National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

You Can’t Fight City Hall, Part XXIVXX

From the New York Post:

He’s been dead for eight years, but try telling that to the NYPD.

Cops have barged into James Jordan Sr.’s family home looking for him more than a dozen times since he died in 2006 — prompting his exasperated relatives to finally post his death certificate on the front door.

“I tell them over and over, ‘James isn’t here! He’s dead! It’s that simple. What’s so difficult to understand about that?’ ” the Brooklyn security guard’s widow, Karen, told The Post on Monday….

Jordan said the NYPD’s visits leave their home a wreck.

“They tell me to be quiet or they’ll lock me up,” she said. “So they go through my entire house, turning out drawers, looking in closets, harassing my children and asking them terrible questions.

The Jordans are filing a lawsuit to try to halt the police raids on their home.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-10-14 to 05-12-14

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, May 10 to Monday, May 12, 2014:

  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 03-31-14): A detective was sentenced to three years behind bars, with all but six months suspended and 300 hours of community service. Police say he lied about a drug sale to get a search and seizure warrant. Prosecutors say he then interfered with an investigation into his actions. He pled guilty to perjury and misconduct in office.
  • Okaloosa County, Florida: A deputy has been arrested on a felony charge of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. He is also suspended without pay pending termination.
  • Rockdale, Georgia: An officer has turned in her gun and badge after investigators discovered she was having sex on the job. She resigned after admitting to the act at least three times while on duty, including one instance where she delayed responding to a call.
  • Update: Mille Lacs, Minnesota (Previously reported 03-26-14): A now-former sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to 33 years in prison for sexually abusing several boys on a fishing trip.
  • Sandpoint, Idaho: A state police trooper has been suspended without pay as authorities investigate accusations he engaged in criminal activity in two northern Idaho counties.
  • Rockdale, Georgia: A deputy is facing an internal investigation after a fight with his wife at Walmart led to an arrest for battery and family violence charges.
  • London, Kentucky: The police chief has resigned just a few weeks after his ex-girlfriend said he stalked her. He was suspended with pay after the woman, who used to live with him, filed for an emergency protective order.
  • Fayette County, Ohio: A man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against a sheriff’s deputy and state trooper, accusing them of using excessive force after he was shot in the eye with a Taser stun gun. The lawsuit, which seeks more than $20 million, says the man now has near-total vision loss in that eye.
  • Update: Burbank, California (First reported 03-07-14): A now-former police officer was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison after he pled guilty to lying to investigators during a probe into an alleged scheme involving his girlfriend and her estranged husband.
  • Update: Bull Shoals, Arkansas (First reported 04-08-14): The police chief has been indicted on a charge related to his use of excessive force in the arrest of a town resident. If convicted on the charge, he faces up to 10 years in prison.
  • Yakima, Washington: A detective is on administrative leave following allegations of improper conduct for his role in a double murder investigation. He is on paid leave until his hearing.
  • Update: Hearne, Texas (First reported 05-08-14): The officer who shot and killed a 93-year-old woman after responding to a 911 call at her house has been fired.
  • Galveston, Texas: Two men are suing over claims an off-duty police officer viciously attacked them.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-09-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 9, 2014:

  • Hidalgo County, Texas: A deputy marshal has been placed on administrative leave after being accused of a sexually abusing a child.
  • Miami, Florida: A police officer was removed from his position after he sent sexually explicit text messages to a teenage student.
  • Carbon County, Utah: The sheriff is under investigation for alleged misuse of a county credit card and equipment to move to his new home. The county attorney says his office is investigating allegations that the officer spent about $2,100 on the credit card to purchase fuel for the county-owned pickup truck.
  • Sulphur, Louisiana: The police officer who fatally shot a dog has resigned prior to final disciplinary action being taken against him.
  • Miami, Florida: A total of 23 officers fired a total of at least 377 rounds at 2 unarmed men, killing them both. Bullets were sprayed everywhere. They hit cars, fence posts and neighboring businesses and blasted holes in a townhouse where a 12-year-old dove to the ground for cover and a four month old slept in his crib.
  • Huntsville, Alabama: A 17-year-old set up for a drug sting died from injuries suffered during his arrest, according to a federal lawsuit filed. The city denied the allegations in the lawsuit.
  • Harvey, Illinois: A long-time police officer has been arrested and accused of buying a stolen iPod, power tools and other items after a two-year investigation involving federal and state law enforcement, authorities said.
  • Hearne, Texas: A small town police officer responding to an emergency call about a female with a gun has been suspended for shooting dead a 93-year-old woman in her home, authorities said.

Thieves with Badges


TWO CRIMINAL investigators, part of an FBI-led task force, came to Juan Collado’s bodega in 2009 to hear his story.

Collado struggled to explain in English how a narcotics squad had barreled into his Tioga store, cut wires to his video-surveillance system and – once the cameras went dark – stole almost $10,000 and cartons of Marlboro Lights.

He asked them for a Spanish interpreter and they promised to return with one. They never did.

Now it’s too late.

Last week, news broke that federal prosecutors had decided not to file criminal charges against the officers. And the five-year statute of limitations has run out, not just in Collado’s case but for nearly two dozen other merchants with similar allegations.

“They played the clock game. They let time run out,” said Danilo Burgos, the former head of the 300-member Dominican Grocers Association

H/T: Overlawyered

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-08-14

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 8, 2014:

  • El Paso County, Texas: A now-former sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on a charge of improper sexual activity with person in custody and tampering with physical evidence.
  • Lincoln, Rhode Island: A state trooper was indicted by a grand jury on one count of simple assault.
  • Colville, Washington: A now-former police officer has been arrested and charged with rape of a child. The alleged victim told her middle school counselor about the incident. According to court documents, the young woman told investigators that she didn’t come forward because she was “very fearful and did not know what to do, especially since [he] was a police officer.”
  • Orleans Parish, Louisiana: A deputy is accused of physical abuse against an inmate at the parish jail.
  • Lloyd Harbor, New York: A village police officer accused of attacking a 64-year-old man remains on active duty while his case is pending.
  • Moffat County, Colorado: A sheriff’s office deputy was arrested for alleged domestic violence that took place while the deputy was off duty.
  • Update: San Diego, California (First reported 04-25-14): A police officer was arrested again for the second time in two weeks for domestic violence.
  • Update: Henry County, Georgia (First reported 04-03-14): The police officer accused of pulling out his gun on a group of children building a tree fort will be suspended.
  • Champaign County, Illinois: A sheriff’s deputy is on paid administrative leave after being charged with domestic violence and assault.
  • Washington, DC: Prosecutors believe an officer attacked and threatened to kill his longtime girlfriend. Disturbing accusations arose as the 52-year-old officer is accused of attacking his 25-year-old girlfriend. The documents say he has two children with her and that she is pregnant with a third – they have reportedly been in a romantic relationship since she was 15 years old.
  • Round Rock, Texas: A men was sitting in his car, charging his phone, when 6 police officers tried to arrest him, according to court documents. The man now is a quadriplegic after the officers’ “extremely aggressive use of force,” one of his lawyers said.
  • Portland, Oregon: Two uniformed police officers showed up at the home of a 9-year-old girl, questioned her on the front porch about a fight at a youth club six days earlier, and then handcuffed her as she stood in a blue-and-white bathing suit. She was taken to the police station and her mug shot was taken along with her fingerprints.
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma: A Corporal was arrested on a domestic assault and battery complaint, after allegedly trying to force oral sex on a woman, according to an arrest report.

The Pearlie Golden Case

From CBS News:

HEARNE, Texas — Friends say 93-year-old Pearlie Golden still shopped at the grocery store and greeted friends with a jubilant “Hey, baby!” Now they and the mayor of this small Texas town want the police officer who shot and killed her gone.

The fatal shooting of “Miss Sulie” – as residents say she was widely known – has raised tensions in Hearne and the Texas Rangers are investigating what led the officer to fire on Golden while responding to a 911 call at her house this week.

Hearne police have said in a statement that Golden “brandished a gun” when officer Stephen Stem, arrived Tuesday night.

Dozens of protesters, including some who came in from Houston, marched to police headquarters on Thursday and were met there by Mayor Ruben Gomez, who said he will recommend that the officer be fired during Saturday’s City Council meeting.

Ice Cream Stops in California

Scott Greenfield: “[T]his was a very cute bit of public relations on the part of the Quincy cops and Wall’s Ice Cream.  And it was also very wrong, very unconstitutional, and a very poor idea.  If the police want to hand out ice cream cones, that’s great. Let them have a pushcart and do so honestly. They do not get to use their authority to add hilarity to their show of force, and they should never sell their shield to any business, even one that makes something as happy as ice cream.”   Read his entire post.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-07-14

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 7, 2014:

  • Portland, Oregon: While under investigation for alleged threats and harassment of two ex-wives, a police officer resigned.
  • Nassau County, New York: Two police officers are under investigation after video surfaced that showed them violently striking a driver during a traffic stop.
  • Update: Eddy County, North Dakota (First reported 9/03/13): A sheriff says he’s innocent of child abuse charges. He was charged with felony “Abuse or Neglect of a Child,” in connection with the alleged physical abuse of his stepson.
  • Peoria, Illinois: A decorated police officer has been arrested on aggravated child pornography charges. It’s his third arrest in less than a year.
  • Trenton, New Jersey: A lawsuit filed says the destructive actions of police caused the death of a man. His mother filed suit, saying her son was killed following a high-speed chase. No criminal charges were filed against the officers involved.
  • Lower Windsor Township, Pennsylvania: A man says troopers shot his dog before they knocked on his door and identified themselves. They went to his home to issue a warrant for a girl who no longer lives in the house. Police say the dog charged, but the owner says the dog was shot in the side, indicating he was not attacking.
  • Longview, Texas: A police officer in has resigned from his position on the squad and a lieutenant has been placed on leave as a result of an investigation into allegations of  sexual contact while on duty.
  • Henderson, Nevada: A police captain is now under investigation after he apparently threatened bankers. The off-duty officer was forced to wait a few minutes to cash a check at the bank.
  • Franklin, Kentucky: The police chief has resigned after being suspended while the city conducted an internal investigation of his office. According to personnel records, the city listed several reasons for his suspension, including allegations that he falsified documents and used city resources for personal benefit.
  • Lowndes County, Georgia: A sheriff’s deputy pled guilty to conspiracy. Prosecutors say he admitted to taking money from Hispanic drivers during unlawful traffic stops and telling the victims they faced arrest or deportation if they didn’t pay him.
  • Fulton County, Georgia: A now-former deputy sheriff pled guilty in federal court to demanding money from security officers he assigned to work at public swimming pools. He hired officers and coordinated their schedules, but soon demanded payments from at least three of them in exchange for continuing to assign them more work.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-06-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, May 6, 2014:

  • Napa, California: An off-duty police officer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit and run after he allegedly lost control of his truck, struck a large tree, rolled his vehicle over and hit a parked car that was pushed into a home.
  • Wilmer, Texas: A police department is investigating allegations of an officer using excessive force against a teen. The family of the teenager says the boy was kicked in the head, but police tell a different story. Either way, a police officer is suspended and the department is taking another look at its policies.
  • Hinds County, Mississippi: Police say a 25-year-old man died after a deputy, who was acting as the referee, punched him at a basketball game. The deputy is now facing charges.
  • Maricopa County, Arizona: A deputy turned himself in after a standoff. Detectives issued a search warrant and carried away bags of evidence, according to neighbors. Deputies said they found methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia. The deputy has resigned.
  • Update: Nassau County, New York (First reported 06-25-13): A police officer who was off-duty and not in uniform when he shot a retreating, unarmed cabdriver after a night of drinking with another cop was fired.
  • Elmwood Park, Illinois: A police officer is accused of using his police powers to run background checks and start a relationship with a woman while she was estranged from her husband, according to court documents.
  • Modesto, California: A mentally challenged teenager and his family are suing the city in federal court, claiming police officers violated the teen’s rights by wrongfully arresting and interrogating him and coercing a confession from him in a drive-by shooting he did not commit.
  • Adairsville, Georgia: A family is seeking unspecified monetary compensation after their family member was shot and killed by police on “illegal” warrants taken by the police department.
  • Benton County, Washington: A sheriff’s deputy accused of illegally using steroids has resigned.

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