National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-05-12

Unfortunately, my current job interfered with my ability to track reports yet again today, still, here are the 9 reports I was able to track in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, April 5, 2012:

  • Harrodsburg KY cop sentenced to 3 years as part of a plea deal to 148 rape, sodomy & sex abuse charges involving a 14yr-old girl [0]
  • Calgary AB cop charged with assault over unspecified on-duty incident in July of 2011 [3]
  • Southern View IL cop is under investigation after accused of groping women at traffic stop. He had resigned from the Springfield PD in the midst of a sexual misconduct case before he was hired on at Southern View. [0]
  • Illinois 2 ex-cops in center of several false confession cases teaching state-funded police investigator classes [0]
  • St Cloud FL cop accidentally shoots a fellow cop during a drug raid, claiming he was concerned for his safety. However, police won’t say if they found anything or arrested anyone during the raid. [3]
  • New Orleans LA cop suspended after arrest on DUI charge while driving unmarked police cruiser, refused breath test [0]
  • Los Angeles Co CA sheriff’s capt investigated for taking ex-golf pro inmate to golf resort to get golf lessons [0]
  • Clinton Twp NJ cop suspended arrested on possession of steroids w/o prescription charge after investigation [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-04-12

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, April 4, 2012:

  • 5 New Orleans LA cops sentenced for roles in Danziger bridge murders, 1 for 65yrs, 2 for 40, 1 for 38 & 1 for 6 [0]
  • Hayward CA police sued by family of 89yr-old who lost leg then died after police dog mauled him in his own yard [3]
  • Brandon MS cop accused of forcing motorist to pull down pants & underwear to prove he had no drugs during stop [3]
  • Springfield MA cop sentenced to 18mo for beating motorist with flashlight in traffic stop caught on video [0]
  • Albuquerque NM cop investigated for swearing, challenging suspect to fight then punching alleged bystander on video [0]
  • Baltimore MD settles suit for $95k to principal injured when cops detained her while searching home w/o permission [0]
  • Moorhead MN police sued by waitress after cops siezed her $12k tip because they claimed it “smelled like pot” [3]
  • RCMP to pay $331k judgment to man injured in crash when cop ran red light on her way to lunch [0]
  • New Castle PA sued by man arrested by cop after he reported that he suspected he was victim of check fraud scam [3]
  • Peters PA police sued by man claiming cop was aggressive & pulled gun on him while he was legally hunting [3]
  • Gloucester Twp NJ cop arrested on drug possession and possession with intent to distribute charges [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-28-12 to 04-03-12

Here are the 40 reports of police misconduct tracked so far in our National Police Misconduct News Feed over our unfortunate hiatus from Wednesday, March 29 – Tuesday, April 3, 2012:

  • Rockledge FL police sued by mom of patient who died after tasered 6x & suffocated w/pillow case by cops at hospital [3]
  • Gilroy CA police may be on hook for up to $1.25mil in jury award in excessive force suit over fatal shooting by cop [0]
  • Portland OR ordered by arbitraitor to rehire cop fired for fatally shooting unarmed man in back as he surrendered [0]
  • Macon GA police sued by man who suffered facial fractures after pistol whipped by cop in false arrest [3]
  • Harvey IL police promise reforms after fed investigation finds 1/2 use of force cases were for “contempt of cop” [0]
  • Austin TX police sued by Hispanic jogger injured when tasered 2x by cop who mistook him for a black suspect [2]
  • New York NY police sued for violating rights of 1000’s of private apt bldg residents with “Clean Halls” program [3]
  • Fort Worth TX settles suit for $50k to man claiming cop taunted him after he was beaten & tasered [1]
  • Coon Rapids MN cop sentenced to 41 months in prison for sexually abusing his adopted son 1,480 times [0]
  • Linden MI cop charged w/several counts of criminal sexual conduct involving victim under 13yrs-old [0]
  • Melrose Park IL cop sued by woman for twisting her arm in arrest attempt after she called police to report assault [3]
  • Philadelphia PA police sgt investigated for choking corrections officer on video for legally carrying gun w/permit [0]
  • Portland OR cop charged w/child luring & sexual corruption of a minor after caught in online sting operation [0]
  • Corona CA settles suit for $86k to man injured when yanked from car during stop for invalid license [0]
  • Lacey WA cop pleads guilty to lying under oath to judge in effort to obtain search warrant on drug suspect’s car [0]
  • Jackson TN cop pleads guilty to conspiring to steal $1,200 from citizen while processing a crime scene [0]
  • Grayslake IL police chief charged w/DUI & armed while intoxicated following off-duty head-on crash with car [0]
  • Latah Co ID sheriff’s lt charged w/felony misuse of public funds for allegedly skimming $56k over 5 years [0]
  • Palm Beach Co FL deputy arrested for harassing ex-girlfriend by posting harassing signs & posters at her job [0]
  • New London CT cop fired for excessive force for leaving man paralyzed by shooting him inside crashed stolen truck [0]
  • Sevier Co TN deputy convicted of agg assault for knocking neighbor off ATV & threatening him w/gun [0]
  • Denver CO police commission continues long string of reducing & overturning disciplinary actions against bad cops [5]
  • Yakima WA cop sentenced to 1yr jail in plea deal for harassment & violation of protection order by wife [0]
  • Ottawa ON cop suspended after charged with assault over unspecified off-duty incident [3]
  • Berwyn IL cop sentenced to 47mo prison for taking part in burglaries on behalf of the mob, leaked info [0]
  • RCMP sued claiming officers went outside bounds of warrant by seizing big ticket items & not returning them [3]
  • Chicago IL cops push for exception to wiretap law letting them record suspects while opposing right to record cops [5]
  • Waterford NJ cop suspended and faces charges for alleging threatening to kill man who filed complaint against him [0]
  • Youngstown OH police sued by 2 women claiming cops filed false charges in retaliation for complaints & lawsuit [5]
  • New York NY study shows cops defying orders to stop manufacturing arrests for possession of small amounts of pot [4]
  • New York NY police face legal action after cop cuffed & detained Caribbean ambassador until US State Dep intervened [0]
  • Carrollton MO cop charged w/possession of meth after opened bags of evidence found in car during traffic stop [0]
  • North Canton OH cop gets probation/suspended sentence for firing gun during off-duty domestic dispute [0]
  • Falmouth MA unnamed police officer under investigation over role in alleged off-duty bar fight [2]
  • Prince George’s Co MD cop arrested on 2 counts misconduct & theft for allegedly stealing from evidence [1]
  • Batesville MS ordered to pay $53k judgment to family of teen arrested for curfew while with adults on Halloween [0]
  • Lincoln NE cop sentenced to 2-5yrs after pleading guilty to stealing thousands from union and Santa Cop charity [0]
  • 7 Sunrise FL cops disciplined after news article highlighted 800 cops caught excessively speeding in Florida [0]
  • Virginia Beach VA police sgt arrested for solicitation during undercover escort sting operation [0]
  • Woonsocket RI cop gets DUI charges dismissed after police waited a week after crash to charge him [3]

Again, sorry for the extended absence, between being overloaded at work doing 18 hour days for several days on multiple projects while cabling and moving a datacenter to a new building with very little help and some unfortunate issues with cyberbullies harassing my 12-year-old son… not to mention ongoing technical and spam issues with the site, it was difficult to get any tracking done. I’ve given notice and have found another job so hopefully things will return to normal soon. Thank you for your patience.

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-27-12

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, March 27, 2012:

  • New York NY cop convicted of sexually assaulting school teacher at gunpoint, jury deadlocks on rape charge during what have been described as angry deliberations. [0]
  • Waterloo IA cop sued by man who suffered head injuries when tasered 2x during false interference arrest [3]
  • Boston MA settles suit for $170k to atty Simon Glick who was arrested for recording police in public [0]
  • 2 Coral Springs FL cops investigated after cellphone audio exonerates 60yr-old woman falsely arrested on a felony charge during a traffic stop when that recording contradicted the police report [0]
  • Harris Co TX Pct 3 dep constable indicted for allegedly groping woman in custody while investigated on other claim [0]
  • Aurora CO police sgt accepts last minute plea deal for possession of child porn shortly before facing trial [0]
  • Washington state troopr arrested on DV charges after allegedly pointing gun at wife & threatening to kill her [0]
  • Connecticut state trooper arrested on burglary, breach of peace & computer crimes in unspecified case [2]
  • New Orleans LA cop resigns after suspended for posting on news site that Trayvon Martin was thug & deserved to die [0]
  • Florida state trooper pleads guilty to conspiracy to distribute & possession with intent in drug trafficking scheme [0]
  • RCMP subject of class action sexual harassment lawsuit, initiated by ex-mountie alleging 20yrs of harassment [0]
  • Miami Beach FL cop investigated on allegations he was drinking on the job in his police cruiser [0]
  • Crestwood IL police cmdr investigated after allegedly clipping teen in wheelchair w/police SUV then leaving scene [0]
  • Sophia WV cop fired after arrested for skipping out on restaurant bill without paying [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-26-12

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, March 26, 2012:

  • Kennett Square PA cop sentenced to 12.5-25yrs prison in plea deal for raping 4 young girls for several years [0]
  • Rockaway Beach OR cop gets probation in reduced charge plea deal for soliciting nude pics from 14yr-old student [0]
  • Vancouver BC cop suspended after charged for allegedly assaulting a detainee in the back of a police wagon [1]
  • Milwaukee WI female cop added to list of 7 officers accused of illegally performing body cavity searches in public [1]
  • New Orleans LA cop suspended after posting on news site that Trayvon Martin was a thug that deserved to die [0]
  • Los Angeles CA cop found to have racially profiled Latinos during stops, lied on citations to hide it [0]
  • Philadelphia PA cops insist photojournalist student arrested for taking pics of cops wasn’t arrested for taking pictures of cops. [5]
  • East Moline IL cop charged w/5ct felony official misconduct & financial exploitation of the elderly or disabled [0]
  • Chicago IL mayor insists cops won’t cuff reporters at NATO summit, won’t say reporters can film cops though [3]
  • New York NY police retaliate against yet another cop for blowing whistle on how the department was fudging crime rate statistics. [5]
  • Jacksonville Beach FL cop investigated after 911 tapes contradict his arrest report involving female journalist [0]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 03-24-12 to 03-25-12

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of March 24-25, 2012:

  • 2 Niles MI cops are accused of using excessive force on a man who was distraught when paramedics wouldn’t let him ride with them while they took his mother to the hospital following a seizure. One of the officers allegedly tasered him 3x and then the other officer hit 5x in head with his flashlight because he accidentally hit the officer while falling while incapacitated by the taser. Witnesses backed his story and were outraged by the incident. [3]
  • Ottawa ON entered into a confidential settlement deal for an unspecified sum that is over $100k with a man who was jumped from behind and injured by cops while trying to help his wife up after her chair broke during a neighborhood campfire in his yard. [4]
  • 3 New York NY police detectives involved in the fatal shooting of Sean Bell were forced to resign after the detective who fired the shots that sparked the 50+ shot barrage was forced out as well. [0]
  • Baltimore MD cop suspended while investigated for grabbing a woman’s arm on video in an effort to force her to stop filming him in public [0]
  • Fairfield NJ cop charged w/official misconduct & hindering for protecting Hells Angels members after bar fight [0]
  • Charleston SC cop arrested on domestic violence charges after allegedly assaulting unspecified woman at his home [1]
  • Austin TX cop arrested on assault w/bodily injury & interfering w/emergency call charges in alleged DV incident [0]
  • Conecuh Co AL sheriff allegedly got his friend’s son out of a DUI charge after taking him out of a state trooper’s custody during the arrest then never filing charges against him. [3]
  • San Jose CA police audit reveals lax enforcement of off-duty work assignments led to abuses by cops gaming system [0]
  • Castle Rock WA police cheif fined $250 for appearing in political ad opposing liquor sales privatization [0]
  • New York NY cop arrested on drunk driving charge in unspecified incident, police refuse to release info [3]

While not a story of misconduct per se, it’s merely an informational report about a Portland OR cop who was involved in 2 high profile brutality cases, including the fatal Chasse case that cost that city $1.6mil, who is now running for sheriff of Humphreys County Oregon. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-23-12

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, March 23, 2012:

  • Huntington Beach CA sued alleging cops entered home w/o warrant, groped a woman while searching under her skirt, then used excessive force while falsely arresting two people. [3]
  • Henry Co GA deputy sued alleging he leg-swept 11yr-old special needs student then falsely charged her w/cop assault [4]
  • New York NY 1 of 2 police detectives in Sean Bell shooting case fired after internal administrative trial [0]
  • East Alton IL cop pleads to bragging he would make cuffed man piss blood before repeatedly kidney punching him [0]
  • 3 Oklahoma City OK cops investigated for repeatedly tasering 53yr-old then dragging him by feet on video at an airport when he tried to meet Newt Gingrich [0]
  • Henderson NV pays $100k to settle suit w/man tasered 15x when police responded to domestic violence call [0]
  • Albuquerque NM police union criticized for rewarding cops who fatally shoot people with a $500 award [3]
  • Wichita Falls TX cop charged w/3 counts of manslaughter for killing 2 teens & unborn child in cruiser crash [0]
  • RCMP Mountie in BC found guilty of obstruction for covering up his actions in crash that killed motorcyclist [0]
  • Phoenix AZ cop arrested for taking nude pics of woman without her permission as she slept [0]

Thebes IL cop gets probation in plea deal for releasing suspect in exchange for sexual favors [0]

  • Fort Lauderdale FL cop fired for making derogatory tweets about citizens & supervisors while on-duty [0]
  • Lorain OH cop arrested for beating girlfriend in dispute over fast food fined $150 in reduced charge plea deal [0]
  • Campbell Co TN deputies sued alleging cover up for drunk deputy who crashed into couple’s home, injuring woman [4]
  • Richmond VA deputy gets suspended sentence after convicted on felony charge for sex with female inmates [0]
  • Woodville MS police chief ordered to pay $500 on simple assault conviction for smacking probation officer’s butt [0]
  • Pensacola FL cop investigated after causing crash when he ran a red light in police cruiser [1]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-22-12

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct we were able to track in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, March 22, 2012:

  • 2 Kern Co CA deputies under investigation after alleged excessive force incident caught on helicopter video that left a man with serious leg injuries. [3]
  • 7 Milwaukee WI cops & supervisor on desk duty while investigated for alleged brutality & unecessary cavity searches [0]
  • Edmonton AB cop gets 3mo conditional sentence for assaulting cuffed man before stepping on his head, apparently this was his 2nd conviction on similar charges. [0]
  • West Haven CT police lose $119k jury award in suit by Hispanic family alleging excessive force & rights violations [0]
  • 2 Spokane WA cops face obstruction charges over “extensive cover-up” of mentally disabled man’s beating death by a now-convicted cop, a cop that officers saluted at his sentencing. [5]
  • San Bernardino Co CA deputy charged w/failing to report deputy for sex w/teen explorer [0]
  • Iredell Co NC sheriff & deputy sued by woman claiming deputy sexually harassed her after reporting husband for DV [0]
  • Harvey IL police face class action suit by rape victims over 200 untested rape kits uncovered in raid on police dpt [5]
  • Fredricksburg VA cops arrest man for assaulting an officer for pointing at them, he says just grabbed a smoke [3]
  • Hidalgo Co TX deputy sentenced to 11yrs prison for role in conspiracy to steal 354lbs of pot to sell [0]
  • Waterloo IA cop arrested on misd simple domestic violence charge after alleged altercation w/wife [0]
  • Spanish Fork UT police chief loses certification after caught shoplifting, Provo police refused to arrest him [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-20-12 to 03-21-12

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct that we were able to track so far for Tuesday and Wednesday, March 20-21, 2012:

  • Los Angeles CA loses $3.2mil judgment to family of man beaten to death by cops who then dragged him into station [0]
  • Philadelphia PA settles suit for $1.8mil to family of man killed after cop fired into house party during chase [0]
  • Las Vegas NV police agree to pay $100k in settlement to man beaten & arrested for filming cops from his driveway [0]
  • Mount Rainier MD cop sentenced to 10 yrs in prison for shooting man he tried to rape as he fled [0]
  • 2 Pittsburgh PA cops sued by man claiming surveillance video proves cops falsely arrested him on drug charge [3]
  • Denver CO police chief places cop who ordered dept to rehire cops fired for lying in charge of internal affairs [5]
  • West Valley UT cop charged w/misd reckless endangerment for shooting at man who tried to flee from car crash [0]
  • Yakima WA gang unit leader subject of unspecified investigation after other unspecified misconduct substantiated [4]
  • DeKalb Co GA police sgt subject of state investigation for allegedly talking rape victim out of charging his pal [0]
  • Colstrip MT police chief w/history of complaints suspended while investigated for another unspecified complaint [2]
  • Sunland Park NM police chief & mayor arrested on bribery charges over alleged political favor for hiring him [0]
  • Paso Robles CA pays police chief $250k to leave job after complaints of sexual harassment & ticket quotas [0]
  • Ottawa ON cop charged with stunt driving on motorcycle doing 200km/h while off-duty [0]
  • Seminole FL police officer fired after 3mo on the job prior to her arrest on insurance fraud charges [0]
  • Dallas TX cop investigated for doing 97mph in 35mph residential area before crashing his police cruiser [0]
  • Richmond VA cop gives woman $300 ticket & bans her from all parks because her child wrote on rock w/chalk [0]
  • Philadelphia PA cop under investigation over questionable videos he allegedly made and posted on his Facebook [0]
  • San Deigo CA USD police officer arrested for drunk driving & auto theft after stealing a party bus [0]
  • Littleton NC cop who used to be chief arrested on allegations he stole a hubcap from car dealership [0]

unfortunately, I wasn’t able to keep tracking yesterday or post up a daily report. I’ve been having some technical difficulties with the site that I think are being aggravated by a large increase in spam comments that are taking a great deal of my time to cope with. Since there are so few actual comments, I’m tempted to disable comments completely for a while until I have time to fix the underlying instability with the site. We’ll see, if the inundation of spam continues or gets worse, I probably won’t have a choice.

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-19-12

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, March 19, 2012:

  • Lincoln RI cop gets a suspended sentence on his felony assault conviction for kicking a cuffed woman in head [0]
  • Atlanta GA settles 4 public strip search, brutality & videotaping rights lawsuits for $940k, while some articles say they won’t disclose specifics on those cases, at least one involved a $330k settlement to one of the suits over the highly publiized raid on a gay bar. [3]
  • Bartlesville OK settles suit by releasing video of 2 cops assaulting a hospital patient after a local paper sued for access to that video. [0]
  • Atlanta GA cop gets all charges against him dropped for assaulting a bicyclist he pulled over in exchange for paying $5k in restitution even though the victim is opposed to the deal. [0]
  • Washington LA aldermen vote not to investigate complaints that 2 cops are harassing residents in a minority neighborhood, searching people just for being out after dark & regularly using excessive force on residents. [5]
  • Toledo OH cop found not guilty by reason of insanity for shooting a fellow cop while suffering from a seizure inside the department. What’s interesting here isn’t necessarily the shooting, but that she allegedly ignored advice from doctors that she quit being a cop before she hurt someone prior to the shooting. [0]
  • Redding CA cops fatally shoot woman’s Boxer puppy & pregnant chihuahua while chasing a suspect she wasn’t associated with to her hotel room. [0]
  • Aliquippa PA police face suit filed by woman claiming cops snuck onto her property while responding to a call about a small fire in a firepit in her yard then needlessly shot her dog in the face. [3]
  • Concord CA cop arrested on felony assault & false imprisonment charges after alleged domestic violence incident [2]
  • West Fargo ND cop gets suspended sentence & clean record in plea deal for hitting his wife in face during dispute [0]
  • Baltimore MD cop sentenced to 30mo prison for extortion under color of law in high-profile towing scandal [0]
  • Austin TX cop faces reprimand after news producers caught him on video watching videos in cruiser while on duty [0]

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

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