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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-29-12

Here are the 19 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 29, 2012:

  • Williams, Arizona: A police officer who used a chokehold on a handcuffed prisoner, and another officer who witnessed the incident, have resigned. The accused officer resigned after he was told he would be suspended; it is against police policy to put a chokehold on a handcuffed prisoner. The witnessing officer resigned after he made inconsistent statements in a separate case
  • Boulder City, Nevada: The city council voted for an independent investigation into the police chief. He has been accused of trying to destroy public records.
  • Seattle, Washington: The police have released a dash cam video showing an officer punching a suspect. The incident is still under investigation by detectives.
  • San Juan County, New Mexico: A lawsuit has been filed against six officers alleging false arrest, unlawful search, wrongful detention, deprivation of rights and unreasonable use of force.
  • Scottsdale, Arizona: An officer has been accused of having sex 50 times while on duty, and lying about it. He faces sanctions from the state police standards board. The day after he admitted to sex while on duty, he resigned.
  • Oxford, Mississippi: The former head of the metro narcotics unit has been accused of “doctor shopping” for prescription medicine. He was arrested on charges alleging that he got prescriptions from at least 17 doctors.
  • Des Moines, Washington: A couple whose dog was shot and killed is suing the police department in federal court.
  • East Hartford, Connecticut: A woman is planning to sue the town after her 12-year-old son was allegedly struck repeatedly by an officer. “It was an experience that I don’t want any mother to experience,” she said. The boy was taken to the hospital for injuries.
  • Update: Boulder, Colorado: A deputy has been sentenced to 18 months in prison and 20 years of intensively supervised sex offender probation.  He pleaded guilty in August to charges of sexual exploitation of a child, obscenity, and official misconduct.
  • Chicago, Illinois: Prosecutors have announced a felony perjury charge against a now-former officer. She is accused of lying about being hit in the face with a bottle by a woman who was riding in a funeral procession.
  • Sarasota, Florida: The police department is investigating an officer after a video surfaced of an officer allegedly slamming a homeless man’s face against a window. In a statement, the city manager said, “Sworn officers with the Sarasota Police Department have been counseled repeatedly to treat all others with respect and dignity at all times even under trying and challenging circumstances. Anything less is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
  • Buckeye, Arizona: The man who was tackled and knocked unconscious after being confronted in a Walmart is suing the town and a police officer.
  • Abingdon, Virginia: An officer has been indicted by a federal grand jury on drug distribution charges. He faces up to ten years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
  • Grand Forks, North Dakota: A police officer has been accused of holding an unloaded handgun to another man’s head during a party. He has since resigned.
  • Fairfield, Connecticut: A state trooper has been charged with larceny, and has been accused of stealing jewelry and cash from the victim of a fatal crash.
  • Leola, South Dakota: The former police chief has admitted to embezzling more than $37,000 from the community’s fire department. He pleaded guilty to two counts of grand theft. Each count is a felony punishable by as much as 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
  • Seattle, Washington: An off-duty police officer was arrested late last night for allegedly assaulting his estranged wife. He was booked into jail for investigation of misdemeanor domestic violence assault.
  • Jackson, Tennessee: The police department is investigating the alleged misconduct of a patrol officer. The investigation is centered upon an allegation of missing currency possessed by an occupant of a vehicle stopped by officers for traffic violations.
  • Hillsborough, Florida: An officer is on trial; he has been charged with four counts of committing lewd and lascivious battery with a teenager. The charges are second-degree felonies.

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