughter three times was sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison. He was accused of beginning a sexual relationship with the girl when she was just 8, but the officer admitted to having sex with her only after she was 16. She is now 26 and their eldest child is 10.
  • Hamilton County, Ohio: An officer has been indicted for theft, receiving stolen property, and tampering with records. He could go to prison for nine years.
  • Forest City, Iowa: A police officer was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. He was convicted of arson and burglary.
  • Wyandotte, Michigan: An officer was suspended for 30 days without pay after admitting to taking a patrol rifle home, just to prove a point.
  • Update: Milwaukee, Wisconsin: The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission reversed itself and upheld the firing of an officer for repeatedly punching a handcuffed woman. Previously, the commission had ruled to re-hire the officer but heard the case again after there was intense public pressure.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-12-12

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, December 12, 2012:

  • Raton, New Mexico: A police officer has resigned following a recent gathering at his home that allegedly involved underage drinking.
  • Oakland, California: A college instructor and activist who was thrown to the ground by police and struck twice with a baton during an Occupy protest has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.
  • Atlanta, Georgia: A police officer was convicted of sexually assaulting a then 13-year-old girl while he was on-duty. He was sentenced to five years probation and must register as a sex offender.
  • Camden, New Jersey: A retired police sergeant was sentenced to eight months in federal prison for his admitted role as the supervising officer of a corrupt anti-drug squad that stole cash, conducted illegal searches, planted drugs and falsified reports.
  • Muncie, Illinois: City police are investigating reports that a police officer and a former police chief and current 911 director physically assaulted two men at a bar.
  • Bal Harbour, Florida: The police chief was suspended with pay after a report was released by the Department of Justice. The report slams the police agency for allegedly misspending millions in drug money seized from criminals. The report fingers the police chief for professional misconduct.
  • Delcambre, Louisiana: A police officer faces up to 40 years in prison after his conviction on charges of sexual battery and second-degree kidnapping for inappropriately touching a woman he had detained.
  • Indian River County, Florida: An officer has been charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious battery toward male children between the ages of 12 and 16. He has been accused of giving children alcoholic beverages and then molesting them.
  • Berkshire County, Massachusetts: A deputy is facing drunken driving and harassment charges in New York following a traffic stop, according to information recently released by New York law enforcement officials.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-11-12

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, December 11, 2012:

  • Charleston County, South Carolina: A lawsuit has been filed against the sheriff’s office and three deputies that alleges the use of excessive force in a traffic stop.
  • Berry Hill, Tennessee: A police officer was arrested on five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. According to the police report, he was found to be in possession of child pornography, and the report suggests that more charges are pending.
  • Nassau Bay, Texas: A police officer was accused of stealing cash and tampering with narcotics evidence from the department’s property room.
  • Little Rock, Arkansas: Prosecutors say that a former officer took money from a drug trafficker and escorted him from an east Arkansas town to a bridge linking the state to Mississippi. “There are good cops and there are dirty cops,” said the federal prosecutor, adding that evidence would show the officer was the latter.
  • Coxsackie, New York: A police officer was arrested for pointing a loaded handgun at an acquaintance.
  • Update: Princeton, West Virginia: The officer who pleaded guilty to meeting a 17-year-old boy in a parking lot, while in uniform, and tried to get the youth to perform oral sex to pay off a debt was sentenced. He was given five years of home confinement. The judge agreed to the lightened sentence because there was no evidence of actual sexual contact between the two.
  • Mahoning County, Ohio: A deputy engaged in a physical altercation with an inmate. He was suspended for three days without pay because he didn’t seek help from another deputy in dealing with the unruly prisoner.
  • Update: Sacramento, California: Federal officials charged an officer with civil rights violations. The officer was accused of raping an arrestee, while on duty, before transporting her to jail.
  • Monicks Corner, South Carolina: An officer who resigned has been charged with exploitation of minors after authorities say they found child pornography on his computer.
  • Charleston, West Virginia: An officer was arrested on drunken driving charges. He is on administrative leave along with another officer who was in the vehicle with him.
  • New Hanover County, North Carolina: An officer was charged with one count of secret peeping and one count of indecent liberties with a minor. He has been terminated from the sheriff’s office.

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