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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-23-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, March 21 through Monday, March 23, 2015:

  • Stamford, Texas: An officer was arrested and fired for felony possession of a controlled substance.  http://ow.ly/KEVNW
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: An officer was indicted on misconduct and firearms charges for pointing his gun at the head of an innocent man outside of his home. According to the news report, the officer approached two men in a car parked in front of a house. The officer claimed they were parked illegally, but they were not, and then asked what they were doing there. The driver explained he was dropping off his cousin who lived in the house, but when the passenger got out of the car to go into the house, the officer blocked his way and twice pointed his weapon at the passenger’s head. http://ow.ly/KEWkX
  • Salt Lake City, Utah (Unified Police Department): A detective was arrested for misappropriating over $8,000 in cash meant for drug buys. ow.ly/KEXeh
  • Update: Adams County, Colorado (First reported 06-06-14): A deputy had sexual assault and false imprisonment charges against him dropped. http://ow.ly/KGoqX
  • El Dorado County, California: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence. http://ow.ly/KGq62
  • South Burlington, Vermont: An officer was arrested for DUI after he hit a telephone pole. http://ow.ly/KGyqP
  • Cherokee County, Georgia: A now-former deputy pled guilty to theft by deception. She lied in order to take time off from the sheriff’s office for military training, but she had already been deactivated. She was sentenced to 12 months of probation and 80 hours of community service.  http://ow.ly/KGDo9
  • Update: Yuba County, California (First reported 03-25-14): A now-former deputy was found not guilty of assault. He had been accused of beating a man unconscious during an off-duty fight on St. Patrick’s Day. http://ow.ly/KGERG

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-20-15

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 20, 2015:

  • Lauderhill, Florida: An officer was arrested for domestic violence and violating restraining order after going to his ex-wife’s home. http://ow.ly/KxEHh
  • Dougherty County, Georgia: An officer was arrested for making terroristic threats. ow.ly/KApon
  • Hardin County, Texas: A deputy pled guilty to making a false statement to a federal agent in regard to a child pornography shipment. Investigators determined it had been purchased with the deputy’s email address, credit card, and phone number.  ow.ly/KAByB
  • Kissimmee, Florida: A detective faces trial for DUI. The former Kissimmee detective of the year failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breath test. ow.ly/KAKfJ
  • Update: Houston County, Alabama (First reported 02-09-15): A deputy was acquitted of a domestic violence charge stemming from an incident with his stepson. ow.ly/KB6RJ
  • Escalante, Utah: The police chief, who also is the only officer in the town, was charged with making false statements on drug arrest reports. ow.ly/KAPmA
  • Ford County, Kansas: A now-former deputy was charged with 15 misdemeanor counts of misconduct and theft. He is alleged to have repeatedly used a county vehicle for personal use.  ow.ly/KAPUy

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-19-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 19, 2015:

  • Virginia Alcohol Beverage Commission (Charlottesville): Several officers were involved in alleged brutality against a University of Virginia student. ow.ly/KwbXi
  • Walker County, Georgia: A deputy was fired after he was arrested for battery in a domestic dispute. http://ow.ly/KxoUT
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (Ysleta, TX): An agent was arrested for sexual assault of a child. http://ow.ly/Kxs5T
  • Update: Niles, Illinois: A now-former officer was convicted of stealing more than $1,700 from the room of a deceased man at the YMCA. http://ow.ly/KxvJv
  • Pike Township, Indiana: An officer was arrested for OWI. He was driving 113 mph in a 55 mph zone. http://ow.ly/Kxwrp
  • Update: New York, New York: A sergeant who was implicated in a wide-ranging ticket-fixing scandal was acquitted of all charges. Thirteen other officers have cases pending. http://ow.ly/KxzEY
  • Humboldt County, Nevada: A deputy was arrested for brandishing his weapon in a convenience store. http://ow.ly/KxBu6
  • Oakland, Florida: An officer was arrested for directing and promoting sexual performance of a 3-year-old child. http://ow.ly/KxDpT

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-18-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 18, 2015:

  • Pitt County, North Carolina: A deputy was arrested and fired for statutory rape. He allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old girl at the high school where he was the school resource officer. http://ow.ly/Kt9gb
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania: An officer was fired and charged with assault for excessive force against separate suspects in different incidents. He allegedly kicked one suspect repeatedly in eye, causing vision damage, after a chase. The other suspect required staples in his head for the wounds he suffered at the hands of the officer, allegedly while handcuffed.  http://ow.ly/KtadJ
  • Atlanta, Georgia: The police chief and Fulton County District Attorney are being sued by the now-former head of the crime lab. The suit alleges obstruction of justice and retaliation. http://ow.ly/KtaJA
  • Ville Platte, Louisiana: A detective resigned after being accused of stealing $1,000 worth of roofing shingles with an accomplice. http://ow.ly/KtbD5
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer suspected of homicide has been fired. He has been missing since the homicide. http://ow.ly/KtcgE
  • Update: New Mexico State Police: An officer who was fired for shooting at a car that contained a woman and her children has been hired by Taos County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy.  http://ow.ly/KtcK9
  • Marshall County, Alabama: A deputy was arrested for DUI and fired. http://ow.ly/Ktdym
  • Orange County, Florida: A deputy who was fired for excessive force in 2010 has been hired by the Ocoee, Florida Police Department. http://ow.ly/Ktebv

The Martese Johnson Case

From the Chicago Tribune:

Virginia’s governor has ordered an investigation into the arrest of a black college student from Chicago seen in photos and video with a bloody face as he was held down by an officer..

Martese Johnson, a 2012 graduate of Kenwood Academy, was charged with obstruction of justice without force and public swearing or intoxication, according to Charlottesville General District Court records.

An attorney for Johnson, Daniel P. Watkins, said Johnson was discharged from the hospital after receiving stitches.

About 1,000 students gathered at the University of Virginia campus Wednesday night to demand justice for Johnson, who attended  the event flanked by classmates.

Quick and prudent move by the governor to have the state police, an independent agency, investigate this incident.

The Natasha McKenna Case

Washington Post editorial:

THE FIGHT went out of Natasha McKenna shortly after she was shot at least four times with a Taser stun gun by sheriff’s deputies at the Fairfax County jail on Feb. 3. She rapidly lost consciousness and, five days later, died.

We have asked Sheriff Stacey A. Kincaid whether her office is reviewing its policy on the use of stun guns. She won’t say. We have asked if her office is reassessing the need for crisis intervention training, which, as a candidate for the position she now holds, she dismissed. She won’t say.

Has the sheriff’s office learned any lessons from Ms. McKenna’s death? Sheriff Kincaid won’t say. Has it taken steps to avoid repeating such an incident? The sheriff won’t say. Have the deputies involved been disciplined in any way? Is this really the best the sheriff’s office can do?

So far, the authorities in Fairfax are silent.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-17-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 17, 2015:

  • Update: Saratoga County, New York (First reported 11-10-14): A now-former sergeant pled guilty to misconduct and harassment for slapping a man who refused consent to a car search. Video evidence of the altercation prompted the sheriff to say “I’m kind of very disturbed with what I saw.” The former sergeant will not go to jail or be placed on probation, but he was charged $1500 for court costs and fines. ow.ly/Krcnv
  • St. Louis, Missouri: A now-former officer was indicted for providing a pistol-gripped shotgun to a known drug dealer. The indictment alleges that he provided the gun knowing it would be used in furtherance of drug trafficking and that while he was an officer he knowingly and repeatedly associated with drug dealers. ow.ly/KrldD
  • Washington, District of Columbia: An officer who also is a local pastor was charged with sexual abuse of a minor. ow.ly/Krv73
  • Nixon, Texas: An officer was given a one-week suspension for DWI. She left her car on tracks where it was totaled by a freight train. She returned to work Monday.  ow.ly/KrwjU
  • Chicopee, Massachusetts: A now-former officer faces assault charges for choking a woman during a 2013 arrest. The woman is suing him and the department. ow.ly/Krxqn
  • Rutland, Vermont: A probationary officer was arrested for DUI. He was pulled over for erratic driving. His BAC test registered at 0.164 at processing. ow.ly/Kry05
  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy was arrested after an off-duty shooting. Police allege he was intoxicated at the time of the incident. He claims he fired the gun in self-defense. ow.ly/KryQ1
  • Seminole County, Florida: A now-former deputy was arrested for fraud. Allegedly, he charged homeowners’ associations for off-duty security patrols he didn’t perform. ow.ly/KrzSH

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-14-15 to 03-16-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, March 14 through Monday, March 16, 2015:

  • Seattle, Washington: An officer was fired for calling and texting women he met while investigating potential crimes. http://ow.ly/KmQzD
  • Hull, Massachusetts: A now-former sergeant was charged with larceny for paying himself more than he was owed from police union coffers. http://ow.ly/KmQZr
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer was arrested for human smuggling across the U.S./Mexico border. Authorities found a person hiding in his trunk. http://ow.ly/KnQlQ
  • Update: Syracuse, New York (First reported 03-06-15): The officer suspended for having sex with a woman who called for a welfare check on her daughter was indicted on four counts of misconduct. http://ow.ly/KnS8n
  • El Paso, Texas: A detective was arrested for assault. She allegedly choked her stepdaughter to near unconsciousness. http://ow.ly/KnSTR
  • Denver, Colorado: A detective pled guilty to domestic violence, reckless endangerment, and reckless use of a gun. A child abuse charge was among those dropped in exchange for the plea deal. He was sentenced to two years of probation. He remains suspended as Internal Affairs determines whether his employment will be terminated. http://ow.ly/KnWPC
  • Owen County, Indiana: A now-former deputy was arrested for theft and misconduct. He allegedly took stolen ginseng he recovered from a suspect and resold it. http://ow.ly/KnYiX
  • Colfax County, New Mexico: A deputy was arrested in a sting. He offered to escort agents posing as drug couriers through the state in exchange for cash. http://ow.ly/KnYUT

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-13-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 13, 2015:

  • Denver, Colorado: An officer was fired for choking a resisting female inmate until she was unconscious instead of calling for a female officer to assist him. http://ow.ly/KhV2m
  • Update: Newton County, Texas (First reported 08-01-14): The sheriff was acquitted of making a terroristic threat and is back on the job. http://ow.ly/KhY5o
  • Marlin, Texas: The police chief was placed on leave after a complaint was filed against him for “inappropriate activity.” http://ow.ly/Ki1BW
  • Exeter, California: A now-former officer was sentenced to 45 days in jail for having sex with a minor and steroid possession. The juvenile was a participant in the department’s Explorer program. http://ow.ly/Ki3be
  • McLennan County, Texas: A constable was fired after he was arrested for trying to solicit sex from a minor. http://ow.ly/Kia4U
  • Burbank, California: The city settled with a detective who was fired for excessive force but reinstated by a labor arbitrator. As part of the agreement, the detective would be allowed to resign and would recieve $451,000. http://ow.ly/Kijzn
  • Bibb County, Georgia: Three deputies pled guilty to misdemeanor theft. They had been accused of conspiring to rob dealers and re-sell the drugs. As part of the plea agreement, they would each receive three years of probation, pay a fine, and permanently lose their law enforcement certification. The U.S. District Attorney in charge of the case said, “I felt like it was important to make sure…that these three defendants were not able to ever be police officers again.”   http://ow.ly/KilbB
  • Edwardsville, Pennsylvania: The police chief was fired after the city council reviewed undisclosed allegations against him. http://ow.ly/Kinl9

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-12-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 12, 2015:

  • Davie, Florida: An officer was arrested and charged with extortion. Allegedly, he threatened to publish compromising photographs of ex-girlfriend. ow.ly/KdKPR
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (San Diego, CA): An officer has been arrested by the FBI. He allegedly installed a camera in the women’s bathroom at the station in order to peep on them. http://bit.ly/1EXcYUc
  • Polk County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for falsifying his time card for five months. He took $1,000 that was not owed to him. ow.ly/Kf5U1
  • Hudson Falls, New York: An officer was charged with larceny. He is alleged to have stolen between $3,000 and $10,000 from the police union. ow.ly/KfzMP
  • New York, New York:  Two officers were punished for misconduct. The two of them flew to Seattle to investigate a rape allegation that happened in Union Square. They went out with the victim and got drunk with her on a nine-hour bender. After convincing her to stay in the hotel with them, one of the officers climbed into bed with her the next morning and attempted to rip her clothes off. That officer pled guilty to an administrative charge from the incident, resulting in a demotion from the rank of detective, a loss of 30 vacation days, and 10 days of unpaid leave. He was also placed on probation and transferred. The other officer, who was already being investigated for improperly collecting overtime pay, pled to that charge and misconduct in the Seattle incident. He lost 45 vacation days and was suspended for 15 days without pay. He had been in charge of Manhattan’s Special Victims Unit. He was transferred to a public housing assignment.   ow.ly/KfQU8
  • Update: South Congaree, South Carolina (First reported 06-18-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to lying to a grand jury. He was sentenced to eight months of house arrest and four years of probation.  ow.ly/KfLLO
  • Long Beach, Mississippi: A now-former officer was indicted on multiple counts of statutory rape for carrying on a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. ow.ly/KfVrA
  • United States Secret Service (DC): Agents are being investigated after they crashed into the barriers outside of the White House after a night out. The crash disrupted a suspicious package investigation. The supervisor on duty allowed the agents to go home despite officers on the scene wanting to arrest them and give them sobriety tests.  ow.ly/KgcjG

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