National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

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.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-23-14

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, September 23, 2014:

  • Richmond, California: A family plans to sue the city and the officer who shot and killed a 24-year-old man shot. Officers say that the man grabbed for his gun. The family’s attorney, however, says, “The officer’s claim is disputed by various witnesses.”
  • Longwood, Florida: A now-former police chief has been indicted on charges of conspiracy and bribery. Investigators said that a man allegedly paid the former chief more than $30,000 in bribes in order to become a police officer.
  • Johnson City, Tennessee: A state trooper resigned from the department in lieu of termination following an internal investigation into an arrest on domestic assault charges.
  • Newport, Tennessee: A police officer was arrested on charges of domestic assault with no bodily injury or physical violence.
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: The police department suspended one of its officers he was charged him with second-degree assault. The officer was off duty at the time of his arrest and has been suspended with pay, pending an administrative hearing.
  • Shreveport, Louisiana: A police officer has been arrested following a fight at a local bar. He has been placed on paid administrative leave.
  • Chicopee, Massachusetts: A police officer will lose his job in connection with his alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. The mayor announced he decided to terminate the officer following a discipline hearing in connection to a restraining order taken out on him by the girl’s parents.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-20-14 to 09-22-14

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, September 20 to Monday, September 22, 2013:

  • Milford, Delaware: Prosecutors dropped felony stalking, dozens of other charges against a veteran state trooper in return for a guilty plea to illegally obtaining criminal history.
  • Greenville County, South Carolina: A state trooper was arrested and charged after he assaulted his wife. The victim had visible injuries so the officer was charged with criminal domestic violence.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A mistrial was declared in the case against a now-former police officer accused of theft and related offenses in a sting operation in which he was videotaped taking money from a staged vehicle.
  • Mukwonago, Wisconsin: A decorated now-former police officer was sentenced to nine years in federal prison for violently robbing a bank while he was still with the department.
  • Columbia, South Carolina: A state trooper has been fired for shooting an unarmed man during a traffic stop. He had been terminated following an administrative review.
  • Update: Sorrento, Virginia (First reported 02-12-14): The now-former police chief was sentenced in federal court to 24 months probation with no jail time on a charge of lying to the FBI in a sexual assault investigation. He was also ordered to pay $2,500 in fines immediately.
  • Haywood County, Tennessee: The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into a deputy accused of sexual misconduct. He was placed on administrative leave with pay.
  • Gadsden County, Florida: A now-former captain has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges he took money from an arrested man and then lied to FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigators when he said he didn’t.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-19-14

Here are the 23 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, September 19, 2014:

  • Tulsa, Oklahoma: A sheriff’s deputy, who has now resigned, is accused of sexually assaulting two women at home. He was being held on $65,000 bond for sexual assault and battery complaints.
  • Update: McHenry County, Illinois (First reported 08-15-12): A 10-year veteran sheriff’s deputy, who once served on a child pornography task force, will spend the next 50 years in federal prison for sexually abusing a child and distributing images of the attack online.
  • Richland County, South Carolina: Sheriff’s deputies are investigating whether a deputy’s use of a stun gun on a handcuffed suspect was excessive force.
  • Update: Elmwood Park, Illinois (First reported 01-03-14): A police officer accused of swindling an 85-year-old man with dementia has resigned. He was arrested and charged with forging a $20,000 check from the man.
  • Iberia Parish, Louisiana: Federal authorities confirmed they launched an investigation into the shooting death of a 22-year-old black man who died in the backseat of a police car. The family had demanded a Justice Department probe after the coroner ruled that the man, whose hands were cuffed behind his back, had committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest with a handgun. The full coroner’s report indicated that he died from a single shot to his right chest, contradicting the initial police statement that he had shot himself in the back.
  • Update: Orange County, Florida (First reported 10-24-11): Deputies violated the rights of barbers during a raid in the guise of a license inspection, a federal appeal court said in a strongly-worded rebuke of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Fort Collins, Colorado: A police officer was fired following an investigation that determined he used agency resources to discover where a woman worked and lived.
  • Palisades Interstate Parkway, New Jersey: A police officer was arrested on drug charges as part of an internal affairs investigation, the department said. The officer was immediately suspended without pay following his arrest.
  • Cheshire, Connecticut: A now-former police officer, who served as the police union treasurer, was charged with stealing about $21,000 from the union, officials said.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: A now-former officer pled guilty to official misconduct, wanton endangerment in the second degree, and reckless driving. The charges stem from an incident where the off-duty officer was drunk behind the wheel and intentionally struck a man following an altercation.
  • Trenton, Georgia: Investigators say a police officer sneaked into the evidence room and walked away with hydrocodone, oxycodone and other pills. The officer resigned from the police department and was indicted on one charge of violation of oath by a police officer and four counts of theft. Because he allegedly stole the drugs while serving as a police officer, he faces up to 15 years in prison.
  • Update: Louisville, Kentucky (First reported 09-17-14): A not guilty plea was entered for a police officer charged with domestic violence. He is accused of hitting his girlfriend with his car.
  • Warren, Ohio: A man has filed a lawsuit in over a bite he said he suffered because a police dog employed by the police department bit him.
  • Myton, Utah: The police chief was charged with stalking three women. He faces five misdemeanor charges from stalking and criminal trespass to unlawful detention.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: A police officer was arrested on suspicion of third-degree sex assault. His police powers have been removed.
  • Update: Lowell, Massachusetts (First reported 08-26-14): A police officer charged with being drunk and causing a fatal car crash has resigned. He was indicted on charges of manslaughter by motor vehicle, motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
  • New York, New York: A police officer has been suspended after a video surfaced showing the cop kick a man at a street fair. The Police Commissioner said the officer has been stripped of his gun and badge and placed on modified desk duty while the department investigates. “As best I could tell, looking at that video, seemed to have been totally unprovoked,” he added.
  • New York, New York: An off-duty police officer at the wheel in a fatal wrong-way crash had a blood-alcohol content of nearly three times the legal limit, state police announced.
  • Update: Detroit, Michigan (First reported 03-12-13): A police officer is preparing to stand trial for the second time in the shooting death of a 7-year-old girl, an incident videotaped by a reality TV crew. The first trial ended in a hung jury. The officer maintained it was all a tragic accident and he has pled not guilty.
  • Clovis, New Mexico: A traffic stop caught on tape could land a police officer in trouble. The officer accused the man he was arresting of resisting arrest after the two fell to the ground, but the man’s attorney said the officer is the one who should face criminal charges for the assault and battery of his client. Police said it has launched an internal affairs investigation and the officer will be on desk duty until it is complete.
  • Hammond, Indiana: A family has filed suit against the city’s police department, claiming an officer shot their family dog three times. The accounts from police and the family differ.
  • Lake County, California: A lawsuit was filed on behalf of residents who claim they were subject to warrantless searches and unlawful abatement procedures. The resident allege officers visited more than 30 properties without a warrant. Some residents claimed they were not notified or contacted before the officers went on their property, other residents said their locks were cut and officers allegedly cut down marijuana plants without providing abatement notices or allowing time for a summary abatement to be disputed.
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 11-01-13): The city has settled with three men who sued after officers mistook Jolly Rancher candies for crystal met. The city admitted no wrongdoing on the part of the officers, arguing they couldn’t be sure whether the red and blue rocks were illicit drugs or candy.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-18-14

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, September 18, 2014:

  • Cody, North Dakota: A man claims the city’s current assistant police chief used a taser on him while he was handcuffed, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit. He further alleges he was assaulted while other officers were present, and that the incident caused severe and permanent injuries.
  • Lowndes, County, Georgia: A now-former deputy pled guilty to conspiring to use his law enforcement authority to unlawfully detain and take money from motorists.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An eight-year veteran officer was arrested for allegedly physically assaulting his wife. The arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation by internal affairs and the District Attorney’s office. The officer has been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.
  • Rockaway Township, New Jersey: A now-suspended police officer was indicted on charges of official misconduct and witness tampering in connection with his alleged efforts to get a relative’s drunken-driving ticket dismissed.
  • Lynwood, California: A video appears to show a police officer slugging a handcuffed prisoner inside the police station, perhaps knocking him out. The prisoner sustained a concussion and a broken nose from the ordeal.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The DA’s Office says a police officer has been charged with theft and leaving the scene of an accident following an incident.
  • Coral Springs, Florida: Three police officers were charged with stealing thousands of dollars from their own police union.
  • New York, New York: A lawsuit filed says officers used “unreasonable and wholly unprovoked force” when they arrested a woman without cause. She was waiting for her husband and their 6- and 10-year-old kids to come out from a bathroom stop at a restaurant when she was told to leave by an officer. The suit says she explained she was waiting for her family and then the officer, without any legal basis, grabbed her, turned her and pushed her against the wall and placed her under arrest.
  • Bastrop, Texas: The city and multiple officers were named in a federal lawsuit filed alleging excessive force and disability discrimination against a mentally disabled resident.
  • Update: Garland, Texas (Previously reported 11-19-13): The family of an unarmed man who was shot at 41 times and killed by police filed a civil lawsuit against the city, the police chief, and a lieutenant.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-17-14

Here are the 7 reports tracked for Wednesday, September 17, 2014:

  • Fayetteville, Arkansas: A police officer has been suspended for 30 days after an investigation into sexual harassment claims, according to the police chief.
  • Daytona Beach, Florida: A love triangle involving three policewomen ended with one of the officers jailed on domestic violence related charges.
  • Portland, Maine: A couple claimed they were illegally arrested after observing and attempting to record a police “interaction” with a woman.
  • Independence, Missouri: The FBI is investigating allegations of excessive force by a police officer during a traffic stop that left a teenage motorist in critical condition.
  • Update: Greene, New York (First reported 04-30-14): The police chief pled guilty to two counts of official misconduct and one count of second-degree criminal contempt. He was arrested after state police responded to a request from village officials to look into a complaint of missing village property.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: An eight-year veteran has been arrested and charged with fourth-degree domestic assault.
  • Weare, New Hampshire: The police chief is on administrative leave from his post. A restraining order was issued against him in the wake of domestic violence allegations filed by a female employee of the department.