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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-24-12

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 24, 2012:

  • Longview, Washington: A deputy was charged with using a dead man’s debit card to steal nearly $12,000 from his estate. He faces charges of theft, ID theft and misconduct. Longview police say store surveillance video showed him using the stolen debit card.
  • Syracuse, New York: Judge rules state must pay a man more than a million dollars because he was assaulted by a trooper during a traffic stop. The trooper pulled over the man, handcuffed him, and slammed his head into the back of his car several times.
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer faces up to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing $250,000 for bogus tips. She faces up to 20 years in federal prison and 5 years for tax evasion.
  • Update: Phoenix, Arizona: A police officer accused of molesting two teenage boys pleaded not guilty to ten counts of sexual misconduct with a minor. “This tragic incident is a disturbing violation of our public’s trust,” said the police chief. The officer immediately resigned his position.
  • Kenyon, Minnesota: A state trooper denied that he violated the civil rights of a man he arrested and is asking that the suit be dismissed. The complaint that has been filed says the officer “hit (the man) forcefully in the chest, tackled him to the ground and knocked out two of his teeth,” causing the man to lose consciousness.
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: A family filed a federal suit against the officer who shot and killed their son. “We have no reason at this time to believe that this 18-year-old did anything wrong and certainly, I want to make that clear. He was unarmed. I’m not saying he violated any laws what so ever,” said the Sheriff.
  • Sun Valley, Idaho: The assistant police chief was charged with a DUI for allegedly driving intoxicated and backing into a parked car.
  • Summit County, Utah: An officer was charged with abusing a 4-year-old boy. He was caring for the boy when he started crying. The officer became frustrated and choked the child with enough force to leave marks and scratches. He also injured the boy by twisting his arm. A 6-year-old witnessed the abuse.
  • Hampton, Massachusetts: Three officers are being sued in federal court for assault and battery, excessive force, and other charges stemming from an incident that occurred in 2009 when they arrested a man outside a bar.


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