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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-16-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, December 16, 2015:

  • Update: West York, Pennsylvania (First reported 03-07-11): An officer who was fired in 2013 for illegally wiretapping her ex-girlfriend was reinstated with backpay and seniority. ow.ly/VYkuu
  • Update: Tucson, Arizona (First reported 06-09-15): An officer who had been fired for computer tampering in connection with prostitution probe was reinstated by Civil Service Commission. ow.ly/VYlby
  • Council Bluffs, Iowa: An officer will not face charges for shooting at escaped shoplifting suspect. ow.ly/VYlVB
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was suspended for two months and demoted for working on his home while on the clock for security detail. ow.ly/VYseo
  • Austin, Texas: A lieutenant was fired for failing to report misconduct (the case above) and hindering the internal investigation into the incident. ow.ly/VYn0w
  • Orange County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for DUI despite legal BAC and not failing field sobriety test. ow.ly/VYoeC
  • Faulkner County, Arkansas: A deputy was fired after arrest for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. ow.ly/VYp4r
  • Update: Temple, Texas (First reported 09-11-15): An officer who was arrested for firing his gun and inappropriately touching woman at a police function at a hotel has resigned. ow.ly/VYtcA
  • Oglala Sioux Tribe (SD): A now-former officer was acquitted of civil rights charges. She tased unresponsive tribe member 28 times. ow.ly/VYqlL
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 04-21-15): The first officer’s trial for the in custody death of Freddie Gray ends in a mistrial. The jury was deadlocked. ow.ly/VZHcY

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-15-15

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, December 15, 2015:

  • Los Angeles, California: The police must pay $5,700,000 judgment to a man who was shot in the back and paralyzed by police. The department’s appeal was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court. ow.ly/VTRfN
  • Washington County, Oregon: A now-former deputy was charged with official misconduct, coercion, domestic assault, and domestic strangulation. ow.ly/VTUhV
  • Las Animas, Colorado: An officer was arrested for DUI, criminal mischief, and failure to notify authorities after an accident. He resigned. ow.ly/VTUJ4
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: A detective was arrested for abuse of a family member. ow.ly/VTWyW
  • Madison County, Tennessee: A deputy was arrested for DUI and open container violations. ow.ly/VTXF3
  • Duval County, Florida: An SRO was fired for breaking into the school principal’s office to retrieve her daughter’s confiscated cell phone. ow.ly/VTX3B
  • Duval County, Florida: An SRO was suspended for reckless driving and administratively charged with conduct unbecoming an officer. ow.ly/VTYs5
  • Morris County, New Jersey: An officer who was already on suspension had misconduct and DUI charges dismissed because the judge ruled he was the victim of illegal stop meant to entrap him. He remains suspended and faces criminal charges for arson and child endangerment. ow.ly/VTZnS
  • Update: Round Rock Independent School District, Texas (First reported 10-20-15): An officer was cleared of wrongdoing for choke-slamming a non-violent student. The incident was captured on video.  ow.ly/VTZQv
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer was acquitted of felony assault for beating a man who was on his knees with a baton for 15 seconds. ow.ly/VU1i1
  • Arkansas Highway Patrol: An officer was arrested for sexual contact with a minor. ow.ly/VU29u
  • South Bend, Indiana: A now-former officer’s guilty plea for striking a handcuffed man in custody was rejected by a federal judge who was not persuaded by the officer’s allocution. The judge ordered the defendant to enter a different plea or go to trial. ow.ly/VU3g7

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-12-15 to 12-14-15

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, December 12 through Monday, December 14, 2015:

  • Caraway, Arkansas: An officer was suspended for two weeks for drinking & driving. He was caught driving 91mph while off duty. ow.ly/VPKc9
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A detective is under investigation for improper contact with a man who has been arrested for drug trafficking. ow.ly/VPKzV
  • Polk County, North Carolina: An officer was terminated after confessing to stealing from the evidence room. ow.ly/VPKR1
  • Update: East Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 10-08-15): A now-former supervisor pled guilty to robbing drug dealers with two other officers.  Those two also-terminated officers previously pled guilty. ow.ly/VPL2F
  • Update: Chicago, Illinois (First reported 09-02-14): A decorated officer was acquitted of criminal charges for shoving a gun down a man’s throat despite DNA evidence on the weapon. ow.ly/VRqxF
  • Hidalgo County, Texas: A deputy was arrested for DWI in Austin. ow.ly/VPLex
  • Update: Nassau County, New York (First reported 05-07-14): An officer was acquitted of criminal charges for videoed beating of Kyle Howell during a traffic stop. ow.ly/VPLDz
  • Update: Loveland, Colorado (First reported 05-11-15): An officer was acquitted of child abuse. ow.ly/VPLM5
  • Update: Habersham County, Georgia (First reported 07-22-15): A now-former deputy was acquitted of charges related to maiming toddler with a flashbang grenade during a raid. ow.ly/VPLSW
  • Anderson, Indiana: An officer was arrested for allegedly selling drugs while on duty to an FBI informant. ow.ly/VPM7l
  • Lovington, New Mexico: An officer is off the job after his arrest for shoplifting. ow.ly/VPMcV
  • Paradise, California: An officer shot a drunk driver emerging from his overturned car, paralyzing him. District Attorney did not press charges and said the gun accidentally fired. (Warning: graphic video) ow.ly/VRWdS
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: The police union president was arrested for child abuse. ow.ly/VPMoX
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: An officer is under investigation for his use of a baton on a suspect he was taking into custody. ow.ly/VPMzz
  • Update: Ocala, Florida (First reported 11-03-14): An officer was sentenced to 12 years in prison for having sex with a 16-year-old runaway and sex worker. ow.ly/VQTe5
  • St. Lucie County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for having sex with a minor. ow.ly/VQTDU
  • Grand Junction, Colorado: An officer was suspended and demoted after using a law enforcement database to investigate acquaintance. ow.ly/VQUfQ
  • Los Angeles County, California: Several deputies are under investigation for fatally shooting Nick Robertson, a stabbing suspect, after he was downed by rounds. ow.ly/VQV9N

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-11-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, December 11, 2015:

  • Update: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (First reported 08-22-14): Now-former officer Daniel Holtzclaw was found guilty on 18 of 36 counts for sexually assaulting 13 black female motorists. ow.ly/VLkb3
  • Eunice, Louisiana: An officer was suspended for mistreating a woman at the scene of a traffic accident. ow.ly/VLsGt
  • Fox Lake, Illinois: A detective and two officers were suspended for a 2014 beating of a detainee and subsequent coverup. ow.ly/VLuGr
  • Salisbury, North Carolina: An officer was fired after allegations that he drove his patrol car after drinking alcohol and committed sexual harassment. ow.ly/VLEHb
  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy was charged with manslaughter for the shooting death of Jermaine McBean in 2013. ow.ly/VLUJP
  • Hidalgo County, Texas: A deputy was arrested for DWI while off duty. ow.ly/VLGFA
  • Update: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (First reported 09-10-13): A now-former officer was acquitted of murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of his friend during a bar fight. ow.ly/VLQtl
  • Update: Greenville County, South Carolina (First reported 03-03-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to probation for tipping-off an illegal gambling operation to police activity. ow.ly/VLUhS

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-10-15

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, December 10, 2015:

  • Clarkstown, New York: An officer was arrested for domestic violence in Connecticut and has been suspended. ow.ly/VIdi4
  • Santa Clara County, California: Three deputies pled not guilty to murder for jail beating death of inmate Michael James Tyree. ow.ly/VIeqD
  • Laurens, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/VIeD5
  • Phoenix, Arizona: Two officers, who are also a romantic couple, were arrested on domestic violence charges for intoxicated fight they had with one another. ow.ly/VIf7s
  • Update: Newtown, Connecticut (First reported 05-18-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to steroid distribution and money laundering. ow.ly/VIfI0
  • Novato, California: An officer pled not guilty to embezzling money from the police union. ow.ly/VIgG6
  • Update: Costa Mesa, California (First reported 07-27-15): An officer pled not guilty in insurance fraud case. ow.ly/VIjeV

Daniel Holtzclaw Convicted

We’ve been following the case of former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw since he was arrested in August 2014. Yesterday, he was convicted on 18 of 36 counts related to sexually assaulting 13 women, all of whom were African American. From the Tulsa World:

In all, Holtzclaw was found guilty on six counts of sexual battery, with eight years recommended on each count; three counts of procuring a lewd exhibition, with five years recommended on each count; four counts of forcible oral sodomy, with 20 years recommended on one of the counts and 16 years on each of the other three counts; four counts of first-degree rape, with 30 years recommended on each count; and one count of second-degree rape by instrumentation, with 12 years recommended.

He was found not guilty on two counts of rape, one count of rape by instrumentation, four counts of sexual battery, three counts of forcible oral sodomy, five counts of procuring a lewd exhibition, and single counts of stalking, burglary and indecent exposure.

Holtzclaw’s case was particularly disturbing given the serial and racial nature of his predatory acts,  but there are many victims of sexual abuse by police officers. He perpetrated his crimes over a six-month period, but sometimes years go by before such behavior is discovered.

Holtzclaw is scheduled to be sentenced in January 2016.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-09-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, December 9, 2015:

  • Update: Suffolk County, New York (First reported 06-27-13): The now-former police chief surrendered to the FBI for civil rights violations stemming from 2012 incident in which he allegedly assaulted a suspect. ow.ly/VF1uS
  • Knoxville, Tennessee: One officer was suspended and three others were reprimanded for improper employment off duty and subsequently mishandling illicit drugs recovered during that employment. ow.ly/VF4MZ
  • Watervliet, New York: An officer was suspended without pay. ow.ly/VF4X6
  • New York, New York: Two officers have been arrested for taking bribes from karaoke bars to tip off the owners about pending raids. http://ow.ly/VF5Iv
  • Nashville, Tennessee: An officer was fired after an investigation into an officer-involved shooting.  ow.ly/VFKXY
  • Columbus, Montana: An officer was fired amid allegations of harassment and sexual assault. ow.ly/VFMMw
  • Update: Dover, Delaware (First reported05-06-15): An officer was acquitted of criminal charges. He was shown on video kicking an unarmed black man in the face and breaking his jaw. ow.ly/VGaXX
  • Richmond County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence.ow.ly/VFN38
  • Update: Pasco County, Florida (First reported 08-07-15): A now-former deputy pled guilty to receiving child pornography. ow.ly/VFNsi
  • Marion County, Florida: A deputy was fired and a second is the subject of an internal investigation for false reporting. ow.ly/VFSuo

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-08-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, December 8, 2015:

  • Bridgeport, Connecticut: An officer was suspended amid sexual assault allegations. He is under criminal investigation by Fairfield Police.  ow.ly/VCiVC
  • Miami Beach, Florida: Officers are being investigated for fatal shooting caught on camera. The officer may have mistaken taser deployment for a gunshot. ow.ly/VCtHB
  • Osceola County, Florida: A now-former deputy was acquitted for his role in a large tax fraud and ID theft scheme run from his home. ow.ly/VCFQc
  • Augusta University (Georgia): The University settled civil suit with a businessman who was tased repeatedly by a now-former officer. ow.ly/VCGf8
  • Connecticut State Police: A now-former trooper who was convicted of stealing from a dying motorcycle crash victim was sentenced to one-year imprisonment and was stripped of his pension.ow.ly/VCTUE
  • New Jersey State Police: A trooper was arrested for DWI after a minor automobile crash while he was on duty. His BAC was more than two times the legal limit. ow.ly/VCWjL
  • Update: Dunkerton, Iowa (First reported 08-21-14): A now-former police chief was charged with theft for using a city credit card to pay for personal gas. ow.ly/VCYsN
  • Forsyth County, Florida: A deputy was arrested and suspended pending investigation. ow.ly/VDoBv

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-05-15 to 12-07-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, December 5 through Monday, December 7, 2015:

  • New Orleans, Louisiana: The City will pay $250,000 to the family of Wendell Allen, who was wrongfully killed by NOPD in 2012. ow.ly/VwErj
  • Chicago, Illinois: The department is under federal investigation for civil rights violations and use of force. United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that the DOJ will not be investigating the allegations at Homan Square. ow.ly/VzFCq
  • O’Fallon, Missouri: A now-former detective pled guilty to stealing drugs from the evidence room. ow.ly/Vyvsf
  • Pike County, Ohio: A deputy was arrested for involuntary manslaughter after an accidental firearm discharge killed his neighbor. ow.ly/VyvO9
  • Update: Lincoln County, Wisconsin (First reported 05-21-15): A now-former deputy pled guilty to 2nd-degree sex assault for repeated sexual abuse of 15yo girl.ow.ly/VywZt
  • Chicago, Illinois: An officer will not face criminal charges in shooting death of Ronald Johnson III. ow.ly/VAhS3
  • Monticello, Idaho: An officer was arrested for assault. ow.ly/VzyxN
  • Roswell, New Mexico: An officer was arrested and hospitalized after firing her gun inside her home. ow.ly/VzDfm
  • Lafayette Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was placed on leave after his arrest for home invasion. ow.ly/VA1HM

Worst of the Month — November

So for the month of November we have selected the case of Roger Carlos, who was severely beaten by officers with the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD).  According to news reports, Mr. Carlos had done nothing wrong.  He was apparently just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Here’s what reportedly happened.  SAPD police were hunting for a suspect on drugs and weapons charges.  In a case of mistaken identity, officers swarmed on poor Mr. Carlos.  And even though Mr. Carlos complied with their commands, they just kept hitting him.

Mr. Carlos’s wife, Ronnie, still can’t believe this has happened.  The couple has three boys under the age of ten–but their father is now paralyzed from the chest down.  Doctors are also concerned he may have difficulty breathing down the road.  The medical bills for multiple surgeries are enormous.

After reviewing the case, a police discipline board recommended 15-day suspensions for three officers involved.  The Police Chief, William McManus, thought that recommendation was wrong.  He shortened each of the suspensions to five days.

 

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