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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-23-17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 23, 2017:

  • Lorain, Ohio: An officer was arrested for domestic violence for allegedly putting his wife in a chokehold. ow.ly/6fFW30abssw
  • Waterloo, Iowa: An officer was arrested for OWI after off-duty crash. ow.ly/xTNV30abths
  • Normangee, Texas: The chief was arrested at his home after an armed standoff with police. Shots were fired at some point but there were no injuries. ow.ly/VCbh30abtp4
  • Princeton, Indiana: An officer was arrested for drunk driving while he was off duty. ow.ly/A0WL30abtMT
  • Update: Port Arthur, Texas (First reported 02-27-17): An officer, the second of three who were suspended during a retaliation investigation, was reinstated without any sanction. The first officer was demoted. ow.ly/yxxL30abvsM
  • Update: Walker, Louisiana (First reported 03-16-17): An officer who was suspended for three days for placing a noose in the squad room to be found by black officers has resigned. The matter has been turned over to another department to investigate possible criminal charges. ow.ly/9JUW30abvLY
  • Update: Tampa, Florida (First reported 04-08-15): A judge rejected a plea deal for a now-former detective who is charged for cashing fraudulent tax checks. The judge said that the deal didn’t reflect the seriousness of the charges against him. ow.ly/3l1j30abxc2
  • Update: Tukwila, Washington (First reported 07-27-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to nine months for pepper-spraying a handcuffed man while he was in the hospital. ow.ly/jcv230abOan
  • Update: Chicago, Illinois: The officer charged with murdering Laquan McDonald had 16 counts added to his original charges. All 16 counts were for aggravated battery with a firearm. He is due in court again April 20. ow.ly/iIWZ30acwZc

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-22-17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 22, 2017:

  • Bridgeport, Connecticut: An officer was arrested for assault and breach of the peace for pulling a man who crashed into his car out of his car window and beating him during an off-duty incident in September. ow.ly/bNYy30a9bP1
  • Noel, Missouri: A deputy marshal was charged with vehicle theft and burglary for stealing a pickup truck from a female acquaintance. ow.ly/aiZp30a9euI
  • Boston, Massachusetts: The Commissioner has asked a judge to overturn a labor arbitrator’s reinstatement of an officer who was fired for sexual harassment. ow.ly/UYww30a9gg3
  • Update: Rockaway Township, New Jersey (First reported 10-24-14): An officer who tried to fix his cousin’s DWI was reinstated after finishing diversion program.  ow.ly/WRN230a9kvh
  • Millville, New Jersey: An officer is under investigation for an off-duty crash that happened last weekend. Although there has been no disclosure whether alcohol was involved in this incident, the officer has been charged with DUI in the past. ow.ly/E3SU30a9kYK
  • Cuyahoga Metro Housing Authority: An officer was indicted for sexually abusing teens under his protection. Since his case became public, more people are coming forward with similar allegations.  ow.ly/XCRi30a9lnZ
  • Update: Edison Township, New Jersey (First reported 04-01-14): An officer is scheduled to stand trial on August 14 for attempted murder. Allegedly, he tried to burn down his superior officer’s home in retaliation for workplace differences. Several other officers have already pled guilty in related criminal cases. ow.ly/eRyF30a9m1k
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: A now-former officer was indicted for four years of alleged sexual abuse of a minor who just turned 18. The officer was fired in May but it is unclear whether his termination was related to the allegations for these actions that are alleged to have occurred while he was employed with the department. ow.ly/Yqm430a9mAg

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-21-17

Here are the six reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 21, 2017:

  • Louisville, Kentucky: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/s0Fy30a6U8v
  • Hialeah, Florida: An officer was charged with accessing law enforcement database and passing on private information he gathered to a woman in exchange for “gifts.” ow.ly/gBj630a6Uwg
  • Troy, New York: An officer was charged with DWI after crashing into a police vehicle with its lights on while he was off duty. ow.ly/7zP830a6V75
  • Update: Port Arthur, Texas (First reported 02-27-17): An officer, who is one of three suspended during a retaliation investigation, was reinstated after a demotion. ow.ly/gfc030a7kpi
  • Sunnyside, Washington: An officer was arrested for domestic violence for allegedly pinning a woman down and threatening her with a rifle. ow.ly/EAlD30a7lfj
  • Update: Santa Ana, California (First reported 06-12-15): An officer who was fired after a theft during a marijuana dispensary raid that was caught on video was reinstated by a judge. ow.ly/gMTd30a7Q7a

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-20-17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, March 20, 2017:

  • Update: Allentown, Pennsylvania (First reported 03-18-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to three counts of assault and one count of official oppression for beating two men and kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head. He is scheduled to be sentenced in May. ow.ly/mfcl30a4sp2
  • Plainfield, New Jersey: A now-former officer pled guilty to illegally accessing a law enforcement database and sharing information with a tow operator. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 21. ow.ly/DTX530a4sVB
  • Laurens County, Georgia: A deputy was charged with kidnapping, aggravated battery, burglary, perjury, violation of the oath of office and family violence for a domestic incident. ow.ly/fkBG30a4tpm
  • Creve Coeur, Illinois: An officer was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident that caused property damage after a crash in Peoria. ow.ly/9MNt30a4uYs
  • Wichita Falls, Texas: An officer has been charged with theft of property from AT&T that is valued between $20,000- $100,000. The nature of the money or property has not been disclosed. ow.ly/3cHc30a4u3l
  • New Haven, Connecticut: A school resource officer was suspended for 10 days and then reassigned after a sexual harassment complaint by a student. ow.ly/25lW30a4ut7
  • Sunland Park, New Mexico: An officer was arrested for domestic violence that caused bodily injury. ow.ly/GKmI30a4vcb
  • Huntington, West Virginia: A now-former detective and the City are facing a lawsuit for alleged sexual abuse of two women. The City attorney, who is representing the City alone, filed a response that argues that the incident that happened may have involved consent. ow.ly/37iq30a4vL5
  • Midland Independent School District (Texas): A sergeant was arrested for domestic violence that caused bodily injury. ow.ly/g0hg30a4wpF

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-17-17

Here are the six reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 17, 2017:

  • Update: Washington County, Oregon (First reported 03-08-16): A now-former deputy pled guilty to a lewd act with a child under 16 for conduct with 15-year-old he met online. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 8.  ow.ly/PZcf30a09ZA
  • Update: Tulare County, California (First reported 10-09-13): The County settled two lawsuits filed by women who were sexually abused by a now-former deputy for $2, 200,000. In January 2016, the deputy was sentenced to five years in prison for his actions. (See update 01-19-16) ow.ly/PuPV30a0mWV
  • Newtown Township, Pennsylvania: A now-former officer was sentenced to probation for stealing prescription drugs from a police drop box. ow.ly/uLT230a0pvB
  • Update: Tampa, Florida (First reported 04-08-15): A now-former detective pled guilty to stealing fraudulently acquired tax refunds. His wife, who was also a police officer, has been charged in the case as well but has not changed her not guilty plea to date. ow.ly/1yp230a0zzJ
  • Ohio Health Protective Agency: Three sworn officers were suspended while a violent incident that was captured on video is investigated. ow.ly/dAcm30a0C3B
  • Edmond, Oklahoma: An officer was charged with Outraging Public Decency for allegedly being drunk on a boat and fully naked except for a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat.  ow.ly/HOXC30a0IY0

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-16-17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 16, 2017:

  • Update: Los Angeles County, California: Now-former sheriff Lee Baca was found guilty of obstruction and other charges for lying to investigators into the department-wide corruption scandal.  nyti.ms/2mKAbF1
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: An officer was arrested for carrying an AR-15 and acting as an officer while drunk and off duty. ow.ly/1HCk309Y3gj
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer was arrested for OWI in his personal vehicle while off duty. ow.ly/8s4B309Y4BR
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer was suspended 20 days for being armed while drinking in a bar off duty. ow.ly/YDcU309Y6Bw
  • Walker, Louisiana: An officer was suspended three days for hanging a noose in the department. It was found by a black officer. ow.ly/YIDn309Y7L3
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer was fired for using excessive force, using profanity, violating procedure, and disabling his car’s camera. ow.ly/4Qvz309YzPO
  • West Jordan, Utah: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/FQfb309YPPZ
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 04-29-16): Two officers were acquitted at a bench trial for beating a postal worker in the wake of a fatal ambush of police officers. The victim had inadvertently given the murderer directions shortly before the attack. ow.ly/5ZS8309YVzO

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-15-17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 15, 2017:

  • Wyoming State Police: A trooper was placed on leave while he is being investigated for felony vandalism. No charges have been filed yet. ow.ly/5GnB309VEeC
  • Salt Lake City (Unified PD), Utah: An officer’ shooting of a fleeing suspect was ruled unjustified by the district attorney. The suspect suffered a shoulder wound and survived. No criminal charges will follow but the department is now conducting an internal investigation. ow.ly/hOnN309VIuy
  • Update: Knox County, Tennessee: An officer’s trial for child rape ended in mistrial after the jury deadlocked.  It is unclear whether the prosecutor wants to retry the case. ow.ly/fawy309VIWH
  • Clark County, Wisconsin: A deputy resigned in 2016 before he could be fired for abuse of authority and theft. This belated information came from a public records request.  ow.ly/jeqq309VJWw
  • Update: Cass County, North Dakota (First reported 07-11-16): A deputy pled to a lesser charge and resigned after his DUI arrest by a state trooper. ow.ly/UW6D309VKHY
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 05-23-16): A now-former officer pled guilty to tampering charges for a bar fight cover-up. As part of his plea deal, he will surrender his law enforcement certification. ow.ly/33UB309W9bW
  • Wichita, Kansas: An officer pled guilty to three counts of assault for pulling a gun at a birthday party while he was off duty. ow.ly/bwj7309Wa08
  • Update: Clear Lake, Iowa (First reported 12-05-16): A now-former officer agreed to plead guilty to domestic violence. He resigned in February. ow.ly/vUD1309Wazw
  • Rome, Georgia: An officer was arrested for drug trafficking and bribery after a state investigation. ow.ly/Xupt309WooQ

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-14-17

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 14, 2017:

  • Iredell County, North Carolina: A narcotics detective was arrested for domestic violence and fired. ow.ly/cONu309TiPH
  • Update: Plantation, Florida (First reported 05-09-16): An officer was fired for sending explicit images to a crime victim whose case he was working has been reinstated by a labor arbitrator. He was demoted and will not receive back pay, but he will not receive a pay cut because his new rank pays the same as his higher one. ow.ly/4l8E309TpjZ
  • Byron, Georgia: Two officers were suspended after recklessly crashing into each other’s cruiser while they were on duty. One was also demoted. ow.ly/SZJM309TGIu
  • New York, New York: An officer was convicted of official misconduct, assault, and leaving the scene of an accident for hitting two men with a minivan and then personally assaulting one of them.  ow.ly/8uRc309TS8t
  • Miami, Florida: An officer allegedly stole $6,000 from motorists he pulled over. He was apprehended via undercover sting after several public complaints of an officer taking cash. ow.ly/QEg1309TY9n
  • Meigs County, Ohio: A deputy was fired for conduct unbecoming an officer. The conduct was not disclosed but a criminal investigation is ongoing. ow.ly/NWME309TYMv
  • Update: Faulkner County, Arkansas (First reported 03-25-16): A deputy was found guilty at a bench trial of third-degree battery against a suspect. Sentencing is scheduled for April 7. ow.ly/e7Zw309TZDM
  • Fort Collins, Colorado: The City settled a lawsuit with a man who was pepper sprayed, illegally removed from his house, and wrongfully arrested for refusing consent to a search and unlawful orders. The officer allegedly asked a civilian who was on a ride-along to come into the home and help restrain the man. The settlement was for $150,000. ow.ly/9h2D309U0hS
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: The police department is being sued by a man who claims false arrest and excessive force after charges against him were dropped. ow.ly/yxVH309U1fL
  • Mobile County, Alabama: A deputy was placed on leave pending termination for allegedly buying illicit drugs while off duty. He has not been arrested or charged with a crime. ow.ly/9IQy309UlD3

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-13-17

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, March 13, 2017:

  • Muskogee, Oklahoma: An officer was arrested for domestic assault with a deadly weapon. ow.ly/oUgW309QHCM
  • Vallejo, California: An officer was caught on video pulling his gun on an anxious crowd that had gathered after he took down a fleeing man who had been behaving strangely. The man had effectively surrendered when the officer used force to take him down from behind. While the contact seemed over the top to the lay observers, the officer’s initial actions to subdue the suspect appear to be within the parameters normally afforded to police officers. However, experts quoted in the story expressed concern over the officer’s continued use of force after a supporting officer had the man subdued and then again when the officer pulled his gun on the onlookers. An investigation is ongoing. ow.ly/RLtb309QROV
  • Greeley, Colorado: The City agreed to pay an immigrant woman $150,000 who sued after her acquittal for prostitution. She claimed the arresting officer lied about an ‘inappropriate’ massage at her parlor. The detective at the heart of the case has since left the department. ow.ly/U29Y309QPHv
  • Riverside County, California: A deputy was arrested for sexual battery, including penetration by force, and invasion of privacy with a video camera for an off-duty incident. ow.ly/17KR309QTZC
  • Update: Logan Township, Pennsylvania (First reported 02-06-17): The officer who was recently charged for a hit-and-run with injury has resigned. ow.ly/IQQO309QVc4
  • Kenner, LA officer arrested for stealing money from Hispanic motorists he arrested during traffic stops. He resigned ow.ly/PjE6309QWG8
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 02-11-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to three years in prison for repeatedly raping a 13-year-old girl. He received three years on each of three counts, but the sentences are to run concurrently. ow.ly/QpCJ309RHnV
  • Evansville, Indiana: An officer was arrested for OWI while he was off duty. ow.ly/P4No309QXdT
  • Update: Punta Gorda, Florida (First reported 02-22-17): The officer who was charged for fatally shooting a woman during a firearms demonstration has been fired. ow.ly/qfqP309QXzH
  • Update: Los Angeles, California (First reported 02-23-17): An officer is being sued by a 13-year-old boy whom the officer shot at while off-duty in Anaheim. The incident was captured on video that went viral and sparked protests in the area. ow.ly/3L0v309QYmP

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-10-17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 10, 2017:

  • Immigration & Customs Enforcement: An officer was found guilty of bribery and making false statements for taking sex and money in exchange for documents that would allow otherwise ineligible immigrants to legally work. ow.ly/BI8P309Mo4X
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: An officer was charged with sexual misconduct for off-duty actions against an unconscious woman. ow.ly/rMgi309MoFg
  • Update: Miami-Dade County, Florida (First reported 07-24-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to four years’ probation for attempting to frame her estranged husband. ow.ly/UMeO309Mpse
  • Mount Dora, Florida: An officer resigned a day before his arrest for domestic violence for stalking and threatening his ex-girlfriend. ow.ly/il7a309Mvd6
  • New York, New York: An officer was convicted of misconduct and filing a false instrument for conducting an unlawful arrest of a man and an illegal search of the woman he was with. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 9.  ow.ly/9gTo309MyYR
  • Maui, Hawaii: A now-former officer was given probation and fined $1,500 for issuing false speeding and parking tickets. ow.ly/cCBf309MC1A
  • New Hampshire Department of Corrections: A sworn probation officer was indicted for shooting into a car of a probationer. He is on modified duty and retains his law enforcement certification if and until he is convicted or terminated. ow.ly/ETic309MDtJ
  • Update: Lowell, North Carolina (First reported 09-06-16): A now-former officer pled guilty to statutory rape. He impregnated a 14-year-old girl and pressured her to have an abortion. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 12 years and may get up to 19 years in prison. ow.ly/g5ha309MEbI
  • Wilmington, North Carolina: An officer was caught on camera lying to an Uber driver—who is also a defense lawyer—about the right to record police interactions. ow.ly/yAtG309MT4f

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