National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-20-12

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 20, 2012:

  • Poland, Pennsylvania: A man who was involved in a police chase after officers tried to pull him over for speeding and a broken tail light died when he crashed.
  • Update: Saugus, Massachusetts: Charges against a police officer who was pulled over for drunken driving might be dropped because the officers who arrested him failed to give him a proper field sobriety test.
  • St. Louis County, Illinois: A family has called into question the death of their daughter, who was in a patrol car when she was shot in the head and killed.
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was suspended for slamming a man’s head onto the hood of a car while arresting him.
  • Pleasanton, California: A police officer pleaded not guilty to charges that he accessed and shared confidential information.
  • Union City, New Jersey: A Union City Police officer is suing the Little Ferry Police department. He claims malicious prosecution, false arrest, defamation per se and loss of consortium over his arrest and handling of his complaints.
  • Chicago, Illinois: Two men say that they were unarmed and their vehicle was stopped outside a store when officers opened fire at “close range,” according to the lawsuit filed.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: A police officer involved in a 4-hour standoff faces 30 criminal counts. The charges filed include stalking, battery and invasion of privacy.
  • Lee County, Florida: An officer was let off the hook for drunk driving his patrol car. A witness of his driving, who called in and reported the incident, said “to me that shows a double standard.”
  • Colwyn, Pennsylvania: A police officer has 15 active warrants against her from the past eight years for failing to respond to or failing to pay numerous traffic violations. Her license has been suspended at least 17 times for a total of more than 500 days, and twice she paid fees with a bad check. The police chief said that he performed a background check but was unaware of any of the warrants of license suspensions.
  • Industry, Pennsylvania: A police chief was charged with misapplication of entrusted property for stealing from the police department’s bank account that was appropriated for the K-9 unit.
  • Kansas City, Missouri: An officer was fired after 5 years of delays. The police board voted unanimously to fire him after his handling of a handcuffed drug suspect in 2006. Police board members said “he used excessive force, unnecessary profanity and engaged in cruel, degrading, or inhumane treatment.”