National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

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.

Civilian Oversight

From the Washington Post:

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler regularly ordered state troopers assigned to drive him to turn on the lights and sirens on the way to routine appointments, directing them to speed, run red lights and bypass traffic jams by using the shoulder, according to written accounts by the Maryland State Police.When troopers refused to activate the emergency equipment, Gansler, now a Democratic candidate for governor, often flipped the switches himself, according to the police accounts. And on occasion, he became so impatient that he insisted on driving, directing the trooper to the passenger’s seat. Gansler once ran four red lights with sirens blaring, a trooper wrote. Another account said he “brags” about driving the vehicle unaccompanied on weekends with the sirens on.“This extremely irresponsible behavior is non-stop and occurs on a daily basis,” Lt. Charles Ardolini, commander of the state police executive protection section, wrote in a December 2011 memo that said the problem had existed for five years. “Attorney General Gansler has consistently acted in a way that disregards public safety, our Troopers safety and even the law.”

Attorney General Gansler is one of the key officials that Maryland residents depend upon to oversee problems relating to police misconduct.   Hmm.

To give credit where it is due, good for the state police for not playing along with politician misconduct.

And the governor played it straight as well:

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) was briefed, aides said, and authorized the police to take whatever corrective action they deemed necessary, including revoking Gansler’s transportation services.

Mr. O’Malley also seems to put up with traffic jams just like the rest of us.

Related item here.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-10-13

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, October 10, 2013:

  • Update: Marion, Virginia (First reported 07-17-13): A police chief has been sentenced to six years in prison for dealing methamphetamines, cocaine, and other drugs. Some of the drugs came from the police department’s evidence room. He has been fired.
  • Skokie, Illinois: A woman who was charged with driving under the influence and obstructing an officer claims in a lawsuit that a police officer used excessive force. She says that she was shoved head first into a jail cell.
  • Update: New Orleans, Louisiana (First reported 04-18-13): A now-former police officer who has been in jail since April on sexual assault charges pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. He is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl.
  • Greenville, North Carolina: The police department says a detective has been arrested on one count of violating a domestic violence protective order. He was relieved of police powers and placed on administrative duties.
  • West Columbia, South Carolina: A police officer was charged in federal court after sending explicit photos of himself to a 13-year-old girl. The police chief said that the situation is an “embarrassment” for the department.
  • Grayson County, Kentucky: A sexual assault lawsuit has been filed against the county Sheriff. He says that he has not been served the suit yet and also states, “I’m upset. I’m very offended. I’m actually shocked.”
  • Update: Chicago, Illinois (Previously reported 07-22-13): A now-former police officer who extorted protection payoffs from drug dealers at a housing project has been sentenced to 22 months in prison.

Eugene Mallory


Los Angeles Sheriff Deputies burst into Eugene Mallory’s home expecting to find a meth lab, but turns out there was no meth.

Police say that the 80-year-old Mallory, who was in bed, reached for one of his handguns.  That’s when the police shot him six times, killing him.

Mallory’s wife is now bringing a wrongful death lawsuit against the police department.

Where did the police get the idea that there might be a meth lab in this home?  According to the news account, an officer had been in the area and could smell the types of chemicals that are used to make meth.   Hmm.   Perhaps enough to conduct further investigation–watching the premises, for example.   Shouldn’t be enough for raiding someone’s home.

More here.

Cassandra Feuerstein

Another case of a woman arrested for DUI and where the controversy concerns what was done to her after she was taken to the jail.

See the video below.  An officer gets angry when Cassandra Feuerstein does not follow his instructions for the mug shot and throws her head first into the concrete bed frame.

From ABC News and the Chicago Tribune:

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-09-13

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 9, 2013:

  • Pierre, South Dakota: The police chief is defending an officer’s use of a taser against an 8-year-old girl who was threatening to harm herself. The child was holding a knife against her chest at the time of the incident. Parents of the child, who was with a babysitter at the time, want the officer disciplined for using excessive force.
  • Hazel Green, Wisconsin: The police chief resigned after he showed up under the influence of alcohol for an investigative interview into allegations that he had been working while impaired.
  • Trenton, New Jersey: A veteran police officer and his father have been indicted on charges of fourth-degree false swearing and workers compensation fraud. They made false statements while under oath.
  • Update: Smith County, Texas (First reported 07-12-13): A now-former sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty in a drug dealing case that involved selling crack cocaine and crystal methamphetamine out of his patrol car. The count against him alleged that he was caught in possession of more than 50 grams of meth and less than 28 grams of crack.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A police officer was arrested and charged with committing fraud by requesting compensation for military leave even though he had retired from the military. He has been suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: A city police officer has been convicted of drunken driving and involuntary manslaughter in an off-duty motorcycle crash that killed his fiancé’s friend. He was found not guilty of a more serious charge that carried a mandatory minimum of three to six years in prison.
  • Tulare County, California: A deputy has been arrested on charges of sexual assault after he allegedly assaulted a woman he had pulled over.
  • Update: Springdale, Pennsylvania (First reported 07-05-13): A man who claimed a police officer used a stun gun on him while he was handcuffed was paid $225,000 by a borough’s insurance carrier to settle a lawsuit. The officer has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge of violating the man’s civil rights by punching and tasing him when he was not resisting.
  • Portsmouth, Virginia: The sheriff is under more scrutiny after he paid inmates in his custody to work on his home. Now he is accused of allowing inmates to do work on a political campaign. He admitted that he violated state law and paid inmates to do the work on his house. However, that offense happened more than a year ago. and the statute of limitations has run, so he will not be charged.
  • New York, New York: An undercover police detective was arrested; investigators say he was shown on video hitting and kicking an SUV before bikers attacked the driver. He was off-duty when he joined a motorcycle rally that spiraled into violence.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-08-13

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, October 8, 2013:

  • Hayward, California: A police officer resigned after being arrested in connection with an extortion scheme in which prosecutors say he used his badge to take advantage of an alleged criminal.
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: An officer was indicted after allegations of misconduct arose. He was charged with theft, tampering with evidence, and four counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance.
  • Update: Memphis, Tennessee (First reported 11-18-12): A now-former police officer pleaded guilty to sex trafficking in federal court. He faces 10 years in prison. The federal complaint reveals he agreed to transport women while on duty and in his patrol car.
  • Carter County, Kentucky: A deputy was arrested on a domestic violence incident and has been placed on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of an investigation. The Sheriff said there is no place in law enforcement for anyone who chooses to take these kinds of unlawful actions.
  • Waycross, Georgia: A family is disputing statements made by the police on how their family member was shot and killed. The family had called for an ambulance, but the police came. The police say that he was holding a weapon; the man’s mother says that her son had no weapons in his hands.
  • Update: Adams County, Colorado (First reported 08-21-13): A now-former sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to five years in prison for punching a teenager in the face while the teen was strapped to a gurney.
  • Kent County, Texas: A now-former sheriff’s deputy has been convicted of aggravated sexual assault and sentenced to 50 years in prison. He was accused of inappropriate activity with a 13-year-old girl. Prosecution argued that his offense was particularly heinous because his position in law enforcement gave him a sense of authority. The victim should have been able to trust the officer, not be sexually assaulted by him.
  • Gary, Indiana: A man has accused a 12-year veteran of punching him in the eye during an arrest, causing broken bones. The chief is asking the Police Civil Service Commission to fire the officer for using excessive force on a handcuffed suspect, then lying about his actions to Internal Affairs Division investigators.
  • Update: Troy, Ohio (First reported 09-30-13): A police officer accused of stealing money intended for the DARE program pleaded not guilty in court. He is charged with felony theft and has resigned.

20/20 Sets Up Speed Trap for Police Cars

An ABC News Crew from 20/20  set up a speed trap for police vehicles in North Carolina.

They filmed cops speeding all around town for non-emergency situations.

One of the speeders turns out to be a driving instructor for the police academy.

Question: Do you think the findings would be all that different in other states? If not, what would that tell us?

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