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In a Turnaround, Chicago Releases Videos, Audio Recordings, and Internal Reports

From the Chicago Tribune:

The Emanuel administration posted evidence online Friday morning from nearly 90 pending investigations of police shootings and other incidents, marking a watershed moment for a city that fought for decades to keep videos in excessive force cases hidden from the public….

As many as half of the cases still under investigation by the city’s police oversight agency include dashcam videos, surveillance footage and audio, including a handful deemed “sensitive” because they depict citizens being beaten or shot, city officials said.

The move marks the official rollout of a new policy to release video of shootings by police within 60 days of most incidents — an unprecedented shift toward transparency that even longtime critics of the secrecy of the Police Department have praised as an important step.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 06-01-16

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, June 1, 2016:

  • Farmington Hills, Michigan: An officer was charged with multiple counts of child pornography possession.
  • New York, New York: An officer was charged with misconduct for tracking a woman who was the subject of a police probe in order to date her. After making contact with the woman, he allegedly then leaked investigatory information to her.
  • Update: Independence, Missouri (First reported 09-17-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to four years in prison on federal civil rights charges. He purposely dropped a teen driver on his face while restrained.
  • Fairfax County, Virginia: An officer pled guilty to child pornography possession. As part of the plea deal, the prosecution is suggesting one year in jail.
  • Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: An officer’s firing for racist texts was upheld by labor arbiter. Prosecutors had dismissed 18 of his pending criminal cases at the time of his termination.
  • New York, New York: A commander filed for early retirement amid allegations he received benefits in the ongoing pay-for-favors scandal affecting the department.
  • Update: Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation (First reported 08-06-15): An officer was acquitted of charges for drunkenly pointing a gun at a man’s head in an off-duty incident.
  • Mullins, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for DUI and suspended.  The officer’s BAC registered at .12.
  • Update: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (First reported 10-20-15): The now-former officer who fatally shot Corey Jones has been charged with manslaughter.
  • Mount Carmel, Tennessee: The assistant chief was suspended, and another officer resigned amid an ongoing probe into “illegal or unethical conduct.”
  • Shawnee County, Kansas: A detective was suspended and charged with perjury.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-31-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, May 31, 2016:

  • Update: Commerce City, Colorado (First reported 03-21-16): A now-former officer pled guilty to staging his own shooting. He was given three years’ probation and ordered to complete 500 hours of community service.
  • Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was fired for pulling a knife on a jail inmate.
  • Denver County, Colorado: Three deputies were suspended for abusing or neglecting jail inmates in three separate and apparently unrelated incidents.
  • Update: Fort Wayne, Indiana (First reported 03-30-16): A detective was given a one-year suspended sentence for leaving a crash scene on Easter. He was intoxicated at the time of the incident. He is on unpaid leave and will have his employment status reviewed by the department.
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was suspended during an investigation into excessive force after a video of his arrest of a motorist went viral.
  • Update: St. Charles County, Missouri (First reported 04-01-16): A now-former deputy was given two suspended sentences—four years and five years, respectively—and five years’ probation for stealing from a bait car.
  • Santa Clara County, California: Two deputies were arrested for their role in the beating of a jail inmate.
  • Update: Richland County, South Carolina (First reported 11-02-14): A now-former deputy was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for tax fraud and counterfeiting schemes.
  • New York, New York: An officer who is facing assault charges was arrested for a DWI crash during which he flipped his car after hitting parked vehicles.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-27-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 27, 2016:

  • Put-in-Bay, Ohio: A now-former officer pled no contest to charges he illegally used the Ohio law enforcement database more than a dozen times. He is scheduled to be sentenced August 15.
  • Beaver County, Pennsylvania: A now-former deputy was found guilty of obstructing justice for lying about her knowledge of her then-fugitive brother.
  • San Francisco, California: An officer’s testimony about a search was undermined by subsequently uncovered video evidence. The officer was previously reprimanded for misconduct, including rights violations and using improper procedure during an arrest.
  • Update: Austin, Texas (First reported 06-03-15): An officer who was fired for a DUI arrest—an incident in which he was driving in excess of 90 mph in a 55 mph zone—has been reinstated by a labor arbitrator.
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee: A sheriff was indicted on federal fraud, extortion, and conspiracy charges.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Edinburg, Texas: A USCBP agent and  Edinburg officer were indicted with several other current and former law enforcement officers in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy.
  • Fairlawn, Ohio: An officer was arrested after leading police on a chase during an off-duty incident. He was originally clocked doing 77 mph in a 35 mph zone.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A judge denied qualified immunity to a Cleveland officer in an excessive force and false arrest lawsuit.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-26-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 26, 2016:

  • Buffalo, New York: An undercover detective was suspended after an automobile crash. The media report complains of secrecy and inconsistencies from the police department regarding the facts of the case.
  • Update: Santa Fe County, New Mexico (First reported 10-30-14): A now-former deputy’s trial for first-degree murder in the 2014 off-duty shooting death of his colleague is underway.
  • Monterey Park, California: An officer has been charged with sexually assaulting three women during traffic stops.
  • Rock Falls, Illinois: A detective was arrested for theft and misconduct for taking $1,700 from evidence that was found on the body of an overdose victim. The decedent’s mother had called and begged the detective for the money—which the victim had recently inherited—to cover the cost of funeral expenses but the detective refused. The theft was discovered later.
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: The sheriff’s office is being sued by a woman who alleges a now-former deputy raped her after he responded to her sex assault call. The rape allegedly happened with the deputy’s gun drawn. The deputy has been fired for a separate incident involving sexual misconduct on duty.
  • Daytona Beach, Florida: An officer admitted he arrested a mechanic for felonies out of frustration. The charges, which should have been civil infractions at most, were dropped against the mechanic. The officer was suspended for 10 days for his actions.
  • Update: Oakland, California (First reported 05-13-16): Two officers of the four who under investigation for alleged sexual involvement with an underage girl have resigned. The investigation into current and former officers is ongoing.
  • Reading, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with oppression and tampering for punching a woman and destroying her cell phone she was using to record him.
  • Update: Bristol, Connecticut (First reported 01-20-16): The officer who was charged with threatening the life of a supervisor was granted pre-trial diversion for first-time offenders. If he completes the program successfully, he will avoid a criminal conviction.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-25-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 25, 2016:

  • Ellis County, Texas: A constable and his chief deputy are facing criminal charges for misuse of government property and subsequently attempting to cover it up.
  • St. Clair County, Missouri: A deputy pled guilty to a wire fraud scheme to falsely collect unemployment benefits.
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was suspended for threatening an off-duty officer after a traffic stop. According to the report, the officer said, “I’ll beat the f*** out of him.”
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was suspended for engaging in a high-speed pursuit without authorization and against protocol.
  • Tacoma, Washington: A teenager is suing the police and mall security for her arrest when she was 15. The arrest was caught on third-party video.
  • Delbarton, West Virginia: A now-former officer pled guilty to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl. Other girls have come forward since the story broke and claimed to be his victims.
  • Update: Austin, Texas (First reported 02-10-26): A grand jury declined to indict the officer who fatally shot David Joseph, a seventeen-year-old boy who was naked and unarmed at the time of the incident.
  • Update: Schenectady, New York (First reported 03-29-16): An officer had criminal charges lessened to traffic infractions after he fled a traffic stop.
  • Portland, Oregon: The police chief was put on leave after misleading investigators about shooting his friend in a hunting accident.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-24-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, May 24, 2016:

  • Jackson, Mississippi: An officer has been charged with fraud for filing false reports in exchange for bribes. Allegedly, the reports were for fictitious crimes against immigrants that could make them eligible for a special visa.
  • Horry County, South Carolina: The County is being sued by a woman, who had originally filed a complaint of rape against another civilian, who claims she was sexually assaulted and forced to participate in nude catfights by an officer who said he understood why a man would lose control around her. That officer resigned before the suit was filed.
  • Tampa, Florida: An officer was placed under investigation after a video showed a forceful arrest of a then-15-year-old. skateboarder.
  • Opa-Locka, Florida: An officer was arrested for aggravated battery of his pregnant girlfriend.
  • Glouster, Ohio: Two officers were fired after a drunk driving crash. Both officers in the car were intoxicated at the time of the accident.
  • Clearwater, Florida: An officer was suspended for letting a Pinellas County deputy out of a DUI.
  • Pinellas County, Florida: The deputy in the Clearwater report above resigned as a result of the story going public.
  • Update: Henry County, Virginia (First reported 05-20-15): A now-former deputy entered an Alford plea for shooting and wounding his neighbor in an off-duty incident. He was given a suspended sentence.
  • Update: Syracuse, New York: An officer pled guilty to larceny for filing false reports and consequently receiving $32,000 in salary he didn’t earn because he was double-dipping.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-23-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, May 23, 2016:

  • Berwyn, Illinois: An officer is being sued for allegedly targeting and harassing the daughter of his lover and the daughter’s boyfriend. According to the suit, the behavior was triggered by the younger couple’s disapproval of the mother’s relationship with the officer.
  • Update: Ansonia, Connecticut (First reported 09-17-15): An officer pled guilty to larceny and other charges for stealing items from the evidence room. He was given a one-year suspended sentence.
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 04-21-15):  Officer Edward Nero was found not guilty of all charges in a bench trial for his role in Freddie Gray’s death.
  • Hull, Massachusetts: A now-former officer pled guilty to larceny for stealing $116,000 from the police union. He was sentenced to one year of home confinement and five years of probation.
  • Update: Massachusetts State Police (First reported 05-12-16): A trooper has been suspended for his role in the televised beating of Richard Simone after a high-speed interstate chase.
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: A sergeant was suspended for improperly releasing a Boynton Beach officer who was caught in a solicitation sting. The Boynton Beach officer was fired from his department, as reported here on April 21.
  • Upshur County, West Virginia: A deputy was arrested for allegedly choking a woman.
  • Lane County, Oregon: The County settled a lawsuit brought by a 77-year-old man who was injured by a deputy while he was an inmate in the jail. The settlement was for $95,000.
  • New York, New York: A plainclothes officer was suspended for brandishing his weapon and threatening bystanders filming an arrest he was assisting.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer was charged with obstruction of justice for actions related to an off-duty incident. She was working security at a bar and told a witness to an assault to erase the footage from their cell phone. She subsequently filed a false report about the incident.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-20-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 20, 2016:

  • Bullitt County, Kentucky: A deputy was accused of running an interstate drug ring that had ties to Mexican cartels. His defense team claims the many wiretaps that built the case were, in fact, illegal.
  • Bibb County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for DUI after being discovered unconscious behind the wheel. He has been fired.
  • Asotin County, Washington: Deputy is facing charges of failing to report child abuse and rendering criminal assistance for not reporting that an adult friend was sexually involved with a teenager.
  • San Francisco, California: The chief resigned in the wake of an officer’s fatal shooting of an unarmed female motorist.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer was charged with falsifying official documents to hide how much he paid for a truck and boat.
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for simple assault after an off-duty incident with his girlfriend.
  • U.S. Capitol Police (Washington, DC): An officer was arrested for harboring a drug fugitive.
  • St. George, South Carolina: An officer was fired after he was arrested for sexual exploitation of a minor.
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was arrested in Arkansas for domestic disturbance.
  • Update: Sanford, Florida (First reported 04-12-16): An officer who was arrested for punching and head-butting a woman while he was off duty has

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 05-19-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 19, 2016:

  • San Jose, California: A man is suing the department and several officers for a beating he suffered as the result of a traffic stop. Video taken of the incident contradicts the officers’
  • Bartow County, Georgia: A deputy was charged with sexual assault, meth possession, and violation of the oath of office after allegedly forcing a woman in custody to undress and taking pictures of her in his cruiser. He also allegedly touched her breasts.
  • Update: Drug Enforcement Administration (First reported 01-07-15): A now-former agent pled guilty to making a false statement regarding free travel he received while he was a station chief. He is scheduled to be sentenced December 6.
  • Kissimmee, Florida: An officer was arrested for sexual battery and misconduct for coercing sex from a female suspect both on and off duty. He is also alleged to have pushed for her preferential treatment in her criminal case.
  • Taliaferro County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested in a gambling raid.
  • Update: Delaware County, Indiana (First reported 02-16-16): A now-former deputy pled guilty to stealing $8,580 worth of ammunition over about three years.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: A detective was suspended 20 days for taking overtime pay he didn’t earn. He will not face criminal charges for the violation.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: Several officers are under investigation for using racial slurs and committing other abuse that was caught on audio during a stop and arrest.

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