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National Police MIsconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-14-12

Here are the 13 reports of Police Misconduct tracked for Tuesday, August 14, 2012:

  • Columbia, Wisconsin: A former police officer who lost his job after a holding cell altercation has been charged. The prosecuting attorney, appointed as a special prosecutor in the case, charged him with misdemeanor third-degree assault.
  • Reeds Spring, Kansas: A civil suit has been filed accusing a deputy of excessive force. The suit says that Seth Fagan was sitting on a guardrail near a bridge, texting on his cell phone for a ride home, when the officer told him to get off his phone and drop it to the ground. The officer then stepped on it, breaking it and arrested Fagan. The suit further says that the officer then put his knee to Fagan’s throat until he passed out.
  • Jackson, Mississippi: A federal jury awarded a resident more than $93,000 in a lawsuit against three police officers for excessive force and for violating his constitutional rights. They pepper-sprayed and body-slammed him when he complained that officers cars lights were shining into his home at night, where they routinely conducted a speed trap.
  • Greenville, North Carolina: A high speed chase that reached speeds of over 100mph ended with a crash. The chase began because the driver was texting.
  • Flint, Michigan: A deputy drove through a red light at a high rate of speed without his lights, flashers or sirens on. He caused a five car crash and seriously injured a 13-year old girl. The family is now filing suit.
  • Los Angeles, California: A sheriff pleaded no contest to charges of a sexual act with a minor. He is apparently serving no jail time for the felony offense.
  • Sacramento, California: A 17-year veteran officer was arrested on suspicion of a DUI after he hit another car.
  • Miami, Florida: A man says that a police officer broke his arm and falsely prosecuted him after he refused an undercover officer’s prostitution offer.
  • Kansas City, Kansas: A police officer resigned from the police department and has pleaded guilty to battery.
  • Concord, California: A man has sued the city and its police department, claiming an officer used excessive force by shooting him with Taser darts after a traffic stop. He is suing for damages, injuries, wage loss and medical expenses, claiming he is the victim of battery, assault, false arrest and illegal imprisonment.
  • New York, New York: An NYPD Detective was arrested for allegedly beating up other officers who pulled him over for a suspected DWI.
  • Amarillo, Texas: An officer, who is now the defendant in a lawsuit against him, shot and killed Ruben Flores, who was driving a stolen ice cream truck. The lawsuit says: “The shooter defendant attempted to put himself in harm’s way in front of Flores’ vehicle, but Flores maneuvered around him in an effort to avoid harming the shooter defendant…[he] then, without any legitimate fear of imminent bodily harm to himself or others, shot Flores through the passenger side door which was open, striking Flores in the chest and killing him. Flores was unarmed and posed no threat to anyone during the incident.”
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: Four officers were charged with falsifying DUI arrest reports so that officers not present would qualify for overtime. There is no indication that they have lost their jobs with the department.



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