National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct Daily NewsFeed Recap 01-09-15

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 9, 2015:

  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was suspended without pay after he was arrested for domestic disturbance. 
  • Oakwood, Ohio: A now-former police officer was indicted for embezzling more than $90,000 from Fraternal Order of Police lodge. He resigned the day the findings were brought to the police department by the lodge. 
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (First reported 03-14-13): A now-former police officer received three years of probation and 200 hours of community service for her obstruction of an investigation. Specifically, she lied to a grand jury about a loan sharking scheme run by a fellow officer. 
  • Welch, West Virginia: An officer was arrested for stalking and harassing a woman. Among other allegations, he pulled her over and sexually propositioned her.
  • Celina, Ohio: The city settled a lawsuit for wrongful death in officer-involved shooting for $800,000. Although the settlement does not include an acceptance of culpability in the shooting, the department agreed to outfit all officers with body cameras and underwent a thorough review of internal procedures. City attorneys also issued a formal apology to the family. The officer resigned from the department in 2013 after he was arrested for DUI. 
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was arrested for felony theft. He is alleged to have stolen an unspecified amount of marijuana, a rifle, and thousands of dollars in cash from a couple after responding to a domestic disturbance call.
  • Brigantine and Atlantic City, New Jersey: Two officers were indicted for sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl. The prosecutor alleges that the men provided alcohol to the teen and took photographs of sexual acts. 
  • Update: King City, California (First reported 02-27-14): The police chief resigned and three officers have been fired for their roles in an ongoing corruption case. Six officers were arrested in February for involvement in a large tow truck scheme and bribery. 
  • Update: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (First reported 08-22-14): The officer facing multiple counts for sexually assaulting female drivers he pulled over has been fired. 
  • Louisiana Department of Public Safety: An officer was arrested for groping a woman and trying to kiss her during traffic stop. 


National Police Misconduct Daily NewsFeed Recap 01-08-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 8, 2015:

  • Wichita, Kansas: An officer was arrested on seven counts of domestic violence. The officer is a 19-year veteran of the department. 
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer was charged with exposing himself to five people at the Huntington Beach nature preserve. The victims, all female, range between 12 and 80 years of age. He is alleged to have victimized one 12-year-old girl twice. 
  • Update: Park Ridge, Illinois (First reported 03-07-12): A police commander had aggravated battery charges reinstated. He is accused of beating two teenagers. 
  • Update: Greene, New York (First reported 04-30-14): The now-former police chief was sentenced to pay restitution for buying personal items—tires and a vacuum cleaner—with public money. 
  • Cedar Park, Texas: An officer was fired for lying about his personal relationship with a “known criminal.” The police found pictures of the officer and the suspect together on the suspect’s cell phone during the course of an investigation. According to the news report, the police department said that not only did they fire the officer for being dishonest, but because he accessed police databases about the suspect without legal reason to do so. The suspect has a history of sexual assault and is characterized in other reports as a potential “serial rapist.” 
  • Tipton County, Tennessee: A sheriff’s deputy was fired for crashing his cruiser while off duty and intoxicated. His six-year-old son was in front seat of the car and not properly restrained in a booster seat. No injuries were reported from the accident. 
  • Edwardsville, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with obstruction of emergency services. He arrived at the scene of a one vehicle accident and knew the driver. He attempted to get the other first responders to not write-up the driver’s intoxication in their reports. 
  • Update: Chattanooga, Tennessee (First reported 09-10-14): A detective who was already suspended for DUI in September was arrested on domestic violence charges. He is alleged to have struck his mother-in-law in the face. 
  • Irvington, New Jersey: A police captain was arrested and charged with stalking, criminal mischief, assault, and weapons charges. The captain had been promoted to that rank the morning of the incident and had been at a celebration of that promotion beforehand. She allegedly confronted a city councilman at his home around 11 P.M. that night and repeatedly rammed her car into his. 

Worst of the Month – December 2014

It goes to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Seven now-former deputies conspired to hide a career criminal from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI was investigating allegations of abuse and poor conditions in the L.A. County Jail, and the inmate in question was apparently willing to testify against the sheriff’s department. To protect themselves, the deputies effectively kidnapped the prisoner to obstruct the federal investigation. According to the news report, the prisoner’s “name was changed, his records jacket was hidden and computer records were altered to make it appear that [he] had been released from LASD custody.”  The last of the former deputies was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in the cover-up in December. The other six former deputies involved were also convicted and sentenced.

National Police Misconduct Daily NewsFeed Recap 01-07-15

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 7, 2015:

  • Raleigh, North Carolina: An officer was arrested for DWI. 
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources (Frederick County): An officer was arrested for second degree assault and resisting arrest following a late night encounter with the Montgomery County Police. The former park ranger is currently suspended with pay. 
  • Macon County, Illinois: A sheriff’s detective was caught in prostitution sting with several civilians. He retired 12 days after his arrest. 
  • Boston, Massachusetts: An officer was charged with assaulting his Uber driver. Allegedly, the officer told he driver it was the wrong address and then used racist slur before striking the driver. According to the news story, prosecutors allege that after the driver was struck and got out of the vehicle, the officer drove the car away. Another motorist gave the driver a ride and caught up to the officer in the Uber car, when the officer again struck the Uber driver. The officer had left the scene by the time police arrived, but turned himself in later. 
  • Update: Victoria, Texas (First reported 12-17-14): A police officer has been fired for tasing a 76-year-old man during a traffic stop for expired tags. The video of the incident went viral. 
  • North Charleston, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. He allegedly punched the victim five times in the face after picking her up from an appointment that made him late for work. 
  • Drug Enforcement Agency: An agent stationed in Mexico has been charged with fraud and lying to investigators. The Department of Justice alleges he exchanged legal favors for gifts like luxury travel and accommodations. 
  • Update: Honesdale Borough, Pennsylvania (First reported 06-19-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to his second DUI. He had crashed into three parked cars in June, totaling two of them and his own. 
  • Crisp County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested and fired for illegal deer hunting. He was intoxicated, trespassing, and hunting on a roadway at night. 
  • Idaho State Police (Coeur d’Alene): A now-former trooper was sentenced for fraud, property damage, and hunting charges. He received a three year suspended sentence, 600 hours of community service, and 120 days in jail for using a false name on a title when he bought a motorcycle and failing to tag a deer he killed. 


National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-06-15

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, January 6, 2015:

  • Update: Massachusetts State Police (Boston) (First reported 12-14-14): A trooper was reinstated after he was suspended for pepper spraying a peaceful protester at a rally against police violence. The incident was caught on video and went viral. The MSP reached out to the victim, but he declined to file charges. 
  • Berkeley County, South Carolina: The sheriff was arrested by a state trooper for DUI and leaving scene of an accident after hitting another car and causing injury. The sheriff was apprehended during a traffic stop four miles away from the scene of the accident. South Carolina law states that only a coroner may arrest a sheriff, so there is a lingering question as to the legality of the arrest. 
  • Waterbury, Connecticut: An officer was fired after an internal investigation showed he made false statements on official documents. According to the news report, “a statement he made about a confrontation with an armed robbery suspect was “completely lacking in credibility.”” 
  • Cook County, Illinois: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested and charged with three felonies related to an attempted sexual assault. Allegedly, while off duty, the deputy picked up a “known prostitute” in his car. When she attempted to get out of the car, according to the news report, he made reference to his gun and threatened the woman. 
  • Update: Tulsa, Oklahoma (First reported 04-04-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay $2300 restitution after pleading guilty to bribery, drug, and misconduct charges. Specifically, he was paid by a confidential informant to use a police database to find the home address of someone who had a large amount of cash in their home. He also pled guilty to a cocaine distribution. 
  • University of Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX): A campus officer resigned one year after fatally shooting a student following a traffic stop for erratic driving. According to the news report, the officer and the decedent had been in an altercation before the shooting. The officer claimed he told the decedent to put his hands behind his back 14 times and to stop resisting arrest 56 times. The former officer now faces a wrongful death lawsuit from the family of the student. 
  • Phoenix, Arizona: A police officer was arrested in Goodyear for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. 
  • Wisconsin State Police (Hudson): An off-duty trooper was charged with driving while intoxicated after suffering a car crash that left his passenger seriously injured. Onstar services called 911 from the original crash site, but no vehicle was there when police arrived. The trooper later called 911 from a parking lot. At the time of the news report, the injured passenger was in the intensive care unit. 
  • Update: Lexington County, South Carolina (First reported 06-18-14): The now-former sheriff pled guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to aid undocumented immigrants. In exchange for his plea, the other nine charges were dropped. He, and two others, arranged for two undocumented people to escape processing at the jail the he supervised. The judge had previously rejected a plea deal that would have kept the disgraced sheriff out of prison. He awaits sentencing. 
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was arrested after Christmas Eve bar fight. The argument had started indoors but moved outside into the parking lot. The officer and other suspects drove away before the police arrived, but a witness wrote down their license plate numbers, thus allowing the police to apprehend them. 
  • Minnesota State Police: A trooper was indicted on manslaughter charges for a fatal July 4 car crash while on duty. The trooper was responding to a motorcycle accident (with injury) when he broadsided the vehicle occupied by two senior citizens, who died from their injuries. 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-24-14 to 01-05-15

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, December 24, 2014 through Monday, January 5, 2015:

  • Update: Rosepine, Louisiana (First reported 08-08-14): The police chief was indicted on felony stalking and malfeasance charges. He is alleged to have stalked his estranged wife and illegally used a police database to find personal information through a license plate search. 
  • San Antonio, Texas: A police officer was fired for neglecting duty 23 times over four months. The investigation utilized dashcam footage and GPS to show, among other incidents, that the officer once drove away from a call to respond to a self-inflicted gunshot wound even though she was the closest officer in the area. The individual died later of his wound. 
  • Update: Mohave County, Arizona (First reported 12-18-14): A deputy was fired after he was charged with assaulting his mother-in-law. The investigation was opened by another police department and the criminal case is ongoing. 
  • Texas Department of Public Safety: Four state troopers, the department, and its director have been named in a lawsuit alleging public and inappropriate body cavity search. The plaintiff alleges that while she was on her way to the beach, she was pulled over for speeding. According to her lawyer, the plaintiff was cuffed and subjected to a cavity search in the open as cars drove by. 
  • Mineral County, Nevada: A now-former deputy was charged with illegally obtaining a controlled substance and filing false report. He is alleged to have stolen prescription drugs from an inmate while employed as a deputy. He had already been fired for unrelated misconduct by the time of his arrest. 
  • Yellow Springs, Ohio: An officer was disciplined and ordered to undergo training after forcibly seizing a video camera from a citizen. The letter of reprimand cited “evidence that showed a “recurring and unacceptable pattern” of [the officer’s] inability to “control [her] actions.”” 
  • Hillsborough County, Florida: A deputy has been charged with domestic battery after altercation with his live-in girlfriend. 
  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for repeatedly shoplifting from Wal-Mart in uniform. On five occasions in November and December, he was caught on camera taking items to the self-checkout lane but paying for only some of them. 
  • Update: Jal, New Mexico (First reported 06-04-14): The police chief who was caught on tape having sex in an ambulance has resigned. He continues to fight the one-year suspension of his law enforcement license. 
  • Milan, New Mexico: An officer was arrested for off-duty sexual assault and providing alcohol to a minor. He and a male companion were allegedly drinking with the 20-year-old female victim and the officer forced her to perform oral sex. The incident happened on the evening of Christmas Day. 
  • Worcester, Massachusetts: An officer was suspended and charged with DUI after crashing vehicle into utility pole. According to the news report, the officer had glassy eyes and had alcohol on his breath at the scene of the October accident, but was not arrested at that time. 
  • Update: Yonkers, New York (First reported 09-09-14): A police officer was fired for falsifying information to get a search warrant. As a result of the raid, the suspect fell from a window and landed on his head, causing his death. The officer and detective allegedly tried to cover up the bogus nature of the warrant by citing information given to them by an informant. The informant could not have provided the information they said he did because he had since moved to another jurisdiction. The criminal case for misconduct and perjury is ongoing.
  • Edwardsville, Illinois: An officer was charged with 14 counts related to burglarizing homes and businesses, sometimes while on duty and in uniform. He is alleged to have taken money from cash registers and was discovered to be in possession of seven stolen firearms.
  • Americus, Georgia: A now-former police officer received 12 months of probation and was ordered to pay $2,200 in restitution for shooting his neighbor’s dog, apparently for not being on a leash.
  • New York, New York: An officer was detained and questioned after allegedly assaulting female MTA employee, putting her in the hospital. A video of the incident went viral even before it was learned the suspect was an off-duty policeman. 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-23-14

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, December 23, 2014:

  • Update: Chatham County, Pennsylvania (First reported 03-07-14): A now-former deputy pled guilty to producing child pornography with a young boy. As part of the plea agreement, the charges related to distribution in interstate commerce were dropped. The deputy had met the victim’s mother through a drug court program and offered to take custody of the boy when she ended up back in jail. 
  • Update: New London, New Hampshire (First reported 04-05-13): A now-former police chief settled a lawsuit with a student who accused him of asking her to pose nude to escape underage drinking charges. The City’s insurance company paid $70,000 to the plaintiff on behalf of the city and the former chief. 
  • Update: San Mateo, California (First reported 01-06-14): A now-former deputy was convicted of assault, witness intimidation, and violating a restraining order for beating up his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend. He was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation before he is sentenced. 
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: A now-former officer escaped criminal charges but must pay costs for totaling his police cruiser which he drove into a lake while on a joy ride. 
  • Round Rock, Texas: A man filed a federal suit against the police department. He accuses police officers of using excessive force when they allegedly tased, kicked, and slapped him as they were trying to investigate a domestic disturbance. According to the plaintiff, the police were given the incorrect address for that call. After the incident, the plaintiff was charged with resisting arrest, but later the charge was lowered to interfering with police officers. He was acquitted at trial. 
  • Tucson, Arizona: A now-former police officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison on two child pornography counts. An internal investigation found that the officer had prior professional and criminal issues while serving with the TPD, including an arrest for assault and a restraining order against him by an ex-girlfriend. 
  • Brownsville, Texas: A 22-year veteran officer was charged with theft and forgery. Authorities say the charges are related to activities with a private company and not with the City or the department. The officer is on unpaid leave. 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-20-14 to 12-22-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, December 20 to Monday, December 22, 2014:

  • New York, New York: A police officer was suspended after a video that showed him repeatedly striking a 16-year-old in custody went viral. 
  • Sierra Vista, Arizona: An officer was fired after causing a chain-reaction traffic accident under the influence of alcohol. Two other vehicles were damaged but no injuries were reported after the 7 A.M. fracas. 
  • Update: Atlanta, Georgia: A now-former police officer was sentenced to five years in prison, with another five suspended, after being found guilty on four of five counts related to excessive force allegations. 
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for allegedly stealing and then pawning her boyfriend’s mother’s jewelry. She faces charges of possession of stolen property and petty larceny.
  • San Francisco County, California: A deputy was charged with assaulting a hospital patient and filing a false report to cover it up. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the victim had been sleeping in a chair when the deputy approached him and began to question him. When the victim attempted to walk away with the help of a cane, the deputy grabbed the man’s throat and choked him. Authorities say they have video of the incident. 
  • Denver, Colorado: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested and accused of assaulting her wife in a dispute over lost car keys. 
  • Dallas, Texas: A 26-year veteran officer was arrested and accused of coercing prostitutes to perform sexual acts. 
  • Derry Township, Pennsylvania: A now-former police officer was charged with stealing prescription drugs from the evidence room at the police station. He admitted to taking and consuming the drugs as a result of a substance abuse problem.
  • Update: Milwaukee, Wisconsin: A now-former police officer will not face charges in fatal shooting of mentally ill black man he encountered in a park. The officer was fired after the incident for initiating a pat-down of the victim against policy that preceded the shooting.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-19-14

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, December 19, 2014:

  • Indianapolis, Indiana: A police officer was arrested and charged with theft, mishandling of evidence, and obstruction of justice. He allegedly stole three firearms and some ammunition that had been seized as evidence.
  • Boulder, Colorado: A police officer was charged with three felony stalking counts after allegedly tracking and harassing his estranged wife in a neighboring county. According to police, he called her incessantly and texted her 2,650 times between June 12 and October 2. He resigned from the police department several days after his arrest.
  • Marion County, Indiana: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested and charged with rape. He had been on administrative leave pending investigation and was fired when charges were filed.
  • Update: Lamar County, Mississippi: A now-former police officer who had already been jailed for sexual battery was convicted of attempted murder of wife and step-daughter. The alleged sexual battery happened while he was on the force, but the attempted murder charges were a result of actions he took in jail after he’d retired from the police department. He still awaits trial on the battery charges.
  • Richmond, California: A police sergeant was fired after allegedly tipping-off drug dealers to police activity and exposing the identity of an informant. No criminal charges have been filed against the former sergeant yet.
  • Bryan, Texas: An officer was indicted for 58 counts of child pornography possession. Law enforcement had been alerted by a friend of the officer who found the material on the officer’s cell phone. He resigned upon arrest. ly/GaYTG
  • Dalton, Tennessee: An officer was arrested and charged with child molestation. He was a new hire and on force fewer than 90 days. A woman had filed a complaint that her daughter had been touched inappropriately by a police officer and was told not to tell anyone. ly/GaWJa
  • Update: Emmett Township, Michigan: An officer already charged with multiple counts of sexual misconduct was charged with two additional sexual assault charges and related firearms charges. ly/GaUJx
  • Chicago, Illinois: An officer was stripped of his arrest powers after being stopped for suspected DUI and firing his weapon at the off-duty officer who pulled him over. Neither officer was injured by the gunfire. ly/G7IMe
  • Update: Waupun, Wisconsin: A now-former police lieutenant was sentenced to three years’ probation for auto theft. He currently awaits other charges related to a two-day crime spree apparently triggered by being caught in a burglary by another officer. ly/G7FwB
  • Update: Lompoc, California: A police officer was arrested for violating court order stemming from previous domestic violence arrest. ly/G7DhH


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