National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-23-12

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, March 23, 2012:

  • Huntington Beach CA sued alleging cops entered home w/o warrant, groped a woman while searching under her skirt, then used excessive force while falsely arresting two people. [3]
  • Henry Co GA deputy sued alleging he leg-swept 11yr-old special needs student then falsely charged her w/cop assault [4]
  • New York NY 1 of 2 police detectives in Sean Bell shooting case fired after internal administrative trial [0]
  • East Alton IL cop pleads to bragging he would make cuffed man piss blood before repeatedly kidney punching him [0]
  • 3 Oklahoma City OK cops investigated for repeatedly tasering 53yr-old then dragging him by feet on video at an airport when he tried to meet Newt Gingrich [0]
  • Henderson NV pays $100k to settle suit w/man tasered 15x when police responded to domestic violence call [0]
  • Albuquerque NM police union criticized for rewarding cops who fatally shoot people with a $500 award [3]
  • Wichita Falls TX cop charged w/3 counts of manslaughter for killing 2 teens & unborn child in cruiser crash [0]
  • RCMP Mountie in BC found guilty of obstruction for covering up his actions in crash that killed motorcyclist [0]
  • Phoenix AZ cop arrested for taking nude pics of woman without her permission as she slept [0]

Thebes IL cop gets probation in plea deal for releasing suspect in exchange for sexual favors [0]

  • Fort Lauderdale FL cop fired for making derogatory tweets about citizens & supervisors while on-duty [0]
  • Lorain OH cop arrested for beating girlfriend in dispute over fast food fined $150 in reduced charge plea deal [0]
  • Campbell Co TN deputies sued alleging cover up for drunk deputy who crashed into couple’s home, injuring woman [4]
  • Richmond VA deputy gets suspended sentence after convicted on felony charge for sex with female inmates [0]
  • Woodville MS police chief ordered to pay $500 on simple assault conviction for smacking probation officer’s butt [0]
  • Pensacola FL cop investigated after causing crash when he ran a red light in police cruiser [1]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-22-12

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct we were able to track in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, March 22, 2012:

  • 2 Kern Co CA deputies under investigation after alleged excessive force incident caught on helicopter video that left a man with serious leg injuries. [3]
  • 7 Milwaukee WI cops & supervisor on desk duty while investigated for alleged brutality & unecessary cavity searches [0]
  • Edmonton AB cop gets 3mo conditional sentence for assaulting cuffed man before stepping on his head, apparently this was his 2nd conviction on similar charges. [0]
  • West Haven CT police lose $119k jury award in suit by Hispanic family alleging excessive force & rights violations [0]
  • 2 Spokane WA cops face obstruction charges over “extensive cover-up” of mentally disabled man’s beating death by a now-convicted cop, a cop that officers saluted at his sentencing. [5]
  • San Bernardino Co CA deputy charged w/failing to report deputy for sex w/teen explorer [0]
  • Iredell Co NC sheriff & deputy sued by woman claiming deputy sexually harassed her after reporting husband for DV [0]
  • Harvey IL police face class action suit by rape victims over 200 untested rape kits uncovered in raid on police dpt [5]
  • Fredricksburg VA cops arrest man for assaulting an officer for pointing at them, he says just grabbed a smoke [3]
  • Hidalgo Co TX deputy sentenced to 11yrs prison for role in conspiracy to steal 354lbs of pot to sell [0]
  • Waterloo IA cop arrested on misd simple domestic violence charge after alleged altercation w/wife [0]
  • Spanish Fork UT police chief loses certification after caught shoplifting, Provo police refused to arrest him [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-20-12 to 03-21-12

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct that we were able to track so far for Tuesday and Wednesday, March 20-21, 2012:

  • Los Angeles CA loses $3.2mil judgment to family of man beaten to death by cops who then dragged him into station [0]
  • Philadelphia PA settles suit for $1.8mil to family of man killed after cop fired into house party during chase [0]
  • Las Vegas NV police agree to pay $100k in settlement to man beaten & arrested for filming cops from his driveway [0]
  • Mount Rainier MD cop sentenced to 10 yrs in prison for shooting man he tried to rape as he fled [0]
  • 2 Pittsburgh PA cops sued by man claiming surveillance video proves cops falsely arrested him on drug charge [3]
  • Denver CO police chief places cop who ordered dept to rehire cops fired for lying in charge of internal affairs [5]
  • West Valley UT cop charged w/misd reckless endangerment for shooting at man who tried to flee from car crash [0]
  • Yakima WA gang unit leader subject of unspecified investigation after other unspecified misconduct substantiated [4]
  • DeKalb Co GA police sgt subject of state investigation for allegedly talking rape victim out of charging his pal [0]
  • Colstrip MT police chief w/history of complaints suspended while investigated for another unspecified complaint [2]
  • Sunland Park NM police chief & mayor arrested on bribery charges over alleged political favor for hiring him [0]
  • Paso Robles CA pays police chief $250k to leave job after complaints of sexual harassment & ticket quotas [0]
  • Ottawa ON cop charged with stunt driving on motorcycle doing 200km/h while off-duty [0]
  • Seminole FL police officer fired after 3mo on the job prior to her arrest on insurance fraud charges [0]
  • Dallas TX cop investigated for doing 97mph in 35mph residential area before crashing his police cruiser [0]
  • Richmond VA cop gives woman $300 ticket & bans her from all parks because her child wrote on rock w/chalk [0]
  • Philadelphia PA cop under investigation over questionable videos he allegedly made and posted on his Facebook [0]
  • San Deigo CA USD police officer arrested for drunk driving & auto theft after stealing a party bus [0]
  • Littleton NC cop who used to be chief arrested on allegations he stole a hubcap from car dealership [0]

unfortunately, I wasn’t able to keep tracking yesterday or post up a daily report. I’ve been having some technical difficulties with the site that I think are being aggravated by a large increase in spam comments that are taking a great deal of my time to cope with. Since there are so few actual comments, I’m tempted to disable comments completely for a while until I have time to fix the underlying instability with the site. We’ll see, if the inundation of spam continues or gets worse, I probably won’t have a choice.

Anyway, that’s it for today, stay safe out there.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-19-12

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, March 19, 2012:

  • Lincoln RI cop gets a suspended sentence on his felony assault conviction for kicking a cuffed woman in head [0]
  • Atlanta GA settles 4 public strip search, brutality & videotaping rights lawsuits for $940k, while some articles say they won’t disclose specifics on those cases, at least one involved a $330k settlement to one of the suits over the highly publiized raid on a gay bar. [3]
  • Bartlesville OK settles suit by releasing video of 2 cops assaulting a hospital patient after a local paper sued for access to that video. [0]
  • Atlanta GA cop gets all charges against him dropped for assaulting a bicyclist he pulled over in exchange for paying $5k in restitution even though the victim is opposed to the deal. [0]
  • Washington LA aldermen vote not to investigate complaints that 2 cops are harassing residents in a minority neighborhood, searching people just for being out after dark & regularly using excessive force on residents. [5]
  • Toledo OH cop found not guilty by reason of insanity for shooting a fellow cop while suffering from a seizure inside the department. What’s interesting here isn’t necessarily the shooting, but that she allegedly ignored advice from doctors that she quit being a cop before she hurt someone prior to the shooting. [0]
  • Redding CA cops fatally shoot woman’s Boxer puppy & pregnant chihuahua while chasing a suspect she wasn’t associated with to her hotel room. [0]
  • Aliquippa PA police face suit filed by woman claiming cops snuck onto her property while responding to a call about a small fire in a firepit in her yard then needlessly shot her dog in the face. [3]
  • Concord CA cop arrested on felony assault & false imprisonment charges after alleged domestic violence incident [2]
  • West Fargo ND cop gets suspended sentence & clean record in plea deal for hitting his wife in face during dispute [0]
  • Baltimore MD cop sentenced to 30mo prison for extortion under color of law in high-profile towing scandal [0]
  • Austin TX cop faces reprimand after news producers caught him on video watching videos in cruiser while on duty [0]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 03-17-12 to 03-18-12

Here are the 19 (21) reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of March 17-18, 2012:

  • Orlando FL cops faulted in autopsy of man who died after being subjected to 4 taser burts while he was restrained, one of which lasted 31 seconds which is over 6x the recommended 5 second burst. No disciplinary action is planned for the officers. [3]
  • Del City OK police are being accused of a coverup after witnesses claim they fatally shot an unarmed teen in back while his hands were raised. Police claim they had to shoot because he was holding a gun. [3]
  • Newark NJ cop accused of hitting mentally ill man in the chest with a running leap punch before he died. The man’s family is demanding a federal investigation into the incident. [3]
  • Pinellas Co FL deputy seriously injured a man by tasering him while he was cuffed during an unspecified arrest by a state EPA cop [3]
  • Orlando FL cop suspended w/o pay for unspecified period of time for throwing a woman to the ground on video, breaking her teeth in the process. [0]
  • New York NY police are accused of a variety of abuses in their latest crackdown on Occupy protests and there are videos claiming to back some of these claims, including: [4]
    • Several NYPD officers stand around young woman apparently having a seizure after her arrest at the Occupy protest while fellow protesters are marched over and around her body onto a waiting prisoner transport bus.
    • NYPD officer appears to pick female protester up from behind before she was slammed down on the ground, allegedly cracking her ribs. This one is a difficult call, however, since it’s difficult to determine a context of what’s going on and why she was grabbed to be arrested.
    • NYPD officers shown on video slamming an Occupy medic head-first into a door window, breaking the window while arresting him for unknown reasons.

    Oddly, despite these 3 incidents with documented injuries, police reported that they were not aware of any injuries that occurred during occupy arrests in their press releases the following day.

  • Miami FL SWAT team performed a heavily armed raid on unarmed Occupy protesters that was partially caught on video. The police claim they received reports they were arming themselves for the next protest but the protesters were released after searches & interrogations. [3]
  • Chicago IL cops detained reporters standing on a public sidewalk outside of a hospital while they tried to cover a story. The police were caught on camera telling them that “1st Amendment rights can be terminated if you’re creating a scene or whatever” and this appeared to be a case of “whatever” as the police said they were causing a scene just by standing there. [3]
  • 2 East Cleveland OH cops fired for violating policy by opening fire at a car when the woman driving it tried to flee a traffic stop [1]
  • Youngstown OH cops are accused of cuffing & arresting a grandmother in front of her grandchildren without charges. They apparently released her several minutes later without any explanation after they finally checked her ID. [4]
  • Yakima WA police are accused of intentionally misinterpreting state law as an excuse for keeping a police sergeant’s misconduct and the investigation into it a secret, and it isn’t the first time they did so. [4]
  • 2 Seneca MO cops were fired after a probe into citizen complaints found they had no certifications and one of them had a felony record. [1]
  • Collinsville IL cop shown manufacturing cause to search motorist’s vehicle in home video made by that motorist. While the video is long and somewhat cheesy, it’s impressive on how much effort and thought went into proving his case. [3]
  • Sûreté du Québec police criticized for raiding reporter’s home after a hospital complained about a report he made about how lax they were about protecting confidential medical records. Rights activists say this isn’t the first time that agency enacted raids against reporters for, well, reporting the news. [5]
  • Holly Ridge NC cop chasing kids who swore at him rear ended another cruiser, causing it to burst into flames. The other officer was rescued. [0]
  • Edinburg TX cop gets probation in official oppression plea for shaking down a motorist in order to get his customized cooler full of beer. [0]
  • 3 Beloit WI cops get counseling & reprimands for giving cop suspected of DUI a ride home instead of testing her [0]
  • New Jersey state troopers investigated over disrespectful photos of them celebrating drug bust while waving Puerto Rican flag [1]
  • Oklahoma City OK cop gets deferred sentence after pleading guilty to violating state law by placing online bets [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-15-12 to 03-16-12

Here are the 33 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday and Friday, March 15-16, 2012:

  • Covington LA police sued by man claiming 7 witnesses saw cops randomly grab him out of a crowd then repeatedly beat and tasered him while responding to a disturbance at a bar. [3]
  • Murfreesboro TN cops sued by black man they beat in his yard after mistaking him for an asian car theft suspect [3]
  • 2 Humphreys Co TN deputies indicted by US DOJ for beating & tasing man for 19mins then beating him again at jail [3]
  • Carbondale PA settles suit for $105k to woman injured when a cop intentionally rammed an ATV she was a passenger on because they were riding on a road without helmets, the cop was suspended 10 days [0]
  • Coon Rapids MN police accused of excessive force during med call on man suffering from seizure & heart condition [3]
  • Youngstown OH cop retires while investigated for punching then dragging inmate by leg shackles for spitting on him [0]
  • Modesto CA cop who resigned in Feb is indicted on sexual assault charges involving several alleged on-duty rapes [1]
  • Hennessey OK cop sentenced to 40yrs prison for sexually abusing an 8yr-old girl over a period of 2yrs [0]
  • Henderson Co TN deputy found guilty on federal child pornography charges involving 10yr-old girl [0]
  • Hattisburg MS cop gets fine & clean record in plea deal for extortion, accused of raping nurse under color of law [0]
  • Harris Co TX pct 5 depty constable arrested for sexual assault of teen relative & online solicitation of minor [0]
  • Henrico Co VA deputy pleads guilty to receiving child porn involving prepubescent children, caught by US DHS [0]
  • San Jose CA school cop pleads no contest to multiple charges for sex acts w/2 teen boys he met on dating site [0]
  • Philadelphia PA cop convicted of official oppression & exposure in split on-duty sexual assault trial jury decision [0]
  • Dumfries VA cop who opened ice cream shop after retiring arrested for allegedly sexually abusing child 10yrs ago [0]
  • Pocahontas Co WV deputy under investigation for crimes prosecutor describes as “just as horrendous as murder”… though nobody will say just what those acts were. [1]
  • West Memphis AR cops accused of harassing, falsely arresting & searching residents after cop alleged he was shot at [4]
  • Prince George’s Co MD police sued by mom of murder victim claiming they lied about him being a drug dealer as a part of their strange PR effort to convince residents that all murders in the county were somehow justified because all the victims did something to deserve it. [4]
  • Washington DC police chastised by judge for false statements in efforts to keep policy docs secret, orders release [5]
  • Pinal Co AZ sheriff tries to silence news reports about his alleged sexual misconduct while he was a school director with cease & desist orders [5]
  • Flower Mound TX SWAT cop arrested on agg assault charges for allgedly pulling firearm on his girlfriend & others [0]
  • Roosevelt Co MT sheriff gets suspended sentence in plea to assault for throwing man through window in bar brawl [0]
  • Baltimore MD cop will get 20yrs prison in plea deal for running heroin trafficking ring while on duty, faced life [0]
  • Phillips Co AR deputy pleads guilty to possession w/intent charges, 4th area cop to plead in Delta Blues scandal [0]
  • Cook Co IL deputy and his son arrested on contraband tobacco trafficking charges in federal sting operation [0]
  • Lakewood WA cop pleads guilty to stealing over $100k from fund for families of 4 fallen officers [0]
  • Rome GA cop sentenced to 2yrs in plea deal for stealing $25k in funds from police union [0]
  • Alabama state trooper arrested on felony theft charges for allegedly stealing over $500 in gasoline from agency [0]
  • Greene Co TN deputy resigns while subject of unspecified federal criminal investigation [2]
  • Abbotsford BC cop fired for lying about how unmarked cruiser was damaged, alleged to have crashed it while drunk [0]
  • San Francisco Co CA sheriff’s guilty plea in DV case questioned by DA, thinks it isn’t sincere [0]
  • Town and Country MO police sued by cop claiming she was sexually harassed & retaliated against for 10 years [3]
  • Wright State Univ OH police chief says he feels humiliated when student finds his duty weapon left in bathroom [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-14-12

Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, March 14, 2012:

  • Washington Co OR SWAT team shoots neighbor of suspect during raid when he mistook the cops for intruders [0]
  • Bullhead City AZ cops, including one who already has a history of abuse, claim  that a man they arrested broke ever bone in his face by falling in a police report that has been rewritten several times instead of being beaten like his family claims.  [5]
  • Muskogee OK enters secret settlement deal with man who was mauled by police dog while offices laughed [4]
  • Boston MA settles suit for $1.4mil to jail gaurd left brain damaged by cop who tackled and put him in choke hold [0]
  • Crestview FL police major w/criminal record facing slew of charges dubbed most crooked cop by Reason mag [0]
  • Eugene OR settles suit for $26k to law student claiming cops used excessive force & illegally entered his home [0]
  • Vermont state trooper pleaded guilty to lewd conduct & exploitation of a minor, took nude pics & molested child [0]
  • Los Angeles Co CA deputy sentenced to 1yr in plea to oral copulation w/minor for sexually abusing 16yr-old relative [0]
  • Waterville Twp OH cop pleads guilty to viewing child pornography on police dept computer while on duty [0]
  • Isle of Wight VA deputy indicted on reproducing or selling child pornography charges after caught requesting pics [0]
  • Seattle WA report uncovers that officials plan on spending $300k in settlements just to keep police records secret [5]
  • Tampa FL cops accused of ignoring complaint that NFL player threatened woman after rear-ending her, didn’t cite him [3]
  • Boynton Beach FL cop arrested on misd DV charge after altercation with ex-wife over a garden rake [0]
  • Stellarton NS cop charged with assault & property damage over unspecified on-duty incident a month ago [3]
  • Highland Park MI deputy police chief fired in “budget cut” after news of assault conviction prior to promotion [3]
  • San Diego CA cops accused of bias by arresting man for wearing loincloth & briefs while letting women wear thongs [0]
  • Leetsdale PA cop sentenced to probation for interfering with arrest of friend on drunk driving charge [0]
  • New Bedford MA cop resigns after arrested for crashing w/child in his truck as he fled hit&run crash w/other car [0]
  • Bernalillo NM cop accused of getting special treatment during arrest and trial on DUI charges [4]
  • Vancouver BC deputy police chief crashes into car with police cruiser while talking on cellphone, admits fault [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-13-12

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct we were able to gather in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, March 13, 2012:

  • Joliet IL cop arrested after fired for repeatedly punching a woman in the face on video during a domestic dispute call [0]
  • Fullerton CA cop charged with destruction of evidence for crushing an audio recorder containing his intractions with a DUI suspect who later committed suicide in jail. [0]
  • Sanford FL police are accused of questionable investigation methods in the case of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a neighbothood watch vigilante  [3]
  • Cleveland OH cop charged w/dereliction of duty for failing to help cop in fight that escalated into a fatal shooting [0]
  • Sparta GA cop arrested on animal cruelty and dogfighting charges after state police confiscated several dogs based on a tip [0]
  • Palm Beach FL police capt suspended while investigatd for allegedly harassing a fellow cop, 3 others were also suspended while investigated for unspecified reasons [2]
  • El Paso TX cop arrested on theft charge after allegedly caught on video shoplifting at Walmart [0]
  • Los Angeles CA cop arrested on allegations he stole from luxury hotel while working off-duty security job [0]
  • Egg Harbor NJ cop investigated after commandeering someone’s car in order to chase the wrong car in a burglary case [0]
  • Phoenix AZ cop arrested on felony DUI charge after pull over with 7yr-old child in car with him [1]
  • Memphis TN cop suspended after sounds of him having sex in squad car broadcast through neighbord due to open mic [0]
  • Portland OR cop sentenced to 2 days jail on DUI charge after found passed out in his truck on the side of the road with his boat in tow [0]

That’s it for today… while I had hoped my new job would allow me more time to work on this project, unfortunately it has been just as demanding of my time as my old job was. I worked completely through the weekend, worked until 4:30am yesterday, and find myself working overnight tonight and through today as well… The whole thing is making it difficult to keep up with the project and I hope I get a break soon as I’m not sure how long I can keep this pace up.

Anyway, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-12-12

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, March 12, 2012:

  • Chicago IL settles suit for $3.6mil to man who falsely confessed to murder after tortured by cops for 30hrs [0]
  • Louisiana state trooper sentenced to 9yrs in plea deal for possession of child porn [0]
  • Mt Sterling OH police chief resigns after dept suspended when he failed to tell officials that cop tasered 9yr-old [0]
  • Pleasantville NY police reports released by court order reveal cop fired at cop who fatally shot Pace Univ student [4]
  • Opelousas LA cop and a Ville Platte LA cop were arrested on charges related to an alleged conspiracy to commit felony theft [1]
  • Orange CT cop gets probation in plea deal after charged with sexual assault for having sex with his bother’s girlfriend while posing as his twin brother. [0]
  • Denver CO cop with a history of excessive force and sexual misconduct was arrested on a domestic violence charge involvong his girlfriend [0]
  • Orange Co FL deputy arrested on domestic violence charges in incident involving wife [0]
  • Rockford IL park dist police officer gets probation for filing false report about how his cruiser was damaged [0]
  • 100 cops in 9 Minnesota law enforcement agencies sued for using police database to look at pics of cute cop [0]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 03-10-12 to 03-11-12

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of March 10-11, 2012:

  • Readstown WI police chief who was arrested while on the run in Nebraska for using badge to sexually abuse women is now accused of molesting a young boy and will likely face additional charges for that as well. [0]
  • Colleton Co SC says they’ll pay $300k of a $700k jury judgment to the family of a man killed in head-on crash with deputy, because that’s what their insurance will cover. [0]
  • Harrison Co IN deputy takes a plea deal for felony criminal recklessness for giving his wife a gun when she threatened to commit suicide during a dispute, which she then used to commit suicide. [0]
  • East Chicago IN cop was suspended 6mo for fondling himself & making lewd comments to a burglary victim on camera. [0]
  • North Port FL police face a complaint for arresting a man on wiretapping & obstruction charges for videotaping police. [5]
  • Scottsbluff NE cop was sentenced to 5-10yrs prison after convicted on 10 counts of possession of child porn [0]
  • Flomaton AL police chief arrested for false imprisonment after he arrested a man 177 miles (sorry, should be .177 miles) away from his jurisdiction in Florida then transported him back without regard for extradition laws. [1]
  • Big Lake MN suspended their police chief in their effort to fire him after spending thousands to settle sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuits [0]
  • Arcola IL cop who is also police chief of Hindsboro IL was arrested on official misconduct & armed violence charges. [2]
  • Philadelphia PA settles suit for $25k to man who videotaped a cop harassing him for legally having a holstered gun with a permit. [0]
  • Quincy MA cop suspended 30 days & ordered to take anger management over the latest chapter in his lengthy history of harassing and threatening his neighbors. [1]
  • Earlville IL cop sentenced to 45 days in jail for selling marijuana and possession of medication without prescription [1]
  • Baltimore MD cop arrested after her daughter undercharged her by $300 while she was working as cashier at supermarket [0]

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

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