National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 08-13-11 to 08-14-11

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of August 13-14, 2011:

  • 3 Davie FL cops are the subject of a suit by an 18yr-old honors student, shown above, who was repeatedly punched, kicked, tasered and attacked by a police dog before arrested for resisting arrest with violence, charges which were later tossed because it was ruled that he couldn’t be arrested for resisting an unlawful arrest. [3]
  • Highlands County FL is being sued by an 81yr-old man claiming a deputy used excessive force by throwing him onto his cruiser and fasely arrested him. The ending quote from the sheriff is a gem. [3]
  • The Canadian Border Service apparently strip searched a 66-year-old woman from the US and the RCMP detained her for 12 days after a field drug test yielded a false positive on an oil bottle in her car. The police are also accused of taking their time verifying the results from the unreliable test. [0]
  • Kentucky State trooper who now works for the US DHS is being sued by a man & his son claiming the trooper broke down their door, threatened them at gunpoint, then falsely arrested them because they called 911 after the trooper’s wife hit their car while she was driving under the influence. [5]
  • Orange County FL deputies are accused of raiding & ransacking the wrong home before they raided the right home next door, which resulted in the fatal shooting of the warrant’s subject. [3]
  • Muskogee Co OK deputy arrested on multiple charges for allegedly firing her service weapon during an off-duty domestic argument while drunk. The man she was with was also arrested as well though. [0]
  • Metcalfe Co KY deputy pled guilty to multiple charges for stalking, harassing & assaulting a woman in dispatch center that he used to have a relationship with. [0]
  • Lawrence MA cop is still on paid leave 6 mo after his DV conviction despite the police chief recommending termination. [0]
  • Florida police unions boast about 80% success rate using arbitrators to force law enforcement agencies to rehire of cops fired for misconduct [0]
  • US Border Patrol officer sentenced to 1mo home det & anger mgmnt for threatening to kill BC teen in road rage case [0]
  • San Jose CA police sued by biker club claiming police are profiling them for “driving while biker” [0]
  • Williamston SC police chief resigns over racist jokes & images posted on his Facebook page [0]
  • Indiana State trooper pleads to releasing a female DUI suspect who failed a breathalyzer test and destroying the test results. The investigation also found he downloaded pics from her Facebook page. [0]
  • Louisiana DPS officer suspended 100hrs for pics of him having sex on duty in patrol car found on the cruiser laptop [0]
  • Sandwich MA cop disciplined for hit&run crash now investigated for alleged harassing txt msgs to fellow cop [1]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-12-11

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, August 12, 2011:

  • Pima County AZ sheriff’s dept & members of a regional swat team are being sued by the family of an ex-marine who was shot to death during a questionable raid that turned up nothing. [0]
  • Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission agent was sentenced to 20 years prison for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl who was helping with a sting operation targeting alcohol sales to minors. The sentence is to be served concurrently to a 10yr sentence for soliciting a minor. [0]
  • BART CA police have admitted to blocking cellular phone signals in an attempt to prevent rumored police brutality protests. Police cite public safety concerns as justification for the action which appears to violate constitutional free speech protections and put the public at risk for those who may have needed to call 911 during the outages. [0]
  • Whitman MA police have charged a man with felony wiretapping for recording a cop during a traffic stop over tinted license plates after he went to complain about how he was treated and told police he recorded it. The officer wasn’t investigated. [5]
  • A study claims that Oakland CA cops pulled gun without justification on people who were not posing a threat at at the time in at least 28% of the cases were firearms were pulled. [0]
  • 5 Kansas City KS cops are suing their own dept claiming the chief and other commanders illegally detained them at gunpoint after a sting operation that targeted swat teams suspected of stealing during raids. They were not among the officers who were eventually charged afterward. [0]
  • Brookline NH police are accused of failing to investigate a domestic violence incident involving the police chief’s son [1]
  • Hamlin TX police officer jailed on unspecified charge, rumored to be harassment, after fired for tasering friend on video. [1]
  • Redmond OR police lieutenant pleads guilty to charges for stealing guns & ammo from his department and selling them for personal gain [0]
  • Sonshohocken PA police sgt gets probation in guilty plea to stealing money from parking meter collections [0]
  • Goshen County WY sheriff’s dept says they’ve been receiving complaints by officers from other agencies because their deputies arrested and cited two Aurora CO cops for drunk driving & littering while they were driving a cop car on the way to a police funeral in South Dakota. This is not a case against Goshen County, but I do wish we could find out what agencies the officers who are complaining are from and add those to the database. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-11-11

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, August 11, 2011:

  • Fullerton CA police still insist that they will not release a video showing their officers beat and taser Kelly Thomas, who died days later from his injuries, because they don’t want to influence any potential witnesses. However, they have now admitted that they let the officers involved in that incident review that unreleased video as they wrote their reports about the incident. Not only is this against commonly accepted police practices by giving officers a chance to fix their stories to match the video instead of their own perspectives, it also contradicts the stated reason for not releasing the video since the officers involved are also witnesses.  [5]
  • 2 Toronto ON cops were charged with assault after a man suffered facial fractures while in their custody after he was arrested over a dispute he had with a parking cop [1]
  • Palo Alto CA settles suit for $35k to a transient who was tasered after officers tricked into leaving his van that he was legally living in by telling him they were towing it. [0]
  • Hackensack NJ cop charged w/witness tampering & obstruction for his alleged interference into an assault investigation against a fellow officer [0]
  • A Toronto ON judge ruled that the only aggression at a G20 protest was perpetrated by police when he dismissed charges against one of several protesters who were tackled and arrested during that protest [0]
  • Monrovia CA police sued by woman claiming she lost job & was left homeless after a cop tackled & falsely arrested her for asking an officer who pulled her over if they could hurry up because she had to deliver blood that she had in her car as part of her job [3]
  • Philadelphia PA cop is under investigation on allegations that he sexually assaulted a teen girl in his patrol car, while specifics aren’t being released there appears to be DNA evidence involved. [1]
  • Lake Charles LA police officer arrested on child pornography charges after a multi-agency search was conducted at his home [0]
  • Greenwood IN cop accused of cuffing & threatening man while off duty resigns before his disciplinary hearing [0]
  • Cheyenne WY cop found guilty of false imprisonment but cleared of more serious charges involving domestic dispute [0]
  • Marblehead MA cop arrested after allegedly threatening to kill himself, his wife & daughter over pending divorce [0]
  • Dallas TX cop suspended 15days over domestic incident where wife accused him of choking & kicking her then recanted [0]
  • 2 Raleigh NC cops suspended while investigated for their statements to internal affairs about cop’s sex w/prostitute [0]
  • US Treasury police officer at mint charged w/fraud for collecting $173k in disability while making $300k on side job [0]
  • Harahan LA cop sentenced to probation in plea to timesheet fraud to get $20k extra pay from crime victim grant [0]
  • 6 Miami-Dade FL cops & a sgt have been suspended for a month while subject of unspecified probe into on-duty conduct, all of the 6 are in the same unit [3]
  • Finally, 2 Aurora CO cops were charged while driving a patrol car through Wyoming on the way to a fallen officer’s funeral in South Dakota. One was charged with driving under the influence and the other was cited for littering after they were stopped for speeding. [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-10-11

It was a slow reporting day for a Wednesday but here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, August 10, 2011:

  • 2 Manitou Springs CO cops sued by man for allegedly breaking his ribs by tasering him in the face & jumping on his chest when he was startled by the officers who followed him home to give him a traffic ticket [3]
  • Springfield MA cop who was one of 4 who were disciplined for their roles in a videotaped beating has filed wiretapping charges against the person who taped it [5]
  • Selma CA cop pleads guilty to possession of child porn charges for over 600 pics & vids, some violent in nature [0]
  • New York NY cop sentenced to 2mo for official misconduct, accused of being look out as partner raped drunk woman [0]
  • Chattanooga TN cop suspended while subject of internal & criminal investigation on allegations he assaulted teen [2]
  • RCMP officer in N Vancouver BC accused of falsely arresting man after recognizing him as man who sued RCMP before [3]
  • Chicago IL more potential police torture victims get help from political figures to file new rounds of appeals [0]
  • Gilbert AZ pays $37k to settle suit to teen falsely accused of theft by cop in alleged school psych experiment [1]
  • Pasco Co FL deputy suspended after arrested for resisting while his friend was arrested for drug paraphernalia [0]
  • RCMP cop in BC given written reprimand for leaving 10mo-old police dog in hot car for 3hrs while boating [0]
  • Hamlin TX cop files grievance after fired for taser misuse, claims friend asked to be tasered [0]
  • 3 Hartford CT cops suspected of double-dipping after audit of private duty assignments show potential abuses [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-09-11

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, August 9, 2011:

  • Spokane WA police official who previously stated that the beating & tasering death of a mentally ill man named Otto Zehm was not a case of excessive force apparently changed his mind and is now willing to testif to policy violations by the officer involved in that incident three years ago. [0]
  • Plano TX settles suit for $245k to the family of man who was fatally shot by an officer claiming it was a misfire caused when he adjusted his gun-mounted light during a drug sting [0]
  • Gretna LA police sued by man alleging cops released K9 that bit off his penis and lied to justify the use of force. The police report claims the dog was released because officers feared the victim was attempting to flee out a back door or window when the victim’s apartment didn’t have any. [3]
  • 3 Providence RI cops sued by man for excessive force after surveillance video apparently contradicted cops claims that he slammed himself into a traffic officer’s car before beating him with flashlights [4]
  • Portland OR transit cops sued for tasering a man who has an IQ of 55 for not leaving bus that a driver let him sit in because it was cold out then mistook his seizure medication for ecstasy when they arrested him. [0]
  • Westport MA settles suit for $50k to man alleging off-duty cop used excessive force during false arrest [0]
  • Laurel MD cop sentenced to 4yrs for secretly videotaping a 15yr-old girl undressing, the sentence is to be served concurrent to his 7 year sentence on federal child porn charges [0]
  • Hawaii Co HI police accused of excessive force by blogger claiming he was tackled & arrested for videotaping cops [1]
  • Houston TX police audit reveals more than 3000 more untested rape kits linger in evidence in addition to 4220 known [0]
  • Shillington PA cop gets 6-23mo in plea deal for stalking & harassing woman, broke into her home & planted GPS device [0]
  • Hileah Gardens FL cop arrested on allegations he was part of gang that robbed trucks of millions in cargo [0]
  • US Border Patrol agent in AZ arrested after caught on surveillance video stealing woman’s purse from car off duty [0]
  • Nicholas Co KY sheriff pleads guilty to theft & abuse of trust for personal use of $43k in forfeiture money [0]
  • Onandaga Co NY deputy pleads guilty to falsifying time record in swipe card forgery scheme, was head of union [0]
  • Fair Oaks TX cop pleads guilty to lying about his citizenship to feds in effort to join the FBI [0]


  • Washington DC police cmdr demoted to captain for handling of police escorts for celebrities that violated policy [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-08-11

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, August 8, 2011:

  • University of Cincinnati OH police version of fatal taser incident contradicted by witness alleging teen was kneeling in an attempt to follow commands given by police at the time. [3]
  • 20 Hamilton ON cops sued by refugee claiming cops beat him while he was cuffed during wrong-door drug raid [3]
  • 15 Gloucester Twp NJ cops are accused of excessive force on 2 teen boys who claim they were beaten & hit with batons while arrested. Police maintain they attacked the officers who were called by a store owner claiming the teens threatened him but witnesses and the store owner appear to be contradicting that version of events. [3]
  • 4 Cleveland OH cops are the subject of a suit filed by a man alleging excessive force was used after a New Years chase that was captured on helicopter video and is still the subject of a federal investigation. [1]
  • US ICE agents are being sued over a series of predawn raids where 1 woman alleges an agent groped her, her sister claims the officer remained in the room when they were allowed to change, and a couple claims the agents lacked a warrant during the raids. [3]
  • New York NY cop sentenced to 1yr after jury convicted him of official misconduct in case where he was accused of sexually assaulting a drunk woman while his partner, scheduled for sentencing Wednesday, stood lookout. [0]
  • Denver Co CO deputy was sentenced to 24yrs after pleading to child abuse & attempt sexual assault charges involving 8 & 12-year-old boys [0]
  • Another Denver Co CO deputy pleads guilty to a reduced attempted sexual assault on a child charge involving a teen girl [0]
  • Burlington NC cop gets 5mo jail in plea deal to indecent liberties with a minor involving a 14yr-old girl in the police explorer’s program [0]
  • Orleans Parish LA deputy investigated for leaving post while inmate on suicide watch killed self w/toilet paper [0]
  • Romulus MI police dept fires officer who filed a racial discrimination complaint alleging he was referred to as “monkey” that launched a 3 year-long state probe [4]
  • Eudora KS police officer arrested on misd battery charge after woman suffered minor injuries claims he struck her [1]
  • Hudson Co NJ retired capt now serving as director of narcotics div investigated for possible pension violations [0]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 08-06-11 to 08-07-11

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of August 6-7, 2011:

  • Westerly RI police accused of excessive force a man officers hit with a baton & peppersprayed died 16 hours after arrested for disorderly conduct. [3]
  • Norway SC police refuse to disclose information about why an officer fatally shot a minister to death after an alleged chase that only lasted a couple of minutes. [3]
  • Toronto ON cops are under investigation after a mute man who was well-liked by neighbors died when he was thrown to the ground and cuffed for unknown reasons. [4]
  • New York NY police are being sued by a man who survived anywhere from 15 to 27 gunshot wounds when several officers unleashed a volley of gunfire that left 1 dead & 6 injured while he was struggling with a man who pulled a gun.  [3]
  • Toronto ON police are the subject of an SIU investigation but neither agency will say why undercover cops attempted to stop a car, why the driver was shot in the arm, or what he was charged with along with his passenger after the incident. [4]
  • Fort Dodge IA cop arrested on sexual abuse & extortion charges after accused of sexually assaulting woman in April [1]
  • Henrico County VA deputy was arrested on possession & production of child porn charges after his home raided back in May [1]
  • Juneau AK cop gets deal dropping sexual abuse of a minor charges in exchange for a plea to an interference charge [0]
  • New York NY cops owe $1,000,000 in unpaid tickets according to a report on parking placard abuses, cops blame finance dept [0]
  • Indianapolis IN police car was videotaped by a motorist doing over 100mph on a highway without it’s lights or sirens on [0]
  • New York NY police sgt suspended 30days w/o pay after arrested on DUI charge when stopped for running red light [0]
  • Winooski VT cop charged w/drunk driving after found slumped over steering wheel in highway median while off duty [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-05-11

Here are the 27 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, August 5, 2011:

  • 5 New Orleans LA cops found guilty on all 25 counts for fatal Danziger Bridge shootings & cover-up [0]
  • Brea CA police sued by family of man suspected of robbery who was unarmed when fatally shot by cop armed with a rifle [2]
  • Oakland CA police lose lawsuit for $200k to 2 black men strip searched in public during unwarranted traffic stop [3]
  • South Burlington VT cop sued by woman falsely convicted on drug charge & man illegally detained & strip searched [3]
  • Boynton Beach FL cop arrested after video shows he lied about arrest & planted gun on suspect, 3rd this week [0]
  • Los Angeles CA Airport police officer suspended while investigated for alleged sexual assault of woman while on duty [0]
  • Salt Lake Co UT sheriff’s dept sued by ACLU for man detained 39days after court ordered release & ICE hold dropped [3]
  • US drug test used by US DEA & law enforcement agencies across US called into question by judges in DC & Colorado [0]
  • 4 Washington DC cops accused of ignoring hate crimes by refusing to take report from 5 lesbians assaulted by 2 men [0]
  • Centreville IL cop arrested on felony child abuse charges for allegedly injuring 2yr-old boy w/blow to the head [0]
  • Edinburg TX cop gets probation for single felony misuse of police database in plea deal dropping pages of charges [0]
  • Renton WA cops accused of shopping cyberstalking case to prosecutors to retaliate against cartoonist critical of cops[3]
  • Plantation FL cop suspended 2days w/o pay for texting domestic violence victim that her toenail polish turned him on [0]
  • Broward Co FL deputy transferred to all-male jail and “counseled” after claims of sexual misconduct at woman’s jail [0]
  • Gary IN cop accused of sex w/suspect assigned to motor pool after prosecutor says he won’t take cases from him [1]
  • Belton MO cop shown grabbing teen’s butt on Quik-Trip store surveillance video in legal claim filed against city [3]
  • Franklin Co NC sheriff reportedly admits to embezzling over $90k from drug fund & charity for kids, but not charged [0]
  • Washington DC cop arrested on felony car theft charges for allegedly failing to return car he rented in 2009 [0]
  • Orlando FL cop reprimanded for using unsterilized swab to test man’s mouth for drugs during stop w/o cause or consent[0]
  • Brockport NY police lose defamation suit against newspaper in attempt to discover names of anonymous commenters [0]
  • Luzerne Co PA deputy charged w/assault, burglary & harassment sfor allegedly attacking her ex-girlfriend’s girlfriend [0]
  • 2 New Orleans LA cops, mom & son, plead guilty to multiple charges for attacking a bouncer at bar while off duty [0]
  • Coventry RI cop fired by Law Enforcement Bill of Rights Panel 9mo after convicted of masturbating in front of 2 women[0]
  • Bluffton SC settles suit for $86k to ex-police lt claiming she was wrongly fired for complaining about misconduct [4]
  • El Paso Co CO deputy w/2 reckless driving convictions investigated after causing fatal crash by running red light [0]
  • West Virginia state trooper subject of suit by flagger claiming he fell asleep at wheel when he hit her with cruiser [0]
  • California Hwy Patrol officer arrested on multiple domestic abuse charges then a week later for violating order [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-04-11

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, August 4, 2011:

  • Attleboro MA police sued by father & daughter alleging brutality, repeated harassment & false arrests [3]
  • Bethlehem PA cop gets probation in reduced charge plea deal for destroying video evidence in brutality case [0]
  • Baltimore MD police notified of ACLU intent to sue for arresting man & deleting videos of arrest from his phone [4]
  • Marysville PA cop already serving 10yrs for molesting 12+ girls pleads no contest to repeatedly molesting another [0]
  • Grainger Co TN deputy pleads guilty to fed enticement charges for enticing 13 & 16yr-old girls to have sex w/him [0]
  • Tucson AZ police lt fired after 9mo investigation into allegations he had sexually explicit chats w/minors online [1]
  • Baton Rouge LA cop arrested on allegations he broke into home of woman used to date & assaulted her 2x while on duty [0]
  • Kalamazoo MI police officer suspended after arrested on suspicion of domestic violence following wife’s 911 call [1]
  • Los Angeles Co CA deputy fired after video contradicted his version of why he fired shots at car while off duty [2]
  • Laredo TX cop sentenced to 6.5yrs prison for helping drug trafficker protect and move cocaine shipment [0]
  • Pharr TX cop sentenced to 12yrs on federal charges for protecting cocaine & gun shipments for drug cartel [0]
  • Bluff City TN police chief suspended while investigated for possible improper handling of confiscated vehicles [0]
  • Homer MI police chief & an officer subject of search warrants in criminal probe involving salvage titles [1]
  • Union City NJ police chief ($209k/yr) accused of claiming $45k/yr pay for hours not worked as school security detail [3]
  • Los Angeles CA police dpt sued by 10 officers alleging retaliation for refusal to meet illegal traffic ticket quotas [3]
  • Rapides Parish LA sheriff accused of nixing dog shooting probe vs pal, whistleblower allegedly fired for animal porn [0]
  • Renton WA police convince prosecutor & judge to get cyberstalking warrant to find out who made cartoons mocking cops [3]
  • North Corwall PA cop suspended 2days for unspecified police act violation a month after other cop fired for same [3]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-03-11

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, August 3, 2011:

  • 4 Tampa FL cops sued by deaf man claiming cops repeatedly tasered & beat him after dragging him out of a bar. While they allegedly fractured his orbital bones in the assault they never arrested him, just cited him for disorderly conduct… a charge that was later dismissed. [3]
  • A number of Longueuil QC cops are being investigated for alleged excessive force against a 57yr-old woman who was thrown to ground at a fireworks show. [0]
  • Los Angeles Co CA settles suit for $650k to a man claiming police  beat him at a traffic stop and a woman who was punched when she begged the cops to stop [3]
  • Hackensack NJ police union pres suspended & arrested for allegedly hitting a suspect in the head during questioning [0]
  • Kingsport TN cop resigned after arrested in connection w/massive child sexual abuse network that created child porn [0]
  • Tucson AZ police lt suspended since June while investigated for chats describing fantasies of molesting young boys [2]
  • Crisp Co GA deputy arrested for attempted child molestation for arranging meeting w/15yr-old on internet in sting op [0]
  • Birmingham MI police account of why they shot dog to death contradicted by witnesses saying it wasn’t aggressive [3]
  • Lawrence MA cop’s home raided by FBI in unspecified investigation possibly part of corruption case against mayor [3]
  • Miami Beach FL police IA officer & Tempe AZ cop named in suit alleging Shaquille O’Neal tried to frame biz partner [3]
  • Midland MI cop pleads guilty to receiving stolen property for keeping flat screen TV stolen from a Rent A Center [0]
  • Zionsville IN police chief resigns while investigated for allegedly threatening his officers w/gun & evidence theft [0]
  • 5 Zionsville IN cops disciplined for failing to report misconduct by police chief who resigned over evidence thefts [0]
  • Apple Creek OH police chief resigns after suspended & charged w/theft in office for stealing evidence & selling it [1]
  • Hesperia CA USD Police chief suspended after officers’ lawyer issues cease & desist alleging retaliation/harassment [1]
  • Seabrook NH cop accused of going on tirade about how he wouldn’t arrest a cop and threatened the officers who arrested him on drunk driving and hit & run charges. [0]
  • Freeport MI police chief faces “super drunk” driving charges after stopped w/BAC 2x legal limit [0]
  • North Bay ON cop arrested on drunk driving charges after refusing breath test during routine traffic stop [0]

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

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