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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-29-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, October 29, 2015:

  • Live Oak, Florida: An officer was arrested for possession of child pornography.
  • Maurice, Louisiana: An officer was found not guilty of negligent homicide for his role in the automobile crash that killed Paul Suire in 2012.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: The City is being sued by a same-sex couple who claim they were beat up and arrested by officer for kissing in a grocery store.
  • Cambria County, Pennsylvania: A now-former detective was arrested for tipping-off a drug dealer to a law enforcement
  • Update: Tate County, Mississippi: A now-former deputy pled guilty to illegally tasing an inmate. The inmate consequently suffered skull fracture during the incident.
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was fired for participating in an unauthorized high-speed chase of a car with a baby inside.
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: A transit officer was fired after a violent takedown of an autistic teenager.
  • Update: Galloway Township, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to aggravated assault for domestic violence. He was sentenced to 220 days in jail.
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: A now-former deputy was arrested and fired from the Covington PD for stealing a seized motorcycle DeKalb County while he was employed there. The Covington authorities received an anonymous tip that he was in possession of the stolen vehicle.
  • Canby, Oregon: A civil jury found that a lieutenant retaliated against a now-former officer. The jury awarded the former officer with a $120,000 judgment. The City and the police chief were not found liable for their roles in the incident.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-28-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 28, 2015:

  • Austin, Texas: An officer was suspended for 90 days for using taser on belligerent but nonviolent suspect.
  • Warren County, Missouri: A now-former deputy was charged with tampering and other charges for faking ambush by shooting at his own patrol car.
  • Update: Bothell, Washington (First reported 02-04-15): A detective was acquitted of sexual misconduct charges against a now-former student at the school she was stationed at as an SRO.
  • Update: Marion County, Florida (First reported 08-15-14): A now-former deputy pled guilty to excessive force. He is the fourth deputy to plead guilty for the incident. Five deputies were terminated as a result of the investigation into the case.
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: An officer was fired for a pattern of dishonesty, domestic abuse, and misuse of law enforcement database.
  • Kern County, California: A deputy was arrested for waving his gun at children.
  • Update: Honolulu, Hawaii (First reported 05-20-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to 30 months in prison for violating the civil rights of two men.
  • Bridgeton, New Jersey: The City settled excessive force lawsuit for $500,000. The suit alleged officers beat a motorist after he honked his horn during traffic stop

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-27-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, October 27, 2015:

  • Richland County, South Carolina: Spring Valley High School SRO was shown on video violently arresting a non-violent, seated female student in classroom. The federal government is investigating possible civil rights violations. The officer has been fired.
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: A captain was charged with encouraging excessive force and obstruction of justice.
  • Update: Seneca, South Carolina (First reported 07-31-15): An officer will not face criminal prosecution for fatally shooting unarmed teen Zachary Hammond as he was driving away from a petty drug bust.
  • SEPTA (Philadelphia Transit): An incident is under investigation because man died in custody after being tased by officer.
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was suspended after his arrest for aggravated assault.
  • Los Alamos, New Mexico: An officer was arrested for taking payments for work while on the clock as a police officer.
  • Update: San Luis Obispo, California (First reported 09-14-15)  officer who was arrested for DUI is no longer with the department.
  • Update: Lompoc, California (First reported 10-24-14): A now-former detective pled guilty to misdemeanor charges related to domestic

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-24-15 to 10-26-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, October 24 through Monday, October 26, 2015:

  • Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (Houston, Texas): A now-former officer was sentenced to one year in jail for pulling a female motorist over and asking for sexual favor in exchange for leniency on a minor drug charge.
  • Orlando, Florida: An officer was acquitted for punching a handcuffed suspect in the face.
  • Update: Chicago, Illinois (First reported 07-13-15): An officer was convicted of excessive force but acquitted of obstruction of justice for beating a man in a convenience store.
  • Fresno, California: An officer was arrested for weapons possession. He was recently arrested for child abuse as well.
  • Adams County, Colorado: A deputy was fired and arrested for a sexual assault that occurred while he was on duty.
  • St. Petersburg, Florida: A detective was arrested for DUI.
  • Update: Honolulu, Hawaii (First reported 06-23-15): An officer pled no contest to trespassing and received community service for his attempted break-in of a woman’s home.
  • Update: Wisconsin State Police (First reported 01-6-15): A now-former state trooper was sentenced to 30 days in jail, two years’ probation, and fined for OWI crash that left his passenger seriously injured.
  • Anderson, South Carolina: An officer was arrested after DUI crash and arrest. He has resigned.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-22-15 to 10-23-15

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct reported for Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23, 2015:

  • Billings, Montana: An officer was charged with illegally catching and holding a deer on his property.
  • Wilmington, Delaware: An officer was arrested and charged with theft and forgery after a nine-month investigation.
  • Update: Maypearl, Texas (First reported 07-16-15): The now-former chief was indicted on multiple charges involving sex crimes against minors. He also faces a separate civil suit for bullying.
  • Henderson, Texas: An officer has been accused of sex crimes against a child.
  • Walhalla, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for assault for striking a man in the head three times.
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: An officer was accused of battery by strangulation and threatening.
  • Gwinnett County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for drug possession when colleagues dropped off paperwork at his home and noticed drugs and paraphernalia in plain sight.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for domestic battery for choking a woman. He had previously been arrested for attempted murder against the same victim but the charges were downgraded to misdemeanor battery and then dismissed when the victim did not appear in court.
  • Fort Smith, Arkansas: An officer resigned after his arrest for sexual solicitation.
  • Rising Sun, Indiana: An officer was arrested for official misconduct, forgery, voter fraud, and several other felonies.
  • Marion County, Florida: Two deputies were suspended during an investigation into search and seizure misconduct.
  • Maui, Hawaii: An officer was arrested for bribery and hindering prosecution.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: An officer was suspended for an off-duty incident. He has been named in previous lawsuits against the City that were eventually settled.
  • Yalobusha County, Mississippi: A now-former deputy was sentenced to 48 years in prison for murdering his mother and half-brother.
  • Update: Calhoun County, Michigan (First reported 06-18-15): A deputy pled guilty to misdemeanor OWI and weapons charges for June crash.
  • Springer, New Mexico (First reported 03-16-15): A now-former chief pled guilty to aiding a now-former Colfax deputy who was robbing drug dealers. The dealers in this particular instance were undercover agents participating in a sting to catch the deputy.
  • San Diego County, California: The sheriff is being sued by a man who claims he was beaten by deputies in a hotel hallway. The incident was captured on surveillance footage.


A Bonus for DEA Agents?

From the Wall Street Journal:

Half the federal agents who were investigated for allegedly attending sex parties with prostitutes in Colombia received financial bonuses during the investigation or afterward, according to a new internal review of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s handling of the scandal.

Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz issued a report on Thursday analyzing the aftermath of the internal probes of DEA agents in Colombia for allegedly patronizing prostitutes. The allegations were originally investigated in 2010, but the issue created a firestorm earlier this year when the details became public….

DEA policy prohibits employees from receiving promotions, awards or other favorable personnel actions for a three-year period after being subject to discipline for significant misconduct or while a misconduct probe is continuing, though officials are allowed to create exceptions to the policy.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-21-15

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 21, 2015:

  • Cincinnati, Ohio: A school resource officer accidentally tasered a student at school, resulting in her hospitalization. He was suspended for three days.
  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for pointing his gun at another motorist in a road rage incident.
  • Update: Orlando, Florida (First reported 06-09-15): Two officers will not be charged for an incident caught on video during which they were kicking and tasering a man sitting on a sidewalk.
  • Jacksonville, Florida: A sheriff’s officer was arrested for felony child abuse.
  • Update: Medford, Massachusetts (First reported 07-28-15): The officer who threatened to kill a motorist during a road rage incident has resigned.
  • Florida City, Florida: An officer was shown on surveillance footage fatally shooting a dog who ran outside of a residence when the officer knocked.
  • Winchester, New Hampshire: An officer was arrested for criminal threatening for pointing a loaded gun at someone.
  • Update: Virginia Alcohol Beverage Commission (First reported 03-19-15): The Commission is being sued by University of Virginia student Martese Johnson for being bloodied and arrested earlier this year.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-20-15

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, October 20, 2015:

  • Update: Redstone Township, Pennsylvania (First reported 04-27-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to a federal misdemeanor for striking a man in custody in 2013. The original charges included false reporting and felony deprivation of civil rights. He resigned from the force before he was indicted for this incident after he was involved in a domestic dispute with his wife. He is scheduled to be sentenced in January.
  • Shreveport, Louisiana: An officer was placed on leave for undisclosed policy violations.
  • Update: Bloomington, Illinois (First reported 06-25-14): A now-former officer was acquitted of forgery and misconduct. He had been accused of issuing fraudulent traffic tickets.
  • Allegan, Michigan: An officer resigned amid a criminal probe into his alleged use of a department gas card for his personal vehicle. The investigation is ongoing.
  • Update: Snohomish County, Washington (First reported 04-04-14): An officer pled guilty to laundering money and official misconduct for aiding in the cover-up of a prostitution ring run out of a roadside coffee shop chain.
  • New York, New York: An officer was indicted for allegedly stealing a neglected home in Bed-Stuy by signing it over to herself.
  • Round Rock Independent School District, Texas: An SRO grabbed a 14-year-old student by the throat and forced him to the ground although the student was acting peacefully. The incident was captured on cell phone footage and the boy’s family seeks to press charges.
  • Palm Beach Gardens, Florida: A plainclothes officer shot and killed a man whose car had broken down late at night. An investigation is ongoing.
  • Update: Drug Enforcement Administration (First reported 03-30-15): A now-former agent was sentenced to 78 months in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $340,000 in restitution for an extortion scheme tied to the Silk Road investigation.
  • Paden City, West Virginia: The police chief was arrested on domestic battery charges. This is a different police chief than a previous Paden City chief who was arrested (and mentioned on this site) for domestic violence in 2011.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-17-15 to 10-19-15

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, October 17 through Monday, October 19, 2015:

  • Baltimore County, Maryland: An officer was suspended and charged in relation to a narcotics investigation.
  • Walton County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for child
  • Update: Danbury, Connecticut (First reported 02-06-14): A now-former officer was acquitted of assault and threatening of an immigrant in 2013 videoed traffic stop.
  • Update: Chatham County, Georgia (First reported 01-14-15): Two now-former deputies were acquitted of manslaughter for the in-custody death of Matthew Ajibade. They were convicted of lesser charges of including falsifying records and cruelty to a prisoner.
  • Update: Anne Arundel County, Maryland (First reported 05-06-15): A now-former officer is serving one year of probation for public intoxication. He was arrested and terminated for biting a man in testicles during an off-duty fight.
  • Chicago, Illinois: Two officers were placed under federal investigation for sex trafficking of a minor.
  • Update: Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina (First reported 04-28-15): The officer who was tried for killing Jonathan Ferrell has resigned. His trial ended with a hung jury, and the prosecutor declined to retry him. The now-former officer also received a cash settlement from the department.
  • Update: Old Forge, Pennsylvania (First reported 06-07-12): The now-former chief pled guilty to misdemeanor harassment. He had previously been convicted and sentenced to prison for corruption of minor, but that was conviction had been overturned on appeal. The judge sentenced him to the time he already served.
  • Tulsa County, Oklahoma: A now-former deputy was found guilty of sexual battery and indecent exposure in uniform.

Cato Conference: Policing in America

On December 1, the Cato Institute will be hosting a full day conference, Policing in America, to examine the current state and future of American law enforcement. We have collected a diverse group of expert panelists to discuss emerging technologies and crime control strategies, as well as recurring problems like accountability and negative impacts on minority communities.

Confirmed speakers include Prof. Jerry Ratcliffe, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University; Prof. Cynthia Lum, George Mason University Department of Criminology, Law and Society and director of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy; Prof. David A. Klinger, University of Missouri-St. Louis; Vicki Gaubeca, director of the Regional Center for Border Rights, ACLU-New Mexico; Prof. Samuel Walker, University of Nebraska-Omaha (emeritus); Prof. Wadie E. Said, University of South Carolina School of Law; Prof. Pete Kraska, School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University; Michael Kurtenbach, Assistant Police Chief, Phoenix, Arizona Police Department; Nathan Freed Wessler, staff attorney at the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project; and Prof. William Jelani Cobb, Director, Institute for African American Studies, University of Connecticut.

We’re very excited about the conference and hope you can join us. More details and speakers will be forthcoming. You can register for the free event here.


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