National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 07-26-12

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, July 26, 2012:

  • Chicago, Illinois: A man who was shot in the chest by police while riding his bike is filing suit. He claims that he was unarmed when it happened. The lawsuit says that the officers also used excessive force when he was handcuffed and had fallen to the ground.
  • Kenyon, Minnesota: A lawsuit was filed against a state trooper and a police chief, alleging they slammed the plaintiff into a wall and hit him in the face, giving him a nosebleed, while taking him into custody.
  • Wilcox County, Georgia: Jailer admitted he was present when several people, including the then-Wilcox County Sheriff Stacy Bloodsworth and his son, assaulted three inmates. He also admitted he and others were present when Bloodsworth concocted a false story in order to cover up the fact that law enforcement officials and others had used excessive force against three inmates.
  • Chicago, Illinois: A man filed an excessive force lawsuit against an officer, alleging that he was assaulted during an arrest, and saying that the city ignored warnings of a pattern of rogue policing.
  • New Britain, Connecticut: An internal affairs report just released says that the now retired police captain was having sex while on duty for years, even while he was working overtime. “The behavior described in the report was unacceptable,” said the interim Police Chief. “We are public servants and should be held accountable when we engage in inappropriate activity as documented in that investigative report.”
  • Anderson, California: An officer pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of possessing child porn, one felony for unauthorized use of a computer, and one misdemeanor for annoying a child. His wife is a teacher at the local school, and a former student says that he frequently took pictures of them in her classroom.
  • Pueblo, Colorado: A bar patron is suing the officer who, he says, used excessive force when he was tased twice after the officer had already knocked him to the ground. The incident started after the patron asked the officer to stop harassing his friends.
  • Los Angeles, California: Former Miss Nevada has filed suit against Los Angeles police officers. She says that the police wrongly raided her home in the middle of the night, and then forced her to get out of bed naked while they openly stared. She said that they then joked about the mistake when they finally realized they had the wrong house.
  • Pickett County, Tennessee: A former state trooper has pleaded guilty to five criminal counts stemming from a sexual assault investigation, and was sentenced to eight years in jail.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Witnesses say an officer shot a man in the head, without warning, from the inside of his car. An investigation is now underway. Police Commissioner Thomas Wright said “We’re not going to tolerate any improper behavior by police officers…. If there’s anything we need to do that needs to be corrected, we’ll ensure that happens.”