National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-05-11

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, May 5, 2011:

  • Basalt CO cop resigns after investigation into excessive force claim reported by deputy who witnessed it [0] http://bit.ly/jUok6t
  • Orlando FL police sued by 85yr-old man who’s neck was broken when cop slammed him to the ground [3] http://bit.ly/lZot1M
  • 2 Cape Coral FL cops accused of excessive force, allegedly threw man out of car at traffic stop, never charged him [3] http://bit.ly/mRaugt
  • Boynton Beach FL cop fired & rehired for tasing cuffed man is arrested for tasering fellow cop to get back at her [0] http://bit.ly/j2ROWd
  • Denver CO cop facing firing for excessive force & lying gets deal for 40 day suspension w/o pay instead [2] http://bit.ly/ipeUaZ
  • Tucson AZ police shown shoving news photographer out of meeting where extensive police presence was questioned [3] http://bit.ly/j8f2Bw
  • Indian River Co FL deputy fired & arrested on battery charges for groping female inmate at jail [0] http://bit.ly/lrWe3f
  • Cincinnati OH cop sentenced to 7mo for using police database to look up info on woman, then pulled her over 12x [0] http://bit.ly/kDcJwN
  • Albuquerque NM cop disciplined w/desk duty for listing job on Facebook as “Human Waste Disposal” after shooting [0] http://bit.ly/iPvvkL
  • Peoria IL cop subject of no stalking order on allegations including that he taped female officers using restroom [3] http://bit.ly/l9dWpa
  • Onondaga County NY sheriff’s dept settles suit for $30k to jail deputy claiming supervisor sexually harassed her [0] http://bit.ly/kswCBq
  • Chesapeake VA cop gets suspended sentence, must register as sex offender for texting nude pics of self to teens [0] http://bit.ly/kua2TR
  • Wilmette IL cop charged w/theft & official misconduct for scamming man out of bond money he didn’t have to pay [0] http://cbsloc.al/lY2PWj
  • Hollister CA police sgt investigated for allegedly embezzling thousands as head of police union until he retired [0] http://bit.ly/mlLB9i
  • Gulfport MS cop arrested on felony child abuse charge over allegations involving girlfriend’s 2yr-old child [1] http://bit.ly/l4VXSQ
  • 2 Hanging Rock OH cops indicted on allegations they demanded & pocketed cash from motorists caught in speed trap [0] http://bit.ly/lxvTSW
  • Windermere FL police dept down to 10 of 24 officers, background checks ordered due to scandal show past problems & extensive criminal histories for some [0] http://bit.ly/iYBeLZ
  • Fife WA police detective investigated for allegedly crashing patrol car while drunk then leaving scene, not tested [1] http://bit.ly/jO1aoE

And finally, to help you feel a bit better after all the misconduct… 4 of the 5 police officers in Cactus Texas have resigned leaving the town scrambling to find replacements. The officers didn’t resign due to misconduct on their part, they resigned because they refused demands by the city manager to arrest people who spoke out against him during a public meeting. The link is to a short article, but it’s well worth the read.

Before I go I want to mention that the news feed will not be updating this Saturday. We have to move out of our home by midnight Saturday so I’ll be pretty busy.  Oh, and sorry tonight’s report is in short format, I’ve been busy packing in between report searches in the short time I have each evening between returning from work and passing out. ; )

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-04-11

Before I start, a reader requested that I tell our Seattle visitors that the ACLU is asking people who have experienced misconduct at the hands of Seattle Washington police officers to call the DOJ and tell them their story while the DOJ is in town performing a pattern or practice investigation for excessive force and racial profiling.

With that said, here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, May 4, 2011:

  • Lebanon TN police are being sued by the family of a man who was fatally shot by a police officer when he mistakenly thought he fired at them when his partner’s gun discharged when he tripped & fell instead. [0] http://bit.ly/kBYo76
  • A Humboldt TN police officer has been sentenced to 2 years in prison after convicted of reckless homicide for fatally shooting a man in the back  during a chase.[0] http://bit.ly/l3S45c
  • Lindenwold NJ police are being sued by a man who suffered a stroke when he claims he was assaulted by a police officer and that officer’s K9 partner. Several witnesses back his allegations that he was attacked when he question the officer about why he had detained his wife. [3] http://bit.ly/koT6nn
  • Phoenix AZ cop under investigation after video surfaces of him shoving woman to ground while responding to call [0] http://bit.ly/lrDBKj
  • Yonkers NY cop sentenced to 8 weekends in jail for assaulting 2 people then falsely arresting one to cover for it [0] http://bit.ly/mRRNin
  • Los Angeles Co CA sheriff’s dept accused of encouraging violent behavior in suit by 2 deputies assaulted at party [0] http://lat.ms/igctOj
  • 2 Prince Albert SK cops suspended & charged w/assault over two seperate alleged excessive force incidents [1] http://bit.ly/kqUQwF
  • Sioux Falls SD police sued by man claiming a flash-bang grenade thrown during SWAT/ICE raid tore a 3 inch hole in his foot, wasn’t arrested [0] http://bit.ly/jjGraT
  • York Regional ON police officer faces sexual assault charges involving woman in police cruiser after arrest [0] http://bit.ly/kSclkv
  • Nassau Co NY cop suspended after caught on video pulling gun at bar & pointing it at employee while drunk [0] http://bit.ly/lvmfzm
  • Panama City FL police officer resigns after cited for battery, allegedly slapped man at bar then kicked him in head [0] http://bit.ly/kNhsq6
  • Galva IL police officer fired after charged w/5 misdemeanors & 3 felonies in alleged domestic violence incident [0] http://bit.ly/jQ3WkY
  • Norfolk VA police officer convicted of misd reckless driving for fatally hitting bicyclist w/patrol car [0] http://bit.ly/mdY7IV
  • Dallas TX police officer sentenced to probation after convicted for masterminding robbery of store he worked at [0] http://bit.ly/jmuOCx
  • Houston TX cop arrested on theft charges for allegedly using his status as a cop to steal money from someone [1] http://bit.ly/ifGEzy
  • Fife WA police lt suspended 3days w/o pay for failing to start investigation into sexual harassment complaints [0] http://bit.ly/j1KMbU
  • San Ramon CA cop arrested on several charges including grand theft in widening CA Narc team (CNET) scandal [0] http://bit.ly/itG2b9
  • Davenport IA police sgt investigated after stand-off sparked by suicidal behavior after demotion for unknown reason [1] http://bit.ly/kkP8mJ
  • Black Mountain NC cop fired after arrested for leading police on chase in attempt to elude after hit & run crash [0] http://bit.ly/l6nztg
  • Raleigh NC police officer charged w/DUI after stopped for speeding with a BAC 2x limit [0] http://bit.ly/mHEScB

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-03-11

Picture from where I do most of the tracking for reports, on a packed bus.

While I could have sworn there were more reports than this today, here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, May 3, 2011:

  • Denver CO police say they’ve reopened an investigation into an excessive force case after the city settled a lawsuit over the incident involving three officers for $795,000. [1] http://bit.ly/kyOBs6
  • Oakland CA settled two lawsuits, the first for $550,000 to a 15-year-old who was shot in the back while being chased by officers and the second for $350,000 for an alleged unlawful raid on a home where marijuana was allegedly being grown. [0] http://bit.ly/lQasM9
  • A San Diego CA police officer is under investigation after cellphone video came out showing him repeatedly punch a man who was being restrained by two other cops. [1] http://bit.ly/l5yA0P
  • 2 Hattiesburg MS police officers are under investigation, one over an alleged excessive force incident that was caught on video and the other on allegations that he fired a gun in the air to break up a dispute during a party at his home. [1] http://bit.ly/mGFKPP
  • A Long Beach CA detective in the youth services section has bee charged with lewd acts and for having sex with a 15-year-old family member. [0] http://bit.ly/k6UPpG
  • A Cashion OK reserve police officer was arrested on a charge of lewd or indecent acts with a child under 16. Apparently reserve officers are certified and have the same authority as a regular officer. [0] http://bit.ly/jPzCJJ
  • An Ada County ID sheriff’s sergeant resigned over sexual misconduct allegations but won’t face charges over those allegations. Meanwhile the alleged victim has filed a lawsuit over the incident. [0] http://bit.ly/l51LDe
  • A Houston TX police officer has been sentenced to 6 years in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting a prostitute twice. He may still face charges involving a second prostitute and for allegedly attempting to do the same to an undercover officer posing as a prostitute as well. [0] http://bit.ly/jD3OV4
  • A Cleveland OH police officer was suspended without pay after arrested on a menacing by stalking charge apparently involving an ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend. [0] http://bit.ly/imcqeI
  • A Dallas TX police officer was found guilty of masterminding an armed robbery of a Sam’s Club where he worked as a security guard while off duty. [0] http://bit.ly/mt9kUg
  • A New Orleans LA police lieutenant was fired for his role in the Henry Glover case where he allegedla, claims retaliation for cooperating w/federal investigation [3] http://bit.ly/lmsPwK
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg NC cop sentenced to 30days for contempt after dashcam contradicted testimony in DUI case [0] http://bit.ly/kmKfSF
  • Tinley Park IL cop suspended after allegedly leaving scene of crash w/injuries after rear-ending vehicle off-duty [0]http://bit.ly/jNI9pF
  • Houston TX police refuse to pay vet bill for pet lab shot in face inside fenced-in lawn by cop looking for burglar [0] http://bit.ly/mEZkZp
  • Pine Lawn MO undercover cop arrested, but not charged, for driving a police car while under the influence [0] http://bit.ly/j419TK

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-02-11

Here are the 19 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, May 2, 2011:

  • Stanislaus Co CA detective charged w/murder for shooting woman during dispute, also faces other unrelated charges [0] http://bit.ly/jYpJhZ
  • San Diego CA 74yr-old homeless activist awarded $3,925 by jury that found cop used unreasonable force during arrest [3] http://bit.ly/mD0tFZ
  • 2 New York NY (Bronx) cops convicted on official misconduct charges for pistol whipping & beating man over dispute [0] http://nydn.us/iZAZMs
  • San Bernardino CA police accused of using excessive force on mentally handicapped man in YouTube video [3] http://bit.ly/mAgZWc
  • Kansas City KS cop indicted on 3 felonies including 1st degree assault for shooting bouncer while drunk at bar [0] http://bit.ly/kNrwPl
  • 2 Baltimore MD police officers found guilty of misconduct for interrogating teens in van then leaving them stranded [3] http://bit.ly/mp51UD
  • US Border Patrol officer pleads guilty to sexual assaulting a young girl repeatedly for several years [0] http://bit.ly/lNLmiO
  • St Tammany Parish LA deputy sentenced to 10yrs after found guilty of incest involving unspecified female relative [0] http://bit.ly/iKm6Iu
  • Macomb IL police accused of indiscriminately pepperspraying students watching block party melee from their porches [3] http://bit.ly/kGvJlx
  • Inkster MI cop sentenced to 90days for willful neglect of duty for lying during drug trial, 2nd cop sentenced [0] http://bit.ly/kWQSuv
  • Middlesex County MA deputy arrested on cocaine trafficking charges after undercover sting operation based on tip [0] http://bit.ly/mpdxzl
  • Marion County IN deputy charged w/3 counts theft on allegations of ghost employment & theft of donated equipment [0] http://bit.ly/mcjVgZ
  • New Orleans LA several police officers accused of possible payroll fraud & double dipping by official report [1] http://bit.ly/jNybkK
  • New Orleans LA police cmdr accused of downgrading crimes for stats & a conflict of interests in traffic cam company [0] http://bit.ly/isAZwL
  • Bremerton WA police narcotics officer indicted on federal charges for illegaly selling firearms before he retired [0] http://bit.ly/mss9XU
  • Franklin Co VA sheriff sued by 2 deputies claiming they were fired for reports that led to sheriff’s indictment [3] http://bit.ly/mAh2v2
  • New York NY (Bronx) police officer sues dept claiming she was fired for failing to meet illegal quotas [3] http://nydn.us/lmdEr2
  • New York NY police detective arrested on DUI charge after found passed out in running car parked in middle of road [0] http://nyp.st/jw2TL1
  • Philadelphia PA police officer arrested on drunk driving charges after minor off-duty accident [0] http://bit.ly/lDVwmA

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

San Bernardino CA Police Accused of Using Excessive Force Against Mentally Handicapped Man

In a video taken by two young and posted to YouTube claims to show San Bernardino California police officers using excessive force on a mentally handicapped man who the girls insist wasn’t doing anything wrong.

The video is unclear as it appears to have been taken after dusk and the young woman who took the video wasn’t able to zoom in. Also, as you can hear on the video, the woman wasn’t sure whether videotaping police was legal. However, you can hear the young women describing the taser hits and the officers chasing the man. They also claim that, while not shown on video, the man’s face was bloody from being struck with batons when they passed by at the end of the video where they were ordered to leave after telling officers the man did nothing wrong.

Police reportedly told the pair that the man was being arrested on allegations that he tried to pull a woman from a car and break into a home. However, the girls counter that they also witnessed the entire incident and that the man was actually trying to get out of the way after a woman backing out of a driveway had almost hit him and that, from what they witnessed, he didn’t try to pull anyone from a car or break into anyone’s home.

Here’s the video that the 20-year-old woman took.

The video is poor quality so it’s very difficult to substantiate the claims being made, however the responses to what’s alleged to have occurred made by the two witnesses as recorded on the video seem to be genuine. Meanwhile, we’re waiting to find out what the official police response to the video and allegations will be.

Rahm’s Choice?

Chicago Illinois mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel picked Newark New Jersey police director Garry McCarthy to be Chicago’s new police chief. The soon to be chief declared that “I’ll have cops’ backs” in response to the announcement. But what exactly does that mean?

Mr McCarthy will be leaving behind a Newark Police Department that ranked the 13th worst in the US for police misconduct in 2010 per our NPMSRP statistical report for departments of it’s size. The array of allegations against that department which led up to this ranking were so numerous and, interestingly, so rarely sustained that the ACLU formally requested a federal investigation to determine if the department could be subjected to federal oversight to deal with an apparent pattern and practice of excessive force and lack of accountability.

Among the 21 individual reports against Newark NJ police that we tracked in 2010 were cases that alleged a lack of accountability including allegations that police were covering for a detective involved in a fatal DUI accident when that detective remained on the job and wasn’t criminally charged over the incident and a narcotics detective who was returned to duty despite being arrested by the FBI for obstruction on allegations he coached a man to lie about how he paid for sexual encounters with minors and robbing alleged drug dealers.

By declaring up front that he will have the “cops’ backs” is Mr. McCarthy letting the Chicago police union, which protested against the current chief when they blamed him for an officer being sentenced to prison over a video of that officer hitting a man cuffed to a wheelchair, that he’ll run the Chicago PD in the same fashion as the Newark NJ police department? Is this a thinly veiled statement that there will be less accountability and transparency in a Chicago police department which already has been plagued with misconduct and accountability scandals that continue to this day?

One thing is clear, the people of Chicago, with the second largest police force in the US, should watch their police department carefully under Rahm Emanuel and Garry McCarthy’s leadership. Lest that city face the same problems that McCarthy is leaving behind in Newark which has a tenth of the number of officers employed by Chicago. Especially considering that, since 2008, Newark NJ has spent $1,700,000 settling lawsuit filed by officers mostly on discrimination complaints and over $766,000 in 18 of the 23 settlements offered to citizens in false arrest and other misconduct complaints.

With 10 times the officers as what he managed in Newark soon to be under his command, it should be concerning what that might cost Chicago if he uses a similar management style there, not only in litigation, but in civil rights and reputation as well.

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 04-30-11 to 05-01-11

Before I start with today’s report I wanted to mention that, for over a year now, some readers have been pushing for us to sell merchandise that promotes the project. Well, I finally broke down and designed a t-shirt and bumper sticker to address that demand.

I might design some more if there’s a demand for it, and if I have time. I’m open to any suggestions or design ideas as well. Right now there’s only a 10% commission on sales through that site so we won’t make much, but all proceeds through those sales will be reserved for use specifically towards improving the project.

With that said, here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend, April 30 – May 1, 2011:

  • Marin County CA has settled a lawsuit for $1,900,000l to a man who was repeatedly tasered when he refused to go to the hospital after he fell at his home. Apparently deputies wanted to take him in for a mental evaluation after he told paramedics he wished someone would shoot him because of the pain. [0]
  • Columbia MO has settled a lawsuit for $130,000 to a woman who needed surgery after an officer broke her arm during an arrest attempt where there wasn’t an apparent cause. She was charged with a stand-alone resisting charge which was dismissed later. [3]
     
  • A South Beloit IL former police officer, the former police chief and former mayor are all facing various charges including assault and obstruction involving a videotaped incident where a handcuffed woman was tasered twice in the neck by the officer and then choked by the police chief apparently because she refused to remain seated while at the station. [0]
     
  • A Parkersburg WV police officer is shown on video apparently arresting the passenger of car for asking a question during a traffic stop. Apparently there’s some sort of history between the officer and the men in the car, at least according to the person who posted the video. [3]
     
  • Two Las Vegas NV police officers are shown on video detaining a woman for filming them in public on a sidewalk after the officers demanded that she stop filming and move even though she was a good distance away from where the officers were at the time. The person in this video is a frequent visitor to the site and says there’s more video of the incident that she may add later. [3]
  • A Saskatoon SK police officer has been charged with assault after allegedly fighting with a man from the stands on the ice at a hockey game. [1]
  • The Los Angeles County CA Sheriff has apparently been accepting more gifts and freebies from patrons over the last three years than all other sheriffs in the state combined. About $120,000 worth including some from known felons according to research by the LA Times. [2]
  • The police chief of Medina WA has been fired on allegations that he abused position and filled out requests for items in the name of his officers, items that he allegedly kept for himself. [0]
  • A Roman Forest TX reserve police officer, (apparently reserves in Texas are required to be certified officers), has been arrested on a family violence assault charge after he left scene of the alleged incident. [0]
  • A Shelbyville TN police officer has been suspended after Nashville police reported that he was at a known crack house though no charges have been filed and he wasn’t detained. [1]
  • A New Britain CT police captain was charged with DUI & fleeing the scene of an accident after crashing into another car while off duty. While there were no reported injuries resulting from the crash, sadly the officer took his own life later that day. [0]

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-29-11

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, April 29, 2011:

  • Seattle WA has settled a claim for $1,500,000 to the family of a Native American woodcarver who was shot to death by a police officer in an incident that was later ruled to be unjustified by a firearm review committee even though prosecutors decided not to charge him due, allegedly, to lax state laws. [0]
  • 3 Sandy UT police officers are the subject of a lawsuit alleging they beat up a good Samaritan who was trying to help a crash victim who was in his yard. [3]
  • A Derby KS police school resource officer is under investigation for tasering a 17-year-old student then breaking his arm and giving him a black eye when the kid refused to pull up sagging pants as ordered by the cop. [0]
  • Calgary AB police are the subject of a lawsuit alleging officers beat up a cuffed man and interrogated him before they drove him home without charging him with anything. [3]
  • 2 Jackson MS police officers were ruled to be liable for a 15-year-old mentally ill runaway girl’s beating death at the hands of a now-convicted man because they used her for sex instead of helping her. As a result the city will pay $500,000 to her family. [3]
  • A now-former Kinston NC police officer as been arrested on allegations that he sexually abused his own then 5-year-old child while he was still an officer back in 2008. Apparently he was arrested in jail where he was being held on separate arson charges. [0]
  • The Davidson County TN sheriff’s department has been ruled to have violated the rights of a woman that deputies shackled and handcuffed while she was in labor. The sheriff defends the practice and says he plans to appeal. [0]
  • A Houston TX police officer has been found guilty of using his position to sexually assault at least 2 prostitutes under threat of arrest. [0]
  • A Cathedral City CA police officer has pled guilty to a single lewd conduct charge in a deal that dropped sexual battery and other charges over an on duty incident where he took off his uniform and jumped into a pool naked then groped at least one of the women in that pool while he was responding to a call. [0]
  • An Indianapolis IN police officer has been arrested on allegations he was robbing motorists during traffic stops over minor traffic violations by threatening them with arrest while he would take their money. [0]
  • The police chief of Tacoma WA has been reprimanded for paying the department’s spokesman to be on call at the time that he decided to fall back asleep instead of issuing an amber alert for a missing child who ended up murdered, a decision that delayed that amber alert by six hours. [0]
  • A Dearborn County IN deputy has been arrested on several felony charges including theft, obstruction and perjury involving fraudulent time sheets associated with a federally funded project. [0]
  • A Miami FL police union leader is being criticized by officials over an altered image of a dead suspect’s mug shot that he sent to fellow officers via email. Some of those recipients reported the email to officials because they felt it was racist. The union leader defends the email by saying it was never supposed to be viewed by anyone other than police officers. [0]
  • Beloit IL is likely to lose Title XI federal funding after a ruling found that race was a factor in the police chief’s towing policies in regards to which towing companies could be used. [3]
  • A Lincoln NE police officer has resigned after being placed on administrative leave during an unspecified internal investigation. [2]
  • An Abbotsford BC police officer has been suspended while under investigation on allegations that he may have been drunk when he crashed an unmarked cruiser into a pole. [0]
  • A Pittsburgh PA police officer has been reinstated by an arbitration panel’s ruling after he served a diversionary sentence for stealing $300 in Harry Potter merchandise from a Universal Studios theme park in Florida. [0]

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-28-11

Sorry these are in short format, it’s been a long day and my eye strain is getting bad this evening.

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, April 28, 2011:

  • Houston TX cop sued by family of man who was unarmed when fatally shot by cop, witnesses contradict official report [3] http://bit.ly/iUSu2k
  • Denver CO may settle suit for $795k to man who suffered severe head injuries when beaten by cops in traffic stop [2] http://bit.ly/jI0JG5
  • South Beloit IL sued by woman shown in video tased 2x by police sgt then choked by police chief while cuffed [3] http://bit.ly/jgymlf
  • Franklin MA settles suit for undisclosed sum to 4 univ students claiming 2 cops used excessive force in traffic stop [4] http://bit.ly/l496ef
  • Milwaukee WI sued by man wrongfully convicted of murder comitted by serial killer, claims detectives framed him [3] http://bit.ly/l604lh
  • Clarksburg WV, Shinnston WV & Harrison Co WV cops sued by man claiming they chased & beat him before letting him go [3] http://bit.ly/ig07YR
  • US FBI, East Hanover NJ & Union Co NJ sued by man who was 16 when cops tossed him down stairs during wrong door raid [3] http://bit.ly/kp9yE3
  • Alaska State trooper subject of 2 suits, 1 claims he punched cuffed man, other he kicked man retrieving his license [3] http://bit.ly/kJqeje
  • Batavia IL settles suit for $26k to man punched in head by cop for trying to keep pants up after cops took his belt [1] http://bit.ly/lVqW1O
  • Gretna FL police officer found guilty of sexual battery by a law enforcement officer, coerced woman at traffic stop [0] http://bit.ly/ikKmiM
  • Norman OK settles suit for $40k to man shot by cop… and $174k to cop that shot him & appealed being fired for it [0] http://bit.ly/kiD9qT
  • Vancouver BC police sued by group alleging pattern of police dog incidents including man attacked while fixing bike [3] http://bit.ly/kp4Y3x
  • Mesa AZ police officer indicted on allegations he misused police database to harass women he met on duty [0] http://bit.ly/joTHfb
  • Kenneth City FL police subject of 110pg report citing general misconduct after mayor asked sheriff to investigate [4] http://bit.ly/kNkNdf
  • Nashville TN police officer resigns after accused of making unwanted advances towards person he arrested [1] http://bit.ly/lybHNz
  • Palm Beach Co FL deputy accused of using anti-agroterrorism training to destroy neighbor’s yard in 2yr fued [0] http://bit.ly/lonAMl

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-27-11

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, April 27, 2011:

  • A Houston TX police officer is the subject of a lawsuit filed by a man who was unarmed when the officer shot him in the neck during a traffic stop for failure to signal a turn. The officer claimed he was afraid for his life when the man reached in his pocket during the stop. [3]
  • The same Houston TX police officer is the subject of a second lawsuit filed by a professional athlete who claims the officer needlessly hit him in the head with a baton while he was shopping for shoes with his son. [3]
  • Hartford CT police are being sued by a man who spent 20 years in prison after he was wrongfully convicted of murdering a teen. The suit alleges that the wrongful conviction came about because police ignored evidence that contradicted their case against him. [3]
  • The Monroe County NY sheriff’s department is being sued by a man who spent 18 years in prison on a wrongful murder conviction who also alleges that detectives ignored evidence that would have exonerated him. [3]
  • The Sacramento County CA sheriff’s department was ruled liable for $170,000 in damages in a lawsuit filed by a janitor who was mauled by a police dog when he was cleaning in a building the police were using for training exercises. [0]
  • A Broward County FL judge purportedly told deputies that they would have to shoot her before they would make her sit on the ground when they raided her sister’s home and held her relatives at gunpoint in a wrong address response to a burglary call. Apparently deputies believed they were burglars until a high ranking officer arrived and recognized the judge.  [2]
  • An Osage Beach MO police officer is the subject of a lawsuit alleging he performed a needless leg sweep on man who was detained but never arrested or charged with any crime. [3]
  • An Atlanta GA police officer is accused of failing to identifying himself and using excessive force in an incident caught on video at an IHOP where he punched a woman after he ordered four women to leave while out of uniform. [3]
  • A Ft Lauderdale FL police report was apparently contradicted by the videotaped arrest of a female activist who was arrested during a congressman’s town hall meeting. While the officer claimed he arrested her for refusing to leave the video seems to show that she agreed to leave and was compliant but was arrested after demanding the officer take his hands off of her. [3]
  • 3 Philadelphia PA police officers have been indicted on federal charges over their alleged participation in an steroid distribution ring where the highest ranked officer is also accused of being the ringleader. [0]
  • 2 Maricopa Co AZ chief deputies have retired just days before they were to be officially fired after an investigation into several different allegations, the results of which have not yet been released. [3]
  • The police chief of Wayne OK has been indicted on 12 felony charges including false accounting and embezzlement involving funds intended for victims of child abuse. [0]
  • A Los Angeles County CA sheriff’s captain has been relieved of duty along with one of her relatives who also works for the department. Officials are refusing to discuss what kind of allegations are involved in this case. [3]
  • The police chief of Poteet TX has admitted to texting photos of topless women to a female officer but insists that it was done inadvertently due to a typo. [0]
  • And finally, a Hernando County FL deputy is under investigation for an alleged drunk driving incident where two women followed him in their car while on the phone with 911. Apparently the officer thought the women were following him because they liked him so he ended up flirting with the women who called the cops on him. [0]

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

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