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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-15-12 to 09-17-12

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, September 15 to  Monday, September 17, 2012:

  • Everett, Washington: Officers tased a mentally ill man and then put him in an isolation cell, claiming it was for safety reasons. His family says that three hours later they found him dead in the cell. “My dad had a name, he had a face. He was a real person,” said the man’s son. “He was not some piece of garbage to be tased to death.”
  • Princeton, West Virginia: A 16-year veteran officer who was involved in a domestic incident resigned. The incident was recorded on camera.
  • Delaware, Ohio: Two deputies and one trooper were charged in connection with the death of a man left at a Taco Bell. The officers picked up the man when they said he was drunk in his vehicle, and then left him at the Taco Bell. The man was then struck by a car and killed.
  • Youngstown, Ohio: An officer resigned instead of facing termination, and possible criminal prosecution. The resignation came after he was placed on administrative leave during a corruption investigation.
  • Jamestown, New York: An officer resigned amid allegations that he was pocketing prescription medicine that was evidence. “Because of his problem, every defense counsel wants to say, ‘Oh, everything is tainted. Everything has got to go. I need either a new trial or I need a plea far below what your guidelines would ordinarily give me,'” said the district attorney.
  • Webb County, Texas: After stealing a purse at a local hospital, a deputy was arrested and faces misdemeanor charges.
  • King County, Washington: A judge has ruled that King County deliberately withheld information on a sheriff’s deputy’s troubling behavior from attorneys of a man who was left permanently brain-damaged when he was tackled by the deputy. “This reckless indifference in its failure to produce these three documents — documents that were indisputably relevant — is the functional equivalent of intentional misconduct,” the judge said of the failure to turn over the information after the man’s family sued. The county settled with the family for $10 million. The man was left brain-damaged, paralyzed and unable to speak after he was tackled and pushed into a wall by the deputy. Harris had been wrongly identified as a suspect in an earlier bar fight.
  • Caledonia, Minnesota: A deputy wasn’t disciplined for drag racing his squad car, while on the job, against another officer. The decision to not discipline the officers is now being discussed by the County Board.
  • Pownal, Vermont: Following an investigation into allegations that he shot and killed a neighbor’s dog, a deputy resigned.
  • Los Angeles, California: A suspended sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to 90 days in jail for sexual relations with a teenage girl.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: A lawsuit says that an officer tried to strangle an 18-year-old. In the lawsuit, the boy says that he strangled him to the point of unconsciousness. He went to the doctor after and the doctor found evidence of “injuries consistent with strangulation.”


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