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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

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-21-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 21, 2016:

  • Update: University of Cincinnati (First reported 07-24-15): The school will pay $4.85 million to the family of Samuel DuBose, who was fatally shot by a then-UC police officer. The officer has since been fired and charged with murder. ow.ly/XmimJ
  • Bibb County, Georgia: The county council agreed to pay out $186,000 in settlements for two unrelated episodes of police misconduct. ow.ly/XmiXG
  • Update: Honea Path, South Carolina (First reported 01-20-16): A  second now-former officer was arrested for his role in the beating of motorist Brian Hatcher. ow.ly/XmkDC
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 02-10-15): The trial of the officer who fatally shot Akai Gurley in a dark hallway in a public housing facility began this week. ow.ly/XmkXs
  • Update: Broward County, Florida (First reported 04-28-14): A now-former lieutenant who is serving five years for a Ponzi scheme conviction had his pension revoked. ow.ly/XmlAb
  • Benton County, Arkansas: The sheriff was charged with official tampering for allegedly manipulating paperwork to get extra pay for an employee. ow.ly/XnhUj
  • Update: Palm Beach County, Florida (First reported 01-19-16): A deputy pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of falsifying records in exchange for dropping felony perjury charges. He lied about the circumstances surrounding a drug deal. As part of the deal, the former deputy of the year agreed to surrender his law enforcement license. He was sentenced to one day in jail and given credit for time served on the day of his arrest. ow.ly/XnqUC
  • New York, New York: An officer will face charges that he sold information illegally accessed in law enforcement database to a now-former officer working as a private investigator for defense attorneys. The private investigator just pled guilty. ow.ly/XnvwD
  • Update: Niagara Falls, New York (First reported 11-19-15): A now-former officer will not serve jail time and will keep his pension after his conviction for assault. While off duty, he chased down a car and struck the driver with a motorcycle helmet. ow.ly/Xnw2D

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-20-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 20, 2016:

  • Update: Suffolk County, New York (First reported 02-05-14): A sergeant was found guilty of larceny but acquitted on hate crime charges. He was charged with 60 criminal counts for stealing money from Latino drivers. ow.ly/XjqmB
  • Wayne County, Pennsylvania: An officer was arrested for burglary with another man. According to the report, witnesses said the men entered an apartment through a second-floor window and entered several unoccupied apartments before picking the lock of an occupied one. When confronted, the officer tried to convince residents and responding officers he was working undercover. ow.ly/XjsH6
  • Honea Path, South Carolina: A now-former officer was arrested for giving false statements about violent arrest led to a man’s hospitalization. ow.ly/Xjt7P
  • Palm Beach Shores, Florida: An officer was fired after his law enforcement certification lapsed. The now-former officer had been on paid leave for two years amid sexual assault allegations. ow.ly/XjZkZ
  • Bristol, Connecticut: An officer was arrested for a workplace threat and charged with breach of the peace. ow.ly/XjZGz
  • Del Rio, Texas: An officer has been suspended after the state attorney general filed criminal charges against him. ow.ly/Xk0qr
  • Madison County, Alabama: A now-former deputy has been arrested and charged with having sex with an underage student where he was SRO. ow.ly/Xk3k6
  • Ohio State Police: A post leader was charged with stalking after an alleged affair with the wife of one of his troopers ended. ow.ly/Xk4nx
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 04-09-15): An officer was suspended one week without pay for using law enforcement database for personal reasons and passing that information to others. ow.ly/Xk9UB

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-16-16 to 01-19-16

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, January 16 through Tuesday, January 19, 2016:

  • Scott County, Arkansas: A now-former deputy was criminally charged for stealing jail inmates’ prescription drugs. ow.ly/XfGFm
  • Update: Tulare County, California (First reported 10-09-13): A now-former deputy pled guilty to sexually assaulting women he pulled over. He was sentenced to fiver years in prison and must remain on sex offender registry for life. ow.ly/XfGM2
  • Update: Madison, Alabama (First reported 02-11-15): An officer was acquitted of federal charges for his actions that paralyzed an elderly Indian national. ow.ly/XfGTt
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: An officer was arrested for domestic violence (strangulation) and kidnapping. ow.ly/XfH5T
  • Update: MBTA (Boston Transit) (First reported 09-08-15): A now-former officer pled not guilty to assault and civil rights violations for a use-of-force incident. She has also been named in civil suits against the department and has been accused of domestic violence. ow.ly/XgTxK
  • St. Lucie County, Florida: A deputy was suspended for conduct unbecoming for punishing inmates. He locked them in the back of a transport vehicle with the heat on high. ow.ly/XgWLW
  • Baltimore, Maryland: Three officers face sanction for actions against a minor. Two face criminal charges including assault, child abuse, and perjury. ow.ly/XgYyO
  • Pima County, Arizona: A now-former deputy was charged with trafficking stolen goods. He allegedly sold and counterfeited items taken from evidence storage. ow.ly/XgZ8i
  • Hendricks County, Indiana: A now-former deputy was charged with drug distribution and briber for actions while he was on duty. ow.ly/Xh0Qy
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: A deputy faces trial for committing perjury against alleged crack dealers.  ow.ly/Xh2ht
  • Update: Hummelstown, Pennsylvania (First reported 03-25-15): The officer who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in the back while he lied on the ground has resigned per agreement. She received $120,000 in severance pay. ow.ly/Xh38I
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for aggravated stalking. He put a tracking device on a woman’s car. ow.ly/Xh5kz
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for slapping a woman off duty who was holding a baby in her arms. He has been charged with child endangerment. ow.ly/Xh5NS
  • Cobb County, Georgia: An officer was suspended for two weeks without pay and ordered to undergo de-escalation training for his actions during a traffic stop. ow.ly/Xh6DQ
  • Baltimore, Maryland: The City released video of a police shooting that contradicts  officers’ reports of the incident. One of the officers has been suspended in another matter and has been the target of investigation and discipline in the past. A lawsuit is pending in the matter. ow.ly/Xh7uE
  • Update: Yuba County, California (First reported 01-04-16): A deputy resigned after he was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm. It was his second arrest in the past month—he was the same deputy arrested in Pennsylvania with over 200 lbs. of marijuana. The drug task force he was on has been placed under state investigation. ow.ly/Xh9sl
  • Update: Bear Creek, Alabama (First reported 12-18-15): An officer was indicted on 10 counts of child sex abuse and rape. ow.ly/XhatO

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-15-16

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 15, 2016:

  • Santa Clara County, California: A deputy was arrested for DUI after brandishing a weapon at fast food drive thru. ow.ly/X6Bxd
  • Update: Ramsey County, Minnesota (First reported 06-29-15): A deputy pled guilty to beating a K-9 while he was intoxicated. He won’t be terminated, but he will be transferred out of his unit and suffer a pay cut. ow.ly/X6KDH
  • Bexar County, Texas: A deputy was fired and charged for raping a female jail inmate in a transport van. ow.ly/X6M8k
  • Spokane, Washington: An officer was suspended for having a sexual relationship with a married woman he met first on a domestic violence call to her home. ow.ly/X6NR7
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was suspended for three months for his unjustified use of a stun gun on a man in August. He was also ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation. ow.ly/X6QII
  • Update: Miramar, Florida (First reported 07-18-14): An officer was found guilty of stealing liquor from women suspected in a then-recent theft. ow.ly/X6S27
  • New York, New York: An undercover officer’s account of being robbed at knifepoint has been contradicted by newly released surveillance footage. ow.ly/X7Tj5

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-14-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 14, 2016:

  • Glendive, Montana: An officer was arrested for DUI and felony drug possession. ow.ly/X3ivT
  • Houston, Texas: A now-former officer pled guilty to charges related to his role in 2013 armored car heist. He resigned last year. ow.ly/X3jt8
  • Springfield, Massachusetts: A now-former officer pled not guilty to charges he stole $400,000 from evidence over the course of 30 years on the force. ow.ly/X3jWg
  • Update: Watervliet, New York: A now-former officer was sentenced to two years in prison for participation in a gang and drug ring. ow.ly/X3knU
  • California Highway Patrol: A trooper was arrested for molesting a 10-year-old girl. ow.ly/X3u1k
  • Update: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol: An agent was indicted in the decapitation death of a Mexican national. ow.ly/X4nKY
  • Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources: An officer was arrested for sexual assault of a teen. He had previously been fired by Honolulu Police Department, where he had been a 12-year veteran, “after he transported a female runaway without authorization and altered another officer’s name and badge number.” ow.ly/X4Cd7
  • Monticello, Utah: The police chief was fired after he and his department ignored a woman’s 911 call to report an officer’s break-in and assault. The woman was the officer’s estranged wife. The officer was arrested and charged for his actions last month.  ow.ly/X4DkZ
  • Update: Mamou, Louisiana: The second of two former police chiefs was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for tasing non-combative prisoners in violation of their civil rights. ow.ly/X4SMy

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Recap 01-13-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 13, 2016:

  • Las Vegas, Nevada: A now-former officer facing federal civil rights charges for a violent arrest caught on a body camera. ow.ly/WYtX8
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer was one of several individuals arrested in drug investigation. ow.ly/WYXsh
  • Gibson County, Tennessee: A now-former sheriff and now-former chief deputy were among 12 individuals indicted after an audit revealed missing drug-buy funds and misallocated inmate prescriptions. The former sheriff was charged with 55 counts of official misconduct, 39 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, and 13 counts of theft ranging from less than $500 to more than $10,000. The former chief deputy was charged with 42 counts of official misconduct, 39 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, and several theft and conspiracy counts. The other individuals charged worked at the jail in some capacity but it is unclear how many of them were sworn officers. At least one was a dispensary nurse.  ow.ly/X067j
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut: An officer who was acquitted of excessive force has been charged with filing false report about racist message that was directed at him. He admitted to writing the message himself. ow.ly/X079I
  • Update: Colorado Springs, Colorado (First reported 07-29-15): A now-former detective was sentenced to four years’ probation for misconduct. He had sex with a kidnapping victim and then tried to cover it up. ow.ly/X07V6
  • Lewis and Clark County, Montana: A deputy was charged with assault for pulling his gun on a man at a party while he was drunk. ow.ly/X08KT
  • Fairfield County, Ohio: Two deputies who are also a married couple are no longer with department after being caught shoplifting from Wal-Mart in uniform. One resigned; the other was fired. ow.ly/X09hW
  • Victoria County, Texas: A deputy pled guilty to official oppression. He was sentenced to probation given deferred adjudication, leaving the door open for expungement of the conviction. ow.ly/X0aSp
  • Del Norte, California: County prosecutors have moved to have a video that shows officers stealing from a criminal defendant excluded from evidence. They are shown going through his wallet and laughing as they pocket the money.  ow.ly/X15fh

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-12-16

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, January 12, 2016:

  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 12-18-15): A prosecutor is reviewing cases of an officer who was suspended in October and banned from court houses after video recording someone on court grounds. The City has paid at least $196,500 as a result of lawsuits in which the officer was named since 2012.  ow.ly/WX1Ld
  • Glasgow, Kentucky: An officer was suspended for misconduct. An internal investigation is ongoing. ow.ly/WXfRs
  • Pennsylvania State Police: A trooper was arrested for indecent exposure and lewdness. ow.ly/WXgvd
  • Terre Haute, Indiana: An officer was charged with battery, criminal confinement, trespass and intimidation for actions against a woman.  ow.ly/WXgPq
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina: An officer was arrested for DWI. ow.ly/WXjbG
  • Update: Linden, New Jersey (First reported 03-24-15): The prosecutor’s office said that the officer who caused a fatal crash in March was not punished appropriately for his two previous DUIs. As a result, the office is assuming oversight of the department’s Internal Affairs division until further notice. ow.ly/WXjNn
  • Hingham, Massachusetts: An officer was indicted for fraud and has been suspended without pay. He had been collecting $2,000 per week in compensation for an allegedly fabricated work-related injury. ow.ly/WXLxb
  • Update: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: An officer entered a diversion program in exchange for the court closing the embezzlement case against her. If she completes the program successfully, she will not have a criminal record. ow.ly/WXS0y
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: An officer was arrested in Savage for DUI because he was driving erratically. ow.ly/WXUT2
  • Caldwell County, Texas: The sheriff’s department and three deputies are being sued for excessive force. ow.ly/WXSJV
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol: An officer was arrested after setting off fireworks inside and outside of his hotel room. According to the report, he was charged with “refusing to submit to arrest or detention, criminal mischief, cruelty to animals, possession of a usable amount of marijuana and disorderly conduct.” ow.ly/WXVD9
  • Boise, Idaho: An officer may have been asleep at the wheel of his patrol vehicle before sideswiping another car. The original press release indicated a possible car malfunction but none were found in the investigation. Authorities said the officer was not intoxicated at the time of the collision.  ow.ly/WXVlf

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-11-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, January 11, 2016:

  • Taos, New Mexico: A sergeant was acquitted of criminal battery and is appealing her recommended termination. ow.ly/WSajA
  • Buncombe County, North Carolina (2): A deputy was fired after an excessive force complaint. The complaint was supported by body camera footage. Later in the day, a second deputy was fired for his role in the same incident. ow.ly/WSaIk ; ow.ly/WVf9D
  • Update: Jefferson County, Arkansas (First reported 07-16-14): A now-former deputy is on trial for battery for shooting Dedric Jones while he was off duty. ow.ly/WSb9q
  • San Diego County, California: A deputy was disciplined for making a German-speaking suspect watch Hitler videos. The original allegations suggested he and perhaps other deputies verbally abused the man, but that was not confirmed in the internal investigation. ow.ly/WSbiH
  • Simpsonville, Kentucky: An officer arrested for participating in a police station robbery of cash, drugs, and weapons. ow.ly/WSbFh
  • Update: National Institute of Standards & Technology (First reported 08-18-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to three years in prison for trying to synthesize methamphetamine at NIST. He was discovered when the lab exploded. ow.ly/WSc1F
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer who was arrested for DWI in January 2015 has been fired. She may appeal. ow.ly/WV14n
  • Pickens County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for first-degree domestic violence and discharging a firearm in city limits. He was fired. ow.ly/WVdvN

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-08-16

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 8, 2016:

  • Florence County, South Carolina: A deputy was fired after his arrest for stealing ammunition from Wal-Mart. ow.ly/WM64S
  • Hancock County, West Virginia: A deputy was arrested for DUI while driving a drug task force vehicle. ow.ly/WM6dD
  • New York, New York: The City settled two lawsuits concerning dragnet surveillance of Muslims.  New rules for the police are among the initiatives to be implemented, per settlement terms. ow.ly/WNRDR
  • Update: Chicago, Illinois (First reported 04-15-15): Civil lawyers claim that documents obtained via Freedom of Information Act include accusations that witnesses to the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald were threatened and coerced by CPD to lie. ow.ly/WNWhB
  • Update: Prince George’s County, Maryland (First reported 12-03-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to five years in prison for pointing a gun at the head of a black man. The officer had out-of-town guests in his patrol car and apparently picked the disagreement with the man to show-off his power to them. ow.ly/WO5B0
  • Update: Wise County, Texas (First reported 09-24-14): A now-former deputy was sentenced to 16 months in prison for stripping sex offenders naked and taking pictures of them. ow.ly/WO4Eo
  • Update: Fort Wayne, Indiana (First reported 11-18-14): A now-former detective pled guilty to stealing money from a motorcycle club of current and former police officers. ow.ly/WOfkB
  • Update: Denver, Colorado (First reported 02-27-15): An officer was acquitted of domestic violence charges in November and has since resumed policing duties. ow.ly/WO0cj
  • Update: Springfield, Louisiana (First reported 07-12-12): A now-former chief who pled guilty to a misdemeanor for ticket fixing—having been initially charged with four felonies—was re-appointed to the force by a new mayor. Both the former chief and the former mayor had been forced to step down from their positions as part of their plea agreement, but no bar was established to prevent reinstatement. The prosecutor said, “I just never thought anyone would be dumb enough to hire him back.” ow.ly/WO9MP
  • Update: Marion County, Florida (First reported 12-09-15): A deputy who was suspended last month for false reporting during a traffic stop has been fired. ow.ly/WOdD5
  • Stockton, California: An officer was suspended for allegedly issuing a ‘revenge citation’ against a man who had been critical of police on facebook. ow.ly/WOeET

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