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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-27-12

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, June 27, 2012:

  • Two Richfield, Ohio police officers were fired after pleading guilty to stealing fencing that had fallen off a truck on Interstate 271. The police chief said, “after reviewing the case and the internal investigation we found that the charges had merit.”
  • Chicago police officer, Chris Gofron, is being sued for brutality and is being investigated by the Independent Police Review Authority after beating a couple. After the attack, the victims called 911 and told the operator, “A cop, an off-duty cop- is very drunk, he just assaulted us and put a gun in our face…he was pistol-whipping my boyfriend.”
  • Two Hialeah, Florida school transit officers have been fired for inappropriate conduct, one for drinking during working hours outside the school and another for not reporting the incident. A spokesman for the mayor’s office stated, “this will not be tolerated, especially when it comes to people who are responsible for the safety of children.”
  • A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to six months in jail after he admitted to stealing drugs from a suspect he arrested while on patrol
  • Kenton County, Kentucky grand jury is reviewing an officer’s fatal shooting of a 21 year-old male. The victim’s father said, “I think my son said something that made him mad and he took fire. After all this funeral stuff, I want to get a lawyer, I believe my son has been murdered for no reason.”  The officer has placed on administrative duty
  • A New York City police detective was arrested and charged with burglarizing a Linderhurst home. A task force trailed the officer and his accomplices and caught them red-handed. The officer has been suspended without pay
  • Grand Jury is reviewing a case involving a Dallas, Texas police officer who shot and killed a teenager during a confrontation while off-duty. The officer says that after he pulled out his gun, the teen began to run from him, then fell and pulled out a gun of his own. The victim’s sister doesn’t believe the cop’s account of what happened, stating, “I know my brother. He ain’t going to pull out no gun for no reason.”
  • Update: Rancho Cucamonga, California jury found that the police detective who blamed the antidepressant Zoloft for his behavior was sane when he abducted and raped a waitress at gunpoint. Prosecutors say the off-duty officer used his service weapon to force the woman to drive to a self-storage lot, where he sexually assualted her and shoved a gun in her mouth. The woman was able to escape when the officer was distracted by an incoming cellphone call
  • Ingham County, Michigan sheriff’s detective pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for child abuse. The charge is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year imprisonment and a $1,000 fine. The Chief Deputy said, “as soon as we found out the charge was going to be issued, he was suspended.”
  • A New Mexico police officer’s  sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl (they are now a married couple) is the subject of a New Mexico state police investigation. Sierra County Sheriff, Joe Baca, is outspoken in saying that Pestak, the officer, should be criminally charged, claiming, “if this was anybody else, he’d already be in jail. Because he’s a former police officer and a judge’s son is the only reason he’s free right now.” The girl’s father believes the pair met when Pestak made an on-duty stop of a car in which the teen was driving
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania state trooper is under investigation for leaking information to a dangerous motorcycle gang member. The officer has been suspended without pay during this ongoing investigation
  • Nantucket, Massachusetts state trooper has been accused of provoking a violent brawl while assigned to Vice President Joe Biden’s security detail. The trooper allegedly instigated several fights that left members of the Air Force, also assigned to Biden’s detail, bloodied and bruised
  • The Arkansas Ethics Commission says there’s probable cause that a state police captain, who provided security for former Razorbacks coach, broke the law when he accepted tickets and a Sugar Bowl ring from Arkansas’ football program

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