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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 09-15-16

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, September 15, 2016:

  • Los Angeles, California Airports: The assistant chief resigned amid investigations into tax evasion and other misconduct by fellow officers. ow.ly/qtjr304dHIB
  • Update: Waller County, Texas (First reported 07-16-15): The County will pay the bulk of the $1,900,000 wrongful death settlement to the surviving family of Sandra Bland, who died in jail custody. ow.ly/Yr6k304eVfJ
  • Akron, Ohio: An officer was cited for OVI. His BAC was more than three times the legal limit. He is the third officer since July to be charged with drunk driving. ow.ly/FAjy304eWVJ
  • Hazel Park, Michigan: Four officers and the department are being sued by two women who claim they were made to expose their breasts during an early morning traffic stop. They claim one of the officers took cell phone images of the abuse, but the department denies such evidence exists. ow.ly/XZrS304f2tk
  • Jersey City, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to fraud and conspiracy for taking $230,000 in illegal payments for off-duty work and subsequently not reporting the income. He is scheduled to be sentenced January 10, 2017. ow.ly/1X2R304f8ms
  • Licking County, Ohio: A deputy was charged with unlawful restraint and disorderly conduct in a sexual misconduct case. ow.ly/tKes304f9iN
  • Update: Greene County, Missouri First reported 01-07-16): A deputy was sentenced to seven years in prison and an additional ten years of supervised release for child pornography conviction. ow.ly/TPCu304fa6r
  • Newark, New Jersey: An officer was charged with sexually assaulting a young girl while he was off duty.ow.ly/Lv5r304faBT
  • Tallassee, Alabama: An officer was indicted for assault for an alleged excessive force incident. ow.ly/7VDW304fblg
  • Atlanta, Georgia: An officer was suspended after he allegedly exposed himself to someone and masturbated in a mall restroom. The victim’s mother worked in mall security, and the officer was apprehended in the parking lot. The age of the victim is not mentioned in the report. ow.ly/gpvK304fbEX
  • Update: Joliet, Illinois (First reported 02-23-12): A now-former officer was indicted by a federal grand jury for using excessive force in a 2012 arrest. The officer was fired and charged for the incident in the local jurisdiction. He was acquitted. ow.ly/3Utz304fd3D
  • Brownsville, Tennessee: An officer was arrested on a domestic assault charge after punching his girlfriend in the face. ow.ly/fgiO304fdX2
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for assaulting a female J-train conductor while he was off duty. ow.ly/OkSk304feps

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 09-14-16

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

  • Wilson County, Tennessee: A deputy was arrested for sex crimes against a 16-year-old. He has been fired. ow.ly/5QFa304cJom
  • Los Angeles, California: Two officers were criminally charged for attempting to cover-up DUI crash and filing a false report. ow.ly/JrNh304cKdu
  • St. Louis, Missouri: A now-former sergeant pled guilty to federal charges for stealing $80,000 from police organization he headed. ow.ly/4bbT304cRkw
  • Penns Grove, New Jersey: An officer was charged with drug distribution. He is the second PG officer charged with drug violations this year. ow.ly/ZR6n304cWe9
  • Hartford, Connecticut: The City will pay $2,900,000 to the estate of a man killed when an officer struck his vehicle while the officer was en route to assist other officers. ow.ly/tyB6304cWsj
  • East Helena, Montana: An officer was charged with assault after punching a man at the scene of a crash while he was off duty.ow.ly/Jixu304cWTI
  • New Castle County, Delaware: An officer was arrested for child pornography. ow.ly/xdu7304drTV
  • Montgomery, Alabama: An officer was arrested for domestic violence and harassment. ow.ly/IHlR304dGzp
  • North Vernon, Indiana: An officer was charged with misconduct for evidence theft and forgery for faking medical records. ow.ly/H9v6304dHdI

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 09-13-16

Here are the 13 cases of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, September 13, 2016:

  • Assumption Parish, Louisiana: A deputy resigned and turned herself in for charges related to a domestic incident and felony destruction of property. ow.ly/Sbvy3049p3f
  • Kitsap County, Washington: A now-former deputy was charged with perjury after an alleged off-duty hit-and-run. ow.ly/J9pl3049qNZ
  • Stanton County, Kansas: The sheriff was arrested on domestic violence charges. ow.ly/ZY5M3049rwr
  • Southlake, Texas: Two officers were disciplined for tasing a woman during a DUI stop before drawing blood for BAC test. One was demoted, the other was suspended one day. ow.ly/qHT33049s4O
  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy was charged with fraud for several shoplifting incidents at Wal-Mart, including at least once in uniform. ow.ly/YwLo304aOhG
  • Montgomery County, Ohio: A deputy was suspended during an investigation into whether he misused $60,000 in FOP lodge funds. ow.ly/KG4J304aLCv
  • Update: Burlington, Vermont (First reported 07-16-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to charges related to a fatal DUI crash. Her sentence will be determined after hearings slated for November. ow.ly/1Mix304aZDx
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was suspended 20 days for tasing a handcuffed detainee at SXSW. ow.ly/YiQO304b6wL
  • Update: St. Clair County, Missouri (First reported 05-25-16): A now-former deputy was given three years’ probation for his role in a fraudulent scheme to attain West Virginia unemployment benefits for a jail inmate. ow.ly/zZkS304bbno
  • California Highway Patrol: An officer was arrested and charged with child pornography transmission. ow.ly/vRQr304beaZ
  • Update: Bethel, Alaska (First reported 02-23-16): A now-former officer was sentenced to 120 days for beating and injuring an intoxicated man during his arrest. The City previously settled a civil suit with the victim. ow.ly/fBYk304bjxQ
  • Orange County, Texas: A now-former detective pled guilty to laundering money stolen from HUD. The plea deal suggests a sentence of one year and one day in prison.ow.ly/oFzJ304bk6Y
  • Franklin County, New York: A now-former undersheriff pled guilty to ordering deputies to harass county legislators that had been hostile to the sheriff. One legislator was arrested on a bogus DUI charge. ow.ly/zFrJ304bm4G

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 09-12-16

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, September 12, 2016:

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection: An agent was arrested on charges of bribery and accepting sexual favors from smugglers. ow.ly/xjl83047N9g
  • Update: Farmers Branch, Texas (First reported 03-27-16): An officer was indicted for fatally shooting Jose Cruz and wounding another teen during off-duty incident. ow.ly/3z433047NTJ
  • South Bend, Indiana: A man won criminal case on appeal because video evidence explicitly contradicted officers’ statements about his violent arrest. A civil suit is pending in the case. ow.ly/bMKE3047S5x
  • Update: Deschutes County, Oregon (First reported 02-23-16): A now-former captain was sentenced to five years for stealing $205,000 of cash that was to be used for controlled drug buys. The investigation showed that he stole the money over 63 instances in less than a year. ow.ly/ynxO3047YCo
  • Update: Reynoldsburg, Ohio (First reported 02-19-16): A now-former officer was sentenced to 33 months in prison and fined $40,000 for falsifying warrants and robbing drug dealers under color of law. An undercover officer was implicated in the case but committed suicide after his own arrest. A third officer connected to the case was suspended earlier this year. ow.ly/JuI930482eJ
  • Winterville, North Carolina: An officer was fired and charged with embezzlement. ow.ly/jDRj30484av
  • Update: Lee County, Alabama (First reported 11-20-15): A now-former deputy who had been previously arrested for sexual abuse of a child had additional charges of child pornography added to his case. ow.ly/uNKZ30484Zv
  • Bedford, Virginia: A now-former officer was found guilty of child pornography distribution and sentenced to five years in prison. He resigned during the investigation before his arrest. ow.ly/J3tI3048dNH
  • Williams, Arizona: A man claims an officer used unnecessary force when he was choked unconscious while handcuffed in the station. Video appears to corroborate his story. ow.ly/7e1T3048acT
  • Update: New Hampshire State Police: A now-former trooper who was caught on video with an officer from another jurisdiction beating a motorist after an interstate chase pled guilty to assault. He was sentenced to one year in jail and the sentence was deferred. He is barred from working in law enforcement again. ow.ly/tGfg3048fbd
  • Charlotte County, Florida: A deputy was placed on leave after a bar fight. A criminal investigation is ongoing, although no charges have been filed. ow.ly/A1xD3048gbd
  • Cave Springs, Arkansas: The chief was suspended and placed under criminal investigation for public records tampering. ow.ly/cpEa3048kzq
  • Update: Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana (First reported 06-07-16): The now-former narcotics division leader was given six months’ probation and ordered to pay nearly $16,000 in restitution for stealing federal funds. ow.ly/g1qH3048lJu
  • Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana: A now-former deputy pled guilty to taking federal money under false pretenses in a case related to the former narcotics chief.  Her sentencing is scheduled for December 14. ow.ly/LlvR3048lj7

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 09-09-16

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, September 9, 2016:

  • Virginia Beach, Virginia: An officer was arrested for embezzlement. He allegedly stole unclaimed property from the evidence room. ow.ly/kt1I3043wAa
  • Amarillo, Texas: An officer was arrested for criminal mischief. He allegedly slashed someone’s tires while off duty. ow.ly/uo5A3043xq0
  • Update: Portville, New York (First reported 09-29-15): The now-former chief pled guilty to two misdemeanors and will return to the force as an officer. He had been accused of selling prescription pills while on duty but, according to the report, was allowed to plea to lesser charges because of problems with the investigation and evidence. ow.ly/3X4u3043Hjv
  • Kenly, North Carolina: An officer was indicted for involuntary manslaughter. He tased man, who later died, after a high-speed chase. ow.ly/q2z63043HPj
  • Update: Warren County, Missouri (First reported 10-28-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to 60 days in jail and five years’ probation for staging an ambush against himself. He shot up his own patrol car. ow.ly/f3HW3043OPE
  • Avon, Ohio: An officer was arrested for OVI and driving left of the center line. ow.ly/938u3043Q14
  • Chicago, Illinois: An officer was charged with aggravated battery and misconduct for beating a man during his arrest. Video evidence contradicts what the officer wrote in his report. ow.ly/CXuS3043Rj3
  • Pasco County, Florida: A school resource officer was fired after his arrest for stalking his ex-girlfriend. ow.ly/vujI3043Uga
  • Bay St. Louis, Mississippi: The chief was relieved of his duties amid an investigation into $300,000 of missing asset forfeiture funds and other alleged misconduct. He was escorted out of the building when he used a firearm to shoot himself in the chest. He died a short time later. The investigation into misconduct in the department is ongoing. ow.ly/Noow3043Voz
  • Riverdale, Georgia: An officer was charged with raping a woman while transporting her to jail. He was fired. ow.ly/95wU3043WkQ
  • Louisville, Kentucky: An officer was arrested for domestic violence against his wife. ow.ly/XeEa3043WNe
  • Update: Wrens, Georgia (First reported 12-18-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to charges related to indecent contact with a child. ow.ly/iErx3043XJR
  • Shelby County, Tennessee: A deputy was arrested for attempting to extort a drug dealer for $15,000. ow.ly/8Dfx3043XZJ
  • Update: Concord, North Carolina (First reported 03-28-16): A now-former officer pled guilty to charges for sexually abusing his adopted daughter. He was sentenced on separate counts to serve between 16 and 119 months in prison. ow.ly/8riB3043YLg
  • Columbus, Mississippi: An officer was indicted for fatally shooting Ricky Ball during a traffic stop in October 2015. ow.ly/gxfV3043ZLV

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 09-08-16

Here are the 19 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, September 8, 2016:

  • Update: Oak Harbor, Washington (First reported 08-09-16): An officer was federally indicted on child pornography charges for sexting a 13-year-old girl. ow.ly/gX9B30409x5
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer was arrested for domestic violence against his girlfriend at a downtown hotel while he was off duty. ow.ly/3Twg3040afL
  • Update: Seneca, South Carolina (First reported 07-31-15): The officer who fatally shot  Zachary Hammond, an unarmed teen fleeing a drug bust in a car, has been fired. ow.ly/i9183040buK
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer was arrested for trespassing for an incident that happened when he was off duty. He picked up his intoxicated daughter at a party and believed she had been drugged. He went to knock on the door and got no answer and kicked the door down. ow.ly/YtIa3040bSY
  • Framingham State University: An officer was arrested for a lewd act on campus. He allegedly exposed himself to a student. ow.ly/uVlu3040c6x
  • Update: Madison, Alabama (First reported 02-11-15): An officer who was tried multiple times for partially paralyzing an elderly Indian national in a confrontation will be reinstated. ow.ly/BnGT3040cqY
  • Update: Oakland, California (First reported 05-13-16): Four officers were fired and seven were suspended for their roles in the still-growing scandal involving an underage sex worker. ow.ly/foi53041cP3
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut: An officer was arrested for assault and DUI after punching a man he knew in the face and then hitting a fire hydrant with a car. ow.ly/Jnuf3041gzL
  • Update: Washington County, Oregon (First reported 12-15-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to two years’ probation, serve 80 hours of community service, and pay $12,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to a strangulation assault charge. Upon successful completion of all these conditions, his felony coercion conviction will be dismissed. ow.ly/MmW83041oef
  • Update: Columbus, Mississippi (First reported 07-11-16): An officer who was serving a suspension for a violent personal confrontation that happened on duty was arrested again for domestic violence. ow.ly/7iQb3041oTL
  • Bald Head Island, North Carolina: A public safety officer was arrested for DWI and possessing a concealed weapon while intoxicated. ow.ly/88xu3041pYi
  • Update: Fairview Township, Pennsylvania (First reported 12-21-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to stealing federal funds. He thought he was stealing drug proceeds but was the target of a federal sting. ow.ly/z3Yu3041sfr
  • Update: U.S. Secret Service (First reported 11-11-15): The officer who was fired for sexting someone he believed to be a child while on duty at the White House has been sent to Florida to face child solicitation charges. ow.ly/m8tD3041tfA
  • Update: Adams County, Colorado (First reported 11-30-15): An officer who is currently on trial for assault for kicking a man outside of a bar last year has been fired. ow.ly/qgD03041u9C
  • Update: New Haven, Connecticut (First reported 07-26-16): The embattled chief resigned amid controversy, a recent suspension, and other misconduct allegations. ow.ly/ANdt3041uHc
  • Update: Everett, Massachusetts (First reported 08-17-16): An officer who was charged for strangling and kicking his pregnant wife in the stomach had his charges dropped because she refused to testify against him. ow.ly/kOvk3041vYM
  • Update: Toledo, Ohio (First reported 02-13-15): A now-former officer was acquitted of attempted murder and felony assault. He was convicted of tampering, obstruction of justice, and discharge of a firearm. The case was an alleged revenge murder-for-hire conspiracy. ow.ly/Hm0l3041xOr
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 12-17-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to three years in prison for molesting a child several times over the course of three years, starting when the victim was 10. ow.ly/eJ2G3041B5e

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 09-07-16

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, September 7, 2016:

  • Harris County, Texas: Several deputy constables destroyed approximately 20,000 pieces of evidence while cleaning the evidence room. About 150 cases have already been dismissed and 1,000 cases are at risk for dismissal.  ow.ly/C41o303YGwg
  • Norfolk, Virginia: The City is being sued by a man who says he had his hands up and yelling “don’t shoot!” when he was shot three times by an officer. The plaintiff was acquitted of criminal charges related to the incident. The officer has since retired. ow.ly/pYXq303YHb8
  • Levelland, Texas: The City is being sued by the widow of Jose Antonio Espinoza, who was fatally shot by police responding to a domestic disturbance call. ow.ly/5AkS303YHL4
  • Scotch Plains, New Jersey: An officer was arrested for DWI and eluding police for an off-duty incident. ow.ly/uthX303YIPQ
  • Hamilton County, Tennessee: A deputy was arrested on a vandalism charge and placed on restricted duty. He allegedly cut the phones lines outside of a house of someone with whom he had a dispute.  ow.ly/ORHg303YJ2A
  • Update: Henderson, Texas (First reported 10-27-15): An officer was acquitted by a jury for indecency with a child for allegedly touching a teen’s breasts. ow.ly/8Gri303YJPI
  • Update: Delaware River Port Authority (First reported 05-16-16): A transit officer was fired for pepper spraying and striking passenger and inducing him to fall onto live tracks. The man was rescued and sent to the hospital, where he was cited. The officer will not face criminal charges. ow.ly/wpKT303YLoI
  • Update: Sunbury, Pennsylvania (First reported 07-19-16): An officer who inappropriately tased a homeless man has been fired. He will not face criminal charges for the incident. ow.ly/1CSU303YMjc
  • Miami Township, Ohio: An officer was found guilty of sexual imposition and acquitted of assault for actions against a woman in the Explorer program who was on a ride-along. ow.ly/OLZG303YMK8
  • Hamilton County, Tennessee: A deputy was indicted on six counts of child pornography possession. He was previously charged with crimes against minors, but those charges were dropped and he was thus allowed to keep his job. ow.ly/qF0b303YNqH
  • Miami, Florida: Several officers and the department are being sued by a man whose orbital bone was broken by officers following the Miami Heat’s NBA title win in 2013. He also alleges they were taunting him after they attacked him. ow.ly/KiKa303YOLm
  • Greenwich Township, New Jersey: An officer was charged with misconduct for sexual acts with a sex worker while he was on duty. The woman reported the incident, implying the acts may not have been consensual. ow.ly/qUts303YPCE
  • Raleigh County, West Virginia: A deputy was arrested for drug DUI and possession after he crashed his cruiser near a school shortly after he got off duty. He was discovered with crushed up Xanax and a straw at the scene. He resigned. ow.ly/BM1N303YQUG
  • Iron County, Utah: A now-former deputy was charged with misusing public money. He had resigned before the criminal charge was filed. ow.ly/l3BD303YTMx
  • New York, New York: The City is being sued by two men who claim they were attacked by a group of men, including an alleged NYPD officer who broke one of the men’s jaw. The officer had identified himself as a police officer during the incident and showed his badge to a nearby bouncer before walking away from the scene. According to the report, the NYPD has stonewalled the men on the identity of the officer and any information about the investigation into the incident. The incident was caught on surveillance video.  ow.ly/QgU8303YX2c
  • Burlington, North Carolina: An officer was charged with a civil moving violation after a crash with injury that happened while he was driving his cruiser. It is unclear whether the incident happened when the officer was on duty. ow.ly/DZdm303YXUT
  • Greenville, North Carolina: An officer was charged with assaulting a 12-year-old in a domestic incident. ow.ly/laoG303YYF6

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 09-06-16

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, September 6, 2016:

  • Riverside County, California: A deputy had a standoff with police after they responded to a domestic violence incident at his home. He was taken into custody. ow.ly/IzMn303W7po
  • Moss Point, Mississippi: The chief was suspended after a traffic stop came to light. He had been drinking but was let go by officers. ow.ly/Qj7S303W8XZ
  • Update: Somervell County, Texas (First reported 08-01-16): A now-former deputy was indicted for drunkenly shooting up a church. He was terminated, and the pastor of the church did not press charges, but the prosecutor brought charges because he did not want it to appear the deputy received special treatment. ow.ly/O2u0303Waph
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was suspended 45 days for pepper-spraying a handcuffed man during an arrest in March. He may face criminal charges. ow.ly/o07h303Wbfg
  • Atlanta, Georgia: A now-former officer was indicted for the on-duty shooting death of Deravis Caine Rogers. The charges include felony murder, giving false statements, and violation of the oath of office.  ow.ly/EGJt303WbRw
  • El Paso County, Colorado: A now-former sheriff and two deputies were indicted for tampering, extortion, and false imprisonment. They are accused of coercing a domestic violence victim to drop her complaint about the deputy who allegedly hit her.  ow.ly/Al01303WcWL
  • Anthony, Texas: An officer was charged for embezzling funds from the American Legion Post, where he served as president. The charge is a third-degree felony. ow.ly/mUPt303WdUA
  • Update: Sumter County, Alabama (First reported 07-25-16): The impeached now-former sheriff was indicted for drug conspiracy, contraband, human trafficking, and perjury. Among the allegations, the sheriff allowed and enabled an inmate to monitor his violent drug ring in the community from the jail.  ow.ly/bwe6303WhSc
  • Update: Grand Traverse County, Michigan (First reported 03-14-16): A deputy was convicted of assaulting a bartender in an off-duty incident. She has resigned. ow.ly/fDke303WigR
  • Oklahoma Highway Patrol: A trooper was arrested for spanking a child with a frisbee. ow.ly/lgSN303WiZU
  • Georgia Bureau of Investigation: An agent was charged with racketeering for spending more than $87,000 on public credit cards. ow.ly/nBYT303WjGi
  • Lowell, North Carolina: An officer was arrested for statutory rape. Allegedly, he impregnated a 14-year-old girl and subsequently pressured her to have an abortion. ow.ly/QC4u303WnH7
  • Cedar City, Utah: A now-former officer was charged with workers’ compensation fraud and theft by deception for actions in 2013. ow.ly/VCwv303WlvR
  • Muncie, Indiana: An officer was arrested for DWI while he was off duty.ow.ly/jYfr303WmD5
  • Sugar Land, Texas: An officer was one among four people arrested for stealing cattle and heavy equipment. ow.ly/PxXL303Wo6L
  • Arkansas State Police: A captain resigned after a loitering arrest. He was allegedly masturbating in his personal truck and propositioned the officers who approached the vehicle. ow.ly/xnmU303Wouh
  • Kearney, Nebraska: An officer was indicted on assault charge for shooting a suspect trying to flee in a car. ow.ly/bNsE303WoXA
  • Waterloo, Iowa: An officer was disciplined after grabbing a handcuffed suspect’s dreadlocks and then striking the suspect’s head after a high-speed chase. ow.ly/YdUh303WpzR

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 08-31-16

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, August 31, 2016:

  • Update: San Mateo County, California (First reported 05-11-15): A deputy was acquitted of charges related to pointing his weapon at a janitor. ow.ly/9YUS303KXTJ
  • Update: San Francisco, California (First reported 03-02-11): Three now-former officers were sentenced to prison for executing roaming, warrantless searches at a residential hotel looking for drugs and drug proceeds in 2010. One of the officers, Arshad Razzak, received a lesser sentence—14 months, rather than the 39 and 41 months the other two officers received—because he was not seizing the drugs for financial gain, as they had been. Razzak was also ordered to pay $12,500 in fines. ow.ly/vmEC303L9Ro
  • Update: Clayton County, Georgia (First reported 05-07-15): The sheriff pled no contest to reckless conduct for shooting a woman in an accident. He was given 12 months’ probation. ow.ly/fUkW303LfF7
  • Connecticut State Police: A trooper was arrested and suspended for threatening a woman while he was off-duty but armed. ow.ly/auRS303LhVl
  • Stephens County, Oklahoma: A deputy was charged with animal cruelty after his K-9 partner was found dead. ow.ly/jyZe303LigW
  • Orleans Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was arrested for firing his gun in his home during a domestic incident. ow.ly/oixA303LiWi
  • Columbia County, Georgia: A deputy was fired and arrested for beating his stepson with a clothes hanger. ow.ly/LBvW303Ljg9
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer was charged for theft of private and public property in separate incidents. She was also charged for illegal access of a police database. ow.ly/c5I9303LjMV
  • Update: Akron, Ohio (First reported 08-09-16): An officer pled guilty to having a gun in the car during a traffic stop. Her OVI was dismissed, and she was given a suspended sentence. ow.ly/kmBg303LkR6
  • Altamonte Springs, Florida: An officer was arrested for allegedly choking his wife. ow.ly/FFDh303Llg0
  • Mt. Morris, New York: An officer was arrested for child endangerment for an off-duty domestic incident. ow.ly/bxX3303Lm7G

Worst of the Month — August

So for August we have selected the Baltimore Police Department (BPD).  Although the misconduct has been festering for many years, our selection is based upon the investigative findings of the Department of Justice, which were published in a report last month.

Here are a few of those findings:

  • The BPD engages in a pattern or practice of making unconstitutional stops, searches, and arrests;
  • The BPD engages in a pattern or practice of using excessive force;
  • The BPD engages in a pattern or practice of retaliating against people engaging in constitutionally-protected speech;
  • The BPD has allowed violations of policy to go unaddressed even when they are widespread or involve serious misconduct;
  • The BPD has failed to take action against offenders known to engage in repeated misconduct.

Because the problems run deep, it would be a mistake to focus all of our attention on the police department itself.  The political establishment of Baltimore knew there were problems, but failed to address them.  It remains to be seen whether the reform rhetoric we have been hearing will be followed by real action.

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