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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-07-13

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 7, 2013:

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: A state trooper, who was named Officer of the Year in 2002, has been found guilty of theft by swindle and four counts of forgery. She took $1,500 from the International Association of Women Police, and when a coworker discovered the money missing, she falsified a checkbook register and financial records in an attempt to make the withdrawal appear legitimate. She resigned after the incident.
  • Lafayette, Louisiana: A police corporal has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of sexual battery and malfeasance for allegedly battering a woman while he was on duty.
  • South Salt Lake, Utah: An officer has been charged with stalking a former girlfriend and hacking her computer accounts. He is on extended administrative leave.
  • Nelsonville, Ohio: An officer was in court on a third-degree felony charge of tampering with evidence levied against him. He is on paid administrative leave.
  • Update: Albemarle County, Virginia: A now-former police lieutenant has pleaded guilty to embezzlement and was sentenced to 10 days in jail. He later returned the $380 that he stole from a petty cash fund. The lieutenant had been an officer for 27 years.
  • Madison County, Tennessee: Two former law-enforcement officers were in court, on unrelated charges. One was being charged with stealing money from the passenger in a car. The other has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, employing a weapon during the commission of a dangerous felony, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated assault.
  • Somerset, Massachusetts: An officer has been arrested and charged with larceny under $250 by false pretenses, two counts of possession of a class E substance and two counts of possession of a class C substance.
  • Bismarck, North Dakota: An officer has pleaded not guilty to roughing up suspects during two separate arrests. A grand jury indicted him on four counts.
  • Alger County, Michigan: A deputy is facing possible charges following the investigation into an alleged assault of an inmate. The deputy is now on administrative leave.
  • Naperville, Illinois: The wife of a man killed in a motorcycle accident involving a state trooper has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit, blaming the officer.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: A seizure patient has filed a lawsuit against the police department, claiming officers beat and arrested him after mistaking his symptoms for being high on drugs. The man’s sister tried to advise officers that he was suffering from epilepsy and not under the influence of drugs, but the lawsuit says officers ignored her.

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