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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-07-10

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked in our National Police Misconduct News Feed for Tuesday, December 7, 2010:

  • Two Mundeline IL police officers are the subject of a lawsuit alleging detained and handcuffed a woman after forcing her to perform numerous sobriety tests in the snow even though she had a 0.0 BAC then repeatedly tasering her husband when he got out of the car to see what was going on then got back in as ordered. [3]
  • A Fort Worth TX police officer has resigned while he was under investigation over allegations he sexually assaulted a woman while he was on duty. Police requested that the media not publish any pictures of the officer as they suspect multiple victims could possibly be involved. [1]
  • A Bethlehem PA police officer has been fired on allegations that he lied during an excessive force investigation into a videotaped incident where he allegedly beat a man after a chase. He was cleared of the excessive force allegations but apparently lied about the video. [0]
  • A Benton County AR deputy is under investigation after a homeowner recorded him on secret camera when the deputy came to his home looking for someone who lived there previously. The deputy apparently got angry with the man for not calling him deputy then arrested him on questionable obstruction charges. [2]
  • A New Orleans LA police sergeant has resigned after admitting to writing a false report about the post-Katrina Glover shooting incident when she was testifying at trial as a witness. [0]
  • The police chief of Bangor PA has been suspended for 30 days without pay but officials are refusing to say why the chief was given what is usually considered a fairly severe disciplinary action. [3]
  • The Gallatin TN police chief is the subject of an investigation by that state’s investigative agency over unspecified allegations that he misused state police databases. [3]
  • The police chief of Chester Twp PA has been sentenced to anywhere between 9 to 23 months in jail for stealing & forging a $6,600 check that belonged to a halfway house resident. [0]
  • The Des Moines IA police commission has voted to rehire a police officer who resigned in lieu of being fired after repeatedly beating the passenger of a car with a baton during a traffic stop where he and another officer claimed the driver had failed to yield to an emergency vehicle. The other officer involved also resigned but did not file an appeal afterward. [0]
  • The police chief of Provo UT has retired after a string of misconduct cases involving his department and questions about an investigation that cleared a police chief from a different department of shoplifting charges in a videotaped incident. [0]
  • Waukegan IL police have been sued by the family of a 50-year-old man who died after being tasered twice in a parking lot by officers who were looking for a man they received complaints about. The man police were looking for was described as a Caucasian but the man they confronted was Hispanic and didn’t match the description. [3]
  • The 11th Circuit Court has ruled that it was reasonable force when a police officer continued to fire about 12 rounds into a man who had already been incapacitated when he was shot after a high speed chase in an appeal over an excessive force lawsuit. While the court’s decision isn’t an act of police misconduct, it’s something we need to track as an accountability issue since it affects what we track. [0]
  • An Onondaga County NY deputy who retired in April has now been charged with harassing and stalking a school bus driver for years since 2007. [1]
  • An Eatonville FL police officer is under investigation over allegations he stopped woman & her 6-year-old daughter without cause then began to question the girl as if she were a suspect. [1]
  • And finally, a Howard County MD police officer has received a written reprimand after a two-month long investigation into a photo of his cruiser that was parked in a handicap spot. [0]

That’s it for today, stay safe out there.

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