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Sheriff Under Fire For His Leniency



A veteran King County Sheriff’s sergeant who’s received over 120 misconduct complaints has been demoted in a move King County Sheriff John Urquhart calls a “dramatic step.” But many are wondering how he still has a job at all.

Urquhart told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson Show he took the drastic actions against Sergeant Patrick “K.C.” Saulet earlier this month after reviewing complaints filed by a family who said the sergeant threatened them and was verbally abusive after their GPS system mistakenly guided them into a restricted Metro Transit area near the Convention Center in Seattle….

Saulet’s demotion comes on the heels of another high-profile incident where he allegedly threatened to arrest The Stranger editor, Dominic Holden, for photographing him legally from the sidewalk during an arrest of another man at the International District Station plaza.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-21-13

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, August 21, 2013:

  • Anderson County, South Carolina: A newly hired deputy has resigned after being arrested. He was charged with public intoxication and trespass after notice. “I will not tolerate behavior by any employee that brings discredit to my office or the citizens of Anderson County,” said the sheriff.
  • Greeneville, Tennessee: A police officer has been accused of searching for pornographic images of underage girls on his patrol car computer. He is no longer employed with the department.
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 05-10-13): A now-former police officer already facing state charges for prostituting his wife was indicted on a federal prostitution charge that alleged he oversaw a call-girl business with more than 300 customers.
  • Update: New Orleans, Louisiana (First reported 08-17-12): A police officer apologized in court to the family of the unarmed man he shot to death during a drug raid. He then began a four-year sentence after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
  • Bennettsville, South Carolina: A police officer has been suspended without pay for two months after his police dog died in a car of heat stroke. He was left in a patrol car with no water and the windows up.
  • Tom Bean, Texas: The now-former police chief has been arrested again on a warrant for misappropriation of agency property. He also faces three felony charges and is accused of tasing one of his own officers.
  • McPherson, Kansas: A 20-year veteran of the sheriff’s office was arrested for driving under the influence of prescription drugs.
  • Update: Akron, Ohio (First reported 11-12-12): A now-former police detective has pleaded guilty to five sex-related offenses involving juveniles. The charges were pandering sexually oriented matter, illegal use of a police computer and receiving stolen property.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: The police department is defending itself against 61 lawsuits alleging that officers used excessive force that led to injuries. Fifty-three of them were filed between 2011 and 2013.
  • Update: Fort Dodge, Iowa (First reported 08-14-13): A police officer accused of assaulting his wife has pleaded not guilty to the charge. He has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Phoenix Police Taser Man, Drag Him Down Stairs By His Feet

I do not know what the anchorman is talking about when he says the police had to make a “split second” decision.  I’m skeptical the use of the taser was really a “split second” situation.  And leaving that aside, the manner in which the man was dragged down the stairs is indefensible.

A Chilling Home Invasion … by Police Officers

More background here.

It is one thing to say, “Don’t let the police in your home without a warrant … but when you hear these men bang on the door in the middle of the night, yelling “Open the door!!” you realize it is not always an easy thing to do.

Question:  Would the officers be disciplined if a camera had not been capturing their actions on tape?

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-17-13 to 08-19-13

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, August 17, 2013 to Monday, August 19, 2013:

  • Miami Beach, Florida: An officer has been placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation is held. The 13-year-veteran of the force fired a stun-gun at a man, striking him in the chest and killing him. A police representative released a statement saying the officers involved in the incident acted appropriately and within the guidelines of the law.
  • Corpus Christi, Texas: A police officer was accused of making a terroristic threat against a local wrecker driver. The officer was drunk during the incident.
  • New York, New York: A police officer has been arrested for driving while under the influence. He allegedly drove down the wrong side of the road and hit five other cars.
  • Ludlow, Massachusetts: A high-ranking officer has been charged with stealing drugs from the department’s evidence locker. He pleaded not guilty to charges of cocaine possession and larceny of a drug. He was released without bail.
  • Medford, Massachusetts: An officer has been charged with trying to cover up an alleged drug deal that led to a slaying at his home. He was indicted on two counts of witness intimidation.
  • West Palm Beach, Florida: A deputy who killed an autistic teenager could have defused a tense confrontation and awaited backup instead of drawing his gun and firing 11 shots, his family said in a wrongful death lawsuit filed.
  • Spokane County, Washington: A sheriff’s deputy caught having sex on duty has been terminated.
  • Update: Prince George’s County, Maryland (First reported 10-10-12): A now-former deputy sheriff pleaded guilty to having sex with an inmate. “As a sworn law enforcement officer, [the officer] was entrusted with the safety of those in our custody and he violated that trust, breaking the oath of office he took on the day he joined the sheriff’s department,” said a state’s attorney.
  • Evansville, Indiana: A road patrol officer was arrested at a restaurant after police responded to a call of a man waving a gun inside the establishment.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-16-13

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, August 16, 2013:

  • Update: New Orleans, Louisiana (First reported 04-18-13): A police officer who was previously suspended after being booked with forcible rape was indicted on additional sex crimes spanning nearly three decades.
  • Orleans Parish, Louisiana: A sheriff’s office deputy was arrested for allegedly bringing contraband into the prison. He was booked with four counts of malfeasance in office and four counts of introduction of contraband into a jail.
  • Update: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (First reported 05-15-13): A former police officer has been sentenced to 18 to 36 months in prison on drug, fraud, and other charges.
  • Lakeland, Florida: Another police officer has resigned in connection with the department’s recent sex scandal. The detective was a 10-year veteran of the department. He marks the eleventh person connected to the scandal to leave the force.
  • Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana: A deputy has been arrested and fired after he inappropriately touched a woman who had called the sheriff’s officer about a disturbance.
  • Update: Pulaski County, Kentucky (First reported 06-28-13): A federal grand jury added a charge against a sheriff’s deputy, this one related to an assault. He had previously been charged with violating the civil rights of different victims by using excessive force.
  • Perry, Georgia: A trooper was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence while off-duty, but in his patrol car. He is now on administrative leave while the incident is under investigation.
  • Glendive, Montana: A former police officer admitted to having sexual relationships with several teenage girls dating back to 2004. All four girls were under the age of 16 at the time of the alleged relationships.
  • Clearwater, Florida: A police officer was terminated after an internal investigation found that he had unwelcome, sexually charged conversations with two physicians assistants. He will be forced to turn in his badge for inappropriate conduct and lying during sworn statements, according to police reports.
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: A police officer accused of sexually harassing women while on duty was booked into a detention center.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-15-13

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, August 15, 2013:

  • Eutawville, South Carolina: The now-former police chief has been indicted on a charge of misconduct in office in connection with the shooting death of a man. The man was shot and killed during a confrontation with the police chief.
  • Update: Spokane, Washington (First reported 05-22-13): A sheriff’s deputy who was accused of assaulting his girlfriend has decided to resign from the department.
  • Jonesborough, Tennessee: A police officer who sold more than $80,000 worth of illegal steroids over a three-year period has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for steroid trafficking.
  • Galveston, Texas: A man has filed a lawsuit against the police department claiming that officers used excessive force on him during an arrest. He alleges that he was kicked and punched by officer and that his face was held down in water.
  • Los Angeles, California: A man was awarded $3.8 million and his wife $222,000 for damages resulting from fourth amendment violations by two deputies who shot the man in his home. The deputies entered the home without warning or a warrant and opened fire on the couple. The wife was pregnant at the time. Neither was wanted for any crimes, but got caught in the middle of a police search for a parolee who looked nothing like them.
  • Washington, DC: An officer is on trial. Prosecutors say he abandoned the oath he took and sexually assaulted three women while he was in uniform patrolling.
  • Update: Newark, New Jersey (First reported 05-09-13): A now-former police officer was sentenced to three months in prison for conspiring with another person to fraudulently obtain payments under a federal public housing assistance program.
  • Watertown, Massachusetts: An officer has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he stole someone’s driving license and used it to illegally obtain prescription drugs.
  • Lauderhill, Florida: An officer was charged with a felony for getting a female drunken driver to punch him in the genitals. He is being charged with unlawful compensation. As second officer is being accused of having sex with the passenger of the same car, all the while threatening to arrest her as well.
  • Greenville County, South Carolina: A deputy who worked undercover has lost his job after being arrested for DWI.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-14-13

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, August 14, 2013:

  • Fort Dodge, Iowa: An officer was charged and taken to the county jail. His wife said that he had assaulted her while he was off-duty.
  • Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: An officer who crashed his vehicle admitted to drinking; he had a blood-alcohol content twice the legal limit. He was charged with the highest rate of drunken driving.
  • Update: Arlington, Virginia (First reported 06-03-13): A sheriff’s deputy was indicted on one count of murder by a grand jury in connection with the shooting death of a 22-year-old man. The officer has claimed self-defense, but the only knife found on the man who was shot was in his pocket.
  • Henderson, Louisiana: The police and a deputy pleaded not guilty to charges of public payroll fraud, filing false public records, and malfeasance in office.
  • Update: Box Elder County, Utah (First reported 06-05-13): A now-former deputy who pleaded guilty to illegally strip-searching young women during traffic stops was sentenced to 18 months behind bars.
  • Rockport, Texas: A police officer was fired after he was caught pawning his department issued night vision goggles.
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: Four sheriff’s office deputies are facing punishment after they were found to have acted unprofessionally during an arrest. “I will tell you I was very appalled by what I heard. It is not what I expect from my deputies,” said the sheriff.
  • Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico: Two weeks after being placed on probation, the police chief resigned, retired, and was then placed on paid administrative leave. He turned in his letter of resignation, and gave two weeks notice, but was then told he was to be placed on administrative leave before the two weeks had ended.
  • Update: Portland, Oregon (Previously reported 10-10-12): A seven-person jury has found the city and two of its police officers not liable for an Occupy Portland protester’s injuries. Their verdict said that the officers did not use excessive force when one of the officers struck the woman in the throat with a baton and the other pepper-sprayed her open mouth.
  • East Harris County, Texas: A woman said that a deputy sexually assaulted her while she was being questioned. She said that her three daughters were inside the apartment when the deputy showed up to question her about making harassing phone calls. “The Harris County Sheriff’s Office takes these allegations extremely serious,” said a police captain. “He’s actually been temporarily relieved of duty pending the outcome of this investigation.”
  • Salt Lake City, Utah: A disabled man is suing a now-former state trooper, claiming she put him at risk and caused seizures by forcing him to undergo sobriety tests and jailing him after pulling him over while he was riding his bicycle.


National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-13-13

Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, August 13, 2013:

  • Centre County, Pennsylvania: A sheriff deputy was charged with DUI after crashing his truck into a house and a parked car, state police said. The sheriff said he was demoted and could face more consequences pending a review of the case.
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma: A now-former police officer was convicted on five counts of robbery with a firearm in a case where fellow officers accused him of targeting Hispanic drivers while in uniform. He was given 35 years in prison followed by 35 years of probation. According to the police chief, peer-reporting was a huge factor in netting the officer’s arrest. Fellow officers on the street witnessed what they deemed suspicious behavior.
  • Taylorsville, Kentucky: An officer was arrested on charges related to a domestic violence incident. He was charged with wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of a minor.
  • Killeen, Texas: A police officer used excessive force in a public intoxication arrest, a jury ruled. But, jurors also said he was not trying to violate the constitutional rights of the victim.
  • Jefferson County, Texas: A deputy who has been with the department for 21 years has been indefinitely suspended without pay as the result of an investigation into the handling of evidence in a criminal case. He is accused of disrupting court proceedings while attempting to serve a Judge with notice of a lawsuit.
  • Dillon County, South Carolina: A sheriff’s sergeant was arrested for second-degree assault and battery and misconduct in office. He is charged with using excessive force “by deploying OC spray, slapping the victim in the face and tasing him while he was restrained with handcuffs and leg shackles,” according to an arrest warrant.
  • Houston, Texas: An officer pleaded guilty to theft by a public servant after being caught stealing $700 during an internal affairs investigation.
  • Denton County, Texas: The sheriff is under investigation over allegations that he tried to bribe a political opponent to quit an election and also tried to bribe a former deputy into abandoning a lawsuit against the department.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 08-10-13 to 08-12-13

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct that were tracked for Saturday, August 10 to Monday, August 12, 2013:

  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Previously reported 11-16-12): The now former lieutenant who was captured on video striking a woman during a parade has been given his job back and will receive all back pay. The infamous tape, which was viewed over and over again across multiple media outlets, led to his charge of simple assault. He was found not guilty, but was still out of a job. An arbitrator ruled that his job must be reinstated.
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A police officer, who spent 14 years on the force, has been convicted of drunk driving and possessing a weapon while intoxicated.
  • Richmond County, Georgia: A sheriff’s deputy was fired for his involvement in an incident in which a 15-year-old boy was injured. The boy, who was charged with obstruction of an officer, and his mother alleged that deputies used a metal flashlight to repeatedly strike the teen in the head.
  • Orleans Parish, Louisiana: A deputy turned himself into his superiors for allegedly pulling his service revolver on a man at his home. He was charged with aggravated assault.
  • Lee Massachusetts: A police chief used his rank to force people facing prostitution-related charges to donate to a holiday toy fund, then withdrew the money for his own use, authorities said. “The alleged actions of [the chief] disgrace the many incredible law enforcement stewards who uphold and enforce the law,” said the U.S. District attorney.
  • Gonzales, Louisiana: A police officer has been arrested in a domestic violence incident involving his wife. Police say he has been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending an internal investigation.
  • Moon Township, Pennsylvania: A police officer charged with assaulting his wife has been fired from his job. According to a criminal complaint he flung his wife by her shirt onto the concrete garage floor causing her to hit the back of her head. He is also accused of pushing her, holding her down on a couch, and refusing to let her out of the house.
  • Vigo County, Indiana: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested on allegations of child pornography violations. According to police the deputy was under investigation before the arrest was made.
  • Tucson, Arizona: A police officer has pleaded guilty to computer tampering for using police databases to find personal information about romantic rivals.

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