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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-07-13

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Orange County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for DUI after he rear-ended another car. He was in uniform driving an unmarked sheriff’s office truck.
  • Des Moines, Iowa: A police officer accused of kicking a man in the head and knocking out his front teeth has been fired.
  • Saginaw Township, Michigan: A police officer has resigned after an investigation found that he cheated to win an iPad mini during an annual fundraiser. No charges have been announced and specifics about how the cheating took place weren’t immediately released.
  • San Diego, California: A reserve deputy was charged with smuggling undocumented people through a checkpoint while wearing her uniform and carrying a gun. She was arrested and charged with transporting illegal aliens and aiding and abetting.
  • Rainbow City, Alabama: The widow of a man who was shot by officers is filing a wrongful death suit. The suit accuses police of negligence, police brutality, and excessive force in wrongfully causing her husband’s death. The suit also says that the 52-year-old man was legally deaf and had trouble responding to orders given by the police.
  • Commerce City, Colorado: A police officer pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals in the shooting death of a dog last year. The then-DA announced that after interviewing witnesses and reviewing videotape, his office decided to charge the officer with a class 6 felony.
  • Perry County, Mississippi: A police dog was left in a patrol car overnight and died. Residents are outraged and have demanded that the handler be charged with neglect.
  • Orlando, Florida: A man who was struck by a police officer’s cruiser spoke to internal affairs about the incident. He believes the officer hit him on purpose, saying he made eye contact with the officer as the patrol car came around the corner.
  • Phoenix, Arizona: A bar fight involving a biker gang made up of police officers carrying brass knuckles and knives led to recommendations of felony charges against the former chief for his alleged role in trying to cover it up. “You’ve got senior veteran law enforcement officers from federal, state, and local agencies engaged in this kind of activity,” the county sheriff said. “It makes no sense to me, it was extremely poor judgment on their individual parts, their collective judgment, it’s very, very unethical.
  • Hartleton, Pennsylvania: A police chief is under state police investigation for allowing traffic violators to donate to the town park to avoid paying a citation. A trooper posing as one of the motorists recorded a phone call to the chief in which he told her the citation would be withdrawn if she made out a check to the playground fund, wrote “donation” at the bottom and mailed it to him.
  • Covington, Louisiana: The Mayor fired the city’s police chief citing the recent arrests of two police officers for allegedly using excessive force on a shoplifting suspect. The Mayor says he holds the chief “accountable for the actions and behavior of his police officers. I had made it clear to all in the CPD that officers’ use of excessive force would not be tolerated and nonadherence would result in severe discipline.”
  • Columbia Falls, Montana: The granddaughter of a veteran has filed a complaint against the police department alleging negligence and wrongful death following an incident. It charges the vets home with malpractice and the police department with assault and battery.
  • Update: Maricopa County, Arizona (First reported 11-08-13): A former sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty in a case that alleges he drove to another city to beat up a man who slept with his wife. The judge ordered a presentencing investigation. The sentencing date has not been set.

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