National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-28-14

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

  • West Wyoming, Pennsylvania: A now-former police chief will avoid a criminal trial on theft charges after agreeing to pay back nearly $19,000 he received in extra paychecks.
  • Ashford, Connecticut: A state police trooper is facing drunken driving charges after crashing his police cruiser, according to state police.
  • La Crosse, Wisconsin: Prosecutors charged a police sergeant with a felony that accuses him of threatening to kill his family. He is charged with threats to injure and disorderly conduct.
  • New Brunswick, New Jersey: A police officer has been sentenced to three years in prison for taking a joyride in a sports car then crashing into a pole and killing a fellow officer.
  • Update: West Sacramento, California: A former police officer was accused of sexually assaulting women while on duty was convicted on multiple charges. He was found guilty on 18 counts including rape, oral copulation against will and kidnapping by a jury.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: A man who was punched in the face by a police officer has filed a complaint. The incident was caught on camera and police say there is an investigation into it.
  • Industry, California: A sheriff’s deputy arrested a woman on felony probation “for the sole purpose of raping and sexually assaulting” her at the sheriff’s station, she claims in Federal Court.
  • Update: Dallas, Texas: A Veteran police homicide detective is on desk duty pending an internal investigation. The City Council approved a settlement of more than $1 million to a woman who sued the detective for violating her civil rights and maliciously prosecuting her.
  • Clark County, Washington: A man was awarded $9 million by a federal jury that unanimously agreed a detective violated the man’s constitutional right to due process by fabricating the evidence that put him behind bars for two decades for sexually abusing his two children and a stepson.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-27-14

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 27, 2014:

  • Columbia, South Carolina: A police officer shot a 70-year-old motorist who was teaching for a cane during a tragic stop because he though the man was grabbing a rifle from the bed of his pickup truck.
  • Hamilton County, Ohio: A police officer was caught stealing beer seven times from a grocery store. He has been fined $300 and has to do 40 hours of community service, but the police department is not disciplining him.
  • Frederick County, Maryland: A sheriff’s deputy is resigning after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor larceny charge. He stole money from two slot machine’s at a local video lottery business.
  • Cedar Grove, West Virginia: A police chief is facing charges after an alleged confrontation with a man in a grocery store parking lot. He ahs been charged with misdemeanor assault and brandishing. The chief says he was defending his family.
  • Clay County, Florida: A detective has been suspended without pay for 10 days and reassigned to the agency’s patrol division following a disciplinary hearing. He arrested the wrong teen, and put him in jail for 35 days. “He took shortcuts and didn’t do a thorough investigation,” said the sheriff. “The result was a n innocent man was accused of a terrible crime he didn’t commit.”
  • Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was fired after his arrest on a charge of criminal damage to property over $3,000.
  • Update: Miami, Florida (First reported 10-04-13): A police officer was sentenced to more than 6 years in prison for participating in an identity theft scheme.
  • Moore, Oklahoma: Three officers were put on administrative leave while detectives investigate an in-custody death. The family of the man who died said police beat him badly and that they recorded it with a cell phone camera. The police were called after the mother hit her daughter at a theater, and they wound up tackling the father to the ground.
  • Fort Worth, Texas: A police officer was charged with assaulting his teenage daughter, and has been fired.
  • King City, California: Six police officers and a civilian were arrested after an investigation into the distribution of hundreds of impounded cars and other criminal acts within the Police Department, a prosecutor said.
  • Troy, New York: A former college student has filed notice of a pending lawsuit. He claims police officer slammed him against a truck, punched him, and used a Taser on him for jaywalking.
  • Update: Waycross, Georgia (First reported 10-03-13): The two police officers who fired on and a man did so to protect themselves and other residents of the house where he lived and will not be prosecuted, said a district attorney.


National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-26-14

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 26, 2014:

  • Marion County, California: A sheriff’s office deputy has been suspended for two days following an internal investigation into his handling of a possible DUI case.
  • Unionville, Missouri: A former police officer was arrested on a charge of child pornography possession. A flash job with the images on it was found from when he was working as an officer and using it.
  • Update: Collingsworth County, Texas (First reported 11-26-13): The county sheriff resigned from office. He was indicted on two misdemeanor charges including official misconduct and abuse of official capacity., Connecticut: A police officer has been accused of sexually assaulting a member of the police department’s explorer program and sharing inappropriate texts with another. He served as an adviser to the program, which works with youth interested in possible law enforcement careers.
  • Update: Williamsport, Pennsylvania (First reported 01-28-14): A police officer whose cruiser hit another vehicle and killed the driver pled not guilty to charges of homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, and reckless endangerment.
  • Bloomfield, New Jersey: A police dashcam video helped clear a man who was facing charged that included eluding police and assault. The officers who lied about the incident have now been indicted.
  • Update: Colville, Washington (Previously reported 10-22-14): A police officer who had sex while on duty with several women has pleaded guilty to multiple crimes, including unlawful imprisonment and sexual misconduct.
  • San Diego, California: A police detective was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. She was found passed out in her parked car.
  • Update: Clayton County, Georgia (First reported 01-24-14): A now-former police officer was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his role in a scheme to steal cocaine from a drug dealer for his own personal gain.
  • Concord, California: The family of a 21-year-old man who was shot and killed filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court. The lawsuit alleges that police maliciously executed the unarmed man and then conspired to cover up the facts of the case.
  • New York, New York: A now-former officer who raped an elementary school teacher on her way to work wants his 75-year prison sentence reduced — a scenario his victim called her “worst nightmare.” He “was punished more harshly than Al Qaeda terrorists, vicious killers, kingpin narcotics offenders, violent gangsters and racketeers,” wrote his lawyer.
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 08-06-13): Surveillance camera captured two police officers repeatedly kicking a robbery suspect and chest-bumping when they were done. The suspect, who has a lengthy criminal history, subsequently had all charges against him dropped.
  • Hawthorne, California: A deaf man has filed a lawsuit claiming he was brutally assaulted by four police officers. When the man saw the officers, he put down the boxes and gestured that he couldn’t hear them. He walked over to them but, as he approached, officers grabbed his wrists and turned him around. “Because he is deaf, Mr. Meister depends on using his hands while facing a person to communicate,” the complaint states. “The officers’ sudden aggression, which both caused pain and interfered with his ability to communicate, caused Mr. Meister reflexively to pull his hands away, hop back over the fence and step toward the gate … to create some space so that he could communicate.”
  • St. Clair Shores, Michigan: The deputy chief is accused of causing injury to an intoxicated woman. According to the suit, the chief left the cell and was trying to pull the door shut when the woman began to pull on it from the other side. He allegedly grabbed her arm and “violently threw her backwards, as if she were a rag doll.”
  • Springfield, Massachusetts: City officials have agreed to pay $28,000 to settle a lawsuit by two women claiming they were strip searched by a police officer in front of male officers and passing traffic.

Texas Police Messing with the Homeless


Two police officers in an oil-rich West Texas city spent weeks competing to see who could take the most cardboard signs away from homeless people, even though panhandling doesn’t violate any city law.

Nearly two months after the Midland Police Department learned of the game, the two officers were suspended for three days without pay, according to findings of the internal affairs investigation obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.

Advocate groups immediately blasted the department’s handling, suggesting that the punishment wasn’t harsh enough and that the probe should have been made public much earlier, before news organizations, including the AP, started asking about it….

Police Chief Price Robinson said the actions were an isolated incident in a department of 186 officers and didn’t deserve a harsher punishment. After the investigation all officers were reminded to respect individual rights and human dignity, he said.

If it doesn’t stop here, it could escalate.  Remember poor Kelly Thomas.

Poor Hispanics ‘Easy Prey’ for Corrupt Police

From the Associated Press:

KING CITY, Calif. — A California farming town was grappling Wednesday with a profound violation of trust after learning the acting police chief and a handful of officers were charged with selling or giving away the impounded cars of poor Hispanic residents and other crimes.

The misgivings had been building for some time. Investigators heard people — many unable to speak English — complain that police were taking their cars and money, and there was nothing they could do about it….

Tuesday’s arrests, which also included a former police chief, came after a six-month probe of the police department launched in September when a visiting investigator — there to check out a homicide — heard from numerous sources that the community didn’t trust its police department. By this week, authorities said they had enough evidence to arrest a total of six people linked to the department for a variety of crimes ranging from bribery to making criminal threats.

NJ Police Attack Marcus Jeter, Then Accuse Him of Crimes

From ABC’s Good Morning America:

Marcus Jeter faced a years-long prison sentence.

The New Jersey DJ, 30, was arrested in a 2012 traffic stop and charged with eluding police, resisting arrest and assault. Prosecutors insisted that Jeter do prison time.

“The first plea was five years,” Jeter said.

But after Jeter’s attorney, Steven Brown, filed a request for records, all of the charges against him were dropped, with dash-cam video apparently showing what really happened June 7, 2012. Now, the officers are facing charges.

Video at the above link.

Only by chance, was the actual event caught by a camera.  Only by chance was an innocent man exonerated.  Only by chance were corrupt officers exposed.   What about the incidents where there is no camera rolling?

Felony Charge for 13 yr old Boy for Throwing Snowball at Policeman


According to police, a 13-year-old boy was charged as a juvenile with felony aggravated battery against a police officer Wednesday after he hit the officer in the arm with a snowball while the officer was parked in his vehicle in the 4900 block of West Congress Parkway about 3:20 p.m.  Residents sounded off on the crime and punishment the next day, many describing the charge as police “going overboard.  “”It’s not fair,” said Mary Grant, a longtime resident of the block.  The boy “was being hardheaded, but that’s very harsh.  The officer should’ve tried something different than arrest.  “The boy is believed to be a student at Leland Elementary School, formerly May Elementary, which sits at the southeast corner of the intersection near where the snowball was thrown.  Officials at the school acknowledged that the incident occurred but declined to comment.  “I think that’s ridiculous — it’s such a big charge,” said Latanya Powell, a construction worker on the block.  “It’s just going overboard.   I can see if it were a weapon and harm was done, but it was just a snowball.   “This is a case of kids being kids.  “Like other residents on the block, Powell wondered whether the charge would stain the boy’s record well into his adult years, hurting his chances of finding a job, housing and education.

Perhaps someone can think of a better form of punishment than a felony criminal charge.  Perhaps some dirty jobs around the school–like cleaning a dumpster or something.

H/T: Instapundit

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-25-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, February 25, 2014:

  • Update: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (First reported 10-21-13): The now-former police chief was sentenced to 18 months in prison for conspiring to create an unauthorized slush fund, with a federal judge saying she was sending a message that the seriousness of his crimes outweighed his supporters’ calls for leniency.
  • Walnut Ridge, Arkansas: A police officer was charged with both fraud and possession after he was arrested. He is accused of forging prescriptions.
  • Clermont, Florida: A police officer, who was the subject of a scathing internal affairs investigation, has resigned. The officer admitted in the report he lied in a police report from a domestic dispute. He resigned instead of being terminated.
  • Lexington, Nebraska: A police officer plead guilty to one count of attempted burglary. He faces a possible penalty of five years in prison, and a $10,000 fine. He was on duty when he was caught by video surveillance during the incident.
  • Orlando, Florida: A police officer was arrested after investigators said he may have hit a woman’s car in a parking lot and then took off.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A man who says he had his hands in the air and was unarmed when a police officer shot him in the chest over a traffic violation has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, saying the officer’s actions were “extreme and outrageous” and that the department leaders have fostered an atmosphere ripe for constitutional violations.
  • Caseyville, Illinois: A police officer was arrested on charges of domestic battery and aggravated assault.
  • Update: Muskogee, Oklahoma (First reported 01-31-14): A police officer facing charges of kidnapping and sodomy has resigned from the department.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-22-14 to 02-24-14

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, February 22, to Monday, February 24, 2014:

  • Orlando, Florida: A police officer was arrested on an aggravated assault charge. The incident that led to a complaint was while the officer was off-duty and involved a weapon. He was relieved of duty with pay while an internal investigation is completed.
  • Simpsonville, South Carolina: A now-former police chief and detective were indicted on state charges. They were indicted on misconduct in office charges in connection with the impounding of a motorcycle. The charges stem from, “acts and omissions in the form of malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance” in their duties.
  • Chesapeake, Virginia: A police officer pled guilty to sharking down three prostitutes and stealing more than $3,000 in the process. He was convicted under a plea agreement of two counts of misdemeanor embezzlement. He faces up to two years in fail and $5,000 in fines when he is sentenced.
  • Marshall County, Tennessee: A deputy was indicted after allegedly stealing tires from the sheriff’s department and putting them on his girlfriend’s car. He has since resigned from the department.
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania: A police officer who caused a drunken disturbance after leaving a bar while off-duty is now out of a job. “I had the opportunity to go through the details, and obviously, I don’t think it’s consistent with what’s expected of a police officer,” said the police chief.
  • Nashville, Tennessee: A police officer has been decommissioned and placed on administrative assignment following his arrest on DUI and gun charges.
  • Lilburn, Georgia: A 15-year veteran resigned amid an investigation of improper drug evidence handling. “It was very disappointing to learn that an employee in a position of public trust knowingly violated policy regarding sensitive evidence,” said the chief.
  • Los Angeles, California: The police reportedly misunderstood a man’s attempts to speak sign language as threatening gestures. In handcuffing him, they removed his only ability to communicate. The man has since filed a lawsuit saying officers didn’t give him a chance to explain what he was doing before placing him in handcuffs, beating him, and using a stun gun to shock him into submission.
  • Update: Bexar County, Texas (First reported 09-04-13): A sheriff’s deputy was indicted for the first degree felony offense of murder in the death of a man. The murder happened after they were involved in a minor traffic accident while the officer was off-duty.
  • Doraville, Georgia: A police officer has been fired after allegedly trying to sell a firearm. The department investigated the officer after receiving a tip that he accepted money for a machine gun.
  • Barbour County, West Virginia: The sheriff resigned and pled guilty to a federal charge that he staged an automobile accident to receive an insurance payment of nearly $8,300.
  • Update: Providence, Rhode Island (First reported 08-28-13): A police officer who admitted hitting and kicking a handcuffed man who spat at him and taunted him is suspended for a year without pay.
  • Wallkill, New York: A police officer has been charged with first-degree assault and criminal possession after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend in the back. She has been suspended without pay.
  • Bethany, Oklahoma: A former murder defendant in the brutal slaying of a 19-year-old girl is suing the city, the police chief, and officer involved in the investigation alleging that they coerced testimony, fabricated evidence and ignored proof of his innocence.

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