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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-10-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 10, 2015:

  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer was suspended and is being investigated for domestic violence against his wife. ow.ly/PqVG9
  • Washington Park, Illinois: An officer was charged with official misconduct and stalking for actions on duty against his ex-girlfriend. ow.ly/PqXmz
  • Ramsey County, Minnesota: A now-former deputy is being investigated for missing evidence. He is thought to have sold evidence to pawn shops. ow.ly/PqY0S
  • Gloucester County, New Jersey: The county settled a lawsuit with a man who was initially stopped for carrying a video camera. The officers claimed there had been burglaries in the area. According to the report, he refused to turn off the camera and there was a scuffle between him and the officers. He was eventually arrested for drug possession for carrying a bag that contained cracker crumbs. He was acquitted. The settlement was for $35,000. ow.ly/PqYBV
  • New York, New York: An officer was suspended for throwing semen on a female co-worker. ow.ly/Pr02z
  • Stonewall, Mississippi: Jonathan Sanders died after an altercation with law enforcement near his property. His family claims that he was choked to death with a flashlight by a deputy. The incident is under state investigation. ow.ly/Ps2rP
  • Maryland State Police: A trooper was arrested for allegedly forcing a woman to perform sex acts at gunpoint. ow.ly/PrLeZ
  • Loudon County, Virginia: A deputy was indicted for embezzling $200,000 from the asset forfeiture fund. ow.ly/PrPmM
  • Orleans Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was fired after his arrest for assault with a firearm. ow.ly/PrRKl
  • Campbell County, Wyoming: A deputy will not be charged in the shooting death of Nikki Jo Burtsfield. ow.ly/Ps1mk

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-09-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, July 9, 2015:

  • Minnesota State Police: A trooper was cited for going 94mph in 55mph zone without legal justification. ow.ly/PiLHo
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: Several officers are being investigated for covering up an auto crash involving one of their own. ow.ly/Pj8xu
  • Update: Saratoga Springs, New York (First reported 06-05-15): An officer who pulled over and pepper sprayed a man who gave him the finger has resigned. ow.ly/PmrvC
  • Carroll, New York: The police chief was charged with assault for allegedly hitting his wife. ow.ly/PmsNa
  • Update: Cecil Township, Pennsylvania (First reported 03-19-14): The now-former chief is slated to stand trial in October for gambling $10,000 of DEA fund money at a casino. ow.ly/PmtiB
  • Tilton, New Hampshire: An officer will not face prosecution for his role in the sale of a stolen gift card. He was suspended and demoted as a result of the investigation, but it is not clear whether this decision will prompt his reinstatement. ow.ly/Pmtw8
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Several officers face an internal investigation for a violent arrest and beating of a man caught on video. ow.ly/Pp3L1
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with assault, unlawful restraint, and other charges related to domestic violence. ow.ly/PmtVo
  • Update: Miami Springs, Florida (First reported 05-27-15): An now-former officer pled guilty to extortion in a cocaine trafficking operation that was actually an FBI sting. ow.ly/Pmulv
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for obstruction of justice during the initial arrest of a man who later killed an NOPD officer during his escape from custody. ow.ly/PmuQX

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-08-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 8, 2015:

  • Madison County, Alabama: A lawsuit against the sheriff and two deputies for excessive force was settled out of court. ow.ly/Pi8Kg
  • Westlake, Ohio: An officer was indicted for excessive force and lying to federal agents. ow.ly/PibUb
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was fired after using shackles to beat a 16-year-old girl in custody. ow.ly/Pif2U
  • Lawrence County, Alabama: A grand jury declined to indict a former investigator in the fatal shooting of Shane Watkins. ow.ly/PirtD
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 03-01-13): An officer was convicted of soliciting prostitution twice in two days back in 2013. He faces up to one year in jail. ow.ly/Pit29
  • Illinois State Police: A trooper was charged with home invasion and aggravated discharge of a firearm. ow.ly/PitVM
  • Macon County, Georgia: A detective pled guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from a federal fund meant for undercover drug buys. ow.ly/PiuM5
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer who had been fired for fatally shooting his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend after the officer had been drinking on duty was reinstated by a labor arbitrator. ow.ly/PiwsA
  • Alcorn County, Mississippi: The sheriff pled not guilty to fraud charges in alleged bid-rigging scheme. ow.ly/PixQJ

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-07-15

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, July 7, 2015:

  • Tulsa, Oklahoma: The City agreed to pay $40,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging unlawful arrest by a corrupt now-former officer. ow.ly/Phe2T
  • SEPTA (Philadelphia, PA): An officer is under investigation after a video-recorded arrest of a man holding toddler who allegedly tried to beat the fare. ow.ly/PhhPc
  • Port Authority of New York & New Jersey: An officer was arrested for assaulting a firefighter during an incident at a charity football game. ow.ly/PhiRd
  • Thomaston, Maine: An officer was charged with OUI after crossing the center lane and causing a head-on collision. ow.ly/Phrxk
  • Update: Fairfax County, South Carolina (First reported 10-12-11): A now-former deputy was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex crimes against an 11-year-old child. ow.ly/PhJZr
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for domestic violence against her son. ow.ly/PhKwg
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer was captured on video verbally abusing and threatening teen, saying “I’ll break your f***ing neck,” among other things.  ow.ly/PhLQG
  • Update: Put-in-Bay, Ohio (First reported 03-03-15): The police chief will face trial in October on charges he interfered in sexual assault cases involving officers and employees in the department.  ow.ly/PhMDJ
  • Masontown, Pennsylvania: A now-former officer is scheduled to stand trial for illegal gun possession, including one taken from the department’s evidence room. ow.ly/PhP3b
  • Update: Polk County, Florida (First reported 11-18-14): A now-former deputy was sentenced to six months for stealing a DVD from a crime scene. ow.ly/PhQnL
  • Chicago, Illinois: The City’s Independent Police Review Authority, for the first time in its nearly eight-year history, recommended firing an officer for giving false statements about a shooting. The incident was caught on video. The officer was off-duty and working security at the time when he shot 16 rounds at the wrong moving vehicle and injured the driver.  ow.ly/PhRki
  • Update: Jeffersonville, Kentucky (First reported 11-04-13): An officer must resign after a plea agreement on charges stemming from steroid buy arrest. ow.ly/PhVVw
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A now-former was acquitted of perjury in a 2011 drug case involving a warrantless search. Still faces perjury count in a similar 2010 case. ow.ly/Pi35q
  • Alamogordo, New Mexico: An officer was accused of assault for pulling a gun on rental center employees who were in his home. ow.ly/Pi41I
  • Hartford, Connecticut: An officer was arrested for domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend. ow.ly/Pi5Zg

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-03-15 to 07-06-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 3 through Monday, July 6, 2015:

  • Roswell, New Mexico: An officer resigned after falsely accusing a fast food employee, whom he had arrested before, of spitting in his drink. The department recovered drugs and stolen property from his car after he turned it in. He was arrested. ow.ly/Pe2Lw
  • Update: Drug Enforcement Agency (First reported 03-30-15): A now-former agent pled guilty to extorting Bitcoin from Ross Ulbricht during the Silk Road investigation. A now-former Secret Service agent also pled guilty to stealing Bitcoin during the investigation. ow.ly/Pejrp
  • Troy, New York: A now-former officer had robbery charges dropped after he resigned from the department and his brother pled guilty to the crime. ow.ly/PeleA
  • St. Louis, Missouri: An officer is being sued by a blind woman who alleges he dragged her and her service dog through bar unlawfully. He was off-duty and working security at the bar at the time of the incident. ow.ly/PelYK
  • Update: Buffalo, New York (First reported 11-21-14): An officer was found guilty of taking money from woman’s wallet that had been turned in to him to return. He was fired from the department after the conviction was handed down. ow.ly/Percb
  • Update: Calhoun County, Michigan (First reported 06-18-15): A deputy was formally charged with OWI, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest, and gun charges. ow.ly/PevMh
  • Olathe, Colorado: A now-former chief was indicted for making large buys of ammunition for others using government’s tax-exempt status. He resigned when he learned of the investigation. ow.ly/PexdZ
  • Champaign, Illinois: An officer was arrested on several counts of sexual assault and domestic battery. ow.ly/PeyoT
  • Update: Bennington County, Vermont (First reported 05-30-14): A now-former deputy pled guilty to three misdemeanor and two felony drug charges. He also worked as an officer in Winhall and Manchester, Vermont. The felonies will be expunged after three years if he avoids any further legal troubles. He was sentenced to one to three years on the misdemeanor charges, but those sentences were suspended and he was placed on probation.  ow.ly/PezNr

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-02-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday July 2, 2015:

  • Plano, Texas: An officer was arrested for DUI and evading police. ow.ly/P5i3s
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer violated a court order while awaiting trial for attempted murder of his then-girlfriend. ow.ly/P5knF
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: Two officers face a wrongful death suit in the 2013 shooting of Vincent Wood. ow.ly/P5pIB
  • Greene County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for DUI ow.ly/P5JUl
  • Weslaco, Texas: An officer was arrested for involvement in prostitution. ow.ly/P6m8Q
  • Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: A deputy who was fired for testing positive for cocaine after an on-duty shooting was reinstated by a labor arbitrator. ow.ly/P6odt
  • Update: Atlantic City, New Jersey (First reported 01-27-15): An officer was sentenced to five years in prison for sexually assaulting a minor. ow.ly/P6s5k
  • Chandler, Arizona: An officer received a letter of reprimand for fatally shooting a fenced-in family dog. ow.ly/P6vfp
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for the third time since December. She was picked up for drug possession after crashing a motorcycle. ow.ly/P6vXi

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-01-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 1, 2015:

  • Update: Lowell, Massachusetts (First reported 08-26-14): A now-former officer was acquitted of OUI for an incident in 2013. However, he still faces vehicular homicide charges for a 2014 crash. ow.ly/OXwMv
  • Updates: Chattanooga, Tennessee (First reported 01-23-15): A sergeant resigned and surrendered his law enforcement certification after he was accused of prescription pill theft. The police chief is looking to rescind a detective’s certification after two arrests earlier this year, one for DUI and one for domestic violence. ow.ly/OXxrj
  • Lowndes County, Georgia: A deputy was fired after his domestic violence arrest. ow.ly/OXxYR
  • Mercy Health Hospital (Warren, Ohio): An officer was arrested after a road rage incident. He allegedly pulled his gun on a driver who flipped him off. ow.ly/OXxFa
  • St. Louis, Missouri: An officer was arrested for drug distribution. Two guns, an unspecified amount of heroin, and $10,000 were recovered during a raid on her home. ow.ly/OXzew
  • Federal Heights, Colorado: An officer was caught on video beating a suspect. He was fired. ow.ly/P0WSM
  • New York, New York: Two officers faced administrative trial for excessive force and an illegal search. The court’s non-binding decision will likely take a few months. ow.ly/P15de
  • Takoma Park, Maryland: An officer was indicted for a road rage incident from nearly one year ago. ow.ly/P1m73
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A grand jury will consider charges against two officers for the in-custody death of Tanisha Anderson. ow.ly/P2dOk
  • Baltimore, Maryland: An officer will not face criminal charges for assaulting a handcuffed man. Part of the incident was caught on video. ow.ly/P2lsf

We’ll be back on Monday. Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July!

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-30-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, June 30, 2015:

  • Fluvanna County, Virginia: A deputy was arrested for DUI. ow.ly/OWLtA
  • Louisiana State University: An officer was arrested for stealing $1,500 from the police association. ow.ly/OXquN
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: A now-former officer pled guilty to charges related to his flight from officers and falsely reporting his car was stolen. ow.ly/OXrze
  • Update: Pasco, Washington (First reported 02-13-15): One of the three officers who fatally shot a migrant worker has resigned. The other two remain on leave.  ow.ly/OXslM
  • Atlantic County, New Jersey: A sheriff’s officer has been accused of theft and official misconduct for stealing from the police union. ow.ly/OXsKS
  • Update: Jefferson County, Idaho (First reported 02-03-15): The now-former sheriff was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution for buying and operating personal phones with public money. ow.ly/OXuhs
  • Putnam County, Indiana: An officer resigned after he was accused of driving his police car intoxicated after a domestic dispute. ow.ly/OXuLc
  • Rio Grande City, Texas: The now-former chief was accused of stealing $44,000 by fraudulently billing a federal tax force. He died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound prior to his scheduled arraignment. ow.ly/OXv3t
  • Clearwater, Florida: An officer resigned in order to avoid criminal charges for collecting compensation fraudulently. ow.ly/OXvln
  • Lake County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for a road rage incident. Allegedly he threatened to shoot another driver and his passenger. ow.ly/OXvYs

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-27-15 to 06-29-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, June 27 through Monday, June 29, 2015:

  • Phoenix, Arizona: An officer was arrested on kidnapping and sexual assault charges for assaulting a woman in custody. He resigned. ow.ly/OSJbk
  • Ramsey County, Minnesota: A deputy was arrested for animal cruelty for beating a dog. The incident was caught on video.ow.ly/OSMfr
  • Washington County, Pennsylvania: A deputy was suspended without pay for allowing a female inmate to escape custody. ow.ly/OWloq
  • McKean County, Pennsylvania: The now-former sheriff pled guilty to corruption of a minor for actions he committed while in office. ow.ly/OWnXF
  • Hialeah, Florida: An officer was suspended after teen alleged he sexually harassed her during a traffic stop. ow.ly/OWpEo
  • United States Secret Service: A now-former agent will plead guilty to charges for stealing $820,000 worth of Bitcoin & laundering money while he was working on the Silk Road case. A now-former DEA agent was also arrested for his actions during that investigation.  ow.ly/OWqxH
  • Update: Firebaugh, California (First reported 02-27-15): A now-former officer was found guilty of domestic violence. He will be sentenced in August. ow.ly/OWt75
  • Old Town, Maine: A now-former officer is being investigated for theft from the evidence room. ow.ly/OXgQf
  • Update: Tucson, Arizona (First reported 06-09-15): Two officers who were suspended after they were implicated in an expansive prostitution investigation have resigned. Five other officers are under investigation. ow.ly/OWxeM

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-26-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, June 26, 2015:

  • Update: Troy, New York (First reported 07-30-14): An officer pled guilty to two misdemeanors for tipping off a drug dealer of police activity. As a result of the plea agreement, he must resign and will likely be sentenced to probation. ow.ly/OO6zn
  • Inkster, Michigan: The City settled an excessive force lawsuit for $100,000. This lawsuit involved the now-former officer facing criminal charges for a recent video recorded assault during arrest. The City settled with that victim for $1.4 million. ow.ly/OOatY
  • Update: Atlantic City, New Jersey (First reported 02-19-13): A now-former officer was sentenced to 11 years for fraud and tax charges. As a benefit to entice officers to live in the city, the government provided subsidized housing. He illegally rented his subsidized home at a profit. He must pay $12,000 in restitution. ow.ly/OObRc
  • Broward County, Florida: A now-former deputy was sentenced to 10 years for vehicular manslaughter of a 14-year-old girl. He was driving 89mph in 40mph zone responding to a non-emergency situation. He struck another car, killing the teenaged passenger. ow.ly/OOeFX
  • Kiowa, Oklahoma: An officer was arrested in Las Vegas for abduction of a 15-year-old California girl.  ow.ly/OOnGs
  • Bexar County, Texas: A deputy was arrested for aggravated assault for allegedly holding a knife to child’s throat. ow.ly/OQEwF
  • Seattle, Washington: The City will pay $1.975 million to settle an excessive force lawsuit. ow.ly/OQQVg
  • Clearwater, Florida: An internal investigation prompts one officer suspension and one resignation for misconduct. ow.ly/OQROR