National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-13-14 to 09-15-14

Here are the 19 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, September 13, to Monday, September 15, 2014:

  • Rock Island, Illinois: A sheriff accused of cyberstalking and threatening a woman he met at a gym resigned from office.
  • Update: Waldo, Florida (Previously reported 09-09-14): Another member of the police department command staff resigned after facing turmoil from allegations that included enforcing ticket quotas, using city-owned video gear for residential security and stealing hotel towels.
  • Los Angeles, California: The police department is conducting an internal investigation after an actress accused officers of violating her rights when they handcuffed and detained her while responding to a report of indecent exposure.
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina: A police officer has been charged with assault after slamming a suspect that was in handcuffs into a wall. Police charged him with assault inflicting serious injury and simple assault.
  • West Lampeter Township, Pennsylvania: A police officer has been charged with DUI in connection with a one-vehicle crash. He was charged with DUI, careless driving and accidents involving damage to unattended property.
  • Delaware County, Indiana: A veteran sheriff’s deputy was drunk when he caused an accident that injured two other people plus himself, according to authorities.
  • Marshall, Texas: A pending charge has been filed in the local federal court against a now-former narcotics officer for misprision of a felony, which is withholding information on a crime or deliberately concealing one’s knowledge of a treasonable act or felony.
  • Wellfleet, Massachusetts: A man has filed a civil lawsuit against a police sergeant, alleging civil rights violations and use of excessive force, among other things, during an altercation. The chief said, “There was no discipline that needed to be taken at the time.”
  • Update: Iredell County, North Carolina (First reported 03-23-12): The sheriff and one of his deputies have settled a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by two women, one of whom was a domestic violence victim who’d sought the officer’s help.
  • Indian Lake, Texas: The police chief has released a video that he said proves his innocence. He has been indicted on two counts of official oppression and filing a false police report charges.
  • Henry County, Georgia: A veteran sheriff’s captain is accused of using a computer to have an inappropriate relationship a 14-year-old boy. He was after a two-month investigation. Computers and cell phones were taken from his home by police.
  • Wetumpka, Alabama: An officer will be suspended for two days without pay following an internal investigation that shows he reportedly harassed a student at the request of her father.
  • Duplin County, North Carolina: A sheriff’s deputy has been suspended after his K-9 died after being left in a hot squad car all night.
  • Update: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (First reported 09-05-14): Charges against a state trooper who was allegedly involved in a wedding night fight at Station Square have been dropped.
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer is under investigation after police say he was near the scene of a kidnapping and drove off without taking action.
  • Coral Gables, Florida: The police chief has resigned amid a controversy. There have been allegations that he was manipulating crime statistics to make the city look much safer, and that he was manipulating statistics about the city’s response times.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: A police officer is on administrative leave after being arrested. He was charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: A police officer has been suspended from his job after he was charged with second-degree assault following an incident.
  • Sebastian, Florida: Police arrested one of its veteran sergeants on charges of trafficking in oxycodone and tampering with evidence, a police spokesman said. He was jailed and is being held in the jail in lieu of a $150,000 bail.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-12-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, September 12, 2014:

  • Lyman, South Carolina: The mayor said that some of the allegations leveled against the now-former police chief could lead to a charge of misconduct in office. After council members reviewed the allegations with the chief, he promptly offered his resignation.
  • Torrance County, New Mexico: The sheriff arrested one of his own deputies following a tip from a Colorado State Trooper notifying him of an outstanding warrant for arrest on a larceny charge.
  • Salisbury, Maryland: An officer is facing two lawsuits that allege excessive force. The mayor said the officer’s actions have been reviewed, “What we have done is made sure that we are looking at all of our internal records of both incidents to make sure the employee is following and doing what he should be doing. We have found that he is.”
  • Newport, Tennessee: A veteran police officer who pleaded guilty to federal gun charges and distributing hydrocodone has been fired.
  • Manchester, New Hampshire: A police officer is on modified desk duty after being charged with assaulting the retired police chief.
  • Suffolk County, New York: A detective pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct for leaking confidential information.
  • Greenville, Mississippi: The police arrested one of their own and charged him. The resigned shortly before he was arrested on a charge of statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl.
  • Windsor, Virginia: An ex-police chief is now charged with embezzlement. He is now facing one felony count of embezzlement and one felony count of obtaining money under false pretenses.
  • Fairborn, Ohio: A now-former police officer has been charged with two misdemeanor counts as the result of a department investigation triggered by a stalking complaint.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-11-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, September 11, 2014:

  • Pembroke, North Carolina: A police detective has been suspended without pay for the second time on allegations of sexual abuse.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: Two police officers face charges after an off-duty incident. They have been suspended without pay, pending termination. They’re charged with battery resulting in serious bodily injury and battery with moderate bodily injury after an altercation.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: A recently-promoted sergeant with a history of domestic violence accusations is under internal investigation after a security surveillance video surfaced showing him apparently beating up his girlfriend in a restaurant where she works.
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: A police officer who was fired from the force but recently got his job back is under investigation again. He has been assigned to desk duty while police investigate his role in a fight outside a bar that sent a man to a hospital.
  • Durham, North Carolina: A police officer faces misdemeanor charges after he allegedly assaulted his wife.
  • Update: Hearne, Texas (Previously reported 05-12-14): A jury has declined to indict a now-former police officer who fatally shot an armed 93-year-old woman during a confrontation.
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: A police officer has been accused of sending explicit texts to the woman in a rape case he was investigating, including asking her to send nude photos, and filing a harassment charge against the father of a murder victim whose case he was in charge of.
  • Update: St. Paul, Minnesota (First reported 06-09-14): A police officer facing forgery charges rejected a plea deal that would have spared her prison time. She was in court on two counts of aggravated forgery and one count of electronic use of false pretense to obtain identity.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-10-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, September 10, 2014:

  • Harbor, Louisiana: A 12-year veteran has been arrested on fraud charges. Police officials say he is under investigation for alleged fraudulent use of a fuel card, and that the alleged misuse “spanned into other parishes.”
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A now-former police officer was indicted on aggravated rape charges. A back-logged rape kit finally got tested and helped lead to his indictment which stems from an attack that happened 14 years ago.
  • Cornelius, Oregon: A federal jury found that a police officer fabricated evidence in a drug case.
  • Princeton, West Virginia: The police department has placed an officer on administrative leave following his arrest on a domestic violence charge.
  • Bradenton, Florida: The deputy police chief is on paid suspension following apparently serious allegations of unspecified criminal behavior that surfaced.
  • Lamar County, Mississippi: A now-former officer pled not guilty to multiple charges. He was indicted by a grand jury on four counts of fondling, two counts of sexual battery and a count of attempted sexual battery on a female under the age of 18.
  • Coconut Creek, Florida: An officer has been put on paid leave after being accused of patronizing a spa that was a front for prostitution, police said. He faces a purchasing services of prostitution charge and was put on administrative leave.
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: The police chief has placed a detective on administrative leave following the detective’s arrest on DUI charges.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-09-14

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

  • Woodland, California: A highway patrol officer is charged with abusing his wife. He was arrested by police responding to his residence after being alerted that he was having an argument with his wife.
  • Update: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (First reported 06-17-14): A police officer who punched, pushed and swung a woman by her head while trying to break up a fight during a PrideFest parade did not use excessive force, according to the police department’s final report.
  • Lake Milton, Ohio: Township police arrested a police officer on domestic-violence charges. According to a police report he got into an argument with his wife, and then struck her on the face, causing her to fall. He reportedly caused her to fall to the ground a second time in a second altercation after she returned from a neighbor’s apartment, where she had gone to ask for help.
  • East St. Louis, Illinois: The city’s assistant chief of police is being investigated for misconduct related to a female summer youth program worker. He is on an unpaid five-day suspension after an unnamed young woman, who was at City Hall for her first day of work with a summer youth program, made a four-page written complaint involving the officer.
  • North Port, Florida: An officer was fired for sexual misconduct. The officer was terminated after a five-month internal affairs investigation found he’d violated department policies by having sex with his girlfriend while on the job.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: An officer was stripped of her police duties and charged with harassment after an investigation revealed she used excessive force during an arrest.
  • Anderson County, Tennessee: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested for driving under the influence.
  • Update: Walnut Creek, California (First reported 09-02-14): A police officer who beat a woman with a baseball bat entered pleas to two felonies. He pled no contest to felony assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury and felony vandalism, and admitted to a firearm enhancement.
  • Enfield, Connecticut: A man has filed a notice of intent to sue the town, police department, and four police officers, claiming excessive force was used in an incident that caused serious injuries from bites by a police dog.
  • Update: Waldo, Florida (First reported 09-03-14): The suspended chief has resigned. He was called out by several of his officers who claimed he forced them to meet a ticket quota every night.
  • Sayreville, New Jersey: A police officer was ordered to forfeit public employment, including his job, and was placed on probation for three years after admitting he stole more than $20,000 in rent subsidies paid by the housing authority.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-06-14 to 09-08-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, September 6 to Monday September 8, 2014:

  • San Jose, California: A resident who was one of several people recording the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting is alleging he was intimidated and threatened with detainment for refusing to surrender his cellphone or delete the images he took.
  • Coeur D’Alene, Idaho: A group of protesters have called for an officer who shot and killed a dog to be fired. A review panel found the officer’s actions unjustified and in violation of the departments policies. Authorities said they could not discuss what punishment he would receive.
  • Sandwich, Massachusetts: A state police trooper was arrested for allegedly attacking a woman. He pled not guilty to a charge of simple assault and battery.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: A police officer was arrested. He initially denied having sex with the woman but later recanted his statement, court documents reveal. State police arrested him on a misdemeanor charge of false informing.
  • Burbank, California: Police say an apparently drunk man arrested after allegedly brandishing a gun on the street is a federal agent.
  • Pittston, Pennsylvania: A man claims police used excessive force when stopping him for riding an all-terrain vehicle, according to a federal lawsuit he filed.
  • Update: Fort Wayne, Indiana (First reported 08-29-14): A police officer who pled guilty to rape has resigned from his position on the force.
  • Atlanta, Georgia: A lieutenant at the Georgia State Patrol has retired while under investigation. An internal report alleges the state trooper was hanging out around the Master’s Tournament while on the taxpayer’s tab.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-05-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, September 5, 2014:

  • Atlanta, Georgia: A now-former police officer was indicted for allegedly beating a man so badly that the man suffered broken ribs and a collapsed lung.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: A police officer is being accused of shoplifting from an outdoors store. The officer faces charges of theft by unlawful taking under $500
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: An off-duty state trooper got involved in a fight during a wedding, and also became aggressive with police. He is now facing charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and obstructing law enforcement, along with an internal investigation.
  • Update: North Hodge, Louisiana (First reported 08-15-14): The assistant police chief was arraigned after victims have come forward claiming he sexually violated them. He pled not guilty to seven counts of malfeasance in office, two counts of forcible rape and one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: Police are investigating whether officers used excessive force in the arrest of a pair of brothers, the department said. Officers say that one man punched an officer as the two resisted arrest, while witnesses alleged that officers used unnecessary force in detaining the men following a dirt bike crash.
  • Broward County, Florida: A veteran sheriff’s deputy was arrested after investigators found in his marked patrol vehicle prescription drugs that had belonged to a dead man. The deputy faces one count each of armed trafficking in hydrocodone, possession of alprazolam, grand theft of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence and official misconduct/falsifying public or court records, according to the sheriff’s office.
  • Montgomery County, Ohio: An area woman and her attorney are preparing to file a lawsuit against the sheriff’s office after she says a deputy lifted her off the ground and slammed her head on a concrete floor while booking her into jail.
  • Thibodaux, Louisiana: A police officer was fired after allegations of misconduct surfaced. The issue is under investigation and disciplinary action has been taken against more than one officer.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-04-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, September 4, 2014:

  • Delaware County, Pennsylvania: A man says that members of the police department dragged him into a room without surveillance cameras and beat him repeatedly about the head and back after he went to the police station to retrieve a confiscated handgun, according to a federal suit filed.
  • Bangs, Texas: The police chief announced his resignation pending an investigation into alleged misconduct. According to the Mayor, the city council was set to meet to discuss the cheif’s removal based on alleged misconduct or lack of confidence, but he resigned first.
  • Update: Lee, Massachusetts (First reported 08-30-13): The now-former police chief remains free after he pled not guilty to a dozen new charges in federal court in connection with the alleged theft of more than $50,000 meant for Christmas gifts for needy families.
  • Yonkers, New York: A police officer has been suspended after he was arrested and accused of pointing a firearm at a woman and choking her at his home, authorities said.
  • Miami, Florida: A police officer is facing DUI and criminal mischief charges following his arrest. He also faces a charge of possession of narcotics and driving with a suspended license.
  • Update: San Jose, California (Previously reported 05-14-14): The police officer accused of rape was charged with another crime. He stormed out of the a Safeway with a bottle of vodka about 2:30 a.m. in violation of a state law that bans the sale or purchase of alcohol between 2 and 6 a.m.
  • Barrow County, Georgia: Internal investigations led to the firing of a deputy for use of excessive force as well as the resignations in lieu of termination by another deputy and a lieutenant for their reaction to the incident.
  • Put-in Bay, Ohio: Allegations of unlawful arrests and heavy-handed tactics against police are being investigated by a county sheriff and a state agency.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-03-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, September 3, 2014:

  • Waldo, Florida: The City Council suspended two police supervisors: a captain and the police chief. This happened after police said they were ordered to write 12 tickets per 12-hour shift, or face punishment.
  • Savanna, Georgia: A police officer has been fired after he shot and wounded an unarmed man while responding to reports of gunshots outside a nightclub.
  • Atwater, Minnesota: A woman has filed a formal complaint against the police chief for trespassing on her property and killing her young son’s pet chicken – leaving the hen’s decapitated head just feet from the backyard chicken coop.
  • Charlotte, North Carolina: A police officer was arrested after deputies say they were called to the officer’s home about a domestic dispute. The officer’s wife told deputies that he picked her up and threw her to the ground during an argument.
  • Paducah, Kentucky: The police department is responding to accusations that two of their officers used excessive force during a traffic stop. The police chief has defended the officers’ actions and says there will be no further details until an internal investigation into the matter is complete.
  • Eddy County, New Mexico: A deputy was arrested stemming from a domestic violence incident. She is being charged with battery against a household member after she allegedly physically assaulted her girlfriend at their residence.
  • Update: Fairfax County, Virginia (First reported 09-04-13): A family has sued the police department, the chief, and three unnamed officers for gross negligence for shooting and killing their father a year ago. Police and federal investigators have not released any information publicly about the case. They have not said whether they think the shooting was justified and have not released the names of the officers involved. Witnesses say the man was unarmed when he was shot.
  • Tewksbury, Massachusetts: A police officer has been arrested for a second drunk driving charge after he led state police on a three-mile chase on the interstate.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-20-14 to 09-02-14

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, August 30 to Tuesday, September 2, 2014:

  • Ferguson, Missouri: At least five people are suing the Ferguson and St. Louis County police departments for $40 million, alleging abuse and mistreatment during the civil upheaval.
  • Update: Los Angeles County, California (First reported 07-23-14): A sheriff’s deputy who was typing on a patrol car computer when he hit and killed a bicyclist will not be prosecuted, the district attorney’s office said in a statement.
  • Oregon, Wisconsin: An investigation launched by the village board alleges the police chief withheld information about the extent of police calls to a sports and entertainment facility where he and some of his officers routinely performed off-duty security work.
  • Update: Boulder, Colorado (First reported 06-04-14): A now-former police officer convicted of killing an elk was sentenced to four years of probation, some community service and was fined.
  • Chicago, Illinois: A police commander is accused of placing the barrel of his gun into a suspect’s mouth. He has been charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct.
  • San Bernardino, California: A jury has found a former sheriff’s deputy guilty of two misdemeanor charges for repeatedly kicking a man in the chest and groin as he lay handcuffed on the ground.
  • Vinita, Oklahoma: The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said a police officer was arrested for multiple counts of lewd molestation with a child under 16.
  • Update: Omaha, Nebraska (First reported 07-18-14): A now-former police officer who pled no contest to obstructing governmental operations has been sentenced. He was given 12 months of probation. Prosecutors allege the officer disposed a memory card from a cellphone possibly used to record a controversial arrest.
  • Havana, Florida: An officer was arrested on a count of perjury after state investigators say he lied in traffic court.
  • Walnut Creek, California: A police officer arrested after allegedly donning a mask and beating a woman with a baseball bat has been placed on administrative leave, police said.
  • Atlanta, Georgia: Police have arrested a police officer accused of shooting a woman and burning her body in. He was arrested at the international airport attempting to get on a flight to Mexico.
  • Fayette County, Pennsylvania: A police officer was arrested in an apparent domestic dispute. He was charged with simple assault and harassment.