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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-26-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, January 26, 2016:

  • Fostoria, Ohio: An officer was arrested for OUI.
  • Toledo, Ohio: An officer was arrested for OUI after an accident causing property damage.
  • Update: Louisville, Kentucky (First reported 02-03-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to six months’ house arrest for beating his wife while she was driving on the way home from a party last year.
  • White, Georgia: A chief and one officer have been suspended. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation raided the department last Thursday amid charges of extortion.
  • Update: Minneapolis, Minnesota (First reported 04-06-15): An officer has been terminated for threatening to break a teen’s leg. The incident was captured on video.
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 06-04-14): Of the 13 officers who fired 137 shots that killed Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams after their car backfired, one retired, six were suspended, and six were terminated. Among the fired was Michael Brelo, who was charged and acquitted of criminal charges for jumping up on the hood of the car and emptying his magazine into their bodies.
  • Charleston County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for DUI after being found unconscious behind the wheel at an intersection.
  • Muscogee County, Georgia: A now-former deputy was arrested for sexually assaulting a jail inmate.
  • Jackson, Mississippi: The deputy chief was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic assault.
  • Brimfield Township, Ohio: A now-former chief was sentenced to two years’ probation for theft, assault, unlawful restraint, and unauthorized use of a gun in connection with sexual harassment in office.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-23-16 to 01-25-16

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, January 23 through Monday, January 25, 2016:

  • Nashville, Tennessee: An officer was decommissioned after her arrest for stalking a romantic ex.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer pled not guilty to DUI and failure to stop. Her BAC was near twice the legal limit.
  • Update: Novato, California (First reported 12-10-15): An officer resigned as part of a plea deal and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, three years’ probation, 100 days of community service, and ordered to pay restitution for embezzlement from the police league.
  • Sonoma County, California: A deputy was denied immunity and will face a lawsuit for the wrongful death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez, whom he shot in 2013.
  • Hancock County, Indiana: A now-former deputy was arrested for misconduct for providing security for an international drug ring. His wife, also a former deputy, has been implicated but not yet criminally charged in this case.
  • Warren County, New York: A former deputy lost a lawsuit challenging his termination for having eight on-duty traffic crashes over a period of five years.
  • Boston, Massachusetts: An officer was charged with sending lewd pictures to a minor via Facebook.
  • Update: St. John Parish, Louisiana (First reported 04-16-15): A deputy who had been fired for perjury arrest hired by St. James Parish. Criminal disposition unknown but the report speculates that the charges were dropped and the case was expunged with unusual speed.
  • Update: Los Angeles County, California (First reported 10-30-15): A deputy was charged for a lewd act with a 12-year-old girl and violating a restraining order.
  • Houston, Texas: An officer was one of 19 people arrested in a prostitution sting.
  • Update: Bristol, Connecticut (First reported 01-20-16): An officer who was recently arrested for making a workplace threat is also under investigation for excessive force.
  • Update: Phoenix, Arizona (First reported 07-14-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to 60 days in jail for attempted child abuse and sexual conduct with a minor.
  • Update: Bloomfield, New Jersey (First reported 02-26-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to five years in prison after dashcam footage showed he and his partner lied about beating a motorist. His former partner’s sentencing has been postponed.
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida: A now-former officer pled guilty to federal bribery charges in a pirate towing scheme.
  • Oak Grove, Kentucky: A chief and his third ranking officer have been suspended during an investigation by state drug enforcement
  • Prairie View, Texas: An officer was indicted for official oppression for tasing a compliant man who was on his knees outside of his home. The man is a city councilman.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-22-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 22, 2016:

  • Update: Chicago, Illinois (First reported 04-14-15): Two officers who investigated the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald have been put on desk duty.
  • Update: DeKalb County, Georgia (First reported 01-07-16): An officer was indicted for murder in the shooting death of armed forces veteran Anthony Hill, who was mentally ill, naked, and unarmed when he was shot.
  • Wilmington, Delaware: An officer was fired after his arrest for terroristic threatening during an off-duty incident.
  • Fort Smith, Arkansas: An officer who was fired for lying files whistleblower lawsuit alleging perjury by the active officer who accused him.
  • Euclid, Ohio: An officer was suspended for 90 days for firing his gun at a park while he was off duty.
  • St. John Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was arrested for theft and malfeasance in office for using department gas card for his private vehicle.
  • Update: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (First reported 08-22-14): Now-former officer Daniel Holtzclaw was sentenced to 263 years, to be served consecutively, for sexual assault convictions against African-American women.
  • St. Lucie County, Florida: The County is being sued by the family of Gregory Hill, who was fatally shot through a garage door by deputies who were responding to a noise complaint.
  • Update: Broward County, Florida (First reported 12-11-15): The deputy who has been charged for fatally shooting Jermaine McBean has requested to pursue a Stand Your Ground defense.
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 04-21-14): A judge denied the prosecutor’s motion to force Officer William Porter to testify against other police defendants in the cases stemming from Freddie Gray’s death. Porter’s first trial ended in a hung jury.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-21-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 21, 2016:

  • Update: University of Cincinnati (First reported 07-24-15): The school will pay $4.85 million to the family of Samuel DuBose, who was fatally shot by a then-UC police officer. The officer has since been fired and charged with murder.
  • Bibb County, Georgia: The county council agreed to pay out $186,000 in settlements for two unrelated episodes of police misconduct.
  • Update: Honea Path, South Carolina (First reported 01-20-16): A  second now-former officer was arrested for his role in the beating of motorist Brian Hatcher.
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 02-10-15): The trial of the officer who fatally shot Akai Gurley in a dark hallway in a public housing facility began this week.
  • Update: Broward County, Florida (First reported 04-28-14): A now-former lieutenant who is serving five years for a Ponzi scheme conviction had his pension revoked.
  • Benton County, Arkansas: The sheriff was charged with official tampering for allegedly manipulating paperwork to get extra pay for an employee.
  • Update: Palm Beach County, Florida (First reported 01-19-16): A deputy pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of falsifying records in exchange for dropping felony perjury charges. He lied about the circumstances surrounding a drug deal. As part of the deal, the former deputy of the year agreed to surrender his law enforcement license. He was sentenced to one day in jail and given credit for time served on the day of his arrest.
  • New York, New York: An officer will face charges that he sold information illegally accessed in law enforcement database to a now-former officer working as a private investigator for defense attorneys. The private investigator just pled guilty.
  • Update: Niagara Falls, New York (First reported 11-19-15): A now-former officer will not serve jail time and will keep his pension after his conviction for assault. While off duty, he chased down a car and struck the driver with a motorcycle helmet.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-20-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 20, 2016:

  • Update: Suffolk County, New York (First reported 02-05-14): A sergeant was found guilty of larceny but acquitted on hate crime charges. He was charged with 60 criminal counts for stealing money from Latino drivers.
  • Wayne County, Pennsylvania: An officer was arrested for burglary with another man. According to the report, witnesses said the men entered an apartment through a second-floor window and entered several unoccupied apartments before picking the lock of an occupied one. When confronted, the officer tried to convince residents and responding officers he was working undercover.
  • Honea Path, South Carolina: A now-former officer was arrested for giving false statements about violent arrest led to a man’s hospitalization.
  • Palm Beach Shores, Florida: An officer was fired after his law enforcement certification lapsed. The now-former officer had been on paid leave for two years amid sexual assault allegations.
  • Bristol, Connecticut: An officer was arrested for a workplace threat and charged with breach of the peace.
  • Del Rio, Texas: An officer has been suspended after the state attorney general filed criminal charges against him.
  • Madison County, Alabama: A now-former deputy has been arrested and charged with having sex with an underage student where he was SRO.
  • Ohio State Police: A post leader was charged with stalking after an alleged affair with the wife of one of his troopers ended.
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 04-09-15): An officer was suspended one week without pay for using law enforcement database for personal reasons and passing that information to others.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-16-16 to 01-19-16

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, January 16 through Tuesday, January 19, 2016:

  • Scott County, Arkansas: A now-former deputy was criminally charged for stealing jail inmates’ prescription drugs.
  • Update: Tulare County, California (First reported 10-09-13): A now-former deputy pled guilty to sexually assaulting women he pulled over. He was sentenced to fiver years in prison and must remain on sex offender registry for life.
  • Update: Madison, Alabama (First reported 02-11-15): An officer was acquitted of federal charges for his actions that paralyzed an elderly Indian national.
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: An officer was arrested for domestic violence (strangulation) and kidnapping.
  • Update: MBTA (Boston Transit) (First reported 09-08-15): A now-former officer pled not guilty to assault and civil rights violations for a use-of-force incident. She has also been named in civil suits against the department and has been accused of domestic violence.
  • St. Lucie County, Florida: A deputy was suspended for conduct unbecoming for punishing inmates. He locked them in the back of a transport vehicle with the heat on high.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: Three officers face sanction for actions against a minor. Two face criminal charges including assault, child abuse, and perjury.
  • Pima County, Arizona: A now-former deputy was charged with trafficking stolen goods. He allegedly sold and counterfeited items taken from evidence storage.
  • Hendricks County, Indiana: A now-former deputy was charged with drug distribution and briber for actions while he was on duty.
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: A deputy faces trial for committing perjury against alleged crack dealers.
  • Update: Hummelstown, Pennsylvania (First reported 03-25-15): The officer who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in the back while he lied on the ground has resigned per agreement. She received $120,000 in severance pay.
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for aggravated stalking. He put a tracking device on a woman’s car.
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for slapping a woman off duty who was holding a baby in her arms. He has been charged with child endangerment.
  • Cobb County, Georgia: An officer was suspended for two weeks without pay and ordered to undergo de-escalation training for his actions during a traffic stop.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: The City released video of a police shooting that contradicts  officers’ reports of the incident. One of the officers has been suspended in another matter and has been the target of investigation and discipline in the past. A lawsuit is pending in the matter.
  • Update: Yuba County, California (First reported 01-04-16): A deputy resigned after he was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm. It was his second arrest in the past month—he was the same deputy arrested in Pennsylvania with over 200 lbs. of marijuana. The drug task force he was on has been placed under state investigation.
  • Update: Bear Creek, Alabama (First reported 12-18-15): An officer was indicted on 10 counts of child sex abuse and rape.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-15-16

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 15, 2016:

  • Santa Clara County, California: A deputy was arrested for DUI after brandishing a weapon at fast food drive thru.
  • Update: Ramsey County, Minnesota (First reported 06-29-15): A deputy pled guilty to beating a K-9 while he was intoxicated. He won’t be terminated, but he will be transferred out of his unit and suffer a pay cut.
  • Bexar County, Texas: A deputy was fired and charged for raping a female jail inmate in a transport van.
  • Spokane, Washington: An officer was suspended for having a sexual relationship with a married woman he met first on a domestic violence call to her home.
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was suspended for three months for his unjustified use of a stun gun on a man in August. He was also ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation.
  • Update: Miramar, Florida (First reported 07-18-14): An officer was found guilty of stealing liquor from women suspected in a then-recent theft.
  • New York, New York: An undercover officer’s account of being robbed at knifepoint has been contradicted by newly released surveillance footage.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-14-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 14, 2016:

  • Glendive, Montana: An officer was arrested for DUI and felony drug possession.
  • Houston, Texas: A now-former officer pled guilty to charges related to his role in 2013 armored car heist. He resigned last year.
  • Springfield, Massachusetts: A now-former officer pled not guilty to charges he stole $400,000 from evidence over the course of 30 years on the force.
  • Update: Watervliet, New York: A now-former officer was sentenced to two years in prison for participation in a gang and drug ring.
  • California Highway Patrol: A trooper was arrested for molesting a 10-year-old girl.
  • Update: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol: An agent was indicted in the decapitation death of a Mexican national.
  • Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources: An officer was arrested for sexual assault of a teen. He had previously been fired by Honolulu Police Department, where he had been a 12-year veteran, “after he transported a female runaway without authorization and altered another officer’s name and badge number.”
  • Monticello, Utah: The police chief was fired after he and his department ignored a woman’s 911 call to report an officer’s break-in and assault. The woman was the officer’s estranged wife. The officer was arrested and charged for his actions last month.
  • Update: Mamou, Louisiana: The second of two former police chiefs was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for tasing non-combative prisoners in violation of their civil rights.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Recap 01-13-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 13, 2016:

  • Las Vegas, Nevada: A now-former officer facing federal civil rights charges for a violent arrest caught on a body camera.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer was one of several individuals arrested in drug investigation.
  • Gibson County, Tennessee: A now-former sheriff and now-former chief deputy were among 12 individuals indicted after an audit revealed missing drug-buy funds and misallocated inmate prescriptions. The former sheriff was charged with 55 counts of official misconduct, 39 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, and 13 counts of theft ranging from less than $500 to more than $10,000. The former chief deputy was charged with 42 counts of official misconduct, 39 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, and several theft and conspiracy counts. The other individuals charged worked at the jail in some capacity but it is unclear how many of them were sworn officers. At least one was a dispensary nurse.
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut: An officer who was acquitted of excessive force has been charged with filing false report about racist message that was directed at him. He admitted to writing the message himself.
  • Update: Colorado Springs, Colorado (First reported 07-29-15): A now-former detective was sentenced to four years’ probation for misconduct. He had sex with a kidnapping victim and then tried to cover it up.
  • Lewis and Clark County, Montana: A deputy was charged with assault for pulling his gun on a man at a party while he was drunk.
  • Fairfield County, Ohio: Two deputies who are also a married couple are no longer with department after being caught shoplifting from Wal-Mart in uniform. One resigned; the other was fired.
  • Victoria County, Texas: A deputy pled guilty to official oppression. He was sentenced to probation given deferred adjudication, leaving the door open for expungement of the conviction.
  • Del Norte, California: County prosecutors have moved to have a video that shows officers stealing from a criminal defendant excluded from evidence. They are shown going through his wallet and laughing as they pocket the money.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-12-16

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, January 12, 2016:

  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 12-18-15): A prosecutor is reviewing cases of an officer who was suspended in October and banned from court houses after video recording someone on court grounds. The City has paid at least $196,500 as a result of lawsuits in which the officer was named since 2012.
  • Glasgow, Kentucky: An officer was suspended for misconduct. An internal investigation is ongoing.
  • Pennsylvania State Police: A trooper was arrested for indecent exposure and lewdness.
  • Terre Haute, Indiana: An officer was charged with battery, criminal confinement, trespass and intimidation for actions against a woman.
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina: An officer was arrested for DWI.
  • Update: Linden, New Jersey (First reported 03-24-15): The prosecutor’s office said that the officer who caused a fatal crash in March was not punished appropriately for his two previous DUIs. As a result, the office is assuming oversight of the department’s Internal Affairs division until further notice.
  • Hingham, Massachusetts: An officer was indicted for fraud and has been suspended without pay. He had been collecting $2,000 per week in compensation for an allegedly fabricated work-related injury.
  • Update: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: An officer entered a diversion program in exchange for the court closing the embezzlement case against her. If she completes the program successfully, she will not have a criminal record.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: An officer was arrested in Savage for DUI because he was driving erratically.
  • Caldwell County, Texas: The sheriff’s department and three deputies are being sued for excessive force.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol: An officer was arrested after setting off fireworks inside and outside of his hotel room. According to the report, he was charged with “refusing to submit to arrest or detention, criminal mischief, cruelty to animals, possession of a usable amount of marijuana and disorderly conduct.”
  • Boise, Idaho: An officer may have been asleep at the wheel of his patrol vehicle before sideswiping another car. The original press release indicated a possible car malfunction but none were found in the investigation. Authorities said the officer was not intoxicated at the time of the collision.

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