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.  bit.ly/qWmVtx
- Pennsylvania State trooper was charged with misdemeanor assault for beating & macing a handcuffed mentally ill man in the back of his cruiser.  bit.ly/qQbPsj
- 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.  bit.ly/qYpU5f
- 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. bit.ly/q2nXYY
- 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.  bit.ly/pcsVLA
- 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.  http://bit.ly/oD1Plz
- 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.  bit.ly/q8QW0j
- 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.  http://bit.ly/ozUtEY
- Louisiana State trooper takes plea deal for receiving child porn that was found on his work and home computers  bit.ly/mUYObj
- 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.  bit.ly/qr5MiV
- 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  bit.ly/nuoYbw
- Cheshire CT cop & wife arrested on obstruction, larceny, & theft of a dog after dog’s owner spots her dog in photo with the couple.  bit.ly/puIgFh
- St Petersburg FL police subject of campaign to change policies by owner of arthritic golden retriever shot by cop  bit.ly/onrof5
- Windermere FL police chief sentenced to 1yr jail for halting a child molestation investigation targeting friend  bit.ly/rhjhLM
- RCMP constable in Winnipeg MB arrested for uttering death threats during domestic dispute  bit.ly/qrBg04
- Manchester CT settles suit for $60k to nurse injured when cop car crashed into her car while responding to call  bit.ly/nbLd9q
- Houston TX cop among 13 arrested in association with “pill mill” doctors and clinics, allegedly owned 2 clinics  bit.ly/olufFT
- Cloquet MN cop arrested on 3 charges over alleged hit & skip accident after Ted Nugent concert at casino  bit.ly/r8lSey
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. http://t.co/cV9m0m30
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?
That’s it for today, stay safe out there!