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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-09-17

Here are the six reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 9, 2017:

  • Ellis County, Texas: The sheriff resigned and pled guilty to assault for an off-duty fight at a fast food restaurant. He joined a fight his brother had started. He was sentenced to one day in jail and ordered to pay a $500 fine.
  • Jefferson County, Colorado: A now-former deputy was sentenced to six years in prison and five years of parole after his guilty plea to securities fraud. He gave real estate and investment advice to colleagues and others without a license and then pocketed much of the money—about $617,000—that was meant to be invested.
  • Update: Orange County, Florida (First reported 07-05-16): A now-former deputy pled guilty to stalking and bribery for acts against a transgender sex worker. He had been accused of rape and other abuses. He was stripped of his law enforcement certification as a result of his plea.
  • Rockville Centre, New York: An officer was charged with felony assault for beating a man in the head with a Taser during a bar fight arrest.
  • Update: Owasso, Oklahoma: A now-former officer was acquitted of excessive force for beating a suspect with the butt of a shotgun. The incident was captured on dashboard video. This was his second termination and prosecution for excessive force. He was reinstated with back pay by a labor arbitrator after his last acquittal. The department reiterated its rationale for his termination as a result of the present case.
  • Kokomo, Indiana: An officer was arrested for felony drug theft.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-08-17

Here are the six reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 8, 2017:

  • Update: Spokane, Washington (First reported 01-04-16): A sergeant was suspended for one month without pay for tipping-off a colleague about a criminal investigation into rape allegations against him. The accused officer is awaiting trial for raping a fellow officer at a party.
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 02-17-17): Two officers were charged for lying to make a bogus cocaine arrest. An innocent man spent 50 days in Rikers. This is the second such case against these officers from the gang unit.
  • Update: Fort Worth, Texas (First reported 06-08-11): An officer who was fired for writing fake tickets to collect overtime was reinstated by a labor arbitrator. He may get up to $400,000 in back pay as well as pension contributions.
  • Willis, Texas: A retired officer was arrested for molesting a then-10-year-old girl back in 2000.
  • Update: Mocksville, North Carolina (First reported 04-07-12): A now-former chief was found to be liable for part of a $2,100,000 award to three officers who were wrongly terminated for reporting misconduct in his office.
  • Update: Skagit County, Washington (First reported 01-31-17): A deputy who was arrested for domestic violence has been fired.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-07-17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 7, 2017:

  • DeKalb County, Georgia: An officer was arrested for tampering with evidence at drug crime scene. He resigned.
  • Millington, Tennessee: An officer was charged with simple assault for threatening to shoot someone during an off-duty incident.
  • Fort Worth, Texas: An officer was charged with sexual assault for alleged actions with a 16-year-old boy he via Craigslist. The boy’s mother said that he portrayed himself as 18-years-old in his online posts.
  • San Jose, California: An officer was arrested for stealing marijuana while on duty while responding to domestic disturbance call.
  • Update: Simpsonville, Kentucky (First reported 01-11-16): An officer was sentenced to 12 years for robbery of $30,000 of drugs and guns from the department’s evidence room.
  • Update: Chester County, South Carolina (First reported 07-14-15): The County settled a civil suit brought by volunteer firefighters for on-duty scuffle they had with the sheriff and several of his deputies.
  • Greensboro & High Point Park Rangers, NC: One officer from each department was arrested in connection with an elaborate, multi-jurisdictional lawn equipment heist. The Greensboro officer was terminated because of his arrest.
  • Update: Granite City, Illinois (First reported 02-11-16): A now-former officer pled guilty to disorderly conduct after lying about how his unmarked police cruiser was stolen. He claimed he was carjacked when, in fact, a female acquaintance of his stole it after he left her alone in the car. Six firearms were in the car at the time of the theft—five of the weapons were recovered in the subsequent investigation.
  • Update: Flagstaff, Arizona (First reported 11-17-16): A now-former officer was charged with aggravated assault for punching woman at her home. The incident was captured on video. He previously resigned in lieu of termination.

Worst of the Month — February

So for February, we’ve selected Pima County, Arizona for the conduct of (the now former) Sheriff Christopher Radtke and the very peculiar leniency shown to him by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Federal prosecutors charged Radtke with several felonies for money laundering and theft.  According to the newspaper accounts, Radtke admitted that for years he made it appear as if his office was donating seized cash and assets from criminal suspects to a sheriff’s auxiliary fund when that wasn’t the case at all.

Ordinary citizens go to prison for embezzlement, but not Radtke.  No prison time and a very generous pension.

Here’s an excerpt from one report:

The plea bargain dismisses all felonies, with Radtke admitting to three misdemeanor theft counts. He agreed to not seek employment as a law-enforcement officer or with Pima County government. In return, prosecutors will request one year of probation without incarceration and will not prosecute Radtke for other offenses.

The deal allows Radtke to receive an $82,800 annual pension from the state Public Safety Personnel Retirement System and a one-time $505,000 payment from the system’s Deferred Retirement Option Plan, according to the retirement system’s records. Within six years, Radtke will receive more than $1 million in state retirement benefits.

Had Radtke been convicted of any of the felony charges against him, he would have been required by law to forfeit his state pension because the crime was committed in the course of his role as a public official for a government employer.

The plea was accepted by Magistrate Judge Eric Markovich. Sentencing is scheduled for April 7 in U.S. District Court in Tucson.


National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-06-17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, March 6, 2017:

  • Bossier Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was arrested for DWI after being pulled over for improper lane change. He was fired.
  • Update: Deschutes County, Oregon (First reported 02-21-17): A deputy who was arrested for harassing a 67-year-old woman after an off-duty fender bender has been fired.
  • Update: Mocksville, North Carolina (First reported 04-07-12): One of three officers who claimed they were fired for reporting misconduct has been ordered to be reinstated. Civil damages for the three will be determined at a later time.
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 11-18-16): An officer who was already suspended while charges are pending for allegedly sexting a minor was arrested for domestic assault against his boyfriend.
  • Lantana, Florida: An officer was charged with felonious transmission of obscene material.
  • Update: Washtenaw, Michigan (First reported 12-22-16): A now-former officer was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to serve 40 hours of community service for his ‘super drunk’ driving arrest. He was also sentenced to 93 days in jail, but that was suspended pending completion of probation.
  • Shelby County, Tennessee: A deputy was charged with domestic violence after an incident at his estranged wife’s home.
  • Charleston, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for DUI after an off-duty traffic stop.
  • East Cleveland, Ohio: An officer has been suspended while he is under investigation for rubbing a sex toy on the bodies of women in a car he pulled over for a turn signal infraction.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-03-17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 3, 2017:

  • Lee County, Florida: A deputy was fired for using excessive force and lying on official documents about it. He approached a woman during a traffic stop with his gun drawn, used profanities, and forcefully pulled the woman from her vehicle. None of this information showed up in his report. The incident was reported by a bystander.
  • Bloomfield, Connecticut: An officer was arrested for an on-duty crash last March that left a man in critical condition.
  • Update: Fremont, Ohio (First reported 10-27-16): An officer pled no contest to OVI charge stemming from his October arrest after driving the wrong way on a highway.
  • Rockledge, Florida: An officer was arrested for attempted manslaughter for shooting a teen burglary suspect who had already surrendered. He resigned.
  • Update: St. Louis, Missouri (First reported 07-01-15): A now-former officer was acquitted of drug distribution and gun charges. There was a discrepancy between the officer’s known residence and where the seizure of the drugs and guns took place.
  • Pitkin County, Colorado: A deputy was charged with misdemeanor prohibited use of a weapon for being intoxicated while armed and on duty. Because the officer was not seen driving his automobile, he was not charged with a drunk driving offence.
  • Miami, Florida: An investigator sustained a complaint that will now be passed on to a full review panel for further investigation. An officer is alleged to have taken advantage of an elderly man by drawing up a will for the man and naming himself the sole beneficiary of the man’s estate. The now-deceased man was said to have had dementia and an otherwise diminished mental capacity.
  • Irondequoit, New York: An officer was charged with harassment and cyberstalking for numerous alleged actions against his ex-girlfriend over the course of one year.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-02-17

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 2, 2017:

  • Ocean County, New Jersey: A lieutenant is facing drug, official misconduct, and theft charges after cocaine went missing.
  • Aberdeen, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to illegally accessing a federal law enforcement database and passing on information to others. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 20.
  • Shirley, Massachusetts: The chief was placed on leave after a female former officer alleged mistreatment by him and others under his command.
  • Opelousas, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for interfering with St. Landry Parish officers during an off-duty incident.
  • Shawnee, Oklahoma: An officer was arrested for domestic assault against his girlfriend, who is also an officer.
  • Springfield, Illinois: An officer was arrested for official misconduct and battery for actions against a 19-year-old during the course of an arrest.
  • Florida Highway Patrol: A trooper was arrested for a filing false report to cover up hit-and-run in Miami Beach that left the victim brain damaged.
  • Update: Arlington, Texas (First reported 12-12-16): Sixteen officers gave up their law enforcement certifications to moot criminal indictments for fake traffic stops.
  • North Las Vegas, Nevada: A SWAT officer accidentally shot an innocent man in his car during a standoff.
  • Update: U.S. Secret Service (First reported 11-16-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to sexting a Broward County, Florida underage girl while he was on duty at the White House. He had previously pled guilty to charges stemming from a sting with similar circumstances.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-01-17

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 1, 2017:

  • Update: Seattle, Washington (First reported 02-24-17): An officer pled guilty to drug, solicitation, and computer trespass charges. He was sentenced to 30 days of work detail. With good behavior, the conviction may be expunged after two years. His future employment status is not known.
  • Savannah-Chatham, Georgia: A now-former detective was convicted of DUI for his role in a two-car crash but acquitted of tampering and false statements in his case.
  • Detroit, Michigan: An officer who serves as head of the police union was charged with malicious destruction of property and reckless driving for crashing into a school.
  • Dickson, Tennessee: Two officers were charged with tampering and destruction of evidence after they investigated a bar fight. The officers deny wrongdoing and stand by their initial assessment of a lack of evidence to move forward with a case.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: Seven officers were federally indicted for robbery, extortion, and racketeering. They allegedly claimed bogus overtime and filed false reports. Six of the officers were arraigned and all were held over without bail for public safety reasons. The seventh will have his hearing later this week. More information can be found here and here
  • Perry County, Tennessee: A deputy was charged for using county funds to fuel his personal vehicle and misappropriating evidence.
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 02-03-17): A now-former officer pled guilty to felony drug count and was diverted to treatment. Successful completion of agreement may expunge his conviction and he may regain law enforcement eligibility.
  • Chardon, Ohio: An officer pled guilty to theft for switching a price tag on an item before paying. He entered a diversion program.
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was suspended for 10 days for making a racially derogatory comment and writing a bogus citation to a man just to “[F***] him over.”
  • Texas Southern University: The chief resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-28-17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, February 28, 2017:

  • Hinds County, Mississippi: A deputy was charged with possession with intent to distribute after drugs were found in his patrol car.
  • Oklahoma County, Oklahoma: The County settled with the family of a man killed by the careless driving of a deputy for $500,000. The deputy, who had previously been cited for causing a traffic accident, was suspended for one month.
  • Connecticut State Police: Two troopers were charged with assault and kidnapping for an incident off duty after a man complained while he was in the hospital.
  • West Manchester Township, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with 50 counts of child pornography possession. Future charges are possible because each of these counts was for an image found on his phone and not in other devices or locations.
  • Sanford, Florida: An officer was charged with 99 counts of misconduct and one count of grand larceny for falsifying time sheets. He has since resigned.
  • Update: Blackfoot, Idaho (First reported 09-18-15): A now-former officer was given two days in jail—two concurrent terms of 180 and 178 days were suspended—two years of probation, and ordered to pay approximately $1,700 in fines, court costs, and restitution after pleading to drug charges. He was serving as a school resource officer at the time of his arrest.
  • Update: West Linn, Oregon (First reported 07-24-16): An officer was fired for a Facebook post that referred to Black Lives Matter protesters as “target practice.”
  • Marion County, Florida: A deputy was fired for providing false information and other violations for on-duty incidents.
  • Update: Federal Bureau of Investigation (Las Vegas) (First reported 12-21-16): A now-former agent pled no contest to shooting at Grand Rapids, Michigan officer while the agent was off-duty. He says he has no recollection of the incident and was likely intoxicated at the time. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 13.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-27-17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, February 27, 2017:

  • Wayne County, New York: A deputy was fired and charged with sexual abuse and official misconduct.
  • Port Arthur, Texas: Three officers were placed on leave and two resigned after a woman alleged retaliation and other abuse. 
  • Elbert County, County: A deputy was arrested and is now wanted for a poaching incident in Georgia. He is no longer with the department.
  • Orange County, California: A now-former deputy was sentenced to six months in jail, three years of probation, and ordered to pay more than $35,000 in restitution and fines for insurance fraud.
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: An officer was suspended for five days for fatally shooting a dog.
  • Detroit, Michigan: An officer is facing federal child pornography possession charges.
  • Update: Grand Rapids, Michigan (First reported 01-30-17): The second of three officers recommended to be terminated after improperly aiding a prosecutor after his wrong-way DUI crash has been suspended. His suspension is for 160 days, more than five times the length of the first officer’s punishment. In addition, he was demoted. The third officer involved will have the administrative hearing regarding his employment March 7.
  • Update: Overland Park, Kansas (First reported 07-12-16): A now-former officer pled guilty to assault, obstruction, and impersonation for a making a threat on a woman’s Facebook page.
  • Update: Detroit, Michigan (First reported 08-30-16): An officer pled guilty to attempted assault for a serious auto crash that happened while she was off duty.

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