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National Police Misconduct Daily NewsFeed Recap 08-16-12

Here are the 9 stories of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 16, 2012:

  • Brevard, Colorado: A deputy faces charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property after he was found with paintball equipment that was reported stolen in March. Investigators said they found two rooms full of paintball equipment, masks, guns, and other supplies in his home.
  • Update: Bogota, NJ: A judge recommended that suspended police officer Regina Tasca be dismissed from the department. She faces charges from two incidents, including failure to perform the duties of her rank, conduct unbecoming, and failure to assist other officers. “The failure of Officer Tasca to cooperate during both the incidents was paramount,” the Judge wrote. “She did not assist Officer Fowler and she interfered with Sergeant Rella.” Tasca was suspended without pay in May 2011 after a psychological examination found her unfit for duty.
  • Delray, Florida: David Chin, a member of the police department’s Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit, went to great lengths to falsify reports so he could hide text messages outlining his romantic interest in a woman he arrested.
  • Nashville, Tennessee: An officer was charged with aggravated trespassing and public intoxication and fired. He had graduated from the police academy just two weeks prior.
  • Orlando, Florida: An 87-year-old war veteran says an officer used an excessive take-down technique on him and broke his neck. Two key witnesses testified in the trial, including a retired police chief. The chief was hired to evaluate the use of excessive force, and said the take down maneuver was “uncontrolled” and that a more thorough, in-depth investigation should have been conducted by the Orlando police department.
  • Union City, New Jersey: An officer was charged with assault and disorderly conduct. She was suspended, with pay, for one day for the incident.
  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Police say that Officer Robert Lee Baker has been charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretense.
  • Kansas City, Kansas: A police officer was charged with child endangerment. She left her 4-year-old daughter in a running car near the county jail on a 100 degree day.
  • St. Charles Township, Illinois: A former Elgin police officer pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence in a 2011 robbery case. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 24 months of probation, 200 hours of community service and given a $1000 fine.


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