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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-26-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, August 26, 2015:

  • Wardell, Missouri: The police chief was charged with parental kidnapping and aggravated stalking.
  • New Mexico State Police: An officer was fired for violation of rules. Criminal charges are possible.
  • Update: Detroit, Michigan (First reported 04-28-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to 3-8 years in prison for a drive-by shooting of a home.
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: An officer was suspended for the duration of an excessive force probe.
  • Brady, Texas: An officer was indicted on three counts of sexual assault of a child between 14-16 years old.
  • Conneaut, Ohio: An officer will not face criminal charges for illegally using law enforcement database to contact a young woman. He will face undisclosed administrative punishment.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: An officer is on trial for perjury and false swearing stemming from January arrest of someone outside of her home.
  • Louisiana State Police: A now-former trooper pled guilty to malfeasance in office, payroll fraud, and cocaine distribution.
  • Hidalgo County, Texas: A deputy was arrested for DUI off-duty. She had a child in the car with her at the time of arrest.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-25-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, August 25, 2015:

  • South Bend, Indiana: An officer was fired by the city board after repeatedly disobeying orders as well as false reporting.
  • Clovis, California: An officer was arrested for domestic violence.
  • Boston, Massachusetts: The department is investigating video of a man being arrested for, apparently, yelling expletives at the police.
  • Update: Cleveland, Tennessee (First reported 08-14-15): The woman who accused a police officer of rape has been charged with filing a false report in the case.
  • Edgewood, Indiana (First reported 04-07-15): An officer pled guilty to reckless homicide for an automobile crash that killed a man and injured his pregnant wife. The woman had an emergency C-section as a result of her injuries and the baby survived.
  • Update: Phoenix, Arizona (First reported 04-29-15): An officer was reinstated after being fired for kicking out the teeth of an 18-year-old in an incident that was caught on video.
  • Florida Highway Patrol: A now-former officer was sentenced to more than four years in prison for extortion. He sold accident information to predatory tow truck drivers.
  • Update: Salt Lake City, Utah (Unified) (First reported 03-23-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to misusing $8,000 of public funds. He faces up to five years in prison.
  • Fox Lake, Illinois: The police chief and another officer were suspended during an investigation into a suspicious 2014 arrest that the officer made.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-22-15 to 08-24-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, August 22 through Monday, August 24, 2015:

  • Suffolk, Virginia: An officer was arrested for strangling his paramour and threatening her with a gun. He has faced previous allegations of domestic abuse against his now-ex-wife.
  • George County, Mississippi: A deputy who is in charge of the narcotics division was arrested for domestic violence and threatening to kill a woman.
  • Update: Washington County, Arkansas (First reported 05-07-15): An officer received five years’ probation for fraud, terroristic threatening, and assaulting his wife.
  • Update: Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina (First reported 09-19-13): The trial of the officer who shot and killed Jonathan Ferrell ends in a mistrial.
  • Portsmouth, Virginia: An officer fatally shot unarmed 18-year-old William Chapman in the face at a distance, according to autopsy. His family argues he was too far away to be an imminent threat.
  • Sugar Grove, Ohio: A now-former chief pled guilty to one count of illegal use of a law enforcement database to find information about women he was interested in. In exchange for the plea, 16 counts were dropped.
  • Update: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Detroit, Michigan) (First reported 05-11-15): An agent was cleared by the county prosecutor in the shooting death of Terrance Kellom.
  • Boston, Massachusetts: An officer was arrested for domestic
  • Hattiesburg, Mississippi: An officer was fired amid criminal drug probe. Future criminal charges are possible and the investigation is ongoing.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-21-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 21, 2015:

  • Update: Newton, New Jersey (First reported 11-19-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to two years’ probation for exposing himself to motorists during stops.
  • Fort Myers, Florida: The police chief was fired for lying during an investigation into now-disproven allegations against an NFL player.
  • Oak Ridge, Tennessee: An officer was fired while the subject of statutory rape allegations. He left his previous law enforcement job after he was accused of indecent exposure.
  • Haskell, Arkansas: An officer was arrested on sexual assault and child pornography charges.
  • Detroit, Michigan: An officer was indicted for lying to investigators who were investigating a homicide conspiracy.
  • DEA (McAllen, Texas): An agent was arrested for accessing child
  • Sorrento, Louisiana: A now-former officer is on trial for indecent behavior with a juvenile.
  • Miami, Florida: An officer was arrested for stalking the mother of his two children.
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: An officer was suspended after his arrest for assault and child abuse.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-20-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 20, 2015:

  • Gretna, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for child pornography and has been suspended.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: An officer was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend.
  • Minnesota State Police: A trooper was arrested and placed on leave for criminal sexual conduct at his residence while off duty.
  • Update: Los Angeles County, California: A retired captain has agreed to plead guilty to obstruction in the wide-ranging jail scandal. He committed perjury while on the stand during a now-former deputy’s trial and has agreed to cooperate against those deputies who have cases still outstanding in exchange for dropping other charges against him.
  • Update: Peachtree City, Georgia (First reported 04-27-15): The now-former chief was sentenced to probation after he pled guilty to shooting his ex-wife, consequently paralyzing her, in a firearm accident.
  • Newaygo County, Michigan: A sheriff’s lieutenant was arrested for DUI after a rollover crash.
  • Kauai, Hawaii: An officer was arrested for negligent homicide for fatally striking a pedestrian who had already been hit by a
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia: An officer resigned after administrative investigation. Cases against at least 10 people were dropped as a result of his resignation.
  • Elburn, Illinois: An officer was fired and charged with 33 counts related to sexual abuse of a child. The alleged abuse happened over a period of 10 years.


National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-19-15

Here are the ten reports of misconduct tracked for Wednesday, August 19, 2015:

  • Braselton, Georgia: A lieutenant was arrested for battery and kidnapping after a three-hour standoff with police.
  • Update: Worthington, Pennsylvania (First reported 01-23-14): The now-former chief’s criminal case for theft of a firearm and money has been dismissed.
  • Evansville, Indiana: An officer was suspended after a domestic violence arrest.
  • Fayetteville, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for stealing government funds through fraud.
  • Update: Oakland, Florida (First reported 03-19-15): A now-former officer had child pornography charges added to his molestation charges.
  • Update: Cuero, Texas (First reported 04-28-14): A now-former officer confessed and pled no contest to running over his wife with his car after a drunken argument. In exchange for the plea, the prosecutor lowered the offense level to a second-degree felony. He will be sentenced at a later date.
  • Miami, Florida: An officer was removed from duty after he was shown on camera punching a handcuffed suspect in a squad car. The investigation is ongoing.
  • Montgomery, Alabama: An officer was arrested for child abuse.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: An officer was charged with attempted first degree murder for a December shooting of a robbery suspect. Officers shot the suspect when he failed to comply with orders. Their actions were deemed justifiable, but the charged officer allegedly cursed at the suspect and shot him after he had been subdued by the first gunfire.
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 03-27-14): One officer and one now-retired officer were charged with murder for the shooting death of James Boyd. The City has already settled a wrongful death suit regarding the case.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-18-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, August 18, 2015:

  • Update: Kiowa, Oklahoma (First reported 06-26-15): An officer has been charged and fired for the abduction and sexual seduction of a 15-year-old girl.
  • California Highway Patrol: Three officers were among nine people arrested for the suspicious 2012 death of a man found in a national forest.
  • Loudoun County, Virginia: An officer was accused of assaulting an arrestee.
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was placed on leave after his arrest during a drug sting. He was wearing MPD t-shirt when he allegedly bought the drugs.
  • Update: Massachusetts State Police (First reported 10-27-15): A trooper who was charged with indecent assault against a person he met online in 2014 is scheduled to face trial in November.
  • San Francisco County, California: The sheriff’s drivers’ license was suspended for failure to report a crash he was involved in. He was already on probation for misdemeanor domestic violence.
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina: A school resource officer was charged with indecent liberties with a minor.
  • Update: East Point, Georgia: Two now-former officers were indicted for Tasing death of Gregory Towns.
  • Clinton Township, Ohio: An officer was arrested for domestic violence and intimidation as he awaited a hearing on a previous domestic violence arrest.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology: A now-former officer was charged for trying to produce methamphetamine. He is alleged to have caused an explosion at the NIST labratory.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-15-15- to 08-17-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, August 15 through Monday, August 17, 2015:

  • Update: Emmett Township, Michigan (First reported 08-18-14): An officer was arrested for sexual assault while on bond for previous sexual assault charges.
  • Marshall County, Alabama: The sheriff is under investigation by state ethics commission. Criminal charges are possible.
  • Update: Alamance County, North Carolina (First reported 07-08-14): A judge threw out a U.S. Department of Justice discrimination lawsuit against the sheriff.
  • San Felipe, Texas: The police chief was indicted for unlawfully hiring security officer, who he knew to be a felon. The chief remains on active duty as his case is pending.
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer was placed on leave after he was involved in a hit-and-run on his way into work. He was arrested for the crash one week later.
  • Newton, Iowa: An officer was placed on paid leave after he was charged with domestic abuse for allegedly slamming his fianceé’s arm in a door.
  • Update: Carencro, Louisiana (First reported 02-12-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 18 months in prison for extorting money from an exotic dance club owner.
  • Columbus, Ohio: An undercover officer was placed on leave after allegedly assaulting two people at an Irish festival.
  • Greece, New York: An officer was fired after his arrest for stalking and sexual harassment.
  • Update: Fairfax, Virginia (First reported 08-15-13): A now-former officer has been indicted for fatally shooting John Geer.

Fairfax Officer Charged w/Murder

From the Washington Post:

A former Fairfax County police officer was charged with second-degree murder Monday, nearly two years after he shot and killed an unarmed Springfield man who stood with his hands raised in the doorway of his home.

The indictment of Adam D. Torres in the killing of 46-year-old John Geer, who had a holstered gun at his feet when he was shot, marks the first time in the 75-year history of the Fairfax County Police Department that an officer has faced criminal prosecution in connection with an on-duty shooting.

Geer’s slaying in August 2013 sparked protests, shook trust in law enforcement and prompted county officials to begin a broad review of the department’s use of force and the way it communicates with the public about police shootings.

Reporter Tom Jackman with the Post has been following this case from the beginning and has done excellent work.

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.

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