National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

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]
  • Tempe AZ sued by college student claiming cops injured him in “party patrol” raid & harassed pals after complaint [5]
  • Stamford CT settles suit for $30k to couple alleging excessive force & false arrest in botched raid on their home [3]
  • Barnstable County MA K9 officer sued by 2 women claiming they were bystanders when police dog attacked them [1]
  • Pittsburgh PA settled suit for $170k to man who’s knee was fractured by baton-wielding cop at G20 protest (update) [0]
  • Wayne State Univ MI police officer suspended while under investigation over sexual assault allegations [1]
  • Dakota Ojibway MB police officer charged w/assault w/weapon, sexual assault & other charges involving 16yr-old girl [1]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Las Vegas NV cop arrested alleging he bashed ex’s head against wall while choking her then fired gun into ceiling [0]
  • Cincinnati OH cop back at work after sentenced to 1day in jail for assaulting fellow officer at bar during dispute [0]
  • Prince George’s Co MD police sgt pleads to conspiracy to commit extortion & firearms charge in corruption sting [0]
  • Bridgeport CT deputy police chief suspended while the subject of an unspecified criminal investigation [2]
  • 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]
  • 6 Lake County IN cops suspended while subject of investigation by 4 federal agencies into gun running allegations [0]
  • Cody WY police officer fired after investigation into unspecified allegations, officials refuse to release any info [3]
  • 2 New Orleans LA cops, a sgt & her son, arrested on simple battery charges involving fight with security guard at a nightclub. [1]
  • 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]
  • Seattle WA police ordered by arbitrator to stop naming cops who have been disciplined after police union complains. [4]
  • Fort Worth TX cop indicted on records tampering & theft charges for writing false time on traffic tickets to get OT [0]
  • San Antonio TX cop sentenced to conditional probation w/3 days jail for flipping unmarked cruiser while drunk [0]
  • Fort Wayne IN cop w/history of 32 suspensions & reprimands investigated for hitting on woman during traffic stop [0]
  • Denver CO female sheriff’s deputy charged with misdemeanor assault & harassment after slapping a female DUI suspect [0]
  • Seattle WA settles lawsuit for $650k to man injured in head-on crash with police cruiser [0]
  • Pennsylvania State trooper sentenced to probation for evidence tampering in effort to cover up trooper’s DUI crash [0]
  • US Park Ranger accused of forcing man to leave park because he had a Ron Paul sticker on car (h/t Rutherford Inst) [3]

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]
  • Baltimore MD loses suit for $95k to man claiming 2 cops assaulted & jailed him for 10hrs without any charges [0]
  • 3 Hamilton ON cops subject of judge’s rebuke after awarding $46k to man wrongfully arrested at gunpoint [3]
  • New York NY (Bronx) police sued by man claiming cop stopped him for drinking Snapple & jailed him for talking back [3]
  • New York State trooper charged w/leaving scene of fatal accident after running over man laying in street off-duty [0]
  • Pittsburgh PA & Harrisburgh PA cop reach secret settlement deal w/man who’s leg was broken by baton at G20 protests [3]
  • Boston MA MBTA police K9 officer sentenced to 18mo jail on felony animal cruelty charge for starving his dog to death [0]
  • 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]
  • Shelby NC police officer arrested for assault on a handicapped person in an unspecified incident that’s under investigation. [1]
  • Slaton TX cop resigned before charged w/federal possession of child porn charges after feds search his work & home [0]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Bandera Co TX settles whistleblower suit for $270k to deputy fired for reporting misconduct that cost sheriff’s job [5]
  • Andalusia AL cop pleads to drug distribution charge after caught in sting escorting dealers & trading drugs for sex [0]
  • Baton Rouge LA cop pleads no contest to bribery & corrupt influence charges after soliciting money from inmate [0]
  • Univ of Tennessee police officer among 50 named in drug probe indictments, charged w/sale & delivery of hydrocodone [0]
  • Farmington NH police detective sentenced to 4mo jail (1yr-9mo suspended) for stealing almost $4,000 from evidence [0]
  • Passaic NJ police capt named police chief despite 2 misconduct investigations & $500k sex harassment settlement [0]
  • Watertown MA cop fired for failing to deliver restraining order now charged w/impeding federal drug investigation [0]
  • Denver CO police sgt arrested on drunk driving charges after accident, was cited for DUI before by case dropped [0]
  • Lee Co SC deputy suspended while investigated for taking patrol car outside county, spotted parked at night club [0]
  • 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]

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]
  • Las Vegas NV settles suit for $1mil to family of mentally ill man who died after choke hold used to restrain him [0]
  • Sûreté du Québec cop suspected of shooting fellow officer before taking his own life in possible domestic dispute [0]
  • Alameda Co CA deputy sentenced to 1yr w/credit for 199 days in plea deal for molesting 3 children under age of 10 [0]
  • New York NY police sued by teen alleging cops wrongfully charged & prosecuted him while ignoring other’s confession [0]
  • 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]
  • Saratoga Co NY deputy suspended w/o pay after arrested on misd menacing & child endangerment charges [1]
  • Marion Co IN deputy arrested on battery charge after unspecified family member claims he attacked her [1]
  • Walla Walla County WA deputy arrested on domestic violence charge in unspecified incident [1]
  • Shelton CT cop fired after receiving rehab plea deal for extorting cash from duaghter’s friend over stolen iPod [0]
  • Ft Myers FL cop fired for leaving jurisdiction on at least 37 occasions and lying about it to dispatchers [0]
  • Saginaw MI settles suit for $700k to police officer claiming he was sexually harassed by female supervisor [0]

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] (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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • A Delaware State trooper has been charged with filing a false document based on time sheet fraud allegations. [0]
  • 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]

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

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]
  • Riverdale IL sued by woman claiming 2 cops assaulted & falsely arrested her after her 3yr-old granddaughter mistakenly called 911 [3]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Lantana FL cop arrested on allegations he stopped Hispanic men outside of check cashing stores then robbed them. [0]
  • 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] (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]
  • Burlington VT police cpl on paid leave while judge tosses evidence in drug case due to his unprofessional behavior [0]
  • Newport Beach CA sued by 2 well-respected former detectives claiming intolerable corruption within department [4]
  • Miami FL cop sentenced to 6mo in plea deal to extortion charges for protecting deliveries of stolen goods. [0]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • State Univ of NY Albany police officer arrested on federal marijuana manufacturing charges along with her husband [0]
  • Los Angeles CA police officer wins $1.16mil judgment against LAPD claiming a transfer was retaliation against him for being gay [0]
  • 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]
  • Honolulu HI cop gets deferred sentence & community service after pleading no contest for shoplifting groceries [0]
  • Eunice NM police sergeant charged with animal cruelty for allegedly killing 2 turkeys within city limits? [0]
  • Louisville KY cop suspended 30days w/o pay for failing to report on-duty police cruiser accident [0]
  • New York NY police sgt assigned as integrity officer docked 1mo pay for letting mom use police parking placard [0]
  • Milton FL cop on paid leave after arrested for DUI when found passed out in truck, investigated in other incident [1]
  • Vineland NJ police officer charged w/drunk driving after crashing his pickup truck into utility pole (correction) [0]
  • New Jersey State police sergeant faces DUI hit & skip charges days after stricter DUI policies take effect [0]
  • Cedar Rapids IA cop receives unspecified disciplinary action after photographed sleeping in cruiser on duty [1]

…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!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-18-11

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, May 18, 2011:

  • A Fairhope AL cop is being sued alleging he beat an 84-year-old man who called 911 to report his citizen’s arrest of a drunk driver. [3]
  • 2 Orangeville ON cops face internal charges over a man’s death in a jail cell & alleged mistreatment of female detainee [0]
  • A Calumet Park IL cop was charged with aggravated battery, official misconduct & false report for allegedly choking a teen then covering it up. [0]
  • Ohio County WV ex-deputy was arrested on sexual assault charges over alleged incidents while he was a deputy between 2001-2005 [1]
  • Cobb County GA settles suit for an undisclosed sum to a man claiming 2 cops broke his nose & eye socket during arrest. [3]
  • Socorro County NM deputy was arrested on allegations he coerced women to flash him and that he groped a 17-year-old girl during a traffic stops. [0]
  • Queen Anne’s County MD deputy sentenced to probation in a plea deal for groping a woman inside his cruiser, but the deal will allow him to keep his job. [0]
  • Ellwood PA settled suit for an undisclosed sum to a woman claiming a cop injured her when he threw her into a jail cell after questioning her. [3]
  • 2 Fostoria CA police officer sued alleging they made a man take off his pants in public during a fruitless search for drugs in his car and on his person. The suit then alleges officers searched his cellphone without his permission. [3]
  • Chattanooga TN police officer gets suspended sentence after pleading to aggravated statutory rape of a 17yr-old girl [0]
  • Sacramento CA cop arrested on 34 counts of perjury & false report after dashcam contradicted his testimony in a number of DUI and DV cases [0]
  • New York NY & Westchester NY police were apparently caught on a recording trying to help a drunk NYPD cop avoid a DUI charge after he crashed [4]
  • A Bergen Co NJ cop was indicted on aggravated assault & weapons charges for detaining bouncers at gunpoint while drunk [0]
  • A Hillsborough CA police officer suspended after arrested for domestic violence after letting self into ex-girlfriend’s home [0]
  • Lincoln County NE chief deputy resigns after arrested on allegations that he violated a protection order by his ex-girlfriend [0]
  • The Clark County WA sheriff’s refusal to disclose details about a CALEA contract may be a violation of state FOIA laws which may apply to over 800 law enforcement agencies accredited by the private police certification company in the US. CALEA apparently requires departments that it certifies to keep details about what that certification entails a secret. Interestingly, we examined whether CALEA certification made any impact on misconduct rates in 2009, and found that it didn’t appear to help at all. [3]
  • New York NY police are being sued by a man claiming it was defamation when police released his photo naming him as a suspect in a burglary in a case of mistaken ID. [1]
  • The Fowler CA police chief was found by a grand jury to have botched over 600 criminal cases including serious felonies. [0]
  • A Marion Co FL deputy resigned after an internal investigation found he lied about how his hand was injured & for being armed while drunk after he was accused of threatening a man with his gun before getting into an altercation with him. [0]
  • A Bannock County ID deputy was sentenced to probation for embezzling over $3,000 from the deputy’s union. [0]
  • A St Bernard OH police officer pled guilty to filing false tax returns where he saved about $100,000 by claiming losses from a business that didn’t exist. [0]
  • A Buncombe County NC deputy was arrested on drug charges after police responded to a call about property damage. [0]
  • A Bartlett TN cop w/disciplinary history was fired for driving a cruiser to Hooters then having beer in front of an inspector who came inside when she saw the cruiser parked outside. [0]

That’s pretty much it for today, though I did want to thank those who have sent in donations and the people who have helped out by sending in stories or getting the word out about our project. We need all the help we can get and I definitely appreciate it!

Thank you, and stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-17-11

Here are the 22 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, May 17, 2011:

  • Memphis TN cop sentenced to 2yrs for beating a transgender detainee in face w/cuffs on video & tax evasion for claiming 99 dependents on his W4. [0]
  • Pima Co AZ SWAT deputies fired 71 shots after one deputy’s gun misfired during a questionable raid. The deputies are then accused of denying medical treatment to the man they shot 60 times who later died after over an hour of being denied treatment. The sheriff’s office is refusing to comment about the case after the official version of events changed several times. [4]
  • A Hall County GA deputy has been sentenced to probation in a plea deal for sexually battering a 3yr-old girl. [0]
  • 2 Hattiesburg MS cops fired for using excessive force on suspect, a 3rd officer was suspended 20 days for firing his gun in the air at a party while off-duty. [1]
  • Colorado Springs CO cop charged w/possession of child porn now accused of groping boys during what parents were told would be “ringworm exams” at the school where he also worked as a coach. [3]
  • Newton Co IN sheriff says he will conduct warrantless searches after that state’s supreme court ruled that resisting illegal searches by police was illegal. [0] NOTE: Apparently this story was a hoax of some sort, or at the very least the sheriff has publicly refuted it. I’ve removed it from the news feed and our database.
  • Waterloo Regional ON police sued for “freezing” family’s home for 3 days in fruitless search for cop’s missing gun [0]
  • Wahpeton ND police officer suspended 5days after arresting teen for videotaping him & asking him questions [0]
  • 5 San Francisco CA cops shown on video allegedly stealing laptop & camera after questionable search of hotel room [4]
  • Tempe AZ police detective arrested on credit card theft, evidence tampering, forgery, theft & burglary charges [0]
  • Brooksville FL police officer fired for trying to forcibly kiss a female inmate who was cleaning police dept [0]
  • Canton IL police officer suspended and charged w/retail theft of under $150 from a local Wal-Mart [1]
  • St John Parish LA deputy arrested after admitting to & returning over $20k in fines she stole to feed drug habit [0]
  • Slaton TX police officer resigns while the subject of unspecified investigation by US Dept of Homeland Security [2]
  • Pekin IL police captain on paid leave while subject of unspecified criminal investigation by state police [2]
  • US FBI agent in NYC charged with trying to protect informant he had affair with from charges & lying about it [0]
  • Brownsville TX police officer indicted on a barratry charge on allegations he sold information in exchange for cash [1]
  • Margate FL police officer arrested on DV charge for allegedly hitting girlfriend in the face during argument [0]
  • New Jersey DHS police capt (they have a police force?!?) arrested on time sheet fraud & database misuse allegations [0]
  • Brantford ON cop pleads to internal charges alleging personal use of police database & inappropriate communications [0]
  • Oakland CA settles suit for $610k to man badly injured when police cruiser crashed into his car [0]
  • Fife WA cop resigns but won’t be charged after drinking 3-4 double vodkas while on call then crashing police car [0]

*NOTE: Sorry about the late adds, I accidentally chopped off three stories while I was editing the post before publishing it. Those have been added now, thanks!

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-16-11

It’s been an oddly slow news day today. Not entirely sure why, perhaps it’s due to it being National Police Week to some degree, but it is what it is.

Anyway, here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, May 16, 2011:

  • A Kershaw County SC deputy has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for violating the rights of a handcuffed detainee who’s leg was broken when the deputy repeatedly hit him with a metal baton on video. [0]
  • 8 Ottawa ON police officer is the subject of a lawsuit by a woman claiming she was beaten & forcibily stripped on video by cops with a history of abuses. [3]
  • A Bloomington IL police officer resigned while under investigation for allegedly lifting a 7-year-old special needs student up by his throat and slamming him into a chair at a school while the student was allegedly having a siezure. [1]
  • A Pike County IL deputy was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to forcing a woman to perform oral sex at traffic stop [0]
  • Saratoga County NY deputy arrested for allegedly menacing a woman w/a gun & endangering her 6yr-old child [1]
  • Madison Co AL deputy arrested for allegedly breaking into apt full of female college students & threatening them [1]
  • Thomas Co GA deputy arrested after home raided on allegations he stole $13k in goods from church & school [0]
  • San Antonio TX cop already on leave after DUI arrest in Feb is arrested again for suspicion of drunk driving [0]
  • Marion County IN deputy arrested on drunk driving charges during off-duty traffic stop [0]

Before I go, I suppose I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the SCOTUS decision in Kentucky v King which allows law enforcement officers to enter homes without a warrant so long as they claim they thought that maybe there might be something illegal happening and, when they knocked to find out, they felt that maybe there might be a chance that some evidence was being destroyed based on sounds or other activity they could claim they might have heard at the time.

I don’t think there’s much else to say about that. Do you?

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 05-14-11 to 05-15-11

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend, May 14-15, 2011:

  • A Minneapolis MN police officer was sentenced to 1 year in prison for molesting three female relatives for over a decade. He was also a school resource officer for 10 years. [0]
  • A Taft TX police officer was fired & arrested on sexual assault of a child charges after the alleged victim’s parents called police and sparked an investigation. [0]
  • A Mesa AZ police officer is the subject of a lawsuit by the family of an 81-year-old woman who was killed in a crash involving that officer when he was speeding to a theft call without his lights or siren activated. [0]
  • Paterson NJ settled suit for $15,000 to a man claiming he was beaten by police following a chase, the police claim he was injured in a car crash instead. [0]
  • Benicia CA settled suit for $620,000 to a man claiming police harassed him through a series of unwarranted arrests and searches when he challenged a his arrest on DUI charges when police illegally entered his home. [3]
  • Beloit WI lost a lawsuit for $1,495,000 to two ex-cops who claimed claimed they were retaliated against for speaking out about the police chief’s misconduct. [4]
  • The Adams County CO sheriff lost a lawsuit for $100,000 to a deputy who was demoted and subjected to multiple investigations when he ran against him in his re-election bid. [3]
  • The Bellefontaine OH police chief resigned prior to an investigation into allegations of dishonesty in a high-profile murder and man-hunt case. [3]
  • Two Milwaukee County WI deputies were arrested over the weekend, one was arrested on domestic violence allegations and the other was on an unspecified charge after an off-duty car accident. [2]
  • A Lansing MI police officer was sentenced to 10 days in jail for failing to pay for gas on at least three occasions at different gas stations. [0]
  • A Weehawken NJ police sergeant was the subject of an unspecified criminal investigation when he apparently attempted suicide and sparked a massive search operation as a result. [2]
  • A Detroit MI police officer who was the subject of several lawsuits and was known for shooting 9 people in 6 years was fired, pending appeal, on time sheet fraud allegations. [2]
  • A Polk County FL deputy was suspended 16 hours for demanding identification from several Burger King employees then calling a friend who was a local police officer in an effort to have them arrested for making a mistake on his wife’s drive-thru order. [0]
  • A Clarenden Hills IL police officer was arrested on allegations that he stole five firearms that were collected through the department’s “turn in” program. [0]

Before I go I did want to mention that I have heard, and received several emails, about the report where two New York NY police officers were named as “persons of interest” in the investigation over what’s now being termed as the Long Island Killings. Apparently they are among a number of possible persons of interest because of their disciplinary history involving prostitutes since the victims of those killings were prostitutes as well. This report, however, doesn’t currently qualify for entry in our database yet because no allegation has been made against either officer specifically and one of the two is a former officer who wasn’t an officer at the time of the alleged incidents. But, it is a case we’re watching to see if formal allegations or charges are made.

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

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