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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-11-12

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 11, 2012:

  • Springdale, Utah: Speed trap officers have been accused of collecting $11,460 from overseas travelers, and pocketing the money. The audit is currently underway to determine what happened.
  • Hartford, Connecticut: A driver was killed, and at least one police officer was injured, in a crash that followed a chase over a car that was reportedly stolen.
  • Poughkeepsie, New York: A man who failed to use a traffic signal was pursued by police after he did not pull over.  A police car and several other cars were almost hit during the chase.
  • Broomfield, Colorado: Kyle Miller, a 21-year-old with a history of mental health issues, was having a breakdown when his family called the police. His brother, while on the phone with the dispatcher, warned that he was carrying an air soft gun, and that it was not real. The dispatcher replied, “I know, the officers are trained in this kind of thing. They’re not going to go around shooting people.” The officers shot and killed Miller when he pointed the gun at them. 
  • Gulfport, Florida: A car chase was triggered by a car reportedly stolen.  The chase ended when the suspect’s car struck a bus, and the bus subsequently struck a home. Police chase policies in the town are now under review. The Mayor of St. Petersburg, where the chase ended, said the chase would not have happened had it started in his city.
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan: A state police post commander was arrested on a drunken driving charge. The arrest followed a traffic accident in a personal vehicle.
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: A 12-year-old girl is in critical condition after she and two friends stole $26.29 worth of snacks and candy from a convenience store, and then crashed while being chased by police.
  • San Antonio, Texas: Several officers were caught on camera beating a 21-year-old woman who is pregnant. “She was already cuffed and they started to beat her, which I don’t think was right. It was pretty messed up. She was already down and pretty small compared to the other officers,” said the man who shot the video from across the street.
  • Colchester, Vermont: A state police officer resigned after padding his time sheets by claiming to be on duty when he was not. In the last fiscal year he claimed $56,000 in overtime. The average for an officer is $30,000. “He betrayed his badge, his core values,” said State Police Colonel L’Esperance.
  • Lincoln, Rhode Island: Lincoln Police Officers have been accused in three separate incidents involving Casino patrons who claim that they were injured. Two of the three incidents were caught on video. “The failure here is systematic,” said one of the patron’s attorneys.


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