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The Daniel Harris Case

From NBC News:

A North Carolina state trooper killed a deaf man last week after an attempted traffic stop, authorities and neighbors said Monday.

State trooper Jermaine Saunders shot Daniel Kevin Harris to death on Thursday after what North Carolina Bureau of Investigation described in a statement as “an encounter.”

The bureau, which is investigating Harris’ death, did not provide additional details. In an earlier statement, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said that the trooper tried to pull over a Volvo for speeding.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 08-19-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 19, 2016:

  • Prichard, Alabama: An officer was arrested for assaulting a woman while he was off duty. Allegedly, the incident occurred after a horse wandered onto the woman’s property.
  • Chicago, Illinois: An appellate judge ruled that two officers should be terminated for a 2006 beating of a man while both officers were off duty.
  • Update: Clark County, Ohio (First reported 05-13-16): A deputy pled guilty to “physical control”–a lesser OVI charge–and given a 90-day suspended sentence. The deputy remains employed as the internal investigation into the incident is ongoing.
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for an on-duty crash that resulted in the other driver’s traumatic brain injury.
  • Update: Floyd County, Georgia (First reported 01-27-16): A now-former deputy was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 20 years of probation for burglary and drug charges. He was on duty when he took prescription drugs from people’s homes.
  • St. Johns County, Florida: Two deputies resigned after separate domestic battery charges.
  • Update: Janesville, Wisconsin (First reported 07-29-16): An officer who was cited for disorderly conduct has been fired.
  • New Mexico State Police: A trooper was cited for DWI after hitting parked cars at a detox center. Before becoming a trooper, he had been arrested twice for DWI.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 08-18-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 18, 2016:

  • Update: Kingston, New York: (First reported 03-16-16): An officer pled guilty to misdemeanor DUI for a rollover crash and possession of stolen property. The car he flipped wasn’t his and he was driving it without permission, but he was allowed to plea to a lesser charge than grand theft auto. He was giving a 30-day suspended sentence and was allowed to keep his job.
  • Update: Garner, North Carolina (First reported 07-13-16): An officer who was arrested for domestic violence in July has been fired.
  • Mesa, Arizona: A lieutenant retired before his termination paperwork could be completed after his DUI guilty plea. He had been charged with aggravated DUI because his BAC tested at four times the legal limit. In his letter of departure, he listed a number of current officers who had been arrested for DUI but allowed to remain on the force.
  • Lafayette, Louisiana: The City Marshal was indicted on charges of misusing public funds and perjury.
  • Berkeley County, South Carolina: A now-former deputy was sentenced to one year and a day for selling firearms to a person he knew was under felony indictment.
  • Dillon, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for DUI.
  • Nashville, Tennessee: An officer was charged with assault. She allegedly slapped a drug suspect after the officer pricked her finger on a used syringe during a body search.
  • Update: Albany, New York (First reported 08-15-16): An officer was arrested for slamming a teen girl to the ground at a group home.  There is video of the incident but it has not yet been released. He was previously suspended and his partner is on desk duty.
  • Amarillo, Texas: An officer was arrested for child pornography possession.
  • Update: Clark County, Nevada School District (First reported 06-03-16):  An officer was acquitted of excessive force and covering-up his actions against a student and staffer in a bench trial.

The Vachel Howard Case


From ProPublica:

Video images such as those involving Howard’s encounter with the LAPD have rarely been seen by Californians. Since the late 1970s, California law has specifically authorized police agencies to keep material involving real or alleged police misconduct secret from the general public. But the question of what police owe the public has been given fresh context as the LAPD moves to become the largest police department in the country to routinely outfit its officers with body cameras. The department so far has said it has no plans to make footage readily available to the public, even after deadly incidents.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 08-17-16

Here are the ten cases of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, August 17, 2016:

  • Jefferson County, Texas: Two deputies had their tampering indictments dismissed by a judge after prosecutors failed to produce enough evidence to maintain the charges. However, other charges remain pending against a retired deputy a judge.
  • Update: Elburn, Illinois (First reported 08-20-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to raping a child repeatedly over the course of ten years. He changed his plea to guilty during the trial after the victim had begun to testify. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison. The judge excoriated the defendant saying, “Quite frankly, I think 500 years sounds reasonable.”
  • Everett, Massachusetts: An officer was charged with assaulting his pregnant wife. He allegedly struck her in the face, kicked her in her stomach, and strangled her during the incident.
  • Update: Gladstone, Oregon (First reported 12-15-11): A now-former officer is on trial for having his wife murdered while he was on duty in 2011.
  • Update: Bardstown, Kentucky (First reported 11-03-15): A now-former officer was served with a search warrant in regards to a missing person case. He was fired for interfering in the case because his brother is a suspect in the person’s disappearance.
  • Rockwood, Tennessee: An officer was placed on leave after firing a live round during an active shooter drill at a school. The school was not in session, and no one was injured in the incident.
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: A lieutenant was charged with making false statements regarding a potential gun purchase by his son.
  • Update: Put-in-Bay, Ohio (First reported 05-27-16): A now-former officer was sentenced to 150 days in jail for misusing a police database. He pled no contest in May.
  • Medford, Oregon: An officer was cited for causing a crash with injury during a high-speed pursuit.
  • Houston, Texas: An officer was charged with intoxication manslaughter for a fatal crash off duty.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 08-16-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, August 16, 2016:

  • Pennsylvania State Police: A trooper was charged with drug purchase and distribution for exchanging pills for cocaine with a confidential informant.
  • Monroe Township, New Jersey: An officer was arrested for allegedly sexually propositioning a suspect in exchange for help in her criminal case.
  • Accomack County, Virginia: A deputy was arrested for domestic assault. He has been fired.
  • Update: Chicago, Illinois (First reported 11-24-15): Ten officers face possible disciplinary action or termination for their roles in the Laquan McDonald shooting and investigation. The deputy chief who originally cleared Officer Jason Van Dyke in the shooting retired before he could be disciplined.
  • St. Louis Park, Minnesota: An officer was arrested for DWI after hitting a parked car.
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 02-10-15): The City will pay the family of Akai Gurley $4,100,000 in wrongful death suit. Now-former officer Peter Liang, who fatally shot Gurley, will pay $25,000.
  • Dutchess County, New York: A deputy was arrested by federal agents on marijuana-related charges. He has been fired.
  • Update: Los Angeles County, California (First reported 07-13-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to one year in jail for beating his girlfriend and setting her hair on fire. The prosecutor had asked that the deputy serve his time in the state prison because standard jail policy will allow the deputy to be released after six months.
  • Adams County, Colorado: A deputy was arrested for domestic assault for allegedly pinning his wife down and slamming her head into the floor.
  • Chatham County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested and fired for sexually assaulting a female inmate.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 08-15-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, August 15, 2016:

  • Las Vegas, Nevada: An officer was arrested on child pornography possession and distribution charges.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Washington State): An officer was given a suspended sentence for breaking into a co-worker’s phone to access intimate photos of her and send them to himself. He has been on unpaid leave and faces likely termination.
  • Update: Putnam County, Indiana (First reported 03-12-14): A now-former deputy was sentenced to 14 months in prison for brutality. The U.S.  Attorney’s Office that prosecuted the case is appealing the “uniquely low sentence.”
  • Ohio State Police: The OSP is being sued by the surviving family of a former NAACP chapter president who died of heart and diabetes-related issues during car stop after a K-9 triggered a search that turned up no illicit drugs. The family claims the officers should have sought medical attention before he started seizing but they were too intent on trying to make a drug bust.
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: A detective was terminated for inconsistent statements after a traffic accident in an unmarked police vehicle.
  • Update: Richmond County, Georgia: A deputy resigned after his domestic violence arrest.
  • Gadsden, Alabama: An officer was suspended 61 days without pay for insubordination and conduct unbecoming. Separately, he was arrested for domestic violence.
  • Albany, New York: Two officers were taken off the street during an investigation into their use of violence against teens at a group home. One was put on administrative assignment; the other was suspended.
  • New York, New York: The City is investigating a video of an officer hitting an apparently subdued suspect after that suspect had fought and injured officers.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 08-12-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 12, 2016:

  • U.S. Border Patrol: A now-former agent pled guilty to attempted possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and bribery charges.
  • Erie County, New York: A deputy pled guilty to insurance fraud for covering-up a drunk driving accident. He was given three years’ probation and allowed to keep his job.
  • Delaware County, Indiana: A now-former deputy was sentenced to six months of home detention and three years of supervised release for stealing more than $8,500 of ammunition from the county and then selling it for a profit.
  • Richland County, South Carolina: The County settled a DOJ lawsuit that was brought after a deputy slammed a female student to the ground who had been obstinately sitting at her desk in a classroom. The incident was caught on a student’s cell phone camera and went viral. As part of the agreement, the department must teach de-escalation tactic and strategies to avoid bias.
  • Tampa, Florida: An officer was charged with sexual battery during a February traffic stop. He was fired.
  • Update: Shreveport, Louisiana (First reported 02-13-15): An officer who was acquitted of sexually assaulting a woman in the police station has been reinstated by a civil service board. He and the department face a civil suit from the woman.
  • Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania: An officer was fired by the Borough Council after an investigation into $10,000 of missing
  • Clearwater, Florida: An officer resigned during an investigation into three shots fired by officer(s) at a moving vehicle.
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: The department is being sued by a married couple after the husband was shot in the leg and their dog was fatally shot in a wrong-door pursuit of a suspect.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 08-11-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 11, 2016:

  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy entered a drug diversion program to expunge drug charges that stemmed from a car wreck. He still will face a hit and run charge from that
  • Pulaski County, Indiana; A now-former sheriff and his former chief deputy were indicted on a total of 15 counts of theft, obstruction, and misconduct in office.
  • New York, New York: An officer was fired after he was convicted of assault for stomping on a suspect’s head while he was restrained.
  • Los Angeles, California: A now-former officer pled no contest to felony assault while he was on duty. The charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor upon completion of community service and
  • Richmond County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for domestic battery.
  • McMinn County, Tennessee: A detective is no longer with the department and is under investigation for stealing a suspect’s credit card. He is also being sued for false arrest. He allegedly arrested two women for being late on their payday loans, which is not a crime.
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 04-21-15):  Lieutenant Brian Rice, who was acquitted for his role in the death of Freddie Gray, will be given $127,000 in back pay.
  • Boston, Massachusetts: An officer pled guilty to fraud for purchasing stolen gift cards and resigned his position.
  • Update: St. Johns County, Florida (First reported 10-30-15): A deputy had fraud charges dropped. He was accused of falsely collecting insurance benefits for his deceased wife.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 08-10-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, August 10, 2016:

  • Florida Gulf Coast University: An officer was arrested for stalking and violating a restraining order.
  • Homer, Louisiana: A now-former officer pled guilty to federal civil rights and false statement charges.
  • Grand Traverse County, Michigan: The officer who was acquitted of assault and disorderly conduct will serve one-day suspension.
  • Orange County, California: A deputy was charged with running illegal background checks on two people.
  • Lincoln County, Maine: A deputy was indicted on 21 counts of sexually abusing three girls over a 17-year period.
  • Terrell County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for taking $200 out of a lost wallet at Wal-Mart. He called the owner to say he found his wallet but security footage showed that the officer removed the cash that was in it.
  • Plainfield, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to receiving stolen property. He was caught in a sting.
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Danville, New Hampshire): An agent was arrested for intentionally crashing a truck into a tree during a domestic dispute. He was charged with DUI and reckless conduct.
  • Church Point, Louisiana: An officer with a history of arrests for violence was arrested for trying to set his wife on fire.

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