National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-28-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 28, 2014:

  • Update: Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania (Previously reported 09-21-13): A police officer has resigned in exchange for $35,000 and a “neutral” reference. He was fired after he allegedly used excessive force on a suspect. An arbitrator reinstated him, but he was placed on paid administrative leave soon afterward and has not patrolled since.
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: A deputy was arrested after allegedly battering a 5-year-old boy, leaving the child with hemorrhaging around the eyes and a swollen lip, according to a police report.
  • El Paso County, Colorado: The county sheriff has refused to put himself on unpaid administrative leave or resign. The county commissioner asked him to step down. He is facing accusations of sex with subordinates, abusive treatment of employees and dismantling oversight of the office budget.
  • Fort Smith, Arkansas: Police arrested another officer and his wife on several charges, including child endangerment and intoxication. Deputies said the officer pointed a gun at a 5-year-old’s head. He has resigned.
  • Columbia, South Carolina: An officer has been arrested in connection with a domestic incident involving his wife, officials say. He had threatened her and stuck a gun in her face.
  • Update: DeKalb County, Georgia (First reported 04-21-14): County prosecutors say a now-former police officer has been sentenced on child molestation charges. The officer was sentenced to 10 years and is ordered to serve five of them in detention.
  • Update: Ottawa County, Ohio (First reported 01-30-14): A now-former sheriff has been fined $1,000 for misspending government funds. He pled guilty to improperly spending more than $5,000 from federal funds earmarked for law enforcement needs.
  • San Francisco, California: Two college students are taking the first steps toward filing a lawsuit against the city and county, saying they were the victims of police brutality.
  • Lompoc, California: A sergeant was arrested on suspicion of criminal threats and felony vandalism following a dispute at his home.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-24-14 to 05-27-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, May 24 to Monday, May 27, 2014:

  • Vermilion County, Illinois: A state trooper has been charged with bribery and official misconduct for allegedly offering to buy another police officer dinner in exchange for giving his ex-girlfriend a ticket, according to a complaint filed.
  • Update: Spokane County, Washington (Previously reported 05-02-14): A deputy who was fired for having sex on duty was given his job back. The sheriff said he was not happy about it. He terminated the deputy after he admitted to visiting a former girlfriend while on the job and having sex with her during that time.
  • New Hanover County, North Carolina: A now-former sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to more than 27 years in prison following a conviction on several sex offense charges. He was convicted of attempted first-degree sexual offense, first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, six counts of indecent liberties with a child and 18 counts of felony secret peeping.
  • Lake County and Newton County, Indiana: Both county sheriff’s departments are being sued over locking up the wrong woman. The woman went to pay bond for a friend. Upon arrival, sheriff’s police arrested her on an outstanding warrant, despite the warrant being issued for a woman with a different middle name, date of birth and Social Security number on the arrest warrant.
  • Update: Irving, Texas (Previously reported 06-26-13): A now-fired female state trooper pleaded guilty to criminal charges after conducting illegal cavity searches on two women along the side of the road. The incident was recorded on the trooper’s squad car dashboard video camera. The judge sentenced her to two years probation after suspending a one-year prison sentence. She must also pay a $1,000 fine for each of the two cases.
  • Glouster, Ohio: A police chief is accused of tipping people off about their arrest warrants. He has been charged with two felony counts of obstruction of justice.
  • Bucks County, Pennsylvania: The deputy sheriff resigned amid allegations he was found unconscious in a vehicle.
  • Maricopa, Arizona: A police detective accused of assaulting his wife and son during a domestic dispute was arrested and put on paid leave.
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A police officer charged with molesting a child is out of jail on bond. He’s accused of sexually abusing a girl for the last five years.

National Police Misoconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-23-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 23, 2014:

  • Fall River, Massachusetts: A police lieutenant arrested for domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon has been released on home confinement. He was arrested after a violent incident.
  • Mount Oliver, Pennsylvania: The police chief was accused of stealing more than $8,000 from his department to pay his credit card, cellphone, and utility bills. He told investigators “things in the borough were crazy” and he was “in over his head” when money went missing, court records show.
  • Update: Caseyville, Illinois (First reported 04-25-14): The police chief has been fired for a third time in a span of three months. And for a third time, he will try to get his job back. He’s been on paid administrative leave in response to being charged with two misdemeanors after an outburst at a public meeting.
  • Los Angeles, California: A police officer has been charged with the attempted murder of his estranged wife during an off-duty incident of domestic violence.
  • Boston, Massachusetts: A police officer has been suspended from the force for four months for allegedly stalking a woman while on duty.
  • Bethany, Oklahoma: A judge will decide whether or not a now-former police officer should face trial for allegedly stealing prescription drugs from police evidence. He was charged with 10 felony counts of larceny of a controlled dangerous substance.
  • Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana: A ranking deputy pled guilty to a reduced charge in a case stemming from a fight in a casino.
  • Mineral County, Montana: A deputy sheriff misrepresented his past law enforcement experience and didn’t reveal when he was hired that he’d been terminated from police departments previously. The officer, who was disciplined last year for tasing a restrained prisoner in the county jail, was dismissed because his credibility as a witness was “absolutely nil.”
  • Phenix City, Alabama: A woman has filed suit after she says an officer beat her after she tried to stop him from coming into her home without permission.
  • Update: Robbinsdale, Minnesota (First reported 03-25-14): The now-former police chief pled guilty to engaging in prostitution. He was charged with the misdemeanor after being arrested in a prostitution sting.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-22-14

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 22, 2014:

  • Update: Pike County, Illinois (First reported 05-20-14): The sheriff pled not guilty to a felony misconduct charge after prosecutors say he botched the death investigation of a woman who overdosed on heroin.
  • Lincoln County, Tennessee: A deputy has been accused of domestic assault. Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said he was arrested after an alleged altercation with his wife.
  • Champaign County, Illinois: A sheriff’s deputy has been accused of drunken driving. He was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: A sheriff’s deputy has been arrested. He is charged with official misconduct, possession of cocaine and false statements to a law enforcement officer during an investigation.
  • Update: Miami, Oklahoma (Previously reported 02-04-14): A police officer has been indicted by a grand jury. She is charged with two counts of perjury and engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses relating to a traffic stop. According to the indictment, she lied about being the officer who stopped a man, lied about ordering him to stay in his truck multiple times, and was involved in a scheme to protect the arresting officers.
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: A former police officer pled guilty to second-degree assault for taking a lewd photo of a woman who was unconscious.
  • Frederick County, Maryland: A sheriff’s deputy is on probation after he pled guilty to an off-duty, drunken driving offense.
  • Update: Cedar Grove, West Virginia (First reported 02-27-14): The police chief who was arrested for assaulting a man pled guilty to the charges.
  • New York, New York: Two police officers are among 70 men and one woman arrested on charges of trading child pornography in what federal officials say is one of the largest-ever roundups in the New York City area.
  • Vanderburgh County, Indiana: For more than a month, a sergeant has collected a paycheck while being on paid administrative leave. He was placed on leave after an ‘intimidation’ or ‘stalking’ complaint was filed against him.
  • Vermilion, Ohio: A police officer who allegedly broke into his captain’s office and lied about the incident to police will not be fired. He faces a 30-day unpaid suspension from the police force and must take four classes on ethics, liability, justice and report writing on his own time.
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: A drunken driving suspect has alleged that an officer’s brutality caused him to lose a testicle. Patrick Davis, a former police officer and now head of a progressive advocacy group, said that for active resistance, such as in this case, the officer could have used his hands to twist the victim’s arms to get initial compliance. “This officer escalated far beyond what was necessary,” Davis said. “He had plenty of time to be proactive, and get backup earlier.”
  • South Jersey, New Jersey: Two long-serving officers have been accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old. An Atlantic City officer and a Brigantine officer were both arrested after a lengthy investigation.
  • Los Angeles County, California: A sheriff’s deputies facing corruption and civil rights charges pleaded guilty to a weapons violation. He was charged with illegally building and possessing an unregistered rifle.

Two Year Anniversary

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Defunding Armed Federal Units

From Newsmax:

Federal agencies are increasingly granting agents the authority to carry weapons and execute search warrants, a trend that one congressman is hoping to reverse.

Rep. Chris Stewart is preparing legislation to defund the law enforcement units of agencies, such as the Bureau of Land Management and the Environmental Protection Agency, whose primary purpose is regulatory.

“The fundamental challenge is that people like me simply do not trust the federal government any longer. We see examples of non-law enforcement agencies taking a very heavy hand, using armed SWAT teams against citizens, and that leads to an even deeper mistrust,” the Utah Republican told Newsmax.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-21-14

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 21, 2014:

  • Shreveport, Louisiana: A police officer who has been on administrative leave was arrested. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant for a single count of malfeasance in office, police said.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: A police officer was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.15 percent.
  • Trenton, Ohio: A now-former police officer was sentenced to 30 days in jail after he pled guilty to committing two felonies while in office. He resigned after being indicted on felony charges of tampering with evidence, theft in office, and unauthorized use of property.
  • Update: Battle Creek, Michigan (First reported 04-21-14): A police officer accused of using excessive force has been cleared of any wrong-doing.  He was seen throwing a man to the ground outside a liquor store.
  • St. Joseph County, Michigan: A prosecutor has called for the firing of a state trooper who pulled a gun on an 18-year-old woman whom he had stopped for speeding. A video shows the trooper leaving his cruiser with gun drawn, then handcuffing the woman and putting her in the backseat of his cruiser.
  • Davie, Florida: A police officer was fired after being involved in a hit-and-run while off duty. He lost his job after pleading no contest to leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, a second-degree misdemeanor.
  • Update: Washougal, Washington (First reported 03-21-13): A police officer who assaulted a mentally ill man, was fired and later ordered reinstated has now resigned. He was fired from the force for violating the police department’s use-of-force policy when he repeatedly punched a man. The man, who was mentally ill, was restrained and seated in the back of a patrol car when the assault occurred.
  • Dallas, Texas: The city council approved a $105,000 settlement for a man who alleged that officers used excessive force on him during the execution of a search warrant at his home.
  • Update: Fort Myers, Florida (First reported 07-12-13): A police officer, who was fired for using excessive force, is getting his job back. It was all caught on camera, but an arbitrator says the officer was doing his job during this arrest.
  • Chicago, Illinois: A police officer hit a handcuffed, kneeling woman in the head, while another shouted racially charged comments at her and threatened she’d be murdered during a raid of a tanning salon. The woman has filed suit, accusing the officers of a hate crime, excessive force, and attempted cover-up by framing her.
  • Update: Mount Pleasant, New York (First reported 01-24-14): The now-former police chief pled not guilty to child pornography charges in federal court. He is accused of downloading more than 120 files, videos, and images of child pornography.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-20-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Pike County, Mississippi: A highway patrol trooper accused of raping a woman during a traffic stop is no longer employed. The trooper was accused, but not arrested when a woman claimed she had been raped.
  • Camden County, New Jersey: A high-ranking police official has been charged with lewdness after allegedly exposing himself in a coffee shop. His chief calls the allegations “deeply troubling.” Authorities say the officer pulled down his shorts while seated at a table and masturbated.
  • Clayton County, Georgia: An man filed a formal complaint against local authorities after video surfaced of an officer slamming him to the ground in front of his own home.
  • Aurora, Colorado: Motorists who were detained at an intersection while officers attempted to locate and apprehend an on-the-run bank robber have sued the city for violating their Fourth Amendment right against unlawful search and seizure.
  • Update: Pooler, Georgia (First reported 01-14-14): A now-former police officer has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for his role in hiding a multi-state pill mill operation.
  • Los Angeles, California: A sheriff’s deputy who allegedly fired his service revolver into the air after neighborhood kids pulled a prank has been arrested on suspicion of discharging a firearm with gross negligence.
  • Pike County, Illinois: The sheriff has been charged with official misconduct and failure to perform duties in his role as the county’s coroner in connection with a death investigation. He is facing a Class 3 felony, which is punishable to between two and five years. He could also be fined up to $25,000. Serving as county coroner is part his duties as sheriff,
  • Chicago, Illinois: A woman is suing the city of and several police officers after her 5-year-old daughter watched an off-duty officer shoot and kill their pit bull puppy near their home.
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: An off-duty police officer was arrested on an allegation of drunken driving.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-17-14 to 05-19-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, May 17 to Monday, May 19, 2014:

  • Pottawattamie County, Iowa: A man says he’s still recovering from a brutal beating he took at the hands of the SWAT Team. Investigators agree false claims started the incident. The man is now suing the sheriff’s department for using excessive force.
  • Saline County, Arkansas: The now-former county sheriff was arrested and is being charged with felony abuse of public trust, felony theft of property value and misdemeanor theft of property. He is accused of reducing a friend’s community service sentence in exchange for having granite countertops installed in his house.
  • Update: Long Beach, California (First reported 07-05-12): A man who claimed police brutalized him during a raid on a medical marijuana dispensary two years ago is set to receive a $50,000 settlement from the city. Surveillance video that was uploaded to YouTube showed an officer stepping on a young black man. The officer is seen placing both feet on the back of the man, who was prone, before stepping on his neck while arresting him.
  • Pontotoc County, Oklahoma: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested, allegedly for not turning in evidence. The sheriff said the deputy was arrested after he failed to log an item into evidence as required by law. The item, a part of an assault rifle, was confiscated by the officer during an arrest.
  • Gueydan, Louisiana: A police officer was arrested after an investigation into unauthorized use of a fuel access card, officials said. The officer was booked into a correctional center on one count each of unauthorized use of an access card and malfeasance in office.
  • Los Angeles, California: A father who saw his unarmed son fatally shot by police on live television filed a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit in federal court against the city. The lawsuit alleges that officers violated his state and federal civil rights when they fatally shot him.
  • Update: Birmingham, Alabama (First reported 10-04-12): A federal appeals court has ordered a new sentence for a now-former police officer who was convicted of beating a handcuffed man in the back of a patrol car. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a five-year probationary sentence issued to the officer falls short of the 70 to 87-month prison term federal sentencing guidelines call for. The appeals court says his initial sentence wouldn’t adequately deter other police officers from using excessive force.
  • Sheffield, Alabama: A police officer has been suspended from duty for what the chief of police describes as not following department procedures.
  • Pinellas County, Florida: A 19-year veteran was demoted from corporal to deputy and received a 56-hour suspension this month for his arrest on a DUI charge, records show.
  • Chandler, Arizona: Authorities say a police officer has been arrested after arriving at a job while drunk. The officer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after arriving at an extra-duty job.

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