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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-03-13

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 3, 2013:

  • Greer, South Carolina: A police officer has been suspended after authorities say he was arrested for public disorderly conduct.
  • Fort Worth, Texas: A police officer has been arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The police chief said, “Our organization works hard to keep our streets safe during all holidays. It is extremely troubling that one of our police officers, especially a DWI enforcement officer, has been arrested in this manner… Our residents can be assured that this matter will be handled expeditiously and to their expectations.”
  • North Chicago, Illinois: Police Chief James Jackson said an officer was terminated for taking property from another police officer. The chief described the conduct as “outrageous,” though he would not give details.
  • Liberal, Kansas: An officer is no longer a part of the police department, after the discovery of an outstanding arrest warrant for him. He was accused of stealing a work laptop from his previous job, and when he would not return the company’s calls or respond to their attempts to contact him, an arrest warrant was filed, stating “offense(s) committed/anticipated charges(s)” of embezzlement.
  • Shreveport, Louisiana: A police officer has been temporarily released of his duties for alleged policy violations.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: Seventeen felony and misdemeanor charges have been filed against an officer who was arrested. The officer faces charges including criminal confinement, intimidation, battery and criminal recklessness after a domestic violence incident involving his wife and their neighbors.
  • Indian Lake, New York: An off-duty state trooper was arrested for allegedly driving his snowmobile under the influence of alcohol.
  • Reading, Pennsylvania: A fired police officer has lost a federal court battle to get his job back and more than $150,000 in damages from the city and police chief. A federal jury said the city had the right to fire him for repeatedly fraternizing with a motorcycle gang while he was off-duty. The jury agreed that violated a contract clause that bans police from associating with a felon or someone with a reputation for criminal behavior. He also was accused of alcohol abuse and lying during the internal affairs probe.
  • Lowell, Massachusetts: A veteran police officer, who recently confirmed he was questioned in a department internal-affairs investigation, is facing assault charges.
  • Update: Whitaker, Pennsylvania: A suspended Whitaker police officer will stand trial on charges that he used his gun to break a driver’s window during a traffic stop and threatened charges unless she paid to fix his damaged gun.

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