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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 04-05-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 5, 2016:

  • Update: Bastrop County, Texas (First reported 06-18-14): A now-former deputy’s bench trial for second-degree murder is underway. The state rested Monday, and the defense began Tuesday. His first jury trial ended in a mistrial.
  • Update: Grand Rapids, Michigan (First reported 03-03-15): A now-former officer was found guilty on one count of criminal sexual conduct for an assault on his ex-girlfriend. He was acquitted on three other criminal counts related to the incident, including home invasion.
  • Update: Louisiana Department Public Safety (First reported 11-04-15): An officer who shot his wife pled guilty to negligently injuring her. He was sentenced to six months in jail, deferred, and six months of probation.
  • Update: St. Charles County, Missouri (First reported 04-01-16): A now-former officer who pled guilty to tampering for stealing from a bait car on duty also faces four tampering felonies in Pike County.  His next court date in Pike County is April 11. His sentencing in the former case is scheduled for May 16.
  • Update: Bastrop County, Texas (First reported 02-02-16): An officer who was arrested for DUI after being found in his patrol car with a half bottle of vodka and prescription pills while on duty has resigned.
  • Update: Marion County, Florida (First reported 02-25-16): A deputy who resigned after the state attorney general released a scathing report about his use of force is having his cases reviewed by the FBI for possible civil rights violations.
  • Update: Paterson, New Jersey (First reported 06-17-15): An officer who was accused of leaving the scene of a fatal accident has been indicted. .
  • Forrest County, Mississippi: A deputy was indicted for tax evasion and filing false returns.
  • Update: Loudon County, Virginia (First reported 07-10-15): A now-former deputy was found guilty of stealing more than $229,000 from the department’s asset forfeiture program.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 04-04-16

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, April 4, 2016:

  • Seminole County, Florida: A deputy was charged with misdemeanor battery for punching a handcuffed man detained in the back of a patrol car.
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: An officer is under investigation for an on-duty sexual assault and other inappropriate sexual behavior.
  • Update: Duluth, Minnesota (First reported 02-15-16): An officer pled guilty to careless driving and was sentenced to one year of probation. He still has a domestic violence case pending.
  • Denver, Colorado: An officer resigned amid allegations that he worked security for a marijuana business.
  • Greensburg, Pennsylvania: An officer was fired and charged with falsifying commercial truck inspections.
  • New York, New York: A detective was arrested for rape and sexual assault after a woman called 911 from his home.
  • Lucas County, Ohio: A now-former detective pled guilty to stealing $900 from a suspect. He is slated to be sentenced May 9. Upon the initial investigation into the incident, the detective retired preempting completion of an internal investigation, thus leaving his pension unaffected by his guilty plea.
  • Pomona, California: An officer was suspended while he is being investigated for having sex with an underage girl.
  • Pomona, California: The City is being sued because officers allegedly discarded medical identification and other personal property from indigent persons.
  • Update: Las Cruces, New Mexico (First reported 11-20-14): The City settled a lawsuit filed by a police intern who was sexually assaulted by a now-former officer on a ride-along. The suit alleged that the now-former officer had a history of abuse the department failed to address. The settlement was for $3,000,000. The now-former officer is serving nine years for the crime.
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 03-22-16): An officer was indicted on felony assault, kidnapping, and abduction charges for off duty incident in which he is alleged to have slammed a woman’s head against a car bumper.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 04-01-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct reported for Friday, April 1, 2016:

  • Montgomery, Alabama: An officer was charged with second-degree sodomy for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman while he was on duty.
  • Columbus, Indiana: An officer was charged with official misconduct and multiple felonies for stealing drugs from evidence.
  • Douglas County, Nebraska: A deputy was arrested for public intoxication after an incident at a casino.
  • Wagoner County, Oklahoma: A sheriff and deputy were indicted for extortion in an alleged civil asset forfeiture scheme.
  • Melbourne, Florida: An officer was arrested for solicitation after a sex worker complained to police.
  • Aiken, South Carolina Department of Public Safety: Officers shown on video conducting an illegal stop and performing cavity search of a black driver. No contraband was discovered. A civil suit is pending.
  • Tulsa County, Oklahoma: An officer was arrested for using a stolen credit card while in uniform.
  • St. Charles County, Missouri: A deputy pled guilty to stealing items from a bait car while responding to a call. He is slated to be sentenced May 16.
  • Update: Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania (First reported 05-19-15): The officer who was driving 113mph when h killed a woman in a resulting car accident has been fired.

Worst of the Month — March

So for the month of March we have selected the scandal plagued Sheriff’s Office in Iberia Parish, Louisiana.

Sheriff Louis Ackal and Lt. Col. Gerald Savoy were indicted last month for criminal civil rights violations.  Eight former deputies have already pled guilty to similar charges.  Hundreds of criminal cases are now being reopened because they could be tainted by corrupt acts.  The now former deputies admit that they lied in various reports, including search warrant applications.

The scope of this scandal is worth repeating: hundreds of cases will have to be reexamined.

Go here for the full story.

Washington Post Tallies Fatal Shootings Where Officers Are Not Identified

From the Washington Post:

Nationwide, 210 people were fatally shot last year by police officers who have not been publicly identified by their departments.

In 2015, police in the United States shot and killed 990 people, according to a Washington Post database of fatal police shootings. The vast majority of those killed by police were armed with guns or had attacked or threatened officers or civilians. The Post is continuing to track fatal shootings in 2016, recording more than 250 through March. The Post is also filing open-records requests seeking additional information about each shooting, including information about the officers involved, data that is not tracked by any federal agency.

For 2015, reporters obtained the names of officers responsible for 780 of the 990 shootings. In about 600 shootings, officers’ names were disclosed by police departments in news reports. In a handful of cases, names came to light through lawsuits or leaks to the news media. Where the names remained unknown, The Post contacted the departments and requested the officers’ identities.

In 145 fatal shootings, the departments declined to release the names to The Post, citing pending investigations, state or federal records laws, agreements with police unions or department policies. In another 65 fatal shootings, the departments did not respond to multiple requests for information.

Former Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey is interviewed and he notes that a double standard is often employed.  When the shooting death is deemed heroic, the officer is identified.  When the shooting is questionable, the officer is not identified.  Read the whole thing.

For additional background on transparency and policing, go here.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-31-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 31, 2016:

  • Tunnel Hill, Georgia: An officer was arrested for stealing $37,000 from the evidence room.
  • New York, New York: Four officers who arrested postal carrier have been removed from regular duty.
  • Alameda County, California: A man filed a lawsuit alleging that deputies used excessive force against him. The incident was caught on video. The lawsuit also alleges a deputy bribed a homeless witness with some possessions of the plaintiff to cover up the beating. No criminal charges against the deputies have been filed, but the deputies are now under investigation.
  • Update: Saline County, Arkansas (First reported 05-19-14): A now-former sheriff was sentenced to eight months for felony abuse of public trust and theft.
  • Nashville, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for stalking after contacting a co-worker he used to see romantically. The arrest came after his supervisor instructed him to stop contacting her after she complained.
  • Fort Worth, Texas: An officer was indicted for aggravated assault by a public servant for shooting a suspect.
  • Update: Northern Cambria, Pennsylvania (First reported 10-14-15): An officer accepted a plea deal for two misdemeanors after he was caught in a drug sting.
  • Wake County, North Carolina: A deputy was fired for repeated perjury. As a result, 178 DWI and traffic offenses were thrown out of court.
  • Ocala, Florida: An officer was arrested for marijuana use while on duty. Police found drugs and paraphernalia in his patrol car.
  • Montgomery, Alabama: An officer resigned after being charged with a felony for leaving the scene of a traffic crash.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-30-16

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 30, 2016:

  • Miami Gardens, Florida: An officer has been placed under criminal investigation for sexual misconduct for several incidents while in uniform.
  • Update: Seneca, South Carolina (First reported 07-31-15): The City settled with the family of Zachary Hammond, who was fatally shot in the back while fleeing an officer who was trying to arrest the passenger in his car during misdemeanor drug sting. The settlement was for $2.15M.
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana: An officer was arrested for drunk driving and walking away from the scene of accident. When apprehended about a mile away, his BAC was .21.
  • Update: Iberia Parish, Louisiana (First reported 02-29-16): A ninth deputy pled guilty to charges related to role in 2011 beating of inmate. The sheriff remains under federal indictment.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: A jury awarded a man $70,000 in lawsuit that accused three officers of excessive force during a traffic stop.
  • Glasgow, Kentucky: An officer was suspended during an administrative investigation into domestic violence against a juvenile. A grand jury declined to indict the officer for the incident.
  • Atlanta, Georgia: Two officers got into fight at a restaurant on duty. One of them eventually pulled a gun. That officer was charged with aggravated assault and resigned.  The other has been suspended.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: The state will not file criminal charges against two officers for the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark.

The Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Council released a report of its quarterly administrative actions. The following seven reports can be found at this link:

  • Iron County, Utah: A deputy had his law enforcement certificate revoked for pulling a gun on a cadet.
  • Millard County, Utah: A deputy had his law enforcement certificate revoked after he stole pain medication.
  • Salt Lake City Airport: A now-former officer had her law enforcement certificate suspended for one year after pleading guilty to DUI. She was sentenced to 48 hours of community service. She had been fired before the council ruling.
  • Bountiful, Utah: An officer had her law enforcement certificate suspended for one year after being convicted for DUI. She remains with the department and was sentenced to probation for three years.
  • Salt Lake City (Unified PD), Utah: An officer had her law enforcement certificate suspended for one year after pleading guilty to DUI. She was sentenced to 48 hours of community service.
  • Utah Department of Public Safety: An officer had his law enforcement certificate suspended for three months for improper use of a police database.
  • West Valley City, Utah: A now-former officer had her law enforcement certificate suspended for six months for improper use of a police database. She resigned.



National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-29-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 29, 2016:

  • Orlando, Florida: An officer was accused of stealing bus parts. He returned parts after his theft was discovered. The property owner declined to press charges.
  • Update: Pomona, California (First reported 03-15-16): A now-former officer’s trial for molesting or annoying a teenage girl ended with a hung jury. He was acquitted of violating a restraining order. He was off-duty at the time of the incident but showed his badge when he arrived at the girl’s home.
  • Santa Clara, California: An officer was found guilty of indecent exposure for masturbating in front of a sales clerk.
  • Sahuarita, Arizona: A now-former officer was stripped of his certification for three years for conducting an unauthorized undercover operation. The ruse was discovered by the victim’s defense attorney.
  • Tallassee, Alabama: A now-former assistant chief was sentenced to 41 months in prison for beating a suspect during interrogation.
  • Schenectady, New York: An officer was charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle at imprudent speed.
  • New Port Richey, Florida: An officer was charged with fleeing and eluding. He sped away on his motorcycle at over 100 MPH. His riding partner identified him after she was hospitalized after crashing her motorcycle.
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 12-09-15): 23 officers are now under investigation for their potential involvement in a karaoke bar protection racket.
  • New York, New York: An officer is currently on trial for breaking-in to a woman’s house and attacking her during an alcohol-induced blackout. The morning of the incident he had been given an award by Mayor de Blasio for shooting a violent suspect.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-28-16

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, March 28, 2016:

  • Santa Clara, California: An officer was arrested for allegedly running a chop shop.
  • San Francisco, California: An officer was charged with six counts of illegally accessing criminal and driving records.
  • Danville, Kentucky: A now-former officer was indicted for assault, wanton endangerment, and DUI for an off-duty crash. He has resigned.
  • Update: Pittsfield, Massachusetts (First reported 12-02-15): A now-former officer was charged with embezzlement, fraud, and forgery for stealing $220,000 from the police union.
  • Concord, North Carolina: An officer who served as an SRO was charged with sex offense against a child, statutory rape, and child abuse.
  • Carbondale, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with criminal homicide for a fatal off-duty shooting.
  • Sumiton, Alabama: An officer was charged with harassment for groping a female witness at her home.
  • Commerce City, Colorado: An officer was charged with unlawful sexual contact. Three women allege he touched them during traffic stops.
  • Commerce City, Colorado: An officer resigned after an investigation uncovered his use of a police phone for an attempted illicit steroid purchase and sending sexual images to women.
  • Tate County, Mississippi: A now-former deputy was sentenced to two years in prison for the unlawful tasing of a detainee.
  • Hamilton County, Tennessee: A deputy was suspended one day for using a police database for personal reasons.
  • Alachua County, Florida: A deputy was arrested after a domestic disturbance.
  • Jefferson Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was arrested for “doctor shopping” to obtain prescription drugs.
  • Pinellas County, Florida: A now-former deputy was arrested for pointing her gun at another driver during an off-duty road rage incident.

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