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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-17-12 to 11-19-12

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, November 17, to Monday, November 19, 2012:

  • Polk County, New Jersey: An officer was charged with aggravated battery after he attacked a fellow officer who was in town to testify at a hearing. http://ow.ly/fk3JB
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: After admitting to stealing evidence from a drug case, a narcotics officer has been sentenced to two years in prison. He stole 3 shotguns and $27,000 in cash. Several cases had to be dismissed because of the missing evidence. http://ow.ly/fk60g
  • Meriden, Connecticut: An officer was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of police brutality. He shoved a handcuffed prisoner into a jail cell and cracked his skull. The charge has a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. ow.ly/fk1d3
  • Wilmette, Illinois: An officer was put on probation for two years after she ordered a DUI suspect to pay an unnecessary cash bond. She pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor theft. ow.ly/fjPak
  • Loudoun County, Virginia: An undercover detective was charged with driving while intoxicated. He was placed under administrative leave after a car crash. ow.ly/fjOqY
  • Jackson, Tennessee: An officer was suspended without pay for ten days. It was found that he violated several department regulations, including regulations of an order, personal conduct and moral conduct. ow.ly/fjD2e
  • West Hollywood, California: A deputy was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a man while off-duty. He is a 17-year veteran of the department. “He’s been stripped of all law enforcement power,” said the department spokesman. “It causes a pall over the scores and scores of deputy sheriffs that every day do their job.” ow.ly/fjBJu
  • Warren County, Virginia: Two deputies were charged with unlawful hunting. One was also charged with hunting, trapping, or fishing without a license and leaving wanton waste. The officers voluntarily resigned after the incident. ow.ly/fiomd
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The police lieutenant who was caught on video punching a woman was charged with simple assault. He was fired from his post for the incident. ow.ly/fm2d2
  • San Bernardino, California: Officers shot and killed a man after he reportedly threw a stick at them as they investigated a disturbance. ow.ly/fm1gG
  • Sarasota, Florida: A homeless man spent the night in jail after police arrested him for charging his cell phone at a public picnic shelter. The city offers free electrical power charging stations throughout the city for those with electrical cars. ow.ly/flUd6
  • Spokane, Washington: An officer was sentenced to more than 4 years in prison for using excessive force against a mentally disabled janitor who died after being erroneously suspected for stealing money from an ATM. ow.ly/flR0a
  • Selma, North Carolina: An officer handcuffed a nurse in the ER when she refused to draw blood because he didn’t have a court order. The nurse who called 911 said the officer “came and just arrested and made a huge scene with our house administrators. He just handcuffed her – he could care less about anything – in front of the middle of our ER. And this whole ER is in complete chaos, and frankly, somebody needs to come here and handle it.” The officer has been suspended with pay. ow.ly/flIbA
  • New York, New York: An officer reported he was stabbed by an intruder when he wasn’t. He has been charged with falsely reporting an incident. ow.ly/fkPNL
  • Tiltonsville, Ohio: An officer has been charged with a misdemeanor count of assault. The charges stem from an alleged beating incident; the officer was masked when he got out of a car, tackled, and hit the victim repeatedly. ow.ly/fkPF4

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-15-12 to 11-16-12

*Note* I was out of the office Friday, so the Thursday recap is also included in this post.

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16, 2012:

  • Polk County, New Jersey: An officer was charged with aggravated battery after he attacked a fellow officer, who was in town to testify at a hearing. http://ow.ly/fk3JB
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: After admitting to stealing evidence from a drug case, a narcotics officer has been sentenced to two years in prison. He stole 3 shotguns and $27,000 in cash. Several cases had to be dismissed because of the missing evidence. http://ow.ly/fk60g
  • Meriden, Connecticut: An officer was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of police brutality. He shoved a handcuffed prisoner into a jail cell and cracked his skull. The charge has a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. ow.ly/fk1d3
  • Wilmette, Illinois: An officer was put on probation for two years after she ordered a DUI suspect to pay an unnecessary cash bond. She pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor theft. ow.ly/fjPak
  • Loudoun County, Virginia: An undercover detective was charged with driving while intoxicated. He was placed under administrative leave after a car crash. ow.ly/fjOqY
  • Jackson, Tennessee: An officer was suspended without pay for ten days. It was found that he violated several department regulations, including regulations of an order, personal conduct and moral conduct. ow.ly/fjD2e
  • West Hollywood, California: A deputy was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a man while off-duty. He is a 17-year veteran of the department. “He’s been stripped of all law enforcement power,” said the department spokesman. “It causes a pall over the scores and scores of deputy sheriffs that every day do their job.” ow.ly/fjBJu
  • Warren County, Virginia: Two deputies were charged with unlawful hunting. One was also charged with hunting, trapping, or fishing without a license and leaving wanton waste. The officers voluntarily resigned after the incident. ow.ly/fiomd
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The police lieutenant who was caught on video punching a woman was charged with simple assault. He was fired from his post for the incident. ow.ly/fm2d2
  • San Bernardino, California: Officers shot and killed a man after he reportedly threw a stick at them as they investigated a disturbance. ow.ly/fm1gG
  • Sarasota, Florida: A homeless man spent the night in jail after police arrested him for charging his cell phone at a public picnic shelter. The city offers free electrical power charging stations throughout the city for those with electrical cars. ow.ly/flUd6
  • Spokane, Washington: An officer was sentenced to more than 4 years in prison for using excessive force against a mentally disabled janitor who died after being erroneously suspected for stealing money from an ATM. ow.ly/flR0a
  • Selma, North Carolina: An officer handcuffed a nurse in the ER when she refused to draw blood because he didn’t have a court order. The nurse who called 911 said the officer “came and just arrested and made a huge scene with our house administrators. He just handcuffed her – he could care less about anything – in front of the middle of our ER. And this whole ER is in complete chaos, and frankly, somebody needs to come here and handle it.” The officer has been suspended with pay. ow.ly/flIbA
  • New York, New York: An officer reported he was stabbed by an intruder when he wasn’t. He has been charged with falsely reporting an incident. ow.ly/fkPNL
  • Tiltonsville, Ohio: An officer has been charged with a misdemeanor count of assault. The charges stem from an alleged beating incident; the officer was masked when he got out of a car, tackled, and hit the victim repeatedly. ow.ly/fkPF4

Code of Silence ‘Alive and Well’

From the Chicago Tribune:

Obrycka was working at a Northwest Side tavern when Abbate, after an afternoon of heavy drinking, staggered behind the bar. She tried to stop him; he threw her to the floor and repeatedly punched her in the face and head, pressing his foot against her body for leverage as he swung his fists. When other patrons intervened, he left the tavern. She called 911.

Rather than investigate her claims fully and arrest Abbate, responding officers left crucial information off their reports, according to her lawsuit. They did not include Abbate’s last name, even though she wrote down how she thought it was spelled. The officers were told that a security camera recorded the beating, but they didn’t mention it in their account, or ask to view it. Obrycka says she told them the offender was a police officer. That detail? Also missing.

Obrycka was the lady bartender beaten by off-duty Chicago cop, Abbate.  Previous coverage here.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-14-12

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 14, 2012:

  • Update: Chicago, Illinois: A woman who was brutally attacked by an officer, while working as a bartender, was awarded $850,000. The Jury deemed that there was a widespread attempt to cover it up by officers within the police department. The officer was previously charged criminally and fired, but was given no jail time. http://ow.ly/fih4y
  • Augusta County, Virginia: A now-former sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges of petty larceny. He falsified his time sheets, and investigators say he pocketed at least $4,000 off of it. He was banned from law enforcement, and must pay back the city. http://ow.ly/filqk
  • Halifax County, Virginia: A grand jury returned 21 indictments of forgery and embezzlement against the Sheriff. Search warrants issued in the case indicated that up to $113,180.50 in funds intended for law enforcement activities — including drug interdiction — was missing from the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff lost the most recent election. http://ow.ly/fibnb
  • Beaver, Pennsylvania: A police officer who was suspended 10 days by the mayor after he was the subject of a protection-from-abuse order last month has been suspended an additional 20 days without pay by council. He will also face a hearing on undetermined charges, according to a motion approved by council Tuesday, and could face further disciplinary action. http://ow.ly/fhLvU
  • Greenfield, Wisconsin: After investigators obtained evidence he was  sexting a woman who was a suspect in a jewelry theft, an officer was placed on administrative leave and suspended with pay, police said. He has now resigned from the police department. http://ow.ly/fhL1R
  • Ouachita, Louisiana: The sheriff was sentenced to six months of home confinement as part of a federal plea deal involving unauthorized access of a protected computer. Prosecutors dropped felony charges against him, in exchange for his guilty plea to nine misdemeanor counts of fraud and related activity. Also, he cannot work for any law enforcement agency again in any capacity. http://ow.ly/fhHRv
  • Rockingham, North Carolina: A police chief has been indicted by a grand jury on charges that he stole tens of thousands of dollars in seized drug money. He worked for the department for 21 years and was even president of the Rotary Club. But city officials said after he resigned, they discovered “significant irregularities” in financial records. http://ow.ly/fhFUs
  • Los Angeles, California:  A former officer and a suspended officer were convicted for conspiracy to obstruct justice and commit perjury. The conviction was in connection with a drug possession case. http://ow.ly/fhvHA

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-13-12

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, November 13, 2012:

  • Portland, Oregon: An officer who worked registering sex offenders will now have to register as one himself. He pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography. He is expected to face a 5-year mandatory minimum prison sentence. http://ow.ly/fegou
  • Baltimore, Maryland: A police officer has been suspended amid allegations of sexual misconduct. The Police Commissioner called the complaint “very serious” and said it has prompted a criminal and internal investigation. The officer is alleged to have been on-duty and the complaint involves an 18-year-old girl. http://ow.ly/ffBy9
  • West Palm Beach, Florida: An officer who helped lead the crusade against child sexual exploitation has been sentenced to almost six years in prison on child pornography charges. He possessed up to 150 images of child pornography, some depicting the “extreme abuse of children,” according to federal prosecutors. ow.ly/fee6t
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: A police officer has been accused of assaulting a National Guard veteran on Veterans’ Day. http://ow.ly/fgmSl
  • Pinellas Park, Florida: A man was shot with a taser by officers as he tried to put out a fire that was approaching his home. “It was wrong,” the man said. “There’s no way around it … I was fighting a fire. I wasn’t fighting police. I thought they were here to help me. Instead, they hurt me.” ow.ly/fg9VI
  • Murfreesboro, Tennessee: A police officer has been indicted on a misdemeanor charge of child abuse. He was subsequently decommissioned from his position. ow.ly/ffVrO
  • Bakersfield, California: The sheriff’s office recommends charges of assault under color of authority be filed against an officer. The case involves two unidentified, now former, officers who allegedly sexually assaulted a 21-year-old woman at her home after they followed her there. ow.ly/ffG8v

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 11-10-12 to 11-12-12

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, November 10 to Monday November 12, 2012:

  • Valley Brook, Oklahoma: A police chief who pleaded guilty to drug charges was not given any prison time. He was found with 20 grams of meth, marijuana, a crack rock, digital scales, ecstasy tablets and numerous pills. He had been the chief for 20 years, and was then fired. http://ow.ly/fatJh
  • Los Angeles, California: A jury found an officer guilty of using excessive force. He handcuffed a partially paralyzed man so tightly that he caused nerve damage in the man’s wrists. http://ow.ly/fau6H
  • Indian River County, Florida: A deputy was suspended for 20 hours for careless driving. He told deputies that he had had some beers, and was driving with his 7-year-old son on his lap before he lost control of his truck. http://ow.ly/fawmq
  • Chesapeake, Virginia: After being suspended without pay for four months during an investigation, a police officer has been arrested and charged with two counts of embezzlement. http://ow.ly/fdyNf
  • Little Rock, Arkansas: A police officer has been suspended more than a year after being accused of using excessive force during an arrest that was caught on camera. According to a letter from the chief of police, the officer is suspended for 30 days without pay for the “type and degree of force” used during an arrest.  The letter describes the officer’s actions as the type that “exceeded the force which was reasonable and necessary.” http://ow.ly/fdBev
  • Update: Portage, Wisconsin: A police officer resigned, five days following his arrest on suspicion of first-offense drunken driving. According to the police chief the officer felt that his resignation was in his best interest for him, his family and the department. http://ow.ly/fdFfQ
  • Newport News, Virginia: A police officer was arrested for crashing into another car and refusing to take a breathalyzer test. He has been placed on administrative leave without pay pending an internal investigation. http://ow.ly/fdGA
  • Akron, Ohio: After a two-month long investigation, a detective was indicted by the Summit County Grand Jury. The charges include pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, sexual imposition and unauthorized use of the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway. http://ow.ly/fdIiz
  • Leland, North Carolina: Two police officers have been suspended without pay after being involved in a fight. http://ow.ly/fdLJ2

The Carlos Miller Case: Jury Says ‘Not Guilty’

Carlos Miller was arrested for filming the police.  Resisting the pressure to accept a “deal,” he risked more prison time simply by insisting on his right to a jury trial.  According to Miller, the prosecutor told the jury that Miller did not behave like a “real journalist” because a “real journalist” would have obeyed all police requests and orders.  Miller’s attorney responded to that argument with the following:

“In this country, when you’re a journalist, your job is to investigate.

Not to be led by your hand where the police want you to see, so they can hide what they don’t want you to see.

No, when you’re a journalist, a real journalist, it’s your job to go find the truth. As long as you are acting within the law as Mr. Miller was, you have the right to demand and say, ‘no, I’m not moving, I have the right to be here. This is a public sidewalk, I have the right to be here.’

He did his job. He has the right to do his job the way he sees fit. It’s not up to these prosecutors to tell anybody, much less an independent journalist, how to do their job. It’s not up to the police officers, it’s not up to a judge or the president.

In this country, journalists do their job the way they see fit.

What’s he describing is Cuba. What he’s describing is a communist country. The government says you can’t be here because I say you can’t be here.

And it’s infuriating to me that a prosecutor would try to get up here and try to convince you that just because a police officer says something, that he has to bow his head and walk away.

That is a disgrace to the Constitution of this country.”

Congratulations to Miller and his attorneys.  More info, including video from the trial, at the link above.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 10-9-12

Here are the 8 stories of police misconduct tracked for Friday, November 9, 2012:

  • Charleston, South Carolina: An officer was charged with a DUI. She was placed on administrative leave without pay. ow.ly/faloZ
  • Roane County, West Virginia: A man is alleging that he was brutalized by police following a traffic stop. He says he suffered a broken right orbital bone, nose, teeth, and other injuries that caused him, among other things, “pain and suffering.” ow.ly/fa52e
  • Alexandria, Louisiana: What started as a traffic stop for a seat belt violation turned into a high-speed chase that included the suspect throwing items from the car, a near accident, and a deputy getting hit by the suspect’s vehicle. ow.ly/fa8Rc
  • East Hartford, Connecticut: An officer was arrested on child pornography charges. He purchased DVDs containing child porn from a foreign company. He faces up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted. ow.ly/fa3AO
  • Socorro, Texas: Four police officers have been accused of official oppression. Two of them face aggravated perjury and tampering with government records charges. The arrests of the officers account for 15% of the police officers on the force. ow.ly/fa1uY
  • Update: Pinellas Park, Florida: A state trooper was cleared of charges in the investigation into a shooting at a cemetery by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. ow.ly/f8vfU
  • Catoosa County, Tennessee: A deputy has been indicted on 14 charges that center on allegations of sexual exploitation, sodomy, and pornography distribution involving a 16-year-old girl. “Once the facts of the case were known, he was terminated immediately,” said the sheriff’s major. http://ow.ly/fanvo
  • Ocean Springs, Mississippi: A now-former police officer has been sentenced to serve five years in prison after authorities found child pornography downloaded to his department issued computer. http://ow.ly/fawS4

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 8, 2012

  • New York, New York: An officer pleaded guilty to stealing guns and a bullet-resistant vest from fellow police officers and then selling them to drug dealers to feed his addiction to pain pills. He was fired after his guilty plea.  ow.ly/f85Ki
  • Update: Jackson, Mississippi: The last of three officers charged in a bribery case pleaded guilty. He was indicted for taking bribes in order to protect drug shipments. It turned out the men they thought were drug dealers were really undercover FBI agents. ow.ly/f83yW
  • Rindge County, New Hampshire: An officer that was on leave has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of sexual assault of a minor. He is charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault of a girl he knew between the ages of 13 and 16. ow.ly/f7WQE
  • Update: Sarasota, Florida: An officer was fired after he was caught on video beating and choking a man outside of a nightclub. “I don’t think there is clearer evidence of a potential civil rights violation than a video beating by a law enforcement officer against a citizen of the community,” said the man’s attorney. ow.ly/f7LTI
  • DeQuincy, Louisiana: An officer was arrested and charged with a DWI, hit and run, and reckless operation. He was pulled over in a marked police car, but was off-duty at the time. ow.ly/f7Lkd
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: Two officers were terminated after allegations of excessive force against a man at a halfway house. The FBI is still investigating the case. “Due to the nature of this incident, both officers were removed from their patrol duties and placed on special assignment conducting non- law enforcement activities,” said the Chief. ow.ly/f7L8t
  • Update: Milford, Connecticut: A jury indicted a police officer of misconduct with a motor vehicle and reckless driving in two traffic deaths. ow.ly/f8ogG
  • Phoenix, Arizona: A detective was arrested. He allegedly drove to West Fargo, North Dakota and brutally assaulted a man who had an affair with his wife. “It appears to me that it was a well-planned out, long-time planned out event,” said a West Fargo detective. ow.ly/f7KBH

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