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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-14-15

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, March 14, 2016:

  • Grand Traverse County, Michigan: Two deputies were arrested for assault after an off-duty bar fight.
  • Kaufman, Texas: A now-former officer was indicted for indecency and sexual assault of a child. The incident is alleged to have taken place when he was on the force.
  • Update: Dupont, Pennsylvania (First reported 01-22-15): An officer was convicted of bribery, obstruction, and oppression. He accepted oxycodone from a dealer and let him go.
  • Waterbury, Connecticut: An officer was fired for conduct unbecoming and associating with criminals, among other violations.
  • Collier County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for DUI after crashing his patrol car on duty. This is his second arrest for DUI.
  • Update: Pasco County, Florida (First reported 08-07-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to five years in prison for receiving child pornography.
  • Delaware County, Ohio: A deputy was suspended and demoted after DUI. He has a history of departmental violations.
  • San Francisco County, California: A deputy whom the FBI discovered had ties to a reputed gang leader is no longer with the department. There are no criminal charges filed against the now-former deputy at this time.
  • Update: Carrollton, Kentucky (First reported 06-02-15): The police chief and another officer were acquitted of charges related to sending a mentally ill inmate to Florida on a bus with a one-way ticket.
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 02-02-15): An officer will not face federal charges for killing 18-year-old Ramarley Graham. The officer chased Graham into his home while trying to make a misdemeanor drug arrest and fatally shot him in his bathroom.
  • Update: Montgomery County, Tennessee (First reported 03-07-16): A deputy who had been arrested for stalking and harassment has resigned.
  • Update: Iberia Parish, Louisiana: Two now-former deputies became the seventh and eighth to plead guilty to civil rights violations for excessive force.
  • South Carolina State Police: A now-former trooper pled guilty to aggravated assault and battery for the 2014 shooting of Levar Jones.
  • Update: Graysville, Tennessee (First reported 06-06-14): A now-former chief pled guilty to two counts of misconduct for stealing seized cars and $4,000.
  • Fort Worth, Texas: An officer was suspended and placed under investigation after video shows him pepper spraying passing motorcyclists.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-11-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 11, 2016:

  • Update: San Francisco, California: A jury found that the four officers who fatally shot Alex Nieto 48 times did not use excessive force.
  • Update: Burlington, Vermont: An officer pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts of simple assault.
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: The County settled a lawsuit with the family of a mentally ill man fatally shot six times by an off-duty deputy.
  • El Dorado Colorado, California: A deputy was arrested for his third DUI since December.
  • Update: Iberia Parish, Louisiana: The sheriff was indicted for civil rights violations for his role in the beatings of five inmates. More than a half-dozen of his deputies have pled guilty to related crimes.
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland: A now-former officer who was acquitted for animal cruelty for slitting the throat of tethered dog was awarded 45,000 in back pay.
  • Fairborn, Ohio: An officer resigned. An investigation indicates he used excessive force on a suspect and did not record the incident in violation of protocol.
  • Iowa State Police: A trooper was arrested for DUI. He has resigned.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-10-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 10, 2016:

  • Update: Champaign, Illinois: An officer was suspended after he was named in a fourth excessive force lawsuit.
  • Update: Oneida Nation (New York): The officer who pled guilty to harassment for pulling a gun in public has been fired.
  • Update: Mt. Vernon, Ohio: An officer pled guilty to extortion for running a drug trafficking operation while on the job.
  • Adams County, Colorado: A deputy was arrested for domestic abuse.
  • Pinal County, Arizona: A deputy was indicted for sex crimes against a 15-year-old boy. He has been fired.
  • Update: Richland County, South Carolina: A deputy pled guilty to in a tax fraud scheme in which she prepared taxes for other deputies to get unearned money from the state. She is the third of five deputies charged in the scheme to plead guilty.
  • Buffalo, New York: An officer was suspended after DWI arrest.
  • Harlingen, Texas: An officer was suspended without pay for mistreating a motorist.

    National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-09-16

    Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 9, 2016:

    • Bartow County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested and charged with DUI. She retired after the arrest.
    • Neoga, Illinois: An officer was fired amid state police investigation into his involvement with a teenager.
    • Update: Glen Rock, New Jersey (First reported 08-06-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to endangering the welfare of a child for sexting teenage girls he was investigating. The plea deal includes a sentencing recommendation of three-to-five years in prison.
    • Update: Kern County, California (First reported 10-29-15): A deputy pled no contest DUI of methamphetamine in possession of a gun and assault. As part of the plea agreement, seven felony counts were dismissed.
    • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 03-03-16): Two school officers charged with assault, misconduct, and child abuse for slapping and kicking a student. The incident was captured on video and went viral.
    • Park County, Colorado: The undersheriff was suspended and a sergeant resigned after discipline was handed down in the wake of an incident that resulted in the death of corporal.
    • Alcorn State University: A now-former officer pled guilty to civil rights violations for elbowing a student in the face and throwing him to the ground.
    • Update: Masontown, Pennsylvania (First reported 07-07-15): A now-former officer and drug task force member pled guilty to six criminal counts for stealing a sawed-off shotgun from evidence. He was sentenced to one year of probation.
    • Update: Winchester, New Hampshire (First reported 10-21-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to criminal threatening for pointing a loaded gun at a man while he was on duty.

    National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-08-16

    Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 8, 2016:

    • Update: Gasconade County, Missouri (First reported 02-03-15): A deputy was indicted on federal charges for sexually abusing four women and steering a 14-year-old girl into prostitution.
    • Washington County, Oregon: A deputy was charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and enticement of a child.
    • Eufaula, Alabama: An officer was arrested and charged with drug conspiracy.
    • New York, New York: A lieutenant and two officers were suspended after a DUI hit-and-run in a parking lot that resulted in crashing into a hair salon. “It gets stupid after that.”
    • Paterson, New Jersey: An officer was arrested for discharging his gun while off duty. He was charged with aggravated assault and other charges.
    • Niagara County, New York: A deputy pled not guilty to reckless driving for a fatal crash with SUV.
    • Update: Lincoln County, Wisconsin (First reported 05-21-15): A deputy was sentenced to five years in prison for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
    • Cincinnati, Ohio: A viral video shows man record his own arrest for jaywalking. The department says the arrest was lawful; the man claims harassment. After the video had gone public, the man had a contempt of court charge added to the jaywalking count. The investigation is ongoing.
    • Update: Montgomery, Alabama (First reported 03-02-16): An officer was arrested in the shooting death of Gregory Gunn, an unarmed 58-year-old man.

    Problems with the Border Patrol

    From the New York Times:

    By 2011, the sheer number of C.B.P. misconduct cases had become so glaring — an average of one C.B.P. officer was arrested every day between 2005 and 2012, 144 of them for corruption-level offenses — that C.B.P. redefined the way in which misconduct was categorized, Tomsheck said. Certain misconduct cases would be deemed ‘‘mission-compromising’’ and others ‘‘non-mission-compromising’’; only the former would have to be reported to Congress….

    In 2010, testifying before a Senate Homeland Security subcommittee, Tom­sheck reported a staggering internal study: 60 percent of a pool of Border Patrol agents and customs inspectors who had been administered polygraph tests were deemed unsuitable for service.

    The victims of Border Patrol misconduct are especially vulnerable.  Illegal immigrants can’t get redress in U.S. courts in many situations and many wouldn’t even try–precisely because of their illegal status.

    National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-07-16

    Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, March 7, 2016:

    • Stevenson, Alabama: The chief was indicted for federal civil rights violations for assaulting as a suspect and failing to stop an unreasonable use of force by another officer.
    • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 03-6-15): A court upheld the reinstatement of an officer who was fired for sending thousands of sexually explicit texts to female crime victims.
    • Maricopa County, Arizona: A deputy was suspended 80 hours for having sexual contact with three female crime victims. He is expected to retire soon and collect his pension.
    • Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana: Two deputies who also served as DEA task force members were arrested for drug distribution in a state police sting.
    • McLean County, Illinois: A deputy was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment ordered to pay restitution for stealing roughly $200,000 from the deputies’ union, where he served as treasurer.
    • DeKalb County, Georgia: A now-former sergeant was sentenced to two years in prison for ordering the beating of 3 teens. Two deputies previous pled guilty to lesser sentences in exchange for their testimony against the sergeant.
    • Woodbridge Township, New Jersey: Two officers were charged with tampering and false swearing to cover automobile wreck of a third officer.
    • Carrollton, Missouri: An officer resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations. The investigation is ongoing.
    • St. Paul, Minnesota: A sergeant’s cases are being reviewed after massive sex trafficking case falls apart after an appeals court overturned three convictions. According to the report, the whole case against the accused—nine of whom had been tried and 16 others were awaiting trial—“may be fictitious.”
    • Mesa, Arizona: An officer charged was with second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Daniel Shaver.
    • Borger, Texas: An officer was charged with assaulting a family member and fired.
    • Montgomery County, Tennessee: A deputy was arrested and charged with stalking for harassing and tracking woman after he received a no contact order from the court.
    • Harris County, Georgia: A deputy has been fired. He pulled over a female motorist, turned off his camera, and received oral sex. He as admitted to all of this but said the act was consensual whereas the driver said it was not.
    • Oneida Nation (New York): An investigator pled guilty to harassment for pulling a gun in a bar.
    • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was suspended pending termination for fatally shooting Antronie Scott, an unarmed motorist.
    • Columbus County, North Carolina: A detective was arrested after a sting caught her selling opioids throughout the county. She was fired.
    • Warren, Michigan: A lieutenant was charged with disorderly conduct and possessing a weapon while intoxicated for obstructing an investigation.
    • Ward County, North Dakota: The sheriff and a captain were charged by a state’s attorney for Dustin Irwin’s in-custody death.

    National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-04-16

    Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 4, 2013:

    • Lancaster, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with perjury and assault for attacking a man and lying about whether the man was drunk at the time of the incident.
    • Bradenton, Florida: An officer resigned after he asked out a domestic violence victim instead of filing the no contact order she asked him to prepare.
    • Saline Township, Ohio: The chief was arrested for OVI.
    • Richland County, South Carolina: A deputy was fired for writing a racial slur in a crime victim’s garage and charged with misconduct.
    • New York State Police: A trooper was arrested for stealing $22,000 worth of landscaping equipment.
    • Alabama State Police: A trooper who had been charged with rape and sodomy of a female driver pled to a misdemeanor. He allegedly put the woman in the backseat of his cruiser and threatened her with jail if she didn’t consent to sex. He was sentenced to six months in jail, to be served at his discretion.
    • Evanston, Illinois: An officer was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after ab off-duty hit-and-run of a motorcyclist.
    • Update: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (First reported 12-21-15): An officer had assault charges against him refiled for an off-duty incident during which he was working security at Heinz Field. The previous charges were dismissed, and he has been suspended pending expected termination.

    Worst of the Month — February

    So for February we have selected the reported misconduct of Officer Matt Rush from Champaign, Illinois.

    Last month Precious Jackson filed a lawsuit against Rush and his employer for excessive force when Rush arrested her.  According to the lawsuit, Rush’s actions caused Jackson to lose her unborn baby.  Jackson also says that she begged to be taken to a hospital but that Rush and the other officers on the scene ignored her pleas and took her to the jail instead.

    Local news agencies report that the City of Champaign has settled several similar lawsuits involving Rush to the tune of $320,000.  The police chief actually fired Rush for lies in police reports and omitting important details in the incidents he was involved in.

    A labor arbitrator overturned the police chief’s discipline and reinstated Rush to his job.



    National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-03-16

    Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 3, 2016:

    • Pasco County, Florida: A deputy was fired for planting drugs on a suspect. No criminal charges have been filed yet, but they are under consideration.
    • Stevenson, Alabama: The interim chief was arrested for domestic violence. He is the second Stevenson chief to be arrested in 2016. The man he was replacing is under federal indictment for civil rights violations.
    • Update: San Francisco, California (First reported 03-31-15): Two current deputies and one now-former deputy were charged for staging gladiator-style inmate fights by threat and assault.
    • Fort Smith, Arkansas: An officer was arrested for DWI after refusing a breath test. He resigned.
    • Oak Forest, Illinois: An officer was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon for stabbing a teenager in an alleged hate crime in California. The victim believes that he was attacked for speaking Arabic.
    • Baltimore, Maryland Schools: The chief was placed on leave. Two officers were reassigned and investigated after video shows officer assaulting a student. One of the officers under investigation was fired from the Baltimore County Police in 2003.
    • Update: White, Georgia (First reported 01-26-16): The chief and one of his officers were charged with false imprisonment and theft for jailing people to extort them for cash.
    • Chicago, Illinois: An officer was placed on administrative duty for allegedly shooting up a car while intoxicated. He faces felony charges.
    • Columbia Heights/Blaine, Minnesota: A Columbia Heights officer was charged for an off-duty DWI in Blaine. A video revealed he was given “professional courtesy” after the arresting officers had discovered he was a police officer, at which time they disabled their personal microphones. The Blaine officers did not book him and drove him home.  The officer had a BAC that was two and a half times the legal limit. The video’s release prompted his arrest. It is unclear whether the Blaine officers will face any discipline for their actions.

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