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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 1-29-13

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, January 29, 2013:

  • Walnut Creek, California: The family of a hairdresser killed by police is seeking $15 million in a wrongful-death suit filed against four members of the police department, alleging the 22-year-old man was shot after officers tripped and fell over one another.
  • Oakland County, Michigan: Prosecutors have dropped 16 drug cases in recent months, including one involving a large-scale marijuana bust, after an investigation determined a deputy on the county’s narcotics enforcement team falsified a search warrant and lied under oath. The officer has been fired.
  • El Paso, Colorado: A former sheriff’s detective who leveled his service pistol at fellow law enforcement officers during a standoff will remain on the sheriff’s payroll despite his guilty plea.
  • Update: St. Louis, Missouri: The internal affairs division has recommended that a veteran officer be fired for his conduct during an alleged assault of a handcuffed man at a casino.
  • Fort Smith, Arkansas: A police trooper lost his job after an investigation states he had sex with a married woman while on duty. He was a probationary employee at the time of the firing.
  • Mission, Texas; An officer was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge; he hit a mailbox.
  • Malden, Massachusetts: An officer accused of seeking prescription painkillers from an alleged drug dealer has lost his jobs, officials confirmed.
  • Racine, Wisconsin: An officer is on administrative duty after he was stopped by another officer, reportedly for driving under the influence.
  • Update: Macon, Georgia: One of 2 officers charged with stealing a tractor is in jail again. He was arrested and charged with two felony counts of theft by taking, two counts of altered vehicle identification numbers, and one count of fiduciary theft.
  • Putnamville, Indiana: An officer was caught smuggling cocaine, marijuana, Suboxone and Xanex into a correctional facility. He was reportedly hoping to make $500, and instead he lost his job and wound up in court facing five felony counts
  • Longmont, Colorado: A police officer is on paid administrative leave awaiting the results of an internal investigation and a criminal investigation following an arrest. He was suspected of driving under the influence.

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