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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-23-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 23, 2016:

  • Brown County, Wisconsin: A deputy pled guilty to stealing more than $10,000 from the D.A.R.E. program. ow.ly/ZPsfr
  • Update: Virginia Beach, Virginia (First reported 02-24-16): An officer pled guilty to DUI with her two young children in the car. At the time of her arrest, here BAC was almost three times the legal limit. ow.ly/ZPsQn
  • Salt Lake City (Unified PD), Utah: A now-former officer pled guilty to unlawful conduct, a misdemeanor, with a 17-year-old girl. He was originally charged with five counts of felonious forcible sexual abuse. The prosecutor has recommended probation for sentencing. ow.ly/ZPtnj
  • Durham, North Carolina: An officer was charged with fraud for illegally renting out a property he was living in at a steep discount. ow.ly/ZPu7F
  • Houston, Texas: An officer was charged with indecency with a child by contact. ow.ly/ZPuvp .
  • Fort Worth, Texas: An officer avoided prosecution but was fired for his domestic violence arrest. He will appeal his termination. ow.ly/ZPuZY
  • Update: Austin, Texas (First reported 02-10-16): The officer who fatally shot David Joseph—who was 19 years old, naked, and unarmed—has been suspended indefinitely. ow.ly/ZQU0p
  • Shadyside, Ohio: An officer was suspended for a series of altercations at a local bar while off duty. No criminal charges were filed. ow.ly/ZQVb9
  • Kissimmee, Florida: Three officers have been suspended for giving testimony inconsistent with video evidence. Administrative and criminal investigations into their actions are ongoing. ow.ly/ZQVGZ

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-22-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 22, 2016:

  • Update: Miami, Florida (First reported 10-31-14): A now-former officer accepted a plea deal for his role in protecting what he believed to be a drug trafficking operation. For guarding two transactions while carrying his badge and gun, he received $1,900.  In exchange for the guilty plea, the prosecutor recommended a sentence of 3.5 years. ow.ly/ZM1nG
  • Grand Isle, Louisiana: The police department was searched, and computers and other items were seized in a raid by Jefferson Parish deputies as part of an ongoing drug investigation. ow.ly/ZNMOB
  • Summit County, Ohio: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence against a woman who reportedly suffered head and facial injuries. ow.ly/ZOcYP
  • St. Louis County, Missouri: A lieutenant who was fired for racial profiling has been reinstated though he was demoted. ow.ly/ZOfkL
  • Update: Ft Lauderdale, Florida (First reported 02-24-15): A now-former officer was acquitted of battery despite video evidence he slapped and abused a homeless man. ow.ly/ZOrjZ
  • McAllen, Texas: An officer was arrested for DWI. ow.ly/ZOsP0
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer was arrested for assault for allegedly slamming a woman’s head into a car bumper. ow.ly/ZOt3f
  • Update: Neoga, Illinois (First reported 03-08-16): A now-former officer was charged with criminal sexual abuse and sex assault against a 16-year-old girl. ow.ly/ZOQAt
  • Oakland County, Michigan: Two deputies were arrested after an off-duty DUI crash that resulted in the injury of a female motorist. Both deputies were carrying firearms while they were intoxicated, so both were charged as a result. ow.ly/ZORtQ

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-21-16

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, March 21, 2016:

  • Portales, New Mexico: An officer was fired for padding his timecard and claiming bogus overtime. ow.ly/ZJrYI
  • Update: Fort Wayne, Indiana (First reported 11-14-14): A now-former officer was given a one-year suspended sentence. He previously pled guilty to stealing from a motorcycle club of current and former law enforcement officers. ow.ly/ZJs8L
  • Pasco County, Florida: A deputy was charged with child abuse for putting liquid soap in a 7-year-old’s mouth and physically assaulting her by choking and hitting her. ow.ly/ZJskI
  • Lima, Ohio: An officer was convicted of rape, sexual battery, and kidnapping of a 16-yr-old girl. Prosecutors are asking for a 22-year sentence. ow.ly/ZJu4S
  • Update: Commerce City, Colorado (first reported 11-17-15): An officer pled not guilty to false reporting. He is accused of shooting himself and lying about who shot him. His trial is scheduled to start July 18, 2016.  ow.ly/ZJvxA
  • Yuba County, California: A deputy pled not guilty to burglary and criminal threat charges for allegedly entering his ex-girlfriend’s home. According to the report, he yelled “If I find you, I’m going to kill you!” ow.ly/ZJyjr
  • Ocala, Florida: An officer was suspended for 40 hours for failing to report the use of prescription medication. He was investigated for other rule violations, including an improper relationship with a married woman who is suspected of drug use. ow.ly/ZLj8h
  • Update: Washington County, Oregon (First reported 03-08-16): A deputy who was jailed on charges of enticement of a child had his $100,000 bond reduced to $10,000. He is next due in court for a plea hearing April 29. ow.ly/ZLlQB
  • Update: Denver, Colorado (First reported 03-13-15): An officer’s reinstatement after his termination for assaulting a female inmate has been overturned by the full civil board. During the assault, the now-former officer was recorded saying “Don’t cry now” and “Tell it to God” as she called on him to stop. ow.ly/ZLoPO
  • Update: Iberia Parish, Louisiana (First reported 02-29-16): A district attorney will review hundreds of criminal cases involving deputies from the scandal-plagued department. He has already sent notices to defense attorneys in relation to cases of six of the eight deputies who have pled guilty in recent weeks to civil rights abuses and perjury charges. The sheriff is currently under federal indictment for civil rights abuses.  ow.ly/ZLuXX
  • Jackson, Missouri: An officer was placed on leave after his arrest for domestic violence. ow.ly/ZLx7x
  • South Bend, Indiana: Two officers were suspended for not arresting a woman who they knew was wanted on an arrest warrant and then lying about letting her go. One officer was demoted, the other will retire. ow.ly/ZLy15
  • Washoe County, Nevada: A deputy was arrested for DUI. ow.ly/ZLWCO
  • Update: Monticello, Utah (First reported 12-07-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to burglary and assault for breaking into his estranged wife’s home. The chief of the department and the San Juan County Sheriff both blew-off the wife’s 911 call and failed to dispatch anyone to the scene. The chief was fired by the city council and the sheriff was demoted to deputy. ow.ly/ZLXp9
  • Shallotte, North Carolina: A now-former officer was sentenced to 44-113 months in prison after he pled guilty to solicitation to commit statutory rape. ow.ly/ZLZYY

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-18-16

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 18, 2016:

  • Springfield, Illinois: A school resource officer resigned after he was indicted for aggravated criminal sexual abuse for fondling a 17-year-old girl. ow.ly/ZF2Hm
  • Stanislaus County, California: A now0-former deputy was sentenced to 60 days in jail for stealing $8,000 from an inmate welfare fund. ow.ly/ZF2WU
  • Pennsylvania State Police: The PSP settled an excessive force lawsuit with a beaten motorist for $300,000. ow.ly/ZFmTb
  • Monroe County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for unlawful compensation. He allegedly solicited money from a jail inmate in exchange for smuggling contraband.ow.ly/ZFwdv
  • Orange County, Virginia: A now-former deputy enters an Alford plea in an insurance fraud case. He was given three-year suspended sentence. ow.ly/ZFIeX
  • Montclair, New Jersey: A now-former officer who was fired after domestic abuse arrest was reinstated and given $270,000 in back pay. ow.ly/ZG2dX
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 01-12-15): An officer who was recommended for termination for shooting an undercover deputy has retired. ow.ly/ZG2vy

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-17-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 17, 2016:

  • Farmers Branch, Texas: An officer was arrested for murder and aggravated assault as the result of an off-duty shooting of two juveniles. One died, the other was injured.  ow.ly/ZzLxT
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: An officer was charged with battery against a household member after slamming her husband against a wall. ow.ly/ZC4y4
  • Update: U.S. Marshals: A now-former deputy marshal stationed in Florida was sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbing 24 lbs. of marijuana from three dealers at gunpoint in Yuba City, California. ow.ly/ZC9tO
  • Update: Winchester, New York: An officer pled guilty to criminal threatening. He was given a one year suspended sentence. ow.ly/ZCbck
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico: An officer who had been fired for intimidating a civilian investigator will be allowed to retire from the department and collect his pension. ow.ly/ZCVRG
  • Sarasota, Florida: An officer was arrested for DUI. He had already been placed on leave during an investigation into the death of a man in custody. ow.ly/ZCZ9D
  • Update: Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana: A now-former deputy pled guilty to drug conspiracy. He shook-down dealers and stole from the DEA. ow.ly/ZDifg
  • Jamestown, North Dakota: An officer was fired for 19 violations, including dishonesty. ow.ly/ZDgGH
  • Update: Calhoun County, Michigan: A now-former officer pled guilty to DUI. He was found in his car unconscious and unresponsive in December. ow.ly/ZDhma

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-16-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 16, 2016:

  • Santa Rosa County, Florida: A deputy was charged with violation of the right of way for failing to yield and causing a car crash. ow.ly/ZxemH
  • Update: Essex County, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to criminal coercion for forcing a woman to have sex. http://bit.ly/21y6O4W
  • Independence County, Arkansas: A deputy is being investigated for taking hydrocodone from a motorist during a traffic stop and not reporting it. ow.ly/ZxBwc
  • Pinellas County, Florida: A deputy was charged with domestic battery after an altercation with his wife. ow.ly/ZxWo1
  • Update: Massachusetts State Police: A trooper who was charged with sexually assaulting a woman he met online may finally see trial this month. The case has been delayed at least two previous times.  ow.ly/Zy2EZ
  • Update: Suffolk, Virginia: A now-former officer pled guilty to unlawful wounding for choking a woman. He was sentenced to two-to-five years in prison. ow.ly/Zy7ln
  • Update: Neptune Township, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to manslaughter for chasing down and fatally shooting his ex-wife as she drove her car. Their seven-year-old daughter was in the car at the time of the shooting. ow.ly/Zybss
  • Bald Knob, Arkansas: The now-former chief pled guilty to possessing a stolen firearm and will pay around $12,000 in restitution for filing a false insurance claim. ow.ly/ZykDF
  • Kingston, New York: An officer was charged with DWI after flipping a car he was driving without permission. He was off duty at the time of the incident. ow.ly/Zyl4r

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-15-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 15, 2016:

  • Wood County, West Virginia: A deputy was charged with DUI after he led police on a chase at speeds estimated at 127 MPH. He had BAC of .178, more than twice the legal limit. ow.ly/ZtCq9
  • Livingston, California: An officer was charged with assault for an incident during a supervised child exchange. One of the three original charges has been dismissed. ow.ly/ZtEsS
  • Pomona, California: An officer was charged with molesting or annoying a teenage girl. ow.ly/ZtF9p
  • Chester, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with oppression, indecent exposure, and assault for demanding sex from female detainees. ow.ly/ZtFPv
  • Houston, Texas: An officer arrested for criminal mischief the day he was suspended for personnel violation. ow.ly/Zu44p
  • Update: Edison Township, New Jersey (First reported 06-11-14): An officer was put back on the job, though without his firearm, despite efforts to terminate him. He had been suspended with notice of intent for termination for coercing a woman to model lingerie for him or face arrest. ow.ly/ZuaDV
  • Update: Cincinnati, Ohio (First reported 02-18-15): Two officers were acquitted of trying covering up another officer’s DUI crash. He pled guilty.ow.ly/ZubMz
  • Update: Brown University officer suspended for assaulting Dartmouth student has been fired. ow.ly/ZucXR

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-14-15

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, March 14, 2016:

  • Grand Traverse County, Michigan: Two deputies were arrested for assault after an off-duty bar fight. ow.ly/ZppzD
  • Kaufman, Texas: A now-former officer was indicted for indecency and sexual assault of a child. The incident is alleged to have taken place when he was on the force. ow.ly/ZppXN
  • Update: Dupont, Pennsylvania (First reported 01-22-15): An officer was convicted of bribery, obstruction, and oppression. He accepted oxycodone from a dealer and let him go. ow.ly/Zpq94
  • Waterbury, Connecticut: An officer was fired for conduct unbecoming and associating with criminals, among other violations. ow.ly/ZpqIP
  • Collier County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for DUI after crashing his patrol car on duty. This is his second arrest for DUI. ow.ly/ZpqU0
  • Update: Pasco County, Florida (First reported 08-07-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to five years in prison for receiving child pornography. ow.ly/Zpr5o
  • Delaware County, Ohio: A deputy was suspended and demoted after DUI. He has a history of departmental violations. ow.ly/ZprkJ
  • San Francisco County, California: A deputy whom the FBI discovered had ties to a reputed gang leader is no longer with the department. There are no criminal charges filed against the now-former deputy at this time.  ow.ly/ZprvZ
  • Update: Carrollton, Kentucky (First reported 06-02-15): The police chief and another officer were acquitted of charges related to sending a mentally ill inmate to Florida on a bus with a one-way ticket.  ow.ly/ZprM0
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 02-02-15): An officer will not face federal charges for killing 18-year-old Ramarley Graham. The officer chased Graham into his home while trying to make a misdemeanor drug arrest and fatally shot him in his bathroom. ow.ly/Zps4h
  • Update: Montgomery County, Tennessee (First reported 03-07-16): A deputy who had been arrested for stalking and harassment has resigned. ow.ly/Zpsgr
  • Update: Iberia Parish, Louisiana: Two now-former deputies became the seventh and eighth to plead guilty to civil rights violations for excessive force. ow.ly/ZpsAr
  • South Carolina State Police: A now-former trooper pled guilty to aggravated assault and battery for the 2014 shooting of Levar Jones. ow.ly/ZrP6J
  • Update: Graysville, Tennessee (First reported 06-06-14): A now-former chief pled guilty to two counts of misconduct for stealing seized cars and $4,000. ow.ly/ZrXkw
  • Fort Worth, Texas: An officer was suspended and placed under investigation after video shows him pepper spraying passing motorcyclists. ow.ly/ZrXJJ

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-11-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 11, 2016:

  • Update: San Francisco, California: A jury found that the four officers who fatally shot Alex Nieto 48 times did not use excessive force. ow.ly/Zll1O
  • Update: Burlington, Vermont: An officer pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts of simple assault. ow.ly/Zlm6q
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: The County settled a lawsuit with the family of a mentally ill man fatally shot six times by an off-duty deputy. ow.ly/Zlmp2
  • El Dorado Colorado, California: A deputy was arrested for his third DUI since December. ow.ly/Zlmzs
  • Update: Iberia Parish, Louisiana: The sheriff was indicted for civil rights violations for his role in the beatings of five inmates. More than a half-dozen of his deputies have pled guilty to related crimes. ow.ly/ZlmJN
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland: A now-former officer who was acquitted for animal cruelty for slitting the throat of tethered dog was awarded 45,000 in back pay. ow.ly/ZmnK6
  • Fairborn, Ohio: An officer resigned. An investigation indicates he used excessive force on a suspect and did not record the incident in violation of protocol. ow.ly/ZmoCH
  • Iowa State Police: A trooper was arrested for DUI. He has resigned. ow.ly/ZmE52

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-10-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 10, 2016:

  • Update: Champaign, Illinois: An officer was suspended after he was named in a fourth excessive force lawsuit. ow.ly/Ziwdn
  • Update: Oneida Nation (New York): The officer who pled guilty to harassment for pulling a gun in public has been fired. ow.ly/ZixAQ
  • Update: Mt. Vernon, Ohio: An officer pled guilty to extortion for running a drug trafficking operation while on the job. ow.ly/Ziy3H
  • Adams County, Colorado: A deputy was arrested for domestic abuse. ow.ly/Zj4gC
  • Pinal County, Arizona: A deputy was indicted for sex crimes against a 15-year-old boy. He has been fired. ow.ly/Zj52v
  • Update: Richland County, South Carolina: A deputy pled guilty to in a tax fraud scheme in which she prepared taxes for other deputies to get unearned money from the state. She is the third of five deputies charged in the scheme to plead guilty. ow.ly/Zj5JY
  • Buffalo, New York: An officer was suspended after DWI arrest. ow.ly/Zj78k
  • Harlingen, Texas: An officer was suspended without pay for mistreating a motorist. ow.ly/Zj7IG

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