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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-11-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct reported for Wednesday, November 11, 2015:

  • Austin, Texas: Several officers shown on video punching man they were allegedly attempting to arrest for jaywalking. Investigation is ongoing.
  • Mobile County, Alabama: A detective was arrested for DUI.
  • Fort Worth, Texas: An officer was arrested for DWI for riding his motorcycle.
  • Phoenix, Arizona: An officer was arrested twice in three days. The first incident was for domestic violence. The second incident was for sexual exploitation of a minor.
  • Colwyn, Pennsylvania: A now-former officer pled guilty to stalking and harassing a woman in Montgomery County. He faces murder and other charges for killing an ex-girlfriend and wounding her daughter for a shooting in Delaware County.
  • Lubbock, Texas: Two officers were suspended for excessive force against an auto theft suspect who took a fellow officer’s patrol car.
  • Moore, Oklahoma: A school resource officer is on leave and under investigation for alleged assault against an autistic 14-year-old child.
  • Update: Minnesota State Police (First reported 01-06-15): A trooper’s vehicular manslaughter charges were dismissed because prosecutors violated his Garrity rights by compelling information for internal purposes they intended to use against him at trial.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (San Diego): An agent was arrested for fatally shooting her boyfriend. She claims self-defense. The investigation is ongoing.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-10-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, November 10, 2015:

  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Three officers have been suspended after the tasing and arrest of university students at a party went viral.
  • Richmond, Virginia: An officer was arrested for sexual assault against a child.
  • Update: Denton County, Texas (First reported 12-17-14): A now-former deputy was sentenced to almost 13 years in prison for child pornography possession.
  • Sangamon County, Illinois:  The County’s civil liability committee recommended settling an excessive force and false arrest lawsuit brought by a woman for $150,000.
  • Update: Hummelstown, Pennsylvania (First reported 03-25-15): The officer who fatally shot an unarmed 59-year-old man in the back while he was lying on the ground was acquitted of all charges by a jury.
  • Update: Raytown, Missouri (First reported 10-28-13): A now-former officer was sentenced to two years’ probation for stealing drugs and jewelry from the evidence room.
  • Update: Bloomfield, New Jersey (First reported 02-26-14): Two officers face at least five years in prison after they were convicted for false swearing and misconduct. They used force and arrested black motorist who had his hands up during a 2012 traffic stop. They swore to acts that supported charges against the motorist for resisting arrest. When the prosecutor saw the video footage of the incident disproving their statements, he dismissed charges against the motorist and charged the officers.
  • Update: Hill County, Texas (First reported 04-3-15): A sheriff pled guilty to tampering in an officer licensing scheme. He was sentenced to deferred probation after resigning and surrendering his own law enforcement license.
  • Peach County, Georgia: A deputy was fired and arrested for sexting 17-year-old girl.
  • Pittsburg, Texas: An officer was suspended after he was accused in connection with an unspecified criminal case that occurred in February.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-05-15 to 11-09-15

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 5 through Monday, November 9, 2015:

  • Marksville, Louisiana: Two town marshals were charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of a six-year-old boy and second-degree attempted murder of the boy’s father.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (Brownsville, Texas): An agent was charged with murder and other charges related to organized crime and drug trafficking. According to the report, he is suspected in the decapitation of a Honduran national. Furthermore, a search revealed that he was in possession of three firearms, one kilogram of cocaine, and $90,000 in cash.
  • Lafayette Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was arrested for OWI and speeding.
  • Update: Chatham County, Georgia (First reported 01-14-15): Two now-former deputies were sentenced for their roles in the incident that led to the death of Matthew Ajibade and its aftermath. One was sentenced to 30 days in jail, to be served on weekends, for cruelty to an inmate. The other was given probation for perjury.
  • Millburn, New Jersey: The City will pay $455,000 in damages to a now-former sergeant who was retaliated against for whistleblowing.
  • Fort Smith, Arkansas: An officer was suspended without pay for 30 days after a sexual harassment complaint was filed against him by another officer.
  • Lorain, Ohio: An officer was suspended for 30 days for giving his wife password credentials to access confidential police database that she used to get information about co-workers. She was fired from her job as a dispatcher for the department.
  • Update: Memphis, Tennessee (First reported 07-20-15): An officer remains suspended after a grand jury did not indict him for the shooting death of Darrius Stewart.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (Douglas, Arizona): A now-former agent pled guilty to smuggling marijuana from Mexico. He is scheduled to be sentenced in January.
  • Kern County, California: A deputy will face criminal charges for allegedly firing his gun outside of a casino. A fellow deputy pled guilty to aiding
  • Thomas County, Kansas: The sheriff has been accused of multiple allegations of professional, criminal, and sexual misconduct.
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for and off-duty assault of a man at a Billy Joel concert in August.
  • Duval County, Florida: An SRO was suspended for conduct unbecoming for his actions against a mother of a student.
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer is “no longer with department” after a shot was fired into a home and his gun was found at the scene.
  • Houston, Texas: An officer was fired for ‘pacing’ motorists in his personal car and issuing tickets when he was off-duty. He would drive behind or beside a car to gauge its speed and write it down. He subsequently sent speeding tickets by mail, having run the license plate information through the police database, without ever stopping the driver.
  • University of North Dakota: An officer was fired and charged with 10 counts of child pornography possession.
  • Salt Lake City (Unified Police Department): A now-former officer was charged with forcible sexual abuse for actions against 17-year-old girl.

Worst of the Month — October

So for the month of October, we’ve selected the incident from Owasso, Oklahoma.  Michael Denton was charged with excessive force for beating a motorist with the butt of a shotgun.

The reason why this is arguably the worst case from last month is because this is the very same officer who was fired for excessive force for elbowing an inmate in the face.  An arbitrator later reversed his dismissal and in February Denton was awarded $280,000 in back-pay.

Not just a problem officer here.  The system for getting rid of problem officers seems broken.  Will Denton be reinstated again?  Stay tuned.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-03-15 to 11-04-15

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, November 3 and Wednesday November 4, 2015:

  • San Juan, Texas: An officer was suspended after a rollover crash that left several injured. The report indicates alcohol may have been involved in the incident.
  • Update: Jersey City, New Jersey (First reported 05-02-13): An officer was acquitted for a fatal hit-and-run in 2013.:
  • USCIS: An officer pled guilty to concealing a relationship with a foreign national during a security clearance investigation.
  • Update: Los Angeles County, California (First reported 06-09-15): A now-former sergeant was sentenced to eight years in prison for beating a handcuffed jail visitor.
  • Update: East Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 10-08-15): Two officers pled guilty to ripping off thousands of dollars from drug dealers. The two will testify against a third officer who will face trial.
  • Lynchburg, Virginia An officer was indicted for obtaining money by way of false pretenses.
  • England, Arkansas: An officer was fired and arrested for falsely claiming he was shot by a Hispanic man during a traffic stop. He allegedly staged the entire incident.
  • Bardstown, Kentucky: An officer was fired for interference in a missing person case that involved his brother.
  • Watervliet, New York: An officer was charged with participation in a drug ring. Another officer’s home was searched for undisclosed reasons and the investigation is ongoing.
  • Cook County, Illinois: A now-former deputy was convicted of domestic violence and sentenced to 30 days in jail.
  • Louisiana Department of Public Safety: An officer was arrested for attempted first degree murder of his wife, who was found with multiple gunshot wounds.
  • Conway, Arkansas: A now-former officer was arrested for child pornography possession.
  • Phoenix, Arizona: An officer was arrested for family assault.
  • Suffolk County, Massachusetts: A deputy was arrested for assaulting a teen and possessing his gun while intoxicated.
  • Los Angeles County, California: The County settled a lawsuit with a woman who was raped by an on-duty deputy. The settlement was for $6,000,000.
  • Suffolk County, New York: The County will pay $95,000 to a Long Island man who was beaten by a deputy.

A Housekeeping Note

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-31-15 to 11-02-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct reported for Saturday, October 31 through Monday, November 2, 2015:

  • Austin, Texas: A now-former officer had his manslaughter case dismissed by a federal judge who cited immunity.
  • Newark, New Jersey: An officer was suspended and arrested for pointing his gun at a man in an off-duty incident.
  • Los Angeles County, California: A deputy pled not guilty to assault and battery against a bartender for a 2014 bar fight.
  • Update: Ramsey County, Minnesota (First reported 07-10-15): A retired deputy pled guilty to selling merchandise to a pawn shop that had been criminal evidence he stole while he was still employed by the County. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay restitution.
  • New York, New York: The City settled a lawsuit with a deaf and mute woman who was wrongly arrested for $750,000. The officer failed to report her need for a translator.
  • Lafayette Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was arrested for smuggling drugs into the jail.
  • Mercer County, New Jersey: An officer was suspended and charged for accessing a law enforcement database and sharing mugshot of suspect shot by officers.
  • Columbus, Mississippi: An officer was fired and two others were suspended for their roles in the fatal shooting of Ricky Ball in October.
  • Glendale, California: An officer was arrested for drunkenly assaulting officers in Burbank.

Police and Sexual Misconduct

From the Associated Press:

In a yearlong investigation of sexual misconduct by U.S. law enforcement, The Associated Press uncovered about 1,000 officers who lost their badges in a six-year period for rape, sodomy and other sexual assault; sex crimes that included possession of child pornography; or sexual misconduct such as propositioning citizens or having consensual but prohibited on-duty intercourse.

The number is unquestionably an undercount because it represents only those officers whose licenses to work in law enforcement were revoked, and not all states take such action. California and New York — with several of the nation’s largest law enforcement agencies — offered no records because they have no statewide system to decertify officers for misconduct. And even among states that provided records, some reported no officers removed for sexual misdeeds even though cases were identified via news stories or court records.

“It’s happening probably in every law enforcement agency across the country,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino of the Sarasota Police Department in Florida, who helped study the problem for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. “It’s so underreported and people are scared that if they call and complain about a police officer, they think every other police officer is going to be then out to get them.”

Even as cases around the country have sparked a national conversation about excessive force by police, sexual misconduct by officers has largely escaped widespread notice due to a patchwork of laws, piecemeal reporting and victims frequently reluctant to come forward because of their vulnerabilities — they often are young, poor, struggling with addiction or plagued by their own checkered pasts.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-30-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 30, 2015:

  • Orlando, Florida: An officer received an administrative reprimand for running a stop sign and hitting an elderly cyclist.
  • Update: Tampa, Florida (First reported 10-11-13): Two now-former officers—whom are married to each other—were indicted for a massive tax fraud scheme. They allegedly used a law enforcement database to secure phony tax refunds in other people’s names.
  • Spokane, Washington: The department was broadly accused by the county sheriff of destroying evidence in an alleged sexual assault of a county deputy by a city officer.
  • Los Angeles County, California: A deputy was arrested for child molestation.
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: A school resource officer was charged with assault.
  • Update: Zephyrhills, Florida (First reported 10-06-15): An officer was fired for filing a false statement to corroborate the statement of an officer under his supervision regarding an improper tasing. The officer in question was previously terminated for lying about the incident which was contradicted by video evidence.
  • St. John’s County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for grand theft and insurance fraud totaling approximately $60,000.
  • Liberty County, Georgia: A deputy was charged with receiving stolen property.
  • Update: Boynton Beach, Florida (First reported 10-31-14): The City tentatively settled a lawsuit with a woman who accused an officer of rape. The settlement is for over $800,000. The officer was recently acquitted in a criminal trial.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-29-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, October 29, 2015:

  • Live Oak, Florida: An officer was arrested for possession of child pornography.
  • Maurice, Louisiana: An officer was found not guilty of negligent homicide for his role in the automobile crash that killed Paul Suire in 2012.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: The City is being sued by a same-sex couple who claim they were beat up and arrested by officer for kissing in a grocery store.
  • Cambria County, Pennsylvania: A now-former detective was arrested for tipping-off a drug dealer to a law enforcement
  • Update: Tate County, Mississippi: A now-former deputy pled guilty to illegally tasing an inmate. The inmate consequently suffered skull fracture during the incident.
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was fired for participating in an unauthorized high-speed chase of a car with a baby inside.
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: A transit officer was fired after a violent takedown of an autistic teenager.
  • Update: Galloway Township, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to aggravated assault for domestic violence. He was sentenced to 220 days in jail.
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: A now-former deputy was arrested and fired from the Covington PD for stealing a seized motorcycle DeKalb County while he was employed there. The Covington authorities received an anonymous tip that he was in possession of the stolen vehicle.
  • Canby, Oregon: A civil jury found that a lieutenant retaliated against a now-former officer. The jury awarded the former officer with a $120,000 judgment. The City and the police chief were not found liable for their roles in the incident.

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