National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-07-15

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 7, 2015:

  • Ottawa County, Michigan: A deputy was arrested for DUI with greater than .17 BAC. Under a new Michigan law, he faces stiffer penalties for driving more than twice the legal limit.
  • Update: Lexington County, South Carolina (First reported 01-06-14): The now-former sheriff was sentenced to one year plus one day for taking money to ignore a restaurant’s employment of undocumented immigrants.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: An officer was charged with deprivation of rights for an assault that was caught on camera in an illegal gambling room.
  • Los Angeles, California: The police chief questioned the justification for the fatal officer-involved shooting of Brandon Glenn. According to the news report, Chief Charlie Beck said, “Any time an unarmed person is shot by a Los Angeles police officer, it takes extraordinary circumstances to justify [it]…I have not seen extraordinary circumstances at this point.” The investigation is ongoing.
  • Savannah-Chatham, Georgia: An officer was suspended after a year-long investigation into theft and distribution of thousands of dollars of merchandise. Although the investigation has not led to any other current officers, the report indicates that the former chief of police received some merchandise from the officer. The current chief apologized for the corruption of the department.
  • Miami Beach, Florida: An officer was suspended for one month after a video surfaced of his violent arrest of a woman two years ago.
  • Broward County, Florida: Two deputies were charged with battery and falsifying reports about their attack on a man at a gas station.
  • Clayton County, Georgia: The sheriff was charged for recklessly shooting a real estate agent. She’s currently in critical condition, but he remains on duty.
  • Update: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (First reported 08-25-14): Two officers pled guilty to bank fraud charges. They are scheduled to be sentenced in August.
  • Update: Tulsa County, Oklahoma (First reported 04-13-15): The undersheriff resigned in the wake of the investigation of reserve deputy that shot and killed Eric Harris. When the reserve deputy’s fitness was called into question, the undersheriff “quashed” the report.
  • Update: San Diego, California (First reported 02-07-14): The City settled with two women who were sexually abused by a now-former officer while in custody. Together, the settlements totaled $1,500,000.
  • Waverly, Virginia: An officer was sentenced to one year in jail, six months of which are suspended, for over-reporting work hours, taking home more than $5000 in illegal earnings. He held three full-time law enforcement jobs at the same time and wrote false reports to conceal his triple-dipping. He has been ordered to pay restitution and must not work in law enforcement for three years.
  • Update: Springfield, Louisiana (First reported 07-12-12): The sheriff pled guilty to a misdemeanor and resigned.  He had been charged with four felony counts of obstruction of justice.
  • Washington County, Arkansas: A deputy was arrested for choking his wife.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-06-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 6, 2015:

  • Indiana University-Bloomington: A police officer resigned after he was accused of raping a student.
  • DEA: Six agents who left a man alone in a cell without food or water for five days, forcing the man by circumstance to drink his urine to survive, were given short suspensions and reprimands. None of them lost their positions to termination.
  • Dover, Delaware: An officer was indicted for assault. He kicked a man in the head and broke his jaw when responding to a call. The dashcam video of the incident was recently released. The former state attorney general was unable to secure an indictment from a grand jury shortly following the 2013 incident. However, the new attorney general re-presented case to the grand jury and had more success.
  • Columbia County, Florida: Two officers were charged in beating of an inmate at the jail and an attempt to cover it up.
  • Lee County, Florida: A deputy was fired for not responding to 911 call instead finishing his lunch, though he was not on his lunch break. He was sitting with three fellow deputies when he responded verbally to the dispatcher twice but did not move for assistance either time. He waited nearly 30 minutes to tell another deputy to respond. That deputy arrived on the scene 53 minutes after the initial 911 call.  The caller had succumbed to a fatal heart attack. The sheriff said the now-former deputy’s actions were “beyond negligent.”
  • Ramapo, New York: The police department is being sued for stopping four black parole officers at gunpoint and holding them even after they successfully identified themselves.
  • Anne Arundel County, Maryland: An officer was arrested for biting another man’s testicles during a fight.
  • Update: Victoria, Texas (First reported 12-17-14): The officer who was fired for twice tackling and then tasing a 76-year-old man during a traffic stop has been hired by Beeville PD.


National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-05-15

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 5, 2015:

  • Hillsborough, North Carolina: An officer pled guilty to acts of indecency with two 13-year-olds. He was sentenced to 20-33 months, suspended.
  • Chaska, Minnesota: An officer was fired after and investigation into alleged racial profiling of Latinos.
  • Update: Meeker County, Minnesota (First reported 04-01-15): A now-former deputy pled guilty to assault. He tasered the police chief from Eden Valley during an argument.
  • Wellford, South Carolina: An officer was charged with misconduct for illegally possessing and mishandling evidence.
  • Cottonwood Shores, Texas: The police chief resigned and surrendered his law enforcement certification in exchange for a harassment charge against him being dropped.
  • Aransas Pass, Texas: An officer was arrested for forgery. It was his second stint with the department, with a brief stint at another law enforcement agency in between. He lied about military training on his second stint with the department.
  • Update: Yonkers, New York (First reported 10-09-14): Two officers were sentenced for perjury and misconduct charges. They lied on paperwork to acquire a search warrant. During the raid based on the flawed warrant, the suspect fell from a third story window and died. After the incident, the officers attempted to cover-up the nature of the warrant by urging a confidential informant to lie and say they had done several drug buys in the apartment. One officer was sentenced to eight weekends in jail; the other officer was sentenced to spend every weekend in jail for six months.
  • Los Angeles County, California: A deputy received an undisclosed discipline for a fatal collision with a cyclist.  He had been looking at his dashboard computer at the time of the incident.
  • Update: Fort Collins, Colorado (First reported 09-19-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to four years in prison for stalking a woman. It had been his second law enforcement job
  • Hayward, California: A now-former officer was charged with grand theft. Allegedly, he began a coercive relationship with a sex worker while he was an officer and, over several years, fraudulently took more than $500,000 from her.
  • Update: Algona, Washington: An officer and former chief resigned after his arrest for theft from a youth program.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-02-15 to 05-04-15

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, May 2 through Monday, May 4, 2015:

  • Update: Isabella County, Michigan: A deputy was charged with multiple accounts of sexual assault.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer was charged with OVI. Her SUV was pulled over after it was observed swerving on the road.
  • Update: Barren County, Kentucky: A now-former sheriff had his convictions for witness tampering upheld by Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: An officer entered an Alford plea for the 2012 beating of handcuffed 15-year-old boy. He’s due to be sentenced in June.
  • Pembroke Pines, Florida: The lawsuit against a now-former officer who shot a man having a seizure in 2010 was dismissed.
  • Maryland State Police: A trooper was arrested for punching a handcuffed man in custody at the MSP Glen Burnie barracks.
  • Update: Fairfax County, Virginia:  The state medical examiner ruled that the death of Natasha McKenna was an accident. McKenna was a 37-year-old woman with mental health issues who was Tased four times while fully restrained in order to prepare her for a transfer to another jail. She died as a result.
  • Hammondville, Alabama: The police chief was arrested for insurance fraud. The charge is related to a house fire in 2014.
  • Lee County, North Carolina: The sheriff’s office fired one deputy and arrested another after an investigation into how jail inmates began sharing a cell phone smuggled in for them.
  • Connellsville, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged for coercing a minor for sexual favors in exchange for not filing drug charges against her.
  • Decatur, Indiana: An officer was fired and charged for sending pictures of his genitalia to two teenage girls.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-01-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 1, 2015:

  • Update: Los Angeles, California (First reported 10-28-14): An officer who was named in an excessive force lawsuit has been charged with assault for the incident that prompted it.
  • Plainfield, New Jersey: An officer charged was with misconduct and receiving stolen property.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: Six officers were charged with felonies for the death of Freddie Gray. Charges include manslaughter, 2nd degree murder, false imprisonment, and assault.
  • South Daytona, Florida: An officer was arrested for hitting a handcuffed suspect.
  • Update: South Burlington, Vermont (First reported 03-23-15): A lieutenant who pled guilty to DWI was suspended for four weeks and will keep his job. He will also see a pay decrease during the time his driver’s license is suspended.
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia: An officer was placed on administrative leave for violating department’s use of force policy against a 17-year-old boy. The officer used pepper spray on the boy during a traffic stop but deployed a stun-gun too soon after the pepper spray.
  • Billings, Montana: An officer was fired for lying about the circumstances that led to a high-speed chase.
  • Northampton, North Carolina: Five deputies and six other current and former law enforcement officers were caught in an FBI drug bust.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-30-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 30, 2015:

  • Update: Tampa, Florida (First reported 12-20-13): A now-former school resource officer was sentenced to six years for having sex with a 17-year-old student.
  • Atlanta, Georgia: An officer was arrested for approaching a woman who was sitting in her car and allegedly masturbating in front of her. He was off-duty at the time but was later identified by the victim’s description.
  • Jackson, Mississippi: An officer was arrested for assault after an alleged fight with a cousin’s ex-boyfriend.
  • Millville, New Jersey: A lieutenant was arrested for DUI after sideswiping another car while off duty.
  • Millville, New Jersey: A lieutenant was arrested for assault for shoving man in a liquor store. Video of the confrontation was found while the press looked into the DUI arrest of another lieutenant (in the case just above).
  • Wichita, Kansas: A now-retired officer is on trial for sexual assault of minors during last six years of his career and several years after.
  • Fountain, Colorado: An officer was arrested for stalking and promotion of obscenity to a minor.
  • Update: Knox County, Tennessee (First reported 11-07-14): A now-former deputy was last of six law enforcement offcers to be sentenced in gambling sting. All received probation and a period of home confinement.
  • Rio Grande City, Texas: An officer and Starr County drug task force member was arrested for cocaine distribution conspiracy.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-29-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 29, 2015:

  • Update: Kirtland Hills, Ohio (First reported 10-14-14): The now-former police chief was sentenced to two years in prison for fraud and tampering charges. According to the news report, “Prosecutors say he defrauded the village out of at least $80,000 by making unauthorized purchases of clothing, tools and goods for his own use.”
  • Update: Miami-Dade, Florida (First reported 08-06-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to aiding and abetting marijuana distribution. He faces a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for tipping off marijuana growers to when the police were investigating them and how to avoid capture.
  • Sweetwater, Florida: An officer was arrested and suspended for buying cocaine.
  • Phoenix, Arizona: The department released a video that led to the firing of a detective. The now-former detective knocked out an 18-year-old man’s teeth after he surrendered.
  • Allen County, Ohio: A now-retired sergeant was charged with 112 counts related to 35 thefts from the evidence room. The alleged thefts occurred while he was employed with the department.
  • Sidney, Nebraska: The chief was charged with obstructing government operations by a state attorney. Allegedly he did not pursue a criminal case that he should have.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was fired after a lengthy investigation. He fought a man after a fender bender in 2013 and though he was acquitted of criminal charges, his position was terminated after a disciplinary review.
  • Update: Prescott Valley, Arizona (First reported 01-20-15): A now-former commander was sentenced to three years of probation. He pled guilty to stealing drugs from the evidence room.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-28-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 28, 2015:

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: An officer was arrested for aggravated battery. He allegedly hit a suspect during an arrest. The officer and his partner were suspended. The department learned of the incident through a police cadet who was shadowing the pair on the call.
  • Detroit, Michigan: An officer was arraigned on weapons charges after a drive-by shooting.
  • Update: Marion, South Carolina (First reported 04-24-14): Two now-former officers were sentenced to prison for repeatedly Tasing a mentally ill woman. After the victim was on the ground and in handcuffs, and having Tased her several times already, one of the officers “offered to let her go if he could shoot her in the forehead one more time with his Taser.” That officer was sentenced to 18 months in prison. The other officer received a sentence of one year and one day.
  • Los Angeles County, California: The sheriff’s office is being sued by a woman who claims her son was beaten to death while in the jail there. The coroner’s autopsy results indicated that the man hung himself in his cell. The family’s autopsy indicated he died of blunt force trauma to the head.
  • St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was fired after his domestic violence arrest.
  • Grant County, Washington: A deputy was arrested for assault after an incident while off duty.
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina: An officer pled not guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell.
  • North Dakota State Police: A trooper resigned amid allegations that he wrote fake traffic tickets without distributing them.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-25-15 to 04-27-15

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 25 to Monday, April 27, 2015:

  • Hodgeman County, Kansas: A deputy was arrested for killing his 2-month-old child.
  • Columbia County, Georgia: A deputy was sentenced to three years’ probation and a $300 fine for giving accident reports obtained from a law enforcement database to injury lawyers.
  • Clay County, Missouri: A deputy was arrested for assaulting his estranged wife.
  • Dunn County, Wisconsin: A deputy was arrested for DUI.
  • Waynesburg, Pennsylvania: An officer was arrested after an alleged drunken burglary and assault. He subsequently resigned.
  • Update: Berkeley County, West Virginia (First reported 10-27-14): A now-former captain was acquitted on a fraud charge, but the jury was hung on an embezzlement charge. The State plans to re-try the embezzlement case.
  • Belmont, North Carolina: The City suspended and fired the police chief. Allegations of intimidation and payroll manipulation led to the dismissal. A captain also resigned as a result of the investigation.
  • Redstone Township, Pennsylvania: An officer was indicted for striking a suspect and then lying about the incident to justify the violence.
  • Update: Shreveport, Louisiana (First reported 09-23-14): An officer was sentenced to 20 days in jail for an off-duty bar fight. He has been fired.
  • Update: Fruitport Township, Michigan (First reported 12-01-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to one year of probation for DUI with a minor in the car.
  • Vermont State Police: A trooper was arrested for DUI and has resigned. He responded to a late-night call and colleagues smelled alcohol on his breath.
  • Peachtree City, Georgia: The police chief was indicted for shooting his wife in an apparent accident at home.
  • Update: Ipswich, Massachusetts (First reported 04-28-14): A now-former officer and brother of the chief was sentenced to two years of probation after plea deal for off-duty assault. He also agreed never to work in law enforcement again.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-24-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 24, 2015:

  • Dallas, Texas: A grand jury declined to indict two officers who fatally shot 38-year-old Jason Harrison.
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: Recently released dashcam video contradicts statement by deputy who had been cleared in the 2013 shooting of unarmed black man.
  • Latimer County, Oklahoma: A now-former deputy was arrested for stealing drug evidence. The drugs were discovered in his patrol vehicle during a routine cleaning.
  • Oakland, California: The city paid $275,000 to two innocent teens. One of the teens was shot in the jaw by a police officer because he was mistaken for robbery suspect, the other was present at the time of the shooting. The officer who shot at the boys was, at the time, a field training officer. He claimed the victim made “a sweeping motion toward his waistband.”
  • Coral Springs, Florida: An officer was arrested for domestic battery. He allegedly dragged his wife out of a car and drove off with their one-year-old son
  • Update: Inkster, Michigan (First reported 03-30-15): An officer was fired and charged with assault after violent arrest video was released. The police chief resigned in the wake of the incident.
  • Dallas, Texas: Two officers were fired for maintaining inappropriate personal relationships. One officer had a relationship with someone in their Explorers program. The other had a relationship “with a person of immoral character.”
  • Mt. Juliet, Tennessee: An officer was suspended for falsifying time cards.
  • Greenwood, Mississippi: An officer was suspended after arresting activist who is also a candidate for lieutenant governor. The activist was recording a traffic stop.