National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-15-11

Sorry folks but today’s report is going to be in short format, which is basically just a straight dump from our news feed. I’m not feeling too well tonight and I’m just exhausted from a few long days at work as well. but hopefully I’ll be able to clean the report up sometime tomorrow.

Anyway, here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, March 15, 2011:

  • Ottawa ON cop charged w/sexual assault over video showing him forcibly stripping female detainee in holding cell [0] http://is.gd/peWYyv
  • Pennsylvania State police sued by family of man who died after he caught fire when tasered while doused w/gas [0] http://is.gd/Y3wjTp
  • Seaside CA police officer faces additional charges, 17 in total, after 2nd woman claims he sexually assaulted her [0] http://is.gd/NmiUBn
  • Overland MO settles suit for $1.18mil to family of man killed after cop allegedly shoved him down stairs [0] http://is.gd/PxtgOr
  • Smith Twp PA agrees to undisclosed settlement with man who sued claiming cop attacked him then filed false charges [3] http://is.gd/mp8LCU
  • Chicago IL sued by man claiming police officers punched him while cuffed then abused him & his friend on video [0] http://is.gd/ENFKoh
  • Abbotsford BC police officer charged w/assault after partner reported excessive force incident involving shoplifter [0] http://is.gd/s0nNZq
  • Boston MA loses $200k lawsuit to former prostitute who claimed she was forced to perform sex acts on police officer [0] http://is.gd/pNXXfL
  • Oakland CA settles suit for $412k to 49ers fan who’s arm was broken by cop who tackled him during Raiders game [0] http://is.gd/kdZNEE
  • El Paso TX cop indicted for improper relationship w/15yr-old student while working as school resource officer [0] http://is.gd/fASo4W
  • San Diego CA cop arrested for on duty sexual battery now faces similar allegations by college student & another woman [0] http://is.gd/mvF69u
  • Toronto ON police face 2 more G20 lawsuits alleging false arrest & an illegal search that was caught on video [0] http://is.gd/EH5S2g
  • Romulus MI police dept, police chief’s home & wife’s business raided by state police in overtime funds abuse probe [2] http://is.gd/DPi3sj
  • South Haven MI retired police chief sued by 3 officers claiming they were sexually harassed & discriminated against [3] http://is.gd/PWQcRc
  • Connecticut Valley Hospital police lieutenant fired & faces criminal probe on overtime fraud allegations, made $175k [0] http://is.gd/bEmRS1
  • Marion County OR deputy sentenced to 1week jail & 90days house arrest on DUI assault conviction involving car crash [0] http://is.gd/Be76WV

That’s it for today, my apologies again for not writing up a full report, and stay safe out there as always.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-14-11

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked by our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, March 14, 2011:

  • A Los Angeles CA police officer was convicted for sexually assaulting an 18-year-old girl he arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and for soliciting sex from a transient he arrested on a battery charge. [0]
  • Two Detroit MI police sergeants are the subject of a lawsuit alleging they halted an investigation into a police detective who eventually murdered his police officer wife. The woman’s family claim that if they would have continued the investigation it may have stopped that from happening. [3]
  • It’s now being released that the now-former Attleboro MA police chief was forced to retire in lieu of being fired late last year on allegations that he leaked information about an excessive force investigation against his police officer son to his son in an effort to help him. His son later lost his job as well. [3]
  • A Costa Mesa CA police officer has pled guilty to unlawful use of tracking device for hiding a GPS tracker in a woman’s car. Oddly, it appears as though details about his sentence are unclear. [3]
  • The police chief of Parowan UT has been charged with two misdemeanors for shooting a dog to death. Officials say he was disciplined but few details are being released about exactly what happened to spur the charges. [3]
  • San Luis Obispo CA is being sued by a developmentally disabled man who claims that an off-duty police officer beat him in front of his parents after following him home in an apparent road rage incident. The suit also claims that the department has refused to release investigative reports and other information to the man and the press. [4]
  • A now-former Emmett ID police officer was sentenced to probation for an felony injury to child charge over an incident where a toddler got a hold of her firearm and shot himself, another child, and a woman. [0]
  • A New York NY police officer has been sentenced to probation for stealing drugs from suspects and giving those drugs to informants to pay them off. [0]
  • An Oklahoma City OK police officer is accused of having someone go to his home and remove evidence then plant exonerating evidence in a molestation case against him. Prosecutors also claim that he was present and threatening his accuser when he made a video recanting his molestation claims. [0]
  • Police chiefs in Iowa are expressing concerns about how laws in that state are inconsistent in ways that allow officers who get in trouble for misconduct to jump around between departments because many agencies won’t release records or just fail to perform background checks at all because it’s not required. [0]
  • And finally, a Hatboro PA police officer of unspecified rank was suspended indefinitely without pay for unspecified reasons. You know, sure, it could be something minor, but when agencies get secretive about disciplining officers it should make you suspicious. [4]

Before I go, I wanted to say sorry about the report being late and for some of the eggregious typos in the news feed yesterday. I had to go into work a lot earlier than usual so I was nodding off while posting reports due to a lack of sleep. Sorry about that.

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 03-12-11 to 03-13-11

Before I start with this weekend’s reports I did want to mention an interview I had with The Sun News for an article that appeared in their paper this Sunday about a number of criminal cases involving law enforcement officers in the Horry County South Carolina area where they are located. I have to say I thought it turned out to be a very good and well-balanced piece and I’m glad I could help with it.

Anyway, here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked by our National Police Misconduct News Feed this weekend, March 12-13, 2011:

  • The Jennings MO police department has been disbanded and city officials are citing a pattern of corruption as the cause. Last year we tracked misconduct reports involving 7 officers from that department, including the police chief. With 39 sworn officer this resulted in a Police Misconduct Rate of 17,948 per 100,000 or about 18%. Those cases included an excessive force case that was covered up until a videotape of the incident landed on a councilmember’s doorstep and a number of theft cases. This doesn’t include a case earlier this year of an officer under investigation for shooting at a fleeing vehicle after a chase was called off when police found out there was an infant inside of it. [0]
  • Huntsville AL has settled a lawsuit for $500,000 to a man who was shot three times by a SWAT team during a wrong-door raid in search of that man’s nephew. Police say they shot him because he was armed and wouldn’t drop his weapon but the homeowner disputed that account. [3]
  • A US Border Patrol agent was arrested in Texas on 2 counts of aggravated assault over allegations that he pulled a gun on a group of pedestrians and ordered them to get on their knees an apologize to him in an apparent road rage incident. [0]
  • A Southgate MI police officer has resigned while under investigation on an unspecified sexual assault allegation. Though officials refuse to even disclose that much at this point. [3]
  • The police chief of Quincy WA has fired a police officer on what he claims were 24 of 27 unspecified allegations of misconduct. However, the officer in question previously filed a lawsuit against the city claiming that he suffered retaliation for reporting various acts of misconduct by supervisors and the police chief including pressure to drop a case involving an officer. [4]
  • The Gwinnett County GA police are being sued by a man claiming he was wrongly arrested during a sex sting simply for trying to use a restroom that was targeted on reports of it being used by men trolling for sex. The man claims he has medical problems, including having lost portions of his bowels, which not only make him have to use the restroom often but also make it impossible for him to have sex anyway. [3]
  • A Yancey County NC deputy has been suspended while under investigation for allegedly pawning a department-owned firearm. [0]
  • And finally, I was undecided about adding this report at first until some more recent details about what happened came out. Apparently a Metro Transit Authority police officer in New York City NY fatally shot a plainclothes Nassua County NY officer several minutes after police fatally shot a masked man armed with several knives. Reports so far say the officer, who lives near the shooting scene, is distraught about what happened and opened fire when he saw the officer walking towards the scene with a rifle at his side shortly after he arrived to investigate what was happening. Certainly a sad mistake, but the accounts are reading as if the officer didn’t announce himself or give the other officer a sufficient chance to disarm before firing. We’ve seen an increase in friendly fire fatalities in our research so far and are left wondering if the focus on officer safety above all else is so intense that it’s now putting other officers at risk along with the general public. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-11-11

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, March 11, 2011:

  • McKean County PA apparently kept a $30,000 settlement secret since June of last year. The settlement was made to a WWII veteran who was 86-years-old when he was roughly arrested by the McKean County sheriff in an incident that was captured on video and ended up on YouTube. From what I can recall about the case the dispute between the two began over an attempt to pay bail. [4]
  • Philadelphia PA has settled a lawsuit for $285,000 to a psychologist who worked for the corrections department who was looking for the subject of a study he was conducting when a police officer confronted him and beat him after mistakenly thinking he was looking for a prostitute. [3]
  • A Yakima County WA deputy resigned and pled guilty to breaking into home while on duty and assaulting a man and woman who were there then returning later and raping the woman after the man left. [0]
  • A San Diego CA police officer was arrested on sexual battery, false imprisonment, and assault under color of authority charges for allegedly molesting a woman he arrested on a DUI charge after a Mardi Gras celebration. [0]
  • A Laurel MD police officer was convicted on a sexual abuse charge for hiding a spy camera in his girlfriend’s 15-year-old daughter’s room to record her undressing and for masturbating in her room on camera while holding articles of her clothing. He’s also facing federal child porn charges over that activity as well. [0]
  • The Phoenix AZ police department is being accused of retaliating against an officer who exposed how the department was using flawed kidnapping statistics to pull in a federal grant. [5]
  • Atlanta GA police officers are the subject of a lawsuit alleging that they left a disabled high school student handcuffed to a cabinet during an entire 7-hour school day. [3]
  • The Fayetteville NC police department is facing allegations of racial profiling after a report showed that officers were conducting searches of vehicles during traffic stops three times as often on black drivers than white motorists. [1]
  • Two Los Angeles CA police officers have pled guilty to insurance fraud related charges where one of the officers arranged to have his car torched and the other helped him cover it up so he could file an insurance claim on it. [0]
  • A Bland MO police officer is on leave after he was charged with felony theft along with his wife for alleged bank fraud. [0]
  • A Texas state trooper received a 30-180 day jail sentence in a plea deal for selling steroids to a Kerrville TX police officer. [0]
  • 15 Pennsylvania police officers from 8 different departments were stripped of their police certifications for cheating on a recertification exam. The list includes 4 Darby Borough officers, 3 Upland officers, 2 Brookhaven officers and 1 officer each in Ridley Park, Oxford, Nether Providence, Ridley Township, Trainer, and Upper Darby. [1]
  • A Solon OH police officer is on leave after arrested on a drunk driving charge after crashing into a tree while off duty. [0]
  • And finally, the Lubbock ISD TX police chief has resigned after he was suspended when police officers confronted him and took his badge and gun away when he was allegedly drunk in public while wearing both. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-10-11

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, March 10, 2011:

  • A Princeton WV police officer who claimed state police instructors had been excessively rough with him during training, causing him to suffer a blood clot in his brain, has now been arrested by state police who claim that he had attempted to coerce a 17-year-old boy into giving him oral sex in exchange for letting him go after he was arrested. [3]
  • A Yakima WA police officer has resigned after a year-long investigation into allegations that he groped a woman while giving her a ride home after he had arrested her boyfriend on a drunk driving charge. [1]
  • Seattle WA has agreed to pay out $974,000 to a woman who’s house was destroyed by police in a volley of tear gas grenades after she called police to report that she thought her nephew, the subject of a manhunt for killing police officers in a cafe, might be heading to her home. [0]
  • In Seattle WA again, the police department is being sued by lawyers representing a man who was determined to be innocent and released on the same day he was violently detained during a heavily armed raid on his home based on an anonymous tip. The suit isn’t directly about the raid, but the apparent efforts by police to hide information about what happened via their refusal to release requested documents. Even though police insist the man was innocent, they are hiding the information by claiming the case is still the subject of a criminal investigation of some sort. [4]
  • Arlington TX police are investigating how one of their officers decided to arrest and jail a man for 9 days on a warrant for murder even though the man’s name on the warrant had a different last name. The officer insists he called to verify that the man’s license ID number matched the subject of the warrant but, oddly, the man in the warrant had no license because he was an illegal immigrant. They insist the officer did the right thing. [0]
  • The Mount Laurel NJ police department is part of a lawsuit that includes county prosecutors alleging they falsely arrested and prosecuted a man for having locked and unloaded legal firearms in his trunk. The suit also alleges that police illegally searched his car when they found the guns that he had legally obtained. [3]
  • A Mesquite TX police sergeant who is in charge of a narcotics unit was arrested for allegedly stealing $2,000 during an undercover drug bust. [0]
  • The police chief of Cocoa FL has resigned ahead of expected criminal charges related to an altercation he had with his ex-girlfriend in December. [0]
  • A Philadelphia PA police sergeant was fired after charged with theft by deception and perjury on allegations he was taking part in an insurance fraud scheme with his roommate. [0]
  • A Sunset Hills MO police officer was sentenced to 8 years in prison after convicted on a number of charges including involuntary manslaughter over the deaths of four young people in an accident she caused while driving drunk. [0]
  • A Woodland CA police sergeant was arrested on a DUI charge after man who helped him pick up his motorcycle that he dropped in the street called the police and told them he smelled alcohol on his breath. [0]
  • The police chief of East Hampton CT apologized for racially insensitive emails that he forwarded to employees. There’s been no word on whether he’ll face any disciplinary action for it. [1]
  • Yakima WA has settled a sexual discrimination and harassment lawsuit involving the police chief for $160,000 that will be split between the three officers that filed the suit. [0]
  • And finally, a Bryan TX police officer is on leave after being busted on an indecent exposure charge over an incident in a parking lot that police say has now tied him to other indecent exposure incidents… though they haven’t said if it was a birthmark or something else that gave him away. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-09-11

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, March 9, 2011:

  • Orange TX is being sued by the family of a man who was fatally shot by an off-duty police captain after a dispute the man had with a auto parts store employee. The suit alleges that the city is negligent by keeping the officer on the force despite an alleged history of excessive force and off-duty violence. The suit also apparently alleges that the officer did a “victory dance” after the shooting. [3]
  • A former Crescent City FL police officer admitted that he was a life-long pedophile and that he believes he molested anywhere from 200-300 young girls throughout his life during his sentencing hearing attended by at least four of his victims. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison on just 2 counts of molestation. While it’s not clear if the charges he was sentenced for involve activity that occurred while he was a police officer, his confession appears to indicate that some of his victims were molested while he was an officer. [0]
  • A Fort Worth TX police officer who was already arrested on sexual assault charge is now being accused of sexually assaulting at least four other women while he was on duty. [1]
  • The sheriff of Fayette County AL is being sued by the ACLU of Alabama on allegations that he has been preventing ACLU lawyers from interviewing or visiting detainees in his jail who have been complaining about mistreatment and civil rights violations.[5]
  • A Gallatin County MT deputy has resigned before he was charged with a felony for mistereating a detainee. Apparently the deputy was caught on video grabbing a handcuffed female 17-year-old runaway by the throat and shoving her into the wall with such force that her hair was “momentarily extended due to the rapid movement.” Fortunately a Bozeman police sergeant entered the room and intervened. [0]
  • A St Louis MO police officer who was caught on video repeatedly striking a man with a metal baton on New Years Eve while working an off-duty security gig at a gas station is now being sued over another off-duty security job incident where he’s accused of using excessive force against a man while working security at a bar. [3]
  • A New York NY police officer is the subject of a lawsuit filed by a 5’2″ former concert pianist who claims that the officer gave her a concussion when he dragged her down marble steps after a dispute she had about tickets at an opera. [3]
  • The city of Reno NV was found negligent by a jury that awarded a little over $100k to a woman who was a teen when a now-former police sergeant coerced her into stripping in his police cruiser when she was detained. While the officer beat criminal charges resulting from that alleged incident the department fired him after an internal investigation. [3]
  • A Dallas TX police officer was suspended while under investigation on allegations that he ordered a woman to strip after she had called police to report a theft. [2]
  • A Clarksville TN police officer is on leave while under investigation on allegations that he assaulted a woman. Officials are not releasing any details in this case, including whether the alleged assault occurred on or off duty. [2]
  • A Monroe County TN detective’s ploy to pose as a “federal defense attorney” in an effort to convince a suspect into confessing and accepting a plea deal has been ruled as unconstitutional by an appeals court after a judge had previously ruled that it was an acceptable practice. [1]
  • A now-former King County WA deputy who resigned last month has been arrested in Arkansas. Apparently he was accused of stealing drugs that were intended for use in training police dogs. [1]
  • Nine Fort Worth TX police officers are facing charges on allegations that they participated in a scheme to collect overtime pay worth over $95,000 for hours they didn’t work. [0]
  • A Palm Beach County FL deputy has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly firing her service revolver during a dispute with her husband over a woman’s phone number she found on his cell phone. [0]
  • A Vancouver WA police detective has been fired on allegations that he failed to report a relationship he knew about between a fellow officer and an informant who had an ongoing meth habit. Two other officers are currently under investigation over similar allegations that the violated policy by failing to report the relationship which was also a violation of policy. [0]
  • The now former police chief of Lilburn GA who was fired over unspecified misconduct was apparently the subject of sexual harassment allegations made by a subordinate officer according to records that were just recently released. [2]
  • And finally, two San Francisco CA police officers are the subject of a lawsuit filed by a former police officer who claims he lost his job when the pair falsely arrested him while he was jogging in a park. [3]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-08-11

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, March 8, 2011:

  • St Paul MN settled a lawsuit for $270k to a woman claiming she needed over 300 stitches after a police officer allegedly threw her through a glass door. Police still insist that she fell. [3]
  • Three Hamilton County OH deputies are the subject of a lawsuit filed by a man who was tasered 7 times in about a minute while he was suffering from a diabetic episode. The suit was filed after prosecutors refused to file charges over the incident because an “expert” they hired cleared the officers of wrongdoing. In fact, that expert told reporters she has never found wrongdoing by any officer she’s investigated in her career as a “use of force expert”. [5]
  • Ottawa County MI is being sued by a college student who was unarmed when he was shot in the chest by a deputy during a raid on his apartment because he raised his arm to shield his eyes from a flashlight glare when he opened the door for the officers. [0]
  • A Seaside CA police officer has been arrested on 2 assault and 6 sexual battery charges involving incidents that allegedly occurred while he was on duty. [1]
  • A Fort Worth TX police officer is under investigation after a couple complained that the officer was overly aggressive and used excessive force when he injured a woman at a park while throwing her into his cruiser then falsely ticketing the man she was with for violating the park’s curfew while many others were in the park playing with their dogs and watching softball games. [2]
  • Danbury CT has settled a lawsuit for $400k to 8 of 11 day laborers who claimed that an immigration raid was a matter of racial profiling. Oddly, the lawyer representing the city called the $400k payout “vindication” for the city. [1]
  • A New Melle MO police officer has been sentenced to probation for sexually harassing a school teacher via text messages and an alleged illegal traffic stop. Previous reports about the case also included allegations he threatened her inside a school classroom with a taser but subsequent articles didn’t mention it. [0]
  • Four Milwaukee WI police officers were suspended from 1-3 days for failing to properly investigate a fatal hit-and-run accident that involved a relative of a police officer. [1]
  • A Bennington County VT deputy was arrested on a domestic assault charge on allegations he threw a can at a woman then grabbed her by the throat and threw her to the floor. [0]
  • And finally, a Baltimore MD police major is under investigation for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident involving his city-owned car. [0]

Yes, today’s numbers are a little low for a regular Tuesday but it was a difficult day today unfortunately. Beyond just being a bad day overall I wasn’t able to catch up on the news feed during my 1.5-2 hour bus rides home as both the buses I take were packed.

Hopefully I’ll find some of the reports I missed tomorrow. As always, I’ll give it my best effort.

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-07-11

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, March 7, 2011:

  • An Oneonta NY police officer is on unpaid leave after an investigation found that he used excessive force during a traffic stop for using a cell phone while driving. [0]
  • A Vermont State trooper resigned while he was under investigation on allegations that he sexually assaulted a teen girl and took explicit photos and videos of her. No charges have been filed in the case and police are having difficulty finding anything other than legal photos of the girl but say his cell phone was damaged in a way that appears as though it was a matter of evidence tampering. [0]
  • A San Diego CA police officer has resigned while under investigation on allegations made public last month that he raped a college student with the help of a female college employee. [0]
  • Peoria AZ and Maricopa County AZ are being sued by a woman who owned a day care business who was wrongly arrested, prosecuted and then exonerated three times in a highly questionable murder case. [3]
  • The New Melle MO police department is being sued by a female teacher who was subjected to sexual harassment by a police officer that the suit claims was hired despite his criminal history which included similar allegations involving a minor. [3]
  • Kansas City MO is settling a lawsuit that may cost that city $3,650,000 that could be awarded to upwards of 500 people who had their assets and cash seized in drug cases, some of which were dismissed or ended in exoneration because the police mismanaged forfeiture funds. This just a day after a $3,000,000 judgment was levied against Bernalillo County New Mexico and it’s former sheriff over forfeiture practices as well. [0]
  • A DeKalb County GA police lieutenant resigned before he was arraigned on bribery charges though officials aren’t giving any specifics on what those charges are based on at this time. [1]
  • San Francisco CA has dropped charges in 5 drug cases as yet another video, the fourth so far, has been released by the city’s public defender’s office which alleges it provides even more evidence that officers lied in sworn statements to justify arrests made during warrantless searches. [3]
  • Harford County MD settled a lawsuit for unspecified sum to women who were arrested while participating in an anti-abortion protest. At least one of the women claims she was strip searched multiple times. [3]
  • A Lorain OH police officer has been fired for abuse of authority on allegations that he harassed her and had her followed and watched while at a party then pulled her over as well as another car that was similar to the one she was in. [0]
  • A Woodlawn OH police officer has resigned after he was arrested for allegedly stealing from a grocery store he was working at while off-duty as a security guard. [0]
  • A West York PA police officer was suspended while she is the subject of a criminal investigation on allegations that she illegally recorded conversations with her domestic partner. [1]
  • And finally, a Chicago IL police officer has been suspended while under investigated on allegations that he placed a fake 911 call in order to get away from a police officer who pulled him over on suspicion of drunk driving. Oddly, the Niles IL police officer who pulled him over was trying to give him a break by not having him take a breathalyzer and was going to let him go, though the department insists that wasn’t a matter of “professional courtesy. [2]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 03-05-11 to 03-06-11

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6, 2011:

  • Seaside Heights NJ police are the subject of three excessive force lawsuits that were all filed in February. This is after facing 6 that were filed last year, two of which settled out of court. The first claims police used excessive force after they entered a home w/o a warrant or permission. The second claims he was beaten by police while falsely arrested then waffled (where police spike breaks to injure handcuffed passengers) on the way to jail. The third claims he was assaulted by cops while waiting for his girlfriend outside a bar. [3]
  • The Oakland CA police department was forced by an arbitrator to rehire a police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man in the back as he was fleeing which cost the city $650,000 in the resulting lawsuit settlement stemming from that case. [0]
  • A Kansas City KS police officer has been suspended while he’s under investigation for allegedly shooting a bouncer in the stomach twice while he was being escorted out of a bar for being too drunk and disruptive. Police allegedly questioned him but no charges have been filed. [4]
  • Portland OR has settled a lawsuit for nearly $82,000 to a man who was tasered in back by a police officer while he was on his knees with his hands on his head in a case where an arbitrator assigned to the case offered a stinging rebuke when the officer’s testimony was contradicted by four witnesses. A second case discussed in this report was settled early last year and was in our database already. [3]
  • Elk NJ and Clayton NJ were able to keep a $35,000 settlement made to two pastors and a third person a secret for nearly 5 months. The suit alleged that officers searched a home that was being converted into a church and wrongly accusing the man living there while doing the renovations of selling drugs there. [4]
  • New York NY settled a lawsuit for $170,000 to 9 people who were part of a class action suit claiming the city’s stop and frisk practices were a violation of civil rights. lawsuit, 6 cases pending [0]
  • Bernalillo County NM and its former sheriff have been ordered by a judge to pay over $3,000,000 to approximately 500 motorists who had their money taken by deputies who claimed they were seizing it to use as evidence in cases that never happened. [0]
  • A Pueblo CO police officer has been charged with misdemeanor assault, harassment and menacing concerning an alleged altercation with female officer at the police station. [1]
  • A Contra Costa County CA deputy was arrested on suspicion of selling drugs as part of an ongoing corruption probe into a state narcotics task force that resulted in the arrest of a state officer and a private eye. [0]
  • A Chicago IL police commander is the subject of an investigation into unspecified allegations of child abuse involving her teenage daughter. [1]
  • A Medford MA police officer has been suspended for 9 months without pay after receiving a suspended sentence in a plea deal to a solicitation charge last year. [0]
  • And finally, a New York NY police officer is being accused of speeding in 3-wheeled police cart before crashing into a light pole, uprooting the pole and injuring himself in the process. [3]

Before I end this report I did want to mention that I am still working on the 2010 full statistical report. This will be the first full year report once I get it done and I’m trying to get it done before we’re evicted from our home.

It takes a lot of time and focus to do these statistical reports and those are things might not have depending on what kind of living situation we have to resort to once we’re forced out of here. So hopefully I’ll be able to get this done sooner rather than later.

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-04-11

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. [0]
  • 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. [0]
  • 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. [1]
  • 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. [0]
  • 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. [0]
  • 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. [0]
  • 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. [3]
  • 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.) [0]
  • 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. [0]
  • 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. [0]
  • 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. [1]
  • 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. [3]
  • 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. [0]
  • 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. [0]
  • 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. [0]
  • 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. [0]
  • 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. [0]
  • An Oregon State trooper resigned after he was arrested on allegations that he repeatedly harassed a woman via phone, email and text messages. [0]
  • 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. [0]
  • 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. [0]

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!

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