National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

On-duty Rape by Dallas Police Officer

From WFAA.com:

La’Cori Johnson, a five-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, was arrested at police headquarters Tuesday, just after he resigned.

He was charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony.

According to the arrest affidavit, the assault occurred September 9, 2013. Johnson detained a woman and a man in the 9200 block of Larga Drive, near Bachman Lake. He ordered the man to leave, but told the woman she had an outstanding warrant.

The affidavit states he ordered her into the back seat of his marked car and when she began to cry, he said, “Why are you crying? You don’t have to go to jail if you do what I tell you to do.”

According to the affidavit, Johnson drove his squad car a short distance, to a dead end circle in the 3300 block of Storey Drive, behind an apartment complex. The affidavit said he got into the back seat, took off his gun belt, placed it beside them, and raped the woman.

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-25-14 to 01-27-14

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, January 25 to Monday, January 27, 2014:

  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: A police officer was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after being involved in an off-duty, two-vehicle crash in icy conditions. http://ow.ly/sZQrh
  • Update: Denver, Colorado (Previously Reported 06-05-13): A now-former sheriff’s deputy who helped an inmate escape from jail was sentenced to six years in prison. He had already pled guilty to attempting to influence a public servant. http://ow.ly/sZUba
  • Greenacres, Florida: A police officer has been accused of having sex with women without telling them he was infected with HIV. He faces two counts of criminal transmission of HIV, a first-degree felony. http://ow.ly/sZRhp
  • Glendale, Colorado: A police officer was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to drug trafficking, making false statements, and unauthorized access of law enforcement databases. The officer used his position with the police department to request dispatchers to run license plates through the Colorado Crime Information Center and the national Crime Information Center, facilitating the drug trafficking. http://ow.ly/sZSVb
  • Marion County, Indiana: A sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on a felony charge of exploitation of an adult dependent. He was placed on administrative leave. http://ow.ly/sZTtB
  • Update: East Haven, Connecticut (Previously reported 10-22-13): A now-former police officer was ordered to spend five years in prison for violating the civil rights of Latinos. He was among four officers convicted in the case, and the third to be sentenced. http://ow.ly/sZB0X
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa: The sister of a man who died in police custody has filed a lawsuit against the city and the police officer who arrested him. The county attorney declined to prosecute the officer after concluding that the officer did not use excessive force during the arrest. http://ow.ly/sZLI9
  • Update: Normangee, Texas (Previously reported 09-18-13):A now-former police chief has pleaded guilty to abusing access to a crime database at the request of a drug trafficking suspect. http://ow.ly/sZI5l
  • Winona Lake, Illinois: A man has brought a lawsuit against the town, the police department, and the police chief for alleged violations of his civil rights. http://ow.ly/sZPqN
  • Louisville, Kentucky: A police officer has been accused of rushing though the town and running four red lights, while he was drunk driving. http://ow.ly/sZAaP
  • Washington, DC: The recently-troubled Police Department is facing three lawsuits, claiming wrongful death, excessive force and racial profiling by officers. ow.ly/sZny6
  • Mobile, Alabama: A police officer has been fired after an internal investigation revealed he exchanged “sexual favors in return for not turning in citations” at adult entertainment establishments. ow.ly/sVoVI
  • Pomona, California: A jury has awarded a Los Angeles police officer $260,000 after finding Pomona police used excessive force on the young officer and unlawfully arrested him. http://ow.ly/sZXMT
  • Franklin, Tennessee: A police officer was suspended for five-days after an internal investigation into an alcohol-related incident; the officer was found drunk in a parked car. He will no longer allowed to teach DUI courses at the state police academy. http://ow.ly/sZXrt

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-24-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 24, 2014:

  • Windermere, Florida: A jury found the now-former police chief guilty of perjury. Prosecutors said he lied while under oath during a friend’s trial to try to help him. That friend was convicted of raping children and sentenced to life in prison. http://ow.ly/sT1q3
  • Henderson County North Carolina: A deputy was arrested at his home. He’s charged with three felony counts of sex offense with a student. The Sheriff says he is “sickened” by the charges. ow.ly/sTajg
  • Update: Salem, New Hampshire (First reported 01-16-14): A police officer was fired in connection with excessive force allegations. http://ow.ly/sT9bP
  • Plum, Pennsylvania: A police officer has been suspended indefinitely for what borough officials say was an internal breach of the municipal computer system. http://ow.ly/sTd1I
  • Mount Pleasant, New York: The police chief was arrested in his home for possession of child pornography. He told investigating federal agents his personal collection of child porn originated from researching material for sexual abuse school classes that he was teaching. ow.ly/sVku3
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (Previously reported 08-20-13): A now-former police officer pled guilty to traveling across state lines and using the telephone and internet to operate a prostitution business. The officer’s 19-year old wife and another 19-year-old woman worked for him. ow.ly/sViih
  • Update: Clayton County, Georgia (First reported 09-03-13): A now-former police officer with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force has pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute drugs. Said the U.S. Attorney, the officer “was a drug dealer with a badge. He used his official position to traffic drugs and now faces a significant sentence for his betrayal of trust.” http://ow.ly/sT9ze
  • Cuyahoga County, Ohio: The prosecutor’s office confirms that a 23-year-veteran county sheriff department supervisor has been indicted for grand theft, theft in office, and tampering with records. He resigned from his post. ow.ly/sTc3E
  • Update: Lewis County, Washington (First reported 01-08-14): A deputy arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol has resigned. http://ow.ly/sTbkz
  • Denver, Colorado: A sheriff’s deputy supplied three teenage girls with alcohol during an overnight visit to a casino where he filmed them at the pool and lay in bed with them, police wrote in an arrest affidavit. ow.ly/sVhS1

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-23-14

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 23, 2014:

  • Miami-Dade, Florida: An officer and her husband were arrested after they were caught filling their personal cars with gas from a county fuel facility. http://ow.ly/sQEyD
  • Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: A woman is suing the city and the police department, saying an officer sped through a red light and crashed into her car, then blamed her for the crash. The lawsuit says a witness has confirmed the woman’s account of the crash. http://ow.ly/sQFgC
  • Attapulgus, Georgia: A resident is filing a $1 million legal suit against the Georgia State Patrol for the death of her mother, who was killed when her car wrecked during a law enforcement pursuit. http://ow.ly/sQFYB
  • Update: Austin, Texas (First reported 01-05-12): An activist filed a lawsuit against several members of the police department for preventing him from filming police behavior. He says that this was a violation of his civil rights. http://bit.ly/1biSeVd
  • Worthington, Pennsylvania: A police chief has been accused of stealing semi-automatic rifle parts from the borough police department. He has denied the charges through his attorney. http://ow.ly/sSPbg
  • East Hampton Village, New York: An officer found with a woman in someone else’s home was suspended. “This conduct is totally unbecoming of a police officer working for the village,” said the Mayor. http://ow.ly/sSSpi
  • Fort Worth, Texas: A police captain surrendered on a warrant issued after he was accused of domestic violence. He is accused of assault with bodily injury of a family member. http://ow.ly/sSTrJ
  • Charlottesville, Virginia: A student has filed notice of a claim against the state stemming from her arrest by Alcoholic Beverage Control agents who thought water she had purchased at a grocery store was beer. http://bit.ly/1biUhsh
  • Ashland, Massachusetts: A police officer has been indicted by a Middlesex County grand jury in connection with the destruction of evidence and subsequent conduct. He is alleged to have thrown out critical evidence in an open and active criminal case involving drug charges. http://ow.ly/sSUeC
  • Benton, Arkansas: A Benton police officer was arrested for an off-duty incident. He was charged with rape. A sheriff’s office website stated he received a $25,000 bond. http://ow.ly/sSYAx
  • Polk County, Florida: A Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested and accused of forcing arrested women to take their clothes off and let him touch them. http://ow.ly/sSXHd
  • Lake County, Florida: A deputy has been arrested on sexual battery charges. The victim says the officer groped her and made inappropriate comments during a traffic stop. The officer’s dash cam was allegedly turned off for about 22 minutes during the encounter. http://ow.ly/sSY3W
  • Orlando, Florida: A police officer kicked out the window of a patrol car after his arrest for DUI. http://ow.ly/sT2nR
  • Update: East Haven, Connecticut (Previously reported 10-24-12): A federal judge gave a now-former police officer 30 months in prison, less than the sentencing guidelines. A jury found him guilty of charges related to a civil rights probe of the department, including writing a false report after he arrested a priest. http://ow.ly/sT4dV
  • Laurel County, Kentucky: A now-former detective sergeant and fire chief has been indicted for theft. He allegedly took a credit card belonging to the fire department and charged goods for personal use. http://ow.ly/sT4PF
  • Update: Raleigh County, North Carolina (First reported 11-15-13): Sheriff’s Deputy has been sentenced to one year of home incarceration, following his guilty plea to domestic battery. He will not be able to have contact with his daughter, the victim, until the probation office allows for reunification and counseling. http://ow.ly/sTcqc
  • Los Angeles County, California: A now-former deputy accused in a scheme to plant drugs and make a false arrest must stand trial, a judge ruled. He pleaded guilty to one count of perjury in a probable cause declaration and one count of filing a false report. http://ow.ly/sT8Hv

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-18-14 to 01-22-14

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, January 18 to Wednesday, January 22, 2014:

  • Memphis, Tennessee: A police officer is off the job after being accused of causing a wreck while driving drunk. http://ow.ly/sQeC1
  • Becker County, Minnesota: A sheriff who abruptly resigned two years ago is accused of swindling the public out of money by selling the sheriff’s office a used boat, trailer, and motor he owned and passing it off as new, more expensive equipment owned by someone else. He was the sheriff at the time of the transaction. ow.ly/sQeaM
  • Delaware, Ohio: A police officer has been charged with identity fraud and unauthorized use of city property. The indictment alleges the officer created various documents that served to assume the identity of one or more people. ow.ly/sQc3w
  • Marion, South Carolina: A police officer was charged with misconduct in office and arrested. Warrants accuse him of stealing from a dead person’s house. The warrant states he took $100 from a woman’s purse as well as prescription drugs including Oxycodone and other substances. He has been fired. ow.ly/sOnmK
  • Phoenix, Arizona: A police officer has resigned after being arrested by detectives in connection with a sex crime investigation. The investigation involves a sex act between the officer and a 17-year-old girl. investigation ow.ly/sOmII
  • New York, New York: Cops bloodied an 84-year old man and put him in the hospital when he jaywalked at an intersection and didn’t appear to understand their orders to stop, witnesses said. http://ow.ly/sQtM6
  • Brevard County, Florida: A family is looking for answers after they say a deputy shot and killed their family dog. Witnesses say that their two-year-old boy was just feet from the dog when the officer shot it. The family says they will be filing a complaint. http://ow.ly/sQynV
  • Painesville, Ohio: An excessive force lawsuit claims that a man suffered brain damage caused by police using a Taser on him at his home. http://bit.ly/1jo65BF
  • Ocoee, Florida: A now former officer has been accused of using department resources in an illicit affair and even making a substation a hot spot for his sex acts. http://bit.ly/1e7ufc5
  • Woodbury, Minnesota: A police officer and the city have been names in a federal lawsuit that claims the officer entered a home without a search warrant, said he was investigating the resident for hacking into e-mail, and then confiscated the computer. http://strib.mn/1g1qKLt
  • Nelson County, North Dakota: A sheriff resigned to avoid being charged with stalking a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair. ow.ly/sQndL
  • San Juan County, New Mexico: A deputy and his wife were arrested on suspicion of obstruction of justice after the couple allegedly drove away from state police investigators who were trying to take custody of the deputy’s stepson. ow.ly/sQf6s
  • Linden, Utah: A police officer shot and killed his wife, mother-in-law and his two young children, then himself. ow.ly/sOo5F
  • West Valley City, Utah: Two people who were arrested by former drug officers have filed a civil complaint against the city. Their criminal cases were dismissed. The lawsuit says members of the department’s now-disbanded Neighborhood Narcotics Unit entered the residence and used excessive force when one of the defendant’s head was “slammed” into a wall, cutting it open. http://bit.ly/1jAHqr2

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-17-14

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

  • Orleans Parish, Louisiana: Two sheriff’s deputies were arrested on charges of domestic abuse in unrelated instances. The deputies were arrested within one day of each other. They are both accused of beating women who lived with them. http://ow.ly/sH2t7
  • Update: Deming, New Mexico (First reported 11-05-13): David Eckert, the man forced by police to undergo a colonoscopy, settled his legal case against officials. He will be paid $1.6 million by local governments. ow.ly/sGyht
  • Pevely, Missouri: The police department is investigating a complaint of police brutality. A 19-year-old girl claims an officer slammed her face on a carpeted floor. ow.ly/sGxAb
  • Tarrant County, Texas: A now-former sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to the maximum time in prison for sexually assaulting a teenage girl. It took jurors less than 20 minutes to sentence him to 30 years in prison after convicting him on one count of sexual assault and one count of prohibited sexual contact. Prosecutors presented evidence that he impregnated a 16-year-old relative. ow.ly/sGShj
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: An attorney says his client, a deaf man, was brutalized at the scene of a traffic stop, at the hospital and that it continued at the jail. One neighbor said the incident was a misunderstanding by troopers that went too far. An affidavit claims that when the deaf man was pulled over, he resisted two officers and refused to comply with repeated orders to display his hands. ow.ly/sHuBU
  • Update: Lexington, Kentucky (First reported 11-01-13): A police officer accused of physically attacking a 13-year-old soccer referee pleaded guilty to an amended charge of harassment. ow.ly/sHrth
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: A deputy was fired and arrested. He has been charged with aggravated rape for allegedly forcing oral sex on a woman during a traffic stop. He pulled her over for speeding, and is accused of raping her in his patrol car. ow.ly/sHmFw
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: A jury has cleared all officers involved in a shooting that killed a couple. The families have said all along that the shooting was unjustified and are shocked by the decision saying the officers “are being cleared for murder.” ow.ly/sHf9N
  • New York, New York: A woman was falsely arrested after calling police for help with her sick husband. The case was dismissed by a judge; there has been no comment from the police. ow.ly/sH6dT
  • Houston, Texas: A man said he was wrongly targeted by police, handcuffed and detained for more than an hour, after he gave a homeless man 75 cents. He said an officer pulled him out of the car, handcuffed him and put him in the back of a police car, as ten more police cars were also pulling up. “They’re like, ‘We saw you downtown. We saw what you did,'” said the man. “I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? I gave a homeless man 75 cents.'” The officer asked to search the man’s car for drugs and he agreed. The officer brought in drug sniffing dogs while the man said he sat handcuffed for an hour until an officer told him their search turned up no drugs. “He said everything was a misunderstanding and that I was free to go.” ow.ly/sH869

Houston Police Laugh Off the Damage They Caused

Greg Snider was sitting in his car and was then approached by a homeless man.  Snider have him some change and drove away.  A few minutes later, the police pulled him over, detained him, and a dog tore up his car looking for drugs.  When no drugs were found, the police laughed about the ‘misunderstanding’ and told Snider that he could go home.

More here.

Teaching Them a Lesson

From the New York Times:

The confusion and trouble began that day when Officer Anthony Giambra arrived at the apartment door a few minutes after the 911 call, as an ambulance and fire truck pulled up outside. Ms. LaFont started to tell Officer Giambra about her husband’s condition, but the dog broke loose and raced into the street. She went after the animal.

When she returned, Officer Giambra had thrown Mr. Peltomaa up against a hallway wall and was trying to handcuff him. The professor’s surgical wound was pressed hard against the surface, she said. She gripped the officer’s shoulder and yelled at him to stop. “You’re under arrest,” the officer told her, as another officer hustled her back into her apartment and handcuffed her….

Mr. Peltomaa denies he ever fought with Officer Giambra, though he recalls being confused about why he needed handcuffs to go the hospital. After he was cuffed, he said, the officer shoved him down face first on the tile floor, splitting open his chin and dislocating his thumb.

Then the officers flipped Mr. Peltomaa over, grabbed him by his clothes and dragged him to the ambulance. Ms. LaFont said she was taken to the precinct and put in a squalid cell. Officer Giambra, munching a candy bar, told her Mr. Peltomaa was fine and would be home before she would. “He said he needed to teach me the lesson that you are never allowed to touch a police officer,” she recalled.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-16-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 16, 2014:

  • Washington, DC: A police officer was sentenced for domestic violence charges. He was given a 10 year suspended sentence and 18 months of supervised probation after pleading guilty to second degree assault for strangling his wife. ow.ly/sF4Mz
  • Crossville, Alabama: A police officer was placed on leave after alleged charges for domestic violence were filed against him. ow.ly/sEZTz
  • Update: Fort. Lauderdale, Florida (First reported 06-04-12): Back in June 2012, we reported that a group of Ft. Lauderdale police officers were charged with official misconduct.  Those charges stemmed from the officers’ sworn testimony about a chase—implicating the fleeing burglar in several additional crimes, including attempted homicide on a law enforcement officer.  It was alleged that the additional charges were fabricated in order to justify the physical force used against the suspect after he was apprehended. After a 6-day trial in February 2013, Detective Sgt. Michael Florenco and Detectives Matthew Moceri and Geoffrey Shaffer were acquitted.  Full story here.
  • Lowell, Massachusetts: An officer has been on paid administrative leave as internal-affairs investigators probed his handling of sex charges against another police officer under his command. He has been served with termination papers. ow.ly/sEN6r
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A 16-year-old charter school student says he was roughed up by police so badly it sent him to the hospital with injuries that could last a lifetime. ow.ly/sEFY0
  • Parker, Arizona: The police chief has submitted his resignation amidst an investigation into alleged criminal activity and sexual harassment. ow.ly/sEBJY
  • Salem, New Hampshire: A police officer is on unpaid leave and charged with two counts of simple assault stemming from an arrest he made. The charges allege he struck the victim on the head with a flashlight and stepped on his hand while the man was handcuffed and sitting on the ground. ow.ly/sEgUZ
  • Update: Lawrence, Massachusetts (First reported 09-26-12): A now-former police officer has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for his role in a city towing kickback scheme. He was also sentenced to three years’ probation and fined $10,000, half of which must be paid within 60 days. ow.ly/sCOns

Kelly Thomas Verdict

As noted earlier this week, the police officers in the Kelly Thomas case were acquitted.   Some videos below.  Everyone is invited to draw their own conclusions.

I was interviewed for a forthcoming documentary on the Thomas case just before Christmas–so before the outcome of the trial.

Another video, produced much earlier, by Reason TV

 

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