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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-12-15

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, May 12, 2015:

  • Franklin County, Washington: A woman and former jail inmate is suing the county. She claims it failed to protect her from a deputy who was widely rumored to have committed acts of sexual misconduct, who subsequently sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions. The now-former deputy was sentenced to 10 months in the same jail for his actions but is currently out on medical furlough.
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer was fired for pointing his gun at ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.
  • St. Clair County, Michigan: A deputy was fired and arrested for criminal sexual conduct for having sex with an inmate.
  • Anderson, South Carolina: An officer was fired and arrested for assaulting a woman at a local rec center.
  • Frankfort, Kentucky: A DARE officer resigned after his name surfaced in an investigation into large bourbon theft. He was allegedly involved with steroids.
  • Toledo, Ohio: An officer was charged with OVI after hitting a fellow officer in a parking lot while off duty. The injured officer was treated and released from medical care.
  • Dubuque, Iowa: An officer was suspended for 40 hours for profanity and excessive force. He threatened a woman and shoved her onto the stairs of a city bus while arresting her. The Civil Service Commission upheld his suspension.
  • Horry County, South Carolina: An officer was fired for a high-speed chase of stolen car suspect, repeatedly bumping the car during the chase.
  • Bethel, Ohio: An officer resigned after he was indicted for rape and sexual battery.
  • Update: Boston, Massachusetts (First reported 11-17-14): A now-former was given one year of probation and ordered to pay a $2,000fine for lying to FBI. He was trying to protect childhood friend who was targeted in a federal gang probe.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for cyberstalking and violating a protective order.

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

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, May 9 through Monday, May 11, 2015:

  • Washington County, Oklahoma: A deputy was arrested for aggravated DUI after colliding with another vehicle while off duty. His BAC was more than twice the legal limit.
  • Weld County, Colorado: A deputy was arrested for aggravated incest. He allegedly sexually assaulted his daughter who is under 10 year old.
  • Loveland, Colorado: An officer was arrested for domestic violence against a child.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A now-former officer was arrested for using police database to track down brother’s ex-wife and intimidate her after an incident in court. While still on the force, he allegedly used her birthdate to find her new address and asked colleagues to run a check on a license plate that belonged to the person that escorted her into court. The ex-wife’s tires were slashed several days after the court incident. The officer resigned in June.
  • San Mateo County, California: A deputy has been charged with the brandishing of a firearm for allegedly pointing a gun at a school janitor.
  • Sterling Heights, Michigan: An officer was placed on leave while he is investigated for DUI after crashing his car off duty.
  • Update: Nashville, Tennessee (First reported 06-16-14): A now-former lieutenant who was accused of rape was acquitted of the charges.
  • Hernando County, Florida: A deputy was arrested in a sting. He drove his girlfriend to buy prescription pills from an informant.
  • Spartanburg County, South Carolina: An officer was fired after his arrest for assault & battery and misconduct in office. He is alleged to have stricken a jail inmate.
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Detroit, Michigan): An agent is being investigated for fatally shooting a 20-year-old man. There are conflicting reports on whether man was retreating at the time of the shooting.
  • East St. Louis, Illinois Housing Authority: An officer shot a suspect while allegedly high on cocaine.
  • Moulton, Alabama: An officer was arrested for stealing from a Wal-Mart while on duty.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-08-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 8, 2015:

  • Washington County, Oregon: A sergeant resigned during an investigation into his alleged sexual harassment and misconduct.
  • Washington State Police: A trooper was arrested for attempting to conceal his teenaged son’s role in an attempted arson. The veteran trooper allegedly tried to destroy evidence that linked his son to the crime.
  • Alameda, California: The city settled an excessive force lawsuit. The plaintiff who was beaten by an officer with a baton received $450,000 for injuries he sustained during his mistaken arrest.
  • Update: Chula Vista, California (First reported 06-18-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to misdemeanor child abuse for choking and assaulting his girlfriend’s 16-year-old son.
  • Buffalo, New York: An officer faces civil rights charges for mistreating a witness to a crime and having that witness falsely arrested. The officer was off-duty at the time and working security at a pub. The incident was a murder in which the pub’s manager threw a man down the stairs, leading to his death.
  • Clanton, Alabama: The police chief was arrested for stealing from FOP’s “Santa Claus Fund.” That fund provides gifts to kids in need during the holiday season.
  • Bel Aire, Kansas: A now-former chief and three now-former officers were indicted for fraud. Allegedly, they bought guns under the guise of official use to take advantage of law enforcement tax exemptions to sell them at a profit.
  • Bartlett, Tennessee: An officer was charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter for a high-speed crash while in pursuit that killed two motorists.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-07-15

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 7, 2015:

  • Ottawa County, Michigan: A deputy was arrested for DUI with greater than .17 BAC. Under a new Michigan law, he faces stiffer penalties for driving more than twice the legal limit.
  • Update: Lexington County, South Carolina (First reported 01-06-14): The now-former sheriff was sentenced to one year plus one day for taking money to ignore a restaurant’s employment of undocumented immigrants.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: An officer was charged with deprivation of rights for an assault that was caught on camera in an illegal gambling room.
  • Los Angeles, California: The police chief questioned the justification for the fatal officer-involved shooting of Brandon Glenn. According to the news report, Chief Charlie Beck said, “Any time an unarmed person is shot by a Los Angeles police officer, it takes extraordinary circumstances to justify [it]…I have not seen extraordinary circumstances at this point.” The investigation is ongoing.
  • Savannah-Chatham, Georgia: An officer was suspended after a year-long investigation into theft and distribution of thousands of dollars of merchandise. Although the investigation has not led to any other current officers, the report indicates that the former chief of police received some merchandise from the officer. The current chief apologized for the corruption of the department.
  • Miami Beach, Florida: An officer was suspended for one month after a video surfaced of his violent arrest of a woman two years ago.
  • Broward County, Florida: Two deputies were charged with battery and falsifying reports about their attack on a man at a gas station.
  • Clayton County, Georgia: The sheriff was charged for recklessly shooting a real estate agent. She’s currently in critical condition, but he remains on duty.
  • Update: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (First reported 08-25-14): Two officers pled guilty to bank fraud charges. They are scheduled to be sentenced in August.
  • Update: Tulsa County, Oklahoma (First reported 04-13-15): The undersheriff resigned in the wake of the investigation of reserve deputy that shot and killed Eric Harris. When the reserve deputy’s fitness was called into question, the undersheriff “quashed” the report.
  • Update: San Diego, California (First reported 02-07-14): The City settled with two women who were sexually abused by a now-former officer while in custody. Together, the settlements totaled $1,500,000.
  • Waverly, Virginia: An officer was sentenced to one year in jail, six months of which are suspended, for over-reporting work hours, taking home more than $5000 in illegal earnings. He held three full-time law enforcement jobs at the same time and wrote false reports to conceal his triple-dipping. He has been ordered to pay restitution and must not work in law enforcement for three years.
  • Update: Springfield, Louisiana (First reported 07-12-12): The sheriff pled guilty to a misdemeanor and resigned.  He had been charged with four felony counts of obstruction of justice.
  • Washington County, Arkansas: A deputy was arrested for choking his wife.

Dept of Justice to Investigate Baltimore

Attorney General Loretta Lynch has just announced a federal “pattern and practice” investigation of the Baltimore Police Department.   This is a mistake.  We already know serious problems exist there.  A report is unnecessary.  Baltimore’s elected officials should be taking bold steps right now to overhaul the police department.  Governor Hogan should also be more engaged to propose and move on necessary reforms.  A federal investigation will result in unnecessary delay.  More here later…

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-06-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 6, 2015:

  • Indiana University-Bloomington: A police officer resigned after he was accused of raping a student.
  • DEA: Six agents who left a man alone in a cell without food or water for five days, forcing the man by circumstance to drink his urine to survive, were given short suspensions and reprimands. None of them lost their positions to termination.
  • Dover, Delaware: An officer was indicted for assault. He kicked a man in the head and broke his jaw when responding to a call. The dashcam video of the incident was recently released. The former state attorney general was unable to secure an indictment from a grand jury shortly following the 2013 incident. However, the new attorney general re-presented case to the grand jury and had more success.
  • Columbia County, Florida: Two officers were charged in beating of an inmate at the jail and an attempt to cover it up.
  • Lee County, Florida: A deputy was fired for not responding to 911 call instead finishing his lunch, though he was not on his lunch break. He was sitting with three fellow deputies when he responded verbally to the dispatcher twice but did not move for assistance either time. He waited nearly 30 minutes to tell another deputy to respond. That deputy arrived on the scene 53 minutes after the initial 911 call.  The caller had succumbed to a fatal heart attack. The sheriff said the now-former deputy’s actions were “beyond negligent.”
  • Ramapo, New York: The police department is being sued for stopping four black parole officers at gunpoint and holding them even after they successfully identified themselves.
  • Anne Arundel County, Maryland: An officer was arrested for biting another man’s testicles during a fight.
  • Update: Victoria, Texas (First reported 12-17-14): The officer who was fired for twice tackling and then tasing a 76-year-old man during a traffic stop has been hired by Beeville PD.


Minneapolis Paid $10.7 Million in Lawsuits


When allegations of police misconduct move from the street to the courtroom — more often than not, Minneapolis has to pay.

KARE 11 requested numbers from the City of Minneapolis and found since January 2010, Minneapolis has dealt with 141 “Officer Conduct lawsuits.” The city won 51 of them — either at trial or when a judge dismissed the case.

But the city had to pay money in 90 of those cases — settling 86 times — and losing four trials.

In that time — Minneapolis has paid $10.7 million for officer conduct lawsuits. That includes two years — 2011 and 2013 — when the city had to pay more than $4 million each year….

In 2011, Minneapolis paid nearly $2.2 million to he family of Dominic Felder, who died in 2006 — shot seven times by two officers.

And in 2010, David Smith died after police used a Taser and held him down outside the downtown Minneapolis YMCA. Minneapolis settled with his family in 2013 for nearly $3.1 million.

A key point here:

David Harris said in his research, one alarming thing he’s found is the lawsuits don’t always lead to a change in police department policies.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-05-15

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 5, 2015:

  • Hillsborough, North Carolina: An officer pled guilty to acts of indecency with two 13-year-olds. He was sentenced to 20-33 months, suspended.
  • Chaska, Minnesota: An officer was fired after and investigation into alleged racial profiling of Latinos.
  • Update: Meeker County, Minnesota (First reported 04-01-15): A now-former deputy pled guilty to assault. He tasered the police chief from Eden Valley during an argument.
  • Wellford, South Carolina: An officer was charged with misconduct for illegally possessing and mishandling evidence.
  • Cottonwood Shores, Texas: The police chief resigned and surrendered his law enforcement certification in exchange for a harassment charge against him being dropped.
  • Aransas Pass, Texas: An officer was arrested for forgery. It was his second stint with the department, with a brief stint at another law enforcement agency in between. He lied about military training on his second stint with the department.
  • Update: Yonkers, New York (First reported 10-09-14): Two officers were sentenced for perjury and misconduct charges. They lied on paperwork to acquire a search warrant. During the raid based on the flawed warrant, the suspect fell from a third story window and died. After the incident, the officers attempted to cover-up the nature of the warrant by urging a confidential informant to lie and say they had done several drug buys in the apartment. One officer was sentenced to eight weekends in jail; the other officer was sentenced to spend every weekend in jail for six months.
  • Los Angeles County, California: A deputy received an undisclosed discipline for a fatal collision with a cyclist.  He had been looking at his dashboard computer at the time of the incident.
  • Update: Fort Collins, Colorado (First reported 09-19-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to four years in prison for stalking a woman. It had been his second law enforcement job
  • Hayward, California: A now-former officer was charged with grand theft. Allegedly, he began a coercive relationship with a sex worker while he was an officer and, over several years, fraudulently took more than $500,000 from her.
  • Update: Algona, Washington: An officer and former chief resigned after his arrest for theft from a youth program.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-02-15 to 05-04-15

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, May 2 through Monday, May 4, 2015:

  • Update: Isabella County, Michigan: A deputy was charged with multiple accounts of sexual assault.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer was charged with OVI. Her SUV was pulled over after it was observed swerving on the road.
  • Update: Barren County, Kentucky: A now-former sheriff had his convictions for witness tampering upheld by Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: An officer entered an Alford plea for the 2012 beating of handcuffed 15-year-old boy. He’s due to be sentenced in June.
  • Pembroke Pines, Florida: The lawsuit against a now-former officer who shot a man having a seizure in 2010 was dismissed.
  • Maryland State Police: A trooper was arrested for punching a handcuffed man in custody at the MSP Glen Burnie barracks.
  • Update: Fairfax County, Virginia:  The state medical examiner ruled that the death of Natasha McKenna was an accident. McKenna was a 37-year-old woman with mental health issues who was Tased four times while fully restrained in order to prepare her for a transfer to another jail. She died as a result.
  • Hammondville, Alabama: The police chief was arrested for insurance fraud. The charge is related to a house fire in 2014.
  • Lee County, North Carolina: The sheriff’s office fired one deputy and arrested another after an investigation into how jail inmates began sharing a cell phone smuggled in for them.
  • Connellsville, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged for coercing a minor for sexual favors in exchange for not filing drug charges against her.
  • Decatur, Indiana: An officer was fired and charged for sending pictures of his genitalia to two teenage girls.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-01-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 1, 2015:

  • Update: Los Angeles, California (First reported 10-28-14): An officer who was named in an excessive force lawsuit has been charged with assault for the incident that prompted it.
  • Plainfield, New Jersey: An officer charged was with misconduct and receiving stolen property.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: Six officers were charged with felonies for the death of Freddie Gray. Charges include manslaughter, 2nd degree murder, false imprisonment, and assault.
  • South Daytona, Florida: An officer was arrested for hitting a handcuffed suspect.
  • Update: South Burlington, Vermont (First reported 03-23-15): A lieutenant who pled guilty to DWI was suspended for four weeks and will keep his job. He will also see a pay decrease during the time his driver’s license is suspended.
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia: An officer was placed on administrative leave for violating department’s use of force policy against a 17-year-old boy. The officer used pepper spray on the boy during a traffic stop but deployed a stun-gun too soon after the pepper spray.
  • Billings, Montana: An officer was fired for lying about the circumstances that led to a high-speed chase.
  • Northampton, North Carolina: Five deputies and six other current and former law enforcement officers were caught in an FBI drug bust.

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