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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-12-12

Here are the 11 stories of misconduct tracked for Wednesday, September 12, 2012:

  • Quartzite, Arizona: The police chief was fired for gross negligence and willful misconduct; he had workers run criminal background checks on people that he didn’t like.
  • Update: Fresno, California: An officer pleaded not guilty to raping an unconscious woman. His lawyer said that the charges are a “mischaracterization of a consensual encounter.” The complaint, however, says that the officer drugged and raped the woman, and  also accuses him of taking nude photos of her.
  • New Rochelle, New York: An officer was arrested for allegedly trying to send a sexually explicit video to an undercover investigator posing as a 15-year-old girl.
  • Duson, Louisiana: The assistant police chief was suspended amid allegations of wrongdoing, including unlawful arrests. He is also accused of giving false testimony and making an illegal search and seizure during the investigation into a missing 15-year-old girl.
  • Tooele County, Utah: A deputy had his law enforcement credentials suspended for driving drunk. “Drinking and driving is totally intolerable in our department,” said the county sheriff.
  • Piedmont, Alabama: An officer was fired for violations, including conduct unbecoming an officer. The department declined to release the details.
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut: Two officers are being disciplined after either failing or refusing to take a drug test. “We take these kinds of offenses seriously,” said the police chief.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Two officers are accused of a utility theft scheme that netted them thousands of dollars. The warrant for the officers says that they were running the identical scheme at four residential properties.
  • Portland, Oregon: A man has filed a lawsuit against officers who shot him on his own property after he went outside with a gun to investigate what he thought were intruders on his lawn. He says the officers were negligent for failing to identify themselves, or give him any warning or command to drop his gun. According to the suit, once the man was shot by the front door of his home, his wife and five children, between the ages of 5 and 17, were ordered to leave the house – having to step around or over his wounded body – before officers moved in to get him medical care. Law enforcement never apologized to him or his family, the suit says.
  • King County, Washington: A 70 page report was released that says the sheriff’s review board has an “absence of serious deliberation and explicit reasoning.”
  • Madison County, Wisconsin: A woman is suing officers for using excessive force when they tased her no less than ten times during an arrest.


And Find Out Why Your Police Dept Destroyed Evidence

From the Dallas Morning News:

MESQUITE — A Garland police officer is on restricted duty after authorities say he fired as many as 41 shots at an apparently unarmed man last month, killing him.

Garland police also said Tuesday that dash-cam video revealed that Officer Patrick Tuter crashed his squad car into a truck driven by the suspect, Michael Vincent Allen, before the shooting started. Initial reports had said Allen had hit Tuter’s car, prompting the officer to open fire.

“It’s still under investigation,” said Garland police spokesman Officer Joe Harn. “We’re trying to find out exactly why he started shooting.”

Well, isn’t he cooperating?  Perhaps a video would shed some light on this, but note:

Wallace took cellphone pictures and video after the shooting stopped, but he said Mesquite police confiscated the phone and deleted the video and pictures.


H/T: Carlos Miller.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-11-12

Here are the 8 stories of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, September 11, 2012:

  • Albemarle, North Carolina: Investigators are probing the police department over allegations that a former drug detective may have taken evidence from crime scenes.
  • St. Louis, Michigan: A local family says their dog was shot and killed at the hands of a police officer. Lori Walmsley, a neighbor, says she saw the incident. Walmsley said the officer asked if the was dog hers.  She said “no,” but told the officer Scout wasn’t dangerous. She says the officer tried to catch the dog, who apparently didn’t want to be caught. The dog tried to run away and when cornered by the officer, let out a little growl. Walmsley says she couldn’t believe what happened next. “He just started shooting him, he just kept shooting him in the head,” she said. “I said, ‘What are you doing? He’s just a puppy!'”
  • Yonkers, New York: A man has filed suit against the city and officers, claiming that excessive force was used against him. He says officers struck him in the face with a baton and fractured his jaw while questioning him about a hit-and-run accident.
  • Opa-locka, Florida: When the FBI launched a sting at a notorious drug den, and later tied its members to a fatal armored car heist, they discovered that one of the alleged operatives at the helm of the narcotics ring was an Opa-locka police captain. Capt. Arthur Balom accepted bribes, provided the armored car killer with a bulletproof vest and helped sabotage the FBI’s drug sting, according to allegations made in court documents.
  • Fairfield County, Ohio: A deputy is on paid administrative leave after he was charged with domestic violence and abduction.
  • Fortuna, California: Parents, whose son was shot by an officer, are filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the city. The lawsuit says that the man was unarmed and “posed no imminent threat of death or serious physical injury.”
  • Centreville, Maryland: A sheriff was accused of retaliating against a deputy. That deputy now seeks $10 million in damages in a lawsuit, alleging she was fired for accusing the sheriff of inappropriate touching.
  • Camden, New Jersey: An officer has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his role in planting drugs on suspects. He receive the maximum sentence from the judge, even though his lawyers asked for leniency.

Corrupt Police Department in Florida

From the Miami Herald:

When the FBI launched a sting at the notorious drug den, and later tied its players to a fatal 2010 armored car heist, they discovered to their surprise that one of the alleged operatives at the helm of the Back Blues narcotics ring was an Opa-locka police captain.

Capt. Arthur Balom, 44, accepted bribes, provided the armored car killer with a bulletproof vest and helped sabotage the FBI’s drug sting, according to allegations made in court documents.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-08-12 to 09-10-12

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, September 8 to Monday September 10, 2012:

  • New York, New York: An officer was fired for ticketing dead people. He says he did it to meet the NYPD’s supposedly non-existent monthly quotas.
  • Collingdale, Pennsylvania: An officer was suspended after she was arrested for an alleged DUI.
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Two officers were arrested in one week. The chief has expressed his disappointment saying, “This agency shouldn’t be judged by the actions of one officer. We’re not going to sweep things under the rug, we’re going to take the appropriate action. If that means arresting and terminating an officer for those offenses, than so be it.”
  • Chicago, Illinois: An off-duty officer who crashed into a disabled car and killed two men pleaded guilty to a DUI. He was found walking away from the crash when he was apprehended. When taken to the hospital, his blood-alcohol level was about triple the legal amount. Previously, the officer has been involved in two other serious wrecks.
  • Update: Little Rock, Arkansas: Officer John Hastings has been charged with manslaughter in the death of a 15-year-old boy. The autopsy indicates that the boy’s head was turned to the right, looking over his shoulder when he was shot in the head.
  • Collin County, Texas: A sergeant was arrested and accused of family violence assault, a misdemeanor. He is on administrative leave while the investigation continues.
  • Allen Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was arrested and accused of using the Sheriff’s Office credit card to purchase 6,949 gallons of gas with an approximate value of $24,300. If convicted he faces 15 years in prison and an $8,000 fine.
  • Palm Springs, California: A deputy has been arrested and booked on charges of possession of a loaded firearm while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic needle.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-07-12

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, September 7, 2012:

  • Bexar County, Texas: Sheriff’s deputy on administrative leave after she was arrested on charge of driving while intoxicated.
  • Salt Lake City, Utah: The son of a man who died in police custody has filed a lawsuit. He says the police caused his father’s death. Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Burbank for the second time denied police used a Taser on Nelson. Burbank said investigators collected the officers’ Tasers at the scene and checked their digital history. When a Taser is deployed, it creates a digital record and produces a tiny slip of paper with identifying marks that match the cartridge that was fired, Burbank said.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: Authorities are concerned that alcohol may have been a factor in an off-duty, officer-involved shooting.
  • Update: Broomfield, Colorado: Officers were cleared in the fatal shooting of a man who fired an air-soft gun at them.
  • Gallatin County, Montana: A felony charge against a deputy accused of assaulting a teenage inmate has resurfaced. The officer put his hands around a girl’s neck and pushed her against a wall while she was wearing a restraint belt and handcuffs. The officer admitted to investigators that his intent was to scare her so she would comply with him. He said that his acts were forceful and not the type he had been trained to use.
  • Hubbard Township, Ohio: An officer was arraigned on domestic-violence charges and placed on immediate suspension.
  • London, Kentucky: A trooper tried to trade drugs in exchange for sex. He was sentenced to 74 months in prison for drug trafficking and carrying a firearm while trafficking prescription narcotics.
  • Columbus, Ohio: A federal lawsuit filed against a variety of law enforcement agencies and the county states law enforcement shot an unarmed man eight times without cause.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An officer faces federal charges for allegedly obtaining illegal prescriptions through forgery. He faces up to 56 years in prison.
  • Anchorage, Alaska: The city will pay more than $5.5 million to 11 women who claimed they were sexually assaulted by a police officer now serving 87 years in prison for rape. Paul Stockler, an attorney for one of the women, said his client was raped while she was in handcuffs in 2009. The woman, who was detained in a DUI case but not cited, reached a settlement of more than $947,000, plus she will receive an annuity of $1,000 a month for life, Stockler said. “There isn’t anyone that would go through or put their daughter through what any of these girls went through for any sums of money that any of them collected,” he said.

90+ Arrests of DC Cops Past 4 Years

From the Washington Examiner:

In the past three and a half years, more than 90 D.C. police officers — from detectives to captains to the rank-and-file cops on the street — have been arrested, a Washington Examiner analysis of police data has revealed.

Metropolitan Police Department officers have been nabbed within the District and as far away as Florida. They’ve been arrested on charges ranging from to child pornography to murder. The majority are DUI and domestic violence arrests, though some cases stand out.




Officer Shoots a Fleeing, Handcuffed Suspect

From the Washington Post:

Calvin Kyle, 26, had been pulled over, handcuffed and put in a police cruiser after he was seen riding a stolen motorcycle near County Road and Marlboro Pike in District Heights, law enforcement officials said. But as District Heights Police Sgt. Johnnie Riley attended to other matters, Kyle got out of the cruiser and began to run, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation. … Family members said that they had been told that Kyle was in and out of consciousness and had no feeling in his legs. It was unclear, they said, if he would walk again, though it appeared he would survive.

Of all the aspects of police training, the one thing that ought be crystal clear is the circumstances in which deadly force is justified.  This does not seem like a close call.

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