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Worst of the Month — January

So for January we have selected the case of Philippe Holland, who was an innocent man shot by Philadelphia police.

According to news reports, here is what happened: Holland was a college student who worked part-time delivering take-out food.  Two  years ago, he was delivering a cheeseburger to a house when two officers in plain clothes responded to the area because of a report about gunshots.  Holland says he thought he was about to get robbed because the officers approached him without identifying themselves.  Frightened, Holland jumped in his car and tried to drive away quickly.  The police officers opened fire and Holland now has a permanent seizure disorder and has bullet fragments in his brain.

Last month, the city agreed to pay $4.4 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Holland, reportedly the largest settlement for a police shooting in the city’s history.

The officers involved in the shooting–Kevin Hanvey and Mitchell Farrell– claim that they feared for their lives and thus had to shoot.  They were not prosecuted.  Even after the passage of two years the department says their discipline is yet “to be determined.”  Hmm.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-08-17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 8, 2017:

  • Surprise, Arizona: An officer resigned after his domestic violence conviction stemming from an incident in Las Vegas involving his now-ex-fiancée. ow.ly/SeMG308NIyO
  • Update: University of North Dakota (First reported 11-09-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $16,000 in restitution for child pornography possession. ow.ly/QtII308NJs4
  • Update: Richmond, California: (First reported 11-01-16) One of the four officers who were recommended to be fired for their roles in the Bay Area child exploitation and prostitution scandal was reinstated after serving a one-month suspension. According to the report, “Eleven Richmond police officers were implicated in the investigation. Five have been disciplined, but continue to work for the department. Two have left the department for reasons unrelated to the teenager who used the name Celeste Guap while working as a prostitute. Another two have been fired from the department.” Several other departments have officers that were caught up in the scandal. ow.ly/4J2B308NJSS
  • Update: North Andover, Massachusetts (First reported 01-23-17): An officer retired after being arrested for a DUI crash in his cruiser while on a work trip in Pennsylvania. His BAC was recorded at .219. ow.ly/LxVm308NKlM
  • Update: Pima County, Arizona (First reported 02-16-16): The now-former chief deputy agreed to plead guilty to charges to embezzling more than $500,000 of forfeiture proceeds.  ow.ly/HkUK308NL1y
  • Update: Gwinnett County, Georgia (First reported 02-01-17): The officer who was fired after striking pedestrians while responding to a call was charged with vehicular homicide after a teen he struck died. ow.ly/mwYS308NMiV
  • El Paso, Texas: An officer was arrested for sexual assault of a child. ow.ly/BXHj308NMJr
  • Oceana County, Michigan: A now-former deputy pled guilty to misdemeanor destruction of property. He is appealing his firing to a labor arbitrator as misdemeanor convictions do not necessarily trigger terminations.  ow.ly/2uwM308NNwW
  • Update: Los Angeles, California: The City formally agreed to pay family of Ezell Ford Jr. $1,500,00 for his wrongful shooting death.ow.ly/K1ZB308OOli

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-07-17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, February 7, 2017:

  • Ferguson, Missouri: The City dropped its appeal of a federal jury’s $3,000,000 wrongful death award to the family of an unarmed man who was tased to death by a now-former officer.  ow.ly/Fk95308JX29
  • Baltimore County, Maryland: An officer was charged with assault for actions after a pursuit. ow.ly/W3SB308JXpC
  • Temple, Texas: An officer was suspended indefinitely for improperly storing DNA, drug, and other evidence in his locker and patrol vehicle. ow.ly/nYDy308LHyv
  • Wichita Falls, Texas: An officer was arrested for domestic violence and is no longer with the department. ow.ly/YT3H308LLds
  • Spartanburg County, South Carolina: A deputy was charged for coercing an 11-year-old girl to send pornographic images to him. ow.ly/ogXw308LLW9
  • San Francisco County, CA: A sheriff’s deputy was charged for falsely reporting that her gun was stolen and giving it to her boyfriend, whom she knew is a felon. ow.ly/ROLf308LMbX
  • Washington County, Georgia: Two deputies are being sued by a woman who claims she was arrested for criticizing one of them, her ex-husband, on facebook. ow.ly/buQf308LMo2
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 07-02-15): An officer who was arrested three times in a year and sent to rehab was given 4 years for heroin distribution. ow.ly/vwRM308MyN1

 

 

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-06-17

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, February 6, 2017:

  • Denver County, Colorado: A deputy was suspended for 30 days for flashing his badge at a restaurant in order to intimidate employees. ow.ly/nnXi308ISHt
  • Logan Township, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged for a DUI hit-and-run while he was off duty. He has been suspended without pay. ow.ly/PMX8308J2gX
  • Pinellas County, Florida: A deputy was fired after an investigation into sexual misconduct revealed numerous violations. ow.ly/9ngw308JgDH
  • Update: Evansville, Indiana: An officer suspended since November is under investigation for sending threatening text messages. ow.ly/vG3n308JhzE
  • Moberly, Missouri: An officer was arrested for tampering after allegedly stealing less than $500 from drug raid evidence. ow.ly/kfkI308Jofc
  • Aiken County, South Carolina: A deputy was charged with sexual battery for an alleged sexual relationship with a student at the school where he served as SRO. The charge includes the language “no aggravated force or coercion.” ow.ly/sewK308JpnR
  • Update: Sandusky County, Ohio: A now-former sheriff was sentenced to four years in prison for drug and theft-in-office convictions. ow.ly/3E40308JQaf

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-03-17

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, February 3, 2017:

  • Jacksonville, Florida: A now-former officer was given credit for time served, one year of probation, and ordered to undergo counseling for stalking his ex. ow.ly/afnG308EfMi
  • Midland, Texas: An officer was arrested for public intoxication in September and subsequently resigned. A video of the incident was just released. ow.ly/GAHF308ErJY
  • Denver, Colorado: A deputy was fired for excessive force against a jail inmate. He provoked the inmate to fight him. ow.ly/22a5308EuCY
  • San Francisco County, California: A deputy was arrested on federal insurance fraud charges for allegedly staging a home burglary. ow.ly/1QTr308Ezkz
  • Georgetown, Kentucky: One officer resigned and another was suspended after an investigation into a drunken off-duty fight. ow.ly/RRUo308EAzn
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A now-former detective was charged with felony drug counts for buying illicit prescription pills. He is also named in an excessive force lawsuit for shooting a drug dealer. ow.ly/qkXC308EBpp
  • Update: Wapato, Washington (First reported 11-02-16): A now-former officer was sentenced to one year of probation, plus time served, for third-degree rape of a woman when he was off duty. ow.ly/QDOA308EDAN

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-02-17

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 2, 2017:

  • Causeway, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for allegedly stealing drugs and cash from evidence. ow.ly/GLg4308BNdl
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with six criminal counts related to domestic assault. Charges included terroristic threatening, assault, and violation of a protective order. He was suspended with the intention to be terminated. ow.ly/Kk7C308BPJE
  • North Attleborough, Massachusetts: An officer was arrested for domestic assault and fired. ow.ly/Aa0z308BS9M
  • Wichita Falls, Texas: An officer was charged with DWI after a crash that seriously injured a motorcyclist. ow.ly/Fkbk308BVWl
  • Los Angeles, California: The City settled a lawsuit with a woman who was seriously injured when she fell out of police car that was traveling at approximately 30mph. She claimed that she was trying to get away from an officer who was in the backseat with her and inappropriately touching her. She was handcuffed when she fell out of the vehicle. The settlement was for $3,500,000. ow.ly/Xkaz308BWgr
  • South Hackensack Township, New Jersey: The commissioner was arrested for domestic violence and smiled during his mugshot. ow.ly/h8sF308BXT0
  • San Bernardino County, California: A deputy was recorded threatening to arrest man on made up charges because he was legally recording an encounter in the police station. ow.ly/c40Z308CVp2

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-01-17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 1, 2017:

  • Gwinnett County, Georgia: An officer was fired after driving on a sidewalk and hitting two pedestrians while responding to a call. ow.ly/punF308zlmI
  • Update: Grand Rapids, Michigan (First reported 01-30-17) Three officers who improperly aided a prosecutor after his wrong-way crash have been recommended to be fired. They will not face criminal charges in the case. ow.ly/jHBd308znwG
  • Update: Agawam, Massachusetts (First reported 01-20-16): Two of the three officers fired after a videoed use-of-force incident against a detainee have won their appeals of termination. They will receive back pay. The third terminated officer’s appeal is still pending. ow.ly/cqqd308zqAI
  • Danbury, Connecticut: An officer was charged with breach of the peace for using unnecessary force against a handcuffed suspect. ow.ly/mQ2V308zsWM
  • Update: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (First reported 01-27-17): A deputy who was arrested for domestic violence has been fired. ow.ly/M0XK308zBf2
  • Cleveland Heights, Ohio: A now-former officer pled guilty to tampering and theft for stealing $3,000 from the City while collecting impound fees. ow.ly/I7qQ308zBZe
  • Prichard, Alabama: An officer was arrested after his ex-girlfriend’s current boyfriend complained about harassment. ow.ly/mlm0308zDfT
  • Update: Washtenaw County, Michigan (First reported 12-26-16): A lieutenant pled guilty to a lesser charge after his arrest for a “super drunk” driving violation. His BAC was almost three times the legal limit. ow.ly/eY0P308Ajaj

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 01-31-17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, January 31, 2017:

  • Albany, New York: An officer was arrested for an off-duty DUI in Saratoga Springs. ow.ly/5cKt308wTLh
  • Update: Erie County, New York (First reported 04-20-16): A now-former deputy will undergo treatment and was ordered to perform 70 hours of community service after a guilty plea to drug possession. He was originally charged with smuggling drugs into the jail. ow.ly/E6Cl308x6uP
  • Update: Edwardsville, Illinois (First reported 01-05-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to 6 of 11 charges for a string of burglaries he perpetrated while on duty and in uniform. ow.ly/AEUz308x7Ig
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 02-11-15): A now-former officer was found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl. ow.ly/V68l308xi7h
  • Update: Jackson, Mississippi (First reported 05-24-16): A now-former officer was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for accepting bribes in a visa scam. ow.ly/zYe7308xltv
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for assault and vandalism for an off-duty incident at the home of his girlfriend. ow.ly/EISO308xm0i
  • Skagit County, Washington: A deputy was charged with domestic violence and held on $100,000 bail. ow.ly/iJtr308xnVK
  • New York, New York: The City is being sued by the surviving family of Ariel Garza, 49, who died after being tazed twice by an officer who came to his home. ow.ly/QjOv308xoUr

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 01-30-17

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, January 30, 2017:

  • Orangeburg, South Carolina: A deputy was charged with third-degree assault and battery for striking a handcuffed detainee who spat in his face. ow.ly/zoh1308pu98
  • U.S. Border Patrol: An agent was charged with 13 criminal counts for ramming cars and striking a man with his automobile. ow.ly/QY63308putT
  • Update: San Antonio, Texas (First reported 11-04-16): An officer who was fired for giving a homeless man fecal sandwich was reinstated…and then fired again for a scatological prank in the women’s restroom at the stationhouse. ow.ly/gJ5c308tghq
  • New York, New York: An officer was charged with a felony for sending a 16-year-old girl a lewd video of himself. ow.ly/r3dV308ufFW
  • Volusia County, Florida: A deputy is under internal investigation for allegedly stealing cash from DUI suspects. He is on leave. ow.ly/EASp308ugTj
  • Chicago, Illinois: An officer was suspended five days for throwing coffee at a passing motorcyclist while he was on duty. ow.ly/OiwJ308ui9S
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan: Three officers were suspended without pay during an investigation into a DUI crash report involving prosecutor who has since resigned.  ow.ly/ZtT4308uiCM
  • Rutherford Co., TN major will plead guilty to lying to federal investigators. ow.ly/vGLF308ujmr
  • Update: New Castle County, Delaware (First reported 09-14-16): A now-former deputy pled guilty to child pornography possession. He is scheduled to be sentenced in March. ow.ly/GxuP308ujLA
  • Update: Revere, Massachusetts (First reported 01-20-17) An officer was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly abusing two children in her care. Her boyfriend, who is also an officer, was arrested on child abuse charges the previous week. ow.ly/M61v308ukeN

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 01-27-17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 27, 2017:

  • Cleveland, Ohio: A now-former officer pled guilty to drug possession after an investigation revealed multiple texts with an alleged drug dealer. Having relinquished his law enforcement certification, a successful stint in rehab and year of probation will expunge his conviction. He is also named in a pending excessive force lawsuit for shooting a suspect and allegedly falsifying information related to the incident. ow.ly/We8g308pjab
  • Marlin, Texas: An officer was charged with theft of a firearm by a public servant after guns were discovered to be missing from the police armory. ow.ly/xRKN308pjnv
  • Update: Citrus County, Florida (First reported 12-20-16): A deputy who was fired after a domestic violence arrest won her appeal of termination. She may return as a dispatcher while her criminal case is pending. ow.ly/bI2C308pkUZ
  • Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: A deputy was charged with domestic violence. ow.ly/q8XN308plaV
  • Update: Temple, Texas (First reported 09-27-16): An officer was sentenced to federal probation and ordered to pay a $1,200 fine for lying to federal investigators. ow.ly/himK308pm8i
  • Trenton, Texas: The now-former chief who was under indictment for official oppression died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. ow.ly/EALc308psrE
  • Update: Portland, Oregon (First reported 12-13-16): An officer who was arrested for DUI in his patrol vehicle was permitted to enter a one-year diversion program to avoid a criminal conviction. He will have a breathalyzer attached to the ignition of his car. ow.ly/4wZw308psKc
  • St. Johns County, Florida: A deputy resigned after being charged with fraud for $1,300 in personal purchases on the Police Athletic League credit card.  ow.ly/awlx308ptem
  • Michigan State Police: A trooper pled no contest to OVI and aggravated assault for crashing into a motorcyclist. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 8. ow.ly/S86S308ptVF

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