National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

Felony Charge for 13 yr old Boy for Throwing Snowball at Policeman

From DNAInfo.com:

According to police, a 13-year-old boy was charged as a juvenile with felony aggravated battery against a police officer Wednesday after he hit the officer in the arm with a snowball while the officer was parked in his vehicle in the 4900 block of West Congress Parkway about 3:20 p.m.  Residents sounded off on the crime and punishment the next day, many describing the charge as police “going overboard.  “”It’s not fair,” said Mary Grant, a longtime resident of the block.  The boy “was being hardheaded, but that’s very harsh.  The officer should’ve tried something different than arrest.  “The boy is believed to be a student at Leland Elementary School, formerly May Elementary, which sits at the southeast corner of the intersection near where the snowball was thrown.  Officials at the school acknowledged that the incident occurred but declined to comment.  “I think that’s ridiculous — it’s such a big charge,” said Latanya Powell, a construction worker on the block.  “It’s just going overboard.   I can see if it were a weapon and harm was done, but it was just a snowball.   “This is a case of kids being kids.  “Like other residents on the block, Powell wondered whether the charge would stain the boy’s record well into his adult years, hurting his chances of finding a job, housing and education.

Perhaps someone can think of a better form of punishment than a felony criminal charge.  Perhaps some dirty jobs around the school–like cleaning a dumpster or something.

H/T: Instapundit

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-25-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, February 25, 2014:

  • Update: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (First reported 10-21-13): The now-former police chief was sentenced to 18 months in prison for conspiring to create an unauthorized slush fund, with a federal judge saying she was sending a message that the seriousness of his crimes outweighed his supporters’ calls for leniency. ow.ly/tZWbu
  • Walnut Ridge, Arkansas: A police officer was charged with both fraud and possession after he was arrested. He is accused of forging prescriptions. ow.ly/tZHt7
  • Clermont, Florida: A police officer, who was the subject of a scathing internal affairs investigation, has resigned. The officer admitted in the report he lied in a police report from a domestic dispute. He resigned instead of being terminated. http://ow.ly/tXjhn
  • Lexington, Nebraska: A police officer plead guilty to one count of attempted burglary. He faces a possible penalty of five years in prison, and a $10,000 fine. He was on duty when he was caught by video surveillance during the incident. http://ow.ly/tXkkF
  • Orlando, Florida: A police officer was arrested after investigators said he may have hit a woman’s car in a parking lot and then took off. http://ow.ly/tXj19
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A man who says he had his hands in the air and was unarmed when a police officer shot him in the chest over a traffic violation has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, saying the officer’s actions were “extreme and outrageous” and that the department leaders have fostered an atmosphere ripe for constitutional violations. http://ow.ly/tXkNc
  • Caseyville, Illinois: A police officer was arrested on charges of domestic battery and aggravated assault. http://ow.ly/tXkYC
  • Update: Muskogee, Oklahoma (First reported 01-31-14): A police officer facing charges of kidnapping and sodomy has resigned from the department. http://ow.ly/tXlvq

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-22-14 to 02-24-14

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, February 22, to Monday, February 24, 2014:

  • Orlando, Florida: A police officer was arrested on an aggravated assault charge. The incident that led to a complaint was while the officer was off-duty and involved a weapon. He was relieved of duty with pay while an internal investigation is completed. http://ow.ly/tX7Aq
  • Simpsonville, South Carolina: A now-former police chief and detective were indicted on state charges. They were indicted on misconduct in office charges in connection with the impounding of a motorcycle. The charges stem from, “acts and omissions in the form of malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance” in their duties. http://ow.ly/tX6Zf
  • Chesapeake, Virginia: A police officer pled guilty to sharking down three prostitutes and stealing more than $3,000 in the process. He was convicted under a plea agreement of two counts of misdemeanor embezzlement. He faces up to two years in fail and $5,000 in fines when he is sentenced. ow.ly/tWJU3
  • Marshall County, Tennessee: A deputy was indicted after allegedly stealing tires from the sheriff’s department and putting them on his girlfriend’s car. He has since resigned from the department. ow.ly/tWNuH
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania: A police officer who caused a drunken disturbance after leaving a bar while off-duty is now out of a job. “I had the opportunity to go through the details, and obviously, I don’t think it’s consistent with what’s expected of a police officer,” said the police chief. ow.ly/tWelG
  • Nashville, Tennessee: A police officer has been decommissioned and placed on administrative assignment following his arrest on DUI and gun charges. ow.ly/tWdPz
  • Lilburn, Georgia: A 15-year veteran resigned amid an investigation of improper drug evidence handling. “It was very disappointing to learn that an employee in a position of public trust knowingly violated policy regarding sensitive evidence,” said the chief. ow.ly/tWcsQ
  • Los Angeles, California: The police reportedly misunderstood a man’s attempts to speak sign language as threatening gestures. In handcuffing him, they removed his only ability to communicate. The man has since filed a lawsuit saying officers didn’t give him a chance to explain what he was doing before placing him in handcuffs, beating him, and using a stun gun to shock him into submission. ow.ly/tW4ux
  • Update: Bexar County, Texas (First reported 09-04-13): A sheriff’s deputy was indicted for the first degree felony offense of murder in the death of a man. The murder happened after they were involved in a minor traffic accident while the officer was off-duty. http://ow.ly/tWRhz
  • Doraville, Georgia: A police officer has been fired after allegedly trying to sell a firearm. The department investigated the officer after receiving a tip that he accepted money for a machine gun. http://ow.ly/tWSWQ
  • Barbour County, West Virginia: The sheriff resigned and pled guilty to a federal charge that he staged an automobile accident to receive an insurance payment of nearly $8,300. http://ow.ly/tWTW0
  • Update: Providence, Rhode Island (First reported 08-28-13): A police officer who admitted hitting and kicking a handcuffed man who spat at him and taunted him is suspended for a year without pay. http://ow.ly/tWUzh
  • Wallkill, New York: A police officer has been charged with first-degree assault and criminal possession after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend in the back. She has been suspended without pay. http://ow.ly/tX1xA
  • Bethany, Oklahoma: A former murder defendant in the brutal slaying of a 19-year-old girl is suing the city, the police chief, and officer involved in the investigation alleging that they coerced testimony, fabricated evidence and ignored proof of his innocence. http://ow.ly/tX2vX

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-21-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, February 21, 2014:

  • Los Angeles County, California: The county board of supervisors approved a $1.8 million settlement in a pair of lawsuits filed by the family of a schizophrenic woman who was shot and killed a mental health clinic by sheriff’s deputies. http://ow.ly/tPune
  • Simpson County, Kentucky: The now-former sheriff has pled not guilty to drug-related charges and a count of official misconduct. A grand jury indictment accuses him of 41 counts of obtaining controlled substances through fraudulent means. http://ow.ly/tPwgQ
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina: A police officer has been arrested and charged with having inappropriate photos of underage girls. He was charged with four counts of secretly using a photographic imaging device to view another’s body or undergarments, and four counts of possessing photographic images in violation of the peeping statute. http://ow.ly/tPwyt
  • Williamsburg County, South Carolina: A sheriff has been indicted for fraud following an investigation by the FBI. He has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. http://ow.ly/tPx2q
  • Update: Plymouth, Massachusetts (First reported 10-11-12): A now-former police officer has been convicted in federal court of using excessive force on an arrested person and then falsifying official reports to cover it up. http://ow.ly/tPxo7
  • San Diego, California: The police chief announced that another patrolman in his department is under investigation for possible sexual misconduct involving a woman in his custody. http://ow.ly/tPyLn
  • Portland, Oregon: An off-duty police officer was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving. http://ow.ly/tPxJ8
  • Update: Contra Costa County, California (First reported 11-05-13): A now-former sheriff’s deputy convicted of aiding in the drunken driving arrests of three men who were set up by a private investigator was sentenced to a year and three months in prison. http://ow.ly/tPy83
  • Austin, Texas: A police officer has been named in a federal lawsuit for failing to stop state troopers from making a false arrest. http://ow.ly/tPyjK

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-20-14

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 20, 2014:

  • Rising Star, Texas: A now-former police chief has been indicted by federal prosecutors, who say he sold and pawned $4 million worth of equipment, including a machine gun, he fraudulently obtained through a federal program. ow.ly/tPaB3
  • Livingston Parish, Louisiana: A sheriff’s deputy has been fired after being arrested on accusations of tampering with narcotics evidence and illegally firing a weapon at his home. ow.ly/tP50y
  • Iota, Louisiana: A police officer has been arrested, following an investigation into weapons that were reported missing from the Police Department’s evidence room. http://ow.ly/tPkzg
  • Update: Prince George’s County, Maryland (Previously reported 08-19-13): A former deputy sheriff has been sentenced to one year in prison for having sex with an inmate. A judge gave him a three-year sentence, with all but one year suspended. He’ll also be on probation for 18 months after his release. http://ow.ly/tPkX3
  • El Paso, Texas: A police officer has been suspended after being arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, a police spokesman said. http://ow.ly/tPlj9
  • Update: Manatee County, Florida (First reported 11-05-13): A now-former sheriff’s deputy, who was charged in an undercover steroids investigation, was sentenced to two years’ probation. He was federally charged for possession with intent to distribute anabolic steroids. http://ow.ly/tPnly
  • Springfield, Massachusetts: A city police officer was arrested. He was one of 11 men arrested in a prostitution sting and has been placed on desk duty while the department conducts its own internal investigation. http://ow.ly/tPnM2
  • Update: Glendive, Montana (First reported 08-16-13): A now-former police officer has been sentenced to 32 years prison with 24 suspended on four counts of sexual intercourse without consent and one count of sexual abuse of a child, all felonies. The sentence was significantly longer and more than agreed to in a plea agreement signed because since that time he violated the terms of therapy. http://ow.ly/tPrft
  • Craig, Colorado: A police officer was arrested for disorderly conduct and disrupting government operations. The police department released a statement saying, “The Craig Police Depart­ment has initiated an internal investigation of the incident to determine any department policy violations and potential disciplinary action. Any internal action will be in addition to any criminal penalties he may face.” http://ow.ly/tPs2P
  • Columbus, Ohio: A State Trooper is accused in a case of extreme drunk driving. Police say he plowed into two parked cars, and then attempted to drive away. http://ow.ly/tPsXs
  • Broward County, Florida: A woman spent one night in jail after she used a cellphone to record a sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop. “All I knew was I was trying to keep my phone,” she said. “I knew I couldn’t give him my phone, because I didn’t know why he was acting the way he was if he didn’t plan on doing something wrong.” She spent the night in jail but was never charged. She now has two attorneys and says she gave notice that she plans to sue the agency. http://ow.ly/tPtHE

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-19-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 19, 2014:

  • Ash Flat, Arkansas: A state police trooper was charged with felony breaking or entering in connection to an incident. He admitted to taking prescription medication from a drug take back box in an attempt to replace missing drug evidence that he had seized during a traffic stop he made. ow.ly/tLvuL
  • Amery, Wisconsin: A police chief was arrested after allegedly driving with a blood-alcohol level at nearly twice the legal limit. ow.ly/tLvkX
  • Barron County, Minnesota: A sheriff says a deputy has been arrested on possible charges of domestic abuse and false imprisonment. ow.ly/tL5TE
  • Webb, Mississippi: A police chief pleaded no guilty to one count of depriving someone of their civil rights; he faces a trial after being charged with hitting some one in the face while acting in his official capacity. ow.ly/tL4V1
  • Denver, Colorado: A sheriff’s deputy is appealing a 30-day suspension for slamming a handcuffed and shackled inmate into a courtroom wall. ow.ly/tL4sY
  • Los Angeles California: A police officer charged with lying under oath during his testimony in a drug possession case was convicted at his retrial. He faces up to three years and eight months behind bars.  ow.ly/tL3xn
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: A police officer was indicted on a charge of aggravated rape after a young girl accused him of sexually assaulting her. ow.ly/tL3dw
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut: A police officer was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife. He is accused of hitting his wife in the eye. ow.ly/tL0Ls
  • Galveston, Texas: A man arrested by police claims they used excessive force and has filed a federal lawsuit against the city demanding $10,000,000. A police captain says the man was revisiting arrest, and that it was evident in a cell phone video taken of the incident. ow.ly/tLvF7

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-15-14 to 02-18-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, February 15 to Tuesday, February 18, 2014:

  • Fort Worth, Texas: A police officer admitted to internal affairs investigators that she occasionally falsified times on traffic tickets that she issued while working overtime. She has been fired. http://ow.ly/tKZoj
  • Pinecrest, Florida: A police officer is accused of failing to render aid at the scene of a deadly accident. She’s now taking criticism for not helping the man and woman who died. http://ow.ly/tL0up
  • Update: Arlington, Texas (Previously reported 10-30-13): A police officer has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for using law enforcement databases to give his steroids dealer a tip off that he was under surveillance by law enforcement. http://ow.ly/tKXr7
  • Madison, Indiana: A police officer was arrested on felony domestic violence charges, including one count alleging that he pointed a gun at his girlfriend. Two suspects he arrested have been released as a result of his arrest. http://ow.ly/tKnw0
  • Collingswood, New Jersey: A police officer is accused of ongoing domestic violence against a female victim. He was charged with aggravated assault in the case. http://ow.ly/tKne6
  • Columbus, Ohio: A police officer pled guilty in U.S. District Court to misappropriating and selling heavy equipment and other property the police received through a Department of Defense surplus program. http://ow.ly/tKh5i
  • Brooklyn, New York: A police officer kicked a 10-year-old boy in the shin, breaking his leg, as the child was recording him with his cell phone, according to court papers. http://ow.ly/tIZyh
  • East St. Louis, Illinois: A man who confessed to a 2013 attack but was freed by NDA testing has sued the city and the now-discredited detective that he claims forcibly coerced his false confession. http://ow.ly/tIZ2E
  • Rochester, New York: Two police officers and the now-former chief are named in a lawsuit filed by a man who claims he was beaten by officer when they arrested him last year. http://ow.ly/tIXOGa

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-12-14 to 02-14-14

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 12 to Friday, February 14, 2014:

  • Omaha, Nebraska: The federal government must pay nearly $40,000 to cover the legal fees of a California woman who successfully sued to reclaim more than $1 million of her money seized during a traffic stop by a state trooper. ow.ly/tyZRw
  • Update: Des Moines, Iowa (First reported 01-07-14): A police officer accused of assaulting his girlfriend has pleaded not guilty and waived his right to a speedy trial. http://ow.ly/tyj7P
  • Cedar Grove, New Jersey: A now-former state trooper pleaded guilty to embezzling about $55,500 from a charity that was set up to help troopers and their families. http://ow.ly/tykm3
  • Volusia County, Florida: A sheriff’s deputy has been fired after an internal investigation determined he improperly investigated incidents, did not write reports and lied to his superiors about the people he interacted with, according to internal affairs reports. http://ow.ly/tyn4o
  • King County, Washington: A now-former Sheriff’s Deputy was arrested for conspiracy and narcotics distribution. http://ow.ly/typFA
  • Eunice, Louisiana: A police officer who allegedly used excessive force during a traffic stop has been suspended. The officer’s dash camera recorded the incident. http://ow.ly/tyd2V
  • Update: Selmer, Tennessee (First reported 11-07-13): Prosecutors say a former police officer has been sentenced to one year and a day in federal prison for violating the civil rights of an arrestee. He pled guilty to slamming a handcuffed arrestee to the floor of a hospital and striking him in the face. ow.ly/ty8qD
  • Sorrento, Louisiana: The police chief admitted he committed sex acts with an unresponsive woman while responding to a 911 call and now faces a federal sentence for lying to the FBI about it. http://ow.ly/ty99D
  • Update: Greeneville, Tennessee (First reported 08-20-13): A police officer, who downloaded images of nude, prepubescent girls on his patrol car laptop while on duty, has been sentenced to 39 months in prison for his crimes. http://ow.ly/ty9OJ
  • Update: Fayetteville, Arkansas (First reported 01-06-14): A police officer who was fired and charged with sexual assault pled not guilty at his arraignment. http://ow.ly/tJ0fI
  • Nassau, New York: Prosecutors are investigating a man’s claim that a video of his arrest contradicts police allegations that he resisted officers and used racial slurs. The incident also has sparked a police internal affairs probe. http://ow.ly/tyoug
  • Frankfurt, Indiana: A police officer was arrested for theft. It was alleged that the officer, using a police car while off duty, was transporting money as a part time job. http://ow.ly/tytk0
  • Chicago, Illinois: A man who served more than 20 years in prison before prosecutors tossed the case says he wants justice for what he says are lost years of life spent behind bars as a result of a wrongful conviction. “Twenty years of my life has been taken, and there’s no way I can get it back,” the man said at a press conference. ow.ly/tE0Ws
  • Denison, Texas: A bicyclist is suing a police officer and the city claiming the officer beat him while he was in custody.  He alleges the city allows that type of behavior and is seeking $1 million. http://ow.ly/tE1FZ
  • Brownfield, Texas: A police officer denied to a federal jury an accusation that he assaulted a suspect he was attempting to take into custody two-and-a-half years ago. A civil lawsuit seeks damages in an unspecified amount based on the claim that the officer kicked a 23-year-old man in the head while he was lying handcuffed near his patrol vehicle. ow.ly/tE0l3
  • Mercer County, West Virginia: A man was thrown in jail instead of being taken to a hospital after his mother called 911 to report he had suffered multiple epileptic seizures, a lawsuit filed in federal court claims. http://ow.ly/tDENk
  • Tampa, Florida: A man has filed suit, saying a car rammed into him from behind because the driver was distracted by an electronic device. The driver, the suit says, was a police officer, and he was distracted by the department-issued computer in his car. http://ow.ly/tDDL6
  • Pueblo, Colorado: A woman is alleging that a police officer intentionally injured her by repeatedly slamming her against a car and bending her fingers backwards while investigating her. http://ow.ly/tDD6y
  • Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: A man plans to file a federal lawsuit that could include claims for wrongful arrest, malicious prosecution and false imprisonment, stemming from allegations that detectives failed to check his alibi “without unreasonable delay.” ow.ly/tDCtc
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: A police detective Michael Early was and charged with simple domestic assault. He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation. http://ow.ly/tDwld
  • Monroe, Louisiana: Police are investigating an officer after an alleged domestic disturbance. No arrests have been made yet. ow.ly/tDuJ2
  • Brownwood, Texas: Police officer was arrested for driving while intoxicated. He was arrested for speeding and failing to stay in a single lane. ow.ly/tDkcs
  • Update: San Jose, California (First reported 12-02-13): A police officer faces three felony counts of false personation exposing the victim to liability, and three felony counts of filing a false police report. http://ow.ly/tzfkX

New Jersey’s Largest Police Dept Plagued with Problems

From The Star-Ledger:

The Justice Department will place the Newark Police Department under a monitor later this year, the first time in state history that a municipal police agency will operate under a federal watchdog, according to four sources familiar with the situation.

The decision follows a federal review of the way the state’s largest police force swept aside accusations of misconduct against hundreds of officers and its almost-total failure to address complaints of brutality and abuse lodged by Newark residents over the years.
The investigation began in 2011, a year after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a scathing 96-page petition with the Department of Justice, accusing Newark’s police of rampant misconduct.

The ACLU investigation found citizens filed 261 complaints with the department accusing officers of using excessive force, biased actions, improper searches or false arrests in 2008 and 2009. Only one complaint was sustained by the department.

One officer faced 62 internal affairs investigations during a 14-year career, according to the petition, while Newark shelled out nearly $5 million in response to civil lawsuits from 2007 to 2009.

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