National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project 02-04-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, February 4, 2014:

  • Athens County, Ohio: A sheriff was charged with theft in office, corruption, money laundering and several other felonies, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office announced. He was charged with 25 counts, 23 of which are felonies.
  • Lake Stevens, Washington: A state trooper has resigned from his post after pleading no contest to sexual assault. As part of his sentence, the charge will be dismissed if he stays out of trouble for one year.
  • Riverside, New York: State police say an off-duty trooper has been charged with driving while intoxicated after an accident.
  • Washington, DC: A woman who says she was assaulted by DC police officer has sued the city. The woman say that multiple officers attacked her during a confrontation.
  • North Brunswick, New Jersey: A state trooper shoplifted gun accessories and attempted to get out of his arrest by telling a police officer that he would lose his job as a member of Gov. Chris Christie’s security detail if charges were filed.
  • Orange County, California: A sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to one year of informal probation and 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to pepper-spraying a teen’s pizza during a routine traffic stop, which made him and his friends sick. The officer pled guilty to a misdemeanor count of assault or battery by a public officer.
  • Arundel County, Maryland: The police department has promised to investigate the shooting of a family’s dog, and acknowledged that it was a traumatic incident for the family. The family said the officer wanted to interview a neighbor and was walking across the front yards of homes on the street when the shooting happened. The family was not involved in the burglary investigation.
  • Update; Miami, Oklahoma (Previously reported 11-11-13): A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed against a highway patrol trooper and two police officers in connection with the beating of a suspect that was caught on camera. They are accused of excessive force, wrongful arrest, and violation of due process.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-01-14 to 02-03-14

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, February 1 to Monday, February 3, 2014:

  • Westhampton Beach, New York: A police officer was suspended without pay, for the fourth time in his tenure with the department, four months after he was arrested and charged with fourth-degree stalking, a misdemeanor, according to court documents.
  • Somerville, Massachusetts: A uniformed special state police officer was arrested on drug charges after authorities allege he sold cocaine to undercover officers and also told them he could sell them the club drug molly.
  • Washington, DC: A police officer with 24 years on the force was charged with stealing property from an evidence room, according to the department. The officer was charged with one count of second-degree theft and has an appearance scheduled in D.C. Superior Court. He was issued a criminal citation and set free.
  • Bozeman, Montana: The police department has reached a settlement in a federal lawsuit that claimed excessive force against two of its officers. The original suit claimed negligence, assault, battery, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other accusations.
  • Los Angeles, California: A federal police officer is under investigation for allegedly sending a nude selfie to a woman who had come to him for help. “It’s shocking,” she said, “No one has ever sent me a nude selfie before. Let alone a police officer who I was going to him for help.”
  • Butler County, Kentucky: An attorney has asked a federal judge to rule that the deputy who tried to arrest his client used excessive force.The man filed a federal lawsuit against a deputy and the Butler County government accusing the officer of assault and battery.
  • Newark, New Jersey: An internal investigation is underway after a police involved shooting Friday left a dog dead. The incident happened when officers were looking for someone needed for questioning when they ended up in the wrong yard. The dog’s owner says he thought police had left the area so he let his dog out in the yard.
  • North Chicago, Illinois: The city has settled a lawsuit brought by a woman who said her 11-year-old son was threatened and physically abused by an on-duty police officer. The suit says the officer summoned him into a hallway, then handcuffed him and slammed him into a locker and threatened him for allegedly bullying his son.
  • Guttenberg, New Jersey: The town and a group of officers are being sued by a man who says he was arrested on false charges after his sister broke up with one of the officers.
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: A border protection officer is accusing deputies of trying to cover up what he alleges was “illegal activity” on their part including planting a handgun in his doorway to justify shooting at him with live rounds and rubber bullets during a standoff. He has filed a civil complaint that accuses the sheriff and five deputies of false imprisonment and arrest, excessive force and malicious prosecution, among other allegations.
  • Warren, Michigan: Video shows a woman being restrained in a chair while a police officer comes from behind and begins hacking through her weave with a pair of scissors. The officer was suspended and subsequently fired after the Warren Public Safety Director became aware of the incident.


A Scandalous Retirement System

From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

A Milwaukee police detective charged with lying to an FBI agent has applied for duty disability retirement, saying the stress of being investigated, arrested and strip-searched has left him unable to be a police officer, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has learned….

If his application is approved, Huerta could be paid by the city for the rest of his life. In most cases, duty disability provides such retirees with 75% of their salaries, tax-free. His 2012 salary, including overtime, was more than $85,000….

And an opinion from the city attorney’s office said officers already receiving the benefit may lose it if their applications include potentially misleading information believed to be ghostwritten by “a retired police detective” — a reference to former union boss and felon Bradley DeBraska, who is known to have assisted at least 18 officers with their applications….

Even if Huerta is fired or convicted, he still may be able to get duty disability pay, because his application was filed while he was still an employee and before the retirement system instituted the rule changes.

As an example, former Officer Dwight Copeland didn’t show up for work for the equivalent of half of his 14 years on the force and was disciplined two dozen times for misconduct. Copeland was fired for lying about an application claiming he was disabled because of a shoulder injury and stress. His duty disability retirement was able to be approved last year because he filed it before he was fired.

Who created this system?  Is Wisconsin the only state operating like this?  Hmm.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-31-14

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 31, 2014:

  • Monticello, Kentucky: A now-former police officer has been arrested and charged with bribery. He has been accused of giving details about an investigation too an alleged drug dealer while a sworn police officer.
  • Update: Arlington, Texas (First reported 08-13-12): The allegations that a police officer body slammed a teenage girl were “overblown,” according to a federal judge. He concluded the “use of force was not excessive or unreasonable under the circumstances.
  • DeLand, Florida: Four police officers have been disciplined for violating the department’s new policy on police chases. The  policy was changed last year after a man was run over by a police cruiser and killed.
  • Superior, Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Department of Justice will review accusations of excessive force during a police officer’s arrest. The officer has been on paid administrative leave since he was seen on a dash cam video punching a woman in the face during the arrest.
  • Murfreesboro, Tennessee: A police officer is accused of selling police-issued bulletproof vests in a Walgreen’s parking lot. The officer is on administrative leave with pay and has been decommissioned from his duties as an officer pending the investigation into his alleged personal sale of police department property.
  • Harris County, Texas: A patrol deputy was arrested during an undercover prostitution sting being conducted by his own agency. The five-year veteran has been charged with solicitation of prostitution.
  • Madison, Wisconsin: A police officer has resigned after being investigated for using police authority to get information about a personal matter.
  • Muskogee, Oklahoma: Officials have confirmed that a longtime police officer has been arrested on a slew of felony complaints. He is to be arraigned for kidnapping, sexual assault, assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
  • Update: Riverside County, California (Previously reported 12-16-13): A now-former sheriff’s deputy who killed a man during an off-duty bar argument has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison. He was arrested for second-degree murder.
  • Dearborn, Michigan: A woman is suing the city of over how a police officer treated her. She alleges her constitutional right to privacy and rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act were violated when, “demonstrating his own prejudices,” the officer revealed her condition to others, “berated and humiliated” her for not saying she has HIV before a search and then “unreasonably and discriminatorily detained and charged” her “solely on the basis of her HIV positive status,” according to the lawsuit.
  • Troy, New York: A cellphone video taken during a melee between bar patrons and police shows an officer using a baton to hit a man multiple times when he was already on the ground. “We acknowledge it shows an officer using force to make an arrest,” said the police spokesman. “As far as how necessary that force is, it is something that if a complaint is brought to our attention it will be reviewed.”
  • Update: San Antonio, Texas (First reported 11-25-13): A woman who claims to have been sexually assaulted by a police officer filed a $10 million lawsuit in federal court.
  • Middletown, Connecticut: A city police officer has been fired for misuse of workers’ compensation and several code of conduct violations. The city says video surveillance showed the officer, who has been out of work on disability since October 2012, working on vehicles, lifting parts and loading wooden pallets into a truck at his automotive business.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-30-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 30, 2014:

  • Hernando County, Florida: A patrol deputy has been arrested over alleged inappropriate conduct with a traffic accident victim. The victim reportedly submitted physical evidence that process the deputy lied about the encounter.
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 01-22-14): The 84-year-old man left bruised, bloodied, and humiliated by police during a jaywalking ticket blitz plans to hit back with a $5 million lawsuit.
  • Hamden, Connecticut: A man has filed a lawsuit against the town and the police department after he was allegedly tasered by two officers while having an epileptic seizure in his car. The officer dispute the claims that the man made about the incident.
  • Dallas, Texas: A police officer was arrested for allegedly forcing a woman to have sex with him in return for no being arrested on an outstanding warrant. The officer resigned when the investigation started and was immediately arrested.
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: A woman who says she was raped is suing a police officer for arresting her instead of helping her. The suit says she was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct while intoxicated. A police sergeant says police didn’t do enough to help the woman following her traumatic experience.
  • Update: Ottawa County, Ohio (First reported 01-10-14): The now-former sheriff pleaded guilty to federal theft charges and faces up to six months in prison. He pled guilty to taking about $5,000 from a law enforcement fund and using it for his own personal purposes.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: The family of a man who was shot and killed alongside a plainclothes police officer during an altercation with police has filed a $1.5 million wrongful-death lawsuit. After an investigation, the city state’s attorney announced there would be no charges filed against the officers in the case.
  • Nye County, Nevada: A sheriff’s sergeant was arrested after deputies there say he took prescription drugs from an elderly woman’s home. Colleagues grew suspicious when he insisted on logging a bottle of morphine pills into evidence, according to the Nye County sheriff’s office. When narcotics officers counted the pills after he’d logged them in, 60 were missing.
  • Update: Memphis, Tennessee (Previously reported 10-08-13): A police officer was sentenced to one year and a day in prison for driving a woman to a party at a hotel so she could have sex for money.
  • Plant City, Florida: The police chief was fired for what officials say are multiple code of conduct violations. He was engaging in an extramarital affair while on city time.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-28-14 to 01-29-14

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 29, 2014:

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A now-former narcotics officer was convicted of lying to federal investigators about his romance with a confidential informant.
  • Cherokee County, South Carolina: A now-former sheriff’s deputy was arraigned in federal court. He faces one count of converting property of another for own use and one count of interference with commerce by threat of violence.
  • Update: San Francisco, California (First reported 08-26-13): A police officer pleaded not guilty to 10 felony counts of child molestation and possession of child pornography. The officer is accused of molesting a 15-year-old boy on several different occasions.
  • Lucas County, Ohio: A sheriff’s deputy who gave a gun to a felon pleaded no contest to two counts of falsification.
  • Update: Troy, Ohio (First reported 01-06-14): A now-former police officer convicted of stealing more than $13,000 intended for the DARE program was sentenced to five years of community control and 60 days in jail. He pled guilty to felony theft in office.
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: A man is suing two officers for $100 million after he was wrongfully jailed for nearly two months on felony cocaine charges even though video footage would have shown they had the wrong man. He accuses them of turning his life upside down and recklessly violating his constitutional rights and detaining him without probable cause.
  • Williamsport, Pennsylvania: A police officer involved in a fatal, fiery crash while rushing to the aid of another officer is being charged with vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter.
  • Update: Old Forge, Pennsylvania (Previously reported 10-23-13): The now-former police chief has been sentenced to 18 months to four years in prison and must register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law for 15 years. The Judge sentenced him for corruption of a minor, a first-degree misdemeanor, and failing to report child abuse.
  • San Bernardino, California: An 88-year-old woman claims in court that police sent a dog to viciously attack her as she slept in bed in her own home. She says without warrant, or any pressing circumstances, the officers entered her home, allegedly in response to a silent burglar alarm.
  • Austin, Texas: A now-former police officer pled guilty to giving false information to federal authorities during a credit card fraud investigation. He admitted that he knowingly performed an unauthorized database check of a person on police department equipment and showed the person the report.
  • Troy, Michigan: An officer was arrested for driving under the influence. Police say that the officer, who was placed on administrative leave following the arrest, blood tested at over three times the legal limit.
  • Update: Charlotte, North Carolina (Previously reported 01-14-14): Less than a week after one grand jury declined to charge him, a different one has indicted a police officer for voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed man who was looking for help after a car crash.
  • Richwood, West Virginia: State Police arrested a police officer for allegedly breaking into an evidence room and stealing hydrocodone. He was charged with breaking and entering and delivery of a controlled substance, according to a news release.

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