National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-19-14 to 07-21-14

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, July 19 to Monday, July 21, 2014:

  • Miami Beach, Florida: A homicide detective was jailed and accused of having sex in his police car with a teenage girl whose trust he gained while on the job.
  • Clark County, Ohio: A sheriff’s deputy has been indicted for tampering with evidence, obstructing justice and improperly furnishing firearms to a minor in relation to a murder investigation.
  • Miami Beach, Florida: A police officer is being investigated by his own colleagues after he was allegedly drunk during an off-duty job, while in full uniform. He has been relieved of duty with pay while internal affairs investigates the allegation.
  • Richmond, Illinois: An officer has been charged with official misconduct, possession of a stolen firearm, and burglary after he was fired for failing to show up for work. The charges stem from incidents that happened while he was an officer.
  • Gaffney, South Carolina: A longtime officer has been suspended after he was charged with aggravated criminal domestic violence and pointing a firearm.
  • Update: Springfield, Oregon (First reported 06-17-14): A police detective pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, interfering with a police officer and second-degree disorderly conduct.
  • Shinnston, West Virginia: A now-former police officer has been sentenced on drug charges. Media outlets report that a judge sentenced him to four to 16 years in prison.
  • Update: Arcadia, California (First reported 10-02-13): A now-former police officer pled “no contest” to embezzling more than $40,000 from the Arcadia Police Officers’ Association to buy motorcycle parts, exercise equipment and other personal items, officials said.
  • Los Angeles, California: Deputies kicked and beat a man with fists and batons even after he was subdued and handcuffed, according to attorneys who contend he was subjected to excessive force and “street justice.” The sheriff’s department confirms the incident is under investigation by an internal affairs unit.
  • Update: Exeter, Pennsylvania (First reported 04-18-14): A police officer who had been on administrative leave has been fired. According to court records, he was placed on leave for allegedly watching pornography and soliciting sexual relationships using his work computer while on duty.
  • Update: Boiling Spring Lakes, North Carolina (Previously reported 08-21-12): The now-former police chief has pled guilty to charges stemming from an investigation involving his son, who is a convicted felon. The officer pled to willfully failing to discharge his duties as a police officer.
  • West Palm Beach, Florida: A now-former police officer who sold anabolic steroids while on duty was sentenced to five years in prison.
  • Clairton, Pennsylvania: A 17-year-old girl claims she was beaten by police after she and her friends were stopped for a curfew violation. The girl admits she and her friends were out a few minutes after the city’s 10 p.m. curfew, and that she both ran from officers and resisted them after being tackled, but she doesn’t believe she deserves the injuries she suffered.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-18-14

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 18, 2014:

  • Beaufort, South Carolina: A police officer pled guilty to simple assault against his 10-year-old stepdaughter, then resigned from the police department. According to warrants, he slapped her on the right side of her head.
  • Warrenton, Oregon: A police officer was arrested on charges related to the sale of guns. He was booked on charges including theft, forgery, tampering with physical evidence and official misconduct.
  • Los Angeles, California: A police officer allegedly caught on video as he used a baton to repeatedly strike a man who was on his knees has been charged with two felony assault counts.
  • Update: Hidalgo, Texas (First reported 04-16-14): A now-former sheriff who pled guilty to money laundering was sentenced to five years in prison. The U.S. District Judge departed from sentencing guidelines that topped out at less than four years to impose a stiffer sentence.
  • Charleston County, South Carolina: The sheriff’s office says a detective was fired after an internal investigation discovered that the officer had a sexual relationship with a murder suspect’s mother and lied about it.
  • Omaha, Nebraska: A now-former police officer facing criminal charges in connection with a controversial arrest caught on video has made a plea deal. He entered no-contest pleas to two misdemeanor counts of obstructing governmental operations. Prosecutors allege the officer disposed a memory card from a cellphone possibly used to record an incident.
  • Update: Pierce County, Georgia (Previously reported 12-03-13): Federal prosecutors say a now-former deputy sheriff has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for protecting drug dealers.
  • Denver, Colorado: A deputy is under investigation for inappropriate force against a detainee during the booking process at the jail. A security camera recorded the incident, but the chief said he would not release it to the public, pending the investigation.
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama: A police officer has been arrested on a domestic violence charge for the second time in two years. After speaking with the victim and the suspect, officers found probable cause to charge the officer with third degree domestic violence criminal coercion.
  • Montgomery, Alabama: A police officer is being charged with domestic violence following an arrest, according to the department.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: A jury found that two police officers used excessive force during an arrest. The jury awarded a combined $105,000 in compensatory and punitive damages the victim, who accused one officer of beating him while the other officer failed to intervene.
  • Update: Washington Park, Illinois (First reported 07-01-13): A now-former police officer pled guilty to bringing drugs into a jail for an inmate.
  • New York, New York: A 400-pound asthmatic dad died after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, video of the incident shows.
  • Barren County, Kentucky: A federal judge ruled that a now-former sheriff’s deputy violated a man’s constitutional rights by using excessive force against the man after arresting him.
  • Update: King County, Washington (First reported 01-07-14): The sheriff has fired a deputy who was arrested after being found asleep in his patrol car and showing signs of impairment. The deputy was ultimately found to have prescription drugs in his system.
  • Spokane County, Washington: A sheriff’s deputy was fired after he billed a local business for work he didn’t do. The deputy left his post to work patrol but billed the store for a full 12-hour shift.
  • Update: Irwindale, California (First reported 06-13-14): A now-former police officer denied molesting a 14-year-old police Explorer. He pled not guilty to using a minor for sex acts, sending harmful matter, oral copulation of a person under 16, sexual penetration by a foreign object and two counts of contact with a minor for sexual offense.
  • Miramar, Florida: A police officer was arrested on petit theft and official misconduct charges after officials say he stole two bottles of liquor while investigating a shoplifting case.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-16-14 to 07-17-14

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 16 to Thursday, July 17, 2014:

  • Update: Berthoud, Colorado (Previously reported 04-28-14): A now-fired police officer was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and 30 days in a jail work-release program for physically abusing a 15-year-old girl for years.
  • Durham, North Carolina: A police chief has officially barred officers from making up phony 911 calls in order to gain access to private residences without a search warrant. Several officers lied about 911 hang-up calls to convince residents to consent to searches of their homes, an officer said under oath.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: A police officer accused of trying to kill his girlfriend pled not guilty to charges of attempted second-degree murder and simple battery.
  • Miami, Florida: Two police officers are under investigation after getting into a fight during a traffic stop, and it was all caught on camera.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: A second police officer has been charged with a felony stemming from an alleged domestic matter.
  • Jefferson County, Arkansas: A sheriff’s deputy involved in a shooting at a bar and grill has resigned amid an internal investigation, the sheriff’s office said.
  • Update: King County, Washington (First reported 06-25-14): The sheriff’s deputy who is at the center of a police corruption scandal distributing drugs was fired by the sheriff. “[The officer] violated his oath, the trust of his fellow deputies, and the trust of the citizens of King County,” the sheriff said in a statement. “He does not deserve to be a police officer.”
  • Ashtabula, Ohio: A police officer was pulled over twice in one night under suspicion of driving under the influence before he was arrested.
  • Simsbury, Connecticut: An attorney has filed a lawsuit against police, saying he was falsely charged with stealing from a pellet company that he represented in a lawsuit brought by the state.
  • Coeur d’Alene, Idaho: The owner of a dog fatally shot by a Police officer says the dog wasn’t a “vicious pit bull,” as initially reported by the police department in a news release, but a 2-year-old black Labrador.
  • Evansville, Indiana: A well-decorated police officer was suspended for four days because of his driving. According to police records, he has been involved in six accidents in which he was determined to be at fault.
  • Update: Green Bay, Wisconsin (First reported 04-22-14): Police have cleared an officer in an internal investigation into his use of force in an arrest. Police say the officer has been exonerated, which means he followed the appropriate department policies and procedures and did not use excessive force during the arrest.
  • Update: Plymouth, Massachusetts (Previously reported 02-21-14): A now-former police officer has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison. He was convicted of using excessive force on a man who was handcuffed and then covering it up by falsifying police reports on the incident.
  • Woonsocket, Rhode Island: A police officer is accused of biting a man’s ear while attending a premiere party for his wife’s reality show. Police are conducting an internal investigation into what happened.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-15-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 15, 2014:

  • Cleveland, Ohio: A police officer was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual conduct with a minor 10 years or older. He is also charged with four counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, according to the court website.
  • Fulton, New York: A police officer has been arrested and charged with three misdemeanors, police said. They include 3rd degree assault, falsifying business records, and making a punishable false written statement.
  • Update: Memphis, Tennessee (First reported 05-06-13): A now-former police officer has been convicted of two counts of rape involving a student from Rhodes College. He was also charged with three counts of assault and four counts of official misconduct.
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: A police officer was arrested and charged with attacking and pointing a handgun at a parking valet.
  • Revere, Massachusetts: A police officer resigned after admitting that he stole money used in a controlled drug buy.
  • Fruitland, Florida: The deputy chief resigned and another officer was fired after the FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement turned over a report to the city describing their link to the Ku Klux Klan.
  • Chesterfield County, South Carolina: An officer was arrested on one count of filing a false police report. The offense is a misdemeanor which carries a fine up to $500, 30 days in jail or both.
  • Springfield, Missouri: A police officer here who said he meant to fire his taser, not his handgun, has been charged with a misdemeanor in the shooting of a fleeing panhandler.
  • Update: Miami Beach, Florida (First reported 06-10-14): A police officer was sentenced to 18 months in prison after striking and seriously injuring two people while joy-riding with a woman on the beach using a police all-terrain vehicle.
  • Houston, Texas: A police officer, who used a squad car and badge to protect a load of cocaine for a drug trafficker, was sentenced to probation and home confinement.
  • China Grove, Texas: The police chief was arrested on a DWI charge while he was driving his marked patrol unit.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-12-14 to 07-14-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, July 12 to Monday, July 14, 2014:

  • Grady County, Georgia: Four law enforcement officers have been indicted on charges in connection with an incident. According to the Department of Justice, a now-former deputy used excessive force during an arrest. As a result of the assault, the victim sustained injuries to his face, including cuts, bleeding, swelling and bruising.
  • Boone County, Kentucky: An off-duty sheriff’s deputy has been suspended without pay after he was arrested on a domestic violence charge.
  • Update: Placer County, California (First reported 06-17-14): A decorated sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a teen who was volunteering at his department, according to authorities.
  • Update: Washington, DC (Previously reported 11-18-13): A now-former police officer has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing a girl who participated in his church choir. After he gets out of prison he will have to register as a sex offender.
  • Bexar County, Texas: A deputy was arrested after allegedly choking his girlfriend. The nearly six-year veteran of the sheriff’s office will face a charge of assault with bodily injury – choking. The assault came during an argument and caused his girlfriend to lose consciousness, authorities said.
  • Dayton, Ohio: A police officer charged for allegedly interfering with a police investigation pled not guilty to all counts.
  • Harris County, Texas: A sheriff’s deputy has been charged with two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver following an investigation.
  • Aberdeen, Mississippi: A dispute between the police chief and the city building inspector could lead to the chief being charged with verbal simple assault.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-11-14

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 11, 2014:

  • Isle of Palms, South Carolina: A now-former police officer twice pawned her service weapon and stole items from the evidence room, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.
  • Frisco, Texas: A police detective who investigated major crimes from 2011 to 2013 had inappropriate relationships with four women tied to his cases, possibly jeopardizing future criminal trials.
  • Hughestown, Pennsylvania: The federal drug case against a now-former police officer took another step forward with the filing of criminal information against him. He allegedly distributed oxycodone on numerous occasions while he was employed as a borough police officer.
  • Oswego, Illinois: Police assaulted an unconscious man, flipped his body in somersaults and hogtied him, and permanently disabled his mother as she tried to intervene, the family claims in court.
  • Update: Bull Shoals, Arkansas (Previously reported 05-12-14): The police chief pled not guilty to federal charges accusing him of using excessive force during an arrest.
  • Heartland, Missouri: The sheriff was arrested and faces five felony charges. Documents state he is charged with two counts of tampering with a witness and three counts of permitting escape.
  • Pasadena, California: The police chief said he has launched an investigation into allegations of misconduct against a detective. In an audio recording the detective was heard telling a colleague he would “pin it on anybody, that’s how we roll.”
  • Update: Edwardsburg, Michigan (First reported 06-10-14): A now-former police officer who admitted to stealing prescription medication from a residence where he responded to a 911 call was to two years of probation.
  • Indio, California: A federal court jury awarded the parents of a 23-year-old fatally shot by police $1.9 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, its chief of police and a veteran police officer.
  • Sanford, Florida: The city has settled with a man injured when two officers hit him with a Taser. He face-first onto the road after the confrontation with the officers. The department is going to pay him $75,000.
  • Update: Wyoming Borough, Pennsylvania (Previously reported 10-23-13): A police officer pled guilty and agreed to serve two to four years in state prison, followed by five years probation. He pled guilty to four separate criminal cases, including two counts of statutory sexual assault and one count each of unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors.
  • Spanish Fork, Utah: A police officer who killed his wife, their two children, his mother-in-law and then himself received text messages from his wife just hours earlier threatening to leave him and take their kids and confronting him for raping her.
  • Blue Island, Illinois: A police officer and church camp counselor is charged with having and distributing child pornography.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Reacp 07-10-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, July 10, 2014:

  • New Bern, North Carolina: A now-former police officer pled guilty to stealing pills from the police department’s evidence room. She was sentenced to between 12 to 25 months in prison.
  • Orlando, Florida: Police confirmed they are investigating an officer who was videotaped kicking and punching a man while he was handcuffed and forced to the ground.
  • Round Lake Beach, Illinois: A 17-year veteran officer has been charged with 13 counts of theft and official misconduct for allegedly paying for $3,700 worth of gasoline with department money.
  • Update: Chillicothe, Missouri (First reported 03-07-14): A now-former police officer who faces rape and sodomy charges now faces new allegations of tampering with prosecution.He was charged with a felony of tampering with a victim/witness in felony prosecution while being incarcerated on charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy.
  • East Point, Georgia: A lawsuit is pending against police following the death of a man stunned by a police taser, the man’s family says.
  • Update: Cincinnati, Ohio (First reported 06-21-13): The family of a father of eight who died after being shot in the chest with a Taser stun gun settled their federal civil rights police department for $650,000. Policy changes were also put in place at the department regarding Taser use.
  • Update: Chesapeake, Virginia (First reported 02-24-14): A now-former city police officer was sentenced to 30 days in jail for stealing more than $3,000 from three prostitutes. He pled guilty to two counts of misdemeanor embezzlement.
  • Kenner, Louisiana: A police officer has been accused of negligence in a recently filed lawsuit that claims he ran over a pedestrian.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-09-14

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 9, 2014:

  • Fremont, Nebraska: The body responsible for oversight of the police department announced it will launch an investigation and review into the department and its internal investigation in connection to an incident in which an 18-year-old man was killed in a drunk-driving accident after allegedly drinking with off-duty police officers.
  • Huntsville, Alabama: Police say one of their officers is on administrative leave after being charged with domestic violence.
  • Bradenton, Florida: A police officer found himself on the other side of the law when he was arrested for soliciting a prostitute. He has been fired.
  • Update: Suffolk County, New York (First reported 02-05-14): A now-former police sergeant has been charged with 20 more hate crimes in an indictment that accuses him of repeatedly targeting and stealing from Hispanic motorists.
  • Update: Santa Rosa, California (Previously reported 11-06-13): Prosecutors said they will not file criminal charges against a sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun he mistook for an assault rifle.
  • Hallowell, Maine: A private investigator will examine a second allegation of sexual misconduct against the police chief. A woman said he took a pornographic picture of her while she slept, with other policemen posing in front of her.
  • Update: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin (Previously reported 07-24-13): A police detective charged with stealing prescription drugs from the department’s evidence room was ordered to spend 30 months on probation, according to state court records.
  • Kronenwetter, Wisconsin: An officer resigned after an investigation began into allegations that he had solicited a prostitute multiple times.
  • Kenosha, Wisconsin: The police chief said he felt termination was the only proper course of action in the case of an officer accused of making inappropriate comments to a female officer and “stalking” a man with whom he had a confrontation over a parking space.
  • Update, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (First reported 05-05-14): Accused of a cover-up, the sheriff and four of his deputies are named as co-defendants in a federal civil rights lawsuit. When a deputy T-boned her car, the victim suffered more than a broken neck. She suffered the indignity of a false arrest for driving while intoxicated.
  • Update: College Park, Georgia (First reported 12-19-13): A police officer was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to immigration fraud.
  • Sweetwater, Florida: A police officer was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated battery after he and his wife got into an argument. According to the police report, he allegedly bit his wife on her upper lip. Police said he was in uniform and armed on the day of the alleged battery.
  • Update: Chesterfield, Missouri (First reported 06-09-14): A police officer accused of secretly recording victims in a men’s restroom was indicted by a grand jury.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-08-14

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, July 8, 2014:

  • Worcester, Massachusetts: A police officer has been arrested on home invasion and assault charges. He forced his way into his ex-wife’s home and struck her companion in the face and neck.
  • Hobart, Indiana: A woman claiming she was roughed up by police is suing the city’s department. She claims they verbally harassed her during transport to the police station and that she suffered injuries to her face from excessive force by the officers.
  • Lonoke County, Arkansas: A detective is facing felony charges after an investigation by state police. He is accused of accessing secure information about a case involving a family member that was being investigated by police.
  • Greene County, Ohio: The sheriff’s office has finalized a $130,000 settlement agreement with a man who alleged deputies used excessive force.
  • Update: Fort Smith, Arkansas (Previously reported 06-23-14): A now-former police officer has been sentenced to five years in prison for having sex with a girl who was 16 at the time.
  • Sequoyah County, Oklahoma: A state trooper has been arrested in for driving under the influence of alcohol while on duty after he crashed an Oklahoma Highway Patrol sport utility vehicle that was towing an OHP boat.
  • Walla Walla, Washington: A man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the county and several local law enforcement officers, claiming he was repeatedly tasered by a sheriff’s deputy, arrested without cause and unlawfully transported across state lines.
  • Update: York, South Carolina (Previously reported 06-11-14): The police chief has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing after he was involved in a high speed police chase that ended with the suspect being stomped on.
  • Update: Clay County, Florida (First Reported 06-11-14): The sheriff has suspended two detectives and two supervisors without pay and will assign them to patrol for wrongfully arresting a Louisiana woman.
  • Maricopa County, Arizona: A man is suing a deputy after he says the deputy collided with his truck and then handcuffed the plaintiff when he tried to write down the deputy’s license-plate number.
  • Toledo, Ohio: A foster mother is suing the city, the police department, and an individual officer claiming her civil rights were violated and excessive force was used during her arrest.
  • Alamance County, North Carolina: The sheriff allegedly ordered his deputies to stop and arrest motorists who appeared to be Hispanic. The US Justice Department brought the charges after interviewing more than 125 victims and personnel over the course of several years. The investigation found that drivers who were Hispanic were being pulled over at an alarming rate for minor traffic infractions.
  • Sayreville, New Jersey: A police officer has admitted stealing more than $20,000 in rent paid by the Sayreville Housing Authority.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-08-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 4 to Monday, July 7 2014:

  • Laurens County, South Carolina: A state trooper has been suspended after he threatened to use a Taser on a man during a traffic stop for speeding.
  • Update: Glouster, Ohio (First reported 05-27-14): A police chief suspected of helping a woman avoid arrest pled not guilty on 12 counts, including obstructing justice.
  • Montezuma County, Colorado: A civil-rights lawsuit claims that “incompetent” and “heavily armed” deputies have used “excessive force” under the sheriff’s direct supervision.
  • Update: Brattleboro, Vermont (Previously reported 02-26-13): A now-former state trooper has paid $27,000 to settle a civil lawsuit alleging that he assaulted two men while on duty.
  • Clayton County, Georgia: A police officer is under investigation, accused of losing his temper with a driver going too slow. After both pulled into a shopping complex parking lot, witnesses said the situation got out of control. “She opened her door up and that’s when he charged too her car,” said the witness, who was standing outside at the shopping center with her two children. The witness said the officer started to curse, used a racial slur and then spit on the driver.
  • Update: Osage County, Missouri (Previously reported 10-22-13): The sheriff pled guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor harassment. The judge suspended imposing any sentence and placed the sheriff in two years supervised probation.
  • Los Angeles, California: California Highway Patrol is investigating a video showing an officer pummeling a woman alongside a freeway during an arrest that began with an attempt to stop her from walking into traffic.
  • Update: Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina (First reported 02-21-14): A police officer pled guilty to secretly taking photos of girls’ underwear as they participated in a youth police program. He was placed on probation for 36 months. He will not be required to register as a sex offender.
  • Boston, Massachusetts: A police officer who has been on administrative leave was arrested after police said he took a vehicle he was unauthorized to use.
  • New York, New York: An off-duty officer who was allegedly intoxicated when he randomly opened fire and shot at two strangers was indicted on attempted murder charges.