National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 06-30-12 to 07-02-12

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for June 30 – July 2, 2012

  • St Martinville, Louisiana officer, Raymon Calais, was convicted of perjury and malfeasance and sentenced to five years of supervised probation. Judge Paul deMahy said that Calais was “overzealous in his investigation, and when he was caught in the act of being overzealous he attempted to protect himself by lying. He did use his position and status to facilitate the commission of this crime.”
  • DuPage County, Illinois County Sheriff John Zaruba let his high school son ride along with police officers, participate in arrests, and even gave him access to the department’s confidential database. The Better Government Association filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court alleging the sheriff violated state law when he refused to hand over records of database access.Many police officers have been fired in the past for misusing the confidential database.
  • Fayette County, Pennsylvania woman settled her federal lawsuit in regards to five state troopers pepper-spraying and urinating on her while she was handcuffed.
  • An LA police officer was arrested in San Fernando County, California when he was found in a parked car with a 15-year-old girl at 2 a.m. The arrest happened after the girl’s grandmother saw her leave home with a man and the police put out a lookout for the car.
  • Pinellas County, Florida County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says that his agency is beginning a criminal investigation into four former detectives actions that may have used illegal methods to gather evidence. Prosecutors have already dropped 18 pending cases and are reviewing charges against about two dozen others who pleaded guilty, were convicted, or accepted plea deals.
  • A Frederick, Maryland police officer was charged with second-degree assault. His girlfriend called the police to report that a fight had turned physical and that he hit her several times. The officer has been suspended and put on administrative duties.
  • Newark, New Jersey officer falsely reported his vehicle stolen, and was charged with fraudulently collecting insurance money. The insurance company realized this when one of its representatives saw his car parked outside of his house nearly three years later.
  • Hempstead, New York police officer was given 14 hours of community service when he was caught on video surveillance cameras stealing baby food from a supermarket. The court says they will dismiss charges if he stays out of trouble for the rest of the year.
  • Michigan City, Indiana: Eunice Hicks, mother of a 19-year-old boy who was shot by a police officer, said that police didn’t give the correct information about her son’s wound. “I think the police are just covering up their story because they can’t really justify a shooting in the back.” Police originally said that he was shot in the abdomen during a struggle for the officer’s weapon.