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Ticket Quotas in Fort Worth


We have obtained internal Fort Worth Police Department memos that show some officers who are part of a special enforcement program – funded by a federal grant and administered by the state — must make at least four traffic stops an hour.

 It is against the law in Texas for police to have a traffic ticket quota. But a veteran Fort Worth officer, who spoke to the I-Team on the condition that he remains anonymous, says the Fort Worth PD runs a quota system anyway….

Fort Worth Police Chief Jeff Halstead initially agreed to be interviewed, but he cancelled only hours before the meeting was to begin.

The department said the police chief could not address our questions about a quota system because of pending court cases against several officers accused of falsifying information on traffic tickets.

NY Cop Frames Two Men on Drug Charges; Makes Up a Story

From the New York Daily News:

A city housing cop was convicted Wednesday of falsifying reports in a 2012 drug bust after prosecutors confronted him with a smoking-gun video that proved he was lying.

A Manhattan Supreme Court jury found NYPD Officer Isaias Alicea, 29, guilty of 10 felony counts of offering false instrument for filing and one misdemeanor charge of official misconduct.

What if there was no videotape?  It would be your word against the police officer.  Who would the judge/jury believe?  Scary.  That’s why vigilance against police misconduct is so important.


City Pays $3 Million in Police Misconduct Case

From the Star Tribune:

The city of Minneapolis will pay $3 million to the family of a man who died after a struggle with two Minneapolis police officers. It is the second-largest payout for a police misconduct lawsuit in the history of Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis City Council approved the $3.075 million settlement on Friday, resolving a federal lawsuit filed by the family of David Smith, a 28-year-old man who died about a week after the struggle at the downtown Minneapolis YMCA in 2010….

Minneapolis has seen very large payouts over police misconduct in some recent years. It paid out $4.2 million in 2011, although only $814,093 in 2012.


From the Washington Post:

LOS ANGELES — The FBI is investigating whether members of the Los Angeles Police Department’s SWAT and special-investigations units violated the law by purchasing large numbers of custom-made handguns and reselling them for profit, according to interviews.

Federal authorities opened the inquiry into the alleged gun sales in recent weeks after police officials alerted them to possible gun violations, multiple sources told the Los Angeles Times.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05-23-13

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 23, 2013:

  • Update: Newport News, Virginia (First reported 05-20-13): An officer is charged with exposing himself to multiple people. The counts are now up to 12, which include seven counts of indecent exposure and five counts of making an “obscene sexual display.” He also faces a felony charge of taking indecent liberties with a child.
  • Ogdensburg, New York: A police officer was arrested after he apparently had been drinking and tried to get into the wrong house.
  • Elgin, Illinois: The former deputy police chief was indicted for illegally accessing emails and using police resources for personal research. He was indicted on 16 counts of felony identity theft and four counts of official misconduct.
  • Update: South Lake Tahoe, California (First reported 01-25-13): A police officer pleaded guilty to multiple counts of witness tampering and obstruction of an official proceeding.
  • Stamford, Connecticut: Two veteran city police officers were suspended with pay while an investigation is conducted into a possibly inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old girl. A police official said the allegations involve the officers “dating” the girl, though it was not known if the two had sex with her.
  • Kokomo, Indiana: Two occupy protesters filed a federal lawsuit against sheriff’s officers who they say shoved one of them roughly into a wall and arrested them as they tried to enter the county courthouse.
  • Update: East St. Louis, Illinois (First reported 05-13-13): A police detective facing federal charges resigned. He pleaded not guilty to charges that he conspired to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine while on the police force.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A police officer was arrested and accused of working with his confidential informant to set up and rob a drug dealer. The affidavit states that the officer approached the informant and asked him to help him rip off drug dealers. The informant tipped off the FBI, who in turn set up a sting.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A police officer, who stabbed her boyfriend last year during an argument, has been fired. “The use of a weapon to inflict harm on another is inexcusable and unacceptable conduct by an officer of the Cleveland Division of Police,” said the Safety Director.
  • Update: Boulder, Colorado (First reported 02-25-13): A former police officer who was arrested for a DUI was sentenced to 10 days of house arrest, one year’s probation and fined $400. She has since been fired.
  • Clearwater, Florida: A police commander used a law enforcement database more than 100 times during a two-year period for “questionable” purposes. He inappropriately looked up personal information about individuals including his ex-wife’s boyfriend, a television news reporter and the wives of other police officers.
  • New York, New York: A detective is accused of cyber-stalking his ex-girlfriend and hacking into the emails of other cops in his precinct because he thought she was cheating on him. In all, he allegedly tried to spy on more than 40 email accounts, including 21 with the NYPD, sources said. He is accused of hiring email hacking services to perform the break-ins.

Undercover Narco Befriends, then Busts, Autistic Teenager


“Our son was a new kid in August, and this undercover cop befriended him,”  Snodgrass said. On the second day of school, Snodgrass said, Daniel asked the boy to buy drugs. “He asked my son if he could find marijuana for $20,” Snodgrass said. ”Three weeks later my son was able to bring back a half joint he received from a homeless guy.”

Later, Snodgrass said, “he asked to purchase my son’s prescription medication, but our son refused.”

It took the 17-year-old three weeks to procure a half joint of marijuana, according to court documents filed later in Riverside County juvenile court. After he was pressed again by the police officer, the student retrieved another joint for $20, from another homeless man, the documents said.

“During that time, he received more than 60 text messages from this undercover officer,” Snodgrass said. “Our son has a real problem reading social cues and social inferences because of his various disabilities. It would’ve been hard for him to figure to out that he was talking to an undercover officer.”

Snodgrass said his son had been diagnosed with autism, bipolar disorder, Tourette’s syndrome  and various anxiety disorders.

Temecula police arrested Snodgrass’ son, along with 21 other students, on Dec. 11. Snodgrass told ABC News that his son was interrogated, booked and held for two days without having contact with his parents.

The Julian Dawkins Case

From the Washington Post:

According to police, Dawkins, 22, a shuttle driver for the “PBS NewsHour,” was fatally shot by an off-duty Arlington County sheriff’s deputy. Family members say they are still struggling to understand why.

“He was a working guy. Didn’t bother nobody,” said Curtis Dawkins, Julian Dawkins’s father. “It’s just so sad and senseless that these things had to occur.”

The officer was interviewed, but not charged.  Police declined to offer details about the incident.

Update:  Questions

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