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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-02-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 2, 2015:

  • New York, New York: A detective who is also a member of terrorism joint task force was suspended for verbally berating Uber driver. The incident was caught on video by the Uber driver’s client.
  • Atlanta, Georgia: An officer was arrested for pointing a rifle at his girlfriend during their breakup.
  • Jackson, Mississippi: An officer was arrested and terminated for fighting with a fellow officer. According to the news report, she was “clearly the aggressor.”
  • Jackson, Mississippi: An officer was arrested after an altercation with her girlfriend.
  • Update: Linden, New Jersey (First reported 03-24-15): The officer who was driving in a fatal wrong-way crash had eight prior crashes and one prior arrest for DUI.
  • LaGrange, Georgia: A detective nearly hit two cars before crashing into a home. He was arrested for DUI.
  • Galloway Township, New Jersey: An officer resigned after he was arrested for aggravated assault.
  • Update: Titusville, Florida (First reported 03-07-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison for aiding and abetting drug distribution.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-01-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 1, 2015:

  • Update: New York, New York/U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (First reported 09-06-13): Two brothers, one a now-former officer with the NYPD and the other a now-former border patrol agent, were sentenced to three years in prison for using their positions in law enforcement to smuggle assault rifles to the Philippines. A third brother remains a fugitive from the law.
  • Meeker County, Minnesota: A deputy was charged with assault. Allegedly, he used a Taser on a police chief from a local department after the two had an argument.
  • Update: Atlantic Beach, Florida (First reported 09-25-14): The now-former chief was sentenced to five years of probation after pleading guilty to steroid possession and tampering.
  • Nye County, Nevada: A deputy was arrested for pointing his gun at his wife during a domestic dispute.
  • Update: Chattanooga, Tennessee (First reported 09-10-14): A detective who was arrested twice in four months—the first for DUI, the second for domestic violence—has been fired. His criminal cases are still pending.
  • South Carolina State Police: A now-former trooper was indicted on a narcotics conspiracy charge.
  • Larimer County, Colorado: A deputy has been accused of hit-and-run after crashing his pickup into a fenced-in yard on his way to work. According to the news report, when the police asked him why he drove away from the scene, he responded ” that’s a good question.”
  • Update: Leflore County, Mississippi (First reported 12-18-14): A now-former deputy to plead guilty to cocaine trafficking.
  • Frankton, Indiana: An officer was arrested for assisting a criminal who had outstanding warrants.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-31-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 31, 2015:

  • Tate County, Mississippi: A deputy was indicted by a federal grand jury for abusing a pre-trial detainee.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation: A now-former agent was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He pled guilty to 11 charges of bribery and obstruction of justice. He was part of a broader scheme to obstruct an investigation into defense contract kickbacks.
  • Update: University of Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX) (First reported 01-06-15): A now-former officer will not be indicted in shooting death of a student.
  • San Francisco, California: Sheriff’s deputies are accused of forcing inmates into ‘gladiator style’ fights. Four deputies have been reassigned from the jail pending an investigation.
  • Update: Cherokee, Georgia (First reported 03-23-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to serve one year of probation, pay a $500 fine, and pay over $1,800 in restitution for taking paid leave under false pretenses.
  • Euharlee, Georgia: The chief and assistant chief of police were fired and arrested for theft of government funds and violating their oaths of office.
  • Indio, California: An officer is being investigated for releasing confidential information.
  • Update: Winston County, Alabama (First reported 06-05-14): A now-former deputy was sentenced to three years and nine months for extorting a woman to cook methamphetamine.
  • Indiana Excise Police: An officer was arrested for sexual misconduct with a minor.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-28-15 to 03-30-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, March 28 through Monday, March 30, 2015:

  • Inkster, Michigan: Recently released dashcam footage shows an officer punching black man he already had in chokehold 12 times during a traffic stop.
  • Update: Madison, Alabama (First reported 02-11-15): The now-former officer who seriously injured and Indian national has been indicted by federal grand jury.
  • Update: Independence, Missouri (First reported 09-17-14): A now-former officer was indicted on federal civil rights charges for violating the rights of a minor. The officer allegedly tased the minor despite not being threatened and then deliberately dropping the minor head-first onto the ground, causing injury.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An officer arrested for driving his police cruiser while intoxicated. The arresting officer noticed him trying to park his cruiser and realized it had three flat tires and bent rims. He allegedly resisted arrest when he was being booked. This is his second arrest—he had been arrested and fired for assaulting his girlfriend but was reinstated after the charges were dropped.
  • Update: Greece, New York (First reported 09-25-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to child pornography possession.
  • Drug Enforcement Agency and Secret Service: Two federal agents have been charged with wire fraud and money laundering in connection with the high-profile case against Silk Road. According to the investigative news report, “[The Secret Service agent] is accused of placing $800,000 of Silk Road bitcoins he obtained in a personal account on the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange. … [The DEA agent] allegedly took hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin payments from the Silk Road as part of his undercover investigation and transferred them to a personal account rather than confiscate them as government property. He’s also accused of secretly working for the bitcoin exchange firm CoinMKT, using his DEA powers to seize a customer’s funds from the exchange, and later using a subpoena to the payment firm Venmo to try to unlock his frozen funds there. He put the Bitcoin in a personal account instead of turning it over to evidence. He allegedly also tipped-off Silk Road as to the progress of the investigation against them.”
  • Idaho State Police: A major was arrested for misdemeanor DUI and placed on leave.
  • Falmouth, Kentucky: A now-former chief was indicted for theft. He allegedly took $10,000 from a drug task force and also sold a firearm purchased with government funds for his own profit.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-27-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 27, 2015:

  • Fresno, California: A deputy chief was arrested on federal drug distribution charges.
  • Brooklyn, Illinois: A now-former detective is accused of mishandling evidence. The department is now being investigated for broader infractions.
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for repeated sexual assaults on a minor. He allegedly met the 16-year-old victim at the church where he was also pastor.
  • Burlington, Vermont: An officer was arrested for domestic assault.
  • Update: Carencro, Louisiana (First reported 02-12-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to federal extortion charges for protecting a prostitution and drug ring operating in a gentlemen’s club.
  • Marshall County, Alabama: Three deputies were arrested for criminal mischief. They’re accused of destroying campaign signs of the current sheriff’s opponent.
  • New Jersey State Police: A trooper was charged with assault for kicking a suspect in the head when he was handcuffed and on the ground.
  • Algona, Washington: The now-former interim police chief was arrested for stealing from a law enforcement youth program.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-26-15

Here are the six reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 26, 2015:

  • Thibodaux, Louisiana: An officer pled guilty to reckless driving in Florida. He was originally charged with DUI.
  • Omaha, Nebraska: An officer resigned after he was involved in a fatal shooting at a robbery scene. This was his second on-duty shooting. A grand jury declined to indict so there will be no criminal charges filed.
  • Update: Williamsburg County, South Carolina (First report 02-21-14): The now-former sheriff was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. He was found guilty of fraud for filing false stolen identity reports. A credit agency “suppressed over $11 million in trade liens and public debt from over 130 consumer credit reports that falsely and fraudulently improved credit histories and scores.”
  • Montville Township, Ohio: An officer was convicted on one of two charges of animal cruelty for leaving his K-9 partner in a hot car. The K-9 died. The officer was sentenced to pay a $500 fine. He was suspended by the department for two weeks for violating procedures.
  • Olmstead Township, Ohio: An officer pled not guilty to a DUI charge. He failed a field sobriety test.
  • New Haven, Connecticut: An officer was placed on administrative duty after video of his takedown of a 15-year-old girl sparked protests.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-25-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 25, 2015:

  • Update: Camden, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to lewdness for masturbating in a coffee shop. He remains suspended pending an administrative hearing to determine his future employment status.
  • Santa Barbara County, California: A deputy was arrested for DUI.
  • Orlando, Florida: An officer was arrested for assaulting a suspect in custody. Video shows him kneeing the handcuffed suspect in the torso. The suspect required medical treatment for a ruptured spleen.
  • Hummelstown, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with homicide in the shooting death of a 59-year-old man.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The police department is being sued by a state trooper for false arrest and excessive force stemming from an incident at a wedding.
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: An officer was fired after being arrested for harassment.
  • Miami-Dade, Florida: An officer was arrested for false imprisonment and battery. She allegedly punched and choked her estranged husband.
  • Update: Milwaukee, Wisconsin: A now-former officer who fatally shot an unarmed man lost his appeal of his termination.

Arizona Considers Controversial Law

From the New York Times:

PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey has until Monday to decide whether to sign or veto a bill requiring state agencies to keep confidential for 60 days the identities of law enforcement officers involved in deadly or serious shootings.

The bill, which passed the State Senate by a large margin on Tuesday, follows what supporters said were threats against officers here after two recent shootings as well as concerns raised by events in Ferguson, Mo., where Officer Darren Wilson fled his home after being identified as the officer who shot an unarmed black teenager.

After Ferguson, the issue of officer identification has become “one of the most emotional issues in American policing,” said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, which conducts research on law enforcement policy and convenes meetings of police leaders….

“Police officers have this extraordinary power,” she said, “and when they decide to use their weapon and to shoot, the public has the right to know who the officer was. That kind of transparency provides the strongest form of oversight,” she said.

But without stronger protective rules, law enforcement agencies are sometimes too quick to identify officers, putting them at unnecessary risk, said John Ortolano, a highway patrol officer and president of the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police, which supports the legislation.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • St. Ann, Missouri: An officer was arrested for DUI after hitting a house with his pickup truck. He resigned.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Seminole County, Florida: A deputy was fired after he was arrested on molestation and related charges.

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.

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