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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-15-14 to 11-17-14

Here are the 7 reports tracked for Saturday, November 15 to Sunday, November 17, 2014:

  • Update: Campbell, Wisconsin (Previously reported 07-25-14): The police chief pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge that accused him of harassing a local tea party activist by using his email to sign him up for multiple online dating, insurance, and pornography websites. ly/Eq3lV
  • Holyoke, Massachusetts: A police officer who drew his gun following a heated argument with another officer at a restaurant was fired following an investigation. ly/EpKPi
  • Beardstown, Illinois: Police arrested one of their own officers on charges of theft, criminal damage to government-supported property, and official misconduct. ly/Eowfs
  • Hoffman Estates, Illinois: An officer allegedly made a phone call to people in a hotel room warning them that officers were on their way. Police were responding to a complaint of loud noise and a marijuana smell. ly/Eoybf
  • Phoenix, Arizona: A detective is facing charges of domestic violence and disorderly conduct after he allegedly got into a fight with his girlfriend. ly/EovHa
  • Rocky Ford, Colorado: A police officer has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of a 27-year-old man. He is being held on a $1 million bond. ly/Eovw9
  • Update: Placer County, California (Previously reported 07-14-14): A now-former sheriff’s deputy pled no contest to a single felony charge of having unlawful sex with a minor. ly/EqayE

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-14-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, November 14, 2014:

  • Fairview, Pennsylvania: A state police trooper who drove a patrol vehicle that ran a stop sign and caused a crash, killing a woman, failed in his bid to have a careless driving citation dismissed.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: Officials say a police officer has been charged with perjury and misconduct after arresting a man he allegedly knew was innocent.
  • Update: Los Angeles, California: A veteran policewoman has pled not guilty to faking military leave in order to get paid time off.
  • Update: Honolulu, Hawaii: A police officer pled not guilty to third degree sexual assault.
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana: A police officer has been charged with theft. He is accused of taking money from a nonprofit fraternal organization consisting of active and retired law enforcement men and women who enjoy riding motorcycles.
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: An officer has been indicted by grand jury: for forcing woman to perform a sex act in park with the help of two other officers.
  • Greensboro, North Carolina: A police officer is charged in connection with child pornography.
  • Update: District Heights, Maryland: A now-former officer convicted in a shooting that paralyzed a handcuffed suspect has been sentenced to five years in prison.
  • Update: Skokie, Illinois: A now-former police officer was sentenced to two years of probation after he pled guilty to official misconduct for shoving a woman in the lockup at a police station, causing severe injury to her face.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-13-14

Here are the 5 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 13, 2014:

  • Shreveport, Louisiana: A police Sergeant must pay a $500 fine and then his criminal record will be expunged. He pled guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor by taking his 15-year-old son to a bar. ly/EeaLl
  • Raton, New Mexico: A local police captain has been on administrative leave for nearly four months as the an internal investigation is conducted and a district attorney contemplates whether criminal charges should be filed in relation to accusations the officer sexually assaulted a woman. ly/EdVG8
  • Franklin County, Illinois: A now-former police officer accused of attacking a handcuffed suspect will serve jail time. He was charged with aggravated battery, involuntary manslaughter, and official misconduct. The officer sentenced to 18 months, but he’ll only report to the county jail on weekends. During the week he’ll be under house arrest. ly/EdytA
  • New York, New York: Nine officer fired for disobeying their bosses, and flashing their badges to get out of trouble Three supervisors, including a lieutenant, also face disciplinary action following the drunken celebration. ly/EdvXt
  • Norfolk, Virginia: A now-former detective, currently serving a 12-1/2-year sentence for taking bribes from criminals, is now facing allegations that he coerced – even beat – false confessions out of murder suspects. ly/Edb1v

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-12-14

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 12, 2014:

  • Update: Winston County, Alabama (First reported 06-05-14): A now-former sheriff’s deputy previously jailed on state charges now faces federal charges for extorting a woman to cook methamphetamine.
  • Louis County, Missouri: A journalist is suing the police department over his arrest at the Ferguson police shooting protests.
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 10-07-14): Two officers were officially charged for hitting teenager with their fists and a gun during an incident that was caught on video. Both the officers, who both have been on the force for nine years, pled not guilty. ly/EaUkx
  • Baltimore, Maryland: The city’s Board of Estimates is poised to award $40,000 to a woman who was struck by a police vehicle while crossing the street. ly/EaSr4
  • Colchester, Vermont: A police corporal is on unpaid leave from the force following his arrest on suspicion of stealing drug and gun evidence from the department’s evidence room. ly/EaGyT
  • Update: Newport, Tennessee (First reported 07-28-14): Officials say a police officer indicted on official misconduct charges “has officially retired” from the force.
  • Update: New York, New York (Previously reported 07-01-14): A now-former police officer acquitted of conspiring to kidnap, kill and eat women was sentenced to time served for unlawfully accessing a federal database. He also received one year of probation, must continue to get mental health treatment and cannot contact women involved in the case.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-11-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, November 11, 2014:

  • Washington, DC: Federal prosecutors are working to dismantle a case, which a U.S. Attorney hailed as an example of law enforcement taking “another step toward making our community safer,” because the investigation was tainted by the possible misconduct of an FBI agent. ly/E8eaf
  • Update: Sioux City, Iowa (First reported 08-07-13): A judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by a woman shown on camera being forcefully arrested by a police officer. A judge ruled she did not present enough evidence that the officer used unreasonable force. The incident was captured on a police car dashboard camera. ly/E6QyS
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 11-04-14): The police department suspended an officer without pay for six weeks for excessive force but did nothing to him for destroying evidence; he was caught on video deleting a man’s cell phone videos.
  • Update: Harris County, Texas (First reported 09-06-13): Prosecutors charged an officer with official oppression after they were shown a video that caught him on kicking a man. The man’s family obtained and released the video after filing a federal lawsuit against the deputy. A judge has just ruled that the statute of limitations had run on the misdemeanor charge, effectively barring prosecution of the officer.
  • Lake Stevens, Washington: A police officer has resigned amid a criminal investigation. According to court documents, a 26-year-old woman has sought a protection order against the officer, accusing him of intimidating her and stalking her.
  • White Hall, Alabama: The police chief has been suspended without pay by order of the mayor.
  • Update: Andover, Massachusetts (Previously reported 04-18-14): A now-former police officer who was involved in a hit-and-run accident was given a year’s probation after two serious charges against him were dropped. He admitted to sufficient facts to charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a property-damage accident.
  • Lucas County, Ohio: A sheriff’s deputy was fired for conduct unbecoming an officer after she allegedly assaulted her husband.
  • Update: Des Moines, Iowa (Previously reported 12-20-13): A jury couldn’t agree whether a now-former police officer used excessive force after a traffic accident, resulting in a mistrial. The federal jury also found the officer not guilty of falsifying records in connection with the case.

Worst of the Month — October 2014

The worst police misconduct of October goes to the officers who shot David Hooks in his own home during a drug raid based on an invalid warrant and the tip of an informant who was allegedly high on meth. The informant, Rodney Garrett, had just stolen a vehicle from the Hooks’ home when he was either or arrested or turned himself into the police (reports vary). Garrett told police that the 20g bag of meth he had had been stolen from Hooks’ pickup truck. That same night, the Laurens county drug unit pushed through a warrant based primarily on Garrett’s word, and at 10:55 p.m. executed a no-knock warrant despite the fact that the warrant did not authorize one—at a home that the police knew had just previously been burglarized two nights earlier.

Hooks’ wife Teresa saw armed, hooded figures in black rushing towards the back door and woke her husband, thinking the burglars had returned. David got his gun, and when the SWAT team knocked in the back door without announcing their presence, he didn’t even have the opportunity to get a shot off before officers fired between 16 and 18 rounds, killing him. Some of the rounds were shot blindly through a wall at Hooks, without regard for whom or what they were firing at and killing.

As you might expect from a search warrant based almost entirely on the tip of a meth addict who may or may not have been high when giving it, a 44-hour search of the Hooks home produced absolutely no contraband whatsoever. David Hooks was a successful businessman who ran a construction business that contracted with the U.S. government. He had passed numerous security clearances and background checks, but on the word of a thief and meth addict, he was reduced to just another casualty in the war on drugs.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-08-14 to 11-10-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, November 08 to Monday, November 10, 2014:

  • Dover, Delaware: A suspended state police trooper who had stalking charges dropped in a plea bargain has been arrested again and charged with strangulation after attacking his wife at their home.
  • Vernon, New York: A now-former police officer cleared of allegedly falsifying overtime surrendered for an arraignment on new charges he used forged prescriptions to obtain at least 3,790 Hydrocodone pills.
  • Jacksonville, Florida: A detective suspected of driving drunk in a city-owned vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash has turned herself in nearly seven weeks after the crash.
  • Update: Jefferson Parish, Louisiana (First reported 11-21-13): A now-former sheriff’s deputy faces a life sentence on federal fraud charges for stealing money from a man who disappeared in 2007. The deputy already faced decades behind bars after he pled guilty to seven counts of bank fraud, identity theft and using his badge to violate the civil rights of the man.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: Several officers were handed suspensions after an internal investigation revealed they were taking various goods from a convenience store. The investigation began with claims that some officers went behind the glass and walked out with lottery tickets, cigarettes or snacks. ly/E4LV3
  • Monongalia County, West Virginia: The county sheriff said a deputy made an error in judgment by coming to work under the influence of alcohol. He fired the deputy after tests results came back. ly/E4HnY
  • Sioux City, Iowa: A police officer pled guilty to an OWI charge stemming from a car accident. ly/E4siF
  • Riverside County, California: A sergeant with the sheriff’s department was arrested on several charges, including assault and kidnapping, after allegedly getting into a fight with his girlfriend and then attacking a female friend who was with them.
  • Saratoga County, New York: A county sheriff’s deputy was suspended without pay as the department investigates his conduct during a traffic stop. In a video of a traffic stop, the officer asks if the driver wants to resist arrest before apparently slapping him in the face, which is heard but not seen because the camera is pointed down momentarily. ly/E3OO7
  • Pasco, Florida: A former deputy was arrested after allegedly groping a woman while on-duty. The fired deputy cased out the victim’s home with another officer days before. “It’s horrific when you read what he did,” said the sheriff. “It’s embarrassing.”


National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-07-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, November 07, 2014:

  • Richmond, California: An officer has been placed on leave and is being investigated for “potential administrative and/or criminal consequences,” after police serving a search warrant found an unknown amount of an illegal drug in his residence. ly/DYSKi
  • Los Angeles, California: A veteran Police officer was arrested on charges of stealing public funds related to allegedly submitting fictitous military leave documents on several occasions. She is alleged to have submitted fake military documents that allowed her to take more than $5,400 worth of paid time off from the department. ly/DYS1k
  • New York, New York: A now-former sergeant accepted thousands of dollars in bribes from a private investigator in exchange for key confidential information from an FBI database about witnesses in federal criminal cases. ly/DYRcG
  • Yuba City, California: An off-duty deputy US Marshal wearing police gear was involved in an armed marijuana theft in the parking lot of a motel, according to a complaint filed by the Drug Enforcement Administration. ly/DYLYH
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: A police officer was fired after a series of events, including drinking alcohol while armed, and shoving an elderly Walmart greeter. ly/DYKfK
  • Update: Aynor, South Carolina (First reported 05-10-13): A now-former police officer pled guilty to two charges after offering to drop a ticket if the woman pulled up her shirt, on two separate occasions.
  • Hughestown Borough, Pennsylvania: A now-former police officer will serve federal prison time on drug charges. He pled guilty to a charge that he distributed oxycodone on numerous occasions. ly/DYDZX
  • Boston, Massachusetts: A now-former police officer who was charged with lying to an FBI agent who was investigating a violent street gang in Roxbury has agreed to plead guilty. ly/DYAHd
  • Knox County, Tennessee: Federal authorities unsealed a plea agreement with a now-former deputy who confessed he and at least five other local law enforcement officers were providing protection for an illegal gambling ring. ly/DYmtJ
  • Update: Eagle County, Colorado (First reported 10-08-14): A now-former sheriff’s deputy has pled not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting a woman. If he is convicted, he faces up to 4 years in prison. ly/DYiZR

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-06-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 06, 2014:

  • Goodyear, Arizona: A police officer is being investigated over allegations he secretly recorded nearly two dozen women while they undressed at a tanning salon.
  • Jackson, Tennessee: A police officer was indicted after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said he filed false reports that his truck had been stolen.
  • Dallas, Texas: The Child Abuse Squad has arrested a police officer on a charge of harassment.
  • Jonesboro, Arkansas: A patrolman was arrested on a charge of public servant bribery, which is a Class D felony.
  • Cumberland County, Maine: A 26-year veteran twice named Trooper of the Year, pled guilty to sexual contact. One of the mostly highly decorated police officers in Maine’s history was sentenced to four years in prison for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old child.
  • Cook County, Illinois: An officer allegedly conspired with his former partner to commit robberies of marijuana, contraband cigarettes and cash.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A now-former officer is charged with participating in a scheme to extort drugs and money from drug dealers and drug buyers while working as a police officer.
  • Update: Romulus, Michigan (Previously reported 10-21-14): Three now-former police officers have been sentenced to probation in connection with a corruption case that sent the city’s former chief to jail. The officers will also have to pay restitution in the case.
  • Greenacres, Florida: A police officer is accused of breaking a 14-year-old girl’s arm during an arrest attempt that was initiated because the officer attempted to view a video on her cell phone without a search warrant. The officer then arrested the teen for resisting arrest.
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: A now-former police sergeant avoided jail time and entered a no contest plea. “There was rather overwhelming evidence of his guilt,” said the District Attorney General. The officer was indicted on three counts of official misconduct and three counts of theft under $500 after pills and other evidence went missing from the department’s property room several months earlier.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-05-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 5, 2014:

  • Winooski, Vermont: A police corporal accused of assaulting a suspect is scheduled to change his plea in court. He had previously pled not guilty to charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and providing false information to state police.
  • Update: Hammond, Indiana (Previously reported 10-21-14): : Four people are suing the city and several police officers after a traffic stop for a seat belt violation turned violent when the officers broke a car window and used a stun gun one of the people.
  • Mattoon, Illinois: A local man has filed a federal lawsuit against the city regarding a police officer entering his home. The lawsuit says that an unknown police officer entered the man’s home, allegedly without probable cause or a warrant.
  • Update: Dallas, Texas (First reported 12-11-13): : A police officer has been indicted on a manslaughter count in the death of a bicyclist who was run over by a patrol car while being chased.
  • Yellowstone County, Montana: A sheriff’s deputy who was placed on paid leave has resigned. He had been arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
  • Richland County, South Carolina: Five sheriff’s deputies have been arrested for tax evasion and fraud, said the sheriff at a press conference. The sheriff apologized to the community and said the deputies were suspended without pay.
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: Two police officers have been indicted in separate incidents that occurred while they were on-duty. The officers allegedly both assaulted juveniles.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: A police officer has been charged in connection with a fight he got into with a man who had been taken into custody. He was charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
  • Calexico, California: FBI agents are at the police department to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by some members of the department, a bureau spokesman said.
  • Update: Brownsdale, Minnesota (Previously reported 11-19-13): : The now-former chief of police was convicted of assaulting a woman he met in a bar. A jury found him guilty of one count each of second-and third-degree criminal sexual assault, but acquitted him of a first-degree count.

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