National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-05-12

Remember folks, voting in our Worst Police Misconduct Video of 2011 Readers Poll ends tonight at midnight, so tell your friends, your family, and your pets to vote soon.

Here are the 26 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, January 5, 2012:

  • Fresno CA settles a lawsuit for $1.3 million to the family of a man shot to death in a case recently ruled excessive & unreasonable by a jury. [0]
  • Lincoln RI cop who is now on trial for kicking a seated cuffed woman in the head on video in 2009 already had assault conviction from 2001, prompting many to ask why he was still a cop. The video of the incident, shown above, was finally released in court today. [3]
  • Lake Mary cop is accused of using excessive force on video then deleting a report that incriminated him during that incident. While the video didn’t show much, it showed enough to determine the officer lied on his report. [0]
  • Merrillville IN enters into a secretive settlement deal only now coming to light months after it was reached with a man who sued alleging a cop used excessive force on him while being transported to jail. [3]
  • Bridgeport CT police are being sued by a 76yr-old man how suffered multiple injuries when a heavily armed SWAT team forcibly tackled him off his lawn chair in his yard during a raid. His lawyer says the plan is to make the jury laugh at police claims that the frail old unarmed man made the heavily armed and armored officers feel threatened when he allegedly made a boxer’s pose as cops ran through his yard. [3]
  • Albemarle Co VA rsv deputy was arrested on rape charges after an investigation into unspecified allegations. [2]
  • MARTA GA police officer arrested on child molestation & child exploitation charges after an investigation into sexting allegations. [0]
  • Kingsport TN cop pleads guilty to engaging in a child exploitation enterprise for his role in a massive child and infant porn ring. [0]
  • Waterville Twp OH cop indicted on allegations he downloaded and viewed child porn on his work computer while on duty. [0]
  • Cleveland OH cop was arrested on gross sexual imposition charges involving the female crime victim of a case he was investigating. [1]
  • Kern Co CA deputy is the subject of a legal claim alleging he was speeding w/o his emergency lights & siren activated when he fatally struck 2 pedestrians. [3]
  • Miami Beach FL police sued by a man arrested for refusing to give cops his cellphone after he recorded video of a traffic stop he saw. [4]
  • Denver CO outgoing police monitor is requesting a federal investigation into that department on allegations that the internal affairs department is incapable or unwilling to police the police. He cites several cases where evidence or testimony against officers was ignored in investigations but the city insists he’s wrong. [3]
  • Austin TX police didn’t take a report from a woman claiming a man attacked her shortly before another woman was killed in her nearby home by what ended up probably being the very same attacker 30 minutes after the first report. Residents who live nearby say police were too busy with a jaywalker crackdown. But police say they took the report… just didn’t enter it until shortly after the media started asking questions about it. [3]
  • New York NY police sued for refusing to release video of a fatal hit & run crash because it’s part of an investigation… despite the fact that they already declared that there would not be any charges in that case very shortly after the incident occurred. [4]
  • Howard Co MD cop was found guilty of assaulting a female Baltimore cop during an altercation outside of a bar when he punched her as his pal was being arrested. [0]
  • Fort Myers FL cops asking why a police sergeant in charge of training them is still on the force after being caught cheating on an exam. [3]
  • Nelson Co NE deputy was sentenced to 120 days jail for misdemeanor battery & destruction of a phone in a DV case. 2 felony charges from that case have been remanded to a grand jury so he may still face 2 more charges. [0]
  • Hall Co GA deputy arrested on credit card fraud charges for allegedly using a stolen card at Walmart multiple times. [0]
  • Seattle WA cop died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound the same day he was arrested for allegedly buying crack cocaine in a sting operation and stealing drugs from evidence. It’s sad because it’s doubtful he would have faced any serious criminal sanctions, as typified in the next case… [0]
  • Wolfeboro NH cop was sentenced to 3 days in jail in a deferred sentence deal after he was convicted for stealing painkillers from evidence. [0]
  • Wagoner OK cop was charged with drug possession after allegedly attempting to illegally obtain pain pills while on duty. [0]
  • Mason Co WV sheriff arrested last year for shooting at his son now indicted on several embezzlement charges. [0]
  • Ohio University OH deputy police chief suspended while under investigation on unspecified misconduct allegations. [2]
  • Hollywood FL cop resigns in lieu of termination after investigation into allegations he covered up wife’s DUI crash [0]
  • Red Willow Co NE deputy resigns before pleading guilty to reduced refusal to take a breath test charge during a DUI stop. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-04-12

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, January 4, 2012:

  • 2 Austin TX cops are accused of using excessive force on a woman during a DUI traffic stop that prompted a bystander to start taking pictures. As he was photographing the officers one walked up to him and bent him backwards over his truck after he tried to assert his right to photograph in a public place. That man was arrested on felony charges but another bystander’s video, above, captured the incident and appears to contradict the police report. [4]
  • Cleveland Clinic OH police are being sued by a man claiming that officers broke down his door then dragged him out of his home where they then tasered him and beat him with a baton… all just to give him 2 minor traffic citations they could have just left on his windshield. BTW, handing out traffic tickets isn’t a justifiable reason to break into someone’s home without a warrant. [3]
  • 2 Charlotte-Mecklenburg NC cops, one of which has been charged with assault in another case, are accused of using excessive force in an incident prior to the incident that earned him 2 assault charges. [3]
  • Henrico Co VA cop sentenced to 13yrs for possession & production of child porn, he used craigslist to find young girls who wanted to be models to and promised to help them. [0]
  • Phoenix AZ police found to have retaliated against a police sergeant who blew the whistle on questionable kidnapping stats that were used to get millions in federal grants. This finding was part of a second review into those allegations of rigged stats. [5]
  • Derry PA police are being sued by a woman after her home was left uninhabited after damaged by 26 tear gas canisters and flash grenades used by police who responded to a call that she was threatening suicide. [0]
  • New York NY cop was docked 10 vacation days for continuing to shoot a dog that attacked him after it was down and didn’t present a threat. [0]
  • Seattle WA filed a lawsuit against an attorney for requesting several dashcam videos involving officers who are the subject of excessive force allegations made by his clients. This move by the city appears to be aimed at overturning recent court rulings that say the city’s use of special police officer privacy rights laws to keep videos and misconduct reports secret weren’t legal. [5]
  • Longwood FL cop was sentenced to 2yrs in prison for breaking into the home of his estranged wife’s boyfriend and holding a gun to his head while he was in uniform and threatening his life. [0]
  • Florida investigation into a tv star Broward Co deputy reveals that 137 officers in state are currently Brady listed, which means prosecutors feel they cannot be trusted testifying in court because of past misconduct or criminal behavior. [0]
  • Lawnside NJ police are being sued by the owner of a now-defunct bar claiming he had to shut it down after a police officer continually harassed and ticketed his customers after he refused to cave into her attempts to shake him down for money. [3]
  • Bainbridge Island WA cop’s “reign of terror” Facebook post apparently was enough to convince city council members that the city’s police officers just couldn’t be trusted to police kids in school as they cited that, in addition to other claims, as the reason they refused to ask the feds to help fund school resource officer program. [0]
  • Ohio state trooper sentenced to probation for assisting his wife with illegally obtaining prescription drugs [0]
  • Honolulu HI cop gets deferred sentence in plea deal for shoplifting $72 worth of merchandise from Walmart [0]
  • Saskatoon SK cop demoted & suspended 30 days for having sex with woman while on duty [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-03-12

Here are the 22 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, January 3, 2012:

  • Hammond IN settles suit for undisclosed sum to man claiming 4 cops left him with brain damage after wrongfully tasering him 4x & kicking him in the head [3]
  • Henderson NV settles suit for $225k to man claiming cops beat & tasered him after he defended self in cop’s attack [0]
  • Sandy UT police sued by grandparents of 9yr-old who suffered broken collarbone when cuffed by cop at school [3]
  • Fayetteville AR cop arrested for agg burglary, trespassing & battery after he allegedly barged into a home, threatened a man with a knife then fired his gun into the man’s bed two times. [0]
  • New York State trooper charged with felony criminal mischief & misdemeanor assault for busting into another person’s home while he was drunk and attacking a man inside. [0]
  • Massachusetts state trooper arrested by feds was allegedly a bookie who threatened to kill informant & his family [0]
  • New Orleans LA police sued by 2 women injured & family of one woman who died in crash during questionable chase [0]
  • Portland OR police make changes & admit to flawed internal investigation processes as fed investigation starts [0]
  • North Chicago IL mayor acknowledges police problems suspends chief, asks for probe into 88 brutality claims in 3yrs [0]
  • Onslow Co NC now-former deputy pleads guilty to sexually abusing a minor, pled guilty to similar charge in June [0]
  • Lubbock Co TX Pct 3 constable accused of threatening his neighbors with a baseball bat during an alleged racist tirade in has resigned as part of a deal with the DA that will allow him to avoid charges [0]
  • Denver CO police forced by civil service commission to rehire 2 cops fired for lying about chase against orders [0]
  • Colorado state trooper’s credibility problems after fired for improper reports & bias sparks review of 400 cases [0]
  • Lenoir Co NC sheriff’s narcotics detective resigns before arrested on drug (hydrocodone) trafficking charges [0]
  • Fort Lauderdale FL cop charged w/wire fraud in alleged scheme to defraud city by padding pay while in reserves [0]
  • Turner Co GA deputy suspended after arrested on allegations he stole a flashlight from a car during traffic stop [0]
  • Dallas TX police officer fired after failing drug test for marijuana & failing to cooperate w/investigators [0]
  • Stickney IL cop sued alleging he used police database to track down woman he ticketed & left love note on her car [3]
  • Payson AZ cop fired for false report claiming motorcycle w/bad title he got from relative was deserted property [0]
  • DeKalb Co GA police sgt fired for having sex with subordinate officer & for taking “inappropriate” pics w/dept cell [0]
  • Normandy MO cop resigns as arrested on allegations he submitted fraudulent car title in effort to save money [0]
  • Webster Parish LA narcotics deputy will not permitted to drive a cruiser until investigation after off-duty DUI arrest [0]

Before I go I did want to mention that story I retracted from the feed about allegations that a Utica NY cop planted drugs in a car on dashcam during a traffic stop. I retracted it after the full dashcam was released which seemed to show drugs being confiscated from the driver and passenger before the alleged plant. However, some people are saying it’s still misconduct because how the officer handled the drugs when he went into the car was not standard evidence handling practice. I don’t have time at the moment to really dig into this one, so I’m leaving it to you, our readers. Take a look and let us know what you think in the comment section below. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-02-12

As happens sometimes, especially on the first weekday following a weekend New Years when most people are still on holiday from work recovering from their hangover’s hangover, the news feed falls strangely silent. Of course, while we would like to welcome that silence as a good sign, it’s usually just a sign that reporters party just as hardy as the rest of us and have taken the day off as well.

With that said, here are the 4 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, January 2, 2012:

  • New York NY police criticized for continuing to threaten reporters & prevent them from covering protests [5]
  • Massachusetts state trooper arrested on unspecified charges following unspecified federal investigation [2]
  • Massachusetts trooper under investigation after accidentally shooting woman walking her dogs while deer hunting [0]
  • Douglas Co CO deputy arrested on multiple charges after causing several accidents while off duty on New Years [0]

Before I go, an interesting update about the polling in our 3rd Annual Worst Police Misconduct Video of the Year Reader’s Poll. While video #4 was the solid leader in votes up until late this afternoon, Video #1 overtook it for the lead in votes after a Facebook user campaigned to get people to vote for it because his friend was in it. Of course, anyone is allowed to campaign to get votes for the video they hate the most for whatever reason they have for hating it, and some other people have given some great reasoning for picking that video as one of the worst anyway (it wouldn’t be on the list of finalists otherwise, all of them deserve to be the worst). But, it’s the first time I’ve seen someone campaign for people to vote for a specific video in our 3 years of doing this so it was an interesting twist to watch how one person could shift the tide of the poll.

Also of interest, I noticed that several people started talking and posting about video #12 a day after our poll started, despite that video having been very publicly leaked about 9 months ago. While this uptick in interest in this video didn’t translate into votes, it has been burning up Facebook because people want to make others aware of it in the hopes it puts pressure on the powers that be to make sure there’s justice in that case, which is still pending over a year after it occurred… truth be told, spreading awareness like this is one of the biggest reasons I run the poll each year, so that alone has made it worthwhile this year. This awareness is important because, while the existence of video in a police misconduct case does increase the odds that justice will be done, sometimes that alone isn’t even enough.

Anyway, the poll has just begun with 4 more days of voting remaining and voting has been light so far with less than 10% of visitors actually casting votes. So make sure you vote for your most hated. Sure, there’s no trophy or prize, just the shameful knowledge that people thought the agency and officer(s) involved in the worst videos represents the worst of the worst.

As always, stay safe out there!

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 12-31-11 to 01-01-12

Since this weekend was both the last weekend of the year 2011 and the first weekend of 2012 I’ve split up the reports we tracked since they’ll be going in different databases, so to speak. So…

On the last day of the year, Saturday, December 31, 2011 we tracked 4 reports:

  • Phoenix AZ cop & his friend were arrested on aggravated assault charges after both of them pulled guns on bouncers who maced them for brawling with other patrons. [0]
  • Miami-Dade FL cop gets probation in reduced charge plea deal for molesting young girls during traffic stops, prosecutors offered the reduced charge deal after one of the teens was caught making false claims against a family member. [0]
  • Oregon State trooper resigns after pleading guilty to official misconduct & possession of meth charges. He was sentenced to probation as part of that plea deal [0]
  • Bridgeport CT police forced by arbitrator to rehire a police lieutenant fired for covering up boyfriend cop’s hit & run crash. They were allowed to demote her though, after giving her back pay. [0]

And on the first day of the new year, Sunday, January 1, 2012 we tracked 7 reports:

  • New York NY state trooper suspended but not charged after breaking into home while he was drunk & assaulting the homeowner inside who was trying to protect his family. [1]
  • New York NY police are being accused of making random arrests during an OWS protest by an actress who complains that an officer was rude to her and shoved her when she tried to approach a police van containing a girl she says was wrongfully arrested and wasn’t associated with the protest. [3]
  • Washington DC Airport Authority police officer was arrested on an unspecified solicitation of a minor charge. [1]
  • Georgia trooper was speeding with his emergency lights on but witnesses say they didn’t hear a siren when he ran a red light and crashed into an SUV in an accident that killed an Atlanta Braves trainer’s wife. [1]
  • Soda Springs ID cop was arrested for battery & disturbing the peace following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend on New Years Eve. [1]
  • Winnebago Co IL sheriff’s sergeant was suspended on unspecified misconduct allegations for the 3rd time in 14 months. While the reason for this suspension was not divulged yet, one of the others appears to have involved allegations of sexual harassment. [1]
  • Canal Fulton OH cop has resigned in order to stop an investigation into unspecified misconduct that followed a “last chance” agreement he signed as a result of a previous incident. The officer appears to have skipped around other departments prior to this agency, interestingly enough. [2]

That’s it for this weekend, but don’t forget to check out our Worst Police Misconduct Videos of 2011 Readers Poll and cast your vote for the ones you hate the most.

Stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-30-11

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this final Friday of the year, December 30, 2011:

  • Baltimore Co MD police sued by woman claiming cops attacked and arrested her on video for recording cops arresting her boyfriend. Unfortunately the video cannot be embedded but is available at the link. [4]
  • Louisville KY now-former cop agrees to pay a $750k settlement for violating the rights of a man he wrongfully arrested on DV charges twice involving a woman the officer was secretly involved with. [0]
  • Pompton Lakes NJ police may be on hook for causing $12k in damage to a BMW they destroyed in a fruitless drug search following a traffic stop. [3]
  • Attleboro MA police are investigating how an undisclosed amount of drugs went missing from evidence. The chief suspects there’s a bad cop involved and is trying to get permission from the union to perform drug testing on his officers. [0]
  • Los Angeles Co CA deputy received threats for testifying about jail abuses which has prompted a commission investigating those abuses to push for allowing immunity and confidential testimony, a move that both the sheriff and police union are opposing. [3]
  • New Orleans LA settles suit for $25k to daughter of a woman who was murdered along with her friend by her ex-husband after police ignored his death threats promising to kill them both. [0]
  • Pittsburgh PA cop who dislocated girlfriend’s jaw forced to be rehired after court upholds arbitrator’s ruling, he’ll also be rewarded about $100k for doing it as well. [0]
  • San Diego CA cops refuse to say why they arrested Occupy protesters at GA. A police sergeant at one point jokes that the voices in his head told him to do it when pressed about it on video. [4]
  • Illinois Supreme Court rules that police must preserve dashcam videos as evidence for trials, even misdemeanors after they challenged a judge’s ruling that an officer’s testimony about a stop wouldn’t be allowed at a DUI trial because they deleted video of that stop. [0]
  • Unicoi Co TN deputy arrested for DUI and possession of firearms while intoxicated during speeding stop [0]
  • Shively KY cop in DARE program arrested on drunk driving charge after crashing into tree, tested .109 BAC [0]

Before I go, I just wanted to mention that I’m going to try and get the annual police misconduct video reader’s poll up and running sometime this weekend. It’ll be tough because I have a lot of work to do for my other job, but I’ll do the best I can.

That’s it for this final week of 2011, stay safe out there and have a happy new year!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-29-11

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, December 29, 2011:

  • Hattiesburg MS settles suit for a confidential sum to a man claiming 4 cops beat him with guns and flashlights after they failed to find drugs in his car during a traffic stop and demanded he tell them where the non-existent drugs were.  [3]
  • Houston TX police account of why on of their possibly drunk off-duty police officers fatally shot a man at a Denny’s restaurant is being contradicted by witnesses who claim the man who was shot had surrendered.  [3]
  • 3 Collegedale TN cops are being sued alleging they illegally entered a home, beat & tasered a man inside, then arrested him on a stand-alone resisting arrest charge. [3]
  • Darby Twp PA cop arrested on multiple charges including rape, stalking & assault  on allegations he was using his position as a police officer to prey on women. [0]
  • Broward Co FL deputy under investigation on allegations he molested an 8yr-old autistic daughter of a fellow deputy [0]
  • Springfield MA cop charged w/rape & indecent assault after 3mo investigation into allegations made by an 18yr-old girl [1]
  • Navajo NM now-former cop indicted on federal civil rights charge for groping handcuffed woman in custody [0]
  • Tulsa OK cop is accused of shooting a chained dog to death while responding to DV call at another address [3]
  • East Lambert NC cop resigns and has been charged for allowing firefighters to repeatedly use his taser on a student at a Christmas party, the officer was on duty at the time and the firefighters were charged with assault as well. [0]
  • Lowell MA police settle wrongful arrest suit for $50k to a city councilor. The settlement includes the cop’s apology & a promise of reforms by the department. [0]
  • Leland NC police chief fires cop he was accused of punching at a bachelor party, officials won’t give reason [4]
  • Goodyear AZ cop says he was fired in retaliation for testimony against cops in a cover up case, police claim he lied to investigators looking into his claims ahead of a civil suit over that case. [4]
  • West Palm Beach FL police captain fired over relationship w/subordinate officer & allegedly hosting on-duty party [0]
  • Cincinnati OH records reveal cop fired in October had asked prostitute for child porn while he claims it was all a part of an unapproved investigation he was conducting. [2]
  • Kalamazoo MI cop suspended 14 days for lying about accidental discharge of firearm in friend’s apt to cover for him [0]
  • Valencia Co NM deputy faces discipline for giving false names & unspecified mistreatment of female resident [2]
  • Clyde NC police chief suspended for 1 month w/o pay, city refuses to say why citing privacy protections for cops [3]
  • Mansfield OH cop on leave after named in suit alleging misuse of funds collected for sports booster club [0]
  • Harper Woods MI police detective slated to retire Friday involved in suspected alcohol-involved accident [0]
  • New York NY police sergeant is being investigated after passengers recorded him being cuffed & kicked off a bus for being overly drunk [0]
  • Gage Co NE deputy pleads to reckless driving after Beatrice NE cop stopped him for .08 DUI but never charged him [3]
  • Delaware River Port Auth NJ cop arrested on DUI and reckless driving charges after alleged hit-and-run accident [0]

One thing before I go, it looks like readers are overwhelmingly voting for us to continue doing our annual worst police misconduct video of the year reader’s poll. With that in mind, I’ve already reviewed over 75 videos that were embedded on our site this year, and I’m going to have to prune that list to about 25 before I put them up for a vote. Last year we received complaints for listing 27 videos because it took so long for that page to load. Not sure if reducing it to 25 will help, but we’ll see.

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-28-11

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, December 28, 2011:

  • 6 Fayetteville NC cops are under investigation after witnesses claim they beat and repeatedly tasered a delusional man who is now on life support. They were responding to a call about the man repeatedly calling 911 because he was paranoid after he was apparently mugged twice and stuck in that city on his way home from Florida. [1]
  • Gadsen AL settles suit for $50k to a man who suffered fractures when he was punched while cuffed by a cop on video. The single council member who voted against the settlement said he thought the only fair settlement would be $5.00 and a bus ticket out of town. [0]
  • Van Zandt Co TX deputy was fired after arrested on an aggravated assault charge for hitting a cooperative teen in the head with a flashlight. [0]
  • 2 West Tawakoni TX cops were fired and are the subject of a lawsuit alleging they took turns raping an intoxicated woman inside the empty police station then telling her to tell her friends it was just a joke. [2]
  • Ringling OK reserve officer who was apparently the former police chief has resigned as part of a suspended sentence plea deal on a harassment charge for repeatedly pulling down the pants of a 17-year-old girl who worked next to his pizza place. After the sentencing he expressed his dismay that the town didn’t stand behind him in this case despite his many years of service to the community. [0]
  • Dallas TX cop was arrested on a felony wanton endangerment charge in Kentucky after discharging a round from her gun into the ground near the father of her child in an apparent domestic dispute. [1]
  • Sweetwater TN cop is on paid leave while investigated over an alleged but unspecified domestic violence incident at his home. There were no charges filed at the time. [2]
  • Grand Island NE police are investigating how a witness to a stabbing incident was left alone in an interview room for 22 hours. [0]
  • Miami-Dade FL police major who was recently demoted to captain is now facing a criminal investigation for using $23k in funds paid for NFL security details to bankroll unofficial police sports teams. [1]
  • Ogden UT police chief was fired for violating federal Hatch Act during his campaign for state senate. [0]
  • Pine Bluff AR cop is under investigation on suspicion that he was on sleep medication when he crashed his car, leaving his son, whom he apparently dropped off at the hospital in an attempt to cover up what happened, fighting to keep his vision. [0]
  • Harvey IL police officer was arrested on a drunk driving charge after crashing into a stopped car while driving at a high rate of speed. [0]
  • Indianapolis IN cop was arrested for DUI while on unpaid leave pending termination for another incident where he crashed his police cruiser while under the influence of pain medication. [0]
  • Raleigh NC cop arrested on drunk driving charge after a fellow cop spotted him hit a curb. He tested at a .14 BAC. [1]

Three things before I go…

First, our news feed passed 4,000 followers this week! I was wondering if it was going to happen before the end of year and it did. Thank you all for following it!

Second, I apologize for not responding to email for the last few days, I’ve been terribly sick yet also busy at work. I’m hoping I start feeling better before the new year and I’ll try to get things caught up as best I can.

And lastly, I’m about half way through reviewing all the videos we tracked this year for our annual Worst Police Misconduct Videos of the Year reader’s poll… but I’m wondering if maybe we shouldn’t keep that tradition going. What do you think, is it worth anything to do the poll or does it do more harm than good?

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-27-11

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, December 27, 2011:

  • Yet another video out of Seattle WA shows 4 cops, 2 of whom were already under investigation over another incident at the time, dragging a man out of his car and apparently kicking him in the crotch during a traffic stop for speeding because he called 911 on the cops because he was worried they weren’t cops because they started swearing at him and provoking him right from the beginning of the stop. Police allegedly found marijuana in the trunk afterward but that evidence was thrown out because it was ruled an illegal search. The officers weren’t disciplined for excessive force or for not turning on their microphones as demanded per policy, but were given a talking to about their abusive language, apparently caught on the 911 call. [3]
  • Connecticut state police accused of excessive force in a fruitless drug raid that left a 54yr-old man injured and his apartment in shambles. Radley Balko breaks down the incident and coverage at the link. [4]
  • North Chicago IL police face more brutality complaints in two separate incidents. One man claims a police dog broke his leg and police refused to stop it until they kicked him in the head because he ran from them. Another person claims police repeatedly tasered him while he was prone on the ground and mocked him when he asked why they were doing it. [3]
  • Sedgwick Co CO deputy who was implicated in 2 brutality cases has resigned while under investigation for allegedly beating a 63-year-old handicapped man during a traffic stop. This came shortly after the sheriff narrowly avoided a recall effort by residents upset with an apparent increase in bullying behavior from officers. [0]
  • RCMP Mountie was docked 10 days pay after convicted in two different excessive force cases involving the abuse of detainees in jail, including one who was handcuffed. He was sentenced to probation for those charges. [0]
  • Kansas City KS cop is on leave after being charged with aggravated assault for shooting an occupied vehicle near his home while off duty in an unspecified incident. The officer was arrested earlier this year but not charged following an FBI investigation and filed a lawsuit complaining of excessive force in that arrest. [1]
  • Los Angeles Co CA sheriff says he’s formed a task force to investigate claims in an LA Times investigative report that his department wrongfully jailed people at least 1,480 times in the last five years. [0]
  • Quartzite AZ police lost an appeal over the arrest and conviction of a man for apparently doing nothing more than pointing at them and saying things they didn’t like at a council meeting in that town where the police chief declared martial law because of negative news articles covering his alleged abuses of citizens there. [4]
  • Marion Co FL deputy resigned during an internal investigation triggered when he was stopped for suspicion of DUI but never charged. In his resignation he admits to having an alcohol problem caused by ADHD and apologized for the incident. [0]
  • St Louis MO police refuse to say why they didn’t try to test a cop for alcohol despite smelling it on his breath after his wrong way crash into an on-duty cop’s cruiser that injured that cop and his own passenger. [3]
  • 3 Union City TN cops & an Obion Co TN deputy have been suspended in relation to the arrest of a Union City cop on theft charges, apparently for knowing about what he was doing but not doing anything about it. [1]
  • Big Sandy TX police officer was arrested on drunk driving charges by a Texas state DPS trooper. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-26-11

Here are the 6 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this slow post-holiday weekend news day on Monday, December 26, 2011:

  • Phoenix AZ police have been implicated in video for participating in the death of a man in jail despite their apparent attempts to distance themselves from the incident by claiming the altercation that cost the man’s life happened after they transferred custody over to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Dept. This was alleged by a police lieutenant from a different agency who is running for Maricopa County Sheriff in an op-ed he wrote after reviewing the video, shown above. In that video an officer alleged to be a Phoenix PD cop puts the victim in a choke hold without any apparent threat from that victim, at least not any physically visible threat. [3]
  • Jacksonville NC cops are being accused of attacking a teen after mistaking him for an assault suspect, then assaulting and arresting his family members when they tried to stop the beating. It’s also being alleged that the police confiscated an unrelated woman’s camera and arrested her for videotaping the incident. [5]
  • Fort Worth TX cop was arrested on allegations he was driving while intoxicated and that he and his passenger, a convicted felon, stopped and fired rounds at street signs and street lights.[0]
  • New York NY police are investigating why it took 9 hours to do BAC test on cop who critically injured his partner in a suspected alcohol-related accident. [1]
  • Madison WI settles suit for $10k to a gun rights group over an incident where cops citing 5 people who openly carried their firearms into a restaurant. [0]
  • Ohio Court of Appeals ruled against the Columbus police department by deciding that officers cannot use a “welfare check” as an excuse to pull motorists from their cars and then search their vehicles. [0]

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

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