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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-15-15

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, September 15, 2015:

  • Valdosta, Georgia: An officer was fired and arrested for using a drone to spy on his neighbors.
  • Massachusetts State Police: A trooper was indicted for assault & battery and strangulation for a February attack on his girlfriend.
  • Belchertown, Massachusetts: The chief was pulled over for erratic driving and appeared to be drunk. He was driven home by a Granby officer without charge.
  • Pamplico, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for selling firearms to a convicted felon.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation: A now-former agent was sentenced to five years for bribery. He sold personal information about a Bangladeshi national to a political rival.
  • Boston, Massachusetts: A detective was arrested for lewdness after he was caught masturbating in public near a hotel.
  • Update: Columbus, Ohio (First reported 08-17-15): An officer was charged with assault for knocking a man unconscious and kicking him during an incident that happened when he was off duty.
  • Update: Signal Hill, California (First reported 03-09-15): A now-former officer will stand trial for pulling a driver from his truck and pointing a gun to his head in what was described as a road rage incident.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: An officer faces fraud and conspiracy charges for collecting $140,000 in wages for a job he didn’t work.
  • Kaplan, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for unauthorized entry, false swearing, and obstruction of justice.
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for sexual battery, official misconduct, and official oppression for a November 2014 incident.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-12-15 to 09-14-15

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, September 12 through Monday, September 14, 2015:

  • Santa Rosa, Florida: A deputy was arrested for felony child abuse.
  • Brevard County, Florida: Two deputies were named during a prostitution investigation and consequently terminated.
  • New York, New York: Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton apologize to former tennis star James Blake for his violent false arrest while standing outside of a midtown hotel. Surveillance footage shows Blake thrown to the ground by a plainclothes officer. The officer has a history of force complaints.
  • Update: Bastrop County, Texas (First reported 06-18-14): A deputy’s murder trial in shooting death of Yvette Smith started Monday and is now underway.
  • Springfield Township, Ohio: Jordn Miller’s death in custody is under investigation by the county prosecutor.
  • Beverly, Massachusetts: An officer was arrested for drunk driving while in possession of a loaded handgun.
  • Update: Germantown, Tennessee (First reported 04-10-15) An officer was fired for multiple rule violations. He remains out on bond for a charge of rape filed against him in
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A police officer was found liable for the shooting death of Kenneth Smith in 2012. The City was ordered to pay Smith’s family $5,500,000. Last year, a prosecutor declined to press charges against the officer in the case.
  • Update: Kenosha, Wisconsin (First reported 03-04-15): A now-former officer says the department has a long history of allowing officers to resign to avoid criminal charges. He claims he was offered the same deal but was prosecuted anyway. He previously admitted to planting evidence in a homicide case for which he is now facing a felony misconduct charge.
  • Georgetown, Ohio: An officer was suspended after a domestic violence arrest.
  • Butler University (Indianapolis): The assistant chief was arrested for OWI. His BAC was .27.
  • Update: Madison, Alabama: The now-former officer’s trial for paralyzing an elderly Indian man who didn’t understand his commands ended in a mistrial because of a deadlocked jury. The government says it will retry the
  • Sumner County, Tennessee: A now-former major was indicted on theft and drug charges after allegedly taking drug evidence that had been confiscated in closed cases.
  • Update: Cook County, Illinois: A now-former deputy pled guilty to stealing drugs from dealers. He stole drugs several times over the three years he spent on a drug task force.
  • San Luis Obispo, California: An officer was suspended after a DUI
  • Simpsonville, South Carolina: An officer was fired after allegations of excessive force.
  • Pennsylvania State Police: A trooper was arrested in a drug sting. He was under investigation because of reports he had been stealing drugs from motorists.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-11-15

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, September 11, 2015:

  • Update: Chatham County, Georgia (First reported 01-14-15): Two now-former deputies were indicted for perjury during grand jury testimony related to the in-custody death of Matthew Ajibade
  • Pike County, Mississippi: A deputy was indicted for manslaughter in the death of Troy Ray Boyd.
  • Baltimore County, Maryland: An officer and his wife were arrested and charged for theft from a credit union.
  • Dumas, Arkansas: An officer was arrested on cocaine conspiracy
  • Temple, Texas: An officer was arrested for firing his gun and inappropriately touching a woman while he was off duty in El Paso.
  • Update: Loveland, Colorado (First reported 05-11-15): An officer who was arrested for child abuse in May faces new charges of child abuse and tampering for destroying evidence.
  • Hellertown, Pennsylvania: An officer was fired after he was arrested for DUI after he was involved in a motorcycle crash.
  • Spalding County, Georgia: A captain was charged with aggravated assault, influencing witnesses, stalking, sexual battery, and other charges.
  • Petersburg, Virginia: An officer was suspended and arrested for election fraud in his bid for sheriff.
  • Update: Independence, Missouri (First reported 09-17-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to a civil rights charge for intentionally dropping a minor on his face. He faces up to ten years in federal prison.
  • Update: Hall County, Georgia (First reported 05-22-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for accepting bribes from a drug dealer.
  • Update: Birmingham, Alabama (First reported 10-23-14): An officer was indicted on four counts of sexual abuse of a child and one count of first-degree rape.
  • Shelby County, Tennessee: A deputy was arrested for statutory rape.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-10-15

Here are the 19 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, September 10, 2015:

  • Bexar County, Texas: A local news station released a video of a deputy-involved shooting. Deputies appear to have fatally shot Gilbert Flores when he was standing with his hands up.
  • Vallejo, California: An officer was arrested for sending explicit texts and photos to a 12-year-old girl.
  • Update: U.S. Secret Service (First reported 06-29-15): A now-former agent pled guilty to theft and obstruction of justice for stealing more than $800,000 in Bitcoin during Silk Road case.
  • Columbia, South Carolina: An officer was fired and arrested after an off-duty incident in which he allegedly pistol-whipped a man and discharged his weapon.
  • Update: Maryland State Police (First reported 07-10-15): A trooper was indicted for forcing a woman to perform a sex act. According to the report, the incident was initially consensual but he made a demand at gunpoint when she refused an additional request.
  • Update: San Bernardino, California (First reported 04-10-15): Three deputies were charged in the beating of Francis Pusok. A local news helicopter captured the incident on live television.
  • Update: Eutawville, South Carolina (First reported 08-15-13): Richard Combs, the now-former chief, pled guilty to misconduct for the shooting death of Bernard Bailey. Bailey had an argument with the Combs at the courthouse and tried to leave in his truck. The now-former chief claimed self-defense because he feared for his life as Bailey was backing up his truck and thus Combs shot him.  Combs was tried twice, with both trials ending with hung juries. He was sentenced to ten years in prison, but the judge reduced the sentence to one year of house arrest.
  • Update: Millington, Tennessee (First reported 08-27-15): The police chief resigned and two officers were fired as a result of a state investigation into thousands of dollars of missing cash from a decedent’s effects. No criminal charges have been filed yet, but the investigation is ongoing.
  • Update: Jeanerette, Louisiana (First reported 06-02-15): The police chief resigned and pled not guilty to malfeasance and obscenity charges.
  • Lake Arthur, Louisiana: An officer was fired after a photo surfaced that shows him saluting at a KKK rally. He claims picture “taken out of context” and is suing for his job to be reinstated.
  • Update: Hudson Falls, New York (First reported 03-12-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to misdemeanor theft from the police union. Originally charged with grand larceny, he was ordered to pay restitution (nearly $6,000) and a $300 fine. Because he was not sentenced to probation, he is eligible to be hired elsewhere as a law enforcement officer.
  • Portsmouth, Virginia: An officer was fired and charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of William Chapman. Chapman was an unarmed shoplifting suspect in a Wal-Mart parking lot. His autopsy showed he was shot in the face at a distance at which he was unlikely to have posed an imminent threat to the officer.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: A now-former officer and his girlfriend were indicted on multiple counts of drug possession and distribution.
  • Update: Powell, Wyoming (First reported 09-28-12): A now-former officer pled guilty to third-degree sexual assault for an incident while he was on duty. He is already serving time in prison for separate sex crime conviction in Wisconsin.
  • Illinois State Police: An officer awaits his verdict in a bench trial for strip searching a motorist. Having viewed a video of the incident, a supervisor testified against him.
  • Michigan State Police A now-former trooper was found guilty on four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. His sentencing is scheduled for October 21.
  • Update: Ohio State Police (First reported 04-06-15): A trooper who was fired for giving special privileges (a ride home) to an officer who was stopped for driving drunk and going the wrong way on the highway was reinstated with back pay. Three days of wages were subtracted from her back pay for the administrative suspension the arbitrator ruled was more appropriate for her actions.
  • Ipswich, Massachusetts: An officer was accused of stealing $11,000 from a police organization.
  • Update: Pasco, Washington: None of the three officers who fatally shot Antonio Zambrano, who had been throwing rocks at traffic but appeared to be fleeing at the time of the shooting, will face criminal charges.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-09-15

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, September 9, 2015:

  • Update: Tompkins County, New York (First reported 04-03-15): A deputy was indicted on eleven misdemeanor and five felony counts. According to the report, “charges range from endangering a person by firing a weapon, to choking, and attempted witness coercion and tampering” as well as burglary. The incidents happened over a several day period in late March and early April of this year.
  • Update: San Francisco, California (First reported 01-29-15): The City is being sued by a defense attorney who was arrested in the courthouse when trying to advise her client. The incident was recorded on video.
  • Burlington, Vermont: An officer was arrested for domestic assault.
  • Jacksonville Sheriffs’ Office: A deputy was charged with a felony for aiding her son who was fleeing cocaine distribution charges.
  • Update: Kern County, California (First reported 04-09-13) A now-former deputy was sentenced to two years in prison after he pled guilty to sexual battery.
  • Austin, Texas: A now-former officer was extradited from Indonesia to face capital murder and conspiracy charges for death of his pregnant girlfriend.
  • Norfolk, Virginia: Two officers were charged for embezzling funds from the International Brotherhood of Police.
  • Update: Buffalo, New York (First reported 12-17-14): The police officer who was indicted for a Thanksgiving Day beating had new excessive force charges added for actions during a separate incident.
  • Frederick, Maryland: An officer was sentenced to two years’ unsupervised probation for a DUI crash. If she successfully completes probation, her plea and verdict will be expunged.
  • Update: Glenview, Illinois (First reported 06-10-15): An officer was fired for perjury. He and three Chicago officers face criminal charges related to a traffic stop and drug case that unraveled when their testimonies were directly contradicted by video evidence.
  • Update: Lexington, Kentucky (First reported 02-10-15): An officer entered an Alford plea for harassment of a prisoner. He was fined $250 and remains suspended.
  • Gwinnett County, Georgia: A now-former major was found guilty on eight of fourteen charges related to use of office for profit, ID theft, and obstruction. He had been selling the county equipment from a private sector business both against orders and without disclosing the conflict of interest.
  • Update: Savannah-Chatham, North Carolina (First reported 05-07-15): A now-former officer was named in a federal indictment for stealing $20,000 in bogus overtime from the ATF.
  • Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: An officer was suspended after assault charges were filed against him.
  • Update: Pennsylvania State Police (First reported 02-11-15) : A now-former trooper was sentenced to two weeks in jail for killing a fellow trooper in a firearms safety training accident.
  • Elkhart County, Indiana: A patrol officer was arrested for shoplifting in Goshen.
  • Update: San Mateo County, California: A now-former deputy was found guilty of child molestation. Under California law, he faces a mandatory minimum 40-year prison sentence.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-28-15 to 09-08-15

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked from Friday, August 28 through Tuesday, September 8, 2015:

  • Charlotte County, Florida: A deputy was fired and arrested for using a law enforcement database to find information about women. He has been accused of harassment.
  • Update: Charlotte-Mecklenberg, North Carolina: The officer who fatally shot Jonathan Ferrell will not face second trial after his first ended in a hung jury.
  • New York, New York: The City paid $57,500 to a plumber who was wrongfully arrested for carrying an illegal knife.
  • Montgomery, Alabama: An officer was arrested along with his wife for an episode of domestic violence.
  • Garfield, New Jersey: An officer arrested was for DUI after crashing a car while he was off duty.
  • Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (Boston): An officer was arrested for assault at a stadium. She was already on leave for domestic violence and also has been named in a civil rights suit against the agency.
  • Millis, Massachusetts: An officer was fired and arrested for fabricating a story about a shootout and firing his weapon into his own cruiser that had caught fire after hitting a tree.
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 05-01-15): The City has agreed to pay the family of Freddie Gray $6.4 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit.
  • Corning, Arkansas: An officer was arrested on drug and database misuse charges.
  • Update: El Paso County, Texas (First reported 05-08-14): A now-former deputy was indicted for fondling a woman in custody.
  • New Ulm, Minnesota: The police chief was arrested for domestic
  • Mounds, Illinois: The police chief resigned after being suspended for his actions in a bar fight.
  • Fox Lake, Illinois: The police chief resigned after he was suspended for an altercation with a suspect.
  • Update: Eagle County, Colorado (First reported 10-08-14): A deputy was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 90 days of work release after he pled guilty to two misdemeanors stemming from an alleged sexual assault. He also must register as sex offender.
  • Update: Fairfax County, Virginia: The prosecutor will not seek charges in the tasing death of Natasha McKenna while in custody.
  • Update: Clovis, California (First reported 08-25-15): An officer will not face criminal charges after domestic violence arrest. He remains on paid leave while he faces administrative charges.
  • Columbus, Ohio: A now-former officer was indicted for stealing $90,000 in veterans’ benefits after her mother passed away.
  • San Francisco, California: A now-former officer was arrested for grand theft and embezzlement.
  • Florida State Police: Twelve officers were fired, forced into retirement, or disciplined for participating in a bogus overtime scheme.
  • Santa Clara County, California: Three deputies were placed on leave and arrested after the jailhouse death of 31-year-old inmate Michael Tyree. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was blunt force trauma.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-27-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 27, 2015:

  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer was charged with domestic battery and strangulation.
  • Millington, Tennessee: The police department is under state investigation after $12,000 was discovered to be missing from a deceased man’s effects when turned over to his family.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: An officer was arrested for disorderly conduct and public intoxication in Ocean City.
  • Searcy, Arkansas: The now-former chief was sentenced to one year of probation after he pled guilty to illegally obtaining a controlled substance.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An officer was caught on video extorting drivers to buy charity tickets under threat of auto seizure.
  • Visalia, California: An officer has been charged with forgery. He’s alleged to have lied about the amount paid for cars he bought and sold to avoid taxes.
  • Klamath County, Oregon: The sheriff is under investigation and seven deputies were placed on leave amid excessive force allegations.
  • Update: New York State Police: A now-former trooper pled guilty to sexual misconduct and was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge. He had faced three charges of rape and sexual assault but was acquitted of two at trial. The jury was hung on the last charge of third-degree felony rape. The misconduct charge is a misdemeanor.
  • Radcliff, Kentucky: An officer was arrested for domestic violence and unlawful imprisonment.

Worst of the Month — August 2015

So for August it was the case of Officer Kevin McGowan.  According to news reports, Patrick D’Labik, age 18, admits to running away from the police.  He said he ran because he had some marijuana in his pocket and did not want to go to jail.  Officer McGowan caught up with D’Labik in a convenience store and the encounter was caught on the store’s surveillance tape (video at the link above).  D’Labik has his hands raised in surrender and is in the process of getting on the floor when McGowan kicks him in the face.

When police commanders saw the surveillance tape, they concluded it was unnecessary, excessive force and fired McGowan.

Wait, McGowan is now back on patrol because the city’s Civil Service Board reinstated him.

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