National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-05-11

Here are the 15 14 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, July 5, 2011:

  • 3 New Haven CT cops caught on video repeatedly kicking, punching & beating man in street, wasn’t resisting [3]
  • Porterville CA sued by family of man fatally shot by cops in his home after stopped on bicycle for code violations [3]
  • Fort Collins CO cop accused of shoving man to ground on video as EMTs work to stabilize his neck after crash [3]
  • Oneonta NY police sued by man claiming cops beat him & denied med care for wanting to complain about traffic stop [3]
  • 2 Dansville NY cops subject of suit alleging excessive force against 4 people, one cop subject of another claim [3]
  • Warren OH police sued claiming cops used excessive force when they arrested man on stand-alone resisting charge [3] (NOTE: A more detailed report from a different source indicates he was allegedly arrested for setting off fireworks after cops gave him a number of warnings and chances to light off his last bunch and get out of the street. He allegedly ignored them and was arrested, but the reports do not indicate at what point he was tasered or why… until there’s more info on this one, I’m removing it from the database.)
  • China Grove TX cop accused of failing to register as sex offender for 1991 indecency w/7yr-old child conviction [2]
  • Great Falls MT found liable in suit for having undercover cop throw woman out of public meeting & detain her [0]
  • Socorro TX police sued by ex-police lieutenant claiming he was fired in retaliation for reporting sexual harassment [3]
  • Terrell Co GA sheriff accused of harassing venue w/roadblocks outside 3 concerts despite no DUI arrests so far [3]
  • 4th Baltimore MD cop of 17 charged in tow scandal pleads guilty to extortion charges, 2 others may plead soon [0]
  • Lethbridge AB cop demoted after admitting to using police database to spy on ex-girlfriend & her friends [0]
  • 2 Ottawa ON cops didn’t have right to search home just because it was unlocked rules judge dropping drug case [0]
  • Miami Beach FL fires 2 cops after possible alcohol-induced on-duty ATV joyride crash injured 3 people [0]
  • Mankato MN cop sentenced to probation & must pay restitution after pleading guilty in strange hit&run case [1]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 07-02-11 to 07-04-11

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Independence Day weekend of July 2 through July 4, 2011:

  • Los Angeles County CA makes a tentative $500k settlement offer to the family of a teen who was fatally shot by a deputy in an incident where two different videos contradicted his version of events at two different points. [0]
  • Moreno Valley CA & Riverside Co CA lose a wrongful arrest and excessive force lawsuit for $325k to a man claiming he was beaten into unconsciousness  during a racial profiling traffic stop [3]
  • 10-12 New York NY cops are accused of excessive force for allegedly beating a man & macing an entire family over what started as a littering citation [3]
  • Chattanooga TN Housing Authority settles suit on unspecified terms to a woman claiming a cop slapped her for calling 911 on him when she witnessed a rough encounter between the officer and a teen. [3]
  • Parker FL police are being sued by a man claiming a cop who shouldn’t have been hired after he was fired from his previous deputy job for lying to judge had falsely arrested him on three different occasions. [3]
  • A Miami Beach FL cop is accused of drinking on duty with another cop before he injured three people when he ran into a couple while joyriding on a departmental ATV with a female passenger. Recent reports citing interviews with witnesses indicate he begged people not to report him before he fled the scene without checking on the injured victims. [0]
  • Memphis TN cop was arrested on aggravated assault charges for allegedly pointing gun at her husband’s face during a domestic dispute [0]
  • Another Memphis TN cop was also arrested on aggravated assault charges for allegedly pulling her gun during an off duty road rage incident [0]
  • Greenwich Twp NJ cop sues that department claiming he was fired for investigating the possible cover up of a Pohatcong cop’s DUI accident [4]
  • Monterey County CA sheriff is sued by an ex-deputy claiming retaliation & obstruction involving that sheriff’s son’s drug arrest [3]
  • Oregon state trooper has harassment charges dismissed in a settlement agreement by paying $11,500 to victim [0]
  • Boynton Beach FL cop arrested by feds on methamphetamine trafficking charges involving “large amount of drugs” [0]
  • 3 San Diego CA sex crimes unit detectives accused of sexual harassment & retaliation against female cops [3]
  • New Orleans LA police cmdr reassigned while investigated over alleged unspecified racially inappropriate orders [2]
  • Austin TX cop was arrested for boating while intoxicated after his passenger allegedly broke into a home to make a sandwich when the homeowner called police to report it. [0]
  • Philadelphia PA cop pleads guilty to drunk driving charge in a crash that crushed a trooper’s legs between 2 cars [0]
  • South Carolina state trooper gets time served in a guilty plea to a driving while intoxicated charge [0]
  • Los Angeles CA police department’s “conditional official reprimand” policy that replaces disciplinary actions with warnings is drawing criticism because officers aren’t being disciplined regularly even after their first free pass warning. [0]

That’s it for this weekend, stay free out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-01-11

Here are the 19 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday the first of July, 2011:

  • Portsmouth VA is being sued by the family of a man they claim was stumbling drunk and unarmed when he was fatally shot 11x by cop claiming he lunged [3]
  • A Salinas CA cop pleads no contest to molesting a 12yr-old girl but only faces probation or a possible 1yr sentence [0]
  • Nebraska City NE cop charged w/misdemeanor assault & official oppression for tackling a man who flipped him off at an event he was working a uniformed security detail for. [0]
  • Knoxville TN cop gets probation in plea for attempted sexual exploitation of minors which was a reduced charge for having child porn. He and another officer pled to reduced charges of supplying alcohol to minors that they enticed into stripping for them. [0]
  • Lawrence Co KY sued by man accidentally shot by deputy while unarmed & compliant during drug warrant traffic stop [0]
  • Henderson KY police sued by man claiming cops entered home w/o warrant & unleashed dog on him in search of a suspect who apparently wasn’t him. [3]
  • 2 NC state troopers investigated for allegedly falsely detaining and mistreating a woman on a DUI charge, though she tested at 0.0 BAC. They are then accused of orchestrating a false traffic stop against her husband. [3]
  • The Opa Locka FL police department is the subject of a state probe after several cops filed a whistleblower suit. Among the allegations being investigated are that officers would offer to release suspects in exchange for sex. [3]
  • West Virginia state police sued by woman arrested at home after she returned cash stolen by daughter’s boyfriend [1]
  • Cripple Creek CO police have fired a dispatcher who was tasered by a cop who was playing around w/his taser… apparently because he talked to press [5]
  • Savannah-Chatham GA cop facing fed charges for selling drugs stolen from dealers is fired… for being in rap video [0]
  • Orange Co FL deputy reassigned pending termination after ruled at fault in crash killing 91yr-old on way to church [0]
  • Orange Co CA deputy sentenced to 32mo prison for DUI crash injuring 78yr-old, showed up to 1st sentencing drunk [0]
  • A Carbondale IL cop was convicted of robbing a bank. He claimed that he was threatened into doing it by a drug dealing neighbor but the jury apparently didn’t buy it. [0]
  • Baltimore MD 3rd of 17 cops pleads guilty in extortion towing scheme that may result in more cops charged [0]
  • Austin TX cop suspended 10 days after apparent fight in Target parking lot resulting in his arrest, although charges against him were eventually dismissed [3]
  • Portland OR cop appears to have violated safeguards when he accidentally shot man w/live rounds from a beanbag shotgun. The procedures to follow when an officer is assigned one of these weapons should have prevented the accident. [0]
  • South Bend IN settles suit for $12k to man detained while car searched & damaged w/o warrant at traffic stop [3]
  • 3 Delaware state troopers fined for falsifying overtime records, all were able to retire prior to conviction [0]

As loyal readers know, weekends tend to be slow news cycles and holiday weekends are especially slow. So this weekend report will be released Monday night and will include Monday’s reports as well. It won’t be much of a holiday for me though as I’ll be managing the feed as always in addition to using the time to try and catch up on some project related tasks I’m very far behind with.

Also, while I hate to do it and I’ve been holding off on asking in the hope something else would happen, it looks like I have to ask for donations to help us get through this next week. If you haven’t donated yet and find our project useful, please consider making a donation through the link at the top of our webpage if you can.

Thanks, and have a safe 4th of July weekend.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-30-11

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, June 30, 2011:

  • A Detroit MI gang cop is on admin duty while investigated over an excessive force incident that was captured on surveillance video which helped spark a civil rights lawsuit. [3]
  • About 20 Dayton OH police officers are the subject of a lawsuit alleging that they responded to a call from an officer who beat, tasered & peppersprayed a mentally challenged teen after mistaking his speech impediment for being disrespectful and chasing him to his mother’s home where he sought help with communicating with the officer. I wanted to wait and see if the police would have a comment on this one in the media but it looks unlikely since the story broke over a day ago. [3]
  • An Everett WA cop has been fired for policy violations related to the fatal shooting of an unarmed man 2 years ago. The officer was acquitted of murder charges in a strange jury decision last year. [0]
  • Havertown PA is being sued by a woman claiming a town official conspired with cops to have her falsely arrested & mistreated in custody over a neighborhood dispute they had. [3]
  • A Harris County TX deputy was convicted of sexual assault on child under 14 but still faces indecency with a child charges involving an underage jail inmate. [0]
  • A Miami-Dade FL cop was convicted on several sexual abuse of a child between 12-16 charges that involved his daughter. [0]
  • Washington DC police sued by ACLU on behalf of photog student detained for taking photos of traffic stop [3]
  • St Petersburg FL cop resigns in lieu of firing for stealing from suspects wallets after he was caught doing so by his ride-along trainee [0]
  • Dallas TX police officer arrested on misdemeanor interfering w/emergency call & DV-related assault charges [0]
  • Los Angeles CA cop pleads no contest to workers compensation fraud charge for altering doctor note, gets probation [0]
  • Michigan State trooper still on job & hasn’t been charged after arrested Jan 1 in DUI crash that injured 2 [3]
  • N Muskegon MI cop who also works at Roosevelt Park MI charged w/DUI after running stop & hitting house [0]
  • Rogers AR police forced by civil service board to rehire cop fired for sexual harassment of dispatcher [0]
  • Cleveland OH police officer charged on allegations he ran an illegal check cashing business & hiding transactions [0]
  • New Orleans LA cop arrested after flashing badge while trying to pick up undercover cop posing as prostitute [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-29-11

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, June 29, 2011:

  • New York NY police accused of brutality in video showing at least one man repeatedly struck w/batons outside club [3]
  • 2 Newnan GA cops accused of excessive force & during false shoplifting arrest in incident caught on cell video [3]
  • Newnan GA police officer under investigation after fatally shooting girlfriend in abdomen, no charges [1]
  • Orange County FL deputy arrested for beating 16yr-old until he fractured both of his eye sockets after a high speed chase [0]
  • Cleveland OH sued by prison guard claiming 4 cops needlessly beat him while he patrolled prison fence in uniform [3]
  • Revere MA & Mass State Police split $80k settlement to family subjected to overzealous raid by cops during manhunt [0]
  • Atlanta GA review says at least 10 cops lied & deleted data on phones to hide improper actions during gay bar raid [0]
  • Dyer IN & Lake Co IN sued by woman claiming cop had deputy beat her after falsely arresting her for turning him down [3]
  • W Palm Beach FL cop investigated for issuing rare jaywalking ticket to woman who reported him for speeding [0]
  • 3 Dallas TX cops fired, 1 arrested for stealing gun & pot was fired twice & 2 others facing assault charges [0]
  • Chicago IL cop charged w/theft, fraud & other charges for allegedly posing as his elderly dad to steal his pension [0]
  • Superior WI cop on leave while under investigation for alleged misuse of funds meant for police fitness center [0]
  • Gwinnett Co GA deputy arrested on 2x limit DUI charge after caller reported seeing him do circles in middle of road [0]
  • 2 Moss Point MS cops fired on allegations related to 2 unspecified & unrelated off duty incidents [2]
  • Cresskill NJ cop fired over 3 incidents including putting pics of nude men on EMT’s car he wrote racial slurs on [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-28-11

Here are the 26 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, June 28, 2011:

  • BART CA settled a portion of a lawsuit for $1.3mil to the mother of Oscar Grant who was fatally shot in the back while he was restrained on a train station floor by a BART police officer. [0]
  • Fairfax County VA cop was fired after an 18 month long probe for improper use of deadly force when he fatally shot an unarmed motorist when his truck started slowly rolling forward. The officer wasn’t charged by is still the subject of a federal civil rights investigation. [1]
  • Albuquerque NM settles suit for $950k to family of man fatally shot in the back by cop who was later fired for lying about what happened. [0]
  • Miramar FL & Broward Co FL sued by mentally challenged man exonerated after 29yrs in prison on charges the lawsuit claims were the result of officers intentionally framing him. [0]
  • Natchez MS cop pleads guilty to conspiracy to steal and use a man’s credit cards after beating him in the back of a police cruiser, he and another officer still face other charges in the case apparently. [0]
  • 2 Washington DC cops face felony charges for beating man while off duty at bar so badly that he lost an eye [0]
  • A third Washington DC cop is under investigation for allegedly failing to stop those officers as he watched them assault the injured man mentioned above. [0]
  • 2 Toronto ON cops sentenced to 1yr home detention for beating man when he called them “the rich man’s army” [0]
  • Miami FL police accused of using excessive force on 52yr-old woman & her 85yr-old mom they claim roughed up a cop [3]
  • Klamath Co OR deputy resigns before arrested on sexual abuse charges involving multiple women at vacation rental [0]
  • Arizona law enforcement agencies accused of excessive taser use in study by ACLU showing no reduction in shootings by cops [-]
  • Savannah-Chatham GA cop arrested on fed drug trafficking & other charges for selling drugs he robbed from people [1]
  • Prince George’s County MD cop pleads to extortion & conspiracy to distribute cocaine & untaxed cigarettes charges [0]
  • Colorado Springs CO police sued by man falsely arrested on cop’s description of man w/tattoo he didn’t even have [3]
  • Edinburg TX cop arrested on official oppression charge for allegedly trying to kiss 18yr-old during traffic stop [0]
  • Guntown MS cop under secretive investigation after accused of almost running driver off road in cruiser, hazarding a guess I would say this appears to be a possible DUI incident. [4]
  • Charleston SC cop gets deferred sentence deal for breaking T-Mobile store window w/chair in fit of rage at worker [0]
  • Houston TX judge catches flack for filing complaint on cop who writes so many tickets he forgets about them in court[3]
  • Houston TX cop fired for throwing tear gas grenade during BBQ cook-off at a rodeo in an off-duty dispute 4mo ago [0]
  • Salt Lake UT Unified police dept officer charged w/7 felony counts for inappropriate use of departmental gas card [0]
  • Bennington Co VT deputy charged on allegations he threatened woman he was already charged w/assaulting [0]
  • Casselberry FL cop arrested on felony charges after investigation into stalking & computer hacking allegations [0]
  • Orleans Parish LA deputy suspended after arrested on assault & violation of protection order charges [1]
  • Morgan County IN deputy arrested for public intoxication at country music concert where he had dispute with wife [0]
  • New Orleans LA cop suspended 5days for breaking man’s car window by hurling bottles & waffles from 10th floor balcony while drunk [0]
  • Seattle WA police officer is under investigation after leaving his assault rifle on the trunk of his police cruiser when another officer then drove it away at the start of his shift. (pic) [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-27-11

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, June 27, 2011:

  • 5 Louisville KY cops sued alleging they beat man suffering from heat stroke while responding to pal’s call for help [3]
  • Hancock Co ME settles suit for $725k to man alleging he was falsely arrested & abused after off-duty deputy beat him[3]
  • Ft Myers FL settles suit for $69k to man claiming he was beat & choked by cop while shackled during interrogation [3]
  • Toronto ON cop gets probation in plea deal for holding taser to cuffed man’s genitals on video during questioning [0]
  • New York NY (Manhattan) cop pleads guilty to faking evidence in 2 drug cases and teaching new cops to do the same [0]
  • Campbell County TN deputy convicted on 10 of 16 aggravated sexual battery of a 10yr-old child charges [1]
  • Harris County TX records indicate deputies are not following US DOJ and Taser Inc guidelines for the use of tasers [0]
  • US Capitol police officer arrested on allegations he grabbed congressional employee’s breast & asked if she had bra [0]
  • Hoboken NJ settles suit for $2mil to 5 Hispanic cops claiming problematic SWAT cop discriminated against them [0]
  • Evansville IN cop suspended 21days for ignoring alarm call while hitting on woman during improper traffic stop [0]
  • Polk Co WI loses suit in $260k jury award to deputy alleging retaliation for helping w/state probe into sheriff [4]
  • Houston TX loses suit in $17k jury award to disabled man injured by police during raid on nightclub [3]
  • New York NY police accused of falsely arresting lawyer when he tried to advise client of his rights during arrest [3]
  • Des Moines IA cop charged w/domestic assault causing injury after alleged altercation w/girlfriend while drunk [1]
  • New York NY settles suit for $400k to woman injured in crash w/police truck that ran red light w/o slowing [0]
  • Salinas CA police sgt takes plea deal for probation in elder abuse case for stealing $40k from mom’s account [0]
  • Last, but not least, in Rochester NY charges have been dropped against a woman who was arrested for videotaping cops making a traffic stop in front of her home. However, while the police chief insists that an internal investigation is underway into that arrest and into several officers who ticketed cars during a meeting by activists in response to that arrest, the chief announced that he plans to keep the results of those misconduct investigations a secret. [5]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 06-25-11 to 06-26-11

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of June 25-26, 2011:

  • New York NY police sued by cop who was kicked, clubbed & maced after mistaken for suspect at daughter’s bday party [3]
  • Louisiana Supreme Court rules that warrantless searches of cars based on police hunches are permissible [-]
  • Charlotte NC police accused of threatening blogger w/arrest for photographing an arrest of man he reported [4]
  • 2 New Orleans LA cops face false reporting charges on allegations they planted drugs on man during false arrest [0]
  • Edinburg TX cop investigated after 18yr-old woman claims he tried to kiss her to drop ticket at traffic stop [0]
  • Saratoga Springs NY police chief suspended 1mo w/o pay for sending lewd texts to woman while on duty [0]
  • South Carolina state trooper fired after arrested for firing shot into home from moving car while drunk [0]
  • New York NY (Bronx) cop arrested over series of text msgs in 2hr period that threatened to kill mother of his son [0]
  • Connecticut state trooper arrested on assault & disorderly conduct charges in alleged domestic assault incident [1]
  • Cedar Rapids IA police won’t say whether cop photographed while drunk at bar w/police car was fired or quit [0]
  • Fullerton CA cop arrested on felony theft charge, caught on camera stealing iPad at Miami airport TSA checkpoint [1]

That’s it for this weekend, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-24-11

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, June 24, 2011:

  • 7 Ottawa ON cops sued by man alleging he was beaten & arrested for asking to see warrant in masked drug raid [4]
  • Ottawa ON cop sued by man claiming he was beaten for writing down cop’s license & falsely charged to cover it up [3]
  • Lewiston ID loses suit for $1,950 after jury rules officer used excessive force when he beat & tasered man [0]
  • 10-11 Fort Lee NJ cops disciplined for roles in leaving 5 teens locked in police van for 14hrs over noise complaint [1]
  • Rochester NY police accused of harassment by sending 4 cruisers to ticket cars during meeting about cop misconduct [3]
  • Arizona DPS docs hacked by LulzSec reveal law enforcement fear of smartphone apps that let people record cops [3]
  • East Cleveland OH cop resigns in lieu of termination after woman alleges he hit on her & masturbated in cruiser [0]
  • Tavares FL settles suit for $25k to woman arrested for wet t-shirt after splashed at water park & not having ID [0]
  • Maui HI cop arrested for theft on allegations that he kept firearm turned in to police for himself [0]
  • North Myrtle Beach SC spent $47k for lawyers in failed bid to keep dashcam video of incident that led to cop being fired a secret [4]
  • Cripple Creek CO police officer accidentally tasers dispatcher in leg while playing around with his taser [0]
  • Orleans MA cop disciplined after detained, but not arrested, by state trooper on suspicion of DUI & erratic driving [1]
  • Massachusetts state trooper under investigation for detaining Orleans MA cop but not charging him in DUI incident [2]
  • 4 RCMP mounties in BC face breach of trust & obstruction charges after probe into improper affair w/murder witness [1]
  • Philadelphia PA cop already facing brutality suit under investigation over her questionable MySpace pic in cop cap [0] Sure, I know, this is a very minor case of misconduct but it should be interesting to see if the dept disciplines her for this instead of the brutality complaint.

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-23-11

Due to another hectic day and some computer issues, there were only 11 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, June 23, 2011:

  • Detroit MI cops accused of abusing man in wheelchair, pushed him w/cruiser, then arrested veteran who complained [4]
  • Toronto ON police sued by woman in “Officer Bubbles” video claiming she was assaulted & falsely arrested at G20 [3]
  • Fort Worth TX cop caught punching a restrained chase suspect on news helicopter video, no comment from police [3]
  • Lowell MA cop indicted for allegedly raping 2 prostitutes under threat of arrest & soliciting sex from others [0]
  • Alamance Co NC sheriff’s dept sued by US DOJ seeking access to interview employees during rights investigation [4]
  • Dallas TX cop suspended 15 days for beating man that he found with his estranged wife while in uniform [0]
  • Lethbridge AB cop faces disciplinary hearing after admitting to abusing police database to keep track of girlfriend [0]
  • Huntington Park CA police chief gets probation in plea deal dropping over 12 charges for creepy stalker-like acts [0]
  • Saginaw Co MI deputy charged w/6misd & 5 felonies for misuse of police database & forged vehicle certificates [1]
  • Butte Co CA deputy arrested on drunk driving charge after driving car off an embankment [0]
  • Spartanburg Co SC deputy under investigation after cited for rear-ending car in on duty accident [0]

Stay safe out there!

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