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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-14-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, June 14, 2016:

  • Update: U.S. Secret Service (First reported 11-16-15): A now-former agent faces new charges for sexting teenage girls.
  • Update: Arlington, Texas (First reported 08-10-15): The officer who was fired for fatally shooting Christian Taylor was not indicted by a local grand jury.
  • Update: Jacksonville County, Florida (First reported 04-29-16): A now-former officer will only face a simple battery count for repeatedly striking cuffed woman.
  • Update: Madison County, Tennessee (First reported 12-15-15): A deputy resigned and pled guilty to DUI. He was found unconscious in his car while off duty. He will serve 48 hours of an 11 month, 28-day sentence, the rest of which was suspended. He will be on probation during that time.
  • Update: Broward County, Florida (First reported 02-18-15): An administrative law judge ruled that a now-former deputy who is serving five years for his conviction on 14 counts of false imprisonment may receive pension benefits. The judge ruled that “the state did not meet legal tests for trying to strip [the former deputy] of his retirement benefits. Those tests include that the criminal offenses were “done with the intent to defraud the public or the employee’s public employer” and that they were “done to obtain a profit, gain or advantage” for the employee or someone else.” During the offenses, the deputy was in uniform and in a marked patrol vehicle when he intimidated undocumented immigrants into performing sex acts for him.
  • Pickaway County, Ohio: A deputy pled guilty to misdemeanor assault for an off-duty incident. He had been charged with felonious assault on a peace officer that responded to a domestic disturbance at his home.
  • Chicago, Illinois: An officer is under investigation after a released video shows him kicking a suspect in the head while another officer arrests him.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: An officer was arrested after an hours-long manhunt. He is accused of sexually assaulting teen girl.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: A now-former officer pled guilty a second time for killing a man in jealous anger. He had previously pled guilty to first-degree murder of Tristan Little Sr., but filed for and was granted relief for not understanding the ramifications of his original plea. He was originally scheduled to serve 50 years of a life sentence. His new plea requires him to serve 35 years of a life sentence.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-13-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, June 13, 2016:

  • New Bern, North Carolina: A now-former officer was charged with larceny for stealing items while conducting a search.
  • Camden, New Jersey: An officer was accused of misconduct, including assault and false reporting. So far, 18 of his pending cases have been dismissed.
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for punching a 71-year-old woman in the face during an off-duty argument about her dog.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An officer was arrested for a hit-and-run and suspicion of DUI after an off-duty crash into a parked car.
  • McAllen, Texas: An officer was charged with animal cruelty after he left his K-9 partner in a hot car after he got home from his shift. The dog subsequently died.
  • Shreveport, Louisiana: An officer was arrested on drug possession, malfeasance, and firearm theft charges.
  • Union County, Arkansas: An officer was arrested on child pornography charges and fired.
  • Update: Shelby County, Tennessee (First reported 04-25-16): A deputy was charged with violating a protective order. The order stems from an arrest for aggravated assault against a woman in April. The alleged violation involved the deputy contacting the woman and offering her money in exchange for dropping the original charges. The deputy is currently suspended.
  • Update: Oakland, California (First reported 05-13-16): The police chief resigned amid a multi-departmental sex scandal involving an underage sex worker. Three now-former officers allegedly had sex with her when the woman, now 18, was underage. They allegedly referred to her as “juve”—as in juvenile—and tipped her off to anti-prostitution police activity. The investigation is ongoing, but as many as 25 officers from several other departments may have been involved with her.
  • Florence, Kentucky: An officer was suspended while he is being investigated for handcuffing a 12-year-old boy.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-10-16

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, June 10, 2016:

  • Iberia Parish, Louisiana: The sheriff and two senior deputies were charged with federal civil rights violations for beating two men in custody in two separate incidents. One of the victims was alleged to have assaulted one of the sheriff’s relatives.
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was arrested for taking bribes from a local trucking company in exchange for favorable vehicle inspections.
  • Update: DeKalb County, Georgia (First reported 01-07-16): A now-former officer arraigned for the shooting death of Anthony Hill. He pled not guilty.
  • Update: Houston, Texas (First reported 01-14-16): A now-former officer was sentenced to four years in prison for monitoring a police radio to aid an armored car heist.
  • Fort Worth, Texas: A detective was removed from duty. His cases in the Crimes Against Children unit have been placed under review by a police task force.
  • Detroit, Michigan: A deputy chief gave false testimony in a case that resulted in a wrongful conviction of then-14-year-old boy for quadruple homicide. Devontae Sanford, now 23, was ordered released from prison last week. He had been sentenced to 35-90 years after giving a false confession in the case. The actual killer, a hitman, confessed to the crime and eight other homicides just weeks after Sanford was sentenced.
  • Mayfield, Kentucky: Two officers were suspended without pay for undisclosed policy violations.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-09-16

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, June 9, 2016:

  • Fort Wayne, Indiana: The City settled an excessive force lawsuit filed by a Michigan man for $125,000.
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was suspended for 30 days for repeatedly striking a DWI suspect in the head because the suspect wouldn’t cooperate during a blood
  • Update: Rockaway Township, New Jersey (First reported 03-24-14): An officer was allowed to enter a pretrial diversion program. He was accused of trying to fix his cousin’s DWI.
  • Update: Simpsonville, Kentucky (First reported 01-11-16): An officer who is accused of stealing $30,000 of drugs and guns from the evidence room had his trial date set for January 17, 2017.
  • U.S. Secret Service: Forty-one employees, including eight in leadership roles, were reprimanded for searching Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s background as retaliation for his criticism of the agency.
  • Harris County, Texas: Two deputies are being sued by a man who claims he was choked for smiling during his DWI mugshot. (pictured)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A now-former officer was allowed into pretrial diversion for a perjury charge. As part of the deal, he agreed not to rejoin the force.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-08-16

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, June 8, 2016:

  • Calhoun County, Michigan: A deputy’s death appears to be a murder-suicide he initiated.
  • Newaygo County, Michigan: A deputy was suspended for on-duty political activity and other violations of law and policy.
  • Harris County, Texas: A deputy had sex with a witness involved in the murder investigation of a fellow deputy. As a result of his ethical indiscretion, eight other homicide investigations he led are now being reviewed.
  • North East Independent School District (San Antonio, Texas): An officer was arrested for DWI.
  • Toledo, Ohio: A detective was suspended for being intoxicated on duty.
  • Portsmouth, Virginia: A now-former officer was charged with perjury and forgery for actions while he was on the force.
  • Iowa State Police: An investigation revealed that a trooper was not cited for a car accident in which he was at fault. The trooper was fired weeks later for unrelated misconduct.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-07-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, June 7, 2016:

  • Minnesota State Police: A trooper who previously had been commended for making a large number of DWI arrests was arrested for DWI.
  • Rockford, Illinois: An arbitrator’s ruling that a now-former officer’s firing was improper was upheld by an appellate court. The officer had been ruled medically unfit for duty after several on-duty shootings. This brings the officer closer to official reinstatement.
  • Bardstown, Kentucky: An assistant chief was fired for shredding internal affairs documents. He contends the documents were duplicates, and his actions were not improper.
  • Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana: A now-former narcotics squad chief pled guilty to stealing more than $15,000 in government funds. He is scheduled to be sentenced September
  • Update: Los Angeles, California (First reported 03-16-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to smuggling a Mexican national across the U.S.-Mexico border in his spare tire compartment.
  • Update: Kenosha, Wisconsin (First reported 03-04-15): A now-former officer who planted a bullet and ID on a murder suspect was given probation and community service. He will not serve any time incarcerated.
  • Nogales, Arizona: An officer was arrested for felony drug possession by the DEA in an off-duty incident.
  • Tukwila, Washington: An officer faces federal civil rights charges for pepper spraying a restrained patient at a hospital in 2011.
  • Ault, Colorado: An officer was charged with 2nd-degree murder for a suspected road-rage crash.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-06-16

Here are the 14 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, June 6, 2016:

  • Rio Grande City, Texas: An officer was arrested for searching a motorist without reasonable suspicion or consent.
  • U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (Wyoming): An officer was charged with kidnapping and brandishing a weapon in the commission of a violent crime.
  • Update: Oak Ridge, Tennessee (First reported 08-21-15): A now-former officer was charged with aggravated statutory rape and official misconduct.
  • Elkhart, Indiana: A woman claims police officers shot her dog without justification and then celebrated doing so with high-fives and laughter. The dog survived the encounter.
  • North Port, Florida: An officer is under state investigation and suspended after a complaint of false arrest.
  • Update: Perth Amboy, New Jersey (First reported 02-10-15): The chief, who has been under suspension during an investigation into misconduct, was arrested for trespassing and impersonating a police officer.
  • Update: Mercer County, New Jersey (First reported 11-02-15): A deputy pled guilty to wrongful access and disclosure charges. He admitted to sharing a mugshot of a 14-year-old suspect who was shot by police with the media. The misconduct charge was dropped.
  • Update: Dixon, Missouri (First reported 04-25-16): The City Marshal entered an Alford plea for hindering prosecution. He allegedly took several inappropriate steps to get a woman out of a DUI charge. In exchange for the plea, 14 other charges were dropped.  He was given one year of probation. He resigned his position and relinquished his peace officers’ license.
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: An officer was arrested for domestic abuse against his ex-girlfriend.
  • San Bernardino County, California: A deputy is the subject of wrongful death suit for his fatal shooting of Nathaniel Pickett Jr.
  • Update: Emmett Township, Michigan (First reported 08-18-14): A now-former officer pled no contest to strangulation. Several sexual assault charges were dropped in exchange for the plea. Sentencing is scheduled for September 11, 2016.
  • Greencastle, Indiana: A detective was arrested for speeding and OWI with a BAC higher than .15. His BAC registered at .20.
  • Update: Indio, California (First reported 10-03-14): Two now-former officers were acquitted in the beating of a man while on duty. The city had previously paid $140,000 civil settlement to the man for his injuries. The video of the incident has been released.
  • Hueytown, Alabama: An officer was charged with third-degree domestic violence.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-03-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, June 3, 2016:

  • Humble, Texas: An officer was arrested for felony assault against a family member.
  • Update: Bexar County, Texas (First reported 09-04-13): A now-former deputy was found not guilty of murder for shooting a motorist in an off-duty incident while he was in uniform. The deputy claimed that he feared for his life when he saw the decedent come at him with a shiny object in his hand. The object turned out to be a cigarette lighter.
  • Henderson, Kentucky: An officer was arrested at her home after a domestic disturbance.
  • Maryland Transportation Authority: An officer was arrested for theft from the Fraternal Order of Police lodge.
  • Update: Champaign, Illinois (First reported 07-06-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to sexual assault of his ex-girlfriend. He was sentenced to six months in jail and four years of probation.
  • Clark County (Nevada) School District: An officer pled not guilty to federal charges he covered up an attack he made on a student and a school staffer.
  • Update: Miami-Dade County, Florida: A now-former deputy was the last of four deputies to be convicted in a credit card fraud scheme. The deputies would file false charges of identity or credit card theft in coordination with a credit-building scheme that would make legitimate purchases appear fraudulent. The credit card companies would then forgive the debt and thus inflate the credit of the people who filed such claims.
  • Middlesex County, New Jersey: The chief warrant officer was suspended for throwing an object at a colleague and consequently drawing blood.
  • Lawrence, Massachusetts: An officer was charged with extortion after engaging in drug transactions and then threatening a dealer who was, in fact, an FBI informant.
  • Salt River, Arizona: An officer was arrested for sexually assaulting a woman in custody under the guise of a

Worst of the Month — May 2016

So for May we have selected the case of Shane Mauger.  Over a period of about 10 years, this former police officer told lies to obtain search warrants, falsified official police reports, and stole cash and property for his own personal use.

Now, because of his corruption, officials cannot tell how many of his previous cases were based on valid police work and how many were based upon dishonest work.  Many cases are being reviewed and thrown out.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Recap 06-02-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, June 2, 2016:

  • East Cleveland, Ohio: A jury awarded a man $22,000,000 for being locked in a closet with no toilet for four days by an ECP detective.
  • Roseau County, Minnesota: A deputy was criminally charged for shooting into another cabin and falsely reporting a crime in an off-duty incident.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer faces 13 charges, 8 of which are felonies, related to domestic violence and abuse.
  • Owenton, Kentucky: An officer was arrested for rape. It is unclear whether the incident happened while the officer was on or off duty.
  • Madison, New Jersey: A now-former patrolman pled guilty to child endangerment by way of child pornography possession. He had a nude picture of a 17-year-old girl on his phone. He is likely to be ordered to undergo counseling, and he agreed never to work in law enforcement or any other public office in the State of New Jersey.
  • Update: Fostoria, Ohio (First reported 01-26-16): Two officers who were arrested for OUI in separate incidents pled no contest to lesser counts of reckless operation of a motor vehicle.
  • Greenwood, Mississippi: An officer was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.
  • Update: Bakersfield, California (First reported 11-23-15): An officer will plead guilty to bribery and drug corruption charges. According to the report, more indictments against BPD are possible, if not likely.
  • San Bernardino, California: An officer was acquitted of charges related to a fight at a winery while off duty.

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