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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-20-13

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 20, 2013:

  • Saginaw, Michigan: The family of a man who died after being shocked by a taser by police has filed a lawsuit against officers that claims his civil rights were violated. The man’s uncle says that the incident was not his nephew’s first encounter with police and they should have known he had mental problems.
  • Update: Bal Harbour, Florida (First reported 12-12-12): The police chief was fired after a months-long investigation. The Justice Department alleged that he abused his position for personal benefit.
  • Grapevine, Texas: A former police officer pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of production and one count of possession of child pornography, authorities said. He faces between 15 and 40 years in federal prison, a $500,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. Child Protective Services took custody of his child shortly after his arrest with the hopes of placing the child with relatives.
  • Lebanon, Tennessee: A narcotics detective was indicted on allegations that he traded money for sex from a confidential informant. He was indicted on one count of official misconduct and one count of patronizing prostitution.
  • Update: Ogden, Utah (First reported 6-20-12): A now-fired officer pleaded guilty to trying to bribe an officer to get out of a drunken-driving charge. He is awaiting sentencing.
  • Bristol, Tennessee: A police officer is accused of offering to drop a driving under the influence charge in exchange for sex. He resigned as soon as the internal investigation began.
  • Portsmouth, Virginia: A deputy has been sentenced to two years in prison on charges of taking indecent liberties with a child. He entered an Alford plea, which means that he did not admit guilt but acknowledged he probably would have been convicted had the case gone to trial.
  • Pender County, North Carolina: A deputy has been charged with DWI, failure to reduce speed to avoid colliding with a vehicle, and reckless driving. Dispatch centers received several calls regarding a patrol car operating unsafely.
  • Update: Highland, New York (First reported 03-14-13): The officer who fired a shot from his service weapon in a hallway at a high school has resigned from the police force. An investigation concluded that the incident, though unintentional, was due to “officer error,” the department said.

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