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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-24-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 24, 2015:

  • Update: Edwardsville, Pennsylvania (First reported 03-13-15): The police chief was fired for regularly leaving his post to spend time with his paramour. ow.ly/KJkzA
  • Update: East Moline, Illinois (First reported 03-26-12): A now-former officer pled no contest to misconduct and guilty to financial exploitation of the elderly. ow.ly/KJDwg
  • Linden, New Jersey: Three officers and a friend were involved in a fatal head-on crash with a tractor-trailer. One officer and the friend died, the other two officers are in the hospital. DUI is suspected and the investigation is ongoing. ow.ly/KJJFx
  • St. Ann, Missouri: An officer was arrested for DUI after hitting a house with his pickup truck. He resigned. ow.ly/KJLHv
  • Jacksonville, Florida: An officer allowed a woman to drive his patrol car. He also inappropriately used the police database to check her criminal record. He has a history of complaints from the public and his colleagues.  ow.ly/KKdQk
  • Update: Salem, New Hampshire (First reported 01-16-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 30 days in jail for twice assaulting a suspect. First, after a high-speed chase, he struck the suspect’s head with his flashlight. The suspect required medical treatment and had five staples put in his head. The second assault was intentionally stepping on the suspect’s hands after he was taken into custody.   ow.ly/KKgTl
  • University of Tennessee (Knoxville): A now-former officer was sentenced to three years of probation for knowingly protecting an illegal, high-stakes poker game. He was caught in an FBI sting. ow.ly/KKy4K
  • Seminole County, Florida: A deputy was fired after he was arrested on molestation and related charges. ow.ly/KKJss

Philadelphia Police Shootings

From the New York Times:

WASHINGTON — Roughly once a week, 390 times over the past eight years, Philadelphia police officers opened fire at a suspect. The shootings involved 454 officers, most of them on patrol. Almost always, the suspects were black. Often, the officers were, too.

Fifty-nine suspects were unarmed. Officers frequently said they thought the men — and they were almost always men — were reaching for a weapon, when they were actually doing something like holding a cellphone.

The statistics were laid out in a Justice Department report on Monday, which does not allege racial discrimination but offers an unusually deep look at the use of lethal force inside a major city police department, including information on the race of officers and suspects. It is the kind of data that has been nearly absent from the debate over police tactics that began last summer with a deadly shooting in Ferguson, Mo.

Only a handful of major departments regularly publish statistics on police shootings, and those that do are not always consistent. That makes comparing the records of police departments difficult. But even with such spotty figures, Philadelphia stands out when compared with the public data in other cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. In many years, Philadelphia saw more police shootings than New York, a city with five times the number of residents and officers.

“I want to express regrets for all who have been shot and killed in Philadelphia — civilian and police officers,” Mayor Michael A. Nutter said at a news conference Monday.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-23-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, March 21 through Monday, March 23, 2015:

  • Stamford, Texas: An officer was arrested and fired for felony possession of a controlled substance.  http://ow.ly/KEVNW
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: An officer was indicted on misconduct and firearms charges for pointing his gun at the head of an innocent man outside of his home. According to the news report, the officer approached two men in a car parked in front of a house. The officer claimed they were parked illegally, but they were not, and then asked what they were doing there. The driver explained he was dropping off his cousin who lived in the house, but when the passenger got out of the car to go into the house, the officer blocked his way and twice pointed his weapon at the passenger’s head. http://ow.ly/KEWkX
  • Salt Lake City, Utah (Unified Police Department): A detective was arrested for misappropriating over $8,000 in cash meant for drug buys. ow.ly/KEXeh
  • Update: Adams County, Colorado (First reported 06-06-14): A deputy had sexual assault and false imprisonment charges against him dropped. http://ow.ly/KGoqX
  • El Dorado County, California: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence. http://ow.ly/KGq62
  • South Burlington, Vermont: An officer was arrested for DUI after he hit a telephone pole. http://ow.ly/KGyqP
  • Cherokee County, Georgia: A now-former deputy pled guilty to theft by deception. She lied in order to take time off from the sheriff’s office for military training, but she had already been deactivated. She was sentenced to 12 months of probation and 80 hours of community service.  http://ow.ly/KGDo9
  • Update: Yuba County, California (First reported 03-25-14): A now-former deputy was found not guilty of assault. He had been accused of beating a man unconscious during an off-duty fight on St. Patrick’s Day. http://ow.ly/KGERG

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-20-15

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 20, 2015:

  • Lauderhill, Florida: An officer was arrested for domestic violence and violating restraining order after going to his ex-wife’s home. http://ow.ly/KxEHh
  • Dougherty County, Georgia: An officer was arrested for making terroristic threats. ow.ly/KApon
  • Hardin County, Texas: A deputy pled guilty to making a false statement to a federal agent in regard to a child pornography shipment. Investigators determined it had been purchased with the deputy’s email address, credit card, and phone number.  ow.ly/KAByB
  • Kissimmee, Florida: A detective faces trial for DUI. The former Kissimmee detective of the year failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breath test. ow.ly/KAKfJ
  • Update: Houston County, Alabama (First reported 02-09-15): A deputy was acquitted of a domestic violence charge stemming from an incident with his stepson. ow.ly/KB6RJ
  • Escalante, Utah: The police chief, who also is the only officer in the town, was charged with making false statements on drug arrest reports. ow.ly/KAPmA
  • Ford County, Kansas: A now-former deputy was charged with 15 misdemeanor counts of misconduct and theft. He is alleged to have repeatedly used a county vehicle for personal use.  ow.ly/KAPUy

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-19-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 19, 2015:

  • Virginia Alcohol Beverage Commission (Charlottesville): Several officers were involved in alleged brutality against a University of Virginia student. ow.ly/KwbXi
  • Walker County, Georgia: A deputy was fired after he was arrested for battery in a domestic dispute. http://ow.ly/KxoUT
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (Ysleta, TX): An agent was arrested for sexual assault of a child. http://ow.ly/Kxs5T
  • Update: Niles, Illinois: A now-former officer was convicted of stealing more than $1,700 from the room of a deceased man at the YMCA. http://ow.ly/KxvJv
  • Pike Township, Indiana: An officer was arrested for OWI. He was driving 113 mph in a 55 mph zone. http://ow.ly/Kxwrp
  • Update: New York, New York: A sergeant who was implicated in a wide-ranging ticket-fixing scandal was acquitted of all charges. Thirteen other officers have cases pending. http://ow.ly/KxzEY
  • Humboldt County, Nevada: A deputy was arrested for brandishing his weapon in a convenience store. http://ow.ly/KxBu6
  • Oakland, Florida: An officer was arrested for directing and promoting sexual performance of a 3-year-old child. http://ow.ly/KxDpT

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-18-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 18, 2015:

  • Pitt County, North Carolina: A deputy was arrested and fired for statutory rape. He allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old girl at the high school where he was the school resource officer. http://ow.ly/Kt9gb
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania: An officer was fired and charged with assault for excessive force against separate suspects in different incidents. He allegedly kicked one suspect repeatedly in eye, causing vision damage, after a chase. The other suspect required staples in his head for the wounds he suffered at the hands of the officer, allegedly while handcuffed.  http://ow.ly/KtadJ
  • Atlanta, Georgia: The police chief and Fulton County District Attorney are being sued by the now-former head of the crime lab. The suit alleges obstruction of justice and retaliation. http://ow.ly/KtaJA
  • Ville Platte, Louisiana: A detective resigned after being accused of stealing $1,000 worth of roofing shingles with an accomplice. http://ow.ly/KtbD5
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer suspected of homicide has been fired. He has been missing since the homicide. http://ow.ly/KtcgE
  • Update: New Mexico State Police: An officer who was fired for shooting at a car that contained a woman and her children has been hired by Taos County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy.  http://ow.ly/KtcK9
  • Marshall County, Alabama: A deputy was arrested for DUI and fired. http://ow.ly/Ktdym
  • Orange County, Florida: A deputy who was fired for excessive force in 2010 has been hired by the Ocoee, Florida Police Department. http://ow.ly/Ktebv

The Martese Johnson Case

From the Chicago Tribune:

Virginia’s governor has ordered an investigation into the arrest of a black college student from Chicago seen in photos and video with a bloody face as he was held down by an officer..

Martese Johnson, a 2012 graduate of Kenwood Academy, was charged with obstruction of justice without force and public swearing or intoxication, according to Charlottesville General District Court records.

An attorney for Johnson, Daniel P. Watkins, said Johnson was discharged from the hospital after receiving stitches.

About 1,000 students gathered at the University of Virginia campus Wednesday night to demand justice for Johnson, who attended  the event flanked by classmates.

Quick and prudent move by the governor to have the state police, an independent agency, investigate this incident.

The Natasha McKenna Case

Washington Post editorial:

THE FIGHT went out of Natasha McKenna shortly after she was shot at least four times with a Taser stun gun by sheriff’s deputies at the Fairfax County jail on Feb. 3. She rapidly lost consciousness and, five days later, died.

We have asked Sheriff Stacey A. Kincaid whether her office is reviewing its policy on the use of stun guns. She won’t say. We have asked if her office is reassessing the need for crisis intervention training, which, as a candidate for the position she now holds, she dismissed. She won’t say.

Has the sheriff’s office learned any lessons from Ms. McKenna’s death? Sheriff Kincaid won’t say. Has it taken steps to avoid repeating such an incident? The sheriff won’t say. Have the deputies involved been disciplined in any way? Is this really the best the sheriff’s office can do?

So far, the authorities in Fairfax are silent.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-17-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 17, 2015:

  • Update: Saratoga County, New York (First reported 11-10-14): A now-former sergeant pled guilty to misconduct and harassment for slapping a man who refused consent to a car search. Video evidence of the altercation prompted the sheriff to say “I’m kind of very disturbed with what I saw.” The former sergeant will not go to jail or be placed on probation, but he was charged $1500 for court costs and fines. ow.ly/Krcnv
  • St. Louis, Missouri: A now-former officer was indicted for providing a pistol-gripped shotgun to a known drug dealer. The indictment alleges that he provided the gun knowing it would be used in furtherance of drug trafficking and that while he was an officer he knowingly and repeatedly associated with drug dealers. ow.ly/KrldD
  • Washington, District of Columbia: An officer who also is a local pastor was charged with sexual abuse of a minor. ow.ly/Krv73
  • Nixon, Texas: An officer was given a one-week suspension for DWI. She left her car on tracks where it was totaled by a freight train. She returned to work Monday.  ow.ly/KrwjU
  • Chicopee, Massachusetts: A now-former officer faces assault charges for choking a woman during a 2013 arrest. The woman is suing him and the department. ow.ly/Krxqn
  • Rutland, Vermont: A probationary officer was arrested for DUI. He was pulled over for erratic driving. His BAC test registered at 0.164 at processing. ow.ly/Kry05
  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy was arrested after an off-duty shooting. Police allege he was intoxicated at the time of the incident. He claims he fired the gun in self-defense. ow.ly/KryQ1
  • Seminole County, Florida: A now-former deputy was arrested for fraud. Allegedly, he charged homeowners’ associations for off-duty security patrols he didn’t perform. ow.ly/KrzSH

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-14-15 to 03-16-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, March 14 through Monday, March 16, 2015:

  • Seattle, Washington: An officer was fired for calling and texting women he met while investigating potential crimes. http://ow.ly/KmQzD
  • Hull, Massachusetts: A now-former sergeant was charged with larceny for paying himself more than he was owed from police union coffers. http://ow.ly/KmQZr
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer was arrested for human smuggling across the U.S./Mexico border. Authorities found a person hiding in his trunk. http://ow.ly/KnQlQ
  • Update: Syracuse, New York (First reported 03-06-15): The officer suspended for having sex with a woman who called for a welfare check on her daughter was indicted on four counts of misconduct. http://ow.ly/KnS8n
  • El Paso, Texas: A detective was arrested for assault. She allegedly choked her stepdaughter to near unconsciousness. http://ow.ly/KnSTR
  • Denver, Colorado: A detective pled guilty to domestic violence, reckless endangerment, and reckless use of a gun. A child abuse charge was among those dropped in exchange for the plea deal. He was sentenced to two years of probation. He remains suspended as Internal Affairs determines whether his employment will be terminated. http://ow.ly/KnWPC
  • Owen County, Indiana: A now-former deputy was arrested for theft and misconduct. He allegedly took stolen ginseng he recovered from a suspect and resold it. http://ow.ly/KnYiX
  • Colfax County, New Mexico: A deputy was arrested in a sting. He offered to escort agents posing as drug couriers through the state in exchange for cash. http://ow.ly/KnYUT

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