National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

On Improving Trust between the Black Community and the Police

From the Associated Press:

Henderson had just left a meeting of the Community Empowerment Association, which seeks to address problems in poorer black neighborhoods, and that night, had discussed ways to improve communication and trust between the black community and the police.

Henderson was speaking to a photographer for the New Pittsburgh Courier, a newspaper that covers the city’s black community, in the street next to Henderson’s car when Gromek’s patrol car drove by close enough that Henderson and the photographer pressed against Henderson’s car for safety.

According to his lawsuit, Henderson said, “Wow!”—referring to the speed with which the officer was driving down a narrow street.

Gromek then turned around, stopped and confronted both of them and asked Henderson, “Do you have a problem?” eventually arresting the teacher when he and the photographer started using a cellphone to record the encounter as onlookers gathered.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-28-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 28, 2014:

  • Cockrell Hill, Texas: The police chief has resigned after the city’s mayor says information showed he sold impounded cars from the front window of the police department. ow.ly/v8uku
  • Update: Manchester, New Hampshire (First reported 05-25-13): A police officer has been sentenced to one year in jail for leaving the scene after he struck two teens with his unmarked police car. He had been charged with conduct after an accident. Prosecutors said he was off-duty when he struck the teens from behind. http://ow.ly/v8w5K
  • Rockport, Indiana: A police officer has been suspended following allegations of sending lewd photos of herself. She has been suspended for three weeks without pay for conduct unbecoming a police officer. http://ow.ly/v8yIs
  • Tyler, Texas: A now-former sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations. He pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and less than 28 grams of crack cocaine, He was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison. ow.ly/v8beq
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: The parents of a 24-year-old man, who was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy, have sued the officer and sheriff, claiming the shooting was unjustified. Sheriff’s officials were not immediately available for comment. However, the sheriff has repeatedly said the shooting of the unarmed man was justified. ow.ly/v84VS
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: A police officer was arrested after being accused of mishandling evidence in five investigations he handled. A grand jury indicted him on three criminal counts of official misconduct, false reporting, and criminal conversation after an investigation. ow.ly/v7WY2
  • Caldwell, Idaho: A family has filed a lawsuit saying that police violated their rights in a raid on the wrong residence. Papers filed by the police’s attorney dispute these claims, saying the officers did kick in the door, but followed proper procedures and policies based on information they had in an attempt to find a potential suspect and victim. ow.ly/v7DTc
  • Tahlequah, Oklahoma: A police officer was fired after a six month internal investigation. The officer was charged with harassment after he allegedly threatened a woman he had been dating. ow.ly/v7tld
  • Update: East Hartford, Connecticut (First reported 11-09-12): A now-former police officer has pled guilty to possessing child pornography. He resigned from the police department after his arrest and faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced. ow.ly/v5jaf

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-27-14

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 27, 2014:

  • Las Cruces, New Mexico: Facing misdemeanor charges related to an early-morning crash, a police officer has resigned. He resigned after a hit-and-run crash involving his personal pickup truck. ow.ly/v5hUZ
  • Spokane County, Washington: A sheriff’s deputy has been accused of on-duty misconduct and is suspected of having an affair with a woman while he was supposed to be on patrol. ow.ly/v5h9r
  • Orlando, Florida: A police officer was fired after being accused of acting inappropriately by contacting and intimidating a witness during an internal investigation. ow.ly/v5gp0
  • Oxford Township, Ohio: An officer resigned from his job after a meeting of the township’s trustees. He voluntarily quit his position after he was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle while under the influence. ow.ly/v4ONn
  • Huntsville, Alabama: A man who was badly beaten during an arrest has sued the sheriff and eight of his deputies, claiming false arrest and conspiracy to cover up a “revenge beatdown.” The man was arrested during a traffic stop, but had been involved in a bar fight with one of the deputies weeks earlier while the officer was in plainclothes. ow.ly/v4ClZ
  • Carter County, Kentucky: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested after he allegedly received sexual favors in exchange for not serving an arrest warrant. ow.ly/v4uga
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands: Three Secret Service agents were sent home after one of them was found passed out after a night of drinking in Amsterdam. ow.ly/v41tI
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: Two officers fired three rounds each at 38-year-old homeless man, who police say was camping illegally. The man died the next morning at the hospital. Police have said he repeatedly threatened them during an hours-long standoff and was armed with knives. Hundreds of people have protested the incident. ow.ly/v3FUd
  • Columbia, South Carolina: A police officer was arrested and charged with criminal domestic violence. He and his girlfriend were involved in a verbal altercation, and the officer assaulted her by grabbing her around the throat. ow.ly/v3AYs
  • Rockaway Township, New Jersey: An officer has been charged with official misconduct for allegedly trying to arrange a dismissal of charges for a relative. ow.ly/v3inu
  • Chandler, Arizona: A police officer was arrested on several domestic violence charges. He surrendered to the police department after he was contacted about allegations that he had assaulted his live-in girlfriend. ow.ly/v0B99

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-26-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 26, 2014:

  • Shreveport, Louisiana: A police officer has been fired for violating departmental policies. He was previously arrested on charges of obstruction of justice after being placed on administrative leave. http://ow.ly/v0ta3
  • Update: Schaumberg, Illinois (Previously reported 05-01-13): A former police officer accused of operating a drug ring with two colleagues was sentenced to 24 years in prison. He pled guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance, official misconduct, burglary and armed violence http://ow.ly/v0IBX
  • Salem, Oregon: Two towing company employees thought they were following their towing company policy and city code when they asked for proof of ownership and identification before releasing three impounded cars. The cars turned out to be unmarked police cars and the officers, who were in uniform, arrested the two men when they wouldn’t return the cars based only on the police badges the officers had. The men have filed a federal complaint. ow.ly/v0zZR
  • Sabinal, Texas: A fired police officer was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to distributing child pornography. ow.ly/v0lRt
  • Update: Mille Lacs, Minnesota (Previously reported 02-11-14): A now-former sheriff’s deputy who volunteered at a summer camp has pled guilty to criminal sexual conduct. He could face 33 years in prison. http://ow.ly/v0zkc
  • Beardstown, Illinois: A family has filed a federal lawsuit against a half dozen federal agents and the police chief over a search during which they claim they were assaulted and subjected to violations of their constitutional rights. ow.ly/v0nLe
  • Chandler, Arizona: A police officer has been arrested for possession of heroin. He has resigned from the police fore. “Our drug policy is very simple, you cannot have any illegal drugs in your system,” said a detective. ow.ly/v0l8n
  • Colchester, Vermont: A police officer is being charged with driving under the influence. He now on administrative leave. ow.ly/v0j5H
  • Harris County, Texas: A deputy has been fired for stealing money he was supposed to have confiscated and held as evidence. ow.ly/uZYKh
  • Bunnell, Florida: A police officer was arrested on child pornography charges after officials said he posed as a 16-year-old girl to solicit teen boys on Facebook. He was relieved of duty without pay following his arrest. ow.ly/uZLMt
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (First reported 10-24-13): A federal jury has acquitted two former police officers in a case of alleged misconduct and civil violations. Prosecutors alleged one officer ordered the woman to undress and then masturbated in front of her. The defense attorney said that the act was ‘gross’ but consensual. ow.ly/uZqkd

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-22-14 to 03-25-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, March 22 to Tuesday, March 25, 2014:

  • New Orleans, Louisiana: A police officer was suspended without pay after he allegedly sped away from a traffic stop. The officer led another officer on a high speed chase, but the pursuing officer ended the chase because of possible danger to others. The offending officer was booked on numerous charges including speeding and battery. ow.ly/uXBXM
  • Los Angeles, California: A police officer accused of beating a teenage relative over poor grades and behavior has been charged with child abuse and causing corporal injury. He faces up to six years in prison if convicted. ow.ly/uXBwb
  • New York, New York: An off-duty police officer was arrested and charged with drunk driving after he allegedly crashed his car into a parked vehicle. ow.ly/uXAL3
  • Key West, Florida: An officer was arrested on two felony counts of lewd and lascivious behavior for allegedly molesting a child younger than 12. He resigned from the department after being placed on paid leave. ow.ly/uXtnu
  • Robbinsdale, Minnesota: The police chief resigned after his arrest during a prostitution sting. He was taken into custody at an apartment building after police said he paid $150 cash for sex and offered an additional $50 for sex without a condom. ow.ly/uXdwR
  • Pitt County, North Carolina: A deputy was fired after being charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. The officer worked closely with doctors and a pharmacist to curb the crime of misusing drugs. The sheriff’s office says a local healthcare provider reported him. ow.ly/uX9YS
  • Yuba County, California: A sheriff’s deputy is facing charges that he beat a man unconscious and then intimidated witnesses. He posted bail after being arrested on suspicion of battery and threatening those who called 911. ow.ly/uWYo9
  • Sewickley, Pennsylvania: A man who works for the FBI as a subcontractor claims police officers from three municipalities retaliated against him when he used his cellphone to take pictures of them after he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. ow.ly/uQcpF
  • Update: Los Angeles County, California (First reported 03-14-14): A now-former sheriff’s deputy pled no contest to rape and bribery charges for a pair of incidents. He entered a plea to one count each of rape under color of authority and soliciting a bribe. He will be sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison and then must register as a sex offender. ow.ly/uWvcD
  • Fort Worth, Florida: A woman has sued the city, alleging police officers assaulted her during an unlawful arrest while she was eight months pregnant, then took her to jail despite a paramedic’s recommendation that she should be evaluated by a physician. ow.ly/uQc8w

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-21-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 21, 2014:

  • Mesa, Arizona: Police detectives coached patients of a doctor to make false sexual assault accusations against him, of which he was acquitted after his name was smeared, the doctor claims of court. ow.ly/uQaEn
  • Manteno, Illinois: A police officer sexually assaulted a woman and his partner and a Highway Patrolman covered it up, the woman claims in court. She sued the village, its police officers, and an Illinois state police officer in Federal Court. ow.ly/uQ9K3
  • Butler, Wisconsin: A police lieutenant has been charged with official misconduct by the county District Attorney. A summons to appear in court was issued after the DA filed a criminal complaint alleging the lieutenant took inappropriate photographs of a stripper who was being held, perhaps improperly, at the village police station ow.ly/uPY6X
  • Dallas, Texas: The father of a 19-year-old shot and killed by a police officer has sued the officers and the city in federal court. The father says the officers are responsible for the wrongful death of his son. They initially believed he had broken into a house. That house turned out to be the boy’s childhood home, and the suit claims that the 19-year-old was “lawfully within [the] home” during the moments leading to the fatal shooting. ow.ly/uPSSl
  • Montgomery, Alabama: A man claims he was run over, yanked and verbally abused by two officers and is suing the city for $100,000. The man is seeking compensation for insults to his race and damages to his leg, which he said separated from the bone after two white officers drove over him in their patrol car. ow.ly/uPJtX
  • Homewood, Illinois: Three residents filed a federal lawsuit, claiming two police officers allegedly barged in to their home and injured an 82-year-old woman. The suit claims the officers came to the home and entered “without legal basis.” ow.ly/uPwMh
  • Montgomery County, Maryland: A  police officer pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife during an argument inside their home. The 12-year veteran of the force pushed his wife against a wall, put his hands around her neck and threw her against a large desk, according to prosecutors. She was examined by doctors, and had bruises consistent with her account, prosecutors said. ow.ly/uPiw1
  • North Port, Florida: A veteran police officer was arrested on charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment, while a fellow officer took his own life before a warrant for his arrest was served. ow.ly/uP9iV

San Diego Police Dept Now Under Review

From NBCSanDiego:

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched an independent audit of the San Diego Police Department after allegations of sexual misconduct by uniformed officers.

The audit is expected to look at both the professional and personal aspects of the police department. It will examine the department’s hiring process, the supervision of officers and the process in place to detect misconduct, as well as staffing levels, salaries and vehicle locator records.

Former San Diego Chief William Lansdowne had asked for an outside audit on the department after allegations surfaced of uniformed officers giving women improper pat downs and exposing themselves to women.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-20-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 20, 2014:

  • Atlanta, Georgia: A police officer has been dismissed from the force for showing up to work under the influence of alcohol. bit.ly/1drFM6W
  • Bardstown, Kentucky: A now-former police officer who was under investigation has been indicted on drug charges. The officer was indicted “on obtaining a controlled substance by a misrepresentation, fraud or forgery.” bit.ly/1fK7FH4
  • Update: Arlington, Texas (First reported 11-18-13): An assistant police chief will not be charged after being accused of domestic violence. A grand jury declined to indict him. He was arrested last year after being accused of assault by his wife. bit.ly/1l7qfAX
  • Update: Normangee, Texas (First reported 01-27-14): A now-former police chief has been sentenced to 2 years of probation after he pled guilty to abusing access to a crime database at the request of a drug trafficking suspect. bit.ly/1eVVOWR
  • Sebeka, Minnesota: Recently cited for driving while intoxicated, the police chief has decided to retire. bit.ly/1dtGctp
  • Detroit, Michigan: A police officer is charged in the rape of a woman who called 911 to report being assaulted by her boyfriend. The county prosecutor’s office says the officer was arraigned on second-degree criminal sexual conduct, assault and misconduct charges.fxn.ws/1dtAyaG
  • Baltimore, Maryland: A police officer has been arrested for sex offenses against a teenage girl. The officer will be charged with third- and fourth-degree sexual offense and sexual solicitation of a minor. He is a 19-year veteran assigned to the Special Enforcement Section. ow.ly/uLHqh
  • Liburn, Georgia: An attorney is suing the city, its police chief, and a pair of officers, claiming that he was unjustly assaulted and detained while speaking to a client outside of court. ow.ly/uLDQ5

A Fundraiser for Corrupt Police?

From ABC.Local:

Some San Francisco police officers are coming to the aid of five fellow cops who were recently suspended without pay after being indicted on fed corruption charges.

Martin Halloran, the head of the Police Officers Association, talked with us exclusively about the fundraisers planned to help five fellow cops who are no longer collecting paychecks following federal indictments.

“They have mortgages and car payments just like everyone else,” Halloran said.

Hmm.

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