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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-25-12

Here are the 7 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 25, 2012:

  • Battle Creek, Michigan: An officer was charged with a felony of resisting and obstructing police officers, and two misdemeanors of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and failure to report an accident to fixtures.
  • Spokane, Washington: An officer will be sentenced after being convicted of using excessive force, and lying about it to investigators.
  • Phoenix, Arizona: The family of an inmate who was found not breathing in his jail cell has filed a lawsuit against the city and the county sheriff’s office. The notice claimed the man’s fatal injuries were a result of a jailer’s riot allegedly started by two police officers. The family also claims excessive force was used by employees.
  • Paterson, New Jersey: A police officer who arrested an assemblyman was charged with misconduct, submitting a false report, and other offenses. The assemblyman filed 27 criminal complaints against him.
  • South Miami, Florida: A police chief is being accused of violating ethics laws for steering city business to his wife’s companies.
  • Update: East Haven, Connecticut: A police officer will plead guilty in federal court to charges of filing a false police report. He is facing 12-24 months in prison.
  • Ulster, New York: The now-former police chief Matthew Taggard admitted he believed sex crimes were being committed in a neighboring community and failed to take any steps to prevent them. In a press release, the DA said “disturbing allegations” concerning the chief were brought to his attention. He said the “allegations were particularly troubling in that it was alleged Taggard engaged in criminal conduct during the course of a program run by the Boy Scouts of America known as the Ulster Police Cadet Program.”

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