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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-11-13

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 11, 2013:

  • Update: Creve Coeur, Missouri: An officer has left his job in the wake of his arrest for allegedly beating, choking and kicking two high school students while off-duty.
  • Corona, California: An officer has been accused of failing to tell her supervisors about the allegations that a 13-year-old boy was being physically and mentally abused by a pastor and two other men.
  • Update: Honolulu, Hawaii: An officer has been sentenced to 4 months in jail for lying to FBI agents about revealing the name and identity of an undercover police officer, the description of an undercover police vehicle, and information and techniques for identifying and eluding police surveillance.
  • Portland, Oregon: A couple has filed a lawsuit against the Portland Police Bureau, saying five officers unlawfully entered their apartment while they were sleeping, tased the man, and forced the woman to stand in her underwear during a search. Police went onto the couple’s balcony and shined lights into the apartment, where the couple was sleeping. After an hour on scene, police decided to enter the apartment through an unlocked front door. “The police said they could enter the home to investigate a possible emergency, not a crime. The heart of this lawsuit is after the police found the couple in bed, they knew that there was no emergency. They should have left the home Instead they turned it into a confrontation and escalated the violence until they had total control.”
  • Update: Salt Lake City, Utah: A trooper who was handing out false DUIs has been fired. There is a lawsuit pending against her as well.
  • Boulder, Colorado: An officer who has been suspended over his role in the killing and disposal of an elk called in sick the night of the shooting and operates a website advertising taxidermy. He, and one other officer, is now a part of a criminal investigation. The other officer shot the elk while on duty.
  • Washington, DC: An officer is now on probation. He has already served 14 months in jail for shooting at a car full of transgender prostitutes who refused to pick him up.
  • Battle Creek, Michigan: An officer will face only one misdemeanor charge after allegedly driving drunk and speeding when his car slammed into mailboxes and signs. Officers on the scene did not draw blood or have the officer perform field sobriety tests, which made it more difficult to charge him with being “super drunk,” which carries more severe penalties.
  • Washington, DC: A woman filed a $6 million civil lawsuit against a D.C. police officer and the D.C. government. Her lawyer filed the suit claiming an officer raped her on several occasions.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-10-13

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 10, 2013:

  • Winston Salem, North Carolina: A police officer was arrested and charged a second time with assaulting his girlfriend. He has been accused of pushing and threatening to kill her.
  • Depew, Oklahoma: A police officer is in jail on complaints of first-degree burglary and assault with intent to commit a felony.
  • Collierville, Tennessee: A police officer has been suspended without pay after he was charged with domestic violence in connection with an argument at his home. His wife sustained bruises on her body from the incident.
  • Update: Snohomish County, Washington: A sheriff’s deputy was fired in connection with a pending criminal case against him. He was charged with second-degree burglary, third degree theft, and third degree malicious mischief.
  • King County, Washington: The County agreed to pay $75,000 to a man who alleged that a deputy used excessive force during an incident. The man suffered a broken nose during the confrontation.
  • Denver, Colorado: An off-duty patrol officer allegedly caused a rollover crash, and was subsequently charged with drunken driving. The officer is still on the job, but not on the streets, while the incident is investigated.
  • Springfield, Massachusetts: An officer was charged with criminal mischief, breach of peace, threatening and reckless endangerment after she allegedly attacked an acquaintance’s car.
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: An officer fatally shot a family pit bull. The owner says that police never knocked on the door to tell his family they would be opening the gate and entering the backyard. “We’re on our property. Our dog should be free to roam wherever he wants in the backyard,” he said.
  • Washington, DC: An officer was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a girl while he was a church choir director. He was charged with first-degree child sexual abuse.
  • Marine City, Michigan: A high school student is still in recovery after a police officer hit him in a head-on collision. The officer’s Blood Alcohol Content was twice the legal limit. “There were witnesses that were behind the driver – they had been on the phone with 911. They had been following him. He was all over the road,” said the teen’s father.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-09-13

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 9, 2013:

  • Pauls Valley, Oklahoma: A pregnant woman, Jamie Lynn Russell, who went to the hospital, has died after police took her to jail. “Jamie was seeking help; she was in extreme pain,” a family friend said. Hospital staff reported Jamie wouldn’t cooperate, in too much pain to even lie down, so employees asked a police officer to assist. When police found two prescription pills that didn’t belong to Jamie, police took her to jail for drug possession. That’s where she sat for less than two hours before being found unresponsive.
  • Chatsworth, Georgia: A deputy has been indicted by a federal grand jury for lying to federal agents and concealing information in order to impede an FBI investigation.
  • Lake County, Florida: An officer admitted that he used an agency credit card to purchase a laptop for his 16-year-old son and then paid the bill with the department’s investigative funds. He has since resigned from his post.
  • Little Canada, Minnesota: A man was charged with obstruction of legal process and disorderly conduct after he filmed officers from more than 30 feet away. “I wish the police around the country would get the memo on these situations,” said a professor of media ethics and media law at the University of Minnesota. “Somebody needs to explain to them that under U.S. law, making video recordings of something that’s happening in public is legal.” The courts have been “pretty clear” on the issue, the professor said. “Law enforcement has no expectation of privacy when they are carrying out public duties in a public place.” Said the man who was charged: “I’m in the right. If they don’t drop it, I’m definitely going to trial.”
  • Macon County, North Carolina: A detective has been served with two misdemeanor criminal summonses; she allegedly made threats to a former high school basketball coach in person, and also threatened a student over Facebook. She was assigned to administrative duties, pending the outcome of the investigation.
  • Elko, Nevada: Despite facing the possibility of life in prison, an officer pleaded guilty to incest and will avoid a public trial and additional charges.
  • Pennsville, New Jersey: An officer admitted to destroying a computer hard drive while he was under investigation. He was allegedly in possession of child pornography. The incident is punishable by 20 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.
  • Elkton, Maryland: A state trooper was fired and charged for sexual solicitation of a minor for purposes of prostitution.
  • Trenton, New Jersey: An officer who was photographed in 2012 allegedly sleeping in his police car lost his gun in the police parking lot.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-08-13

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, January 8, 2013:

  • Seneca County, Ohio: An officer was arrested, fired, and sentenced to 6 months in prison for stealing from the village while he was in office.
  • Vineland, New Jersey: An officer admitted to siphoning $40,000.50 from his union while serving as the treasurer, and then the president, of the organization.
  • Grand Junction, Colorado: The Colorado State Patrol has agreed to pay $1 million to the family of a man shot by officers in his home. The ACLU director stated that not only did the troopers violate the man’s Constitutional rights when they kicked open his door, shot and killed him, but that the supervisors at Colorado State Patrol were responsible for “recklessly deficient training that was the ultimate cause of this needless and preventable death.”
  • Hampton County, South Carolina: A deputy was accused of sexually abusing a child while working as a school resource officer. He has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor and misconduct in office.
  • Update: Irving, Texas: The Department of Public Safety has suspended a second trooper in connection to the highly publicized roadside body cavity search of two women.
  • Newton, Massachusetts: Three officers were caught egging the house of a police sergeant, who is their superior officer.
  • San Antonio, Texas: A police officer has been arrested after federal officials accused him of blackmailing a person with drug possession charges to obtain a $500 payoff.

Disorderly Deputy Arrests Orderly Man With Video Camera


He had been filming from about 30 feet away, he said. Henderson said deputies gave him no warning before Muellner took his camera.

The deputy wrote on the citation, “While handling a medical/check the welfare (call), (Henderson) was filming it. Data privacy HIPAA violation. Refused to identify self. Had to stop dealing with sit(uation) to deal w/Henderson.”

Henderson appeared in Ramsey County District Court on Jan. 2. A pretrial hearing was rescheduled for Jan. 30.

The allegation that his recording of the incident violated HIPAA, or the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, is nonsense, said Jennifer Granick, a specialist on privacy issues at Stanford University Law School.

I like this quote from Henderson:  “I’m in the right,” he said. “If they don’t drop it, I’m definitely going to trial.”    He needs some Patriot-Attorney(s).

Judge Finds ‘Deliberate Indifference’ by NYPD

From the New York Law Journal:

In sum, while it may be difficult to say where, precisely, to draw the line between constitutional and unconstitutional police encounters, such a line exists, and the NYPD has systematically crossed it when making trespass stops outside TAP buildings in the Bronx,” Scheindlin said. “For those of us who do not fear being stopped as we approach or leave our own homes or those of friends and families, it is difficult to believe that residents of one of our boroughs live under such a threat.

For more background, go here.

Does Facebook Help the Prosecution, But Not Defense?

From Wired’s Ryan Tate:

[P]rosecutors generally have an easier time than defense attorneys getting private information out of Facebook and other social networks, as highlighted in an ongoing Portland murder case. In that case, the defense attorney has evidence of a Facebook conversation in which a key witness reportedly tells a friend he was pressured by police into falsely incriminating the defendant.

Facebook rebuffed the defense attorney’s subpoena seeking access to the conversation, citing the federal Stored Communications Act, which protects the privacy of electronic communications like e-mail – but which carves out an exemption for law enforcement, thus assisting prosecutors. “It’s so one-sided … they cooperate 110 percent anytime someone in the government asks for information,” one Oregon attorney told the Portland Oregonian, citing a separate case in which Facebook withheld conversations that could have disproved a rape charge, but turned over the same conversations when the prosecution demanded them.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-05-13 to 01-07-13

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked from Saturday, January 5, to Monday, January 7, 2013:

  • Blackville, South Carolina: A police officer is out of a job after he was arrested for DUI.
  • Sacramento County, California: According to a wrongful-death lawsuit filed in federal court, a jail inmate died a year ago because a sheriff’s deputy and a nurse refused to give him help for constant vomiting of blood over at least 12 hours.
  • Deptford Township, New Jersey: A police officer has been charged in a shooting of a 27-year-old man, in the head, at the officer’s home. He is now on paid leave
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A police officer has been suspended with pay while the department investigates claims that he abused his girlfriend.
  • Jackson, Mississippi: A state trooper has been arrested and charged with statutory rape. He is now on administrative leave without pay.
  • Seattle, Washington: A man has filed a formal complaint against the police, claiming that he was bullied into a beating at the hands of police officers.
  • Vernal, Utah: A resident has filed a federal lawsuit against the city, police officials and two police officers who showed up at his home shortly after his wife died of an illness to count and confiscate her prescription drugs. The man was still by his wife’s side in their bedroom, saying goodbye and crying, while waiting for a mortician and hospice workers. When they arrived, two police officers showed up at the home at the same time, and made him to help them with the prescription drugs.
  • Muscle Shoals, Alabama: The mayor has upheld the termination of an officer who was accused of shooting and killing a dear on federal land, while he was on duty.
  • Camden County, New Jersey: The police chief was charged with harassing a female employee. The interactions included “touching, rubbing, and hugs” that persisted after the employee “indicated this behavior made her uncomfortable,” authorities said.
  • Windsor Locks, Connecticut: The officer whose vehicle hit and killed a 15-year-old boy on a bike was arrested and charged with first-degree manslaughter.
  • Clark County, Nevada: A jail sergeant was booked on charges of felony child abuse or neglect. He has been suspended without pay.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-04-13

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Sevier County, Utah: A highway patrol trooper was arrested and jailed on allegations he had sexually abused a young female relative over the last 8 years. He is on paid administrative leave, pending the investigation.
  • Los Angeles, California: Two officers are under investigation for allegedly preying on women over a period of five years, luring them into an unmarked car and forcing them to perform sex acts, according to court records. Investigators had planned to confront the officers in a surprise operation, but were forced to accelerate those plans, when one of the women unexpectedly filed a lawsuit against the officers. Fearing the officers might destroy evidence, investigators rushed to sequester the officers and seize their computers and phones, police confirmed.
  • Hurst, Texas: A police officer has been fired after being recorded on video threatening a teenager and using profane language. “You can’t help but be embarrassed — not only for the officers that work in our department, but for anybody in the law enforcement profession,” The Hurst Assistant Chief said. “You just expect when an officer shows up, they’re going to be in charge. You don’t want the foul language, anything that looks like it might be overreaction. You just want to be professional, calm and in control of the scene.”
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg, North Carolina: A police officer was arrested and charged with drunk driving on New Years Eve, troopers said.
  • Hearne, Texas: An officer is on paid leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation into a shooting in which he was involved that left a mentally challenged man dead.
  • Creve Coeur, Missouri: An off-duty officer was arrested in connection with the aggravated battery of two high school students on school property. He allegedly beat them up for harassing his girlfriend’s son, and is now under paid administrative suspension while the investigation continues.
  • Mogadore, Ohio: A police officer was arrested for allegedly point a gun at another officer while drunk.

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