National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-07-11

Here are the 19 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, June 7, 2011:

  • Washington DC Metro cops investigated after video shows at least 2 cops repeatedly punching man on ground [0] http://bit.ly/mxDKFf
  • Albuquerque NM police ordered to pay $400k to family of man shot to death while on ground after already shot [0] http://bit.ly/j0eIUt
  • Seattle WA police sued by family of man left severely brain damaged after tasered, beaten & restrained w/spit hood [3] http://bit.ly/lVpiOz
  • Oakland CA settles suit for $175k to cameraman who was attacked by several cops who broke his camera [0] http://bit.ly/jkbhBY
  • Snohomish Co WA deputy on leave while investigated for allegedly injuring wife while trying to force her to have sex[1] http://bit.ly/ld2M4A
  • New York NY cop sentenced to 20yrs prison for sting of violent robberies that netted over $4mil & 1,650lbs cocaine [0] http://nyp.st/kJpUjs
  • Kansas City MO police sergeant subject of criminal investigation for alleged role in robbery/theft while in uniform [2] http://bit.ly/mDadB5
  • Columbus MS cop suspended 30 days w/o pay for crash that violated policy & sent 3 elderly women to hospital [0] http://bit.ly/mFCym2
  • Maricopa Co AZ to settle suit for $650k to family of man killed by car chased by deputy in violation of policy [0] http://bit.ly/kep0jc
  • South Bend IN cop already in prison for selling drugs stolen from suspects gets 7yr sentence for gas station robbery[0] http://bit.ly/iEuLQE
  • Covington LA cop indicted for allegedly attacking drug store owner over reserved spot at drug store for parade [1] http://bit.ly/kPjP3B
  • El Paso TX cop gets deferred adjudication after pleading guilty to groping 15yr-old stundet’s breasts & harassing her [0] http://bit.ly/jkbbVY
  • Hatboro PA cop resigns after suspended w/o pay during an ongoing but unspecified criminal investigation [2] http://bit.ly/lBKjxO
  • Boston MA cop sentenced to 15mo fed prison for faking injury to get disability pay, owes city over $167,000 [0] http://bit.ly/jI8nGw
  • Ackerman MS police officer arrested on distribution of controlled substance charges for hydrocodone & alprazolam [0] http://bit.ly/mhE618
  • Richmond City VA deputy fired after arrested for conspiring to distribute controlled substances in the city jail [0] http://bit.ly/mlW4zz
  • San Diego Co CA deputy cited and released on drunk driving charges after stopped for making a wrong way turn [0] http://bit.ly/jDFmxA
  • Hernando County FL deputy with 3 career suspensions is suspended w/o pay after issued summons on DUI charge [0] http://bit.ly/lbYIT6
  • Jacksonville TX cop reprimanded for telling driver in crash “I know how you drive” instead of talking to witnesses [0] http://bit.ly/knJAPW

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-06-11

After a good start with about five questions asked yesterday and one today, I had to shut down our Ask A Cop program due to some technical difficulties. So that feature is disabled until I have time to figure out what the problem is. Thank you for your patience.

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, June 6, 2011:

  • Denver CO has settled an excessive force suit for $117k to a man who alleged that police caused him to suffer head  injuries and a collapsed lung after they beat him with either flashlights or a club. [0] http://bit.ly/lXwZan
  • Ottawa ON police are being sued by a man shot while unarmed & laying down during drug raid by a cop trying to shoot his dog [3] http://bit.ly/iJmVhQ
  • 3 Toronto ON cops are being accused of punching a college student because he turned his back on an officer who followed him to a mall to give him a citation after the police had already stopped him and gave him a warning instead. The student was given a number of citations but never arrested or charged with any crimes. [3] http://bit.ly/mHC22n
  • Onslow Co NC deputy sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to indecent liberties w/minor charges. [0] http://bit.ly/jSnFTZ
  • New York NY jurors are now saying that they are certain that the two police officers they acquitted on rape charges were guilty of rape, but that they couldn’t hand down a guilty verdict due to the judge’s orders and the lack of DNA evidence. It’s being predicted that the judge will hand down a heavy sentence for the official misconduct charges that they were convicted of due to their comments to the press vilifying the woman they were charged with raping. [0] http://bit.ly/jRrng7
  • Homewood IL police arrested a man on a felony wiretap charge for recording his traffic stop with his cell phone. While not technically misconduct because it’s legal for police to do that in Illinois, it’s another noteworthy event in the battle to preserve the public’s ability to police the police. [0] http://bit.ly/kHZCOD
  • Fair Oaks Ranch TX cop charged with lying about his citizenship status in an effort to join an FBI counter terrorism team [0] http://bit.ly/mTOsur
  • A Rialto CA drug task force cop and a lawyer have both been indicted on federal bribery charges for conspiring to dismiss a criminal case [0] http://lat.ms/mgqnWe
  • 3 Loudon Co TN deputies subject of false arrest suit alleging they mistook a man’s cerebral palsy for intoxication then continued to press charges after he tested clean. [3] http://bit.ly/kFQi2p
  • New York NY police commander subject of EEO claim filed by a sergeant alleging male-on-male sexual harassment [2] http://nydn.us/mfG6Zp
  • A Parker CO cop was fired for mishandling a DUI case against an Aurora CO cop who was rehired after the case against him was dismissed [1] http://bit.ly/kvEA1j
  • A Mesa AZ police sgt who is also the head of the union, is under investigation after being detained, but not charged, for disorderly conduct involving alcohol. [2] http://bit.ly/ktr4JA
  • A Macon GA police officer is on leave pending termination after arrested on DUI charges when stopped for speeding. [0] http://bit.ly/kGFvKN

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed (Live) Weekend Recap 06-04-11 to 06-05-11

I’m trying something new this weekend. Usually there are so few reports over the weekend, not because misconduct doesn’t happen over the weekend, but because news agencies have reduced staffs over weekends. So usually I combine all the reports from Saturday and Sunday into one “Weekend Report” instead of doing daily reports like I do for the weekdays.

This weekend I’m going to do a real-time recap where I’ll just throw the reports up as I find them. We’ll see if it works…

Also new this weekend is our “Ask A Cop” feature. It’s your chance to ask a real law enforcement officer questions about police accountability, transparency, internal investigation procedures, policies, and general questions regarding police misconduct. I really want to thank Chris for volunteering his time to do this and I hope that our readers will take advantage of this opportunity to ask some honest questions. Click the “Ask A Cop” widget to the right or select “Ask A Cop” from the “Contact Us” drop down on the top menu to read more about it.

Anyway, here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed so far for this weekend of June 4 – June 5, 2011:

  • A New York NY police officer in the Bronx who got out of his cruiser and broke the bones in a man’s face with his baton after nearly hitting that pedestrian with his cruiser has been fired and sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to charges related to that incident. The officer and his partner drove away after the beating w/o arresting the man and, when dispatchers called him about an injured man there he replied “That must be my bag of shit.” [0] http://nydn.us/k7r8xq
  • The police chief of Cleveland OH is accused of overlooking conflicting statements from officers in brutality investigations by a local paper that reviewed 37 excessive force investigations that cleared officers, even when video contradicted an officer’s report. [3] http://bit.ly/mxb6eo
  • The sheriff of Franklin County VA is being accused of ordering a dispatcher not to issue an APB or mention a call from a deputy’s family alerting the sheriff to his threats to kill his wife before he went out and made good on those threats and then got into a shootout with state troopers afterward. [3] http://bit.ly/iOtndg
  • The Upshur County TX sheriff’s dept is being sued by a former jailer claiming that his home was illegally searched by sheriff’s employees after he and his wife filed a complaint about two employees sexual misconduct towards his wife. [3] http://bit.ly/mqbpj8
  • An Orleans County NY deputy arrested on 26 counts on allegations that he violated a protection order when he went to his estranged wife’s home and threatened her with a gun. She happens to be a district attorney apparently. [0] http://bit.ly/lCQd0c
  • A Henrico County VA police officer was arrested on domestic assault charges after an unspecified incident involving his girlfriend. [1] http://bit.ly/kYeqPN
  • A Halifax NS Regional police officer was sentenced to probation for stealing tools & supplies from a building supplies store while he was in uniform on at least two occasions… he’s now employed as a carpenter. [0] http://bit.ly/iZDtpR
  • A Wakeman OH cop was fined $750 & must complete treatment program after pleading no contest to drunk driving charge. His license was also suspended but no word on whether that will affect his employment as a cop. [0] http://bit.ly/kRzs5T

While not yet in the feed, I did run across this report from a weekly in Louisiana claiming that records they requested from the New Orleans Police show 39 officers were disciplined in the month of March 2011. While I’m really glad they did that and I definitely wish we could get information like that from all agencies, the problem is that these kinds of retroactive reports force me to do a lot of work by having to go back through our databases and try to match up the reports we tracked with the reports they uncovered through an FOIA to see which ones, at least the ones matching criteria, might be additional to what we tracked and which ones are duplicates… so it will be a while until I can post it with a count of how many additional cases it adds to the total for that dept this year.

Well, that it so far, stay safe this weekend!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-03-11

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, June 3, 2011:

  • A Washington DC narcotics officer has been charged with murder after the bodies of a woman and her 1-year-old daughter, a daughter that he allegedly fathered, were found in some woods after they were missing since Monday. They were due to appear for a paternity hearing for child support. [0] http://bit.ly/lwtKW1
  • A Gaston IN reserve police officer was arrested on a murder charge for allegedly shooting his wife to death. Reserve officers in Indiana have full police authority, thus qualifying for our database. [0] http://bit.ly/kCeGAk
  • Allentown PA settles suit for $600k to the family of a 4yr-old boy who was fatally struck by a police cruiser after two cruisers crashed while responding to a call when one of the cruisers ran a light. [0] http://bit.ly/mh7btx
  • A Georgetown TX cop under investigation for allegedly kicking a prone man in the face at a Christmas party has resigned after the city settled a lawsuit filed by that man for an unspecified amount. [3] http://bit.ly/iWfLTa
  • 3 Hornbeck LA cops were on the losing side of a lawsuit and subsequent appeal awarding $25,000 to a 67yr-old man thrown down face first and injured during a minor violation traffic stop, allegedly because the officer took affront to him turning his back to him. [0] http://bit.ly/lIGc33
  • 2 Pima County AZ deputies are charged w/theft of drugs & money during traffic stops where they targeted suspected drug traffickers and for conspiring to sell the drugs they stole. [0] http://bit.ly/mrT42T
  • Miami Beach FL cops are now being accused of recklessly shooting at a moving car despite a crowd that was ing the line of fire. The allegations come from one of 4 bystanders who was shot during that incident where police were also accused of forcefully confiscating cell phones from people who took videos of the incident. [5] http://bit.ly/lcSB7a
  • Pembroke Pines FL cops are being accused of detaining a 12yr-old & a 17yr-old girl at gunpoint inside their own home while they were responding to a burglary call and continuing to hold them at gunpoint despite seeing they weren’t armed and being told they lived there. [1] http://bit.ly/mNuC09
  • A Nassau Co NY police officer was arrested for pointing his firearm at a bartender back in April while he was off-duty in an incident caught on video. [0] http://nyp.st/mxc8sT
  • A Lacey NJ cop is under investigation after accidentally firing a weapon in a squad room, injuring one other officer. [0] http://bit.ly/m1eAbV
  • A New York NY (Brooklyn) cop was arrested for sending explicit text messages to a 15yr-old girl in that department’s police explorers program. [0] http://nydn.us/iojCvP
  • Ontario Provincial police officer charged w/criminal harassment after investigation into unwanted contacts complaint filed by woman. [1] http://bit.ly/lbOXqE
  • 2 Fort Wayne IN cops with some pretty extensive histories of reprimands and suspensions have resigned while they were under investigation for separate improper conduct allegations. [1] http://bit.ly/lpXoDZ
  • A Spartanburg County SC deputy fired after charged w/criminal domestic violence for allegedly threatening to harm wife [0] http://bit.ly/ksxktz
  • A Norfolk VA police captain charged w/domestic assault based on unspecified complaint by his wife [1] http://bit.ly/m6qTf2
  • The Aurora CO civil service commission forced that city to rehire a cop fired after he was arrested on DUI charges 2x in 9mo, though he beat the second charge due to the arresting officer being discredited and subsequently fired. [0] http://bit.ly/mhdDUP
  • A Chula Vista CA cop was arrested on a misdemeanor charge for cheating at casino by capping bets on roulette [0] http://bit.ly/jsZAmC
  • An Oklahoma City OK cop indicted for violating state’s anti-gambling law for online horse race bets [0] http://bit.ly/j1MbOP
  • A Eunice LA cop resigned after arrested on felony drug charge for possession of pain medication & “illegal potpourri” [0] http://bit.ly/kfELs3
  • And finally, the Wisconsin legislature passed a budget bill that contains provisions that will force taxpayers to continue paying officers after they are fired while they wait out their appeal options… with no provision for those officers to pay back the money if they lose their appeals. [0] http://bit.ly/l0Vy2K

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-02-11

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, June 2, 2011:

  • One New Orleans LA police officer has resigned and another is on leave while under investigation on allegations that they planted durgs on a man they picked up and questioned in their cruiser. The allegations came to light after a defense attorney looked into claims by the victim that one officer wasn’t even there when he was picked up, contrary to the police report. Instead, the officer was at the dentist at the time of the arrest. [0] http://bit.ly/jbJi9H
  • More allegations are mounting against Miami Beach FL police now that a couple has come forward and accused them of demanding they stop videotaping a controversial shooting incident and detained them at gunpoint. The man hid the SIM card from his phone in his mouth when he was detained and interrogated at a command post, which is why he was able to show the video to reporters while others have claimed that police destroyed their cameras… including one man who claimed police tackled him to get his before crushing it, as we tracked previously. [5] http://bit.ly/meSv3K
  • An RCMP officer in North Vancouver BC is charged with assault after an investigation into an excessive force complaint by woman he detained. No details were released. [1] http://bit.ly/kURpxi
  • Irvine CA is being sued by 2 women claiming cops detained and interrogated them without charging them and, in the process, forced one of them to urinate herself by refusing to let her use a restroom and allowing the other to urinate in front of them while they shined a flashlight on her genitals. [3] http://bit.ly/lSZEFG
  • The Maricopa County AZ sheriff’s dept reached a settlement agreement with the US DOJ by handing over records and granting access to personnel as requested by the DOJ as part of their civil rights probe into that department. [3] http://bit.ly/jmOqcE
  • An Albuquerque NM cop is being investigated for allegedly erasing video from TV reporter’s camera while arresting her for trespassing in a nightclub parking lot where she was trying to do a report about allegations of drug dealing at a rave. [0] http://bit.ly/jqXVhz
  • Charleston County SC deputy fatally shot a family’s dog after they called about a neighbor’s dog that strayed into their yard. The deputy claims the dog was charging him when he fired the shot but the family and an autopsy by a veterinarian contradicts his report. [1] http://bit.ly/jsoCAO
  • Miami FL police officer charged w/possession w/intent to distribute by the FBI after he was caught w/bags of cocaine & pot that were confiscated from a dealer. Another officer is under investigation in that case as well. [0] http://bit.ly/jkMlEr
  • A Nash County NC deputy was fired after charged w/possession of cocaine after a multi-agency investigation. [0] http://bit.ly/kbDfUL
  • The former Martins Ferry OH police chief who is in prison for breaking into an actress’ nanny’s home is now facing theft charges on allegations he stole firearms from his department while he was chief. [0] http://bit.ly/kv9SRk
  • A San Diego CA cop is under investigated on allegations he sent explicit pics of a detained woman that he found on her phone to his phone. [2] http://bit.ly/jheUCX
  • A Philadelphia PA cop was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend then assaulting his estranged wife 4 days later [0] http://bit.ly/j40s8b
  • New York NY police detective indicted for his alleged role in running an illegal gambling operation following an FBI investigation [0] http://nyp.st/mMmGNU
  • The Laurens County SC sheriff is facing a lawsuit accusing him of forcing a female employee to quit after she refused to abort their child from their affair. [4] http://bit.ly/mqkJky
  • Kern Co CA deputy arrested on embezzlement charges for allegedly falsifying time sheets for $3,300 worth of hrs [0] http://bit.ly/jHg15p
  • A Whispering Pines NC cop was sentenced to probation for lying about his drug history in order to become a police officer. [0] http://bit.ly/lLsqFL

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-01-11

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. [0] http://bit.ly/mv1IEe
  • 3 Atlanta GA cops investigated over videotaped incident showing cop repeatedly kick man as he laid prone on ground [0] http://bit.ly/iYUKtI
  • Dane County WI deputy fired for excessive force for elbowing & punching cuffed man in a restraint chair at jail [0] 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. [3] 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. [0] 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. [0] 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. [0] 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. [1] 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. [0] http://bit.ly/mvTGRZ
  • Opa-Locka FL sued by mom alleging her son was brutally beaten & raped when cops refused to enforce protection order [3] http://bit.ly/jbK3ap
  • Beaumont TX ISD police officer under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting woman while working security [1] 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. [3] http://bit.ly/iZw3dK
  • Louisville KY police sued by man claiming he was jailed 11yrs on wrongful rape & robbery charges due to police misconduct [3] http://bit.ly/iwqNEp
  • Minneapolis MN & St Paul MN settle suit for undisclosed sum to RNC protester injured when shot w/marking round [3] http://bit.ly/kW4xX6
  • Anchorage AK cop pleads guilty to federal charges for living in the country illegally with a stolen passport [0] http://bit.ly/jJMXwd
  • Idaho State trooper on leave while under investigation after supreme court questions his testimony [0] http://bit.ly/m0YrhR
  • DeKalb Co GA deputy indicted for abuse of authority & lying to feds about protecting accused car thieves [0] http://bit.ly/isd7ql
  • Long Beach CA cop sentenced to probation in plea deal for embezzling at least 4 firearms turned over to department [0] http://bit.ly/k3AjKa
  • Maricopa CA told by grand jury to stop aggressive traffic stops & impounds vs Hispanic drivers as revenue source [3] http://bit.ly/jc60qG
  • Newburgh NY cop arrested on DV-related felony assault charge for allegedly hitting woman in face w/glass [0] http://bit.ly/lp8HmJ
  • Ector County TX deputy charged w/misd assault for domestic altercation w/brother, sheriff blames PTSD from a previous shootout. [0] http://bit.ly/iiVJHn
  • Denver CO police detective fired for misleading statements about his mishandled investigation into hit-&-run [0] 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. [0] 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.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-31-11

First I wanted to mention an article from Tulsa OK by This Land Press which discusses an excessive force incident that happened in 2000 but appeared to have slipped under the radar even though it resulted in the officer being disciplined with a 2-day suspension. The article cites our statistics in regard to Tulsa and is very well written so I do recommend reading it… but it also highlights the problems we face trying to track and document police misconduct… this incident took years to come to light, who knows how many others never do. Still, we try to do the best we can to track what we do find, someone has to.

The case cited, by the way, resulted in disciplinary action against an officer who was shown on dashcam video kicking a passenger in a car after he surrendered following a high-speed chase. I’m checking to see when the disciplinary action occurred to determine if it belongs in our database.

Now, here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, May 31, 2011:

  • Streamwood IL cop sentenced to probation for beating motorist w/metal baton 15x & tasering passenger on dashcam video [0] http://trib.in/jd6b6I
  • South Bend IN settles suit for $48k to man who had broken ribs, ruptured spleen & punctured lung after cop tackled him w/o warning [0] http://bit.ly/jBKlau
  • 3 Phoenix AZ cops sued by man claiming the officers lied about why they tasered him and beat him with flashlights because there was no way he could have ran from them and assaulted them… he claims he’s partially paralyzed due to a childhood bout with polio. [3] http://bit.ly/j5sh9R
  • Cincinnati OH cop under investigation after shooting an unarmed suspect in the hand when he was found hiding in a closet… but the officer is refusing to tell investigators why. [0] http://bit.ly/jPotMr
  • Southgate MI police officer charged w/sexual assault for allegedly taking a domestic violence victim to a hotel for her own safety and then returning later and sexually assaulting her. [0] http://bit.ly/mgSjuj
  • Colorado Springs CO cop already facing child porn & sex assault charges involving 6 boys may have 5 more victims, bringing the count to 11. [0] http://bit.ly/kUgLDA
  • Miami Beach FL cops are accused of taking cell phones from witnesses and even attacking one man and crushing his cellphone after they filmed an officer-involved shooting incident that left an unarmed man dead and injured 4 innocent bystanders. [5] http://bit.ly/kI2Cj4
  • Leon Valley TX cop suspended for firing weapon at neighbor’s homes while drunk, two departments are investigated why their officers didn’t arrest him. [1] http://bit.ly/iAoAQa
  • Broward Co FL deputy arrested woman after mistaking sage for pot but the woman is suing the prosecutor for filing charges against her without waiting for test results from the lab. [3] http://bit.ly/jdyu0S
  • Fairfield AL police & school sued by mom of a bipolar 5th grader who was cuffed & detained in cruiser to “scare him” into behaving. [3] http://bit.ly/mHpwha
  • Chattanooga TN settles suit for $150k to a pedestrian badly injured when hit by distracted cop in police cruiser [0] http://bit.ly/iDsNlu
  • Granby CO cop convicted of sending nude pics of himself & possessing nude pics of a 16yr-old girl he met on while responding to a call at her school. [0] http://bit.ly/k6iXgv
  • Newark OH cop shoots family’s injured cat to death 20ft away from their front door. The family demands a policy change after saying the officer told them that he didn’t seek their permission because it would have been inconvenient. [0] http://bit.ly/lRmdtv
  • Maryland Transit police warned by Maryland ACLU to stop detaining people for taking pictures or face civil suit after two incidents that occurred after an agreement by that agency with the ACLU to stop doing it. [0] http://bsun.md/iZ9SfV
  • Los Angeles Co CA deputy sentenced to 3yrs (1.5 w/good behavior) for stealing $454k in towing fees from town [0] http://bit.ly/kcnyhJ
  • New Hampshire State trooper sentenced to 6mo w/3 suspended for bribery, exchanged salvage tags for car repairs [0] http://bit.ly/lHCFcq
  • A Denver CO police sergeant was suspended for 30 days for secretly recording an internal affairs commander in an effort to prove his theory that internal affairs had an anti-cop bias. His supervisor was suspended 80 days for approving the plot. Another officer was fired after a judge found him in contempt, but that is already in our database as a charge against the officer, which supersedes a disciplinary action. [0] http://bit.ly/jFgDD6

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 05-28-11 to 05-30-11

Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this three-day Memorial Day weekend of May 28 – May 30, 2011:

  • A Placer County CA deputy is being accused of shooting a fleeing unarmed man in the back while he was off-duty. The man apparently stole some lottery tickets and was climbing a wall to get away when he was shot, according to a nearby resident. [1] http://bit.ly/jvcrcs
  • A Franklin County VA deputy is accused of chasing his ex-wife to a gas station in his police cruiser while off-duty then shooting her to death before fleeing the scene. While police won’t verify it yet, the latest updates indicate that the deputy was injured during a shootout with state police 20 miles away that also left a trooper injured as well. [1] http://bit.ly/j7gs61
     
  • US Park police officers are under investigation over their actions in the above video where the folks from the “Adam vs The Man” show decided to protest a recent fed court decision upholding a ban on dancing at national memorials by dancing at the Jefferson Memorial. The officers are shown slamming people to the ground and choking one person before physically evicting people recording the incident from the memorial. [0] http://wamu.org/news/11/05/30/after_dancing_arrests_park_police_launch_inquiry.php
  • Indianapolis IN police have been accused of excessive force by witnesses of the arrest of a suspect in a hold-up where they claim the officers took a knee on the man’s back and neck then wouldn’t get up despite the man begging officers to stop and complaining that he couldn’t breathe. When officers did get up, according to witnesses, the man was unresponsive then later pronounced dead. [2] http://bit.ly/lRvH4l
  • Residents of Arlington TX are asking the feds to investigate that department after it delayed releasing information about how a mother was found strangled to death while clutching her infant son. What makes the delay curious is that an Arlington TX cop appears to be a person of interest in the case as he was fired this month over a complaint filed by that woman alleging that he forced her to strip in front of him. [2] http://bit.ly/kaQg59
  • Several Narcotics officers from around the New England area who were attending a New England Narc Officer Assoc conference are being accused of participating in a group assault on a DJ at a bar after that DJ allegedly got in between one of the cops and a woman he was harassing. We can’t really add this report to the database until we know what agencies the accused officers work for though. [3] http://bit.ly/k5XsPK
  • An RCMP Mountie in Kelowna BC got a sentencing deal which will leave him with a clean record after 40 hours of community service on an assault conviction for punching a pregnant woman in the face during a questionable warrantless home entry. [0] http://bit.ly/kDYC8S
  • A Maui HI police officer pled guilty to stealing money from motorists and for sexually assaulting a woman after she was released from custody, all while on duty. [0] http://bit.ly/iLhtSK
  • Baltimore MD police have lost a $50,000 civil jury judgement to a man who sued alleging cops tasered him for legally refusing to submit to a search by police investigating reports of a man with a gun. (subscriber site, we’ll update with a report from an open site when it become available.) [0] http://bit.ly/jNzjYz
  • A San Diego County CA deputy is the subject of a lawsuit by a woman alleging he used excessive force when that deputy ordered his K9 to bite her head while he held her down as she was being arrested on drug & shoplifting charges, leaving her with permanent injuries. While the deputy claims she reached for his gun witnesses contradicted his version of events. [0] http://bit.ly/kkNJEk
  • 2 Durant MS police officers who were accused of harassing residents w/o cause were fired over those “ongoing and proven complaints” [1] http://bit.ly/lyA73Z
  • A Yorkville IL deputy police chief was arrested on allegations that he stole pain killers that were collected as part of that department’s unwanted prescription medication collection program. [0] http://bit.ly/isPYX6
  • Cuyahoga Falls OH police are being sued by a man claiming cops violated his rights when they detained him at gunpoint for open carry. [0] http://bit.ly/mHNIwC
  • Gary IN police quota of 10 traffic citations per day is being criticized by prosecutors, state police and defense attorneys alike. [0] http://bit.ly/mOIINx
  • 3 Newark OH cops and 5 Licking Co OH deputies have been disciplined since the beginning of this year for various policy violations according to a newspaper’s FOIA request. All of these reports will be classified as general in our database which ranged from sleeping on duty to misuse of off-duty work detail schedules. [0] http://bit.ly/jksJcN
  • The Detroit MI police chief has accepted blame for failing to secure and clean up a crime lab after abandoning it. This comes after reporters were able to enter the structure and found evidence, IDs, ammo & toxic chemicals left behind and easily accessed. [0] http://bit.ly/mAb3y7
  • An Indiana State Trooper was charged w/obstruction over a strange DUI stop of woman he kept in his cruiser for hours after she tested over the limit but never charged her. An investigation found several pictures of her that he downloaded from her Facebook page on his dashboard computer. [0] http://bit.ly/iGZ04x
  • A North Carolina State trooper has been suspended after a judge issued a protection order against him for harassing & pulling over his ex-girlfriend when she refused to go back together with him. [0] http://bit.ly/jexwtC
  • The Orland CA police chief was placed on leave while she’s the subject of unspecified investigation. While officials refuse to release any info some sources are saying it’s a criminal investigation on allegations that she misused funds raised to buy a police dog. [2] http://bit.ly/kUFTp1
  • A Dothan AL police officer was arrested by a state trooper on DUI charges. The trooper’s report mentions that he may also face a charge for leaving scene of an accident. [1] http://bit.ly/liRA15
  • A South Carolina State trooper has been fired after arrested on drunk driving and open container charges in a traffic stop by county deputies. [0] http://bit.ly/lFsQwP

Sorry I wasn’t able to do the live updates I planned to do for most of this weekend, things have been pretty hectic. But I was able to start that up Monday. I’ll give it another shot next weekend. Again, I really hate to mention it, but we really need some donations to help us secure some stable housing and keep this project going. Thank you.

Stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-27-11

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, May 27, 2011:

     
  • Cleveland OH now-retired cop subject of suit for tasering man on video while he was on his knees w/hands up [0] http://bit.ly/myUibj
  • Lee County FL deputy fired for excessive force & lying, caught on video pepperspraying cuffed man 2x without cause [0] http://bit.ly/jdrp55
  • Toronto ON police sued by quadriplegic man claiming he was left on floor where he defecated himself after G20 arrest [3] http://bit.ly/j5Q1Yf
  • Niles MI cop sentenced to 5-15yrs prison for sexually assaulting 19yr-old man he arrested on drug charges [0] http://bit.ly/jf0Csr
  • Lakeland FL police officer avoids prosecution on sexual assault allegations by resigning & giving up certification [1] http://bit.ly/mKqapv
  • Broward Co FL deputy investigated for stealing ID & breaking phone after recorded using slurs on motorist [0] http://cbsloc.al/ldgF8I
  • Yamhill County OR deputy arrested on assault & criminal mistreatment charges, no other details have been released [2] http://bit.ly/kpgP7m
  • Rowan County NC deputy fired but sheriff refuses to say why as sheriff’s group pushes for new secrecy law [4] http://bit.ly/mHrnyK
  • Colorado State patrol accused of rights violation after charging man for flipping off trooper, CSP to dismiss [0] http://cbsloc.al/itJavY
  • Middletown PA cop arrested on several charges for showing up at police station drunk, fighting w/cop & pulling gun [0] http://bit.ly/iDBRg4
  • Niagra Falls NY police officer arrested on domestic violence charge, allegedly had criminal history when hired [1] http://bit.ly/k6zbGm
  • New Castle County DE police officer arrested on domestic violence charges at home (subscriber site) [0] http://bit.ly/j8vOEp
  • 2 Madison WI cops resign ahead of termination hearings over a variety of violations including unlawful conduct [0] http://bit.ly/kxACfB
  • Cedar Rapids IA cop investigated for driving cruiser to bar w/2 women while drunk, patron took pics to show cops [0] http://bit.ly/jrJoPs
  • San Diego CA cop under investigation after motorist called and reported him for suspicion of drunk driving [1] http://bit.ly/mPDaCx

Reporting was a bit light today, in part, because I didn’t have much time to track reports between a hectic day at work and then after work as well. We’re in a real push to try and find a place to live but it’s been difficult. Hopefully things will improve so I’ll have more time to run statistics and create some meaningful articles. We’ll see…

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-26-11

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, May 26, 2011:

  • A Sweetwater FL police officer’s report was apparently contradicted on video showing him grab a handcuffed man by the neck then slamming him face-first into the floor of a police holding area. Another officer was then shown dragging that man, still face down, to a holding cell leaving a trail of blood behind him due to the gash on his head that required 12 stitches. The police chief and state attorney’s office insist the officer did nothing wrong, citing his report saying the man refused to put his hands, cuffed behind his back, on the counter and that he lunged at the officer… both insist they saw the video, shown above, which contradicted that account too. [3] http://cbsloc.al/kjCUuB
  • A Polk County FL deputy has been arrested on child abuse and child pornography charges on allegations that she strapped her naked daughters and would beat them with sex toys and a leather sex paddle while filming the beatings on her cell phone to share with her boyfriend that she met on a fetish website. [0] http://thesent.nl/l7sWHx
  • An Albany GA police officer was sentenced to 10yrs prison & 10yrs probation after convicted for molesting an 8yr-old girl [0] http://bit.ly/k81myA
  • Los Angeles CA police officer was sentenced to 8.5yrs for sexually assaulting an 18yr-old girl two months after a 19-year-old homeless girl reported him for trying to solicit sex from her while he was on duty. [0] http://lat.ms/m8Ebbh
  • Wayne Univ MI police officer arrested on allegations that he forced a woman to perform sex acts on him under color of law [0] http://bit.ly/lcQ5j8
  • 2 New York NY cops fired after found guilty of official misconduct but acquitted on rape, burglary & other charges [0] http://bit.ly/mwO9Yf
  • Saint Paul MN & the US Govt settled suit for $50k to 3 activists who were among several detained during a raid on a home ahead of the RNC. [0] http://bit.ly/jdc3R4
  • New York NY police sued by NYACLU for using taxi inspection program to detain and frisk passengers [3] http://on.wsj.com/jPj8cc
  • Crown Point IN settles unspecified false arrest/excessive force lawsuit involving two women for unspecified amount [3] http://bit.ly/jvm20V
  • New York NY police are accused of harassing then ticketing man for taking photos of cops & soldiers at rail station, a portion of the incident was captured on video. [3] http://bit.ly/j9vb4E
  • Pickens SC police chief resigns after disciplined for referring to city council members with racial slurs [0] http://bit.ly/jVIv9s
  • Austin TX settles suit for $250k to motorcyclist hit by cop who ran red while using his cruiser’s dashboard laptop [0] http://bit.ly/kHlKMi
  • 2 Kingsport TN cops avoid termination, both suspended 6wks & 1 demoted for taking confiscated beer for themselves and then lying on a report saying they destroyed it after confiscating it from underage kids. [0] http://bit.ly/iOJN2e
  • Auburn NY police officer was sentenced to 1-3yrs prison on 29 counts of official misconduct, coercion and bribery [0] http://bit.ly/lvrb7U
  • Damascus VA cop arrested on allegations that he beat & attacked wife w/knife & threw phone at stepdaughter [0] http://bit.ly/lbWXmf
  • Washington County NE deputy found guilty of 3rd degree assault for hitting dispatcher he was in a relationsip with [0] http://bit.ly/jCxVps
  • Woodridge IL cop who resigned in Mar charged w/felony theft for allegedly stealing $30k from a charity for fallen officers. [0] http://bit.ly/kUkCZo
  • Champaign County OH sheriff’s sgt suspended while investigated over an alleged improper relationship with a minor that officials insist didn’t involve any allegations of sexual misconduct. [1] http://bit.ly/liGj38

Before I call it a day I did want to mention a story I’m keeping an eye on. The Bartow County GA sheriff’s office is the subject of a lawsuit alleging that deputies forced a woman to undergo an evangelical “ex-gay conversion” program instead of taking her to a court-mandated drug rehab program and that, after she escaped, they arrested her on false charges. The sheriff’s department denies the allegations and, from what’s been reported so far, there doesn’t appear to be enough supporting evidence, especially with allegations that outrageous. However, the suit does mention specific payments made by the county to the people who performed the “conversion” so if it turns out there’s evidence of such payments, that might make it pretty credible.

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

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