National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-30-12

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, January 30, 2012:

  • Oakland CA cop shown on video beating an occupy protester with a baton after throwing him on the ground, right after that another cop points out the person recording it and calls for him to be arrested next. [4]
  • This was just one of the incidents where Oakland CA police mass arrests of over 400 during an Occupy protest that were criticized, all in the wake of a federal judge’s rebuke against the department. [3]
  • 4 New York NY (Bronx) cops and a sergeant are being investigated over the videotaped beating of a black teen and the arrest of his family who complained at the police station. The video also shows one cop pepperspray or, at least threaten to pepperspray, the person recording the incident. [4]
  • Dona Ana Co NM loses a lawsuit for $22mil to a man who was kept in solitary confinement at jail for 2 years after his arrest on DUI charges, of which he was never convicted over. [3]
  • Wichitah KS cop pleads guilty to sexually battering at least 2 women while on duty. He resigned after being charged. [0]
  • East Haven CT police chief retires amid scandal after 4 of his cops were arrested by the FBI on civil rights violation charges. Odds apeear to be that more officers will be charged too. [3]
  • New Orleans, Gretna, Orleans Parish, Plaquemines Parish LA cops in task force investigated for stealing from suspect[0]
  • 2 Putnam Co FL deputies fired for racing at 120+MPH while responding to nothing more than a call complaining about noisy golf ccarts.  [0]
  • Broward Co FL deputy sentenced to 30days +$5k fine for insurance fraud involving Def Leppard concert tickets [0]
  • Memphis TN cop arrested on possession w/intent charges for allegedly trying to buy 10 kilos of cocaine in uniform [0]
  • Redondo Beach CA cop charged with tipping off fellow cop about drug raid on house he bought drugs from [0]
  • Los Angeles Co CA sued by comedian claiming deputy falsely arrested him for DUI after his car was hit by DUI driver [3]
  • Prescott AZ settles suit for $45k to pedestrian who suffered leg fractures when he was hit by cop “blinded by sun” [0]
  • Memphis TN cop suspended after arrested on DUI & refusal to take breath test charges after crashing into embankment [0]
  • Nashville TN cop suspended after arrest on DUI charges after found asleep in car during traffic tie-up [0]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 01-27-12 to 01-29-12

I’m afraid to say that, once again, work completely dominated my weekend, and I mean completely. So it was incredibly difficult to stay on top of the news feed. I have a backlog of reports I’ll try to work through as I can today, but here are the few reports I’ve been able to review and post since Friday…

With that said, here are the 9 reports we’ve been able to catch up on so far since Friday, January 27, 2012:

  • 3 Houston TX cops are accused of beating a woman & taking her cell phone memory card for recording police roughly arresting her husband. [5]
  • Clairton PA cop is being investigated on allegations he severely injured a 76yr-old man by slamming him to the ground during a traffic stop where police say they wanted to arrest his passenger on a warrant. [1]
  • Santa Maria CA cop died after he was shot by an officer when he allegedly drew his service weapon & fired it while he was being arrested on suspicion of sexual misconduct with a minor [0]
  • Clute TX cop working as a school resource officer is the subject of a lawsuit after he was given a plea deal reducing charges to official oppression for sexually assaulting 18-year-old student [3]
  • Cleveland TX cop is being investigated for jabbing a kneeling and handcuffed detainee in the stomach during a traffic stop arrest caught on dashcam video [2]
  • Hamilton Twp OH settles suit for $350k to family & their friends who were subjected to unconstitutional raid looking for underage drinkers at a party. Police tried to justify the raid by having a cop’s relative, who lived in another county, call in a noise complaint. [0]
  • Ripley MS cop resigns after he & his wife charged w/misd animal neglect over 2 starving horses found in pasture, one of which had to be put to sleep. [0]
  • Houston TX police homicide detective suspended while investigated on allegations of bigamy made by his 2 alleged wives [0]
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg NC cop investigated for putting dog feces in neighbor’s mailbox. The investigation started after he was allegedly assaulted when confronted after he was caught in the act. [1]

Also, before I go, I wanted to say thank you to all the people who have taken the time to write, letting me know how important this project is to them and encouraging me to stick with it. I definitely don’t plan on giving up folks, and I’ll keep doing the best I can. Thank you all for the support!

That’s it so far… be safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-26-12

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, January 26, 2012:

  • San Bernardino CA settles suit for $575k to the family of a man who was shot to death after a police chase. The city blamed the judge in that case for admitting evidence that the man was shot in the back and back of the head, that and a witness changing testimony. [0]
  • Clairton PA cop is being investigated on allegations made by witnesses that he severely injured a 76yr-old man by slamming him to ground after dragging him from his car during a traffic stop. [1]
  • Poplarville MS settled suit for an undisclosed amount to an unarmed man who was tasered & shot at a DUI roadblock when cops tried to yank him from his car while his seatbelt was on because, they say, they thought he had a gun. Apparently he didn’t commit any crime. [3]
  • Dallas TX police are being sued by a man claiming cops brutally beat him and left him severely injured during a raid on his home that didn’t yield anything illegal. He was never charged and there is no record of the raid as police are apparently denying knowledge of it ever occurring. [5]
  • Vancouver BC police are being sued by a man who needed 100 staples after a police dog attacked him during his arrest where he claims police took their time pulling it off him. Prosecutors dropped charges against him because of the injuries. [3]
  • Prince Albert Canada police officer will have no criminal record or punishment thanks to his plea deal on assault charges he faced for stomping on a woman’s head during an arrest. [0]
  • Warren OH settles suit for $100k to the family of 3 kids who were held at gunpoint in their own yard by a cop mistook the playing kids for suspects. [0]
  • San Ramon CA cop pleads guilty to 9 felonies in the Central Contra Costa Narc Enforcement corruption scandal. [0]
  • New York NY police face arbitration in a complaint that a cop suffered retaliation for not meeting his stop & frisk quota that the NYPD is still insisting doesn’t exist despite a slew of evidence and cases showing otherwise. [3]
  • Monroe Co NY settles an excessive force suit for $90k to a man who was 15 at the time of the unspecified incident. They also settled a suit for $500k to a woman left injured when a cop rear ended her as he was reading his dashboard computer. [0]
  • Marvell AR cop pleads guilty to money laundering & extortion charges after his arrest in a sting op that busted 5 cops & 70 people. He’s the second to plead so far. [0]
  • Georgia State trooper was arrested on allegations he stole from a security job he worked on the side. He resigned in Dec after the initial investigation into the allegations. [0]
  • Paso Robles CA police chief is being accused of sexually assaulting several of her officers and staff who also say she would threaten them with trumped up criminal charges if they talked. [3]
  • San Fernando CA acting police chief is on leave while investigated for allegedly trying to fix a congress staffer’s traffic ticket [0]
  • Tuscaloosa AL cop was arrested on domestic violence criminal mischief charges after allegedly destroying property & setting fire to his garage during a dispute. [0]
  • Williamsport PA cop fined after pleading guilty to failing to report a gift in a plea deal dropping 7 other charges including perjury. [0]
  • Macomb Co MI sheriff’s sgt under investigation on suspicion of drunk driving after rollover accident w/son & bro [1]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-25-12

Sorry today’s recap is just a straight copy of yesterday’s content on the news feed, but my day job is continuing to demand all my attention from the time I wake up until I fall asleep…

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, January 25, 2012:

  • Broward Co FL deputy who stared on COPS reality show several times is suspended pending unspecified criminal probe [2]
  • DeKalb Co GA cop arrested for possessing pot & stealing property from the people he arrested [0]
  • New Orleans LA cop suspended after convicted of illegally discharging firearm to threaten ex-grlfriend & her BF [0]
  • Los Angeles Co CA settles suit w/reforms after deputies & others harassed Section 8 renters, 2 cities still in suit [0]
  • Sarasota FL police lt suspended while under criminal investigation on allegations he was stalking ex-wife [0]
  • Elkton MD cop pleads guilty to drunk driving and hit & run charges involving off-duty 2 vehicle accident [0]
  • Scottsbluff NE cop convicted on 10 counts of possession of child pornography [0]
  • 12+ Louisville KY cops investigated after one of them severely beat an innocent man in bar while others watched [2]
  • Rhinelander WI cop sentenced to 2.5yrs prison for sexually assaulting woman at his home [0]
  • Chattanooga TN settles suit for $33.5k to stop appeal by family of armed man shot 56x by cops on his own porch [0]
  • Benton Harbor MI police sued by woman raped twice on police station video by cop who killed self after arrested [0]
  • Charlotte NC police refuse to specify what they’re buying w/$25mil in police equip ahead of DNC convention [4]
  • LaGrange MO police sued over graphic videotaped shooting of man’s pet American Bulldog as cops tried to catch it [0]
  • Albemarle Co VA cop cited for failure to yield right of way after hitting jogger with police cruiser 2 weeks ago [0]
  • Meskwaki Nation IA police chief faces charges on multiple complaints including illegal gun sales [0]
  • Cleveland OH cop fired for abusing prescription pills won’t be charged by DA saying losing job is punishment enough [0]
  • Bryson City NC settles suit for $22,500 to mentally ill man beaten w/baton & peppersprayed then falsely charged [0]
  • Philadelphia PA settles suit for $15k to activist arrested for handing out pro-vegan fliers outside supermarket [0]
  • South Harrison NJ settles suit to ex-mayor claiming bias when city failed to investigate cop who shoved him [0]
  • Jackson Co MO deputy sentenced to probation on theft charges for filing false citations against 48 people [0]
  • Wylie TX cop suspended while investigated after explicit pics & child porn allegedly posted to internet from his pc [1]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-24-12

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, January 24, 2012:

  • 4 East Haven CT cops arrested on multiple charges, allegedly routinely conspired to deprive rights, excessive force [0]
  • Ada Co ID deputy on leave after cited w/misd battery for allegedly punching woman in face at bar, groping friend [0]
  • New York NY cop pleads guilty to falsely arresting man in incident that was allegedly racially motivated [0]
  • Eugene OR police to pay $5k to activist arrested by cop who looked through his camera after he filmed encounter [0]
  • Austin TX cop suspended 5 days for violating policy by tasering handcuffed woman that he was chasing [0]
  • Nashville TN cop already facing several charges for on-duty sexual assaults faces charges for beating son w/trophy [0]
  • Buckeye Lake OH cop arrested for DUI when stopped after woman called cops alleging he threatened her w/gun [0]
  • Rock Co MN deputy investigated for relationship with minor after photo of topless teen found on dept cell phone [0]
  • Toledo OH cop suspended on theft allegations, reprimanded last year for pulling gun on motorist while off-duty [0]
  • Oregon State trooper on mental assessment hold after telling cops he left explosive device in park, none found [0]
  • Maine State trooper pleads gult to drunk driving charge, suspended for two mo & demoted, license taken for 90 days [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-23-12

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct we were able to track in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, January 23, 2012:

  • California state trooper was convicted of murder for fatally shooting her husband during an alleged drunken dispute [0]
  • Lincoln RI cop convicted of felony battery with a weapon for kicking cuffed woman in the head on video [0]
  • Kern Co CA deputy’s use of force when he fired on fleeing truck ruled a violation of policy by review board [0]
  • Cincinnati OH cop who beat stalking charges arrested for breaking into home, choking woman & put gun on her chest [0]
  • Omaha NE police sgt sentenced to 120 days on terroristic threat charge for allegedly pointing gun in road rage case [0]
  • Portsmouth VA police sgt sentenced to 10yrs in plea for distributing child porn, reduced sentence for being cop [0]
  • Central Mich Univ cop pleads to misconduct charge for talking girls into exposing breasts if they failed BAC test [0]
  • Trigg County KY deputy fired after arrested on assault & domestic violence charges in unspecified incident [1]
  • Eaton Co MI deputy pleads guilty to felony embezzlement for taking cash from 10 out-of-state motorists during stops [0]
  • Lincoln NE cop pleads guilty to felony theft charge for embezzling $9,000 from “santa cop” fund for poor kids [0]
  • Portsmouth VA cop found guilty of misd embezzlement for stealing a flat screen tv siezed during gambling raid [0]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 01-21-12 to 01-22-12

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of January 21-22, 2012:

  • Austin TX police allegedly kept a citizens panel ruling that a fatal shooting incident by a cop violated policy a secret while they continued to justify that shooting. The chief responded to the release by vowing to punish the person who released the info. [4]
  • Dallas TX police say emergency lights & siren are not required while speeding after a cop fatally strikes a pedestrian in crosswalk. [1]
  • Chicago IL police board releases details on 6 officers fired in the last 4 months over cases ranging from 2-8 years old. [1]
  • Carlsbad CA cop suspended and arrested on suspicion of 2nd degree burglary, officials refuse to give details [2]
  • Brooks Co TX sheriff, now at Falfurrias PD, investigated for questionable use of over $500k in forfeiture funds [0]
  • Dallas TX cop arrested on drunk driving charges after off-duty single car accident at intersection [0]
  • 2 Tulsa OK cops fired after beating corruption charges in case where judge said they should have been convicted [0]
  • RCMP to be subject of class action lawsuit on behalf of 94 female officers alleging sexual harassment and abuse [3]
  • Savannah-Chatham GA cop pleads guilty to extorting drugs and a cellphone while working security at a nightclub [0]
  • Janesville WI police chief gets deferred prosecution deal dropping charges for punching cop & resisting arrest during a domestic dispute. [0]
  • Hudson TX police chief resigns after suspended 30 days while subject of unspecified criminal investigation [2]
  • San Fernando CA acting police chief placed on leave while subject of unspecified misconduct investigation [2]
  • Shreveport LA cop suspended while under investigation over unspecified allegations of policy violations [3]
  • Louisville KY cop under investigation after hitting pedestrian w/cruiser, police say pedestrian did nothing wrong [0]
  • Sandusky OH police officer sued for injuring family in his 4th traffic accident in the last 4 years [0]
  • Sylvester GA cop injured along w/other motorist after falling asleep at wheel and crashing into oncoming car [0]
  • New Jersey port authority police officer charged w/DUI & vehicular assault after hitting 17yr-old skateboarder [0]
  • Soddy Daisy TN cop arrested on drunk driving and possession of a firearm while intoxicated charges [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-20-12

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, January 20, 2012:

  • Seattle WA police seem to have an ace in the hole in their effort to stop the DOJ from forcing them to stop committing civil rights abuses in the form of a fellow Seattle police officer in the state legislature. That officer has crafted a bill that will make it illegal for the DOJ to force police agencies to comply with the US Constitution. If people doubt this bill will make it far, Washington state has the lowest combined prosecution & conviction rate against bad cops in the nation thanks to state laws especially crafted to make it nearly impossible to convict police officers of misconduct in the course of duty. If this bill passes it could very well be a license for police to commit any abuses they want without repercussion.  Rep Mike Hope, currently serving Seattle police officer, and his bill have the backing of the powerful WACOPS lobbying group that leverages combined contributions of all police unions in Washington state. He was briefly suspended from the SPD in 2001 for demanding professional courtesy from officers when his friend was stopped for drunk driving.  [5]
  • Vancouver BC police apologized after several officers beat and kicked a 51yr-old man who was merely taking out his garbage. They apparently mistook him for a bank robber in a case where there was no robbery. [0]
  • Milwaukee WI tentatively settled suit for $2,000,000 to a man who was badly beaten & abused by several drunk cops outside of their cop party [0]
  • Montgomery Co MD cop accused by a former Secret Service agent of grabbing his teen by the throat and slamming his head against a police car while he was bound hand and foot without cause. [3]
  • 3 Clayton Co GA cops were fired for using excessive force & conducting a strip search on a drug suspect that violated policy. [0]
  • Harrodsburg KY DARE cop pleads guilty to 140 counts of rape, sodomy & sexual abuse on a 14yr-old girl… he will only face 3 years in prison thanks to that deal. [0]
  • California State trooper arrested on 10 counts lewd & lascivious acts w/child involving 10 & 13yr-old children who weren’t related to him. [0]
  • Wisconsin State Trooper sentenced to 35yrs for sexually assaulting a female 15yr-old foster child placed in his care. [0]
  • Hanover Twp NJ cop’s proposed promotion to sergeant unveiled the city’s effort to keep that officer’s alleged affair with a minor a secret. Apparently a concerned resident who knew about the case started leafleting details about a secret settlement deal concerning that case in an effort to stop the promotion. [3]
  • 3 West Reading PA cops fired, 1 resigned and one was suspended for 30 days for unspecified misconduct. Though apparently one of the fired officers had illegally used his taser on his dad and on a fellow officer. [4]
  • Miami FL cop was fired over alleged road rage incident where he peppersprayed a taxi driver during off-duty dispute. [0]
  • Bridgeton NJ cop was arrested when he reported for duty on possession & distribution of illegal steroids charges. [0]
  • US Border Patrol officer in AZ arrested w/corrections officer on conspiracy to possess & distribute meth charges. [0]
  • Memphis TN cop suspended after arrested on allegations she tried to shoplift $700 worth of merchandise from a Macy’s store. [0]
  • Erie Co NY deputy suspended after charged with drunk driving after crashing his car into a house while off duty. [0]
  • Keith Co NE deputy arrested for suspicion of drunk driving after stopped by troopers for speeding [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-19-12

Here are the 25 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, January 19, 2012:

  • Las Vegas NV police are set to settle suit for $1.7mil to the family of an unarmed man fatally shot during a drug raid that went bad before police even got the warrant. [0]
  • Chicago IL settles suit for $525k to family of an autistic boy who was chased by cops and beaten with a baton without cause inside his family’s restaraunt. [0]
  • Merced Co CA deputy is the subject of a lawsuit for breaking a 68yr-old woman’s arm because she couldn’t get out of her car w/o a leg  brace during a traffic stop. [3]
  • 2 Lee Co FL deputies accused of excessive force against gay bar patrons, including allegations they tasered a disabled man. [3]
  • Des Moines IA cop pleads guilty to submitting a false report and violating the rights of a black couple he beat with a baton during a traffic stop [0]
  • Boston MA cop with a history history was fired for dishonesty & use of excessive force on a man who refused to stop filming cops [0]
  • King City CA cop investigated for alleged excessive force when he broke a teen’s ankle with a leg sweep caught on video while booking him [3]
  • Killeen TX cop arrested after investigation into allegations he had sex with a 16yr-old girl at a motel [0]
  • Pierce Co WA deputy suspended while under investigation for alleged unspecified sex crimes against a female child [3]
  1. Volusia County FL Beach Patrol Capt convicted of soliciting perjury by telling teen not to testify about sex w/cop [0]
  • Canton GA police chief resigns after scathing report details how dept mishandled missing girl case, girl killed [0]
  • Indianapolis IN cop arrested for allegedly beating pregnant wife to force miscarrage after told she was pregnant [0]
  • Washington DC cop arrested on assault charges for allegedly attacking a female bartender he used to date [0]
  • Oakland CA court-ordered police monitors say department’s actions during #OWS protests show hasn’t reformed [0]
  • Bristol PA police, mayor & city sued by cop alleging retaliation for investigating cop who coerced woman into sex [5]
  • 2 Santa Barbara Co CA deputies investigated on allegations they threw away sleeping bags from homeless people [0]
  • Carpentersville IL police under investigation for conducting drug sting resulting in gunfire near school [0]
  • Berkeley CA settles suit for $170k to woman hit by police cruiser while driving her scooter, cop retired later [0]
  • Washington DC Metro Transit police officer arrested w/metro employee for allegedly stealing over $150k from meters [0]
  • East St Louis IL police chief pleads guilty to strealing X-Box systems FBI planted in sting operation [0]
  • West Helena AR cop pleads guilty to extortion charge in deal dropping several drug trafficking charges [0]
  • St Louis MO police sgt arrested for allegedly stealing drugs he “seized” then selling them with his brother [0]
  • Mathis TX police sgt gets probation for driving while intoxicated w/unrestrained 3yr-old daughter in car [0]
  • Memphis TN cop suspended after arrested on allegations he was following and harrassing his estranged wife [0]
  • Hastings WI cop who was already facing charges for allegedly stealing a corkscrew from a restaurant is in trouble again for passing a stopped school bus & sleeping on duty [1]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-18-12

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, January 18, 2012:

  • DeKalb Co GA cop went to the wrong address while responding to a domestic disturbance call where he then fatally shot a dog that was chained to a garage… then detained the owner at gunpoint… where he then allegedly threatened to shoot him to when he questioned the officer about what happened. [1]
  • Los Angeles Co CA sheriff and his top commanders are being sued by the ACLU alleging a pattern & practice of inmate abuse at county jails, all while the feds are still investigating them over the same issue. [0]
  • Chicago IL cop was found guilty of aggravated drunken driving & reckless homicide in a high-profile case where the Chicago PD was accused of favoritism and an attempted cover up by waiting several hours to test him after the fatal crash. [0]
  • LaPorte Co IN a now-former deputy who was fired over child porn charges was involved in a standoff after police came to charge him with associated child molestation charges. [0]
  • Somerville MA cop and a Cambridge MA cop are facing assault charges for allegedly beating up a DJ along with a third unidentified cop while the three were attending an out-of-town drug cop conference. [1]
  • Sibley LA cop resigns over allegations of harassment made by several residents alleging he was pulling  people over & arresting them on DUI charges without cause. This is the second department he’s resigned from. [3]
  • 3 Kansas City KS cops pleaded guilty to stealing electronics and other items during warrant searches. They were caught in a sting operation and part of the plea deals they took have them promising to assist with further investigations. [1]
  • Hermosa Beach CA motorcycle cop is accused of falsely charging a motorist after that cop rear-ended him. The charges were dismissed. [3]
  • Tatum TX police chief resigns over allegations he threatened one of his cop’s girlfriends and forced her to leave the house and drive while intoxicated after the couple had a domestic dispute where deputies had already responded. [1]
  • Savannah-Chatham GA police sergeant was sentenced to 9 months in federal prison for hiding illegal activity by a fellow officer involved in a nightclub shakedown scheme. [0]
  • Farmington IL cop was arrested twice in 36 hours. The first arrest was for domestic violence and then he was arrested for violating a protection order after he was released. [0]
  • Massena NY cop was suspended after charged with drunk driving when she crashed into a utility pole while off duty [0]

Before I go, I did want to mention that I was considering shutting the site down in protest against SOPA/PIPA but I decided against it… not because I support it, in fact I’m quite certain this site would disappear quickly if it passed. Instead, it was because we’ve been having trouble staying online as it is and because I don’t have sufficient rights to the hosting server our site resides on to do something like that. So it would have been difficult for me to justify the risk involved with trying to shut it down at this point. Besides, the way things have been going lately, with my luck, I probably wouldn’t have been able to get the site back up again afterward. *sigh*

…still, tell your congresscritter you hate SOPA, the senatecritters you hate PIPA, and stay safe out there!

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