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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-31-15 to 11-02-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct reported for Saturday, October 31 through Monday, November 2, 2015:

  • Austin, Texas: A now-former officer had his manslaughter case dismissed by a federal judge who cited immunity.
  • Newark, New Jersey: An officer was suspended and arrested for pointing his gun at a man in an off-duty incident.
  • Los Angeles County, California: A deputy pled not guilty to assault and battery against a bartender for a 2014 bar fight.
  • Update: Ramsey County, Minnesota (First reported 07-10-15): A retired deputy pled guilty to selling merchandise to a pawn shop that had been criminal evidence he stole while he was still employed by the County. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay restitution.
  • New York, New York: The City settled a lawsuit with a deaf and mute woman who was wrongly arrested for $750,000. The officer failed to report her need for a translator.
  • Lafayette Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was arrested for smuggling drugs into the jail.
  • Mercer County, New Jersey: An officer was suspended and charged for accessing a law enforcement database and sharing mugshot of suspect shot by officers.
  • Columbus, Mississippi: An officer was fired and two others were suspended for their roles in the fatal shooting of Ricky Ball in October.
  • Glendale, California: An officer was arrested for drunkenly assaulting officers in Burbank.

Police and Sexual Misconduct

From the Associated Press:

In a yearlong investigation of sexual misconduct by U.S. law enforcement, The Associated Press uncovered about 1,000 officers who lost their badges in a six-year period for rape, sodomy and other sexual assault; sex crimes that included possession of child pornography; or sexual misconduct such as propositioning citizens or having consensual but prohibited on-duty intercourse.

The number is unquestionably an undercount because it represents only those officers whose licenses to work in law enforcement were revoked, and not all states take such action. California and New York — with several of the nation’s largest law enforcement agencies — offered no records because they have no statewide system to decertify officers for misconduct. And even among states that provided records, some reported no officers removed for sexual misdeeds even though cases were identified via news stories or court records.

“It’s happening probably in every law enforcement agency across the country,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino of the Sarasota Police Department in Florida, who helped study the problem for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. “It’s so underreported and people are scared that if they call and complain about a police officer, they think every other police officer is going to be then out to get them.”

Even as cases around the country have sparked a national conversation about excessive force by police, sexual misconduct by officers has largely escaped widespread notice due to a patchwork of laws, piecemeal reporting and victims frequently reluctant to come forward because of their vulnerabilities — they often are young, poor, struggling with addiction or plagued by their own checkered pasts.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-30-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 30, 2015:

  • Orlando, Florida: An officer received an administrative reprimand for running a stop sign and hitting an elderly cyclist.
  • Update: Tampa, Florida (First reported 10-11-13): Two now-former officers—whom are married to each other—were indicted for a massive tax fraud scheme. They allegedly used a law enforcement database to secure phony tax refunds in other people’s names.
  • Spokane, Washington: The department was broadly accused by the county sheriff of destroying evidence in an alleged sexual assault of a county deputy by a city officer.
  • Los Angeles County, California: A deputy was arrested for child molestation.
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: A school resource officer was charged with assault.
  • Update: Zephyrhills, Florida (First reported 10-06-15): An officer was fired for filing a false statement to corroborate the statement of an officer under his supervision regarding an improper tasing. The officer in question was previously terminated for lying about the incident which was contradicted by video evidence.
  • St. John’s County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for grand theft and insurance fraud totaling approximately $60,000.
  • Liberty County, Georgia: A deputy was charged with receiving stolen property.
  • Update: Boynton Beach, Florida (First reported 10-31-14): The City tentatively settled a lawsuit with a woman who accused an officer of rape. The settlement is for over $800,000. The officer was recently acquitted in a criminal trial.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-29-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, October 29, 2015:

  • Live Oak, Florida: An officer was arrested for possession of child pornography.
  • Maurice, Louisiana: An officer was found not guilty of negligent homicide for his role in the automobile crash that killed Paul Suire in 2012.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: The City is being sued by a same-sex couple who claim they were beat up and arrested by officer for kissing in a grocery store.
  • Cambria County, Pennsylvania: A now-former detective was arrested for tipping-off a drug dealer to a law enforcement
  • Update: Tate County, Mississippi: A now-former deputy pled guilty to illegally tasing an inmate. The inmate consequently suffered skull fracture during the incident.
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was fired for participating in an unauthorized high-speed chase of a car with a baby inside.
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: A transit officer was fired after a violent takedown of an autistic teenager.
  • Update: Galloway Township, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to aggravated assault for domestic violence. He was sentenced to 220 days in jail.
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: A now-former deputy was arrested and fired from the Covington PD for stealing a seized motorcycle DeKalb County while he was employed there. The Covington authorities received an anonymous tip that he was in possession of the stolen vehicle.
  • Canby, Oregon: A civil jury found that a lieutenant retaliated against a now-former officer. The jury awarded the former officer with a $120,000 judgment. The City and the police chief were not found liable for their roles in the incident.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-28-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 28, 2015:

  • Austin, Texas: An officer was suspended for 90 days for using taser on belligerent but nonviolent suspect.
  • Warren County, Missouri: A now-former deputy was charged with tampering and other charges for faking ambush by shooting at his own patrol car.
  • Update: Bothell, Washington (First reported 02-04-15): A detective was acquitted of sexual misconduct charges against a now-former student at the school she was stationed at as an SRO.
  • Update: Marion County, Florida (First reported 08-15-14): A now-former deputy pled guilty to excessive force. He is the fourth deputy to plead guilty for the incident. Five deputies were terminated as a result of the investigation into the case.
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: An officer was fired for a pattern of dishonesty, domestic abuse, and misuse of law enforcement database.
  • Kern County, California: A deputy was arrested for waving his gun at children.
  • Update: Honolulu, Hawaii (First reported 05-20-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to 30 months in prison for violating the civil rights of two men.
  • Bridgeton, New Jersey: The City settled excessive force lawsuit for $500,000. The suit alleged officers beat a motorist after he honked his horn during traffic stop

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-27-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, October 27, 2015:

  • Richland County, South Carolina: Spring Valley High School SRO was shown on video violently arresting a non-violent, seated female student in classroom. The federal government is investigating possible civil rights violations. The officer has been fired.
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: A captain was charged with encouraging excessive force and obstruction of justice.
  • Update: Seneca, South Carolina (First reported 07-31-15): An officer will not face criminal prosecution for fatally shooting unarmed teen Zachary Hammond as he was driving away from a petty drug bust.
  • SEPTA (Philadelphia Transit): An incident is under investigation because man died in custody after being tased by officer.
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was suspended after his arrest for aggravated assault.
  • Los Alamos, New Mexico: An officer was arrested for taking payments for work while on the clock as a police officer.
  • Update: San Luis Obispo, California (First reported 09-14-15)  officer who was arrested for DUI is no longer with the department.
  • Update: Lompoc, California (First reported 10-24-14): A now-former detective pled guilty to misdemeanor charges related to domestic

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-24-15 to 10-26-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, October 24 through Monday, October 26, 2015:

  • Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (Houston, Texas): A now-former officer was sentenced to one year in jail for pulling a female motorist over and asking for sexual favor in exchange for leniency on a minor drug charge.
  • Orlando, Florida: An officer was acquitted for punching a handcuffed suspect in the face.
  • Update: Chicago, Illinois (First reported 07-13-15): An officer was convicted of excessive force but acquitted of obstruction of justice for beating a man in a convenience store.
  • Fresno, California: An officer was arrested for weapons possession. He was recently arrested for child abuse as well.
  • Adams County, Colorado: A deputy was fired and arrested for a sexual assault that occurred while he was on duty.
  • St. Petersburg, Florida: A detective was arrested for DUI.
  • Update: Honolulu, Hawaii (First reported 06-23-15): An officer pled no contest to trespassing and received community service for his attempted break-in of a woman’s home.
  • Update: Wisconsin State Police (First reported 01-6-15): A now-former state trooper was sentenced to 30 days in jail, two years’ probation, and fined for OWI crash that left his passenger seriously injured.
  • Anderson, South Carolina: An officer was arrested after DUI crash and arrest. He has resigned.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-22-15 to 10-23-15

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct reported for Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23, 2015:

  • Billings, Montana: An officer was charged with illegally catching and holding a deer on his property.
  • Wilmington, Delaware: An officer was arrested and charged with theft and forgery after a nine-month investigation.
  • Update: Maypearl, Texas (First reported 07-16-15): The now-former chief was indicted on multiple charges involving sex crimes against minors. He also faces a separate civil suit for bullying.
  • Henderson, Texas: An officer has been accused of sex crimes against a child.
  • Walhalla, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for assault for striking a man in the head three times.
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: An officer was accused of battery by strangulation and threatening.
  • Gwinnett County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for drug possession when colleagues dropped off paperwork at his home and noticed drugs and paraphernalia in plain sight.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for domestic battery for choking a woman. He had previously been arrested for attempted murder against the same victim but the charges were downgraded to misdemeanor battery and then dismissed when the victim did not appear in court.
  • Fort Smith, Arkansas: An officer resigned after his arrest for sexual solicitation.
  • Rising Sun, Indiana: An officer was arrested for official misconduct, forgery, voter fraud, and several other felonies.
  • Marion County, Florida: Two deputies were suspended during an investigation into search and seizure misconduct.
  • Maui, Hawaii: An officer was arrested for bribery and hindering prosecution.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: An officer was suspended for an off-duty incident. He has been named in previous lawsuits against the City that were eventually settled.
  • Yalobusha County, Mississippi: A now-former deputy was sentenced to 48 years in prison for murdering his mother and half-brother.
  • Update: Calhoun County, Michigan (First reported 06-18-15): A deputy pled guilty to misdemeanor OWI and weapons charges for June crash.
  • Springer, New Mexico (First reported 03-16-15): A now-former chief pled guilty to aiding a now-former Colfax deputy who was robbing drug dealers. The dealers in this particular instance were undercover agents participating in a sting to catch the deputy.
  • San Diego County, California: The sheriff is being sued by a man who claims he was beaten by deputies in a hotel hallway. The incident was captured on surveillance footage.


A Bonus for DEA Agents?

From the Wall Street Journal:

Half the federal agents who were investigated for allegedly attending sex parties with prostitutes in Colombia received financial bonuses during the investigation or afterward, according to a new internal review of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s handling of the scandal.

Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz issued a report on Thursday analyzing the aftermath of the internal probes of DEA agents in Colombia for allegedly patronizing prostitutes. The allegations were originally investigated in 2010, but the issue created a firestorm earlier this year when the details became public….

DEA policy prohibits employees from receiving promotions, awards or other favorable personnel actions for a three-year period after being subject to discipline for significant misconduct or while a misconduct probe is continuing, though officials are allowed to create exceptions to the policy.

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