National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-31-11

First I wanted to mention an article from Tulsa OK by This Land Press which discusses an excessive force incident that happened in 2000 but appeared to have slipped under the radar even though it resulted in the officer being disciplined with a 2-day suspension. The article cites our statistics in regard to Tulsa and is very well written so I do recommend reading it… but it also highlights the problems we face trying to track and document police misconduct… this incident took years to come to light, who knows how many others never do. Still, we try to do the best we can to track what we do find, someone has to.

The case cited, by the way, resulted in disciplinary action against an officer who was shown on dashcam video kicking a passenger in a car after he surrendered following a high-speed chase. I’m checking to see when the disciplinary action occurred to determine if it belongs in our database.

Now, here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, May 31, 2011:

  • Streamwood IL cop sentenced to probation for beating motorist w/metal baton 15x & tasering passenger on dashcam video [0] http://trib.in/jd6b6I
  • South Bend IN settles suit for $48k to man who had broken ribs, ruptured spleen & punctured lung after cop tackled him w/o warning [0] http://bit.ly/jBKlau
  • 3 Phoenix AZ cops sued by man claiming the officers lied about why they tasered him and beat him with flashlights because there was no way he could have ran from them and assaulted them… he claims he’s partially paralyzed due to a childhood bout with polio. [3] http://bit.ly/j5sh9R
  • Cincinnati OH cop under investigation after shooting an unarmed suspect in the hand when he was found hiding in a closet… but the officer is refusing to tell investigators why. [0] http://bit.ly/jPotMr
  • Southgate MI police officer charged w/sexual assault for allegedly taking a domestic violence victim to a hotel for her own safety and then returning later and sexually assaulting her. [0] http://bit.ly/mgSjuj
  • Colorado Springs CO cop already facing child porn & sex assault charges involving 6 boys may have 5 more victims, bringing the count to 11. [0] http://bit.ly/kUgLDA
  • Miami Beach FL cops are accused of taking cell phones from witnesses and even attacking one man and crushing his cellphone after they filmed an officer-involved shooting incident that left an unarmed man dead and injured 4 innocent bystanders. [5] http://bit.ly/kI2Cj4
  • Leon Valley TX cop suspended for firing weapon at neighbor’s homes while drunk, two departments are investigated why their officers didn’t arrest him. [1] http://bit.ly/iAoAQa
  • Broward Co FL deputy arrested woman after mistaking sage for pot but the woman is suing the prosecutor for filing charges against her without waiting for test results from the lab. [3] http://bit.ly/jdyu0S
  • Fairfield AL police & school sued by mom of a bipolar 5th grader who was cuffed & detained in cruiser to “scare him” into behaving. [3] http://bit.ly/mHpwha
  • Chattanooga TN settles suit for $150k to a pedestrian badly injured when hit by distracted cop in police cruiser [0] http://bit.ly/iDsNlu
  • Granby CO cop convicted of sending nude pics of himself & possessing nude pics of a 16yr-old girl he met on while responding to a call at her school. [0] http://bit.ly/k6iXgv
  • Newark OH cop shoots family’s injured cat to death 20ft away from their front door. The family demands a policy change after saying the officer told them that he didn’t seek their permission because it would have been inconvenient. [0] http://bit.ly/lRmdtv
  • Maryland Transit police warned by Maryland ACLU to stop detaining people for taking pictures or face civil suit after two incidents that occurred after an agreement by that agency with the ACLU to stop doing it. [0] http://bsun.md/iZ9SfV
  • Los Angeles Co CA deputy sentenced to 3yrs (1.5 w/good behavior) for stealing $454k in towing fees from town [0] http://bit.ly/kcnyhJ
  • New Hampshire State trooper sentenced to 6mo w/3 suspended for bribery, exchanged salvage tags for car repairs [0] http://bit.ly/lHCFcq
  • A Denver CO police sergeant was suspended for 30 days for secretly recording an internal affairs commander in an effort to prove his theory that internal affairs had an anti-cop bias. His supervisor was suspended 80 days for approving the plot. Another officer was fired after a judge found him in contempt, but that is already in our database as a charge against the officer, which supersedes a disciplinary action. [0] http://bit.ly/jFgDD6

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 05-28-11 to 05-30-11

Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this three-day Memorial Day weekend of May 28 – May 30, 2011:

  • A Placer County CA deputy is being accused of shooting a fleeing unarmed man in the back while he was off-duty. The man apparently stole some lottery tickets and was climbing a wall to get away when he was shot, according to a nearby resident. [1] http://bit.ly/jvcrcs
  • A Franklin County VA deputy is accused of chasing his ex-wife to a gas station in his police cruiser while off-duty then shooting her to death before fleeing the scene. While police won’t verify it yet, the latest updates indicate that the deputy was injured during a shootout with state police 20 miles away that also left a trooper injured as well. [1] http://bit.ly/j7gs61
     
  • US Park police officers are under investigation over their actions in the above video where the folks from the “Adam vs The Man” show decided to protest a recent fed court decision upholding a ban on dancing at national memorials by dancing at the Jefferson Memorial. The officers are shown slamming people to the ground and choking one person before physically evicting people recording the incident from the memorial. [0] http://wamu.org/news/11/05/30/after_dancing_arrests_park_police_launch_inquiry.php
  • Indianapolis IN police have been accused of excessive force by witnesses of the arrest of a suspect in a hold-up where they claim the officers took a knee on the man’s back and neck then wouldn’t get up despite the man begging officers to stop and complaining that he couldn’t breathe. When officers did get up, according to witnesses, the man was unresponsive then later pronounced dead. [2] http://bit.ly/lRvH4l
  • Residents of Arlington TX are asking the feds to investigate that department after it delayed releasing information about how a mother was found strangled to death while clutching her infant son. What makes the delay curious is that an Arlington TX cop appears to be a person of interest in the case as he was fired this month over a complaint filed by that woman alleging that he forced her to strip in front of him. [2] http://bit.ly/kaQg59
  • Several Narcotics officers from around the New England area who were attending a New England Narc Officer Assoc conference are being accused of participating in a group assault on a DJ at a bar after that DJ allegedly got in between one of the cops and a woman he was harassing. We can’t really add this report to the database until we know what agencies the accused officers work for though. [3] http://bit.ly/k5XsPK
  • An RCMP Mountie in Kelowna BC got a sentencing deal which will leave him with a clean record after 40 hours of community service on an assault conviction for punching a pregnant woman in the face during a questionable warrantless home entry. [0] http://bit.ly/kDYC8S
  • A Maui HI police officer pled guilty to stealing money from motorists and for sexually assaulting a woman after she was released from custody, all while on duty. [0] http://bit.ly/iLhtSK
  • Baltimore MD police have lost a $50,000 civil jury judgement to a man who sued alleging cops tasered him for legally refusing to submit to a search by police investigating reports of a man with a gun. (subscriber site, we’ll update with a report from an open site when it become available.) [0] http://bit.ly/jNzjYz
  • A San Diego County CA deputy is the subject of a lawsuit by a woman alleging he used excessive force when that deputy ordered his K9 to bite her head while he held her down as she was being arrested on drug & shoplifting charges, leaving her with permanent injuries. While the deputy claims she reached for his gun witnesses contradicted his version of events. [0] http://bit.ly/kkNJEk
  • 2 Durant MS police officers who were accused of harassing residents w/o cause were fired over those “ongoing and proven complaints” [1] http://bit.ly/lyA73Z
  • A Yorkville IL deputy police chief was arrested on allegations that he stole pain killers that were collected as part of that department’s unwanted prescription medication collection program. [0] http://bit.ly/isPYX6
  • Cuyahoga Falls OH police are being sued by a man claiming cops violated his rights when they detained him at gunpoint for open carry. [0] http://bit.ly/mHNIwC
  • Gary IN police quota of 10 traffic citations per day is being criticized by prosecutors, state police and defense attorneys alike. [0] http://bit.ly/mOIINx
  • 3 Newark OH cops and 5 Licking Co OH deputies have been disciplined since the beginning of this year for various policy violations according to a newspaper’s FOIA request. All of these reports will be classified as general in our database which ranged from sleeping on duty to misuse of off-duty work detail schedules. [0] http://bit.ly/jksJcN
  • The Detroit MI police chief has accepted blame for failing to secure and clean up a crime lab after abandoning it. This comes after reporters were able to enter the structure and found evidence, IDs, ammo & toxic chemicals left behind and easily accessed. [0] http://bit.ly/mAb3y7
  • An Indiana State Trooper was charged w/obstruction over a strange DUI stop of woman he kept in his cruiser for hours after she tested over the limit but never charged her. An investigation found several pictures of her that he downloaded from her Facebook page on his dashboard computer. [0] http://bit.ly/iGZ04x
  • A North Carolina State trooper has been suspended after a judge issued a protection order against him for harassing & pulling over his ex-girlfriend when she refused to go back together with him. [0] http://bit.ly/jexwtC
  • The Orland CA police chief was placed on leave while she’s the subject of unspecified investigation. While officials refuse to release any info some sources are saying it’s a criminal investigation on allegations that she misused funds raised to buy a police dog. [2] http://bit.ly/kUFTp1
  • A Dothan AL police officer was arrested by a state trooper on DUI charges. The trooper’s report mentions that he may also face a charge for leaving scene of an accident. [1] http://bit.ly/liRA15
  • A South Carolina State trooper has been fired after arrested on drunk driving and open container charges in a traffic stop by county deputies. [0] http://bit.ly/lFsQwP

Sorry I wasn’t able to do the live updates I planned to do for most of this weekend, things have been pretty hectic. But I was able to start that up Monday. I’ll give it another shot next weekend. Again, I really hate to mention it, but we really need some donations to help us secure some stable housing and keep this project going. Thank you.

Stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-27-11

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, May 27, 2011:

     
  • Cleveland OH now-retired cop subject of suit for tasering man on video while he was on his knees w/hands up [0] http://bit.ly/myUibj
  • Lee County FL deputy fired for excessive force & lying, caught on video pepperspraying cuffed man 2x without cause [0] http://bit.ly/jdrp55
  • Toronto ON police sued by quadriplegic man claiming he was left on floor where he defecated himself after G20 arrest [3] http://bit.ly/j5Q1Yf
  • Niles MI cop sentenced to 5-15yrs prison for sexually assaulting 19yr-old man he arrested on drug charges [0] http://bit.ly/jf0Csr
  • Lakeland FL police officer avoids prosecution on sexual assault allegations by resigning & giving up certification [1] http://bit.ly/mKqapv
  • Broward Co FL deputy investigated for stealing ID & breaking phone after recorded using slurs on motorist [0] http://cbsloc.al/ldgF8I
  • Yamhill County OR deputy arrested on assault & criminal mistreatment charges, no other details have been released [2] http://bit.ly/kpgP7m
  • Rowan County NC deputy fired but sheriff refuses to say why as sheriff’s group pushes for new secrecy law [4] http://bit.ly/mHrnyK
  • Colorado State patrol accused of rights violation after charging man for flipping off trooper, CSP to dismiss [0] http://cbsloc.al/itJavY
  • Middletown PA cop arrested on several charges for showing up at police station drunk, fighting w/cop & pulling gun [0] http://bit.ly/iDBRg4
  • Niagra Falls NY police officer arrested on domestic violence charge, allegedly had criminal history when hired [1] http://bit.ly/k6zbGm
  • New Castle County DE police officer arrested on domestic violence charges at home (subscriber site) [0] http://bit.ly/j8vOEp
  • 2 Madison WI cops resign ahead of termination hearings over a variety of violations including unlawful conduct [0] http://bit.ly/kxACfB
  • Cedar Rapids IA cop investigated for driving cruiser to bar w/2 women while drunk, patron took pics to show cops [0] http://bit.ly/jrJoPs
  • San Diego CA cop under investigation after motorist called and reported him for suspicion of drunk driving [1] http://bit.ly/mPDaCx

Reporting was a bit light today, in part, because I didn’t have much time to track reports between a hectic day at work and then after work as well. We’re in a real push to try and find a place to live but it’s been difficult. Hopefully things will improve so I’ll have more time to run statistics and create some meaningful articles. We’ll see…

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-26-11

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, May 26, 2011:

  • A Sweetwater FL police officer’s report was apparently contradicted on video showing him grab a handcuffed man by the neck then slamming him face-first into the floor of a police holding area. Another officer was then shown dragging that man, still face down, to a holding cell leaving a trail of blood behind him due to the gash on his head that required 12 stitches. The police chief and state attorney’s office insist the officer did nothing wrong, citing his report saying the man refused to put his hands, cuffed behind his back, on the counter and that he lunged at the officer… both insist they saw the video, shown above, which contradicted that account too. [3] http://cbsloc.al/kjCUuB
  • A Polk County FL deputy has been arrested on child abuse and child pornography charges on allegations that she strapped her naked daughters and would beat them with sex toys and a leather sex paddle while filming the beatings on her cell phone to share with her boyfriend that she met on a fetish website. [0] http://thesent.nl/l7sWHx
  • An Albany GA police officer was sentenced to 10yrs prison & 10yrs probation after convicted for molesting an 8yr-old girl [0] http://bit.ly/k81myA
  • Los Angeles CA police officer was sentenced to 8.5yrs for sexually assaulting an 18yr-old girl two months after a 19-year-old homeless girl reported him for trying to solicit sex from her while he was on duty. [0] http://lat.ms/m8Ebbh
  • Wayne Univ MI police officer arrested on allegations that he forced a woman to perform sex acts on him under color of law [0] http://bit.ly/lcQ5j8
  • 2 New York NY cops fired after found guilty of official misconduct but acquitted on rape, burglary & other charges [0] http://bit.ly/mwO9Yf
  • Saint Paul MN & the US Govt settled suit for $50k to 3 activists who were among several detained during a raid on a home ahead of the RNC. [0] http://bit.ly/jdc3R4
  • New York NY police sued by NYACLU for using taxi inspection program to detain and frisk passengers [3] http://on.wsj.com/jPj8cc
  • Crown Point IN settles unspecified false arrest/excessive force lawsuit involving two women for unspecified amount [3] http://bit.ly/jvm20V
  • New York NY police are accused of harassing then ticketing man for taking photos of cops & soldiers at rail station, a portion of the incident was captured on video. [3] http://bit.ly/j9vb4E
  • Pickens SC police chief resigns after disciplined for referring to city council members with racial slurs [0] http://bit.ly/jVIv9s
  • Austin TX settles suit for $250k to motorcyclist hit by cop who ran red while using his cruiser’s dashboard laptop [0] http://bit.ly/kHlKMi
  • 2 Kingsport TN cops avoid termination, both suspended 6wks & 1 demoted for taking confiscated beer for themselves and then lying on a report saying they destroyed it after confiscating it from underage kids. [0] http://bit.ly/iOJN2e
  • Auburn NY police officer was sentenced to 1-3yrs prison on 29 counts of official misconduct, coercion and bribery [0] http://bit.ly/lvrb7U
  • Damascus VA cop arrested on allegations that he beat & attacked wife w/knife & threw phone at stepdaughter [0] http://bit.ly/lbWXmf
  • Washington County NE deputy found guilty of 3rd degree assault for hitting dispatcher he was in a relationsip with [0] http://bit.ly/jCxVps
  • Woodridge IL cop who resigned in Mar charged w/felony theft for allegedly stealing $30k from a charity for fallen officers. [0] http://bit.ly/kUkCZo
  • Champaign County OH sheriff’s sgt suspended while investigated over an alleged improper relationship with a minor that officials insist didn’t involve any allegations of sexual misconduct. [1] http://bit.ly/liGj38

Before I call it a day I did want to mention a story I’m keeping an eye on. The Bartow County GA sheriff’s office is the subject of a lawsuit alleging that deputies forced a woman to undergo an evangelical “ex-gay conversion” program instead of taking her to a court-mandated drug rehab program and that, after she escaped, they arrested her on false charges. The sheriff’s department denies the allegations and, from what’s been reported so far, there doesn’t appear to be enough supporting evidence, especially with allegations that outrageous. However, the suit does mention specific payments made by the county to the people who performed the “conversion” so if it turns out there’s evidence of such payments, that might make it pretty credible.

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-25-11

Here are the 26 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, May 25, 2011:

  • Northside ISD TX police officer investigated after fatally shooting unarmed 14yr-old under disputed circumstances [2] http://bit.ly/mnKaLQ
  • Tempe AZ sued by college student claiming cops injured him in “party patrol” raid & harassed pals after complaint [5] http://bit.ly/iePewm
  • Stamford CT settles suit for $30k to couple alleging excessive force & false arrest in botched raid on their home [3] http://bit.ly/kMx3zm
  • Barnstable County MA K9 officer sued by 2 women claiming they were bystanders when police dog attacked them [1] http://bit.ly/iRnWrT
  • Pittsburgh PA settled suit for $170k to man who’s knee was fractured by baton-wielding cop at G20 protest (update) [0] http://bit.ly/ijCozZ
  • Wayne State Univ MI police officer suspended while under investigation over sexual assault allegations [1] http://bit.ly/iEstb8
  • Dakota Ojibway MB police officer charged w/assault w/weapon, sexual assault & other charges involving 16yr-old girl [1] http://bit.ly/m0UXzn
  • Chicago IL police sued by woman allegedly raped by 2 cops claiming pattern of ignoring sexual misconduct by cops as evidenced by the fact that one of the cops was already accused of another sexual assault but was still on duty when the second assault allegedly occurred. [3] http://bit.ly/lg7n16
  • Clark Co NV court cop back on job while on probation for pulling gun on motorist he claims he stopped for speeding while he was off duty, conviction not reported to POST [2] http://bit.ly/kiDExa
  • Las Vegas NV cop arrested alleging he bashed ex’s head against wall while choking her then fired gun into ceiling [0] http://bit.ly/iQWbyx
  • Cincinnati OH cop back at work after sentenced to 1day in jail for assaulting fellow officer at bar during dispute [0] http://bit.ly/k6bu69
  • Prince George’s Co MD police sgt pleads to conspiracy to commit extortion & firearms charge in corruption sting [0] http://wapo.st/mkFyXT
  • Bridgeport CT deputy police chief suspended while the subject of an unspecified criminal investigation [2] http://cour.at/mFEzbM
  • New Orleans LA police capt fired after testimony showed he failed to disclose what he knew about Glover case while it was under investigation. He claims he couldn’t talk about it because he was cooperating with feds at the time. [0] http://bit.ly/mE6uYE
  • 6 Lake County IN cops suspended while subject of investigation by 4 federal agencies into gun running allegations [0] http://bit.ly/kQsN69
  • Cody WY police officer fired after investigation into unspecified allegations, officials refuse to release any info [3] http://bit.ly/kfPLQJ
  • 2 New Orleans LA cops, a sgt & her son, arrested on simple battery charges involving fight with security guard at a nightclub. [1] http://bit.ly/kLrfB6
  • Vernonia OR cop loses police certification due to his lack of credibility & judge’s strongly worded request which included him stating that he never wanted to see that officer in his court again. [0] http://bit.ly/lp82YX
  • Seattle WA police ordered by arbitrator to stop naming cops who have been disciplined after police union complains. [4] http://bit.ly/mMJsNB
  • Fort Worth TX cop indicted on records tampering & theft charges for writing false time on traffic tickets to get OT [0] http://bit.ly/lKzl5v
  • San Antonio TX cop sentenced to conditional probation w/3 days jail for flipping unmarked cruiser while drunk [0] http://bit.ly/iFAHnQ
  • Fort Wayne IN cop w/history of 32 suspensions & reprimands investigated for hitting on woman during traffic stop [0] http://bit.ly/kcVHqJ
  • Denver CO female sheriff’s deputy charged with misdemeanor assault & harassment after slapping a female DUI suspect [0] http://bit.ly/iH4ixY
  • Seattle WA settles lawsuit for $650k to man injured in head-on crash with police cruiser [0] http://bit.ly/js8ffI
  • Pennsylvania State trooper sentenced to probation for evidence tampering in effort to cover up trooper’s DUI crash [0] http://bit.ly/jyhlMk
  • US Park Ranger accused of forcing man to leave park because he had a Ron Paul sticker on car (h/t Rutherford Inst) [3] http://bit.ly/mRNZxx

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-24-11

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, May 24, 2011:

  • 3 Colorado State troopers sued by family of man fatally shot by trooper when he wouldn’t let them in w/o warrant [3] http://bit.ly/mQHEuR
  • Baltimore MD loses suit for $95k to man claiming 2 cops assaulted & jailed him for 10hrs without any charges [0] http://bsun.md/iWsH2x
  • 3 Hamilton ON cops subject of judge’s rebuke after awarding $46k to man wrongfully arrested at gunpoint [3] http://bit.ly/jrwuqx
  • New York NY (Bronx) police sued by man claiming cop stopped him for drinking Snapple & jailed him for talking back [3] http://nydn.us/kHzCZR
  • New York State trooper charged w/leaving scene of fatal accident after running over man laying in street off-duty [0] http://bit.ly/lytddH
  • Pittsburgh PA & Harrisburgh PA cop reach secret settlement deal w/man who’s leg was broken by baton at G20 protests [3] http://bit.ly/lCVbZH
  • Boston MA MBTA police K9 officer sentenced to 18mo jail on felony animal cruelty charge for starving his dog to death [0] http://bit.ly/lYJ1bj
  • Harvey IL cop arrested on aggravated assault & other charges for ramming his girlfriend’s car while her two children were also inside after she broke up with him [0] http://bit.ly/mJb0OF
  • Shelby NC police officer arrested for assault on a handicapped person in an unspecified incident that’s under investigation. [1] http://bit.ly/mp1jf9
  • Slaton TX cop resigned before charged w/federal possession of child porn charges after feds search his work & home [0] http://bit.ly/kDfpBL
  • Atlanta GA cop gets reprimand for ordering woman to be quiet in IHOP where he was working off duty as security in an incident which escalated to him punching her on camera. [1] http://bit.ly/liAiBb
  • White Mountain Apache Tribe cop in Arizona charged w/civil rights violations for driving two men to a remote location and abandoning them in dangerously cold weather. [0] http://bit.ly/j7D8Lw
  • Bandera Co TX settles whistleblower suit for $270k to deputy fired for reporting misconduct that cost sheriff’s job [5] http://bit.ly/iUk5dA
  • Andalusia AL cop pleads to drug distribution charge after caught in sting escorting dealers & trading drugs for sex [0] http://bit.ly/kYy6gc
  • Baton Rouge LA cop pleads no contest to bribery & corrupt influence charges after soliciting money from inmate [0] http://bit.ly/kCIgua
  • Univ of Tennessee police officer among 50 named in drug probe indictments, charged w/sale & delivery of hydrocodone [0] http://bit.ly/lZKn4N
  • Farmington NH police detective sentenced to 4mo jail (1yr-9mo suspended) for stealing almost $4,000 from evidence [0] http://bit.ly/kBgO7T
  • Passaic NJ police capt named police chief despite 2 misconduct investigations & $500k sex harassment settlement [0] http://bit.ly/j3wjn4
  • Watertown MA cop fired for failing to deliver restraining order now charged w/impeding federal drug investigation [0] http://bit.ly/mr8ZCx
  • Denver CO police sgt arrested on drunk driving charges after accident, was cited for DUI before by case dropped [0] http://bit.ly/igHoD6
  • Lee Co SC deputy suspended while investigated for taking patrol car outside county, spotted parked at night club [0] http://bit.ly/lDySwa
  • 3 Seattle WA cops suspended 10-20days for using vulgar language while arresting suspected gang members. The abusive language and threats were captured on dashcam and included one officer saying “I’m going to skull fuck you and drag you down the street.” [0] http://bit.ly/iI7coH

Before I go for the day, I hate to mention it again but we could still use some donations. For the few who have donated, we thank you for your help and support, we really appreciate it!

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-23-11

Slow news day today, here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, May 23, 2011:

     
  • An Effingham County GA deputy was caught on dashcam hitting a cooperative man with a running punch then choking him during a traffic stop where he was being cooperative. [3] http://bit.ly/ld3yhs
  • Las Vegas NV settles suit for $1mil to family of mentally ill man who died after choke hold used to restrain him [0] http://bit.ly/l32icm
  • Sûreté du Québec cop suspected of shooting fellow officer before taking his own life in possible domestic dispute [0] http://bit.ly/kJUa1V
  • Alameda Co CA deputy sentenced to 1yr w/credit for 199 days in plea deal for molesting 3 children under age of 10 [0] http://bit.ly/mR07rR
  • New York NY police sued by teen alleging cops wrongfully charged & prosecuted him while ignoring other’s confession [0] http://bit.ly/md37vj
  • Los Angeles Co CA settles suit for $4.75mil to man injured in crash w/drunk deputy still on job after 6 months of home detention. [0] http://bit.ly/mk8w6q
  • Saratoga Co NY deputy suspended w/o pay after arrested on misd menacing & child endangerment charges [1] http://bit.ly/kOuPns
  • Marion Co IN deputy arrested on battery charge after unspecified family member claims he attacked her [1] http://bit.ly/m0SBOm
  • Walla Walla County WA deputy arrested on domestic violence charge in unspecified incident [1] http://bit.ly/jKcxjW
  • Shelton CT cop fired after receiving rehab plea deal for extorting cash from duaghter’s friend over stolen iPod [0] http://bit.ly/mEDMBs
  • Ft Myers FL cop fired for leaving jurisdiction on at least 37 occasions and lying about it to dispatchers [0] http://bit.ly/jABPng
  • Saginaw MI settles suit for $700k to police officer claiming he was sexually harassed by female supervisor [0] http://bit.ly/iH2Mvx

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 05-21-11 to 05-22-11

I’ve decided to post the weekend update early this weekend, don’t worry though, if any more reports come up I’ll add them as they come in. I might just make the weekend recaps live recaps from now on actually… we’ll see how it goes…

With that in mind, here are the 12 13 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed so far for this weekend, May 21-22, 2011:

  • 2 Washington DC Metro Transit police officers were caught on video picking up a man from a wheelchair then throwing him face first down onto the sidewalk where he laid bleeding while people around him apparently called for an ambulance. There aren’t any other details on this one yet but, in the snippet of video that is available above, there does not appear to be any justification for this one. [3] http://bit.ly/jYVdMB (UPDATE: DC Metro Transit police claim the use of force was justified and charged the man for drinking in public and assaulting an officer, they also allegedly arrested another person at the scene for trying to assist the man after he was injured.
  • 3 La Marque TX police officers are the subject of a lawsuit alleging that they beat and tasered a man who sought help because he thought he was having a heart attack and that man then died as a result.  This one strains at the credibility margin but apparently a bystander who tried the help the alleged victim and called 911 says that the man wasn’t resisting or being aggressive when police assaulted him. The police reports from the time of the incident indicate that they believed the man was drunk when they responded to the medical assist call and found him rolling around in a ditch and that he allegedly grabbed for one of their guns. [3] http://bit.ly/m82M3f
  • Tulare County CA settled a lawsuit for $1,500,000 to the family of an unarmed man who was fatally shot in the back by a sheriff’s detective. [3] http://bit.ly/jYXmC3
  • A Frederick County MD deputy who was assigned as school resource officer has been indicted for allegedly having sex with a female 14-year-old student from that school. [0] http://bit.ly/iP5ohe
  • Cleveland OH police accountability practices are being called into question after a report found that 39% of use of force incidents involved people who were never convicted of any criminal act. [3] http://bit.ly/kQCFYy
  • Cleveland Heights OH police apparently refused to test a rape kit from a woman who apparently survived a 2-day long rape by an alleged serial killer/rapist.  [3] http://bit.ly/lyf0FO
  • The Maricopa County AZ sheriff’s department was found to have mishandled over 400 sex crimes cases in a report released recently. Many of these involved serious criminal allegations including ones that involved children. [3] http://bit.ly/mm9zfH
  • A Dickson TN DICE unit and the 23rd Judicial District Drug Task Force were caught on video conducting questionable traffic stops in an apparent attempt to conduct searches on cars in hopes of finding money to confiscate using forfeiture laws. Interestingly this was apparently captured during a ride-along by news crews as well. [3] http://bit.ly/loohBn
  • The Houston TX police union is apparently retaliating against a medical examiner who found that a man who died after being put into a choke hold by an off-duty cop outside a bar was a case of homicide. The finding resulted in a homicide trial which resulted in a not-guilty verdict against the cop in question. So now the union is trying to get her fired by claiming she has a bias against police because of her testimony. [0] http://bit.ly/knarOW
  • A Lincoln County GA deputy has been charged driving under the influence of prescription medication while behind the wheel of a police cruiser. He was previously fired from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office after he failed a drug test. [0] http://bit.ly/ln0hSY
  • During a Lower Merion PA township commissioners meeting that was stunned when a woman recounted how she was allegedly stalked by then sexually assaulted by a twp police officer who then claimed that another officer illegally detained her afterward in an effort to silence her another story was eclipsed. Apparently, during the same meeting a different police officer made allegations that the department practiced racial discrimination when they allowed a promotion exam to expire so they could avoid promoting a black officer who ranked highest on the test results. [3] http://bit.ly/kBT0sV
  • A Delaware State trooper has been charged with filing a false document based on time sheet fraud allegations. [0] http://bit.ly/kurH06
  • A Denver CO police officer is under investigation after he hit a fellow officer with his police car while that officer was directing traffic at U2 concert. [0] http://bit.ly/lQx5iw

Two things before I call it a weekend. First, a reader let me know about an article at Solon.com by columnist and author David Sirota which makes the argument that the people need to have the right to police the police and cites a stat from our annual report within that article. Thanks for the mention Mr. Sirota, and thanks to the reader for letting me know about it.

Also, I’ll try doing live updates to the weekend recap again next week to see how it goes… at least barring anything that might come up preventing me from doing so.

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-20-11

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, May 20, 2011:

  • Overland MO cop pleads to invol manslaughter for pushing man down stairs causing fatal head injury, then leaving [0] http://bit.ly/j6BIsV
  • Tompkinsville KY cop charged w/sodomy & sex abuse on allegations of forcible sexual contact w/girl under 16 [1] http://bit.ly/jyw9w3
  • Durham NC police SWAT team captured on video by news crew shooting a non-aggressive dog to death during raid [3] http://bit.ly/iAKtpX
  • US Secret Service & Tacoma WA cops interrogate 7th grader w/o parents over FB post telling Obama to be careful [3] http://bit.ly/kuTUoM
  • Cobb Co GA deputy’s version of fatal shooting incident that left motorist dead refuted by witness [2] http://bit.ly/iIeveK
  • Newark NJ cop subject of suit alleging she detained teen who recorded arrest & deleted video before releasing her [4] http://n.pr/k3dhiT
  • Inkster MI police lieutenant investigated for pistol-whipping cuffed man while off-duty, man wasn’t charged [0] http://bit.ly/iESNCU
  • Inglewood CA cop sentenced to probation for pulling gun on motorist in off-duty road rage incident [0] http://bit.ly/lLtVfd
  • Adams MA cop pleads guilty to possession of child porn on CD that also had vid of him masturbating in evidence room [0] http://bit.ly/jw0Oez
  • Bexar County TX deputy sentenced to 6yrs after busted in sting op trying to smuggle heroin tacos into jail [0] http://bit.ly/mTX4tg
  • San Leandro CA police vice/narc detective arrested on allegations of transporting & selling marijuana to informant [0] http://bit.ly/jr5qfJ
  • Denver CO officials insist Denver PD not problematic as US DOJ considers probe http://is.gd/Chn3Fc Our analysis here: http://bit.ly/mbheAu
  • Sudbury ON police officer charged w/assault, mischief & uttering threats in apparent, but unspecified, DV incident [2] http://bit.ly/iXYeSQ
  • Dallas TX undercover cop investigated after misfire at police dept sends bullet through 2 walls & into locker room [1] http://bit.ly/kUZRd0
  • Warren OH police officer suspended 30 days for talking to reporter about investigation he was told had been closed [3] http://bit.ly/iqzcdy

A quick note about the last report listed, reports like these are interesting in that, no matter which way you look at it, there’s misconduct involved. Whether you feel that the disciplinary action was retaliation against a whistle blower or if it was a proper act of accountability against an officer who violated policy and put an active investigation at risk. So, from our perspective, it’s a misconduct report, whether that report counts against the officer or department leaders.

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-19-11

Here are the 24 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, May 19, 2011:

  • Orlando FL cop investigated after video of him breaking 100lb woman’s teeth when he performed a takedown maneuver on her contradicted his report where he apparently claimed she fell. [3] http://bit.ly/mHcG2Q
  • Riverdale IL sued by woman claiming 2 cops assaulted & falsely arrested her after her 3yr-old granddaughter mistakenly called 911 [3] http://bit.ly/mbdEqF
  • Menlo Park CA & East Palo Alto CA are being sued by man claiming he was beaten and his 2yr-old threatened with a gun during a wrong door raid [3] http://bit.ly/krN2mL
  • A Tappahannock VA cop is accused of using excessive force on 2 mentally disabled boys, breaking one of their arms in two places, then entering their home without a warrant to arrest them for obstruction after he found out their parents called to file a complaint. [3] http://bit.ly/iMAnDx
  • Colorado Springs CO cop already charged w/child exploitation now charged w/sexual assault on multiple children when he allegedly groped them while performing what parents were told was a ringworm exam. He was a volunteer wrestling coach as well at the time. [0] http://bit.ly/lGz924
  • Lantana FL cop arrested on allegations he stopped Hispanic men outside of check cashing stores then robbed them. [0] http://sunsent.nl/l3B3CN
  • A Lower Merion Twp PA cop has been accused of stalking and sexually assaulting a woman who went public with her allegations during a public meeting of township commissioners. She also claimed that another officer illegally detained and threatened her about it afterward. This one wouldn’t normally make the feed due to the lack of supporting factors, but apparently her story was so convincing that a criminal investigation is underway.  [3] http://bit.ly/isOhmW (UPDATE: The woman was later indicted by a grand jury for making false allegations after it was revealed she had a relationship with the officer until she found out he was married. This report was removed from the database.)
  • Muscatine Co IA deputy charged w/assault on allegations he punched man at least 2x without justification on duty [0] http://bit.ly/iYgflq
  • Burlington VT police cpl on paid leave while judge tosses evidence in drug case due to his unprofessional behavior [0] http://bit.ly/ieWuIT
  • Newport Beach CA sued by 2 well-respected former detectives claiming intolerable corruption within department [4] http://bit.ly/jaMIcJ
  • Miami FL cop sentenced to 6mo in plea deal to extortion charges for protecting deliveries of stolen goods. [0] http://bit.ly/jOyHd7
  • Louisville KY cop rehired on technicality is fired again on allegations that she arrested someone without a warrant and damaged a police cruiser then tried to keep it secret. [0] http://bit.ly/lZhW74
  • 6 Austin TX SWAT officers were suspended & 1 was fired for drinking at a party while on call. The fired officer ended up in a DUI involved crash in his unmarked cruiser afterward. [0] http://bit.ly/m7Zr6m
  • State Univ of NY Albany police officer arrested on federal marijuana manufacturing charges along with her husband [0] http://bit.ly/k6GSdS
  • Los Angeles CA police officer wins $1.16mil judgment against LAPD claiming a transfer was retaliation against him for being gay [0] http://bit.ly/kSaY1f
  • Barrow County GA sheriff’s capt resigns after disciplined over racial slurs reported by fellow officers and other allegations including Facebook posts that referred to Obama as a “towel-headed camel jockey”. [0] http://bit.ly/kDfxL1
  • Honolulu HI cop gets deferred sentence & community service after pleading no contest for shoplifting groceries [0] http://bit.ly/l4kgHS
  • Eunice NM police sergeant charged with animal cruelty for allegedly killing 2 turkeys within city limits? [0] http://bit.ly/if6Vp5
  • Louisville KY cop suspended 30days w/o pay for failing to report on-duty police cruiser accident [0] http://bit.ly/jy51cX
  • New York NY police sgt assigned as integrity officer docked 1mo pay for letting mom use police parking placard [0] http://nydn.us/lVW50B
  • Milton FL cop on paid leave after arrested for DUI when found passed out in truck, investigated in other incident [1] http://bit.ly/lWS5hf
  • Vineland NJ police officer charged w/drunk driving after crashing his pickup truck into utility pole (correction) [0] http://bit.ly/iRC0Ja
  • New Jersey State police sergeant faces DUI hit & skip charges days after stricter DUI policies take effect [0] http://bit.ly/mGXZKM
  • Cedar Rapids IA cop receives unspecified disciplinary action after photographed sleeping in cruiser on duty [1] http://bit.ly/kUxcEC

…before I go, to help end on a little bit of a high note, here’s a commendable story about a cop who didn’t shoot.

Also, I really hate to mention it, but we could really use some donations still. Thanks again to those who have already helped out!

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

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