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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-29-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, June 29, 2016:

  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for DUI while on duty after hitting a curb and damaging his cruiser.
  • Update: Rock Falls, Illinois (First reported 05-26-16): A detective already charged for stealing cash from a deceased overdose victim has been charged with theft from evidence and marijuana distribution.
  • Update: Richmond, Virginia (First reported 11-10-15): A now-former officer who had been charged with child rape has an additional charge of child pornography possession added.
  • Detroit, Michigan: Three officers had their obstruction of justice charges thrown out by the Supreme Court of Michigan. One assaulted a motorist and all three lied about it in reports. According to the report, the charges were dismissed because statements they made could not be used against them in a criminal proceeding as a result of the Disclosures by Law Enforcement Officers Act.
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan: The City will  pay $99,999 to a black motorist who was “manhandled and roughed up” by police during a traffic stop.
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma: An officer was charged with embezzlement and false statement of ownership for selling two department-issued guns to a pawn shop.
  • Fresno, California: The police are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting of an unarmed teen. Protesters have made public calls for the department to release body cam footage.
  • Update: Tucson, Arizona (First reported 06-09-15): A now-former detective who was fired amid a prostitution scandal will have his state law enforcement certification suspended for one year.
  • Washoe County, Nevada: A now-former deputy was arrested for selling law enforcement information in an alleged drug scheme while he was on the force.
  • Update: McKenzie County, North Dakota (First reported 03-25-16): A deputy was acquitted of reckless endangerment for hitting a fleeing motorcycle during a chase.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-28-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, June 28, 2016:

  • Suffolk County, Massachusetts: An officer was suspended for misconduct.
  • Waco, Texas: Three officers were suspended after a motorist was allegedly choked while handcuffed during a traffic stop. One of the officers is accused of assaulting the man while the other two are accused of failing to report the incident.
  • Update: Mount Carmel, Tennessee (First reported 06-01-16): A detective was fired for misconduct. He is appealing his termination.
  • Bexar County, Texas: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence
  • Cherokee County (Georgia) Schools: A lieutenant was arrested for killing a police dog by leaving him in his hot car. The subsequent investigation implicated him in the death of a previous police K-9.  He resigned.
  • Brunswick, Maine: An officer was arrested for sending explicit pictures to an undercover agent he believed was a 13-year-old girl.
  • Update: Boston, Massachusetts (First reported 01-25-16): A sergeant pled guilty to sending explicit pictures to a 16-year-0ld girl on Facebook. He was sentenced to two years’ probation.
  • Forest Acres, South Carolina: An officer is under investigation for firing into the car of a fleeing driver. (Video)

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-27-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, June 27, 2016:

  • Update: Adams County, Colorado (First reported 02-09-15): A deputy was acquitted of perjury.
  • Jefferson Parish, Louisiana: The sheriff asked the FBI to investigate excessive force allegations made by a man suspected of killing a police officer.
  • Update: Portland, Oregon (First reported 05-26-16): The chief announced his retirement amid a criminal investigation into an off-duty incident in which he shot and wounded his friend.
  • Update: Madison County, Tennessee (First reported 05-04-16): A deputy pled guilty to DUI and resigned. She was sentenced to four days of incarceration and 24 hours of community service.
  • Update: Orleans Parish, Louisiana (First reported 04-18-16): A now-former chief deputy was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his role in false billing case. Allegedly, he and the now-former sheriff charged large public events—like Mardi Gras, Voodoo, and the Super Bowl—for officers that did not exist.
  • El Paso, Texas: An officer was arrested for his role in a fatal off-duty crash. He was charged with DWI and possessing a weapon while intoxicated.
  • Charleston County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for off-duty DUI.
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana: An officer is under investigation for shooting a fleeing, unarmed 17-year-old boy. The teen survived.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-24-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, June 24, 2016:

  • Oakland, California: A sergeant was placed on leave for having his girlfriend ghostwrite a homicide report. He had previously been fired for impeding a rape investigation but was reinstated.
  • Update: Bakersfield, California (First reported 11-23-15): A now-former detective pled guilty to selling 20 lbs. of confiscated drugs. His one-time partner previously pled guilty for the same crime.
  • Update: Grand Traverse County, Michigan (First reported 05-17-16): A deputy pled guilty in child porn case for sexting with minor while he was on duty. He also
  • Update: Santa Ana, California (First reported 06-12-15): Three officers were charged with theft for actions during a raid on a cannabis dispensary. Security video showed them eating the dispensary’s food and disabling other cameras.
  • Update: Sullivan City, Texas (First reported 02-02-16): A now-former officer will not face jail after pleading guilty to stealing cannabis from evidence.
  • Update: Rocky Ford, Colorado (First reported 11-17-14): A now-former officer was found guilty of second-degree murder for the on-duty shooting death of Jack Jacquez.
  • U.S. Marshals (Bismarck, North Dakota): A deputy marshal was arrested for using his cell phone to peep into Target dressing rooms.
  • Lincoln County, Maine: A deputy was charged with sexual abuse of a minor.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-23-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, June 23, 2016:

  • Wilmington, North Carolina: An officer who had been fired for abusing his authority and violating standards of conduct will be reinstated, though with a demotion.
  • Cuyahoga County, Ohio: A deputy was fired after an alleged assault of a minor in juvenile court. He will not be criminally charged.
  • Washington Township, New Jersey: An officer was arrested for drunk driving after hitting several cars in Hazleton.
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 04-21-15): Officer Caesar Goodson, Jr. was acquitted of all charges in the death of Freddie Gray.
  • Update: Mayfield, Kentucky (First reported 06-10-16): The second officer of two who were suspended for misconduct has resigned.
  • Duval, Florida: An SRO was suspended for ten days for mishandling two incidents involving students.
  • Macon County, North Carolina: A detective was arrested for DWI.
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 07-29-14): A now-former officer was given two years’ probation for stomping on the head of a restrained

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-22-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, June 22, 2016:

  • Chicago, Illinois: The City settled was wrongful death lawsuit with the family of Phillip Coleman, who was tasered 16 times while in custody, for nearly $5,000,000. The officers responsible for the actions were never disciplined.
  • Ward County, North Dakota: The sheriff and the now-former sheriff were both charged with reckless endangerment for the in-custody death of Dustin Irwin. The current sheriff is suspended with full pay.
  • Update: Fresno, California (First reported 03-27-15): A now-former deputy chief rejected a federal plea deal in his drug distribution case. His lawyer said he awaits discovery evidence yet to be turned over by the prosecutor.
  • Update: Mayfield, Kentucky (First reported 06-10-16): One of the two officers who were suspended has resigned.
  • Franklin County, Ohio: A now-former K-9 deputy pled guilty to cocaine possession. Paramedics responded to his home for a drug emergency.
  • Washington, District of Columbia: An officer was arrested for assault at an Annapolis restaurant.
  • Hot Springs, Arkansas: An officer was arrested for an off-duty DUI.
  • Big Stone Gap, Virginia: An officer was charged with over 50 counts related to child rape and incest.
  • Killeen, Texas: An officer was indicted for sexual assault and official oppression for an on-duty incident. He was fired.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-21-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, June 21, 2016:

  • New Orleans, Louisiana: Three officers were fired and a fourth was suspended. One officer struck a handcuffed arrestee and the others didn’t report the incident.
  • Dearborn, Michigan: An officer was suspended without pay. He has been accused of groping a woman during a traffic stop.
  • Passaic County, New Jersey: A deputy was suspended during an investigation into $35,000 in missing funds from the police union, where she served as Treasurer.
  • Veterans’ Administration (Salisbury, NC): An officer was arrested for allegedly running a marijuana grow operation.
  • Update: Roseau County, Minnesota (First reported 06-02-16): A now-former deputy pled guilty to shooting up a cabin and false reporting as part of a feud in an off-duty incident. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, which were suspended, as well as five years of supervised probation.
  • Birmingham, Alabama: An officer was charged for pepper-spraying a fellow officer.
  • La Crosse, Wisconsin: An officer was arrested for OWI and hit-and-run after a crash causing property damage. His BAC was measured at .24, which is three times the legal limit.
  • Update: Bexar County, Texas (First reported 07-04-13): The County settled a lawsuit with the family of Mathew Jackson, an unarmed motorist fatally shot by an off-duty deputy after a minor traffic crash. The $750,00 settlement will be paid by the County’s insurance policy.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-20-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, June 20, 2016:

  • New York, New York: Three officers were arrested as part of an ongoing federal corruption investigation that implicates major donors to Mayor deBlasio’s campaign.
  • Update: St. Charles County, Missouri (First reported 04-01-16): A now-former officer pled guilty to property damage in Pike County. He was sentenced to two years’ probation. He previously pled guilty to theft from a bait car and was sentenced to five years’ probation in that case.
  • Update: Oakland, California: The third chief in nine days resigned as a sex and prostitution scandal continues to grow.
  • Pinal County, Arizona: A deputy was arrested in Phoenix after entering a home illegally and assaulting a man there in an off-duty incident.
  • Jersey City, New Jersey: Three officers and one now-former officer were indicted on a total of 100 counts including conspiracy, falsifying records, and misconduct in office.
  • Ascension Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was arrested for rape and malfeasance for alleged sexual contact with a 14-year-old runaway.
  • Update: Shawnee County, Kansas (First reported 06-01-16): The arrest of a detective who was charged with perjury has prompted the prosecutors’ office to notify defenses notifications in more than 600 cases the detective participated in.
  • Update: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (First reported 04-11-16): A now-former detective pled guilty for striking a handcuffed suspect during interrogation. Sentencing is scheduled for October 13.
  • Richmond, Virginia: The trial of an officer charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of Patterson Brown Jr has ended in mistrial due to a deadlocked jury.
  • Update: Montclair, New Jersey (First reported 03-18-16): An officer had his reinstatement and $270,000 in back pay overturned by appeals court.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-17-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, June 17, 2016:

  • Update: Wilmington, North Carolina (First reported 06-30-14): An officer was acquitted in ):-excessive force case for striking a teen who was cuffed in the back of his cruiser.
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested after refusing a sobriety test after rear-ending another vehicle.
  • Grant County, Oregon: The sheriff is under investigation for forging documents. A deputy allegedly induced the “egregious” arrest of 911 caller who had reported the deputy’s family was shooting guns on their property.
  • Inglewood, California: The City will pay $4.6 million to an unarmed man who was shot in the head by a police officer.
  • Montgomery County, Maryland: A police officer was caught in an underage sex sting in Prince William County, Virginia.
  • Update: Los Angeles County, California: The now-former deputy who was at the center of the jail scandal that led to convictions of 21 law enforcement officers was sentenced to six months in jail for bribery.
  • Update: Delaware County, Indiana (First reported 09-15-14): A now-former deputy was sentenced to probation for 2014 DWI crash that led to injuries of others and himself. He was allowed to retire and thus retain his retirement benefits.
  • Chico, California: The City settled a lawsuit with a man who claims he was detained and consequently injured without cause for $400,000.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-16-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, June 16, 2016:

  • Ector County, Texas: A deputy was federally charged for extorting an illicit gaming room.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: A now-former officer had his 2013 termination overturned by state appellate court. The NOPD plans to appeal the decision.
  • Update: Gatlinburg, Tennessee (First reported 02-22-16): A detective was arraigned on perjury charges. He is alleged to have covered-up the sexual assault of a high school freshman as a hazing ritual.
  • Highlands County, Florida: A deputy was fired for maintaining an inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old girl, including providing her with alcohol.
  • Update: Lyon County, Kansas (First reported 11-24-15): A now-former deputy was convicted of vehicular manslaughter for an off-duty crash in 2012.
  • Update: Grand Rapids, Michigan (First reported 03-03-15): A now-former officer was convicted for sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend in a home invasion pled guilty to child porn charges. The charge stems from a sexual relationship he had with a then-17-year old girl. He had sexually explicit pictures of the girl. The judge ruled that his sentence should run concurrently with the 2-15 years he is serving for the sexual assault conviction.
  • Albion, Michigan: A public safety officer was arrested for OWI after a single-car crash.
  • Montgomery, Alabama: An officer was arrested for sexually assaulting a man while he was on duty. The officer was charged with first-degree sodomy for actions against a driver he pulled over for a noise complaint.
  • US Customs and Border Protection: The department is being sued by a woman who was given body cavity search without a warrant or probable cause.