National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-28-14

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 28, 2014:

  • Update: Beggs, Oklahoma (First reported 09-04-13): The police chief pled no contest to domestic abuse charges and was sentenced to a five-year deferred sentence. He was accused of putting a loaded handgun to his wife’s head after the two got in an argument. http://ow.ly/AMxRm
  • New Britain, Connecticut: A man has filed a lawsuit against the city and a now-former police officer, claiming the officer’s cruiser collided with his car, causing damages to his head, shoulders and hand. http://ow.ly/AMDVT
  • Update: Tulsa, Oklahoma (First reported 08-13-14): A second woman has been added to a lawsuit against a state trooper. The lawsuit says he pulled over her car and made inappropriate sexual comments to her. It also says he drove her to a secluded location and sexually assaulted her. http://ow.ly/AMCLf
  • Denver, Colorado: A woman who called 911 during an argument with her boyfriend has sued police officers, claiming they bloodied her face by slamming her into a wall and an elevator door and then arrested her without cause. The police spokesman said that police internal affairs officers determined there was no excessive force. http://ow.ly/AMMaa
  • Update: Miami, Oklahoma (Previously reported 05-22-14): A now-former police officer accused of lying to a state grand jury in connection with the beating of a man which was caught on video tape pled no contest and received a three-year deferred sentence. http://ow.ly/AMt5Q
  • Oglala Sioux Tribe, South Dakota: A now-former police officer has been indicted by a federal grand jury for violating the constitutional rights of a man in her custody by repeatedly using her Taser on him without justification. http://ow.ly/ANgO2
  • Bell County, Kentucky: A video caught a state trooper harassing a motorist and the US Court of Appeals ruled that the trooper could be sued for false arrest. http://ow.ly/AN5I2

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-28-14

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 28, 2014:

  • Update: Beggs, Oklahoma (First reported 09-04-13): The police chief pled no contest to domestic abuse charges and was sentenced to a five-year deferred sentence. He was accused of putting a loaded handgun to his wife’s head after the two got in an argument. http://ow.ly/AMxRm
  • New Britain, Connecticut: A man has filed a lawsuit against the city and a now-former police officer, claiming the officer’s cruiser collided with his car, causing damages to his head, shoulders and hand. http://ow.ly/AMDVT
  • Update: Tulsa, Oklahoma (First reported 08-13-14): A second woman has been added to a lawsuit against a state trooper. The lawsuit says he pulled over her car and made inappropriate sexual comments to her. It also says he drove her to a secluded location and sexually assaulted her. http://ow.ly/AMCLf
  • Denver, Colorado: A woman who called 911 during an argument with her boyfriend has sued police officers, claiming they bloodied her face by slamming her into a wall and an elevator door and then arrested her without cause. The police spokesman said that police internal affairs officers determined there was no excessive force. http://ow.ly/AMMaa
  • Update: Miami, Oklahoma (Previously reported 05-22-14): A now-former police officer accused of lying to a state grand jury in connection with the beating of a man which was caught on video tape pled no contest and received a three-year deferred sentence. http://ow.ly/AMt5Q
  • Oglala Sioux Tribe, South Dakota: A now-former police officer has been indicted by a federal grand jury for violating the constitutional rights of a man in her custody by repeatedly using her Taser on him without justification. http://ow.ly/ANgO2
  • Bell County, Kentucky: A video caught a state trooper harassing a motorist and the US Court of Appeals ruled that the trooper could be sued for false arrest. http://ow.ly/AN5I2

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-26-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, August 26, 2014:

  • Update: Tremonton, Utah (First reported 04-07-14): A now-former police officer accused of creating a fake pornography email account and convincing a teen girl to send him nude photos pled not guilty to charges. http://ow.ly/AHz6H
  • Rotterdam, New York: A federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed against the police department by the parents of an emotionally disturbed boy whose arm was broken when two police officers tried to force him off a school bus. http://ow.ly/AHO8b
  • Pharr, Texas: A grand jury indicted a now-former police officer after he allegedly sexually assaulted an underage girl multiple times, according to court records. He is accused of having sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old girl during work hours on five separate incidents. http://ow.ly/AHSHz
  • Belleair, Florida: The police chief is the target of numerous allegations ranging from mismanagement to ethical breaches and possible criminal acts. The person making those claims is the department’s detective. The mayor says he does not believe any of them. http://ow.ly/AHT6t
  • Louisville, Kentucky: Two University of Louisville graduate students who worked in a police summer residential program for at-risk youths say officers mentally and physically abused some participants. http://ow.ly/AHTRr
  • Columbia, South Carolina: A state trooper has been fired, state officials said. The Department of Public Safety said in a news release he was terminated for violating agency policies including conduct unbecoming a state employee. http://ow.ly/AHWAc
  • San Francisco, California: The family of a man who was fatally shot by police officers filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city following a march and rally against police brutality. http://ow.ly/AHXqC
  • Lowell, Massachusetts: A police officer has been charged with motor vehicle homicide and operating under the influence of liquor. His car crossed over the double yellow line and collided with another car, killing the other driver. The off-duty officer was arrested at the scene and is also charged with having an open container of alcohol. http://ow.ly/AHY8w
  • Bastrop County, Texas: The family of a woman who was shot and killed by a deputy is suing the county and the sheriff for $5 million. Initially, officials said the woman answered the door at the house she was in with a firearm and disregarded the deputy’s command. They later retracted that statement. She was unarmed when the deputy shot her. http://ow.ly/AJFPW

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-23-14 to 08-25-14

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, August 23, to Monday, August 25, 2014:

  • El Paso, Texas: Victims and witnesses of a collision involving a police cruiser claim the officer caused the crash, and that police fabricated statements in the accident report to blame an innocent woman. A woman whose car was also hit as a result of the accident said the officer was at fault for the crash, and that the police report was a total lie: “The police officer was definitely at fault … he ran the red light and caused the whole collision.” ow.ly/AH9bY
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: The city council is expected to approve a $10,000 settlement with a man whose vehicle was struck by a police squad car. ow.ly/AHgyG
  • Update: Champaign County, Illinois (First reported 05-08-14): A deputy was acquitted of domestic violence. He was found not guilty during a bench trial. He had been on administrative leave since his arrest. ow.ly/AH6bR
  • Grant Park, Illinois: A police lieutenant let his brother’s 15-year-old daughter move in with him so he could “straighten out” the teen, then proceeded to have sex with her on a “daily basis” when she wasn’t cooking his meals, doing his laundry, or shopping for lingerie and shoes, a prosecutor said. He faces charges of criminal sexual assault and having sexual relations within his own family. ow.ly/AGUQV
  • Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: A police officer is facing indictment on bank fraud charges. A press release said that a disciplinary hearing will be scheduled as soon as possible. ow.ly/AGTwO
  • Albany, New York: A sergeant was suspended without pay while his use of a Taser against a teenage suspect is more thoroughly investigated. ow.ly/AGzm0
  • Brick Township, New Jersey: A police officer was indicted on stalking and official misconduct charges for allegedly tormenting his ex-girlfriend online, publishing humiliating and harassing messages about her, and improperly accessing a law enforcement database when she asked him to help find the culprit, prosecutors say. ow.ly/AGyd4
  • Dallas, Texas: A now-former police officer was sentenced to 180 days in county jail for beating and pepper-spraying a handcuffed man during an arrest. He was convicted of official oppression, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison. ow.ly/AGvLX
  • Catasauqua, Pennsylvania: A man says police shot him with a stun gun about a dozen times in a recently filed deposition. The man said he was handcuffed and in a squad car when police used the stun gun on him. ow.ly/AHDw0
  • Cumberland County, North Carolina: A deputy was charged with drunken driving; he has submitted his resignation. http://ow.ly/AHgSI
  • Broward County, Florida: A now-former sheriff’s deputy was given a five-year prison sentence and was immediately taken into custody. The deputy was arrested and accused of making a $15,000 cash-for-silence deal with a marijuana grower. http://ow.ly/AHBBn
  • Update: Burlington, Massachusetts (First reported 11-20-13): A now-former police officer will spend a year behind bars after pleading guilty to charges in connection with a scheme in which he falsified prescriptions to pocket more than 260 Percocets and collected tens of thousands of dollars in false disability claims. http://ow.ly/AHmBb
  • Grapeland, Texas: A grand jury indicted a now-former officer on a second-degree felony charge of fraudulent possession of a controlled substance/prescription charge. http://ow.ly/AHA0d
  • Update: Chester, West Virginia (First reported 04-14-14): A now-former police officer who was involved in a “sexting” incident with a 16-year-old girl has received a suspended jail sentence and probation. He pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a child. The officer agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charge in exchange for the dismissal of a felony charge. http://ow.ly/AK3B2
  • Update: Barrington, Rhode Island (First reported 11-27-12): A police sergeant accused of harassing his ex-wife pled guilty to charges of domestic cyberstalking and obstruction of justice. He was given a two-year suspended sentence and two years of probation. He was also ordered to go to domestic violence counseling. http://ow.ly/AHrQ7
  • Ithaca, New York: The mayor says the city and its police department have opened separate investigations looking into an incident after an out-of-uniform sergeant drew his gun on four teens. Versions of the events that transpired differ between the involved officer and the parents of the four teens. http://ow.ly/AHJ7u

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-22-14

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 22, 2014:

  • Houston, Texas: A police officer was arrested on charges of cocaine possession. She is charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. She also had her 6-year-old son in the vehicle at the time of the alleged drug deal. ow.ly/ACUBb
  • Adams, Massachusetts: A police officer was charged in court with allegedly using a false identity to fill a prescription drug used to treat ADHD. ow.ly/ACQ0g
  • Paterson, New Jersey: The family of a 39-year-old mentally ill man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, nearly two years after the man was shot and killed by a police officer. ow.ly/ACJ9A
  • Phoenix, Arizona: Criminal and administrative investigations have been launched into an officer-involved fatal shooting of a mentally ill woman. ow.ly/ACznw
  • Denver, Colorado: A police department officer was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of non-injury child abuse, DPD said. ow.ly/ACrOn
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: A police officer was being held in jail after being accused of a string of on-duty sexual assaults in a case described as “disturbing” by the city’s police chief. ow.ly/ACoJx
  • Los Angeles, California: The city council approved a $5 million settlement with the family of man officers fatally shot at the end of a wild pursuit. Several days after the shooting, the chief said he was “very concerned” about the incident and said he was launching investigations to determine whether it required discipline against the officers or better training techniques. ow.ly/ACiOl
  • Ferguson, Missouri: A police officer who pointed an assault rifle at people and threatened to kill them has been relieved of duty and suspended indefinitely, authorities said. ow.ly/AC4bB
  • Struthers, Ohio: A police detective has been fired. He had already been placed on leave for what the mayor called “inappropriate conduct.” The mayor would not be specific about what the alleged inappropriate conduct was or who made the allegation. http://ow.ly/AD4Ea
  • Update: Jones County, Texas (First reported 05-02-14): A deputy has been indicted by a grand jury. She was arrested for allegedly shooting at two victims in a pickup and then fighting with officers upon their arrival. She was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault and one count of deadly conduct. http://ow.ly/AD5re
  • Mills, Wyoming: A police officer is accused of the negligent death of a K9. The officer pled not guilty to one misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals. http://ow.ly/AD8gS
  • Athens, New York: A police officer was arrested and charged with several counts of assault. http://ow.ly/AD64M
  • Update: San Diego, California (Previously reported 07-30-14): A now-former police officer accused of misconduct on the job, including groping and illegally detaining several women, pled guilty to several charges. The charges included felony false imprisonment as well as misdemeanor counts of assault and battery under the color of authority by a peace officer. http://ow.ly/AD7d3
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama: A police officer is accused of sexually assaulting and attempting to strangle his wife. He was arrested and is facing two counts of first degree sodomy and one count of domestic violence for strangulation. http://ow.ly/AD6Vd

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-21-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 21, 2014:

  • Update: West Columbia, South Carolina (First reported 10-10-13): A police officer was found guilty of one count of lascivious acts with a minor. He faces a mandatory prison sentence of five years followed by years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender. http://ow.ly/AxyKc
  • Dunkerton, Iowa: The longtime police chief has resigned after being placed on administrative leave. The city council had put him on leave amid an investigation into use of a city credit card. http://ow.ly/AxLdW
  • Update: Richardson County, Nebraska (First reported 06-23-14): A now-former deputy sheriff pled not guilty to charges that he lied about getting shot while on duty. He faces one felony charge and three misdemeanor charges for allegedly calling in a false report of being shot during a traffic stop while on duty. He is accused of shooting himself and his patrol car. http://ow.ly/AxK2G
  • Savanna, Georgia: The assistant police chief has resigned after being accused of providing beer to three underage girls. He has been charged with three felony counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor. He’s also been charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and obstructing an officer. http://ow.ly/AxLKI
  • Update: Sherwood, Oregon (First reported 06-27-13): A police officer who has been on paid administrative leave for more than a year pending criminal and internal investigations has returned to duty. An internal inquiry, conducted by an outside investigator, concluded he did not violate policy. http://ow.ly/AxYpY
  • Update: Saratoga County, New York (First reported 03-05-14): A now- former sheriff’s deputy pled guilty. He was charged by criminal complaint with attempting to aid and abet the possession, with intent to distribute, 500 grams or more of cocaine. http://ow.ly/AxYKD
  • Baltimore, Maryland: An off-duty state police trooper has been suspended with pay after he was driven from a restaurant following allegations he was disorderly and walking around in his underwear. No charges have been filed against either that trooper or another off-duty trooper who was with him. http://ow.ly/AxZfq
  • Brunswick County, North Carolina: A trooper has resigned following his arrest for DUI. http://ow.ly/Ay3gM
  • White Lake, North Carolina: A man has been indicted for stealing money while he was an officer at the police department. He was indicted by a grand jury on charges of embezzlement by a local or charitable officer or employee, obstruction of justice and embezzlement by local or charitable officer or employee. http://ow.ly/Ay3x0

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-20-14

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, August 20, 2014:

  • Update: Jemez Springs, New Mexico (First reported 08-11-14): A now-former Jmez Springs pled not guilty to rape charges. He was indicted on charges of kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration, criminal sexual contact and extortion. http://ow.ly/Axrvk
  • Hobart, Indiana: The police chief said he will seek to have an officer placed back on unpaid administrative leave, now that a hearing on three administrative charges filed against him has been postponed. The officer is facing a charge of misdemeanor charge of conversion. http://ow.ly/AxDYn
  • Update: Tulsa, Oklahoma (First reported 08-06-14): A police officer has pled not guilty to first-degree murder in the off-duty shooting death of his daughter’s boyfriend. http://ow.ly/Axxsu
  • Glendale, California: A police officer on vacation in Las Vegas was charged with soliciting prostitution after a sting involving an undercover cop. http://ow.ly/AxEst
  • San Antonio, Texas: The attorney for a 23-year-old man who was shot and killed by police in a disturbance in the drive through lane of a Restaurant says a new autopsy report proves police used excessive force. http://ow.ly/AxETu
  • Milwaukee County, Wisconsin: A captain was arrested for first offense OWI. According to a release from the sheriff’s office she was driving without her tail lights on when she was pulled over. She allegedly showed her sheriff’s office credentials and asked to be let go as a “professional courtesy.” ow.ly/AxwB4
  • Update: Swisher County, Texas (Previously reported 10-25-13): A now-former sheriff has pled guilty to charge of official oppression. He was charged for repeatedly fondling

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-18-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, August 18, 2014:

  • Berkeley County, California: A sheriff’s deputy resigned following the suspension of his driver’s license. ow.ly/AvsHt
  • Palatka, Florida: A police detective has resigned after being arrested in a prostitution sting. ow.ly/Avsfr
  • Update: Columbus, Ohio (First reported 02-18-14): A police officer convicted of stealing military surplus equipment from his employer was sentenced to 30 months in prison. ow.ly/Avr0c
  • Update: Fayetteville, Arkansas (Previously reported 02-14-14): The fired police officer accused of raping a woman while on duty received five years probation in a plea deal with prosecutors. He will be required to register as a sex offender. ow.ly/Avptg
  • Lincoln Heights, Ohio: A police officer has been charged with theft. He is accused of stealing property “while on duty acting in an official capacity as a police officer.” ow.ly/AuWev
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: For a second time, a now-former police officer has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for burning the body of a man shot to death by another police officer in the chaotic days following Hurricane Katrina. ow.ly/AuVDh
  • Onondaga County, New York: An off-duty sheriff’s deputy admitted leaving the scene of what turned out to be a fatal crash. ow.ly/AuqWY
  • Rio Arriba County, New Mexico: A sheriff was arrested on charges he cornered a driver at a dead end, threatened him with a silver revolver as the driver begged not to be shot and had him falsely charged with assault. ow.ly/Auixa
  • Tampa, Florida: A man shot by the police has filed a federal lawsuit against the officer who shot him and the city. He claims the city failed to properly train its officers to deal with people suffering mental distress. ow.ly/Aues4
  • Update: Springfield, Missouri (First reported 07-15-14): A police officer who shot and wounded an unarmed panhandler resigned. The officer has been charged with third-degree assault for shooting the man as he ran from the officer. ow.ly/Audww

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-16-14 to 08-18-14

Here are the 6 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, August 16 to Monday, August 18, 2014:

  • Emmett Township, Michigan: A police officer has been arrested by state troopers and is expected to be formally charged with two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct. ow.ly/Asn7m
  • Salem, Oregon: A police officer will face a charge of harassment in connection with a disturbance at a residence. ow.ly/AscYl
  • Tucumcari, New Mexico: Authorities say a state police officer has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. He’s not allowed to perform any police duties and has had to turn in his police vehicle, badge and department-issued firearms. e ow.ly/As2U8
  • Update: Richmond County, Georgia (First reported 08-06-12): Federal prosecutors say a now-former sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced in an identity theft and tax fraud scheme. Authorities said that he was sentenced to 2 years in prison for stealing personal information that was used to file fraudulent tax returns. ow.ly/ArPfO
  • Update: Kern County, California (First reported 07-28-14): A sheriff’s deputy whose speeding patrol car killed two people has pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter. ow.ly/ArsjP
  • Ellington, Connecticut: An off-duty state trooper has been placed on desk duty following his involvement in a crash after which he failed field sobriety tests, state police said. ow.ly/ArnKj

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-15-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 15, 2014:

  • Unicoi County, Tennessee: A $2 million lawsuit has been filed in federal court against the county, the sheriff, and one of his deputies alleging violation of a woman’s constitutional rights, among other things, stemming from the alleged removal of a dog from her home. http://ow.ly/Aszo9
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: A police officer has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash after he allegedly ran a red light and struck a woman’s vehicle. ow.ly/AnhyV
  • Madison, Wisconsin: The family of a woman shot and killed by police have filed a lawsuit against the city and police department seeking unspecified damages. ow.ly/AngTz
  • North Hodge, Louisiana: The assistant police chief was arrested and charged with six counts of malfeasance in office. The sheriff says now seven women accuse the officer of committing sexual acts against them. ow.ly/AnfCn
  • Springfield, Massachusetts: A judge has awarded $85,000 to two people in a police brutality and false arrest claim. ow.ly/Anf1N
  • Marion County, Florida: Five deputies have been suspended without pay while authorities investigate whether they used excessive force while arresting a suspect in an alleged drug ring. ow.ly/An6ge
  • Hamilton County, Ohio: The family of a mentally ill man who was shocked by a taser and died has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that sheriff’s deputies used excessive force. ow.ly/AmNHa
  • Montgomery County, Maryland: The police department launched an investigation into whether one of its officers acted appropriately in the arrest of a teen that was caught on video. ow.ly/AmLot
  • Update: Round Lake Beach, Illinois (First reported 07-10-14): A police officer pled not guilty to paying for thousands of dollars of gasoline with police department funds. He was placed on paid administrative after the state’s attorney’s office approved felony charges. ow.ly/AmIDc
  • Birmingham, Alabama: A police officer has been arrested on drug charges. He has been charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. ow.ly/AmHyP