National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-30-14

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 30, 2014:

  • Macomb, Illinois: A patrol officer has been charged with forgery and state benefit fraud. He’s accused of obtaining a Link card in someone else’s name and then using that card. Link cards in Illinois are issued to anyone approved to receive cash assistance or SNAP (food stamp) benefits.
  • Troy, New York: A police officer has been accused of purposefully revealing information about an investigation into a drug ring to at least one suspect.
  • Update: Miami-Dade, Florida (First reported 04-10-14): A police officer charged with DUI is back in custody for driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident while out on bond. “I do have serious concerns regarding the safety of the community,” a judge said. He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending his trial.
  • San Antonio, Texas: Three police officers are being investigated for possibly using excessive force, after an incident left a man with injuries to his face, skull and neck. The man said he was struck about 50 times, even though he complied with the officers’ instructions and did not fight back. Shortly after being handcuffed and explaining to officers that he owned the property, a fourth officer approached and said the suspect the officers were actually looking for was in custody nearby.
  • Portland, Oregon: An off-duty police officer is accused of assaulting a teen at an RV park.
  • Manchester, New Hampshire: A now-former police officer has pled guilty to running criminal records checks on stolen identities for someone who was the target of a drug-related investigation.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: A police officer was charged with second-degree assault after prosecutors say he struck a 14-year-old boy who was already apprehended.
  • Clark County, Indiana: An officer gave a prostitute official law enforcement credentials and a deputy’s badge so she could get a government employee rate at a hotel. The two met at a hotel where the officer paid the prostitute $300 for sex and gave her a uniform shirt and other official department clothing. He is also accused of lying to the FBI about it.
  • Atlanta, Georgia: A police officer was fired, two days after being charged in a collision that killed a woman and injured two others.
  • Baldwin, Louisiana: State Troopers have charged a now-former police officer with molesting a 14-year-old girl who lived in his home. Troopers confirmed the officer was charged after the girl gave birth.
  • Update: Chula Vista, California (First reported 06-18-14): A police officer was charged with four misdemeanor battery counts stemming from an off-duty dispute with his girlfriend’s 16-year-old son.
  • Harvey, Illinois: A police detective he has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested for allegedly attacking the boyfriend of his former girlfriend.
  • Panama City, Florida: A police officer is demoted following an internal investigation. The complaint reveals the officer asked two members of staff to look up information on a law enforcement database.
  • North Enid, Oklahoma: A now-former officer arrested on a complaint of driving under the influence was arraigned. He was charged with driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, eluding a police officer and transporting an open container of beer, all misdemeanors.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: City Council approved a $115,000 settlement with a woman who accused a city officer of false arrest in a lawsuit. She alleged that the officer was wrong to arrest her on charges of witness intimidation and simple assault. She spent five days in jail, accused of hitting a witness, but video surveillance showed that she only brushed against the witness, according to the lawsuit.
  • Update: Frankfort, Indiana (First reported 02-12-14): A now-former police officer has pled guilty to charges that he stole nearly $150,000 from a company for which he transported cash.
  • Update: San Diego, California (First reported 02-07-14): A ninth accuser has come forward with graphic allegations of sexual misconduct against a now-former police officer, but for the first time the accuser is a man.


National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-29-14

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, July 29, 2014:

  • Oakland County, Michigan: A now-former sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to three days in jail, which he already served, and one year probation for attempting to resist a police officer following a bar fight.
  • Hometown, Illinois: A police officer was fired after shooting to death a family dog. The mother says her 6-year-old daughter saw the shooting of their dog by the officer.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer is accused of domestic abuse and reckless driving and hit-and-run charges.
  • Woodbury, New York: An off-duty state trooper was arrested after police say he struck another trooper’s patrol car. He is accused of driving while intoxicated.
  • Richland County, South Carolina: The sheriff’s department has fired a deputy who ran a red light and caused an accident. He was fired following a departmental investigation and examination of the deputy’s driving record.
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: A police officer resigned after coming under fire for shooting a resident’s German Shepherd and then blocking the owner from taking the dog to the vet.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An police officer has been arrested on drunken driving charges for the second time within a year.
  • Santa Ana, California: Police officers are being accused of using excessive force after surveillance video emerged showing officers punching and using a baton on a burglary suspect who fled arrest. Video from a neighbor’s security cameras shows the man raising his hands and laying on the ground face-down after being confronted by police officers. An officer then comes to restrain the suspect, putting his knee on the man’s back and punching him repeatedly. Another officer is then seen hitting the man on the legs with what appears to be his police baton.
  • New York, New York: An officer was put on modified assignment after allegedly stomping on a suspect’s head, authorities said. The suspect had been subdued, and then the officer booted the man as he lay on the ground, officials said.
  • Lakeland, FL A police officer was arrested on charges of driving under the influence.
  • Albany, New York: A police officer has resigned from his job after being arrested on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and refusing a breath test.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-26-14 to 07-28-14

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, July 26 to Monday, July 28, 2014:

  • Iva, South Carolina: The police chief has been arrested on criminal domestic violence charges and suspended from duty.
  • Seminole County, Florida: A deputy accused of soliciting a 17-year-old girl for sex was arrested on a warrant. He was charged with lewd computer solicitation of a child, according to investigators.
  • Update: Columbus, Ohio (First reported 12-13-13): A now-former veteran police officer has been sentenced after admitting to collecting child pornography. He was given 10 ½ years behind bars.
  • Socorro, New Mexico: A police sergeant was indicted on state felony theft charges. He is accused of stealing property of more than $1,500 and less than $20,000 and misapplication of fiduciary property over $1,500.
  • Update: Scott Twp, Pennsylvania (Previously reported 05-13-14): A now-former police chief was sentenced to six months of unsupervised probation. He agreed to a plea deal on charges he hindered investigators in a sex abuse case.
  • Newport, Tennessee: Two police captains were among four people indicted in a misconduct and money laundering case involving stolen goods and prescription pills, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced.
  • Kern County, California: A deputy is set to go on trial for hitting and killing two pedestrians with his patrol car. The deputy is charged with two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter. He was responding to a call of a stolen vehicle. Reports by the California Highway Patrol show he was traveling at 80 mph without the emergency lights and siren activated.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-25-14

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 25, 2014:

  • Orlando, Florida: A police officer has been indicted by a grand jury on charges he shot into a vehicle with an assault rifle without justification.
  • Update: Los Angeles, California (First reported 06-18-13): A surfer who was shot at and had his car rammed by police officers during the manhunt for ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner will receive $1.8 million in a settlement.
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Police records found that the suspect in the deaths of two women whose bodies were found in suitcases dumped on a rural road had abused his authority as a police officer by selling cellphone service while on duty. An internal investigation determined he was also stalking women while on duty.
  • Update: Broward, Florida (Previously reported 07-22-14): A second now-former deputy has been sentenced to prison for falsely arresting a woman as part of a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme operated by a disbarred lawyer.
  • Perryville, Missouri: A now-former police chief was sentenced in connection with charges of making a false report. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and a year of probation for suspended execution of sentence. He will serve 10 days in jail and turn in his police license and certification.
  • Spavinaw, Oklahoma: The police chief was released from jail after being arrested on two complaints of lewd molestation. According to a probable cause affidavit, the girls told investigators they were inappropriately touched by the chief multiple time during a period of years.
  • St. Louis County, Missouri: A 13-year veteran has been charged with felony assault after striking a MetroLink passenger on the hand with his expandable baton following an argument.
  • North Charleston, South Carolina: A police officer was arrested for possessing counterfeit money during a traffic stop. An officer pulled the man over for speeding in excess of 110 mph. Authorities found a police badge that identified the suspect as an officer.
  • Update: Campbell, Wisconsin (First reported 06-10-14): A prosecutor says he plans to charge the police chief with a misdemeanor for allegedly registering a tea party leader on gay dating, pornography and federal health care websites.
  • Update: North Olmsted, Ohio (First reported 05-14-14): A now-former police officer, who held a New Year’s Eve party at his home attended by dozens of teenagers, was sentenced to five days in jail, given three years probation and fined $500.
  • New York, New York: A new video showing the arrest of an alleged subway farebeater purports to show a police officer using a chokehold to subdue the suspect, a prohibited police tactic that’s sparked outrage since another man died after being put in a similar position recently.
  • Denver, Colorado: A police officer and his wife who were involved in a drunken brawl involving another officer and his wife both pled not guilty to charges.
  • Newark, New Jersey: A veteran police officer was indicted on charges that he pulled a gun on a man driving with his wife and son after a traffic dispute.
  • Anderson County, Tennessee: The sheriff and four deputies have been named in a lawsuit that alleges assault and battery and false arrest in what’s described as a case of mistaken identity.
  • Weare, New Hampshire: The city has agreed to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit from a resident who was arrested after videotaping the police during a traffic stop. The resident received $35,000 and a written apology from the police chief.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: A now-former police officer pled guilty to trying to extort $15,000 from the owners of a local hostess bar. The charge was one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats and violence.
  • Jefferson Parish, Louisiana: A now-former deputy sheriff pled guilty to a felony traffic violation, for chasing a narcotics agent who was investigating allegations of illegal drug sales. The deputy sheriff was placed on five years’ probation for aggravated obstruction of a highway.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-24-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, July 24, 2014:

  • Update: Waltham, Massachusetts (Previously reported 03-05-14): A now-former veteran police officer, guilty of possessing child pornography, was sentenced to five years in federal prison.
  • Harker Heights, Texas: A veteran K-9 officer has turned in his badge and gun after a misdemeanor arrest stemming from the theft of three pairs of sunglasses from a store.
  • Saint Jo, Texas: A police officer was arrested for official oppression. He is accused of unlawfully detaining an 18-year-old female driver on at least two occasions and following her on several other occasions, according to the arrest affidavit.
  • Independence, Kansas: The police chief made pleas to perjury, official misconduct, misuse of public funds, and theft of property valued at more than 25,000. He was sentenced to concurrent terms of six months for the perjury charge, 12 months for the official misconduct charge, 12 months for the misuse of public funds charge, and 12 months for the theft charge.
  • Update: Schuyler County, Missouri (First reported 07-11-14): The Sheriff has submitted his letter of resignation. He has been charged with three counts of permitting escape and two charges of tampering with a witness.
  • Dallas, Texas: The mother of a man whose shooting death at the hands of an officer spurred outrage and protest has filed a lawsuit against the city and the officer. She accuses the officer of using excessive force, the police department of racial profiling and false arrest.
  • Denver, Colorado: A police officer has been placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation into sexual assault allegations.
  • New York, New York: A man claims in a $10 million lawsuit that he sustained a broken rib from a beatdown by a detective in an interrogation room. The city declined to comment on the suit.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-23-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 23, 2014:

  • St. Clair County, Missouri: The now-former sheriff was indicted by a federal grand jury for stealing property recovered in criminal cases and for selling a stolen firearm. “Today’s indictment alleges that the former sheriff treated the county’s evidence room like his personal tool shed, cheating the taxpayers and citizens of St. Clair County,” an attorney said. “No one is above the law. When the county’s chief law enforcement officer violates the very law he took an oath to uphold, he will be held accountable.”
  • Austin, Texas: A man has filed a lawsuit against a police officer, claiming the officer used excessive force.
  • Country Club Hills, Illinois: A police officer faces charges after he allegedly fired his weapon into a home while off duty and drinking at a friend’s house. He was charged with felony reckless discharge of a firearm and his bond was set at $75,000.
  • Los Angeles County, California: A sheriff’s deputy who hit and killed bicycler was texting when the incident occurred.
  • Greenville County, South Carolina: The third-highest ranking officer in the sheriff’s office has been fired after an internal affairs investigation concluded that he assisted criminals and didn’t keep Sheriff’s Office business secure.
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 07-15-14): A police officer has been indicted on 15 felony charges related to his illicit sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl.
  • Oakdale, Louisiana: A police officer was fired and charged with a sex crime involving a juvenile. State Police says its investigation revealed that the officer had sexual relations with a juvenile while on duty.
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: A police officer is being charged following allegations that she misappropriated funds from the Harrisburg Police Athletic League, a volunteer charitable organization she helped administer.
  • Boardman, Oregon: A police officer resigned in the wake of his arrest for drunk and reckless driving.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-22-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, July 22, 2014:

  • Update: Bull Shoals, Arkansas (Previously reported 07-11-14): The police chief was found not guilty on two counts related to an arrest. A mistrial was declared on the third count of use of excessive force.
  • Hazleton, Pennsylvania: Claims that a man pointed a gun at police before they shot him to death defy science and common sense, his sister said in a federal lawsuit filed that seeks more than $3.45 million in damages and claims that the city police routinely use excessive force against minorities.
  • Update: Broward County, Florida (Previously reported 05-13-14): A now-former lieutenant has been sentenced to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy for his role in a convicted Ponzi scheme operator’s $1.2 billion fraud.
  • Update: Westminster, South Carolina (First reported 03-25-13): A now-former police chief who was charged with embezzlement, forgery and misconduct in office pled guilty.
  • El Paso, Texas: A now-former police officer charged with tax fraud in connection with a medical billing scheme is scheduled to appear in court. He has been charged with corrupt interference with Internal Revenue laws and 14 counts of structuring transactions to evade reporting requirements and aiding and abetting.
  • Nolensville, Tennessee: An officer has been indicted for misconduct, according to a media release. He is accused of receiving inappropriate images of a minor female on his cellphone.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A now- former 10-year officer was ordered to stand trial for false imprisonment and related charges. He allegedly snatched a retired military veteran off a street, cuffed him, threw him face-first into the back of his marked SUV and drove him to a dark alley in the early-morning hours.
  • Update: Phillips, Wisconsin (First reported 03-05-14): The police chief accused of wrongdoing by the mayor will retire after an agreement was reached with the city. He been on paid administrative leave while the city’s Police Review Committee investigated the accusations. In a 16-page he was accused of falsifying an arrest document in a drug investigation and submitting a claim for expenses for a trip he never took.
  • Golden Meadow, Louisiana: Authorities say a police officer and two others have been arrested and booked with manufacturing methamphetamine.

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.