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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 1-31-13

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 31, 2013:

  • Update: Twin Rivers, California: About four months after five men filed a lawsuit accusing officers of brutality and false arrest, the district has paid $650,000 to settle the matter. The suit claims they were arrested for no reason and taken to the district police station, where one officer allegedly choked three of them. They were all eventually jailed, but the District Attorney’s Office declined to file any charges against them.
  • Salida, Colorado: The police arrested a lawyer who shouted, “Don’t forget your constitutional right to remain silent,” to a man who was being detained. The “obstruction” charge was later dismissed.
  • Update: Grand Forks, North Dakota: The officer accused of holding a gun to another man’s head at a party pleaded not guilty in court. He faces a mandatory minimum of two years in prison if he is convicted because a weapon was used. The felony charge of terrorizing carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.
  • Eric County Pennsylvania: An officer has been sentenced to two-to-six years in prison for drunkenly striking a motorcyclist stopped for a red light blood. He was blood tested and was three times the legal limit. A black box in his car showed he had been going 60 mph.
  • New Bern, North Carolina: An investigator with the sheriff’s officer has been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a woman he has charged with a crime. The investigation is ongoing. It is not a crime to have relations with someone he or she has charged with a crime, but it would be a conflict of interest in court.
  • Morrow, Ohio: A judge found a police officer guilty of stealing from a fallen deputy’s memorial golf outing and then repaying the funds with money stolen from a client of his printing business.
  • New Haven, Connecticut: An officer was arraigned in court on charges that he allegedly hit a woman whom he had been dating. He is charged with third degree assault, risk of injury to a minor and threatening in the first-degree. He has been placed on administrative leave.
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A police officer has been suspended from duty after being charged with domestic assault.
  • San Mateo County, California: A sheriff’s deputy faces felony grand theft charges after he stole a trumpet from a hotel. It was valued at $2,000.

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