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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-04-12 to 07-05-12

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for July 4 – July 5, 2012:

  • Bath, Maine ex-state trooper, Gregory Vrooman, who was convicted of assaulting a girl under the age of 14, has to serve just 21 months of his 5 year sentence. The remaining time was suspended. His lawyer indicated that there will be an appeal.
  • Pasadena, California: A man is suing the Pasadena police department. The suit alleges a corrupt culture, where officers flaunt the law, rough up residents, and are rarely punished for their transgressions.
  • Homestead, Florida undercover detectives witnessed police officers brutally beating people outside a bar that is well-known for being frequented by migrant workers. An internal investigation was launched about the alleged beatings, and the officers have since been arrested. Homestead Police Chief Alexander Rolle says, “We stand firm in what we did. We think we took the proper and right actions for this community.”
  • Kansas City, Missouri Police Sergeant Mark Stinson has been suspended without pay for stealing more than $75,000 from his mother. Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said, “We ought to be able to expect police officers to obey the law in all respects. Sadly in this case, we allege an officer did just the opposite and stole from his own mother.”
  • Update: Readston, Wisconsin police chief was accused of sexual assault and misconduct while in office. The trial date has been set, and will focus on 3 charges of misconduct.
  • Kansas City, Missouri officer was arrested following an accusation that he convinced two women to sleep with him in exchange for not being arrested. He has been suspended, without pay, and is facing two felony counts.
  • A Mount Laurel New Jersey man is filing suit for being wrongfully arrested. An appellate court ruled that because the police officer did not have a warrant, the man can argue to a jury that the arrest was illegal.
  • An Owasso, Oklahoma police officer was reinstated following a review of his case. An arbitrator found that Lt. Mike Denton did not use “unreasonable and unnecessary force.” Although he did not record the entire arrest, as is required by the department, his actions did “not rise to the level of excessive force within the meaning of existing case law.” He received a written reprimand.
  • A Kane County, Illinois school teacher, Ryan Wlodek, has filed suit against the Carpentersville police department for alleged false arrest and excessive force. Wlodek, among other accusations, says that he was handcuffed and not buckled into the back seat of the police car, and that the police drove erratically so as to toss him around in the back seat. Police declined comment.
  • Long Beach, California officers raided a marijuana dispensary, stepped on a cooperative employee, destroyed the surveillance cameras, and then proceeded to toss and damage the dispensary. The incident is now under investigation.

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