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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03-26-13

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 26, 2013:

  • West Valley City, Utah: Nineteen criminal cases are being dismissed by the DA because of possible illegal actions of a police detective. He is being investigated and could face criminal charges.
  • Creal Springs, Illinois: A police chief is facing unlawful restraint and domestic battery charges. He allegedly detained a woman in a home by blocking the doorway with his body in the presence of a child. He is on unpaid leave while the investigation continues.
  • Covington, Louisiana: Two officers were arrested and booked into jail on charges of simple battery and malfeasance in officer. The department’s internal affairs unit concluded its investigation into an incident in which the two officers allegedly used excessive force on an arrestee.
  • Update: Mount Horeb, Wisconsin (First reported 02-20-13): The police officer who was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of a child has resigned, according to the police department. The 14-year-old 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.
  • St. Louis, Missouri: A police officer has been suspended and criminally charged with domestic assault and resisting arrest after police say he assaulted his boyfriend.
  • Waltham, Massachusetts: An officer was arrested by the FBI and is facing child pornography charges. He will be arraigned in federal court.
  • Atlanta, Georgia: The woman who said she was punched by a police officer has filed a civil lawsuit against the officer.
  • Oxnard, California: A former officer pleaded guilty to two counts of workers compensation fraud and was ordered to pay $70,000 in restitution to the state. He faces up to four years behind bars but will not likely get a harsh sentence. “Other than committing workers’ compensation fraud, he doesn’t have anything else on his record,” the prosecutor said. “The guy is a former cop.”
  • Manchester, New Hampshire: A detective has been fired after a preliminary investigation into a hit-and-run accident determined the sergeant violated several departmental procedures and his car may have been involved in the accident that injured two pedestrians.
  • Saratoga County, New York: A longtime deputy resigned to settle charges that he slashed the tire of a woman’s car. His case was adjourned pending good behavior.

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