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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-13-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, November 13, 2015:

  • Alachua County, Florida: A deputy was suspended while under investigation for domestic violence.
  • San Mateo County, California: A deputy lost his appeal of his suspension for dishonesty. He was accused by co-workers and inmates of inappropriate intimate physical contact.  He also faces criminal charges for smuggling contraband into the jail.
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was suspended for 20 days for threatening a woman in a nail salon. Video of the incident has been
  • Denver, Colorado: An officer was accused of having sex with an intoxicated mentally challenged woman while he was on duty. He was suspended for 20 days for failure to report to dispatch, but no administrative or criminal charges will be forthcoming because the investigation found that the encounter was consensual.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer who was arrested for domestic battery in January had charges dropped and was reinstated.
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 04-07-15): The personnel board reinstated an officer who was fired for having body cam off during the fatal shooting of Mary Hawkes.
  • St. Petersburg, Florida: An officer resigned after two fellow officers accused him of using excessive force and subsequently lying about it to cover it up.
  • Houston, Texas: An officer was arrested for smuggling people across United States-Mexico border.
  • Pharr, Texas: An officer was arrested in connection with a shoplifting incident by another person. He is accused of assaulting the store’s loss prevention officer who attempted to intervene with the alleged shoplifter.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-12-15

Here are the eleven reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 12, 2015:

  1. Carteret County, North Carolina: A now-former deputy has been accused of indecent liberties with a child under 16-years-old.
  2. Update: Chicago, Illinois (First reported 12-19-14): An officer was arraigned for firing a gun at suburban officer after he was stopped for driving drunk. He has had 22 complaints lodged against him during his tenure with CPD. He is next due in court on December 1, 2015.
  3. Washington, District of Columbia: A detective was indicted on 12 felony counts for forging his supervisor’s signature to steal more than $13,000 in bogus overtime. The report mentions that the federal investigation started in 2011 and he has been receiving his full paycheck while serving desk duty in the four-and-a-half years since.
  4. Update: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (First reported 10-17-14): A now-former officer will not face federal charges for shooting Dontre Hamilton.
  5. Detroit, Michigan: Two officers have been charged with embezzlement, larceny, and misconduct for stealing cash from motorists.
  6. Update: Madison, Alabama (First reported 02-11-15) A now-former officer’s second federal trial for assaulting Indian man ended in mistrial.
  7. Shelby County, Tennessee: A captain was arrested for interfering with a child-rape investigation against her son.
  8. FBI: A counterterrorism agent was found guilty of second-degree assault on a teenaged man in Chevy Chase, Maryland for incident off-duty. He struck the man in the chest and threatened to shoot him.
  9. Riviera Beach, Florida: An officer was charged with battery for slapping a cell phone out of the hand of a disabled vet who was recording him.
  10. Denver, Colorado: The City was ordered by jury to pay an 80-year-old blind man $400,000 for the man’s violent arrest at a bus station in 2012.
  11. Ely, Minnesota: An officer was charged with having sex with a teenager.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-11-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct reported for Wednesday, November 11, 2015:

  • Austin, Texas: Several officers shown on video punching man they were allegedly attempting to arrest for jaywalking. Investigation is ongoing.
  • Mobile County, Alabama: A detective was arrested for DUI.
  • Fort Worth, Texas: An officer was arrested for DWI for riding his motorcycle.
  • Phoenix, Arizona: An officer was arrested twice in three days. The first incident was for domestic violence. The second incident was for sexual exploitation of a minor.
  • Colwyn, Pennsylvania: A now-former officer pled guilty to stalking and harassing a woman in Montgomery County. He faces murder and other charges for killing an ex-girlfriend and wounding her daughter for a shooting in Delaware County.
  • Lubbock, Texas: Two officers were suspended for excessive force against an auto theft suspect who took a fellow officer’s patrol car.
  • Moore, Oklahoma: A school resource officer is on leave and under investigation for alleged assault against an autistic 14-year-old child.
  • Update: Minnesota State Police (First reported 01-06-15): A trooper’s vehicular manslaughter charges were dismissed because prosecutors violated his Garrity rights by compelling information for internal purposes they intended to use against him at trial.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (San Diego): An agent was arrested for fatally shooting her boyfriend. She claims self-defense. The investigation is ongoing.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-10-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, November 10, 2015:

  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Three officers have been suspended after the tasing and arrest of university students at a party went viral.
  • Richmond, Virginia: An officer was arrested for sexual assault against a child.
  • Update: Denton County, Texas (First reported 12-17-14): A now-former deputy was sentenced to almost 13 years in prison for child pornography possession.
  • Sangamon County, Illinois:  The County’s civil liability committee recommended settling an excessive force and false arrest lawsuit brought by a woman for $150,000.
  • Update: Hummelstown, Pennsylvania (First reported 03-25-15): The officer who fatally shot an unarmed 59-year-old man in the back while he was lying on the ground was acquitted of all charges by a jury.
  • Update: Raytown, Missouri (First reported 10-28-13): A now-former officer was sentenced to two years’ probation for stealing drugs and jewelry from the evidence room.
  • Update: Bloomfield, New Jersey (First reported 02-26-14): Two officers face at least five years in prison after they were convicted for false swearing and misconduct. They used force and arrested black motorist who had his hands up during a 2012 traffic stop. They swore to acts that supported charges against the motorist for resisting arrest. When the prosecutor saw the video footage of the incident disproving their statements, he dismissed charges against the motorist and charged the officers.
  • Update: Hill County, Texas (First reported 04-3-15): A sheriff pled guilty to tampering in an officer licensing scheme. He was sentenced to deferred probation after resigning and surrendering his own law enforcement license.
  • Peach County, Georgia: A deputy was fired and arrested for sexting 17-year-old girl.
  • Pittsburg, Texas: An officer was suspended after he was accused in connection with an unspecified criminal case that occurred in February.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-05-15 to 11-09-15

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 5 through Monday, November 9, 2015:

  • Marksville, Louisiana: Two town marshals were charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of a six-year-old boy and second-degree attempted murder of the boy’s father.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (Brownsville, Texas): An agent was charged with murder and other charges related to organized crime and drug trafficking. According to the report, he is suspected in the decapitation of a Honduran national. Furthermore, a search revealed that he was in possession of three firearms, one kilogram of cocaine, and $90,000 in cash.
  • Lafayette Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was arrested for OWI and speeding.
  • Update: Chatham County, Georgia (First reported 01-14-15): Two now-former deputies were sentenced for their roles in the incident that led to the death of Matthew Ajibade and its aftermath. One was sentenced to 30 days in jail, to be served on weekends, for cruelty to an inmate. The other was given probation for perjury.
  • Millburn, New Jersey: The City will pay $455,000 in damages to a now-former sergeant who was retaliated against for whistleblowing.
  • Fort Smith, Arkansas: An officer was suspended without pay for 30 days after a sexual harassment complaint was filed against him by another officer.
  • Lorain, Ohio: An officer was suspended for 30 days for giving his wife password credentials to access confidential police database that she used to get information about co-workers. She was fired from her job as a dispatcher for the department.
  • Update: Memphis, Tennessee (First reported 07-20-15): An officer remains suspended after a grand jury did not indict him for the shooting death of Darrius Stewart.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (Douglas, Arizona): A now-former agent pled guilty to smuggling marijuana from Mexico. He is scheduled to be sentenced in January.
  • Kern County, California: A deputy will face criminal charges for allegedly firing his gun outside of a casino. A fellow deputy pled guilty to aiding
  • Thomas County, Kansas: The sheriff has been accused of multiple allegations of professional, criminal, and sexual misconduct.
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for and off-duty assault of a man at a Billy Joel concert in August.
  • Duval County, Florida: An SRO was suspended for conduct unbecoming for his actions against a mother of a student.
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer is “no longer with department” after a shot was fired into a home and his gun was found at the scene.
  • Houston, Texas: An officer was fired for ‘pacing’ motorists in his personal car and issuing tickets when he was off-duty. He would drive behind or beside a car to gauge its speed and write it down. He subsequently sent speeding tickets by mail, having run the license plate information through the police database, without ever stopping the driver.
  • University of North Dakota: An officer was fired and charged with 10 counts of child pornography possession.
  • Salt Lake City (Unified Police Department): A now-former officer was charged with forcible sexual abuse for actions against 17-year-old girl.

Worst of the Month — October

So for the month of October, we’ve selected the incident from Owasso, Oklahoma.  Michael Denton was charged with excessive force for beating a motorist with the butt of a shotgun.

The reason why this is arguably the worst case from last month is because this is the very same officer who was fired for excessive force for elbowing an inmate in the face.  An arbitrator later reversed his dismissal and in February Denton was awarded $280,000 in back-pay.

Not just a problem officer here.  The system for getting rid of problem officers seems broken.  Will Denton be reinstated again?  Stay tuned.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-03-15 to 11-04-15

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, November 3 and Wednesday November 4, 2015:

  • San Juan, Texas: An officer was suspended after a rollover crash that left several injured. The report indicates alcohol may have been involved in the incident.
  • Update: Jersey City, New Jersey (First reported 05-02-13): An officer was acquitted for a fatal hit-and-run in 2013.:
  • USCIS: An officer pled guilty to concealing a relationship with a foreign national during a security clearance investigation.
  • Update: Los Angeles County, California (First reported 06-09-15): A now-former sergeant was sentenced to eight years in prison for beating a handcuffed jail visitor.
  • Update: East Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 10-08-15): Two officers pled guilty to ripping off thousands of dollars from drug dealers. The two will testify against a third officer who will face trial.
  • Lynchburg, Virginia An officer was indicted for obtaining money by way of false pretenses.
  • England, Arkansas: An officer was fired and arrested for falsely claiming he was shot by a Hispanic man during a traffic stop. He allegedly staged the entire incident.
  • Bardstown, Kentucky: An officer was fired for interference in a missing person case that involved his brother.
  • Watervliet, New York: An officer was charged with participation in a drug ring. Another officer’s home was searched for undisclosed reasons and the investigation is ongoing.
  • Cook County, Illinois: A now-former deputy was convicted of domestic violence and sentenced to 30 days in jail.
  • Louisiana Department of Public Safety: An officer was arrested for attempted first degree murder of his wife, who was found with multiple gunshot wounds.
  • Conway, Arkansas: A now-former officer was arrested for child pornography possession.
  • Phoenix, Arizona: An officer was arrested for family assault.
  • Suffolk County, Massachusetts: A deputy was arrested for assaulting a teen and possessing his gun while intoxicated.
  • Los Angeles County, California: The County settled a lawsuit with a woman who was raped by an on-duty deputy. The settlement was for $6,000,000.
  • Suffolk County, New York: The County will pay $95,000 to a Long Island man who was beaten by a deputy.

A Housekeeping Note

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-31-15 to 11-02-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct reported for Saturday, October 31 through Monday, November 2, 2015:

  • Austin, Texas: A now-former officer had his manslaughter case dismissed by a federal judge who cited immunity.
  • Newark, New Jersey: An officer was suspended and arrested for pointing his gun at a man in an off-duty incident.
  • Los Angeles County, California: A deputy pled not guilty to assault and battery against a bartender for a 2014 bar fight.
  • Update: Ramsey County, Minnesota (First reported 07-10-15): A retired deputy pled guilty to selling merchandise to a pawn shop that had been criminal evidence he stole while he was still employed by the County. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay restitution.
  • New York, New York: The City settled a lawsuit with a deaf and mute woman who was wrongly arrested for $750,000. The officer failed to report her need for a translator.
  • Lafayette Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was arrested for smuggling drugs into the jail.
  • Mercer County, New Jersey: An officer was suspended and charged for accessing a law enforcement database and sharing mugshot of suspect shot by officers.
  • Columbus, Mississippi: An officer was fired and two others were suspended for their roles in the fatal shooting of Ricky Ball in October.
  • Glendale, California: An officer was arrested for drunkenly assaulting officers in Burbank.

Police and Sexual Misconduct

From the Associated Press:

In a yearlong investigation of sexual misconduct by U.S. law enforcement, The Associated Press uncovered about 1,000 officers who lost their badges in a six-year period for rape, sodomy and other sexual assault; sex crimes that included possession of child pornography; or sexual misconduct such as propositioning citizens or having consensual but prohibited on-duty intercourse.

The number is unquestionably an undercount because it represents only those officers whose licenses to work in law enforcement were revoked, and not all states take such action. California and New York — with several of the nation’s largest law enforcement agencies — offered no records because they have no statewide system to decertify officers for misconduct. And even among states that provided records, some reported no officers removed for sexual misdeeds even though cases were identified via news stories or court records.

“It’s happening probably in every law enforcement agency across the country,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino of the Sarasota Police Department in Florida, who helped study the problem for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. “It’s so underreported and people are scared that if they call and complain about a police officer, they think every other police officer is going to be then out to get them.”

Even as cases around the country have sparked a national conversation about excessive force by police, sexual misconduct by officers has largely escaped widespread notice due to a patchwork of laws, piecemeal reporting and victims frequently reluctant to come forward because of their vulnerabilities — they often are young, poor, struggling with addiction or plagued by their own checkered pasts.

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