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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-01-12

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 1, 2012:

  • Cherokee County, Georgia: The parents of a 16-year old boy who was suicidal had called police officers in for help when he took a gun and threatened to kill himself. The boy wound up being shot by a sniper, and now the parents say they regret their decision to call the police in the first place.
  • Tularosa, New Mexico: A ten-year-old boy was tasered by a police officer with 50,000 volts of electricity on a school playground after refusing to clean the officer’s car. The officer responded to the boy’s refusal by saying, “Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police.” He then tasered the boy, who weighs less than 100 pounds, causing him to black out. When the boy came to, instead of calling for emergency medical assistance, he took the boy to the principal’s office. The boy was left with scars resembling cigarette burns and has since been suffering from PTSD, often waking up in the middle of the night grabbing his chest, fearful of never waking up again.
  • Colleton County, South Carolina: A now-former lieutenant pleaded guilty to giving false statements to the FBI. He faces up to five years in prison and could be forced to pay a fine of up to $250,000. Prosecutors say the officer told a suspected drug trafficker that he was being followed by federal agents, and then denied doing so. Telephone calls proved that he was lying.
  • Brownfield, Texas: A police officer has been fired from the department after allegations were confirmed of his lying on an application about his inappropriate past in Kermit. He was accused of falsifying court documents and perjuring himself to conceal his improper past with a minor while he was a police officer.
  • North Chicago, Illinois: The police chief was arrested and charged with theft of more than $140,000 that had been seized from drug arrests. He was accused of using the money to buy a new car and do home repairs on his kitchen, among other personal expenditures.
  • Lincoln County, Oklahoma: A Gary, Indiana police officer was caught with 48 pounds of marijuana in her suitcase during a traffic stop. She did not show up to her court date, and is now considered a fugitive.
  • Pennington Gap, Virginia: The police chief was arrested on prescription drug distribution and gun charges, and is also accused of burglarizing a Rite Aid. He was fired.
  • Flomaton, Alabama: Two officers were arrested and charged with an ethics violation each and tampering with evidence. One was released on a $30,000 bond, and the other is being held on a $50,000 bond.
  • *Note* The link originally attached to this story when we tweeted it was, by mistake, the Kaukauna, WI link. This link is the correct one. Thank you to a reader who pointed this out.
    Bryan County, Oklahoma: A now-former chief of police was sentenced to time in jail; he was convicted of embezzlement after being accused of taking guns out of evidence.
  • Kaukauna, Wisconsin: A trooper tried to pull a man over for a seat belt violation, and he sped away. The chase that resulted reached more than 100 miles per hour before there was a crash, putting the man in an ICU.
  • Knox County, Missouri: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested after a warrant was issued. He is charged with a felony count of stealing and a count of disposing of stolen property. He as also been charged with resisting arrest by fleeing. He is no longer employed with the sheriff’s department.
  • Long Beach, California: An officer was sentenced to at least 12 years in prison for repeatedly beating his wife using a police-issue baton, a flashlight, and sometimes a broom. He was arrested during a stand-off with other officers.
  • South Barrington, Illinois: An officer is charged with official misconduct, forgery, and possession of a controlled substance. He has resigned from the police force.

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