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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-01-13

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, February 1, 2013:

  • Quantico, Virginia: Virginia State Police are conducting a criminal investigation of the Quantico Police Department after an audit revealed $1,000 in cash was missing, along with marijuana and a handgun belonging to the police chief. The chief resigned after he took a polygraph test.
  • Boulder City, Nevada: Police Lieutenant Pieter Walkers murdered his wife and son before committing suicide.
  • Petersburg, Virginia: The son of the police chief, also a police officer, is facing a DWI charge and allegations of driving that could have endangered lives. He failed all standard field sobriety tests and refused a breath test. Another officer obtained a warrant for his blood, but test results have not yet returned an exact blood alcohol content reading.
  • Huntington, West Virginia: A men has filed a federal lawsuit against a police officer and the city, alleging the officer violated his civil rights by beating him with a deadly weapon after he had been handcuffed.
  • Update: Everett, Washington: The death of a mentally ill man at the jail has been ruled a homicide. Homicide is a medical term that means a person died as a result of another’s actions. It is up to police and prosecutors to decide whether those actions may constitute a crime, such as manslaughter or murder, or were legally justified. Police officials said the case remains under active investigation.
  • Dayton, Ohio: A lawsuit filed by a mother and her mentally challenged son against the city and two police officers has been settled for $10,000. The suit claimed police officers assaulted the boy after mistaking his speech impediment for disrespect.
  • Update: Culpeper, Virginia: A jury found an officer guilty of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman. He could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison on the manslaughter conviction, one to five for shooting into an occupied vehicle and two to 10 for shooting into a vehicle resulting in death.
  • Ahoskie, North Carolina: A police officer was arrested and charged with raping a teenager. Officer Andreas Snape was charged with more than 20 counts. Snape was fired.
  • New York, New York: The family of a 7-year-old New York boy is suing police and the city for $250 million, saying cops handcuffed and interrogated the boy for ten hours after a scuffle over lunch money at school.
  • Update: San Diego, California: Six women arrested during the Occupy protests are suing the law enforcement agencies over a range of alleged civil-rights abuses. One has said that law-enforcement officers used excessive force to arrest her.
  • Camden, New Jersey: An officer was sentenced to 46 months in prison. While in uniform and on duty, he engaged in a conspiracy with other officers to deprive individuals of their rights by charging them with planted evidence; threatening certain individuals with arrest using planted evidence if they did not cooperate with law enforcement; conducting illegal searches without a search warrant or consent; stealing money during illegal searches and arrests; paying for cooperation and information with illegal drugs; failing to report found drugs and stashing them to use as planted evidence; and preparing false police reports or testifying falsely in court to conceal his actions.

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