National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-13-15 to 06-15-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, June 13 through Monday, June 15, 2015:

  • Tallahassee, Florida: An officer was arrested for solicitation of prostitution. ow.ly/Okg6b
  • Update: Pacific, Missouri (First reported 07-31-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to five years each on two charges related to theft of drugs in evidence. Roughly twelve drug cases were either thrown out or refused by the prosecutor because of his actions. He was ordered to undergo drug treatment and, if he completes it successfully, he will be freed after 120 days. He will spend the rest of the five years on probation. ow.ly/OkECI
  • Aiken County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested and fired for his role in a shooting while he was off-duty. ow.ly/Ol2R2
  • Charleston County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for assault. Allegedly, she kneed a man in the groin for “photobombing” pictures at a party. ow.ly/Ol3v4
  • Bexar County, Texas: A deputy was charged with DWI. ow.ly/OlHxC
  • Update: Worcester, Massachusetts (First reported 02-05-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to five to seven years for raping a woman while he was on duty. ow.ly/OlJ6F
  • Wilmington, Delaware: An officer was arrested for breaking into a stranger’s home. Allegedly, he was unconscious and intoxicated in his vehicle before waking up and mistakenly believing he was in front of his own house. ow.ly/OlOfz
  • Indiana State  Police: A trooper arrested for operating a boat under the influence. His BAC tested at nearly twice the legal limit. ow.ly/OlOF6
  • Clearwater, Minnesota: A deputy was placed on leave for entering a woman’s home while intoxicated. ow.ly/OlSwH

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-12-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, June 12, 2015:

  • Rio Dell, California: An officer was arrested for battery and brandishing a weapon in Humboldt County. ow.ly/ObJi0
  • Bainbridge, Georgia: Four now-former deputies were convicted of federal civil rights charges for beating up a man, lying about it, and then framing him for a crime. ow.ly/OcvNF
  • Norfolk, Virginia: A grand jury indicted an officer in the shooting death of David Latham. ow.ly/Oey4G
  • Update: Lakeland, Florida (First reported 10-13-14): A  now-former officer who had been charged with felony stalking pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge. As part of the deal, he surrendered his law enforcement certification. ow.ly/OeFgx
  • Update: Virginia Alcohol Beverage Commission (First reported 03-19-15): Officers will not face charges for the beating of UVA student Martese Johnson. Charges against Johnson were dropped. ow.ly/OeNzb
  • Update: Oklahoma State Police (First reported 09-16-14): A now-former trooper will stand trial in July for raping a motorist during a traffic stop. ow.ly/OeKKg
  • Update: Perry County, Ohio (First reported 11-08-13): The sheriff’s office settled a lawsuit with a man who was shot by deputies in 2012. ow.ly/OeQwg
  • Santa Ana, California: Officers are being investigated for actions during raid on cannabis dispensary. Video shows them ingesting edibles. ow.ly/Of5aN

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-11-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, June 11, 2015:

  • Update: Brandenburg, Kentucky (First reported 11-01-13): A now-former officer’s trial for child rape has been postponed until April 2016. A state trooper was charged for abusing the same then-15-year-old girl.  ow.ly/O9m0q
  • Cleveland, Ohio: The officer acquitted in the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams has been charged with assault. ow.ly/O9n5h
  • Williams County, North Dakota: A deputy was arrested for child pornography and fired. ow.ly/Obm0i
  • Mt. Vernon, Missouri: The chief was cited for discharging his firearm on conservation land. The shot spooked a horse that bucked and briefly dragged a child. ow.ly/Obw0B
  • University of Florida: A police officer was arrested for child abuse. ow.ly/ObwKZ
  • Topeka, Kansas: A now-former officer is being investigated for assault on a couple and perjury. ow.ly/Obzy7
  • Grayville, Illinois: An officer will not be charged for shooting into a car, hitting a suspect in the face. The suspect was treated for his injuries and was charged with driving on suspended license. ow.ly/ObC03
  • Calcasieu Parish, LA: A deputy was arrested for indecency with a minor. He was fired. ow.ly/ObDb4
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 11-22-14): In response to a petition filed by activists under Ohio law, a municipal judge found probable cause to charge the officer who shot Tamir Rice with murder and other charges. The results of the finding were then delivered to the prosecutor’s office. The prosecutor also recently received the results of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s investigation of the case and will present evidence to a grand jury. ow.ly/OciW5
  • Update: Toledo, Ohio (First reported 05-12-15): An officer pled no contest to OVI for accident that injured fellow officer. He was given probation and fined. ow.ly/ObEsb

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-10-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 10, 2015:

  • Update: McKinney, Texas (First reported 06-08-15): The officer who pulled a gun at a pool party has resigned. The chief called his actions “indefensible.” ow.ly/O7CTU
  • Update: Schaumburg, Illinois (First reported 01-18-13): The City settled its tenth lawsuit alleging police abuse by a small crew of current and former officers. ow.ly/O7voi
  • Chicago & Glenview, Illinois: Three Chicago narcotics officers and one Glenview officer have been charged with felony perjury. One officer testified that he pulled over a suspect for failing to signal and then smelled marijuana when he approached the vehicle which led to a search. The officers recovered almost a pound of the drug. The three other officers testified to the first officer’s version of events. Video of the arrest shown in court did not match up with their story. They had performed an illegal search and then lied about it under oath. Charges against the suspect were immediately dropped after the search was suppressed.  ow.ly/O7qku
  • Linden, New Jersey: An officer, who is also son of the police chief, pled guilty to hit-and-run. He was given a six-month suspension of his driver’s license and fined.  His employment status is under internal review. ow.ly/O8jF3
  • Corinth, Mississippi: An officer resigned after his arrest for domestic violence. ow.ly/O8mQs
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia: An officer was indicted for illegally obtaining prescription pills. He obtained the pills from a medical facility after being denied the drug in the emergency room. ow.ly/O8nYH
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A now-former officer was indicted for first-degree murder of her wife. She was also indicted for attempted murder for shooting at her wife’s 12-year-old son. ow.ly/O96rF
  • Lincoln County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/O9bfn
  • Owyhee County, Idaho: A deputy was charged with DUI on duty. He resigned. ow.ly/O9byn

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-09-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, June 9, 2015:

  • New York, New York: The City is being sued by a man who recorded officers joke about falsifying their write-up about why they pulled him over. According to the news report, one officer said, “I don’t even know why we pulled him over!” as he was rummaging through the car. A second responded, “Just the (unintelligible) cocaine test.” The first officer then replied, “That’s what you put! [laughs] That’s how you write the summons!” The plaintiff claims he was arrested for driving with a license, despite providing paperwork that showed his license was valid. The search of the car yielded no contraband. ow.ly/O2XRy
  • Orlando, Florida: Two officers were shown on video repeatedly kicking and tasing unarmed man sitting on sidewalk. ow.ly/O2Yeo
  • Tucson, Arizona: Several officers have been placed on paid leave because they have been implicated in a long-running prostitution investigation. ow.ly/O4QWp
  • Lowell, Massachusetts: A captain is the subject of internal and criminal investigations involving misconduct against a woman. ow.ly/O4VFB
  • Los Angeles County, California: A now-former deputy pled guilty to lying to the FBI. He will testify that three co-workers abused a handcuffed jail visitor who was alleged to have been smuggling in contraband to inmates. ow.ly/O5oiY
  • Update: Hickory, North Carolina (First reported 03-19-14): A now-former officer faces new assault indictments in the beating of a woman in custody. ow.ly/O5qNL
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was suspended after a domestic violence arrest. ow.ly/O5rK1
  • San Francisco, California: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/O5saK

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-06-15 to 06-08-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, June 6 through Monday, June 8, 2015:

  • McKinney, Texas: An officer was placed on leave after throwing a 14-year-old black girl on the ground and pulling his gun on other black teens attending a pool party. ow.ly/NZJ9G
  • Lee County, North Carolina: The sheriff’s department settled an excessive force claim from 2010. ow.ly/NVKJQ
  • Update: Laceyville, Pennsylvania (First reported 04-17-15): The now-former chief was given a sentence to range between three days and six months in jail for DUI. He received credit for time served in alcohol rehabilitation and will not have to finish his sentence in jail provided he fulfills his obligations on probation. ow.ly/O1Eo3
  • Update: North Charleston, South Carolina (First reported 04-08-15): A now-former officer was formally indicted for the murder of Walter Scott. ow.ly/O1J7u
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer was found guilty of assault for hitting handcuffed woman in the throat with an open hand and kicking her groin. The woman lost consciousness in custody and later died.  ow.ly/O1MOI
  • Bethel, Alaska: The City paid a plaintiff $175,000 for a violent arrest by a now-former officer. $80,000 of the sum was to pay for medical bills. ow.ly/O1LhH
  • Atlanta, Georgia: An officer was arrested for helping murder suspect elude capture. The officer and the suspect were alleged to have been friends. ow.ly/O1ReL
  • Update: Ann Arbor, Michigan (First reported 01-23-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to 11 months for offering leniency to women in exchange for sex. ow.ly/O1UmG
  • New York, New York: The City settled with a teen who claimed she was arrested for resisting an officer’s sexual advances. The payout was for $45,000. ow.ly/O1XdW
  • Alabama State Police: A trooper resigned after he was accused and demoted for driving drunk and putting his gun to his estranged wife’s head. ow.ly/O1XUj

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-05-15

Here are the nine cases of police misconduct tracked for Friday, June 5, 2015:

  • Madison, Wisconsin: An officer was exonerated in the shooting death of Tony Robinson. He is expected to return to regular duty soon.  ow.ly/NTwMu
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for trespassing at an NYU dormitory while he was off duty. ow.ly/NVhLE
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer was arrested for OUI after a traffic accident. ow.ly/NVunC
  • Saratoga Springs, New York: An officer was suspended for arresting a man who gave him the finger. http://bit.ly/1cJLDdk
  • Ropesville, Texas: The chief was charged with tampering. He allegedly pawned firearms that were being held as evidence. ow.ly/NVxPX
  • Campbell County, Wyoming: Four deputies will return to duty after being cleared in a fatal officer-involved shooting. One deputy remains on leave pending further investigation. ow.ly/NVBUb
  • Update: Greece, New York (First reported 09-25-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to four years in prison, with ten years of supervised release, for his child pornography conviction. ow.ly/NVEfi
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: A jury finds one officer engaged in excessive force and awarded the victim $200,000 in damages. The City’s broader liability will be determined in a later court proceeding. ow.ly/NVHAN
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 02-17-15): An officer returned from suspension after he was arrested for child abuse.  Both the criminal case and internal investigation are ongoing.  ow.ly/NVJSi

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-04-15

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 4, 2015:

  • Maui, Hawaii: An officer was arrested and charged with OUI and refusing to take sobriety tests. ow.ly/NQfAu
  • Winona County, Minnesota: A deputy was fired after his arrest for solicitation of prostitution. ow.ly/NS5Uj
  • Update: Kankakee County, Illinois (First reported 01-30-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to two years and three months for misusing donated public funds for his private business. He was formerly the police chief of an Illinois town and former president of the organization for the Illinois chiefs of police. ow.ly/NS98E
  • Update: Secaucus, New Jersey (First reported 11-19-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to one year of probation for fraudulently purchasing steroid gel with the intent to resell it. ow.ly/NSib0
  • Greenville County, South Carolina: A deputy was fired after he was arrested by his colleagues for DUI. ow.ly/NSjLt
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (Los Angeles): A now-former agent was indicted for stealing $100,000 of drug proceeds and obstruction of justice. ow.ly/NSMJl
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: Eleven officers were placed on administrative leave after two incidents during which officers shot at moving vehicles. ow.ly/NSo9m
  • Portland, Tennessee: An officer was charged with leaving the scene of an accident. He allegedly hit a mailbox with his cruiser. The police department repaired the damaged mailbox. The officer resigned. ow.ly/NSq4r
  • Update: Jefferson County, Idaho (First reported 02-02-14): The sheriff was found guilty misusing public funds. Sentencing is scheduled for June 22. ow.ly/NSrya
  • East Chicago, Indiana: An officer was suspended for inappropriately pointing his gun at people while off duty. The news report revealed he has a history of similar encounters. ow.ly/NSu4S

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-02-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, June 2, 2015:

  • Kissimmee, Florida: An officer was arrested for assaulting a child at a middle school. ow.ly/NLoUN
  • Shelby County, Tennessee: A deputy was arrested for DUI on his motorcycle. ow.ly/NLp6e
  • Carrollton, Kentucky: The police department, under orders from the chief, allegedly bought a one-way bus ticket to Florida for a mentally ill man in their custody. He was to be evaluated under court order, but the department allegedly sent the confused and possibly suicidal man out of the state on a bus full of strangers. He has been returned to Kentucky and is receiving psychiatric care. The department is under investigation. ow.ly/NLBGl
  • Fredericksburg, Virginia: An officer resigned after a video showed him Taser and pepper spray stroke victim. The department said he violated policy in his use of force. http://ow.ly/NM68A
  • Youngstown, Ohio: An officer had his discipline reduced by an arbitrator. The punishment was dropped from 15 days to four hours. He altered charging documents to protect an officer’s brother during an arrest, but he claimed—and the arbitrator agreed—that he did so under orders. ow.ly/NMprI
  • Jeanerette, Louisiana: The police chief was arrested and suspended for malfeasance in office and three counts of compounding a felony. It was related to an investigation of a gentlemen’s club that was raided for prostitution.  ow.ly/NMqYT
  • Scott County, Texas: A deputy was charged with shooting a BB gun at kids playing volleyball at a church.  ow.ly/NMtcq
  • Jackson County, Kentucky: The sheriff’s department settled with a judge-executive who was falsely arrested by the former sheriff. The payment was for $62,500. ow.ly/NMxJh
  • Update: Bullhead City, Arizona (First reported 10-29-14): A now-former officer will stand trial in December on sexual assault charges. http://ow.ly/NMXF1

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-30-15 to 06-01-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, May 30 through Monday, June 1, 2015:

  • Mobile, Alabama: An officer was terminated for misconduct and jailed for second-degree theft.  http://ow.ly/NGMDP
  • Update: Onondaga, New York (First reported 12-17-14): A deputy, one of three who have been indicted for fraud, has retired from the department. The criminal cases are still pending against them. http://ow.ly/NGNWP
  • Donnellson, Iowa: The police chief was arrested for domestic assault. He resigned a few days later. http://ow.ly/NIkrf
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: An officer faces federal civil rights charges for assaulting four people and committing perjury. http://ow.ly/NImMO
  • Update: Lafayette, Indiana (First reported 07-03-14): The City settled with a wheelchair-bound man who was hit and verbally abused by an officer. The officer was demoted after the incident. http://ow.ly/NIpW1
  • New York State Police: A trooper was acquitted on three out of four rape charges. The jury hung on the fourth charge, third-degree rape. ow.ly/NIGwZ
  • Update: Amarillo, Texas (First reported 10-06-14): An officer is seeking to overturn his discipline for actions following officer-involved shooting.  ow.ly/NIL60
  • Portland, Oregon: An officer skirted parking fines totaling more than $1,000. He resigned, but officials are pushing to revoke his law enforcement certification for life.  http://ow.ly/NJo5o