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Update on the John Geer Case

Today, former Fairfax County, Virginia officer Adam Torres was indicted for second-degree murder for fatally shooting John Geer.

According to the statements of several other law enforcement officials at the scene, Geer was unarmed at the time of the shooting and had his hands up. However, that information took 17 months to be released and Torres wasn’t terminated until last month, just shy of the two-year anniversary of Geer’s death. The Washington Post and others repeatedly excoriated the Fairfax County government for the unexplained delays and secrecy surrounding the case.

According to today’s Post story, Torres is the first officer from Fairfax County to be criminally charged for a shooting on duty in the department’s 75-year history.

You can read our past coverage of the Geer case here. As always, we will be tracking this and other cases here, on our Facebook page, and our Twitter feed.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-14-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 14, 2015:

  • Update: Sevier County, Tennessee (First reported 05-26-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to house arrest and put under a restraining order after he pled guilty to misconduct. ow.ly/QU2yD
  • Update: Algona, Washington (First reported 03-27-15): A now-former interim police chief has been charged with theft for stealing $7,300 from a youth program at the department. ow.ly/QUhsn
  • Maryland State Police: A trooper was arrested for assaulting a woman and threatening to kill her. ow.ly/QUntQ
  • Leland, North Carolina: An officer was fired and charged with embezzlement. ow.ly/QUyIx
  • Update: Osceola County, Florida (First reported 07-29-15): A deputy’s recent arrest on drug charges threatens at least 43 drug cases he was responsible for. ow.ly/QUAlT
  • Cleveland, Tennesee: Two officers were suspended for sexual misconduct. One is accused of sexual assault. ow.ly/QUF8q
  • Update: Washington, Pennsylvania (First reported 01-20-15): An officer resigned and was sentenced to probation after he pled guilty for tipping-off a sex worker to an upcoming police sting. ow.ly/QUGsm
  • Update: Fairfax County, Virginia (First reported 09-04-13): The deputy that fatally shot John Geer has been fired. ow.ly/QUIDB
  • Ogdensburg, New York: An officer was arrested for child pornography. ow.ly/QV169

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-13-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 13, 2015:

  • Larimer County, Colorado: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence and child abuse. ow.ly/QR3Y6
  • Update: Buffalo, New York (First reported 12-17-14): The officer who was suspended for using a baton to beat man on Thanksgiving has been indicted on federal civil rights charges. ow.ly/QR5kK
  • Nassau County, Florida: A deputy was arrested and fired for assaulting a jail inmate. ow.ly/QRzUK
  • Massachusetts State Police: A trooper was arrested for domestic violence against his live-in girlfriend. ow.ly/QRD21
  • Update: Saline County, Arkansas (First reported 05-19-14): The now-former sheriff pled guilty to wire fraud for using campaign funds for personal expenses. ow.ly/QRHrB
  • Lee County, Florida: A corporal resigned during an investigation into claims he falsely billed a business for work he didn’t do. ow.ly/QRIbn
  • Wayne County, Ohio: A deputy resigned amid allegations he used excessive force against a mentally ill woman. Video was released that showed him drag her by her ankles when she was uncooperative. He was subsequently hired as a Holmes County deputy.  ow.ly/QRILk
  • Chelsea, Massachusetts: An officer was arrested for repeatedly striking handcuffed suspect and attempting to cover it up. ow.ly/QRLbL
  • Webster, Texas: An officer was found not guilty of official oppression. Two other officers await trial for the 2013 incident in which they were alleged to have used excessive force against a man who had a gun. ow.ly/QRMdx

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-12-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, August 12, 2015:

  • Update: Arlington, Texas (First reported 08-10-15): The officer who fatally shot unarmed student Christian Taylor has been fired. ow.ly/QO7FH
  • Denver, Colorado: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/QOkVf
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania: A man files suit alleging he was assaulted by police for recording them. ow.ly/QOvS2
  • Talladega, Alabama: An officer and K9 unit have been suspended while they are under prosecutorial investigation for improper and excessive dog bites. ow.ly/QOIuY
  • North Randall, Ohio: A now-former officer was arrested for making straw gun purchases for felons while employed by the department. ow.ly/QOJlp
  • Albany County, New York: A sergeant resigned after sending sexually explicit texts to a teenage girl. ow.ly/QOJUV
  • Update: Spearsville, Louisiana (First reported 09-11-13): The former chief was convicted of child rape and was sentenced to life imprisonment. According to the report, he had been committing these crimes over a period of 40 years. ow.ly/QOL4L
  • Update: Hackensack, New Jersey (First reported 04-29-10): The now-former chief won his appeal of his fraud and misconduct convictions stemming from a 2008 DUI cover-up. Several officers were disciplined or prosecuted for their roles in the incident. ow.ly/QOMOy
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer was arrested for DWI in the town of Wylie. ow.ly/QONMn

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-11-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, August 11, 2015:

  • Omaha, Nebraska: An officer was arrested for domestic assault. ow.ly/QKZ3N
  • Update: New Orleans, Louisiana (First reported 01-14-15): An officer has been arrested a second time for domestic violence. His first arrest was in January. ow.ly/QKZoA
  • Lawton, Oklahoma: An officer was arrested for driving to work drunk.  ow.ly/QL0TS
  • Update: Carrollton, Kentucky (First reported 06-02-15): The police chief and another officer were indicted on kidnapping and obstruction charges for putting a mentally ill inmate on a bus to Florida with a one-way ticket. ow.ly/QLL67
  • Update: Put-in-Bay, Ohio (First reported 03-03-15): The chief was fired by city council amid several allegations of misconduct in office. ow.ly/QLLAy
  • Update: Hillview, Kentucky (First reported 10-02-13): The now-former chief was sentenced to two years’ probation and fined $5,000 for lying to FBI about a meth lab. ow.ly/QLVwB
  • Update: Huntsville, Alabama (First reported 11-20-12): An officer was found guilty of using excessive force against a suspect and attempting to cover it up. ow.ly/QMbNV
  • Decatur, Alabama: An officer was cleared after an internal investigation. He fired a gun at an unarmed man while serving an arrest warrant in the man’s home. ow.ly/QMqaw
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: An officer was charged with assault for an incident caught on camera. ow.ly/QMtwp

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-08-15 to 08-10-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, August 8 through Monday, August 10, 2015:

  • Dorchester County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for DUI after being found in a ditch near a wrecked vehicle. ow.ly/QGn6D
  • Update: King City, California: The now-former chief pled no contest to embezzlement and obstruction charges after his first trial ended with a hung jury. ow.ly/QGnn8
  • Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana: A now-former deputy was sentenced to 18 months in prison for letting an inmate out of custody to buy drugs. The inmate did not return but was subsequently captured. ow.ly/QGxvD
  • Update: Athens-Clarke, Georgia: The department released the footage of a now-former officer assaulting a University of Georgia student during an arrest. ow.ly/QHmvW
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: An officer was shown on camera running motorcyclist and a passenger off the road. ow.ly/QIsgS
  • Minatare, Nebraska: The now-former chief was fined $2,000 and lost his law enforcement certification for submitting falsified training documents. ow.ly/QIxDH
  • Harris County, Texas: Deputies strip-searched a woman during a traffic stop because they were looking for marijuana. She will file a complaint. ow.ly/QJ27l
  • Baltimore, Maryland: A judge dismissed civil suit against four officers who fatally shot fellow officer William Torbit, who fatally shot an armed person during a disturbance while he was in plainclothes. ow.ly/QIExH
  • Update: Christiansburg, Virginia: An officer pled no contest to seven of twelve embezzlement charges. In exchange for the plea, the other five charges were dropped. He will be sentenced in roughly 90 days. ow.ly/QIJAC
  • Dupont, Pennsylvania: The police chief was ordered to surrender his firearms because a woman filed a protective order against him. ow.ly/QILvU

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-07-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 7, 2015:

  • Pasco County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for soliciting sex from a minor in Broward County. ow.ly/QApB7
  • Bibb County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for kicking a handcuffed suspect. ow.ly/QAqas
  • Bexar County, Texas: Two deputies were arrested separately as a result of an undercover drug smuggling investigation at the jail. ow.ly/QArnn
  • Eugene, Oregon: An officer was charged with assault and misconduct for actions during a 2014 arrest that left a suspect with facial wounds. ow.ly/QCrnl
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A now-former officer was sentenced to three years in prison for robbing drug dealers. He testified against six fellow officers who he claimed were his co-conspirators. They were acquitted and five of the six have been or will be reinstated. ow.ly/QCxeg
  • San Bernadino County, California: A deputy was accused of having sex with a jail inmate. ow.ly/QDjX0
  • Jackson County, North Carolina: A deputy pled guilty to obstruction of justice in a case involving statutory rape and underage drinking. ow.ly/QDkOt
  • Update: Miami-Dade County, Florida: An officer pled guilty for his role in a fraudulent credit building scheme. ow.ly/QDly6

2015 Police Shootings

Yesterday, on the anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the Washington Post ran a lengthy article about its tracking of fatal police shootings this year.

Excerpt:

So far this year, 24 unarmed black men have been shot and killed by police – one every nine days, according to a Washington Post database of fatal police shootings. During a single two-week period in April, three unarmed black men were shot and killed. All three shootings were either captured on video or, in one case, broadcast live on local TV.

Those 24 cases constitute a surprisingly small fraction of the 585 people shot and killed by police through Friday evening, according to The Post database. Most of those killed were white or Hispanic, and the vast majority of victims of all races were armed.

However, black men accounted for 40 percent of the 60 unarmed deaths, even though they make up just 6 percent of the U.S. population. The Post’s analysis shows that black men were seven times more likely than white men to die by police gunfire while unarmed.

Check out the Cato event from last year, Lessons from Ferguson.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-06-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 6, 2015:

  • Boscawen, New Hampshire: A now-former officer has been arrested for sexual assault of a minor. He is now police chief in Canterbury.  ow.ly/Qxte2
  • Konawa, Oklahoma: Two officers were arrested for firing weapons from a moving vehicle. ow.ly/QxJBv
  • Glen Rock, New Jersey: A detective assigned to child protection was accused of sending nude pics to young girls under his watch. ow.ly/QyhJt
  • Checotah, Oklahoma: A K9 officer was arrested for stealing drugs.ow.ly/QyhQw
  • Huntington Park and South Gate, California: Four officers were arrested for abusing 13 children at a police-run boot camp. ow.ly/Qyi0w
  • Wichita, Kansas: The City settled a lawsuit for $325,000. A man claimed he was beaten by officer after parking in a handicapped spot. ow.ly/Qyish
  • Rohnert Park, California: An officer pulled his gun on a man who was recording him. The department is investigating the incident. http://ow.ly/Qz1m1
  • Seattle, Washington: An officer was fired for dishonesty and false reporting. The 31-year-veteran had a documented history of misconduct and dishonesty. http://ow.ly/Qz1Qi
  • Athens-Clarke County, Georgia: A deputy was fired and charged with assault for actions during an arrest of a UGA student. http://ow.ly/Qz2Ae

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-05-15

Here are the eleven reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, August 5, 2015:

  • Edgewater, Florida: An officer was charged with DUI after almost colliding with an unmarked police car. His BAC was .17, more than twice the legal limit.ow.ly/Qw9za
  • Update: Marion County, Florida (First reported 08-15-14): Five deputies accused in an excessive force case are no longer with the department. Four resigned, one was subsequently fired. A federal investigation is ongoing. ow.ly/QwaUf
  • St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was indicted for theft, perjury, and malfeasance for, among other things, taking $10,000 from contractor and being paid for work he did not perform. ow.ly/QwbSQ
  • Update: Akron, Ohio: An officer who failed to report violent stalking of a woman by a fellow officer is facing disciplinary action. ow.ly/QwOrV
  • Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation: An officer was arrested for threatening a neighbor with a gun while he was intoxicated. ow.ly/QweXC
  • Update: San Francisco County, California (First reported 12-22-14): A deputy was convicted of beating a man in a hospital and trying to cover it up with a false report. ow.ly/QwoWG
  • Update: Sarasota, Florida (First reported 07-28-15): The officer who was caught on tape throwing peanuts at a homeless man has resigned. ow.ly/QwsLI
  • Kern County, California: A deputy was charged with a misdemeanor for his role in a collision that killed a 72-year-old woman. The woman’s family has complained the prosecutor is showing favor to the department by only bringing a misdemeanor charge. The case closely resembles another collision involving the same department. Last year, a different deputy pled no contest to misdemeanor charges after killing two people in a collision. That deputy is still employed by the department.  ow.ly/Qwu1O
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico: The police chief resigned amid allegations of corruption, cronyism, and several misconduct prosecutions against his officers. ow.ly/QwwoM
  • Update: Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina: The dashcam footage of the fatal shooting of Jonathan Ferrell was released. The manslaughter trial of the officer who shot him continues. ow.ly/QxDv4
  • Michigan City, Indiana: An officer was charged with misconduct and illegal possession of prescription drugs. ow.ly/QwAjZ

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