National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-27-11

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, June 27, 2011:

  • 5 Louisville KY cops sued alleging they beat man suffering from heat stroke while responding to pal’s call for help [3]
  • Hancock Co ME settles suit for $725k to man alleging he was falsely arrested & abused after off-duty deputy beat him[3]
  • Ft Myers FL settles suit for $69k to man claiming he was beat & choked by cop while shackled during interrogation [3]
  • Toronto ON cop gets probation in plea deal for holding taser to cuffed man’s genitals on video during questioning [0]
  • New York NY (Manhattan) cop pleads guilty to faking evidence in 2 drug cases and teaching new cops to do the same [0]
  • Campbell County TN deputy convicted on 10 of 16 aggravated sexual battery of a 10yr-old child charges [1]
  • Harris County TX records indicate deputies are not following US DOJ and Taser Inc guidelines for the use of tasers [0]
  • US Capitol police officer arrested on allegations he grabbed congressional employee’s breast & asked if she had bra [0]
  • Hoboken NJ settles suit for $2mil to 5 Hispanic cops claiming problematic SWAT cop discriminated against them [0]
  • Evansville IN cop suspended 21days for ignoring alarm call while hitting on woman during improper traffic stop [0]
  • Polk Co WI loses suit in $260k jury award to deputy alleging retaliation for helping w/state probe into sheriff [4]
  • Houston TX loses suit in $17k jury award to disabled man injured by police during raid on nightclub [3]
  • New York NY police accused of falsely arresting lawyer when he tried to advise client of his rights during arrest [3]
  • Des Moines IA cop charged w/domestic assault causing injury after alleged altercation w/girlfriend while drunk [1]
  • New York NY settles suit for $400k to woman injured in crash w/police truck that ran red light w/o slowing [0]
  • Salinas CA police sgt takes plea deal for probation in elder abuse case for stealing $40k from mom’s account [0]
  • Last, but not least, in Rochester NY charges have been dropped against a woman who was arrested for videotaping cops making a traffic stop in front of her home. However, while the police chief insists that an internal investigation is underway into that arrest and into several officers who ticketed cars during a meeting by activists in response to that arrest, the chief announced that he plans to keep the results of those misconduct investigations a secret. [5]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 06-25-11 to 06-26-11

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of June 25-26, 2011:

  • New York NY police sued by cop who was kicked, clubbed & maced after mistaken for suspect at daughter’s bday party [3]
  • Louisiana Supreme Court rules that warrantless searches of cars based on police hunches are permissible [-]
  • Charlotte NC police accused of threatening blogger w/arrest for photographing an arrest of man he reported [4]
  • 2 New Orleans LA cops face false reporting charges on allegations they planted drugs on man during false arrest [0]
  • Edinburg TX cop investigated after 18yr-old woman claims he tried to kiss her to drop ticket at traffic stop [0]
  • Saratoga Springs NY police chief suspended 1mo w/o pay for sending lewd texts to woman while on duty [0]
  • South Carolina state trooper fired after arrested for firing shot into home from moving car while drunk [0]
  • New York NY (Bronx) cop arrested over series of text msgs in 2hr period that threatened to kill mother of his son [0]
  • Connecticut state trooper arrested on assault & disorderly conduct charges in alleged domestic assault incident [1]
  • Cedar Rapids IA police won’t say whether cop photographed while drunk at bar w/police car was fired or quit [0]
  • Fullerton CA cop arrested on felony theft charge, caught on camera stealing iPad at Miami airport TSA checkpoint [1]

That’s it for this weekend, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-24-11

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, June 24, 2011:

  • 7 Ottawa ON cops sued by man alleging he was beaten & arrested for asking to see warrant in masked drug raid [4]
  • Ottawa ON cop sued by man claiming he was beaten for writing down cop’s license & falsely charged to cover it up [3]
  • Lewiston ID loses suit for $1,950 after jury rules officer used excessive force when he beat & tasered man [0]
  • 10-11 Fort Lee NJ cops disciplined for roles in leaving 5 teens locked in police van for 14hrs over noise complaint [1]
  • Rochester NY police accused of harassment by sending 4 cruisers to ticket cars during meeting about cop misconduct [3]
  • Arizona DPS docs hacked by LulzSec reveal law enforcement fear of smartphone apps that let people record cops [3]
  • East Cleveland OH cop resigns in lieu of termination after woman alleges he hit on her & masturbated in cruiser [0]
  • Tavares FL settles suit for $25k to woman arrested for wet t-shirt after splashed at water park & not having ID [0]
  • Maui HI cop arrested for theft on allegations that he kept firearm turned in to police for himself [0]
  • North Myrtle Beach SC spent $47k for lawyers in failed bid to keep dashcam video of incident that led to cop being fired a secret [4]
  • Cripple Creek CO police officer accidentally tasers dispatcher in leg while playing around with his taser [0]
  • Orleans MA cop disciplined after detained, but not arrested, by state trooper on suspicion of DUI & erratic driving [1]
  • Massachusetts state trooper under investigation for detaining Orleans MA cop but not charging him in DUI incident [2]
  • 4 RCMP mounties in BC face breach of trust & obstruction charges after probe into improper affair w/murder witness [1]
  • Philadelphia PA cop already facing brutality suit under investigation over her questionable MySpace pic in cop cap [0] Sure, I know, this is a very minor case of misconduct but it should be interesting to see if the dept disciplines her for this instead of the brutality complaint.

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-23-11

Due to another hectic day and some computer issues, there were only 11 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, June 23, 2011:

  • Detroit MI cops accused of abusing man in wheelchair, pushed him w/cruiser, then arrested veteran who complained [4]
  • Toronto ON police sued by woman in “Officer Bubbles” video claiming she was assaulted & falsely arrested at G20 [3]
  • Fort Worth TX cop caught punching a restrained chase suspect on news helicopter video, no comment from police [3]
  • Lowell MA cop indicted for allegedly raping 2 prostitutes under threat of arrest & soliciting sex from others [0]
  • Alamance Co NC sheriff’s dept sued by US DOJ seeking access to interview employees during rights investigation [4]
  • Dallas TX cop suspended 15 days for beating man that he found with his estranged wife while in uniform [0]
  • Lethbridge AB cop faces disciplinary hearing after admitting to abusing police database to keep track of girlfriend [0]
  • Huntington Park CA police chief gets probation in plea deal dropping over 12 charges for creepy stalker-like acts [0]
  • Saginaw Co MI deputy charged w/6misd & 5 felonies for misuse of police database & forged vehicle certificates [1]
  • Butte Co CA deputy arrested on drunk driving charge after driving car off an embankment [0]
  • Spartanburg Co SC deputy under investigation after cited for rear-ending car in on duty accident [0]

Stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-22-11

Here are the 19 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, June 22, 2011:

  • Meriden CT police subject of 2 different excessive force suits involving officer who is police chief’s son [4]
  • Craven Co NC deputy arrested after investigation showed he lied about fatal 100mph patrol car accident [0]
  • Albany NY settles suit for $250k to family of man killed in crash w/police cruiser that ran red light while responding to call [0]
  • Knoxville TN police sued by 70yr-old woman who lost use of arm after mauled by police dog that got loose [0]
  • New Orleans LA cop accused by humane society probe of excessive force in fatal shooting of 3-legged pit bull [3]
  • US Park police arrest 2 reporters in DC at public taxi commission meeting, one was arrested for taking pictures [3]
  • South Burlington VT cop sued alleging he illegally searched woman for drugs 2x in 6mo, including a forced x-ray and a strip search in a public restroom [3]
  • 2 Talbot Co GA deputies & a Talbotton GA cop arrested on unspecified charges in federal drug corruption probe [1]
  • Hamtramck MI cop pleads guilty to informing motorcycle club that the FBI was investigating & wiretapping them [0]
  • Columbus OH police sgt charged w/felony & misd sexual imposition involving caretaker while he was on sick leave [1]
  • Harlandale TX ISD police officer fired after allegedly pulling gun during argument with man in a bar [1]
  • 4 Alton IL cops sued by man claiming they falsely arrested him, DA dismissed charges citing lack of probable cause [3]
  • Raleigh NC cop allegedly fired as part of probe into a number of officers accused of having sex w/prostitute [2]
  • Niagara Falls NY cop sentenced to probation, treatment & community service on domestic violence conviction [0]
  • Bartlesville OK police & police union sued by 2nd officer claiming harassment, discrimination & retaliation [3]
  • Philadelphia PA police institute reforms in settlement w/black cop’s assoc over racial internet comments by cops [0]
  • Albany Co NY settles suit for $85k to clerk claiming the sheriff did nothing to stop harassment by undersheriff [0]
  • Smith Co TX deputy fired for unspecified reasons weeks after another deputy forced to resign after DUI arrest [2]
  • Solon OH cop sentenced to $1000 fine, 3 days jail & 3 days treatment in plea to DUI charge for crashing into tree [0]

Well, today was pretty difficult, by 9:00 tonight I only had 2 reports tracked in the news feed because I had to stay late at work to help with an important presentation. Things didn’t let up when I got back from work and found out we had nothing left in the bank due to the way the hotel has been taking money out of our account and due to my wife’s recent medical emergency. But, I dug through as many pages of news reports as I could in three hours (as evidenced by the abundant typos in the news feed today) and was able to find most of the reports for today I hope. Still, at this pace I’m pretty concerned about keeping the project going, though I’m trying my hardest to do so.

Anyway, that’s it for today, stay safe out there.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-21-11

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, June 21, 2011:

  • A Hampton VA police drug raid on a 69yr-old man’s home based on an alleged informant’s tip accusing him of selling prescription pain pills is being questioned by neighbors & witnesses who appear to suggest police broke down his door without warning after several home invasions in the area which may have prompted the man to shoot before he was shot to death. [3]
  • An Orange County VA drug task force deputy has been charged w/indecent liberties w/a child under 15 & giving false reports to cops [2]
  • Hickman Co TN deputy pleads guilty to civil rights charges for taking nude pics of DV victims by telling them he needed them for his investigation when they were for his own personal gratification instead. [0]
  • A Scottsbluff NE cop resigned before arrested on 10 possession of child porn charges after images were found on his computer by a relative who was fixing it. [0]
  • Rochester NY police are promising to review the arrest of a woman for videotaping police who were conducting a traffic stop in front of her home. [3]
  • New York NY police are being sued by 2 men alleging that stickers on cabs that grant police the right to stop cabbies to ask if they are being robbed do not justify police to conduct invasive searches that they were subjected to just for riding in those cabs. [3]
  • Madison Co KY deputy is being sued alleging he made up false charges against a man in order to illegally search his home. [3]
  • Myrtle Beach SC & Horry Co SC are being sued by a family claiming cops were negligent for arresting their teen son for crimes he didn’t commit based on descriptions he didn’t match. [3]
  • Caledonia WI cop resigned as part of a deal that dismissed charges against him for pointing a gun at a fellow officer while on duty [2]
  • St Charles Parish LA sheriff’s lieutenant & his wife pled guilty to filing $800k in false tax returns by using IDs he stole from inmates in the parish jail. [0]
  • The 2nd of 17 Baltimore MD police officers who are charged with extortion involving a tow truck kickback corruption scandal has pled guilty to those charges. [0]
  • The Columbus GA Metro Airport police chief was arrested after witnesses reported seeing him break into a car at a movie theater parking lot. [1]
  • 2 Easton NY cops were arrested on drunk & disorderly charges in an unspecified off duty incident at an out-of-town hotel [1]
  • And finally, the Dallas TX police department is investigating to determine if any of their officers, and how many, may have urinated in a fellow officers police car and on his uniform. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-20-11

Unfortunately today was an exceptionally busy day at work and equally hectic afterward with our sons getting cabin fever from being stuck in a hotel for almost two months now. While I did the best I could I just wasn’t able to get the news feed caught up by the time I was able to sit down and scan the news reports.

Still, here are the 12 reports I was able to track in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, June 20, 2011:

  • Winnebago Co IL deputy suspended 6mo for 2006 100mph crash w/o lights or siren that killed 2 & cost county $17mil [0]
  • Long Beach CA police face lawsuit by couple claiming cops fired 30 shots into home w/o cause, hitting unarmed man 2x[0]
  • Cleveland OH police union subject of suit alleging union enforces code of silence on officers in brutality cases [3]
  • Philadelphia PA settles suit w/ACLU by promising to change policies about stop & frisk detentions [1]
  • Mesquite TX narc cop sentenced to 15mo for stealing $2k in drug bust sting by judge tired of cops getting probation [0]
  • Detroit MI police sgt suspended on allegations she stole $10k-$14k from fund meant to buy flowers for fallen cops [0]
  • Superior WI cop gets suspended sentence, ordered to treatment, in plea deal for punching girlfriend in the face [0]
  • Metra IL police officer charged w/battery for allegedly attacking man at bar while drunk [0]
  • Hudson Co NJ deputy charged w/forging a doctor’s prescription in order to obtain pain killers [0]
  • Tigard OR cop ticketed for drunk driving after off duty motorcycle crash that resulted in serious injuries [0]
  • Franklin Co IL deputy cited for DUI & reckless driving after Dept of Natural Resources cop saw him crash into ditch [0]
  • Jackson TN cop arrested for open container & possession of gun while drunk after found passed out halfway in car [0]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 06-18-11 to 06-19-11

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this slow news weekend of June 18-19, 2011:

  • Granite City IL police are being sued on an excessive force claim in an incident that was caught on camera. However, while both sides insist that the video in question supports their case, the police filed a suit to prevent that video from getting into the hands of the press and released to the public. [5]
  • A Dubuque IA cop is the subject of a lawsuit by 3 people alleging excessive force over his use of his police dog in three different incidents. (the link is to a subscription site) [3]
  • RCMP mounties in BC are being sued by 2 fellow mounties claiming that the officer beat their teen son while he was cuffed then taped his mouth shut while taunting him for an extended period of time. [3]
  • 6 New York NY police are being sued alleging they profiled a retired cop’s 13yr-old son who was frisked & cuffed for 6hrs then taunted for crying, but never charged. The suit comes after the ex-cop and his wife were acquitted on allegations that the assaulted an officer when they went to pick their son up at the department and, instead, say they were attacked by police as well. [3]
  • The infamous Chicago IL ex-police lieutenant Jon Burge & other former city officials are being sued by one of Burge’s alleged torture victims… though not for the torture itself since the statute of limitations expired for those claims, but for covering up the torture since Burge was convicted for lying about the torture recently. [0]
  • A Saltville VA cop already subject of 2 false arrest lawsuits is now being sued by a man arrested for public intoxication in his own driveway & obstruction after he called the police to report a prowler he believed stole one of his guns from an outbuilding on his property. [3]
  • A Mount Vernon NY cop is being sued by a bouncer claiming the officer has continually threatened him whenever the officer has been drinking and that, on one occation, the officer smashed a badge into his head. [3]
  • Princeton NJ lost a $525k suit to an ex-cop claiming he was retaliated against when he filed a racial discrimination complaint. However, the police department insists the officer didn’t file the complaint until he found out he was under investigation on misconduct allegations. [0]

Before calling it a night I wanted to mention that now, in addition to our news feed on Twitter, I’ve also created a second account that is a bit more interactive where I’ll mostly discuss reports that didn’t make the feed or additional details about reports we did track. Also, unlike our news feed, you can write to this account and get a response. Just follow me at @David_NPMSRP to find out more.

That’s it for this weekend, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-17-11

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

  • Overland MO cop sentenced to 3yrs in plea to manslaughter for fatally pushing man down stairs then leaving [0]
  • Plano TX cop sued by woman w/cerebral palsy claiming he used excessive force while dragging her out of car [3]
  • Harris Co TX precinct 4 constables accused of excessive force for unleashing K9 on man in response to false report [0]
  • Isabella Co MI settles suit for $65k to ex-cop claiming he was tasered while cuffed because stroke affected speech [0]
  • Los Angeles Co CA deputy to pay $6k of $586k jury award to apartment manager beaten by deputy while cuffed [3]
  • San Diego Co CA sued by 17yr-old boy claiming he was beaten, choked & falsely arrested by deputy, alleges coverup [4]
  • College Park GA cops accused of excessive force when they tasered man w/mind of 2yr-old for not showing his hands [0]
  • Redwood City CA cops found to have violated rights in $217k jury award to bodybuilder beaten during diabetic episode [0]
  • Toledo OH cop reprimanded for pulling gun on man while pulling him over for reckless driving while off duty [0]
  • Cathedral City CA cop gets probation for stripping & jumping into pool then sexually battering woman while on duty [0]
  • Anville PA police chief charged w/record tampering for submitting falsified time sheets to get taxpayer funding [0]
  • Chicago IL cop sentenced to probation & $36k fine for swindling elderly man w/alzheimers out of $1mil [0]
  • Albuquerque NM cop who called self “human waste disposal” on MySpace probed for tweeting about pistol whippings [0]
  • Bell CA police union under investigation for allegedly using officers in uniform in campaign ads against state law [0]
  • Fort Myers FL cop suspended 80hrs & must take random breath tests after showing up to work while intoxicated [0]
  • Lakeland FL police school resource officer arrested on stalking charges including harassing calls from school [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-16-11

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, June 16, 2011:

  • A Kane County IL deputy is being investigated after allegedly pulling gun on a man who was in a car accident while off duty & threatening to shoot him in the head. [2]
  • Warrensburg IL cop took a plea deal where he will be sentenced to 10 years in prison on federal child porn charges and will face 10 more years in state prison on sexual assault charges involving a girl under the age of 12. [0]
  • 2 Philadelphia PA cops sentenced to 10-15yrs in plea deal for robbery, kidnapping, oppression & possession w/intent to distribute. [0]
  • West Deer PA police sued by 53yr-old woman claiming she was injured when cops burst thru her door in search for son even though she offered to let them in after she got her dog under control. [3]
  • Fruitland Park FL settles suit for $75k to 60yr-old claiming cop arrested & injured him for beeping at him because his cruiser was blocking traffic. [0]
  • Winnsboro SC cop investigated for alleged confrontation & harassment of a man who filed a complaint about damages to his car during a traffic stop when the officer busted his window when he wanted to search his car for drugs but failed to find any. [4]
  • Scranton PA cop charged w/oppression, assault, terroristic threats & other charges in an off-duty bar fight w/bouncer who refused to let him and his friends in while they were carrying alcohol and were too intoxicated. [0]
  • Hartford CT sued by woman badly injured in crash w/car chased by cop who ignored orders to stop pursuit [0]
  • Peel ON regional police officers accused of fabricating evidence by judge who dismissed prostitution case [3]
  • East Washington PA settles suit for $9k to man claiming cuffs were too tight when he was arrested w/o cause [0]
  • Pinelawn MO cop suspended while investigated for firing at car in chase despite allegedly knowing a baby was in the car. [0]
  • 2 Norfolk VA cops on desk duty while subject of probe related to arrest of cop on pot & steroids dealing charges [0]
  • Belle WV cop jailed for violating bond conditions by continuing to contact wife after DV no-contact order [0]
  • High Springs FL cop fired for altering doctor’s excuse, filed suit alleging retaliation for whistleblowing [0]
  • Waltham MA cop faces disciplinary action for helping council president with his landlord tenant dispute [1]
  • Bartlesville OK police & police union sued by female cop claiming sexual harassment & discrimination [2]
  • And finally, a Canton IL cop was charged with theft on allegations that he shoplifted some over-the-counter male enhancement pills from Walmart. [0]

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

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