A few things before I get to the day’s reports for Monday.
First, we still really need some donations unfortunately. ISP bill is due tomorrow along with some other bills. Let’s be honest here, trying to survive on donations alone isn’t something I want to do, not to mention that it’s just not feasible. So trust me, I’m looking forward to the day I don’t have to beg anymore more than anyone else.
Second, the 2009 FBI/DOJ Unified Crime Reporting numbers were released today so that means some extra work to be done on my end so that I can readjust our statistical base with the updated data from those reports. I’ll also have to redo our crime rate vs misconduct rate comparison models as well. One thing I did notice after a quick glance at the data we use from those reports is that there was a drop in the number of sworn law enforcement officers nationwide, which I sort of anticipated given the economy. I’m not sure if I can get the numbers in place in time, but I’d like to have the updated numbers used in our 3rd quarter statistical report.
Finally, numbers for today were a bit low since I couldn’t track reports for about half the day today. While I’m hoping anything missed can get caught tonight and tomorrow, it was for a good reason. Fortunately it was because I had an interview for some project work that would allow me to keep working on this project while earning enough to get back on our feet. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
With that said, here are the 15 reports of police misconduct that were tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for Monday, September 13, 2010:
- Tulsa Oklahoma has settled a lawsuit for $85,000 to the family of unarmed illegal immigrant who was fatally shot by police while fleeing. The officers apparently wanted to question him about a robbery that a subsequent investigation sowed that he wasn’t involved with. 
- Utica New York has settled a lawsuit for $150,000 to a man who claimed that at least two police officers, who are allegedly facing two months without pay, left him with an orbital fracture when they beat him while he was cuffed. The officers claimed that he just fell on his face. 
- Two Bakersfield California police officers are the subject of a federal investigation into the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy following a car chase. Officers claim he backed the car he was driving towards them but his family claims the boy had put his hands up in the air and surrendered when he was shot. 
- A St Petersburg Florida police officer is under investigation after fatally shooting two dogs that were fighting, one of those dogs was still a leash being held by it’s owner at the time. 
- A Lafayette Louisiana police major has resigned while he was under investigation over allegations that he failed to assist a woman in medical emergency, that woman apparently died a day later. 
- A Hastings Minnesota police officer has pled guilty to leaving the scene of accident where he had crashed into a utility pole, fled the scene, and then claimed that he was carjacked. 
- A South Carolina state trooper was fired hours after being arrested on DUI charge when he crashed his personal car into retaining wall while off-duty. 
- A Midland Texas police officer has been fired after testing positive for marijuana use after he crashed his police ATV into another ATV driven by a different officer, crashing ATV injuring himself and the other officer. 
- A Bonneville County Idaho deputy has been placed on paid leave after she was arrested on obstruction of justice and domestic violence charges in regards to an unspecified incident. 
- A Boerne Texas police officer is on paid leave after being arrested on terroristic threats charge in an unspecified incident involving his wife.
- A Sandy Utah police officer has pled guilty to theft charges for submitting 158 false tickets and to have taken 56 hours of overtime pay that he didn’t work.
- A Putnum County Tennessee deputy has been fired after being arrested for public intoxication and assault after fleeing deputies responding to his apparent suicide threat. 
- A Spokane County Washington deputy who is currently under investigation for fatally shooting a pastor who was armed when he confronted the deputy on his property when he thought the deputy was a prowler is now under investigation for something else. Apparently investigators think he may have violated departmental policy by way of the sex toy business that he and his wife own. I’m not sure if that classifies as misconduct really, but it’ll be interesting if he gets disciplined over the sex toy biz but doesn’t over the shooting incident. 
That’s it for today, stay safe out there!