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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-18-12 to 08-20-12

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, August 18 to Monday, August 20, 2012:

  • Lawrence County, Alabama: The chief deputy was indicted by a grand jury. He was indicted on two counts of fraudulent use of the law enforcement tactical system (L.E.T.S.), which is a felony, and two counts of fraudulent use of the national crime information center (N.C.I.C) system, which is a misdemeanor.
  • Pensacola Florida: An officer was fired after a routine review of his patrol vehicle’s camera revealed he used unnecessary force in making a recent arrest. He was arrested and charged with battery. “This type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” said the police chief.
  • Battle Creek, Michigan: Two officers were disciplined after a drunken driving incident. The lieutenant was demoted, and the other officer suspended.
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: An officer was charged with misdemeanor counts of battery and aggravated battery and two other officers remain under investigation. He could be in prison for 18 months. The officers broke into a home without a warrant and tased a man. They then chased down a man and beat him.
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma: The city is paying $25,000 to a man who filed an excessive force suit. The police shot him with pepper balls while he was naked and unarmed.
  • Hempstead, New York: An officer pleaded guilty to charges of selling opiate based prescription painkillers. The District Attorney said that the officer “chose to disgrace the uniform rather than honor what is stands for. Instead of protecting and serving, this police officer made our neighborhoods more dangerous.”
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida: A man is being paid $30,000 after a video surveillance tape proved that officers reports were contradictory to what actually happened when the man was arrested.
  • Greenville, South Carolina: A mentally ill man’s family is filing suit against the police department. The suit says that officers used “excessive force” when trying to mentally commit the man, who suffered from schizophrenia. The man died after police used a taser on him.
  • Seattle, Washington: An officer, who was removed as a leader in the city’s police reform plan after his arrest in a domestic violence case, is under criminal investigation for allegedly being in the company of his wife, the purported victim, despite a judge’s no-contact order.



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