National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-18-13

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 18, 2013:

  • Pierce County, Georgia: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested on federal charges for drug trafficking. He allegedly agreed to act as “security” for people he believed were dealing meth by acting as the lookout.
  • Update: Frederick County, Maryland (Previously reported 03-25-13): The parents of Robert Saylor, a 26-year-old with Downs syndrome who lost consciousness as three off-duty sheriff’s deputies forced him from a movie theater, filed a lawsuit that describes his death as “violent, terrifying and painful” and blames it on negligence and deliberate actions.
  • Update: Memphis, Tennessee (First reported 10-12-12): A police officer has been charged with using fake prescriptions to get weight loss pills. She has since resigned from the force.
  • Herkimer, New York: A $2 million lawsuit has been filed stemming from a crash that killed one and injured another. The lawsuit accuses a police officer and the department in engaging in an “illegal and dangerous high-speed pursuit” of the victim’s vehicle at an “excessive, illegal and dangerous rate of speed.”
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 03-28-13): A police officer who was charged in the accidental shooting of a police trainee has been convicted of reckless endangerment. He faces up to five years in prison.
  • Toledo, Ohio: Two officers have resigned amid an investigation into their involvement in a dispute at an apartment complex where they were off-duty. A third officer is under investigation as well, and the police chief has launched a criminal investigation.
  • Cook County, Illinois: A jury awarded $1 million to a man who spent a year in jail before being found not guilty of assaulting a police officer. He sued the city for bringing false charges against him. While he was in jail, his first son was born.
  • Moreno Valley, California: His family says that Raymond Johnson died because of excessive force by police. A cause of death has not been determined and is being investigated by the homicide unit. “We don’t understand what would justify what appears to be punches, batons, stomps, and Tasers being used against him,” said their attorney. “Looking at this video, there’s no indication he posed any threat of bodily harm.
  • Lima, Ohio: A three-judge panel unanimously found that police did not have grounds to arrest an 11-year-old girl for making obscene gestures at them. It upheld a lower court ruling that the officers were not immune from false arrest, false imprisonment, and retaliation allegations. “[The girl’s] gesture was crude, not criminal, and the officers were patently without probable cause to arrest her for is,” wrote a judge.

Dallas Police Shoot Mentally Ill Man

From Fox News:

Surveillance video showing a Dallas police officer shooting a mentally ill man standing still about 20 feet away contradicts the assertion of an officer that the man threatened his safety by lunging at him with a knife.

Bobby Gerald Bennett remains hospitalized after being shot in the stomach Monday. The officer who shot him, Cardan Spencer, is on indefinite administrative leave pending a criminal investigation after a neighbor released surveillance video that captured the incident.




National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-17-13

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, October 17, 2013:

  • Highfill, Arkansas: A police officer was suspended after residents entered the city hall, complaining that the officer had broken into a home, and stolen a Pea Ridge population sign.
  • San Francisco, California: After undercover officers watched an officer repeatedly go home while on-duty police persuaded prosecutors to file 10 misdemeanor counts of theft of public money against him. “If he gets convicted, he will get fired,” said his attorney.
  • Update: Portland, Oregon (Previously reported 05-01-13): A police officer, who has been on paid administrative leave since mistakenly using live ammunition instead of bean bag rounds on a suspect, has been fired. The victim survived and was awarded more than $2 million for the incident.
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: An officer has been fired for an on-duty police shooting. He shot and killed an unarmed Gulf War veteran.
  • Washington, DC: A police officer was found guilty of a charge of simple assault stemming from the use of excessive force.
  • Update: Sallisaw, Oklahoma (First reported 10-07-13): A police officer, who is accused of sleeping with an 18-year-old woman and giving her and one of her friends alcohol pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against him. He is charged with two felony counts and one misdemeanor count.
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer has been indicted on charges of tampering with or fabricating evidence for allegedly telling his girlfriend to falsely list a DVD player as being among items taken in a burglary of her home. He was also indicted for official misconduct and official oppression for his alleged actions that resulted in the arrest of two men who were later cleared in the burglary.
  • Johnson County, Texas: A man has filed a lawsuit claiming police used excessive force when he was wrongfully detained. Officers came to his house to with a warrant, tasered him, threw him to the floor, and arrested him. They then realized the name on the warrant had a different middle initial and that the birthdates did not match up.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: A man contends he was run over by a drunken driver while he was in custody and lying handcuffed in a road. He has sued police and county prosecutors.
  • Alorton, Illinois: A woman has filed a federal lawsuit alleging a now-former police officer repeatedly “body-slammed” her and kept her detained in isolation without charges for days in the city’s jail. City attorneys deny any of the wrongdoing alleged in the lawsuit. s

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-16-13

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 16, 2013:

  • Cherokee County, South Carolina: A highway patrol trooper was fired after being accused of misappropriating funds from an Upstate organization. He withdrew nearly $3,000 for his own use.
  • Ottawa County, Oklahoma: A police chief was arrested on a domestic violence complaint. His girlfriend reported they were arguing and he pushed her down, causing her to hit her head on a table. No charges have been filed.
  • Berthoud, Colorado: The police chief and a police officer have been suspended and the entire department is under investigation by authorities. Numerous reports point to a domestic dispute involving the officer. One report includes a video of the officer allegedly abusing his daughter that’s said to have prompted no action by his boss.
  • Avon, Connecticut: A police officer was fired for improper contact with sixth-grade students, most of whom he met through the D.A.R.E. program. An internal investigation found the officer had been texting at least eight students and exchanging comments on Instagram and other social media platforms.
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (Previously reported 08-02-13): The police chief announced that following an 11-month investigation his office will issue suspensions for 63 of the 104 officers involved in a 25-minute high-speed car chase that resulted in the fatal shooting of the driver and his passenger. They are being disciplined because of excessive speed, insubordination, and failure to request permission to join the pursuit. The suspensions total 178 days with the longest being 10 days.
  • Alexander City, Alabama: A police officer pleaded guilty to felony charges ranging from incest to sexual abuse and sodomy. He was terminated immediately after his arrest.
  • Opelika, Alabama: A man has filed a lawsuit against the city and the police department claiming he was beaten by police officers during a traffic stop.
  • Houston, Texas: A police officer has been accused of raping a handcuffed woman in the back of his patrol car. He pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault in exchange for ten years in prison.
  • Savannah-Chatham, Georgia: A police officer was arrested during a domestic dispute at her home. She was arrested and charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor.

Philadelphia Officer Philip Nace


Some officers turn into bad guys themselves. They’ve lost their badges amid allegations of assault, theft, rape, fraud and drug dealing. At least 68 city cops have been charged with crimes since March 2009.

But Officer Philip Nace – the YouTube sensation who has developed an international reputation as the angriest cop in the City of Brotherly Love – is perhaps the first Philly lawman to get benched for what a police spokesman described simply as “idiotic behavior.”

Lt. John Stanford said yesterday that Nace has been pulled off the street amid an expanding Internal Affairs probe sparked by viral videos out of North Philly’s 25th District, where the 46-year-old cop patrolled with an iron fist and a foul mouth.

One of the viral videos:


National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-15-13

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, October 12 through Tuesday, October 15, 2013:

  • Update: Belmont, Massachusetts (Previously reported 06-20-13): A now-fired police officer was sentenced to 41 months in prison for an extortion plot that involved threatening a gambler who owed money to an acquaintance of the trooper. “The offense is a serious offense, by whomever committed it,” said the judge.
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut: A police officer was arrested on charges he assaulted his ex-girlfriend and her companion. He was off-duty at the time of the incident and has been charged with third-degree assault, threatening, and disorderly conduct. He is on paid administrative leave.
  • Oakland, California: A man claims he was illegally arrested and detained during a police department open house. He has filed a federal civil rights suit. The suit also claims the police department engaged in a cover-up as officers fabricated police reports to justify his arrest.
  • Fairbury, Nebraska: A police officer is accused of stealing a 2013 Ford Explorer. He was still wearing his uniform when he was stopped.
  • Los Angeles, California: Prosecutors have filed an assault charge against a police officer for her alleged role in an incident captured on squad-car video in which a 35-year-old mother died after a violent struggle to place her in custody. The officer is charged under color of authority for kicking the woman in the groin and the stomach during the attempted arrest, which also involved three other officers.
  • Upper Marlboro, Maryland: A deputy sheriff and a corrections officer were indicted on charges stemming from an assault of an inmate. The deputy was indicted on one count of second degree assault and two counts of misconduct in office. He allegedly struck an arrestee in the head and dragged him into an isolated search room.
  • Wayne County, North Carolina: A now-former officer is charged with four counts of obstructing justice and four counts of stealing, altering, and destroying evidence. He surrendered to SBI agents.
  • Update: Plymouth, Massachusetts (First reported 09-30-13): A state trooper has pleaded not guilty to drunken driving and other charges connected to a fatal car crash. Police say he had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit. A mother and daughter died in the crash.
  • Littleton, Colorado: A police officer charged with buying $1,300 of Ecstasy from a confidential informant has resigned from his position. He is expected to plead guilty at his hearing.
  • Fort Worth, Texas: A police officer was fired for falsifying an arrest affidavit. The chief said that though the officer reported that drugs were found on a suspect during a traffic stop, but they were actually discovered during the jail booking.
  • Richland County, South Carolina: A sheriff’s deputy has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman at a restaurant. Several bystanders took cell phone video; he is on unpaid suspension during the investigation.
  • Phoenix, Arizona: A police patrol officer has been arrested for alleged domestic violence. According to deputies, he punched his wife in the face, causing her forehead to bruise. He is now on paid administrative leave during the investigation.
  • Palm Bay, Florida: A police officer has been charged in a stalking case. According to police, he stalked and harassed a woman after he was given an order to leave her alone.
  • Andale, Kansas: The police chief was arrested and booked into jail for domestic violence battery. Details were not made available.
  • Marion County, Indiana: A state police officer was arrested amid allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor. The police received an anonymous compliant regarding an officer engaging in a sex act with a 14-year-old. The following investigation led to this officer’s arrest.

Paul DeJesus Harassed for Filming

From Techdirt:

Apparently, the statement from a Lancaster, PA police spokesman that citizens are allowed to film on-duty police officers hasn’t made its way to the entire staff yet. Carlos Miller at PINAC reports that Paul Dejesus, the same man who had an officer walk away from taking an accident report because he was being filmed, was again approached by a police officer who demanded he stop filming because recording his voice “violated” Pennsylvania’s wiretapping laws.

Video at the link.   The officer threatens wiretapping charges and then disorderly conduct.

Note, however, that it is the officer that creates the disturbance around the DeJesus property.

After spotting Mr. DeJesus with his smart phone, the officer could have ignored him, or walked over and said, “Good evening folks, I saw you filming and just wanted to let you know that we received a call about ______ and that’s why we are here.  To check that out.  Have a good evening.”

H/T:  Instapundit

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-11-13

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 11, 2013:

  • Update: Lawrence, Massachusetts (First reported 11-26-13): A 15-year veteran police officer was convicted in federal court of bribery and obstruction of justice for soliciting a bribe from a towing company in exchange for sending business the company’s way.
  • Greenfield, Indiana: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested after a fight with a woman he had been dating. He has been charged with residential entry, criminal mischief and intimidation.
  • Update: Crestview, Florida (First reported 03-15-12): A police major will spend the next 12 yrs in prison for racketeering. The maximum sentence he could have been given was 30 years.
  • Wyoming Borough, Pennsylvania: A police officer was suspended after being criminally charged. He allegedly hosted underage drinking parties and had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl.
  • Los Angles County, CA: The family of a man shot to death by a sheriff’s deputy has been awarded $2 million by a federal jury. The jury rejected the defense that the deputy feared for his life from a man with a knife. A Sheriff’s Department spokesman said the department stands by the deputies’ action and plans to file motions challenging the verdict and may appeal if necessary.
  • Iberia Parish, Louisiana: An sheriff’s deputy seen hitting a hand-cuffed man and pushing a teen-age girl has been fired.
  • Update: Rockingham, North Carolina (First reported 11-14-13): The police chief pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts of larceny. He was fined $100, had a 45-day stay in jail suspended, ordered to 12 months of unsupervised probation and was required to surrender his law enforcement license.
  • Tampa, Florida: An officer was arrested and charged with two counts of welfare fraud and one count of grant theft. The chief said she was working with an inmate to use food stamp benefit cards fraudulently for mutual gain.
  • Update: Denver, Colorado (First reported 01-10-13): A police officer was sentenced to jail time, home detention and 80 hours of community service for driving under the influence and careless driving.

Houston Parking Enforcement Officer Gets the Boot

From Yahoo:

He was supposed to dole out tickets and make sure drivers were sticking to parking rules. But instead, one Houston parking enforcement agent broke the rules he was meant to enforce, getting fired this week after parking illegally in a handicapped spot and cursing at the fed-up civilian who filmed him in action.

“Like with any organization, there are some hires that work out and some that don’t,” Christopher Newport, deputy director of city parking management for Houston tells Yahoo Shine, confirming on Wednesday that the agent in question had been let go “as of yesterday morning.” And it was not his choice of parking spots that was the worst offense, Newport adds, but “his response,” which included the use of an expletive, despite knowing he was being filmed at the time. “If that’s how you make decisions, I don’t think we want you working for us,” says Newport.

Brian Moya, head of an online real estate company, filmed the unnamed parking agent pulling his city vehicle out of the spot and immediately uploaded the video to YouTube. He then called Newport’s office to log an official complaint.

Cato and Flex Your Rights are quoted later in the article.

Did NY Cops Have Arrest Quotas? Did They Lie to Meet Those Quotas?

From the New York Post:

A former city prosecutor wants the Bronx district attorney to probe a team of narcotics cops he says lied on the stand and helped put away innocent people to meet quotas.

Peter Tilem, a criminal defense lawyer and one-time ADA, has submitted an allegedly damning August deposition to Bronx DA Robert Johnson and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly from a former narcotics detective on the team.

The ex-cop, Genaro Morales, testifying in an unrelated case, admitted that he knew of cops who lied under oath when he worked in the Bronx narcotics unit from the mid-1990s to 2006.

Police officials say they plan to investigate.  Good–that’s what we want to hear.   But …wait …. did they set up arrest quotas?   Hmm.

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