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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-19-12

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday September 20, 2012:

  • Las Vegas, Nevada: The families of two men who died during encounters with police officers have each filed a lawsuit. The lawsuits allege that the officers were negligent, which proved to be fatal.
  • Mount Joy Borough, Pennsylvania: After being tasered by an officer 15 times, the man being tasered died, claims a lawsuit. “They knew this man had mental issues. Rather than getting a crisis team … you have something going on that is just beyond the pale,” said the family’s attorney.
  • Kernersville, North Carolina: The police chief has been charged with failure to slow down to avoid a collision. His patrol car hit two handcuffed suspects sitting beside a road.
  • Dahlonega, Georgia: A former deputy sheriff pleased guilty in federal court to charges of producing child pornography involving a then 6-year-old girl.
  • Long Branch, New Jersey: Two men are dead while a third is in critical condition following a high-speed car chase and crash. One of the officers who conducted a motor vehicle stop saw that a passenger had a gun and tried to grab it. A chase ensued when the driver took off.
  • Robbinsville, New Jersey: An officer was arrested after he broke into an apartment and assaulted a mother in a wheelchair and he 4-year-old son. He was charged with official misconduct, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of endangering the welfare of a child, five counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, and one count each of burglary, harassment and criminal mischief.
  • Pasadena, California: A complaint alleging that an officer perjured himself during the investigation and prosecution of a man has been filed with the police department.
  • Sturbridge, Massachusetts: A police spokesman described the assault allegations against a trooper as “deeply disturbing.” If true, they “are diametrically opposed to the morals, values, and principles of the Massachusetts State police,” he said. The trooper was relieved from duty last week, following his indictment on indecent assault and battery and open and gross lewdness charges.
  • Miami County, Ohio: Sheriff’s Deputy is on paid administrative leave after police said he was arrested for OVI. A bystander called in his erratic driving. “We are saddened by the arrest, but commend the good Samaritan for being alert and calling 911” said Chief Deputy Dave Duchak.
  • Chicago, Illinois: A police officer was arrested for allegedly taking a bribe to fix a traffic-related case. He has not been formally charged yet. Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said he was saddened the officer potentially threw away his career for allegedly taking graft.
  • Newark, New Jersey: An officer has been charged with allegedly conspiring to plant drugs on an individual and then falsely arresting the individual. The charge of conspiracy to violate civil rights carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
  • Update: Madison, Wisconsin: A jury ruled that officers were not overly forceful in the arrest of a woman when she was drunk.


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