Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked by our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, June 1, 2011:
- Franklin Co VA deputy charged with murder for shooting his wife to death after chasing her to a gas station parking lot in his police car. He’s also under investigation, but not charged, for the subsequent shootout he had with state police 20 minutes later that left one trooper wounded.  http://bit.ly/mv1IEe
- 3 Atlanta GA cops investigated over videotaped incident showing cop repeatedly kick man as he laid prone on ground  http://bit.ly/iYUKtI
- Dane County WI deputy fired for excessive force for elbowing & punching cuffed man in a restraint chair at jail  http://bit.ly/mrHYSV
- Ashtabula OH cop faces his 3rd lawsuit in a year by a man who alleges he used excessive force by tasering him then releasing his police dog on him when he was being arrested for drinking a beer on his own property.  http://bit.ly/mnbwBI
- Shenandoah PA police chief sentenced to 13mo and one of his officers was sentenced to 3mo for false reporting in an effort to cover for teens who beat an immigrant to death in a racially-motivated attack.  http://bit.ly/jSk7AB
- West Baton Rouge Parish LA deputy sentenced to 30days & 6mo house arrest for breaking a man’s jaw by beating him then slamming him into a wall in a jail shower in retaliation for an officer who injured himself while chasing him after he stole $20.  http://bit.ly/jfr8sN
- Walton County FL deputy sentenced to 15yrs for breaking his infant daughter’s skull & leg by throwing her into her crib in a fit of rage witnessed by his other children.  http://bit.ly/jkFx8g
- Houston TX cop under investigation of breaking into someone’s house while clad in shorts, barefoot, drunk and off duty in order to chase teens he claimed were smoking cigarettes.  http://bit.ly/mvTGRZ
- 2 Baltimore MD cops get probation & keep their badges after convicted of official misconduct for grabbing teens off the street and interrogating them in a van before dropping them off in the middle of nowhere with no way to get home.  http://bit.ly/mvTGRZ
- Opa-Locka FL sued by mom alleging her son was brutally beaten & raped when cops refused to enforce protection order  http://bit.ly/jbK3ap
- Beaumont TX ISD police officer under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting woman while working security  http://bit.ly/lQp1CE
- Oldham KY cop charged w/harassment for threatening a woman involved in a false arrest lawsuit against that officer by neighbors who allege he uses his position to harass all of them. The chief says he won’t suspend him.  http://bit.ly/iZw3dK
- Louisville KY police sued by man claiming he was jailed 11yrs on wrongful rape & robbery charges due to police misconduct  http://bit.ly/iwqNEp
- Minneapolis MN & St Paul MN settle suit for undisclosed sum to RNC protester injured when shot w/marking round  http://bit.ly/kW4xX6
- Anchorage AK cop pleads guilty to federal charges for living in the country illegally with a stolen passport  http://bit.ly/jJMXwd
- Idaho State trooper on leave while under investigation after supreme court questions his testimony  http://bit.ly/m0YrhR
- DeKalb Co GA deputy indicted for abuse of authority & lying to feds about protecting accused car thieves  http://bit.ly/isd7ql
- Long Beach CA cop sentenced to probation in plea deal for embezzling at least 4 firearms turned over to department  http://bit.ly/k3AjKa
- Maricopa CA told by grand jury to stop aggressive traffic stops & impounds vs Hispanic drivers as revenue source  http://bit.ly/jc60qG
- Newburgh NY cop arrested on DV-related felony assault charge for allegedly hitting woman in face w/glass  http://bit.ly/lp8HmJ
- Ector County TX deputy charged w/misd assault for domestic altercation w/brother, sheriff blames PTSD from a previous shootout.  http://bit.ly/iiVJHn
- Denver CO police detective fired for misleading statements about his mishandled investigation into hit-&-run  http://cbsloc.al/mqVCH8
- Whitemarsh PA cop arrested on drug & theft charges after caught on hidden camera stealing morphine from an ambulance company he helped run.  http://bit.ly/jw7Vj5
That’s it for today, but there’s something I wanted to talk about before I go for the day.
Since there have been a lot of new visitors lately and because a number of people have asked why I’m asking for donations as well as why I started this project I figured it might be a good idea to recap what got us here.
In November of 2006 I was badly beaten then arrested for a crime I didn’t commit. I spent over a month in jail without medical treatment for my injuries and another month on home detention before the charges were dismissed thanks to video evidence that showed I didn’t do what I was accused of, a video that police had obtained just a few days after my arrest… because of the delays and continued prosecution the ordeal cost us over $28,000 in lost wages, medical bills, and attorney costs. As the sole earner for my family, we were devastated.
But it wasn’t over because, as a result of being accused of a crime, my employer began to have doubts about me and gradually began taking me off of projects until I was only working 10 hours a week, which forced me to take on a second job in June of 2007. Almost one year later, after filing a useless complaint and failed attempts to find a lawyer to take up a civil suit to recoup our losses, I began “InjusticeInSeattle.org” which began as an attempt to let people know about what happened to me and to focus on other incidents of misconduct in the Seattle area.
Gradually, as I studied the issue more I discovered that focusing on the local issue wasn’t going to change anything, especially since there was no way to gauge how bad the problem of police misconduct was here in comparison to other places. So I began The National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project in April of 2009 because there was no other source of comparative statistical data about police misconduct in existence… and this kind of information is vital because we cannot hope to help fix a problem that we don’t understand.
However, in the meantime, I had suffered 2 pay cuts at my second job and, shortly after starting the NPMSRP, I finally lost my first job all together. I was forced to do something I never wanted to do, ask for donations.
As the NPMSRP progressed it began getting a little attention, but one of the main problems was that I did it anonymously so people were hesitant to cite it. So, in May of 2010 I went public with my identity despite my fear of retaliation for doing so… In June 2010 I lost my job.
Now, whether the two were connected I’ll never know. My boss was an ardent law enforcement supporter, but I was never given a reason and, after three pay cuts by that point, it really could have been just the economy in general. Still, things went downhill from there. After over 3 months of being unemployed we were finally evicted from our apartment. We found something cheap to live in but it wasn’t a safe place. Luckily I started what was supposed to be a 4.5 month contract in late October, but that ended early in mid-December, shortly after we moved to a safer place.
After another 3 months of unemployment we fell behind in rent. I finally got work on another contract but it was too late and, last month, we were evicted yet again… and now all five of us are living in a hotel room as my contract nears it’s slated end at the end of June.
So, now we find our funds depleted to the point where we can’t afford a deposit on a rental, I’m working a temp job due to end soon, and with 2 evictions on our record it’s a long shot that we’ll find a place to live… and summer is the worst time of year to find work for what I do.
Still, I’ll continue to work on this project for as long as I can, and as long as readers like you want it to continue and want to support it. So, thank you for reading, for your support, and for sticking around through these tough times. May better days be ahead for us all.
Until then… stay safe out there.