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National Police Misconduct News Feed Daily Recap 08-02-12

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 2, 2012:
  • Birmingham, Alabama: a Birmingham police officer has been indicted for two separate excessive force incidents. “We will prosecute those few who abuse their law enforcement powers and violate the civil rights of others who are in their custody,” noted the U.S. Attorney involved.
  • Lithonia, Georgia: the police chief has been accused of trying to serve his own eviction notice. “He basically provided a sworn statement to the courts that he himself could not be found,” according to a spokesperson for the state agency that voted to revoke him.
  • Wagner, South Dakota: the police chief has been arrested and charged with misprision of felony.
  • Harris County, Texas: a deputy constable has been arrested and accused of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
  • Struthers, Ohio: a police officer has been fired after refusing a breathalyzer test.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: a Lake County, Florida deputy has been suspended without pay after being arrested for indecent exposure.
  • Rogersville, Tennessee: an ex-Hawkins County deputy has pleaded guilty in a missing evidence case.
  • Monroe, North Carolina: a Waxhaw police sergeant has been charged with DWI.
  • Los Angeles, California: the county has paid out nearly $2m to settle excessive force lawsuits involving its deputies.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: an officer has charged with helping his half-brother and heroin traffickers.
  • Atlantic County, New Jersey: a Philadelphia police officer has been indicted and charged with resisting arrest and aggravated assault on a policeman. She’s also been suspended with intent to dismiss.
  • Troy, Alabama: a former officer has been indicted for multiple sex crimes against a child under the age of 12.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: an officer has been fired for a hit and run and DWI. A department spokeswoman noted that officers “are expected to conduct themselves in a respectable, appropriate manner–both on and off the clock.”
  • Houston, Texas: two Houston police officers have been arrested and charged with stealing drugs. They’ve also been relieved of duty pending an internal investigation.

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