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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-18-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, June 18, 2015:

  • Calhoun County, Colorado: A deputy was arrested for DUI.
  • Sacramento County, California: A now-former deputy was convicted for selling firearms purchased for law enforcement to a civilian illegally.
  • Salinas, California: An officer has been removed from patrol duty after a recorded violent arrest. He struck the suspect five times with his baton.
  • Update: Buffalo, New York (First reported 05-08-15): An officer will not be charged for actions off duty at a bar where the owner threw a patron down a flight of stairs, leading to his eventual death. Another off-duty officer who was there faces civil rights charges.
  • Deschutes County, Oregon: The sheriff’s office faces a wrongful death suit and a state department of justice investigation for letting an inmate die in custody.
  • Miami-Dade, Florida: A detective was indicted on federal charges for stealing money and other property from motorists.
  • Monroe, Michigan: An officer was fined $850 after he pled guilty to operating while impaired, a lesser charge than DUI. He remains on leave.
  • Bibb County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for DUI

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-17-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, June 17, 2015:

  • Neptune Township, New Jersey: An officer ran his ex-wife’s car off the road and then fatally shot her. Their seven-year-old child was riding in the car with her mother when she was shot. The officer was charged with murder after a standoff with police on the scene.
  • Paterson, New Jersey: An officer was charged with leaving scene of fatal accident.
  • New York, New York: A now-former officer pled guilty to grand larceny in a ticket-fixing scandal.
  • New York State Police: A trooper was indicted for sexual assault of a woman in a hotel room in Atlantic City.
  • Kansas City, Missouri: An officer was placed on leave after domestic violence and computer tampering charges were filed against him.
  • Decatur County, Georgia: Three now-former deputies were convicted in covering-up a use-of-force incident and withholding evidence in the resulting case against the suspect.
  • Mansfield, Ohio: An officer trainee was charged with kidnapping and unlawful restraint. He was fired.
  • Update: Indio, California (First reported 10-03-14): Two officers will stand trial in July for alleged excessive force during an arrest and an attempted cover up of the incident.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-16-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, June 16, 2015:

  • Selmer, Tennessee: A sergeant was indicted for assaulting an arrestee while processing him.
  • Update: Broward County, Florida (First reported 05-07-15): A deputy had  felony assault added to charges stemming from a video recorded beating of a man at a gas station. As a result, he is no longer being paid for his time on leave.
  • Update: Lee, Massachusetts (First reported 08-12-13): The now-former chief was found guilty of extortion. He was acquitted of 10 other counts including money laundering and wire fraud.
  • Beech Grove, Indiana: An officer was placed on leave after her arrest for OWI.
  • Nassau County, Florida: A deputy was arrested and charged for trafficking hydrocodone.
  • Maui, Hawaii: An officer was arrested for DUI. He is the second Maui officer arrested for that in as many weeks.
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: The City will pay $100,000 to a woman who was punched by a police officer and dragged from her car by her hair.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The City will pay $490,000 to the family of a man who was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer. The now-former officer, who is serving a prison sentence for the murder, had been angered when his girlfriend’s cell got wet during water pistol fight.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-13-15 to 06-15-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, June 13 through Monday, June 15, 2015:

  • Tallahassee, Florida: An officer was arrested for solicitation of prostitution.
  • Update: Pacific, Missouri (First reported 07-31-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to five years each on two charges related to theft of drugs in evidence. Roughly twelve drug cases were either thrown out or refused by the prosecutor because of his actions. He was ordered to undergo drug treatment and, if he completes it successfully, he will be freed after 120 days. He will spend the rest of the five years on probation.
  • Aiken County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested and fired for his role in a shooting while he was off-duty.
  • Charleston County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for assault. Allegedly, she kneed a man in the groin for “photobombing” pictures at a party.
  • Bexar County, Texas: A deputy was charged with DWI.
  • Update: Worcester, Massachusetts (First reported 02-05-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to five to seven years for raping a woman while he was on duty.
  • Wilmington, Delaware: An officer was arrested for breaking into a stranger’s home. Allegedly, he was unconscious and intoxicated in his vehicle before waking up and mistakenly believing he was in front of his own house.
  • Indiana State  Police: A trooper arrested for operating a boat under the influence. His BAC tested at nearly twice the legal limit.
  • Clearwater, Minnesota: A deputy was placed on leave for entering a woman’s home while intoxicated.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-12-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, June 12, 2015:

  • Rio Dell, California: An officer was arrested for battery and brandishing a weapon in Humboldt County.
  • Bainbridge, Georgia: Four now-former deputies were convicted of federal civil rights charges for beating up a man, lying about it, and then framing him for a crime.
  • Norfolk, Virginia: A grand jury indicted an officer in the shooting death of David Latham.
  • Update: Lakeland, Florida (First reported 10-13-14): A  now-former officer who had been charged with felony stalking pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge. As part of the deal, he surrendered his law enforcement certification.
  • Update: Virginia Alcohol Beverage Commission (First reported 03-19-15): Officers will not face charges for the beating of UVA student Martese Johnson. Charges against Johnson were dropped.
  • Update: Oklahoma State Police (First reported 09-16-14): A now-former trooper will stand trial in July for raping a motorist during a traffic stop.
  • Update: Perry County, Ohio (First reported 11-08-13): The sheriff’s office settled a lawsuit with a man who was shot by deputies in 2012.
  • Santa Ana, California: Officers are being investigated for actions during raid on cannabis dispensary. Video shows them ingesting edibles.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-11-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, June 11, 2015:

  • Update: Brandenburg, Kentucky (First reported 11-01-13): A now-former officer’s trial for child rape has been postponed until April 2016. A state trooper was charged for abusing the same then-15-year-old girl.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: The officer acquitted in the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams has been charged with assault.
  • Williams County, North Dakota: A deputy was arrested for child pornography and fired.
  • Mt. Vernon, Missouri: The chief was cited for discharging his firearm on conservation land. The shot spooked a horse that bucked and briefly dragged a child.
  • University of Florida: A police officer was arrested for child abuse.
  • Topeka, Kansas: A now-former officer is being investigated for assault on a couple and perjury.
  • Grayville, Illinois: An officer will not be charged for shooting into a car, hitting a suspect in the face. The suspect was treated for his injuries and was charged with driving on suspended license.
  • Calcasieu Parish, LA: A deputy was arrested for indecency with a minor. He was fired.
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 11-22-14): In response to a petition filed by activists under Ohio law, a municipal judge found probable cause to charge the officer who shot Tamir Rice with murder and other charges. The results of the finding were then delivered to the prosecutor’s office. The prosecutor also recently received the results of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s investigation of the case and will present evidence to a grand jury.
  • Update: Toledo, Ohio (First reported 05-12-15): An officer pled no contest to OVI for accident that injured fellow officer. He was given probation and fined.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-10-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 10, 2015:

  • Update: McKinney, Texas (First reported 06-08-15): The officer who pulled a gun at a pool party has resigned. The chief called his actions “indefensible.”
  • Update: Schaumburg, Illinois (First reported 01-18-13): The City settled its tenth lawsuit alleging police abuse by a small crew of current and former officers.
  • Chicago & Glenview, Illinois: Three Chicago narcotics officers and one Glenview officer have been charged with felony perjury. One officer testified that he pulled over a suspect for failing to signal and then smelled marijuana when he approached the vehicle which led to a search. The officers recovered almost a pound of the drug. The three other officers testified to the first officer’s version of events. Video of the arrest shown in court did not match up with their story. They had performed an illegal search and then lied about it under oath. Charges against the suspect were immediately dropped after the search was suppressed.
  • Linden, New Jersey: An officer, who is also son of the police chief, pled guilty to hit-and-run. He was given a six-month suspension of his driver’s license and fined.  His employment status is under internal review.
  • Corinth, Mississippi: An officer resigned after his arrest for domestic violence.
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia: An officer was indicted for illegally obtaining prescription pills. He obtained the pills from a medical facility after being denied the drug in the emergency room.
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A now-former officer was indicted for first-degree murder of her wife. She was also indicted for attempted murder for shooting at her wife’s 12-year-old son.
  • Lincoln County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence.
  • Owyhee County, Idaho: A deputy was charged with DUI on duty. He resigned.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-09-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, June 9, 2015:

  • New York, New York: The City is being sued by a man who recorded officers joke about falsifying their write-up about why they pulled him over. According to the news report, one officer said, “I don’t even know why we pulled him over!” as he was rummaging through the car. A second responded, “Just the (unintelligible) cocaine test.” The first officer then replied, “That’s what you put! [laughs] That’s how you write the summons!” The plaintiff claims he was arrested for driving with a license, despite providing paperwork that showed his license was valid. The search of the car yielded no contraband.
  • Orlando, Florida: Two officers were shown on video repeatedly kicking and tasing unarmed man sitting on sidewalk.
  • Tucson, Arizona: Several officers have been placed on paid leave because they have been implicated in a long-running prostitution investigation.
  • Lowell, Massachusetts: A captain is the subject of internal and criminal investigations involving misconduct against a woman.
  • Los Angeles County, California: A now-former deputy pled guilty to lying to the FBI. He will testify that three co-workers abused a handcuffed jail visitor who was alleged to have been smuggling in contraband to inmates.
  • Update: Hickory, North Carolina (First reported 03-19-14): A now-former officer faces new assault indictments in the beating of a woman in custody.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was suspended after a domestic violence arrest.
  • San Francisco, California: An officer was arrested for domestic violence.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-06-15 to 06-08-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, June 6 through Monday, June 8, 2015:

  • McKinney, Texas: An officer was placed on leave after throwing a 14-year-old black girl on the ground and pulling his gun on other black teens attending a pool party.
  • Lee County, North Carolina: The sheriff’s department settled an excessive force claim from 2010.
  • Update: Laceyville, Pennsylvania (First reported 04-17-15): The now-former chief was given a sentence to range between three days and six months in jail for DUI. He received credit for time served in alcohol rehabilitation and will not have to finish his sentence in jail provided he fulfills his obligations on probation.
  • Update: North Charleston, South Carolina (First reported 04-08-15): A now-former officer was formally indicted for the murder of Walter Scott.
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer was found guilty of assault for hitting handcuffed woman in the throat with an open hand and kicking her groin. The woman lost consciousness in custody and later died.
  • Bethel, Alaska: The City paid a plaintiff $175,000 for a violent arrest by a now-former officer. $80,000 of the sum was to pay for medical bills.
  • Atlanta, Georgia: An officer was arrested for helping murder suspect elude capture. The officer and the suspect were alleged to have been friends.
  • Update: Ann Arbor, Michigan (First reported 01-23-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to 11 months for offering leniency to women in exchange for sex.
  • New York, New York: The City settled with a teen who claimed she was arrested for resisting an officer’s sexual advances. The payout was for $45,000.
  • Alabama State Police: A trooper resigned after he was accused and demoted for driving drunk and putting his gun to his estranged wife’s head.

The Pool Party in McKinney, Texas


The video has gone viral.  Most of the talk seems to be about the way in which the officer took the teenage girl to the ground to handcuff her, but it is when he brandishes his handgun (deadly force) that is most disturbing.

More here from the Washington Post:

A police officer slams an unarmed 15-year-old girl in a bikini to the ground, pulls his gun and kneels on her as teens on either side of him shout and, of course, record the encounter. Within hours, millions watch the video: Some see a defenseless black teen being manhandled by an out-of-control white cop; others see a lone, scared officer in the crowded, chaotic aftermath of a fight he doesn’t yet understand….Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a Washington think tank, called the Texas video “appalling,” adding: “The people were in bathing suits. In this case, there isn’t anything that would justify taking out a gun.”

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