National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 12-26-10

As I’ve mentioned previously, we generally don’t see many reports released during holiday weekends. That’s not to say that there isn’t misconduct that occurs during holidays, in fact we generally see more domestic violence and drunk driving incidents during holidays, but the reports on incidents that occur during holidays are generally delayed for a number of reasons including short staffing at news stations and at police departments that occur during weekends, especially holiday weekends.

Still, there were a couple reports released, though half of those were what we call “non-actionable” which essentially means that they don’t add to our statistical data but they do contain information worth tracking and reporting on.

With that in mind, here are the four reports we tracked over the Christmas holiday weekend, December 25-26, 2010:

  • East Haven Connecticut police, already the subject of a federal investigation, are being blamed for what appears to be a mass exodus of that city’s Hispanic population due to claims of persistent and systemic racially motivated harassment, abuse, and false arrests. Some Hispanic community groups are claiming that about half of that city’s Hispanic population has already fled, causing businesses to fail, and many more are planing to leave. The article also mentions that some criminal charges are expected soon as a result of that ongoing federal investigation into these allegations. [3]
  • The Charleston Gazette in West Virginia has published the first part of a 3-part newspaper series studying the issue of gypsy cops, departments of last resort and the circumstances that allow officers to jump from one department to another repeatedly when confronted with allegations of misconduct or potential disciplinary actions.  It’s a good read overall to help understand the issue and the research done to support the article found that 166 officers jumped around between four or more departments within the last 14 years and details at least 13 who jumped between departments under a cloud of misconduct allegations within the last two years. [0]
  • Two Cheektowaga New York police officers are being accused of using excessive force against an innocent couple they mistook as shoplifting suspects inside a mall. Witnesses and the couple claim the officers were overly aggressive from the start and they threatened the woman, asking her if she was “resisting too?” after beating and tasering the man she was with.  [3]
  • And finally, at least two Lee County South Carolina deputies are under investigation after a news crew caught them hanging out at a nightclub while they were the only two deputies on duty that night. When confronted the deputies covered their faces and sped off. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-24-10

Here are the 8 days… I mean 8 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Christmas Eve Friday, December 24, 2010:

  • New York NY police officials are doggedly insisting that a man who was arrested by an officer with a history of misconduct that has cost the city $500,000 in civil litigation to date is still guilty even though he had video proving his alibi that he was in a different city when the crime he was accused of committing had occurred. Bah Humbug indeed. [5]
  • Kenton OH police are accused of using excessive force by the family of a man who is now on life support and surveillance video from a holding area showing an officer perform a leg sweep on the man while he was handcuffed appears to back their claims. (hat tip to the folks at CopBlock for catching this one we missed.) [4]
  • A New Castle PA police officer was arrested on multiple charges on allegations he hit his wife in the back of her head with a pistol while she was driving then held that gun to her face. She managed to flee the car and flag down another off-duty officer who was following them as her husband drove off. He was stopped down the road and arrested for DUI and simple assault. [0]
  • A Jackson Twp PA police officer was arrested on domestic violence related aggravated assault, terroristic threats, and other charges over allegations that he hit his girlfriend so hard she vomited blood but she didn’t call police because he threatened her and her family, holding a gun to her head at one point. A friend called police on her behalf though. [0]
  • A Cocoa FL police officer has been charged with drunk driving after witnesses called police to report that the off-duty officer was pointing his gun out of his window while he drove down the street. Witnesses called again reporting that the man had flipped his car and crashed, at which time he was arrested. [0]
  • A Berks County PA deputy who died in fiery single-car accident allegedly had blood alcohol content of over three times the legal limit. [0]
  • A Montesano WA police chief has been charged with theft and misappropriation of funds for allegedly embezzling over $10,000 of the town’s money over an 18 month period to buy personal items and for using the town’s gas card to fuel his personal vehicles. [0]
  • And finally, in a strange bit of synchronicity a new study was released indicating that police officers returning from duty in war zones such as Afghanistan and Iraq are having difficulty adjusting to their jobs as police officers, resulting in elevated risks of harm to the public. Just a day or two before, Radley Balko brought everyone’s attention to an article proudly discussing how police officers are now being trained to have a war mentality and to view everyone as potential enemies at all times. So, I guess returning veterans are being retrained to stop thinking like they are at war, new recruits are being trained to act like they are.

Have a safe and happy holiday everyone.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-23-10

Well, the day started out with a rapid-fire succession of reports that we tracked but then the numbers went dead cold early in the afternoon. I would imagine that news staff were taking off early for the holidays, but we still tracked a good number of reports.

I would imagine there won’t be many reports until after this weekend, but we’ll continue tracking them as usual. However, if there aren’t many we’ll wait until Monday morning to publish a recap of the entire extended holiday weekend.

Anyway, here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for Thursday, December 23, 2010:

  • A Scottsdale AZ police officer is accused of using excessive force when he beat a man with a baton after bouncers grabbed him while it appeared as though he was doing nothing more than watching a bar fight. Police say the use of force was justified because he stuck his arm out when pushed by a bouncer, of which the police spokesperson said “who knows what he could have done with that arm?” [3]
  • Flint MI has settled a lawsuit for $625,000 to a woman who survived after shot by a police officer’s shotgun when that officer mistook the sound of the door opening and the light from inside for a gunshot while the officer was responding to a call about shots fired. [0]
  • A Georgetown TX police officer that we mentioned yesterday as being under investigation for an excessive force incident allegedly kicked a man in the face while he was laying prone during a questionable raid on a house party that police justified by claiming they thought they heard someone yell “help”. The raid itself appears to also be under investigation now. [3]
  • A Bell CA police officer has been sentenced to 9 years in prison after pleading guilty to a deprivation of civil rights charge for sexually assaulting a woman during a traffic stop. [0]
  • Three Wilson Borough PA police officers were named in a lawsuit filed by 4 men who allege they were assaulted by the officers inside a bar while the trio was off-duty. There was an investigation but apparently some of the documents were lost or changed during that investigation and a video of the incident was mysteriously overwritten by investigating officers. [3]
  • Two Altoona PA police officers have been fired over their alleged involvement in an off-duty bar brawl that left one man with a broken jaw and another with a concussion. [1]
  • A Marble Falls TX police officer is on leave while under investigation into an alleged sexual assault that occurred during a party attended by other officers. [1]
  • A Houston TX police officer is on paid leave while he’s the subject of a criminal federal investigation into allegations that he ran a “pill mill”. [0]
  • Memphis TN police finally officially adopted a policy that forbids officers from using political reasons as justification for spying on people 32 years after the department was ordered to do so by the court. This came after a newspaper caught onto the lapse and the ACLU is contemplating a civil suit to find out if the department violated that order. [3]
  • A US ATF agent in Cleveland OH has pled guilty to stealing over $46,000 that was seized during a raid on alleged drug house. Other agents apparently saw what he was doing and reported it. [0]
  • The Beacon NY police department entered into an agreement with the US DOJ to implement reforms after an use of force pattern & practice investigation. [0]
  • The Portland OR police union is catching some heat for publishing an article in their newsletter urging police departments to reward aggressive behavior by cops and to focus hiring people with aggressive tendencies instead of people who are more balanced. All that in the wake of some highly controversial shooting deaths and excessive force cases this year by that department’s officers. [0]
  • A Humbolt County CA deputy has been charged with felony child endangerment over a fireworks accident that cost both him and a young girl most of their hands. [0]
  • A Marble Falls TX police officer has resigned after arrested on DUI charges when a police cruiser’s dashcam videotaped him crashing into a tree while driving his personal vehicle off-duty. [0]
  • And finally, a Cincinnati OH police officer has pled no contest to public indecency charges after he was arrested for unzipping his zipper without underwear on and exposing himself to several employees in a Sears store. [0]

That’s it for today, have a happy and safe holiday!

Reader’s Poll – Worst Police Misconduct Videos of 2010

Please come take our 3rd Annual Worst Police Misconduct Video of the Year reader’s poll and vote for the videos you think were the worst examples of police misconduct in 2010.

It may not seem important, but the poll helps us see how the public views misconduct and helps bring attention to the issue. I know most are hard to watch, but if I have to watch and read about them every day, you can do it for a few minutes, so go vote today!

Voting ends at midnight, December 31, 2010.

VOTE NOW!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-22-10

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked by our National Police Misconduct News Feed for Wednesday, December 22, 2010:

  • Five Painesville OH police officers are the subject of a lawsuit alleging that they tasered a man in the chest for 21 seconds, as opposed to the suggested maximum of 5 seconds, without warning which left him permanently brain damaged due to the heart attack he suffered from it. [3]
  • Federal Way WA police were found negligent by a jury who awarded $1,100,000 to the family of a woman who was stabbed to death after police improperly served a protection order and failed to properly enforce it. [0]
  • A now-former Fox Lake WI police chief has been arrested on sexual assault of a child, stalking and harassment charges that stem from incidents that allegedly occurred while he was still chief. [0]
  • A Pittsburgh PA police officer is facing several charges including vehicular homicide, manslaughter, and DUI over an off-duty motorcycle accident that left his female passenger dead back in September. [1]
  • A Fort Myers FL police officer has been fired after arrested for violating a protection order filed by a woman he allegedly strangled and beat back in September. Apparently he used his police-issued cell phone to send her several harassing text messages. [0]
  • A Mesa AZ police officer has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to assaulting 2 off-duty female officers in a bar by slamming their heads together. [0]
  • A Pharr TX police officer has pled guilty to organized crime charges for helping to smuggle guns and drugs while on a drug cartel’s payroll. [0]
  • A Niagra Falls NY police officer has been sentenced to 13 years and 9 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to helping drug dealers, buying crack cocaine while on-duty and for groping a woman during a traffic stop. [0]
  • Two Beaumont TX police officers have been sentenced to community service and probation after pleading guilty to record tampering charges related to a drug bust. [0]
  • The St Petersburg FL police department has opened an internal investigation after a police officer’s trial on hit and run charges exposed allegations that there was a widespread practice of disabling police cruiser GPS devices so dispatchers couldn’t see where they were going or how fast they were driving… the officer was acquitted by the way. [0]
  • A Burlington NC police sergeant has been charged with misdemeanor hit and run and reckless driving charges after his truck damaged 5 cars in an alleged hit and run accident. [1]
  • And finally, Tupelo MS police are claiming that they disciplined a high ranking officer for removing his son from the scene of an accident he was involved with while it was still under investigation… but they refuse to divulge just how he was disciplined. [4]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-21-10

Here are the 31 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for Tuesday, December 21, 2010:

  • Kansas City MO police are accused of using excessive force by a man who was shown on dashcam video, shown above, being thrown to the ground as he was getting out of his car as ordered by the officer who threw him during a traffic stop. Police are claiming the use of force was justified because the man allegedly “tensed up” while getting out. [3]
  • Three Richmond KY police officers were the subject of a lawsuit that was settled for an undisclosed sum to a criminal justice instructor who claimed they used excessive force when they repeatedly tasered, beat, and peppersprayed him while he was being arrested on charges that were later dismissed with prejudice. [3]
  • Brook Park OH has settled a lawsuit for an unspecified sum to the family of a man who died in custody after they claim he was denied medical care when he complained of being sick. [1]
  • Baltimore MD police  hid the details of a $200,000 lawsuit settlement made to a man who was wrongfully arrested and jailed on molestation charges due to a warrant filled out with only his last name and first initial, a name which was similar to the real suspect. He was a Russian immigrant who fled that country due to religious persecution and he likened his nightmarish experience with American law enforcement with how he felt when he was interrogated by the KGB for making jokes about Russia. [4]
  • Syracuse NY police are being sued by the mother of a 15-year-old student she claims was tasered then handcuffed in front of his fellow students when he tried to stop a fight between two girls by standing between them. The suit claims that officers did this despite the protests of several students who told officers he was only trying to stop the fight but police insist the tasering was justified, even though one portion of the article suggests the officer hit the boy while aiming for one of the girls. [3]
  • Webster Groves MO police are being sued by a woman claiming officers used excessive force on her when they barged into her home and wouldn’t let her change out of her robe when they arrested her on suspicion of DUI and fleeing the scene of an accident, charges that were later dismissed. Seems she had her son stay at the accident site to answer any questions but police just cuffed him and forced him to let them into the woman’s home instead. [3]
  • Two Daytona Beach FL police officers have been fired after a judge acquitted them of criminal mischief charges when they were accused of damaging a woman’s home by denting the exterior walls and door when they came back while she wasn’t home after searching her home earlier for a suspect. [0]
  • A controversial San Bernardino CA police sergeant who was previously investigated on allegations that he would holding people “on ice” by jailing them without charges and for questionable searches he conducted has now been charged with misusing police databases and illegally sharing that information with others. [0]
  • Fair City LA has hired a former St. Tammany Parish deputy to lead their DUI task force. The problem is that the officer was fired from the sheriff’s department earlier this year for lying about his role in an off-duty bar fight along with two other deputies who were involved. [3]
  • The Kenova WV police department has been ordered by a judge to pay the $1,500 settlement that they agreed to last month in a wrongful arrest case. Apparently it seems as though the department cut the man they settled with a check but he was unable to cash it when he tried. [3]
  • The New York NY police department is accused of violating state law by withholding information from press that they used to have no problem releasing in a lawsuit filed by the NY Times. [4]
  • A Parma OH police sergeant who wrote a book on police ethics has been charged with tampering and falsification for lying about having color blindness when he was hired and for conspiring with the doctor who gave him his pre-employment screening to hide it. [0]
  • An Anne Arundel County MD police lieutenant has been sentenced to 5 years in prison on child porn charges for possessing explicit pics of a teen girl that he had sex with after developing a relationship with her that started when she was 14-years-old. [0]
  • A Maywood IL deputy police chief has been charged with obstruction and disorderly conduct on allegations that he hit a man he was friends with in the head with his pistol after that man tried to fend off his sexual advances while the two were driving around. The obstruction charge is on allegations that he then lied about the incident by claiming the man tried to carjack him. [0]
  • Another Maywood IL police officer who works in the gang unit has been charged with theft of government property and official misconduct after agents were approached by him, searched, then had their money taken by that officer during sting operations launched after several similar complaints were made against him. [1]
  • A McAllen TX police officer has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for his role as one of the leaders of a drug smuggling ring and for his role in orchestrating an escape from jail for him and several of his co-conspirators. [0]
  • An Akron OH police officer has pled guilty to felony unauthorized use of police database for using police records to look up information on parents of children to determine whether they lived in a school district as a private investigator for that school district. [0]
  • A Conshohocken PA police sergeant has been arrested on theft charges on allegations that he was skimming money from the coins he collected from parking meters. [0]
  • A Prescott Valley AZ police officer has resigned after arrested on domestic violence charges while he was already on disciplinary leave for trespassing charges involving an ex-girlfriend. [0]
  • A Cocoa FL deputy police chief has been suspended while he’s under investigation over allegations of date violence in an incident that prompted a police response. [2]
  • A Hancock County IN deputy has been charged with driving under the influence after he crashed into a Dept of Transportation vehicle with his police cruiser while he was on-duty. He tested with a BAC of .16 after the accident. [0]
  • A Tacoma WA police sergeant is on paid leave after arrested on a DUI charge when he rear-ended a car while speeding after cutting off another car. [0]
  • A Fargo ND police officer is under investigation for possible disciplinary action after she left her service firearm in a sporting goods store restroom while off-duty. [0]
  • And finally, a Pinellas County AZ deputy has been disciplined with a reprimand for calling another police officer and yelling at him for pulling over her domestic partner and giving her a ticket even though she tried to get out of it by claiming she was involved with a fellow law enforcement officer. [0]

Before I close this day’s reports out I have to say that I’ve been on the fence about a number of reports I’ve seen and have been told about that involve regular traffic accidents by police officers that occur while they are on-duty. I personally think that these cases ride a fine line between possible misconduct and just simple accidents that really shouldn’t belong in our database.

For example, a story that came to my attention from a reader today that involves a Boise Idaho police officer who is facing a minor infraction for operating his emergency vehicle in an unsafe manner and causing an accident with two other vehicles in an intersection while he was responding to a call. There were only minor injuries to the officer himself and no others were hurt.

Now, this case is strange because the officer was speeding to the call but then turned around to chase someone with a loud muffler when the accident occured, which would indicate the call wasn’t important enough to speed for… Also there is the fact that the investigation took months to come to the point where a minor traffic citation was deemed necessary.

…but, does something like this, a traffic accident without injuries, qualify as misconduct that is significant enough to be included in our statistics?

Let us know what you think in our poll or comments.

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-20-10

As the year comes to a close I couldn’t help but notice that I really didn’t get any hate mail from any law enforcement officers or people who support law enforcement this year. That doesn’t mean I didn’t get any hate mail, including one that was almost a death threat, but surprisingly they were from people who hate police. Of course, as soon as I began thinking about that I did get another piece of hate mail from someone so angry they forgot to tell me what they were angry about… In fact I can’t even tell if it was someone who liked police or hated them. Oh well…

Anyway, here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for Monday, December 20, 2010:

  • A US Customs & Border Protection officer who worked at the Atlanta Georgia airport has been arrested for allegedly firing nearly 30 shots when he fatally shot his estranged wife’s boyfriend then chased her through a neighborhood before shooting her to death as well. [1]
  • A Clayton County Georgia deputy is under investigation after fatally shooting a family’s golden retriever that was barking at him from its yard where its owners say it had an electric fence. [0]
  • An Evansville Indiana police officer is under investigation over a fight he got into with a former Vanderburgh County Indiana deputy while they were drinking at their police union lodge. [1]
  • A Red Bank Tennessee police officer has been fired and two others have been suspended over an unauthorized search of a house along with a bounty hunter who was looking for a suspect, all without a warrant. [1]
  • A Proctor Minnesota deputy police chief who is also a city councilor has pled guilty to felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of an illegal sawed-off shotgun charges related to the theft of evidence taken from a pharmacy robbery in exchange for dropping the felony theft charge against him. [0]
  • A Fruitland Park Florida police chief has accepted a plea deal of sorts that will give him diversionary sentencing along with his promise to never work in law enforcement again in order to avoid formal charges of his use of fake diploma mill college degrees to earn an extra $80 in incentive pay per month. [0]
  • A Kileen TX police officer has been indicted for social security fraud after he was fired last week after an internal investigation into unspecified allegations that officials say weren’t related to allegations that he exposed himself to a woman inside her home. [0]
  • The town marshal of Brooklyn Indiana who has been has been fired and rehired for that job three times has been arrested on felony forgery, intimidation and official misconduct charges on allegations that he wrongfully arrested a man he had a dispute with and then forged an arrest report by attributing it to another officer. When confronted by that officer he allegedly intimidated him into signing it. [0]
  • A Louisville Kentucky police officer has been fired for dishonesty and interfering with an officer after a six year-long investigation into allegations she misappropriated funds from a now-defunct police group. [0]
  • A Modesto California police officer has been charged with drunk driving after he crashed his jeep down an embankment in November. He allegedly had a .20 BAC and open alcohol containers in the car. [0]
  • Waveland Mississippi police have stopped using tasers pending a review into their use and training after a 4th taser-related lawsuit within the last couple of years was filed against that department. [0]
  • And finally, while this report isn’t something we can track in our database since the specific departments involved aren’t listed, it is noteworthy. A Washington Post investigative report alleges that 4,058 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have been gathering data on US citizens even though many have never been accused of any crime, all based on the decision of local officers with questionable training… all at an unknown cost even to the agencies responsible for these post-9/11 counterterrorism program. I don’t know about you, but I have a hunch I’m in that list. [5]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 12-19-10

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend, December 18-19, 2010:

  • Eastern Pike Regional police officers in Pennsylvania are the subject of a lawsuit claiming they refused to call paramedics or even examine a man when his parents told officers that he had stopped breathing after the officers had allegedly beat then handcuffed him. He was dead when paramedics finally arrived. [3]
  • At least two New York NY police officers are the subject of a lawsuit filed by a lawyer claiming that officers broke into his home, tackled him, then forcefully took him to a hospital to have him committed when they mistook his smoke break that he takes while sitting on his 12-foot high window ledge for a suicide attempt… I guess they took Vonnegut too literally. [3]
  • A Newnan GA police officer has been sentenced to 60 years in prison on 13 counts of molestation, enticement & violation of oath  involving an underage girl he met at martial arts classes. [0]
  • Oklahoma City OK settled a lawsuit for $30,000 to a woman arrested in front of her grandchildren due to a typo on an arrest report that, in part, relied on a fake name a suspect gave to police. [0]
  • Minneapolis MN settled a lawsuit for $80,000 to a police officer claiming he was removed from the Metro Gang Task Force for reporting abuses by officers in that group which was later disbanded due to those abuses. [0]
  • Norfolk VA police are reviewing their policies after a high school student who is also the star quarterback was brought to school in handcuffs because a police officer mistakenly though he was truant, but didn’t check before embarrassing him in front of the entire school. [0]
  • A US Customs agent has been arrested in part of a large drug trafficking ring bust on charges alleging he smuggled and laundered drug money and that he smuggled weapons on a plane. [0]
  • Memphis TN police officials apparently admitted to forgetting about consent order filed in 1978 that restricts police practices regarding information gathering on people for political reasons, which may affect how they’ve been working with the feds in regards post 9/11 spying. [2]
  • A Cameron County TX deputy has pled guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for using his position to help smuggle weapons into Mexico. [0]
  • A Frankfort KY police officer has resigned after being arrested on a drunk driving charge when he was stopped by police who reported that he was swerving and had almost hit another motorist. [0]
  • A Durham NC police officer has been arrested on a drunk driving charge and this is actually his second DUI arrest since November 2009. Oddly, the reports first indicated that the person was still employed as an officer but now police are saying he’s a former officer, though they won’t say when he stopped being an officer and why… so I don’t know, for now I’m treating this as if he resigned after the second arrest since there’s no indication otherwise. [0]
  • And finally, a Maryland State natural resources police officer rewarded two good Samaritans for saving a struggling deer from icy water by giving them summonses because they didn’t wear life jackets when they did it. [0]
  • (note, we decided to remove this one since the charges were legitimate even if a bit cold-hearted.)

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-17-10

Well, wouldn’t you know it, but here we are just a week ahead of Christmas and I find myself out of work again. The contract I was working on ended early and I’m due to turn my equipment in next week. Of course, now I’m in a panic trying to find new work at the worst time of year for finding work and I also have no working computers of my own at the moment. So, once I turn this laptop in my former employer the project may be halted for a bit until I can find parts I need to fix at least one of those laptops. It’s pretty frustrating…

(UPDATE: Thanks to a generous reader donation I was able to get the parts I need to repair the computers! Thanks!!!)

Anyway, here are the 19 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for Friday, December 18, 2010:

  • A Bensalem PA police sergeant who was the head of the Special Victim’s Unit has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a female EMT that he worked with inside the facilities they worked together while both were off-duty. [0]
  • A Broward County FL deputy has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for raping a handcuffed detainee while she was being transported between jails. He apparently rejected a plea deal that would have resulted in a 5-year sentence and still insists he didn’t do anything despite there being DNA evidence suggesting otherwise.
  • A Chicago IL police officer is the subject of a lawsuit alleging he beat and kicked a man and his friend then falsely arrested him while he was working an off-duty security guard job at McDonalds, all over allegations that the man dropped condiments. [3]
  • A Berkeley MO police officer has been charged with sodomy, statutory rape and child endangerment of a 15-year-old girl that he met at church where he volunteered as a youth group leader. [0]
  • An Aurora CO police sergeant is on paid leave after being arrested on child pornography and sexual exploitation of children charges on allegations that he was sharing child pornography. Police also say that a search of a laptop he took to work had child porn and the laptop case he used had sex toys in it. [0]
  • A Fulton County GA deputy has been charged with misdemeanor sexual battery over alleged but unspecified “inappropriate touching” involving a woman that he allegedly knew. [2]
  • An Arcade GA police officer is the subject of a lawsuit alleging he issued false citations to a motorist for questioning the officer’s reason for pulling him over. Apparently, Arcade has long been the subject of complaints and at least 2 investigations over allegations of being a speed trap. [0]
  • A Marco Island FL police officer with a history of being the subject of complaints has been fired for filing an inaccurate report about an incident involving an excessive force complaint. [0]
  • A Lebanon IN police officer has been arrested on allegations that he was groping women at a bar in front of his wife and then pulled a gun and pointed it into the chest of a man who confronted him over his behavior. Apparently, an off-duty officer was there and witnessed the whole thing as well, confirming the allegations. [0]
  • A Kern County CA deputy has been arrested for violating a  restraining order filed by a woman he’s accused of hitting with a remote control and then threatening to kill her with a gun.  [0]
  • A Derby CT police officer is being sued by that city’s Parking Authority director alleging the officer, who is also the Parking Authority chairman, assaulted him in a hallway after a meeting where the two had a dispute. [0]
  • Three Broward County FL deputies have been arrested on felony charges. One officer was charged for having sex with a jail inmate and the two others were apparently involved in some sort of jail contraband scheme. [0]
  • A Miami FL police officer who worked in a gang unit was arrested by the FBI on allegations that he was fencing stolen goods. Apparently he was trying to sell a large number of stolen Bluetooth headsets. [1]
  • A Monterey TN police chief has been sentenced to 4 years jail in a plea deal that also requires that he repay nearly $29,000 that he stole from the department. [0]
  • A Jacksonville FL sheriff’s officer has been arrested on a felony criminal mischief charge for vandalizing a fellow officer’s personal car in the police garage. Apparently the other officer married her ex-husband and there’s some rivalry because of it. [0]
  • A Gary IN police officer has been suspended for 2 years and fined by the police board in a rare move over allegations that he took another officer’s firearm and then lied about it. [0]
  • And finally, a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer in California that was fired for lying about her partner’s, Tony Pirone, actions in the shooting death of Oscar Grant on New Years 2009 was rehired by order of an arbitrator who overruled that department’s decision on recommendations by an outside review of the incident. Pirone, who used a racial epithet when he punched Grant and who’s aggressive behavior has been blamed for unnecessarily escalating the situation before Grant was shot, is also in the process of appealing his firing to an arbitrator… and as our studies indicated previously, it’s rare for an arbitrator not to rule in favor of the appealing officer.  [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-16-10

Here are the 25 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for Thursday, December 16, 2010:

  • A Texas State trooper has been sentenced to probation on a misdemeanor assault conviction for slamming a woman’s face into a concrete retaining wall, as seen on the above dashcam footage, after she had called police for help when she was in an accident. The officer was arresting her on suspicion of DUI but no charges were filed. [0]
  • An Anaheim California police officer has been sentenced to 4 years in prison for sexually assaulting two illegal immigrants under color of law and repeatedly pulling over and harassing a third woman. [0]
  • An Indianapolis Indiana civilian complaint board has ruled that an officer used excessive force on a 15-year-old child in an incident that even the chief of police called the worst case of brutality he had seen. However, even though an internal investigation and the review board both found the incident a case of excessive force, a police review board did not so the officer won’t face any disciplinary action. The boy suffered a broken nose, chipped teeth, and severe facial bruising/swelling. [0]
  • Two Glendale California police officers are being sued by a lawyer claiming that one of the officers was having an affair with his wife when he conspired with the other officer to have him arrested on false charges. The lawyer was eventually cleared of the charges after he was prosecuted. [3]
  • A New York NY police officer has been found guilty by a jury on multiple charges including armed robbery for his role in a million dollar perfume warehouse heist that involved several other officers. [0]
  • A Duxbury Massachusetts police officer has been sentenced to probation and time served in a plea to assault and battery for threatening his girlfriend with his gun that was allegedly just one of several other alleged domestic violence incidents. [0]
  • A Cottonwood Arizona police officer is facing disciplinary action after his K9 partner had to be euthanize due to heat distress when the dog was left in the officer’s cruiser while he did paperwork. The cruiser was equipped with a device that monitors the internal temperature of the car and sounds alarms if it gets too hot but the device wasn’t switched on. [0]
  • Six New Orleans Louisiana police officers, many of them high-ranking officers, have been reassigned while under investigation over testimony that was heard during the Henry Glover trial which resulted in 3 officers being convicted and several others admitting that they lied during a federal investigation into that incident where an unarmed man was shot in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina then his body was burned in a car to cover up what happened. [1]
  • A Phoenix Arizona police sergeant was fired for regularly using racial slurs on civilians and even his fellow officers who described him as a full-on racist, now that officer’s police certification has been revoked for one year as well. Meanwhile, another officer’s certification has been revoked for a year after she quit over an investigation into how she misused police databases to look up the criminal history of a country club manager where she worked an off-duty job and then told people there about what she found. [2]
  • Seven Honolulu Hawaii police officers who are charged with falsifying time sheets in order to fraudulently get overtime are now demanding that the city they allegedly defrauded pay their criminal defense fees as well… and because of bargaining agreements with the police union, they’ll probably get what they want. [0]
  • A Glendale Arizona police officer has resigned and has been stripped of his police certification for 6 months over his role in a bar fight while he was away for training in Oregon, during which he allegedly tried to use his badge and FBI credentials he had due to his work as a police/FBI liason in the department to try and get out of being arrested and in an attempt to commandeer a car. [0]
  • Ashland Illinois has settled a lawsuit accusing that town’s police chief & public works director of verbally abusing and mocking a severely disabled employee and even pantsing him at work. [0]
  • A Killeen Texas police officer has been suspended indefinitely after an investigation into unspecified violations that he may face charges for now that the investigation has been turned over to the Texas Rangers. [1]
  • A Macomb County Michigan sheriff’s detective has accepted a plea deal to an official misconduct charge which dismisses fraud and forgery charges he incurred while stealing from the department, allegations he still denies despite the plea. [0]
  • Six Fort Worth Texas police officers have been fired for altering traffic tickets in an effort to fraudulently get overtime they didn’t earn but was paid for through a federal grant program. [0]
  • A Broward County Florida sheriff’s commander has been suspended for 15 days without pay after an investigation into allegations that he gave an NFL player preferential treatment after he was arrested on domestic violence charges, including driving him from jail to training camp and then to his home. [0]
  • The San Diego California police union is apologizing for filing frivolous lawsuits against the city that cost taxpayers $8.3 million in legal fees and cost the union itself $2.8 million. The union is blaming their former lawyer for the suits, none of which resulted in any favorable outcome for officers.
  • And finally, a Snohomish County Washington deputy has been fired after an investigation found that he had sex with a woman while he was on-duty on multiple occasions, sometimes in his police cruiser. The investigation was launched after he accidentally turned on his police radio while in the act which broadcasted moaning sounds to dispatch for several seconds. [1]

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

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