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Worst of the Month — January 2016

So for January, it was the case from Suffolk County, New York, involving now former police officer, Scott Greene.  He was convicted of repeated instances of theft.

According to the evidence introduced at his criminal trial, Greene would target Hispanic drivers, pull them over, order them to surrender their wallets, or invent a reason to search their vehicles and then steal cash located inside.  By stealing from persons he thought were illegal immigrants, Greene thought his victims would not come forward to file any complaint.  And he would enrich himself by using his police powers.  Prosecutor Tom Spota called Greene a “thief with a badge” and says he will be seeking the maximum possible prison sentence–about four years.

Alas, there are problems in the Suffolk department even beyond Greene.  The recently departed chief, James Burke, has been indicted for abusing a suspect and then coercing his subordinate officers to cover up his crime.  Local community activists say the department is so corrupt that they want a federal takeover.  Stay tuned about that.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-03-16

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 3, 2016:

  • Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana:  deputy arrested and fired after threatening two friends with a gun and Taser. ow.ly/XToxv
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for punching his girlfriend and damaging property during an off-duty incident. ow.ly/XTxL1
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for choking his wife. ow.ly/XTyEd
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for participating in a National Guard recruitment scam. ow.ly/XTzjb
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for DUI on Staten Island. ow.ly/XTzLD
  • New York, New York: An officer pled guilty to extortion for running a protection racket against local businesses. ow.ly/XTAOc
  • Update: Ogdensburg, New York (First reported 08-14-15): A detective who was already facing child porn charges has been arrested for violating a protective order. He contacted a 16-year-old boy. ow.ly/XTZ2i
  • Harris County, Texas: A deputy constable pled guilty to official oppression for beating a handcuffed man in 2012. ow.ly/XUcRc
  • Update: Tampa, Florida (First reprted 04-08-15) officer sentenced to 5yrs probation, 8 mos home detention for stealing tax checks. ow.ly/XUdwJ
  • Allegan County, Michigan: The County settled a lawsuit with a jail inmate who was kneed in the head by deputies for $300,000. ow.ly/XUhOA
  • Chicago, Illinois: An officer was suspended for equipping his personal vehicle like a squad car. He was arrested for the same offense before he became an officer, with suspicion he was posing as a police officer, leading to questions about how he was hired in the first place. ow.ly/XUkO0
  • South Carolina Highway Patrol: A trooper was fired for failure to provide truthful or complete information. ow.ly/XUm8G
  • Albany, Texas: An officer was fired after drugs were left in a student’s locker after a K-9 search exercise at a local  school. ow.ly/XUFQl
  • New York, New York: An officer was fired and charged with running an interstate prostitution ring in metro area motels. ow.ly/XUGlT
  • Conway, Arkansas: An officer resigned after his suspension for accidentally discharging his firearm during an arrest. ow.ly/XUGOc

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-02-16

Here are the eleven reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, February 2, 2016:

  • Bastrop County, Texas: A deputy was arrested for DUI on duty after being found in his car with a bottle of vodka and an empty prescription container. ow.ly/XQyF3
  • Mount Pleasant, New York: An officer was arrested and charged with attempted rape and several assault counts. ow.ly/XQM3X
  • Sullivan City, Texas: A now-former officer was indicted for taking marijuana from the evidence room. ow.ly/XQPBu
  • Bibb County, Georgia: A non-former deputy was sentenced to three years in prison and seven years’ probation for providing jail inmate with a cell phone.  He had known the inmate as a child, but the old friend used the cell phone to intimidate potential witnesses against him. He is awaiting trial for murder. ow.ly/XQQYv
  • Onley, Virginia: An officer was arrested for carrying a weapon while subject to a protective order. The officer was in a car accident, and the responding officer found out about the order on a routine license check. The order was issued in January 2014 and about to expire. The officer was in uniform and carrying his service weapon. ow.ly/XQSmk
  • Update: Mt. Prospect, Illinois (First reported 12-03-15): An officer withdrew his guilty plea to a misdemeanor and will face trial on felony aggravated battery charges. He claims he did not know he would be terminated after the guilty plea. ow.ly/XQU9r
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: Two officers were arrested in separate DWI incidents and suspended. ow.ly/XQVyH
  • Boston, Massachusetts: A now-former detective was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine for obstructing a federal gang investigation. He was the second officer to be convicted for obstructing that particular investigation. ow.ly/XQXCW
  • Rainbow City, Alabama: An officer was arrested and charged with sex crime. ow.ly/XQYn2
  • Update: Inkster, Michigan (First reported 03-30-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to 13 months to ten years in prison for the videotaped beating of motorist Floyd Dent. The City previously settled a civil suit with Dent. ow.ly/XRVH6
  • Camden, New Jersey: A man is suing an officer who allegedly pointed a gun at his head and assaulted him when he was a juvenile in 2012. ow.ly/XRjlD

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-01-16

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, February 1, 2016:

  • Jackson Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence. He has been fired. ow.ly/XMcee
  • Guthrie, Oklahoma: An officer was suspended for coming to work drunk. He was arrested for possession of a firearm while intoxicated because he had his service weapon on his person. ow.ly/XMc4z
  • Update: Orlando, Florida (First reported 10-26-15): The officer who was acquitted of battering a handcuffed suspect was suspended for 40 hours without pay and a written censure was placed in his personnel file. ow.ly/XMdhV
  • Update: Bridgeton, New Jersey (First reported 01-20-12): An officer was acquitted of selling steroids to a fellow officer. ow.ly/XMduU
  • Update: McAllen, Texas (First reported 06-25-15): A now-former officer was acquitted of human smuggling for driving people across US-Mexico border.ow.ly/XMdLy
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (McAllen, Texas): An officer was arrested for bribery and unauthorized use of an official computer in order to manipulate visas. ow.ly/XMe6I
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado: An officer was arrested after he “punched, kicked and choked” a handcuffed man during a traffic investigation. ow.ly/XMefV
  • Houston, Texas: An officer pled guilty to transporting an undocumented relative and another person within the United States. ow.ly/XMfYa
  • Update: Pinellas County, Florida (First reported 01-05-16): A now-former deputy was charged with attempted manslaughter for shooting a suspect. ow.ly/XMgb9
  • Los Angeles, California: Two officers were fired for shooting an unarmed man in the back on live television after a car chase. ow.ly/XMgEU
  • Jacksonville, Arkansas: A now-former officer pled guilty and was sentenced to probation for an off-duty battery in a road rage incident. ow.ly/XMhgb
  • San Francisco, California: The police will be investigated by U.S. Justice Department in the wake of the fatal shooting of Mario Woods. ow.ly/XOfiV

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 01-29-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 29, 2016:

  • Denver, Colorado: The police are being sued for excessive force by a man who was shoved down a flight of stairs by an officer. http://bit.ly/1RWggz0
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: An officer was suspended after he was indicted for theft in office http://bit.ly/1Puw3CX
  • Update: Emmett Township, Michigan (First reported 08-18-14): A now-former officer was acquitted of raping a family relative who was a minor. He awaits trial on charges he raped another (adult) relative. ow.ly/XGrMv
  • Seattle, Washington: A now-former officer was acquitted of sexual misconduct with his ex-girlfriend’s daughter. ow.ly/XGseM
  • Kona, Hawaii: An officer was charged with 2nd-degree assault after an altercation with a 72-year-old neighbor. ow.ly/XGQ3k
  • Update: Fair Bluff, North Carolina (First reported 06-19-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to child porn manufacturing for secretly recording a minor in the bathroom. ow.ly/XH6Nu
  • Los Angeles, California: A detective was arrested for threatening an ex-boyfriend and filing a false report ow.ly/XH7ym
  • Caroline County, Virginia: A detective will not be charged with perjury and forgery despite a civil settlement related to a gang investigation. ow.ly/XHoZn

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-28-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 28, 2016:

  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. She allegedly tried to run over a man with her car. ow.ly/XDkJS
  • Phoenix, Arizona: A now-former officer was sentenced to 23 years in prison after accepting a plea deal for sexual conduct with underage boys he met while on the job. ow.ly/XDlfr
  • Update: Indianapolis, Indiana (First reported 12-02-15): An officer pled guilty to assisting a criminal, who was his girlfriend. He resigned and given a suspended sentence of one year. ow.ly/XDlta
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: An officer was fired for misconduct. He had been named in at least two excessive force lawsuits, including one alleging he kicked a handcuffed man in his patrol car. ow.ly/XDBq1
  • Los Angeles, California: After a lengthy investigation, prosecutors determined eight officers will not face criminal charges for shooting truck occupied by a grown mother and daughter 103 times during the Christopher Dorner manhunt. The mother was shot in the back but luckily survived. The daughter suffered minor injuries from debris during the shooting. The women had been delivering newspapers in the neighborhood when, according to the report, the sound of a paper hitting the pavement was mistaken for a gunshot that led to the barrage.  ow.ly/XDCJp
  • Livingston Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was fired and arrested for slamming the head of an inmate against a wall.ow.ly/XDDwZ
  • Meeker County, Minnesota: A deputy was arrested for stealing toys from a toy drive and stealing from a county drop box for discarded drugs. ow.ly/XDE3g
  • Iberville Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was fired after domestic violence arrest. ow.ly/XDEzU
  • Seminole County, Florida: A deputy was fired and arrested for surreptitiously recording co-workers’ phone conversations. ow.ly/XDFH5

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-27-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 27, 2016:

  • Oregon State Police: The OSP settled an excessive force lawsuit with a motorcyclist who was rear-ended by a trooper in his cruiser and then kicked in the chest for $180,000. The motorcyclist suffered a broken clavicle and broken rib. ow.ly/XAFWo
  • Fall River, Massachusetts: The City settled a lawsuit with a man who was arrested for video recording an on-duty police officer for $72,500. ow.ly/XAHw3
  • Marion County, Florida: A now-former deputy was indicted on federal civil rights charges for excessive force. ow.ly/XB3Kk
  • Salisbury, North Carolina: An officer was fired for harassment, misconduct, and conduct unbecoming an officer. ow.ly/XAJlc
  • Delaware County, Oklahoma: A now-former deputy was arrested for propositioning a 13-year-old girl. ow.ly/XAYZc
  • Floyd County, Georgia: A deputy was fired and arrested for stealing prescriptions from citizens while he was on duty. ow.ly/XAZDU
  • Update: Jackson, Mississippi (First reported 01-26-16): The deputy chief who was recently arrested for domestic violence has been fired. ow.ly/XAJ3X
  • Chatham County, Georgia: A deputy who is suspected of helping jail inmates escape has been fired. ow.ly/XBdGz

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-26-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, January 26, 2016:

  • Fostoria, Ohio: An officer was arrested for OUI. ow.ly/XxPlR
  • Toledo, Ohio: An officer was arrested for OUI after an accident causing property damage. ow.ly/XxY51
  • Update: Louisville, Kentucky (First reported 02-03-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to six months’ house arrest for beating his wife while she was driving on the way home from a party last year. ow.ly/XxZnm
  • White, Georgia: A chief and one officer have been suspended. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation raided the department last Thursday amid charges of extortion. ow.ly/Xy0fQ
  • Update: Minneapolis, Minnesota (First reported 04-06-15): An officer has been terminated for threatening to break a teen’s leg. The incident was captured on video. ow.ly/Xy31Z
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 06-04-14): Of the 13 officers who fired 137 shots that killed Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams after their car backfired, one retired, six were suspended, and six were terminated. Among the fired was Michael Brelo, who was charged and acquitted of criminal charges for jumping up on the hood of the car and emptying his magazine into their bodies. http://bit.ly/1KbDhv5
  • Charleston County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for DUI after being found unconscious behind the wheel at an intersection. ow.ly/Xy3vQ
  • Muscogee County, Georgia: A now-former deputy was arrested for sexually assaulting a jail inmate. ow.ly/Xy9hx
  • Jackson, Mississippi: The deputy chief was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic assault. ow.ly/Xy9R5
  • Brimfield Township, Ohio: A now-former chief was sentenced to two years’ probation for theft, assault, unlawful restraint, and unauthorized use of a gun in connection with sexual harassment in office. ow.ly/XycLs

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-23-16 to 01-25-16

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, January 23 through Monday, January 25, 2016:

  • Nashville, Tennessee: An officer was decommissioned after her arrest for stalking a romantic ex. ow.ly/XuLxy
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer pled not guilty to DUI and failure to stop. Her BAC was near twice the legal limit. ow.ly/XuUhL
  • Update: Novato, California (First reported 12-10-15): An officer resigned as part of a plea deal and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, three years’ probation, 100 days of community service, and ordered to pay restitution for embezzlement from the police league. ow.ly/XuUQZ
  • Sonoma County, California: A deputy was denied immunity and will face a lawsuit for the wrongful death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez, whom he shot in 2013. ow.ly/XuWgs
  • Hancock County, Indiana: A now-former deputy was arrested for misconduct for providing security for an international drug ring. His wife, also a former deputy, has been implicated but not yet criminally charged in this case. ow.ly/Xv1cG
  • Warren County, New York: A former deputy lost a lawsuit challenging his termination for having eight on-duty traffic crashes over a period of five years. ow.ly/Xv4vJ
  • Boston, Massachusetts: An officer was charged with sending lewd pictures to a minor via Facebook. ow.ly/Xv6vO
  • Update: St. John Parish, Louisiana (First reported 04-16-15): A deputy who had been fired for perjury arrest hired by St. James Parish. Criminal disposition unknown but the report speculates that the charges were dropped and the case was expunged with unusual speed. ow.ly/Xv7sj
  • Update: Los Angeles County, California (First reported 10-30-15): A deputy was charged for a lewd act with a 12-year-old girl and violating a restraining order. ow.ly/Xv8sk
  • Houston, Texas: An officer was one of 19 people arrested in a prostitution sting. ow.ly/Xv9vi
  • Update: Bristol, Connecticut (First reported 01-20-16): An officer who was recently arrested for making a workplace threat is also under investigation for excessive force. ow.ly/Xv9SD
  • Update: Phoenix, Arizona (First reported 07-14-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to 60 days in jail for attempted child abuse and sexual conduct with a minor. ow.ly/XvbJj
  • Update: Bloomfield, New Jersey (First reported 02-26-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to five years in prison after dashcam footage showed he and his partner lied about beating a motorist. His former partner’s sentencing has been postponed. ow.ly/XvcQr
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida: A now-former officer pled guilty to federal bribery charges in a pirate towing scheme. ow.ly/Xvep5
  • Oak Grove, Kentucky: A chief and his third ranking officer have been suspended during an investigation by state drug enforcement officials.ow.ly/XveWP
  • Prairie View, Texas: An officer was indicted for official oppression for tasing a compliant man who was on his knees outside of his home. The man is a city councilman. ow.ly/XvjyC

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-22-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 22, 2016:

  • Update: Chicago, Illinois (First reported 04-14-15): Two officers who investigated the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald have been put on desk duty. ow.ly/XoYum
  • Update: DeKalb County, Georgia (First reported 01-07-16): An officer was indicted for murder in the shooting death of armed forces veteran Anthony Hill, who was mentally ill, naked, and unarmed when he was shot. ow.ly/Xp0QK
  • Wilmington, Delaware: An officer was fired after his arrest for terroristic threatening during an off-duty incident. ow.ly/Xp44K
  • Fort Smith, Arkansas: An officer who was fired for lying files whistleblower lawsuit alleging perjury by the active officer who accused him. ow.ly/Xp4Vr
  • Euclid, Ohio: An officer was suspended for 90 days for firing his gun at a park while he was off duty. ow.ly/Xp5GQ
  • St. John Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was arrested for theft and malfeasance in office for using department gas card for his private vehicle. ow.ly/Xp684
  • Update: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (First reported 08-22-14): Now-former officer Daniel Holtzclaw was sentenced to 263 years, to be served consecutively, for sexual assault convictions against African-American women. ow.ly/Xp6PN
  • St. Lucie County, Florida: The County is being sued by the family of Gregory Hill, who was fatally shot through a garage door by deputies who were responding to a noise complaint. ow.ly/Xp93e
  • Update: Broward County, Florida (First reported 12-11-15): The deputy who has been charged for fatally shooting Jermaine McBean has requested to pursue a Stand Your Ground defense. ow.ly/Xpaix
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 04-21-14): A judge denied the prosecutor’s motion to force Officer William Porter to testify against other police defendants in the cases stemming from Freddie Gray’s death. Porter’s first trial ended in a hung jury.  ow.ly/Xpb2l

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