Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, March 4, 2011:
- A Los Angeles CA civilian commission ruled against the police chief’s decision to exonerate two officers involved in the shooting death of an unarmed autistic man who they claim was pointing a cellphone at them despite that cellphone being found in the man’s belt holster afterward. 
- A Washington County MO chief deputy was convicted on civil rights charges for orchestrating inmate beatings in jail and for beating some inmates himself as well, including one that had to be hospitalized with a broken orbital bone, then lying about it to federal investigators. 
- A Midland MI police officer has been suspended after he was arrested on several charges over allegations that he used his position to sexually assault a disabled woman in her home. Officials are refusing to release any other details including whether he was actually on duty or not at the time. 
- A New Orleans LA police officer has been sentenced to 45 years in prison after he was convicted of on kidnapping and sexual assault charges for detaining a woman then driving her behind an abandoned warehouse where he raped her. 
- The Dallas TX police department is being sued by the alleged victim of excessive force in an incident that was caught on dashcam. One officer involved in that incident has been fired. 
- A retired Cleveland OH police officer has been sentenced to 52 and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted rape and possession of child pornography. As many of our readers know we don’t track incidents involving people when they are no longer law enforcement officers, however prosecutors in this case alleged that the officer used tools and techniques he learned as a police officer investigating child exploitation cases to do what he did, which appears to indicate he was doing it, or planning to do so, while he was a cop. 
- A Chicago IL city alderman is demanding to know why a police officer who is the subject of a pending $3,000,000 lawsuit settlement was promoted after he was suspended for 30 days when video proved he lied about fatally shooting an unarmed man in the face. While the settlement itself was recorded in our database yesterday as the current conclusion of that excessive force incident, this report is being recorded as an accountability issue. 
- A Palm Springs CA police lieutenant has been arrested on domestic violence and kidnapping charges involving his girlfriend who was reported as missing as of March 1 and still has not been located. (Update, the alleged victim was found alive in Arizona today after missing for 8 days, no word on how this might affect the charges against the officer.) 
- The Elberta AL police chief has been arrested on multiple charges on allegations that he fired a shot through his own office window then reported that he chased down and fired shots at the pretend shooter. 
- A Johnson City NY police officer was sentenced to 48 months in prison for claiming disability pay after he stabbed himself then falsely reported that he was stabbed by two suspects who were never found. 
- Two Trenton TX police officers have been indicted on official oppression charges after accused of unlawfully detaining a man under color of law in an unspecified incident. 
- Six San Francisco CA police officers are now the subject of an FBI investigation into allegations that they committed unlawful searches and raids and lied about arrests in at least three incidents that where captured on video. As a result of this the department has shut down that undercover unit. 
- The Powell WY police department was the subject of a $30,001 civil suit judgment after they were sued by a woman who claimed officers forced her to walk in front of them at gunpoint as a human shield during a raid and then unsafely deployed a flash-bang grenade without checking the room they threw it into first. 
- An FBI agent assigned to the US Attorney General’s security detail reportedly had a .25 BAC when he caused an accident that killed an 18-year-old and critically injured his passenger. The incident is still under investigation without any charges being filed yet. 
- Another Philadelphia PA police officer was convicted on intent to distribute heroin and armed robbery charges over a fake traffic stop that was performed with the intent to steal 300 grams of heroin. 
- A Houston TX police officer is the subject of an investigation on allegtions that she falsely arrested a woman on public intoxication charges after being informed that the woman had trouble walking and talking due to a stroke she had suffered. 
- Two Apopka FL police officers have resigned and may face criminal charges after they admitted to vandalizing a suspect’s car because he fled when stopped. 
- An Oregon State trooper resigned after he was arrested on allegations that he repeatedly harassed a woman via phone, email and text messages. 
- Mason City IA has settled a lawsuit for $85,000 to a church that the police chief had claimed was a cult and had a secret arsenal. The claims the chief made against the church also sparked an IRS investigation that turned up no wrongdoing on the church’s part. 
- And finally, the police chief of Kennebunkport ME has resigned after he berated one of his officers when that officer pulled him over on suspicion of drunk driving. The officer ultimately didn’t charge the police chief and drove him home instead. 
Just to keep everyone up to speed, our landlord decided to kick us out a day after she accepted just about 90% of my first paycheck as a payment towards the rent we’re behind on. It was a turn around from an agreement we had that would have caught us up on rent within a couple months and it’s unfortunate that she backed out of it, but there isn’t much we can do about it now but start packing yet again for our third move in the last 7 months.
We haven’t been given a specific date yet, so we’ll see how long we have before we’re formally evicted. I doubt it will be long enough to save up for a move into another rental, even if we could find a place that would let us rent. So we’re hoping we at least have long enough for another paycheck to roll in so we can move our things into storage and hold out in a motel or something.
Things might get a bit difficult for tracking reports, depending on how things go, but as I’ve said all along I’ll try to keep the project going no matter what.
That’s it for today, stay safe out there!