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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-14-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, July 14, 2016:

  • Lake County, Indiana: A deputy was arrested for DUI and hit-and-run on a pedestrian.
  • Florence, Alabama: An officer entered pretrial diversion after a guilty plea for domestic violence. He was given 90 days in jail, which was suspended for two years, at which time it will be expunged if he stays out of trouble. He remains on unpaid
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: The City is being sued by the state ACLU and other organizations for actions against protesters in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling.
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: An officer was charged with domestic assault for pointing a gun to his wife’s head during an argument.
  • Update: Grand Rapids, Michigan (First reported 03-03-15): A now-former officer’s sentence of 18-84 months for child pornography will be served concurrently with his two sentences of 2-15 years for sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend. The illicit material in question were pictures of a 17-year-old whom he had been seeing.
  • Dallas County, Texas District Attorney’s Office: A now-former investigator pled guilty to fixing a case after taking a bribe.
  • Update: Fresno, California (First reported 06-29-16): The police department released the body cam video of the fatal officer shooting of Dylan Noble.
  • Atlanta, Georgia: An officer was fired for fatally shooting a fleeing suspect.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-13-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 13, 2016:

  • Los Angeles County, California: A now-former deputy was sentenced to anger management and one year of probation for assaulting two jail inmates.
  • Richmond, California: A school resource officer was reassigned then suspended in connection with the growing Oakland PD/child prostitution scandal.
  • Memphis, Tennessee: Two officers were suspended after posting a Snapchat video simulating the shooting of a black person.
  • Update: Detroit, Michigan (First reported 02-25-15): Two now-former officers were convicted of extortion and robbing drug dealers.
  • Garner, North Carolina: An officer was arrested for assaulting two different women.
  • Guadalupe, California: An officer was arrested for domestic violence against his wife.
  • Kissimmee, Florida: An officer was charged with domestic violence for allegedly hitting and choking a woman.
  • Update: Fargo, North Dakota (First reported 07-11-16): An officer who was arrested for DUI after BAC recorded at almost twice the legal limit has resigned.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-12-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, July 12, 2016:

  • San Bernardino County, California: A deputy was arrested for having sex with female jail inmates.
  • Harnett County, North Carolina: A detective was fired. The state Bureau of Investigation has been asked to initiate a criminal investigation.
  • Update: Washington County, Oregon (First reported 12-15-15): A now-former deputy will plead guilty to charges related to coercing a co-worker to maintain their sexual relationship.
  • Update: East Orange, New Jersey (First reported 10-27-14): An officer was acquitted of charges that she ran a drug ring from her home. She claimed she was unaware her tenant was using the house for dealing. Her defense attorney said that she will seek reinstatement to the department.
  • Abilene, Texas: An officer was fired for stealing marijuana from evidence. He appealed his termination and his administrative case will be decided in August.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer was charged with felony theft for unpaid taxes owed by the private security firm he runs.
  • Overland Park, Kansas: An officer was fired after posting a threat on a woman’s facebook page related to Black Lives Matter protests.
  • Floyd County, Georgia: A now-former deputy pled guilty to stalking a then-17-year-old girl, who is now his wife. As part of the plea, he surrendered his law enforcement license.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-11-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, July 11, 2016:

  • New York, New York: The City paid a man $75,000 for an unlawful arrest during which an officer allegedly used a racial slur.
  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy was arrested on multiple drug charges and for leaving the scene of an accident.
  • Cass County, North Dakota: A deputy was arrested for DUI in Barnes County.
  • Alpharetta, Georgia: An officer was arrested for BWI after a boating accident that resulted in serious injury on Lake Lanier.
  • Fargo, North Dakota: An officer was arrested for DUI.
  • Westminster, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for second-degree domestic violence.
  • San Diego, California: An officer was arrested for domestic violence against his girlfriend while they were in a bar district.
  • Columbus, Mississippi: An officer was suspended for four months for attacking a woman for personal reasons while on duty.
  • Jackson, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend and holding her against her will. According to the report, the officer has a lengthy disciplinary record.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-08-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 8, 2016:

  • Defense Logistics Agency (San Joaquin, California): An officer is accused of contacting teen sex worker at the heart of the Oakland/Bay Area police and child solicitation scandal and asking to be her pimp.
  • Sumner County, Tennessee: A deputy was fired. He threatened to arrest a process server for attempting to serve his wife with court papers.
  • South Miami, Florida: A detective had a child porn charge dropped. The explicit photos on his phone on which the charges were based were of his young-looking adult girlfriend. However, he still faces charges for providing alcohol and sharing those explicit pictures with minors.
  • Wellston, Missouri: A now-former officer was acquitted of raping high school student when he was an SRO at her school.
  • Update: Jackson, Mississippi (First reported 09-25-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to interference with commerce for stealing cash from drug suspects.
  • Rapides Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was charged with solicitation, inciting prostitution, an obstruction of justice for actions while he was on duty. He was fired.
  • Salisbury, North Carolina: An officer was charged with larceny for allegedly stealing a gun from a relative.
  • Update: Detroit, Michigan (First reported 11-12-15): Two narcotics officers are on trial for drug conspiracy and the main dealer at the heart of the conspiracy is testifying against them.
  • Taylorville, Illinois: An officer was placed on leave after an arrest for domestic battery.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-07-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, July 7, 2016:

  • Erie County, New York: A deputy was arrested for his role in a burglary and beating at a motel.
  • St. Anthony, Minnesota (Originally tweeted as Minneapolis): An officer fatally shot Philando Castile after Castile told the officer he was legally armed.
  • Dexter, Maine: A now-former officer had LE license revoked after fixing a speeding ticket.
  • New York City Dep’t of Citywide Administrative Services: An officer was arrested for punching brother in the face in an off-duty incident.
  • California Highway Patrol: An officer’s fatal car shooting is under scrutiny. According to the report, it was “not clear if [the victim] knew he was being followed by” police as the preceding chase was in an unmarked vehicle. Such shootings into moving vehicles have long been held “unsound” by law enforcement experts and leadership.
  • New York, New York: An officer is being investigated for the off-duty killing of Delrawn Small in an alleged road rage encounter.
  • Update: Fresno, California (First reported 06-29-16): Two officers’ fatal shooting of unarmed teen Dylan Noble was caught on newly released cell video. The department has refused to release body cam footage despite public demands to do so.
  • Highland Park, Michigan: An officer was suspended after intervening on behalf of a reserve officer in an off-duty incident with Dearborn police. The reserve officer was fired.
  • Ferndale, Michigan: An officer was charged with assault for abusing a larceny suspect during an arrest in April.
  • Update: Fairview Township, Pennsylvania (First reported 12-21-15): An officer had two of eight federal charges dropped in his criminal case alleging theft from drug traffickers.

A personal comment on Dallas

I echo what Tim said in his post about the massacre in Dallas last night. But I wanted to go a bit further.

As Dallas Police Department Major Max Geron said when he came to Cato last year for our policing conference, some of his colleagues thought the Cato Institute was an “anti-police organization.” This is not at all true, and I want to take this opportunity to explain that.

The National Police Misconduct Reporting Project is dedicated to tracking police misconduct in its myriad forms throughout the country. Police misconduct happens more often than many people realize and we believe it is a public service to show what we know about how it manifests itself, how it is handled by the departments that experience it, and how that misconduct is treated in the greater criminal justice system. It is not a website dedicated to proving police officers are bad or evil writ color fwpd

Beyond my professional interest, this distinction is personal to me because my father was a decorated police officer. He retired after 20 years as a detective lieutenant in the Fort Wayne, Indiana Police Department. He unsuccessfully ran for sheriff in 1980 and returned at least twice in retirement to work as a desk sergeant for the FWPD. He was proud of his time on the Force, and I am proud of him.

Although my father passed before I came into my position as managing editor of, he knew I was researching the topic and was supportive of my work. He knew that, as in any job, there are people who are not good at what they do. And he also knew that some departments are better than others.

But none of this can excuse, nor should it be used to excuse, what happened in Dallas last night. It was an atrocity that should not be allied with activists and critics who have been overwhelmingly peaceful and respectful in their demonstrations and grievances.

Moreover, Dallas PD, by all accounts, is one of the most (small-p) progressive police organizations in the country. Before the massacre began, DPD was using social media to show the cooperation and mutual respect between the demonstrators and the officers there to protect them.

This is how policing should work.

I see a lot of vitriolic comments and blanket condemnations about police officers on our social media feeds. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and, in the spirit of free speech, we do not use a heavy hand in censoring the content of those individuals. But they do not reflect NPMRP’s mission nor the opinions of our contributors.

Our hearts go out to the DPD and our gratitude to all officers who fulfill their roles admirably and honestly across the country. We have our differences on many issues of policy and practice, but at the end of the day, reformers and police alike want a safer and better society for everyone.

Our condolences to the families who lost loved ones last night.

Ambush in Dallas

From today’s New York Times:

DALLAS — At least one sniper, who said he wanted to shoot white police officers, killed five officers and wounded seven others in a coordinated ambush at a demonstration in Dallas on Thursday night against police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana, officials said. The sniper was killed, and three other people are in custody, officials said….

“He said he was upset about the recent police shootings,” Chief Brown said. “The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”

The police killed that suspect using an explosive delivered by a robot, he said, and arrested three other people. The chief said the snipers had worked together, firing rifles from triangulated positions, some of them looking down from elevated posts in downtown buildings.

The sequence of events this week tore at a nation already deeply divided over questions of policing and race, pivoting from anger and despair over shootings of black men by the police to officers being targeted in apparent retaliation. “All I know is that this must stop, this divisiveness between our police and our citizens,” Chief Brown said.

An absolutely horrifying attack on police officers.  There is no justification for criminal violence.  Just a few months ago, Major Max Geron of the Dallas Police Department graciously accepted our invitation to speak at a Cato conference on policing.  Let’s hope Major Geron and his colleagues are able to apprehend all of the culprits and bring them to justice.  More here.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-06-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 6, 2016:

  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Two officers were placed on leave after fatally shooting Alton Sterling, who appeared to be pinned while he was on the ground when an officer shot him in the chest and back.
  • Cape Coral, Florida: An officer who was suspended for dishonesty resigned. He admitted he left his previous law enforcement job amid rape allegations that he did not disclose to CCPD.
  • Miami, Florida: An officer was suspended for two weeks after a civilian review found he abused a homeless man during an off-duty detail and was dishonest in his account of the incident that was captured on surveillance cameras. This decision overruled the Internal Affairs “inconclusive” finding that resulted in no discipline.
  • Update: Reading, Pennsylvania (First reported 05-26-16): An officer had all criminal charges against him dismissed. He had been accused of oppression and tampering for seizing cell phones of women who recorded him.
  • Greene County, New York: A deputy pled guilty to misconduct for altering police report to obtain prescription medication and resigned. He had been trying to replace a legally valid prescription he had lost but wanted to hide the fact he was taking it because patrol officers are not allowed to be on certain medications.
  • Ventura County, California: A deputy was suspended because he is under suspicion for stealing prescription drugs from a community drop-off box.
  • Otero County, New Mexico: A deputy was arrested for an off-duty domestic battery incident in January. He resigned.
  • Berrien County, Tennessee: The sheriff pled guilty to civil rights violations for using excessive force against compliant suspects. He was removed from office and replaced with his chief deputy.
  • Update: Onslow County, North Carolina (First reported 05-15-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to six years in prison for receiving child pornography.
  • Update: Austin, Texas (First reported 02-10-16): The family of David Joseph, 17—who was naked and unarmed when he was fatally shot by an Austin police officer—filed a wrongful death suit against the APD & the officer who shot him.

The Philando Castile Shooting

Philando Castile was shot and killed by a police officer from St. Anthony, Minnesota, a suburb of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metroplex. According to the video recorded by his girlfriend who was in the car when he was shot, Castile was legally carrying a firearm and was shot after telling the police officer about that firearm.

This case raises questions about police tactics and training. Moreover, that Mr. Castile was black and pulled over for a minor violation that led to his death raises inevitable questions about racial bias in both the initial stop and fatal escalation.

It is too early to know exactly what happened before the camera was turned on, but Mr. Castile’s death is undoubtedly one more in a long list of tragedies that have come at the hands of police officers.

Keep an eye on this space for updates in this case.

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