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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-14-12 to 07-16-12

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, July 14 to Monday, July 16, 2012:

  • Clinton, New Jersey: A former patrolman was sentenced to 5 years in prison for selling police equipment. The equipment was bought for the town’s D.A.R.E. program, which he also assisted in running. He also had to provide restitution to the municipality.
  • Broward, Florida: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested after he assaulted a 17-year-old boy. The boy had been annoying his girlfriend while driving, and she called police. The deputy then followed the teen, approached his car, and physically assaulted him.
  • Lake County, Florida: Deputies, who thought they were confronting a man suspected of attempted murder, instead knocked on the wrong door, shot, and killed, an innocent man. The man answered his door with a gun in his hand because it was around 1:30 am. The officers did not identify themselves. “He was the wrong guy and got shot and killed anyway. There’s fault on both sides. I think more so on the county,” said the man’s friend.
  • Hamburg, Pennsylvania: A police officer was suspended after he was drunk driving in his marked police cruiser.
  • Houston, Texas: A police officer’s report that she shot a man after he pulled a gun on her is being disputed by two witnesses. “He didn’t have his hands in his pocket or his shirt,” said one. When the officer searched the man after she shot him, he did not have a weapon on him.
  • Forsyth County, North Carolina: A police chief is now under investigation after he hit two men, with his police cruiser, who had already been restrained, and handcuffed.
  • Doylestown, Pennsylvania: An off-duty police officer barricaded himself in his estranged wife’s home  and was shooting at the officers outside. The incident started when police were called over a dispute, and lasted through the night. Several police cars were shot, and no one was allowed in or out of the vicinity.
  • Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina: The family of a man who was shot to death by a NC State Highway Trooper wants answers about what led to the shooting. “It’s hard to believe because of who he was and how he’s treated me and my whole gamily and all of his friends. It’s just unfathomable that this could happen to this man,” said the man’s nephew.
  • Kansas City, KS: Two teens that were in an SUV being pursued by the police died when it crashed. The officers started the chase because the SUV was being driven suspiciously. All seven teenage passengers were thrown from the vehicle and taken to the hospital
  • Lake Charles, Louisiana: A police officer is under intense scrutiny after he fatally shot a family’s dog. The officer was in pursuit of a robbery suspect, who had left the back gate open, where the dog ran out. The owner said the officer saw the dog running and shot him 4 times from point blank range. The police chief said it is too soon to judge whether the officer used his gun appropriately.


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