As seen in...
Washington Post
ABC News
The Atlantic
The Economist
National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 10-07-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 7, 2016:

  • Blount County, Tennessee deputy fired after his arrest for child solicitation.
  • Long Beach, Mississippi: An officer was fired and charged with manslaughter for leaving her daughter in a hot patrol car. The child died.
  • Update: Norfolk, Virginia (First reported 06-12-15): An officer was acquitted of manslaughter in the shooting death of David Latham.
  • Update: Mount Prospect, Illinois (First reported 02-02-16): An officer was acquitted of aggravated battery against a police officer for an off-duty incident.
  • Harrison, New York: The police chief resigned while he was on paid suspension. He remains under federal investigation.
  • Seattle, Washington: An officer has been suspended and charged with assault on allegations he groped three co-workers.
  • Nelson County, Virginia: A deputy pled guilty to charges related to surreptitiously recording a man in his hotel room without his consent.
  • Update: Niagara County, New York (First reported 03-08-16): A deputy pled guilty to misdemeanor charges related to a fatal automobile crash. He was ordered to pay $504 in fines. A civil suit is likely.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 10-06-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, October 6, 2016:

  • Iowa State Police: A now-former trooper pled guilty to drug theft and tampering charges for stealing prescription drugs from evidence.
  • Aiken County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested and fired for his actions during a brawl at a park.
  • Nye County, Nevada: A deputy was arrested after he barricaded himself against police following a domestic violence incident. He was allegedly intoxicated and choked his girlfriend.
  • Update: Big Spring, Texas (First reported 04-15-16): A now-former officer pled not guilty to additional charges regarding the sexual abuse of a child. His trial is set for February.
  • Clayton County, Georgia: A sergeant was charged with battery, false imprisonment, and second-degree child cruelty for actions against a teen while off duty.
  • Ottawa Hills, Ohio: An officer arrested for OVI after crashing into a parked car and an apartment building while off duty.
  • Update: Harrisville and Pleasant View, Utah (First reported 01-05-16): An officer who was fired from the Harrisville police department pled guilty to sexual misconduct with teens while he was a school resource officer with the Pleasant View Police Department. He was sentenced to probation.
  • Update: Pinellas County, Florida (First reported 03-28-16): A deputy is currently on trial for pointing a gun at a couple during a road rage incident while she was off duty.
  • Update: Lowell, Massachusetts (First reported 07-10-13): A now-former officer was sentenced to four years in prison for vehicular homicide while he was intoxicated.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 10-05-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 5, 2016:

  • Suffolk, New York: An officer was charged with felonious reckless endangerment for a fatal wrong-way crash that happened while he was off duty. He was arraigned in his hospital bed. More charges may be filed if toxicology tests show he was intoxicated.
  • Ripley, Tennessee: An officer was charged with drug possession with intent to
  • McIntosh County and Darien, Georgia: A county deputy was fired after racist social media posts and texts from his phone intimated he was targeting black motorists for enforcement. The officer he was texting resigned his post in Darien.
  • Update: Cadillac, Michigan (First reported 09-28-16): An officer who previously pled guilty to OWI was suspended without pay for 30 days. He elected to serve 40 hours of community service in lieu of a five-day jail sentence.
  • Update: Jackson, Mississippi (First reported 05-24-16): A now-former officer pled guilty to bribery and false reporting for filing bogus crime reports in an immigration scam. Victims of certain crimes are eligible for a special visa, and the officer cooperated with Indian nationals to have their associates pose as victims of crimes that never occurred.
  • Update: Mount Prospect, Illinois (First reported 12-03-15): An officer is on trial for aggravated battery, a felony, after withdrawing a guilty plea to resisting arrest. He withdrew the original plea because he claimed he didn’t realize the plea to a misdemeanor would result in his termination.
  • Gloucester, Massachusetts: The police chief was fired by the mayor for allegedly tampering with a misconduct investigation against him.
  • Hartford, Connecticut: A man and his daughter were awarded $202,000 by a jury because their dog was fatally shot by officers during an illegal search. The City claims they are not liable for the illegal actions of their officers. This dispute has been going on for about ten years and may continue into the future.

Worst of the Month — September

For September, we have selected the Connecticut State Troopers who were caught on tape harassing a protester and fabricating charges against him.

According to news reports, Michael Picard was protesting near a DUI checkpoint.  He had his cell phone camera out and was recording the scene.  When a trooper noticed what he was doing, he angrily approached Picard and seized his phone saying it was illegal to record him.  This is when things got interesting.  Unbeknownst to the trooper, Picard’s cell phone was still recording as the trooper went back to his patrol car to confer with his colleagues.  The troopers were anxious to “hit” Picard with some kind of charge, but they became frustrated with their options.  Picard had a firearm, but a valid concealed carry permit.  Picard did record them with his cell phone, but that’s legal too.  What to do?  To “cover their ass,” they decide to fabricate a story that several citizens were complaining about Picard’s supposedly “disruptive actions,” but these “witnesses” did not want to stay on the scene, so the troopers had to take action on their own.

The charges against Picard were quickly dismissed.  The ACLU has now filed a lawsuit on behalf of Picard.

The cell phone recording of the incident can be found here.  Because the phone is evidently sitting on the roof of the patrol car, the value is in what can be heard, not seen. Listen and decide for yourself.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 10-04-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, October 4, 2016:

  • Update: Bakersfield, California (First reported 11-23-15): A now-former officer who pled guilty to taking bribes, filing false tax returns, and dealing methamphetamine, was sentenced to five years in prison.
  • Spring Hill, Tennessee: An officer was charged with rape and sexual battery for actions against women during traffic stops.
  • Gwinnett County, Georgia: A deputy was fired and charged with sexually assaulting a female inmate whom he was transporting to jail.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: An officer was charged with terroristic threatening for pulling a gun on a man and assaulting him after a vehicular collision. The officer was off-duty at the time of the incident.
  • Allen Park, Michigan: The City is being sued by a man who was subjected to an illegal body cavity search after his arrest for driving on a suspended license.
  • Los Angeles County, California: A deputy was charged with lying to the FBI.
  • Muskogee, Oklahoma: Three officers were suspended and one was reprimanded for actions against a man and his mother. The officers entered the residence following the man and inappropriately used pepper spray on his 84-year-old mother and inappropriately tased him.
  • Coral Gables, Florida: An officer has been suspended during an investigation into improper eavesdropping on a citizen during an open-door government meeting.
  • Update: Brenham, Texas (First reported 08-05-16): An officer who had been fired for excessive force was allowed to resign after he appealed his termination. Criminal charges are still possible.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 10-03-16

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, October 3, 2016:

  • Palm Beach County, Florida: The County agreed to pay $300,000 to the family of Tinoris Williams,  a mentally ill man who was fatally shot by deputies in 2014. That brings the total amount of settlements for sheriff’s office conduct to almost $2,000,000 this year.
  • Lorain, Ohio: Four officers were named in a lawsuit filed by a man who was handcuffed when his face was slammed into a windshield, causing the glass to break. He required medical attention after the incident.
  • Update: Glen Rock, New Jersey (First reported 08-06-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to three years in prison after he pled guilty to charges for selling seized guns and sexting minors.
  • Youngstown, Ohio: An officer was charged with failing to care for her sister, who was found dead in very unsanitary conditions. The decedent was emaciated, covered in sores, and partially covered in feces.
  • Monroe, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for evading arrest in Arlington, Texas. A nightclub security officer reported that someone pulled a gun on him and the officer and another man were apprehended after a low-speed pursuit. The man with the officer was charged with gun and drug possession.
  • Sacramento, California: The City released video and audio of officers’ vehicle pursuit and fatal shooting of Joseph Mann. Officers attempted to hit the man with the cruiser before exiting the vehicle and shooting Mann 14 times. There is an excessive force lawsuit pending.
  • Winnsboro, South Carolina: The public safety chief was arrested in a prostitution sting.
  • Contra Costa County, California: A now-former deputy pled not guilty to sexual misconduct against a minor in the ongoing Bay Area scandal involving a teenage sex worker.
  • New York, New York: An officer shot himself in the stomach twice. Authorities believe he did it to avoid testifying in a police corruption trial.
  • Wayne County, Tennessee: The now-former chief deputy was indicted for forgery and theft for misappropriating more than $7,000 in county money and drug funds.
  • Update: Colorado Springs, Colorado (First reported 02-01-16): An officer was acquitted of menacing and third-degree assault for using violence against a handcuffed man.
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for domestic assault. He told arresting officers that he did it because his wife was not “sorry enough” about an incident that happened at a wedding.
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer was arrested for assaulting a family member.
  • Houston, Texas: An officer was arrested for soliciting an undercover officer in a prostitution sting.
  • Carter County, Tennessee: A deputy was indicted for second-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon for fatally shooting Dallas Shatley in an off-duty incident.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer was charged with domestic violence. Allegations of “years of abuse” were included in the affidavit.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 09-30-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, September 30, 2016:

  • New Orleans and Orleans Parish, Louisiana: Three law enforcement officials were arrested in a cigarette smuggling operation.
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee: The sheriff was taken into custody on domestic abuse and tampering charges.
  • Update: Chicago and Glenview, Illinois (First reported 04-15-14): Three officers—two from Chicago and one from Glenview—had perjury charges dropped because of a filing error. The State’s Attorney’s Office plans to refile. One CPD officer pled guilty.
  • Update: Loudon County, Virginia (First reported 07-21-16): A deputy had domestic violence charges dropped for actions against his girlfriend. He remains on leave pending an internal investigation into the matter.
  • Chicago, Illinois: The City is being sued by a witness to the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald. She claims officers pressured her to change her story about what happened.
  • Update: Mount Carmel, Tennessee (First reported 06-01-16): The assistant chief was fired, again, for falsifying paperwork. He had been reinstated by the mayor, but the reinstatement was overruled.
  • Jackson, Mississippi: An officer was indicted on a federal bribery charge and fired.
  • Millard County, Utah: The County is being sued by a mentally ill man who was shot by deputies while he was in his vehicle. He claims the deputies used excessive force.
  • Washington, District of Columbia: The medical examiner announced that an officer fatally shot Terrence Sterling, who suffered wounds to the neck and back. The officer’s body camera was not activated until after the shooting.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 09-29-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, September 29, 2016:

  • Dorchester County, South Carolina: A deputy was fired after soliciting sex from an undercover officer.
  • Update: Houston, Texas METRO (transit) (First reported 09-16-16): A now-former officer was indicted for assaulting a sleeping man at a commuter station. He resigned during the internal affairs investigation was underway. The second officer who was originally suspended for the incident was not charged and remains with the department.
  • Florida Highway Patrol: A trooper was arrested for allegedly groping a woman during a traffic stop.
  • Franklin County, Pennsylvania: A now-former deputy was charged for his role in a bar fight in April when he was off
  • Springfield, Massachusetts: A narcotics detective was suspended 60 days for threatening to assault and frame kids who stole an unmarked police car and some rolled coins with planted drugs.
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida: A now-former officer was convicted of theft and fraud for stealing fuel for personal use.
  • Ashtabula County, Ohio: A deputy was indicted for assaulting two men in custody and falsifying reports related to the incident. He was fired.
  • Oak Grove, Kentucky: An officer was arrested for rape, sodomy, assault, terroristic threatening, and other charges for sex slavery. He and two others allegedly locked several women in a hotel room and forced them to have sex for money.
  • Greensboro, North Carolina: The City Council voted to say that a now-former officer should be stripped of his law enforcement certification. They released the video of a violent arrest he made. He had resigned before he was terminated. Under North Carolina law, the state commission has the power to revoke an officer’s certification.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 09-28-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, September 28, 2016:

  • Update: Anthony, Texas (First reported 09-06-16): The officer who was arrested for stealing from the American Legion post he led was arrested again for stealing from the police lodge he also led.
  • Pittsfield, Massachusetts: An officer was terminated after a lengthy suspension on several misconduct
  • Update: Roswell, New Mexico (First reported 05-18-16): An officer who was previously arrested for domestic violence against his wife has been
  • Update: Owasso County, Oklahoma (First reported 11-09-11): A now-former officer who was fired twice for excessive force will go on trial for his second assault November 28.
  • Hood River, Oregon: A deputy was charged with luring a child and other charges related to sexual abuse of a
  • Cadillac, Michigan: An officer pled guilty to OWI while off duty.
  • Clute, Texas: A now-former officer pled guilty to financial misappropriation. In exchange for the plea, his perjury and tampering charges were dropped.
  • Update: Mercer County, New Jersey (First reported 11-02-15): A now-former officer was given a suspended jail sentence for leaking the mugshot of a then-14-year-old suspect.
  • Update: Adams County, Colorado (First reported 11-30-15): A now-former deputy was acquitted of assault for a May 2015 altercation outside of a bar.

Creative Commons License
This work by Cato Institute is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.