National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

Texas Police Messing with the Homeless


Two police officers in an oil-rich West Texas city spent weeks competing to see who could take the most cardboard signs away from homeless people, even though panhandling doesn’t violate any city law.

Nearly two months after the Midland Police Department learned of the game, the two officers were suspended for three days without pay, according to findings of the internal affairs investigation obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.

Advocate groups immediately blasted the department’s handling, suggesting that the punishment wasn’t harsh enough and that the probe should have been made public much earlier, before news organizations, including the AP, started asking about it….

Police Chief Price Robinson said the actions were an isolated incident in a department of 186 officers and didn’t deserve a harsher punishment. After the investigation all officers were reminded to respect individual rights and human dignity, he said.

If it doesn’t stop here, it could escalate.  Remember poor Kelly Thomas.

Poor Hispanics ‘Easy Prey’ for Corrupt Police

From the Associated Press:

KING CITY, Calif. — A California farming town was grappling Wednesday with a profound violation of trust after learning the acting police chief and a handful of officers were charged with selling or giving away the impounded cars of poor Hispanic residents and other crimes.

The misgivings had been building for some time. Investigators heard people — many unable to speak English — complain that police were taking their cars and money, and there was nothing they could do about it….

Tuesday’s arrests, which also included a former police chief, came after a six-month probe of the police department launched in September when a visiting investigator — there to check out a homicide — heard from numerous sources that the community didn’t trust its police department. By this week, authorities said they had enough evidence to arrest a total of six people linked to the department for a variety of crimes ranging from bribery to making criminal threats.

NJ Police Attack Marcus Jeter, Then Accuse Him of Crimes

From ABC’s Good Morning America:

Marcus Jeter faced a years-long prison sentence.

The New Jersey DJ, 30, was arrested in a 2012 traffic stop and charged with eluding police, resisting arrest and assault. Prosecutors insisted that Jeter do prison time.

“The first plea was five years,” Jeter said.

But after Jeter’s attorney, Steven Brown, filed a request for records, all of the charges against him were dropped, with dash-cam video apparently showing what really happened June 7, 2012. Now, the officers are facing charges.

Video at the above link.

Only by chance, was the actual event caught by a camera.  Only by chance was an innocent man exonerated.  Only by chance were corrupt officers exposed.   What about the incidents where there is no camera rolling?

Felony Charge for 13 yr old Boy for Throwing Snowball at Policeman


According to police, a 13-year-old boy was charged as a juvenile with felony aggravated battery against a police officer Wednesday after he hit the officer in the arm with a snowball while the officer was parked in his vehicle in the 4900 block of West Congress Parkway about 3:20 p.m.  Residents sounded off on the crime and punishment the next day, many describing the charge as police “going overboard.  “”It’s not fair,” said Mary Grant, a longtime resident of the block.  The boy “was being hardheaded, but that’s very harsh.  The officer should’ve tried something different than arrest.  “The boy is believed to be a student at Leland Elementary School, formerly May Elementary, which sits at the southeast corner of the intersection near where the snowball was thrown.  Officials at the school acknowledged that the incident occurred but declined to comment.  “I think that’s ridiculous — it’s such a big charge,” said Latanya Powell, a construction worker on the block.  “It’s just going overboard.   I can see if it were a weapon and harm was done, but it was just a snowball.   “This is a case of kids being kids.  “Like other residents on the block, Powell wondered whether the charge would stain the boy’s record well into his adult years, hurting his chances of finding a job, housing and education.

Perhaps someone can think of a better form of punishment than a felony criminal charge.  Perhaps some dirty jobs around the school–like cleaning a dumpster or something.

H/T: Instapundit

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-25-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, February 25, 2014:

  • Update: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (First reported 10-21-13): The now-former police chief was sentenced to 18 months in prison for conspiring to create an unauthorized slush fund, with a federal judge saying she was sending a message that the seriousness of his crimes outweighed his supporters’ calls for leniency.
  • Walnut Ridge, Arkansas: A police officer was charged with both fraud and possession after he was arrested. He is accused of forging prescriptions.
  • Clermont, Florida: A police officer, who was the subject of a scathing internal affairs investigation, has resigned. The officer admitted in the report he lied in a police report from a domestic dispute. He resigned instead of being terminated.
  • Lexington, Nebraska: A police officer plead guilty to one count of attempted burglary. He faces a possible penalty of five years in prison, and a $10,000 fine. He was on duty when he was caught by video surveillance during the incident.
  • Orlando, Florida: A police officer was arrested after investigators said he may have hit a woman’s car in a parking lot and then took off.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A man who says he had his hands in the air and was unarmed when a police officer shot him in the chest over a traffic violation has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, saying the officer’s actions were “extreme and outrageous” and that the department leaders have fostered an atmosphere ripe for constitutional violations.
  • Caseyville, Illinois: A police officer was arrested on charges of domestic battery and aggravated assault.
  • Update: Muskogee, Oklahoma (First reported 01-31-14): A police officer facing charges of kidnapping and sodomy has resigned from the department.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-22-14 to 02-24-14

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, February 22, to Monday, February 24, 2014:

  • Orlando, Florida: A police officer was arrested on an aggravated assault charge. The incident that led to a complaint was while the officer was off-duty and involved a weapon. He was relieved of duty with pay while an internal investigation is completed.
  • Simpsonville, South Carolina: A now-former police chief and detective were indicted on state charges. They were indicted on misconduct in office charges in connection with the impounding of a motorcycle. The charges stem from, “acts and omissions in the form of malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance” in their duties.
  • Chesapeake, Virginia: A police officer pled guilty to sharking down three prostitutes and stealing more than $3,000 in the process. He was convicted under a plea agreement of two counts of misdemeanor embezzlement. He faces up to two years in fail and $5,000 in fines when he is sentenced.
  • Marshall County, Tennessee: A deputy was indicted after allegedly stealing tires from the sheriff’s department and putting them on his girlfriend’s car. He has since resigned from the department.
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania: A police officer who caused a drunken disturbance after leaving a bar while off-duty is now out of a job. “I had the opportunity to go through the details, and obviously, I don’t think it’s consistent with what’s expected of a police officer,” said the police chief.
  • Nashville, Tennessee: A police officer has been decommissioned and placed on administrative assignment following his arrest on DUI and gun charges.
  • Lilburn, Georgia: A 15-year veteran resigned amid an investigation of improper drug evidence handling. “It was very disappointing to learn that an employee in a position of public trust knowingly violated policy regarding sensitive evidence,” said the chief.
  • Los Angeles, California: The police reportedly misunderstood a man’s attempts to speak sign language as threatening gestures. In handcuffing him, they removed his only ability to communicate. The man has since filed a lawsuit saying officers didn’t give him a chance to explain what he was doing before placing him in handcuffs, beating him, and using a stun gun to shock him into submission.
  • Update: Bexar County, Texas (First reported 09-04-13): A sheriff’s deputy was indicted for the first degree felony offense of murder in the death of a man. The murder happened after they were involved in a minor traffic accident while the officer was off-duty.
  • Doraville, Georgia: A police officer has been fired after allegedly trying to sell a firearm. The department investigated the officer after receiving a tip that he accepted money for a machine gun.
  • Barbour County, West Virginia: The sheriff resigned and pled guilty to a federal charge that he staged an automobile accident to receive an insurance payment of nearly $8,300.
  • Update: Providence, Rhode Island (First reported 08-28-13): A police officer who admitted hitting and kicking a handcuffed man who spat at him and taunted him is suspended for a year without pay.
  • Wallkill, New York: A police officer has been charged with first-degree assault and criminal possession after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend in the back. She has been suspended without pay.
  • Bethany, Oklahoma: A former murder defendant in the brutal slaying of a 19-year-old girl is suing the city, the police chief, and officer involved in the investigation alleging that they coerced testimony, fabricated evidence and ignored proof of his innocence.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-21-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, February 21, 2014:

  • Los Angeles County, California: The county board of supervisors approved a $1.8 million settlement in a pair of lawsuits filed by the family of a schizophrenic woman who was shot and killed a mental health clinic by sheriff’s deputies.
  • Simpson County, Kentucky: The now-former sheriff has pled not guilty to drug-related charges and a count of official misconduct. A grand jury indictment accuses him of 41 counts of obtaining controlled substances through fraudulent means.
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina: A police officer has been arrested and charged with having inappropriate photos of underage girls. He was charged with four counts of secretly using a photographic imaging device to view another’s body or undergarments, and four counts of possessing photographic images in violation of the peeping statute.
  • Williamsburg County, South Carolina: A sheriff has been indicted for fraud following an investigation by the FBI. He has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
  • Update: Plymouth, Massachusetts (First reported 10-11-12): A now-former police officer has been convicted in federal court of using excessive force on an arrested person and then falsifying official reports to cover it up.
  • San Diego, California: The police chief announced that another patrolman in his department is under investigation for possible sexual misconduct involving a woman in his custody.
  • Portland, Oregon: An off-duty police officer was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving.
  • Update: Contra Costa County, California (First reported 11-05-13): A now-former sheriff’s deputy convicted of aiding in the drunken driving arrests of three men who were set up by a private investigator was sentenced to a year and three months in prison.
  • Austin, Texas: A police officer has been named in a federal lawsuit for failing to stop state troopers from making a false arrest.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-20-14

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 20, 2014:

  • Rising Star, Texas: A now-former police chief has been indicted by federal prosecutors, who say he sold and pawned $4 million worth of equipment, including a machine gun, he fraudulently obtained through a federal program.
  • Livingston Parish, Louisiana: A sheriff’s deputy has been fired after being arrested on accusations of tampering with narcotics evidence and illegally firing a weapon at his home.
  • Iota, Louisiana: A police officer has been arrested, following an investigation into weapons that were reported missing from the Police Department’s evidence room.
  • Update: Prince George’s County, Maryland (Previously reported 08-19-13): A former deputy sheriff has been sentenced to one year in prison for having sex with an inmate. A judge gave him a three-year sentence, with all but one year suspended. He’ll also be on probation for 18 months after his release.
  • El Paso, Texas: A police officer has been suspended after being arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, a police spokesman said.
  • Update: Manatee County, Florida (First reported 11-05-13): A now-former sheriff’s deputy, who was charged in an undercover steroids investigation, was sentenced to two years’ probation. He was federally charged for possession with intent to distribute anabolic steroids.
  • Springfield, Massachusetts: A city police officer was arrested. He was one of 11 men arrested in a prostitution sting and has been placed on desk duty while the department conducts its own internal investigation.
  • Update: Glendive, Montana (First reported 08-16-13): A now-former police officer has been sentenced to 32 years prison with 24 suspended on four counts of sexual intercourse without consent and one count of sexual abuse of a child, all felonies. The sentence was significantly longer and more than agreed to in a plea agreement signed because since that time he violated the terms of therapy.
  • Craig, Colorado: A police officer was arrested for disorderly conduct and disrupting government operations. The police department released a statement saying, “The Craig Police Depart­ment has initiated an internal investigation of the incident to determine any department policy violations and potential disciplinary action. Any internal action will be in addition to any criminal penalties he may face.”
  • Columbus, Ohio: A State Trooper is accused in a case of extreme drunk driving. Police say he plowed into two parked cars, and then attempted to drive away.
  • Broward County, Florida: A woman spent one night in jail after she used a cellphone to record a sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop. “All I knew was I was trying to keep my phone,” she said. “I knew I couldn’t give him my phone, because I didn’t know why he was acting the way he was if he didn’t plan on doing something wrong.” She spent the night in jail but was never charged. She now has two attorneys and says she gave notice that she plans to sue the agency.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-19-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 19, 2014:

  • Ash Flat, Arkansas: A state police trooper was charged with felony breaking or entering in connection to an incident. He admitted to taking prescription medication from a drug take back box in an attempt to replace missing drug evidence that he had seized during a traffic stop he made.
  • Amery, Wisconsin: A police chief was arrested after allegedly driving with a blood-alcohol level at nearly twice the legal limit.
  • Barron County, Minnesota: A sheriff says a deputy has been arrested on possible charges of domestic abuse and false imprisonment.
  • Webb, Mississippi: A police chief pleaded no guilty to one count of depriving someone of their civil rights; he faces a trial after being charged with hitting some one in the face while acting in his official capacity.
  • Denver, Colorado: A sheriff’s deputy is appealing a 30-day suspension for slamming a handcuffed and shackled inmate into a courtroom wall.
  • Los Angeles California: A police officer charged with lying under oath during his testimony in a drug possession case was convicted at his retrial. He faces up to three years and eight months behind bars.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: A police officer was indicted on a charge of aggravated rape after a young girl accused him of sexually assaulting her.
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut: A police officer was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife. He is accused of hitting his wife in the eye.
  • Galveston, Texas: A man arrested by police claims they used excessive force and has filed a federal lawsuit against the city demanding $10,000,000. A police captain says the man was revisiting arrest, and that it was evident in a cell phone video taken of the incident.

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