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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-16-13 to 03-19-13

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, March 16 to Tuesday, March 19, 2013:

  • Update: Hanford, Connecticut (First reported 02-04-13): The police officer who admitted to keeping drugs with him to sell, while on duty, was sentenced to 180 days in jail. “He violated the public’s trust,” the judge said. “People look up to and respect the badge. That uniform means a lot…you’ve left a black mark on every person who has ever worn the badge.”
  • Altoona, Pennsylvania: An officer who helped beat up a bar patron nearly three years ago and then participated in a cover-up said during his sentencing hearing, “I should have come forward and said what happened.” The judge put him on probation for four years for simple assault and conspiracy to obstruct justice, saying to him, “Nobody – not judges, lawyers, police officers or government officials – are above the law.”
  • Des Moines, Iowa: A former police officer has been given probation for using excessive force on a man during a traffic stop. He was accused of beating the driver with a baton.
  • Wilmington, North Carolina: A second police officer who has been linked to a botched undercover prostitution sting has resigned. The police department said that three officers were disciplined for the incident.
  • Update: Charleston County, South Carolina (First reported 12-11-12): A deputy has been charged and is on administrative leave after dashcam video of an arrest was released. Some are calling the incident police brutality.
  • Chicago, Illinois: A judge set bail at $500,000 for an officer accused of causing a traffic accident that killed two people. Witnesses say the car was going at least 60 mph as it went in the wrong direction on the highway, where the speed limit is 45. The collision totaled both vehicles. Prosecutors said the officer’s BAC was more than twice the legal limit at the time of the incident.
  • Update: Morrow, Ohio (First reported 1-31-13): The now-former officer who stole from the fund of a fallen deputy’s memorial golf outing, and then repaid the funds with money stolen from a client of his printing business, will spend 90 days in jail. “Dishonoring your friend’s memory is going to be a terrible flaw on your character for the rest of your life,” the judge told him. “There’s no way to remove that stain nor should there be.”
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A police officer has been arrested and charged with simple assault/DV, DUI, and refusal to submit to a BAC test. He is currently relieved of duty.
  • Hennepin County, Minnesota: A man has filed a lawsuit against an officer accusing him of “excessive force and violation of his constitutional rights…” The officer was previously involved in an excessive force complaint that cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.
  • Chicago, Illinois: Police shot a store owner 11 times after armed gunmen robbed him, then handcuffed him to his hospital bed and harassed him to cover up their “gross misconduct,” the businessman has said in court.

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