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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 1/30/13

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 30, 2013:

  • Nora Springs, Iowa: A police officer was arrested and charged with child endangerment. He allegedly choked his victim, causing him to have difficulty breathing and leaving a red mark on his neck.
  • Law Cruces, New Mexico: The city has settled a civil rights lawsuit filed against police alleging unlawful arrest and excessive use of force by three officers. In exchange for the money, the plaintiff agreed to dismiss his lawsuit against the officers.
  • Update: Irving, Texas: The trooper who conducted a roadside cavity search will be terminated. The Department of Public Safety called it an unconstitutional search without probable cause.
  • Chicago, Illinois: A now-former police officer whose undercover work led to charges in separate public corruption probes was himself charged with extorting a tow truck operator and selling firearms to a convicted felon. He is the 11th police officer charged in the tow truck scandal.
  • Update: Evansville, Indiana: A 68-year-old Evansville woman, who was at home with her granddaughter when police in SWAT gear tossed in flash grenades into her home, and forced their way inside to serve a warrant, has filed a lawsuit against the city and the police department. Police came up empty-handed in a search for evidence about threatening Internet posts but only after damaging the house, handcuffing the woman and her granddaughter and seizing their computers, according to the lawsuit.
  • Galveston, Texas: A woman allegedly assaulted by a police officer expressed relief after learning that the officer was fired from his job. “To have a member of this organization violate the trust of the public just cannot be tolerated,” said the police chief.
  • Chicago, Illinois: A family is furious over what they claim was an unjustified shooting of their 7-month-old miniature bull terrier. They also say that after shooting the dog, the officer put his gun back in his holster, and calmly finished writing the ticket for their van. The officers came back, three days later, after the family had contacted the media, to give them a ticket for not having their dog on a leash.
  • Update: Sacramento, California: A now-former police officer accused of raping a woman in her 70s has a court date, and the alleged victim is supposed to testify.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: A National Guard lieutenant colonel has filed a lawsuit against several Metro Police officers, alleging he was assaulted and wrongfully detained when they took him to the ground and handcuffed him after a confrontation.

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