National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-01-11

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, November 1, 2011:

  • Pomona CA police are being sued by the family of a man who was apparently unarmed when he was fatally shot be police 4 months after he filed an excessive force complaint involving an incident partially caught on video where he was allegedly tasered and punched while cuffed. [3]
  • Dolton IL cop was arrested on civil rights & obstruction charges for allegedly beating 2 people. He then allegedly threatened the police chief with bodily harm for cooperating with the federal investigation into the incident. [0]
  • 4 Houston TX cops are under investigation as a man plans to file a lawsuit claiming he was beaten by the officers after stopped by police while riding his bicycle late at night. [3]
  • New York NY police detective was convicted for planting drugs in order to arrest innocent people to meet his quotas. The judge in the case expressed his shock about just how pervasive this activity is within that department’s “cowboy culture”. [3]
  • Burns Harbor PA police lost an excessive force suit but only had to pay $2000 to a man claiming an officer injured him when he yanked him from his car and kneeled on him after he was in a crash caused by his low blood sugar, which the officer mistook for drunk driving. [0]
  • Louisiana state trooper was arrested on a rape charge after an investigation into an alleged incident that occured while he was on sick leave. [0]
  • Largo FL plans to settle suit for $65k to a woman claiming a MADD award-winning cop arrested her on a false DUI charge then broke her ribs when he slammed her into a wall. The DUI charges were dropped, probably in part due to evidence her lawyers say includes a video from another DUI stop earlier that same evening where that officer tells another officer “I didn’t smell any alcohol, but just say I did.” The officer in question no longer works there though… He moved on to the Tampa FL PD. [3]
  • Citronelle AL cop was convicted possession of stolen goods for stealing firearms he confiscated from motorists during traffic stops. [0]
  • Bethlehem PA cop fired for sparking a manhunt for an imaginary shooter after he lied about discharging his gun in a police HQ bathroom, the officer filed suit in response. [0]
  • US FBI agent convicted for making false statements in an effort to help an informant that he had sex with avoid conviction on identity theft charges. [0]
  • McIntosh Co GA sheriff was indicted on an obstruction charge and 2 of his deputies were indicted for illegally removing files from the sheriff’s dept [0]
  • Caledonia MN police chief was suspended for 2 weeks w/o pay for unspecified misconduct and officials refuse to discuss why. [4]
  • Seattle WA police are being criticized for refusing to reveal whether a police detective who crashed his unmarked police SUV into a car while he was allegedly drunk was on duty at the time or not. [4]
  • Canton MO police chief was sentenced to 5mo house arrest & probation for lying when he filled out paperwork to buy a gun that he then gave to a known felon. [0]
  • Philadelphia PA judge threw out evidence in a politician’s DUI case after one cop changed his testimony and another testified that only 1/2 of the people he’s arrested for DUI ended up being drunk. [0]
  • Twin Rivers CA school police union apologized for selling t-shirts that had a picture of a jailed child that was captioned “You raise em, we cage em”. This came on the heels of outcry over the death of a suspect in police custody and allegations the department has been overstepping their authority beyond the schools they work for. [0]
  • Ohio state trooper involved in 2008 MLK Day KKK prank cited for DUI while off duty, tried to claim he wasn’t driver [0]

In an update to a report already tracked, Buena Park CA brutality suit was settled for $100k to a man claiming he was beaten & tasered for giving a cop a “man hug”. The report previously cited the settlement sum as unspecified.

Once again it looks like I’ll have to start begging for donations. I really really hate doing it though, I wish I had the resources to do all this without asking for any help. Truth be told, it probably frustrates me that I have to ask for donations more than it frustrates you for having to hear me ask for them… which is why I tend to wait until things are getting dire before I ask.

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-31-11

First, my apologies for not being able to keep the news feed up to date today. Things were pretty hectic all day and there wasn’t much I could do to break away from anything to monitor for cases. Hopefully I can catch whatever i missed from today a bit later.

With that said, here are the 8 reports I was able to track for this Monday, October 31, 2011:

  • US Veterans Administration police officer arrested in connection with his wife’s murder [2]
  • Chillicothe OH cop who is also minister retired before arrested on 10 counts unlawful sex w/minor & soliciting minor[1]
  • Parkersburg WV cop indicted on battery charge for striking a suspect on video in holding area during booking [0]
  • Eugene OR police loses appeal in court ruling in man’s arrest for recording traffic stop being recorded by dashcam [3]
  • Ranger TX cop arrested for allegedly punching girlfriend in the face & sending threatening txt messages [0]
  • East Washington PA chief allegedly bragged he was a killer & “best cop money could buy” to agent posing as dealer [0]
  • San Juan Co UT now-former sheriff pleads guilty to misusing public funds involving $4,100 meant for search & rescue [0]
  • New York NY police union official’s claims that 20 cops hurt at #OWS questioned after NYPD refuses to validate it [4]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 10-29-11 to 10-30-11

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of October 29-30, 2011:

  • Middleburg Heights OH sued by family of man who died after tasered 7 times during traffic stop, one of which lasted for 23 seconds. [3]
  • San Francisco CA sheriff’s officers are being implicated in the incident that left a USMC vet seriously injured with a head wound during #OccupyOakland when police launched tear gas rounds at protesters. While San Francisco Sheriff’s deputies may have fired the rounds that caused injuries, they apparently did it under direction of the Oakland PD, although that department is prohibited from firing into crowds with such weapons… but they shouldn’t be able to get around that by getting other departments to come into the city to do it for them. [3]
  • Palm Springs FL & Palm Beach County FL sued by a homeless man who lost an eye and a chunk of his ear when SWAT officers shot him in the head with rubber bullet rounds. Police responded to a call from an assistance agency he called because they thought he was illegally staying in the brush by a church but he apparently had permission to be there. [3]
  • Philadelphia PA cop is under investigation after being accused of intentionally using his police cruiser as a weapon by pinning a man against a wall during a chase, leaving him seriously injured. [1]
  • Tulsa OK cop fired for using excessive force then threatening his fellow officers in an attempt to obstruct the subsequent investigation into the incident [0]
  • 2 San Francisco CA cops were fired. The first was fired for using excessive force then falsely arresting a witness to the incident. The other for unauthorized use of a police database. [2]
  • Jefferson Parish LA deputy was found guilty of kidnapping and raping a woman after detaining her during a traffic stop. [0]
  • Tennessee State trooper arrested an reporter who was on assignment during a police crackdown on #OccupyNashville protests and then allegedly threatened another reporter who questioned the arrest after vouching for that reporter.  While the police eventually charged him for public intoxication they never tested him and a recording of the arrest appears to contradict that charge. [4]
  • Los Angeles County CA memos indicate that the sheriff there was warned about brutality and accountability problems in his jails by his own commanders 2 years before the problems came to light and triggered a federal investigation. [3]
  • Toronto ON cop was found to have falsified evidence and his testimony after his partner contradicted his story about a traffic stop that led to a drug arrest. [3]
  • Macungie PA police chief says that small town’s mayor has no right to see police disciplinary records in a legal battle that could affect how police departments are managed and held accountable across the entire state. [0]
  • Harrisburg PA police are being sued by a man after cops siezed up to $43k from his home during a fruitless search for gun. The warrant only specified a search for a gun but police grabbed the cash by insisting it was drug related even though there were no drugs found and no charges filed. Police eventually returned some money but not all, according to the plaintiff. [0]
  • Draper UT cop got a “plea in abeyance” deal that will clear his criminal record after he was arrested for smoking heroin in his cop car [0]
  • Pueblo CO cop avoided prosecution on a trespassing charge for barging into a home uninvited in search of her husband. Her record will be cleared after completing a pretrial diversion program. [0]
  • Tucson AZ police sgt arrested on DUI charge when he responded to a call for SWAT officers while off duty in his personal car [0]
  • 2 New York NY cops suspended for 30 days each after both were arrested on DUI charges in seperate incidents. One crashed into a parked car while the other was found passed out in his car [0]
  • 2 Harris Co TX precinct 6 constables accused of timesheet fraud & altering public records to cover it up [3]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-28-11

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in out National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, October 28, 2011:

  • 16 New York NY cops were arraigned on varied charges as part of a corruption probe that began with ticket fixing allegations that allegedly involved over 500 officers in that department. One of the officers was also indicted on drug charges, another for leaking details of the investigation to the police union, and four others for covering up an assault case against a fellow cop. [0] Meanwhile, 2 Tuckahoe NY cops won’t be facing charges for helping a NYPD cop avoid DUI charges in an incident that was uncovered as part of that ticket fixing probe. Prosecutors there say they couldn’t build a case because the officers invoked their right to remain silent and, while they say the officers may still face internal discipline, their lawyers say that’s not going to happen either.
  • During the arraignments, several New York NY cops jeered prosecutors and cheered for the indicted officers, all insisting that fixing tickets is a privilege of being an officer. One assumes that they were also cheering for the officers indicted on drug charges, obstructing the investigation, and the four indicted for covering up an assault case for another cop as well. Odd how few people seem disturbed when cops support suspected criminals and boo those trying to bring them to justice. [4]
  • Buena Park CA settles an excessive force lawsuit for a confidential sum to a man claiming cops beat & bludgeoned him for giving a cop a “man hug” to show there were no hard feelings when he was kicked out of a theme park when the woman he was with held his place in line while he used the restroom during an 1.5 hour wait for a ride. [3]
  • Tallahassee FL police sued by a tech worker claiming he was falsely arrest based on an intentionally misleading warrant once police found a decades old check made out to him at the scene of a church robbery. The check was an already endorced and paid check from the 80’s from when the man did some work at the church. The arrest affects his ability to work in the tech field where they do check for arrests in background checks and because the [3]
  • Annapolis MD settled an excessive force lawsuit for $6,500 to a man claiming police dragged him from his car during a questionable search for drugs that only turned up open container violations. [0]
  • Omaha NE police sergeant was convicted on a terrorist threat charge in a split jury decision that exonerated him on gun charge, both involving a road rage incident. [0]
  • 5 Knox County TN deputies were demoted to corrections officers for turning off their dashcam audio when they they decided to inflict an unspecified “punishment” on a teen for speeding. [1]
  • Daviess County IN deputy was indicted on bribery and other charges on allegations he helped a woman avoid drug charges in exchange for sex. [0]
  • East Washington PA police chief was arrested by FBI agents on unspecified charges rumored to involve political corruption [2]
  • Mustang OK cop charged with domestic abuse for allegedly beating his 12-yr-old stepdaughter with a paddle so badly that it left imprints of the paddle’s engraved name on her back. [0]
  • Dallas TX police officer was arrested on a misdemeanor family violence assault charge, though we can’t determine more yet because the only site listing it was a subscription site. [1]
  • Philadelphia PA cop suspended w/intent to fire after he was arrested along with his girlfriend for an alleged altercation with 2 women [0]
  • Miami FL cop arrested at gunpoint on reckless driving charge after he was chased by a state trooper for doing 120 on the way to his 2nd job [0]
  • Portsmouth VA cop arrested on drunk driving charges after a minor off-duty fender bender [0]
  • Sugar Land TX police capt arrested on drunk driving charges after trying to drive through an accident scene [0]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-27-11

Here are the 19 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, October 27, 2011:

  • Murfreesboro TN cop was fired but not charged for “inappropriately shooting a suspect” then lying about how it happened. The officer claims he shot the man during a struggle in self defense but evidence and witnesses claim he shot the man from at least 100 feet away and in the back as he ran. [1]
  • Coral Springs FL cop was charged with vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter over a crash that killed a young mother 3 months ago [0]
  • 10 Windsor ON cops are the subject of a lawsuit alleging one cop beat a doctor on video then the other officers conspired to cover it up. [3]
  • 2 Alameda Co CA sheriff’s detectives are accused of beating a businessman who demanded ID when they came and escorted one of his workers at the theater he owned. The detectives were there to interview the man who was the victim of a robbery but the owner says they refused to show ID and when he took pictures of them and their car they attacked and arrested him. The detectives say he obstructed them and that they showed ID. [2]
  • New York NY police are being sued by a woman claiming she was detained for 5 days and mistreated in custody by cops after she was shot and went to the hospital. She alleges that they were trying to force her into changing her story to say her friend shot her when he didn’t. [4]
  • Indiana State trooper was charged with felony sexual battery, official misconduct, and other charges after he was accused of groping a woman during a traffic stop. [0]
  • Montgomery WV problematic cop is being sued by a woman claiming he forced her to expose & shake her breasts during a traffic stop search. He’s also facing charges from his time as an officer elesewhere. [3]
  • McFarland CA mayor claims problematic cops deserve 2nd chances in an interview about 4 cops hired despite their bad records, including one who has had more than a couple second chances already. [3]
  • Los Angeles Co CA sheriff’s dpt sued by ACLU alleging illegal harassment of people for taking photographs in public [3]
  • San Juan Co UT now-former sheriff was charged with misuse of public funds after investigation by sheriff who replaced him [1]
  • Ontario Provincial Police sgt investigated for allegedly tasering fellow cop & threatening others during dispute [1]
  • Tennessee Hwy Patrol trooper fired for preferential treatment of deputy he didn’t test or arrest for suspected DUI [0]
  • League City TX police chief and a captain may face charges over allegations of illegal traffic ticket quotas [3]
  • El Paso TX cop placed on admin leave after audit of overtime related to federal gang enforcement grants [1]
  • Denville NJ cop arrested on multiple charges for allegedly stealing narcotics from dept evidence room [0]
  • Memphis TN cop among 25 people indicted on federal meth and marijuana trafficking charges after 2yr probe [0]
  • RCMP staff sgt in Ottawa ON docked 10 days pay for viewing porn & performing web cam strip tease at headquarters [0]
  • Houton TX cop sentenced to probation & $500 fine for DUI crash into school bus, 7 cops disciplined for cover up [0]
  • Seattle WA police detective cited for DUI & released after rear ending car w/unmarked cruiser, unknown if on duty [2]

Two things before calling it a night.

First, from New York NY, a series of videos, below, from an Occupy Wall Street protest march in support of #OccupyOakland solidarity  allegedly show incidents of excessive force and police getting more aggressive with protesters. I can’t officially add it to the database yet as I haven’t had time to fully analyze what’s going on, which is difficult in protest situations especially when it’s not a full video but snippets of incidents. But I wanted to put it up to see what you think in the meantime. [3]

Next, again out of New York City, some info has been leaked out about pending charges against at least 16 NYPD officers in the previously reported ticket fixing scandal. This update isn’t in the feed yet because I want to wait for the official lists of charges and number of people charged before recording this one.We’re aware of the recent update on the NYPD ticket fixing scandal, waiting for the official count of cops charged

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-26-11

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, October 26, 2011:

  • Baltimore MD settled a lawsuit for $45k to a man who suffered broken arm when arrested by 2 cops on charges that were eventually dropped. It’s sad when excessive force is such a common problem in a city that newspapers bury these reports as a small blurb within an article about something else like it’s an everyday thing. [0]
  • Orlando FL settles suit for $24k to a man who was tasered twice & peppersprayed several minutes after he turned around and grabbed a cop who shoved him from behind then apologized because he didn’t realize it was a cop. [0]
  • Antioch CA settled a class action suit for $360k to low-income African American renters who targeted for more aggressive enforcement activities by police, allegedly just because they were poor and black. [0]
  • Yuma AZ cop was indicted on bribery & obstruction charges for allegedly extorting sex from a woman in exchange for police assistance when she required help from the police. [1]
  • Honolulu HI cop who is accused of raping a mentally disabled shoplifting suspect was suspended w/o pay but hasn’t been charged despite word leaking out that he told his fellow cops he had sex with the woman and that he failed a polygraph test about the alleged incident. He allegedly insists the sex was consensual. [4]
  • St John the Baptist Parish LA school cop has been indefinitely suspended w/o pay after he was accused of inappropriately touching a female student. [0]
  • Cheyenne WY cop sentenced to 4mo in jail on a misdemeanor false imprisonment involving a domestic dispute with his wife. He was acquitted on the other felony charges he faced. [0]
  • Winsboro LA cop was fired after arrested on a domestic violence battery warrant while he was on duty. His girlfriend was apparently hospitalized after the alleged incident. [0]
  • Milwaukee WI cops face minimal punishment for drunk driving even when taxi drivers usually lose their licenses for the same crimes as detailed in part 2 of a local paper’s onging series about police misconduct, transparency and accountability in that city. [2]
  • Baltimore MD settled suit for $290k to an ex-police chopper pilot claiming he was retaliated against and forced out for reporting departmental waste and safety issues. [0]
  • Indianapolis IN police are being accused of giving a police lieutenant special treatment when he was found drunk in his truck while armed in the parking lot of an apartment complex that he didn’t live at. Residents who called police about the people parked in a truck who didn’t belong there complain that he wasn’t detained when anyone else clearly would have been arrested. [3]
  • Jefferson City MO cop is on paid leave after arrested for drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident. [2]

Before I go, a quick reminder about some of the guidelines about what reports qualify for our news feed and police misconduct database:

  1. We only track reports about misconduct committed by people who are employed as a certified or sworn officer at the time of the alleged incident. This means we don’t track misconduct committed by people who are no longer officers when they do something bad and we don’t track cases involving non-sworn employees like clerks, parking enforcement, or corrections officers.
  2. We have guidelines set to limit updates on reports to only include status changes that are significant to a case that has already been tracked. So, while we would report that a cop who we tracked as being charged with a crime was convicted or sentenced for it, we won’t track that the officer’s trial started or specific items of testimony about the case were published unless that testimony revealed other allegations not already tracked.

For a more detailed discussion about our reporting and tracking methodology, please refer to this page on our site.

Thanks, and stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-25-11

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, October 25, 2011:

  • Oakland CA police and police from surrounding agencies are being accused of using excessive tactics and force against #OccupyOakland protesters in a series of teargas volleys and raids on encampments that continued late into the night. One video, shown at top above, shows protesters carrying off an injured man they claim is a veteran who was hit in the head with a less-than-leathal projectile. Meanwhile, in the video below that, a protester testifies how they came under fire while trying to tend to an injured person who wasn’t moving after a volley of teargas and other ordinance. Next, a (updated) video, shows the incident involving the injured person, (now being reported as the veteran who was critically injured), that he’s talking about, you can clearly see the projectile lobbed from police lines before it explodes amid the crowd trying to assist that person. The last image shows a man claiming that he was hit in the head with a rubber bullet, keep in mind that aiming for the head with any type of less-than-leathal ordinance is generally against policy for most agencies. [3]
  • North Brookfield MA cop was arrested on multiple charges over allegations that he raped a 15yr-old family friend and sent her obscene pics of himself in text messages. [0]
  • Peel Regional ON police officer has been charged with sexual assault  after investigation into complaint about an on-duty incident that was filed in July [1]
  • Murray Co OK deputy with history of violent behavior has been fired after an investigation into new complaints. [1]
  • 5 current New York NY cops and 3 ex-cops arrested in sting on allegations the belonged to gun smuggling ring [1]
  • San Jose CA police accused of refusing to repair home after damaging it w/tear gas grenades in warrantless raid [4]
  • 6 Miami-Dade FL cops accused of going too far by ransacking woman’s home in heavily armed raid over unverified tip [1]
  • Los Angeles CA police sgt arrested for burglary, crashed car after woman maced him when she found him in her home [0]
  • San Ramon CA cop to plead guilty to stealing cash from gangs & sold drugs, agrees to testify against former boss [0]
  • Tampa FL police sued by lawyer claiming he was falsely arrested & injured for offering legal services to 2 women who were being detained at a restaurant [2]
  • Franklin Co NC sheriff indicted on embezzlement charges involving over $200k in funds meant for drug enforcement [0]
  • Ocala FL cop arrested at work by the FBI on federal fraud and identity theft related charges [1]
  • Maui HI cop resigns as part of plea deal that will clear drug charges from his record after 5 years of probation [0]
  • Yakima WA cop sentenced to 30days home detention in plea deal reducing DUI charge to negligent driving [0]
  • El Paso TX police detective arrested by military police for DUI while armed inside Fort Bliss military base [0]
  • Houston TX police dept’s mobile blood alcohol testing vans no longer trusted by Harris County prosecutors [3]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-24-11

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, October 24, 2011:

  • Elgin ND now-former police chief who is also a former judge has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for molesting a girl from the age of 12 to age 17. [0]
  • South Bend IN cop was charged with official misconduct & battery on allegations he sexually assaulted 2 women while on duty. [1]
  • Lansing KS DARE cop who was also the 2008 cop of the year for that department has pled no contest to child enticement charges after he was caught in an undercover sting operation. [0]
  • Orange County FL sheriff’s department is being sued by barber shop owners claiming deputies conducted warrantless raids on black-owned shops under the guise of “license inspections” [3]
  • Pittsburgh PA settles false arrest lawsuit for $60k to 2 college students who say they weren’t even part of the G20 protests when they were thrown to ground & arrested by police while trying to get back to their dorm. [0]
  • 2 Baltimore MD cops plead guilty to extortion charges in that city’s towing scandal, bringing the total to 9 officers who have pled guilty so far. [0]
  • New York NY police are being sued by a couple claiming a cop smacked their Pomeranian mix dog out of their 20′ high window during a raid on their apartment in search of a relative. While police admit that is what happened and that the dog didn’t pose a real threat by itself, they say the officer needed to take control of the situation by shutting the yapping dog up somehow, but didn’t intend for the dog to go flying out the window by smacking it. The couple also claims some items were stolen during the raid but police deny that claim. [3]
  • Hudson County NJ deputy was charged with obstruction for trying to stop two officers from arresting two of her friends after a bar brawl. [0]
  • Alpharetta GA police are accused of refusing to file a report claiming that a councilwoman’s husband, who also chairs a police charity organization, assaulted a 4yr-old girl in the park. [0]
  • Baltimore MD police detective was charged with felony & misdemeanor counts of presenting false insurance disability claims [1]
  • New York state police investigation finds that a trooper was speeding when he ran red light without using his emergency lights or siren in a crash with a taxi that left 2 injured. [1]
  • Warsaw NC cop was fired after his supervisor smelled alcohol on his breath while he was on-duty, even though the officer tested under the legal limit. [0]
  • Fairfax Co VA police officer was charged with driving while intoxicated after crashing into a utility pole while off duty [0]
  • Braintree MA cop charged with illegal possession of an assault weapon that was found during an investigation into a domestic dispute [0]
  • Neptune Beach FL cop who helped that city develop anti-gambling regulations was arrested for his alleged role in a gambling ring. [0]

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

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 10-22-11 to 10-23-11

Here are the 27 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this weekend of October 22-23, 2011:

  • Downey CA police have apparently shot an unarmed man to death after mistaking him for robbery suspect. Police claim they shot him while chasing him when he turned around in a “menacing manner”. However, family claim he was with his wife at a gas station and crossed the street to get cigarettes. [3]
  • Sioux City IA officer, alleged to be a narcotics detective, is shown on a YouTube video (above) repeatedly punching & choking a woman during an arrest on unknown charges. A commenter claiming to know about the case says it’s from an incident in August that resulted in a lawsuit. [3]
  • Santa Barbara CA cop accused of excessive force by witnesses who say the officer repeatedly punched and tasered a compliant suspect in a parking lot during a traffic stop as the man begged bystanders for help. [4]
  • 3 Aurora CO cops are the subject of a lawsuit claiming they used excessive force and broke his wrist while he was unconscious on his bed following a siezure after his family called for medical assistance. The then allegedly dragged him out in front of his family into the cold while he was only wearing underwear. [3]
  • Mountain View CO cop is accused of roughing up a motorist after the officer crashed into his car with his cruiser. The same officer is apparently the subject of another excessive force case as well. [3]
  • Walsenburg CO cops are being sued by man claiming cops taunted him after tasering him twice while he was face-down and already cuffed. [3]
  • Orlando FL cop sued by a man alleging the officer punched, maced, tasered & arrested him for asking a security guard why girlfriend was being detained at a theme park they were visiting. She apparently touched a “cast member”. [3]
  • San Jose CA is settling a lawsuit for $100k to a man who was struck in face after cuffed and a woman he was with who was falsely arrested as a passenger during a DUI stop. [0]
  • Roosevelt UT police are accused of using excessive force when they peppersprayed fans who were doing a traditional dance after a high school football game. The spray also hit other fans, players, adults, and even a 4-year-old child. [0]
  • Columbia MO cop fired last mo in excessive force case now implicated in 2 more misconduct investigations including another excessive force case. [0]
  • Vermont State police agree to change policies in settlement for unspecified sum for tasering mentally disabled man [0]
  • Nashville TN police & US ICE agents sued by ACLU over alleged warrantless raid on an entire apartment complex. [3]
  • Columbus OH cop under investigation after anti-abortion protesters claim he assaulted other cop called to help them [0]
  • Milwaukee WI newspaper spent over $7,500 to examines records of 93 cops disciplined for criminal acts since 1979, finds lax discipline [3]
  • Toronto ON cop charged with perjury for allegedly covering up his brother’s role in the execution-style murder of a millionaire [0]
  • US FBI are being accused by the ACLU of creating assessment maps targeting communities for investigation via large-scale racial profiling [3]
  • Torrance CA settles suit for $120k to man involved in altercation with police sergeant in a police station lobby when he went there to ask police for more traffic enforcement in his neighborhood after his child was hit by a car. [0]
  • Los Angeles Co CA sheriff accused of training his deputies to illegally search people who are caught photographing things officers deem aren’t art while in public. [3]
  • Lewiston ME police were reprimanded by a judge for sloppy evidence handling & losing evidence that resulted in charges being dropped against a robbery suspect. [1]
  • Nelson Co VA deputy fired after arrested on abduction, discharge of firearm, assault & other charges in a DV case [0]
  • McDowell Co WV deputy arrested for domestic assault, harassment, possession, & brandishing gun outside 911 center [0]
  • Cherokee Co SC deputy fired after arrested on criminal domestic violence charge involving incident with his wife [0]
  • St Petersburg FL police detective pleads guilty to wire fraud for extorting money from informant to help w/charges [0]
  • Douglas Co SD deputy indicted on theft by deception charges in Minnesota involving insurance application fraud [0]
  • Denver CO judge threatens to send US Marshals to get disciplinary records as police defy order to release them, they finally released the records later in the day but the lawyers who requested them are bound by a confidentiality agreement to keep them a secret except for how they are used as evidence in their police brutality lawsuit. [5]
  • Oxford Twp NJ cop w/history of misconduct gets probation & will never be cop again in plea deal involving two cases [0]
  • Eugene OR cop pleads no contest to .15BAC DUI charge but dept & prosecutor refuse to release arrest report to paper [4]

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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-21-11

Here are the 18 reports and one updated report tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, October 21, 2011:

  • Chicago IL cop under investigation over 3 shooting incidents, 2 of which were fatal, after a video apparently showed that he fatally shot an unarmed person who was laying face-down on the ground. [0]
  • In an update to a previous report, Escondido CA revealed it settled a lawsuit for $7.25mil over psychologically abusive interrogations of murdered child’s brother and false arrests. (update)
  • Washington DC cop was sentenced to 15yrs for acting as lookout during a botched armed robbery attempt on a drug dealer that left one person dead [0]
  • 3 Union City NJ cops were arrested on agg assault & weapons charges after allegedly threatening a man with a gun and dragging a woman out of his car while off-duty [1]
  • New York NY undercover cop sparked a confrontation at protest against the NYPD stop-and-frisk policies when he tried to arrest a photojournalist that he shoved without cause [4]
  • Beaufort Co SC deputy arrested on allegations he was sending inappropriate text messages to a 15yr-old girl [0]
  • Columbia SC cop arrested on allegations he had sex with a 17yr-old prostitute while in uniform then left in his police cruiser afterward [0]
  • Forsest City IA cop charged w/arson & burglary after admitting to setting fire to a police station & stealing a rifle [0]
  • Tempe AZ cop sentenced to probation for stealing items from evidence including gift cards and a refrigerator [0]
  • Barre MA cop convicted on 5 of 7 counts of perjury involving his testimony at the trial of his girlfriend [0]
  • Philadelphia PA cop convicted on misd theft charge for stealing $825 from an open safe while responding to call at a bar [0]
  • Elkins WV cop revokes police cert in plea deal for harassment, dropping felony & misd kidnapping & DV charges [0]
  • Yuma AZ cop fired and may face charges for abuse of authority involving unspecified on-duty sexual activity [1]
  • Fife WA police lieutenant was suspended while investigated for unspecified misconduct, possibly sexual harassment [2]
  • Cape Breton NS cop charged w/assault & unlawful confinement involving multiple unspecifed incidents [3]
  • Mint Hill SC cop fired for lying when he claimed he retreived equip from ex-cop he supervised who now faces charges [0]
  • 2 Miami-Dade FL cops, a detective & major, face suspensions & demotions over unspecified misconduct allegations [2]
  • Bristol CT police lieutenant charged w/disorderly conduct after investigation into unspecified domestic incident [1]
  • Florida Highway Patrol officer fired after arrested on drunk driving charge after alleged hit & skip crash w/tree [0]

Before I go, I wanted to see what our readers thought about this report and it’s associated video out of New York city…

A word of caution, it is graphic…

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

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