National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-14-11

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, October 14, 2011:

  • A New York NY white-shirted police officer was caught on video punching an #OccupyWallStreet protester in the head during a march. While police say they are looking to arrest the man he punched for attempted assault on an officer, claiming that he tried to elbow the officer who decked him, the video below from a different angle pretty clearly shows no such threat appears to have occurred. [3]
  • Pennsylvania State trooper was charged with misdemeanor assault for beating & macing a handcuffed mentally ill man in the back of his cruiser. [0]
  • 2 New Haven CT cops are being sued by 2 men claiming brutality in two separate incidents. One claims he was repeatedly tasered in the face & neck while cuffed. [3]
  • Nutter Fort WV cop & 3 Harrison Co WV deputies are being investigated on an excessive force complaint made by a man who claims he suffered multiple facial and rib fractures in addition to a torn eyelid when police beat him.[1]
  • 6 Columbia MO cops are the subject of lawsuits by two people claiming excessive force in two separate incidents, one of which was never charged or arrested in an incident where an officer mistook him for an alleged assailant. [1]
  • Chicago IL police lieutenant is being investigated for dropping a man’s infant son while he was arresting the man for sticking up for another man who was being questioned by police in a restaurant. [2]
  • Chambers County TX sheriff’s sergeant was charged with sexual assault of a child after Texas Rangers investigated him when the county sheriff refused to. [3]
  • Selma CA cop was sentenced to 6 years in prison, a sentence reduced from the norm by the judge citing that he was an officer, for possession of over 600 child porn images & videos, some of which were described as violent & sadistic in nature. [0]
  • Louisiana State trooper takes plea deal for receiving child porn that was found on his work and home computers [0]
  • A jury found that a Portland OR assaulted man who won a lawsuit against that same officer in a previous case, but the jury refused to award damages over this seperate incident. [0]
  • 2 Los Angeles County CA deputies were arrested on felony assault charges involving an unspecified off-duty shooting incident where a 3rd deputy was injured [3]
  • Cheshire CT cop & wife arrested on obstruction, larceny, & theft of a dog after dog’s owner spots her dog in photo with the couple. [0]
  • St Petersburg FL police subject of campaign to change policies by owner of arthritic golden retriever shot by cop [1]
  • Windermere FL police chief sentenced to 1yr jail for halting a child molestation investigation targeting friend [0]
  • RCMP constable in Winnipeg MB arrested for uttering death threats during domestic dispute [1]
  • Manchester CT settles suit for $60k to nurse injured when cop car crashed into her car while responding to call [0]
  • Houston TX cop among 13 arrested in association with “pill mill” doctors and clinics, allegedly owned 2 clinics [0]
  • Cloquet MN cop arrested on 3 charges over alleged hit & skip accident after Ted Nugent concert at casino [0]

Before I go, there was a second allegation of misconduct made against another NYPD officer dring today’s #OccupyWallStreet protest march. In this case, videos appear to show a police officer on a motorcycle run over the leg of a National Lawyer’s Guild observer then leave his bike parked on that man’s leg. He was eventually dragged away by police who arrested him and didn’t take him to the hospital until after booking him into jail. However, the reason this hasn’t been added to the database is that at least two independent photojournalists state that they saw him intentionally try to block the motorcycle with his leg before he was hit.

The videos I’ve seen are inconclusive. While it seems like the officer approached at a high speed, the view of the actual incident is blocked. While it could be argued that the misconduct was the delay in treatment and subsequent denial of access ot the prisoner by lawyers requesting to see him after the arrest, the actual collision is too difficult to prove at this time due to conflicting third-party accounts.

Update: Someone at the DailyKos notes that it appears as though the observer was punched while being held down with a baton across his neck when he was dragged away from the bike in a video that appeared on the Keith Olbermann show. Which might help explain the blood left on the pavement after the incident.

What do you think? Is it misconduct?

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-13-11

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, October 13, 2011:

  • Morgan Co WV deputy sued by man shot 2x through closed door during domestic call, dashcam audio apparently contradicted the cop’s story but state police exonerated him in their investigation anyway. [4]
  • 2 Pocatello ID cops sued by man who suffered hearing loss & a fractured skull when he was tasered when he allegedly tried to surrender during a traffic stop. [3]
  • Waukegan IL police sued by man claiming he was intimidated and beaten for over 26 hours by police into making a false confession to a murder where DNA later implicated another man who went to prison for armed robbery. [4]
  • Miami FL settles suit for $500k to woman who was kidnapped & raped by cop now serving 10yr sentence [0]
  • New York NY cop’s testimony alleges that the practice of planting drugs on suspects and innocent people in order to meet drug arrest quotas by padding numbers with false arrests was widespread at all levels in that department. [4]
  • Glendale CA police subject of suit by ACLU alleging racial profiling & harassment of Latino students who were detained at school [3]
  • Penn Hills PA cop & Vandergrift Co PA constable sued by woman claiming they broke into her home without a warrant in search of her boyfriend who didn’t live there, over unpaid traffic tickets. [3]
  • Denver CO settles class action suit for $200k to 93 people caught up in mass arrest during the 2008 DNC [0]
  • Will Co IL sheriff & a sheriff’s detective were named in suit by a Lynwood cop wrongfully accused in a series of shootings last year [0]
  • West Chester OH cop indicted on unspecified felony obstruction & evidence tampering charges in ongoing probe [2]
  • Delavan WI cop charged w/obstruction for allegedly lying to Whitewater police looking for an assault suspect [0]
  • Oregon Co MO deputy arrested for apparently blackmailing a woman w/threats of arrest in exchange for $5k in cash [1]
  • Hanging Rock OH cop pleads guilty to theft in office & evidence tampering for taking cash for traffic tickets [0]
  • Williamsport PA cop sentenced to probation after convicted for tampering w/public records and obstruction [0]
  • Lawrenceburg IN cop police captain suspended after charged w/official misconduct for campaigning while on duty [0]
  • Calhoun Co IL sheriff indicted on official misconduct & disorderly conduct charges in board of commissioners dispute[2]
  • Ridgefield CT cop arrested on threatening & disorderly conduct charges involving dispute with ex-wife [0]
  • Central Saanich BC cop censured for trying to use his badge in order to get out of a DUI arrest [0]
  • Peel ON retired cop who beat child porn charges now charged w/possession of several stolen police badges [0]
  • Hoboken NJ cop arrested on DUI charges after crashing into several parked cars & landing his car on it’s side [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-12-11

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

  • Sharpsburg PA secretly settle a lawsuit for an unspecified sum to the wife of a man she claims was killed when cops repeatedly tasered him at the station. [3]
  • Plainview TX police apparently reach secret settlement deal w/family in wrongful death lawsuit against 3 cops [3]
  • South Bend IN cop and 9 St Joseph County IN officers are being sued by a man claiming a cop entered his home without a warrant, falsely arrested him, then was caught on video (available here) attacking him while he was cuffed at the jail. [1]
  • Fullerton CA police are accused of beating & falsely arresting a college student then stonewalling the investigation long enough so he couldn’t sue due to the expiration of the statute of limitations.  [4]
  • 2 Los Angeles County CA deputies are being sued by a 61-yr-old man claiming they peppersprayed him and split his scalp open when hitting him with an unknown object during his false arrest after they called police over his friend’s dispute with a landlord who illegally threw her belongings into the street. [3]
  • Regina SK cop gets alt sentence that may clear his record in plea deal for using excessive force on man in custody [0]
  • Fairfax SC police officer was arrested for criminal sexual conduct with a child under 11. Apparently he accidentally called the girl’s mom on his cellphone as he was sexually assaulting the girl and the subsequent investigation indicates he had been doing this for years. [0]
  • New York NY police narcotics detective sued by a woman who was 13yrs-old when she says he forced her into prostitution and acted as her pimp. The officer recently served time for kidnapping. [0]
  • Martin County NC sheriff’s sergeant was fired and is now the subject of a state investigation after he was identified as a rape suspect shortly after police responded to a call from a woman claiming she was sexually assaulted. [0]
  • Colorado Springs CO, El Paso County CO and the FBI are the subject of a suit filed by a 71yr-old woman claiming she suffered a heart attack when police threw a flash bang grenade into her home during what appears to be a wrong-door drug raid on her home during a large-scale drug raid sweep. [3]
  • Memphis TN cop was arrested on simple assault charge for allegedly assaulting a female juvenile in a parking lot but police refuse to release any more information about the case or whether it was on duty or not. [1]
  • Escondido CA settles suit for unspecified sum to 1 of 3 teens claiming they were wrongfully accused of murdering a 12-yr-old girl after being coerced into making false confessions, the case was dropped when DNA evidence implicated another man. [2]
  • Cambridge MA settles suit for undisclosed sum to Harvard prof claiming ex-wife’s cop pal had him falsely arrested [3]
  • North East PA settles suit for $15k to couple claiming cops violated rights when breaking up charity event for vets [0]
  • Oakland CA police chief resigned after court ordered monitor filed critical report finding dept backslid on reforms [2]
  • New York NY police sgt under investigation after allegedly calling black officer “boy” on several occasions [0]
  • Richland Co OH sheriff’s lt arrested for allegedly giving false info to get inmate transfered in exchange for bribe [0]
  • Bremerton WA infamous drug cop known for aggressively going after medical marijuana patients has pled guilty to making illegal gun sales & false income tax return charges. [0]
  • Powell OH police accused of racial profiling by a biracial couple after multiple questionable traffic stops near the daycare they own [1]
  • Atlantic Beach SC hires a “gypsy cop” with an extensive history of misconduct who jumped around between 6 agencies and is currently still under investigation by one of them. The town apparently did it in an effort to save money. [3]
  • Citronelle AL cop faces trial on federal firearms charges on allegations he was stealing firearms from motorists [0]
  • El Mirage AZ cop arrested for assault & disorderly conduct involving 2 alleged incidents w/her domestic partner [1]
  • Parker Co TX deputy sentenced to probation & fine for stealing over $11k from fund for family of fallen officer [0]
  • Miami Beach FL 4 cops demoted, 2 fired, 1 suspended for roles in on-duty partying that led to drunk cop’s ATV crash [0]
  • Dallas TX police officer placed on restricted duty arrested on drunk driving charges [0]
  • Kennett Square PA police chief investigated for leaving scene of crash he caused, says med condition confused him [1] (UPDATE: The police chief’s story about a medical condition checks out so I’m removing this report from our database.)
  • Wood Co WI deputy issued citation for rear-ending moped driver in police cruiser while looking at cell phone [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-11-11

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, October 11, 2011:

  • Little Rock AR police are being sued by the family of a 67yr-old man who was fatally shot by 2 cops who got into a confrontation with the man when they entered his apartment without a warrant because they claim his door was open and his apartment looked messy. [0]
  • Parkersburg WV settled suit for $100k to a man claiming 3 cops beat him, used anti-gay slurs and falsely arrested him. This is the 3rd suit settled by that town of 32,000 (and 61 officers) this year including a $70k brutality suit settlement and a $2,500 settlement for an incident where a man’s dog was shot. [0]
  • Mountain View CO cop is under investigation after being accused of verbally and physically abusing 2 men during a traffic stop over tinted windows. It’s alleged that another cop arrived and told the officer to calm down, to which he allegedly replied “This is my fucking prisoner, I’ll do whatever the fuck I want.” [1]
  • Marksville LA cop has been indicted on 2 counts of aggravated rape after an investigation into complaint made back in February of this year. [1]
  • University of Massachusets in Lowell police officer was caught on video threatening to slap a student for recording a group of cops that he was with. (via @MassCopBlock) [3]
  • New York NY cop was recorded using verbal abuse, racist and sexist rants when he arrested 3 teens for nothing more than what appears to be contempt of cop. The cop apparently started his racist diatribe after hearing the kids speak Russian. [3]
  • Union County TN sheriff’s sergeant was fired for unspecified reasons after a questionable off-duty incident where he shot a fleeing car he claims contained people who robbed him when he was meeting a female “informant” at a hotel parking lot. [2]
  • Arlington TX cop is accused of overreacting when he shot a family’s basset hound/rottwiler mix to death in front of kids and their dad. [1]
  • Philadelphia PA cop was suspended after arrested on allegations he was stealing credit cards from people he arrested and using them to buy gasoline and other personal items before destroying them. [0]
  • Spokane WA was forced to revoke their ombudsman’s power to independently investigate police misconduct after an arbitrator ruled in favor of a challenge by the police union opposing independent investigations. [0]
  • New Brunswick NJ internal affairs sergeant was charged with obstruction & record tampering for mishandling 81 investigations into alleged misconduct. [0]
  • 3 Miami Beach FL supervisors and a number of other officers face discipline for partying while on-duty and a lack of oversight before drunk cop’s ATV crash [0]
  • Patterson NJ police lieutenant was arrested on an aggravated assault charge for allegedly pointing a gun at his girlfriend then dragging her out of his home. [0]
  • Carteret NJ cop who heads police union arrested for simple assault of live-in girlfriend & her 19-year-old son in a domestic dispute [0]
  • 3 Helena-West Helena AR cops & 2 Marvell AR cops were arrested as part of a federal drug trafficking investigation on allegations that they were protecting drug shipments that were crossing state lines. [0]
  • Riverside Co CA deputy who is already being sued for shooting his friend in the leg after a night out drinking pleads guilty to DUI for a freeway construction zone crash [2]
  • Doraville GA cop arrested on DUI & other charges after testing .151 BAC following crash that injured 69yr-old [0]
  • Macon GA cop suspended pending termination after arrested for drunk driving at county DUI checkpoint [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-10-11

Before I start with today’s recap I want to apologize for the feed being sporadic today. It will probably be pretty sporadic for the next few weeks. It would really help out if readers would send us links to reports or info on reports they see during this period of time so we don’t miss anything. Send info to or use our contact page.

Here are the 9 reports we were able to track in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, October 10, 2011:

  • Pensacola FL settles suit for $500k to family of teen who was killed when he was run over by a cop car while chased for riding bike in what police called a high crime area [0]
  • Irondequoit NY police sued for excessive force by 77yr-old claiming cops maced & beat him at seatbelt checkpoint [3]
  • Gordon GA cop suspended 3 days after accidentally “dry-stunning” a waitress while playing with his taser at a restaurant [0]
  • Detroit MI police are being sued alleging they’ve been issuing illegal loitering citations to bystanders just for being near crime scenes [2]
  • San Antonio TX cop suspended after arrested for chasing her cop boyfriend around with a gun during a dispute where both officers allegedly damaged each others cars with batons [0]
  • Denver CO cop received a fine & a deferred sentence after pleading no contest to assault for attacking a man at a country club for changing a TV channel [0]
  • Atlanta GA cop arrested on simple battery charge after brief stand-off with police that was sparked when he allegedly fired a gun during a domestic dispute [0]
  • Seminole Co FL sheriff’s sergeant was fired after arrested a month after his hit & skip accident that injured a motorcyclist [1]
  • Minnesota state trooper who promoted “Move Over” law is charged w/2 DUIs after alleged hit & skip accident call [0]

Also, in regards to what happened at Occupy Boston this evening, while some people appear to be claiming that there were mass beatings when police raided a second camp protesters had set up after police asked them to return to their main camp, the videos and live footage from 3 live feeds that I watched last night did not appear to show any excessive force. If anyone has other video footage or independent accounts of what happened that they would like me to review, please let me know.

Thanks, and stay safe out there.

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 10-08-11 to 10-09-11

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of October 8-9, 2011:

  • Iowa State trooper arrested on burglary charge for breaking into a woman’s home with the intent to sexually assault her. [0]
  • Huntington WV police were caught on video arresting a man for obstruction while he was videotaping a cop searching someone’s car.
  • New Orleans LA cop indicted for malfeasance involving the death of his K9 partner from a fall down an elevator shaft while he was working an off-duty job. [0]
  • Rio Arriba Co NM sheriff’s department was raided by state police as part of an investigation into allegations of destruction of evidence and falsified reports involving a fatal DUI accident case. [0]
  • Pinellas Park FL cop was arrested on domestic battery charge for intentionally shutting a kitchen cabinet drawer on his wife’s hand [0]
  • New York NY police have asked an exclusive police officer website to remove a discussion where the photo of an internal affairs officer who is leading the investigating into the ticket fixing scandal was posted after that officer subsequently started getting death threats [0] That same message board was also in the news recently involving a thread where NYPD officers were expressing outrage that a cop took a picture with a #OccupyWallStreet protester while making the peace sign with his fingers.
  • Northbridge MA cop was arrested on drunk driving charges after head-on crash injuring his passenger and another motorist [0]
  • Marco Island FL cop fired after invesitgation found him at fault in 2-car crash for speeding w/o lights or siren [0]
  • Seattle WA police began handing out tickets to motorists and cabbies who were honking in support of #OccupySeattle protesters. Oddly, we’ve never heard of officers doing this to people honking in support of other protests. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-07-11

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, October 7, 2011:

  • Nashville TN cop was sentenced to 18 years in prison after being convicted for 2nd degree murder in the shooting death of his wife. He claimed she shot herself. [0]
  • 3 Hackensack NJ cops were indicted, one for assaulting a man during arrest and the others for providing false information in an effort to cover it up. [0]
  • Bucks County PA sheriff’s sergeant was arrested on multiple charges for hitting a restrained suspect then perjuring himself when he filed false charges against the man in order to cover it up [0]
  • New Jersey state trooper was suspended without pay for 6 months for pepperspraying a handcuffed suspect in the back of his cruiser then lying on his report about the incident. [0]
  • A Now-former Los Angeles County CA deputy is claiming that he quit after his supervisor forced him to beat a mentally ill detainee in order to “teach him a lesson”. [3]
  • Aquia Harbour VA cop sentenced to 20 years in prison for producing child porn by filming sex acts with an unconscious 8-year-old boy. [0]
  • South Ogden UT cop was sentenced from 5 years to life in prison for aggravated sexual abuse of a child under 14 and forcible sodomy. [0]
  • Los Angeles County CA sheriff’s sergeant with a long history of sexual misconduct complaints was convicted on sexual assault & false imprisonment charges involving a woman he raped while on duty. [0]
  • Warrensburg IL cop originally charged with the sexual assault of a girl under 12 was sentenced to 10 years in prison on a reduced possession of child porn charge. [0]
  • Dallas TX police are being sued by the family of a boy who was 11 when he was accidentally grazed by cop’s bullet during the fatal officer-involved shooting death of an unarmed man at an apartment complex. [0]
  • An Orlando FL police report is apparently contradicted by video in an incident where 2 cops broke a woman’s arm during a drunk and disorderly arrest at a theme park. [1]
  • Atlanta GA civil service board is forcing that city to rehire 3 cops who were fired after a judge found that they lied in their testimony about a man’s arrest on a firearm charge. [0]
  • Newark NJ undercover cop apparently masturbated while fondling a female suspect while conducting a massage parlor sting operation. The chief is blaming their training, or, more specifically, that they weren’t trained not to do that… [0]
  • St Louis County MO deputy was arrested on drug and drug paraphernalia charges after caught with heroin while in uniform [0]
  • A 3rd Lake Co IN deputy pleads guilty to charges related to the illegal sales of military grade fully automatic weapons over the internet [0]
  • Pontiac IL cop was arrested on drunk driving charges in Wisconsin after crashing his unmarked cruiser into a ditch [0]
  • Miami-Dade FL cop arrested on drunk driving charge after rear-ending another motorist while off-duty [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-06-11

Sorry these are in short format, ran out of time to spend on writing anything additional up tonight. Anyway, here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, October 6, 2011:

  • Colorado Springs CO sued by man claiming jail video shows cop needlessly tasering him then lying on report [3]
  • Nashville TN adds $30k to existing settlement to woman injured by cop during arrest, total now $57k [0]
  • RCMP mountie in Vancouver Island BC gets conditional discharge, cop reported he assaulted woman during traffic stop [0]
  • Atlanta GA police sued by woman claiming her camera was illegally seized after she recorded cops kicking cuffed man [4]
  • Carrabassett Valley ME cop pleads guilty to 10 counts unlawful sexual contact with a child under 12 [0]
  • Paulding County GA deputy fired after arrested on child molestation & child enticement charges [0]
  • Tucumcari NM cop under investigation for allegedly sending nude pics to 16yr-old & having sex with her while on duty [1]
  • Gilberton PA police chief & mayor sued by councilman arrested & strip searched for v-mail profanity [0]
  • Niagara Falls NY police lt charged with criminal trespass & menacing over unspecified domestic incident [2]
  • LaPorte Co IN cop arrested on federal possession of child pornography & evidence tampering charges [0]
  • Irondequoit NY cop arrested on assault charges for allegedly helping brother attack man inside bar while off-duty [0]
  • Univ of South Carolina police officer arrested on misconduct in office charge, details sketchy so far [1]
  • New York NY cop accused of threatening to arrest assaulted cabbie instead of taking report & arresting assailant [3]
  • St Petersburg FL cop suspended 3 days w/o pay for failing to report hit & run accident involving an acquaintance [0]
  • Perry UT cop under investigation for allegedly trying to bribe trooper on behalf of friend over DUI charge [0]
  • San Jacinto Co TX deputy arrested on possession of a controlled substance and fraud charges in neighboring county [0]
  • Dallas TX police detective faces termination after investigation into allegedly fraudulent overtime reports [0]
  • Chandler AZ asst police chief investigated over verbal outburst against daughter’s high school teammate at game [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-05-11

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, October 5, 2011:

  • A number of videos came out stemming from a single incident at the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City NY today, all showing a higher-ranking officer in a white shirt, alleged to be an officer Connolly according to the Gothamist, beating a large number of people with a baton…
  • Among those people being beaten and peppersprayed was a credentialed journalist that offered this first-hand perspective of getting hit:

    …as well as a local Fox affiliate news reporter and his cameraman:

    Many are asking, in light of these videos and videos from last week showing white shirted officers as primary aggressors, why are the high ranking officers appearing more aggressive than the rank and file officers? Generally speaking, departments that have problems disciplining their officers for excessive force still have to do something to get cops that show a pattern of brutality off the street or else they risk more civil litigation or a pattern/practice investigation by the feds. So, instead of firing cops, they promote them off of the street to supervisory roles… which could be one explanation for the white shirts being more aggressive here. If you don’t believe that explanation consider the next report…

  • A New York NY cop was arrested by the FBI for “repeatedly using his position to intimidate others, including beat downs and violence” as well as using police databases to get info on a man in a parking dispute, to tip off his cousin to a federal investigation, and for pepperspraying & illegally detaining man at bar owned by his cousin. He was finally suspended though… only after the arrest. [3]
  • Furthermore, another New York NY cop was caught on video bragging that his nightstick was going to get a workout at the #OccupyWallStreet protests tonight. So far, thankfully, it doesn’t appear as though his did at least. [3]
  • New York NY police are being sued by #OccupyWallStreet protesters claiming the previous Brooklyn Bridge mass arrest was a civil rights violation because most of the protesters and journalists caught up in the kettling action on the bridge couldn’t hear any warnings about impending arrests. [0]
  • New Orleans LA cop was sentenced to 8 years prison in his plea deal over his role in the Danziger Bridge shooting & subsequent cover up. [0]
  • New Brunswick NJ police are being accused of vandalism & false arrests against people protesting a questionable fatal officer-involved shooting incident. One person arrested was showing others what he claimed was evidence cops were tearing down their posters, even cutting a hole in a screen window to remove one that was posted inside a home when police came en mass and arrested him and at least one other person for no apparent reason. [4]
  • Portage IN settles suit for a confidential sum to a woman who was beaten by cop in high-profile 2007 videotaped incident where he slammed a woman’s head into a car then threw her to the ground. (sorry about the badly edited video with political commentary, the case is so old I had a hard time finding unedited video that could be embedded) [3]
  • Gardner MA cop already charged with indecent assault of a child under the age of 14 has now been charged with indecent assault & battery of his female roommate as well. [0]
  • Eastchester NY cop found guilty of manslaughter for fatally shooting a man in the throat while the officer was playing with one of his guns. [0]
  • Cherokee Co SC deputy arrested for allegedly having sex with confidential informant, he resigned after the allegation surfaced in 2009. [0]
  • Plaquemines Parish LA sheriff resigns after arrested on federal mail fraud & bribery charges along with a local businessman in an ongoing federal investigation. [1]
  • Bandera Co TX deputy was caught up in an FBI gang and drug sweep for his alleged ties to a gang & for alleged drug distribution [0]
  • Caruthersville MO police chief & one of his officers arrested on 24 & 11 counts of forgery respectively, though no details on what the forgery entailed yet. [1]
  • Seattle WA police are being sued by a computer security expert alleging he was falsely arrested and that the department committed spoilation of video evidence when he was told there was no video of the arrest when he sought evidence to prove his case. [4]
  • Harris County TX deputy sued by woman claiming she was falsely arrested because the deputy didn’t like her attitude and that she was then forced to listen to the Rush Limbaugh show in the deputy’s cruiser. [3]
  • Minneapolis MN cop accused of harassing & illegally accessing a now-former St Paul MN police officer’s driving records. [1]
  • Milwaukee WI settles suit for $6,500 to man claiming cops refused to return his gun after an illegal search of his car and home and subsequent false charges against him that were dismissed later. [0]
  • Portage IN settles tort claim for $30k involving unspecified misconduct allegations over a DUI arrest. [3]
  • Baltimore Co MD cop arrested on 1st degree assault charges involving an alleged domestic incident with his ex-girlfriend. [0]
  • Fullerton CA police formally apologize for a wrong door drug raid that narcotics officers failed to report. [0]
  • Middle Twp NJ cop suspended w/o pay after indicted on theft by deception involving over $4k in unemployment funds [0]
  • 3 Houston TX cops under investigation for allegedly eating man’s pot brownies may have also stolen 3.5lbs of pot and then chatted about that over their police computers as well as discussing how the pot brownies gave them the munchies. [0]
  • 3 Los Angeles CA police detectives win $2.5mil judgment against dept for gender discrimination & retaliation. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-04-11

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, October 4, 2011:

  • Detroit MI police officer has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for the high-profile shooting death of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones during a questionable raid conducted in front of a television crew for a reality TV show. Interestingly, one of the producers of that show was also charged with perjury & obstruction in that case as well. [0]
  • Chicago IL settles suit for $1,250,000 to a man who was imprisoned for 12 years after he was allegedly tortured into making a false confession by the notorious police Lt Burge’s unit. [0]
  • Denver CO pays $225,000 to settle an excessive force lawsuit that threatened to force the department to open up several years of their excessive force records. However, there is another pending lawsuit that still threatens to do the same. [3]
  • DeKalb County GA police officer was indicted for vehicular homicide for killing 2 people after crashing into their car with a cruiser while speeding. [0]
  • Indianapolis IN is being sued by a couple left critically injured by an alleged drunk driving cop who hit them on their motorcycles while he was responding to a call. [0]
  • Manchester NH school resource police officer is being accused of using excessive force in an incident caught on cellphone video that school officials tried to force the student who recorded it to delete. Interestingly, the video was released by the people at but I wasn’t informed about it from them, instead the person who runs site tipped me off to the story. (thanks for the tip!) [3]
  • Fullerton CA police have given notice to the cop involved in the recent $500k settlement to 2 of 7 women claiming he groped and sexually harassed them during traffic stops that they wish to fire him. However, the department is refusing to say exactly why they want to fire him after they didn’t discipline him for those allegations. [3]
  • Yakima WA tribal police officer was found guilty of felony harassment for falsely detaining a man who was sleeping with his estranged wife. [0]
  • Plum PA cop was arrested on burglary, bribery, theft of crack from evidence, use of the stolen drugs to bribe someone, and insurance fraud charges. [0]
  • Braddock PA cop faces burglary, distribution of narcotics and other charges for alleged incidents that spanned 2 counties. [1]
  • 2 San Jose CA cops were arrested for allegedly embezzling $120k from a Latino Police Officer Association. [0]
  • South Bend IN cop was charged with misdemeanor intimidation for allegedly sending threatening text messages to his ex-wife in an attempt to force her to apologize to his police chief and recant allegations that he abused their son. [0]
  • 3 El Paso TX join 5 other officers who have already resigned during an investigation into overtime abuse tied to a federal traffic enforcement grant. One of the officers is claiming that the investigation is retaliation in an attempt to keep that department’s use of quotas a secret. [1]
  • North Miami Beach FL cop was fired for posting a threatening ethnically-charged comment on a local blog [0]
  • Primera TX police chief was suspended 1 week without pay for sending transgender porn images to a county constable’s work phone after losing an election bid against him. [0]

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

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