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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 01-13-17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 13, 2017:

  • Update: St. Croix County, Wisconsin (First reported 10-17-16): An officer resigned after his arrest in North Dakota for being passed out and allegedly intoxicated in his patrol car. He was working a volunteer detail for the pipeline protests. His trial is scheduled for March 3.  ow.ly/zzOY307WsYV
  • San Pablo, California: A commander was arrested for domestic violence. He is no longer with the department. ow.ly/1ESb307Wtvq
  • University of Toledo (Ohio): An officer pled no contest to OVI. His license was suspended license but given an exception for work. He was also fined and ordered to take remedial driver education. ow.ly/6v30307WuyP
  • Update: Daytona Beach, Florida (First reported 11-21-16): A now-former officer will not face criminal charges for lying to investigators about being shot at. ow.ly/8AWM307YFxP
  • Update: Agawam, Massachusetts: Three officers who were fired for excessive force against a detainee will not face state criminal charges. Video of the incident has been released. ow.ly/R8Y3307YGcm
  • Update: Detroit, Michigan (First reported 01-05-17): An officer resigned in lieu of termination for posting derogatory social media posts about residents. ow.ly/TPkx307YIr7
  • Bexar County, Texas: A deputy was fired after he was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/GLsu307YIOE
  • Update: Wheeling, West Virginia (First reported 11-17-16): A now-former officer pled guilty to possession of indecent images of a child and was sentenced to probation. He had sex with a 17-year-old student at the school where he worked as a resource officer. ow.ly/hBI6307YKeE

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 01-12-17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 12, 2017

  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 10-14-15): An officer pled guilty to attempted assault for biting his girlfriend during a fight while he was off-duty. He may retain his job. ow.ly/33HR307TOzI
  • Broward County, Florida: A sheriff’s deputy was suspended for recording and leaking security footage of the airport shooting to TMZ. ow.ly/6cIv307TPI9
  • Corona, California: An officer was placed on leave after accidentally firing a round into a security officer’s car. The security officer was in the car at the time of the shooting but was not hit by the bullet. ow.ly/pY81307Wn8D
  • Gaston County, North Carolina: An officer was arrested for assault and pointing a gun at someone. He is no longer with the department. ow.ly/AY0q307WnSm
  • McKinley County, New Mexico: A deputy was suspended and two others were placed on paid leave after a brawl at a party at the suspended deputy’s home. The victim was not an officer and had to be airlifted to a hospital. ow.ly/wmrC307WrAH
  • Sonoma County, California (First reported 10-24-16): A now-former deputy was charged with felonious assault by an officer for beating and tasing a Marine veteran and former police officer in his home. ow.ly/LLM8307Wsad
  • Pinellas County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for domestic battery and witness tampering after an off-duty incident. ow.ly/D4CW307WspG
  • Update: Nashville, Tennessee (First reported 01-25-16): An officer was suspended for one month after her criminal stalking charge was dismissed following an Alford plea. ow.ly/jdUz307Wua7

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 01-11-17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 11, 2017:

  • Update: Los Angeles County, California: Now-former sheriff Lee Baca will be retried for corruption after a mistrial. ow.ly/aY1U307SpEg
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was fired for breaking into ex-girlfriend’s home and misleading internal affairs investigation into the matter. The ex-girlfriend is also an officer in the department. ow.ly/Ozbm307TKFY
  • Midland, Texas: An officer who was arrested for domestic violence and interference with an officer in performance of his duties has resigned. ow.ly/eCpt307TLel
  • Harris County, Texas: A deputy was arrested for producing obscene material and sexually abusing a dog. He has been fired. ow.ly/RSm0307TLRq
  • Update: Lucas County, Ohio (First reported 08-29-16): A deputy who was fired for posting implicit threats on social media has been reinstated by a labor arbitrator. ow.ly/GIeE307TMop
  • Update: U.S. Secret Service (First reported 11-16-15): A now-former officer was stationed at the White House agreed to plead guilty for attempting to sext a minor in Delaware. He was caught in a sting. The agreement allows him to be extradited to face even more serious charges in Florida ow.ly/PyzZ307TMPG
  • Update: U.S. Customs & Border Protection (First reported 09-12-16): An officer pled guilty to accepting sexual favors and bribes for smuggling people into the United States. He resigned his post before the plea and is scheduled to be sentenced April 7. ow.ly/vrRT307TNn8
  • Update: St. Louis County, Missouri (First reported 01-07-16): An officer was sentenced to five years of probation after he pled guilty to assaulting his girlfriend during an incident off duty. He resigned and surrendered his law enforcement certification. ow.ly/G8t8307TNVf

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 01-10-17

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, January 10, 2017:

  • Cincinnati, Ohio: An officer was arrested after dropping her department-issued firearm while she was intoxicated and off-duty at movie theatre. The incident prompted a temporary evacuation of the facility.  ow.ly/Hf7B307Qlrr
  • Update: Fort Worth, Texas (First reported 12-27-16): An officer was suspended for ten days without pay for the arrest of a mother and daughter that was captured on video. The mother had called police for help because a neighbor allegedly assaulted her young son, but the officer arrested her and chastised her for not teaching her child not to litter.   ow.ly/Q5Qn307QlNs
  • Update: Texas Department of Public Safety (First reported 03-24-16): A trooper had forgery charges dropped for lack of evidence. ow.ly/LtSu307Qn5c
  • Waxhaw, North Carolina: An officer was charged with a misdemeanor after his 2-year-old child shot his wife with his unsecured gun. ow.ly/B3qQ307Qnkz
  • Update: Little Rock, Arkansas (First reported 11-12-12): The City is being sued by two men who were arrested by an off-duty (now-retired) officer who had been working a security detail. ow.ly/elW8307QnJR
  • Council Bluffs, Nebraska: An officer was arrested for OWI and leaving the scene of an accident after an off-duty crash. ow.ly/m9A9307RGw3
  • Update: Stevenson, Alabama (First reported 03-07-16): The now-former chief was sentenced to 27 months in prison for federal civil rights violations and was ordered to pay $12,000 in restitution. When his friend’s business was burglarized, the then-chief and his friend went to the suspect’s home and beat him. ow.ly/Zc8r307Spih

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 01-09-17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, January 9, 2017:

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: An officer was arrested for DUI after a single-car crash. ow.ly/cmGn307ONPz
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The City settled with a delivery driver who was shot by plainclothes officers and suffered permanent physical injury.  The officers allegedly did not identify themselves as police officers as they engaged the driver. The $4,400,000 payout was the largest settlement in City history. ow.ly/NkLe307OOis
  • Update: Fairlawn, Ohio (First reported 05-27-16): Two officers were suspended for leading officers on a high-speed chase while they were off duty. The officer who was driving pled to obstruction and was sentenced to community service. ow.ly/pwY5307OOQO
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was suspended for arresting a man who insulted him. ow.ly/tnju307OP7C
  • Pembroke Pines, Florida: An officer was suspended for three months for using a law enforcement database to snoop on others at least 560 times. On at least several occasions, she also harassed some people she found information on, which is how the malfeasance was discovered. ow.ly/nu2z307OPwY
  • Moultrie, Georgia: An officer was arrested for assaulting someone while taking them into custody. ow.ly/Q0Av307OQUL
  • Riverside, California: An officer was demoted after drinking, texting, and then crashing a police vehicle and leaving the scene. There was no arrest or charge brought in the case.  ow.ly/fzdv307ORjm
  • Lake in the Hills, Illinois: An officer was arrested for DWI after striking and killing a pedestrian. ow.ly/arSx307ORH3
  • Update: Nelson County, Kentucky (First reported 10-24-16): A deputy was reinstated after a domestic assault charge against him was dropped. ow.ly/cvJr307PW20

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 01-06-17

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 6, 2017:

  • Clarksville, Indiana: An officer resigned and has been charged with theft from a Wal-Mart. ow.ly/mA83307KwcO
  • Buffalo Valley Regional Police (Pennsylvania): An officer was arrested for threatening the lives of his wife and children while intoxicated. ow.ly/WZ1Z307KCsJ
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee: A deputy was fired for reckless driving.  His driving while responding to a call caused a collision. ow.ly/nXRw307KDk6
  • Update: Danville, Kentucky (First reported 03-28-16): An officer pled guilty to wanton endangerment and DUI for head-on crash while he was off duty. His sentencing is scheduled for February 7th. ow.ly/XqiG307KE1k
  • Temple, Texas: An officer was arrested for DWI while off duty on New Year’s Eve. ow.ly/tXSF307KGgp
  • Collier County, Florida: A deputy was fired for using a law enforcement database to look up info on his then-girlfriend and then making false statements to cover it up. ow.ly/UC2g307KHFY
  • Springdale, Arkansas: An officer was fired for undisclosed reasons and dropped his appeal of termination. ow.ly/sU9z307KIzW

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 01-05-17

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 5, 2017:

  • New York, New York: Three officers are under investigation after a video of them beating a 50-year-old man went public. ow.ly/5vCp307H4Qh
  • Vermilion Parish, Louisiana: The sheriff paid a $2,500 fine and had ethics charges against him dropped. He was accused of buying a home from a departmental auction. ow.ly/gans307HopH
  • Update: Flagstaff, Arizona (First reported 11-17-16): The officer who was captured on video punching a woman has resigned in lieu of termination. ow.ly/N7f4307InL1
  • Detroit, Michigan: An officer is being investigated for social media posts calling residents “garbage” and bragging about abusing people. ow.ly/1NbZ307Iq0j
  • Update: Broward County, Florida (First reported 11-11-16): A deputy who was fired after his arrest for extorting sexual favors from a suspect has committed suicide. ow.ly/E00D307Ir8m
  • Update: El Paso, Texas (First reported 06-27-16): An officer was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for a fatal off-duty crash in June. ow.ly/habR307IvkI
  • Agawam, Massachusetts: An officer was indicted for stealing more than $10,000 from the police union. ow.ly/eVmy307Iw1O

Worst of the Month — December

For December we’ve selected two former police officers from East Point, Georgia, who were found guilty of criminal charges last month in relation to the killing of Gregory Towns.

Here’s the background: Two police officers, Marcus Eberhart and Howard Weems, were responding to a domestic disturbance call.  When they arrived on the scene, Gregory Towns tried to flee on foot.  The police caught him and placed him in handcuffs.  When the officers ordered Towns to stand up and walk to the police car, he said he was exhausted and too tired to walk.  Frustrated, the police responded by tasing Towns so that he would comply with their commands.  Towns was tased several times and he died.

At their criminal trial, the officers told the jury, via their legal counsel, that Towns died from an illness unrelated to the tasing, but if they did not believe that, the jury should understand that the tasing was the only way to get Towns to the police car.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 01-04-17

Here are the six reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 4, 2017:

  • Rolesville, North Carolina: An officer was placed on paid leave during an investigation into the use of force against female high school student that was captured on video and went viral. ow.ly/igHn307EZbq
  • Update: Henrico County, Virginia: A deputy settled a lawsuit with a woman who was injured when he shot into the fleeing car that she was a passenger in. He was acquitted of criminal charges in the case. ow.ly/RddF307EZCp
  • Roane County, West Virginia: The newly elected sheriff was charged with stealing methamphetamine from evidence and admitted to being an addict. ow.ly/g79t307FjF2
  • McKenzie County, North Dakota: A deputy was fired after an internal investigation. A criminal investigation into the matter is ongoing. ow.ly/EMBr307Geaa
  • Update: McKinney, Texas: The City is being sued for the actions of a now-former officer at swimming pool party in 2015. The officer was captured on video using force against black children who were attending the party. ow.ly/SUTi307Gpi1
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: An officer was arrested on New Years’ for drunk driving. He also faces a weapons charge for having his gun in the back seat, and thus in his possession, while intoxicated. ow.ly/MdHp307GqF8

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 01-03-17

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, January 3, 2017:

  • Kenosha, Wisconsin: An officer was arrested on battery charges. ow.ly/SkY5307DODz
  • New Rochelle, New York: An officer was charged with vehicular manslaughter and DWI after a fatal off-duty crash. ow.ly/bLT5307DW8P
  • Baltimore County, Maryland: A now-former deputy reached a settlement with the State of Maryland for $160,000. He claimed he was fired for whistleblowing. ow.ly/d1RZ307DXnU
  • San Bernardino County, California: A deputy was charged with having sex with a teenager who was participating in the department’s Explorer program. ow.ly/xLQ8307E5OJ
  • Kettering, Ohio: A detective pled guilty to stealing prescription pills from a home while he was investigating a break-in. ow.ly/jEZ2307E9lE
  • Modesto, California: The City is being sued for excessive force after two officers opened fire on people in a car who were attempting to escape during a drug sting. Plaintiffs alleged that the officers did not identify themselves and they thought they were being attacked. ow.ly/VQyt307EauS
  • Mission, Texas: An officer was arrested for DWI and an open container violation. ow.ly/dcqA307EaQQ
  • Blanchard, Oklahoma: An officer was arrested for soliciting a minor and child pornography. ow.ly/hirQ307EbuY
  • Miami, Florida: Three officers were fired for posting “jokes” about using black neighborhoods for target practice to a social media site. ow.ly/nHQR307Ekyf
  • Update: Bay County, Michigan (First reported 11-15-16): A deputy was charged with tampering and careless discharge of a firearm for an accidental shooting at the school where he was SRO. He allegedly tried to cover-up the incident. A teacher was grazed in the shooting but was not seriously injured. ow.ly/Uy9m307ElI1
  • Update: Baltimore County, Maryland (First reported 02-25-15): The County reached a settlement with a teen who was shot by an off-duty deputy working private detail at an apartment complex. The settlement was for $30,000. ow.ly/CVlE307Epo0
  • Lee County, Florida: A now-former deputy was charged with grand theft for defrauding the government of $60,000 in work hours. ow.ly/xNm3307Eqmy
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: An officer was charged for an alleged domestic assault on Christmas Day. ow.ly/UKZU307EqGs