National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-21-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 21, 2014:

  • Georgetown, Texas: The police department has placed an officer on paid administrative leave after video surfaced showing him tripping and pushing students who were rushing onto a field after a soccer game.
  • Manteca, California: A federal judge approved a settlement that calls for the family of a man who was shot and killed by a police officer to collect $2.2 million from the city.
  • Medina, Tennessee: A man has asked the board of Aldermen for an investigation into two incidents. He alleges an officer used excessive force in two arrests involving acquaintances and that the police chief never even reprimanded the officer.
  • Tucson, Arizona: The ACLU claims the police department racially profiled two construction workers in an incident that caused a small riot in the streets.
  • Humansville, Missouri: A man who had called an ambulance for his wife who suffers from dementia says he was beat up by police. “I didn’t know what to think. I ever had anybody jump on me for doing nothing,” he says.
  • Las Cruces, New Mexico: A now-former detective, who focused on child abuse and sex crimes investigations, pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of a student intern when he sexually abused her while on duty.
  • Orange County, Florida: A deputy was relieved from duty after his arrest in a hit-and-run crash.
  • Green Bay, Wisconsin: Cell phone video involving police is making the rounds on social media. A police lieutenant says the department is investigating whether one of its officers acted inappropriately.

The NYPD Twitter Campaign

From Yahoo News:

New York police Tuesday were eating extra helpings of humble pie after asking people to post images of themselves and NYPD officers on Twitter — only to face a deluge of pictures of alleged police brutality.

“Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD. It may be featured on our Facebook,” the department posted on its NYPD News Twitter feed, hoping to fuel a feel-good, low-cost public relations campaign.

The result was anything but.


NYPD's Twitter photo contest backfires with images of aggressive police force

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-19-14 to 04-21-14

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 19 to Monday, April 21, 2014:

  • Update: Chicago, Illinois: A now-former police officer accused of having sex with a transgender man while he was locked up at a police station pled guilty to a felony bribery charge and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of probation.
  • Detroit, Michigan: A woman has filed a lawsuit against the FBI and other agencies for detaining and strip searching her because of her ethnicity.
  • Hartford, Connecticut: A lawsuit has been filed against two police officers, the police chief and a dispatcher, among others, in connection with an erroneous dispatch that led officers to overlook a body at a crime scene.
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: Two protesters who smoked marijuana given to them by law enforcement as part of a discredited police training program can proceed with their federal lawsuit, a judge has ruled.
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: A now-former police officer has been indicted on three counts of child molestation. According to police he allegedly molested a friend of his teenage daughter.
  • Lincoln, Arkansas: The assistant police chief was arrested on misdemeanor charges of assault on a family member and endangering the welfare of a minor, police said.
  • Update: Ottawa County, Michigan: A jury sided with a sheriff’s deputy who was sued by a woman whose arm broke during an encounter in a holding area. They determined he did not user excessive force.
  • Bibb County, Georgia: A deputy has been charged with misdemeanor stalking, making harassing phone calls and a felony charge of identity theft fraud when using or possessing identifying information concerning a person.
  • Williamston, South Carolina: A police officer was fired after being charged with criminal domestic violence for the second time in five weeks.
  • Morgan County, Alabama: Police say a deputy has been charged with second-degree assault in connection with a shooting at a Wal-Mart.
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A police officer is facing sexual battery charges for what a woman says he did to her in the back of his squad car.
  • King Co, Washington: Three veteran deputies were placed on paid administrative leave after investigators began looking into a prostitution allegation. The investigation is focused on one deputy whose wife is a professional sexual escort and that her husband was somehow complicit regarding the illegal activities.
  • Update: Chesterfield County, South Carolina: A now-former sheriff has been sentenced to two years in prison for misconduct in office. The judge issued the penalty after he was convicted by a jury of all eight counts against him.
  • New Town, North Dakota: fed jury convicted officer: felony count, misdemeanor count of excessive force on persons in his custody
  • North Bergen, New Jersey: An off-duty police officer has been charged with biting a man’s thigh and causing serious injury during a fight.
  • Battle Creek, Michigan: The city says it’s re-investigating whether a police officer used excessive force when arresting an assault suspect.
  • Alexander City, Alabama: A claim is being filed with the city and one of its police officers following an officer-related shooting death of a man at a local restaurant.
  • Update: Brusly, Louisiana: The police chief pled guilty to one count of malfeasance in office and was sentenced to 18 months of probation.
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: An now-former sheriff’s deputy has been convicted in a brutality case. District Attorney’s officials say the deputy pled guilty to battery for injuring a suspect
  • Bellevue, Washington: A police officer was fired after failing to arrest a fellow officer he had pulled over for an alleged DUI.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-18-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 18, 2014:

  • Update: Andover, Massachusetts (First reported 12-06-13): A patrolman was indicted by a grand jury on charges of drunken driving, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and misleading a police officer.
  • San Francisco, California: A police officer was arrested at work on suspicion of injuring his wife during an argument.
  • Osceola County, Florida: A deputy has been charged with bribery after he told a woman he would drop charges against her if she gave him nude photographs.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: A police officer has been sentenced to 45 days in jail for assaulting a drug suspect in police custody. The officer did himself no favors by claiming what he did the night of the drug arrest he’d do again.
  • Hightstown, New Jersey: The borough will pay a councilman $200,000 to settle the lawsuit he filed, after judges ruled he was unfairly pulled over and ticketed by a borough police officer during his unsuccessful mayoral campaign.
  • Denver, Colorado: A police detective who led the investigation into alleged prostitution use by a federal judge is himself now under investigation for allegedly soliciting a prostitute.
  • Asbury Park, New Jersey: The police department has launched an internal investigation into reports of police brutality against citizens during a large fight. The police chief said a number of community members contacted police and said officers were overly aggressive.
  • Exeter, Pennsylvania: A police sergeant was suspended from his job for using his work computer to watch graphic pornography and arrange sexual relationships online.
  • Greenville, North Carolina: A police officer is accused of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice. Authorities say the officer faces these charges stemming from a domestic call.
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico: A police officer has resigned after being accused of using excessive force against a taxi driver who was arrested during a traffic stop.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-17-14

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 17, 2014:

  • Update: Longmont, Colorado (First reported 12-02-14): A now-former police officer who admitted to attempted sexual assault of a woman was sentenced to eight years of sex offender intensive supervise probation.
  • Jefferson Parish, Louisiana: A video shows a man pleading with an officer not to shoot him, and asking why he was going to jail. A law professor says it appears his rights were violated while the police department is defending the deputy.
  • Cranston, Rhode Island: A police captain has been fired after a ticket blitz occurred. After three council members voted against a new police contract, tickets were handed out in their three wards.
  • Lodi, California: The family of a man shot and killed by police filed a federal lawsuit against the city claiming the officers used excessive force and that they intentionally and recklessly provoked the man, which led to a violent confrontation.
  • Radcliff, Kentucky: A boy was arrested for not giving an officer his name. It has led to questions about the First Amendment.
  • South Bend, Indiana: A mother is speaking out in what she says is a vicious case of police brutality. She says her son was brutally attacked by a police officer in her driveway.
  • Anaheim, California: A lawsuit has been filed alleging the civil rights of a gang member were violated when he was fatally shot by police. The suit questions police versions of events. It says that instead of calling an ambulance, an officer picked up the victim and threw him back onto the ground after he was shot.
  • East St. Louis, Illinois: A state trooper is facing felony aggravated battery charges after authorities say he strip-searched a man along the side of a road during a traffic stop.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: A detective from a high-profile police unit was charged with official misconduct for allegedly offering help with court cases in exchange for sex and sexually explicit text messages.
  • Update: Athens-Clarke, Georgia (First reported 02-16-12): A police officer arranged to have a fellow officer take a bribe from a friend who wanted to buy his way out of a DUI arrest.
  • Roseville, Minnesota: Four officers are being sued for excessive force stemming from an incident after a traffic stop.
  • Dona Ana, New Mexico: The state police are recommending a sheriff’s deputy be charged with vehicular manslaughter.
  • Update: Wilcox County, Alabama (First reported 06-28-14): A sheriff’s deputy was indicted on 8 counts of trafficking cocaine from his patrol car. He plead guilty to several charges.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-16-14

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 16, 2014:

  • Ottawa County, Michigan: A woman who says an sheriff’s deputy used excessive force while breaking her arm and dislocating her shoulder will share her story with a U.S. District Court.
  • Salt Lake City, Utah: A now-former police officer pled guilty to a felony and a misdemeanor in a plea deal on charges he faked DUI reports and collected thousands of dollars of overtime illegally.
  • Long Beach, California: The families of two men shot dead by officers took legal action against the city and the police department, claiming the officers involved used excessive force.
  • Hidalgo County, Texas: A police chief pled guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering involving a campaign contribution from a suspected drug trafficker.
  • Monroe County, Tennessee: A deputy has been accused of beating his girlfriend. The girlfriend told authorities he punched her several times when he was drunk.
  • Marathon County, Wisconsin: A police officer has been arrested on charges of soliciting a prostitute and encouraging probation violations.
  • Glendale, New York: An off-duty police officer was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after he allegedly rear-ended another vehicle.
  • Beaufort County, South Carolina: A woman has filed suit. She claims that a police officer made a reckless u-turn and caused an accident. A response denies the officer was negligent and states he was turning around in the road to assist another deputy.
  • Dinwiddie, Virginia: An officer was charged with rape, incest and sodomy. “The defense will play up the fact that he was a deputy and served the public but it’s a two-edged sword because prosecutors will say he violated the public’s trust,” said a legal expert.
  • Guy, Arkansas: A police officer has been fired after he was arrested on a charge of sexual solicitation of a child.
  • North Mankato, Minnesota: A police detective has been accused of stealing OxyContin and charged with four felony drug counts.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-15-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 15, 2014:

  • Tuckerton, New Jersey: A police corporal surrendered on charges of misconduct and aggravated assault during a police stop. He allegedly allowed his K9 to “unjustifiably” attack and bite a woman. He is also accused of falsifying his police reports to hide the incident and justify his actions.
  • Glenview, Illinois: After their sworn testimony, a lawyer played a police video that contradicted what five officers, three from Chicago and two from Glenview, had said, a furious judge found.
  • Update: Woodland Park, New Jersey (First reported 10-02-13): Relatives of a 12-year-old girl who was propositioned by a police officer filed a lawsuit against the department alleging the officer was not properly supervised,
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer was arrested and preliminarily charged with two counts of battery and one count of residential entry.
  • Update: Rensselaer, New York (First reported 03-21-13): A now-former police officer was sentenced to three to nine years in prison. His speeding car slammed into a tree, killing his passenger, while he was drunk.
  • Wichita, Kansas: Woman who filed suit claims her son was complying with police officer’s order to stop and turn around, raising his hands into the air, when the officer shot at him five or six times, then shot him three more times in the back as he lay on the ground.
  • Update: Anchorage, Alaska (First reported 11-27-13): A now-former police officer was sentenced for using police resources to share private information with a woman he’d arrested and then started seeing casually. The judge suspended a two-year jail term for the felony, as well as a 90-day sentence for the misdemeanor. The officer will be on probation for 2 years.
  • Timberlake, Ohio: The police chief and another officer have been jailed. A grand jury found the pair stole property or services valued at $7500.00 or more, and used their status as public officials to “aid in committing the offense.”

Prosecuted for Recording Bullies?

Disturbing report from the Pittsburgh area (South Fayette).  A 15 yr old high school student was being bullied by several boys in one of his classes.  Sometimes they would hit him with books and different kinds of abuse would occur almost every class.  His mom lodged complaints with the school, but nothing was done about it.

Since the bullying continued, the boy, who also has ADHD, used his iPad to record what his tormenters were doing so he could show his mother.  “I wanted her to understand what I went through,” he said.

Did the school officials say, “Good — this is the proof we needed to mete out discipline” ?   No.  The school officials forced him to erase the recording and then punished the bullying victim with a Saturday detention!

But it gets worse.

The school authorities also call in the police because  there is a “wiretapping” situation. The boy is charged with “disorderly conduct.”  The judge found him guilty and imposed a fine on the family.

The boy’s mom, Shea Love, says “The whole thing has been a horrible nightmare.”   Yes, the classmates, teacher, school officials, police, prosecutor, and judge all seem to have failed.

Go here for the story.

Update: Eugene Volokh has more details on this incident here.


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