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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-16-17

Here are the six reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 16, 2017:

  • Shreveport, Louisiana: An officer was charged with accessory after the fact in the wake of a fatal shooting at a grocery store. ow.ly/nX2f3094049
  • Update: Robstown, Texas (First reported 11-08-16): An officer entered a pretrial diversion program for DWI, and will retain job after serving a five-day suspension. He was found unconscious behind the wheel of his truck. Successful completion of the program will purge the charge from his record. ow.ly/X9lq30948Ga
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 03-03-16): An officer was acquitted of charges for slapping a student in a viral video. The other officer involved entered an Alford plea and resigned.  ow.ly/551B3094gZF
  • Update: Columbus, Mississippi (First reported 09-08-16): A now-former officer was acquitted of domestic violence charges. She resigned after her arrest. ow.ly/NPWR3094hWY
  • Nashville, Tennessee: An officer was fired for social media posts about the fatal shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota. The Chief said the posts were so bad that they discredited the officer. ow.ly/axM33094iHY
  • Providence, Kentucky: A patrolman resigned after an FBI investigation into alleged racial profiling. ow.ly/dXq83094kt2  The news story is gated so the following link is included for background information. ow.ly/anHr3094kvJ

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-15-17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 15, 2017:

  • Bristol, Virginia: A detective was arrested for DUI and suspended. ow.ly/fY4q3091H8F
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 03-03-16): A school resource officer entered an Alford plea on an assault charge and resigned. He was video recorded slapping a student, and the images went viral. ow.ly/EJl23091LtR
  • U.S. Customs & Border Protection (NYC): An officer was arrested for aiding cocaine smugglers at JFK airport. ow.ly/Z8Vv3091M1r
  • Oviedo, Florida: An officer was indicted on aggravated assault charges for a shooting during a traffic stop. ow.ly/oiKj3091MvJ
  • Update: Pennsylvania State Police (first reported 02-17-16): A trooper is on trial for assault and official oppression. He was video recorded kicking an activist and subsequently lying in his official statement. ow.ly/2zyv3091NbN
  • Update: Memphis, Tennessee (First reported 01-19-16): A now-former officer was sentenced to one year in jail for stalking his ex. He put a tracking device on her car. ow.ly/3T9T3091OiG
  • Trenton, New Jersey: An officer was placed on leave after a domestic incident with his wife. ow.ly/wwkM3091OYT
  • Grover Beach, California: An officer was arrested for failure to control a dangerous animal after a fatal mauling. He resigned. ow.ly/wxy53091PHy

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Recap 02-14-17

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, February 14, 2017:

  • Jackson, Mississippi: An officer was fired after a cell phone video showed him knee a handcuffed suspect in the head. ow.ly/ELm7308ZD1a
  • Update: Denver, Colorado (First reported 10-31-16): An officer pled guilty to stealing $1,200 at a crime scene. He was discovered by a review of the footage on his body camera. He was allowed to resign and given 18 months of probation. ow.ly/DTjH308ZEjA
  • Update: Montvale, New Jersey (First reported 01-17-17): An officer pled guilty to DWI. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation, but he is appealing the inclusion of his DWI test as evidence, so the probation has not yet gone into effect. ow.ly/AzHF308ZFhV
  • Ft. Myer U.S. Army Base (Virginia): A civilian police officer pled guilty to armed bank robbery. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 12.  ow.ly/TX6G308ZG9A
  • Pensacola, Florida: An officer was arrested for trespass, battery, and obstruction for an off-duty incident at another person’s home. ow.ly/DDhQ308ZGSE
  • Tennessee Highway Patrol: A trooper was charged with reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, public intoxication, and resisting arrest for an off-duty incident involving his wife. ow.ly/iKfP308ZHx9
  • Las Cruces, New Mexico: The City was ordered to pay a couple $1,600,000 for an incident when an officer slammed a woman’s face into rocks during her arrest, thereby breaking her nose and wrist. ow.ly/vB6Y3090lMj

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-13-17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, February 13, 2017:

  • Update: Marion County, Florida (First reported 01-27-16): A now-former deputy was acquitted of state battery charge for actions during a 2014 arrest that was caught on video. He was acquitted of federal civil rights charges for the same incident last year. Four other now-former deputies pled guilty to charges and testified against him. ow.ly/EMah308WomY
  • North Charleston, South Carolina: A deputy who was fired for excessive force was charged with third-degree assault and battery for an on-duty incident. This is the same community that is preparing for the retrial of its former officer Michael Slager for fatally shooting Walter Scott in the back. In both cases, the officer was white and the citizen was black. ow.ly/2Tw6308Wp3z
  • Florence County, South Carolina: A deputy who served as a school resource officer was charged with sexual battery of a student. ow.ly/CvjT308WpGP
  • Orlando, Florida: An officer was fired for lying on an official police report.  ow.ly/ftfg308X50d
  • Macon County, Tennessee: A deputy was charged with stealing a bale of tobacco. He was off duty at the time of the incident and is no longer with the department. ow.ly/tBHt308X5GY
  • Newark, New Jersey: An officer was charged with false swearing and making false statements. He was previously suspended for actions during the arrest of a 14-year-old boy. (See report of 02-05-16) ow.ly/oiEV308X6d8
  • Wichita, Kansas: An officer was jailed on rape charges for an incident while he was off duty. ow.ly/FR24308XBq9
  • New York, New York: An officer was cited in a lawsuit by a disabled man who alleges he was sexually assaulted by the officer under color of law in a bodega. ow.ly/TUz9308XYFV

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-10-17

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

  • Friars Point, Mississippi: An officer was suspended for three days for threats and intimidation. ow.ly/XWrY308SvyB
  • Update: Ely, Minnesota (First reported 11-12-15): An officer who had been suspended indefinitely struck a deal so to resign after he admitted to a sexual relationship with an underage girl. He will receive $15,000 in severance pay. ow.ly/lYIM308SwhB
  • Chicago, Illinois: The independent review authority recommended firing an officer who fatally shot motorist Darius Pinex in January 2011. ow.ly/dvde308Sx8B
  • Atlanta, Georgia: An officer was arrested after a DUI crash. ow.ly/KgPU308SRRQ
  • Richmond, Virginia: An officer was charged with reckless handling of a firearm after a fellow officer filed a complaint. ow.ly/37oc308SS6u
  • Indian River County, Florida: A deputy resigned in lieu of termination after an excessive force complaint. Two others were suspended for their actions related to the same complaint. ow.ly/1Dxg308TqnX
  • Cleburne County, Arkansas: A deputy was fired after he lied to supervisors about a reported rules violation. ow.ly/3Rdg308TtWJ
  • Update: Ault, Colorado (First reported 06-07-16): A now-former officer was acquitted of second-degree murder in a fatal crash that prosecutors alleged was the result of road rage. ow.ly/XEx3308TwXu
  • Sarasota County, Florida: A deputy was charged with lying to authorities who were investigating her colleague for attempted murder. ow.ly/IFsT308TxdX

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-09-17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 9, 2017:

  • Update: Kettering, Ohio (First reported 01-03-17): An officer was sentenced to 90 days of home confinement and 200 hours of community service for pill theft. ow.ly/Kloh308OTdU
  • Lincoln, Nebraska: An officer was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving while he was off duty. ow.ly/cxY1308PgCK
  • Level Plains, Alabama: An officer was arrested for burglary after a domestic incident with his wife during a child custody exchange. The report described a physical altercation but did not mention any assault or battery charges. ow.ly/iWpZ308PgNh
  • Helena-West Helena, Arkansas: An officer was arrested for false imprisonment after he arrested woman walking to her doctor. ow.ly/zTiM308PgZf
  • Boyd County, Kentucky: A deputy was suspended for 24 days for a racist post on social media. ow.ly/5VAo308PhaY
  • Update: Bullitt County, Kentucky (First reported 11-19-15): A now-former detective was acquitted of unlawfully accessing a confidential law enforcement database. Her wrongful termination suit is ongoing. ow.ly/ZUza308Qf5b
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 07-01-15): The City settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of Tanisha Anderson, who died of asphyxiation while handcuffed during a police encounter, for $2,250,000. ow.ly/7j9w308Qidx
  • Arapahoe County, Colorado: A deputy was arrested for DUI by his colleagues while he was on duty. ow.ly/8Z3B308Qnuy
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (New Jersey): Two agents pled guilty to lying to federal officials about their joint ownership interests in and employment at a nightclub. This ownership would have likely scuttled their security clearance due to a presumptive conflict of interest. One was sentenced to probation and community service. The other is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.  ow.ly/VMcu308QE1b

Worst of the Month — January

So for January we have selected the case of Philippe Holland, who was an innocent man shot by Philadelphia police.

According to news reports, here is what happened: Holland was a college student who worked part-time delivering take-out food.  Two  years ago, he was delivering a cheeseburger to a house when two officers in plain clothes responded to the area because of a report about gunshots.  Holland says he thought he was about to get robbed because the officers approached him without identifying themselves.  Frightened, Holland jumped in his car and tried to drive away quickly.  The police officers opened fire and Holland now has a permanent seizure disorder and has bullet fragments in his brain.

Last month, the city agreed to pay $4.4 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Holland, reportedly the largest settlement for a police shooting in the city’s history.

The officers involved in the shooting–Kevin Hanvey and Mitchell Farrell– claim that they feared for their lives and thus had to shoot.  They were not prosecuted.  Even after the passage of two years the department says their discipline is yet “to be determined.”  Hmm.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-08-17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 8, 2017:

  • Surprise, Arizona: An officer resigned after his domestic violence conviction stemming from an incident in Las Vegas involving his now-ex-fiancée. ow.ly/SeMG308NIyO
  • Update: University of North Dakota (First reported 11-09-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $16,000 in restitution for child pornography possession. ow.ly/QtII308NJs4
  • Update: Richmond, California: (First reported 11-01-16) One of the four officers who were recommended to be fired for their roles in the Bay Area child exploitation and prostitution scandal was reinstated after serving a one-month suspension. According to the report, “Eleven Richmond police officers were implicated in the investigation. Five have been disciplined, but continue to work for the department. Two have left the department for reasons unrelated to the teenager who used the name Celeste Guap while working as a prostitute. Another two have been fired from the department.” Several other departments have officers that were caught up in the scandal. ow.ly/4J2B308NJSS
  • Update: North Andover, Massachusetts (First reported 01-23-17): An officer retired after being arrested for a DUI crash in his cruiser while on a work trip in Pennsylvania. His BAC was recorded at .219. ow.ly/LxVm308NKlM
  • Update: Pima County, Arizona (First reported 02-16-16): The now-former chief deputy agreed to plead guilty to charges to embezzling more than $500,000 of forfeiture proceeds.  ow.ly/HkUK308NL1y
  • Update: Gwinnett County, Georgia (First reported 02-01-17): The officer who was fired after striking pedestrians while responding to a call was charged with vehicular homicide after a teen he struck died. ow.ly/mwYS308NMiV
  • El Paso, Texas: An officer was arrested for sexual assault of a child. ow.ly/BXHj308NMJr
  • Oceana County, Michigan: A now-former deputy pled guilty to misdemeanor destruction of property. He is appealing his firing to a labor arbitrator as misdemeanor convictions do not necessarily trigger terminations.  ow.ly/2uwM308NNwW
  • Update: Los Angeles, California: The City formally agreed to pay family of Ezell Ford Jr. $1,500,00 for his wrongful shooting death.ow.ly/K1ZB308OOli

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-07-17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, February 7, 2017:

  • Ferguson, Missouri: The City dropped its appeal of a federal jury’s $3,000,000 wrongful death award to the family of an unarmed man who was tased to death by a now-former officer.  ow.ly/Fk95308JX29
  • Baltimore County, Maryland: An officer was charged with assault for actions after a pursuit. ow.ly/W3SB308JXpC
  • Temple, Texas: An officer was suspended indefinitely for improperly storing DNA, drug, and other evidence in his locker and patrol vehicle. ow.ly/nYDy308LHyv
  • Wichita Falls, Texas: An officer was arrested for domestic violence and is no longer with the department. ow.ly/YT3H308LLds
  • Spartanburg County, South Carolina: A deputy was charged for coercing an 11-year-old girl to send pornographic images to him. ow.ly/ogXw308LLW9
  • San Francisco County, CA: A sheriff’s deputy was charged for falsely reporting that her gun was stolen and giving it to her boyfriend, whom she knew is a felon. ow.ly/ROLf308LMbX
  • Washington County, Georgia: Two deputies are being sued by a woman who claims she was arrested for criticizing one of them, her ex-husband, on facebook. ow.ly/buQf308LMo2
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 07-02-15): An officer who was arrested three times in a year and sent to rehab was given 4 years for heroin distribution. ow.ly/vwRM308MyN1

 

 

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-06-17

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, February 6, 2017:

  • Denver County, Colorado: A deputy was suspended for 30 days for flashing his badge at a restaurant in order to intimidate employees. ow.ly/nnXi308ISHt
  • Logan Township, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged for a DUI hit-and-run while he was off duty. He has been suspended without pay. ow.ly/PMX8308J2gX
  • Pinellas County, Florida: A deputy was fired after an investigation into sexual misconduct revealed numerous violations. ow.ly/9ngw308JgDH
  • Update: Evansville, Indiana: An officer suspended since November is under investigation for sending threatening text messages. ow.ly/vG3n308JhzE
  • Moberly, Missouri: An officer was arrested for tampering after allegedly stealing less than $500 from drug raid evidence. ow.ly/kfkI308Jofc
  • Aiken County, South Carolina: A deputy was charged with sexual battery for an alleged sexual relationship with a student at the school where he served as SRO. The charge includes the language “no aggravated force or coercion.” ow.ly/sewK308JpnR
  • Update: Sandusky County, Ohio: A now-former sheriff was sentenced to four years in prison for drug and theft-in-office convictions. ow.ly/3E40308JQaf

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