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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 10-14-16

Here are the five reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 14, 2016:

  • Pinellas County, Florida: A deputy was fired and arrested for allegedly stealing prescription medications and pawning his duty weapon.
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The six officers who were acquitted of robbing drug dealers when a seventh officer testified against them were ordered not to contact witnesses against them after one complained of intimidation.
  • Mendota Heights, Minnesota: An officer is on leave pending an internal investigation. He is the third officer this year to be investigated for misconduct.
  • Berrien County, Georgia: A now-former sheriff was sentenced to 30 months in prison for violating the rights of handcuffed and compliant arrestees.
  • Indio, California: An officer was charged with raping his 18-year-old cousin when she stayed at his home.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 10-13-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, October 13, 2016:

  • Webster County, Iowa: A deputy pled guilty to failure to report harvested deer and was fined $89. Two other misdemeanors related to the incident were dropped in exchange and he was allowed to maintain his position with the department.
  • Anaheim, California: The chief and deputy chief are under investigation after a whistleblower alleged tens of thousands of dollars in payroll fraud.
  • Madison County, Arkansas: A deputy was suspended 60 days and removed from K-9 team after leaving a K9 to die in a hot car.
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 03-27-14): The murder trial for officers who killed James Boyd, a schizophrenic homeless man, ends in mistrial.
  • Update: Atlanta, Georgia (First reported 09-02-14): A now-former officer was found guilty of murder for shooting a woman he met for sex off duty and then setting her body on fire.
  • Update: Portsmouth, Virginia (First reported 09-10-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for voluntary manslaughter. He killed 18-year-old William Chapman, who was a shoplifting suspect.
  • Escambia County, Florida: A now-former deputy was barred from law enforcement for one year for dishonesty. He resigned after trying to cover-up an incident involving a taser while off duty.
  • Sedgwick County, Kansas: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 10-12-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 12, 2016:

  • Hampton, New Hampshire: An officer was arrested for DWI after striking a stop sign near an I-95 off-ramp.
  • Escambia County, Florida: A deputy was acquitted of eight charges of sexual battery against teenage girls for alleged actions off duty.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: Four detectives were suspended for mishandling rape investigations.
  • Update: Nashville, Tennessee (First reported 12-09-15): The second of two officers who jumped in front of a car and fired into it was terminated for violating the department’s use of force policy during the incident.
  • Update: Harris County, Texas (First reported 09-07-16): A deputy was fired for destroying hundreds of pieces of evidence, many of which came from open cases.
  • Lucas County, Ohio: A deputy was suspended 30 days for actions during a high-speed chase in August.
  • Red Oak, Iowa: An officer was terminated after an outside investigation determined wrongdoing and culpability regarding his domestic violence arrest. The Red Oak Department felt the matter would be handled best from agencies outside of the department itself.
  • Evansville, Indiana: An officer was relieved of duty after his OUI arrest for crashing into another car and garage while he was off duty.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 10-11-16

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, October 11, 2016:

  • Shreveport, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for domestic battery with child endangerment.
  • Seguin, Texas: An officer was arrested for domestic violence.
  • Sussex County, New Jersey: An officer was fired and charged with selling steroids to another officer. He was allowed to enter diversion to avoid prosecution. Recently acquired open records revealed the purchasing officer resigned and was stripped of his pension.
  • Update: Dothan, Alabama (First reported 03-04-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to probation for trafficking in stolen identities of Armed Forces members.
  • Update: Columbus, Ohio (First reported 06-22-15): The City agreed to pay $780,000 to the family of four-year-old girl who was shot in the leg by an officer trying to kill her dog.
  • Update: Louisville, Kentucky (First reported 09-09-16): An officer who was recently arrested for domestic violence has been arrested again for violating a no-contact order.
  • Maricopa County, Arizona: The sheriff, Joe Arpaio, was charged with federal contempt for violating court orders in racial profiling case.
  • Vero Beach, Florida: Two officers were arrested in apparently separate alcohol-related incidents. One was arrested for public intoxication, the other for DUI.
  • Dimmitt County, Texas: A deputy was charged with official oppression for making unwanted sexual advances on a woman.
  • Howard County, Maryland: The sheriff will resign amid backlash to racist comments and allegations of retaliation against employees.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 10-10-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, October 10, 2016:

  • Update: Pinellas County, Florida (First reported 03-28-16): A now-former deputy was found guilty of two misdemeanor firearm charges for an off-duty road rage incident. She was acquitted of the felony counts for pointing her gun at a motorist and a passenger.
  • Johnstown, Pennsylvania: An officer overdosed while on duty and was charged for the incident. The chief was placed on leave because he knew about an evidence room breach, including drugs the officer is alleged to have stolen, well before the overdose incident and failed to take steps to remedy the situation, including informing the prosecutor that the breach had occurred.
  • Update: Massachusetts State Police (First reported 12-17-14): A trooper is slated to go on trial November 1 for a 2014 DUI crash.
  • Update: Illinois State Police: A trooper had all charges dropped related to fight and discharge of firearm outside of a Steak-and-Shake while he was off duty. Both he and the person he was fighting were charged in the incident, but neither will testify to their involvement and there was otherwise insufficient evidence to move forward in the case. An internal review is expected.
  • Pennsylvania State Police: A trooper was acquitted of aggravated assault and terroristic threatening for allegedly beating his wife, threatening to kill her, and holding a gun to her head. He was convicted of simple assault for the incident.
  • New York, New York: The civilian review board ruled that an officer abused his authority in killing a tail-wagging dog he encountered, but he should be allowed to retain his job. Two other officers were found to have exceeded their authority for forcing their way into the building.
  • New Britain, Connecticut: Two officers were suspended for engaging in a high-speed pursuit of a drug suspect they knew was under federal investigation. According to the report, the officers “directly jeopardized the integrity of the investigation” by engaging the suspect.
  • Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: An officer was arrested for indecent exposure for two incidents in which he was reported to be masturbating.
  • Mamou, Louisiana: An officer was fired for not following commands, filing bad reports, and letting suspects go without proper cause.

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.

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