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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 1-26-13 to 1-28-13

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, January 26 to Monday, January 28, 2013:

  • Ellsworth, Maine: A cellphone text message led to an argument between an off-duty police officer and his live-in companion. He was arrested after she got upset and he repeatedly restrained her. “Whenever an employee has violated our standard operating procedures, or if somebody or a member of the public makes a complaint about the officer, the lieutenant will do an investigation about the incident,” said the police chief.
  • Houston, Texas: Two police officers have been accused of accepting bribes and allowing cocaine to be smuggled and distributed. The police chief released a statement saying: “We will never tolerate criminal misconduct from any of our employees. Both officers have been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the Internal Affairs investigation.”
  • Beaver County, Pennsylvania: A deputy was found guilty of tax evasion by a federal jury.
  • Fresno, California: An officer admitted that he lied about details in a police report. He denied charges of police brutality and a cover-up. If he is convicted, he, and another officer, faces 20 years in prison.
  • Murray County, Georgia: A deputy said he was following orders when he did not tell the truth during a Georgia Bureau of Investigation inquiry. Hen said a supervisor told him to lie, and he was afraid to disobey the directive.
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut: Three officers are on desk duty after a video was posted online that shows them kicking and stomping a man that they had already subdued with a stun gun. The man being beat up in the video has filed a lawsuit.
  • Mounds, Oklahoma: Two police officers have been charged with embezzlement after an investigation into missing money.
  • Update: Orlando, FL: A police officer won’t be facing any charges stemming from an arrest that alleged he beat his girlfriend.

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