National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-16-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 16, 2015:

  • Fairfax County, Virginia: A public information officer was charged with two counts of child pornography possession.
  • Update: Tulsa County, Oklahoma (First reported 04-13-15): The sheriff’s office is alleged to have falsified firearm certification for the 73-year-old reserve deputy who has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a man caught on video. Deputies who refused to sign-off were allegedly reassigned. The deputy who allegedly cooperated is now with the U.S. Secret Service.
  • Grundy County, Tennessee: A deputy was fired after his arrest for DUI.
  • Update: Larimer County, Colorado (First reported 04-01-15): A deputy was fired for his hit-and-run incident. He hit a fenced-in yard on his way to work and instead of taking responsibility, sped home and changed clothes.
  • Cumberland County, North Carolina: A deputy was fired for stealing and then selling sheriff’s department ammunition.
  • St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana: An officer was fired and arrested for perjury. He lied about the details of a traffic stop that led to a drug bust.
  • Yuba City, California: An officer and his cousin were arrested because of an alleged cocaine trafficking conspiracy.
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (Savannah, GA): An agent had an affair with an Assistant United States Attorney while they worked on cases together. As many as 200 cases they collaborated on during their several-year affair may be affected by their inappropriate conduct.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-15-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 15, 2015:

  • Update: Boston, Massachusetts (First reported 01-07-15): An officer who allegedly assaulted an Uber driver in January has been indicted for assault. He was suspended without pay after the indictment.
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: A deputy was indicted on federal charges for excessive force against a restrained but uncooperative jail inmate and attempting to cover it up. According to the U.S. Department of Justice press release, “The complaint alleges that [the deputy]…placed his hands around the inmate’s neck, struck the inmate’s head against the wall and pulled the inmate to the floor.  The complaint further alleges that the defendant then struck the inmate in the face with his knee.”
  • Update: North Augusta, South Carolina (First reported 04-06-15): The now-former officer who fatally shot a 68-year-old black man in his own driveway has been charged with illegal discharge of a firearm. The City has already paid $1.2 million to the man’s estate as the result of a wrongful death suit.
  • Update: Prichard, Alabama (First reported 08-05-13): A now-former officer was sentenced to 36 years in prison after being convicted of drug trafficking and related charges.
  • Update: Maxton, North Carolina (First reported 05-08-15): The officer who allegedly shot her weapon at unoccupied cars has been fired.
  • Clayton, New Mexico: An officer was fired after he was arrested and charged with false imprisonment and aggravated assault & battery after an incident with a 17-year-old girl.
  • Melrose Park, Illinois: A detective was arrested for conspiracy to rob police lab evidence of 2kg of seized cocaine. He was caught in a sting discussing his plan to replace the cocaine with fake cocaine after the evidence had been tested.
  • Lafayette Parish, Louisiana and Louisiana State Police: One parish deputy and one state trooper were arrested for their alleged participation in a drug and racketeering conspiracy.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-14-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 14, 2015:

  • Chicago, Illinois: An officer is under FBI investigation for fatally shooting teen. He fired 16 rounds that hit the 17-year-old boy.
  • San Pablo, California: An officer was arrested for buying drugs out of his car and possession of illegal guns. He was on administrative leave at the time and also had 2-year-old girl in the car with him.
  • Update: Fairfax County, Virginia (First reported 02-09-15): The sheriff defended the actions that led to a 37-year-old woman’s death in custody. She was fully restrained when she was Tased four times.
  • Update: Houston, Texas (First reported 04-24-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in prison for providing police protection to drug deals.
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: Two officers were placed on administrative leave after an APD employee accused them of excessive force.
  • Jacksonville, Florida: An officer was arrested for petit theft and misconduct for falsifying time sheets.
  • Update: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (First reported 08-25-14): A now-former officer agreed to a plea bargain in a bank fraud conspiracy case. His sentence is yet to be determined. Presumably in exchange for cooperation against his co-conspirators still awaiting trial or a detailed allocution in court, prosecutors have agreed they “will dismiss the remaining charges and will recommend a reduction in sentence if [he] adequately shows he accepts responsibility.” He faces up to 30 years and a $1 million fine.
  • Update: South Burlington, Vermont (First reported 03-23-13): A lieutenant pled guilty to DWI. He was ordered to pay a fine. He remains on leave.
  • Update: Detroit, Michigan (First reported 11-03-14): Two now-former narcotics officers were indicted on federal charges for robbing and extorting drug dealers.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-11-15 to 04-13-15

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 11 through Monday, April 13, 2015:

  • Tulsa County, Oklahoma: An officer was shown on video holding down suspect who had been shot and was complaining of shortness of breath. He said, “F*** your breath!” The man had been shot by a 73-year-old reserve officer who is also a substantial financial donor to the department. The reserve officer has been charged with negligent homicide.
  • United States Secret Service: A uniformed officer was arrested for burglary and destruction of property after allegedly kicking down the door of his ex-girlfriend’s home when he was off duty.
  • Tuscon, Arizona: Four officers were placed on administrative leave during investigation into undisclosed misconduct. Their names will not be released during the investigatory process.
  • New York, New York: A detective was suspended for stealing rent money from a deli during a raid for selling untaxed cigarettes. The proprietor thought employees had stolen the money but surveillance video shows the detective removing the over $2,500 in cash from the place the owner left it. The receipt the proprietor was given for the seized funds was just under $600. The officer’s supervisor has been placed on desk duty.
  • Akron, Ohio: An officer was arrested for assault in an “attack” outside a hotel in Cleveland, though the officer claims self-defense. Two suspects remain at large.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A transit officer was placed on administrative probation after an excessive force complaint by passenger.
  • Update: Vineland, New Jersey (First reported 04-06-15): An officer is shown on video sitting on a man’s back, punching him, and siccing a K-9 unit on him while he was face down on ground. He died in custody.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-10-15

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 10, 2015:

  • Ohio State Police: A now-former trooper was sentenced to five years in prison for coercing drivers for sexual favors in exchange for throwing-out traffic tickets.
  • Germantown, Tennessee: An officer was suspended after his arrest on aggravated rape and assault charges.
  • San Bernadino County, California: Several deputies shown on video repeatedly kicking and beating man after chase on an allegedly stolen horse. The footage was provided by a news helicopter following the chase. The sheriff is investigating.
  • Weld County, Colorado: A deputy was placed on leave because he may have withheld evidence in an investigation into woman’s death.
  • Harris County, Texas: An officer allegedly struck his sleeping girlfriend with his motorcycle helmet and strangled her. She survived.
  • Update: Paris, Maine (First reported 12-01-14): The police chief pled guilty to DUI. He lost his driver’s license for five months and was ordered to pay a fine.
  • Newbern, Tennessee: The chief was suspended for 14 days on allegations of providing a hostile work environment. He encouraged falsification of time sheets to minimize overtime and incentivized high-volume ticketing.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-09-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 9, 2015:

  • Update: Ambridge, Pennsylvania (First reported 12-19-13): A now-former officer pled guilty to drug and obstruction charges and was sentenced to three years of probation.
  • Monroe County, Tennessee: Two now-former deputies were indicted and arrested for assaulting a man in their custody.
  • Franklin County, Kentucky: A now-former deputy was sentenced to 16 months in prison for stealing property during the search of a home.
  • Orange County, Virginia: A man is facing charges for assault on a police officer. The dash cam footage available shows no assault by the man but does show the officer throwing him to the ground and inflicting other injuries. The investigative news report revealed that the audio from the dash cam and all footage from other cameras that were on the scene are missing or otherwise unaccounted for.
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: An officer admitted to illegally accessing a law enforcement database, a federal crime. No charges have been filed yet.
  • Update: Iowa City, Iowa (First reported 02-20-15): An officer facing a DUI charge is no longer with the department. The police chief declined to clarify whether the now-former officer resigned or was fired.
  • Houston, Texas: An officer was arrested on federal gun and drug distribution charges. The indictment alleges him to have been dealing cocaine since 2012.
  • Miami Gardens, Florida: Dash camera footage shows police fatally shoot a 25-year-old man. The state attorneys’ office is investigating the case and discouraged the man’s family from releasing the video while the investigation was ongoing. However, upon releasing the video, the family’s attorney said, “When you see this video, you will realize that this was not a justifiable shooting.”

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-08-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 8, 2015:

  • North Charleston, South Carolina: An officer was charged with murder for shooting a fleeing 50-year-old man in the back. In his police report, the officer claimed he “felt threatened” and administered CPR on the suspect after shooting him. A bystander came forward with video evidence contradicting the officer’s account. He was fired from the police department.
  • Baltimore County, Maryland: A now-former officer pled guilty to burglary and drug charges for breaking into dealer’s home to rob him.
  • Tampa, Florida: A now-former officer pled guilty to stealing evidence. She took tax refund checks seized from fraud cases and cashed them herself.
  • Bristol, Rhode Island: An officer was charged with breaking-in to a neighbor’s home to steal prescription pills. He resigned upon arrest.
  • Update: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (First reported 02-24-15): An officer was charged with two counts of battery and one count of falsifying official record for slapping a homeless man and trying to cover it up. Video shows the exchange.
  • Maxton, North Carolina: An officer was arrested after shooting her firearm at two unoccupied vehicles during an altercation.
  • New Milford, New Jersey: A patrolman was arrested on drug charges after being found in parking lot acting suspiciously. He was allegedly in possession of a bag of crack cocaine and a hypodermic needle.
  • Update: St. Louis, Missouri (First reported 03-17-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to conspiracy charges for knowingly providing a drug dealer with a firearm.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-07-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 7, 2015:

  • San Francisco, California: Seven officers were suspended over racist texts uncovered during a corruption investigation. Their past cases are under review for bias.
  • Update: Rutland, Vermont (First reported 03-17-15): The officer arrested last month for DUI has been fired.
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: A man is suing the department for excessive force. The officer at the heart of the suit was fired for insubordination and untruthfulness. The now-former officer had twice been involved in violent interactions that were not recorded by the body camera he was wearing. In addition to the incident in this lawsuit in which he claimed he was assaulted by the plaintiff, he fatally shot a 19-year-old woman. According to the news report, there is no record of the now-former officer receiving any discipline in the shooting case. The news report also notes he is petitioning to get his job with APD reinstated.
  • Update: Fresno, California (First reported 03-27-15): The deputy chief arrested for drug distribution has resigned.
  • Norfolk, Virginia: Four officers are “no longer with” the department after a K9 unit bit a female college student who was being held down by two officers.
  • New York, New York: An officer pled guilty to cocaine trafficking in Florida. He faces 10 years of imprisonment.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: An officer was arrested for shooting a woman at a bar when off-duty.
  • Hunt County, Texas: A deputy is being investigated after video appears to show him repeatedly striking woman who was months pregnant at the time.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-04-15 to 04-06-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 4 through Monday, April 6, 2015:

  • Vineland, New Jersey: The police department is being investigated by the county prosecutor concerning the death of a man in custody.
  • North Augusta, South Carolina: The city settled with the family of a 68-year-old black man who was fatally shot by police for nearly $1.2 million.
  • Broward County, Florida: Three deputies were arrested for illegal protection and security at a gentlemen’s club.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: An officer was recorded threatening a 17-year-old while handcuffing him during traffic stop. According to the news report, the officer said, “Plain and simple, if you f— with me, I’m going to break your leg before you get the chance to run. I’m being honest, I don’t screw around.”
  • Update: Eugene, Oregon (First reported 05-14-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to seven years for child pornography and hiding a camera to record people urinate in the police restroom.
  • North Carolina State Police: A trooper has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, and burglary. According to the news report, he allegedly broke into the home of his estranged wife and assaulted her.
  • Vidalia, Georgia: An officer was suspended without pay and charged with statutory rape of 15-year-old girl.
  • Victoria County, Texas: Two deputies were indicted by a grand jury for separate incidents of misconduct. One was charged with perjury, tampering, and official oppression. The other was charged with sexually harassing a suspect in custody and having a “sexual relationship” with her. He allegedly told her not to tell anyone, but she told her probation officer.
  • Ohio State Police/Lorain, Ohio: A trooper was fired for giving a ride home to a Lorain police officer who was driving drunk and the wrong way on a highway. The now-former trooper is the wife of a Lorain police officer. The officer she was driving home pled no contest to OUI and was ordered to pay a fine. He was suspended for two days in December and remains employed with the LPD.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-03-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 4, 2015:

  • Update: Brooklyn, Illinois (First reported 03-27-15): An officer allegedly ran a towing scheme to boost revenue for the city and his family’s towing business. The entire department is under investigation for its practices.
  • St. Petersburg, Florida: An officer was suspended for four weeks after showing up to work drunk. He tested at .17 BAC.
  • Country Club Village, Missouri: A now-former officer was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty to theft charges.
  • Tompkins County, New York: A deputy was arrested on assault and robbery charges.
  • Leadwood, Tennessee: An officer faces a felony child abuse charge for allegedly throwing a four-year-old against a wall in frustration.
  • Scotland County, North Carolina: A sheriff’s lieutenant was fired after a restraining order was filed against him for abuse.
  • Miami-Dade, Florida: An officer was indicted for fraud. He allegedly filed false ID theft reports to aid in an illicit credit-building scheme.
  • Hill County, Texas: The sheriff and chief deputy were arrested for falsifying documents and tampering.