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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 1-24-13

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 24, 2013:

  • Bexar County, Texas: A deputy constable is under arrest for allegedly helping other officers get credit for training they never completed.
  • Update: Readstown, A 375-page investigation report released this week portrays Readstown’s former police chief as a womanizer and bumbling cop who posed a danger to the community. He was found guilty of three counts of felony misconduct in office. He resigned and served a little more than a week in jail.
  • Bibb County, Georgia: A deputy has been fired amid allegations he stole about $4,000 from an inmate’s electronic bank transaction card and used the money to buy Christmas presents, a dog, and cash for advances to his own account.
  • McHenry, Illinois: A police officer pleaded guilty to theft and official misconduct. He admitted that he stole seized drug money.
  • Mesa, Arizona: An officer lost his job because he used a stun gun on his stepson for bringing home an unsatisfactory report card.
  • Update: Southern View, Illinois: A woman is suing the village, and a now ex-officer, in connection with the officer’s alleged sexual assault of her during a traffic stop.
  • Lake County, Indiana: An officer was indicted on charges of conspiring to Sheriff’s Department letterhead to buy automatic machine guns and laser sights intended strictly for law enforcement departments or the military and selling the parts for a profit online.
  • Update: New Orleans, Louisiana: A federal judge set a new trial date for a former officer accused of helping cover up a man’s death after Hurricane Katrina. The court ordered a new trial because of newly discovered evidence. The officer was the alleged triggerman in the shooting.
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: An officer has been accused of stealing about $200 from a store where he was investigating a separate burglary complaint.
  • South Amboy, New Jersey: A woman is seeking $2 million in damages from the sheriff’s office and one of its officers she said assaulted her then falsely charged her with assaulting him.
  • Greenville, Mississippi: A police officer has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of withholding information on a crime.
  • Miami, Florida: A police officer faces an extortion charge in court. He is the first of several officers expected to be swept up in a broad anti-corruption dragnet of the city’s police department. He allegedly helped organize a protection racket for a sports-betting ring working out of a barber shop. He pleaded not guilty to a single charge of extortion conspiracy, alleging that he “protected and facilitated illegal activity — gambling — in exchange for receipts of cash payments.”
  • Chicago, Illinois: A family filed a federal lawsuit saying that police officers wrongfully shot their family member and taunted them. The suit has been filed against the city, the police department, and 4 officers, alleging misconduct. It claims officers repeatedly used the n-word when talking to the victim’s relatives at the scene.
  • New York, New York: A teenager testified that an ex-officer persuaded her to have sex with him when she was 14 years old. The former police officer is charged with second-degree rape and other charges. He faces up to seven years in prison on the top count.

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