National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-12-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 12, 2015:

  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for DUI after causing accident that caused two cars to flip over. Remarkably, no injuries were reported. ow.ly/IWhvD
  • Webb, Alabama: An officer was arrested for domestic violence.ow.ly/IWhYH
  • Flower Mound, Texas: An officer was arrested and charged with felony DWI. She was driving 77mph in a 35mph zone with her 6-yr-old in front seat. ow.ly/IWiTE
  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: An officer was charged with DUI and an open container violation after crashing his truck into a ditch. ow.ly/IWSMS
  • Carencro, Louisiana: A now-former officer was indicted for extortion, illegally using a government database, and lying to federal agents. He is alleged to have taken money in exchange for allowing prostitution at a gentlemen’s club.  ow.ly/IX0OA
  • Williamson County, Texas: A sheriff’s detective was arrested for falsifying government documents. He allegedly lied on his timesheets and was working another job when he was claimed to be on duty. ow.ly/IXd5e
  • Update: Wewoka, Oklahoma (First reported 10-01-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to five years in prison for raping a 15-year-old girl who had been enrolled in the department’s police explorer program. ow.ly/IXgbO
  • Update: Bayonne, New Jersey (First reported 01-26-15): An officer already indicted for brutality faces new charges, including embezzlement from United States government. ow.ly/IXhX3

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-11-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct for Wednesday, February 11, 2015:

  • Madison, Alabama: An officer used enough force to put a 57-year-old Indian citizen in the hospital, temporarily paralyzed and with fused vertebrae, after an altercation. The man, who was visiting the United States and speaks no English, was walking around the neighborhood his son just moved in to.  ow.ly/IQBAp
  • Baltimore, Maryland: An officer was arrested on assault and sex offense charges after a domestic dispute. ow.ly/ISpj8
  • Pennsylvania State Police: A trooper was charged with reckless endangerment after a firearms mishap during which he fatally shot a colleague. ow.ly/ISqkH
  • Lake County, California: A now-former deputy was charged with vehicular manslaughter for an October 2013 car crash. He had been responding to a call of  home invasion and vehicle pursuit when he hit the victim’s car head-on at a high rate of speed.  ow.ly/ISXEx
  • Update: Berkeley County, South Carolina (First reported 01-06-14) : The sheriff who had been arrested for DUI has resigned and has been indicted. ow.ly/ISYwC
  • Richmond County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested and fired over allegations he abused a 12-year-old while off duty but still in uniform. ow.ly/IT02n
  • New York, New York: A sergeant faces numerous criminal counts related to the alleged rape of a girl under 15 years old. Internal Affairs is continuing to investigate. ow.ly/ITDjW
  • Miami, Florida: Two officers were fired for falsifying police reports to protect informants. No criminal charges against them appear to be forthcoming. ow.ly/ITF5V

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-10-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, February 10, 2015:

  • Kensington, California: An officer who also serves as head of the police union was suspended after having his gun, badge, handcuffs, and ammunition stolen by a sex worker in Reno, Nevada. The incident happened months ago, but the officer had not been disciplined until the incident received media attention. ow.ly/IKXhK
  • Cedar Grove, West Virginia: The police chief was arrested and charged with two counts each of domestic battery, domestic assault, and brandishing for pointing a gun at his wife and striking her brother with the gun. This is the chief’s second arrest. Last year, he pled guilty to assault for an altercation in a parking lot.  ow.ly/ILd7v
  • Detroit, Michigan: The City settled with an innocent man wrongly convicted of rape because police withheld evidence from the prosecutors and defense attorneys. The victim was awarded $2.5 million for the 26 years he spent in prison. ow.ly/ILbrV
  • Isle of Wight, Virginia: A deputy was charged with sexual battery and taking indecent liberties with a minor. He was working as a school resource officer when the alleged crimes took place. ow.ly/ILgAn
  • Lexington, Kentucky: An officer was charged with harassment and misconduct for altercation with a suspect. ow.ly/ILhuh
  • Perth Amboy, New Jersey: The police chief was indicted on official misconduct and tampering charges. He allegedly assigned department mechanics to illegally work on personal vehicles.  ow.ly/ILjwt
  • Richland County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for DUI. ow.ly/ILTaO
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 11-21-14): The officer who fatally shot a man in a public housing complex was indicted for manslaughter. According to the news report, the police commissioner called the victim, Akai Gurley, ““totally innocent” and characterized the shooting as an “unfortunate accident.”” http://nyti.ms/1E1X0FE
  •  Falfurrias, Texas: An officer was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a child.ow.ly/IPJyi

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-07-15 to 02-09-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, February 7 through Monday, February 09, 2015:

  • Coffeyville, Kansas: An officer was arrested in a prostitution sting in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ow.ly/II7zK
  • Davidson County, Tennessee: A deputy was charged with aggravated assault, burglary, and vandalism after an alleged domestic dispute while on duty. ow.ly/II7YA
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: A now-former officer was sentenced to 3-10 years in prison after she pled guilty to reckless driving, violating her oath of office, and two counts of vehicular homicide. She was going 74 mph in a 35mph zone when she crashed into another car, killing both women inside. ow.ly/IIfyr
  • Fairfax County, Virginia: The sheriff’s office is investigating the death of a woman in custody. The 37-year-old woman apparently went into cardiac arrest after being tased. She had been taken into custody for assaulting a law enforcement officer. The Fairfax County Police will also investigate the incident. ow.ly/IKiJv
  • Paterson, New Jersey: The city settled a lawsuit that claimed officer recklessly caused an auto accident while in a police car. ow.ly/IKp8M
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (First reported 07-22-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to one day in prison and six months of house arrest. During a traffic stop, he took a driver into custody and drove him around in the back of his squad car until he learned the driver was a military veteran. The officer was charged with false imprisonment, official oppression, and obstruction of justice. He was acquitted on the first two counts but was convicted on the obstruction charge. According to the news report, the officer’s “career had been littered with complaints and lawsuits filed against him for incidents of police brutality and other inappropriate behavior.” In siding against the district attorney’s suggestion of 23 months in prison, the judge cited the officer’s “stellar” record and that such a sentence would be “unfair.” The former officer intends to appeal the conviction.  ow.ly/IKCU8
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (First reported 11-16-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to robbery and conspiracy charges. He and his accomplices robbed drug dealers and drug buyers of both cash and drugs. He was not offered a plea deal and faces up to 120 years and a $1.5 million fine for all charges. ow.ly/IKIFd
  • Adams County, Colorado: A deputy has been charged with perjury. His testimony in past cases is being investigated, as a result. ow.ly/IKOr1
  • Update: Salem, Virginia (First reported 12-16-14): A now-former police officer and DEA task force member was sentenced to 2.5 years in federal prison. He solicited and received sexual favors from at least one suspect in exchange for potential support at sentencing. http://ow.ly/ILWlN
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: An officer was charged with ten felonies for selling police equipment to a pawn shop. http://ow.ly/IKTdG

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-06-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, February 6, 2015:

  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for firing his gun out of the window of a car.  ow.ly/IByZE
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Two officers were arrested for beating a motorist in 2013 after a video surfaced that contradicted their account of what happened. ow.ly/IBBsA
  • Victoria, Texas: An officer was indicted for DUI and criminal mischief for hitting a parked car while intoxicated and off duty. ow.ly/ICkVS
  • Niles, Ohio: A patrolman was suspended for 30 days for violating policies related to use of force and unlawful detention. He followed and threatened a romantic couple, he knew the woman personally. He has completed the suspension and is back on duty. No criminal charges will be filed. ow.ly/ICsmB
  • Huntsville, Alabama: An officer was arrested for knocking a man unconscious in an off-duty altercation at a restaurant. She is on leave pending the outcome of her case. ow.ly/ICCEv
  • Shreveport, Louisiana: An officer ran a red light and hit another car. According to the police report, the officer was doing just over twice the speed limit and was distracted at the time of the accident.  ow.ly/ICLmz
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: A detective was arrested for DUI after he was found asleep in his car after a night out. ow.ly/ICSw2
  • Yamhill County, Oregon: A now-former deputy was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for assaulting his then-girlfriend’s 4-year-old son. According to the news report, the boy suffered serious brain injury as a result of the assault. ow.ly/ICTCN
  • Providence, Rhode Island:  A now-former detective pled guilty to misdemeanor assault. In exchange for the guilty plea, his earlier felony conviction for striking a suspect with a flashlight was expunged from his record, as the judge for that case declared a mistrial. He was sentenced to one year in jail, suspended, and probation. After five years, he can move to expunge the misdemeanor conviction as well. http://bit.ly/1AbZ6nj 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-05-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 5, 2015:

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A sergeant was charged with providing false identification information when turning in three guns to a gun give-back program. He became nervous and tried to leave but other officers stopped and questioned him. Upon stopping him, they determined he was carrying a firearm and told him to provide his permit to carry. His identification did not match the name and birthday he provided when turning in the firearms. The three weapons had been reported stolen.   http://ow.ly/Iw4tV
  • Baltimore, Maryland: An officer was reassigned to administrative duty after use-of-force incident against three middle school students. The three female students were taken to the hospital. The police union stated that the use of force was justified, but the investigation is ongoing.  ow.ly/IxLVQ
  • Update: Fort Collins, Colorado (First reported 09-19-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to charges related to stalking a woman. He used police resources to find out where she lived and worked. ow.ly/IxNyY
  • Horry County, South Carolina: An officer was fired after his arrest for DUI. He was driving the wrong way down a state road. http://ow.ly/IytlZ
  • Pasadena, Texas: The school district and school resource officer are being sued by a former student who claims he was beaten with a metal baton for swearing at the officer. http://ow.ly/IyMuy
  • Fayetteville, Arkansas: An officer was placed on paid leave during an investigation into an alleged domestic violence incident at his home. http://ow.ly/IyQQc
  • DeLand, Florida: An officer resigned after being pulled over with a known gang member in his car and marijuana that was found on the floorboard. http://ow.ly/IySHj
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A homicide detective was indicted for obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges. He allegedly lied to investigators and helped his lover flee the jurisdiction. His paramour was wanted for stabbing her husband to death. ow.ly/Izu5G

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-04-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 04, 2015:

  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 07-29-14): An officer seen on video stomping on the head of a subdued suspect was indicted for assault and misconduct. ow.ly/Iq792
  • Louisville, Kentucky: An officer who worked as an SRO at a middle school was arrested for assaulting two 13-year-old students. Both incidents were caught on video. He appears to punch one in the face, with injuries that sent the student to the hospital. In a separate incident, he appears to put another student in a choke hold that rendered him unconscious.  The officer cuffed him and took him home without medical treatment and without telling the boy’s parents what happened. According to the news report, the student suffered brain damage from the choke-hold incident. ow.ly/ItJPB
  • Bothell, Washington: An officer working as an SRO at a high school was charged with sexual misconduct for having a sexual relationship with a then-17-year-old student.  ow.ly/Iua73
  • Update: San Antonio, Texas (First reported 07-08-13): An officer who held his wife and children at gunpoint, and had a standoff with police after the incident, pled no contest to disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to one day of probation and ordered to pay a $100 fine. According to the news report, “The plea deal struck out any reference to a gun or family violence,” and thus the officer will retain his peace officer’s license whether or not the SAPD terminates his employment. ow.ly/IufTR
  • Walton County, Georgia: A deputy was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct for his actions that resulted in the death of his girlfriend. ow.ly/IuYCi
  • King County, Washington: A deputy was arrested on domestic violence charges. He has surrendered his weapon and is on leave. ow.ly/IuZsZ
  • Buckeye, Arizona: An officer was cited for DUI and speeding after suffering a motorcycle crash that left him badly injured. ow.ly/IvvTA
  • Update: Park Forest, Illinois: An officer was acquitted of criminal charges for using a succession of beanbag rounds against a 95-year-old WWII veteran. The veteran, who was allegedly wielding a knife, died hours after the incident.   ow.ly/IvBx9

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-03-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, February 3, 2015:

  • New York State Police: A trooper was arrested for DWI after he was in a one-car accident.  http://ow.ly/In1pE
  • Louisville, Kentucky: An officer was arrested for assaulting his wife as they were driving home from a party, causing an accident. When witnesses approached the vehicle to check for injuries, the officer yelled at them before attacking his wife again. One witness subdued the violent and highly intoxicated officer until police arrived on the scene. http://ow.ly/In509
  • Gasconade County, Missouri: A now-former deputy was charged with multiple criminal counts including acceding to corruption, sexual assault, statutory rape, and use of a child in a sexual performance.  http://ow.ly/In8Gy
  • Update: Edwardsville, Illinois (First reported 01-05-15): An officer that had already been arrested earlier this year for a string of robberies faces additional charges, including arson and money laundering.  http://ow.ly/IpTJf
  • Stockton, California: The district attorney filed a complaint against a school police officer for strip-searching a student against department protocol.  http://ow.ly/Iqpnm
  • Miami-Dade, Florida: An officer was arrested and charged with misconduct for lying to investigators about vandalism to his patrol vehicle. The investigation into the damage implicated the officer in a hit-and-run accident, perhaps inside his station’s garage.  ow.ly/IqA9e
  • Update: St. Paul, Minnesota (First reported 06-09-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 30 days in jail for identity theft. Through accounts she set up, she wired money to her incarcerated and gang-affiliated boyfriend under her friend’s name. Her friend was not aware that her name was being used for the illicit transactions. The now-former officer was acquitted of two counts of aggravated forgery. http://ow.ly/IqwpC
  • Miami, Florida: An officer was arrested by the FBI for providing paid protection to an illegal gambling operation. ow.ly/Ir5OK

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-31-15 to 02-02-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked between Saturday, January 31 and Monday, February 2, 2015:

  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 06-12-12): The City settled a wrongful death suit for $3.9 million. A police officer chased an unarmed 18-year-old man into his home and fatally shot him in 2012. The officer believed the victim, Ramarley Graham, had participated in a drug deal. The U.S. Department of Justice continues to investigate the possibility of civil rights charges against the officer and the department.  http://ow.ly/IgE0D
  • Seattle, Washington: An officer pepper-sprayed an activist walking by and talking on his cell phone at a Martin Luther King Day/Black Lives Matter rally. The man had previously spoken on stage at the rally and appeared to be leaving at the time of the incident. http://ow.ly/IgGUo
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 12-18-14): An officer that had been arrested for domestic violence has been arrested again on new charges of domestic violence as well as kidnapping and intimidation.  http://ow.ly/IhYwx
  • Update: Fairfax, Virginia: According to four police witnesses, John Geer had hands up when he was fatally shot by an officer in 2013. The Washington Post editorialized, “Everyone involved in this case has dropped the ball and dodged responsibility, enabling what now looks like a coverup in a case of police impunity.” http://ow.ly/Ii1zf
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 01-05-15): The police officer who allegedly choked an MTA (subway) conductor was charged with misdemeanor assault. Some critics have complained that assaulting an MTA employee is a felony, and thus the officer’s charge should reflect that. http://ow.ly/IibCA
  • Mission, Texas: A now-former officer and deputy U.S. Marshall pled guilty to fraud charges. He had an “accident only” insurance policy and forged a doctor’s signature on his false claim to the insurance company.  http://ow.ly/Ihawh
  • Update: Detroit, Michigan (First reported 09-27-13): A now-former officer was sentenced to 2-20 years in federal prison for racketeering, fraud, and bribery charges. For a fee, working in cooperation with a financial consultant, he filed false identity-fraud reports to a credit agency in order to raise the credit of the consultant’s clients. Additionally, he improved his own score by filing a report that he was a victim of identity fraud, but under the name of another police officer without that officer’s knowledge. http://ow.ly/ImCRK
  • Jefferson County, Idaho: The sheriff was indicted for misuse of public funds. He allegedly bought personal cell phones for himself and his wife, as well as a lifetime membership to the National Rifle Association.  http://ow.ly/ImIHh
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: An officer was charged with misdemeanor negligent homicide after he was involved in a car crash that resulted in the death of a 79-year-old woman. http://ow.ly/ImZnh

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-30-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 30, 2015:

  • Fairfax, Virginia: The police use a SWAT team to raid a home poker game and seize 40 percent of the money through asset forfeiture. ow.ly/Id7HW
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: A detective was arrested for attempted sexual assault and battery. The incident allegedly began as a dispute over fees for prostitution and escalated when the detective attempted to retrieve his money. ow.ly/Id9ud
  • Valdosta, Georgia: An officer was arrested on evidence tampering and theft charges. He was fired. He allegedly failed to turn in a shotgun he had collected as evidence.  http://bit.ly/1HMXLZj
  • California Highway Patrol: A now-former officer was sentenced to three years of probation for sending nude photos from arrestees’ phones to himself and others. After arresting female drivers, he would go through their cell phones to find pictures of them and forward them to fellow officers. The two other officers involved were not charged.  ow.ly/Ie4Cm
  • Update: Franklin County, Ohio (First reported: 03-31-14): A now-former deputy pled guilty to possession of child pornography. ow.ly/IejNh
  • Kankakee County, Illinois: A now-former deputy who had once served as president of the state’s chiefs of police pled guilty to fraud and tax evasion. He misused $250,000 from a fund for helicopters. According to the news report, he’ll be sentenced in May for mail fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, and filing false tax returns. ow.ly/IeBfd
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: A now-former officer pled guilty to stealing nearly $160,000 of government funds. The money was a subsidy meant to encourage landlords to rent out their spaces cheaply to those displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The officer filed for the paperwork but did not lower the rates on the properties she rented out, thereby violating the law’s requirements. ow.ly/IePJw
  • Update: Holcomb, Missouri (First reported 05-16-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to failure to execute an arrest warrant, a misdemeanor. He was initially charged with obstruction, a felony, for warning a burglary suspect that she was wanted for arrest. http://ow.ly/IeTDg