National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-31-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 31, 2014:

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A police officer has been arrested for soliciting a prostitute. The police commissioner has suspended the officer for 30 days with the intent to dismiss. ly/DDL1X
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 09-16-14): A police officer has been charged in a case of alleged police brutality, but attorneys for the victim don’t believe those charges go far enough. The officer was caught on camera punching a man in the face. ly/DDKRm
  • Sturgis, Michigan: A police officer who is under investigation for a crash that could have been caused by drunken driving, has been placed on administrative leave. ly/DDK6k
  • Gulfport, Mississippi: A now-former police officer turned himself in on a charge alleging he tried to sexually assault a woman he was helping while on duty. ly/DDKyY
  • Columbus, Georgia: A police officer was jailed on a sexual assault charge. ly/DDoAr
  • Miami, Florida: A police officer accused of providing protection to a drug dealer has been arrested. He met with a police informant posing as a drug dealer and offered his protection for illegal drug sales. ly/DDnSo
  • Columbus, Ohio: A now-former trooper pled guilty to four counts of violating the civil rights of female motorists and one count of engaging in cyber stalking. ly/DDkVS
  • Boynton Beach, Florida: A police officer raped a 20-year-old woman at gunpoint on the hood of his marked police car, according to a police report. He was charged with armed sexual battery, armed kidnapping and unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior. ly/DDdVo

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-29-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 29, 2014:

  • Davis County, Utah: A 14-year sheriff’s deputy was terminated from his position after he allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a person in custody.
  • Clay County, Kentucky: A federal judge is weighing whether to dismiss murder charges against two men accused of killing a federal informant after a state trooper mishandled and destroyed evidence. The trooper has since resigned after admitting he didn’t have authorization to dispose of the evidence.
  • Harris County, Texas: A now-former officer with an area school district is accused of misusing his authority when he pulled over a woman and reportedly asked her for sexual favors.
  • Tuskegee, Alabama: A police officer Maced a 17-year-old girl and framed her for unlawfully consuming alcohol as a minor after she broke off their sexual relationship, a federal lawsuit claims.
  • East Bay, California: An California Highway Patrol officer accused of stealing nude photos of a DUI suspect is speaking out, claiming that officers have stolen images for years.
  • Bullhead City, Arizona: A police sergeant suspended in one case was arrested on an a felony attempted sexual assault charge after he was accused of attacking a woman in a vehicle outside a bar.
  • Update: Edison, New Jersey (First reported 04-01-14): A grand jury has indicted four police officers for allegedly planning retaliation against another police officer because of a drunken-driving charge. An 11-count indictment, charges the officers with conspiracy and official misconduct.
  • St. Louis County, Missouri: A now-former area police chief face public corruption charges. He was accused of using a city credit card to pay for a trip to Hawaii.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-28-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, October 28, 2014:

  • Los Angeles, California: A police officer is under investigation after being accused of beating and kicking a suspect who was being held down by other officers. The altercation was captured by a private company’s security camera. Several police officials who saw the video said the officer delivered a powerful kick to the suspect’s head. One said the officer resembled “a football player kicking a field goal.” Another described it as “horrific.” The suspect, they said, had surrendered and was not resisting the officers.
  • Update: Maury City, Tennessee (First reported 10-14-14): The police chief has pled not guilty to charges that he assaulted and stalked the mother of his child.
  • Update: Bradenton, Florida (First reported 09-10-14): The second-in-command at the police department was charged with stealing from the agency and the Pittsburgh Pirates organization for hours that were not worked.
  • Longwood, Florida: The now-former police chief was in court for criminal charges. Court documents said he used his position to hire convicted felon and also took bribes.
  • West Baton Rouge, Louisiana: A deputy is in jail. He has been charged with using his badge to have his way with prostitutes in motel. Police say he didn’t realize that at least one of those prostitutes was a police informant.
  • Update: Natchitoches, Louisiana (First reported 09-12-13): The now-former police officer accused in the death of a man wants to change his plea to not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity.
  • Marion, South Carolina: The justice department announced two police officers pled guilty in federal court to using excessive force against a woman with mental disabilities.
  • Update: Clovis, New Mexico (First reported 09-19-14): Allegations of excessive force against a police officer are now being investigated by the FBI, according to city officials.
  • Austin, Texas: The police chief has indefinitely suspended a lieutenant who he says had an affair with a woman and embellished and falsified reports in an effort to arrest her husband.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-25-14 to 10-27-14

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, October 25 to Monday, October 27, 2014:

  • East Orange, New Jersey: A police officer and two others have been indicted on drug conspiracy charges after they allegedly sold crack cocaine out of the officer’s home.
  • Berkeley County, West Virginia: A now-former sheriff’s deputy has been indicted on charges of embezzling guns. He was charged with felony embezzlement and felony fraudulent scheme. According to media reports, the indictment accuses the officer of taking more than $5,000 worth of guns from the sheriff’s office and selling them to a gun shop.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A police officer who was caught on video cursing and threatening a teenager will face disciplinary action, according to police.
  • Northampton, Massachusetts: A state police trooper has been released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to sexually assaulting a woman he met on an online dating service.
  • Denver, Colorado: A woman said she was waiting for a friend by a McDonald’s when a police officer pepper sprayed her point blank in the face. Witnesses said it happened as police were breaking up a nearby fight. Cell phone video shows an angry mob of people questioning the officer’s actions as both boys scream nearby. One woman is heard yelling, “we were walking to our cars to go home!” Another witness said the officer was justified in deploying his pepper spray.
  • Ava, Missouri: A police officer was arrested and put in the county jail on suspicion of drunk driving.
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: A tip led the police department to arrest one of its own officers on child pornography charges, according to the arrest report.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-24-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 24, 2014:

  • Lompoc, California: Sheriff’s deputies arrested a police officer accused of assaulting his girlfriend, marking the third arrest of a member of the police department this year.
  • Update: Cherryville, North Carolina (First reported 06-24-13): The now-former police chief who stole from his city will not spend any time in prison. He faced as much as 10 years but will serve six months of house arrest and one year of probation for embezzlement. He admitted using city money to buy $11,000 worth of guns for personal use. He has repaid almost all of the money.
  • Rockaway Township, New Jersey: A police officer who was suspended after charges alleging that he attempted to get DWI charges against a relative dismissed in municipal court, pled innocent at his arraignment and was extended a plea offer of five years in prison.
  • Tampa, Florida: A Tampa police officer was charged with DUI after crashing his car.
  • John Day, Oregon: The police chief has been indicted on two counts of first-degree official misconduct. The charges allege he directed two officers in the department to falsify their time sheets, billing overtime hours against a DUI enforcement grant instead of the police budget.
  • St. Johns County, Florida: A sheriff’s deputy is in jail on a kidnapping charge after an Amber Alert was issued for her son.
  • Waupun, Wisconsin: A police officer has been charged in connection with nine burglaries in the city.
  • Altus, Oklahoma: An officer was charged as a result of an undercover investigation on allegations of public corruption involving stolen property. The officer was ordered to serve 120 days in jail; pay $3,000 in deferral fees, plus court costs; contribute $1,500 to the Crimestoppers Program; and will be supervised by the District Attorney’s Office for 24 months upon his release from jail.
  • Update: San Francisco, California (First reported 03-05-14): A now-former police officer, one of three veteran officers charged in a major corruption case, pled guilty to stealing money and property from suspects and distributing confiscated drugs, and has promised to testify against his former colleagues in their upcoming trial.
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: A police officer has been charged with stalking and harassment. The charges stem from a failed relationship he had with a woman over a span of 10 years.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-23-14

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, October 23, 2014:

  • Atlanta, Georgia: An officer has resigned amid allegations of drug use. He submitted his resignation after allegedly failing a drug test.
  • Update: Egg Harbor City, New Jersey (First reported 09-26-13): A police officer pled guilty to using his position to gain sexual favors from a woman. He now faces a five-year suspended sentence under the plea agreement.
  • Wheeling, Illinois: A wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the family of a man fatally struck by a police SUV. According to the suit and police, the officer had not activated the SUV’s flashers or sirens at the time of the crash.
  • Birmingham, Alabama: A police officer charged with sexually abusing a child is facing additional charges. Police say he is now charged with first-degree rape in a case involving a woman.
  • St. Petersburg, Florida: A federal lawsuit claims police officers used excessive force and injured two men during a drug raid at a home.
  • Burlington City, New Jersey: A woman has filed a federal lawsuit over the shooting death of her son by a police officer. She contends the officer used excessive force when he repeatedly shot her son.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The ACLU announced a lawsuit against the police department on behalf of a woman who was physically restrained from recording officers arresting a protestor.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-22-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 22, 2014:

  • Bay County, Florida: A sheriff may be liable for his deputies’ allegedly unlawful arrest of a man for filming an officer during a traffic stop, a federal judge ruled.
  • Update: Cheshire, Connecticut (First reported 01-10-14): A now-former police officer will be spared jail time after he pled guilty to theft of about $50,000 in union funds.
  • La Vergne, Tennessee: A patrol officer was suspended without pay pending an investigation. His employment was terminated on the grounds of alleged inappropriate sexual activity, visiting adult and social media sites and posting photographs online while on duty, and divulging criminal information to non-law enforcement persons.
  • Half Moon Bay, California: The family of a schizophrenic teenage girl fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, seeking various damages for excessive force and unreasonable due process.
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 11-14-13): The now-former police officer was sentenced to 90 months in federal prison following a child pornography conviction.
  • Phoenix, Arizona: A now-former police officer who pled guilty in the theft of drugs from the police department’s evidence-storage room is going to prison for 3¾ years. He was also sentenced to four years of probation.
  • Warren, Michigan: A police officer is facing criminal charges. He has been accused of assaulting someone he arrested and then lying about it.
  • Jacksonville, Florida: A lawsuit claims the sheriff’s office engages in a “widespread custom of insufficient investigations” that is sending innocent people in jail. According to the suit the sheriff has “endorsed or approved” a systemic disregard for the rights of citizens, marked by “sloppy, even feckless police work.”

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-21-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, October 21, 2014:

  • Update: Superior, Wisconsin (First reported 03-10-14): A county attorney has decided that no charges will be filed against a police officer accused of using excessive force during an arrest.
  • Darien, Georgia: A now-former police lieutenant arrested for taking narcotics from the police evidence room was charged with one count of felony theft by taking. The arrest warrant accuses the officer of taking more than $1,500 in narcotics that had been stored as evidence.
  • Humboldt County, California: The district attorney’s office filed charges against a now-former sergeant for the alleged sexual assault of two women while he was on duty, according to court documents. ly/D6Pm0
  • Cythiana, Kentucky: A 6-year veteran of the police force was fired amid allegations he sent sexually explicit text messages to a female student while both on-and-off duty. ly/D6LEM
  • Update: Romulus, Michigan (First reported 05-29-14): A judge sentenced a now-former police chief to five to 20 years in prison. He reached a deal with prosecutors by pleading “no contest” to charges of running a criminal enterprise and misconduct in office. ly/D6HwB
  • Sturbridge, Massachusetts: The police chief, who was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash, will be charged with speeding and having an expired inspection sticker following an investigation into the crash. ly/D6lLW
  • Update: Hammond, Indiana (First reported 10-07-14): The two officers accused in a civil lawsuit of police brutality in a traffic stop will face a disciplinary hearing. ly/D6kKp
  • Update: Tulsa, Oklahoma (Previously reported 10-01-14): A now-former trooper who allegedly forced women to have sex with him following traffic stops has been formally charged with 14 counts that include rape, sodomy, sexual battery, embezzlement and asking for or receiving a bribe. ly/D6hUm
  • Natick, Massachusetts: A state trooper arrested after authorities said he repeatedly violated a restraining order obtained by his wife has been relieved of duty. ly/D6hqx

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-18-14 to 10-20-14

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, October 18 to Monday, October 20, 2014:

  • Update: Laurelville, Ohio (Previously reported 09-16-14): The now-former police chief has been sentenced to a year of probation after admitting he misused an official law enforcement computer.
  • Spartanburg County, South Carolina: A police officer was arrested after being involved in a traffic accident. He was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries and was charged with a DUI.
  • Update: Lowell, Massachusetts (Previously reported 09-19-14): A police officer charged with killing a man in a drunken driving crash will continue to be held on $100,000 bail. He pled not guilty to manslaughter by motor vehicle, motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He resigned after the crash.
  • Bexar County, Texas: A detective was fired for planting evidence and falsely reporting a burglary inside the Bexar County Courthouse.
  • Stockton, California: An attorney for the family a woman, who was taken hostage by three bank robbers in and killed by police in an ensuing chase and shootout, said that police officers used unreasonable force during the pursuit.
  • Update: Chicago, Illinois (First reported 01-06-14): A now-former police officer has been sentenced to three years in prison for shoving an 89-year-old man and leaving him with a broken hip.
  • North Palm Beach, Florida: An off-duty police officer faces charges of drunk driving and causing an accident.
  • New London, Connecticut: A now-former police officer fired over accusations he leaked an internal police document and later rehired has resigned following his arrest on charges he fraudulently collected workers’ compensation benefits.
  • Chicago, Illinois: An off-duty police officer was charged with drunken driving and driving the wrong way on the expressway.
  • New York, New York: A police officer facing attempted murder charges appeared in court. The officer is accused of firing 14 bullets from his police weapon into a car stopped at a red light.
  • Boston, Massachusetts: A motorist traveling through the city who happened upon an arrest in progress alleges a police officer took away his phone and damaged it after the cop caught him recording the incident. In Massachusetts, it’s legal to record officers in public.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-16-14 to 10-17-14

Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, October 16 to Friday, October 17, 2014:

  • Shively, Kentucky: A man says a traffic stop led to his facial fractures and a hospital stay and now he’s suing the police department. The lawsuit alleges an officer used excessive force during the traffic stop. The police report, however, disputes his story.
  • Purvis, Mississippi: A now-former police officer has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges that include fondling and sexual battery.
  • Medina, Ohio: A police dog died from heatstroke after being left in a police cruiser for more than four hours, officials said.
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: A police officer has been suspended after being cited for drunken driving.
  • Providence, Rhode Island: The police chief says he may review hiring protocol after a newly sworn-in probationary officer was connected to the alleged theft of a cellphone. The chief said the situation is “absolutely embarrassing.”
  • Update; Chattanooga, Tennessee (First reported 09-11-14): An woman says a police officer pulled her into a men’s bathroom, pushed her against a wall and kissed her. The woman, who says she had been raped in a bathroom a month earlier, had a panic attack. She says she pulled away and ran outside. The officer was in charge of her case’s investigation.
  • Madisonville, Texas: A police officer facing charges after the death of his K-9 partner has resigned. He was officially charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.
  • Denver, Colorado: A federal jury found five sheriff’s deputies used excessive force against a homeless street preacher who died in the city’s downtown jail and awarded his family a record $4.65 million in damages, a verdict an attorney said should send a message to law enforcement everywhere.
  • Aiken County, South Carolina: A deputy has been fired because of conduct unbecoming of an officer.
  • Florence, South Carolina: A sergeant was terminated. He faces criminal domestic violence charges, weapons charges and unlawful use of a telephone.
  • Update: Tom Bean, Texas (First reported 08-20-13): A now-former police chief pled guilty in court after allegedly stealing firearms and tasing one of his officers.
  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy has been. The deputy made contact with a woman at a gas station; she did not have a valid driver’s license and was in possession of marijuana and an unlabeled bottle of prescription medication. She told him that she was on felony probation and she offered him money not to arrest her. The deputy didn’t take the money but did return her drugs, the sheriff’s office says. He then gave the woman a ride home and once there she offered to perform a sex act. According to the sheriff’s office the deputy accepted the offer and did not make an arrest.
  • Espanola, New Mexico: A police officer has been put on administrative leave after an off-duty drunken driving arrest.
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: A $45,000 settlement was reached in the lawsuit of a man who claimed a police officer punched him in the head, punishing someone he mistakenly believed was involved in another officer’s murder decades earlier.
  • Update: Williamsport, Pennsylvania (Previously reported 09-29-14): A police officer, charged in connection with a deadly high speed chase, has been fired. He is charged with vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter.
  • Madison County, Mississippi: A now-former deputy sheriff has been indicted on one count of making fraudulent statements. He is accused of falsifying time sheets in order to embezzle public funds to which he was not entitled.
  • Update: Chicago, Illinois (First reported 05-21-14): The city is expected to pay $150,000 to settle a federal lawsuit brought by a woman who accused police of hitting, threatening and berating her during a raid at a tanning salon.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: A man has filed a $2 million lawsuit against the police department after officers allegedly performed a cavity search on him in public, in the middle of the day, for no reason.
  • Sequim, Washington: A man has filed a lawsuit against the city police department after an officer was seen on cellphone video punching him repeatedly. The lawsuit states that the man was the victim of excessive force.
  • Buckeye, Arizona: Police are conducting an administrative inquiry after an officer was caught on video threatening to kill a man during a traffic stop.
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: The police chief fired an officer who killed a mentally ill man in a park. The chief said that while the officer correctly identified the man as someone who was emotionally disturbed, he ignored his training and police policy and treated him as a criminal. “You don’t go hands-on and start frisking somebody only because they appear to be mentally ill,” the Chief said during a news conference announcing the firing.

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