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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-16-16

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, February 16, 2016:

  • Meriden, Connecticut: Two officers were suspended for threatening and verbally abusing an intoxicated man. One threatened to “pop him.”
  • Dalton, Massachusetts: An officer is facing charges for allegedly assaulting a group of teens.
  • Ligonier Borough, Pennsylvania: An officer was fired and criminally charged for pointing a gun at and threatening to kill his ex-wife’s husband.
  • Pima County, Arizona: The sheriff’s department is being investigated by the FBI for the misuse of public funds and corruption.
  • Multnomah County, Oregon: The County settled a sexual harassment suit filed against the sheriff for $250,000.
  • Granger, Washington: The chief was charged with felony stalking and perjury for lying at a hearing regarding a no contact order.
  • Monroe County, Florida: A deputy was arrested and demoted for writing a ticket to unlicensed driver’s girlfriend who was a passenger in the car at the time. He also threatened them if they went to the authorities about it.
  • Jennings County, Indiana: A deputy was one of three men arrested for beating up a man.
  • Harris County, Texas: A deputy was fired for lying during an investigation into the murder of a fellow deputy.
  • Brevard County, Florida: A deputy was fired and charged with sexual misconduct for having sex with a jail inmate.
  • Update: Chilton County, Alabama (First reported 12-02-15): A now-former deputy who also served as a school resource officer was sentenced to 20 years for rape, sodomy, and other crimes against minors.
  • Waco, Texas: An officer was placed under investigation by the Texas Rangers for filing a false affidavit in a narcotics investigation. The officer claimed he was ordered to fill out the affidavit in the manner he did. Consequently, all of the department’s drug cases have also been placed under review.
  • Update: Westlake, Ohio (First reported 07-08-15): An officer was acquitted of excessive force and lying to investigators in federal civil rights case.
  • Delaware County, Indiana: A now-former deputy was arrested for stealing $8,580 of ammunition over a three-year period while on force.
  • Update: Austin, Texas (First reported 11-11-15): Four officers are being sued by two pedestrians who were subjected to violent arrest for jaywalking. Video of the arrest went viral in November.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-12-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, February 12, 2016:

  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 02-10-15): Peter Liang was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of Akai Gurley. He and his partner were fired after the verdict.
  • Chubbuck, Idaho: An officer pled guilty to disturbing the peace. The charged stemmed from a domestic violence arrest. Upon successful completion of one year of unsupervised probation, including 100 hours of community service and domestic violence counseling, his conviction will be expunged.
  • Update: Bexar County, Texas (First reported 06-26-15): A deputy was acquitted of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly holding a knife to his son’s throat.
  • California Highway Patrol: A trooper was arrested for committing lewd acts with a teenage girl.
  • Update: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (First reported 12-21-15): An officer accused of assault while working security has been suspended pending termination. Although original criminal charges were thrown out, the prosecutor plans to re-file.
  • Update: Paradise, California (First reported 12-14-15): A now-former officer has been charged with manslaughter for shooting and paralyzing a drunk driver who later died from his injuries.
  • New York State: A police investigator was sentenced to nine months of home confinement for child pornography charge.
  • Missouri State Police: A trooper faces criminal charges for the death of Brandon Ellingson. Ellingson, an OWI suspect, drowned in 2014 after falling out of the trooper’s boat while handcuffed.
  • Middlesex, North Carolina: The chief was arrested for cyberstalking the husband of a town employee.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-11-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 11, 2016:

  • Granite City, Illinois: A now-former officer was charged with obstructing justice after lying about the theft of his patrol car.
  • Maryland State Police: A trooper was suspended and charged with DUI after single car crash while he was off-duty.
  • Update: Santa Fe, New Mexico (First reported 02-24-15): An officer received one year of unsupervised probation and $600 fine for time card fraud.
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama: An officer was arrested for harassment after an off-duty incident.
  • Update: Northampton County, North Carolina (First reported 05-01-15):  Seven now-former deputies were convicted of drug conspiracy and bribery charges.
  • Birmingham, Alabama: An officer was arrested for domestic violence and had a restraining order filed against him.
  • Update: Greenville County, South Carolina (First reported 03-10-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to one year in jail, suspended, and nine months of probation for misconduct. He was the second of two deputies convicted for tipping-off a gambling outfit to police activity.
  • Update: Orleans Parish, Louisiana (First reported 09-16-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for taking thousands of dollars to smuggle contraband into the jail.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-10-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 10, 2016:

  • Takoma Park, Maryland: An officer was arrested for assaulting an off-duty D.C. police officer.
  • Pepper Pike, Ohio: A police officer was charged with rape, sexual battery, and using a police database to stalk his alleged
  • Update: Los Angeles, California (First reported 05-07-15): The chief recommended criminal charges for the officer who fatally shot Brendan Glenn, an unarmed homeless man.
  • West Penn Township, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with four counts of false reporting after allegedly lying about being attacked.
  • Update: Memphis, Tennessee (First reported 03-03-15): An officer faces charges for allegedly fondling himself in front of a female motorist he pulled over. He was brought up on charges for a similar incident involving a minor.
  • Mukwonago, Wisconsin: An officer was suspended for 30 days for “disrespectful treatment” of a citizen he pulled over and demonstrating an “overbearing and vicious attitude.”
  • Austin, Texas: An officer fatally shot David Joseph, a 17-year-old black boy, who was naked and unarmed. The investigation is ongoing.
  • Update: Columbia, Missouri (First reported 09-21-11): A now-former officer’s reinstatement was overturned by an appeals court, but on a technical issue that may be reconsidered. He was fired for assaulting a jail inmate, who suffered broken vertebrae during the incident. The City settled a lawsuit filed by the victim for $250,000. The former officer may be eligible to be reinstated should the lower court do so following the appellate court’s directions.
  • Update: El Dorado County, California (First reported 05-21-15): A now-former deputy who was also a drug task force member pled guilty to drug trafficking.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-09-16

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, February 9, 2016:

  • Richmond, Indiana: A federal jury awarded a man $215,000 for the excessive force used against him by an officer.
  • Illinois State Police: A trooper was convicted of first-degree murder for shooting his girlfriend in an incident off duty.
  • Update: Altavista, Virginia (First reported 09-17-15): The now-former chief will face ten new charges including forgery and obtaining drugs by fraud.
  • Update: Snohomish County, Washington (First reported 04-04-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to one year in prison for his involvement in a prostitution ring run out of a roadside coffee
  • Heyburn, Idaho: An officer was charged with domestic battery in the presence of a child.
  • Update: Mercer County, New Jersey (First reported 06-03-14): An officer resigned as part of a plea agreement for pepper spraying handcuffed woman.
  • Update: Shelby, Michigan (First reported 01-05-16): The chief was fired after an internal investigation implicated him in the theft of $70,000 in automobile inspection fees.
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 12-18-15): An officer was fired for misconduct after many complaints. Several cases he’s worked on have been dismissed, and, at least two civil rights lawsuits are pending against him for actions on duty.
  • Fostoria, Ohio: An officer was arrested for OVI. He is the second officer arrested on that charge in the past month.
  • Chowchilla, California: A school resource officer was arrested for having sex with a minor, though reports indicate the girl was not a student at the school where he was stationed.
  • Kenosha County, Wisconsin: A deputy was arrested after an internal investigation.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-08-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, February 8, 2016:

  • North Little Rock, Arkansas: An officer was arrested for assaulting his teenaged daughter and suspended.
  • Sandoval County, New Mexico: A deputy was fired and arrested for repeatedly slapping a handcuffed teen in his patrol car.
  • Monroe, North Carolina: An officer was arrested for DWI.
  • Mesa, Arizona: A transgender man who had been in a viral video about his anxiety attacks was fatally shot by police on a suicide call. The family claims the shooting wasn’t necessary. An investigation into the incident is underway.
  • Fairview, Tennessee: The chief and assistant chief were suspended. They may have given a law enforcement promotion to a man who had a previous arrest for prostitution in exchange for side jobs for themselves. The recently promoted detective in question was arrested for responding to a sex work ad earlier this month.
  • Lafourche Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was charged with sexual battery against a juvenile.
  • Metropolitan (New York) Transit Authority: An officer was arrested for assaulting a boy at his son’s school.
  • New Milford, Connecticut: An officer was suspended three weeks for misconduct.
  • Update: South Bend, Indiana (First reported 12-14-15): An officer pled guilty to violating civil rights of an arrestee, whom he punched and kicked. His first plea deal was rejected by the judge.

Police Code of Silence

From ABC News:

For more than a year after an officer shot and killed a black teen named Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Police Department had video footage that raised serious doubts about whether other officers at the scene tried in their reports to cover up what prosecutors now contend was murder.

Not until 15 months later was one of those officers and a detective who concluded the shooting was justified put on desk duty. At least eight other officers failed to recount the same scene that unfolded on the video. All of them remain on the street, according to the department.

The lack of swift action illustrates the difficulty of confronting the “code of silence” that has long been associated with police in Chicago and elsewhere. The obstacles include disciplinary practices that prevent the police chief himself from firing problem officers and a labor contract that prevents officers from being held accountable if a video surfaces that contradicts their testimony.

“If they are not going to analyze officers’ reports and compare them to objective evidence like the video, why would the officers ever stop lying?” asked Craig Futterman, a University of Chicago law professor.


National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-05-16

Here are the eleven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, February 5, 2016:

  • Fairview, Tennessee: A newly promoted detective was arrested after responding to a sex work ad.
  • Newark, New Jersey: A detective was suspended, and the remaining members of the gang unit were reassigned, after an arrest that left 14-year-old boy injured was improperly reported.
  • Yellowstone County, Montana: All involved deputies were cleared of criminal wrongdoing in a coroner’s inquest held regarding the shooting death of Loren Simpson.
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was acquitted of rape but found guilty of official oppression. He was accused of forcing a woman to perform a sex act while he was on duty.
  • Update: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (First reported 12-21-15): An officer had charges dismissed for assaulting a man while he was working security off duty. The District Attorney’s Office said that it would re-file criminal charges.
  • New York, New York: An officer was awarded $15,000,000 by a jury. He was falsely arrested and beaten in his home by fellow officers who were responding to a disturbance call. They ignored his attempts to identify himself as an NYPD officer.
  • Chicopee, Massachusetts: An officer was acquitted of filing a false report against a colleague. He has since filed a lawsuit against the City.
  • Update: New Orleans, Louisiana (First reported 08-19-14): The now-former officer who set Henry Glover’s body on fire after he was shot by another officer in the Hurricane Katrina aftermath had his sentence reduced from 17 years to 11 years and nine months.
  • Iberia Parish, Louisiana (First reported 07-19-15):  Deputies will not be criminally charged for Victor White’s death. Before the shooting, White had been searched, arrested, handcuffed—with his hands behind his back—and placed in the back of a squad car. He was shot in the chest. His death has been ruled a suicide.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: The department released a year-end report that said they fired 17 officers in 2015, more than double the number fired in 2014. In all, 58 officers were disciplined for infractions over the course of the year.
  • Update: Duluth, Minnesota (First reported 11-25-15): An officer who was on leave for a domestic violence arrest was arrested and pled not guilty to DUI charges.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 02-04-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 4, 2016:

  • Update: O’Fallon, Missouri (First reported 12-07-15): A now-former detective was sentenced to 120 days for stealing drugs from the evidence room.
  • Los Angeles County, California: Two deputies were acquitted of assault in jailhouse beating. They were, however, found guilty for covering-up the incident.
  • Los Angeles County, California: The County agreed to pay the mother of Darrell Atkinson $375,000 to settle wrongful death lawsuit. Atkinson was a mentally ill combat veteran who deputies shot in a confrontation under an overpass.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: An officer was arrested for DUI in southern Indiana after he was pulled over for expired tags.
  • Update: Palm Beach County, Florida (First reported 04-24-15): The County agreed to pay $23,000,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by Dontrell Stephens.  Stephens was shot and paralyzed by a deputy.
  • New York, New York: An officer was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after striking a 13-year-old boy with his car when he was off duty. According to the report, the officer stopped to see if the boy was OK, but then drove off after the boy declined a ride home.
  • Suffern, New York: An officer was arrested and charged with criminal contempt for violating a restraining order by contacting his ex-wife.
  • North Olmsted, Ohio: A now-former officer pled guilty to misusing a law enforcement database for a personal matter and then confronting the target of that search.

Worst of the Month — January 2016

So for January, it was the case from Suffolk County, New York, involving now former police officer, Scott Greene.  He was convicted of repeated instances of theft.

According to the evidence introduced at his criminal trial, Greene would target Hispanic drivers, pull them over, order them to surrender their wallets, or invent a reason to search their vehicles and then steal cash located inside.  By stealing from persons he thought were illegal immigrants, Greene thought his victims would not come forward to file any complaint.  And he would enrich himself by using his police powers.  Prosecutor Tom Spota called Greene a “thief with a badge” and says he will be seeking the maximum possible prison sentence–about four years.

Alas, there are problems in the Suffolk department even beyond Greene.  The recently departed chief, James Burke, has been indicted for abusing a suspect and then coercing his subordinate officers to cover up his crime.  Local community activists say the department is so corrupt that they want a federal takeover.  Stay tuned about that.

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