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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 11-14-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, November 14, 2016:

  • Update: University of Cincinnati (First reported 07-24-15): Now-former officer Ray Tensing’s trial for the fatal on-duty shooting of Samuel DuBose ended in mistrial.
  • Update: Youngstown, Ohio (First reported 10-03-16): A now-former officer pled guilty to neglecting to care for her sister, whose body was found emaciated and in highly unsanitary conditions. She entered mental health treatment and may get the conviction expunged.
  • Niagara Falls, New York: An officer was arrested on drug
  • Denham Springs, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for misdemeanor stalking after the end of a long-term relationship.
  • Traverse City, Michigan: An officer was suspended after driving a truck with Confederate battle flag near anti-Trump protesters in an incident off duty. He resigned Monday.
  • Evansville, Indiana: Four officers were suspended after their use of force during an arrest. Their reports were contradicted by camera footage of the incident.
  • Canton, Michigan: An officer was suspended during an investigation into racist comments on one of his social media
  • Update: Lake County, Florida (First reported 01-23-14): A deputy was sentenced to 12 years in prison for raping an intoxicated woman he was summoned to help.


National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 11-11-16

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, November 11, 2016:

  • Update: Hopkinsville, Kentucky (First reported 08-22-16): The officer who was arrested for sexually abusing a minor has resigned and entered a not guilty plea.
  • Update: Austin, Texas (First reported 07-22-16): An officer was not indicted by a grand jury for the use of force against Breaion King, a schoolteacher, whose arrest was caught on dashcam and sparked
  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy was charged with extorting sex from a security guard by threatening arrest for crack possession.
  • Center Township, Pennsylvania: An officer was arrested for theft for stealing drugs and cash from the evidence room.
  • Dallas, Texas: Two officers were fired for separate arrests: one was arrested for official oppression at a homeless shelter; the other was arrested for domestic
  • Update: Seattle, Washington (First reported 07-01-14): An officer was fired for punching a handcuffed detainee in the face while she was detained in a patrol car in 2014.
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: An officer was charged with firing his service weapon in his backyard while intoxicated.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 11-10-16

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 10, 2016:

  • Update: Illinois State Police (First reported 11-07-16): A now-former trooper was convicted of bribery and misconduct.
  • Update: Missouri State Police (First reported 02-12-16): A trooper’s trial for manslaughter in the drowning death of Brandon Ellingson, who was handcuffed after an arrest for boating while intoxicated, was delayed again after the judge recused.
  • Michigan State Police: A trooper was charged with embezzlement for allegedly stealing $10,000 from
  • Massachusetts State Police: A trooper was convicted of OUI, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and possession of a firearm while intoxicated for a fatal crash. He was acquitted of manslaughter and homicide in that case.
  • Update: Red Bank, Tennessee (First reported 03-02-15) officer had aggravated assault charges from excessive force complaint dismissed after mistrial
  • Sumter City, South Carolina: An officer was charged with coercing women to have sex with him while he was on duty.
  • Update: Connellsville, Pennsylvania (First reported 05-04-15): A now-former officer was convicted of corruption of minor and acquitted of involuntary deviant intercourse. He allegedly told the victim she wouldn’t face drug charges if she had sex with him.
  • Belleville, New Jersey: An officer was suspended without pay during an investigation into shoplifting allegations.
  • Update: Vigo County, Indiana (First reported 11-07-16): A deputy who was charged in a theft and bribery case has resigned. In doing so, he lost the legal protection of the union.
  • Tennessee Highway Patrol: A trooper was charged with aggravated assault for pointing his gun at his wife during an argument.
  • Salem, Massachusetts: An officer was charged with rape and indecent assault on a man in a police closet.
  • Galveston, Texas: A school resource officer was charged with sexual assault of a child, solicitation of a minor, and having an improper relationship with a student.
  • Update: Mt. Vernon, Ohio (First reported 10-02-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to six years in prison for stealing drugs from evidence and selling them.
  • Lake County, Indiana: The sheriff’s office was raided by the FBI and Indiana State Police.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 11-08-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, November 8, 2016:

  • U.S. Border Patrol: An agent was arrested for drug trafficking.
  • South Dakota Highway Patrol: A trooper was charged with grand theft.
  • Edison Township, New Jersey: Two officer—one current, one now-former—were arrested in connection with a scheme to burn down a superior officer’s home.
  • New York, New York: A woman filed a lawsuit claiming an officer solicited sex from her in exchange for protecting her son from other officers.
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: An officer is no longer with the department after a video showed him kick a defenseless black man. A criminal investigation is ongoing.
  • Carter County, Oklahoma: A now-former deputy pled guilty to bribery after a woman claimed she had sex with him in order to preserve her husband’s job in the department. He was sentenced to two years’ probation and lost his law enforcement certification.
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was charged with felonious assault on a family member and interfering with an emergency call.
  • Robstown, Texas: An officer was arrested for DWI after being found unconscious behind the wheel of a truck.
  • Emporia, Kansas: An officer was arrested for DUI.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 11-07-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, November 7, 2016:

  • Vigo County, Indiana: A deputy was arrested for theft, bribery, and criminal threatening.
  • Illinois State Police: A trooper’s trial for bribery started
  • Texas Department of Public Safety: A trooper was placed on leave. He is accused of removing woman’s breast piercings with his hands and pliers after she could not remove them after her arrest. Four people in all were arrested after a pill was found in the car they were in after a search.
  • Pueblo, Colorado: An officer was arrested for sexually assaulting a domestic violence victim whose case he was investigating.
  • Sacramento, California: An officer was arrested on drug and firearms charges.
  • Muskogee County, Oklahoma: A man claims his home was searched and was arrested because he was targeted by a deputy because the man was dating the deputy’s daughter.
  • Update: Springfield, Massachusetts (First reported: 09-29-16): A town councilor wants an investigation into the lenient suspension of a detective who was recorded intimidating and bullying teenage car theft suspects.
  • Update: Temple, Texas (First reported 09-27-16): A now-former officer was convicted of lying to investigators about texting police
  • Bartow County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested and charged with sexual battery.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 11-04-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, November 4, 2016:

  • Phoenix, Arizona: Two officers were indicted after new information was revealed regarding their abuse of a homeless woman in 2015. They have been on leave before the indictment.
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer resigned after an alleged sexual solicitation of minors. In a separate incident, an officer was fired for lying and harassment.
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement: An agent was charged with sexual battery and lewd behavior against eight-year-old boys.
  • Update: Suffolk County, New York (First reported 12-09-15): The now-former chief was sentenced to 46 months in prison for the beating of a larceny suspect and its cover up.
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was fired for attempting to feed a sandwich of fecal matter to a homeless person.
  • Oakland, California: A now-former officer was charged with illegal use of a law enforcement database in connection with Celeste Guap exploitation scandal. Although he is one of the officers alleged to have had sexual contact with Guap, prosecutors lacked the evidence to show that he knew or did so when she was a minor.
  • Gwinnett County, Georgia: A deputy resigned after his arrest for aggravated child molestation and sodomy.
  • Waurika, Oklahoma: An officer charged with DUI and embezzlement after he totaled his police cruiser.
  • Update: Kenly, North Carolina (First reported 09-09-16): An officer had his certification revoked by a judge after he was charged for the death of a suspect from repeated taser use.
  • Oneida County, Wisconsin: A deputy was charged with misconduct for stealing $1,200 from drug buy cash supply.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 11-03-16

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 3, 2016:

  • Phoenix, Arizona: An officer retired after failing a drug test.
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma: An officer was arrested for violating a protective order filed against her. She’s accused of stalking a woman while on
  • Update: Sullivan City, Texas (First reported 02-02-16): The now-former chief who was charged with theft and abuse of authority for allegedly tolerating another officer’s drug theft had the indictments against him thrown out by a judge. The department is open to re-hiring him now that he has been legally cleared of wrongdoing.
  • Update: Perth Amboy, New Jersey (First reported 02-10-15): The City settled a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by an employee against the now-suspended chief for $150,000. The chief faces criminal charges for misconduct and tampering.
  • Update: Tukwila, Washington (First reported 07-27-12): A now-former officer pled guilty to civil rights charges for abusing a detainee during an arrest and also while he was detained in the hospital.
  • Schenectady, New York: An officer was suspended after his boyfriend tried to pass a bad check to buy a Jaguar. A subsequent investigation has linked the couple to sex parties and possible statutory rape.
  • Chicago, Illinois: An officer arrested for sex trafficking underage girls.

Worst of the Month — October

For October, we’ve selected the City of Minneapolis for its handling of an excessive force complaint against Officer Blayne Lehner.

Here’s the background: Lehner and his partner respond to domestic disturbance call at an apartment building where they find two women arguing with one another.   According to the news reports, the encounter was captured on video.  The owner of the apartment building was so disturbed by what he saw–Lehner pushing one of the women without cause–that he filed a complaint with the department.

Later, Police Chief Janee Harteau agrees that Lehner’s conduct was unacceptable.  The Chief terminates Lehner’s employment with the police department.

Only now a labor arbitrator has overturned that employment decision and has ordered the city to reinstate Lehner along with compensation for the time he has been off the force.

News reports also show that Lehner has been the subject of previous complaints and lawsuits:

City records show that since 2000, more than 30 complaint investigations have been opened against Lehner. The vast majority of investigations were closed with no discipline. One case from 2014 with the Office of Police Conduct Review is still open. Records show Lehner was suspended twice in 2013. However, the reasons for the discipline were not listed. Lehner was also issued two letters of reprimand in 2012.

In 2015, Lehner was sued by a man who claimed the officer kicked him in the face, breaking a few of his teeth and causing him to briefly lose consciousness. In a rare move, the city decided not to defend Lehner. However, the city later settled the case for $360,000.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 11-02-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 2, 2016:

  • Lincoln County, North Carolina: A deputy was fired after accidentally shooting and wounding her 11-year-old daughter with her service weapon while off duty.
  • Update: Loudon County, Virginia: A now-former deputy pled guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty charges for the death of his personal dog.
  • Wapato, Washington: A now-former officer pled guilty to 3rd-degree rape of a woman he knew. He was off duty at the time of the attack. He was sentenced to six months’ home confinement.
  • Newark, Ohio: Two officers were arrested in separate off-duty assaults.
  • Clayton State University (GA): An officer was arrested for exposing himself to a woman outside of a Wal-Mart while he was off duty.
  • Alachua County, Florida: A deputy was suspended after the department received an allegation that he falsified a report. An investigation is ongoing.
  • Los Angeles, California: The City settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of Ezell Ford, an unarmed mentally ill man who was fatally shot by officers in 2014.
  • Update: Atlanta, Georgia (First reported 09-02-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to life without parole plus 16 years for killing a woman he met for sex while off duty and then setting her body on fire.
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 10-31-16): An officer was convicted of tipping off and running protection for a drug dealer over the course of four years.
  • El Dorado, Kansas: An officer was placed on leave after his arrest for domestic violence.

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