National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 5/3/17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 3, 2017:

  • Update: Balch Springs, Texas (First reported 5/1/17): The officer who fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards with a rifle has been fired.
  • Update: Baton Rouge, Louisiana (First reported 7/6/16): Two officers will not face federal civil rights charges for fatally shooting Alton Sterling. State charges are possible and an investigation is underway.
  • Lee County, Florida: Three deputies and a sergeant were fired for giving false statements or falsifying documents in separate incidents.
  • Navassa, North Carolina: An officer was arrested for obstruction of justice and filing a false report claiming he was shot at while on duty. A bullet pierced the laptop in his cruiser and he claimed it came from a high-powered rifle.
  • Farmerville, Louisiana: An officer was charged for trying to run his estranged wife’s car off of the road and resisting arrest. He was off-duty and in a personal vehicle when the incident occurred.
  • Newport, Rhode Island: A now-former officer and former FOP president pled guilty to federal fraud charges for embezzling more than $71,000 in union money.
  • Daviess County, Kentucky: A deputy was suspended for six weeks after his arrest for fourth-degree domestic violence. He is under protective order while the criminal case is pending. Upon completion of the suspension, if the case remains unresolved, he will be required to surrender his firearm after every shift. If he is found guilty of the crime, authorities will re-evaluate the terms of his employment.
  • Fort Myers, Florida: Six officers were placed on leave after an audit alleging misconduct. The City Council is publicly demanding explanations, including the names and offenses of the suspended officers.
  • Chicago, Illinois: A detective was arrested in Louisiana for shoplifting in December. She was permitted to enter a diversion program. An investigation revealed she has a previous history of theft. She remains on desk duty but the outcome of a criminal 2013 case against her is unknown.