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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-29-12 to 01-02-13

*Note* I was out of the office Monday, December 31, so there were no stories tweeted/recapped that day. This recap reflects the weekend, and the Holiday.

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, December 29, 2012 to Wednesday, January 2, 2013:

  • Seattle, Washington: A protester who was arrested has filed a lawsuit. Video shows that police officers lied about an altercation that occurred; an officer said the protester cursed at, and punched, her.
  • Fort Lee, New Jersey: A teenager who was left locked for hours in a police van with six others has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the town, the police department and several officers. He alleges that the officers falsely arrested and unlawfully detained him, and that borough officials failed to implement appropriate policies or practices and were negligent.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The Deputy Commissioner, one of Philly’s top officers, allegedly instructed an aide to browse the police department’s computer personnel files for photos of female officers so that he could select those he’d like to meet, according to court documents. The former longtime aide said the Commissioner would look at the photos, pick out some he wanted to meet and then direct his aide to find out where they worked.
  • Sedgwick County, Kansas: The County Sheriff says that a detention deputy has been suspended without pay for an incident; he said two inmates at the work release facility reported they were fondled by a deputy. Information was presented to the district attorney’s office, and a complaint was signed charging the officer with unlawful sexual relations.
  • Cumberland, Kentucky: An officer was let go from the police department when city property was found to be missing. He has been arrested and is charged with theft by unlawful taking.
  • Gainesville, Georgia: Authorities say a former jailer has been charged with using excessive force. The officer punched an unruly inmate in his head after the inmate was under control and in handcuffs.
  • Loudoun County, Virginia: Sheriff’s deputy charged with misdemeanor assault and battery and strangling another causing wounding or injury. He has been placed on administrative leave and his law enforcement powers have been suspended while the investigation continues.
  • Albemarle County, Virginia: The police department announced the arrest of a now former employee; Lieutenant Ernie Allen has been charged with embezzlement of public funds.
  • Henry County, Georgia: An officer has been arrested and charged with domestic battery and two counts of cruelty to children.

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