As seen in...
ABC News
The Atlantic
Washington Post
The Economist
National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-03-12

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, July 3, 2012:

  • Mesa, Arizona police officer, Sgt. Mike Duke, has been indicted on two counts of felony assault, coming out of a road rage incident. Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead said Duke’s conduct the day of the alleged assault “falls far below the standards of the police department and the community.”
  • White Plains, New York man is suing the police department for using excessive force which he claims wound up killing Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., his elderly father. Chamberlain had a heart condition, and he repeatedly told officers through his locked door that he was fine, but they insisted on seeing him, and removed the apartment door. In the following scuffle, Chamberlain was shot and killed. Two months ago, a grand jury found no crime had been committed.
  • The Port Richie, Florida police chief violated state law by not disclosing all of his property assets. He now must either seek a hearing with the Florida Commission on Ethics, or enter into a settlement with the agency.
  • Apollo, Pennsylvania Police Chief Paul Breznican’s suspension without pay was voted on by the Apollo Borough Council, and he will continue to be suspended. There is currently an ongoing criminal investigation about a firearm purchased with federal money that was sold to someone and is now missing. 
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania police are investigating a scuffle that happened at a bar between an officer, Lt. Ray Evans, and employees of the bar. The bartender says that Evans threatened to punch a patron, which is why he leaped over the bar and tackled Evans. Evans denies this claim.
  • Miramar, Florida Police Captain, Juan De Los Rios, has been suspended without pay and faces 2 felony counts of lewd conduct with a child. The 15-yr-old girl said to police that De Los Rios told her she needed to take off her clothing so that he could tell if she had been having sex with the 19-yr-old boy she was with. If he is convicted he faces 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. 
  • Edmund, Oklahoma: A lady was forcibly removed from church and subsequently tased because she was playing her tambourine too loudly, and distracting others, during a service. Witnesses say she was staggering and had slurred speech. 
  • A Bucks County, Pennsylvania former sheriff’s deputy was found guilty of hitting a handcuffed suspect and then lying about it in an arrest and cover up that also cost three fellow officers their jobs. He faces a maximum of two years for the assault. 
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin police officer was charged Monday with a felony. She failed to report information about a homicide that involved the father of her child, also her boyfriend. He told her that his accomplice killed someone, and detailed the entire crime shortly after it happened. She never reported it to anyone.
  • Colwyn, Pennsylvania: Four Colwyn officers and a Darby man filed a federal lawsuit against several Colwyn police officers, including the suspended police chief. The suit alleges a pattern of police misconduct, including “improper charges and arrests,” a coverup, and retaliation against officers who tried to report the misconduct.

Creative Commons License
This work by Cato Institute is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.