National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

Obama to Curtail Military Weaponry to Civilian Police


The White House on Monday announced new limits on federal programs that supply local police with military-style equipment.

After four months of study, a Cabinet working group tasked by President Obama to reform the initiatives unveiled eight categories of military supplies local law enforcement will be banned from acquiring from federal agencies or with federal funds.

The list includes grenade launchers, tracked armored vehicles, armed aircraft, bayonets, and guns and ammunition of .50 caliber or higher.

Boston Pays $36 Million to Settle Police Lawsuits

From the Boston Globe:

The City of Boston has spent more than $36 million to resolve 2,000 legal claims and lawsuits against the Boston Police Department over the past decade, with most of the money going for cases alleging wrongful convictions or police misconduct.

The bulk of the payouts, $31 million, went for 22 cases worth $100,000 or more, including nine awards for well over $1 million apiece, according to data provided by the mayor’s office in response to a public records request filed by the Globe….

Some of the biggest payouts in Boston went to the families of victims who died after encounters with police during celebrations of major sports victories in Boston over the years.

In one high-profile case, Boston paid $5 million to the family of Victoria Snelgrove after the 21-year-old college student died when police fired pepper-pellet guns into a crowd reveling in the Red Sox pennant victory in 2004 outside Fenway Park.

Snelgrove was hit in the eye by one of the projectiles as police tried to disperse the revelers.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-15-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 15, 2015:

  • Reno County, Kansas: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence.
  • Jackson, New Jersey: An officer was arrested for hindering a murder investigation. He is allegedly a friend of one of the suspects.
  • Onslow County, North Carolina: A deputy was charged with solicitation of child pornography.
  • Lake County, Colorado: A now-former deputy was convicted of stealing four firearms taken from evidence. He is scheduled to be sentenced in July.
  • Fowlerville, Michigan: An officer was arrested for his involvement a  fight outside of a gentlemen’s club. He is alleged to have been intoxicated at the time.
  • Update: Adams County, Colorado (First reported 07-03-14): A now-former deputy was acquitted of child sex abuse and incest charges.
  • State College, Pennsylvania: An officer was suspended during an investigation into whether he’d been stealing items from evidence.
  • Boston, Massachusetts: An officer is under investigation for intimidating videographer. He apologized after the incident, but the investigation is ongoing.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-14-15

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 14, 2015:

  • Sarasota, Florida: A man died after traffic stop where he was tased and struck several times with a flashlight. Use of force was not mentioned in the initial police report. A subsequent news account indicates that 37 seconds after the ambulance was called for the man, an officer called-off medical treatment saying “he’s had a miraculous recovery.” Three officers have been placed on leave.
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was arrested for theft for the second time in eight days.
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested on drug and paraphernalia charges.
  • Update: Miami-Dade County, Florida (First reported 04-03-15): A second officer has been arrested in a federal investigation into a fraudulent credit-building scheme.
  • Spotsylvania, Virginia: A deputy resigned after being charged with assault. The incident was caught on video.
  • U.S. Marshals Service: A male employee of the agency pistol-whipped a man in an off-duty road rage incident. His name and title have been withheld to this point.
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (First reported 08-01-14): Six officers who were on trial for robbing thousands of dollars from drug dealers over several years have been acquitted on all charges. A now-former 24-year veteran officer who cooperated with the prosecution testified against them. According to one news report, he testified “I was very loyal to the guys….I would lie for them. I would steal for them. I would abuse people for them. I wanted to be part of the squad.”
  • Los Angeles County, Calfornia: The now-former undersheriff and a now-retired captain were indicted for obstruction of a federal investigation into brutality at the jail.
  • Pasco, Washington: A now-former officer was criminally charged for allegedly raping a relative.
  • Orange County, Florida: A now-former deputy was arrested on child pornography charges. He resigned shortly after the investigation began.
  • Los Angeles, California Port Authority: The chief was charged with 16 federal counts including fraud and tax evasion.
  • Bossier Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was fired after being arrested for solicitation of prostitution.
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: A now-former officer was convicted of assault and endangerment charges for striking a student at the school where he served as SRO.
  • Pacific County, Washington: A now-former deputy will spend 14 days in jail for intimidating children who egged his personal car and attempting to coerce their families to pay for the damage. His sentence includes 350 days that were suspended. He was also fined over $1,500. He is appealing his dismissal from the department.

Police Lies About Misconduct Exposed

From the New York Daily News:

Cop watchers armed with smartphones are not only catching police misconduct — they’re catching cops lying about the misconduct, officials said Thursday.

More and more cops are giving false statements in official documents or when questioned about their misbehavior, the city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board said….

In one incident, a cop accused of misconduct during a stop-and-frisk claimed he never rifled through a man’s pockets, but video surveillance inside the building showed he did.

But even when confronted with the video, the cop denied the allegation.

“(The civilian) can say whatever he wants, that’s not what happened,” the officer said at the time.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-13-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 13, 2015:

  • Athens-Clarke County, Georgia: An officer was arrested for molesting a child 16-years-old or younger. The alleged abuse happened over the course of a year and the victim was in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program at the local airport, which the officer supervised.
  • Orleans Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was arrested for smuggling drugs and contraband into prison.
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was arrested for DWI after a crash.
  • Update: Orlando, Florida (First reported 07-25-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to five years’ probation for unjustifiably firing 23 rounds from AR-15 into a fleeing vehicle.
  • Update: Miami, Florida (First reported 02-03-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to two years in prison for extortion in an illegal gambling scheme.
  • Update: Rio Grande City, Texas (First reported 04-30-15): An officer and drug task force member was indicted for his role in a cocaine-trafficking scheme. He allegedly took bribes to write fake reports indicating that cocaine was seized in law enforcement operations, when in fact it was being diverted for distribution.
  • Muskegon County, Michigan: A corrections officer was placed on leave after inappropriately releasing a corrections officer from another jurisdiction who had been jailed for DUI.
  • Wilson County, Tennessee: A deputy was arrested for domestic assault after an incident at his estranged wife’s home.
  • Highland Park, Michigan: An officer was arrested for his role in a bar fight.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-12-15

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, May 12, 2015:

  • Franklin County, Washington: A woman and former jail inmate is suing the county. She claims it failed to protect her from a deputy who was widely rumored to have committed acts of sexual misconduct, who subsequently sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions. The now-former deputy was sentenced to 10 months in the same jail for his actions but is currently out on medical furlough.
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer was fired for pointing his gun at ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.
  • St. Clair County, Michigan: A deputy was fired and arrested for criminal sexual conduct for having sex with an inmate.
  • Anderson, South Carolina: An officer was fired and arrested for assaulting a woman at a local rec center.
  • Frankfort, Kentucky: A DARE officer resigned after his name surfaced in an investigation into large bourbon theft. He was allegedly involved with steroids.
  • Toledo, Ohio: An officer was charged with OVI after hitting a fellow officer in a parking lot while off duty. The injured officer was treated and released from medical care.
  • Dubuque, Iowa: An officer was suspended for 40 hours for profanity and excessive force. He threatened a woman and shoved her onto the stairs of a city bus while arresting her. The Civil Service Commission upheld his suspension.
  • Horry County, South Carolina: An officer was fired for a high-speed chase of stolen car suspect, repeatedly bumping the car during the chase.
  • Bethel, Ohio: An officer resigned after he was indicted for rape and sexual battery.
  • Update: Boston, Massachusetts (First reported 11-17-14): A now-former was given one year of probation and ordered to pay a $2,000fine for lying to FBI. He was trying to protect childhood friend who was targeted in a federal gang probe.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for cyberstalking and violating a protective order.

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

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, May 9 through Monday, May 11, 2015:

  • Washington County, Oklahoma: A deputy was arrested for aggravated DUI after colliding with another vehicle while off duty. His BAC was more than twice the legal limit.
  • Weld County, Colorado: A deputy was arrested for aggravated incest. He allegedly sexually assaulted his daughter who is under 10 year old.
  • Loveland, Colorado: An officer was arrested for domestic violence against a child.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A now-former officer was arrested for using police database to track down brother’s ex-wife and intimidate her after an incident in court. While still on the force, he allegedly used her birthdate to find her new address and asked colleagues to run a check on a license plate that belonged to the person that escorted her into court. The ex-wife’s tires were slashed several days after the court incident. The officer resigned in June.
  • San Mateo County, California: A deputy has been charged with the brandishing of a firearm for allegedly pointing a gun at a school janitor.
  • Sterling Heights, Michigan: An officer was placed on leave while he is investigated for DUI after crashing his car off duty.
  • Update: Nashville, Tennessee (First reported 06-16-14): A now-former lieutenant who was accused of rape was acquitted of the charges.
  • Hernando County, Florida: A deputy was arrested in a sting. He drove his girlfriend to buy prescription pills from an informant.
  • Spartanburg County, South Carolina: An officer was fired after his arrest for assault & battery and misconduct in office. He is alleged to have stricken a jail inmate.
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Detroit, Michigan): An agent is being investigated for fatally shooting a 20-year-old man. There are conflicting reports on whether man was retreating at the time of the shooting.
  • East St. Louis, Illinois Housing Authority: An officer shot a suspect while allegedly high on cocaine.
  • Moulton, Alabama: An officer was arrested for stealing from a Wal-Mart while on duty.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-08-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 8, 2015:

  • Washington County, Oregon: A sergeant resigned during an investigation into his alleged sexual harassment and misconduct.
  • Washington State Police: A trooper was arrested for attempting to conceal his teenaged son’s role in an attempted arson. The veteran trooper allegedly tried to destroy evidence that linked his son to the crime.
  • Alameda, California: The city settled an excessive force lawsuit. The plaintiff who was beaten by an officer with a baton received $450,000 for injuries he sustained during his mistaken arrest.
  • Update: Chula Vista, California (First reported 06-18-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to misdemeanor child abuse for choking and assaulting his girlfriend’s 16-year-old son.
  • Buffalo, New York: An officer faces civil rights charges for mistreating a witness to a crime and having that witness falsely arrested. The officer was off-duty at the time and working security at a pub. The incident was a murder in which the pub’s manager threw a man down the stairs, leading to his death.
  • Clanton, Alabama: The police chief was arrested for stealing from FOP’s “Santa Claus Fund.” That fund provides gifts to kids in need during the holiday season.
  • Bel Aire, Kansas: A now-former chief and three now-former officers were indicted for fraud. Allegedly, they bought guns under the guise of official use to take advantage of law enforcement tax exemptions to sell them at a profit.
  • Bartlett, Tennessee: An officer was charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter for a high-speed crash while in pursuit that killed two motorists.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-07-15

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 7, 2015:

  • Ottawa County, Michigan: A deputy was arrested for DUI with greater than .17 BAC. Under a new Michigan law, he faces stiffer penalties for driving more than twice the legal limit.
  • Update: Lexington County, South Carolina (First reported 01-06-14): The now-former sheriff was sentenced to one year plus one day for taking money to ignore a restaurant’s employment of undocumented immigrants.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: An officer was charged with deprivation of rights for an assault that was caught on camera in an illegal gambling room.
  • Los Angeles, California: The police chief questioned the justification for the fatal officer-involved shooting of Brandon Glenn. According to the news report, Chief Charlie Beck said, “Any time an unarmed person is shot by a Los Angeles police officer, it takes extraordinary circumstances to justify [it]…I have not seen extraordinary circumstances at this point.” The investigation is ongoing.
  • Savannah-Chatham, Georgia: An officer was suspended after a year-long investigation into theft and distribution of thousands of dollars of merchandise. Although the investigation has not led to any other current officers, the report indicates that the former chief of police received some merchandise from the officer. The current chief apologized for the corruption of the department.
  • Miami Beach, Florida: An officer was suspended for one month after a video surfaced of his violent arrest of a woman two years ago.
  • Broward County, Florida: Two deputies were charged with battery and falsifying reports about their attack on a man at a gas station.
  • Clayton County, Georgia: The sheriff was charged for recklessly shooting a real estate agent. She’s currently in critical condition, but he remains on duty.
  • Update: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (First reported 08-25-14): Two officers pled guilty to bank fraud charges. They are scheduled to be sentenced in August.
  • Update: Tulsa County, Oklahoma (First reported 04-13-15): The undersheriff resigned in the wake of the investigation of reserve deputy that shot and killed Eric Harris. When the reserve deputy’s fitness was called into question, the undersheriff “quashed” the report.
  • Update: San Diego, California (First reported 02-07-14): The City settled with two women who were sexually abused by a now-former officer while in custody. Together, the settlements totaled $1,500,000.
  • Waverly, Virginia: An officer was sentenced to one year in jail, six months of which are suspended, for over-reporting work hours, taking home more than $5000 in illegal earnings. He held three full-time law enforcement jobs at the same time and wrote false reports to conceal his triple-dipping. He has been ordered to pay restitution and must not work in law enforcement for three years.
  • Update: Springfield, Louisiana (First reported 07-12-12): The sheriff pled guilty to a misdemeanor and resigned.  He had been charged with four felony counts of obstruction of justice.
  • Washington County, Arkansas: A deputy was arrested for choking his wife.

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