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National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 10-24-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, October 24, 2016:

  • Washington, District of Columbia: A metro officer was arrested for DUI while on duty.
  • Nelson County, Kentucky: A deputy was arrested on a fourth-degree assault charge for actions against a woman while off duty. He is prohibited from carrying a firearm or contacting the woman while the case is pending.
  • Update: Jackson, Mississippi (First reported 09-25-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to 27 months in prison and three years of supervised release for stealing cash from purported drug suspects in an FBI sting.
  • Update: Gladstone, Oregon (First reported 12-15-11): A now-former officer was found guilty on all counts for hiring someone to kill his estranged wife.
  • Sonoma County, California: A deputy was fired for tasing and beating a man in his own home. The now-former deputy may face criminal charges as well.
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: A now-former officer failed to appear in court on fraud charges for allegedly making $1,450 in unauthorized purchases on department gas card. He is alleged to have used the card improperly to fill personal vehicles over 50 times.
  • St. Petersburg, Florida: An officer was arrested for DUI after being found passed out in his car on the road. It is the officer’s second arrest for DUI.
  • Dearborn Heights, Michigan: An officer was suspended after an off-duty drunk driving crash without injury. Criminal charges are expected to be filed.
  • Scottsdale, Arizona: Several officers were reprimanded for giving special treatment to a former Mesa officer who had been sentenced to jail after pleading to enhanced DUI charges. The wife of the former Mesa officer, who is an active detective in the Mesa Police Department, is under internal investigation because she was granted special access to her husband while he was in jail. The report also alleges that the Scottsdale officers released the former officer before his sentence was complete.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 10-21-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 21, 2016:

  • Detroit, Michigan: Six officers were suspended as part of an ongoing bribery investigation involving a towing scandal. More officers may be named and criminal charges seem likely.
  • Oakland, California: An officer was arrested on suspicion of engaging in prostitution and obstruction of justice charges.
  • Iowa State Police: A trooper was charged with fraud for collecting $26,000 in workers’ compensation after taking a second job and not reporting it.
  • Anderson County, South Carolina: A deputy was charged with excessive speeding after a crash that hospitalized a woman.
  • Sweetwater, Florida: A detective was criminally charged a sergeant was relieved of duty in connection with a fraudulent towing scheme.
  • Burlington Township, New Jersey: An officer was charged with vehicular homicide after the passenger in his car died as a result of a drunk driving crash.
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: An agent was charged with bribery for coordinating inappropriate deferrals of deportation and dispensing other immigration-related benefits to foreign nationals.
  • Update: Minneapolis, Minnesota (First reported 01-28-16): An officer who was fired in January after being named in multiple excessive force lawsuits was reinstated by a labor arbitrator. The termination was converted to 40 hours of unpaid suspension.

New Visualization of 2015 NPMRP Data

Nearly every work day, NPMRP collects incidents of police misconduct around the United States. We do this as a service to show the American people–and the world–how our police officers are treated when they are the subjects of investigation and our justice systems. We keep track of the stories as they happen and try to follow-up, when possible, as many of the cases take years to work their way through the administrative, civil, and criminal processes.

Dr. Anna Feigenbaum of Bournemouth University (UK) has taken our data from 2015 and visualized it in the map below. Some basic information about the data can help contextualize what the map says:

  • To be included in the data, the incident was committed, to the best of NPMRP’s knowledge, by a person who was employed as a sworn law enforcement officer at the time of the incident. That is, part-time officers and most correctional officers who do not have arrest powers are not included. Likewise, people who committed crimes after being terminated from law enforcement are not included.
  • The data is inherently incomplete. We can only collect stories from news organizations and thus unreported incidents or allegations on social media are not included. We also understand that although we try to be as thorough as possible in our searches, we know we do not catch every news story from across the country. Thus, any trends in the data should not be overstated to directly represent national or local trends.
  • While NPMRP keeps track of stories that happen over years, Dr. Feigenbaum only included incidents that happened in 2015 in her visualization. Also, only one entry was used for each incident. So, for example, if an officer was fired, arrested, tried, and convicted (or acquitted) of a battery of a suspect, it was only included once, even though there may have been multiple entries in the database.
  • Incidents in our database are not assertions of guilt. Law enforcement officers are entitled to the presumption of innocence just like every person brought into our criminal justice system. Inclusion is simply an accusation that is credible enough to have triggered administrative, civil, or criminal action that warranted news coverage. The NPMRP makes a point to be as consistent about reporting acquittals and exonerations as we are terminations and convictions.
  • Incidents are color coded and listed by the prevalence and frequency of the type of offense as it appears in the data. Click on the colored dots to get more information about the incident that happened in that jurisdiction.
  • The refined dataset can be found here. Dr. Feigenbaum’s full-size map can be found here.

Many thanks to Dr. Feigenbaum and her team for their work with this data.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 10-20-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, October 20, 2016:

  • La Grange, Illinois: An officer was charged with official misconduct, exploiting a disabled person, and theft by forgery.
  • Update: York County, Pennsylvania (First reported 05-10-16): A now-former deputy was sentenced to one year of probation after pleading guilty to theft from the evidence room.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: A now-former sergeant was sentenced to 60 days in jail for the off-duty shooting of a bartender.
  • Update: West Penn Township, Pennsylvania (First reported 02-10-16): A now-former officer pled guilty to false filing for making up an assault against her.
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: The officer who fatally shot Sylville Smith was arrested for sexual assault. The alleged victim came forward two days after the Smith shooting and the arrest came after an investigation into the allegations.
  • Agawam, Massachusetts: Three officers were fired after a use-of-force incident at the police station.
  • New London, Connecticut: An officer was placed under investigation for excessive force against a college student. He had previously been fired for inappropriate force and reinstated.
  • Update: Waco, Texas (First reported 06-28-16): An officer was suspended indefinitely—effectively terminated—after his arrest for assault for grabbing a handcuffed detainee by the throat. Two other officers were suspended five days for their actions that day but were cleared of criminal charges.
  • Buffalo, New York: An officer was charged with harassment for an incident involving people who were shooting a music video using their cell phones; An off-duty West Seneca officer was suspended for his role in the incident. It is unclear whether he will face criminal charges.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 10-19-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 19, 2016:

  • Fishers, Indiana: An officer was arrested for punching a man during an altercation while off duty.
  • New York, New York: An officer fatally shot a mentally ill woman in her home. Police leadership held a press conference and said, “We failed.”
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee: The sheriff was charged with domestic assault. He claims he has no recollection of the incident because he blacked out from combining alcohol and Ambien.
  • Sabine County, Texas: A constable faces multiple charges for breaking into a woman’s home and shooting her in the hand.
  • Update: Clark County, Ohio (05-13-16): A deputy was permanently reassigned to jail duty after his plea to reduced charges for his OVI arrest.
  • Orleans Parish, Louisiana: A lieutenant was charged with simple battery.
  • Erie, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with assault for kicking a handcuffed detainee in the face.
  • Update: Wagoner County, Oklahoma (First reported 04-01-16): A now-former deputy pled no contest to a misdemeanor and agreed to testify against the sheriff in a bribery and extortion case.
  • Update: Fresno, California (First reported 06-29-16): The City is being sued for wrongful death by the father of Dylan Noble, 19, who was unarmed when he was fatally shot by police.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 10-18-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, October 18, 2016:

  • Hancock County, West Virginia: A now-former deputy was found guilty of deprivation of civil rights by slamming a handcuffed arrestee’s face against a wall.
  • Wake County, North Carolina: A deputy was criminally charged after causing a four-vehicle crash in his patrol car.
  • Update: Novato, California (First reported 01-06-16): A now-former officer was sentenced to 90 days in jail and ordered to serve three years’ probation after he pled no contest to stalking and child pornography charges. Felony charges were dropped in exchange for the plea.
  • Update: Bullitt County, Kentucky (First reported 12-17-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to 27 months in prison for filing false charges against a man who insulted him.
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for DUI after getting his car stuck on Long Island Rail Road tracks.
  • Chicago, Illinois: An officer filed a complaint against officers in the department claiming that he was retaliated against for whistleblowing about fabricated evidence.
  • Festus, Missouri: An officer was charged with rape and domestic assault.
  • Bardstown, Kentucky: The interim chief used stolen, confiscated trailer for personal use. He admitted to the act but claims he was unaware that the trailer had been stolen.


National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 10-17-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, October 17, 2016:

  • St. Croix County, Wisconsin: A deputy was arrested after being found passed out in a patrol car in North Dakota. He was working in North Dakota to assist the pipeline protesters.
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan: An officer was arrested for fleeing the scene and DUI after a crash off duty.
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: An officer was arrested for aiding prostitution and illegal use of a computer.
  • West Palm Beach, Florida: An officer was suspended three weeks for an automobile crash in his patrol car. A second was reprimanded for not administering a sobriety test to the officer after the crash before sending him home.
  • Perry, Oklahoma: A now-former officer was arrested for lewd acts with a child while he was employed with the department.
  • Broussard, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for domestic violence.
  • Black Hawk County, Iowa: A deputy was arrested for carrying a firearm while intoxicated after an off-duty incident at a convenience store.
  • Layton, Utah: The City is being sued by a woman who claims she was wrongfully arrested for DUI after being rear-ended and dazed.  According to the report, the toxicology tests came back negative but charges still stand against her. She also claims the male arresting officer groped her during the arrest.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 10-14-16

Here are the five reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, October 14, 2016:

  • Pinellas County, Florida: A deputy was fired and arrested for allegedly stealing prescription medications and pawning his duty weapon.
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The six officers who were acquitted of robbing drug dealers when a seventh officer testified against them were ordered not to contact witnesses against them after one complained of intimidation.
  • Mendota Heights, Minnesota: An officer is on leave pending an internal investigation. He is the third officer this year to be investigated for misconduct.
  • Berrien County, Georgia: A now-former sheriff was sentenced to 30 months in prison for violating the rights of handcuffed and compliant arrestees.
  • Indio, California: An officer was charged with raping his 18-year-old cousin when she stayed at his home.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 10-13-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, October 13, 2016:

  • Webster County, Iowa: A deputy pled guilty to failure to report harvested deer and was fined $89. Two other misdemeanors related to the incident were dropped in exchange and he was allowed to maintain his position with the department.
  • Anaheim, California: The chief and deputy chief are under investigation after a whistleblower alleged tens of thousands of dollars in payroll fraud.
  • Madison County, Arkansas: A deputy was suspended 60 days and removed from K-9 team after leaving a K9 to die in a hot car.
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 03-27-14): The murder trial for officers who killed James Boyd, a schizophrenic homeless man, ends in mistrial.
  • Update: Atlanta, Georgia (First reported 09-02-14): A now-former officer was found guilty of murder for shooting a woman he met for sex off duty and then setting her body on fire.
  • Update: Portsmouth, Virginia (First reported 09-10-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for voluntary manslaughter. He killed 18-year-old William Chapman, who was a shoplifting suspect.
  • Escambia County, Florida: A now-former deputy was barred from law enforcement for one year for dishonesty. He resigned after trying to cover-up an incident involving a taser while off duty.
  • Sedgwick County, Kansas: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence.

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