National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

The Martese Johnson Case

From the Chicago Tribune:

Virginia’s governor has ordered an investigation into the arrest of a black college student from Chicago seen in photos and video with a bloody face as he was held down by an officer..

Martese Johnson, a 2012 graduate of Kenwood Academy, was charged with obstruction of justice without force and public swearing or intoxication, according to Charlottesville General District Court records.

An attorney for Johnson, Daniel P. Watkins, said Johnson was discharged from the hospital after receiving stitches.

About 1,000 students gathered at the University of Virginia campus Wednesday night to demand justice for Johnson, who attended  the event flanked by classmates.

Quick and prudent move by the governor to have the state police, an independent agency, investigate this incident.

The Natasha McKenna Case

Washington Post editorial:

THE FIGHT went out of Natasha McKenna shortly after she was shot at least four times with a Taser stun gun by sheriff’s deputies at the Fairfax County jail on Feb. 3. She rapidly lost consciousness and, five days later, died.

We have asked Sheriff Stacey A. Kincaid whether her office is reviewing its policy on the use of stun guns. She won’t say. We have asked if her office is reassessing the need for crisis intervention training, which, as a candidate for the position she now holds, she dismissed. She won’t say.

Has the sheriff’s office learned any lessons from Ms. McKenna’s death? Sheriff Kincaid won’t say. Has it taken steps to avoid repeating such an incident? The sheriff won’t say. Have the deputies involved been disciplined in any way? Is this really the best the sheriff’s office can do?

So far, the authorities in Fairfax are silent.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-17-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 17, 2015:

  • Update: Saratoga County, New York (First reported 11-10-14): A now-former sergeant pled guilty to misconduct and harassment for slapping a man who refused consent to a car search. Video evidence of the altercation prompted the sheriff to say “I’m kind of very disturbed with what I saw.” The former sergeant will not go to jail or be placed on probation, but he was charged $1500 for court costs and fines. ow.ly/Krcnv
  • St. Louis, Missouri: A now-former officer was indicted for providing a pistol-gripped shotgun to a known drug dealer. The indictment alleges that he provided the gun knowing it would be used in furtherance of drug trafficking and that while he was an officer he knowingly and repeatedly associated with drug dealers. ow.ly/KrldD
  • Washington, District of Columbia: An officer who also is a local pastor was charged with sexual abuse of a minor. ow.ly/Krv73
  • Nixon, Texas: An officer was given a one-week suspension for DWI. She left her car on tracks where it was totaled by a freight train. She returned to work Monday.  ow.ly/KrwjU
  • Chicopee, Massachusetts: A now-former officer faces assault charges for choking a woman during a 2013 arrest. The woman is suing him and the department. ow.ly/Krxqn
  • Rutland, Vermont: A probationary officer was arrested for DUI. He was pulled over for erratic driving. His BAC test registered at 0.164 at processing. ow.ly/Kry05
  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy was arrested after an off-duty shooting. Police allege he was intoxicated at the time of the incident. He claims he fired the gun in self-defense. ow.ly/KryQ1
  • Seminole County, Florida: A now-former deputy was arrested for fraud. Allegedly, he charged homeowners’ associations for off-duty security patrols he didn’t perform. ow.ly/KrzSH

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-14-15 to 03-16-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, March 14 through Monday, March 16, 2015:

  • Seattle, Washington: An officer was fired for calling and texting women he met while investigating potential crimes. http://ow.ly/KmQzD
  • Hull, Massachusetts: A now-former sergeant was charged with larceny for paying himself more than he was owed from police union coffers. http://ow.ly/KmQZr
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer was arrested for human smuggling across the U.S./Mexico border. Authorities found a person hiding in his trunk. http://ow.ly/KnQlQ
  • Update: Syracuse, New York (First reported 03-06-15): The officer suspended for having sex with a woman who called for a welfare check on her daughter was indicted on four counts of misconduct. http://ow.ly/KnS8n
  • El Paso, Texas: A detective was arrested for assault. She allegedly choked her stepdaughter to near unconsciousness. http://ow.ly/KnSTR
  • Denver, Colorado: A detective pled guilty to domestic violence, reckless endangerment, and reckless use of a gun. A child abuse charge was among those dropped in exchange for the plea deal. He was sentenced to two years of probation. He remains suspended as Internal Affairs determines whether his employment will be terminated. http://ow.ly/KnWPC
  • Owen County, Indiana: A now-former deputy was arrested for theft and misconduct. He allegedly took stolen ginseng he recovered from a suspect and resold it. http://ow.ly/KnYiX
  • Colfax County, New Mexico: A deputy was arrested in a sting. He offered to escort agents posing as drug couriers through the state in exchange for cash. http://ow.ly/KnYUT

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-13-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 13, 2015:

  • Denver, Colorado: An officer was fired for choking a resisting female inmate until she was unconscious instead of calling for a female officer to assist him. http://ow.ly/KhV2m
  • Update: Newton County, Texas (First reported 08-01-14): The sheriff was acquitted of making a terroristic threat and is back on the job. http://ow.ly/KhY5o
  • Marlin, Texas: The police chief was placed on leave after a complaint was filed against him for “inappropriate activity.” http://ow.ly/Ki1BW
  • Exeter, California: A now-former officer was sentenced to 45 days in jail for having sex with a minor and steroid possession. The juvenile was a participant in the department’s Explorer program. http://ow.ly/Ki3be
  • McLennan County, Texas: A constable was fired after he was arrested for trying to solicit sex from a minor. http://ow.ly/Kia4U
  • Burbank, California: The city settled with a detective who was fired for excessive force but reinstated by a labor arbitrator. As part of the agreement, the detective would be allowed to resign and would recieve $451,000. http://ow.ly/Kijzn
  • Bibb County, Georgia: Three deputies pled guilty to misdemeanor theft. They had been accused of conspiring to rob dealers and re-sell the drugs. As part of the plea agreement, they would each receive three years of probation, pay a fine, and permanently lose their law enforcement certification. The U.S. District Attorney in charge of the case said, “I felt like it was important to make sure…that these three defendants were not able to ever be police officers again.”   http://ow.ly/KilbB
  • Edwardsville, Pennsylvania: The police chief was fired after the city council reviewed undisclosed allegations against him. http://ow.ly/Kinl9

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-12-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 12, 2015:

  • Davie, Florida: An officer was arrested and charged with extortion. Allegedly, he threatened to publish compromising photographs of ex-girlfriend. ow.ly/KdKPR
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (San Diego, CA): An officer has been arrested by the FBI. He allegedly installed a camera in the women’s bathroom at the station in order to peep on them. http://bit.ly/1EXcYUc
  • Polk County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for falsifying his time card for five months. He took $1,000 that was not owed to him. ow.ly/Kf5U1
  • Hudson Falls, New York: An officer was charged with larceny. He is alleged to have stolen between $3,000 and $10,000 from the police union. ow.ly/KfzMP
  • New York, New York:  Two officers were punished for misconduct. The two of them flew to Seattle to investigate a rape allegation that happened in Union Square. They went out with the victim and got drunk with her on a nine-hour bender. After convincing her to stay in the hotel with them, one of the officers climbed into bed with her the next morning and attempted to rip her clothes off. That officer pled guilty to an administrative charge from the incident, resulting in a demotion from the rank of detective, a loss of 30 vacation days, and 10 days of unpaid leave. He was also placed on probation and transferred. The other officer, who was already being investigated for improperly collecting overtime pay, pled to that charge and misconduct in the Seattle incident. He lost 45 vacation days and was suspended for 15 days without pay. He had been in charge of Manhattan’s Special Victims Unit. He was transferred to a public housing assignment.   ow.ly/KfQU8
  • Update: South Congaree, South Carolina (First reported 06-18-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to lying to a grand jury. He was sentenced to eight months of house arrest and four years of probation.  ow.ly/KfLLO
  • Long Beach, Mississippi: A now-former officer was indicted on multiple counts of statutory rape for carrying on a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. ow.ly/KfVrA
  • United States Secret Service (DC): Agents are being investigated after they crashed into the barriers outside of the White House after a night out. The crash disrupted a suspicious package investigation. The supervisor on duty allowed the agents to go home despite officers on the scene wanting to arrest them and give them sobriety tests.  ow.ly/KgcjG

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Roundup 03-11-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 11, 2015:

  • Update: Graysville, Tennessee: The police chief facing charges of misconduct has been fired…again. According to the news report, he still awaits trial on “seven counts of official misconduct and three counts of theft stemming from nearly $4,000 in cash that went missing after a July 2013 drug bust.” He was laid off after his indictment, but subsequently reinstated before this second firing.
  • Essex County, New Jersey: An officer was charged with sexually assaulting a woman in her home. ow.ly/Kajqc
  • Sibley County, Minnesota: The Town of Gaylord and the County each settled their part of a lawsuit for $20,000. The plaintiff claimed unlawful detention and illegal search. The suit also claimed the incident was a result of a pattern of racial profiling. ow.ly/KakQA
  • Binghamton, New York: An officer was suspended for misconduct after she left the scene of a crash. A witness reported that the officer hit his parked car and, when he talked to her, he noticed alcohol on her breath. ow.ly/KanIh
  • State of New Jersey Human Services Police: A now-former captain avoided a mandatory prison sentence and was instead given probation for abusing FBI and police databases. ow.ly/Kaqqz
  • Coconut Creek, Florida: The police department has remained silent about a man who died in their custody, citing the federal law known as HIPAA. One critic was quoted in the news report saying, ““[The police] are misinterpreting and misapplying an exemption for complaints of misconduct to cover up what led to the Tasering and ultimate death of a human being.” ow.ly/KatRT
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico: An officer was fired while under investigation for domestic violence. ow.ly/Kat3E
  • Update: Norwalk, Connecticut (First reported 10-03-09): An officer who had been suspended for the past five years for inappropriately touching his friend’s daughter has been fired. ow.ly/KcLww

Secret Service Agents Under Investigation

From the Washington Post:

The Obama administration is investigating allegations that two senior Secret Service agents, including a top member of the president’s protective detail, drove a government car into White House security barricades after drinking at a late-night party last week, an agency official said Wednesday.

Officers on duty who witnessed the March 4 incident wanted to arrest the agents and conduct sobriety tests, according to a current and a former government official familiar with the incident. But the officers were ordered by a supervisor on duty that night to let the agents go home.

Hmm.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-10-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 10, 2015:

  • Update: Des Moines, Iowa (First reported 05-07-13): A now-former officer faces his second trial for excessive force. He kicked a man in the head during a traffic stop, causing the man to lose two of his teeth and get stitches. He was acquitted in his first trial of falsifying records about the incident but the jury was deadlocked on the violation of civil rights charge. ow.ly/K7Sr5
  • Update: Indianapolis, Indiana (First reported 06-12-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 60 days in jail for OWI. He showed up to work drunk. He drove from his home in Martinsville, roughly a 45-minute drive away, and his blood alcohol level tested at three times the legal limit. ow.ly/K7TnC
  • Update: Henderson County, North Carolina (First reported 01-24-14): A now-former school resource officer was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a then-16-year-old student. ow.ly/K7TZH
  • Update: Starr County, Texas (First reported 11-28-11): A now-former deputy was given one year of probation and 30 days of house arrest for illegally hunting while on duty. ow.ly/K7UAJ
  • Update: Barron County, Wisconsin (First reported 02-19-14): A now-former deputy was sentenced to community service and probation. He pled guilty to disorderly conduct as a result of being arrested for domestic violence. He had pushed his wife and repeatedly punched her brother in the face. ow.ly/K7Vk2
  • Greenville County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for selling police information to a gambling operation. He was the second GCSO deputy arrested in a week in relation to that gambling ring. ow.ly/K7WmU
  • Hagerstown, Maryland: An officer was charged with DUI after an off-duty auto accident. ow.ly/KafxK
  • Redding, California: An officer was arrested for DUI after a high-speed roll-over accident. ow.ly/KagsF
  • Memphis, Tennesee: An officer is being investigated for embezzlement. He has a long disciplinary history with the department, including being fired and rehired by the MPD.  ow.ly/KahXw

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