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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-06-13

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 6, 2013:

  • Herkimer, New York: A police officer has been charged with second-degree murder in his son’s shooting at a motel. He says he shot his son after mistaking him for an intruder.
  • Swansea, Massachusetts: A long-time police officer is facing drunken driving charges. He reportedly left the scene of a crash; the responding officer claims the offending officer drove over a snow bank and away from the officer when he first approached the car.
  • Abita Springs, Louisiana: A police lieutenant was found guilty of cocaine distribution. He was sentenced to 35 years in prison after a judge decided that he fit the definition of a habitual offender.
  • Update: Vero Beach, Florida: A now-former officer has been sentenced to life in prison on three counts of lewd or lascivious sexual battery. He was convicted on the charges involving a victim who is now a senior in high school.
  • Henderson County, North Carolina: A state trooper has been arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol. His driver’s license was immediately revoked during his arrest, and he resigned from his position.
  • Martinsburg, West Virginia: A woman has filed a lawsuit against a sheriff’s deputy and the Berkeley County Council for being falsely arrested and wrongfully imprisoned after spending a night in jail.
  • Houston County, Georgia: An appeals court affirmed a federal court ruling that a former state trooper did not have arguable probable cause to arrest a man who cursed him during an incident. They found that the man’s speech was protected.
  • San Luis Obiuspo, California: A detective has been arrested by the FBI and charged with one count of bribery in a criminal complaint. The Department of Justice Report says, “he allegedly took cash and narcotics from two individuals. In return, the police officer allegedly provided these ‘cooperating witnesses’ with narcotics for their own use, as well as fake drugs to sell to drug dealers.”

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