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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-05-12

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Boynton Beach, Florida: A man and his mother have filed suit for alleged false arrest. They were arrested while sitting in the man’s car in front of his own home and were taken to jail. But, later, the charges against the man were dropped, and there were never charges filed against his mother. “No probable cause existed for the seizure and arrest of [the two] for any offense whatsoever,” said their attorney.
  • Update: Duluth, Minnesota: The officer who was caught on videotape punching a man in a wheelchair was charged with 5th degree assault and disorderly contact. He was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
  • Miami, Ohio: A deputy facing a drunken driving charge was fired by the Sheriff. “The level of misconduct was so egregious and a complete violation of the public trust and the standards and code of ethics of the sheriff’s office that I had no choice but to dismiss him from his employment as a deputy sheriff. His conduct is not and should not be viewed as a reflection on the hardworking men and women of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office,” said the Sheriff.
  • Greenwood County, Kansas: A sheriff’s deputy was charged with multiple counts of having child pornography.
  • Riverdale, Illinois: A 70-year-old man was arrested for ‘impersonating an officer.’ He was actually in a costume in his own restaurant for a comedy show.
  • Premont, Texas: The assistant police chief was suspended after being arrested for driving while intoxicated.
  • Robbins, Illinois: A woman who was arrested while two months pregnant is now suing. She alleges that officers used excessive force on her, and it caused her to miscarry her child. She says that after she was arrested for no reason, the police put hand cuffs on her so tightly that her shoulder “popped,” causing her to scream in pain. Instead of loosening the cuffs, the officers threw her in the backseat of a patrol car, face down, and tased her several times.
  • Prosperity, South Carolina: A police officer was arrested on two counts of marijuana distribution and misconduct in office.

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