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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-18-16

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 18, 2016:

  • Springfield, Illinois: A school resource officer resigned after he was indicted for aggravated criminal sexual abuse for fondling a 17-year-old girl. ow.ly/ZF2Hm
  • Stanislaus County, California: A now0-former deputy was sentenced to 60 days in jail for stealing $8,000 from an inmate welfare fund. ow.ly/ZF2WU
  • Pennsylvania State Police: The PSP settled an excessive force lawsuit with a beaten motorist for $300,000. ow.ly/ZFmTb
  • Monroe County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for unlawful compensation. He allegedly solicited money from a jail inmate in exchange for smuggling contraband.ow.ly/ZFwdv
  • Orange County, Virginia: A now-former deputy enters an Alford plea in an insurance fraud case. He was given three-year suspended sentence. ow.ly/ZFIeX
  • Montclair, New Jersey: A now-former officer who was fired after domestic abuse arrest was reinstated and given $270,000 in back pay. ow.ly/ZG2dX
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 01-12-15): An officer who was recommended for termination for shooting an undercover deputy has retired. ow.ly/ZG2vy

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-17-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 17, 2016:

  • Farmers Branch, Texas: An officer was arrested for murder and aggravated assault as the result of an off-duty shooting of two juveniles. One died, the other was injured.  ow.ly/ZzLxT
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: An officer was charged with battery against a household member after slamming her husband against a wall. ow.ly/ZC4y4
  • Update: U.S. Marshals: A now-former deputy marshal stationed in Florida was sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbing 24 lbs. of marijuana from three dealers at gunpoint in Yuba City, California. ow.ly/ZC9tO
  • Update: Winchester, New York: An officer pled guilty to criminal threatening. He was given a one year suspended sentence. ow.ly/ZCbck
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico: An officer who had been fired for intimidating a civilian investigator will be allowed to retire from the department and collect his pension. ow.ly/ZCVRG
  • Sarasota, Florida: An officer was arrested for DUI. He had already been placed on leave during an investigation into the death of a man in custody. ow.ly/ZCZ9D
  • Update: Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana: A now-former deputy pled guilty to drug conspiracy. He shook-down dealers and stole from the DEA. ow.ly/ZDifg
  • Jamestown, North Dakota: An officer was fired for 19 violations, including dishonesty. ow.ly/ZDgGH
  • Update: Calhoun County, Michigan: A now-former officer pled guilty to DUI. He was found in his car unconscious and unresponsive in December. ow.ly/ZDhma

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-16-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 16, 2016:

  • Santa Rosa County, Florida: A deputy was charged with violation of the right of way for failing to yield and causing a car crash. ow.ly/ZxemH
  • Update: Essex County, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to criminal coercion for forcing a woman to have sex. http://bit.ly/21y6O4W
  • Independence County, Arkansas: A deputy is being investigated for taking hydrocodone from a motorist during a traffic stop and not reporting it. ow.ly/ZxBwc
  • Pinellas County, Florida: A deputy was charged with domestic battery after an altercation with his wife. ow.ly/ZxWo1
  • Update: Massachusetts State Police: A trooper who was charged with sexually assaulting a woman he met online may finally see trial this month. The case has been delayed at least two previous times.  ow.ly/Zy2EZ
  • Update: Suffolk, Virginia: A now-former officer pled guilty to unlawful wounding for choking a woman. He was sentenced to two-to-five years in prison. ow.ly/Zy7ln
  • Update: Neptune Township, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to manslaughter for chasing down and fatally shooting his ex-wife as she drove her car. Their seven-year-old daughter was in the car at the time of the shooting. ow.ly/Zybss
  • Bald Knob, Arkansas: The now-former chief pled guilty to possessing a stolen firearm and will pay around $12,000 in restitution for filing a false insurance claim. ow.ly/ZykDF
  • Kingston, New York: An officer was charged with DWI after flipping a car he was driving without permission. He was off duty at the time of the incident. ow.ly/Zyl4r

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-15-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 15, 2016:

  • Wood County, West Virginia: A deputy was charged with DUI after he led police on a chase at speeds estimated at 127 MPH. He had BAC of .178, more than twice the legal limit. ow.ly/ZtCq9
  • Livingston, California: An officer was charged with assault for an incident during a supervised child exchange. One of the three original charges has been dismissed. ow.ly/ZtEsS
  • Pomona, California: An officer was charged with molesting or annoying a teenage girl. ow.ly/ZtF9p
  • Chester, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with oppression, indecent exposure, and assault for demanding sex from female detainees. ow.ly/ZtFPv
  • Houston, Texas: An officer arrested for criminal mischief the day he was suspended for personnel violation. ow.ly/Zu44p
  • Update: Edison Township, New Jersey (First reported 06-11-14): An officer was put back on the job, though without his firearm, despite efforts to terminate him. He had been suspended with notice of intent for termination for coercing a woman to model lingerie for him or face arrest. ow.ly/ZuaDV
  • Update: Cincinnati, Ohio (First reported 02-18-15): Two officers were acquitted of trying covering up another officer’s DUI crash. He pled guilty.ow.ly/ZubMz
  • Update: Brown University officer suspended for assaulting Dartmouth student has been fired. ow.ly/ZucXR

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-14-15

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, March 14, 2016:

  • Grand Traverse County, Michigan: Two deputies were arrested for assault after an off-duty bar fight. ow.ly/ZppzD
  • Kaufman, Texas: A now-former officer was indicted for indecency and sexual assault of a child. The incident is alleged to have taken place when he was on the force. ow.ly/ZppXN
  • Update: Dupont, Pennsylvania (First reported 01-22-15): An officer was convicted of bribery, obstruction, and oppression. He accepted oxycodone from a dealer and let him go. ow.ly/Zpq94
  • Waterbury, Connecticut: An officer was fired for conduct unbecoming and associating with criminals, among other violations. ow.ly/ZpqIP
  • Collier County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for DUI after crashing his patrol car on duty. This is his second arrest for DUI. ow.ly/ZpqU0
  • Update: Pasco County, Florida (First reported 08-07-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to five years in prison for receiving child pornography. ow.ly/Zpr5o
  • Delaware County, Ohio: A deputy was suspended and demoted after DUI. He has a history of departmental violations. ow.ly/ZprkJ
  • San Francisco County, California: A deputy whom the FBI discovered had ties to a reputed gang leader is no longer with the department. There are no criminal charges filed against the now-former deputy at this time.  ow.ly/ZprvZ
  • Update: Carrollton, Kentucky (First reported 06-02-15): The police chief and another officer were acquitted of charges related to sending a mentally ill inmate to Florida on a bus with a one-way ticket.  ow.ly/ZprM0
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 02-02-15): An officer will not face federal charges for killing 18-year-old Ramarley Graham. The officer chased Graham into his home while trying to make a misdemeanor drug arrest and fatally shot him in his bathroom. ow.ly/Zps4h
  • Update: Montgomery County, Tennessee (First reported 03-07-16): A deputy who had been arrested for stalking and harassment has resigned. ow.ly/Zpsgr
  • Update: Iberia Parish, Louisiana: Two now-former deputies became the seventh and eighth to plead guilty to civil rights violations for excessive force. ow.ly/ZpsAr
  • South Carolina State Police: A now-former trooper pled guilty to aggravated assault and battery for the 2014 shooting of Levar Jones. ow.ly/ZrP6J
  • Update: Graysville, Tennessee (First reported 06-06-14): A now-former chief pled guilty to two counts of misconduct for stealing seized cars and $4,000. ow.ly/ZrXkw
  • Fort Worth, Texas: An officer was suspended and placed under investigation after video shows him pepper spraying passing motorcyclists. ow.ly/ZrXJJ

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-11-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 11, 2016:

  • Update: San Francisco, California: A jury found that the four officers who fatally shot Alex Nieto 48 times did not use excessive force. ow.ly/Zll1O
  • Update: Burlington, Vermont: An officer pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts of simple assault. ow.ly/Zlm6q
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: The County settled a lawsuit with the family of a mentally ill man fatally shot six times by an off-duty deputy. ow.ly/Zlmp2
  • El Dorado Colorado, California: A deputy was arrested for his third DUI since December. ow.ly/Zlmzs
  • Update: Iberia Parish, Louisiana: The sheriff was indicted for civil rights violations for his role in the beatings of five inmates. More than a half-dozen of his deputies have pled guilty to related crimes. ow.ly/ZlmJN
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland: A now-former officer who was acquitted for animal cruelty for slitting the throat of tethered dog was awarded 45,000 in back pay. ow.ly/ZmnK6
  • Fairborn, Ohio: An officer resigned. An investigation indicates he used excessive force on a suspect and did not record the incident in violation of protocol. ow.ly/ZmoCH
  • Iowa State Police: A trooper was arrested for DUI. He has resigned. ow.ly/ZmE52

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-10-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 10, 2016:

  • Update: Champaign, Illinois: An officer was suspended after he was named in a fourth excessive force lawsuit. ow.ly/Ziwdn
  • Update: Oneida Nation (New York): The officer who pled guilty to harassment for pulling a gun in public has been fired. ow.ly/ZixAQ
  • Update: Mt. Vernon, Ohio: An officer pled guilty to extortion for running a drug trafficking operation while on the job. ow.ly/Ziy3H
  • Adams County, Colorado: A deputy was arrested for domestic abuse. ow.ly/Zj4gC
  • Pinal County, Arizona: A deputy was indicted for sex crimes against a 15-year-old boy. He has been fired. ow.ly/Zj52v
  • Update: Richland County, South Carolina: A deputy pled guilty to in a tax fraud scheme in which she prepared taxes for other deputies to get unearned money from the state. She is the third of five deputies charged in the scheme to plead guilty. ow.ly/Zj5JY
  • Buffalo, New York: An officer was suspended after DWI arrest. ow.ly/Zj78k
  • Harlingen, Texas: An officer was suspended without pay for mistreating a motorist. ow.ly/Zj7IG

    National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-09-16

    Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 9, 2016:

    • Bartow County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested and charged with DUI. She retired after the arrest. ow.ly/ZfLrr
    • Neoga, Illinois: An officer was fired amid state police investigation into his involvement with a teenager. ow.ly/ZfMQ5
    • Update: Glen Rock, New Jersey (First reported 08-06-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to endangering the welfare of a child for sexting teenage girls he was investigating. The plea deal includes a sentencing recommendation of three-to-five years in prison. ow.ly/ZfOoY
    • Update: Kern County, California (First reported 10-29-15): A deputy pled no contest DUI of methamphetamine in possession of a gun and assault. As part of the plea agreement, seven felony counts were dismissed. ow.ly/ZfPbM
    • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 03-03-16): Two school officers charged with assault, misconduct, and child abuse for slapping and kicking a student. The incident was captured on video and went viral. ow.ly/Zg1oN
    • Park County, Colorado: The undersheriff was suspended and a sergeant resigned after discipline was handed down in the wake of an incident that resulted in the death of corporal. ow.ly/Zg4eG
    • Alcorn State University: A now-former officer pled guilty to civil rights violations for elbowing a student in the face and throwing him to the ground.  ow.ly/Zg5at
    • Update: Masontown, Pennsylvania (First reported 07-07-15): A now-former officer and drug task force member pled guilty to six criminal counts for stealing a sawed-off shotgun from evidence. He was sentenced to one year of probation. ow.ly/Zg6Wa
    • Update: Winchester, New Hampshire (First reported 10-21-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to criminal threatening for pointing a loaded gun at a man while he was on duty. ow.ly/Zg7yI

    National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-08-16

    Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 8, 2016:

    • Update: Gasconade County, Missouri (First reported 02-03-15): A deputy was indicted on federal charges for sexually abusing four women and steering a 14-year-old girl into prostitution. ow.ly/ZcQuX
    • Washington County, Oregon: A deputy was charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and enticement of a child. ow.ly/ZcQNw
    • Eufaula, Alabama: An officer was arrested and charged with drug conspiracy. ow.ly/ZcR2R
    • New York, New York: A lieutenant and two officers were suspended after a DUI hit-and-run in a parking lot that resulted in crashing into a hair salon. “It gets stupid after that.” ow.ly/Zdqoj
    • Paterson, New Jersey: An officer was arrested for discharging his gun while off duty. He was charged with aggravated assault and other charges. ow.ly/ZcRek
    • Niagara County, New York: A deputy pled not guilty to reckless driving for a fatal crash with SUV. ow.ly/ZdkDn
    • Update: Lincoln County, Wisconsin (First reported 05-21-15): A deputy was sentenced to five years in prison for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl. ow.ly/Zdl6A
    • Cincinnati, Ohio: A viral video shows man record his own arrest for jaywalking. The department says the arrest was lawful; the man claims harassment. After the video had gone public, the man had a contempt of court charge added to the jaywalking count. The investigation is ongoing. ow.ly/ZdlHC
    • Update: Montgomery, Alabama (First reported 03-02-16): An officer was arrested in the shooting death of Gregory Gunn, an unarmed 58-year-old man. ow.ly/ZdpNk

    Problems with the Border Patrol

    From the New York Times:

    By 2011, the sheer number of C.B.P. misconduct cases had become so glaring — an average of one C.B.P. officer was arrested every day between 2005 and 2012, 144 of them for corruption-level offenses — that C.B.P. redefined the way in which misconduct was categorized, Tomsheck said. Certain misconduct cases would be deemed ‘‘mission-compromising’’ and others ‘‘non-mission-compromising’’; only the former would have to be reported to Congress….

    In 2010, testifying before a Senate Homeland Security subcommittee, Tom­sheck reported a staggering internal study: 60 percent of a pool of Border Patrol agents and customs inspectors who had been administered polygraph tests were deemed unsuitable for service.

    The victims of Border Patrol misconduct are especially vulnerable.  Illegal immigrants can’t get redress in U.S. courts in many situations and many wouldn’t even try–precisely because of their illegal status.

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