National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-11-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, November 11, 2014:

  • Washington, DC: Federal prosecutors are working to dismantle a case, which a U.S. Attorney hailed as an example of law enforcement taking “another step toward making our community safer,” because the investigation was tainted by the possible misconduct of an FBI agent. ly/E8eaf
  • Update: Sioux City, Iowa (First reported 08-07-13): A judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by a woman shown on camera being forcefully arrested by a police officer. A judge ruled she did not present enough evidence that the officer used unreasonable force. The incident was captured on a police car dashboard camera. ly/E6QyS
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 11-04-14): The police department suspended an officer without pay for six weeks for excessive force but did nothing to him for destroying evidence; he was caught on video deleting a man’s cell phone videos.
  • Update: Harris County, Texas (First reported 09-06-13): Prosecutors charged an officer with official oppression after they were shown a video that caught him on kicking a man. The man’s family obtained and released the video after filing a federal lawsuit against the deputy. A judge has just ruled that the statute of limitations had run on the misdemeanor charge, effectively barring prosecution of the officer. http://ow.ly/Ebp0u
  • Lake Stevens, Washington: A police officer has resigned amid a criminal investigation. According to court documents, a 26-year-old woman has sought a protection order against the officer, accusing him of intimidating her and stalking her. http://ow.ly/EbriA
  • White Hall, Alabama: The police chief has been suspended without pay by order of the mayor. http://ow.ly/E8is5
  • Update: Andover, Massachusetts (Previously reported 04-18-14): A now-former police officer who was involved in a hit-and-run accident was given a year’s probation after two serious charges against him were dropped. He admitted to sufficient facts to charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a property-damage accident. http://ow.ly/E8jLk
  • Lucas County, Ohio: A sheriff’s deputy was fired for conduct unbecoming an officer after she allegedly assaulted her husband. http://ow.ly/E8hzs
  • Update: Des Moines, Iowa (Previously reported 12-20-13): A jury couldn’t agree whether a now-former police officer used excessive force after a traffic accident, resulting in a mistrial. The federal jury also found the officer not guilty of falsifying records in connection with the case. http://ow.ly/E8ktv

Worst of the Month — October 2014

The worst police misconduct of October goes to the officers who shot David Hooks in his own home during a drug raid based on an invalid warrant and the tip of an informant who was allegedly high on meth. The informant, Rodney Garrett, had just stolen a vehicle from the Hooks’ home when he was either or arrested or turned himself into the police (reports vary). Garrett told police that the 20g bag of meth he had had been stolen from Hooks’ pickup truck. That same night, the Laurens county drug unit pushed through a warrant based primarily on Garrett’s word, and at 10:55 p.m. executed a no-knock warrant despite the fact that the warrant did not authorize one—at a home that the police knew had just previously been burglarized two nights earlier.

Hooks’ wife Teresa saw armed, hooded figures in black rushing towards the back door and woke her husband, thinking the burglars had returned. David got his gun, and when the SWAT team knocked in the back door without announcing their presence, he didn’t even have the opportunity to get a shot off before officers fired between 16 and 18 rounds, killing him. Some of the rounds were shot blindly through a wall at Hooks, without regard for whom or what they were firing at and killing.

As you might expect from a search warrant based almost entirely on the tip of a meth addict who may or may not have been high when giving it, a 44-hour search of the Hooks home produced absolutely no contraband whatsoever. David Hooks was a successful businessman who ran a construction business that contracted with the U.S. government. He had passed numerous security clearances and background checks, but on the word of a thief and meth addict, he was reduced to just another casualty in the war on drugs.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-08-14 to 11-10-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, November 08 to Monday, November 10, 2014:

  • Dover, Delaware: A suspended state police trooper who had stalking charges dropped in a plea bargain has been arrested again and charged with strangulation after attacking his wife at their home. http://ow.ly/E4R81
  • Vernon, New York: A now-former police officer cleared of allegedly falsifying overtime surrendered for an arraignment on new charges he used forged prescriptions to obtain at least 3,790 Hydrocodone pills. http://ow.ly/E4Tcj
  • Jacksonville, Florida: A detective suspected of driving drunk in a city-owned vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash has turned herself in nearly seven weeks after the crash. http://ow.ly/E4WBE
  • Update: Jefferson Parish, Louisiana (First reported 11-21-13): A now-former sheriff’s deputy faces a life sentence on federal fraud charges for stealing money from a man who disappeared in 2007. The deputy already faced decades behind bars after he pled guilty to seven counts of bank fraud, identity theft and using his badge to violate the civil rights of the man. http://ow.ly/E51re
  • Cleveland, Ohio: Several officers were handed suspensions after an internal investigation revealed they were taking various goods from a convenience store. The investigation began with claims that some officers went behind the glass and walked out with lottery tickets, cigarettes or snacks. ly/E4LV3
  • Monongalia County, West Virginia: The county sheriff said a deputy made an error in judgment by coming to work under the influence of alcohol. He fired the deputy after tests results came back. ly/E4HnY
  • Sioux City, Iowa: A police officer pled guilty to an OWI charge stemming from a car accident. ly/E4siF
  • Riverside County, California: A sergeant with the sheriff’s department was arrested on several charges, including assault and kidnapping, after allegedly getting into a fight with his girlfriend and then attacking a female friend who was with them. http://ow.ly/E55k3
  • Saratoga County, New York: A county sheriff’s deputy was suspended without pay as the department investigates his conduct during a traffic stop. In a video of a traffic stop, the officer asks if the driver wants to resist arrest before apparently slapping him in the face, which is heard but not seen because the camera is pointed down momentarily. ly/E3OO7
  • Pasco, Florida: A former deputy was arrested after allegedly groping a woman while on-duty. The fired deputy cased out the victim’s home with another officer days before. “It’s horrific when you read what he did,” said the sheriff. “It’s embarrassing.” http://ow.ly/E55Qw

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-07-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, November 07, 2014:

  • Richmond, California: An officer has been placed on leave and is being investigated for “potential administrative and/or criminal consequences,” after police serving a search warrant found an unknown amount of an illegal drug in his residence. ly/DYSKi
  • Los Angeles, California: A veteran Police officer was arrested on charges of stealing public funds related to allegedly submitting fictitous military leave documents on several occasions. She is alleged to have submitted fake military documents that allowed her to take more than $5,400 worth of paid time off from the department. ly/DYS1k
  • New York, New York: A now-former sergeant accepted thousands of dollars in bribes from a private investigator in exchange for key confidential information from an FBI database about witnesses in federal criminal cases. ly/DYRcG
  • Yuba City, California: An off-duty deputy US Marshal wearing police gear was involved in an armed marijuana theft in the parking lot of a motel, according to a complaint filed by the Drug Enforcement Administration. ly/DYLYH
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: A police officer was fired after a series of events, including drinking alcohol while armed, and shoving an elderly Walmart greeter. ly/DYKfK
  • Update: Aynor, South Carolina (First reported 05-10-13): A now-former police officer pled guilty to two charges after offering to drop a ticket if the woman pulled up her shirt, on two separate occasions.
  • Hughestown Borough, Pennsylvania: A now-former police officer will serve federal prison time on drug charges. He pled guilty to a charge that he distributed oxycodone on numerous occasions. ly/DYDZX
  • Boston, Massachusetts: A now-former police officer who was charged with lying to an FBI agent who was investigating a violent street gang in Roxbury has agreed to plead guilty. ly/DYAHd
  • Knox County, Tennessee: Federal authorities unsealed a plea agreement with a now-former deputy who confessed he and at least five other local law enforcement officers were providing protection for an illegal gambling ring. ly/DYmtJ
  • Update: Eagle County, Colorado (First reported 10-08-14): A now-former sheriff’s deputy has pled not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting a woman. If he is convicted, he faces up to 4 years in prison. ly/DYiZR

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-06-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 06, 2014:

  • Goodyear, Arizona: A police officer is being investigated over allegations he secretly recorded nearly two dozen women while they undressed at a tanning salon. http://ow.ly/DT5vo
  • Jackson, Tennessee: A police officer was indicted after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said he filed false reports that his truck had been stolen. http://ow.ly/DT6bp
  • Dallas, Texas: The Child Abuse Squad has arrested a police officer on a charge of harassment. http://ow.ly/DT6Px
  • Jonesboro, Arkansas: A patrolman was arrested on a charge of public servant bribery, which is a Class D felony. http://ow.ly/DT97s
  • Cumberland County, Maine: A 26-year veteran twice named Trooper of the Year, pled guilty to sexual contact. One of the mostly highly decorated police officers in Maine’s history was sentenced to four years in prison for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old child. http://ow.ly/DTa1D
  • Cook County, Illinois: An officer allegedly conspired with his former partner to commit robberies of marijuana, contraband cigarettes and cash. http://ow.ly/DTctb
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A now-former officer is charged with participating in a scheme to extort drugs and money from drug dealers and drug buyers while working as a police officer. http://ow.ly/DTgi1
  • Update: Romulus, Michigan (Previously reported 10-21-14): Three now-former police officers have been sentenced to probation in connection with a corruption case that sent the city’s former chief to jail. The officers will also have to pay restitution in the case. http://ow.ly/DTgDO
  • Greenacres, Florida: A police officer is accused of breaking a 14-year-old girl’s arm during an arrest attempt that was initiated because the officer attempted to view a video on her cell phone without a search warrant. The officer then arrested the teen for resisting arrest. http://ow.ly/DTkpV
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: A now-former police sergeant avoided jail time and entered a no contest plea. “There was rather overwhelming evidence of his guilt,” said the District Attorney General. The officer was indicted on three counts of official misconduct and three counts of theft under $500 after pills and other evidence went missing from the department’s property room several months earlier. http://ow.ly/DTlos

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-05-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 5, 2014:

  • Winooski, Vermont: A police corporal accused of assaulting a suspect is scheduled to change his plea in court. He had previously pled not guilty to charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and providing false information to state police. ow.ly/DSIJD
  • Update: Hammond, Indiana (Previously reported 10-21-14): : Four people are suing the city and several police officers after a traffic stop for a seat belt violation turned violent when the officers broke a car window and used a stun gun one of the people. ow.ly/DSHGs
  • Mattoon, Illinois: A local man has filed a federal lawsuit against the city regarding a police officer entering his home. The lawsuit says that an unknown police officer entered the man’s home, allegedly without probable cause or a warrant. ow.ly/DSqBv
  • Update: Dallas, Texas (First reported 12-11-13): : A police officer has been indicted on a manslaughter count in the death of a bicyclist who was run over by a patrol car while being chased. ow.ly/DS4AC
  • Yellowstone County, Montana: A sheriff’s deputy who was placed on paid leave has resigned. He had been arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. ow.ly/DRSxE
  • Richland County, South Carolina: Five sheriff’s deputies have been arrested for tax evasion and fraud, said the sheriff at a press conference. The sheriff apologized to the community and said the deputies were suspended without pay. ow.ly/DRGNb
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: Two police officers have been indicted in separate incidents that occurred while they were on-duty. The officers allegedly both assaulted juveniles. http://ow.ly/DSL2l
  • Baltimore, Maryland: A police officer has been charged in connection with a fight he got into with a man who had been taken into custody. He was charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office. http://ow.ly/DT3wN
  • Calexico, California: FBI agents are at the police department to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by some members of the department, a bureau spokesman said. http://ow.ly/DT463
  • Update: Brownsdale, Minnesota (Previously reported 11-19-13): : The now-former chief of police was convicted of assaulting a woman he met in a bar. A jury found him guilty of one count each of second-and third-degree criminal sexual assault, but acquitted him of a first-degree count. http://ow.ly/DT5ao

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-04-14

Here are the 7 reports tracked for Tuesday, November 4, 2014:

  • Long Beach, California: A federal jury ordered the city to pay a local couple $175,000, agreeing that police made an arrest without probable cause and used excessive force during an incident. ly/DPkaO
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: A man who says a police officer kicked him so hard his testicle shattered is taking that officer and the city to court. Lapel video shows the officer reaching into a car, grabbing a cellphone and deleting videos of when he kicked the man to the ground. His lawyer now wants to see criminal charges against the officer. ly/DOUtf
  • Myton, Utah: The chief of a recently formed police department has been fired amid allegations he stalked three women. ly/DOSmp
  • Henderson, Nevada: A now-former police officer agreed to a plea deal that required him to plead guilty to two charges in a DUI case. ly/DO8gg
  • King City, California: A police officer was arrested on suspicion of holding his ex-girlfriend and a man she was with at gunpoint. ly/DO7Ay
  • Roseville, California: An off-duty police officer has been arrested at his home after authorities received a call from a woman who said her husband was waving a gun and threatening her. ly/DLvjN
  • Plattsburgh, New York: A 33-year-old woman was killed in a collision involving a state trooper, who allegedly failed to yield the right-of-way. She was pronounced dead at the scene. At the time of the crash, her two sons, ages three and six, were in the back seat. They were treated for non-life threatening injuries. ly/DLuJH

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-01-14 to 11-03-14

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, November 1 to Monday, November 3, 2014:

  • Update: Little Rock, Arkansas (Previously reported 08-08-14): A now-former lieutenant has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after pleading guilty in a drug case. Prosecutors had accused him of conspiring to distribute and possess cocaine. At a plea hearing he admitted taking drugs from a traffic stop and the an evidence locker. http://ow.ly/DKI8x
  • Thibodaux, Louisiana: The police chief’s decisions to suspend an officer twice for violating departmental policies were unanimously upheld by the city’s civil service board. http://ow.ly/DKT0q
  • Park Ridge, Illinois: A police officer was charged with driving under the influence after he crashed into a utility pole. He was charged with DUI, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving off the roadway, improper lane usage and driving without a seat belt. http://ow.ly/DKJtF
  • Update: Cincinnati, Ohio (Previously reported 07-01-14): A police officer set up a scheme using his job as bait to send and receive 650 sexually explicit photos and texts with a minor. He also destroyed an incriminating cell phone once he knew he was being investigated. http://ow.ly/DL0h0
  • Camden County, New Jersey: An officer was acting as a mole. Her husband helped lead a drug ring that sold $1.2 million of narcotics annually, dealing heroin and crack cocaine. The officer kept an eye on police movements for the ring, offering details from police reports and confidential departmental briefings, authorities said. http://ow.ly/DKKJz
  • Pickens, South Carolina: An officer is being charged after he allegedly assaulted a female victim while operating in the capacity of a police officer, according to arrest warrants. http://ow.ly/DL0Za
  • Phoenix, Arizona: An on-duty policeman was arrested and charged with assault after pointing a weapon at people in a car. http://ow.ly/DKL8Z
  • Crawford, Texas: A police officer who’s charged with indecency with a child by contact fondled the breasts of a girl younger than 17 on several occasions, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. http://ow.ly/DKOmo
  • Daviess County, Missouri: A now-former police officer, charged in connection with a fatal fire, shot at several officers before taking his own life. The charges against him included first-degree murder, arson, armed criminal action and abandonment of a corpse. http://ow.ly/DKP7t
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: Police say an officer has been suspended after she was charged with driving under the influence. ly/DKbod
  • Ocala, Florida: A police officer was arrested and charged with engaging in sexual activity with a 16-year-old he met while on duty. He was placed on unpaid administrative leave. ly/DKaco
  • Update: Beaverton, Oregon (Previously reported 06-07-14): A police officer was found guilty of raping a 5-year-old girl at his home. ly/DK8nl
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia: A police officer has been charged after a bar fight. He has been charged with two counts of assault and battery and one count of disorderly conduct. The officer has been placed on administrative duty pending his court appearance and an internal investigation. ly/DJWgn
  • Detroit, Michigan: The suspension of four police officers means the department is serious about weeding out corruption now that a decade of federal oversight has ended. They were suspended after two separate investigations, including a federal probe into alleged wrongdoing in the department’s disbanded Narcotics Section. ow.ly/DJIod

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-31-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 31, 2014:

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A police officer has been arrested for soliciting a prostitute. The police commissioner has suspended the officer for 30 days with the intent to dismiss. ly/DDL1X
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 09-16-14): A police officer has been charged in a case of alleged police brutality, but attorneys for the victim don’t believe those charges go far enough. The officer was caught on camera punching a man in the face. ly/DDKRm
  • Sturgis, Michigan: A police officer who is under investigation for a crash that could have been caused by drunken driving, has been placed on administrative leave. ly/DDK6k
  • Gulfport, Mississippi: A now-former police officer turned himself in on a charge alleging he tried to sexually assault a woman he was helping while on duty. ly/DDKyY
  • Columbus, Georgia: A police officer was jailed on a sexual assault charge. ly/DDoAr
  • Miami, Florida: A police officer accused of providing protection to a drug dealer has been arrested. He met with a police informant posing as a drug dealer and offered his protection for illegal drug sales. ly/DDnSo
  • Columbus, Ohio: A now-former trooper pled guilty to four counts of violating the civil rights of female motorists and one count of engaging in cyber stalking. ly/DDkVS
  • Boynton Beach, Florida: A police officer raped a 20-year-old woman at gunpoint on the hood of his marked police car, according to a police report. He was charged with armed sexual battery, armed kidnapping and unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior. ly/DDdVo

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-29-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 29, 2014:

  • Davis County, Utah: A 14-year sheriff’s deputy was terminated from his position after he allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a person in custody. http://ow.ly/Dwypa
  • Clay County, Kentucky: A federal judge is weighing whether to dismiss murder charges against two men accused of killing a federal informant after a state trooper mishandled and destroyed evidence. The trooper has since resigned after admitting he didn’t have authorization to dispose of the evidence. http://ow.ly/DwEsE
  • Harris County, Texas: A now-former officer with an area school district is accused of misusing his authority when he pulled over a woman and reportedly asked her for sexual favors. http://ow.ly/DwFEQ
  • Tuskegee, Alabama: A police officer Maced a 17-year-old girl and framed her for unlawfully consuming alcohol as a minor after she broke off their sexual relationship, a federal lawsuit claims. ow.ly/DwwPd
  • East Bay, California: An California Highway Patrol officer accused of stealing nude photos of a DUI suspect is speaking out, claiming that officers have stolen images for years. ow.ly/DwzFX
  • Bullhead City, Arizona: A police sergeant suspended in one case was arrested on an a felony attempted sexual assault charge after he was accused of attacking a woman in a vehicle outside a bar. ow.ly/Dwi3S
  • Update: Edison, New Jersey (First reported 04-01-14): A grand jury has indicted four police officers for allegedly planning retaliation against another police officer because of a drunken-driving charge. An 11-count indictment, charges the officers with conspiracy and official misconduct. ow.ly/Dwh0y
  • St. Louis County, Missouri: A now-former area police chief face public corruption charges. He was accused of using a city credit card to pay for a trip to Hawaii. ow.ly/DvYWx

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