National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-09-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 9, 2014:

  • Hidalgo County, Texas: A deputy marshal has been placed on administrative leave after being accused of a sexually abusing a child.
  • Miami, Florida: A police officer was removed from his position after he sent sexually explicit text messages to a teenage student.
  • Carbon County, Utah: The sheriff is under investigation for alleged misuse of a county credit card and equipment to move to his new home. The county attorney says his office is investigating allegations that the officer spent about $2,100 on the credit card to purchase fuel for the county-owned pickup truck.
  • Sulphur, Louisiana: The police officer who fatally shot a dog has resigned prior to final disciplinary action being taken against him.
  • Miami, Florida: A total of 23 officers fired a total of at least 377 rounds at 2 unarmed men, killing them both. Bullets were sprayed everywhere. They hit cars, fence posts and neighboring businesses and blasted holes in a townhouse where a 12-year-old dove to the ground for cover and a four month old slept in his crib.
  • Huntsville, Alabama: A 17-year-old set up for a drug sting died from injuries suffered during his arrest, according to a federal lawsuit filed. The city denied the allegations in the lawsuit.
  • Harvey, Illinois: A long-time police officer has been arrested and accused of buying a stolen iPod, power tools and other items after a two-year investigation involving federal and state law enforcement, authorities said.
  • Hearne, Texas: A small town police officer responding to an emergency call about a female with a gun has been suspended for shooting dead a 93-year-old woman in her home, authorities said.

Thieves with Badges


TWO CRIMINAL investigators, part of an FBI-led task force, came to Juan Collado’s bodega in 2009 to hear his story.

Collado struggled to explain in English how a narcotics squad had barreled into his Tioga store, cut wires to his video-surveillance system and – once the cameras went dark – stole almost $10,000 and cartons of Marlboro Lights.

He asked them for a Spanish interpreter and they promised to return with one. They never did.

Now it’s too late.

Last week, news broke that federal prosecutors had decided not to file criminal charges against the officers. And the five-year statute of limitations has run out, not just in Collado’s case but for nearly two dozen other merchants with similar allegations.

“They played the clock game. They let time run out,” said Danilo Burgos, the former head of the 300-member Dominican Grocers Association

H/T: Overlawyered

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-08-14

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 8, 2014:

  • El Paso County, Texas: A now-former sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on a charge of improper sexual activity with person in custody and tampering with physical evidence.
  • Lincoln, Rhode Island: A state trooper was indicted by a grand jury on one count of simple assault.
  • Colville, Washington: A now-former police officer has been arrested and charged with rape of a child. The alleged victim told her middle school counselor about the incident. According to court documents, the young woman told investigators that she didn’t come forward because she was “very fearful and did not know what to do, especially since [he] was a police officer.”
  • Orleans Parish, Louisiana: A deputy is accused of physical abuse against an inmate at the parish jail.
  • Lloyd Harbor, New York: A village police officer accused of attacking a 64-year-old man remains on active duty while his case is pending.
  • Moffat County, Colorado: A sheriff’s office deputy was arrested for alleged domestic violence that took place while the deputy was off duty.
  • Update: San Diego, California (First reported 04-25-14): A police officer was arrested again for the second time in two weeks for domestic violence.
  • Update: Henry County, Georgia (First reported 04-03-14): The police officer accused of pulling out his gun on a group of children building a tree fort will be suspended.
  • Champaign County, Illinois: A sheriff’s deputy is on paid administrative leave after being charged with domestic violence and assault.
  • Washington, DC: Prosecutors believe an officer attacked and threatened to kill his longtime girlfriend. Disturbing accusations arose as the 52-year-old officer is accused of attacking his 25-year-old girlfriend. The documents say he has two children with her and that she is pregnant with a third – they have reportedly been in a romantic relationship since she was 15 years old.
  • Round Rock, Texas: A men was sitting in his car, charging his phone, when 6 police officers tried to arrest him, according to court documents. The man now is a quadriplegic after the officers’ “extremely aggressive use of force,” one of his lawyers said.
  • Portland, Oregon: Two uniformed police officers showed up at the home of a 9-year-old girl, questioned her on the front porch about a fight at a youth club six days earlier, and then handcuffed her as she stood in a blue-and-white bathing suit. She was taken to the police station and her mug shot was taken along with her fingerprints.
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma: A Corporal was arrested on a domestic assault and battery complaint, after allegedly trying to force oral sex on a woman, according to an arrest report.

The Pearlie Golden Case

From CBS News:

HEARNE, Texas — Friends say 93-year-old Pearlie Golden still shopped at the grocery store and greeted friends with a jubilant “Hey, baby!” Now they and the mayor of this small Texas town want the police officer who shot and killed her gone.

The fatal shooting of “Miss Sulie” – as residents say she was widely known – has raised tensions in Hearne and the Texas Rangers are investigating what led the officer to fire on Golden while responding to a 911 call at her house this week.

Hearne police have said in a statement that Golden “brandished a gun” when officer Stephen Stem, arrived Tuesday night.

Dozens of protesters, including some who came in from Houston, marched to police headquarters on Thursday and were met there by Mayor Ruben Gomez, who said he will recommend that the officer be fired during Saturday’s City Council meeting.

Ice Cream Stops in California

Scott Greenfield: “[T]his was a very cute bit of public relations on the part of the Quincy cops and Wall’s Ice Cream.  And it was also very wrong, very unconstitutional, and a very poor idea.  If the police want to hand out ice cream cones, that’s great. Let them have a pushcart and do so honestly. They do not get to use their authority to add hilarity to their show of force, and they should never sell their shield to any business, even one that makes something as happy as ice cream.”   Read his entire post.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-07-14

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 7, 2014:

  • Portland, Oregon: While under investigation for alleged threats and harassment of two ex-wives, a police officer resigned.
  • Nassau County, New York: Two police officers are under investigation after video surfaced that showed them violently striking a driver during a traffic stop.
  • Update: Eddy County, North Dakota (First reported 9/03/13): A sheriff says he’s innocent of child abuse charges. He was charged with felony “Abuse or Neglect of a Child,” in connection with the alleged physical abuse of his stepson.
  • Peoria, Illinois: A decorated police officer has been arrested on aggravated child pornography charges. It’s his third arrest in less than a year.
  • Trenton, New Jersey: A lawsuit filed says the destructive actions of police caused the death of a man. His mother filed suit, saying her son was killed following a high-speed chase. No criminal charges were filed against the officers involved.
  • Lower Windsor Township, Pennsylvania: A man says troopers shot his dog before they knocked on his door and identified themselves. They went to his home to issue a warrant for a girl who no longer lives in the house. Police say the dog charged, but the owner says the dog was shot in the side, indicating he was not attacking.
  • Longview, Texas: A police officer in has resigned from his position on the squad and a lieutenant has been placed on leave as a result of an investigation into allegations of  sexual contact while on duty.
  • Henderson, Nevada: A police captain is now under investigation after he apparently threatened bankers. The off-duty officer was forced to wait a few minutes to cash a check at the bank.
  • Franklin, Kentucky: The police chief has resigned after being suspended while the city conducted an internal investigation of his office. According to personnel records, the city listed several reasons for his suspension, including allegations that he falsified documents and used city resources for personal benefit.
  • Lowndes County, Georgia: A sheriff’s deputy pled guilty to conspiracy. Prosecutors say he admitted to taking money from Hispanic drivers during unlawful traffic stops and telling the victims they faced arrest or deportation if they didn’t pay him.
  • Fulton County, Georgia: A now-former deputy sheriff pled guilty in federal court to demanding money from security officers he assigned to work at public swimming pools. He hired officers and coordinated their schedules, but soon demanded payments from at least three of them in exchange for continuing to assign them more work.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-06-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, May 6, 2014:

  • Napa, California: An off-duty police officer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit and run after he allegedly lost control of his truck, struck a large tree, rolled his vehicle over and hit a parked car that was pushed into a home.
  • Wilmer, Texas: A police department is investigating allegations of an officer using excessive force against a teen. The family of the teenager says the boy was kicked in the head, but police tell a different story. Either way, a police officer is suspended and the department is taking another look at its policies.
  • Hinds County, Mississippi: Police say a 25-year-old man died after a deputy, who was acting as the referee, punched him at a basketball game. The deputy is now facing charges.
  • Maricopa County, Arizona: A deputy turned himself in after a standoff. Detectives issued a search warrant and carried away bags of evidence, according to neighbors. Deputies said they found methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia. The deputy has resigned.
  • Update: Nassau County, New York (First reported 06-25-13): A police officer who was off-duty and not in uniform when he shot a retreating, unarmed cabdriver after a night of drinking with another cop was fired.
  • Elmwood Park, Illinois: A police officer is accused of using his police powers to run background checks and start a relationship with a woman while she was estranged from her husband, according to court documents.
  • Modesto, California: A mentally challenged teenager and his family are suing the city in federal court, claiming police officers violated the teen’s rights by wrongfully arresting and interrogating him and coercing a confession from him in a drive-by shooting he did not commit.
  • Adairsville, Georgia: A family is seeking unspecified monetary compensation after their family member was shot and killed by police on “illegal” warrants taken by the police department.
  • Benton County, Washington: A sheriff’s deputy accused of illegally using steroids has resigned.

Problems with the Border Patrol

From the New York Times:

On Feb. 16, 2010, a Mexican teenager caught trying to cross into the United States near Douglas, Ariz., filed a formal complaint accusing a Border Patrol agent of punching him in the face during his arrest.

Three months later, a pregnant woman in or around El Paso reported that a Border Patrol agent had kicked her during an apprehension, causing her to miscarry.

In both cases, records show, no disciplinary action was taken. And it was no different for the vast majority of cases that reached United States Customs and Border Protection’s internal affairs office, according to new data obtained through a public records request by the American Immigration Council, a Washington-based immigrant advocacy group. Of 809 abuse complaints against agents within 100 miles of the Southwest border from January 2009 to January 2012, only 13 led to disciplinary action, and typically that meant counseling, internal affairs records showed.

“These stark findings exemplify the culture of impunity that prevails at C.B.P.,” said Melissa Crow, director of the council’s Legal Action Center. “Given the tremendous resources appropriated to C.B.P., the agency must do a better job of holding its officers accountable.” …

[U]nder increasing scrutiny from Congress for its use of force and lack of transparency, the 44-page list of complaints is now among the most comprehensive — and damning — publicly available portraits of alleged border misconduct.

It shows that in 40 percent of the cases with internal affairs, no decision had been made or reported, in some cases for more than three years after complaints were filed. And in the other 60 percent where a conclusion had been reached, “no action” was the end result 97 percent of the time.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-03-14 to 05-05-14

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, May 3 to Monday, May 5, 2014:

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: A woman is fighting to make things right after a sheriff’s deputy allegedly hit her with his car and then arrested her for drunk driving. Since she was unable to blow into a breathalyzer due to her injuries, the officer charged her with OWI despite causing the crash himself. Blood tests later revealed that she had no alcohol or drugs in her system at the time of the crash and the district attorney declined to file charges.
  • New York, New York: An off-duty officer was charged with reckless endangerment after he was accused of firing his gun during an argument outside an apartment building.
  • Vista, California: The Sheriff’s Department apologized, but now is facing a family’s lawsuit over a deputy who pepper sprayed and beat their 21-year-old son, who has Down syndrome, when he failed to obey the deputy’s orders.
  • Update: Mount Kisco (First reported 01-06-14): A police officer has resigned after pleading guilty to punching his pregnant ex-girlfriend in the face in front of their two-year old child.
  • Pasco, Washington: A police officer on administrative leave for lying to investigators is facing possible new charges that he tried to solicit a suspected prostitute.
  • Lincoln, Nebraska: Two officers used excessive force in separate incidents, leading one to quit and another to face a disciplinary committee internal investigators said.
  • North Andover, Massachusetts: An off-duty state trooper was arrested and charged with drunken driving and carrying a gun while intoxicated after crashing his car, seriously injuring his passenger, police said.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A police officer was arrested after she allegedly struck several vehicles with her car and then fled the scene while she was under the influence.
  • Update: Concord, Pennsylvania (First reported 04-07-14): A K-9 police officer who resigned after being arrested and charged with stealing prescription drugs from the elderly pleaded no contest to five counts and received a sentence of 2½ years.
  • Baltimore City, Maryland: In a negotiated plea agreement, an officer has pled guilty court to driving under the influence and two counts of endangering the welfare of children.
  • Update: Dona Ana, New Mexico (First reported 04-17-14): The sheriff’s deputy who was driving 114 mph when she hit and killed a pedestrian will not be charged with vehicular homicide. An official said proof to support that charge is not present in this case. She will be prosecuted for lesser included offenses.
  • Los Lunes, New Mexico: A police officer was arrested for allegedly choking a man who was repossessing his vehicle.
  • Update: Waltham, Massachusetts (First reported 03-26-13): A now-former police officer pled guilty to charges of possessing child pornography.
  • Warren, Ohio: A police officer has been fired after investigators allege that he towed a car from private property, and tried to keep it for himself.

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