National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-29-11

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, December 29, 2011:

  • Hattiesburg MS settles suit for a confidential sum to a man claiming 4 cops beat him with guns and flashlights after they failed to find drugs in his car during a traffic stop and demanded he tell them where the non-existent drugs were.  [3]
  • Houston TX police account of why on of their possibly drunk off-duty police officers fatally shot a man at a Denny’s restaurant is being contradicted by witnesses who claim the man who was shot had surrendered.  [3]
  • 3 Collegedale TN cops are being sued alleging they illegally entered a home, beat & tasered a man inside, then arrested him on a stand-alone resisting arrest charge. [3]
  • Darby Twp PA cop arrested on multiple charges including rape, stalking & assault  on allegations he was using his position as a police officer to prey on women. [0]
  • Broward Co FL deputy under investigation on allegations he molested an 8yr-old autistic daughter of a fellow deputy [0]
  • Springfield MA cop charged w/rape & indecent assault after 3mo investigation into allegations made by an 18yr-old girl [1]
  • Navajo NM now-former cop indicted on federal civil rights charge for groping handcuffed woman in custody [0]
  • Tulsa OK cop is accused of shooting a chained dog to death while responding to DV call at another address [3]
  • East Lambert NC cop resigns and has been charged for allowing firefighters to repeatedly use his taser on a student at a Christmas party, the officer was on duty at the time and the firefighters were charged with assault as well. [0]
  • Lowell MA police settle wrongful arrest suit for $50k to a city councilor. The settlement includes the cop’s apology & a promise of reforms by the department. [0]
  • Leland NC police chief fires cop he was accused of punching at a bachelor party, officials won’t give reason [4]
  • Goodyear AZ cop says he was fired in retaliation for testimony against cops in a cover up case, police claim he lied to investigators looking into his claims ahead of a civil suit over that case. [4]
  • West Palm Beach FL police captain fired over relationship w/subordinate officer & allegedly hosting on-duty party [0]
  • Cincinnati OH records reveal cop fired in October had asked prostitute for child porn while he claims it was all a part of an unapproved investigation he was conducting. [2]
  • Kalamazoo MI cop suspended 14 days for lying about accidental discharge of firearm in friend’s apt to cover for him [0]
  • Valencia Co NM deputy faces discipline for giving false names & unspecified mistreatment of female resident [2]
  • Clyde NC police chief suspended for 1 month w/o pay, city refuses to say why citing privacy protections for cops [3]
  • Mansfield OH cop on leave after named in suit alleging misuse of funds collected for sports booster club [0]
  • Harper Woods MI police detective slated to retire Friday involved in suspected alcohol-involved accident [0]
  • New York NY police sergeant is being investigated after passengers recorded him being cuffed & kicked off a bus for being overly drunk [0]
  • Gage Co NE deputy pleads to reckless driving after Beatrice NE cop stopped him for .08 DUI but never charged him [3]
  • Delaware River Port Auth NJ cop arrested on DUI and reckless driving charges after alleged hit-and-run accident [0]

One thing before I go, it looks like readers are overwhelmingly voting for us to continue doing our annual worst police misconduct video of the year reader’s poll. With that in mind, I’ve already reviewed over 75 videos that were embedded on our site this year, and I’m going to have to prune that list to about 25 before I put them up for a vote. Last year we received complaints for listing 27 videos because it took so long for that page to load. Not sure if reducing it to 25 will help, but we’ll see.

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-28-11

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, December 28, 2011:

  • 6 Fayetteville NC cops are under investigation after witnesses claim they beat and repeatedly tasered a delusional man who is now on life support. They were responding to a call about the man repeatedly calling 911 because he was paranoid after he was apparently mugged twice and stuck in that city on his way home from Florida. [1]
  • Gadsen AL settles suit for $50k to a man who suffered fractures when he was punched while cuffed by a cop on video. The single council member who voted against the settlement said he thought the only fair settlement would be $5.00 and a bus ticket out of town. [0]
  • Van Zandt Co TX deputy was fired after arrested on an aggravated assault charge for hitting a cooperative teen in the head with a flashlight. [0]
  • 2 West Tawakoni TX cops were fired and are the subject of a lawsuit alleging they took turns raping an intoxicated woman inside the empty police station then telling her to tell her friends it was just a joke. [2]
  • Ringling OK reserve officer who was apparently the former police chief has resigned as part of a suspended sentence plea deal on a harassment charge for repeatedly pulling down the pants of a 17-year-old girl who worked next to his pizza place. After the sentencing he expressed his dismay that the town didn’t stand behind him in this case despite his many years of service to the community. [0]
  • Dallas TX cop was arrested on a felony wanton endangerment charge in Kentucky after discharging a round from her gun into the ground near the father of her child in an apparent domestic dispute. [1]
  • Sweetwater TN cop is on paid leave while investigated over an alleged but unspecified domestic violence incident at his home. There were no charges filed at the time. [2]
  • Grand Island NE police are investigating how a witness to a stabbing incident was left alone in an interview room for 22 hours. [0]
  • Miami-Dade FL police major who was recently demoted to captain is now facing a criminal investigation for using $23k in funds paid for NFL security details to bankroll unofficial police sports teams. [1]
  • Ogden UT police chief was fired for violating federal Hatch Act during his campaign for state senate. [0]
  • Pine Bluff AR cop is under investigation on suspicion that he was on sleep medication when he crashed his car, leaving his son, whom he apparently dropped off at the hospital in an attempt to cover up what happened, fighting to keep his vision. [0]
  • Harvey IL police officer was arrested on a drunk driving charge after crashing into a stopped car while driving at a high rate of speed. [0]
  • Indianapolis IN cop was arrested for DUI while on unpaid leave pending termination for another incident where he crashed his police cruiser while under the influence of pain medication. [0]
  • Raleigh NC cop arrested on drunk driving charge after a fellow cop spotted him hit a curb. He tested at a .14 BAC. [1]

Three things before I go…

First, our news feed passed 4,000 followers this week! I was wondering if it was going to happen before the end of year and it did. Thank you all for following it!

Second, I apologize for not responding to email for the last few days, I’ve been terribly sick yet also busy at work. I’m hoping I start feeling better before the new year and I’ll try to get things caught up as best I can.

And lastly, I’m about half way through reviewing all the videos we tracked this year for our annual Worst Police Misconduct Videos of the Year reader’s poll… but I’m wondering if maybe we shouldn’t keep that tradition going. What do you think, is it worth anything to do the poll or does it do more harm than good?

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-27-11

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, December 27, 2011:

  • Yet another video out of Seattle WA shows 4 cops, 2 of whom were already under investigation over another incident at the time, dragging a man out of his car and apparently kicking him in the crotch during a traffic stop for speeding because he called 911 on the cops because he was worried they weren’t cops because they started swearing at him and provoking him right from the beginning of the stop. Police allegedly found marijuana in the trunk afterward but that evidence was thrown out because it was ruled an illegal search. The officers weren’t disciplined for excessive force or for not turning on their microphones as demanded per policy, but were given a talking to about their abusive language, apparently caught on the 911 call. [3]
  • Connecticut state police accused of excessive force in a fruitless drug raid that left a 54yr-old man injured and his apartment in shambles. Radley Balko breaks down the incident and coverage at the link. [4]
  • North Chicago IL police face more brutality complaints in two separate incidents. One man claims a police dog broke his leg and police refused to stop it until they kicked him in the head because he ran from them. Another person claims police repeatedly tasered him while he was prone on the ground and mocked him when he asked why they were doing it. [3]
  • Sedgwick Co CO deputy who was implicated in 2 brutality cases has resigned while under investigation for allegedly beating a 63-year-old handicapped man during a traffic stop. This came shortly after the sheriff narrowly avoided a recall effort by residents upset with an apparent increase in bullying behavior from officers. [0]
  • RCMP Mountie was docked 10 days pay after convicted in two different excessive force cases involving the abuse of detainees in jail, including one who was handcuffed. He was sentenced to probation for those charges. [0]
  • Kansas City KS cop is on leave after being charged with aggravated assault for shooting an occupied vehicle near his home while off duty in an unspecified incident. The officer was arrested earlier this year but not charged following an FBI investigation and filed a lawsuit complaining of excessive force in that arrest. [1]
  • Los Angeles Co CA sheriff says he’s formed a task force to investigate claims in an LA Times investigative report that his department wrongfully jailed people at least 1,480 times in the last five years. [0]
  • Quartzite AZ police lost an appeal over the arrest and conviction of a man for apparently doing nothing more than pointing at them and saying things they didn’t like at a council meeting in that town where the police chief declared martial law because of negative news articles covering his alleged abuses of citizens there. [4]
  • Marion Co FL deputy resigned during an internal investigation triggered when he was stopped for suspicion of DUI but never charged. In his resignation he admits to having an alcohol problem caused by ADHD and apologized for the incident. [0]
  • St Louis MO police refuse to say why they didn’t try to test a cop for alcohol despite smelling it on his breath after his wrong way crash into an on-duty cop’s cruiser that injured that cop and his own passenger. [3]
  • 3 Union City TN cops & an Obion Co TN deputy have been suspended in relation to the arrest of a Union City cop on theft charges, apparently for knowing about what he was doing but not doing anything about it. [1]
  • Big Sandy TX police officer was arrested on drunk driving charges by a Texas state DPS trooper. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-26-11

Here are the 6 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this slow post-holiday weekend news day on Monday, December 26, 2011:

  • Phoenix AZ police have been implicated in video for participating in the death of a man in jail despite their apparent attempts to distance themselves from the incident by claiming the altercation that cost the man’s life happened after they transferred custody over to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Dept. This was alleged by a police lieutenant from a different agency who is running for Maricopa County Sheriff in an op-ed he wrote after reviewing the video, shown above. In that video an officer alleged to be a Phoenix PD cop puts the victim in a choke hold without any apparent threat from that victim, at least not any physically visible threat. [3]
  • Jacksonville NC cops are being accused of attacking a teen after mistaking him for an assault suspect, then assaulting and arresting his family members when they tried to stop the beating. It’s also being alleged that the police confiscated an unrelated woman’s camera and arrested her for videotaping the incident. [5]
  • Fort Worth TX cop was arrested on allegations he was driving while intoxicated and that he and his passenger, a convicted felon, stopped and fired rounds at street signs and street lights.[0]
  • New York NY police are investigating why it took 9 hours to do BAC test on cop who critically injured his partner in a suspected alcohol-related accident. [1]
  • Madison WI settles suit for $10k to a gun rights group over an incident where cops citing 5 people who openly carried their firearms into a restaurant. [0]
  • Ohio Court of Appeals ruled against the Columbus police department by deciding that officers cannot use a “welfare check” as an excuse to pull motorists from their cars and then search their vehicles. [0]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 12-24-11 to 12-25-11

Here are the 5 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this holiday weekend of December 24-25, 2011:

  • Lorain OH cop was arrested on a domestic violence charge for allegedly punching his girlfriend in the head several times because she left a fast food restaurant before he placed his order. [0]
  • New York NY cop arrested on DUI & vehicular assault charges after an alleged drunk driving crash that left his partner in coma and injured one other person. [0]
  • St Louis MO cop was arrested on vehicular assault charges after hitting an on-duty cop’s cruiser while drunk and off duty, injuring two people. [0]
  • New York NY cop was arrested on DUI & leaving the scene of an accident charges after he refused to take a breath test when he was caught. [0]
  • Stockton CA police lieutenant was given a disciplinary demotion but the department refuses to divulge the reasons for that demotion. [2]

That’s it for this weekend, I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday this year.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-23-11

Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, December 23, 2011:

  • Maricopa Co AZ sheriff’s dept released video footage (above) from jail surveillance cameras showing how a detainee was taken down and tasered multiple times before he was dragged into a “safe room” where he was stripped and left motionless on the floor. That man later died and the incident is under investigation, as we tracked previously. [NA]
  • Albuquerque NM is being sued by the family of a man armed only with a spoon when he was fatally shot by a cop that was hired despite his history of questionable shooting incidents. [3]
  • Snyder TX is being sued by the family of a man who died of a heart attack claiming that cops responding to their 911 call requesting medical assistance forced them to stop CPR on their dad until paramedics arrived. [3]
  • New London CT police subject of suit by man left paralyzed when shot by cop after rolling truck in police chase. The man’s lawyer claims photos of the shooting incident show the suspect didn’t pose a threat at the time he was shot. [0]
  • Terra Alta WV is being sued by a man claiming the police chief used excessive force on him while falsely arresting him on obstruction charges for plowing snow from an intersection in front of a church at the request of a pastor. [4]
  • Columbia MO settles suit for $250k to a man who suffered broken vertebrae and head injuries when an officer shoved him into a wall on video (shown above). That officer was later fired over the incident. [0]
  • New Mexico state police sued by 2 women alleging now-former female trooper sexually battered them during an invasive strip search. Police aren’t saying why that officer is no longer with the department. [3]
  • DeKalb Co GA sued by man alleging he suffered jaw fracture when a cruiser he was cuffed in stopped suddenly while he was not seat belted in. [3]
  • Talbot Co GA cop pleads guilty to extorting money through threats of force and under color of law. He’s 1 of 3 who were charged in that case. [3]
  • Indianapolis IN cop gets probation on multiple counts of arson for setting a string of apartment building fires. [0]
  • Vancouver BC rehires cop convicted of assaulting bystander with a baton and swinging at others on video while responding to a call about a fight. The judge that convicted him later reversed the conviction because he felt the officer was really really sorry about it… wonder if he does that for all the accused people brought in front of him? [0]
  • Seattle WA audit finds that officers aren’t turning on dashcams as mandated by policy, though the audit will result in no disciplinary action. This comes after the US DOJ found patterns of excessive force and a lack of accountability and an independent report that resulted in similar findings… In Seattle, when it rains, it really pours. [3]
  • Orange Co FL deputy is under investigation for loaning a friend his badge & ID so he could get better seats at a concert. His pal was arrested and he admitted to giving him his badge, but later denied it… It looks like it pours in Orange County as well since this is the 4th deputy in a week to face misconduct allegations. [0]
  • Long Beach CA cop is being accused of using excessive force by at least one witness who described and Occupy protester being tackled, choked out, then punched in the head for smoking a cig near a park. Police claim it was justified but more information coming out appears to be contradicting those claims. [3]
  • Christian Co KY deputy arrested for assault & official misconduct in an alleged incident with scant details which appears to involve him driving a around in his cruiser with a friend while off duty where he and his friend happened upon someone they attacked. His friend is still wanted on assault charges as well. [2]
  • Pennsylvania State trooper arrested on DV-related assault, harassment & resisting arrest charges involving wife, he was apparently tasered during the arrest. [0]
  • RCMP Mountie in Kelowna BC was demoted after being sentenced to probation for beating his wife then drawing his gun in front of their kids. [0]
  • Palm Springs FL police chief on leave while investigated over unspecified claims of inappropriate conduct w/female officer [2]
  • Eden Prairie MN police sgt was demoted for using a police database for personal reasons to look up info in a creepy stalker-like fashion on a former female cop. [0]
  • Weehawken NJ police sgt pleads guilty to stealing up to $700k from that dept by diverting funds to fake businesses [0]
  • Harvard MA police officer arrested on drunk driving charges while on family medical leave [0]

That’s it for today, our coverage will be limited over the holiday weekend so stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-22-11

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, December 22, 2011… sorry they are in short format, but I’m really sick today:

  • Riverside Co CA deputy charged with murder for fatally shooting a man in a bar during an off duty dispute [0]
  • New Castle PA settles suit for unknown sum to man roughly arrested w/o cause & his daughter tasered for complaining [3]
  • Sharon Hill PA cop arrested on multiple charges after body slamming man & a woman then filing a false report about it [0]
  • Windsor ON police chief suddenly retires amid growing complaints of brutality and alleged cover ups [3]
  • Slaton TX cop sentenced to 70mo for downloading child porn, resigned after feds conducted search at his home [0]
  • Suffolk VA cops accused of racial profiling & illegal search by rapper who posted video of incident on Facebook [2]
  • Howard Co IN deputy accused of lying about on-duty crash that seriously injured 2, troopers accused of cover up [4]
  • Lubbock Co TX deputy fired & arrested for failing to secure service weapon after 5yo son shot 4yo brother with it [0]
  • Orange Co fL deputy arrested on battery charge involving dispute w/wife, 3rd deputy arrested in a week [0]
  • Barre MA cop sentenced to 2yrs for perjury during grand jury & trial testimony involving his ex-girlfriend [0]
  • Fond du Lac WI settles suit for $20k to reporter who sued city for refusing to release files in brutality case [4]
  • Yuma Co AZ sheriff fires female deputy for calling 911 on Yuma cop who wouldn’t leave her home, cop not punished [5]
  • Stockton CA USD cop files bizarre “unlawful discrimination” complaint against the mom of 5-year-old he zip-tied at school [5]
  • Charlottesville VA cop arrested on embezzlement charge for allegedly stealing $10k from church where he was pastor [0]
  • 2 Grayson Co TX deputies fired for unspecified violations a week after deputy indicted for stealing from evidence [2]
  • Dallas TX cop resigns after arrest on false report charge for lying about stolen lawn equip to get insurance payout [0]
  • Marblehead OH cop gets suspended 30day sentence for allowing underage consumption in hotel, resigned after charged [0]
  • San Antonio TX cop assigned to watch Occupy protesters to ensure they don’t sleep in park caught sleeping in photo [0]
  • LaPorte Co IN sheriff’s capt demoted to sgt & gets probation in plea deal reducing DUI charge to reckless driving [0]
  • Maine state police sgt arrested on charged with drunk driving after pulled over by trooper while off duty [1]

That’s it for today, better be good for goodness sake…

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-21-11

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, December 21, 2011:

  • Riverside Co CA deputy held for questioning after admitting to fatally shooting man in bar following a dispute. Witnesses cited in a different article described the incident as malicious violence. [1]
  • Harrison Co TX deputy’s initial arrest on an indecency with a child charge has spurred another alleged victim to come forward, resulting in an additional indecency w/child charge. [0]
  • 2 Santa Fe NM cops fired for false reporting in an excessive force case caught on dashcam were rehired thanks to an arbitrator. [0]
  • Gladstone OR cop fired for unspecified “serious allegations” of misconduct unrelated to a murder for hire plot that he/she is under investigation for [2]
  • Maricopa Co AZ sheriff is being sued by a woman alleging she was left shackled while in labor & during a c-section while she was in custody [3]
  • Ramsey Co MN settles a law suit for $230k to a deaf man beaten & maced during a traffic stop then denied an interpreter in jail. [0]
  • Milwaukee WI asst police chief suspended during unspecified investigation after stopped by cops in bad part of town [3]
  • Fullerton CA criticized for appointing a captain as the police chief despite his last position being in charge of that troubled department’s most problematic division. [3]
  • Golden Valley MN has disbanded their human rights commission because their findings recommending reforms after incidents of police misconduct might cost that city money and encourage lawsuits… Welcome to Golden Valley, where they value your money more than your life or your rights. [5]
  • Seattle WA independent review of officer-involved shooting incidents last year resulted in similar findings as the recent DOJ probe that the city and department refuted until today when those additional findings were released as well. Interestingly, the mayor did an about-face and is promising to implement reforms immediately… we’re not holding our breath just yet though, the problems in Seattle are systemic and cultural, reinforced by decades of city officials being too afraid of the police union to implement any meaningful changes. Unfortunately, failed promises of reform are nothing new in this town. [0]
  • Daytona Beach FL cop was cited for disorderly conduct after swearing at cops when he kicked out of an hotel when police responded to a noise complaint[0]
  • Pendleton WA police officer on administrative leave while investigated for his role in an alleged off-duty bar fight [1]
  • Plainview TX narcotics officer indicted on felony theft, forgery & official misconduct charges [0]
  • Earlville IL cop charged w/selling pot while on duty takes plea deal to reduced official misconduct charge [0]
  • Vigo Co IN deputy arrested on allegations he was illegally obtaining painkillers, sometimes while on duty [0]
  • Broward Co FL deputy staring in tv show about K9 officers is now the subject of federal criminal investigation into unspecified record falsification allegations. [2]
  • Union City TN cop arrested on false report & insurance fraud charges involving an ATV he reported stolen [0]
  • Washington DC cop convicted of attempting to receive stolen property after caught in a sting operation [0]
  • Mass Bay Transit Auth MA cop suspended after caught mailing dead rats to a man who didn’t pay escorts that the officer was allegedly protecting and providing transportation for. [0]
  • Shelby Co TN deputy sentenced to 2yrs for lying to a judge and fellow officers in an effort to get an inmate out of jail [0]
  • Chicago IL is being sued by man after his car was struck by a cop driving the wrong way on one-way street without his lights or siren activated. [3]
  • Lorain OH cop suspended after arrested for suspicion of DUI following off-duty crash into parked utility van [0]
  • Canton OH cop is being investigated after being photographed while sleeping in his cruiser by a man who was trying to get his attention to help a nearby crash victim [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-20-11

Sorry these are in short format again, I’m not feeling well tonight and it’s the best I can do right now. Anyway, here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, December 20, 2011:

  • Fresno CA cop found to have used excessive force in mixed civil jury verdict for fatal shooting of unarmed man [0]
  • Des Moines IA fmr cop arrested by feds on excessive force and obstruction charges involving 2088 beating incident [0]
  • Waite Hill OH cop arrested on unlawful sexual conduct with a minor charge for alleged sex acts with 14yr-old boy [1]
  • Orange Co FL deputy arrested on allegations he molested and groped a disabled woman while on duty [0]
  • Rayville LA cop arrested on felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile charges involving a 15yr-old girl [1]
  • Illinois settles last claim in trooper’s fatal 126mph crash while emailing for $700k, total settlements near $9mil [0]
  • Covington LA cop resigns & gets probation in plea deal for using unecessary force by choking a suspect then leaving him in a police cruiser for an excessive amount of time. [1]
  • Seattle WA cops shown on video mocking jogger who was critically injured after struck by semi truck [3]
  • Minneapolis MN police chief gets no confidence from board 3 yrs in row, enforces discipline in only 18 of 142 cases [3]
  • Chicago IL torture cop/now convict Jon Burge subject of another lawsuit for torturing confession from innocent man [3]
  • Oneonta NY cop fired for lying under oath after costing city $135k in excessive force lawsuit settlement [0]
  • New York NY cop’s lie on stand & DA withholding knowledge of false report earns man acquital, no charge for cop [3]
  • Warren Twp OH cop sentenced to 3yrs on burglary & abduction charges for breaking into woman’s home, restraining her [0]
  • Warren AR cop arrested on abuse of public trust for allegedly seeking and accepting bribes to fix tickets [0]
  • 3 Oklahoma City OK cops accused of lying & obstructing investigations in separate cases, 2 resign [1]
  • Detroit MI cop charged for stealing $14k from funds for families of fallen officers, other accused of check padding [0]
  • Memphis TN cop accused of selling painkillers while on duty arrested after trying to purchase mass amount of pot [0]

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

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