National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-29-17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 29, 2017:

  • Update: Pittsfield, Massachusetts (First reported 12-02-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to 20 months in prison and three years’ probation after pleading guilty to larceny and theft of roughly $200,000 from the police union.
  • New York, New York: A now-former officer pled guilty to misdemeanor assault for breaking into an apartment off duty and striking a woman there approximately 20 times. He was sentenced to three years’ probation.
  • Update: Southport, North Carolina (First reported 01-07-14 officer acquitted in May for fatally shooting mentally ill teen; remains on unpaid suspension
  • Rowley, Massachusetts: An officer was found responsible for texting while driving, a civil offense. A criminal leaving the scene of an accident charge was dropped and he is now back on duty.
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Agents shot and wounded a 53-year-old legal resident during a raid on a home in Chicago. The family says the man was unarmed.
  • Johnson County, Arkansas: A deputy has been suspended while he is under investigation by state police.  The nature of the investigation was not disclosed.
  • Update: Iberia Parish, Louisiana: Seven now-former deputies who pled guilty and cooperated with federal authorities against the sheriff in a department-wide scandal were sentenced. The terms ranged from six months to four-and-half years. The sheriff, Louis Ackal, was acquitted at trial. The sentencing judge said, “In over 30 years on the bench, I have never liked sentencing, and [giving] these are the worst….The best I can say is you had lousy leadership. I’m restrained to say anything further.” Three other deputies also pled guilty but await sentencing due to other circumstances. One other deputy is slated to stand trial in the coming months.
  • Lake County, Florida: Two deputies were terminated after covering up accidental tasering of a school employee, who broke his wrist when he fell from the shock.