National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-08-14

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 8, 2014:

  • Tulsa, Oklahoma: A federal lawsuit filed blames the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety for employing a state trooper who, while off-duty, fatally shot a man outside a motel, saying the agency either knew or should have known of the trooper’s “proclivity to shoot citizens.”
  • East Cleveland, Ohio: A highway patrol trooper was arrested and booked. He was cited for disorderly conduct.
  • Eagle County, Colorado: Authorities have arrested a sheriff’s deputy accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a vacant warehouse.
  • Toledo, Ohio: A police sergeant is on paid administrative leave after allegedly stealing a bag of popcorn that cost less than $2.
  • Rothschild, Wisconsin: A police officer faces second-degree sexual assault and felony burglary charges after a woman told police that the off-duty officer had sex with her, while pretending to be her boyfriend. He has resigned.
  • Update: Timberlake, Ohio (First reported 04-15-14): The now-former police chief was sentenced to six months in jail for stealing more than $24,000 from taxpayers.
  • Wichita, Kansas: The family of a marine suffering from PTSD who was shot and killed by police officers say that the officers mishandled the situation, letting it escalate before taking action. Officers say the marine ran at them with a knife, but the family disputes that assertion. There is an investigation underway.
  • St. Landry Parish, Louisiana: A sheriff’s deputy has been accused of reckless driving after an incident.
  • Goose Creek, South Carolina: An off-duty police officer has been charged with drunken driving.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-07-14

Here are the 6 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, October 7, 2014:

  • Grand Junction, Colorado: A police officer was arrested and accused of vandalizing his ex-girlfriend’s home and her husband’s truck. He is facing three counts of criminal mischief, one count of official misconduct and one count of domestic violence.
  • Hammond, Indiana: A man whose car window was smashed and who was tased by police after a traffic stop said that “it felt like my civil rights were just thrown out the window, along with my body.” He has filed a suit that alleges excessive force, false arrest and battery.
  • Asheville, North Carolina: A judge determined a police officer unlawfully arrested a local activist and granted a motion to suppress any evidence derived from the encounter.
  • Tempe, Arizona: Video of a police officer repeatedly punching a man in the face while he’s flat on the ground has triggered an internal investigation. The officer is still on duty.
  • New York, New York: Video show two officers catching up to a 16-year-old on the street. The first officer takes a swing at the boy’s face and misses. As the teen backs up with his hands up, the second officer runs up, gun drawn, and hits him in the teeth with it. Once on the ground, the boy gets hit again. “The video fails to capture the offense that resulted in police action or the lengthy foot pursuit that culminated in the arrest,” said the police union rep.
  • Enfield, Connecticut: Police have fired an officer who was accused of using excessive force while making an arrest.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-03-14 to 10-06-14

Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 4 to Monday, October 7, 2014:

  • Chico, California: The mother of a woman shot by police has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and the five officers who fired at her daughter.
  • Denver, Colorado: A jury has awarded $1.8 million to a family in a wrongful prosecution case in which police officers executed a warrantless raid on a home previously occupied by drug dealers and prostitutes.
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: The city council is due to approve a $95,000 settlement to a man who was left with a fractured skull and eye socket and a broken nose after an encounter with police.
  • Update: Des Plaines, Illinois (Previously reported 06-12-14): A now-former police commander who padded DUI arrest records so the department could get federal grant money was sentenced to six months in prison.
  • Kingston, Pennsylvania: One of two police officers involved in an quad crash was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to state police.
  • Plainfield, New Jersey: The two police officers accused of stealing more than $11,000 from the city by filing fraudulent timesheets have now been suspended without pay, according to the city’s department of public affairs and safety.
  • Update: Eddy County, North Dakota (Previously reported 05-07-14): A jury found the county sheriff not guilty of felony child abuse. He was accused of spanking his stepson and leaving a bruise. That bruise was discounted during the trial as being caused by a motorbike accident.
  • Seabrook, Texas: A police officer is under arrest, accused of a sexual assault of a woman while on the job.
  • Indio, California: Two police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of ongoing administrative and criminal investigations into allegations of misconduct that may have occurred during an arrest.
  • Grand County, Utah: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested following an argument with his wife that allegedly left her with serious injuries, according to investigators.
  • Update: Clark County, Indiana (First reported 07-30-14): A now-former sheriff is expected to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with alleged incidents involving a prostitute.
  • Update: Atwater, California (First reported 09-03-14): There will be no discipline of the police chief after he killed a little boy’s pet chicken that was being kept in town against a city ordinance.
  • Gonzales, Louisiana: Authorities say a police officer is under investigation after the state police accused him of DWI when he was involved in an accident while off duty.
  • Amite, Louisiana: Sheriff’s deputies say a police officer accused of sexually assaulting women after deceiving them online has been arrested. He was taken into custody and faces two counts of second-degree kidnapping, one count of aggravated rape, one count of sexual battery and one count of theft.
  • Rotterdam, New York: A police officer has been placed on unpaid leave for 30 days stemming from a domestic dispute at a city apartment where he allegedly assumed a boxer’s stance and then fought with cops.
  • Dallas, Texas: The police department fired a 28-year veteran officer for ignoring a woman whose children had been kidnapped as he was on his way to another call.
  • Cary, North Carolina: A 24-year veteran of the highway patrol was arrested after a fight at a bar, officials said.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Police arrested one of their own after an officer allegedly assaulted his female partner while on-duty. Investigators believe it wasn’t the first time the officer struck the woman.
  • Amarillo, Texas: A now-former police officer is accused of making changes to a police report in connection with an incident in which he and another officer illegally entered a home.
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: A police officer was suspended with pay after being charged with allegedly stealing an iPad.
  • Detroit, Michigan: Police say they received an emergency call about a man displaying a handgun during an incident of road rage. The man identified himself as a police officer.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-02-14

Here are the 6 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, October 2, 2014:

  • Columbia, South Carolina: A now-former police officer is facing charges and has been fired for what agents are saying is misconduct in office. He is accused of sleeping with a prostitute.
  • Providence, Rhode Island: A 36-year veteran police officer is accused of stealing jewelry from the police department’s evidence room.
  • Update: Memphis, Tennessee (First reported 07-15-14): A now-former police officer has been sentenced to 11 years in prison without parole for raping a Rhodes College student.
  • Flordell Hills, Missouri: An officer was fired. He has been charged with stealing prescription drugs from the evidence room.
  • Sterling Heights, Michigan: A police commander, following a one-car crash, is being charged with one count of operating while intoxicated with high blood-alcohol content of at least 0.17 percent. That is more than double the legal standard of intoxication.
  • Tallahassee, Florida: A police officer has been placed on administrative leave after footage of an incident surfaced showing him tasing a 62-year-old woman who can be seen walking away from him, posing no immediate threat to the officer or his colleagues.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-01-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 1, 2014:

  • Corpus Christi, Texas: The police chief has placed two officers on paid leave as the department looks into allegations excessive force was used during an arrest.
  • Anderson County, Tennessee: A federal judge has ruled that police officers and a physician who medically paralyzed a man to conduct a cavity search for drugs are not immune from prosecution.
  • Gainesville, Georgia: A woman may pursue legal action against police and prosecutors after she spent more than a month in jail for possession of SpaghettiOs.
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Previously reported 11-12-13): Fifty-nine more convicted criminals will be set free as a result of the actions of a corrupt police officer.
  • Update: Webb, Mississippi (First reported 02-19-14): A now-former chief of police has been sentenced to almost two years in prison for punching someone in the face while acting in his official capacity.
  • Portsmouth, New Hampshire: A police officer accused of exploiting an elderly woman with dementia to inherit her $2.7 million estate is scheduled to be deposed.
  • Wewoka, Oklahoma: A now-former police officer has been charged with four felonies after he allegedly had sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl. Charges against him include one count of second-degree rape.
  • Update: Tulsa, Oklahoma (Previously reported 09-16-14): A highway patrol trooper arrested on accusations that he raped and sexually assaulted three women during traffic stops has resigned from the patrol.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-30-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, September 30, 2014:

  • Dover, Delaware: The ACLU is suing the city and one of its police officers on behalf of a man who claims he was assaulted by the officer.
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 08-07-14): A newly decorated police officer has been indicted; he is accused of beating a woman in her home. He allegedly broke through the chain-locked door of an apartment, threw the woman to the floor and beat her about the head.
  • North Augusta, South Carolina: A 68-year-old great-grandfather was killed by a police officer who repeatedly fired through the driver’s side door after a slow-speed chase as the man parked in his own driveway. Investigators determined the officer broke the law. A prosecutor sought to charge him with voluntary manslaughter, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. But the grand jury disagreed and indicted him on a misdemeanor.
  • Buncombe County, North Carolina: A sheriff now serving 15-year federal sentence for extortion and corruption, threatened a 16-year-old with life behind bars if he did not give the false testimony that sent an innocent man to prison for murder, a federal lawsuit claims.
  • Waukesha County, Wisconsin: A now-former sheriff’s lieutenant was sentenced to nine months in jail and two years of probation. She was accused of stealing prescription medication from her sick grandmother.
  • Update: Cincinnati, Ohio (First reported 09-11-14): A police officer was indicted on multiple charges from a fight outside a bar. The officer faces felony charges of felonious assault and tampering with evidence as well as misdemeanor charges of using weapons while intoxicated and obstructing official business.
  • Collingdale, Pennsylvania: A couple is suing three police officers, claiming their rights were violated during a tense confrontation captured on cellphone video. The woman said of one officer that “His behavior was so aggressive that the first thing I thought was to pull out my phone and video. He told me that if I continued to video he was going to come in my house and confiscate my phone and place me under arrest.”
  • Barrington Hills, Illinois: A police officer is on administrative leave after he was charged with domestic battery.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-29-14

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

  • Update: Fort Wayne, Indiana (Previously reported 08-08-14): A now-former police officer who pled guilty to raping a woman he had pulled over during a drunk driving patrol was sentenced to six years in prison and two years of probation.
  • Etowah County, Alabama: A former deputy was arrested on a domestic violence charge. He was terminated from the sheriff’s office as a result of his arrest.
  • Update: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (First reported 08-22-14): The police officer accused of sexually assaulting women is facing 10 new charges.
  • Assumption Parish, Louisiana: Two sheriff’s deputies have been placed on leave pending the outcome of an investigation of a complaint that says excessive force was used on a youth.
  • Update: Rio Arriba County, New Mexico (Previously reported 08-16-14): A sheriff who has fought off accusations of misconduct throughout his career was convicted of abusing a driver during a traffic stop that prosecutors called a fit of road rage. He faces up to 17 years in prison.
  • Jackson, Mississippi: The now-former top official of the Mississippi Highway Patrol may be held accountable for not reporting an assault by a trooper on a woman.
  • Doddridge County, West Virginia: The estate of a 71-year-old man who died during a police search of his home is suing six state troopers for excessive force, unreasonable search and seizure and wrongful death.
  • Update; Carter County, Kentucky (First reported 03-27-14): A now-former sheriff’s deputy accused of forcing sexual favors in exchange for not serving an arrest warrant pled guilty, avoiding a trial.
  • Update: San Diego, California (Previously reported 08-22-14): The now-former police officer who was prosecuted for groping four women was sentenced to three years probation and 365 days in county jail.
  • Red Bank, Tennessee: A prosecutor has asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to review the arrest of a man who says police used excessive force when they took him into custody.
  • Update: Williamsport, Pennsylvania (Previously reported 02-26-14): The police officer accused of killing a man as he was responding to a high speed chase is expected to be fired.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-26-14

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, September 26, 2014:

  • New York, New York: The police department says its internal affairs division is investigating after a video was posted that appeared to show officers push a pregnant woman to the ground when she tried to intervene as her son was being taken into custody.
  • Burlington, Vermont: A judge has decided a police officer should face trial on charges he shot a mentally ill man.
  • Dayton, Ohio: The father of a man fatally shot by police as he held an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart said he believes his son was murdered, despite a special grand jury declining to criminally charge the officers. The U.S. Justice Department has announced a probe to determine if his 22-year-old son’s civil rights were violated.
  • El Paso, Texas: A witness said that police stopped several men from trying to save a woman in a submerged car. The witness said she saw the woman moving her hands inside the car and that police stopped three men from attempting to get her out. The woman drowned. Now the department’s Special Traffic Investigations unit is conducting an investigation.
  • Boulder, Colorado: A detective was arrested on charges that he warned a sex crimes suspect that BPD was preparing to arrest him.
  • Galveston, Texas: A now-former police officer has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.
  • Meridian, Idaho: A police officer seen passing another motorcycle rider on the right side of an interstate has been disciplined.
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania: Lawyers for a man whose arrest was caught on a cellphone video that showed a police officer kneeing him twice as he lay on the ground, and another one punching him, have filed a federal lawsuit claiming the police used excessive force.
  • Pickens, South Carolina: The police chief said one of his officers was fired amid a domestic investigation and his arrest. The officer was terminated for violation of city policy.
  • Update: Los Angeles, California (Previously reported 08-01-14): A woman who was punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer in an incident caught on film will receive $1.5M as part of a settlement reached.
  • Janesville, Wisconsin: An officer is being charged with misdemeanor battery and domestic violence. The chief has called that grounds for potential termination.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-25-14

Here are the 6 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, September 25, 2014:

  • Healdton, Oklahoma: The chief of police entered a not guilty plea to a felony gun charge. He was fired.
  • Okeechobee County, Florida: Ten months after a crash involving a deputy that killed two women, an investigation has found the deputy was at fault. Crash witnesses said the deputy did not have his lights or sirens on and was traveling at least double the speed limit.
  • Atlantic Beach, Florida: The police chief resigned in the wake of being the subject of an active criminal investigation. Sources said the investigation is related to the illegal purchase of steroids from Mexico.
  • Montgomery County, Maryland: A police officer has been charged with perjury and workers’ compensation fraud.
  • Fulton, New York: A decorated veteran police sergeant has pled guilty to beating a handcuffed man and now faces up to 10 years in prison. He pled guilty in federal court to one count of deprivation of rights under color of law.
  • Greece, New York: A now-former police officer has been charged in federal court with possession of child pornography.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-24-14

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, September 24, 2014:

  • Update: West Yellowstone, Montana (First reported 08-12-14): A police chief who was fired after a state investigation found he selectively enforced the law and violated court orders will not face criminal charges.
  • Wise Co, Texas: A man who claims a sheriff’s deputy forced him to take nude photographs while registering for the state’s sex offender database says he thinks there are other victims.
  • Update: Warren, Ohio (First reported 05-05-14): A now-former police officer has been convicted on less serious charges than those filed after he was accused of towing a car from private property to keep for himself.
  • Hamilton Co, Tennessee: A now-former deputy sheriff was indicted by a federal grand jury for sexually assaulting a woman while he was on duty.
  • Bossier Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was fired after his arrest on a domestic violence charge.
  • Tupelo, Oklahoma: Sheriff’s deputies arrested the police chief on suspicion of forgery and obtaining cash under a false pretense.
  • Hollywood, California: A man is suing city for wrongful arrest. He has accused the department of discrimination against him.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: An attorney says, “It appears the actions of one of the officers — who clearly had the word “police” labeled across the back of his shirt — were illegal and unconstitutional.”
  • Tunkhannock Township, Pennsylvania: A man claims a police officer used a stun gun on him for no reason. HE filed a federal lawsuit against the officer, township and another man.