National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 5/12/17

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 12, 2017:

  • Update: Pinellas County, Florida (First reported 5/8/17): A now-former deputy was acquitted of grand theft for stealing prescription pills and pawning his service weapon while he was employed by the department.
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida: A now-former deputy was charged with three felonies for theft and submitting fraudulent orders to fake military leave. He received thousands of dollars for 62 hours of unearned compensation.
  • Altoona, Pennsylvania: An officer faces multiple counts of theft and tampering related to an alleged gambling problem.
  • King County, Washington: A deputy was fired for putting pepper spray on the spout of a homeless man’s water bottle after dispersing camp. He was quoted in the report saying, “[The victim is] going to understand that he’s no longer welcome here and he won’t be under the bridges anymore…that’s what people showed me to do.” It is unclear if he will be criminally charged in the matter.
  • Overton County, Tennessee: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence and fired.
  • Lake County, Illinois: A deputy was charged with three counts of perjury involving a DUI case.
  • Update: Yuba County, California (First reported 1/4/16): A now-former narcotics officer was found guilty of federal drug trafficking and firearm charges for his role in a cross-country smuggling operation. He still faces state firearms charges.
  • Montgomery, Alabama: An officer was charged with illegal drug possession. A report over the weekend says that she was caught in a sting selling heroin.
  • Shreveport, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for domestic battery and false imprisonment for hurting his wife and preventing her from physically leaving his presence.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: An officer is under criminal investigation for kicking a suspect in the head during a video-recorded arrest.