National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-13-17

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, March 13, 2017:

  • Muskogee, Oklahoma: An officer was arrested for domestic assault with a deadly weapon.
  • Vallejo, California: An officer was caught on video pulling his gun on an anxious crowd that had gathered after he took down a fleeing man who had been behaving strangely. The man had effectively surrendered when the officer used force to take him down from behind. While the contact seemed over the top to the lay observers, the officer’s initial actions to subdue the suspect appear to be within the parameters normally afforded to police officers. However, experts quoted in the story expressed concern over the officer’s continued use of force after a supporting officer had the man subdued and then again when the officer pulled his gun on the onlookers. An investigation is ongoing.
  • Greeley, Colorado: The City agreed to pay an immigrant woman $150,000 who sued after her acquittal for prostitution. She claimed the arresting officer lied about an ‘inappropriate’ massage at her parlor. The detective at the heart of the case has since left the department.
  • Riverside County, California: A deputy was arrested for sexual battery, including penetration by force, and invasion of privacy with a video camera for an off-duty incident.
  • Update: Logan Township, Pennsylvania (First reported 02-06-17): The officer who was recently charged for a hit-and-run with injury has resigned.
  • Kenner, LA officer arrested for stealing money from Hispanic motorists he arrested during traffic stops. He resigned
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 02-11-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to three years in prison for repeatedly raping a 13-year-old girl. He received three years on each of three counts, but the sentences are to run concurrently.
  • Evansville, Indiana: An officer was arrested for OWI while he was off duty.
  • Update: Punta Gorda, Florida (First reported 02-22-17): The officer who was charged for fatally shooting a woman during a firearms demonstration has been fired.
  • Update: Los Angeles, California (First reported 02-23-17): An officer is being sued by a 13-year-old boy whom the officer shot at while off-duty in Anaheim. The incident was captured on video that went viral and sparked protests in the area.