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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-13-12 to 10-15-12

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, October 13 to Monday, October 15, 2012:

  • Update: Salt Lake City, Utah: A supervisor warned that a highway patrolwoman, who is currently under investigation, was frequently arresting people for driving under the influence of drugs, when they had no drugs in their systems. He wrote a memo discussing the questionable arrests and implying the officer was falsely accusing drivers of impairment.
  • Burlington County, New Jersey: Two officers wrestled down a man, hit him with a baton, and then arrested him. He was experiencing diabetic shock. Paramedics found the man’s blood sugar was so low that he could have suffered a coma, seized, or died.
  • Lansing, Michigan: An officer was sentenced on a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired. He has to pay $1704 in fines and court costs.
  • Billings, Montana: A SWAT team raided the wrong home and in using flash-bang grenades through the windows they severely burned a little girl. “It was totally unforeseen, totally unplanned and extremely regrettable,” said the police chief. “We certainly did not want a juvenile, or anyone else for that matter, to get injured.” The mother is questioning why the police would take such actions with children in the house. “A simple knock and the door, and I would’ve let them in,” she said. “They said their intel told them there was a meth lab at our house. If they would’ve checked, they would’ve known there is not.” No arrests were made during the raid, and no charges have been filed.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: An officer has been put on paid leave, and is now facing criminal charges after an incident at a nightclub. The arrest is one of several recent arrests of officers in Louisville. “They have to set the standards. They’re here to solve crimes and protect us. Not go overboard like that and abuse their positions,” said a resident.
  • Beaver County, Utah: A deputy was arrested, jailed, and fired for alleged domestic violence. When he got into a fight with his girlfriend, he purportedly got in his car and drove it at her, but he said he only did it to scare her, and did not intend to harm her.
  • Oakland, California: An internal affairs investigation found that 44 officers committed misconduct during Occupy Oakland protests. More than 1000 complaints were issued against officers. The misconduct ranged from excessive force to failing to turn on uniform cameras.
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was fired for what the chief called reckless disregard for departmental policy. He shot 14 times at a fleeing vehicle, and some other officers “actually had to take cover to ensure they weren’t shot,” said the chief.
  • Crookston, Minnesota: A North Dakota deputy has been charged in a break-in at a convenience store. He was charged with burglary and criminal damage to property.

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