National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-30-11

Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, September 30, 2011:

  • Fort Myers FL cop investigated after witness claims he fatally shot suspect in back after he dropped gun & was laying face-down from being shot in the chest. [0] We have removed this report from our news feed and database after the person alleging she witnessed the shooting incident changed her story. Will be added back in if subsequent investigation finds evidence of misconduct or other credible details come out.
  • Culpepper Co VA deputy charged w/assault for beating restrained detainee in incident that cost 4 others their jobs [0]
  • Hall Co GA deputy subject of suit by man alleging deputy erased audio tapes after beating & falsely arresting him [3]
  • 2 Texas DPS officers indicted for official oppression for allegedly mistreating 2 detained men while off duty [1]
  • 3 Albuquerque NM cops investigated after accused of performing cavity searches on suspect in front of kids in public[0]
  • Clovis NM settles suit for $1.05mil to family of woman who died in crash w/cop facing trial for vehicular homicide [0]
  • Boulder CO settles suit for $80k to mentally ill woman tasered thru screen door in home after throwing wine on cop [0]
  • 2 Powder Springs GA cops investigated after choking, beating & tasering man on dashcam when he reacted to grope [1]
  • Shelby Co OH sheriff already charged w/sexual battery now indicted on 5 counts misuse of police database [1]
  • Gaitlinburg TN cop gets judicial diversion to clear record after probation in plea to assaulting couple at bar [0]
  • Ottawa ON cop demoted over inappropriate relationship with domestic assault victim in case he investigated [0]
  • Fair Oaks TX cop sentenced to 2yrs prison in fed stalking case for sending explicit pics of woman to her coworkers [0]
  • Easton PA cop charged w/theft after resigning for stealing $375 from lost wallet then throwing wallet in dumpster [0]
  • Houston TX Baptist Univ police officer arrested on possession of cocaine with intent to deliver charges [0]
  • Levy Co FL deputy arrested for possession & selling controlled substances after state investigation [0]
  • US Border Patrol agent still on leave for attempt to smuggle 745lbs of pot arrested for possession at traffic stop [0]
  • Concord CA ex-cop sentenced to 18mo prison for role in marijuana grow op, dept won’t say if he was cop at time [3]
  • New Orleans LA cop in charge of red light cam program accused of using device that makes plates invisible to cams [0]
  • Tarentum PA cop who also works for East Deer PA PD arrested on DUI charges after crashing into parked truck [0]
  • Pennsylvania state liquor control officer arrested on DUI charges w/.117 BAC after crashing state-owned vehicle [0]
  • Norwich CT cop on paid leave resigns to end investigation into allegations of unspecified “improper activity” [2]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-29-11

Before we start I wanted to mention some rumors I’ve seen alleging YouTube is working with law enforcement agencies to remove police misconduct videos. Whether it’s true or not it is certain that police misconduct videos disappear from YouTube regularly and that articles about misconduct also go away fairly regularly from many sites. The problem is growing more urgent for our project and I need to find a way to store reports and videos relating to misconduct to address this problem. Storage and hosting isn’t cheap but if anyone has ideas to address the problem without risking litigation for copyright issues please let me know. Thanks!

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, September 29, 2011:

  • Detroit MI police are the subject of a 2nd lawsuit alleging an act of excessive force was caught on video at a local casino. This time from a man who claims he was choked & beaten with a baton without cause. [3]
  • Glouster OH settles suit for $16k to man claiming cops used excessive force when he complained about an illegal serach of his car without permission or warrant [0]
  • Westfield IN cop is on leave while under investigation after a fellow officer reported him for using excessive force when he allegedly pistolwhipped an alleged shoplifter and threatened his mother with a gun. [0]
  • Fullerton CA has entered into a tentative settlement agreement in a lawsuit filed by 2 women alleging the department failed to discipline, and thus encouraged, a cop to continue sexually abusing women despite a history of 12 sexual assault complaints that were bolstered by the fact that he would violate policy by turning off his audio recorder during each alleged incident. The department only gave him a reprimand for turning off the recorder during stops involving women. [3]
  • Berwyn IL police are being sued by man claiming cops needlessly beat, tasered & falsely arrested him during a raid on his sister’s home where he was staying. While the reasons for the raid weren’t disclosed in the filing, the charges against him were dropped afterward. [3]
  • Lee Co FL sheriff is part of a lawsuit filed by pawn brokers alleging the department encouraged a rogue deputy to continually harass pawn brokers and to falsely arrest them [3]
  • Slaton TX cop assigned to local schools has taken a plea deal for receiving child pornography after an investigation by the DHS. [0]
  • Nampa ID police sued by 2 internal affairs officers & the wife of one of the officers alleging whistleblower retaliation after they tried to report misconduct and then writing to city officials when the department refused to act. [3]
  • Los Angeles CA police detective was arrested for domestic violence, false imprisonment & threats against his live-in girlfriend [0]
  • Bucks Co PA deputy suspended while authorities confiscated his home computer & police equipment as part of an unspecified investigation [2]
  • Midland MI cop gets probation & community service in a plea deal for possessing a stolen Rent-A-Center flat screen TV [0]
  • Spokane Co WA deputy resigns & expected to take plea deal over housing fraud involving an “Officer Next Door” program that gives cops half off of houses. [0]
  • Fort Worth TX cop fired on allegations she falsified timesheets & used patrol car as her personal vehicle [0]
  • Ferndale MI police are refusing to criminally investigate a police chaplain even after he admitted to doing meth with a man who died from an overdose. [0]
  • Orlando FL cop was suspended 30 days after caught selling stolen theme park tickets, a scheme that earned him $15k a year. [0]
  • Stockton CA police sgt is on leave after arrested on child endangerment & drunk driving charges. [0]
  • Winsooki VT cop gets probation in plea to DUI after found unresponsive behind wheel of his truck with a .429 BAC. As one commenter on Twitter noted, he’s lucky he’s still alive with a BAC like that. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-28-11

Today was an exceptionally difficult day and a Firefox update that broke the application I use to post reports to Twitter, called “HootBar”, really made tracking reports quite problematic. If the app isn’t fixed soon, I may have to think of a different way to track reports other than Twitter.

With that said, here are the 17 reports we were able to track in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, September 28, 2011:

  • Along the same lines, Clayton County GA police are being accused of intentionally failing to control a cop that is a accused of terrorizing that county’s citizens. The officer hasn’t faced a day of disciplinary actions despite an internal affairs record 500 pages long that includes a record-breaking 58 use-of-force cases and 12 excessive force complaints that include allegations that he pummeled a man with his fists and a baton while that man was passed out inside his own car due to a diabetic attack even though the man had stickers on his car to warn people about his condition. [3]
  • Furthermore, Denver CO has offered to settle a brutality suit that threatened to force the department to release thousands of secret excessive force records, all in an apparent effort to keep that from happening. However, a second excessive force lawsuit against the same officer is threatening to do the same after the lawyers in that suit have requested the exact same records that a court was forcing the department to release in that other case. I foresee another quick settlement in Denver’s future. [3]
  • And still in the same vein, Seattle WA police have been ordered to pay $20,000 in penalties for refusing to release internal investigation files relating to an excessive force lawsuit filed by a 72-year-old man who claims officers, cleared by that secret investigation, had abused him when they came to his business in response to a call from his health insurer who said he was suicidal because he sarcastically said “I might as well die now” while disputing his insurer’s refusal to pay for medication. [4]
  • And yet again, Morehouse Parish LA sheriff and 2 of his deputies are being sued on allegations that they conspired to intentionally falsely arrest and prosecute an innocent man in an attempt to cover for a hate crime committed by a deputy’s two sons. [4]
  • Montreal QC cop was cited by an ethics commission for using excessive force when he repeatedly tasered a suspect which then resulted in the man’s death. A second officer was also cited for failing to stop that officer from repeatedly tasering that man. [0]
  • Farmington NM cop was suspended while he’s being investigated after a woman filed fore an emergency restraining order accusing that officer of raping her at her home. [1]
  • A Memphis TN cop who shot himself in an attempt to endear himself on a teen girl he fancied has now been arrested by state investigators on false reporting charges and for solicitation to commit murder in an alleged plot to have someone kill that girl’s boyfriend as well. [0]
  • Whitley Co KY sheriff was sentenced to 15.5 years for conspiracy to commit extortion, launder money & distribute drugs. [0]
  • Indianapolis IN cop was found guilty of arson for setting fire to an apartment complex. He is still facing trial for four other acts of alleged arson as well. [0]
  • Montgomery AL cop sentenced to 48 months in prison on federal wire fraud & ID theft charges. He apparently used police databases to steal other people’s identities. [0]
  • West Palm Beach FL deputy has been charged with three counts of grand theft for allegedly selling a trailer home that wasn’t his. [0]
  • Lumberton NC cop arrested for embezzlement in office & several drug charges after a state investigation [1]
  • Hull MA cop sues alleging sexually harassed by the police chief two other senior officers but was told that she would be fired when she tried to report it to the city. [3]
  • RCMP gang cop in BC is under investigation after he was accused of hitting on a man’s girlfriend during a pretty questionable traffic stop. [0]
  • Anchorage AK police chief gets an official reprimand but no ticket for rear ending a motorist while he was distracted by his iPhone [0]
  • Primera TX police chief is being accused of sending a county constable unsolicited transgender porn images on his cellphone in an alleged rivalry over their battle to become constable. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-27-11

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, September 27, 2011:

  • It was finally confirmed today that New York NY police detained a PBS WNET journalist for 9 hours during the “Occupy Wall Street” protests when he tried to to interview the women who were peppersprayed without cause in the above video that we first reported on this weekend. [4]
  • Los Angeles Co CA report on jail by ACLU contains details on allegations of widespread abuses by sheriff’s deputies. That report contained 70 testimonies from civilians, jail employees and prisoners alike and will likely be used as the basis of a planned lawsuit. [3]
  • RCMP officer in BC is under investigation after being accused of repeatedly punching a handcuffed 17-year-old girl in the face in the back of his cruiser after police were called to help her. The girl was not charged with any crime. [3]
  • Dover NJ settles suit for $185k to a man who was 17 when he claimed that a cop beat him in a holding cell in retaliation when he mistook him for his brother who the officer claimed had hit him earlier that evening. [3]
  • Oxford MS cop was suspended w/o pay after indicted on felony child abuse and sexual battery charges [0]
  • Kiowa Co CO deputy who was also a Lamar CO reserve officer was arrested on sexual assault on a child by a person of trust charge. [0]
  • Pennington Co SD deputy was sentenced to 30 years in prison for possession & manufacture of child porn. He allegedly used his  position to gain access the kids he took explicit pictures of until a 6-year-old boy reported him. [0]
  • US Immigration & Customs Enforcement head in Florida arrested for possession & distribution of child porn [0]
  • El Paso Co CO deputy with two previous reckless driving convictions has been fired & faces charges for causing a fatal crash by running a red light [0]
  • Lynn MA cop found guilty of witness intimidation but not guilty of assault w/weapon when he hit man w/car [0]
  • Fairfax Co VA cop arrested on domestic assault & battery charges after altercation w/unspecified acquaintance [1]
  • New York NY cop accused of detaining & harassing tourist for legally taking photograph at 9/11 memorial [3]
  • Baltimore MD cop arrested for driving drunk, leading cops on high-speed chase, reaching for gun & resisting arrest [0]
  • Dallas TX cop resigns while investigated for allegedly coercing 2 female theft victims to show him their breasts [0]
  • Easton PA cop resigns while investigated for allegedly taking lost wallet but not reporting it or turning it over [0]
  • Baton Rouge LA cop sentenced to 3yrs prison after pleading no contest to bribery & corrupt influence charges [0]
  • Cicero IL cop sentenced to 2yrs prison after pleading guilty to leaking info to alleged mob racketeering bosses [0]
  • Martins Ferry OH ex-police chief in jail for celeb surrogate burglary sentenced to 3 more years for stolen dpt guns [0]
  • Morganton NC cop pleads guilty for embezzling $9,000 from police union to pay for trips to beach & electronics [0]
  • 2 of 3 Lake Co IN deputies charged w/money laundering & selling military-grade firearms on internet have accepted a plea deal [0]
  • Daviess Co IN deputy suspended while investigated for an alleged by unspecified compromise of info in drug case [1]
  • Indio CA police chief fired for his role in multi-million dollar federal grant scandal that led to one conviction [0]

A few things before I go for the evening.

First, some of the few readers who follow my personal twitter account may have noticed I’ve been getting pretty perturbed about some of the new “bad cop” sites that have popped up recently that re-post old stories and videos in a way that misleads people into believing that they are new cases, even years after they already went to court and were settled. This frustrates me because it takes a lot of work to track all the new reports we publish each and every single day and so many of these reports will never get any coverage beyond the single small article in a local paper somewhere or a small segment in a local news channel but really deserve so much more attention than that. Yet they get ignored on all these other sites that have triple the readership that we do.

My apologies  if my outrage about this is difficult to understand, but if self-declared police accountability activists can’t even get serious about the issue, how can anyone expect the public to get serious about it. While this project is mainly devoted to gaining a better understanding of police misconduct by generating statistical information about it, it’s also an effort to improve awareness about the issue. That’s a difficult enough task to undertake without other activists undermining that effort.

Also, some may have noticed that I removed one report that was on the feed. The person who reported it via a video uploaded to YouTube, but that user removed it on his own for an unknown reason so I have nothing to base the report on, thus I cannot include it per our guidelines that require a publicly available account of that report. This requirement is necessary in order to maintain transparency and allow for people to challenge any report they feel shouldn’t be included.

Our statistics have no meaning if people don’t trust the data behind them. This is why we have credibility requirements for the reports we publish. After all, I can’t complain about law enforcement agencies failing to be transparent and accountable if we’re not as well.

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-26-11

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, September 26, 2011:

  • New Orleans LA settles suit for an undisclosed sum to the family of a mentally ill man they claim wasn’t a threat when police fatally shot him 9 times. He was allegedly holding a folding knife at the time but his family insists he wasn’t using it in a threatening manner at that time. [0]
  • Rome GA cop fired & another was given unspecified discipline for an incident where a 20-year-old man was left paralyzed from a broken neck after he fell down a cliff when he was tasered twice. [0]
  • Navajo Nation AZ police officer was sentenced to 6 months jail & 6 months house arrest for beating & macing a handcuffed man in retaliation for a run in he had with the officer’s relative who is also a cop. [0]
  • 2 RCMP officers in Manitoba were found guilty of beating a handcuffed man. They claimed he injured himself. [0]
  • Detroit MI sued by man claiming the officer’s report didn’t match video from the casino where the officer broke his nose after punching him twice in the face then broke his ribs with two punches to his back while they were escorting him out. [4]
  • Las Vegas NV settles suit for $125k to a female defense attorney who was injured by an officer when he wrenched her arm behind her and up over her head because she was taking too long giving him her papers during a traffic stop for a u-turn she didn’t take. [3]
  • DeKalb Co GA cop pleads guilty to several chages for molesting two 15-year-old girls at a school and for drug possession. [0]
  • 2 Richmond VA deputies fired on allegations of “inappropriate contact” with female jail detainees, they may still face charges. [1]
  • At least one Cypress CA cop is accused of harassing the father of Kelly Thomas who was a mentally ill man who was beaten to death by Fullerton cops, two of which are facing manslaughter and murder charges. The interview where the allegations is discussed is at 2:45 in the following link [3]
  • Romulus MI ex-police chief & 5 cops arrested for misappropriation of public funds involving a prostitution probe. Apparently it’s being alleged that the officers used public funds to pay for sex. [1]
  • Ohio state trooper resigns after arrested on fraud charges and is currently under investigation for alleged links to drug trafficking [0]
  • Pittsburgh PA police are being sued by a man who claims he was detained without charge for 12hrs at a G20 protest despite having press credentials [3]
  • New Castle NY sued by police lieutenant claiming he was retaliated against for investigating a sergeant who came to work drunk [4]
  • US Border Patrol officer in AZ was arrested along with five other people for taking part in an alleged drug smuggling conspiracy that apparently smuggled at least 547kg of pot into US. [0]
  • Northside Independent School Dist TX police officer fired after arrested for causing bodily injury to a young child who was a relative. [1]
  • RCMP officer in Terrace BC arrested on criminal harassment charge in regard to an unspecified “family matter” [2]
  • Los Angeles Co CA deputy resigns & may face charge for accepting $1500 to smuggle a cell phone into jail in a sting that was part of an ongoing FBI investigation into that jail. [0]
  • New York NY police recorded in wiretaps associated with the ticket fixing scandal there were apparently using racist remarks with such frequency that many other officers may face discipline for it and prosecutors are desperately trying to keep those recordings from being unsealed in court in fear of jeopardizing criminal cases where those officers were arresting officers. [3]
  • San Diego CA police sgt gets probation in plea for stalking & harassing phone calls to female cop, still on duty [0]
  • Arkansas State Univ cop arrested after alleged dispute with Jonesboro AR cop who was arresting his nephew, it’s unclear why the nephew was being arrested. [0]

Before I go we tracked this interesting report out of Honolulu Hawaii that, while not necessarily misconduct, is something we want to keep our eye on for what it might portend. Honolulu police are being criticized by the ACLU for buying $700k in “less-than lethal” ammunition and equipment that includes 25,000 pepperball rounds, 18,000 beanbag rounds and thousands of taser cartridges in preparation for an upcoming APEC summit. It’s surprising that they expect that many protesters, let alone that they would think they might have to fire that many rounds at them. [0]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 09-24-11 to 09-25-11

Every now and then I switch over to a live update version of the weekend recap. I’ve decided to do that today with all the information coming in from New York about police actions at the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations where at least 80 were arrested yesterday. Remember, I can only report on information that is publicly available for review, so if you know of a credible report of misconduct that I missed please do contact me and let me know about it. You can reach us here by using the contact page link on the right or on Twitter at @David_NPMSRP.

With that said, here are the 18 reports tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of September 24-25, 2011:

  • A higher-ranking New York NY police officer was caught on video needlessly pepperspraying at least 3-4 female protesters who were already fenced in during the #occupywallstreet protest. The video clearly shows the women were not posing a threat or resisting any commands at the point they were sprayed. A photo of the officer afterward shows him laughing while texting on his phone. Police officials insist it wasn’t misconduct and that the women were interfering with the deployment of the net, which they insist was somehow edited out of all the videos released. This is unlikely given the number of different videos from different angles showing this event. Besides, if this justification were true, you would see the officers move the net forward after the pepperspray was deployed and the women retreated, which doesn’t happen. Interestingly, one site is alleging that the officer who allegedly peppersprayed them is named “Bologna“. Here is an account of what happened from one of the girls seen in the video. [4]
  • New York NY police are heard refusing to let one of the female #occupywallstreet protesters who was needlessly peppersprayed use a bathroom as she cried and begged while detained in a police vehicle afterward. It’s alleged she had already been detained for about 2 hours after being peppersprayed at the point that this video was taken. [3]
  • New York NY police shown on video throwing a non-violent protester to the ground, allegedly giving him a concussion. While there is some debate that the video does show the protester passively resisting the officer’s efforts to cuff him, use of passive resistance is low on the use of force continuum and generally does not warrant that kind of takedown, especially with the risk of head injuries. Another video shows the undercover officer in red actually performed a leg sweep on him, though it’s unclear if he actually hits his head. [3]
  • 2 New York NY cops are shown in the above photo apparently grabbing a woman by the breasts while pulling her away to be detained during the #occupywallstreet protest. It’s clear that the officer on the left is causing her some significant pain as it appears that he’s actually lifting her up by her breast. Given how small she is and that they never even took the pen out of her hand when they detained her it’s hard to argue that she was presenting any threat at the time, which means they should have had time to grab her by the arms instead of where they are both grabbing her. In that context this image is particularly disturbing even without additional context. However, if anyone has more information about this photo please let us know.
  • New York NY police officer shown on video throwing cafe worker to ground for what appears to be complaining about being shoved by cop at #occupywallstreet protest, claims he wasn’t even a part of the protest, just a bystander. [3]
  • This video out of New York NY shows a questionable arrest by NYPD as well. Police appear to go after this protester for nothing more than repeatedly saying “is this what you’re about?” Sure, it might be annoying, but that isn’t a legally justifiable excuse to selectively pick him out of a crowd of protesters and violently arrest him.
  • Atlanta GA police face more allegations of illegal strip searches by 3 young men claimng they were groped in public. A civil suit with similar allegations was settled for $200k earlier this month and another similar suit is planned for filing next week while that city’s civilian review board claims they’ve documented a disturbing pattern of illegal road-side strip searches and body cavity searches. [3]
  • Cowlitz Co WA deputies are accused in a lawsuit of encouraging the use of excessive force against female protesters by private security at a union strike/protest. The deputies are accused of fist bumping and cheering at the security officers when they removed the protesters, injuring some of the women. [3]
  • Los Angeles Co CA sheriff’s dept is being investigated by the FBI over allegations of excessive force by deputies at county jail including one incident allegedly witnessed by an ACLU lawyer who claims a detainee was beaten into unconsciousness then beaten some more. [0]
  • Vancouver BC cop is accused of using unecessary force on actor DJ Qualls as he was trying to point out an assault suspect to officers after a bar fight he wasn’t involved with. The officer was accused of telling him “you think you’re fucking better than me?” during the incident where the actor wasn’t charged. [3]
  • 2 Bexar Co deputies sued alleging they physically abused then taunted 2 Las Vegas gaming executives after falsely accusing them of scalping. They were eventually released without charges after employees at the venue informed officers they were guests. [3]
  • Dallas Co TX deputy constable was sentenced to 1year in jail for unauthorized use of a vehicle but only received probation for 2 sexual assault and 2 bribery charges, apparently because he’s ill. [0]
  • Salinas CA cop sentenced to 6 months jail after pleading no contest to molesting a 12yr-old Nepalese girl who, to compound insult to injury, was forced to attend counceling with the officer after the incident. [0]
  • El Paso Co CO sheriff agrees to stop questionable raids on businesses in an effort to collect outstanding fees. The collection of fees is normally a civil court process and the raids have been likened to a strong-arm collection tactic after officers were accused of taking cash from one business. [0]
  • 2 Pierce Co WA deputies found guilty of perjury for lying about entering a home without a warrant in order to seize a firearm. They claimed the man brought the gun out to them when they asked for it. [0]
  • Denver CO took nearly 2 years to drop charges against a woman who was arrested for leaving her disabled daughter on a bus after a cop, who later resigned over a separate excessive force case, had ordered her to get off the bus after she had called police to report being threatened by a passenger who was upset she got to get on first with her disabled daughter. The officer’s report was apparently contradicted by video from the bus. [3]
  • 4 Bartlesville OK cops suspended while they are the subject of a state investigation into unspecified allegations of official misconduct[3]
  • Pennsylvania State trooper already facing hearing for one DUI charge is arrested on suspicion of DUI again [0]

I’m still trying to get more information about claims associated with the following photograph taken during the #occupywallstreet protest at New York City NY on Saturday in order to validate the associated claim and determine if it qualifies for entry into our statistical database. I can’t add a report based on a photo alone and a small caption beneath it.

A caption at one site alleges that one of these people being detained is a journalist from PBS. While the one person sitting up on both knees appears to have some sort of credentials around his neck, I can’t determine if they are press credentials. Need confirmation on this one, especially since PBS isn’t complaining that one of their people was detained.

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-23-11

First, apologies for today’s recap being in short format, which is nothing more than a straight copy from our news feed, but I’m suffering from eyestrain pretty badly tonight and can’t see too well. Anyway, here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, September 23, 2011:

  • Eureka CA jury awards $4.5mil to family of man who died after badly beaten by 2 cops then denied medical care [0]
  • Honolulu HI cop suspended while under investigation after accused of raping a mentally disabled shoplifting suspect [0]
  • Dalworthington Gardens TX cop arrested on allegations he sexually assaulted woman after arresting then helping her [0]
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg NC police sued by man claiming cops fabricated evidence to falsely imprison him for 12yrs [0]
  • Los Angeles Co CA monitor report finds 1/2 of people shot for “reaching for waistband” were unarmed, numbers rising [0]
  • Albuquerque NM settles class action suit for a rumored $150k by 13yr-old arrested by school cop for minor outburst [3]
  • New York NY cops ordered to stop arresting people for public display of pot when pot is found during searches [0]
  • Hackensack NJ cop suspended w/o pay after charged w/witness retaliation, lying to investigators & hindering arrest [0]
  • 2 New Orleans LA cops get probation/suspended sentences for roles in false arrest & false report, both resigned [0]
  • Atlanta GA cop pulls gun on motorist when he mistakes man’s Toyota Camry for his Ford Explorer police SUV [0]
  • New Paltz NY cop indicted on felony grand larceny & workers comp fraud charges involving over $50k [0]
  • Dallas TX cop suspended 20days w/o pay for refusing to help cop transport woman he didn’t think needed arrested [0]
  • Windermere FL police chief takes plea deal on 4 counts, dropping most serious charges for hindering child sex case [0]
  • 2 Bradenton FL cops subject of complaint by homeless man alleging they demanded ID w/o cause & threatened arrest [3]
  • Nashville TN cop arrested on agg assault charges for attempting to strangle girlfriend until her dog saved her [0]
  • Houston TX cop sentenced to 20yrs prison after pleading to stealing over $800k from police union over 7yr period [0]
  • Broward Co FL deputy arrested on grand theft & official misconduct charges for robbing undercover posing as dealer [0]
  • Escondido CA settles suit for $20k to non-profit hired for FHA study but fired for criticism of police checkpoints [3]
  • Milwaukee WI cop sentenced to 2yrs after sting op caught him taking $1k to help transport 4lbs cocaine & drug money [0]
  • Central Michigan Univ MI cop charged w/official misconduct for talking drunk college students into exposing breasts [0]
  • East Point GA cop fired & charged w/theft by taking, violation of oath & false statements on unspecified allegation [2]
  • 3 Houston TX cops apparently chatted on cruiser laptops about being high after eating arrested teen’s pot brownies [0]
  • Austin TX cop suspended 90days, lied before video showed him being rude to resident who called about discarded hypo [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-22-11

Here are the 22 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, September 22, 2011:

  • New Brunswick NJ police and local prosecutors are refusing to release any info about a fatal officer-involved shooting of man who was allegedly unarmed & fleeing at the time. [4]
  • Philadelphia PA settles lawsuits for $425k to 3 people alleging that a female cop with a history of issues beat and falsely arrested them. [0]
  • London ON cop shown on the YouTube video above tasering a teen in the face, apparently without any warning or prior commands, won’t face any disciplinary action after a quick investigation by the police chief there. The teens were fighting when the officer arrived but appear to break up as he approaches yet doesn’t appear to give any warning before discharging the taser and the chief says a warning or command wasn’t required. The boy has been hospitalized and nearby students are planning a protest. [3]
  • New Braunfels TX police SWAT sniper was fired after indicted on 2 felony injury to a child charges in an unspecified incident. [1]
  • Spokane WA cop is the subject of a DOJ obstruction investigation over her testimony in a case of a mentally disabled man’s beating death by a cop who is facing trial over the incident. [0]
  • Renton WA police are accused of shredding documents related to they highly publicized and questionable cyberstalking warrant they filed over satire cartoons about the department. [5]
  • On the heels of another court ruling that promised to finally open up police disciplinary records in Washington state, a Washington Appeals Court ruling appears to have given the Seattle police a way to keep misconduct records secret simply by keeping any investigations regarding those cases open indefinitely. [5]
  • Richmond VA deputy was sentenced to 123 months in prison after pleading guilty to 8 counts possession of child porn. Seems an exceptionally long sentence compared to other similar cases we’ve covered so I’m wondering if there was more to this than simple possession. [0]
  • Fairfield Co SC deputy charged w/misconduct in office & breach of trust on allegations he stole firearms & equipment from the department. [0]
  • Smithfield UT cop charged with animal cruelty & evidence tampering for allegedly lying about death of dog he left in unshaded kennel [0]
  • Charles Town WV police sued for false arrest & lack of due process by 2 Haitian brothers who were detained w/o charges while one of them was allegedly chained to a chair and interrogated. [0]
  • Log Lane Village CO town marshal charged w/sexual assault on allegations he took advantage of drunk woman [0]
  • New York NY police internal affairs officers suspected of leaking info about ticket fixing probe to tip off the police union to the impending investigation [0]
  • 3 Lake Co IN deputies resigned and have accepted a plea deal to federal firearms and tax charges for selling military grade firearms over the internet [0]
  • Murray Co OK deputy charged w/larceny of a controlled substance on allegations he stole painkillers from evidence [0]
  • 4 Romulus MI cops suspended for 30days w/o pay for unspecified conduct unbecoming involving undercover operation [3]
  • Gary IN cop arrested on domestic battery charges for allegedly hitting girlfriend in face & throwing jar at her [0]
  • Southgate MI cop charged w/felony failure to stop at scene of accident resulting in serious bodily injury when he hit a motorcyclist while off duty [0]
  • Milton FL now former cop sentenced to probation over DUI incident & hit & run/false reporting incident [0]
  • Lewisburg TN cop suspended 24hrs w/o pay for conduct unbecoming after alleged drunken domestic altercation w/wife [0]
  • Vancouver BC cop sentenced to 3yrs prison after pleading guilty to dealing marijuana while on duty [0]
  • 2 Plantation FL now-former cops sentenced to 37 & 42mos for their roles in a mortgage fraud scheme [0]

Also, before calling it a day, the US DOJ/FBI UCR released their final US crime rate reports for 2010 which use reported allegations of crimes as gathered by law enforcement agencies to determine the US crime rates each year. As some readers may know, we use that data to compare general crime rates with police crime rates as gathered from our project. Our 2010 crime rate comparisons were based off data we gathered in 2010 with the US DOJ/FBI 2001 Crime in the US report.

So, since the 2010 report is out, I decided to update that portion of our data and here is the result:

The UCR data is a per capita (100,000) rate based off a projected US population estimate based on Census data and an estimated growth rate while our NPMSRP Law Enforcement Crime Rate is a per capita (100,000) rate based on the reported number of sworn/certified law enforcement officers employed in the US as provided in the same UCR report. The UCR uses reports of criminal offenses, not convictions while our data is based on filtered reports of comparable credible reports of misconduct by law enforcement. The “Fatal Excessive Force” rate is different from the “Murder” rate in that the murder rate is the number of cases where officers were officially charged with murder while the Fatal Excessive Force rate is based on the number of  incidents where alleged excessive force resulted in a fatality.

For more info about our methodology refer to the About and FAQ sections in the menu links at the top of our site.

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-21-11

It’s been quite a day I’m afraid, but let’s start with the 30 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, September 21, 2011:

  • 2 Fullerton CA police officers have been charged for their roles in the beating death of Kelly Thomas in July of this year. The Orange County DA described the incident, as shown above, when laying out the charges against one officer for 2nd degree murder and involuntary manslaughter and another for involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force. Four other officers involved in the incident are still on paid leave pending the results of an internal and federal investigation. However, alleged experts are saying it will be difficult to gain a conviction and our 2010 statistical report bears this out as the successful prosecution rate against criminally charged officers in 2010 was around 36% compared the the general conviction rate of 67% for cases against the general population. [0]
  • Gurnee IL cop was sentenced to 6 years prison for molesting a 10-year-old girl and threatening his ex-wife’s boyfriend with a gun. The deal dropped molestation charges involving another child. [0]
  • Des Moines IA poised to settle a lawsuit for $500k to a couple who were peppersprayed & beaten with batons by two cops during a traffic stop [0]
  • Louisville KY cop under investigation over a YouTube video showing him hitting a man in the head w/flashlight during an arrest [1]
  • Milwaukee WI police sgt was caught on video harassing a news station’s photojournalist at the scene of a house fire before knocking him to the ground and arresting him. [3]
  • Belleville IL cop arrested on battery charges for allegedly grabbing & throwing man who asked for his supervisor [0]
  • Oakland CA police ordered by judge in charge of Riders settlement agreement to explain recent misconduct issues ranging from a report alleging officers may be drawing their firearms too hastily to questions of accountability. [1]
  • Ontario Provincial police are investigating officers after a judge rebuked cops for the 2nd time in two months over allegations of excessive force in two different cases. [2]
  • Alorton IL Public Safety Director who is also a Fairmont IL cop was arrested for allegedly pulling over a woman while he was off duty and out of his jurisdiction in a police cruiser then demanding oral sex from her under threat of arrest. [0]
  • Columbia MO cop fired after caught on video shoving a detainee against a wall in a holding cell [0]
  • Sanger TX cop on leave after being arrested on witness tampering & solicitation of a minor charges. [1]
  • Chicago IL cop was charged with felony perjury over her false statements in a road rage incident where she got into an argument with peopel in a funeral procession after weaving in and out of it while she was late going to work. She had one woman arrested and convicted for assaulting her but video emerged afterward that contradicted her account and led to the conviction being overturned. [0] Our friend Rick discusses it here
  • Yakima WA refuses to release details on 3 cops faceing possible termination. Reliable sources apparently say one falsified info on a search warrant and two others for falsified expense reports. [3]
  • Shelby Co OH sheriff arrested on sexual battery charge involving allegations made by former female deputy [1]
  • Isle of Wight County VA deputy under investigation by state police on allegations he downloaded child porn [0]
  • 17 New York NY cops may be indicted as a result of investigation into ticket fixing and other related allegations [0]
  • Harris Co TX Precinct 6 constable is apparently under investigation over allegations of misconduct involving a charity he runs [3]
  • Bunnell FL cop is the subject of a suit alleging he created a fake sex ad on Craigslist using dept computers in order to harass ex-wife’s friend. He resigned prior to any disciplinary action for that incident. [0]
  • Pittsburgh PA police sued by professor claiming she suffered hearing damage from a sonic crowd control weapon that police used during the G20 protests there. [0]
  • North Carolina Wildlife Resource officers accused inhumanely shooting man’s deer to death over lack of a proper permit [0]
  • Sumter SC cop suspended w/o pay while under investigation for allegedly punching his estranged wife, who is also a cop, in the face. [0]
  • St Cloud FL cop fired after arrested on allegations that she beat her boyfriend then kicked cop responding to call [0]
  • East St Louis IL cop arrested on allegations he accepted unemployment benefits when he was employed [0]
  • Wathena KS police chief opts to retire to halt unspecified investigation after told he would face internal charges [4]
  • 2 Colorado Springs CO cops accused of lying about drinking during bar sting after video contradicts testimony [3]
  • Washington Park IL cop arrested for allegedly stealing bullet proof vests from his department [0]
  • Fairview Heights IL cop arrested for allegedly stealing a cell phone from a crime scene then using it as her own [0]
  • Lyons GA police chief arrested on allegations of marijuana distribution, violation of oath & theft by conversion [0]
  • Horry Co SC officials ask state to investigate county police officials over various allegations of misconduct [3]
  • Prince George’s Co MD cop pleads guilty to federal charges related to cigarette smuggling scheme [0]

While it’s not a report I can add to our news feed or statistical data since it’s not directly tied to police misconduct, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the terribly disappointing execution of Troy Davis in Georgia today. Not only was the decision to go ahead with the execution despite considerable doubts about the case a serious credibility hit on our justice system, it was an egregious act of cruel and unusual punishment to leave him strapped into a gurney with a needle in his arm for several hours while US Supreme Court Justices unanimously decided against hearing an appeal. It was truly a sad day for our nation’s reputation on human rights.

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-20-11

Here are the 19 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, September 20, 2011:

  • New York NY police were caught on video making some questionable arrests during day 4 of the #OccupyWallStreet protests. Apparently the arrests came without warning after police told protesters to get rid of the tarps they were using to get shelter from the rain. One of the people arrested allegedly lost some teeth when he was brought down to the ground and another can be seen complaining about the zip ties being too tight as his hand was changing color. Whether you agree with the protest or not, the police appear to be making a stretch in some of these arrests. [3]
  • Meanwhile, New York NY police were apparently caught planting undercover officers at a protest when one of those officers was detained by police for being armed but refused to blow his cover and didn’t show the arresting officers his badge. The case came to light when the officer was issued a summons for the incident but that case was dismissed. [3]
  • 2 Prince George’s Co MD cops were charged w/assault & misconduct in office over the high-profile videotaped beating of a college student during a post-game celebration. The cops initially claimed the man they beat had assaulted a mounted officer but video contradicted that claim. [0]
  • Belleville IL cop is being investigated on allegations he choked & threw a man to ground which caused him to go into a seizure. The officer was responding to the couple’s harassment complaint and apparently lost his temper when the man wanted the name of his supervisor when the officer refused to take the report. [1]
  • Milwaukee WI cop was indicted on federal charges for the alleged on-duty sexual abuse of a woman he detained. This was after the local DA refused to charge the officer over the incident last year. [0]
  • Tulsa OK & US ATF are being sued by a man claiming cops who were involved in a corruption scandal had falsely jailed him after stealing cash from his home during a raid. This is the seventh such suit so far. [3]
  • Gardner MA cop was arrested on statutory rape, indecent assault on child under 14 & assault to rape a child charges on allegations that he repeatedly raped a young relative. [0]
  • Mooresville IN cop to pay $155 restitution to a woman she falsely arrested then lied on report about it to justify the arrest. (subscription site on link) [0]
  • 7 Houston TX cops were disciplined for conduct related to the initial cover-up of cop’s drunk driving crash into a school bus. The discipline ranged from reprimands to 1 day suspensions. [1]
  • Buena NJ police are being sued by officer claiming that racial discrimination & profiling against Hispanics is rampant in that department [3]
  • Seattle WA police records discovered as part of a lawsuit apparently show tens of thousands of police dashcam videos have vanished [5]
  • Peel ON undercover cop with the street crimes unit was arrested on drug trafficking charges but apparently there was an effort to keep news of that arrest quiet [4]
  • Flagler Co FL deputy gets 60 days in plea deal for stealing almost $5,000 in cash from evidence and replacing it with shredded napkins [0]
  • Ormond Beach FL cop was fired for assault & accused of stalking the woman he allegedly assaulted along with her boyfriend. [1]
  • Suprise AZ police lieutenant demoted after investigation into allegations of sexual harassment [0]
  • Dane Co WI deputy arrested on domestic disorderly conduct charge in unspecified domestic incident [2]
  • North Miami Beach FL cop accused of sending harassing email to blogger from computer on police dept’s network [0]
  • Livonia MI police sued by ACLU on behalf of middle school kids administered breath tests w/o warrant or permission [0]
  • Carmel IN cop arrested on public intoxication charge after police called about man knocking on someone’s rear door [0]

While not necessarily misconduct, a lawsuit by the Philadelphia PA police union could make that state’s police unions the most powerful political force in that state by removing restraints on how that union and it’s members can contribute to political campaigns and PACs. This matters in the realm of misconduct because police unions are the driving force behind efforts in all states to make misconduct less transparent and to weaken the laws and policies that help hold police officers accountable for misconduct. [0]

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

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