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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-5-12

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, December 5, 2012:

  • Columbia, South Carolina: A state trooper was arrested for disorderly conduct after he refused to obey police orders while he was off-duty. He has been terminated.
  • Rutland, Vermont: A 26-year veteran police officer is suspended with pay and now faces a criminal investigation.
  • Sanford, Florida: An officer has been accused of leaving the scene of an accident. He tried to change lanes, sideswiped another car, and kept driving.
  • Vernal, Utah: Residents filed a civil lawsuit against the city, the state, and an officer who they allege used personal information from Utah’s prescription drug database to harass them and steal their pain medication. “He hoped that they would be too dumb to notice the pills were missing,” the complaint says. “He counted on the fact that they would be too scared to stop him from coming into their homes and stealing their medication because of his status as law enforcement.”
  • San Antonio, Texas: A deputy U.S. marshal who authorities say tipped off his drug-trafficker father about an undercover federal agent was arrested. He is accused of showing a photocopy of the unidentified agent’s driver’s license to colleagues last fall and, upon learning it belonged to an undercover investigator, sending a warning text to his father, who has served prison time for various drug charges.
  • Easton, Pennsylvania: A police officer has been fired officials said. “He had some off-duty misconduct,” the police chief said. “An investigation was conducted, and based on the misconduct, he was released from employment with the city.”
  • Uptown, Illinois: A family says that an officer used excessive force and robbed them of their potential income when he shot their 7-month-old show dog.
  • Update: Bellevue, Washington: Two officers were disciplined and a 22-year veteran was demoted after an investigation into unruly behavior at a Seattle Seahawks game.
  • Update: Dallas, Texas: The woman who was the head of the CrimeStoppers unit, who pleaded guilty to stealing $175,000, was sentenced to 42 months in prison.
  • Port Hueneme, California: The mother of a man killed last year by an officer has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit, alleging authorities reacted improperly when they fatally shot her unarmed son and left him for dead.

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