National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-15-10

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for Wednesday, December 15, 2010:

  • Four Waveland MS cops are the subject of a lawsuit filed by a woman who was 4 months pregnant when she claims she was subjected to excessive force by the officers who allegedly broke her nose and tasered her while responding to a domestic dispute call. [3]
  • Three Bexar County TX deputies are under investigation over allegations that they used excessive force when they tasered and beat man with flashlights during a DUI arrest. [1]
  • At least two South Lake Tahoe CA police officers are accused of using excessive force on a 16-year-old homeschool student when he was told by a teacher that he had to come into the school for a test but was then ordered to leave by administrative staff who said independent studies students weren’t allowed on campus. When he and his mother asked to speak with the principal they were locked inside his office while he called police who came and allegedly injured him in the process of arresting him. [3]
  • A now-former Santa Rosa County FL deputy has been sentenced to 3 concurrent 30 year prison terms on 3 counts of sexual battery involving his adopted daughter who was between 12 and 18 during the time of alleged abuse. He was originally charged with 120 counts and is still facing sentencing involving another girl who was under 9-years-old.  [0]
  • An Indianapolis IN police officer is facing disciplinary hearings after an investigation into allegations that he backed into a woman with his police cruiser after she confronted him about leaving his children alone inside the patrol car. [2]
  • A Charleston WV police captain has been charged with stalking-related harassment and battery involving his alleged harassment of two Bob Evans waitresses. He retired with his full pension while he was under investigation but before he was charged. [0]
  • A Harris County TX deputy has been arrested after he was caught with 2 kilos of cocaine in a drug sting. Police were targeting what they believed were fake cops who were robbing drug dealers but were surprised to find that one of their suspects was a real deputy. [0]
  • A Henry County VA deputy took an Alford plea to an obstruction charge and was sentenced to probation over allegations that he lied to a grand jury. [0]
  • A Florida State trooper has been arrested for driving under the influence after she allegedly blew a tire on her patrol car and went into a courthouse to call for assistance. Deputies there apparently noticed she was unsteady and her speech sounded slurred so they conducted a sobriety test which she allegedly failed, blaming it on sleeping pills she too before she went on duty. [0]
  • The Taylorsville UT police department is the subject of a lawsuit filed by a female officer claiming she was subjected to sexual harassment and then retaliated against when she complained about it. [3]
  • An Olathe KS police officer has been sentenced to probation in a plea deal on a harassment charge for regularly beating his wife with a belt as part of an arrangement he claimed was a contractually agreed upon ritual. [0] (registration required)
  • And finally, some University of Tennessee Knoxville researchers say their study using gaming theory suggests that police should be allowed and expected to be corrupt because, as they put it, allowing them to break the laws they are paid to enforce gives them incentive to do their jobs… amazing that they got money to produce that crap while I can’t get funding for this. Of course, I really can’t wait to see how police unions use that one on the bargaining table. (Ah, so that’s where they got their funding.) [5]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-14-10

Sorry this one is late, I’m not feeling well.

Anyway, here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked by our National Police Misconduct News Feed for Tuesday, December 14, 2010:

  • The Wood County West Virginia sheriff’s department is the subject of a lawsuit filed by a now-former deputy who claims he was fired in retaliation for giving the FBI a videotape of an officer choking a man in the holding cell area of the department which initiated an investigation into the incident. We actually reported on the excessive force case back in October but, for whatever reason, didn’t see the associated lawsuit filed by the deputy who allegedly suffered for bringing the case to light until someone sent us the corresponding story this weekend. I’m glad that person let us know. [5]
  • Long Beach CA police have admitted that two officers never announced themselves or ordered a man to drop what they thought was a gun before they shot him to death as he sat on a friend’s porch while waiting for a ride… with a water nozzle in his hand. While officers claim the pistol-grip nozzle looked like a gun in the dark and that he was pointing it at them like it was a gun, they also admitted that it was quite possible he didn’t even see them or would have known they were officers before they opened fire. [0]
  • A Statesville North Carolina police officer had fatally shot himself after shooting his estranged wife to death in their driveway while their young children were inside, at least according to a coworker of the woman who followed her to the home. [0]
  • A Denver Colorado police officer who is under investigation after caught on camera bullying a disabled woman is apparently the subject of two excessive force lawsuits as well, one of which alleges he beat a man so severely that the man flatlined on the street afterward. We’re trying to determine if these lawsuits were filed in 2010 for addition to our statistical databases. [4]
  • A Philadelphia PA police officer has been convicted on multiple charges including sexual assault and corruption of a minor for molesting a girl since she was 12 until she was an adult. [0]
  • An unspecified number of Houston TX cops and Harris County TX deputies are under investigation after they were allegedly caught on camera berating and threatening to find reasons to arrest a cab driver just because he called the police for help. There was supposedly a video but it was removed from the site when I found the report. [3] (NOTE: a commenter reports that the video is back up).
  • A Woodward OK cop is under investigation after admitting in court that he stole meth from evidence & gave it to his wife. [0]
  • A Niagra Falls NY cop has been indicted on a DV-related assault charge for allegedly giving an unspecified woman a concussion and a ruptured eardrum during an argument. [1]
  • Austin TX police are being sued by man left injured when he was hit by a patrol car that ran a stop while the officer behind the wheel was texting on his dashboard computer. [0]
  • The Washington DC police department is being accused of failing to calibrate their breathalyzer machines for at least the last 10 years… by the man they just hired to take care of those machines. [3]
  • The Douglasville GA police & court are being sued by the ACLU on behalf of woman arrested for refusing to take off her hajib during a security check inside the courthouse. [0]
  • The now-former Bangor PA police chief was fired a week after being placed on a 30 day suspension, but officials still refuse to disclose any information about why they took action against the chief. [4]
  • A Colonie NY cop has resigned after pleading guilty to breaking his wife’s nose during a DV incident. His plea deal will result in him being sentenced to probation. [0]
  • A Pemberton Twp NJ cop has been fired after sentenced to probation for theft by deception for him submitting phony reimbursement vouchers. [0]
  • A Cumberland County NC deputy received probation after his guilty plea to obtaining property by false pretense for double-dipping in several off-duty security jobs. [0]
  • And finally, an Ohio State Patrol assistant superintendent has been suspended after an investigation into his communications with an officer under investigation for an improper relationship with a 16-year-old girl reportedly found that the Lt. Col. lied to investigators about his contacts with that officer. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-13-10

Well, first, we’ve been having some ISP connectivity issues the last few days, I’m hoping to get that sorted soon.

Next, traffic to the site itself is still on the decline unfortunately. In fact, this Monday garnered the same amount of visitors as we had on Sunday and Sundays are typically our slowest traffic day.

I still plan on continuing the project through this month so we can compile a full year’s worth of data into our first full 12-month statistical report and I also plan to at least start into January recording reports from the US and expanding coverage for Canada at least, maybe Australia too.

However, if our 2010 full year statistical report, planned for release sometime towards the end of January, bombs as badly as our 3rd quarter statistical report did, I’m going to take that as the final sign that the project is a failure and call it quits. We’ll see what happens, but this downward trend lately isn’t making me feel very confident about it.

Anyway, here are the 16 reports we’ve tracked for this Monday, December 14, 2010:

  • A Plano Texas police officer is the subject of a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who was fatally shot by that officer who claims that it was an accident caused by his gun-mounted flashlight. [0]
  • A Texas State trooper has been found guilty of misdemeanor assault for slamming a woman into a concrete retaining wall after she was handcuffed during a DUI traffic stop, all of which was captured on dashcam. [0]
  • A Minden Louisiana police officer has accepted a plea deal to a juvenile cruelty charge after he was originally charged with raping and molesting a 15-year-old girl. [0]
  • A Navassa North Carolina police officer has pled guilty to several charges including indecent liberties with a minor and exploitation of a minor for molesting 2 girls, one of which he took explicit photographs with. [0]
  • A West Seneca New York police officer has pled guilty to violating the civil rights of a man he assaulted in a bar and then misused police databases by trying to look up information about him. [0]
  • A New York NY police officer is the subject of a lawsuit filed by four men who claim they were falsely arrested because another group of men laughed at the cop after he returned from trying to chase a suspect and was out of breath. [3]
  • Portland Oregon has settled a lawsuit for $338,000 to a woman who was 80-years-old when she was injured by a police officer who hit her with his police cruiser while he was distracted by his dashboard-mounted computer. [0]
  • A Salem Massachusetts police officer has been charged with a DUI, assault with a deadly weapon and possession of steroids after an alleged domestic dispute incident with his girlfriend. [0]
  • A Richland County South Carolina deputy has been fired after arrested on an unlawful use of a telephone phone charge over allegations that he issued threats to his estranged wife over the phone. [0]
  • The Uplands Park Missouri police department has placed an officer back on active duty after that officer was one of three who was charged with being an unlicensed officer. The charges came about after one of the unlicensed officers took part in a fatal high-speed chase. [3]
  • A Memphis Tennessee police officer who pled guilty earlier this year to a civil rights violations charge for beating a transgender woman on video has now pled guilty to a federal tax evasion charge as well. [0]
  • A Burlington North Carolina police officer has been suspended without pay while he’s under investigation over an alleged hit and run accident where he’s accused of hitting five other cars with his truck then fleeing. [0]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 12-12-10

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend, December 11-12, 2010:

  • Wilmington Delaware has settled a lawsuit for $875,000 to the widow of a former US Marine who was shot to death by a police officer while he was still incapacitated from from being struck with a taser. Witnesses say he was vomiting and shaking while officers were shouting at him to pull his hands out of his pockets but the officers were cleared by an internal review. [0]
  • University of Missouri at St Louis police are accused of using excessive force in an unprovoked attack against a disabled student who was working as a DJ when he had the police called to help deal with a volunteer employee he claimed was out of control. Instead the responding officers allegedly went after him and began beating and kicking him in front of a crowd of students who began to shout as they watched the incident through the radio station’s glass windows. [4]
  • Over 250 New Jersey police officers, fire fighters, and corrections officers have been implicated in a  Star-Ledger investigation that claims they were clients of a doctor who, in most cases, illegally gave them steroids. The investigative report also continues in a second part that details multiple excessive force cases and legal actions associated with officers who were allegedly supplied by the doctor who recently died. [4]
  • Some Philadelphia Pennsylvania Narcotics Strike Force officers are under investigation after they arrested a 13-year-old girl on felony drug charges just because she was wearing a pink sweater similar to one worn by a male suspect they had under surveillance, even though she had no drugs and no record whatsoever. Thankfully a judge recently dismissed the case against her. [3]
  • Some New York NY police officers in the 79th Precinct are allegedly threatening to boycott alleged summons quotas that have been in the news repeatedly over the last year and often blamed for several recent false arrest cases. Officers say that even they don’t feel these “productivity goals” are right and there’s already been one boycott where some officers didn’t write a single summons for their entire shift, though that was to protest disciplinary shift changes for cops who didn’t meet their quotas. [4]
  • The New Castle County Delaware police department is accused of lying in their press release that blames the shooting of a police dog on an armed suspect who, apparently, never fired a shot. Instead it’s come out that the dog was shot multiple times by three cops who also shot the suspect as well. Police, oddly, are still saying they believe the suspect shot the dog even though an investigation found the suspect’s gun hadn’t been fired. He’s now serving time for, well, shooting the dog. [4]
  • A Sarasota Florida police officer has been fired for misusing a police database after she allegedly gathered information about a man her cousin’s friend was having a dispute with and that information was then used to commit a violent home invasion that included a 9-year-old and 15-year-old girl being threatened with knives and guns. She won’t face any charges over the incident. [0]
  • A Little Rock Arkansas police officer who had been fired for utterly racial slurs on camera has been rehired by the decision of a civil service commission upon his appeal. Several groups are outraged over the decision and the Black Police Officer’s Association there is calling for the resignations of the three commissioners who overturned the discipline. [0]
  • Seattle Washington police, in response to a recent settlement, have agreed to change their trespassing enforcement policy that previously allowed officers to ban people from a number of properties in one fell swoop based almost solely on appearance, not any actual actions. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-10-10

Sorry we had a bit of an internet outage yesterday evening so we couldn’t update the news feed or publish the daily review.

Anyway, here are the 12 reports we were able to track in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for Friday, December 10, 2010:

  • A Washington DC police officer is accused of hurling slurs at a transgender woman then assaulting her while he was off-duty, which apparently prompted her to pepperspray the officer in self-defense. However, despite several witnesses confirming the victim’s story and saying it was the officer who initiated the incident, she was arrested for assaulting the officer. [3]
  • A Clackamas County OR deputy has been arrested on assault & official misconduct charges for allegedly assaulting an inmate. No other details were available at the time. [1]
  • A Philadelphia PA narcotics strike force officer has been suspended while he’s under investigation for the 3rd on-duty theft allegation against him in the last 2 years. Apparently he has quite the reputation for it in the community and the latest claim is backed by witnesses who say they followed the officer when he arrested a relative and watched as he pulled into an abandoned area, took the cuffed man’s cash, then let him go before driving away. If true, it sounds more like kidnapping and robbery than theft to me. [4]
  • Shiprock AZ police are being accused of wrongfully raiding an innocent family’s home using a vaguely-worded warrant that alleged the family was manufacturing and selling methamphetamine. Police found no evidence and no charges were filed, but the family says their reputations were ruined and the suffered trauma when they were held on the ground in front of their home with guns trained on their heads as neighbors looked on. They just want a public apology to clear their names but none have been made, in fact the police still insist they are making drugs despite finding no evidence to back that claim. [3]
  • An Orange County FL deputy has been cited for failing to use due care and failing to use emergency lights & siren in a crash that left one person dead. [0]
  • A New Orleans LA police officer was sentenced to probation and has resigned in a plea deal for DUI and battery charges. The officer also gave a public apology to the arresting officer for spitting in his face while being arrested. [0]
  • A Flathead County MT deputy who was accused of hitting a man while he was backing out of a VFW parking lot has pled no contest to a DUI charge that came about when he was stopped later that night. [1]
  • A Kern County CA deputy has accepted a plea deal for being under influence of meth while in possession of firearm… apparently because he was doing the meth while on-duty. [0]
  • A Bannock County ID deputy has been suspended while under investigation on allegations of embezzlement from that county’s Sheriff’s Deputy Association. According to the article, it’s not a union. [1]
  • And finally, a New York NY police officer has been arrested for drunk driving after he was spotted by police stumbling out of his car at Dunkin Donuts while he was off-duty. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-09-10

Here are the 24 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for Thursday, December 9, 2010:

  • In the big story of the day, three of the five New Orleans Louisiana police officers on trial for their roles in the shooting death of Henry Glover have been found guilty. Glover was unarmed when he was shot at a distance in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Officers subsequently covered-up that death by burning a car he was transported in with his body inside and then falsified reports to hide what happened. [0]
  • A Noel MO police officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing & producing child pornography. Police found out about his activities during an investigation into allegations involving him having sex with minors when they discovered photos he took of a minor having sex with an adult. [0]
  • A Cicero NY police officer has been arrested on allegations that he grabbed a 10-year-old child by the throat and dropped him on the floor after putting him into a headlock when the kid hit him with a lump of dough at a pizzaria. [0]
  • A Fort Worth TX police officer has been arrested on a sexual assault charge a day after he resigned while under investigation into those allegations. [1]
  • Joel Rosenberg, a well-known gun rights advocate and fellow blogger, was charged and arrested on a warrant over an incident a month ago where a Minneapolis Minnesota police officer confronted him about him having a firearm while he was outside of the police chief’s office for an appointment. It’s being alleged that the charges are in retaliation for his filing a complaint over the incident because he claims he was following the letter of the law and had informed authorities he would be carrying before he entered the building as required by law. [3] (Update: Popehat’s writeup of the story is well worth the read as well!)
  • Aurora IL police are accused of seizing $190,000 from an immigrant family without charging anyone with a crime in a highly questionable use of that state’s forfeiture laws. When ordered by a judge to return the money the police claim they handed it over to the state and they subsequently handed it off to… Homeland Security? Officials there are claiming to hold the cash over drug violations, again without any charges being filed whatsoever. [4]
  • A Portland OR police officer with an extensive history of misconduct allegations, many of which have ended with large settlement offers from the city, is now the subject of yet another tort claim alleging he falsely arrested man for questioning him. That officer was recently promoted to sergeant despite his history and over the objections of several groups and his alleged victims. [3]
  • An Oakland TN police officer received probation after pleading guilty to falsely reporting that his badge stopped a bullet during a shooting incident he made up which resulted in two people being falsely arrested. As far as we can tell, and for the lack of any other explanation, he did it for nothing other than a desire for attention. [0]
  • A Grants NM police officer has been charged with felony child abuse, battery on a family member, and other charges stemming from an incident where he’s accused of hitting an 18-month-old child in the face at his home. EMTs who arrived at his home after the incident say the child had bruises and lumps from the alleged beating and witnesses claim this is just one incident in a pattern of abusive behavior from the officer. [0]
  • A Rhode Island State trooper has been sentenced to time served and must not try to regain employment as an officer in a plea deal for assaulting his neighbor twice in one day back in 2004. [0]
  • A Sunset Hills MO police officer has pled guilty to 4 counts of involuntary manslaughter and a felony assault charge over a fatal DUI accident that killed four teens. [0]
  • A Dallas TX police officer has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested on a drunk driving charge while off-duty. [0]
  • A Cleveland OH police officer has been charged with two drunk driving charges after crashing into another drunk driver while off-duty. Not quite sure how he got two charges over one incident though. [1]
  • A Clark County IN deputy has been indicted on a criminal recklessness charge over an on-duty accident that left another motorist with a broken neck. [0]
  • A Volusia County FL sheriff’s captain has retired rather than face an investigation into why he drove his son away from a fatal accident that he caused while it was under investigation, which prevented his son from being tested for alcohol use. [0]
  • A Honolulu HI police officer has been suspended after arrested on a misdemeanor theft charge at a shopping center. Officials haven’t released any details yet but it sounds like a shoplifting case. [1]
  • A Cresskill NJ police officer is facing a disciplinary hearing over allegations that he wrote a racial slur on an EMT’s car then taped pictures of men kissing to his car and other similar allegations including that he cut the insignia from a firefighter’s shirt with a knife… while he was wearing it. [0]
  • A Charlotte-Mecklenburg NC police detective has been suspended without pay with the intent to fire him after he admitted to disposing of notes he took during a murder investigation and for replacing those notes with ones he plagiarized from another officer during that murder trial. [0]
  • A now-former Hunterdon County NJ prosecutor has filed a tort claim alleging that the state AG had him fired as part of a conspiracy to dismiss a slew of allegedly valid official misconduct charges against the sheriff and two of his deputies. [5]
  • And finally, Salt Lake City UT police are accused of falsely arresting a woman for hitting meter maid. She claims the evidence shows she couldn’t have hit anyone due to the way her SUV was parked and the positioning of the police vehicles there. Apparently the traffic cop has a history of trying to file bad disability claims and she filed one over the alleged incident here too. [3]

Oh, and remember that tomorrow, December 10, is Human Rights Day… I wonder, given all the reports we go through each day, how do you think this country does for Human Rights based on what we cover here?

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-08-10

Here are the 19 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for Wednesday, December 8, 2010:

  • A Denver Colorado police officer is under investigation after being accused of roughing up a disabled woman who can barely see by slamming her into an elevator door then detaining her in cuffs before asking her if she learned her lesson… all because she didn’t let him into her apartment building fast enough. Part of the encounter was caught on video and appears to back the woman’s claims. No word on whether the officer’s partner is also being investigated for not doing anything to stop the alleged incident. [3]
  • A Washoe County NV deputy has been charged with vehicular manslaughter for fatally striking a bicyclist with his patrol SUV while responding to a call without lights or sirens. [0]
  • Two New York NY police officers are accused of beating then arresting a woman for disputing whether dog poop they ordered her to pick up really belonged to her dog. [3]
  • An unspecified number of Chicago IL police officers are the subject of a lawsuit filed by the grandmother of 3 teens who were allegedly beaten & peppersprayed after the family called to complain about a neighbor who assaulted one of them. One of the teens was hospitalized after having an adverse reaction to the pepperspray. [3]
  • A Clackamas County OR deputy is the subject of a lawsuit alleging that he used excessive force when he tasered a mentally ill man in the chest then failed to assist him when he stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest due to the shock, causing him to suffer brain damage due to lack of oxygen. [3]
  • A Nashville TN police officer has been charged with aggravated assault for shoving a female detainee on video in a booking area, causing her to hit her head and fall. [0]
  • An Altoona PA police officer has been fired for unspecified reasons that officials insist don’t involve a grand jury investigation into 2 other officers over assault allegations. [3]
  • Two Jersey City NJ police officers are facing suspension after they were caught on video stealing car keys from a valet kiosk and throwing them in the bushes during a fundraiser hosted by that city’s mayor while 300 officers were protesting outside over plans to lay off cops to balance that city’s budget. [0]
  • A Milwaukee WI police officer has been fired for his behavior on a night that he was accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman then lying about the incident. Prosecutors didn’t file charges against him citing insufficient evidence to convict. [0]
  • The Fairview TN police department is the subject of an unspecified state investigation involving two now-former officers. It is rumored that the investigation into one of the officers has something to do with the death of a police dog. [3]
  • A Selma AL police officer has been arrested on a receiving stolen property charge after a gun that was reported stolen was found in his car. [0]
  • The police chief of Uplands Park MO has been charged with knowingly employing officers who lacked certification while two of those officers have been charged with serving has police officers without certification. The case originated due to a fatal high-speed chase one of the officers undertook, that officer apparently had quite the criminal record prior to joining the department too. [0]
  • A Bossier Parish LA deputy has been suspended for 1 week without pay using her status as an officer to force a merchant into giving a relative a refund on an appliance that was bought at his shop, then giving him a fake name when he asked for it. [0]
  • And finally, a Houston TX police officer has been suspended for 10 days without pay for posting on Facebook that she was going to arrest the next Honduran that she caught looking at her the wrong way and other apparently inflammatory content. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-07-10

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for Tuesday, December 7, 2010:

  • Two Mundeline IL police officers are the subject of a lawsuit alleging detained and handcuffed a woman after forcing her to perform numerous sobriety tests in the snow even though she had a 0.0 BAC then repeatedly tasering her husband when he got out of the car to see what was going on then got back in as ordered. [3]
  • A Fort Worth TX police officer has resigned while he was under investigation over allegations he sexually assaulted a woman while he was on duty. Police requested that the media not publish any pictures of the officer as they suspect multiple victims could possibly be involved. [1]
  • A Bethlehem PA police officer has been fired on allegations that he lied during an excessive force investigation into a videotaped incident where he allegedly beat a man after a chase. He was cleared of the excessive force allegations but apparently lied about the video. [0]
  • A Benton County AR deputy is under investigation after a homeowner recorded him on secret camera when the deputy came to his home looking for someone who lived there previously. The deputy apparently got angry with the man for not calling him deputy then arrested him on questionable obstruction charges. [2]
  • A New Orleans LA police sergeant has resigned after admitting to writing a false report about the post-Katrina Glover shooting incident when she was testifying at trial as a witness. [0]
  • The police chief of Bangor PA has been suspended for 30 days without pay but officials are refusing to say why the chief was given what is usually considered a fairly severe disciplinary action. [3]
  • The Gallatin TN police chief is the subject of an investigation by that state’s investigative agency over unspecified allegations that he misused state police databases. [3]
  • The police chief of Chester Twp PA has been sentenced to anywhere between 9 to 23 months in jail for stealing & forging a $6,600 check that belonged to a halfway house resident. [0]
  • The Des Moines IA police commission has voted to rehire a police officer who resigned in lieu of being fired after repeatedly beating the passenger of a car with a baton during a traffic stop where he and another officer claimed the driver had failed to yield to an emergency vehicle. The other officer involved also resigned but did not file an appeal afterward. [0]
  • The police chief of Provo UT has retired after a string of misconduct cases involving his department and questions about an investigation that cleared a police chief from a different department of shoplifting charges in a videotaped incident. [0]
  • Waukegan IL police have been sued by the family of a 50-year-old man who died after being tasered twice in a parking lot by officers who were looking for a man they received complaints about. The man police were looking for was described as a Caucasian but the man they confronted was Hispanic and didn’t match the description. [3]
  • The 11th Circuit Court has ruled that it was reasonable force when a police officer continued to fire about 12 rounds into a man who had already been incapacitated when he was shot after a high speed chase in an appeal over an excessive force lawsuit. While the court’s decision isn’t an act of police misconduct, it’s something we need to track as an accountability issue since it affects what we track. [0]
  • An Onondaga County NY deputy who retired in April has now been charged with harassing and stalking a school bus driver for years since 2007. [1]
  • An Eatonville FL police officer is under investigation over allegations he stopped woman & her 6-year-old daughter without cause then began to question the girl as if she were a suspect. [1]
  • And finally, a Howard County MD police officer has received a written reprimand after a two-month long investigation into a photo of his cruiser that was parked in a handicap spot. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-06-10

Sorry these are late, but here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for Monday, December 6, 2010:

  • Laurel County KY has settled a lawsuit for $550k to the family of a man who was fatally shot by a deputy he was fleeing.  The deputy claimed he was facing the man who was pointing a gun at him but the family claimed an autopsy showed he was shot in the back at a distance. [0]
  • A Chicago IL police officer is under investigation after shooting unarmed man to death claiming that the man made an “aggressive move” while officers were approaching him over a suspected drug transaction. [2]
  • A Shreveport LA police officer is the subject of a lawsuit alleging he threw a 56-year-old woman to the ground and punched her in the face 3 times to arrest her for jaywalking. [3]
  • The New York NY police are being sued by a Wall Street financial consultant who claims police beat him and sodomized him with a collapsible baton when they arrested him after a domestic dispute. [3]
  • Atlanta GA has agreed to settle a lawsuit for $1,025,000 to 26 plaintiffs and 2 businesses over a questionable gay bar raid last year where patrons claim police made everyone lay down at gunpoint and used homophobic slurs, but only arrested a handful of people on misdemeanors. [0]
  • An Edwardsville KS police officer has been arrested on 2 counts of aggravated sexual battery that appears to involve two women, one of whom was incapacitated in some manner. [1]
  • A Provo UT police officer accused of threatening wife with a gun has been sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to obstruction and disorderly conduct [0]
  • The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has been accused by the Washington County Sheriff of permitting and covering up for misconduct, reasons he cites for threatening to withdraw his support for that agency which relies on officers donated from different agencies. [2]
  • A Pulaski County IL sheriff was forced to rehire a deputy who filed a grievance after he took a plea deal that reduced his DUI charge to reckless driving. He argued that since he wasn’t found guilty of DUI, they had no grounds to fire him. [0]
  • A Volusia County FL deputy has been suspended after arrested on DUI and attempting to elude police charges by Daytona police. [0]
  • And finally, the Orange County CA sheriff’s deputy union is attempting to enact rules that will make union membership mandatory for all deputies. But some of those deputies say they don’t want their money going towards the lobbying and political causes the union has been bankrolling to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. [1]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 12-05-10

Well, it was another busy weekend for me but not for the news feed. Only tracked four reports over the weekend which is probably a record low for us, but if I recall correctly reports slowed down over December last year as well. Though, last year we had to shut down for half of December so it’s hard to tell.

A couple notes before I list the reports we tracked. First, I’m still getting a lot of reports about email sent to us bouncing and messages we send getting rejected at the server. I’m not sure what’s happening with that, it’s been a persistent problem and I would be tempted to say that, since it’s affecting all of our email accounts, which are on separate domains, that some people probably put us on some sort of black list. But I don’t know for sure since our mail servers are hosted and I can’t troubleshoot it myself.

What I do recommend is that, if you want to make sure we get your message, send it via the contact link on our site since that is set up to send to all our email domains. Sorry for the inconvenience, it’s a situation beyond my control at the moment unfortunately.

With all that said, here are the 4 reports I was able to track through our National Police Misconduct News Feed over this weekend, December 4-5, 2010:

  • Key West Florida is likely to settle a lawsuit for $45,000 to a man claiming a police officer used excessive force when he took him to the ground and he suffered a laceration and was falsely arrested on a stand-alone obstruction charge. An investigation sustained the man’s complaint and, while it was recommended that the officer receive a 3-day suspension and remedial training, it’s unclear if that’s how he was ultimately disciplined. [0]
  • A Dallas Texas police officer who was once accused of putting a gun to a man’s head for urinating in public has been fired, not for that, but for double-dipping… he claims he’s being unfairly punished. [0]
  • And finally, a Milwaukee Wisconsin police sergeant has been charged with driving while under the influence after he was stopped when police noticed his car swerving and found his 13-year-old daughter in the passenger seat while two other men were passed out in the back seat and covered in vomit. When questioned, the daughter said that she was driving them previously because they were all too drunk but then became lost which is when her father took the wheel. [0]

I’m hoping this week is a bit less hectic so we can return to normal operations. Again, sorry for the inconsistency, and stay safe out there!

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