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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-1-12 to 12-3-12

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, December 1, to Monday, December 3, 2012:

  • New York, New York: An off-duty police officer was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol.\
  • Update: Hatboro, Pennsylvania: An officer was sentenced to 15 days in jail in connection with felony charges stemming from his theft of narcotic, funds, cash and for his misuse of informants to obtain drugs to feed his habit.
  • Smith County, Texas: A state trooper who told authorities that he swerved to miss a deer resulting in a crash was intoxicated at the time of the accident. He has been arrested.
  • Irvington, New Jersey: The police chief has been accused of ordering detectives in the Internal Affairs Unit to unfairly punish officers, doctor internal reports and run personal errands for him.
  • New York, New York: A police officer, and decorated former Marine, was arrested after driving drunk and becoming involved in an accident.
  • Freehold, New Jersey: An officer who was accused of raping an informant has been sentenced to 5 years of probation for criminal coercion and 3 years of probation for tampering with evidence. The sentencing was a result of a plea bargain. He had already forfeited his job.
  • Eugene, Oregon: A man has filed a $3 million civil rights lawsuit against the police department and three officers for allegedly entering his home without permission and taking his mentally ill adult son to a local hospital, where he died of cardiac arrest after being “prescribed an overdose of medication.”
  • McAlester, Oklahoma: An officer was suspended after he used a taser on a handcuffed female prisoner inside the police station.
  • Snohomish County, Washington: A sheriff’s deputy has been charged with burglary after a stove and other items were taken from a vacation property. The charges include second-degree burglary and third degree malicious mischief.
  • Peabody, Massachusetts: An officer has been charged with six counts of assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, plus a charge of disseminating obscene material to a minor.
  • Fort Worth, Texas: During a rash of incidents in 2010 involving Fort Worth police officers and alcohol, chief of staff Paul Henderson summed up the department’s frustrations when he declared: “We are absolutely fed up with dealing with this off-duty behavior.” He was arrested on suspicion of DWI this past weekend.

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