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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-16-12 to 06-18-12

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked from June 16-18, 2012:

  • Dorchester County, SC police used a taser on an 80-year-old woman after she allegedly attempted to hit police with her walking stick. She had to be taken to a nearby medical facility for treatment
  • Norwalk, Connecticut sheriff was arrested in connection to a federal investigation concerning a oxycontin, cocaine and marijuana distribution ring. The sheriff stepped down from his post shortly after federal agents arrested him
  • Maynard, Massachusetts police chief was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after two fights with his wife, as well as one count of intimidating a witness. The police chief has since been replaced and turned in his gun
  • A former Jasper, Alabama police officer borrowed money from a drug dealer and later sold the same person drugs taken from his department’s  evidence  storage area.  The officer used this money to help buy his then-girlfriend an engagement ring
  • Former Fort Lauderdale police officer Ronald Baker was sentenced to life in prison for repeatedly molesting an underage female relative at his Sunrise home.  “The crimes which you have been convicted of would be disturbing under any circumstances,” said Broward Circuit Judge Michael Usan, who condemned Baker as a “rapist, child molester and child pornographer.”
  • A second Birmingham, Alabama police officer has been jailed in connection with a spate of arsons that struck west Birmingham in May
  • Freehold, New Jersey police officer was convicted of shoplifting flooring valued at $500 from a Home Depot. The officer faces up to 18 months in prison
  • Lake County, Indiana police officer has been suspended after being charged with possession of cocaine, a controlled substance and a syringe, all of which are Class D felonies. The officer faces up three years in prison
  • A Fayette County, Georgia police dog attacked an employee at a Walmart store. The deputy in charge of the dog was using the restroom while the attack occurred
  • A Jefferson County, West Virginia sheriff was sued and indicted for the manner in which he arrested a bank robbery suspect. Despite the robber’s peaceful surrender the sheriff kicked him in the head repeatedly, “with a deliberate and sadistic intention to inflict injury on him.”
  • A New Jersey police officer who engaged in a firefight with police, was taken into custody after a 10-hour standoff. The officer will be charged with 13 counts of criminal attempted homicide and reckless endangerment

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