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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.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-15-14

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 15, 2014:

  • Dover, Delaware: The ACLU filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and a police officer alleging that an officer assaulted a man during a routine police encounter.
  • Youngstown, Ohio: The city council will consider legislation to pay $50,000 to the city’s insurance company to settle a federal police- brutality lawsuit.
  • Pike Co, Georgia: The police chief was arrested on charges he used his position to solicit sex from young men and provide one with county gasoline.
  • Bolton, New York: A state trooper was arrested and suspended after he allegedly accidentally shot a vehicle in a campground and hit a man while hunting off-duty.
  • Clinton, Maine: Acouple has sued a police officer, his department and the town alleging one of them was falsely arrested for setting off a firework on his own property.
  • Melbourne, Florida: A police sergeant is on paid leave after he was found to have violated department policies after guns were stolen from his home.
  • Carlisle, Pennsylvania: A police officer as sentenced to county prison after pleading guilty to sending sexually explicit text messages to a 13-year-old girl.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-14-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, October 15, 2014:

  • Maury City, Tennessee: A polio chief has been charged with assault, harassment and stalking.
  • Kirtland Hills, Ohio: Authorities say a former police chief has been charged with defrauding a village out of $80,000. He was charged in federal court with single counts of mail fraud and destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation.
  • Island Co, Washington: A detective lost his job after being accused of inappropriately touching and making sexual and belittling comments toward a woman.
  • Oldham Co, Kentucky: A now-former police officer accused of trying to solicit sex from a teenage girl was found guilty of official misconduct.
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: State police arrested a Sergeant involved in an off-duty hit and run. He was driving while intoxicated and several other charges after he caused a crash.
  • Waller, Texas: A police officer videotaped pepper-spraying a student, seemingly unprovoked, has been placed on leave.
  • Update: New Hanover County, North Carolina (First reported 06-12-13): A now-former lieutenant pled guilty to drug charges.
  • Update: Fairfield, Connecticut (First reported 11-29-12): A now-former state trooper has been sentenced to serve a year in prison for stealing cash and a gold crucifix from a dying accident victim.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: A video recorded shows a police officer taking a jab at a bystander who recorded an arrest on his iPhone. The man filed suit, saying the officer broke a bone in his hand after hitting him with a Taser in the scuffle.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-11-14 to 10-13-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, October 11 to Monday, October 13, 2014:

  • Update: Walnut Creek, California (Previously reported 09-09-14): A now-former police officer was sentenced to a year in jail and three years of probation with the possibility of electronic home detention after donning a mask and beating a woman with a baseball bat.
  • Lakeland, Florida: A K-9 police officer has been arrested and charged with aggravated domestic stalking against a co-worker to whom he had been engaged.
  • Update: Janesville, Wisconsin (First reported 09-26-14): A police officer arrested on suspicion of domestic violence will not be charged. “The District Attorney has determined that there is insufficient evidence to prove a criminal charge beyond a reasonable doubt.”
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 10-09-14): A police officer and a state trooper charged with sexually assaulting a woman in an Atlantic City casino pled not guilty.
  • Miller County, Georgia: A deputy sheriff was arrested and has been charged with aggravated child molestation and statutory rape.
  • Detroit, Michigan: A police homicide sergeant has been suspended after department officials found him wearing a murder victim’s expensive watch.
  • Greensboro, North Carolina: A police officer charged with indecent exposure resigned before he was to appear in an internal police hearing.
  • Update: Houston, Texas (First reported 04-24-14): An officer admitted in federal court to his crimes in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy. He had been accused by federal authorities of using his position as a police officer to escort loads of drugs being moved through the area. He provided security for the illicit cargo.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-10-14

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 10, 2014:

  • Update: Washington, DC (Previously reported 05-23-14): A judge sentenced a now-former police officer who served as a pimp for two teenage girls to seven years in prison.
  • Henry County, Georgia: A police officer is facing serious allegations after a woman arrested claims he had inappropriate contact with her.
  • Update: Greenfield, Indiana (First reported 04-09-14): An officer was found guilty of bribery and official misconduct. According to case documents the officer said he would pay for a $200 steak dinner for another officer to pull over his ex-wife, who was driving on an expired license.
  • Raleigh, North Carolina: Police mistook a black teenager for a burglar and pepper-sprayed him inside the home of his white foster parents.
  • Update: Bangs, Texas (First reported 09-04-14): A now-former police chief was booked briefly into the county jail following his indictment for abuse of official capacity, jail records show. The charge is a state jail felony.
  • Update: Memphis, Tennessee (First reported 10-17-13): A now-former police officer was convicted of trying to frame two men for burglary. He was found guilty of tampering with or fabricating evidence, official misconduct, and two counts of official oppression.
  • Pacific County, Washington: The Attorney General’s Office has filed charges against a now-former sheriff’s deputy accused of misconduct on the job. He is charged with official misconduct and reckless driving.
  • Fort Pierce, Florida: A four-year police officer has been arrested on one count of DUI. The charges stemmed from a DUI investigation conducted by the police department, a release said.
  • New York, New York: The district attorney’s office is investigating allegations that a officer swiped more than $1,000 from a man during a stop-and-frisk, then pepper-sprayed him and his sister when they complained.
  • Cape Girardeau, Missouri: The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit claiming that a man was unlawfully arrested after insulting a police officer.
  • Brunswick, Georgia: A police officer who took three hostages in a vacant office inside an apartment leasing center had been placed on administrative leave before the incident. He was charged with three counts of false imprisonment.
  • Update: Montezuma County, Colorado (First reported 07-15-13): A now-former undersheriff who used taxpayer money to pay for personal items, including firearms, has been ordered to pay more than $7,000 in restitution.
  • Flint, Michigan: Authorities are asking people to step forward if they believe they were assaulted as children by a police sergeant who is charged with sexual misconduct while on duty in the 1990s. The officer, now retired, appeared in court on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was returned to jail without bond.
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 03-27-13): A now-former police officer has been found guilty of two misdemeanor counts of careless driving in a wreck that killed a 21-year-old woman.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-09-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, October 20, 2014:

  • Lockport, New York: A police lieutenant was placed on paid administrative leave following his arrest for drunken driving.
  • Panama City, Florida: A police officer has lost his job after being accused of stealing an iPad that was supposed to be stored in the department’s property holding room.
  • Bedford County, Tennessee: A high-ranking officer was dismissed following an accusation of shoplifting.
  • Jackson County, Tennessee: Prosecutors are recommending house arrest for a deputy in perjury case. The maximum penalty for the felony perjury offense is up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
  • Fort Worth, Texas: A deputy police chief has been arrested for cruelty to an animal for fatally shooting a dog that may have mauled the chief’s cat to death.
  • Wichita, Kansas: A police officer is accused of getting into a fight at a bar. Court documents accuse him of causing bodily harm to a family or household member, then driving drunk. He was formally charged with domestic battery, disorderly conduct and DUI.
  • New York, New York: A police officer and a state trooper have been charged with sexually assaulting a woman in an Atlantic City casino. Lawyers for both men say they are innocent.
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (Previously reported 08-07-14): A now-former police officer will spend a year in prison for killing his girlfriend’s dog.
  • Yonkers, New York: Two police officers pled not guilty to charges related to a falsified search warrant at an apartment where a drug suspect died after falling out his window during a police raid.
  • Romulus, Michigan: Three police officers pled no contest to charges stemming from a police corruption case and will lose their certification to be employed in law enforcement.

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