National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

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.


National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-12-14 to 04-14-14

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 12, to Monday, April 14, 2014:

  • Chester, West Virginia: A police officer was indicted on one count of displaying obscene matter to a minor, a felony. He allegedly took a nude picture of himself and sent it to a 16-year-old girl. Her mother filed the original complaint.
  • Los Angeles County, California: The sheriffs’ department opened fired and killed a man after they mistook him for a suspect in a stabbing incident. He was actually a victim of the suspect.
  • Adams County, Colorado: A deputy was arrested on child sex assault allegations.
  • Update: Brusly, Louisiana (First reported 02-07-14): The police chief has been indicted with one count of malfeasance in office and one count of theft over $500. Both are felonies.
  • Annapolis, Maryland: A police officer has been suspended after he was charged with second-degree assault in an alleged domestic dispute.
  • Sandusky, Ohio: A state trooper has been indicted on a charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. The officer has denied the allegations.
  • Update: Los Angeles, California (First reported 02-19-14): A police officer convicted of perjury and conspiracy after lying about the details of an arrest in court was sentenced to community labor and three years’ formal probation.
  • Lake County, Oregon: A sheriff’s deputy has turned himself in following an investigation that he had a sexual relationship with a missing teenage girl. He resigned following the revelation of the investigation.
  • Update: Newport News, Virginia (First reported 04-10-14): A police officer already charged in a domestic violence case was arrested again. He was charged with violating a protective order.
  • Whitehouse, Texas: A woman claims she was unfairly arrested for failing to stop for a police officer. She says the cop was acting suspicious and she felt threatened, so she walked away from him. He then tackled and arrested her for walking on the wrong side of the road.
  • North Charleston, South Carolina: The family of a teenager who was shot by police has filed an excessive force lawsuit. The suit says the officer shot the boy in the back while he was running away, and then, after running up to him laying on the ground, fired another seven shots while “quite literally hovering over him.”
  • Denton County, Texas: A sheriff’s deputy has been charged with official oppression and theft after being accused of stealing $1,700 in cash from two men while in uniform.
  • Mobile, Alabama: A police officer is being punished after a shooting incident left one dog dead and another wounded in their owner’s fenced backyard.

Video Contradicts Testimony of 5 Chicago Cops

From the Chicago Tribune:

One by one, five police officers took the witness stand at the Skokie courthouse late last month for what would typically be a routine hearing on whether evidence in a drug case was properly obtained.

But in a “Perry Mason” moment rarely seen inside an actual courtroom, the inquiry took a surprising turn when the suspect’s lawyer played a police video that contradicted the sworn testimony of the five officers — three from Chicago and two from Glenview, a furious judge found.

Cook County Circuit Judge Catherine Haberkorn suppressed the search and arrest, leading prosecutors to quickly dismiss the felony charges. All five officers were later stripped of their police powers and put on desk duty pending internal investigations. And the state’s attorney’s office is looking into possible criminal violations, according to spokeswoman Sally Daly.

“Obviously, this is very outrageous conduct,” a transcript of the March 31 hearing quoted the judge, a former county prosecutor, as saying. “All officers lied on the stand today. … All their testimony was a lie. So there’s strong evidence it was conspiracy to lie in this case, for everyone to come up with the same lie. … Many, many, many, many times they all lied.”

What would have happened here had there been no video?   What about other cases handled by these cops?   Was this the very first instance of dishonesty?

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-11-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 11, 2014:

  • Knox County, Tennessee: A lieutenant has been charged in connection to a rape investigation conducted by The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. A grand jury indicted the officer on a set of criminal counts, including rape of a child, statutory rape by an authority figure, and incest.
  • Update: Plainfield, New Jersey (First reported 02-02-12): An officer threatened a woman with a five-year prison term unless she took off some of her clothes. The officer, still in his police uniform, masturbated as she did so. She was secretly videoing him during the incident; a jury convicted him of second-degree official misconduct and fourth-degree criminal sexual assault. He was sentenced to six years in prison.
  • Plymouth, Massachusetts: One police officer has been demoted and another fired in the wake of two off-duty motor vehicle accidents. The first agreed to a demotion in rank and an undisclosed suspension. The other officer was fired for not cooperating with an internal investigation of the accidents.
  • Buckner, Missouri: The police chief is suspected of assaulting his 17-year-old son. The sheriff’s office said he was charged with one count of domestic violence assault.
  • Country Club Hills, Illinois: The city will pay $700,000 to settle a federal lawsuit claiming a police officer wrongfully shot a teenager who then spent 14 months in jail before he was found not guilty of attempted murder.
  • Redondo Beach, California: A woman has filed suit, alleging police violated her civil rights to free speech, to freedom of association, unreasonable search and seizure, the constitutional right to petition the government for regressive grievances, and the right to freedom of commerce in the purchase and possession of a legal substance for medical needs.
  • St. John’s County, Florida: Police who unlawfully recorded conversations between an attorney and her client were properly denied immunity, the 11th Circuit ruled.
  • Seabrook, New Hampshire: One of three police officers investigated after a YouTube video showed alleged brutality against a teenager at the police station could face a maximum of two to five years in state prison.
  • Plum Borough, Pennsylvania: A fired police officer was arrested on a charge of unlawful use of a computer. He is accused of accessing files while on duty.

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