National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

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!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-15-11

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, June 15, 2011:

  • Mt Vernon NY appeals $315k brutality judgment to cop against cop facing 2nd brutality suit involving 12yr-old [3]
  • Williamsburg County SC deputy fired & arrested for beating detainee on video while he was being booked into jail [1]
  • Refugio Co TX sheriff & 2 deputies sued by 2 women claiming they were strip searched at roadside traffic stop [3]
  • Plattville CO cop charged w/assault of at-risk adult for shoving 60yr-old who asked him to turn off car at gas pump [0]
  • Leon Valley TX cop resigns while under investigation for allegedly firing shots in neighborhood while drunk [0]
  • Helotes TX cop suspended 1wk for failing to detain cop accused of firing rounds in neighborhood while drunk [0]
  • Nassau Co NY cop arrested on multiple charges on allegations he forced woman to touch him sexually at traffic stop [0]
  • Honolulu HI cop convicted of 2nd degree sexual assault for forcing a prostitute to have sex under threat of arrest [0]
  • Alorton IL police chief sentenced to 6mo home detention & probation after pleading to filing fraudulent tax returns [0]
  • Fort Collins CO deputy suspended after arrested on multiple charges including domestic violence & drunk driving [0]
  • Pender Co NC sheriff’s capt suspended after arrested on solicting prostitution & crimes against nature charges [1]
  • Palm Beach Co FL sheriff’s lt charged w/official misconduct for fixing a public official’s daughter’s tickets [0]
  • South Carolina state trooper fired after US DHS executes search warrant on his home in unspecified investigation [1]
  • US FBI, Pennsylvania state & Bellevue PA cops sued by family of 11 subjected to pre-dawn wrong door raid [0]
  • Nashville TN cop indicted on charges including money laundering in alleged cocaine distribution conspiracy [0]
  • Durham regional ON police officer arrested on drug possession & trafficking charges after internal investigation [1]
  • Oxnard CA cop arrested for workers comp fraud after allegedly caught playing basketball while too disabled to work [0]
  • 2 Mission TX cops under investigation after caught on video crossing into Mexico while chasing suspected car theif [0]
  • Pennington County SD deputy pleads guilty to 6 counts possession, manufacture & distrubution of child pornography [0]
  • Phoenix AZ police sniper allegedly shoots wrong woman in face during stand off when female suspect ran into her home. While I was suspicious when I read the early accounts on this one, I’m questioning it more now that additional information is being released, it may get dropped from the database. [3]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-14-11

Here are the 22 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, June 13, 2011:

  • Bountiful City UT settles suit for undisclosed sum to man tasered 6-10 times on video in stop for crooked plates [3]
  • 2 Los Angeles Co CA deputies investigated by FBI over claims by ACLU observer that she saw them beat limp detainee [3]
  • Lake County CA sheriff under investigation by DA on allegations he beat cuffed detainee on way to jail [2]
  • Middletown CT police & school sued by mom of teen tasered 5x for putting extra beef patty on his tray at lunch [0]
  • Brentwood MD cop resigns after charged w/assault for stopping a family & threatening them while off duty & possibly drunk [0]
  • Texas DPS trooper investigated for allegedly pulling gun on 2 16yr-olds in off-duty road rage incident [0]
  • Winkler Co TX sheriff convicted on 6counts for retaliating against 2 nurses who filed complaint against his Dr pal [0]
  • Mooresville IN cop sentenced to 108days jail in plea deal for lying about testing drugs that ended up being fake [0]
  • Laurel MD cop pleads to child porn charge, hid camera in girl’s closet & possessed explicit videos of children [0]
  • Illinois State Trooper sentenced to 60days after pleading guilty to watching child porn on his police car laptop [0]
  • Sardis GA cop who was hired despite being fired from another dept for sexual misconduct has been fired again over sexual comments made to 2 young females at store [1]
  • Mobile AL cop accused of trying to beat light in crash that injured 5 while police insist he was responding to a call. Sadly, 2 of the people suffered serious brain injuries and that state’s laws limit what you can sue local governments for to $100k which won’t even come close to covering their bills, even if they are able to sue. [3]
  • Washington DC police sgt arrested on theft charge alleging she scammed an 85yr-old woman she was assigned to help [0]
  • Ontario Provincial Police officer in Coburg ON charged w/bribery, breach of trust & obstruction [0]
  • Elkhart IN cop suspended 8days for failing to follow procedure & driving too fast during 2 police chases [0]
  • West Carrollton OH cop sentenced to 1wk home detention for shoplifting from Walmart, resigned after arrest [0]
  • Bernalillo Co NM deputy suspended & faces charges for harassing ex-girlfriend cop via text messages [0]
  • McLean Co IL deputy suspended 60days for using position to date woman he met on call & sexting her while on duty [0]
  • Saratoga Springs NY police chief suspended after admitting to sending explicit text messages to woman after she asked him to stop [1]
  • Citronelle AL cop suspended while under investigation for unspecified allegations of misconduct [2]
  • Hernando Co FL deputy suspended 3days for using badge to get out of ticket, now subject of another investigation [0]
  • East Rochester NY cop charged w/misdemeanor DUI after crashing into van while off duty, injuring 3 teens [0]

I’m sure some of you who follow our news feed may notice that, lately, the feed is pretty slow during the day then has a burst of activity towards the evening. That’s because I’ve been swamped with work at my day job lately since my contract ends in two weeks and it doesn’t look like they have the budget to extend it a third time. Which means they want me to do as many things finished for them as possible before they get short-handed when I’m gone. Unfortunately, though, I still don’t have anything lined up for when this ends, which is really bad news.

Stay safe out there everyone.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-13-11

Here are the 19 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, June 13, 2011:

  • Midland MI cop sentenced to 6-20yrs in no contest plea to charges for sexual assault of disabled crime victim [0]
  • Denver CO settles suit for $45k to firefighter choked by cop outside pizza shop for saying “way to protect & serve” [0]
  • Denver CO settles suit for $35k to man attacked by 2 cops on video while walking dogs for taking pic of traffic stop[0]
  • Barrow Co GA sheriff & Statham GA police subject of NAACP request for US DOJ pattern & practice brutality probe [0]
  • Worth Co MO sheriff charged w/violating the rights of 8 women by coercing them to expose selves & illegal searches [0]
  • Sanford FL cop suspended while investigation re-opened into incident on video when he threatened people in car w/gun [3]
  • Oakland CA faces class action suit alleging mass arrest of 150 in police brutality protest last yr violated rights [0]
  • 10 Utah police officers from various agencies have certifications taken or suspended for various acts of misconduct [0] (Note: with these kinds of articles I have to sift through each individual case and only add the cases that we didn’t already track. 2 of the 10 I’ve looked at so far were already in our database as criminal charges.)
  • Maricopa CA police accused of retaliating against man who threatened suit over questionable impound practices [4]
  • Montgomery Co MD cop sentenced to 5mo home detention for using police database to help drug dealing fiance [0]
  • Cody WY refuses to say why police officer was fired & plans to keep council hearing secret, possibly violating law [4]
  • Rockaway Beach OR cop suspended while under investigation for unspecified allegations as high school softball coach [3]
  • Boulder Co CO deputy subject of suit by bicyclist hit by cruiser that pulled out in front of her, deputy was cited [0]
  • Iowa LA police officer arrested on DUI charge after single vehicle accident in police dept take-home vehicle [0]
  • Shawnee OK cop gets deferred sentence & fine for off-duty DUI charge that also cost him his job [0]
  • Solon OH cop sentenced to 3days jail after pleading guilty to DUI from when he crashed into tree w/.238 BAC [0]
  • Honolulu HI cop sentenced to 30days for hitting 63yr-old pedestrian while driving under the influence [0]
  • Amherst Co VA deputy sentenced to probation after convicted of attempting to illegally obtain prescription drugs [0]
  • Sandusky OH cop faces discipline after cruiser crashed when he failed to shift to park before exiting to chase kids [0]

That’s it for today, a big thank you to those of you who have donated so far, and stay safe out there!

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 06-10-11 to 06-11-11

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend, June 10-11, 2011:

  • An Orlando FL police officer is accused by several witnesses of shooting a man in the back as he fled from a drug sting and it appears as though he may have been unarmed as well. [3]
  • An Elyria OH police officer has been charged with misdemeanor assault after he was suspended for 5 days for punching a DUI suspect who was handcuffed to a hospital bed. [0]
  • An Elmore OH police officer took advantage of a plea deal involving charges for sexting and exchanging nude pics with a 14yr-old girl. No word on what sentence he’ll receive yet. Apparently the girl’s father gave him a second chance by telling him not to do it anymore but the officer kept having chat sessions with her anyway. [1]
  • A Gaffney SC cop resigned after charged with a felony DUI for hitting a utility pole while off duty which resulted in an 18yr-old being injured. [0]
  • A Norfolk VA police officer was arrested on 11 charges including sales of steroids or stimulants and distribution of marijuana [0]
  • An Elwood KS police officer was fired while he’s the subject of an unspecified criminal investigation by state bureau of investigation [2]
  • A Smith County TX deputy was suspended after arrested for drunk driving when he was found passed out in an SUV at an intersection [0]
  • And finally, the Bandara TX police department is being accused of corruption involving documented problems with evidence handling by a cop who is suing for discrimination after he was disciplined for leaving evidence in his police car. [0]

Last week was very difficult and things didn’t get much better over the weekend. We could really use some donations to help out right about now even though I really hate to ask. Let’s just hope this week is better.

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

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