National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/20/17

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 20, 2017:

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln: An officer was charged with drunk driving off duty and resigned.
  • Alamo, Texas: An officer was arrested for felonious assault on a family member.
  • Update: Auburn, New York (First reported 4/3/17): The deputy chief pled guilty to DWI. He was originally charged with aggravated DWI because his BAC level was more than twice the legal limit.
  • Dinwiddie County, Virginia: A deputy was fired and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child in 2015. He was employed as a law enforcement officer at the time of the offense, but it is unclear which department he was working for at the time. Before coming to Dinwiddie County in 2016, he had been employed by the Richmond and Petersburg police departments.
  • Fairfield, Alabama: A detective was placed on leave without pay after a video showed him punch a suspect at a gas station. Previously, he had worked for the Birmingham Police Department, from which he retired.
  • Baker, Louisiana: An officer was charged with 16 counts related to doctor shopping for opioids and amphetamines. He resigned.
  • Frankfort, Kentucky: A detective was suspended six months without pay for alleged sexual misconduct with an informant and withholding evidence.
  • Update: Montgomery County, Maryland (First reported 6/17/16): An officer pled guilty to attempted child solicitation after being caught in a Prince William County, Virginia sting operation.
  • Fentress County, Tennessee: A sheriff pled guilty to honest services fraud and civil rights charges. He sexually abused female jail inmates.
  • Providence, Rhode Island: A man filed a lawsuit against police after he was acquitted of assaulting the officer who bloodied him. He alleges that he was charged with resisting arrest and assaulting an officer to cover up for the abuse he suffered. The officer in question is over six feet tall and the defendant-turned-plaintiff is 4’11”.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/19/17

Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 19, 2017:

  • Update: Woonsocket, Rhode Island (First reported 4/4/17): A suspended officer pled guilty to assaulting a high school student while volunteering at school. He is still employed at the department despite his conviction for abusing his little sister several years ago.
  • Lake County, Minnesota: A deputy was placed on leave after a fatal crash that resulted from a high-speed chase that crossed the county line.
  • Houston, Texas: An officer was arrested on a methamphetamine possession charge. Reports conflict on whether the man he was arrested with was a roommate or romantic partner, who was charged with selling various drugs, but the officer admitted to using meth and other drugs himself earlier in the day.
  • Portland, Oregon: An officer was arrested for an off-duty DUI
  • Austin, TX officer who runs breathalyzer at jail fired for coming to work drunk. Supervisor suspended 60 days

Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Council sanctioned six now-former officers from six departments for misconduct.

  • Roy, Utah: An officer resigned and pled no contest for attempting to steal $50 from the scene of a burglary investigation. He was fined and given one year of probation. The POST Council suspended his law certification for two and a half years.
  • Layton, Utah: An officer was charged with official misconduct for using his position as a law enforcement officer to gain entry to a hotel room he believed his girlfriend was in with another man. The POST Council suspended his certification for a year. He was demoted to desk duty and retired.
  • Morgan County, Utah: A now-former deputy had his certification suspended for one year after using a law enforcement database to check-up on people he suspected were involved with his wife.
  • Weber County, Utah: A now-former deputy pled guilty to disorderly conduct for striking his 7-year-old child in the forehead, causing a bruise. His certification was suspended for nine months.
  • Box Elder County, Utah: A deputy admitted to smoking marijuana and eating cannabinoid edibles while vacationing in Colorado, where both the activities are legal. He was fired and his certification was suspended for two years.
  • Brigham City, Utah: An officer lied to investigators about who crashed his car to protect his wife from a DUI charge. He was fired and his certification was suspended for three years.
  • Bexar Co., Texas: A deputy was indicted for oppression and assault for actions against a prisoner in her custody.
  • Newcomerstown, Ohio: An officer was fired after he admitted he made up the story that he was shot during a traffic stop, prompting a manhunt. Criminal charges are possible.
  • Colorado City, Arizona & Hildale, Utah: A federal judge ruled that both police departments engaged in widespread misconduct and religious discrimination. Both “sister cities” are effectively run by adherents of Warren Jeffs’ fundamentalist Mormon sect and the judge ruled that the police and other municipal agencies actively violated the civil rights of residents who were not in the sect.
  • Clark County, Washington: A detective resigned while he was under investigation for official misconduct. He will not face criminal charges.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/18/17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 18, 2017:

  • Chatham, New Jersey: An internal investigation found that an officer was discourteous and failed to report and record an incident on his body camera during an incident in which he threatened a security guard with a gun, though he did not use excessive force. He was, however, demoted for leaving his fully loaded weapon and law enforcement credentials on a private lawn after a night of drinking.
  • Denver, Colorado: The City recently settled two excessive force lawsuits. One suit was settled for $47,o00 after an officer broke a woman’s wrist during her arrest. Previously, the City agreed to pay $999,999 to the surviving family of a teen who was fatally shot while attempting to flee an officer.
  • El Paso, Texas: An officer was indicted for manslaughter for fatally shooting Erik Sanchez in the back in 2015.
  • Forrest County, Mississippi: A deputy was arrested for sending sexually explicit pictures to a 13-year-old child.
  • Update: Gwinnett County, Georgia: A prosecutor dismissed 89 cases filed by a pair of deputies who were recently fired for beating a motorist.
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was suspended 15 days for an off-duty road rage incident.
  • Waynesboro, Tennessee: An officer was charged with theft and misconduct for pawning department-issued guns. He resigned and was hired by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department before his arrest.
  • Spring Valley, New York: An officer was arrested for DWI and drug possession with a child in the car after being stopped for erratic driving.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/17/17

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, April 17, 2017:

  • Bexar County, Texas: A deputy was arrested for off-duty DWI.
  • San Antonio, Texas: Two officers were arrested for DWI on the same day. One rear ended a truck, the other was pulled over for bad driving. Both were off duty at the time of their respective arrests.
  • San Juan, Texas: An officer was suspended without pay after he was indicted and arrested for lying to federal investigators. It is unclear what the underlying criminal activity is.
  • Lexington, Kentucky: Two officers were suspended for causing traffic accidents while on duty.
  • Update: Franklin, Indiana (First reported 10/25/16): An officer was not charged by the prosecutors after his felony domestic violence arrest last year. The chief only had the power to suspend him for five days but recommended his termination to the City committee that can terminate him.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: Two officers were indicted for sexual abuse while they were involved the police Explorer program. The Explorer program for people in their teens and early 20s who are thinking about becoming police officers. One officer resigned when allegations first surfaced; the other was terminated following the indictment.
  • Roy, Utah: The department is being sued for the fatal shooting of a man who was appearing to flee after a brief peaceful encounter at a convenience store. The police released body cam footage of the incident. Footage does not show any sign of imminent danger to the officers.
  • Oceanside, California: An officer was suspended after his arrest for domestic battery.
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested after punching an kicking adult in a home while off duty. She faces an additional charge for doing it in front of young children.
  • Denver County, Colorado: A deputy was suspended 10 days for tasing an inmate against policy. A second deputy was suspended four days for verbally abusing an unruly child.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/14/17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 14, 2017:

  • Adams County, Colorado: A deputy was charged with second-degree assault for pushing a suspect off of a roof.
  • Gwinnett County, Georgia: Two deputies were fired after being recorded punching and kicking a cuffed suspect in the head while he was on the ground.
  • Mandeville, Louisiana: An officer was fired after being found drunk in her police car while off duty.
  • Update: East Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 3/6/17): An officer was fired and indicted for sexually assaulting women he pulled over.
  • Update: Shreveport, Louisiana (First reported 2/16/17): The officer who was charged with accessory after the fact for texting a suspect about a murder investigation has been fired.
  • Update: Bay County, Michigan (First reported 11/15/16): A now-former deputy pled no contest to tampering for trying to cover up his accidental gun discharge in the school where he was an SRO. The bullet went through a wall and struck a teacher, though without serious injury. If he successfully completes his probation, the felony conviction will be replaced by two misdemeanors.
  • New York, New York: Two officers were suspended for covering up that a handcuffed suspect had escaped their custody. The incident was brought to light by a bystander’s video of the escape.
  • Jackson, Mississippi: An officer has been accused of sexual assault. He remains on duty during the administrative and criminal investigations.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/13/17

Here are the six reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 13, 2017:

  • U.S. Customs & Border Protection: An agent pled guilty to lying to investigators about gathering and passing on official information to foreign agents.
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland: An officer was acquitted of domestic violence charges against his boyfriend. He still faces charges for sexting a 15-year-old boy.
  • Aurora, Illinois: An officer was arrested for domestic battery after punching, elbowing, and biting an unidentified person in an off-duty incident.
  • Miami Beach, Florida: The department and City are being sued by a woman who was allegedly dragged naked from her home by officers at two in the morning over a failure to pay cash cab fare.
  • Chicago, Illinois: The City will pay $13,000,000 to a man who was wrongfully convicted of double murder because of actions of seven CPD officers and two prosecutors. He spent over 20 years in prison.
  • Knox County, Barbourville, and Kentucky State Police: Ten officers across three departments are being sued by a pair jailed for 36 months on murder charges before being released for lack of probable cause. The plaintiffs allege manufacturing of evidence, unnecessary jail transfers in order to create jailhouse snitch confessions, and other misconduct.

There was a report of a plea deal in a case in McKenzie County, North Dakota on our Twitter account, but it was an erroneous report. There was a filing error at the court and therefore the case remains unresolved.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/12/17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 12, 2017:

  • Sacramento, California: An officer has been placed under investigation after a video of him tackling and punching a jaywalking black man went viral.
  • Columbus, Ohio: An officer was placed on administrative duty after being videoed stomping on a restrained suspect’s head.
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (First reported 2/22/16): A now-former detective was acquitted of aggravated and simple assault and two counts involving misusing his official role as a police officer for allegedly breaking a man’s leg as he escorted him from the special victim’s unit. The incident in question happened just off camera so there is no video evidence of the event. According to the report, the officer will seek reinstatement to the department.
  • Sweetwater, Florida: An officer was suspended while Miami-Dade police investigate him for corruption.
  • Bicknell, Indiana: An officer was suspended without pay for 15 days for violating the confidentiality of child protective services law.
  • Leon County, Texas: Three deputies were indicted and fired for improperly collecting and passing on “sensitive information” to a Normangee officer (see below.)
  • Normangee, Texas: An officer was arrested for assaulting a family member and misusing official information he obtained from Leon County deputies.
  • Update: North Miami, Florida (First reported 7/21/16): An officer who shot a caretaker who was lying on the ground with his hands up last year has been charged with attempted manslaughter.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/11/17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for April 11, 2017:

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina: An officer was arrested and accused of choking his girlfriend in a domestic incident.
  • North Miami, Florida: An officer was arrested for domestic violence after allegedly slamming his wife’s head into the ground several times in front of their kids.
  • Avalon, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with resisting arrest, public intoxication, and disorderly conduct after a bar fight following the Pittsburgh Pirates home opener.
  • Manassas, Virginia: An officer was arrested with her husband for domestic assault and battery against one another.
  • North Charleston, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for assaulting his wife. His wife had retreated to their bedroom and activated his body camera, which recorded the alleged assault when he came in after her.
  • Fort Collins, Colorado: An officer was investigated after a video of him throwing a woman face first onto the pavement went viral.
  • Etowah County, Alabama: A deputy was fired and arrested for custodial sexual misconduct for an incident with a victim in his custody.
  • Vanderbilt University: An officer was arrested after allegedly shooting a gun that was in his waistband while he was in his apartment off duty. He was charged with lying to police, gun possession while under the influence, and furnishing or allowing underage drinking.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/6-10/17

Here are the 21 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 6, Friday, April 7, and Monday, April 10, 2017:


  • Update: Kenosha, Wisconsin (First reported 1/3/17): An officer pled guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct for punching a man for personal reasons while he was on duty. In return for the plea, the felony charges were dropped.
  • West Chester Township, Ohio: An officer pled guilty to lesser charges for his OVI arrest. At the time of his arrest, his BAC was .166, more than twice the legal limit. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, 177 of which were suspended, as well as probation. His future job status is unclear.
  • Fremont County, Colorado: A deputy was placed on leave amid accusations he arrested people for DUI without cause or any signs of impairment.
  • Val Verde County, Texas: A deputy was fired after his arrest for DUI. He crashed his patrol vehicle while he was off duty.
  • Laredo, Texas: An officer was arrested for DWI and related charges after hitting a parked vehicle and fleeing the scene.


  • Update: U.S. Border Patrol (First reported 8/9/16): A now-former agent pled no contest to charges related to repeatedly raping a minor relative beginning when she was 15 years old. He was employed as an agent at the time of the crimes but retired before the criminal case was brought.
  • Chatham County, Georgia: A deputy was charged with sexual assault and violation of the oath of office for actions against a jail inmate.
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 3/27/17): A detective who was recently arrested for masturbating outside of the windows of strangers while he was off duty is being sued for excessive force and false arrest for unrelated, on-duty conduct.
  • Fullerton, California: An officer was charged with filing a false report. His story was contradicted by body camera footage.
  • Update: North Attleborough, Massachusetts (First reported 2/2/17):  A now-former officer was acquitted of disorderly conduct for punching a man he saw kiss his girlfriend. The man he punched was an officer in a different department and testified that he believed he “had it coming,” given the circumstances. The assaulting officer had domestic violence charges dropped because neither his girlfriend or the man he punched want to bring charges against him.
  • Update: Kearney, Nebraska (First reported 9/6/16): An officer was acquitted of criminal charges for shooting a man who was fleeing a traffic stop in his car.
  • U.S. Secret Service: An agent assigned to Vice President Pence was arrested for solicitation in a Maryland hotel.
  • Attleboro, Massachusetts: An officer was arrested on child pornography and child solicitation charges.
  • Green Bay, Wisconsin: An officer resigned amid allegations he falsified use of force reports after dashcam footage revelations.
  • Washington, D.C.: An officer was charged with robbing and assaulting 15-year-old girl after paying her for sex.


  • Update: Tampa, Florida (First reported 4/8/15): A now-former detective pled guilty to receipt of stolen property in a tax fraud scheme. Another officer previously pled guilty to similar charges for the crimes. The detective’s wife is also a former officer and she awaits trial for her alleged role in the conspiracy.
  • Los Angeles County, California: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence and is under internal investigation for unrelated misconduct while on duty.
  • Update: Austin, Texas (First reported 11/15/16): Two officers were suspended for inappropriately impeding an activist who was recording them in the performance of their duties. One officer was suspended 10 days and the other officer was suspended 20 days.
  • Centralia, Washington: An officer was suspended one day for striking a restrained man who spat on him. The chief commended the officer for taking responsibility and being forthright about his actions after it happened.
  • Detroit, Michigan: An officer was arrested for domestic violence.
  • Update: Faulkner, Arkansas (First reported 3/25/16): A now-former officer was sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined $1,090 for kicking a handcuffed arrestee.


National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/5/17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 5, 2017:

  • LaFollette, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for DUI after an off-duty crash last weekend.
  • Glassboro, New Jersey: The police department is being sued by a man who claims he was falsely arrested, assaulted by an officer and repeatedly bitten by a K-9 while riding his bike through a park. The man was a college athlete and judo instructor—the police say it was a mistaken identification. They were looking for a black 13-year-old boy suspected of drug crimes.
  • Gainesville, Florida: officer suspended while under investigation for aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and stalking.
  • Marion County, Florida: A deputy resigned in lieu of termination after the prosecutor designated him as unreliable for testimony.
  • Rochester, New York: An officer has been deemed liable by a judge for falsely arresting a woman who called police. Civil damages will be determined later.
  • Update: Kosciusko County, Indiana (First reported 03-02-16): The now-former sheriff pled to intimidation just before his trial was set to begin. In exchange for the plea, bribery and official misconduct charges were dropped. Sentencing has been scheduled for May 23.
  • Update: Woodstock, Illinois (First reported 2/24/17): The officer who was arrested after a recent DUI crash has resigned.
  • Update: St. Paul, Minnesota (First reported 11/8/16): An officer who was fired for his use of excessive force that led to a $2,000,000civil settlement was reinstated by a labor arbitrator.