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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-11-12

Here are the 8 stories of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, September 11, 2012:

  • Albemarle, North Carolina: Investigators are probing the police department over allegations that a former drug detective may have taken evidence from crime scenes.
  • St. Louis, Michigan: A local family says their dog was shot and killed at the hands of a police officer. Lori Walmsley, a neighbor, says she saw the incident. Walmsley said the officer asked if the was dog hers.  She said “no,” but told the officer Scout wasn’t dangerous. She says the officer tried to catch the dog, who apparently didn’t want to be caught. The dog tried to run away and when cornered by the officer, let out a little growl. Walmsley says she couldn’t believe what happened next. “He just started shooting him, he just kept shooting him in the head,” she said. “I said, ‘What are you doing? He’s just a puppy!'”
  • Yonkers, New York: A man has filed suit against the city and officers, claiming that excessive force was used against him. He says officers struck him in the face with a baton and fractured his jaw while questioning him about a hit-and-run accident.
  • Opa-locka, Florida: When the FBI launched a sting at a notorious drug den, and later tied its members to a fatal armored car heist, they discovered that one of the alleged operatives at the helm of the narcotics ring was an Opa-locka police captain. Capt. Arthur Balom accepted bribes, provided the armored car killer with a bulletproof vest and helped sabotage the FBI’s drug sting, according to allegations made in court documents.
  • Fairfield County, Ohio: A deputy is on paid administrative leave after he was charged with domestic violence and abduction.
  • Fortuna, California: Parents, whose son was shot by an officer, are filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the city. The lawsuit says that the man was unarmed and “posed no imminent threat of death or serious physical injury.”
  • Centreville, Maryland: A sheriff was accused of retaliating against a deputy. That deputy now seeks $10 million in damages in a lawsuit, alleging she was fired for accusing the sheriff of inappropriate touching.
  • Camden, New Jersey: An officer has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his role in planting drugs on suspects. He receive the maximum sentence from the judge, even though his lawyers asked for leniency.

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