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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-14-13

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 14, 2013:

  • Cottage Grove, Oregon: The mother of an elementary school student who says local police coerced her 10-year-old son into confessing to alleged sex offenses is suing the police department and the school district. She says in the lawsuit that she previously told the school district that her son was not allowed to be interviewed by police without her being present.
  • Kingsville, Texas: A now-former police corporal was indicted on a charge of continual sexual abuse of a child under 14-years old.
  • Trenton, New Jersey: An officer will go before a grand jury to determine if he is to be indicted on an aggravated assault charge for his alleged role in a bar brawl. Prosecutors say that he beat a man with a flashlight outside of a bar while off-duty.
  • Bozeman, Montana; A judge has found that police intentionally erased a portion of an audio recording made during a welfare check on a man who claims officers used excessive force on him. He said he will instruct a jury that the missing audio “would be relevant and favorable to some or all of the plaintiff’s claims of excessive force.”
  • Update: Sarasota, Florida: An officer who was fired after being caught on camera punching a man in the face will not be charged with a crime.
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida: An officer copped a plea for an alleged unlawful arrest outside a convenience store. More than three years after the incident, it cost him his badge. He will serve 12 months probation.
  • Volusia County, Florida: A deputy has been suspended after being arrested on grand-theft charges. He is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a homeowner’s association.
  • Update: Seattle, Washington: A police lieutenant who was charged with violating a domestic-violence court order reached an agreement that could lead to charges being dropped. The officer has a checkered history with the department.
  • Knoxville, Tennessee: Administrators haven’t decided yet if an officer involved in a crash will face a citation for running a red light.
  • Update: Schaumburg, Illinois: A lawsuit against the village of Schaumburg claims that two police officers recently accused of corruption improperly raided a man’s home as part of a pattern of illegal conduct allowed by the department.
  • Boone County, Missouri: A $2.7 million dollar lawsuit was filed; the plaintiffs are citing constitutional violations regarding unreasonable searches, freedom of speech, privacy, wrongful seizure, right to bear arms, and due process. The officers deny all of their allegations.

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