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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.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-14-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 14, 2015:

  • Update: Sevier County, Tennessee (First reported 05-26-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to house arrest and put under a restraining order after he pled guilty to misconduct.
  • Update: Algona, Washington (First reported 03-27-15): A now-former interim police chief has been charged with theft for stealing $7,300 from a youth program at the department.
  • Maryland State Police: A trooper was arrested for assaulting a woman and threatening to kill her.
  • Leland, North Carolina: An officer was fired and charged with embezzlement.
  • Update: Osceola County, Florida (First reported 07-29-15): A deputy’s recent arrest on drug charges threatens at least 43 drug cases he was responsible for.
  • Cleveland, Tennesee: Two officers were suspended for sexual misconduct. One is accused of sexual assault.
  • Update: Washington, Pennsylvania (First reported 01-20-15): An officer resigned and was sentenced to probation after he pled guilty for tipping-off a sex worker to an upcoming police sting.
  • Update: Fairfax County, Virginia (First reported 09-04-13): The deputy that fatally shot John Geer has been fired.
  • Ogdensburg, New York: An officer was arrested for child pornography.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-13-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 13, 2015:

  • Larimer County, Colorado: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence and child abuse.
  • Update: Buffalo, New York (First reported 12-17-14): The officer who was suspended for using a baton to beat man on Thanksgiving has been indicted on federal civil rights charges.
  • Nassau County, Florida: A deputy was arrested and fired for assaulting a jail inmate.
  • Massachusetts State Police: A trooper was arrested for domestic violence against his live-in girlfriend.
  • Update: Saline County, Arkansas (First reported 05-19-14): The now-former sheriff pled guilty to wire fraud for using campaign funds for personal expenses.
  • Lee County, Florida: A corporal resigned during an investigation into claims he falsely billed a business for work he didn’t do.
  • Wayne County, Ohio: A deputy resigned amid allegations he used excessive force against a mentally ill woman. Video was released that showed him drag her by her ankles when she was uncooperative. He was subsequently hired as a Holmes County deputy.
  • Chelsea, Massachusetts: An officer was arrested for repeatedly striking handcuffed suspect and attempting to cover it up.
  • Webster, Texas: An officer was found not guilty of official oppression. Two other officers await trial for the 2013 incident in which they were alleged to have used excessive force against a man who had a gun.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-12-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, August 12, 2015:

  • Update: Arlington, Texas (First reported 08-10-15): The officer who fatally shot unarmed student Christian Taylor has been fired.
  • Denver, Colorado: An officer was arrested for domestic violence.
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania: A man files suit alleging he was assaulted by police for recording them.
  • Talladega, Alabama: An officer and K9 unit have been suspended while they are under prosecutorial investigation for improper and excessive dog bites.
  • North Randall, Ohio: A now-former officer was arrested for making straw gun purchases for felons while employed by the department.
  • Albany County, New York: A sergeant resigned after sending sexually explicit texts to a teenage girl.
  • Update: Spearsville, Louisiana (First reported 09-11-13): The former chief was convicted of child rape and was sentenced to life imprisonment. According to the report, he had been committing these crimes over a period of 40 years.
  • Update: Hackensack, New Jersey (First reported 04-29-10): The now-former chief won his appeal of his fraud and misconduct convictions stemming from a 2008 DUI cover-up. Several officers were disciplined or prosecuted for their roles in the incident.
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer was arrested for DWI in the town of Wylie.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-11-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, August 11, 2015:

  • Omaha, Nebraska: An officer was arrested for domestic assault.
  • Update: New Orleans, Louisiana (First reported 01-14-15): An officer has been arrested a second time for domestic violence. His first arrest was in January.
  • Lawton, Oklahoma: An officer was arrested for driving to work drunk.
  • Update: Carrollton, Kentucky (First reported 06-02-15): The police chief and another officer were indicted on kidnapping and obstruction charges for putting a mentally ill inmate on a bus to Florida with a one-way ticket.
  • Update: Put-in-Bay, Ohio (First reported 03-03-15): The chief was fired by city council amid several allegations of misconduct in office.
  • Update: Hillview, Kentucky (First reported 10-02-13): The now-former chief was sentenced to two years’ probation and fined $5,000 for lying to FBI about a meth lab.
  • Update: Huntsville, Alabama (First reported 11-20-12): An officer was found guilty of using excessive force against a suspect and attempting to cover it up.
  • Decatur, Alabama: An officer was cleared after an internal investigation. He fired a gun at an unarmed man while serving an arrest warrant in the man’s home.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: An officer was charged with assault for an incident caught on camera.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-08-15 to 08-10-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, August 8 through Monday, August 10, 2015:

  • Dorchester County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for DUI after being found in a ditch near a wrecked vehicle.
  • Update: King City, California: The now-former chief pled no contest to embezzlement and obstruction charges after his first trial ended with a hung jury.
  • Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana: A now-former deputy was sentenced to 18 months in prison for letting an inmate out of custody to buy drugs. The inmate did not return but was subsequently captured.
  • Update: Athens-Clarke, Georgia: The department released the footage of a now-former officer assaulting a University of Georgia student during an arrest.
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: An officer was shown on camera running motorcyclist and a passenger off the road.
  • Minatare, Nebraska: The now-former chief was fined $2,000 and lost his law enforcement certification for submitting falsified training documents.
  • Harris County, Texas: Deputies strip-searched a woman during a traffic stop because they were looking for marijuana. She will file a complaint.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: A judge dismissed civil suit against four officers who fatally shot fellow officer William Torbit, who fatally shot an armed person during a disturbance while he was in plainclothes.
  • Update: Christiansburg, Virginia: An officer pled no contest to seven of twelve embezzlement charges. In exchange for the plea, the other five charges were dropped. He will be sentenced in roughly 90 days.
  • Dupont, Pennsylvania: The police chief was ordered to surrender his firearms because a woman filed a protective order against him.

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