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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-23-13 to 03-25-13

Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, March 23, 2013 to Monday, March 25, 2013:

  • Beaver County, Pennsylvania: State police arrested the Sheriff following a months-long state grand jury investigation. According to the attorney general’s office, the sheriff threatened a campaign volunteer, saying he would “cut (the man’s) hands off and eat them” as well as threatening to “blow (a reporter’s) brains out” after pulling a gun.
  • New Hanover County, North Carolina: A deputy with the crime scene investigation unit has been fired. “If we as officers, as deputies, if we hurt our credibility then we can’t do this job right now,” the sheriff said. The deputy was terminated after an internal investigation revealed she violated three sheriff’s officer policies and procedures.
  • Pender County, North Carolina: A sheriff’s deputy is out of a job after being charged with DWI after a car crash. The sheriff’s office says dispatch began receiving calls that a patrol car was driving unsafely. The officer was in uniform when his patrol car rear ended another car, investigators said.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: A police officer has been accused of taping a judge without her consent. Prosecutors allege that the recording of a phone conversation during which he argued with the judge was a violation of Maryland’s wiretap laws.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: A police officer’s alleged use of excessive force is “strikingly similar” to allegations from an incident involving the same officer three years ago. The victim suffered a cracked rib, a broken nose and other injuries when the detective tackled him. The officer is similarly accused in a federal civil lawsuit of breaking a man’s cheekbone in three places. He was in uniform working off-duty detail both times.
  • Update: Irving, Texas (Previously reported 01-30-13): The two state troopers involved in a controversial roadside cavity search of two women have been indicted on criminal charges by a grand jury. One is charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of official oppression. The other is charged with theft after one of the women said her prescription bottle of a painkiller was missing after the search.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: The U.S. Justice Department announced a civil-rights investigation into possible misconduct by police. There have been allegations that officers routinely use excessive force in the line of duty.
  • Update: Itasca County, Minnesota (First reported 03-08-13): A former sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty to allegedly attempting to videotape a 17-year-old girl in the bathroom. He was charged with one felony count of interference with privacy against a minor under 18.
  • Nashville, Tennessee: A deputy was charged in a federal complaint with conspiring to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. “The actions of a few corrupt law enforcement officers harm the reputation of the many dedicated men and women who wear the badge with honor,” said a U.S. attorney. “We will always pursue those few who choose to dishonor their badge and will bring them to justice.”
  • Towson, Maryland: An officer was charged was charged with driving under the influence. He was removed from his position and placed on administrative duty.
  • Update: Washington, DC (First reported 01-15-13): A now-former police officer has been sentenced to life without parole in the deaths of his mistress and their baby daughter. He was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder and other crimes.
  • Cairo, New York: Authorities say the police chief has been charged with tampering with evidence. Officials say he also has been charged with tampering with public records, tampering with a witness and falsely reporting an incident.
  • Columbia, South Carolina: An indictment charges that the veteran sheriff let some favored inmates sleep outside jail with access to television and alcohol and that he gave away weapons to people he knew. The sheriff denied the allegations that also alleged chosen inmates had unsupervised visits with women.
  • Kent County, Michigan: A sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge. He awaits sentencing and is on paid leave with the sheriff’s department.
  • New York, New York: Two off-duty officers were arrested and charged with DWI. One is also being charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
  • Sacramento, California: A police officer accused of filing false DUI reports, causing the cases to be thrown out, pled no contest more than two years after he was charged. During the investigation the police department and the D.A.’s office found that the officer lied about DUI suspects refusing to do field sobriety tests, staggering or slurring their speech, and suspects making incriminating statements about being drunk.
  • Update: Grand Junction, Colorado (First reported 06-19-12): A now-former officer was found guilty on one of four counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. He was immediately taken into custody pending sentencing. He could be sentenced to anywhere from 10 years to life in prison or probation, and must register as a convicted sex offender. The jury found in its verdict that the officer, while on duty, had sex with a 16-year-old girl.
  • Update: Madison, Wisconsin (First reported 02-20-13): The police officer arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of a child has resigned, according to the police department. The boy told police he remembered the officer telling him he was not trying to be rude with regard to his age, but that he could lose his job.
  • Westminster, South Carolina: The former police chief has be charged with embezzlement, forgery and misconduct in office He is accused of stealing more than $100,000 in funds belonging to the city, according to the arrest warrants.  He is also accused of forging a check in someone else’s name for $1,400.
  • Update: Frederick County, Maryland (First reported 02-20-13): A grand jury has cleared three officers involved in an incident in a movie theater where a man with downs syndrome died.
  • Update: Sacramento, California (First reported 05-31-12): A police officer pleaded no contest to charges related to filing false reports. Prosecutors say 79 cases were dismissed because the footage from the officer’s in-car camera didn’t match up with reports that he’d filed. In 73 of those cases, according to the DA, there were already convictions and those had to be set aside.

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