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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-09-13

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 9, 2013:

  • Pauls Valley, Oklahoma: A pregnant woman, Jamie Lynn Russell, who went to the hospital, has died after police took her to jail. “Jamie was seeking help; she was in extreme pain,” a family friend said. Hospital staff reported Jamie wouldn’t cooperate, in too much pain to even lie down, so employees asked a police officer to assist. When police found two prescription pills that didn’t belong to Jamie, police took her to jail for drug possession. That’s where she sat for less than two hours before being found unresponsive.
  • Chatsworth, Georgia: A deputy has been indicted by a federal grand jury for lying to federal agents and concealing information in order to impede an FBI investigation.
  • Lake County, Florida: An officer admitted that he used an agency credit card to purchase a laptop for his 16-year-old son and then paid the bill with the department’s investigative funds. He has since resigned from his post.
  • Little Canada, Minnesota: A man was charged with obstruction of legal process and disorderly conduct after he filmed officers from more than 30 feet away. “I wish the police around the country would get the memo on these situations,” said a professor of media ethics and media law at the University of Minnesota. “Somebody needs to explain to them that under U.S. law, making video recordings of something that’s happening in public is legal.” The courts have been “pretty clear” on the issue, the professor said. “Law enforcement has no expectation of privacy when they are carrying out public duties in a public place.” Said the man who was charged: “I’m in the right. If they don’t drop it, I’m definitely going to trial.”
  • Macon County, North Carolina: A detective has been served with two misdemeanor criminal summonses; she allegedly made threats to a former high school basketball coach in person, and also threatened a student over Facebook. She was assigned to administrative duties, pending the outcome of the investigation.
  • Elko, Nevada: Despite facing the possibility of life in prison, an officer pleaded guilty to incest and will avoid a public trial and additional charges.
  • Pennsville, New Jersey: An officer admitted to destroying a computer hard drive while he was under investigation. He was allegedly in possession of child pornography. The incident is punishable by 20 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.
  • Elkton, Maryland: A state trooper was fired and charged for sexual solicitation of a minor for purposes of prostitution.
  • Trenton, New Jersey: An officer who was photographed in 2012 allegedly sleeping in his police car lost his gun in the police parking lot.

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