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National Police Misconduct News Feed Daily Recap 08-01-12

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, August 1, 2012:

  • Los Osos, California: a San Luis Obispo County deputy has been arrested on a domestic violence charge. “The Sheriff’s Office holds our employees to the same or higher standards than other members of the comunity,” according to the department’s spokesperson.
  • Payson, Arizona: a civilian has sued the town police department and three officers. The complaint claims that he was subjected to excessive force.
  • Auburn, New York: a former police officer has been sentenced to seven years for embezzling from a Police Benevolent Association while serving as its treasurer. “This defendant has let down the public. He’s let down his comrades,” per the Cayuga County District Attorney.
  • Horicon, Minnesota: an off-duty officer was arrested for allegedly driving drunk and having his personal handgun in the car with him.  “He remains on the police department and has an otherwise good service record,” according to the department’s chief.
  • Memphis, Tennessee: a former officer has pleaded guilty to federal drug, assault, and theft charges. He faces up to life in prison.
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: a fired police officer has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for molesting a crime victim. He raped the 19-year-old in question after she had called 911 because her house was being vandalized. His sentence was extended for an additional two years for perjury.
  • St. Louis, Missouri: a South St. Louis County officer tased a 12-year-old girl in Victoria’s Secret. The officer had been looking for the girl’s mother, who had warrants out for her arrest for “numerous unresolved traffic tickets”. We posted some relevant news footage here
  • El Dorado Hills, California: a retired El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to five years for embezzlement. He stole more than $300,000 from the county deputies’ union, of which he was president.
  • Orlando, Florida: a man suspected of credit card theft is suing the city of Orlando and the officers who arrested him. The officers claimed that they shot at him in the incident because he had rammed their patrol cars. A surveillance tape, however, suggests that an unmarked police car hit the suspect’s van first, pushing it into the other cars.
  • Queens, New York: an NYPD detective has been suspended without pay after a kidnapping victim was found, bound and gagged, in his garage.
  • Austin, Texas: an officer has been fired for violating department policies in addition to his having been charged with assault in March. The charges stemmed from an altercation with his wife.
  • Los Angeles County, California: a sheriff’s deputy has been charged with perjury and filing a false police report. He allegedly falsely accused a couple of being under the influence: “I’d seen it in the movies, but never in a million years did I think it would happen to me,” said one of them.
  • Anderson, South Carolina: a deputy has been charged with misconduct and drug offenses. He was arrested and fired. “We take our officers’ conduct very seriously,” per the sheriff. “When there is a problem, we deal with it and we deal with it strictly.”
  • Wilder, Vermont: a civilian has filed a lawsuit against police officers and town officials. He alleges cops beat and pepper-sprayed him inside his own home because he is African-American.

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