National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

Welcome to PoliceMisconduct.net

Welcome to policemisconduct.net! My name is Tim Lynch and I work on criminal justice issues here at Cato.

This site is one component of our new National Police Misconduct Reporting Project (NPMRP). The purpose of the project is to gather news reports about police misconduct in America in a fair and unbiased way. Our objective is to study the scope of the problem and to identify policies that can minimize misconduct.

We welcome feedback from readers — so if you think we have made an error, let us know. And if you have seen a credible news story about police misconduct that we have not already reported, we would like to hear from you — please use this form for that purpose.

This project is a work-in-progress. As time goes by, we will expand our reporting capacity and make other improvements. One easy way that you can help this project is by spreading the word about this new site in the coming weeks and months. Thanks for visiting!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-11-12

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misonduct News Feed for this Wednesday, April 11, 2012:

  • Jonesville MI police chief accused of hitting cuffed autistic 8yr-old who left school with a baton in the back of a police car after he left school while it was in session. [2] http://bit.ly/Hsyell
  • Louisville KY cop w/history investigated after caught on cellphone camera slapping a cuffed teen during arrest [1] http://bit.ly/HwAmHt
  • 7 Clarkstown NY cops subject of suit by man claiming they beat him on video during a false arrest at a bar [3] http://lohud.us/HwzzpY
  • UC Davis CA report faults dysfunctional dept in pepperspray case where now-infamous Lt Pike used an unauthorized large type of pepperspray canister unnecessarily [0] http://bit.ly/HCnraL
  • New Orleans LA cop sentenced to 20mo prison for lying about Katrina shooting death at Convention Center [0] http://bit.ly/HwAwP9
  • Suffolk Co NY police sued by videographer arrested after NYPD sgt ordered him to stop filming an arrest [3] http://bit.ly/HCnMKl
  • Bakersfield CA police dog attacked and injured the Kern Co CA sheriff’s ex-wife while police served a drug warrant on sheriff’s son and released their dog when they thought nobody was home. [0] http://bit.ly/IUdelT
  • Toronto ON cop faulted by court for routinely arresting people before investigating to see what he could charge them with [3] http://bit.ly/HCosj2
  • Cincinnati OH cop indicted on bribery, theft & record tampering over illegal immigrant extortion allegations [1] http://bit.ly/HCo0Bp
  • Skiatook OK cop charged with perjury, resigned in January in investigation involving car chase [1] http://bit.ly/IUcygc
  • Spokane WA cop under investigation after 8yr-old daughter shot herself in the leg with his duty weapon [1] http://bit.ly/IUceyc
  • Seattle WA police policy keeping dashcam videos secret until they are destroyed criticized, but found legal by judge who fined the dept $2,300 for delaying the release of dashcam logs after a public records request. [5] http://bit.ly/IhYgI0
  • Fruitland Park FL cop resigns, other faces discipline for allegedly bribing informant to lie in drug case [0] http://bit.ly/HwzNNG
  • Pittsburgh PA police sued by road rage cop victim claiming dept failed to discipline him after prior outbursts [3] http://bit.ly/HwznXD
  • Carbon Co UT sheriff’s capt resigns after charged with vandalizing 3 vehicles, including 2 gov cars, at auto shop [0] http://bit.ly/IUed5A

That’s it for today, stay safe out there.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-10-12

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • Washington DC police sued by mom of teen fataly shot in back, cops say he had BB gun, witnesses contradict [3] http://bit.ly/Ipxihs
  • Chicago IL & 4 cops lose $1.15mil in suit by family of trucker who died from crash injuries the family claims were ignored while he was detained by cops for too long. [0] http://trib.in/IA0ZeT
  • St Louis MO settles suit for unspecified sum to man shot by drunk off duty cop while trying to stop bar brawl [2] http://bit.ly/I1HTA7
  • Kansas City MO settles suit for $1mil to truck driver shot by cop walking out of donut shop during diabetic episode [0] http://bit.ly/IiTM8k
  • Albermarle Co VA deputy gets no jail in plea deal to assault charge after accused of raping incapacitated relative [3] http://bit.ly/Iwd5tY
  • Corpus Christi TX cop arrested for allegedly coercing 15yr-old girl to engage in sex acts via internet [0] http://bit.ly/Hz2aAH
  • Boise ID cops fatally shoot dog neighbors call friendly after letting it out then blaming owner, who wasn’t home, for failing to control his dog. [4] http://bit.ly/HHYBW4
  • 3 Zion IL cops subject of suit for hitting pregnant woman & kids w/pepperspray during man’s false arrest at BBQ [3] http://bit.ly/IiUemU
  • Bergen Co NJ sued by internal affairs sgt claiming he was demoted & retaliated against for reporting misconduct [5] http://bit.ly/IiUBhp
  • Carter Co MO deputy pleads guilty to possession of stolen firearms after sheriff pleads to similar charges [0] http://bit.ly/Ipx89J
  • Santa Fe NM cop caught masturbating on cruiser dashcam accused of harassing 18yr-old coffee shop employee [3] http://bit.ly/IpwSYe
  • US Border Patrol agent and his girlfriend charged w/conspiracy to buy firearms & ammo to smuggle into Mexico [0] http://bit.ly/IwckRH
  • Honolulu HI cop arrested on multiple drug charges for allegedly growing marijuana & possessing 1lb of marijuana [0] http://bit.ly/Hz2oHU

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-09-12

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, April 9, 2012:

  • Beloit WI settles suit for $265k to teen injured by cop when thrown against cop car then strip searched in public [0] http://bit.ly/HvCFg7
  • Minneapolis Park MN cop sentenced to 18yrs for child porn possession & molesting 15yr-old boy over a period of 3yrs [0] http://kare11.tv/Ht1M0Y
  • 2 Vernon CT cops sued by East Hartford CT cop claiming they used unreasonable force during his arrest on DV charges [0] http://bit.ly/HwXPdD
  • Louisville KY police sued by family whos dog was shot to death while teathered in yard by cops chasing suspect [0] http://cjky.it/HV8U54
  • 2 Denver CO cops fired, rehired on appeal, now fired again after losing city’s appeal in DeHerrera beating case [0] http://bit.ly/Ij50F6
  • Seattle WA police questioned for detaining men at gunpoint after news story about them being falsely arrested [3] http://bit.ly/IxE0Uz
  • Dartmouth MA cop resigns after arrest for groping dept store worker while on duty at mall assignment [1] http://bit.ly/HvDe9L
  • Lubbock TX airport cop arrested for trespassing & allegedly soliciting prostitution on public school property [1] http://bit.ly/Ht2onw
  • Anchorage AK police review policies over allegations of mishandled sexual assault complaints against convicted cop [0] http://bit.ly/Ht25cc
  • Edwardsville IL DARE cop suspended after arrested for allegedly taking cellphone videos of women at tanning salon [0] http://bit.ly/Hrv8fX
  • Centerville TN cop arrested on official misconduct & bribery charges, wife & step son arrested for false report [0] http://bit.ly/HruVcS
  • Hollywood FL cop in “Walt Disney the truth” case gets 90 days jail for role in cover up of his at-fault crash [0] http://bit.ly/HruAqp
  • Port Jefferson OH cop gets probation for staging fake shootout scene to cover up for crashing his police cruiser [0] http://bit.ly/HvCQYN
  • Frankfort NY cop pleads guilty to official misconduct & forgery for illegally seizing fellow cop’s phone records [0] http://bit.ly/HV9kby

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

Police Misconduct NewsFeed Weekend Recap 04-07-12 to 04-08-12

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed over this weekend of April 7-8, 2012:

  • Pasadena CA police subject of FBI investigation over fatal shooting of unarmed teen in fake armed robbery call case [0] http://lat.ms/I1ZafQ
  • 2 St Louis MO cops charged w/assault for punching cuffed teen suspects in the head in separate incidents [0] http://bit.ly/I1YJCj
  • Minneapolis MN police accused of assaulting news cameraman during #Occupy rally arrests [3] http://bit.ly/HVyVUU
  • Grand Junction CO ex-cop arrested on sexual assault of a child charges over alleged incident while still a cop [0] http://bit.ly/HK9aDN
  • Mocksville NC sued by 3 former high-ranking cops claiming they were fired for reporting police chief’s misconduct [5] http://bit.ly/Ing1qY
  • Connecticut state trooper fired for lying about income to get emergency food stamps while earning $124k [0] http://bit.ly/IoRq1F
  • Prince George’s Co MD cop faces theft & misconduct in office charges for allegedly stealing from evidence warehouse [0] http://wapo.st/HBlruN

Stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-06-12

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Friday, April 6, 2012:

  • Chicago IL sued by family of unarmed woman shot in back of head by off-duty cop who claimed self defense [4] http://bit.ly/Ho1Qmh
  • Pine Bluff AR cop investigated for using pepperspray on jr-high kids because they didn’t get to class fast enough [0] http://bit.ly/Ho2ksG
  • Des Plaines IL cop suspended 4mo for his involvement in an excessive force incident instead of fired in apparent deal to testify against other cop in brutality case [2] http://bit.ly/I7s25J
  • El Paso Co CO deputy w/history found guilty of careless driving in crash that killed female Air Force captain [0] http://bit.ly/HwJUBE
  • Pocahontas Co WV deputy indicted on 12 counts for sexually abusing 4 girls & 1 woman in the course of duty [0] http://bit.ly/I9ucSh
  • 3 New Haven CT cops arrested for interference, reckless endangerment & illegal discharge of firearms outside of bar [0] http://bit.ly/Ho2ujC
  • Minnesota state passes police union-backed law that effectively kills civilian oversight of police in Minneapolis [5] http://bit.ly/Ho1xrG
  • Santa Fe NM cop gets probation in plea to larceny, drug possession, stalking harassment & false imprisonment charges [0] http://is.gd/zMfhQG
  • Westminster CO cop fired for unspecified reasons involving his investigation of high school sexting case [3] http://on9news.tv/Hg56h0
  • Santa Fe NM cop caught on dashcam talking dirty to himself while masturbating in police cruiser while on duty [0] http://bit.ly/IfD3Nt
  • Durham Co NC deputy resigns after arrest on assault charges in domestic dispute at his home [1] http://bit.ly/IkeuhQ
  • Logansport IN cop fired for alleged misuse of city money involving unspecified purchase using city credit card [2] http://bit.ly/Ho22ln

Entering our third year of doing this I’m coming to the realization that I no longer have the ability to consistently track reports like I did when I started this project due to the changing nature of my employment. As I’ve said many times, if I had a choice and it paid enough to feed and house my family this would be my one and only full time job… however, the world just doesn’t work that way and I have an obligation to provide for my family.

Of course, I would rather not let the project die. But my only other option is to hand it over to someone else who may have a different agenda than I did. Throughout the years I’ve been resistent to letting others do work on this project because I felt strongly that it was important to make it difficult for others to suggest there was a bias involved in the data I produced. However, at the same time, my reluctance to take the limelight and preference to make this about the project instead of about me ultimately limited how much I could promote it. So maybe it will be better off in the hands of someone who doesn’t have the same ideas that I had about it.

Of course, I want you, the readers and supporters of this project, to have a say in this as well. I plan on making the decision and handing things over within a week, so come up with your suggestions and proposals by Tuesday and we’ll see if any make sense by next Friday, and hopefully switch things over then.

Until then, and as always, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-05-12

Unfortunately, my current job interfered with my ability to track reports yet again today, still, here are the 9 reports I was able to track in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Thursday, April 5, 2012:

  • Harrodsburg KY cop sentenced to 3 years as part of a plea deal to 148 rape, sodomy & sex abuse charges involving a 14yr-old girl [0] http://cjky.it/Hi1Kxl
  • Calgary AB cop charged with assault over unspecified on-duty incident in July of 2011 [3] http://bit.ly/HUtebZ
  • Southern View IL cop is under investigation after accused of groping women at traffic stop. He had resigned from the Springfield PD in the midst of a sexual misconduct case before he was hired on at Southern View. [0] http://bit.ly/HUNs5w
  • Illinois 2 ex-cops in center of several false confession cases teaching state-funded police investigator classes [0] http://trib.in/HivDxr
  • St Cloud FL cop accidentally shoots a fellow cop during a drug raid, claiming he was concerned for his safety. However, police won’t say if they found anything or arrested anyone during the raid. [3] http://bit.ly/HUO1wg
  • New Orleans LA cop suspended after arrest on DUI charge while driving unmarked police cruiser, refused breath test [0] http://bit.ly/HUN3jp
  • Los Angeles Co CA sheriff’s capt investigated for taking ex-golf pro inmate to golf resort to get golf lessons [0] http://bit.ly/I4qZDz
  • Clinton Twp NJ cop suspended arrested on possession of steroids w/o prescription charge after investigation [0] http://bit.ly/Hi1leh

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-04-12

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Wednesday, April 4, 2012:

  • 5 New Orleans LA cops sentenced for roles in Danziger bridge murders, 1 for 65yrs, 2 for 40, 1 for 38 & 1 for 6 [0] http://bit.ly/Hnt1N1
  • Hayward CA police sued by family of 89yr-old who lost leg then died after police dog mauled him in his own yard [3] http://bit.ly/HXjKfa
  • Brandon MS cop accused of forcing motorist to pull down pants & underwear to prove he had no drugs during stop [3] http://bit.ly/HXjfSm
  • Springfield MA cop sentenced to 18mo for beating motorist with flashlight in traffic stop caught on video [0] http://bit.ly/Haepiy
  • Albuquerque NM cop investigated for swearing, challenging suspect to fight then punching alleged bystander on video [0] http://bit.ly/HadYoo
  • Baltimore MD settles suit for $95k to principal injured when cops detained her while searching home w/o permission [0] http://bit.ly/HXlyoz
  • Moorhead MN police sued by waitress after cops siezed her $12k tip because they claimed it “smelled like pot” [3] http://wapo.st/HXl55E
  • RCMP to pay $331k judgment to man injured in crash when cop ran red light on her way to lunch [0] http://bit.ly/HXksci
  • New Castle PA sued by man arrested by cop after he reported that he suspected he was victim of check fraud scam [3] http://bit.ly/HXlViT
  • Peters PA police sued by man claiming cop was aggressive & pulled gun on him while he was legally hunting [3] http://bit.ly/HXk5P6
  • Gloucester Twp NJ cop arrested on drug possession and possession with intent to distribute charges [0] http://bit.ly/HOOAHP

That’s it for today, stay safe out there!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-28-12 to 04-03-12

Here are the 40 reports of police misconduct tracked so far in our National Police Misconduct News Feed over our unfortunate hiatus from Wednesday, March 29 – Tuesday, April 3, 2012:

  • Rockledge FL police sued by mom of patient who died after tasered 6x & suffocated w/pillow case by cops at hospital [3] http://bit.ly/HcOt4Q
  • Gilroy CA police may be on hook for up to $1.25mil in jury award in excessive force suit over fatal shooting by cop [0] http://bit.ly/HJjIID
  • Portland OR ordered by arbitraitor to rehire cop fired for fatally shooting unarmed man in back as he surrendered [0] http://bit.ly/HfBstc
  • Macon GA police sued by man who suffered facial fractures after pistol whipped by cop in false arrest [3] http://bit.ly/HiUuiO
  • Harvey IL police promise reforms after fed investigation finds 1/2 use of force cases were for “contempt of cop” [0] http://bit.ly/HJm22t
  • Austin TX police sued by Hispanic jogger injured when tasered 2x by cop who mistook him for a black suspect [2] http://bit.ly/HcdIJ7
  • New York NY police sued for violating rights of 1000′s of private apt bldg residents with “Clean Halls” program [3] http://bit.ly/Hc0TgT
  • Fort Worth TX settles suit for $50k to man claiming cop taunted him after he was beaten & tasered [1] http://bit.ly/Hca02d
  • Coon Rapids MN cop sentenced to 41 months in prison for sexually abusing his adopted son 1,480 times [0] http://bit.ly/HHARCH
  • Linden MI cop charged w/several counts of criminal sexual conduct involving victim under 13yrs-old [0] http://bit.ly/HOxhWh
  • Melrose Park IL cop sued by woman for twisting her arm in arrest attempt after she called police to report assault [3] http://bit.ly/HMVQ3p
  • Philadelphia PA police sgt investigated for choking corrections officer on video for legally carrying gun w/permit [0] http://bit.ly/HPHMtM
  • Portland OR cop charged w/child luring & sexual corruption of a minor after caught in online sting operation [0] http://bit.ly/HHBITQ
  • Corona CA settles suit for $86k to man injured when yanked from car during stop for invalid license [0] http://bit.ly/HGohox
  • Lacey WA cop pleads guilty to lying under oath to judge in effort to obtain search warrant on drug suspect’s car [0] http://bit.ly/HJltpt
  • Jackson TN cop pleads guilty to conspiring to steal $1,200 from citizen while processing a crime scene [0] http://bit.ly/HJl7yQ
  • Grayslake IL police chief charged w/DUI & armed while intoxicated following off-duty head-on crash with car [0] http://bit.ly/HJj4uQ
  • Latah Co ID sheriff’s lt charged w/felony misuse of public funds for allegedly skimming $56k over 5 years [0] http://bit.ly/HJiJs9
  • Palm Beach Co FL deputy arrested for harassing ex-girlfriend by posting harassing signs & posters at her job [0] http://bit.ly/HcPPjB
  • New London CT cop fired for excessive force for leaving man paralyzed by shooting him inside crashed stolen truck [0] http://bit.ly/HS9CCp
  • Sevier Co TN deputy convicted of agg assault for knocking neighbor off ATV & threatening him w/gun [0] http://bit.ly/HS97br
  • Denver CO police commission continues long string of reducing & overturning disciplinary actions against bad cops [5] http://bit.ly/HLIRPG
  • Yakima WA cop sentenced to 1yr jail in plea deal for harassment & violation of protection order by wife [0] http://bit.ly/HLIq7U
  • Ottawa ON cop suspended after charged with assault over unspecified off-duty incident [3] http://bit.ly/HmTXIR
  • Berwyn IL cop sentenced to 47mo prison for taking part in burglaries on behalf of the mob, leaked info [0] http://bit.ly/HmTNAZ
  • RCMP sued claiming officers went outside bounds of warrant by seizing big ticket items & not returning them [3] http://bit.ly/H6WYiR
  • Chicago IL cops push for exception to wiretap law letting them record suspects while opposing right to record cops [5] http://trib.in/HiBnGk
  • Waterford NJ cop suspended and faces charges for alleging threatening to kill man who filed complaint against him [0] http://on.cpsj.com/HiAVrw
  • Youngstown OH police sued by 2 women claiming cops filed false charges in retaliation for complaints & lawsuit [5] http://bit.ly/He9cuN
  • New York NY study shows cops defying orders to stop manufacturing arrests for possession of small amounts of pot [4] http://bit.ly/HGoTuk
  • New York NY police face legal action after cop cuffed & detained Caribbean ambassador until US State Dep intervened [0] http://bit.ly/HQeew4
  • Carrollton MO cop charged w/possession of meth after opened bags of evidence found in car during traffic stop [0] http://bit.ly/HVhPY0
  • North Canton OH cop gets probation/suspended sentence for firing gun during off-duty domestic dispute [0] http://bit.ly/HOwbKn
  • Falmouth MA unnamed police officer under investigation over role in alleged off-duty bar fight [2] http://bit.ly/HdFS7r
  • Prince George’s Co MD cop arrested on 2 counts misconduct & theft for allegedly stealing from evidence [1] http://bit.ly/HUSKME
  • Batesville MS ordered to pay $53k judgment to family of teen arrested for curfew while with adults on Halloween [0] http://bit.ly/HiBbH6
  • Lincoln NE cop sentenced to 2-5yrs after pleading guilty to stealing thousands from union and Santa Cop charity [0] http://bit.ly/HbIiBA
  • 7 Sunrise FL cops disciplined after news article highlighted 800 cops caught excessively speeding in Florida [0] http://bit.ly/HbI5yg
  • Virginia Beach VA police sgt arrested for solicitation during undercover escort sting operation [0] http://bit.ly/HbMGlf
  • Woonsocket RI cop gets DUI charges dismissed after police waited a week after crash to charge him [3] http://bit.ly/HbMmTn

Again, sorry for the extended absence, between being overloaded at work doing 18 hour days for several days on multiple projects while cabling and moving a datacenter to a new building with very little help and some unfortunate issues with cyberbullies harassing my 12-year-old son… not to mention ongoing technical and spam issues with the site, it was difficult to get any tracking done. I’ve given notice and have found another job so hopefully things will return to normal soon. Thank you for your patience.

That’s it for today, stay safe out there.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-27-12

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Tuesday, March 27, 2012:

  • New York NY cop convicted of sexually assaulting school teacher at gunpoint, jury deadlocks on rape charge during what have been described as angry deliberations. [0] http://t.co/JfWp7ZyX
  • Waterloo IA cop sued by man who suffered head injuries when tasered 2x during false interference arrest [3] http://t.co/tKNjsyaX
  • Boston MA settles suit for $170k to atty Simon Glick who was arrested for recording police in public [0] http://t.co/ntPbu3aw
  • 2 Coral Springs FL cops investigated after cellphone audio exonerates 60yr-old woman falsely arrested on a felony charge during a traffic stop when that recording contradicted the police report [0] http://bit.ly/GSF2Za
  • Harris Co TX Pct 3 dep constable indicted for allegedly groping woman in custody while investigated on other claim [0] http://bit.ly/GYpuQU
  • Aurora CO police sgt accepts last minute plea deal for possession of child porn shortly before facing trial [0] http://t.co/F8vY1MnI
  • Washington state troopr arrested on DV charges after allegedly pointing gun at wife & threatening to kill her [0] http://t.co/LIWr5xOZ
  • Connecticut state trooper arrested on burglary, breach of peace & computer crimes in unspecified case [2] http://t.co/VRRDFLdo
  • New Orleans LA cop resigns after suspended for posting on news site that Trayvon Martin was thug & deserved to die [0] http://bit.ly/GUuCHB
  • Florida state trooper pleads guilty to conspiracy to distribute & possession with intent in drug trafficking scheme [0] http://t.co/qvGbm8CY
  • RCMP subject of class action sexual harassment lawsuit, initiated by ex-mountie alleging 20yrs of harassment [0] http://t.co/FpNm0Skt
  • Miami Beach FL cop investigated on allegations he was drinking on the job in his police cruiser [0] http://t.co/6QsjkIQ5
  • Crestwood IL police cmdr investigated after allegedly clipping teen in wheelchair w/police SUV then leaving scene [0] http://t.co/s3x6bmXv
  • Sophia WV cop fired after arrested for skipping out on restaurant bill without paying [0] http://bit.ly/Hh7wxd

That’s it for today, stay safe out there.

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