National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

Settlement in Civil Rights Lawsuit

From Reuters:

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved an accord on Tuesday with the U.S. Justice Department to settle findings that the country’s largest sheriff’s department systematically harassed and intimidated low-income minority residents….

The report concluded that county sheriff’s deputies, along with authorities in the towns of Lancaster and Palmdale, routinely targeted blacks and Hispanics in a “pattern and practice” of unlawful traffic stops, raids and excessive force.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-25-15 to 04-27-15

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 25 to Monday, April 27, 2015:

  • Hodgeman County, Kansas: A deputy was arrested for killing his 2-month-old child. http://ow.ly/M8YjT
  • Columbia County, Georgia: A deputy was sentenced to three years’ probation and a $300 fine for giving accident reports obtained from a law enforcement database to injury lawyers.  http://ow.ly/M8YwX
  • Clay County, Missouri: A deputy was arrested for assaulting his estranged wife. http://ow.ly/M8YKU
  • Dunn County, Wisconsin: A deputy was arrested for DUI. http://ow.ly/M90Xc
  • Waynesburg, Pennsylvania: An officer was arrested after an alleged drunken burglary and assault. He subsequently resigned. http://ow.ly/MaVQE
  • Update: Berkeley County, West Virginia (First reported 10-27-14): A now-former captain was acquitted on a fraud charge, but the jury was hung on an embezzlement charge. The State plans to re-try the embezzlement case. http://ow.ly/Mbb64
  • Belmont, North Carolina: The City suspended and fired the police chief. Allegations of intimidation and payroll manipulation led to the dismissal. A captain also resigned as a result of the investigation. http://ow.ly/Mbdpm
  • Redstone Township, Pennsylvania: An officer was indicted for striking a suspect and then lying about the incident to justify the violence. http://ow.ly/MbfVe
  • Update: Shreveport, Louisiana (First reported 09-23-14): An officer was sentenced to 20 days in jail for an off-duty bar fight. He has been fired. http://ow.ly/Mbh9M
  • Update: Fruitport Township, Michigan (First reported 12-01-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to one year of probation for DUI with a minor in the car. http://ow.ly/Mbj3t
  • Vermont State Police: A trooper was arrested for DUI and has resigned. He responded to a late-night call and colleagues smelled alcohol on his breath. http://ow.ly/MbmU6
  • Peachtree City, Georgia: The police chief was indicted for shooting his wife in an apparent accident at home.  http://ow.ly/Mbo4B
  • Update: Ipswich, Massachusetts (First reported 04-28-14): A now-former officer and brother of the chief was sentenced to two years of probation after plea deal for off-duty assault. He also agreed never to work in law enforcement again. ow.ly/Mbrhh

Freddie Gray Funeral

From the Baltimore Sun:

In a funeral service Monday that was both personal and political, family, friends and strangers alike said farewell on Monday to Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man whose death from injuries sustained in police custody has sparked a national furor…

[S]peaker after speaker drew both cheers and tears.

“The eyes of the country are all on us,” former judge and Gray family attorney William “Billy” Murphy told the crowd. “They want to see if we have the stuff to get this right.”

Murphy denounced “the blue wall” that he said protects police from accountability.

“Let’s don’t kid ourselves. We wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for video cameras,” he said of the cellphone recordings made by bystanders of Gray’s arrest on April 12. “Instead of one cover-up behind that blue wall after another cover-up behind that blue wall … and one lie after another lie, now we see the truth as never before. It’s not a pretty picture.”

Gray was transported in a van to the Western District police station, emerging with what turned out to be a severed spinal cord and crushed voicebox, dying a week later.

Here is a Cato Institute podcast interview with Billy Murphy about police tactics, minorities, and constitutional rights.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-24-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 24, 2015:

  • Dallas, Texas: A grand jury declined to indict two officers who fatally shot 38-year-old Jason Harrison. ow.ly/M3PzB
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: Recently released dashcam video contradicts statement by deputy who had been cleared in the 2013 shooting of unarmed black man. ow.ly/M3QbX
  • Latimer County, Oklahoma: A now-former deputy was arrested for stealing drug evidence. The drugs were discovered in his patrol vehicle during a routine cleaning. ow.ly/M3Wno
  • Oakland, California: The city paid $275,000 to two innocent teens. One of the teens was shot in the jaw by a police officer because he was mistaken for robbery suspect, the other was present at the time of the shooting. The officer who shot at the boys was, at the time, a field training officer. He claimed the victim made “a sweeping motion toward his waistband.”  http://bit.ly/1DArdJO
  • Coral Springs, Florida: An officer was arrested for domestic battery. He allegedly dragged his wife out of a car and drove off with their one-year-old son ow.ly/M4z5S
  • Update: Inkster, Michigan (First reported 03-30-15): An officer was fired and charged with assault after violent arrest video was released. The police chief resigned in the wake of the incident. ow.ly/M4Dyc
  • Dallas, Texas: Two officers were fired for maintaining inappropriate personal relationships. One officer had a relationship with someone in their Explorers program. The other had a relationship “with a person of immoral character.” ow.ly/M4Gcd
  • Mt. Juliet, Tennessee: An officer was suspended for falsifying time cards. ow.ly/M4Ihq
  • Greenwood, Mississippi: An officer was suspended after arresting activist who is also a candidate for lieutenant governor. The activist was recording a traffic stop. ow.ly/M51KU

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-23-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 23, 2015:

  • Vermont VA Medical Center: An officer was arrested after a road rage incident. She allegedly pointed her gun at another vehicle while driving in Maine. ow.ly/M0IMx
  • Houston, Texas: The department is investigating an accusation that officers illegally searched a business and under-reported the cash seized. The sum of money that was inventoried and returned to the business owner was roughly $23,000 less than the amount the owner claims was taken.  ow.ly/M0Qwd
  • Update: Louisville, Kentucky (First reported 02-04-15): A now-former SRO was indicted for assaulting 13-year-old student at the school where he worked. The incident was caught by surveillance cameras. ow.ly/M0TEn
  • Update: Kansas City, Missouri (First reported 02-20-15): The officer indicted in February for actions in a non-fatal shooting had his charges dropped by the prosecutor. ow.ly/M12q8
  • Lakewood, Washington: A fatal officer-involved shooting was caught on video. A man was hiding in lumber yard before being shot by the officer. Police claim the man reached for his pocket. ow.ly/M1Fph
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts: An officer was charged with assault and placed on leave. ow.ly/M15FG
  • Harlandale Independent School District (San Antonio, Texas): An officer was arrested for forgery after stealing blank checks from school, writing them out to himself, and then cashing them. ow.ly/M17z0
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Three officers face arrest for separate incidents. The officers are accused of perjury, animal cruelty, and theft of an iPhone from a motorist. ow.ly/M1cjT
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (El Paso, Texas): An agent was arrested for possession of ounces of marijuana. ow.ly/M12ZX

The Samantha Ramsey Shooting

From Fox19.com:

The family of Samantha Ramsey filed a federal civil rights and wrongful death suit Wednesday against Boone County Deputy Tyler Brockman and Boone County.

A grand injury declined to indict Deputy Brockman in November of last year in the death of 19-year-old Ramsey.

Attorney Al Gerhardstein, one of the attorneys on the case stated, “This deputy was not indicted or disciplined. He was wrong to jump onto the car; shoot while Samantha was slowing down; and wrong to shoot at this young lady at all before he jumped back off the hood.  Samantha’s shooing and death was completely unnecessary and avoidable.”

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Covington.  The issues raised by the shooting match those raised in numerous other police shootings across the nation where police have killed unarmed civilians, according to a release.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-22-15

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 22, 2015:

  • Update: San Bernardino County, California (First reported 04-10-15) : The county settled with man beaten by police after chase on horse for $650,000. Footage of the beating was caught by a news helicopter flying overhead. http://lat.ms/1DJM00P
  • Pasadena, Texas: A now-former officer was found not guilty of oppression in the shooting of a 19-year-old man in the face during a DWI stop in 2011. ow.ly/LXDVQ
  • Update: Chicago, Illinois (First reported 11-26-13): A detective was found not guilty of manslaughter in the killing of Rekia Boyd. She was shot in the back of the head by the detective as she stood in an alley. He shot into the alley from out of the window of his car. At the time the detective was charged, the county attorney said, “”It’s a sad day when charges are warranted against a police officer, but we feel very strongly that in this particular case Ms. Rekia Boyd lost her life for no reason…And in evaluating all the facts that I saw, I felt that [the detective’s] actions were not appropriate, not justified and were reckless.”” The City previously settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the Boyd estate for $4.5 million. The judge issued a seven-page opinion that said the charge of involuntary manslaughter was inappropriate given the circumstances of the case. The detective cannot be tried again because of double jeopardy protections.   ow.ly/LY6DU
  • St. Petersburg, Florida: A detective was arrested on a domestic battery charge. ow.ly/LYjvm
  • Park Ridge, Illinois: An officer was suspended for texting image of a sexual nature to a woman who had recently dealt with police. ow.ly/LYAwY
  • Butler County, Ohio: A deputy was arrested for having sexual contact with a minor. ow.ly/LYIlN
  • Update: Richland County, South Carolina (First reported 10-15-13): A now-former deputy was sentenced to time served for assaulting female soldier at a bar in 2013. ow.ly/LYRF5

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-18-15 to 04-21-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 18, through Tuesday, April 21, 2015:

  • Denver, Colorado: An officer was suspended for an altercation that was caught on video. Despite 18 previous excessive force allegations against him, this was the first one that was sustained. ow.ly/LTWeN
  • Update: Los Angeles, California (First reported 11-18-14): An officer pled not guilty to assault. The alleged victim filed a lawsuit in November. The incident was video recorded. ow.ly/LTX0h
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/LTXqF
  • Shreveport, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for battery and placed on leave. ow.ly/LU1tL
  • Catoosa County, Tennessee: The department initiated a series of personnel shifts after several misconduct reports. Two deputies are no longer with the department, one is on leave, and a fourth was demoted. The incidents include DUI, inappropriate use of a firearm, stealing prescription medication, and failure to respond to an emergency call. ow.ly/LUqjp
  • Baltimore, Maryland: Six officers have been suspended pending an investigation into how a man suffered spine injury in custody. That man died of his injuries a week later.  ow.ly/LVBPd
  • United States Marshals (South Gate, CA): The USMS is investigating an incident in which a marshal or officer working with the marshals seized and attempted to destroy a woman’s phone for recording them. This incident was caught by another person’s cell phone footage. The marshal/officer has yet to be identified. ow.ly/LVEKy
  • Orange County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for DUI. ow.ly/LVLD4

Problems in Oakland Police Department

From Bay City News:

Oakland police officers who are fired for misconduct are reinstated at arbitration hearings 75 percent of the time because department officials and the city attorney’s office do a poor job of handling the cases, a report says.

San Francisco attorney Ed Swanson compiled the report at the request of U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson, who is supervising the Oakland Police Department’s slow progress in complying with a police misconduct lawsuit settlement in 2003 that requires the department to implement 51 reforms in a variety of areas….

Swanson criticized the Oakland City Attorney’s Office for what he said is its “neglect and indifference and handling of police disciplinary cases and arbitration” because it doesn’t prepare well for them. He also said the relationship between the Police Department and the City Attorney’s Office has been “dysfunctional.”

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-17-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 17, 2015:

  • Worcester, Massachusetts: An officer was arrested for assault & battery and a civil rights violation for abusing an inmate awaiting transfer. The City’s press release said the victim “was forced against a wall, punched, thrown to the floor and kicked” by the officer. ow.ly/LIsph
  • Akron, Ohio: An officer was accused of stalking and threatening the life of his ex-girlfriend. ow.ly/LIsXN
  • Update: Athens County, Ohio (First reported 02-04-14): The now-former sheriff was sentenced to seven years in prison on corruption and perjury charges. He is appealing. ow.ly/LItNp
  • Update: Clark County, Indiana (First reported 07-30-14): The now-former sheriff was given a fine and sentenced to probation for his role in a case involving a sex worker and evidence destruction. ow.ly/LIuyX
  • Laceyville, Pennsylvania: The now-former chief pled guilty to DUI while on duty. His BAC was 3 times the legal limit. ow.ly/LIv9u
  • Richmond County, Georgia: A deputy has been accused of rape. ow.ly/LIvP7
  • Update: Inkster, Michigan (First reported 03-30-15): An officer was suspended indefinitely for his role in a violent arrest caught on dashboard camera. ow.ly/LIx5q
  • Update: Jupiter, Florida (First reported 09-12-13): An officer was found not guilty of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. ow.ly/LIwwT

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