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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 6-29-12

Here are the 13 reports of misconduct tracked for Friday, June 29, 2012:

  • Dade City, Florida police department was called to look into an off-duty altercation between Officer Latarsha Taylor and another woman. Taylor resigned this month when she faced termination after the domestic violence investigation.
  • Ulster, New York Chief, Matthew Taggard, was suspended and charged with official misconduct. Authorities say that he knew about sex crimes against underage victims and did nothing about it.
  • Miami Beach, Florida eyewitness recounts his interaction with police when they saw him videotaping a fatal police shooting. “When he noticed me recording, one of the officers jumped in the truck, put a pistol to my head… My phone was smashed – he stepped on it, handcuffed me.”
  • West Chester, Ohio police released a video of officers beating a suspect. Officers said the man, Jeremy Lewis, was drunk and combative. All charges against Lewis have since been dropped.
  • Evansville, Indiana SWAT team broke down the storm door, and tossed flashbang stun grenades into a home. The police were executing a search warrant for computer equipment, which they said was used to make threats against police and their families. The family was inside, watching television, when this happened, and said that no one was hiding there. Ira Milan, the homeowner, said, “I think it was a show of force that they are not going to tolerate [threats]… But what about the residents and what they have to tolerate?” Police refused to release the warrant upon request.
  • Vestal, New York: Robert Leone says he was subjected to hours of beatings and electrical shocks by PA state troopers.  Leone called his mother from police custody, and she recounts what she heard from him: “They put him on the phone and he starts screaming that he has been beaten within an inch of his life.” State Police declined to comment on the case.  Previous coverage here.
  • A Boston, Massachusetts police officer was charged with an OUI, failure to stop, and reckless operation of a motor vehicle 33 days after he crashed his car into the car of Briana O’Neill. She was upset it took so long to indict him: “If it would have been me, I’d be in jail right now.” Says her lawyer of the police officer, “The facts just seem to indicate that he’s being treated a little bit differently.” There are also allegations that he had been drinking.
  • Providence, Rhode Island a police officer was following a SUV after an occupant threw something at his vehicle. While in pursuit, the officer says, the SUV crashed and the occupants ran away. The now suspended officer is being charged with larceny over $500 and solicitation to receive stolen goods after he searched the vehicle and took money from it.
  • Update: Two Massachusetts officers have been fired after being deemed no longer “fit to serve.” One of the officers was fired for a pair of incidents, one of which involved him driving the wrong way down the highway. The other was fired for involvement in a prostitution ring.
  • Two Prince George’s County, Maryland police officers accused of kidnapping, false imprisonment, second-degree assault, and misconduct against teenagers. An attorney for one of the teens said that the officers were off-duty when they apparently tried to scare the teens, who had been accused of stealing alcohol from a party. They handcuffed one teen, another escaped. One teen was beaten.
  • Houston, Texas woman Natalie Plumber was arrested on bogus charges when she was warning drivers of a speed trap. Plumber was walking down the sidewalk with a sign that read “Speed Trap,” when an officer arrested her. They claim that they did it for her safety, but she said, “He couldn’t take me to jail for holding up this sign, or he would have, so all he could do was make up something vague about it.”
  • New Durham, New Hampshire Officer Chris Chesley was arrested and charged with three counts of simple assault. He allegedly pushed and grabbed different women on three separate occasions. Police Chief Shawn Bernier said that police are conducting an internal investigation. He also said, “I think (this) shows that nobody is above the law and everybody is held accountable.”
  • Lafourche Parish, Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy is in custody after admitting to officials he was in a sexual relationship with a 16-yr-old girl. He was terminated upon his arrest, and now faces up to 10 years in prison and/or $5,000 in fines if he is convicted.
  • Kansas City, Kansas former officer was sentenced to federal prison for stealing electronics from houses where his team served search warrants. He pleaded guilty to violating federal civil rights statutes.


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