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The Twitter newsfeed and daily recap will be inactive Thursday September 1 through the Labor Day holiday. Both will resume Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

Thank you for your continued support of NPMRP and have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-29-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 29, 2016:

  • Update: St. Louis, Missouri (First reported 04-07-16): A now-former detective was sentenced to 52 months in prison for beating a cuffed suspect who he believed stole his daughter’s credit card. He also put his gun in the suspect’s mouth and worked with prosecutors to try to cover-up the incident.
  • Oakland, California: An officer faced no charges for domestic violence arrest. The victim alleges long-term abuse by the officer and says police investigators into her case were uncooperative and hostile.
  • Orlando, Florida: An officer was suspended for 24 hours after IAD ruled that his shooting into a fleeing vehicle was unjustified.
  • Barnegat Township, New Jersey: The chief was suspended with pay for unspecified reasons.
  • Update: Fairview, Tennessee (First reported 02-08-16): Three officers are to be terminated by the new chief for a range of misconduct.
  • Carroll County, Arkansas: An officer was arrested for domestic assault and drug charges after his wife came forward.
  • Janesville, Wisconsin: Two officers were arrested in separate incidents of DUI and disorderly conduct.
  • Update: Farmington Hills, Michigan (First reported 06-01-16): An officer pled guilty to three felony counts related to child pornography possession.

Chicago Pays Millions to Settle Police Killings

From the New York Times:

The release last month of a 2014 video showing a Chicago police officer fatally shooting another teenager, Laquan McDonald, has upended this city. The police superintendent, Garry F. McCarthy, was forced out despite a reduction in crime citywide. So was the leader of an authority charged with disciplining officers. The Justice Department has opened an investigation into possible civil rights abuses by the Police Department. Demonstrators call nearly every day for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign.

But the Chicago Police Department’s record of brutality began long before Mr. McDonald, 17, lay crumpled on Pulaski Road. For decades — back to violent clashes at the Democratic National Convention in 1968 and the confessions coerced by a “midnight crew” of detectivesaccused of using suffocation, electric shock and Russian roulette on black men in the 1970s and 1980s — the Chicago police have wrestled with allegations of torture, racism, weak oversight and a code of silence….

In Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, officers shot and killed 70 people, most of them black, in a five-year span ending in 2014. That was the most among the nation’s 10 largest cities during the same period, according to the Better Government Association, a nonprofit watchdog organization.


National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-08-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, October 8, 2015:

  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 09-14-15): The Civilian Complaint Review Board found that the officer who tackled ex-tennis star James Blake used excessive force.
  • Douglas County, Colorado: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence.
  • Greenville County, South Carolina: A deputy was fired and arrested for punching a handcuffed suspect in the face at a medical facility.
  • Update: Seabrook, New Hampshire (First reported 01-08-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to assault against an inmate in 2009. The video of the incident was released in January 2014 and soon went viral, prompting his termination and criminal charges.
  • Richfield, Minnesota: Two officers were placed on leave after a video showing an officer striking a black teen who was standing in a park made news.
  • Farmington, Maine: An officer faces two civil counts for excessive force for 2011 shooting death of Justin Crowley-Smilek.
  • Update: Boynton Beach, Florida (First reported 10-31-14): An officer was found not guilty of raping a woman at gunpoint on his patrol vehicle.
  • Sonoma County, California: The sheriff’s office is being sued in federal court by 20 jail inmates alleging beatings and abuse.
  • East Cleveland, Ohio: Three officers face charges for ripping off thousands of dollars from drug dealers over a two-year period.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-18-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, September 18, 2015:

  • Chesterton, Indiana: An officer was arrested for pointing his gun at his wife.
  • Polk County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for assaulting her husband. There was an altercation over a gun and it went off. No one was injured by the gunfire.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: An officer was charged with assault for allegedly choking a man in custody who was already in restraints.
  • Blackfoot, Idaho: A school resource officer was arrested for felony drug possession.
  • Toledo, Ohio: A now-former officer was convicted of felony theft for stealing a cell phone from a crime scene.
  • San Jose, California: An officer was suspended and arrested for indecent exposure and committing a lewd act in public. He was allegedly masturbating in his car.
  • Hartford, Connecticut: An officer was fired for code of conduct violations at a casino.
  • Update: Madison, Alabama: A now-former officer will face state charges for assault of an Indian national in February that left the man paralyzed. The federal civil rights trial ended with a hung jury, but the DOJ said they will retry the case.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-03-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 3, 2015:

  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for stealing a credit card from deceased man and buying herself a diamond ring with it.
  • Update: Simpsonville, South Carolina (First reported 02-24-14): A now-former chief and now-former detective had the misconduct charges against them dropped.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The City will settle two lawsuits alleging police brutality for $100,000 (combined). Those settlements put the citywide payout for misconduct over $5,000,000 since 2010.
  • Update: Darien, Georgia (First reported 10-21-14): A now-former officer was indicted for stealing $1,500 worth of drugs from the evidence room.
  • Update: Seabrook, New Hampshire (First reported 04-11-14): A now-former officer’s assault case ends in a mistrial. Video showed the officer slamming the victim into a wall. Three other officers were fired or disciplined for the event. According to the report, the foreman said one juror believed marijuana gave a user super-human strength and therefore he refused to convict the officer because the victim had drugs in his possession.
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was arrested for DWI.
  • Update: Washington County, Arkansas (First reported 05-07-15): A deputy resigned after being targeted in a fraud investigation. After he was charged, he pled not guilty to insurance fraud and assault of his ex-wife.
  • Update: Minneapolis, Minnesota (First reported 02-08-13): A now-former officer who lured young girls for sex was re-sentenced to 102 months in prison. The appellate court ruled that his previous sentence of 30 months was not within the permissible scope of downward departure, the mechanism by which a judge may reduce a sentence below normal range for a given crime.
  • Update: Fresno, California (First reported 07-23-12): A now-former officer pled no contest to a rape charge.

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