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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-06-12

Here are the 9 stories of police misconduct tracked for Thursday September 6th, 2012:

  • Hialeah Gardens, Florida: A police officer has been sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for his role in a marijuana distribution ring. He conducted two traffic stops of people known to be transporting marijuana. A total of 24 pounds of marijuana was stolen by the officer and his co-conspirators during those stops.
  • Washington, D.C.: A police officer illegally seized a camera phone from a citizen trying to photograph officers at the scene of an arrest, a civil liberties group alleged in a federal lawsuit filed. The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of the camera phone’s owner, whose phone was taken by an officer just a day after the police department had issued a new directive prohibiting officers from seizing such devices or from interfering with citizens taking photos of police in public spaces.
  • Kingsport, Tennessee: A police officer was charged with criminal simulation and forgery. Investigators believe that the officer impersonated a former employee in sending an email message that accused the police chief of misconduct.
  • Houston, Texas: A former Houston police officer is on trial for handcuffing a waitress, driving her to a secluded park and repeatedly raping her while he was on duty. The prosecution claimed the police department had ‘a rapist on its payroll,’ referring to the officer, who is facing two counts of aggravated sexual assault against the woman, an immigrant. “He had a badge, he had a gun, he had a marked patrol car and evil in his heart,” the prosecutor told jurors.
  • Miami Beach, Florida: A six year veteran of the police department appeared in bond court. He was charged with racketeering, fraud, and official misconduct. The officer turned himself in and is also charged with two counts of false statement of financial condition and two counts each of obtaining a vehicle by trick and unlawful subleasing of a vehicle.
  • Little Rock, Arkansas: An officer has had six suspensions over five years, and still has his job. He most recently shot a 15-year-old boy and killed him and is currently on paid leave pending the investigation into the shooting.
  • Worcester, Massachusetts: An officer already serving 10-12 years for rape has been sentenced to 18-20 more years for the rape of an additional woman.
  • Miami-Dade, Florida: An officer was charged with depriving numerous women of their civil rights by illegally detaining them without probably cause. He would then sexually harass them.
  • Woodbury, Minnesota: Mark Eric Henderson Jr. saw his opportunity to escape from the Woodbury motel room where he and seven other people were being held hostage early Friday, and he took it. When the gunman who had been tormenting the group told Henderson to go to the window to see if any police were outside, Henderson took his chance and made a beeline for the door. The kidnapper opened fire at him in response but missed. As Henderson bolted out the door toward them, Woodbury police opened fire and cut him down. The 19-year-old died later that day at the hospital.

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