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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-03-12 to 11-06-12

*Note* There were some technical difficulties connecting to the blog yesterday, so the following recap includes Saturday through Tuesday.

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, November 3 to Tuesday, November 6, 2012:

  • Oxford, Mississippi: A now-former state trooper pleaded not guilty to charges that he violated a woman’s civil rights by beating her in a county jail. If he is convicted he faces up to 10 years in prison.
  • Bartlesville, Oklahoma: Policewoman was not given any jail time for misdemeanor assault and battery on a handcuffed hospital patient. She was fined $1,000.
  • Portsmouth, Virginia: A sheriff’s deputy was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and assaulting another police officer after a hit and run accident that involved a utility pole. His employment status is currently unknown.
  • Winnsboro, South Carolina: A police officer shot himself in the chest as law enforcement officers closed in on him at a campground. He had been on the run after he allegedly shot and wounded his estranged wife in front of their children.
  • Austin, Minnesota: A man has filed suit against police officers. The court claim states: “Instead of providing medical care, police officers, with the assistance of ambulance paramedics, violently restrained Sheeley, depressing his ability to breathe, and repeatedly shocked him with a Taser gun. Ambulance paramedics then administered drugs to Sheeley that further depressed his ability to breathe, sending him into respiratory arrest and cardiac arrest. As a result, Sheeley suffered physical and emotional injuries, including permanent brain damage.”
  • Omaha, Nebraska: An officer and his wife have been accused of trying to cover up that an eight-year-old boy molested a little girl, starting when she was three years old. He has been with the department for more than 10 years and his wife has been a teacher for more than 20 years.
  • Mobile, Alabama: A trooper has been convicted of a felony ethics violation. He used a state credit card to buy gasoline for personal use, and has repaid $2,204 so far.
  • West Terre Haute, Indiana: A police chief was charged with making a false statement to a federal firearms dealer. He pleaded guilty in court.
  • District Heights, Maryland: An officer who shot a handcuffed man in the back as he ran away has been indicted on charges of attempted murder. “The police officer had removed his shoes and handcuffed him and searched him, so he didn’t have a weapon,” said the man’s attorney. “All the officer had to do to stop him was to grab him.”
  • Flint, Michigan: An officer has been fired for the second time in the course of one year. Both termination votes against him were unanimous.
  • Bloomington, Illinois: An assistant police chief pleaded guilty to improper lane usage in connection with a traffic accident. As part of the plea, charges of leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report property damage were dismissed.
  • Eric County, New York: A sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty in connection with a crash that left a motorcyclist with a serious traumatic brain injury. He admitted to being drunk, and his BAC indicated that he was more than 25% above the legal limit.
  • New Athens, Illinois: A police chief has been charged with stealing an iPod and an iPad from the police evidence room. “I don’t feel that there’s anything worse than a bad police officer,” said a police captain. “Every time a police officer is charged with a crime, it makes all of our jobs just that much more difficult. Also, this shows that true law enforcement, we’re not going to tolerate bad cops, bad apples or officers doing these types of things.”
  • El Paso, Texas: An officer pleaded guilty to 35 counts of tampering with government records with intent to defraud. He was one of many officers who retired or resigned last year over an internal affairs investigation into the incident.
  • Fayetteville, Arkansas: Two men stole a donation jar, and it led to a high speed chase that nearly hit several cars and reached speeds of 100+ miles per hour. It was eventually stopped using spike strips.
  • Portage, Wisconsin: A police officer was arrested for alleged drunken driving. He failed field sobriety tests, was arrested and taken to a hospital for a blood test.


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