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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02-26-13

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, February 26, 2013:

  • St. Louis, Missouri: A suspended patrolman disgraced the department and should be fired for striking a man with a baton, choking him, and slamming his head into the bumper of a squad car, a police department lawyer said. The lawyer says he used excessive force, racial slurs, and obscenities while arresting a handcuffed trespassing suspect.
  • Dekalb, Illinois: A grand jury re-indicted a Northern Illinois University officer for rape just days after the school fired the police chief for allegedly mishandling the case.
  • Update: Gary, Indiana: A police officer will admit he knowingly sold a gun to a felon and sold that same person drugs later the same day.
  • Update: Tupelo, Mississippi: A lawsuit accuses a former state trooper of beating a man who drove around road block, and his supervisors of looking the other way. The trooper is also facing charges accusing him of kicking a woman and ‘stomping her head against the floor’ in a jail.
  • Torrington, Connecticut: A police officer was charged with drunken driving and speeding.
  • West Sacramento, California: A police officer has been arrested after an investigation into assault and kidnapping charges involving six women. He allegedly carried out the acts while performing uniformed patrol duties.
  • Clarksville, Arkansas: A deputy was arrested and charged with perjury. She was serving as the bailiff on a murder trail, and during the trial told jurors information about the murder suspect’s behavior and certain security measures in place.
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut: Five years ago, a heavily armed weapons and tactics team raided a home, and killed a man. Five towns are now paying $3.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the victim’s family.
  • Conroe, Texas: A police sergeant was charged with having an improper sexual relationship with a student. “The law clearly states that sexual relationships are prohibited between employees of educational facilities, like high schools, and their students,” said the DA.
  • Hampton County, South Carolina: A deputy was indicted on one count of criminal sexual conduct with a minor between 11 and 14, committing a lewd act on a minor, and misconduct in public office. The incidents occurred while he was working as a school resource officer.
  • Update: Brattleboro, Vermont: A state trooper received a suspended sentence of six to twelve months after he pleaded no contest to charges that, while on duty, he assaulted two men who used his canoe without permission.

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