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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-18-12

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, July 18 2012:

  • Savannah, Georgia: Sheriff’s deputies deactivated a device that controls a man’s Tourette’s syndrome and allegedly beat him as “a form of amusement” when he could no longer control his physical and verbal actions. He is now filing suit against them.
  • Miami, Florida: An officer could be fired for off-duty speeding. Officer Lopez brought the spotlight on off-duty police speeding in October when he led a trooper on a high-speed chase. Caught on video, the chase and the trooper’s gunpoint confrontation was endlessly played on local television.
  • Athens-Clarke, Georgia: A high-ranking police official retired amid accusations of viewing pornography at work. “He used the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (computer) system to receive, store, or display communications or files of a sexual nature,” said the police chief. The county manager also said “We continue to investigate to determine if there are any other actions that may be necessary, administratively or criminally.”
  • Los Angeles, California: Sheriff’s officials are investigating whether or not a deputy wrongly stomped the head of a man suspected of groping women. In a video that was taken of the incident, three deputies struggled with the man, while he was laying on the sidewalk. He was resisting being handcuffed. One of the deputies can be seen stomping his head.
  • Jefferson Parish, LA: A deputy resigned while under investigation for allegedly crashing his patrol car while intoxicated.
  • Melbourne, Florida: An officer charged with having sexual relations with prostitutes in his patrol car is waiting to learn his fate from the Chief of Police. “He is still suspended with pay and the chief has not yet made a decision,” said a sergeant.
  • Lakeside, Oregon: One person is dead and three others injured after a driver fleeing from police caused a multi-vehicle crash. The driver was being pulled over for speeding, and tried to elude the police.
  • Saginaw, Michigan: A suspended Michigan State Police trooper charged with driving drunk and crashing into another car has opted to let a judge decide whether a serious injury occurred during the crash.
  • Leominster, MA: A police officer was put on paid leave for an alleged racial slur against a Red Sox player. He engaged in conduct unbecoming an officer, according to the Police Chief and the Mayor.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: Police Sergeant was charged with assault in an off-duty incident that left a man temporarily on life support. “If there hadn’t been medical intervention, Brian Vander Lee likely would have died.”
  • Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina: An officer was arrested for driving intoxicated. This was just an unfortunate lapse of judgment,” said Police Chief Daniel House Jr.




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