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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-23-12 to 06-25-12

Here are the 9  reports of police misconduct tracked from June 23-25, 2012:

  • Lumberton, North Carolina police officer, Jason Walters, was charged with attempted trafficking in opium by possession by the FBI. Walters is the second Lumberton police officer charged with drug-related offenses in the past year. The officer has been suspended without pay
  • Jerome, Illinois police officer, Steven Stirmell, was indicted on charges of obstructing justice, a Class 4 felony and official misconduct, a Class 3 felony.  Stirmell turned himself in at the Sangamon County Jail and posted $1,000 bond
  • Twin Rivers, California police officer choked two subjects who were detained at the Twin Rivers Police Department while they were handcuffed to benches. During a separate incident the officer kicked a handcuffed subject in the head. The officer faces up to four years in jail and a $10,000 fine
  • A retired Troy, New York police DARE officer will serve six years in prison for sexually abusing a teenage boy. The teenage victims father described in court how his son, “suffered sexual abuse from the time he was 15 until he was 17.” In court the officer said, “I offer my sincere apologies.”
  • NYPD officer, Michael Daragjati, has been sentenced to nine months in prison for violating a man’s civil rights. The officer was recorded on the phone bragging to a friend that he had falsely arrested a black man and kept him in jail for nearly two days. The US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York stated, “Crimes such as these erode the public’s confidence in our system of justice and will be met with the full resources of this office.”
  • Shelton, Connecticut police officer was arrested on March 23 on five drug counts by state police, he was fired by May of the same year. The fired officer, however, reached an agreement that allows him to retire with a pension
  • A former Frankfort, New York police officer, Daniel Herrman, used his former position as an officer to get a fellow employee’s phone records from Verizon. Herrman pleaded guilty to forgery and officer misconduct and was sentenced to five years probation
  • Dubuque, Iowa former sheriff’s department sergeant, James Doyle, was accused of stalking and burglarizing a private citizen. Doyle has pleaded not guilty to the charges of third-degree burglary and stalking
  • Stearns County, Minnesota sheriff’s sergeant, Phil Meemken, has been sentenced to nine months in jail for criminal sexual conduct and providing alcohol to minors. Meemken, who had been on the job for 18 years, pleaded guilty to the charges against him

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