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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 1-25-13

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 25, 2013:

  • Los Angeles, California: A secretive cellphone spy device known as StingRay, intended to fight terrorism, was used in far more routine LAPD criminal investigations 21 times in a four-month period during 2012, apparently without the courts’ knowledge that the technology probes the lives of non-suspects who happen to be in the same neighborhood as suspected terrorists.
  • Pasadena, California: A police officer illegally recorded a conversation between a man in custody and his attorney, the attorney says. California protects the confidentiality of recording between attorneys and clients, said the lawyer. He points to provisions of the state Penal Code that prohibit police officers from recording or eavesdropping on conversations between in-custody suspects and their lawyers.
  • Monmouth County, New Jersey: The plaintiff in a case says he was assaulted, threatened with death, refused access to an attorney, and even denied use of the bathroom by a pair of officers. Both officers declined comment, but a police commander said “they’re two outstanding officers.”
  • Mt. Vernon, Illinois: A former trooper who struck and killed two sisters is making an argument for why his driver’s license should be reinstated. He was driving 125 mph when his police cruiser left the roadway and struck the car holding the sisters. He was sentenced to probation for the crash.
  • Highland Park, Michigan: Four police officers face charges including accepting bribes and distributing sham cocaine. One of the officers is accused, among other allegations, of agreeing in principal to kill someone for $20,000.
  • Elkton, Kentucky: Units conducted an undercover investigation and performed a controlled delivery  to a police officer; it was determined he was attempting to buy narcotics while on duty.
  • Wichita, Kansas: A former police officer waived his right to a jury trial and was found guilty by a judge of sexually abusing two children. He was found guilty of two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child after a five-minute bench trial.
  • South Lake Tahoe, California: An officer has been arrested for allegedly influencing witness testimonies and asking witnesses to tamper with evidence.
  • Newport News, Virginia: A police officer was arrested on federal mail and wire fraud charges.
  • Macon, Georgia: Two officers were arrested on allegations that they stole a tractor from a plumbing business. They were charged with theft by taking, criminal trespass, burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime, and violation of the oath of office.

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