National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-14-14

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, January 14, 2013:

  • Orange County, Florida: A deputy sheriff was suspended without pay after he was jailed on felony insurance-fraud charges.
  • Update: Fullerton, California (Previously reported 05-16-13): The two police officers who were videotaped in a violent struggle with a homeless man during an arrest were acquitted of his murder.
  • Lincoln, Illinois: Two women are seeking $500,000 in a lawsuit against a man, two police officers and the city. They said a video recording, taken without their consent or knowledge, of them changing clothes was played for other police officers and several firefighters.
  • Update: Beacon, New York (First reported 1-18-13): A suspended police detective convicted of reporting a false burglary to police to cover up an affair he had with a criminal informant was sentenced to six months in jail.
  • Update: Charlotte, North Carolina (First reported 11-16-13): Attorneys for the family of a man shot to death by a police officer have sued, saying the department used excessive force in the death of a former Florida A&M football player.
  • Pooler, Georgia: A now-former police officer has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to drug conspiracy. He is charged with aiding and abetting in connection with the illegal possession and distribution of numerous controlled substances.
  • Lyman, South Carolina: An officer has been accused of destroying evidence. He was arrested and charged with misconduct in office and obstructing justice.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-11-14 to 01-13-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, January 11, to Monday, January 13, 2014:

  • Brooksville, Florida: A captain has been arrested on misdemeanor battery charges. The alleged victim said the captain battered him and the altercation was unprovoked. A sheriff’s office investigation validated the accusations and an arrest warrant was issued.
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: An officer admitted he used a prostitute and then helped her sell herself. He pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution and two counts of unauthorized use of the police crime computer to look up information on his girlfriend and her relative.
  • Washington, DC: A former police officer was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and six months of probation for taking nearly $1,000 in money orders from a woman who was under arrest.
  • Update: Atlantic City, New Jersey (First reported 11-25-13): Two now-former police officers were sentenced to two years’ probation. One officer admitted he was in uniform when he offered cash to a female in exchange for sexual favors in his patrol car. The other admitted using cocaine while in uniform.
  • Monroe, Louisiana: Officer faces trial for charges of payroll fraud, malfeasance in office and conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
  • Pleasant View, Tennessee: The police chief was arrested and charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest. He was released from jail on $1,000 bond.
  • Cranston, Rhode Island: The police chief has been put on paid administrative leave while the State Police investigate a parking-ticket scandal.
  • Update: Delaware, Ohio (Previously reported 12-19-13): The family of a man who was killed after two deputy sheriffs and a State Highway Patrol trooper did not arrest him for drunken driving is suing the county, the law-enforcement officers and others for the man’s death. The deputies and the trooper had found the intoxicated man in his truck. They didn’t charge him, but instead the deputies dropped him off at a fast-food restaurant. He later wandered into the road and was hit by a car and killed.
  • Los Angeles, California: A woman who fell out of a moving police car has accused an officer of sexually assaulting her while she was handcuffed in the back seat of the vehicle.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-10-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct newsfeed tracked for Friday, January 10, 2014:

  • Richmond, Virginia: An officer has been arrested following a State Police investigation. He faces a charge of using a computer for invasion of privacy.
  • Hamilton County, Tennessee: A patrol deputy has been terminated after handcuffing a woman and forcing her to perform oral sex on him while he was on duty.
  • Cheshire, Connecticut: A police officer was charged with stealing nearly $50,000 form the police union he served as president and vice president. He was charged with two counts of first-degree larceny.
  • Ottawa County, Ohio: The now-former sheriff was charged with one count of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds. He used about $5,000 for personal items.
  • Vaiden, Mississippi: The now-former police chief has been sentenced to three months’ probation after pleading guilty to arson.
  • Update: Mendenhall, Mississippi (Previously reported 05-21-13): A former police chief pled guilty to conspiring to demand money and property from people in exchange for dropping criminal charges.
  • Chicago, Illinois: A man is suing the police department. He accuses officers of beating him and sodomizing him with a gun to force him to cooperate as drug informant.
  • Aurora, Indiana: The police chief, who is facing criminal charges, will resign. He was charged with one count of domestic battery and two counts of battery resulting in bodily injury.
  • Pinellas County, Florida: A veteran Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office corporal and a patrol deputy resigned Monday while under investigation over unrelated allegations. The Corporal is accused of having sex while on duty. The patrol deputy is under investigation for a domestic incident.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-09-13

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 9, 2014:

  • Memphis, Tennessee: The families of two men who were shot and killed by police officers have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the city, the police director, and four police officers. At the time of both shootings the police said the incidents were justified.
  • Ada County, Idaho: A judge decided that an officer lied when he applied for a search warrant that led to marijuana trafficking charges against a couple. Now the couple is suing the officer in federal court. They are seeking undetermined damages.
  • West Sacramento, California: When police officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at a home, the homeowner said he was shot by one of the officers who was out of control. He has filed a civil lawsuit against the Police Department and the city.
  • Update: Seattle, Washington (Previously reported 12-08-13): A police detective who pled guilty to cyberstalking-domestic violence has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for posting sexually explicit photographs of a woman after she ended an extramarital affair with him.
  • Brooklyn Center, Minnesota: A mother claims her son was shot and killed by police while he was in handcuffs. The officers say they pulled the trigger because the man was attacking them. The family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against one of the officers.
  • Huber Heights, Ohio: A woman is suing a police officer and the city for excessive force and brutality a year after she was pinned to a squad car and handcuffed after a traffic stop.
  • Dallas, Texas: A woman’s attorneys say there was never any evidence that she shot and killed her boyfriend, but, they contend, that didn’t stop a detective from lying about evidence against her and omitting key facts that resulted in the woman spending nine days in jail on a murder charge.
  • Kinder, Louisiana: The police chief was arrested on theft and malfeasance charges. An audit showed that he used town credit cards to purchase excessive amounts of gas.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-08-14

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 08, 2014:

  • Update: Bellevue, Washington (First reported 12-06-13): A police officer on suspension following an alleged drunk driving incident pleaded not guilty to a DUI charge
  • Hernando County, Florida: A man, acquitted of felony battery charges against a law enforcement officer, is now seeking $10 million in damages from sheriff’s deputies. He filed a lawsuit, claiming constitutional rights were violated by four current and former deputies who used excessive force, as well as unlawful search, false arrest and covering up the use of excessive force, when investigating a noise complaint.
  • Update: McHenry, Illinois (First reported 08-15-13): A former sheriff’s deputy who investigated child pornography has pleaded guilty to federal charges involving sex with a minor.
  • Rockdale County, Georgia: A deputy with the County Sheriff’s Office resigned after being arrested for driving drunk and injuring three passengers.
  • Jackson, Mississippi: A former narcotics officer has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for his role in a scheme to help a man get a reduced sentence in a drug case in exchange for $45,000.
  • Seabrook, New Hampshire: Video showing a police officer throwing a teenager against a wall at the police department following an arrest lead to three police officers being placed on leave. They are on paid administrative leave while the investigation takes place.
  • Fort Worth, Texas: A police officer who was arrested for allegedly having sex with prostitutes has been fired. He is awaiting trial.
  • Kyle City, Texas: A police chief is being sued in federal court for allegedly harassing the husband of a woman with whom he purportedly fathered a son.
  • Update: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (First reported 10-09-13): A since-fired police officer will spend one to two years on work release from a halfway house, followed by six months’ house arrest, for an off-duty motorcycle crash that killed his fiancée’s friend.
  • Portland, Oregon: A police officer was arrested and accused of vandalizing a neighbor’s vehicle. He was off-duty at the time of the incident.
  • Lewis County, Washington: A sheriff’s office deputy was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and has been placed on administrative leave.
  • Omaha, Nebraska: Members of a Omaha family filed a lawsuit in federal court with the help of the ACLU. The lawsuit alleges that excessive force and a warrantless search and seizure were used in response to a parking incident.

Worst of the Month — December 2013

The worst misconduct incident for December was the case of Eric Crinnian, a Kansas City man who was threatened by police for refusing them warrantless entry into his home.  When Crinnian, a lawyer, refused to let officers search his home in the middle of the night without a warrant, he says an officer told him, “If we have to get a warrant, we’re going to come back when you’re not expecting it, we’re going to park in front of your house, where all your neighbors can see, we’re gonna bust in your door with a battering ram, we’re gonna shoot and kill your dogs, who are my family, and then we’re going to ransack your house looking for these people.”

That kind of conduct shows a clear contempt for the Constitution, which is supposed to be the law of the land.

Florida Police Now Ready For Minefields

From the New York Daily News:

“If you see my SWAT team roll up in this thing … it’s over, so just give up,” said Chief R. Sean Baldwin in a release….

The police department was able to purchase the armored vehicle through the 1997 National Defense Authorization Act, which passes excess military supplies to U.S. law enforcement.

More than $4.2 billion worth of property has been transferred to law enforcement since the program’s inception.

One wonders if these guys shout ‘Yippee Ki-Ya!” as they drive down neighborhood streets.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-07-08

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, January 7, 2013:

  • Richmond County, Georgia: A deputy who was named Deputy of the Year one week prior was fired. Information surfaced that he engaged in activities that might be considered a violation of his oath of office.
  • King County, Washington: An on-duty deputy was arrested after he appeared to be passed out at the wheel of his parked patrol car. A drug expert from a police department was called to investigate and believed the deputy was under the influence of a drug, possibly a narcotic.
  • Uniontown, Pennsylvania: A state trooper has been placed on unpaid leave and charged with pepper-spraying his girlfriend’s 13-year-old son because the boy stayed in bed instead of going to school.
  • Update: Long Beach, California (First reported 12-09-13): A now-former police officer and a relative who is a reputed gang member will be arraigned on conspiracy after the officer allegedly provided information to the relative to help the BIG gang.
  • Des Moines, Iowa: A police officer was arrested after a domestic abuse incident. He is on paid administrative leave with the police department pending the outcome of the department’s internal investigation.
  • Update: Dallas, Texas (First reported 12-19-13): An officer was fired for shooting an unarmed carjacking suspect “without fear or justification.” The firing came after an independent witness told investigators that the 19-year-old had his hands up and showed no signs of having a weapon when he was shot.
  • Sanford, Florida: An officer pled no contest to accepting a bribe, was placed on five years of probation and stripped of his right to be a law enforcement officer. He pulled over a driver and, when he discovered the man did not have a valid license, offered to let him go if he paid $400. The man did and drove away.
  • Goldanna, Louisiana: The police chief has been arrested on charges that include malfeasance in office as part of an investigation that involves one of his relatives.
  • Southport, North Carolina: A detective is on paid administrative leave after an officer involved shooting that happened at a home. A father said his family called the police to help with his schizophrenic son who had a small screwdriver in his hand. The father said officers had his son down on the ground after the teen was tased a few times and an officer said, “We don’t have time for this.” That’s when the father says the officer shot in between the officers holding the teen down, killing his son.
  • Update: Bethel Township, Delaware (First reported 03-07-13): A now-former police officer and treasurer of a youth baseball league has pled no contest to stealing more than $12,000 from the league. His sentence includes 90 days of electronic home monitoring, three years of probation, and 80 hours of community service. He has already started making restitution.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: An off-duty police officer punched a man in the head, and kicked him in the face. The man was awarded $125,000 by a federal jury in the lawsuit he filed.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-04-14 to 01-06-14

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, January 4, to Monday, January 6, 2014:

  • Memphis, Tennessee: A police officer has been arrested after authorities found child pornography on his cellphone. “It really sickens me to find that someone who has been sworn to protect the citizens and uphold the law would prey on our innocent children,” said the police department director.
  • Dothan, Alabama: A police officer who was charged with having sexual relations with a student says he is going to fight the charge.
  • Mount Kisco, New York: Authorities say a suburban police officer has been accused of punching his pregnant ex-girlfriend in front of their 2-year-old daughter.
  • Troy, Ohio: A now-former police officer pleaded guilty to a charge of felony theft in office for using a DARE program credit card for personal use.
  • Bethany Beach, Delaware: A trial board of Delaware law enforcement officers determined an officer had used unnecessary and excessive force on a suspect and that he falsified two police reports. The officer will appeal the decision.
  • Greenville, North Carolina: A police officer has been fired after his arrest on a stalking charge. His firing came after an internal investigation of the allegations against him.
  • Enfield, Connecticut: A police officer has been arrested and charged with operating a car while under the influence with his children in the car.
  • Fayetteville, Arkansas: A police officer was arrested in connection with rape, second-degree sexual assault, burglary and disclosure to an unauthorized person.
  • San Mateo County, California: A now-former sheriff’s deputy charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend’s former boyfriend pleaded not guilty to additional charges of violating a restraining order and intimidating a witness.
  • Chicago, Illinois: A veteran police officer has been accused of shoving an elderly gas station customer, leaving the 89-year-old with a broken hip.
  • Denver, Colorado: A police officer under investigation for allegations that he used cocaine has resigned from the force. Sources said it involved allegations that he used illegal narcotics and was required to take a drug test before he was suspended.
  • Spokane, Washington: Four people, who claim they were falsely accused in a sex trafficking case, filed a lawsuit against the count and members of the sheriff’s office. All of them were released from jail within a week and never charged. “The accusations were totally baseless. The police should have know that long before going to their house if they had don’t their job properly,” said the attorney representing them.
  • Hernando, Florida: Sheriff’s investigators arrested and charged two officers in separate incidents. They were accused of stealing tax dollars and donations to a fallen deputy memorial fund.


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