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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-09-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 9, 2016:

  • Bartow County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested and charged with DUI. She retired after the arrest.
  • Neoga, Illinois: An officer was fired amid state police investigation into his involvement with a teenager.
  • Update: Glen Rock, New Jersey (First reported 08-06-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to endangering the welfare of a child for sexting teenage girls he was investigating. The plea deal includes a sentencing recommendation of three-to-five years in prison.
  • Update: Kern County, California (First reported 10-29-15): A deputy pled no contest DUI of methamphetamine in possession of a gun and assault. As part of the plea agreement, seven felony counts were dismissed.
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 03-03-16): Two school officers charged with assault, misconduct, and child abuse for slapping and kicking a student. The incident was captured on video and went viral.
  • Park County, Colorado: The undersheriff was suspended and a sergeant resigned after discipline was handed down in the wake of an incident that resulted in the death of corporal.
  • Alcorn State University: A now-former officer pled guilty to civil rights violations for elbowing a student in the face and throwing him to the ground.
  • Update: Masontown, Pennsylvania (First reported 07-07-15): A now-former officer and drug task force member pled guilty to six criminal counts for stealing a sawed-off shotgun from evidence. He was sentenced to one year of probation.
  • Update: Winchester, New Hampshire (First reported 10-21-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to criminal threatening for pointing a loaded gun at a man while he was on duty.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-08-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 8, 2016:

  • Update: Gasconade County, Missouri (First reported 02-03-15): A deputy was indicted on federal charges for sexually abusing four women and steering a 14-year-old girl into prostitution.
  • Washington County, Oregon: A deputy was charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and enticement of a child.
  • Eufaula, Alabama: An officer was arrested and charged with drug conspiracy.
  • New York, New York: A lieutenant and two officers were suspended after a DUI hit-and-run in a parking lot that resulted in crashing into a hair salon. “It gets stupid after that.”
  • Paterson, New Jersey: An officer was arrested for discharging his gun while off duty. He was charged with aggravated assault and other charges.
  • Niagara County, New York: A deputy pled not guilty to reckless driving for a fatal crash with SUV.
  • Update: Lincoln County, Wisconsin (First reported 05-21-15): A deputy was sentenced to five years in prison for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: A viral video shows man record his own arrest for jaywalking. The department says the arrest was lawful; the man claims harassment. After the video had gone public, the man had a contempt of court charge added to the jaywalking count. The investigation is ongoing.
  • Update: Montgomery, Alabama (First reported 03-02-16): An officer was arrested in the shooting death of Gregory Gunn, an unarmed 58-year-old man.

Problems with the Border Patrol

From the New York Times:

By 2011, the sheer number of C.B.P. misconduct cases had become so glaring — an average of one C.B.P. officer was arrested every day between 2005 and 2012, 144 of them for corruption-level offenses — that C.B.P. redefined the way in which misconduct was categorized, Tomsheck said. Certain misconduct cases would be deemed ‘‘mission-compromising’’ and others ‘‘non-mission-compromising’’; only the former would have to be reported to Congress….

In 2010, testifying before a Senate Homeland Security subcommittee, Tom­sheck reported a staggering internal study: 60 percent of a pool of Border Patrol agents and customs inspectors who had been administered polygraph tests were deemed unsuitable for service.

The victims of Border Patrol misconduct are especially vulnerable.  Illegal immigrants can’t get redress in U.S. courts in many situations and many wouldn’t even try–precisely because of their illegal status.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-07-16

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, March 7, 2016:

  • Stevenson, Alabama: The chief was indicted for federal civil rights violations for assaulting as a suspect and failing to stop an unreasonable use of force by another officer.
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 03-6-15): A court upheld the reinstatement of an officer who was fired for sending thousands of sexually explicit texts to female crime victims.
  • Maricopa County, Arizona: A deputy was suspended 80 hours for having sexual contact with three female crime victims. He is expected to retire soon and collect his pension.
  • Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana: Two deputies who also served as DEA task force members were arrested for drug distribution in a state police sting.
  • McLean County, Illinois: A deputy was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment ordered to pay restitution for stealing roughly $200,000 from the deputies’ union, where he served as treasurer.
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: A now-former sergeant was sentenced to two years in prison for ordering the beating of 3 teens. Two deputies previous pled guilty to lesser sentences in exchange for their testimony against the sergeant.
  • Woodbridge Township, New Jersey: Two officers were charged with tampering and false swearing to cover automobile wreck of a third officer.
  • Carrollton, Missouri: An officer resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations. The investigation is ongoing.
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: A sergeant’s cases are being reviewed after massive sex trafficking case falls apart after an appeals court overturned three convictions. According to the report, the whole case against the accused—nine of whom had been tried and 16 others were awaiting trial—“may be fictitious.”
  • Mesa, Arizona: An officer charged was with second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Daniel Shaver.
  • Borger, Texas: An officer was charged with assaulting a family member and fired.
  • Montgomery County, Tennessee: A deputy was arrested and charged with stalking for harassing and tracking woman after he received a no contact order from the court.
  • Harris County, Georgia: A deputy has been fired. He pulled over a female motorist, turned off his camera, and received oral sex. He as admitted to all of this but said the act was consensual whereas the driver said it was not.
  • Oneida Nation (New York): An investigator pled guilty to harassment for pulling a gun in a bar.
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was suspended pending termination for fatally shooting Antronie Scott, an unarmed motorist.
  • Columbus County, North Carolina: A detective was arrested after a sting caught her selling opioids throughout the county. She was fired.
  • Warren, Michigan: A lieutenant was charged with disorderly conduct and possessing a weapon while intoxicated for obstructing an investigation.
  • Ward County, North Dakota: The sheriff and a captain were charged by a state’s attorney for Dustin Irwin’s in-custody death.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-04-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 4, 2013:

  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with perjury and assault for attacking a man and lying about whether the man was drunk at the time of the incident.
  • Bradenton, Florida: An officer resigned after he asked out a domestic violence victim instead of filing the no contact order she asked him to prepare.
  • Saline Township, Ohio: The chief was arrested for OVI.
  • Richland County, South Carolina: A deputy was fired for writing a racial slur in a crime victim’s garage and charged with misconduct.
  • New York State Police: A trooper was arrested for stealing $22,000 worth of landscaping equipment.
  • Alabama State Police: A trooper who had been charged with rape and sodomy of a female driver pled to a misdemeanor. He allegedly put the woman in the backseat of his cruiser and threatened her with jail if she didn’t consent to sex. He was sentenced to six months in jail, to be served at his discretion.
  • Evanston, Illinois: An officer was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after ab off-duty hit-and-run of a motorcyclist.
  • Update: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (First reported 12-21-15): An officer had assault charges against him refiled for an off-duty incident during which he was working security at Heinz Field. The previous charges were dismissed, and he has been suspended pending expected termination.

Worst of the Month — February

So for February we have selected the reported misconduct of Officer Matt Rush from Champaign, Illinois.

Last month Precious Jackson filed a lawsuit against Rush and his employer for excessive force when Rush arrested her.  According to the lawsuit, Rush’s actions caused Jackson to lose her unborn baby.  Jackson also says that she begged to be taken to a hospital but that Rush and the other officers on the scene ignored her pleas and took her to the jail instead.

Local news agencies report that the City of Champaign has settled several similar lawsuits involving Rush to the tune of $320,000.  The police chief actually fired Rush for lies in police reports and omitting important details in the incidents he was involved in.

A labor arbitrator overturned the police chief’s discipline and reinstated Rush to his job.



National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-03-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 3, 2016:

  • Pasco County, Florida: A deputy was fired for planting drugs on a suspect. No criminal charges have been filed yet, but they are under consideration.
  • Stevenson, Alabama: The interim chief was arrested for domestic violence. He is the second Stevenson chief to be arrested in 2016. The man he was replacing is under federal indictment for civil rights violations.
  • Update: San Francisco, California (First reported 03-31-15): Two current deputies and one now-former deputy were charged for staging gladiator-style inmate fights by threat and assault.
  • Fort Smith, Arkansas: An officer was arrested for DWI after refusing a breath test. He resigned.
  • Oak Forest, Illinois: An officer was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon for stabbing a teenager in an alleged hate crime in California. The victim believes that he was attacked for speaking Arabic.
  • Baltimore, Maryland Schools: The chief was placed on leave. Two officers were reassigned and investigated after video shows officer assaulting a student. One of the officers under investigation was fired from the Baltimore County Police in 2003.
  • Update: White, Georgia (First reported 01-26-16): The chief and one of his officers were charged with false imprisonment and theft for jailing people to extort them for cash.
  • Chicago, Illinois: An officer was placed on administrative duty for allegedly shooting up a car while intoxicated. He faces felony charges.
  • Columbia Heights/Blaine, Minnesota: A Columbia Heights officer was charged for an off-duty DWI in Blaine. A video revealed he was given “professional courtesy” after the arresting officers had discovered he was a police officer, at which time they disabled their personal microphones. The Blaine officers did not book him and drove him home.  The officer had a BAC that was two and a half times the legal limit. The video’s release prompted his arrest. It is unclear whether the Blaine officers will face any discipline for their actions.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-02-16

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 2, 2016:

  • Henrico County, Virginia: An officer was charged with malicious wounding for his firing service weapon into the car of a fleeing suspect.
  • Schuyler, Nebraska: A now-former officer pled no contest to domestic assault. He was sentenced to one year of probation.
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida: A detective was arrested for grand theft after stealing $1,300 in cash during a drug bust.
  • Montgomery, Alabama: An officer is under investigation for fatally shooting 58-year-old Greg Gunn, who was unarmed.
  • Maryland State Police: A trooper was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife.
  • Update: Habersham County, Georgia (First reported 07-22-15): A family was awarded $1,650,000 in damages by two other counties for their officers’ role in a drug task force raid that maimed a toddler.  This suit was the last civil litigation from the incident. The total payout to the family from all parties was approximated at $3,600,000.
  • Naples, Florida: An officer was fired for lying during two separate investigations and suspected of other misconduct.
  • Update: Longwood, Florida (First reported 09-23-14): The now-former chief was sentenced to four years in prison for accepting $32,000 bribe from a felon to hire him as an officer.
  • Update: Texas State Police (First reported 07-16-15): The trooper who pulled over Sandra Bland and was indicted for perjury has been fired.
  • Kosciusko County, Indiana: The sheriff was indicted on ten charges of bribery, intimidation, criminal assistance and misconduct.
  • Cheektowaga, New York: An officer was arrested for DWI after a crash. His BAC was .19, over twice the legal limit.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-01-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 1, 2016:

  • U.S. Secret Service: An agent was captured on camera choke-slamming a Time magazine photographer at a Donald Trump campaign rally. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma: An officer is under investigation for a domestic incident and a possible DUI. He was not arrested after he was found unconscious in his patrol car. He admitted to drinking and had a BAC well within the legal range. He has been placed on leave.
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: An officer was suspended after he was charged in domestic assault incident.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: An officer was arrested for a domestic violence incident.
  • Update: Richland County, South Carolina (First reported 11-05-14): Two now-former deputies pled guilty to tax evasion and agreed to testify against three other deputies who were allegedly were involved in the same scheme.
  • Newport News, Virginia: An officer was arrested for domestic violence against her husband.
  • Update: Suffolk County, New York (First reported 06-27-13): The now-former chief pled guilty to corruption charges after attempting to cover-up the beating of a suspect.
  • Washington, District of Columbia: A now-former officer was sentenced to 18 years in prison for sexually abusing two teenage girls.
  • Syracuse, New York: An officer was charged with grand larceny for double dipping.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-29-16

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, February 29, 2016:

  • Jackson Center, Ohio: The chief was indicted for sexual assault against a 19-year-old woman. The incident allegedly happened at his home while he was in uniform.
  • Update: Christian County, Missouri (First reported 05-27-15): A now-former sheriff was formally sentenced to one year and one day in prison for embezzlement. This sentence was worked out in a plea deal in May 2015. He was accused of submitting around $50,000 worth of phony invoices.
  • Louisiana State Police: A trooper was charged with stealing drivers’ licenses and insurance cards to obtain prescription drugs.
  • Salem, Massachusetts: An officer was placed on leave and charged with drug possession for buying Oxycodone while off-duty.
  • Shreveport, Louisiana: An officer was placed on leave and charged with DWI after crashing his truck.
  • Milwaukee County, Wisconsin: A deputy has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges for illegal importation of hunted wildlife from Canada. He was placed on leave for not reporting he was under federal investigation.
  • Harris County, Texas: A deputy was fired for a March 2015 use-of-force incident at the inmate processing center.
  • Worthington, Indiana: A deputy marshal pled guilty to conversion for stealing money from the evidence room. He was sentenced to one year in jail, with all but two days suspended, and ordered to pay restitution.
  • Thomaston, Georgia: An officer was arrested for signing an inspection slip for a truck that was stolen and that he never inspected.
  • Update: Chaska, Minnesota (First reported 05-05-15): An officer’s firing for racially profiling drivers was upheld.
  • Update: Clinton, Maine (First reported 03-28-13): A now-former officer was sentenced to 120 days in jail after he pled guilty to theft, perjury, and tax evasion for taking more than $16,000 in fraudulent workman’s compensation from the department. A domestic violence arrest cost him his job with the department and triggered the investigation that revealed these charges. The domestic violence charge was dropped, but he and the City were sued as a result of that incident.
  • Update: Hawaii Island, Hawaii (First reported 03-03-15): An officer was fired for fatally striking a cyclist one year ago. Although he was arrested at the time, the criminal investigation is still open and ongoing.
  • Bibb County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested and fired after he allegedly choked, kicked, and held his girlfriend against her will.
  • Update: Dover, Delaware: The officer acquitted of criminal charges for kicking and breaking the jaw of Lateef Dickerson has resigned as part of an agreement with the department. That agreement also included a payment of $230,000 in back pay and other compensation.
  • Iberia Parish, Louisiana: Five deputies (pled guilty to civil rights charges for the jailhouse beating of an inmate.
  • Austin, Texas: A officer who had been suspended four times for dishonesty and insubordination has been fired.
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: A now-former sergeant pled guilty to charges of voyeurism of a child. He was sentenced to time served, a term of just under two years.
  • Vancouver, Washington: An officer who also worked as an SRO was arrested for domestic violence.
  • Oakland, California: Four officers were suspended, one of whom was arrested, for an off-duty assault in December.
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts: An officer was placed on leave after a hit-and-run of a bicyclist. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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