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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-12-12

Here are the 11 stories of misconduct tracked for Wednesday, September 12, 2012:

  • Quartzite, Arizona: The police chief was fired for gross negligence and willful misconduct; he had workers run criminal background checks on people that he didn’t like.
  • Update: Fresno, California: An officer pleaded not guilty to raping an unconscious woman. His lawyer said that the charges are a “mischaracterization of a consensual encounter.” The complaint, however, says that the officer drugged and raped the woman, and  also accuses him of taking nude photos of her.
  • New Rochelle, New York: An officer was arrested for allegedly trying to send a sexually explicit video to an undercover investigator posing as a 15-year-old girl.
  • Duson, Louisiana: The assistant police chief was suspended amid allegations of wrongdoing, including unlawful arrests. He is also accused of giving false testimony and making an illegal search and seizure during the investigation into a missing 15-year-old girl.
  • Tooele County, Utah: A deputy had his law enforcement credentials suspended for driving drunk. “Drinking and driving is totally intolerable in our department,” said the county sheriff.
  • Piedmont, Alabama: An officer was fired for violations, including conduct unbecoming an officer. The department declined to release the details.
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut: Two officers are being disciplined after either failing or refusing to take a drug test. “We take these kinds of offenses seriously,” said the police chief.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Two officers are accused of a utility theft scheme that netted them thousands of dollars. The warrant for the officers says that they were running the identical scheme at four residential properties.
  • Portland, Oregon: A man has filed a lawsuit against officers who shot him on his own property after he went outside with a gun to investigate what he thought were intruders on his lawn. He says the officers were negligent for failing to identify themselves, or give him any warning or command to drop his gun. According to the suit, once the man was shot by the front door of his home, his wife and five children, between the ages of 5 and 17, were ordered to leave the house – having to step around or over his wounded body – before officers moved in to get him medical care. Law enforcement never apologized to him or his family, the suit says.
  • King County, Washington: A 70 page report was released that says the sheriff’s review board has an “absence of serious deliberation and explicit reasoning.”
  • Madison County, Wisconsin: A woman is suing officers for using excessive force when they tased her no less than ten times during an arrest.


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