National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-21-12

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, June 21, 2012:

  • A Philadelphia police officer was fired after he was arrested and charged in federal court with four counts of distributing heroin and two counts of carrying a firearm during a drug crime
  • Reno, Nevada photo editor Tim Dunn was ‘roughed up’ by Nevada sheriff’s deputies while he was taking photos of a fire. Dunn said the deputies accused him of trying to impersonate a firefighter because he was wearing yellow protective fire gear, a helmet and goggles. But he noted that area fire personnel who conduct annual training for media are adamant about wearing such clothes while covering wildfires. Dunn’s Executive Editor released a statement stating that, “the brutal nature in which Tim, a veteran photographer with more than 20 years of experience, was treated by sheriff deputies is beyond comprehension. Their use of excessive force on a fellow professional who also has an important job  to do is shocking. His rights were clearly violated.”
  • Dallas, Texas Deputy Sheriff pulled over a motorcyclist who hadn’t committed any crimes in order to confiscate the camera attached to his helmet. After being pulled over the motorcyclist stated, “I haven’t committed any crimes, and you cannot take my personal property from me, sir.” To which the officer replied simply, “that’s fine. Need to see your license and registration.”
  • A Carlsbad, California police officer was placed on paid administrative leave after he was arrested for stealing heroin from his police department’s evidence room
  • Harrisburg, Illinois police officer, Joel Stanley, was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. The officer has been suspended and will be fired if the merit board votes to do so
  • A Long Beach, California police officer has been charged with 40 sex-related counts involving 13 underage girls and 3 young women. The nine-year police veteran is currently in jail on more than $1.2 million bail
  • A north Minneapolis woman has filed a suit against the Minneapolis Police Department. The suit charges that enraged officers ransacked her house, breaking windows and doors, damaging furniture, ripping a large-screen TV from the wall and dumping a fish tank onto the floor, killing the children’s pet fish and hermit crabs. The officers also killed her 8-month-old dog after shooting it 10 times
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland deputy sheriff raped an inmate while she was in a holding cell at the county courthouse. The deputy sheriff has been charged with second-degree rape and has been suspended without pay while the incident’s investigated