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Worst of the Month — June

So the worst case for June goes to the police department in Carrollton, Kentucky.

Adam Horine was a homeless person who arrested for some petty offense.  He then appeared before Judge Elizabeth Chandler.  Horine wanted to represent himself in the case and he gave the judge some rambling answers to her questions.  Horine indicated that he had problems and did not seem angry when the judge ordered that he be sent to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

This is when things took a bizzare turn.  Instead of following the judge’s order, the local police chief, Michael Willhoite, had one of his deputies put Horine, against his wishes, on a 28 hour bus ride to Florida.  No one accompanied Horine on the bus and no one was expected to meet him when the bus trip ended in Florida.  The idea seemed to be to push their problem prisoner on someone else.  One wonders whether this was the first time that this “police technique” was used.

Even though the police put the mentally distressed Horine on the bus, they would later charge Horine with a new crime, “escape from custody.”



National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-01-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 1, 2015:

  • Update: Lowell, Massachusetts (First reported 08-26-14): A now-former officer was acquitted of OUI for an incident in 2013. However, he still faces vehicular homicide charges for a 2014 crash.
  • Updates: Chattanooga, Tennessee (First reported 01-23-15): A sergeant resigned and surrendered his law enforcement certification after he was accused of prescription pill theft. The police chief is looking to rescind a detective’s certification after two arrests earlier this year, one for DUI and one for domestic violence.
  • Lowndes County, Georgia: A deputy was fired after his domestic violence arrest.
  • Mercy Health Hospital (Warren, Ohio): An officer was arrested after a road rage incident. He allegedly pulled his gun on a driver who flipped him off.
  • St. Louis, Missouri: An officer was arrested for drug distribution. Two guns, an unspecified amount of heroin, and $10,000 were recovered during a raid on her home.
  • Federal Heights, Colorado: An officer was caught on video beating a suspect. He was fired.
  • New York, New York: Two officers faced administrative trial for excessive force and an illegal search. The court’s non-binding decision will likely take a few months.
  • Takoma Park, Maryland: An officer was indicted for a road rage incident from nearly one year ago.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A grand jury will consider charges against two officers for the in-custody death of Tanisha Anderson.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: An officer will not face criminal charges for assaulting a handcuffed man. Part of the incident was caught on video.

We’ll be back on Monday. Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-30-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, June 30, 2015:

  • Fluvanna County, Virginia: A deputy was arrested for DUI.
  • Louisiana State University: An officer was arrested for stealing $1,500 from the police association.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: A now-former officer pled guilty to charges related to his flight from officers and falsely reporting his car was stolen.
  • Update: Pasco, Washington (First reported 02-13-15): One of the three officers who fatally shot a migrant worker has resigned. The other two remain on leave.
  • Atlantic County, New Jersey: A sheriff’s officer has been accused of theft and official misconduct for stealing from the police union.
  • Update: Jefferson County, Idaho (First reported 02-03-15): The now-former sheriff was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution for buying and operating personal phones with public money.
  • Putnam County, Indiana: An officer resigned after he was accused of driving his police car intoxicated after a domestic dispute.
  • Rio Grande City, Texas: The now-former chief was accused of stealing $44,000 by fraudulently billing a federal tax force. He died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound prior to his scheduled arraignment.
  • Clearwater, Florida: An officer resigned in order to avoid criminal charges for collecting compensation fraudulently.
  • Lake County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for a road rage incident. Allegedly he threatened to shoot another driver and his passenger.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-27-15 to 06-29-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, June 27 through Monday, June 29, 2015:

  • Phoenix, Arizona: An officer was arrested on kidnapping and sexual assault charges for assaulting a woman in custody. He resigned.
  • Ramsey County, Minnesota: A deputy was arrested for animal cruelty for beating a dog. The incident was caught on
  • Washington County, Pennsylvania: A deputy was suspended without pay for allowing a female inmate to escape custody.
  • McKean County, Pennsylvania: The now-former sheriff pled guilty to corruption of a minor for actions he committed while in office.
  • Hialeah, Florida: An officer was suspended after teen alleged he sexually harassed her during a traffic stop.
  • United States Secret Service: A now-former agent will plead guilty to charges for stealing $820,000 worth of Bitcoin & laundering money while he was working on the Silk Road case. A now-former DEA agent was also arrested for his actions during that investigation.
  • Update: Firebaugh, California (First reported 02-27-15): A now-former officer was found guilty of domestic violence. He will be sentenced in August.
  • Old Town, Maine: A now-former officer is being investigated for theft from the evidence room.
  • Update: Tucson, Arizona (First reported 06-09-15): Two officers who were suspended after they were implicated in an expansive prostitution investigation have resigned. Five other officers are under investigation.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-26-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, June 26, 2015:

  • Update: Troy, New York (First reported 07-30-14): An officer pled guilty to two misdemeanors for tipping off a drug dealer of police activity. As a result of the plea agreement, he must resign and will likely be sentenced to probation.
  • Inkster, Michigan: The City settled an excessive force lawsuit for $100,000. This lawsuit involved the now-former officer facing criminal charges for a recent video recorded assault during arrest. The City settled with that victim for $1.4 million.
  • Update: Atlantic City, New Jersey (First reported 02-19-13): A now-former officer was sentenced to 11 years for fraud and tax charges. As a benefit to entice officers to live in the city, the government provided subsidized housing. He illegally rented his subsidized home at a profit. He must pay $12,000 in restitution.
  • Broward County, Florida: A now-former deputy was sentenced to 10 years for vehicular manslaughter of a 14-year-old girl. He was driving 89mph in 40mph zone responding to a non-emergency situation. He struck another car, killing the teenaged passenger.
  • Kiowa, Oklahoma: An officer was arrested in Las Vegas for abduction of a 15-year-old California girl.
  • Bexar County, Texas: A deputy was arrested for aggravated assault for allegedly holding a knife to child’s throat.
  • Seattle, Washington: The City will pay $1.975 million to settle an excessive force lawsuit.
  • Clearwater, Florida: An internal investigation prompts one officer suspension and one resignation for misconduct.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-25-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, June 25, 2015:

  • Update: Chatham County, South Carolina (First reported 01-14-15): Two deputies fired for the death of Matthew Ajibade have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and other charges.
  • Update: Dane County, Wisconsin (First reported 10-21-13): A now-former deputy was convicted of sexual assault of a female prisoner who was serving her sentence in home confinement.
  • Camden County, New Jersey: An officer was arrested for cocaine possession as a result of a major drug ring investigation.
  • Hopkinsville, Kentucky: An officer was suspended after his K-9 bit a little girl. The canine was returned to its original training facility.
  • West Valley City, Utah: A reinstated officer accepted a buyout and settlement from a missing drug and cash investigation in which he was implicated. As part of the agreement, the once-fired officer resigned.
  • Laurens County, Georgia: Four deputies will not face criminal charges in the shooting death of David Hooks during a late night raid.
  • Newark, New Jersey: An officer was arrested for illegal access of a database and selling the information he gathered.
  • McAllen, Texas: An officer resigned after she was charged with human smuggling. She was arrested at a checkpoint for transporting two people unable to produce documentation they could be legally in the United States.
  • Update: Waldo, Florida (First reported 09-03-14): A now-former chief was cleared of official misconduct charges in a speed trap scandal. The clearance allowed him to keep his law enforcement credentials.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-24-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, June 24, 2015:

  • Island County, Washington: The sheriff apologized for the dehydration death-in-custody of a mentally ill man.
  • Update: Evans, Colorado (First reported 04-10-15): An officer was cleared of wrongdoing during an investigation into the shooting death of a county deputy’s wife. The deputy is facing charges in that case.
  • Update: Bibb County, Georgia (First reported 06-18-15): A deputy was fired after his DUI arrest.
  • Key West, Florida: An officer was arrested for domestic battery of his 18-year-old girlfriend.
  • Jackson County, Oregon: A now-former officer was cleared of criminal wrongdoing in a ticket-fixing investigation.
  • Update: Las Cruces, New Mexico (First reported 05-20-15): Two officers were indicted for their roles in a jailhouse beating.
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 03-27-14): Two officers were charged with 2nd degree murder in the shooting death of James Boyd last year.
  • Update: Lowndes County, Georgia (First reported 05-07-14): A now-former deputy was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for extorting Hispanic drivers. He took money from them during traffic stops under threat of deportation.
  • Update: Dover, Delaware (First reported 05-06-15): An officer indicted for assault against a suspect due to video of the incident has trial scheduled for November  30, 2015.
  • Update: State College, Pennsylvania (First reported 05-15-15): An officer was fired and charged with tampering. He allegedly removed and replaced the contents of 120 packs of drug evidence.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-23-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, June 24, 2015:

  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for assault and harassment for an incident off duty.
  • Asbury Park, New Jersey: An officer was arrested for tampering, falsifying records, and other official misconduct.
  • Update: Des Moines, Iowa (First reported 05-07-13): A now-former officer was sentenced to five years and three months violating a man’s civil rights for using excessive force during an arrest. He arrived on the scene and the suspect had already been subdued by fellow officers. He kicked the suspect in the teeth.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: An officer was charged with trespassing. The victim claims charges too light for his actions.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer was charged with domestic violence.
  • Update: New York, New York: Three officers had misconduct charges dropped in two separate cases that alleged excessive force.
  • Broward County, Florida: Four deputies have been accused of beating a woman in custody.
  • Springfield, Oregon: The City settled a whistleblower lawsuit brought by a former officer for $250,000. He alleged retaliation for repeatedly reporting misconduct.
  • Cleveland, Mississippi: An investigator shot a leashed family dog and then lied about it in his report.

A Retired Baltimore Police Officer Speaks Out

Michael A. Wood Jr. is a retired Baltimore police officer. This morning, he tweeted a series of troubling, illegal, and disturbing incidents he witnessed while on the force. I have Storified them below. Warning: these tweets contain graphic language. You can follow him on Twitter @MichaelAWoodJr .

PC=probable cause ; CDS=controlled deadly substance (drugs)

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-19-15 to 06-22-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, June 19 through Monday, June 22, 2015:

  • Columbus, Ohio: An officer inadvertently shot a four-year-old girl while attempting to shoot the family dog. The girl was wounded in the leg.
  • Boca Raton, Florida: An officer was fired for violating procedure in a shooting incident last year.
  • Erie Township, Michigan: An officer was suspended for actions before and after a domestic altercation that involved a shooting.
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: The department is being sued by a man after a police cruiser collided with him while he was on an ATV.
  • Fulton County, Georgia: A captain was arrested for pandering during a vice sting in another county.
  • Update: Newton, New Jersey: A now-former officer pled guilty to exposing himself to five men during traffic stops. He is scheduled to be sentenced in August.
  • Osage Nation, Oklahoma: An officer was charged with a felony after a fatal hit-and-run of a pedestrian.
  • Owasso, Oklahoma: An officer was placed on leave while under investigation for use of excessive force.
  • Update: Simpsonville, South Carolina: A now-former officer pled guilty to misconduct. He improperly disposed of evidence in murder case.

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