Due to several difficulties today we tracked far fewer reports than normal for a typical Monday. We’ll do our best to catch up with the reports we may have missed today.
With that said, here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for this Monday, April 4, 2011:
- Chicago IL apparently refused to accept a settlement offer for $25,000 made by a man who claimed he was beaten & arrested by cops who were part of a now-disgraced and disbanded unit who also planted drugs on him. Now the city has to pay $100,000 after they lost that suit in a jury trial and that cost doesn’t include lawyer fees. (Note, while the article lead indicates the victim turned down $25k, his lawyers insist it was the city that turned down the settlement offer and the city has been touting it’s “get tough” policy of never settling police misconduct lawsuits for about a year now). 
- 2 Chicago Heights IL police officers are the subject of a lawsuit filed by a man claiming they needlessly beat him in front of his 2-year-old son during a traffic stop then they beat a witness who was recording the incident with a cellphone. 
- A Jacksonville FL police officer has been sentenced to 9 months in jail after pleading guilty to beating a suspect with a police radio but will spend no additional time in jail where he’s already serving time for coaxing a fellow officer into filing a false report. 
- Dubar WV settled two lawsuits, one for $157,000 to a woman who was coerced into having sex under threat of arrest and another for $50,000 to another woman in an unrelated case that both involved the same officer who is now serving time. 
- Olympia WA settled a lawsuit for $260,000 to woman who was illegally strip-searched without a female officer present and then tasered in the city’s jail over a misdemeanor trespassing charge that was later dismissed. 
- A York County PA deputy has been charged with assault and for making threats on allegations that he pulled over teens in a car at gunpoint while he was off-duty because they were doing doughnuts. 
- Fort Myers FL police are being accused of manipulating crime stats by pressuring immigrant victims into not filing charges. The allegations are coming from a former officer in this case. 
- A Sanford FL cop with history of 38 misconduct complaints is facing proposed termination after he allegedly used a fellow officer’s teenage son in an unauthorized drug operation without the boy’s father’s knowledge. 
- A Columbus GA police officer has been charged with family violence simple battery for allegedly slapping his 20-year-old daughter in face at a park. 
- A Louisville KY police officer was arrested on drunk driving and reckless driving charges after a witness reported him to police when he saw him almost hit a parked car. 
- A Hillsborough County FL police officer was arrested on a DUI charge after rear-ending another car while off duty. 
Today was a wash for the news feed. The day started with an ISP outage that prevented me from tracking reports for several hours this morning and difficulties continued when we had an appointment with a lawyer we hired to try and fight our eviction. So, I focused more on finally finishing up our 2010 statistical report which will be published shortly after I put this up.
Anyway, thanks for reading, and stay safe out there!