Looking Beyond Racist Police Officers

This week I made my debut at In Justice Today, a blog founded by the Fair Punishment Project at Harvard Law School. My first post warns reformers not to focus solely on individual racist officers because color-blind policies can also have terrible impacts on communities of color:

While it is entirely fair to say that more crime justifies a greater police presence in a segment of a city, that crime does not — or, rather, should not obviate the constitutional rights of the people who live in that area. If statistics showed there were more child pornography producers and distributors in white neighborhoods, the police would not be justified going door to door to intimidate presumptively innocent residents to get consent to search their computers to combat child pornography. Residents would be outraged to be treated as criminal suspects and intimidated to surrender their rights. Yet the GRU eviscerates Fourth Amendment protections for young black men walking down the street as policy, irrespective of any racial prejudice by the officers.

If a policy is damaging a community, the good intent in the officers’ heart is functionally irrelevant.

You can read the whole post here.

Statement on President Trump’s Call for Police Brutality on Long Island

In a speech about criminal gangs before police officers on Long Island, New York today, the President of the United States openly encouraged police officers to abuse people they arrest and take into custody. Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star tweeted that President Trump explained that didn’t want officers to protect suspects’ heads when putting them in police cars, saying “You can take the hand away,” which drew the officers’ loud approval. Concurrent reporting from Asawin Suebsaeng of the Daily Beast confirmed that the call for police brutality drew “wild applause.”

The president’s comments are disgraceful and anathema to responsible policing and the Rule of Law. Causing intentional injury to a handcuffed suspect is not only against police procedure, but is a federal crime for which police officers have been sent to prison. What’s worse, the reaction of the crowd of officers should strike fear into the heart of every parent on Long Island, particularly those of black and Hispanic young men who fit the stereotypical description of the gang members President Trump described.

In the name of law and order, the president made a mockery of the Rule of Law in his call for illegal violence against presumptively innocent suspects. It is a shameful day for the presidency and police agencies across the country should condemn the president’s irresponsible and indefensible comments in the strongest possible terms.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 7/12/17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 12, 2017:

  • Bexar County, Texas: An officer was arrested for family violence. ow.ly/RzB730dzcFf
  • Update: Orlando, Florida (First reported 8/23/16): One of two officers fired last August was rehired to avoid an arbitration loss. He has been re-assigned to airport duty, given 25 public complaints on his record. ow.ly/jrst30dzdvV
  • Update: Columbus, Ohio (First reported 4/12/17): An officer was fired for kicking a suspect in the head while the suspect was pinned on the ground by another officer. ow.ly/934L30dzdY3
  • El Paso, Texas: An officer was placed on leave after he was arrested for negligent homicide for the bathtub drowning death of his infant. ow.ly/f9hc30dzep5
  • Newark, New Jersey: Two officers were disciplined for unrelated misconduct. One was suspended after he punched a subdued suspect; the other was reprimanded for causing $300 in damage to a prosecutor’s door in a fit of anger. ow.ly/TSYK30dzn2z
  • Update: Niagara County, New York (First reported 3/8/16): The County will pay the family of a man killed in a crash caused by deputy $2,750,000. The now-former deputy pled guilty to three moving violations and was ordered to pay roughly $500 in fines. ow.ly/2sdZ30dzSPy
  • Dawson, Georgia: An officer was arrested for pulling a gun on someone during an off-duty altercation. ow.ly/ZSNw30dzV7p
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection: An officer pled guilty to an interstate marijuana smuggling conspiracy. ow.ly/5DTe30dzVVy
  • Update: El Paso County, Colorado (First reported 9/6/16): The now-former sheriff was acquitted of three of seven tampering and misconduct charges. The jury deadlocked on the remaining four charges. ow.ly/WvfS30dA3FD

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 7/11/17

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

  • Update: Baton Rouge, Louisiana: The City faces another federal lawsuit filed by protesters who were arrested following the Alton Sterling shooting ow.ly/RDNJ30dxltO
  • St. Johns County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for domestic battery for allegedly punching a woman in the face. ow.ly/iqx330dxqr3
  • Update: Tulsa, Oklahoma (First reported 8/20/14): A now-former officer’s third trial for killing his daughter’s black boyfriend ends in mistrial. ow.ly/UH8d30dxrnY
  • Alachua County, Florida: A deputy had his child abuse charge dropped, but he was fired for the incident. ow.ly/7WmX30dxt9b
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for biting and choking his wife. The report notes he has prior arrests including DUI and child endangerment. ow.ly/9adz30dxAb3
  • Update: St. Anthony, Minnesota: Officer Yunez, the officer who fatally shot Philando Castile, has accepted $48,500 severance to leave the department. ow.ly/aL4P30dxT5v
  • Update: Lantana, Florida (First reported 3/6/17): An officer pled guilty to distributing obscene material and resigned after sending pornographic material to teens. ow.ly/eWI130dy42A
  • Chicago, Illinois: The police are being sued by a man who claims he was incorrectly included in a gang database, making him unfairly excluded from getting DACA status. ow.ly/QerR30dyf3Q

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 7/10/17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, July 10, 2017:

  • Fall River, Massachusetts: An officer was arrested for assaulting a female family member and also charged with six counts of improper storage of firearms ow.ly/o0Ws30dtXJW
  • Update: Horry County, South Carolina (First reported 4/6/16): A detective will reject proposed plea deal for sexually assaulting crime victims. ow.ly/Tl0W30dtY9P
  • McClain County, Oklahoma: A deputy was fired after he was arrested for reckless driving. He was caught drag-racing at 128mph while off duty. ow.ly/WUGR30dtYqG
  • Aurora, Illinois: An officer was suspended and charged with electronic harassment for improperly accessing law enforcement database information. ow.ly/x9IO30dtYE9
  • Update: Lorain, Ohio (First reported 11/16/16): The City agreed to pay $35,000 to a suspect that was punched by a police officer at the home of the officer’s ex-girlfriend. The suspect was acquitted of the charges. The officer was suspended for 10 days. ow.ly/vA6330dtYMv
  • Nogales, Arizona: An officer who was arrested for DUI after a crash remains on duty. Critics allege a double-standard in the case’s handling. ow.ly/sfxD30dtZaS
  • Roswell, Georgia: A detective was suspended 30 days for showing up to firearms training course with alcohol in his system. ow.ly/lBL430dtZom
  • Pasco County, Florida: A deputy who also served as an SRO was fired for sending inappropriate sexual messages to students via social media. The prosecutor does not believe those messages constituted a crime, but the now-former deputy will be charged for illegal access of a law enforcement database. ow.ly/pIxJ30dtZxm
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: An officer was fired after being charged with DUI after a hit-and-run. ow.ly/yns330dtZFK

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 7/7/17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 7, 2017:

  • Update: Newcomerstown, Ohio (First reported 4/19/17): A now-former officer was indicted for lying about being shot in the line of duty and forging documents for benefits. ow.ly/sFkS30dqZgA
  • Dallas, Texas: The officer who fatally shot Genevive Dawes was among three officers fired for unrelated incidents by the interim chief. One officer was fired for causing an auto accident and failing to stop to render aid and the last officer was fired for beating a child with a surge protector while off duty. ow.ly/K4KJ30dqZH6
  • Vandergrift, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with assault and harassment for an off-duty incident with a 14-year-old boy ow.ly/Vh1O30dr1Za
  • Update: Pasadena, California (First reported 2/22/17):  An officer is being investigated for illegal firearms dealing. A federal search warrant was served on his home, but no charges have yet been filed. ow.ly/M7Ye30dr2mt
  • Green Bay, Wisconsin: An officer was charged with forgery for signing his ex-wife’s name on a car title without her consent. ow.ly/V7fr30dr2Q8
  • Bellevue, Nebraska: A detective was arrested along with his wife following a domestic dispute. ow.ly/ppB330drN3B
  • Del Rio, Texas: An officer was arrested on a misdemeanor theft charge. ow.ly/mC0130drNls
  • Mahoning County, Ohio: A deputy accepted a plea deal and dropped the appeal of his termination after he was allowed to resign. He plead guilty to misdemeanor OVI and weapons charges. The lesser charges will leave him eligible for future law enforcement employment.  ow.ly/gr9630drTIQ
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland: Three officers were indicted on additional charges of burglary following February racketeering indictments with several other officers. ow.ly/96WH30ds1Nv

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 7/6/17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, July 6, 2017:

  • Update: Utah Department of Public Safety: A now-former officer pled guilty to impaired driving. The weapon and open container charges were dropped. He was fied $1,500. ow.ly/Oak030dotvc
  • Cherokee County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for DUI. ow.ly/wDEN30dou5M
  • St. Johnsbury, Vermont: The chief resigned after he was suspended for undisclosed allegations of misconduct. ow.ly/Jnyf30douke
  • Purcell, Oklahoma: An officer was arrested for violating a protective order filed by his estranged wife. He had previously been suspended for an unrelated incident. ow.ly/A9aN30douwa
  • Ville Platte, Louisiana: The City is being sued by a woman who claims a marshal deputy forced her to perform sex acts on man while he watched. ow.ly/Z27h30dovp0
  • Carteret, New Jersey: An officer was charged with assault and misconduct for beating a teenage crash victim. ow.ly/AJRY30dovIx
  • Update: Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Two officers were acquitted of being lookouts for a third officer as he raped a woman while all were on duty. The third officer was also acquitted. ow.ly/sZ9v30dowyQ
  • Port Arthur, Texas: An officer was arrested for assaulting a woman in Liberty County. ow.ly/eYp730dozvd

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 7/5/17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 5, 2017:

  • Update: Atlanta, Georgia (First reported 6/28/17): The officer who was captured on Black Lives Matter video punching a man in the face during an arrest was suspended 20 days. ow.ly/Fi4A30dlJ54
  • Boston, Massachusetts: An officer was suspended for a year, though will serve just six months of that, for posting a racist video involving his fellow officer to social media. The other officer was filmed without his knowledge and was originally disciplined for the video until he established is ignorance of the video’s production. ow.ly/F8Gi30dlTLB
  • Robstown, Texas: An officer was arrested for DUI after a traffic stop in Corpus Christi. ow.ly/y7Q130dlUv1
  • Atkinson County, Georgia: A deputy was fired and is now under criminal investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman while he was on duty. ow.ly/mf4C30dm3Uz
  • St. Petersburg, Florida: A longtime officer was arrested for soliciting a sex worker while he was off duty. ow.ly/kaYj30dm4TP
  • Bartow, Florida: Officers are under investigation for releasing a K-9 on unarmed men while serving an arrest warrant. ow.ly/B8lK30dm5qW
  • Franklin, Tennessee: An officer was charged with harassment for sending death threats via text and voice messages. He was fired. ow.ly/w85i30dm5Hi
  • Nebraska State Patrol: The superintendent was fired by the governor, other officers and employees have been suspended. The FBI is investigating evidence tampering involving a fatal crash. ow.ly/Jknx30dm6n3
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer was arrested for domestic violence and the chief has moved for the officer’s termination. ow.ly/YChM30dm6MA

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 7/3/17

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, July 3, 2017:

  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 3/1/17):  A now-former detective has agreed to plead guilty to charges related to racketeering, falsifying time cards, theft. The alleged conspiracy involves at least six BPD officers. The formal arraignment is scheduled for July 24. ow.ly/1X4m30dgjx4
  • Kern County, California: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/auMn30dgkd4
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: A deputy was charged with more than two dozen counts of child pornography possession. ow.ly/rr6O30dgkv3
  • Wyandotte County, Kansas: A now-former deputy was charged with official misconduct, providing false information, unlawful computer access, and forgery. ow.ly/GFLT30dgkPp
  • Update: Palm Beach County, Florida (First reported 12/28/16): A now-former deputy pled guilty to aggravated identity theft and access to device fraud. He used law-enforcement resources to steal identities. ow.ly/BzeE30dgl9B
  • Marlin, Texas: A police captain was arrested by Texas Rangers for sexual assault against an undocumented immigrant woman. ow.ly/7UEr30dglJI
  • Update: Punta Gorda, Florida (First reported 2/22/17): The chief was acquitted of criminal culpability in his supervisory role when one of his officers fatally shot a woman during a civilian training event accident. ow.ly/wnVe30dgm1z
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 11/15/16): A now-former officer pled guilty to sexting teenaged boy who lives in York, Pennsylvania. ow.ly/cv5A30dgmhb
  • Update: Salt River, Arizona (First reported 6/3/16): An officer changed his plea to guilty for sexually abusing a woman in his custody. He reserved the right to withdraw his plea and go to trial if he thinks the sentence is disproportionate.  ow.ly/yl6r30dgmpO
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: An officer was arrested for domestic abuse by strangulation against his wife, who is also an officer. ow.ly/XAiI30dh92N

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 6/30/17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, June 30, 2017:

  • Louisville, Kentucky and Indiana State Police: An LMPD officer and ISP trooper were recorded beating a motorist after hectic interstate chase in Indiana. ow.ly/zzVR30db0R3
  • Macon County, Alabama: A deputy was charged with custodial sex abuse of female jail inmates. A jailer was also charged. ow.ly/io0A30daVZw
  • Pinellas County, Florida: A deputy resigned in lieu of firing after an ethics investigation showed he distributed racist material. ow.ly/lWV930daVmf
  • Millville, New Jersey: An officer is under investigation for a possible inappropriate use of force during the arrest of a jaywalker that put that man in the hospital. ow.ly/iQJy30db2Pe
  • Update: Asbury Park, New Jersey (First reported 6/6/17): A now-former officer was apprehended as a fugitive in North Carolina after he failed to appear for his trial date. ow.ly/ZqsE30db3gH
  • Federal Protective Service (DHS, Los Angeles): An officer was indicted for kicking a handcuffed man in the head in Pomona. ow.ly/VsBe30dbIJG
  • Maui, Hawaii: A now-former officer pled guilty to tampering in a corruption probe. He drove another officer to allegedly bribe a witness. ow.ly/tzhn30dbJFW
  • Clackamas County, Oregon: A now-former detective pled to official misconduct for “abysmal, serious and gross” misconduct over five years. He received one year of probation and was ordered to pay a fine and relinquish his law enforcement certification.  ow.ly/epWo30dbKP3

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 6/29/17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, June 29, 2017:

  • Update: Texas State Police: The trooper who pulled over and arrested Sandra Bland had his perjury charges dropped. ow.ly/iyZf30d7mnv
  • Leesburg, Florida: An officer was charged with sexual battery against a woman while they were at a party when he was off duty. ow.ly/VE9T30d7mNA
  • Fort Worth, Texas: An officer was fired for shooting man holding BBQ fork. His criminal trial for the incident ended in mistrial. ow.ly/bf3p30d7vy8
  • Update: Baton Rouge, Louisiana: The Department and two officers are being sued for the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling. ow.ly/EipX30d8Cql
  • Baltimore, Ohio: An officer pled guilty to fraud. He lied so his daughter could collect government benefits under false pretense. ow.ly/cxVW30d8Qfy
  • Update: Missouri State Police: A trooper who was charged with manslaughter in drowning death of Brandon Ellingson, who fell out of the boat while handcuffed, has pled guilty to misdemeanor negligence. ow.ly/7ym630d8RF6
  • Update: San Antonio, Texas: An officer who previously was fired twice has been reinstated again. ow.ly/8OUk30d8Xsn
  • Sedgwick County, Kansas: A deputy was arrested for DUI after a traffic stop off duty. ow.ly/qL0430d8XLy

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 6/28/17

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, June 28, 2017:

  • Sacramento, California: The City moved to fire one of two officers who fatally shot a knife-wielding man. The second officer has already retired. ow.ly/Eadl30d0T8J
  • Update: Durham County, North Carolina (First reported 5/9/17): A now-former deputy was indicted on numerous counts related to the statutory rape of a 15-year-old student at a school where he worked as SRO.  ow.ly/EZrD30d1hCP
  • Meriden, Connecticut: A captain was fired for 63 department violations, including untruthfulness and official misconduct. ow.ly/BW0j30d1oMX
  • Update: Medford, Massachusetts (First reported 8/19/13): A now-former officer pled guilty to lying to investigators and intimidating witnesses with regard to a murder at his home. He was not implicated in the killing, but he removed evidence from the scene. He was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. ow.ly/Rss630d1tkL
  • Los Angeles Unified School District: A now-former officer pled guilty to computer charge for attempting to solicit a 15-year-old girl for sex online. The girl was actually an undercover officer running a sting. ow.ly/2pPR30d1whX
  • Update: Edwardsville, Illinois (First reported 1/5/15): A now-former officer was sentenced to up to 40 years in prison for multiple burglary, firearms, and misconduct charges. He was robbing local businesses while in uniform and on duty.  ow.ly/o7IV30d1Aln
  • Atlanta, Georgia: An officer was placed on leave after a local Black Lives Matter organization posted a video of him punching a black man in the head. The department is investigating the incident. ow.ly/STLO30d1Dj1
  • Lansing, Illinois: An officer was video-recorded threatening to kill a teen he detained on his property while he was off duty. The matter is under investigation. ow.ly/PvHQ30d1G6G
  • Update: Jersey City, New Jersey (First reported 6/9/17): Four officers who were suspended after a high-speed chase that resulted in beating an innocent bystander who was on fire have been reinstated. The department claims the officers were suspended for the chase. An investigation into the beating is ongoing and thus has not been resolved. ow.ly/QaAc30d1HyT
  • Detroit, Michigan: The City and three officers are being sued for needlessly killing restrained dogs during a raid on a licensed marijuana grower. According to the filing, the officers killed the fenced-in dogs because they appeared to grow impatient for animal control to arrive and take the dogs into custody.  ow.ly/AHEB30d2HtS
  • FBI: An agent was indicted for lying to investigators about shooting at a man who was killed after the Oregon federal land standoff. The agent is not accused of firing the fatal shots, but the agent lied about gunshots that did not hit the decedent that were not accounted for. ow.ly/rxAE30d3JfE

When Police Misconduct Violates First Amendment Rights

The New York Police Department’s Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) reported that over a three-year period, NYPD officers threatened, blocked, and otherwise tried to prevent individuals from recording them in public in the performance of their duties. Almost 100 of the 346 allegations made between 2014 and 2016 were substantiated by the board, not counting the many cases that may not have been reported.

To be fair, there are many thousands of contacts between police and individuals that happen in New York City. Although there is no way to know how many of those interactions are recorded, it’s fair to assume that many of them have been as cell-phone recording capabilities have become ubiquitous. However, there is clearly a segment of officers—perhaps very small, but nevertheless real—who feel that they may violate the First Amendment rights of people who record them. To alleviate this, the CCRB suggested that a new entry should be included in the Patrol Manual to reassert the public’s right to record police interactions. That insertion is fine, but more could and should be done because it is extremely unlikely that every officer who disrupted lawful, public recording was ignorant of the right to do so. Any officer who already knew the law was committing misconduct.

Police officers should be held accountable for their actions. Unfortunately, New York State law prohibits the Department or the CCRB from releasing the names of officers who have complaints lodged against them, whether or not they are sustained, or what the outcomes of any disciplinary actions taken were short of termination. As I testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2015:

According to an investigation of New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board records, about 40 percent of the 35,000 NYPD officers have never received a civilian complaint, but roughly 1,000 officers have more than 10 complaints on file. One officer has over 50 complaints but retains his position.

Institutionally, the NYPD knows these 1,000 officers are repeat offenders several times over. Multiple complaints against a single officer over a period of months or years implies the officer must, at times, operate too close to the line of impropriety. Those 1,000 officers represent fewer than three percent of NYPD officers but can damage the reputation of the rest of the department. Clearly, some portion of these 1,000 officers are abusing their authority, and the NYPD is unwilling or unable to remove these officers from duty. And because the public can’t know their names and records, we cannot measure how effectively the NYPD addressed these incidents with any given officer. (internal citations omitted)

The lack of transparency is not limited to New York, by any means, but the NYPD’s institutional dedication to data collection at least gives us a glimpse of what is going on. Getting the right to record in the Patrol Manual is a good start, but the State of New York should repeal the anonymity granted to misbehaving officers. Such laws punish the best officers by making them indistinguishable from those who intentionally—and sometimes repeatedly—violate the rights of the people they are supposed to serve.

For a robust First Amendment analysis of the right to record, read this opinion by 2014 B. Kenneth Simon Lecturer Judge Diane Sykes. You can read my 2015 USCCR testimony on police transparency and the use of force here. Finally, you can check out the 2014 panel we hosted on recording the police here.

This has been cross-posted from [email protected]

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 6/27/17

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, June 27, 2017:

  • Update: St. Anthony, Minnesota (First reported 11/16/16): The City settled the wrongful death suit with the family of Philando Castile for almost $3,000,000. The amount will be paid through a municipal insurance program.  ow.ly/2zpd30cVChH
  • Pondera County, Montana: A deputy was fired after his certification was revoked for sexual and criminal misconduct. ow.ly/WN8s30cVCIx
  • Polk County, Iowa: A deputy was fired for insubordination and gender bias. ow.ly/JcZH30cVMr5
  • Georgia State University: The police chief was arrested for DUI and suspended from duty. ow.ly/x6u930cVNYW
  • Franklin, Indiana: An officer was arrested for felony domestic battery for striking his wife. ow.ly/eKIg30cVOHF
  • Update: Federal Protective Services (First reported 5/6/16): A now-former officer pled guilty to murdering his wife. He had previously pled guilty to spree killings that led to DC-area manhunt. ow.ly/NYfM30cVPdS
  • New York, New York: A now-former officer pled guilty in an administrative proceeding to false reporting against his supervisor. He lost 30 days of vacation for his plea. He is now on criminal trial for sexual misconduct with undocumented women. Although he worked in undercover prostitution stings, he is accused of paying these women for sexual acts. Many of the women are no longer in the United States. ow.ly/TcZn30cVQTB
  • Update: Chicago, Illinois (First reported 11/24/15): Three officers were indicted for misconduct, conspiracy, and obstruction for allegedly working to cover-up the Laquan McDonald shooting.  ow.ly/iVDB30cXjEB
  • Update: Maricopa County, Arizona: The now-former Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now on trial for criminal contempt. ow.ly/jZPs30cWeQ4
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration: A now-former agent pled guilty to stealing $250,000 in fraud proceeds while working in Cyprus. She allegedly mailed the proceeds to her San Francisco home and kept the cash hidden in flower planters. ow.ly/wdK530cXzSY

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 6/26/17

Here are the reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, June 26, 2017:

  • Update: Los Angeles, California (First reported 6/23/17): An officer who was personally arrested by the chief for sex with an underage cadet is also being investigated for possible illegal weapons. A large weapons cache, including a sawed-off shotgun and military equipment, was found at his home after his arrest. ow.ly/hYon30cSqFd
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer was indicted for aggravated assault for fatally shooting a woman during a confrontation in January. ow.ly/JGwq30cSqPx
  • Curry County, New Mexico: A deputy was fired and arrested for allegedly stealing meth while on the job. ow.ly/OPzN30cSqVV
  • St. Louis County, Missouri: A deputy pled guilty to theft for double-dipping. ow.ly/BXC430cSrp6
  • Update: Vigo County, Indiana (First reported 11/7/16): A now-former deputy pled guilty to wire fraud and theft for his role in an $80,000 kickback scheme. He was ordered to pay about $46,000 restitution. The report mentions that the restitution should be paid before sentencing, but no date has been set. ow.ly/CNel30cSrFY
  • Update: Erie, Pennsylvania (First reported 10/19/16): An officer was acquitted of assault for kicking a suspect who was on the ground, fracturing his face. He was reinstated to active duty after the acquittal, but will not be allowed on patrol pending an internal administrative investigation. ow.ly/1mNa30cSrVt
  • Update: Jefferson County, Kansas (First reported 6/2/17): A deputy was arrested fo the second time in a month. This time is for DUI. ow.ly/qhQR30cSs3c

National Police Misconduct Daily Recap 6/23/17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, June 23, 2017:

  • Monticello, New York: An officer was charged with raping a minor. ow.ly/IJs730cPWGZ
  • U.S. Border Patrol: A now-former agent pled guilty to smuggling cocaine and methamphetamine while on duty. ow.ly/1i5H30cPXfd
  • Texas Department of Public Safety: A now-former trooper pled guilty to bribery for taking money for favorable truck inspections. ow.ly/7g2I30cPXNV
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut: An officer was suspended 10 days for harassing a college student. He ran her license plate and got her home address from law enforcement database. ow.ly/AYnp30cQ6fa
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer was arrested by the chief of police for having sex with an underage cadet. ow.ly/R8l130cQ6wx
  • New York, New York: An officer was fired for not intervening when his friend severely beat a man at a bar. ow.ly/SlMv30cQ9aS
  • Update: Balch Springs, Texas: An officer was indicted for a road rage incident. He was previously indicted for fatally shooting an unarmed teen car passenger who was leaving a party. ow.ly/8urN30cQBeD
  • Update: University of Cincinnati: A now-former officer’s second trial for killing Samuel DuBose ends in a mistrial because of a deadlocked jury. ow.ly/nG8A30cQIKb
  • Meeker County, Minnesota: A deputy pled guilty to disorderly conduct for stalking and harassing a man. ow.ly/pvg530cQCce

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 6/21/17

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, June 21, 2017:

  • Anne Arundel County, Maryland: The County was ordered by a jury to pay a family $1.26 million because an officer fatally shot their dog. ow.ly/wMOp30cLZGj
  • Update: Sag Harbor, New York (First reported 6/5/16): A detective resigned a year after being placed on leave. ow.ly/Otwz30cM1io
  • Gautier, Mississippi: An officer is facing disciplinary action for firing ‘warning shot’ into the ground to stop a fleeing suspect. The department said lethal force would have been justified had the officer chosen to use it. ow.ly/YLFs30cM4FP
  • Greenville County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence for allegedly choking his ex-wife. ow.ly/QYMA30cM6pM
  • Caldwell, Idaho: An officer resigned after he was arrested for DUI twice in three days. ow.ly/QXzw30cM7kf
  • Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department is being sued by the ACLU for their handling of Inauguration Day protests and arrests of journalists. ow.ly/Qwmi30cMn4R
  • Update: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (First reported 10/20/16): A now-former officer was acquitted of homicide for killing Sylville Smith. He still faces sexual assault charges for alleged actions against a suspect who came forward after the Smith shooting. He was terminated after his arrest for that charge.  ow.ly/5PaQ30cMNH4

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 6/20/17

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, June 20, 2017:

  • Balch Springs, Texas: An officer who was recently charged for fatally shooting Jordan Edwards as he was leaving a party is now under investigation for an alleged off-duty road rage incident that happened before the teen’s shooting. ow.ly/EHjx30cK0xW
  • Update: Ottawa County and Carroll Township, Ohio (First reported 12/2/16): A former Ottawa County deputy who threatened his supervisor then went on to work as an officer in Carroll Township pled guilty to disorderly conduct for stalking that supervisor after he left the department.  ow.ly/nsxm30cK2kz
  • Ellis County, Texas: The county constable resigned his position and surrendered his law enforcement certification after he was convicted of voter fraud. ow.ly/fNOx30cK3nw
  • Spartanburg County, South Carolina: A deputy was charged with domestic violence for a physical altercation while he was armed with a gun. ow.ly/aWdD30cK3WV
  • Update: Tulsa County, Oklahoma (First reported 6/1/17): A deputy pled guilty to carrying a firearm while intoxicated. He received deferred adjudication. The report does not specify whether he will retain his job. ow.ly/aKpA30cK4z8
  • Update: West Jordan, Utah (First reported 3/16/17): A now-former officer pled guilty to domestic violence after threatening women with firearms. A military veteran, he was diagnosed with PTSD and will enter Veterans Court for supervision and counseling. He surrendered his law enforcement license and no longer may own or possess firearms. ow.ly/YZYU30cK5wc
  • Denver, Colorado: Two sheriff’s deputies were suspended for using excessive force against jail inmates. ow.ly/AL6W30cKeyE
  • Update: St. Anthony, Minnesota: The dash cam footage of now-former officer Yanez fatally shooting Philando Castile was released, prompting many questions about the jury’s vote for acquittal. ow.ly/4nCB30cKRJT
  • Update: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (First reported 10/20/15): The officer’s trial for the fatal shooting of Corey Jones was moved from October to April of next year. ow.ly/6ut230cKpU7
  • U.S. Border Patrol: An agent will face trial in October for fatally shooting a 16-year-old Mexican national while he was on the ground and across the border.  ow.ly/g0rz30cKX7T

 

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 6/19/17

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, June 19, 2017:

  • Update: St. Anthony, Minnesota: The officer who was acquitted of manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Philando Castile has been fired. ow.ly/Insi30cHQQU
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was arrested for drunk driving after crashing into Kirby, Texas officer’s patrol car. ow.ly/oQza30cHT2b
  • Troy, New York: The entire gun and drug unit is under investigation for allegedly covering up a warrantless search. All officers in the unit have been placed on leave. ow.ly/CZPS30cI4Ar
  • Update: Joliet, Illinois (First reported 6/27/13): A now-former officer was acquitted of federal civil rights violations for actions during a 2012 arrest. He was previously acquitted on state charges. ow.ly/rCDB30cI5X6
  • Franklin County, North Carolina: A deputy was charged with felonious assault, property damage, and criminal threatening. ow.ly/9CLo30cI714
  • Mount Vernon, New York: Six detectives and the department are being sued for wrongful arrest by a man who was recently acquitted of murder. ow.ly/sivf30cI7yN
  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy is under psychiatric evaluation after a domestic call to his house led to flight and an eventual standoff at a country club. ow.ly/z5NQ30cI8oV

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 6/15/17

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, June 15, 2017:

  • Fargo, North Dakota: An officer was arrested for domestic violence against his girlfriend. ow.ly/l7uv30cC8B2
  • New York, New York: An officer was charged with drug trafficking for transporting cocaine and marijuana during a sting operation. ow.ly/TgIs30cC9P0
  • Jacksonville, Florida: A sheriff’s officer was arrested for physically assaulting cuffed and cooperating teens after he was called in to a scene as backup. ow.ly/A7Cq30cCaag
  • Shelby County, Tennessee: A deputy was charged with aggravated assault for pushing his wife to the ground and holding an arm against her throat. ow.ly/rj9b30cCauh
  • Indiana State Police: A trooper was charged with insurance fraud. ow.ly/1yyR30cCaJ2
  • Sibley County, Minnesota: A deputy was arrested for drug possession and trespassing a week after being put on leave. ow.ly/uxMt30cCaXc
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana: A detective was arrested for OWI after being found asleep behind the wheel. ow.ly/Yy6q30cCbKc

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 6/14/17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, June 14, 2016:

  • Update: Sweetwater, Florida (First reported 10/21/16): Two officers charged with racketeering, theft and more officers may be charged. Allegations include acts of torture, including waterboarding. According to the report, prosecutors said that the officers displayed “disturbing pattern of theft and physical violence.” ow.ly/uRjo30cAcwB
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement: An officer was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for an alleged off-duty incident against his girlfriend and another man. After a high-speed chase, the officer allegedly flashed his badge, brandished his gun, and deployed pepper spray. ow.ly/F9f430cAhOj
  • Las Vegas, New Mexico: An officer was arrested for drunk driving in Santa Fe County. ow.ly/C3uh30cAiMI
  • Update: Covert Township, Michigan (First reported 7/21/16): An officer pled guilty to kidnapping a woman after a DUI stop. The rape charge was dropped in exchange for the plea. ow.ly/x0Zp30cAjMJ
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida: A now-former officer pled guilty to using his position at the airport to smuggle firearms to the Dominican Republic. ow.ly/XwID30cAl1j
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 6/12/13): Five of the six officers who were fired for their roles in the chase and fatal shooting of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams were reinstated by a labor arbitrator. The only officer not reinstated was Michael Brelo, who was tried and acquitted for his actions in the incident. He jumped up on the roof of the car and emptied two magazines into their bodies. The six officers fired more than 130 rounds into the car.  ow.ly/JUvj30cAlH1
  • Update: Big Spring, Texas (First reported 4/15/16): The City and a now-former officer were named in a lawsuit.  The now-former officer was accused of multiple counts of sexual abuse of children. ow.ly/RwWW30cAXIS
  • Savanna, Oklahoma: An officer was charged with sexual battery, forcible sodomy, and bribery for actions against a woman during a traffic stop. ow.ly/tSEq30cAYj7

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 6/13/17

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, June 13, 2017:

  • Moss Point and Pascagoula, Mississippi: Two officers were arrested for DUI after they got into a fight with one another in a parking lot. ow.ly/DdkH30cy9uK
  • Lafayette, Louisiana: A city marshal has been indicted for perjury and malfeasance. Now a recall effort is underway. ow.ly/V9Gn30cy9Fj
  • Update: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (First reported 12/16/16): A now-former officer’s trial for killing Sylville Smith started this week. Before charges were brought for the shooting, he was fired and charged with sexual assault after an alleged victim came forward in the wake of the shooting. (See reports from 10/20/16; 11/1/16)ow.ly/LwxV30cyarH
  • West Mahanoy Township, Pennsylvania:  An officer was fired after an administrative hearing. ow.ly/YCXR30cyaGF
  • East Haven, Connecticut: An officer was charged with domestic violence for an incident in Meriden. ow.ly/UXTV30cyaO2
  • Update: DeKalb County, Georgia (First reported 5/8/17): The sheriff was suspended 40 days by Governor Deal for his indecency arrest. His criminal trial is slated for July 7. ow.ly/xGH230cyx44
  • Walnut Grove, Minnesota: A chief was arrested in a child prostitution sting. He has been suspended indefinitely. ow.ly/QfYE30cyy5c

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 6/12/17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, June 12, 2017:

  • Omaha, Nebraska: Two officers were recommended to be fired by the chief and two others were placed on leave pending an internal investigation into a fatal use of force, including repeated taser use, against Zachary Bearheels. Bearheels was subjected to 12 taser shocks, at least three of which were applied while he was not resisting. He was also punched repeatedly in the head.  ow.ly/JGJY30ctSmk
  • Update: Providence, Kentucky (First reported 2/16/17): An officer was federally indicted for a false retaliatory arrest with injury and obstruction of justice for filing a false report to justify it. ow.ly/6utO30cuTGD
  • Update: Port Arthur, Texas (First reported 2/27/17): A detective was fired for retaliating against a woman whose husband went missing. ow.ly/n7jF30cuVOJ
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 3/10/17): A now-former officer was sentenced to community service for a false arrest, unlawful search, and falsifying documents. ow.ly/RxnW30cuVYF
  • Update: Boynton Beach, Florida (First reported 11/16/17): Four officers were charged with beating a car passenger after a police chase. The driver, who was convicted for unrelated crimes, received a $600,000 settlement for the injuries he suffered in the same incident.  ow.ly/zLuL30cuWjH
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was suspended 20 days for tasing a suspect who was not resisting arrest. ow.ly/3XBa30cuWK6
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with assault and terroristic threatening for pointing a gun during an off-duty bar incident. ow.ly/GiXN30cuX0r
  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit (TX): An officer was arrested for reckless endangerment for intentionally causing an off-duty crash following a fight at a swimming pool. He allegedly ran a driver off the road. ow.ly/OfMC30cuXi1
  • Carteret, New Jersey: An officer was arrested for assaulting a 16-year-old boy, putting him in the hospital, after a traffic stop. ow.ly/fOYY30cuXvK

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 6/9/17

Here are the four reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, June 9, 2017:

  • Harris County, Texas: A deputy and her husband were indicted for murder for choking a man to death outside of a Denny’s. She was off duty at the time. ow.ly/3mJz30csmCI
  • Erie, Pennsylvania: A now-former officer will plead guilty to vehicular homicide while under the influence for a fatal off-duty crash. ow.ly/PHaK30csw3f
  • Update: Temple, Texas (First reported 9/11/15):  A now-former officer was given a five-year deferred adjudication and surrendered his law enforcement certification for shooting a gun in a hotel in El Paso. He was also accused of inappropriately touching a woman during the off-duty incident.  ow.ly/2WgE30cswkG
  • Jersey City, New Jersey: Several officers were caught on video kicking and beating an innocent bystander who was on fire after a chase-&-crash of another suspect. The victim was seriously injured by the burns and the assaulting officers. ow.ly/UYgS30csMVl

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 6/8/17

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, June 8, 2017:

  • Worth County, Georgia: The sheriff is being sued by families of students who were subjected to a school-wide pat-down. Some students complained about inappropriate touching of breasts and genital areas. ow.ly/HS5o30cqehk
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for larceny and forgery for trying to take out a $22,000 loan from the pension fund. ow.ly/1bk530cqf3o
  • Fort Pierce, Florida: Two officers were fired for rules violations during an officer-involved shooting. One of the officers alleges ethical lapses in the department’s crime reporting. ow.ly/JcYH30cqG7e
  • Adairsville, Georgia: An officer was arrested for assaulting his wife and holding her against her will. ow.ly/1MVa30cqIYU
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: An officer was charged with domestic abuse in the presence of a child as well as domestic assault and battery with a deadly weapon. ow.ly/Y6Si30cqSTB
  • Milwaukee County, Wisconsin: The County was ordered to pay a now-former inmate who was repeatedly raped and forced to give birth while shackled during her stay in the county jail $6,700,000. ow.ly/CcwS30cr7Fu
  • Volusia County, Florida: A deputy was suspended one month for causing a four-car-collision in December. He was driving 81mph while responding to a non-emergency call without activating his lights or siren. ow.ly/92AL30cr8xs

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 6/6/17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, June 6, 2017:

  • Update: Las Vegas, Nevada (First reported 5/23/17): An officer was charged for the chokehold death of Tashii Brown. ow.ly/kNyU30cmgmw
  • New York, New York: An officer is being sued for false arrest by a man who spent two years in jail awaiting trial for an attack with a pipe he was incapable of committing. He was acquitted of the charge, in part because he is missing several fingers on his hand due to a case of frostbite when he suffered when he was homeless. ow.ly/8c2J30cmnLk
  • Bradford, Pennsylvania: An officer was fired after he was arrested for shoplifting about $10 of meat from Wal-Mart on two occasions. ow.ly/p0D930cmphj
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland: An officer who has been charged with sexting a 15-year-old boy in York County, Pennsylvania failed to appear in court. His bail was revoked and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. ow.ly/JW3N30cmskV
  • Asbury Park, New Jersey: An officer is on trial for misconduct and racketeering for tipping off gang members to police activity. ow.ly/Nf1i30cmthX
  • Ripley, Tennessee: An officer was charged with sexual misconduct for contact with sex workers while on duty. ow.ly/pUK430cmudD
  • Randolph County, North Carolina: A deputy was charged with DWI after driving on the wrong side of the road. His BAC was measured at .150. ow.ly/fUmW30cmuUx
  • North Miami, Florida: Several officers are being sued by the family of an autistic man whose therapist was shot while trying to help him. The man suffers from severe autism and was unable to communicate but officers held and interrogated him anyway after the shooting. The therapist previously filed a suit for being shot while he was on the ground with his hands up.  ow.ly/g57130cmLRO

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 6/5/17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, June 5, 2017:

  • Garland, Texas: An officer was suspended 56 days for uncuffing a suspect who had earlier challenged the officer to a fight and then beating him up. The officer was also recorded bragging about the incident. His partner was reprimanded and his supervisor was suspended for three days. No charges were brought for the assault. ow.ly/vKO830cj2gI
  • Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office: An officer was arrested for getting paid for hours he did not work. ow.ly/6qIt30cj47E
  • Mission, Texas: An officer resigned amid an investigation into a video of him while he was intoxicated and handling what appears to be marijuana. ow.ly/RZNz30cj4g8
  • Youngstown, Ohio: An officer was indicted on 10 counts of sexual battery and unlawful conduct with a minor. The report suggests the incident happened while the officer was off duty and working in a non-law enforcement capacity at a school. ow.ly/6LwP30cj4rA
  • Sunbury, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with failure to report child abuse and tampering after images of an abused child were found on her cell phone. ow.ly/xoww30cj4Np
  • Ville Platte, Louisiana: A now-former officer was sentenced to five years of hard labor, suspended, and given probation after pleading guilty to intimidation and abuse charges. He made women pose for titillating photographs in order to avoid arrest. ow.ly/shaN30cj4Z0
  • Update: Newark, Ohio (First reported 11/2/16): An officer was fired after an investigation into his domestic violence arrest last fall. ow.ly/oScs30cj58R
  • Update: Pushmataha County, Oklahoma (First reported 5/15/17): A deputy who was fired for falsely reporting a shootout that led to a manhunt will be criminally charged for the incident. ow.ly/p46p30cj6xL

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 6/2/17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, June 2, 2017:

  • McKinney, Texas: An officer was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, family violence for allegedly stabbing his wife in the stomach.  ow.ly/qOzD30cewY9
  • Thomas County, Georgia: A deputy was fired and charged with felony theft by taking and violation of his oath of office. ow.ly/SWYY30cf9Uu
  • Placer County, California: A deputy was arrested along with two correctional officers for beating jail inmates and falsifying documents. The video of the incident in question has not been released. ow.ly/pFXD30cfabf
  • Update: Wayne County, New York (First reported 2/27/17): A deputy pled guilty to misconduct for letting a drunk driver go without an arrest in exchange for oral sex. ow.ly/bKhu30cfalG
  • Update: Harris County, Georgia (First reported 3/7/16): A deputy’s trial on 12 criminal charges for coercing female drivers to perform oral sex has been set for Aug 7. ow.ly/3kJ730cfayn
  • Fayette County, Tennessee: A deputy was arrested for DUI after crashing his cruiser into another car while he was on duty and en route to a homicide investigation. The driver of the other car was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries. ow.ly/WBAi30cg0bg
  • Morgantown, Kentucky: An officer was charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a minor. ow.ly/5pgN30cfZaM
  • Jefferson County, Kansas: A deputy was arrested in Iowa on a bevy of charges related to aggravated domestic assault and child endangerment. ow.ly/46qQ30cg1M0
  • Update: Volusia County, Florida (First reported 1/30/17): A now-former deputy was charged with grand theft and steroid possession after he was caught stealing cash from a driver by his body camera. ow.ly/A86B30cg2vH

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 6/1/17

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, June 1, 2017:

  • Townsend, Massachusetts: An officer was suspended for five days without pay amid allegations of dishonesty and unprofessional conduct. ow.ly/YdHm30cdStQ
  • New Jersey State Police: A trooper stationed in Camden was charged with falsifying records to cover up improper stops of women to ‘start relationships.’ ow.ly/nqki30cdSHb
  • Chillicothe, Ohio: An officer on a “last chance agreement” with the department for repeated violations of protocol was suspended 15 days for associating with a known felon while he was off duty. He claims he did not know whether either of the women he drove home had a felony conviction, and there is no alleged wrongdoing connected to the incident beyond the improper fraternization. ow.ly/4qJm30cdTrr
  • Update: Albuquerque, New Mexico (First reported 3/28/17): The chief overruled a recommendation that an officer who accidentally shot a man in the back serve an 11-day suspension for the incident. ow.ly/OUqC30cdU4T
  • Frankfort, Indiana: A detective was arrested for OWI with a BAC measured at .141. He was stopped for erratic driving and unsafe lane movement. ow.ly/XQfQ30cdUSs
  • Pasco, Washington: An officer who served on the crimes against children task force was charged with raping teen multiple times over five years starting when she was 14 years old. ow.ly/ui0f30cexAi
  • Howard University (Washington, DC): Two officers were fired for dumping a hospital patient out of her wheelchair at a bus stop. Their supervisor was also fired for ordering the patient out of the hospital. ow.ly/zv7130cdVmb
  • Gates County, North Carolina: A deputy was charged with sexually assaulting a female prisoner who was in his custody. He was also charged with obstruction of justice. ow.ly/oqXX30cdW2r
  • Tulsa County, Oklahoma: A deputy was arrested for gun possession while he was intoxicated. ow.ly/7jL630cdWwG
  • Update: Belleville, New Jersey (First reported 11/10/16): A now-former officer pled guilty to shoplifting bottle of tequila and was sentenced to six months’ probation. According to the report, this was not her first arrest for shoplifting, but her previous arrest did not disqualify her from working for the department. ow.ly/1CoH30cdXyl

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 5/31/17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 31, 2017:

  • Inglewood, California: Five officers who fatally shot Marquintan Sandlin and Kisha Michael as they were unconscious in a parked car are no longer with the department. ow.ly/jSGY30cbHCb
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was found guilty of malfeasance for kicking a prone burglary suspect in the face. ow.ly/OUMK30cbR4B
  • Boynton Beach, Florida: An officer was arrested for domestic violence and placed on leave. ow.ly/kmG730cbIbq
  • Baltimore, Maryland: An officer was arrested for theft and fraud for billing hours he didn’t work at a casino. ow.ly/GLHC30cbIJo
  • Minneapolis Metro Transit: An officer was fired after being recorded asking a man about his immigration status. The department released a statement that read, in part, “We…are looking to reestablish the trust that was broken” in this incident.  ow.ly/ZudP30cbJD2
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 10/19/16): A sergeant was charged with murder, negligent homicide, and manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Deborah Danner in October. ow.ly/tI8C30ccdPJ
  • Cleveland County, North Carolina: A deputy was fired after he was arrested for assault as a result of an armed, off-duty conflict with his neighbors ow.ly/T2bU30cbKfF
  • Ouachita Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was arrested for rape and immediately fired. ow.ly/kf8P30cbKrR
  • Smith County, Mississippi: Two deputies were fired for inappropriate contact with female inmates. The FBI is in investigating possible criminal charges. ow.ly/V46k30cbM4H

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 5/25/17

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 25, 2017:

  • Update: Richmond, Virginia (First reported 11/15/16): A now-former officer was sentenced to three months for voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting Patterson Brown, 18. ow.ly/EBRc30c2aH9
  • Brevard County, Florida: A deputy was charged with domestic violence after an incident with estranged wife. ow.ly/hJcn30c2cVZ
  • Clearwater, Florida: An officer was fired for excessive force after an investigation into his actions against a 13-year-old caught on video. ow.ly/SuOf30c2dai
  • Palmview, Texas: An officer was charged with assaulting his girlfriend. ow.ly/uwVx30c2dih
  • Sayreville, New Jersey: An officer was arrested for tampering for intentionally obstructing the lens of his dashboard camera. ow.ly/Jf4u30c2dQe
  • Update: Fresno, California (First reported 3/27/15): The now-former deputy chief was found guilty of heroin and marijuana conspiracy charges. The jury hung on six other drug counts.  ow.ly/JGOX30c2P5e
  • Update: Hood County, Washington (First reported 9/28/16): A now-former deputy was sentenced to 45 days in jail for luring a female minor and invasion of privacy as part of plea agreement. He was charged for inappropriately touching the girl and photographing or recording sexual images of her. He perpetrated his crimes while he was off duty. ow.ly/Usuo30c2PtI

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 5/24/17

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 24, 2017:

  • Update: Bay County, Michigan (First reported 11/15/16): A now-former deputy who served as a school resource officer was sentenced to 30 days in jail for trying to cover up his accidental shooting of teacher. ow.ly/nEdy30c0bSq
  • Windsor, North Carolina: A now-former officer was found guilty of drug trafficking for transporting drugs under the guise of legitimate law enforcement purposes. He was one among 13 law enforcement and correctional officers caught in a regional drug and corruption sting operation. ow.ly/vVrt30c0mA4
  • Cleveland, Ohio: The City is being sued by seven people who were arrested for protesting the acquittal of now-former officer Michael Brelo, who was the only officer charged in the fatal double shooting of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. Brelo jumped up onto the hood of the car of the unarmed couple and unloaded two full magazines of ammunition into their bodies. He and several other officers were terminated as a result of their actions. ow.ly/eHe030c0nRq
  • Update: Kosciusko County, Indiana (First reported 3/2/16): The now-former sheriff was sentenced to one year of probation and 250 hours of community service after his plea to official intimidation. He took $40,000 from an inmate in exchange for preferential treatment at the jail. ow.ly/9BBg30c0pFu
  • Parker County, Texas: A constable was arrested for a violation stemming from his arrest for domestic assault. He continued to contact the victim against the terms of his bond agreement. ow.ly/vQVb30c0qgI
  • Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania: A deputy was arrested for allegedly beating and strangling his girlfriend. He is no longer with the department. ow.ly/nobC30c0qU3
  • Los Angeles County, California: A deputy was sentenced to six months’ home confinement after testifying against other deputies in a vicious inmate beating and cover-up.  ow.ly/jzrn30c0rMD

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 5/23/17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, May 23, 2017:

  • Bluefield, West Virginia: An officer was arrested for DUI. ow.ly/Sw6o30bW3dD
  • Update: U.S. Customs & Border Protection (First reported 9/12/16): A now-former officer was sentenced to 5 years in prison for accepting money and sex for cooperation in human smuggling into the United States. ow.ly/r89M30bY4Gp
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: An officer was accused of misconduct for fatal use of force for actions including using a banned chokehold and repeatedly using his taser on Tashii Brown. ow.ly/RiMi30bY723
  • Fort Worth, Texas: Two senior officers were demoted for allegedly leaking video of a subordinate officer’s violent encounter in which he arrested a woman who had called police for help after her son had been assaulted. The video went viral and the officer in question was suspended for 10 days. At least one of the officers intends to sue. ow.ly/gn1b30bY9Ge
  • Montgomery County, Texas: A deputy was arrested for DWI after being pulled over for driving 95 mph on the highway. ow.ly/Dyts30bYCEP
  • Wood County, Ohio: The County agreed to pay $32,000 to a Risingsun officer who was wrongfully arrested by a deputy. ow.ly/aQId30bYDjd
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: An officer was placed on leave after allegedly sending racist texts to colleagues following the protests of the Alton Sterling shooting.  ow.ly/HDVg30bYDCx
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland: Three officers have been placed on leave until they face administrative charges, and possible termination, for the death of Freddie Gray. Two other officers who had been previously criminally charged in the case received light suspensions for their acts, and the sixth officer charged was administratively cleared of wrongdoing. ow.ly/YH6f30bYDSk

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 5/22/17

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, May 22, 2017:

  • Update: Tulsa, Oklahoma (First reported 9/9/16): The officer who was acquitted of criminal charges for killing Terence Crutcher will return to duty, but not on patrol. ow.ly/SC9530bVQ1E
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer was arrested for domestic battery for an incident at his home. ow.ly/GY7d30bVSwa
  • Baytown, Texas: An officer is under criminal investigation for soliciting nude pics from female drivers to get out of tickets ow.ly/HbOi30bW2Hw
  • Stone Mountain, Georgia: An officer was arrested for reckless conduct after her son pulled a gun on another car from the passenger seat while she was driving. She followed the car to its destination and her son started an altercation there. He too was arrested. ow.ly/vKBL30bVSRn
  • Crestwood, Missouri: An officer was named in a lawsuit for abusing and arresting a woman who flipped him off while she was complying with his orders.  ow.ly/Rvqo30bVTH4
  • Update: Palm Beach County, Florida (First reported 12/28/16): A deputy has withdrawn his guilty plea to federal identity theft and fraud charges. He claims his desperation to get out of pretrial detention induced the plea. ow.ly/rGZI30bVUaT
  • Bullitt County, Kentucky: The sheriff was indicted for obstructing the investigation of one of his now-former deputies, who has since been convicted of drug trafficking and is awaiting sentencing. He allegedly tipped the deputy off that he was under investigation. ow.ly/kGl630bVULc
  • Update: Rocky Ford, Colorado (First reported 11/17/14): The City settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of Jack Jacquez, who was fatally shot by an officer. The now-former officer is serving a 16-year sentence for the shooting. ow.ly/B7rc30bW0li
  • Alexandria, Virginia: An officer who was fired for racially profiling the police chief’s brother has been re-hired by the department. ow.ly/ech330bW0UY
  • Florida Highway Patrol: A trooper was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/Sj1M30bW1xY
  • Calhoun, Tennessee: An officer and the now-former chief who is currently serving as chief in another jurisdiction were arrested for extorting money from an arrestee. ow.ly/man430bW1Xl

What Officer Punishment Says About Police Priorities

The National Police Misconduct Reporting Project keeps tabs on a wide range of misconduct. Whether the misbehavior is excessive force on duty or a DWI off duty, we catalog the event and track the officer’s case goes through the administrative, civil, or criminal justice systems. Part of the reason we do this is to show whether police departments and other responsible government agencies are holding their officers accountable.

Depending on local laws and union contracts, police leadership can be limited in how much punishment they can dole out for a given offense. However, when a crime appears to have been committed and the police simply administer minor officer discipline, it sends a message that officers can act above the law. This message is amplified when officers who exposed that potentially criminal behavior are punished more severely than the offending officer.

This seems to be the case in Fort Worth, Texas. Two senior officers, Assistant Chief Abdul Pridgen and Deputy Chief Vance Keyes, have been demoted for allegedly leaking camera footage of their fellow officer, William Martin, violently attacking a woman who had called police for help after her son was assaulted. The video went viral, and Martin was suspended for ten days.

The attorney for the woman who was attacked and arrested, Jacqueline Craig, had this to say:

“[Officer] Martin amassed a series of felonies on that day from assault, to aggravated assault, to perjury, official corruption, false arrest [and] to each of these he received no criminal investigation, no criminal prosecution. He received a 10-day vacation and he was returned to the force with a scheduled promotion,” [Lee] Merritt said. “It’s a sad day for the city of Fort Worth. The level of blatant racism and unapologetic hypocrisy should no longer be tolerated and so we take this stand together today.”

Such retribution against senior officers who appear to have acted as whistleblowers will almost certainly have a chilling effect on reporting misconduct within the department. Moreover, it tells the people of Fort Worth–especially those in minority communities–that police violence against them is a less serious offense than exposing misconduct by fellow officers.

At least one of the officers reported that he plans to sue over this discipline. We’ll keep an eye on this story as it continues.

You can read the full report of the incident here.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 5/19/17

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 19, 2017:

  • Orleans County, New York: Two deputies were charged with larceny and falsifying records involving double-dipping while working at a private security firm. ow.ly/nCr930bS0dC
  • Snohomish County, Washington: A now-former deputy pled guilty to reckless driving and endangerment for an on-duty crash that cost a man his legs. ow.ly/BEkt30bS0px
  • Update: Jackson County, Mississippi: A deputy pled guilty to having sex with female inmates while he was on duty. A second deputy was indicted for the same crime. ow.ly/gGOs30bS1qb
  • Update: Cape Coral, Florida: An officer was found guilty of DUI for crashing into a home, during which she was seriously injured. She was sentenced to probation and now an internal investigation is underway. ow.ly/pjqr30bS5gV
  • San Antonio, Texas; An officer was suspended 45 days for disabling his body camera. He was suspended an additional day for telling a crime victim that officers hate citizens. ow.ly/jzru30bS5Fv
  • Update: Daviess County, Kentucky: A deputy who was suspended after his domestic violence arrest has been fired after violating the protective order stemming from that incident. ow.ly/hGkQ30bS7gb
  • Atlanta, Georgia: An officer was fired for using excessive force. The officer was off-duty but directing traffic when he fired into a van and wounding a man inside. ow.ly/4wRd30bS7Wz

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 5/18/17

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 28, 2017:

  • Update: Waterloo, Iowa (First reported 8/4/16): An officer who was acquitted of criminal charges related to an off-duty road rage incident was demoted after an internal investigation. He is appealing. ow.ly/UGtb30bPR8q
  • Update: Tulsa, Oklahoma (First reported 8/22/16): An officer was acquitted in the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher. ow.ly/wRso30bPROs
  • Update: Balch Springs, Texas (First reported 5/1/17): The now-former officer charged with murder for shooting Jordan Edwards previously tased a handcuffed man. Body camera footage of the incident has been released. ow.ly/73B930bPUiV
  • Maryland Transportation Authority: An officer pled guilty to theft for stealing from the police union as president. He is slated to be sentenced August 28. ow.ly/p5xg30bPYH7
  • Claycomo, Missouri: An officer was arrested with his wife for submitting fraudulent opioid prescriptions in Kansas City. ow.ly/95Uq30bPZXC
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for pushing and choking his wife while he was intoxicated. ow.ly/85p930bQ0CI
  • Update: Wheeling, Ohio (First reported 11/17/16): A now-former officer pled guilty to sexual abuse of a high school student while he was SRO. She is now his fiancée, though he is in hot water again as he appears to have violated the plea agreement by maintaining contact with her, failing to register as a sex offender, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.  ow.ly/NtPh30bQ1za

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 5/17/17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 17, 2017:

  • Update: New Bedford, Massachusetts (First reported 1/23/15): A now-former officer was convicted on one count of indecent assault & battery of a child but was acquitted of all other charges. ow.ly/MJie30bNMnB
  • Hopatcong, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to harassment for slapping a man who was surrendering himself at the police station for an outstanding warrant wearing a bunny costume and blaring an air horn. The officer will keep his job and pay a $500 fine. ow.ly/CBzk30bNNBO
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer was arrested for assault family violence for an incident with his ex-girlfriend. ow.ly/e7Nu30bNOBa
  • Manchester, Massachusetts: An officer was arrested for hit-and-run on a pedestrian while he was off-duty. He initially got out of his vehicle to check on the victim, who suffered minor injuries, before fleeing the scene. ow.ly/ewfE30bNOXC
  • Jackson, Georgia: An officer was fired for an off-duty incident after an internal investigation related to a department of natural resources citation he received in December. ow.ly/ofG830bNQ2X
  • Bel-Ridge, Missouri: An officer was fired. The report alleges misconduct involving a K-9, improper paperwork, and federal government property. ow.ly/anbm30bNQDu
  • Suffolk County, New York: An officer was named in a federal lawsuit alleging he sexually assaulted a woman in an interrogation room. ow.ly/ceI230bNRfR
  • Fort Bend County, Texas: A deputy was fired for being drunk during a drunk driving enforcement training session. ow.ly/fMUV30bNS31
  • Update: Prince George’s County, Maryland (First reported 12/2/16): An officer was found guilty of assault and acquitted of misconduct in office for striking a suspect with his police cruiser. ow.ly/OqlA30bODLA

National Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 5/16/17

Here are the six reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, May 16, 2017:

  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 9/14/15): The officer who tackled retired tennis star James Blake reportedly made a plea deal to avoid administrative trial. ow.ly/60Ht30bLAtW
  • Update: Coffey County, Kansas (First reported 12/28/16): A deputy was fired and ordered to stand trial for sexually abusing a 15-year-old. His arraignment is scheduled for July 17. ow.ly/q1oE30bLD5J
  • Update: Colebrookdale Township, Pennsylvania (First reported 5/5/17): A commission fired the police chief and suspended two other officers for misconduct. Criminal charges are unlikely. ow.ly/l8gd30bLIhw
  • Benton County, Arkansas: A detective was suspended after using emergency lights for personal reasons. She pulled over a school bus to let her son get on. ow.ly/H9Jy30bLJ9p
  • Franklin County, Ohio: A deputy who worked as an SRO was fired after he was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student. The prosecutors declined to file criminal charges in the case.  ow.ly/Q6uL30bLJoP
  • Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana: Two deputies were fired after challenging an arrested man to a fight. The incident was caught on a cell-phone camera. Another deputy who was on the scene was reprimanded. ow.ly/P9z930bLJGf

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 5/15/17

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, May 15, 2017:

  • Update: Iredell County, North Carolina (First reported 3/14/17): A detective had domestic violence charges against him dropped after a review of the incident video. ow.ly/5yas30bJn9a
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: An officer was indicted for witness intimidation, misconduct in office, and accessory after the fact. ow.ly/uTSm30bJpaR
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An officer was suspended with intent to dismiss after his arrest for punching his wife in the head. ow.ly/UvPB30bJpuI
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: An officer is under internal and external investigations for a fatal on-duty crash that killed a child. The report indicates the officer has a history of bad driving. ow.ly/ZrpI30bJqcr
  • Update: Ector County, Texas (First reported 6/16/16): A deputy pled guilty to extorting a game room operator for tips about raids and enforcing robberies of the premises. ow.ly/WMyL30bJLeD
  • Update: New Rochelle, New York (First reported 1/3/17): An officer pled not guilty to vehicular manslaughter for an off-duty crash that killed his friend. ow.ly/BPoN30bJM0R
  • Pushmataha County, Oklahoma: A deputy was fired for lying about a shooting and a subsequent car chase when he was on duty. ow.ly/O0q130bJNmw
  • Jonesboro, Arkansas: An officer was fired after pointing a loaded firearm at a motorist and a passenger after running them off the road while he was off-duty and in his personal vehicle. ow.ly/UDz030bJNUG
  • Warren, Rhode Island: An officer was arrested for cyber-harassment. ow.ly/RAPX30bJOjP
  • Sycamore and Elgin, Illinois: The Sycamore chief was placed on leave as the City investigates why an Elgin officer who was arrested for DUI was released without charge. ow.ly/7lcp30bJP22

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. ow.ly/uh7i30bFjF2
  • 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. ow.ly/qIV330bFwNJ
  • Altoona, Pennsylvania: An officer faces multiple counts of theft and tampering related to an alleged gambling problem. ow.ly/7psi30bFCzw
  • 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. ow.ly/OG9o30bFGZe
  • Overton County, Tennessee: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence and fired. ow.ly/AYbN30bFHEU
  • Lake County, Illinois: A deputy was charged with three counts of perjury involving a DUI case. ow.ly/xU1730bFI7y
  • 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. ow.ly/Zdya30bFIC6
  • 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. ow.ly/J86530bFJcY
  • Shreveport, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for domestic battery and false imprisonment for hurting his wife and preventing her from physically leaving his presence.  ow.ly/SNUk30bFJQy
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: An officer is under criminal investigation for kicking a suspect in the head during a video-recorded arrest. ow.ly/OnRn30bFKhO

Learn Your Rights

I have an article in USA Today about some recent cases where people were arrested for invoking their constitutional rights.  Here’s an excerpt:

Just because law enforcement have us at a serious disadvantage does not mean we should let them walk all over us. The wise course to take during police encounters is to obey commands, but to also politely and calmly decline requests. Here’s the key point: Law enforcement are trained to blur that distinction. For example, they may knock on your door and say, “Let’s talk.” In such cases, individuals have to seek the clarification by asking, “Are you ordering me to open my door and allow a search?”

If it isn’t an order, the choice is ours to make. If you give the police permission to search your home without a warrant, that’s your prerogative. If you decline to give your permission, that’s your prerogative also.

There is not enough space to say everything that needs to be said.  For example, the article’s focus is on police stops in public–traffic stops or on a city sidewalk.  Different rules apply for airport searches, or if you are seeking entrance to a government building.  For those anxious to learn more, follow the links on the homepage here: Lawyer Up and Know Your Rights.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 5/11/17

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

  • Solon, Ohio: An officer was charged with disorderly conduct and misdemeanor domestic violence. ow.ly/zMJ730bBaqH
  • Update: Wayne County, Michigan (First reported 11/17/16): A sergeant pled guilty to molesting child under 13 multiple times over the course of six years. He was sentenced to 3.5-15 years in prison. ow.ly/uorD30bDdm7
  • Cape May County, New Jersey: A sergeant was indicted for the off-duty sexual assault of a subordinate officer. He rejected a plea deal that would have spared him jail time. ow.ly/rNIx30bDg0H
  • Hackensack, New Jersey: Six narcotics unit detectives—a majority of the unit—was suspended amid an internal investigation. ow.ly/aJ5v30bDm0Q
  • Update: Lynchburg, Virginia (First reported 8/23/16): A now-former officer was sentenced to a month in jail after he was found guilty of his second DUI. ow.ly/5S1M30bDmsw
  • Ville Platte, Louisiana: The City’s deputy marshal was arrested for promotion of prostitution. ow.ly/EcsO30bDnPH
  • Manatee County, Florida: A deputy was named in an FBI civil rights complaint filed by the NAACP. The deputy falsely arrested and dragged a man out of his house. The deputy had been pursuing a driver who had fled a vehicle on foot. The deputy was suspended for his actions. ow.ly/Y4JW30bDoBQ
  • Los Angeles County, California: A now-former deputy was sentenced to one month in jail after his no contest plea to solicitation of a prostitute while he was off duty. ow.ly/phn730bDpHP

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 5/10/17

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 10, 2017:

  • Cleveland, Missouri: A now-former officer was indicted for grand larceny for allegedly taking $5,000 from a resident while she was on the force. ow.ly/aQly30bApop
  • Update: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (First reported 10/17/14): The City tentatively settled with the family of Dontre Hamilton, who was fatally shot by a police officer, for $2,300,000.  ow.ly/YlXI30bBcXC
  • Update: San Juan, Texas (First reported 4/17/17): An officer was arrested for stealing three packages of cocaine from a large drug bust. His partner had previously been arrested for lying to the FBI about the missing evidence. ow.ly/l0fJ30bApyz
  • Houston, Texas: An officer was arrested after an alleged DUI crash on Cinco de Mayo. ow.ly/ZoY930bAqgT
  • Spartanburg, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for DUI. ow.ly/AI8K30bArka
  • Update: Camden County, New Jersey (First reported 6/11/16): An officer resigned amid an investigation into misconduct and landed a new law enforcement job in Wilton Manors, Florida. He pled guilty to assault stemming from the investigation that underway at the time of his resignation. He has now been fired from the Wilton Manors department and is under criminal investigation for an undisclosed incident in Florida. ow.ly/XXSw30bB4JK
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was suspended indefinitely—with the intent of termination—after allegedly leaking confidential information about the accuser of a sexual assault suspect to the suspect. It is unclear whether he will face criminal charges for his conduct. ow.ly/FyM630bB65B
  • Update: Coral Gables, Florida (First reported 10/4/16): An officer who eavesdropped on a resident during an open governmental meeting has been recommended to be fired by the police chief. ow.ly/5WFd30bB6nQ
  • Lawrence, Massachusetts: A sergeant was placed on leave after a late-night incident at the police station. The details of the incident are unclear but what’s known suggests intoxication. Two other officers were suspended for unrelated misconduct. One was suspended for incompetence, insubordination, and general misconduct; the other was suspended for taking a gun home rather than turning it in to evidence.  ow.ly/YPyw30bB6Sj
  • Portsmouth, Rhode Island: An officer was suspended with pay after his arrest for domestic simple assault. ow.ly/QXgU30bB7ks
  • Mercer County, New Jersey: An officer was arrested for simple assault against his wife. He is the second MCSO officer arrested for domestic violence in 2017. ow.ly/KNbL30bB94k

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 5/9/17

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, May 9, 2017:

  • Seattle, Washington: An officer was arrested in a cross-country marijuana smuggling conspiracy. ow.ly/9s9130bz1yp
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina: An officer was arrested for being drunk and threatening at a transit center while he was off duty. ow.ly/ya3J30by8OH
  • Update: Hialeah, Florida (First reported 3/21/17): An officer pled guilty to extortion, aggravated identity theft, and illegal use of confidential law enforcement database in credit card and license scam.  ow.ly/NEUY30by92X
  • Update: Linden, New Jersey (First reported 3/24/15): A now-former officer was found guilty of aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter, and other charges for a fatal wrong-way crash that killed two passengers, one of whom was a fellow officer. This was not the officer’s first crash or drunk driving incident but he remained on the force until this incident despite his record. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 8.  ow.ly/lp9i30by9jo
  • Update: Johnson County, Arkansas: A deputy resigned after an internal investigation was completed. No criminal charges will be filed regarding the undisclosed misconduct. ow.ly/wOUC30by9AP
  • Fort Pierce, Florida: Two officers were fired for multiple violations during a traffic stop when they fatally shot Demarcus Semer. ow.ly/pKBh30by9O8
  • Durham County, North Carolina: A deputy who worked at two high schools as a school resource officer has been fired. He remains under criminal investigation for undisclosed misconduct. ow.ly/89W530bya3B
  • San Diego County, California: A deputy was arrested for stalking and threatening a woman. He is now subject to a restraining order for three years and has surrendered his weapon.  ow.ly/mvGZ30byaqI
  • Santa Fe County, New Mexico: A deputy was charged with molesting two relatives after he confessed to the crime in a recorded telephone conversation. Police are encouraging any other victims to come forward. ow.ly/I3de30byaCW
  • Update: Sarasota County, Florida (First reported 2/10/17): A deputy who was previously charged with lying to investigators in her colleague’s attempted murder case has now also been charged with tampering with evidence after text messages came to light.  ow.ly/LCMF30byaSx
  • Update: Johnson County, Arkansas (First reported 11/29/16): A now-former deputy pled guilty to third-degree sexual assault for acts while in uniform. He allegedly raped a domestic violence victim with a foreign object and urinated on her. He was sentenced to six years of probation and ordered to register as a sex offender. ow.ly/ephF30byb6k

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 5/8/17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, May 8, 2017:

  • Update: Balch Springs, Texas (First reported 5/1/17): The now-former officer who was fired for fatally shooting Jordan Edwards, a 15-year-old boy who was a passenger in a car leaving a party, has been charged with murder. ow.ly/PVUi30buMzH
  • Lake County, Florida: A deputy was fired for waving his gun and taser around in public, apparently imitating Denzel Washington’s dirty cop character from ‘Training Day.’ His reckless conduct was reported by his colleagues and video of the incident has been released. ow.ly/lond30bvD6s
  • Pueblo, Colorado: An officer staged body cam footage for a search that led to drug and gun charges for a suspect. The case was dropped by prosecutors when they learned the footage was bogus. ow.ly/bKYM30bvDSG
  • Albany, New York: An officer was suspended after an off-duty late-night hit-and-run crash. The bumper and license plate were left at the scene, leading to the officer’s identification. ow.ly/MPAh30bvQfg
  • Okmulgee County, Oklahoma: The chief deputy was arrested for aggravated assault and battery, as well as robbery. ow.ly/8bsK30bvQs0
  • Banks County, Georgia: A deputy was placed on leave after a drug case was dropped against a former-NBA player Mike Scott amid allegations of racial profiling and false reporting. Apparently, the deputy’s report included a chase that never happened. Since the incident was first reported, the deputy has been fired.  ow.ly/8uNZ30bvQAu (update: http://on.11alive.com/2phFyjz  )
  • St. Paul, Minnesota: An officer was acquitted of assault. He allegedly punched a 14-year-old girl. His attorney says the officer didn’t mean to hurt her. ow.ly/1XYz30bvREL
  • Pinellas County, Florida: A deputy is on trial for stealing prescription pills from work and pawning his service weapon. ow.ly/mXDN30bvRUT
  • DeKalb County, Georgia: The sheriff was arrested in Atlanta for indecency and obstruction after allegedly exposing himself to an officer. ow.ly/roCf30bwR2w

 

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 5/5/17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 5, 2017:

  • Woodland Hills High School (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania): An SRO was caught on video knocking a student’s tooth out. Once the story broke, more students have come forth with more allegations of abuse by the officer and staff. ow.ly/zrRu30bsD84
  • Polk County, Florida: A detective was acquitted of violating the civil rights of a teen who was accused of bullying another girl into suicide. ow.ly/Vg9Z30bsJF4
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was charged with DWI in April and suspended. Reports show that he was previously suspended for groping a woman without consent while he was off duty. ow.ly/a4Qf30bsZni
  • Madison County, Virginia: A detective was charged with transporting minors across state lines for criminal sexual activity. ow.ly/kb5130bsJRX
  • Update: Kern County, California (First reported 6/24/16): Two deputies agreed to plead guilty in a marijuana distribution conspiracy case for dealings with a disgraced ex-Bakersfield officer who was previously convicted of meth distribution. ow.ly/dNf230bsKpD
  • Update: Burlington Township, New Jersey (First reported 10/21/16): A now-former officer pled guilty to vehicular homicide for a DUI crash that killed his passenger. He was sentenced to four years in prison. ow.ly/v77i30bt0yi
  • Colebrookdale, Pennsylvania: The chief was suspended indefinitely with the intent to terminate. A detective and an officer were given lighter suspensions, and are expected to be retained. The underlying offense or offenses were not made public. ow.ly/Y2kr30bt0X8
  • Fremont County, Colorado: A corporal was arrested for child abuse and third-degree assault for an off-duty incident. ow.ly/amE630bt1Fb

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 5/4/17

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, May 4, 2017:

  • Update: Franklin, Indiana (First reported 10/25/16): An officer who was arrested but not ultimately charged for felony domestic battery has been fired by City. ow.ly/NQpR30bqxUm
  • Jasper County, Georgia: A deputy was charged with theft and violation of his oath for allegedly taking drugs and cash from evidence. ow.ly/3lvV30bqyK0
  • Troup County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for stalking and simple assault against his girlfriend. He has been fired. ow.ly/1HY230bqz4K
  • Lee County, Florida: A deputy was suspended three days for making a sexually inappropriate comment to a female deputy. ow.ly/IQeM30bqTPE
  • Hot Springs, Arkansas: An officer was arrested for molesting a nine-year-old girl on repeated occasions last year. He resigned. ow.ly/oIRb30br1Hh
  • Anne Arundel County, Maryland: An officer was accused of misconduct, including sending sexually explicit photos to an interviewee and engaging in prostitution while on duty. Another woman claimed he convinced her to have sex with him so that he would help out a person she knew who was in legal trouble. ow.ly/Gilq30br5ah
  • Update: Rutherford County, Tennessee (First reported 5/27/16): The now-former sheriff was sentenced to 50 months in prison on federal corruption charges for profiteering off of the inmates in the jail he ran. ow.ly/9VXf30br7Cy
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was charged with misdemeanor false report or alarm for trying to fake his own death and escape the country. ow.ly/SEqK30br8Lw
  • Jacksonville, Florida: An officer was charged with aggravated assault for pulling his gun on a man while he was off-duty at a poker outing. ow.ly/KsKw30br9m2
  • Utah Department of Public Safety: An officer was arrested for DUI in an unmarked patrol car on his way to a training event. ow.ly/3k6h30br9xB

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. ow.ly/whYr30bosji
  • 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. ow.ly/soWd30bozqT
  • Lee County, Florida: Three deputies and a sergeant were fired for giving false statements or falsifying documents in separate incidents. ow.ly/X7X830boAix
  • 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. ow.ly/Prr830boB6s
  • 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. ow.ly/1Ofd30boBV2
  • 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. ow.ly/bIIA30boCOG
  • 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. ow.ly/PEdo30boDOv
  • 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. ow.ly/z6dW30boECN
  • 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. ow.ly/VuMu30boF6A

Worst of the Month — April

So for the month of April we’ve selected the Town of Colorado City and the City of Hildale which are located on the Arizona-Utah border.  Last month, U.S. District Judge H. Russell Holland issued an order based on findings made by a jury that the Colorado City Marshals Office “engaged in a long-standing pattern of abuses that included false arrests, unreasonable seizures of property, discriminatory policing on the basis of religion, and violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.”

According to the Department of Justice, police officials engaged in a decades-long pattern or practice of police misconduct and housing discrimination.  Judge Holland concluded that officers turned a blind eye to criminal activity involving FLDS Church leaders or members, including supporting a fugitive and ignoring underage marriages, unauthorized distribution of prescription drugs, and food-stamp fraud.

The findings of this investigation reflect poorly not only on the towns, but also state attorneys general’s office, which should have take action much sooner so that federal intervention would not have been necessary.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 5/2/17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, May 2, 2017:

  • Holyoke, Massachusetts: An officer was charged with indecent assault and battery of a minor under 14 years old ow.ly/D3HN30blZBA
  • Update: North Charleston, South Carolina (First reported 4/8/15): Now-former officer Michael Slager pled guilty to one count of violating Walter Scott’s civil rights for fatally shooting him in the back five times. In exchange for the plea, the other federal charges and state murder charges were dropped. The City settled a wrongful death suit with Scott’s family for $6,500,000. http://bit.ly/2oYWxHv
  • Update: Belleville, New Jersey (First reported 11/10/16): The officer arrested for shoplifting a bottle of tequila has resigned. The details of her criminal plea were sealed. ow.ly/U5Sd30bm0Q0
  • Update: Des Plaines, Illinois (First reported 12/17/13): An officer was reinstated by a labor arbitrator after years of appealing firing. The long-running ordeal had the firing upheld by several court proceedings. According to the report, his is alleged to have “beat[en] handcuffed suspects, lied during an internal investigation and made false arrests.”  The City is deciding whether to appeal the ruling, but officials said that “rehiring him would be bad public policy and harmful for morale.” ow.ly/YQqd30bmtkC
  • Harris County, Texas: A deputy was arrested for hitting a woman during a fight over a parking spot while he was off duty. ow.ly/JJzi30bmxzp
  • Update: Mobile County, Alabama (First reported 3/14/17): A deputy who was fired after being seen by co-workers buying drugs has been indicted and arrested. ow.ly/wwSw30bmxZi
  • Charleston County, South Carolina: A deputy was charged with domestic violence after an incident with his wife. ow.ly/QETj30bmyNA
  • Waller County, Texas: A deputy was fired after allegations of inappropriate contact with female DWI suspect after her arrest. ow.ly/vjJf30bmADF

Police Shootings Back in the News

This is cross-posted from [email protected]:

Police shootings are back in the news. Michael Slager has pleaded guilty to federal charges involving the killing of Walter Scott. Federal officials have declined to bring charges against the officers involved in the shooting death of Alton Sterling. Meanwhile Texas officer Roy Oliver has been fired in the wake of the shooting death of 15 year old Jordan Edwards.

Each shooting incident has to be considered separately to take account of all the surrounding circumstances. There are a range of possibilities—from self-defense on the part of the officer, to tragic accident or mistake, to manslaughter or even first degree homicide. To ensure just outcomes, one of the most important things is to have independent, impartial investigations whenever there is a questionable shooting, especially where someone is killed or injured. Preferably, this will be done by a completely separate police department or the state attorneys general office, rather than the federal government. Another best practice for police shootings involves transparency. Police departments should identify the shooter and disclose his or her record, such as previous involvement in shootings or previous lawsuits alleging wrongdoing. Authorities should also make videos available. Mayor Rahm Emanuel tried to make the Lacquan McDonald case go away with a quiet legal settlement. It was only when a reporter went to court to seek the release of the video that the scandal was exposed and real movement for police reform could begin.

For related Cato work, go here, here, and here.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 5/1/17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, May 1, 2017:

  • Update: Auburn, New York (First reported 4/3/17): The deputy chief is set to return to work after serving his suspension and guilty plea to DUI. ow.ly/Vdta30bjXoe
  • Balch Spring, Texas: An officer shot into a car of kids leaving a party with a rifle, killing Jordan Edwards, an unarmed 15-year-old honor student. Dallas County police are investigating the incident. The name of the officer has not been released.  ow.ly/yxd230bk1BJ
  • Update: New Orleans, Louisiana (First reported 9/30/16): Two officers pled guilty to federal charges of interstate cigarette smuggling while off-duty and out of uniform. They resigned. A third officer who worked as a deputy in the Orleans Parish Police Department awaits trial with one or more defendants that are not in law enforcement. ow.ly/qliE30bkedo
  • Update: Kauai, Hawaii (First reported 8/20/15): An officer was acquitted of negligent homicide for running over a previously struck pedestrian while attempting to respond to the scene of the accident. He was reinstated after his acquittal. ow.ly/Syko30bkgsT
  • Baker, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for malfeasance and obstruction for the attempted cover-up of a shooting incident involving the son of the East Baton Rouge sheriff. The officer and his partner responded to the report of shots fired and found a man shooting target practice in his backyard, who was unaware bullets were leaving his property and striking at the nearby Wal-Mart. No injuries were reported. The officer who was arrested allegedly made several attempts to let the man off easy after learning his identity. ow.ly/FOuE30bkgVY
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was demoted and suspended amid allegations of misconduct with a sex worker and other violations. ow.ly/g8We30bkiba
  • Midland, Texas: An officer resigned after a woman reported he made inappropriate comments to her over the phone. ow.ly/ysFo30bkiDO
  • Alice, Texas: An officer was charged with assaulting a person in a bar while he was off duty. ow.ly/f2d530bkjwH

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/28/17

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 28, 2017:

  • Collier County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for being in contempt of court. He has not paid money as he was ordered to in his divorce case. ow.ly/U0Oh30bg3P3
  • Miami, Florida: An officer was arrested for false imprisonment and battery for detaining a woman while off duty but in uniform and in his patrol car. ow.ly/Z3wa30bg4AY
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with homicide by vehicle for fatally striking a pedestrian while allegedly drag racing other officers on public roads. ow.ly/tSca30bg4Y0
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A now-former homicide detective pled guilty to six criminal counts including conspiracy and tampering to help his girlfriend escape a murder charge after she allegedly killed her former lover. ow.ly/X4a130bg5nd
  • Seattle, Washington: A man is suing the City and an officer for excessive force. The plaintiff was repeatedly punched in the face without just cause. Dash footage captured the beginning of the encounter, including the first blow by the officer. The officer was suspended one day for the incident. ow.ly/lIGK30bg66W
  • Update: Louisville, Kentucky (First reported 12/28/16): A now-former officer was sentenced to five months for stealing money from packages he was charged with inspecting. ow.ly/saFu30bg6Dq
  • Update: San Antonio, Texas (First reported 6/15/16): An officer who was indefinitely suspended for challenging a detainee to fight for his freedom was reinstated. SAPD has a number of officers who they have tried to terminate that have been reinstated after their indefinite suspensions. ow.ly/ReJ830bgRsg

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/27/17

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 27, 2017:

  • Update: Gwinnett County, Georgia (First reported 4/14/17): Two now-former deputies were charged with battery and violation of oath for their video-recorded beating of a motorist. ow.ly/t6h630bdWaG
  • Michigan City, Indiana: An officer resigned and was later arrested for raping a woman with “diminished mental capacity.” ow.ly/4zRb30be5iN
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 4/27/16): Two recently retired officers were arrested for their roles in a gun permit bribery scandal while they were on the force. A third former officer was also arrested, but his alleged criminal activity happened after he retired in 1999. ow.ly/Eahp30be5xm
  • Pickens County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for the alleged harassment of his estranged wife. He was fired. ow.ly/BByK30be8Ux
  • College Park, Georgia: An officer resigned and was arrested for meeting underage teens for sex.  Officials say that he may not have been aware of the girls’ true ages, as they had posted that they were older on the website through which the officer contacted them. ow.ly/UJdC30be9r2
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An officer was arrested for sexual abuse of children and child pornography. ow.ly/a96j30bea2V
  • Update: Melrose Park, Illinois (First reported 4/15/15): A now-former officer pled guilty to stealing drugs from evidence and using his police car to drive as a cocaine courier. ow.ly/XaX730bebXt
  • Update: Federal Protective Service (First reported 6/6/16): A now-former officer pled guilty to murder and other charges for killing two strangers and wounding others during a 2016 DC-area shooting spree. He will still face charges for killing his estranged wife at the beginning of the spree. ow.ly/M2HX30becKw
  • Update: Neoga, Illinois (First reported 3/9/16): A now-former officer pled guilty to sexually abusing a teenage girl. He was sentenced to spend 90 days in jail and serve four years of probation. ow.ly/1sCl30bedcN
  • Leachville, Arkansas: An officer was suspended with pay for an undisclosed violation. ow.ly/aaat30bedVB
  • Hearne, Texas: An officer resigned while he was under investigation. He says he wants to continue a career in law enforcement. ow.ly/mzq630beesp
  • Update: San Antonio, Texas (First reported 9/19/16): A detective was suspended three days for striking his wife in the face. He was arrested for the incident, but his wife declined to press charges. ow.ly/8qZk30bef7S
  • Augusta, Maine: An officer is being sued for excessive force for shooting a suspect. A judge ruled that she did not properly warn the suspect before firing and thus the lawsuit could move forward. ow.ly/yi8A30befDT
  • Mandeville, Louisiana: An officer was fired after he was charged for stealing from Home Depot while he was off duty. ow.ly/Fciw30beg68
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 7/30/14): An officer who was convicted of misconduct and fired for actions against a teenage detainee was reinstated by a judge. ow.ly/w1WK30behdo
  • Sonoma State University (California): The chief has set a date to resign. He has been on leave since he allegedly stabbed his stepson with a power drill and fired his weapon in a domestic dispute. ow.ly/tXJ130beREl

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/25/17

Here are the six reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 25, 2017:

  • Lafayette Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was arrested for bringing contraband into the jail for an inmate. ow.ly/D4Ko30b9yg3
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland: An officer who was indicted with six other officers in a corruption scandal has also been indicted in a separate drug ring case. ow.ly/Aloi30b9Adn
  • Update: East Cleveland, Ohio: Two officers pled guilty to charges for assaulting and violating the civil rights of a detainee. ow.ly/IFQv30b9CAG
  • Update: Sacramento, California: The City is being sued by the man who was assaulted by an officer for jaywalking that many saw in a viral video. He also claims he was the victim of mistreatment in the jail. ow.ly/dVCv30b9G4l
  • Milwaukee County, Wisconsin: The jail is at the heart of a rare prosecutor’s inquest because Terrill Thomas was denied water for a week and died of severe dehydration. The jail is overseen by Sheriff David Clarke. ow.ly/FWV330ba5Tv
  • Update: New York, New York: A now-former officer was sentenced to 28 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor and child pornography. ow.ly/toFg30bah1W

Judge Kozinski — ‘He saved my life.’

Great interview with Federal Judge Alex Kozinski with Leslie Stahl of 60 Minutes on the Debra Milke case.

Here’s the gist of the story.  Milke was interrogated by a police detective.  The officer emerges from the room saying Milke confessed to murder.  Milke denies it and maintains her innocence.

There is a trial and that’s the sum total of the evidence against her.  The officer says she confessed to him.  No recording.  No signed confession.  Other men that were connected to the killing said she was not involved.

On the basis of that one officer’s testimony, Milke not only lost her liberty, she almost lost her life–as it was a death penalty case.

When Milke’s lawyers dug into the crucial detective’s background, they found evidence of lying and misconduct in other cases.  That’s when Judge Kozinski issued his ruling saying the government’s case was so weak that it could not stand.  Milke was released from prison.

I am presently editing a collection of Judge Kozinski’s superb opinions and the Milke case is among them.  It will be a great book.

Go here to see Judge Kozinski debate another federal judge on problems with the American criminal justice system.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/24/17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, April 24, 2017:

  • Rochester, New York: An officer was suspended after a facebook post claimed and body cam evidence confirmed he choked a handcuffed detainee. ow.ly/PhIo30b6oU7
  • Update: Dallas, Texas (First reported 12/1/13): A now-former officer was acquitted of criminally negligent homicide for striking cyclist while in pursuit. The officer ran him over and cuffed him and allegedly waited several minutes before calling EMS. The cyclist died of his injuries before getting to the hospital. The officer was fired and the cyclist’s family received $1,200,000 from a lawsuit against the City. ow.ly/4SM230b6pof
  • Update: Crockett County, Tennessee (First reported 2/23/17): A now-former deputy pled guilty to cocaine distribution and firearms possession for running protection for the Gangster Disciples. As part of the plea, he will be unable to appeal his sentence. ow.ly/e12630b72zP

New York, New York: Three incidents came from one report: ow.ly/nGRq30b7itL

  • One officer was arrested after he punched a friend while he was off-duty.
  • One detective was arrested for a minor DWI crash.
  • One officer was arrested for a DWI crash that sent another car into a pole, seriously injuring three people. Since the story was first published, 22-year-old Vanessa Raghubar, who was driving the car the officer hit, succumbed to her injuries. There is no word yet, but amended charges stemming from her death seem likely. http://bit.ly/2q3Jh48
  • Update: Dallas, Texas (First reported 4/21/17): A second officer has been arrested on burglary charges for an October ’16 incident involving the home of the first arrested officer’s estranged wife. ow.ly/BlaS30b7jrg
  • Rockaway Township, New Jersey: An officer was charged with sexual assault and child endangerment for having sexual contact with and giving drugs to teens.  ow.ly/reQz30b7kka
  • Update: Irwindale, California (First reported 6/13/14): The City will pay the victim of year-long molestation while she was a teen in the department’s Explorer program $2,750,000. The now-former officer who abused her during that time was convicted and sentenced to 32 months in prison. ow.ly/td6d30b7xkX

‘The First Priority is to do Justice’

From Andrew McCarthy, former federal prosecutor, writing over at National Review Online:

It is not possible to have the rule of law unless those charged with executing the laws are held accountable when they are derelict. And it is not possible to have accountability when the processes for discovering derelictions do not work.
Those processes have to be mended. It is beyond time to reinvigorate the principle that law enforcement’s first priority is to do justice. Not only must government officials follow the rules; their adherence must be monitored — not to harass the law-abiding but to root out the corrupt. Examples must be made of those who abuse their powers. It is not sufficient that the system achieves justice most of the time.
Read the whole thing.  Nice to see this from the Right.  More please.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/21/17

Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 21, 2017:

  • Rochester, New York: Two officers were suspended after the use of force against a man who was riding a dirtbike. At least one body cam was not activated during the incident. ow.ly/ZZqF30b33H7
  • Southington, Connecticut: An officer was suspended 30 days for letting his intoxicated girlfriend drive. She caused a fatal accident and was criminally charged in the case. ow.ly/mjq630b34JN
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer was charged with burglary and stalking for an incident against his estranged wife in October. ow.ly/XGuD30b3cnv
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado: The City settled a racial profiling lawsuit for $212,000. ow.ly/yv9F30b3cUP
  • Parma, Ohio: A now-former officer pled guilty to identity fraud and obstruction charges for lying to officials while at a casino off duty. He and the woman he was with were using false identities when they cashed out. ow.ly/Wyrw30b3dny
  • Update: Federal Bureau of Investigation (Las Vegas) (First reported 12/21/16): A now-former agent was sentenced to 135 days in jail and probation for the off-duty shooting in the direction of Grand Rapids, Michigan police. No one was injured during the incident. ow.ly/JLSc30b3dOG
  • Update: Delaware County, Oklahoma (First reported 1/21/16): A now-former deputy was sentenced to three years, suspended, and ordered to register as sex offender for propositioning a teen. ow.ly/q5jy30b3eQK

Police Shooting Case at Supreme Court

Today, the Supreme Court declined to review an appeal in the case of Salazar-Limon v. City of Houston  (scroll down). Of course, the Court declines most appeals and can only review a small fraction of the cases brought to it.  What is noteworthy about this case is the dissent filed by Justice Sotomayor.  She wanted to explain why the Court’s denial was a mistake.

The case involved a police shooting in Houston.  The man, Ricardo Salazar-Limon (SL), survived the shooting and later sued for excessive force.  Unfortunately, his lawsuit was thrown out before there was even a trial.  That was Sotomayor’s objection–the case was improperly decided by a judge before trial when a jury should have heard the controversy.  Salazar-Limon was shot by the police and now the government has tossed away his legal claim of excessive force.  By allowing the lower court ruling to stand uncorrected, the law is now tilting against the victims of police misconduct and puts dangerous power in the hands of police.

Here’s the background: SL was driving on a Houston freeway around midnight.  He had been drinking.  Officer Chris Thompson pulled him over, and asked for his license.  Thompson checked for warrants, but there were none.  SL was asked to exit his vehicle –probably for a sobriety test.  It seems that when Thompson moved to put handcuffs on SL, things escalated fast and their stories diverge.  SL says he started walking away, and that he was shot in the back just seconds after Thompson had called out to him to stop.  Thompson claims that SL responded to his order by turning around and making a motion toward his waistband as if he were about to draw a gun, so Thompson, who had already drawn his weapon, shot SL.   SL had no gun.

As noted, an excessive force claim was filed.  The police officer asked the district judge to resolve the case in his favor prior to trial, arguing that he was immune under the doctrine of qualified immunity.

When the facts are disputed, cases typically go to the jury.  When there is no real factual dispute, a judge might decide the case based on the law.  That’s what happened here, but it remains controversial.  Officer Thompson and the lower courts took the position that since SL did not deny reaching for his waistband, the court could decide the case without a jury.  In that situation, the courts said Thompson would have been justified in using deadly force–even if no gun is found later.  The perceived threat is sufficient.

Sotomayor said the courts were making an awful mistake.  SL’s legal claim did dispute the facts–that he did not turn to Officer Thompson till he was shot in the back.  SL is basically saying that he got shot for disobeying an order given just seconds earlier and that’s excessive force.

Sotomayor isn’t saying that Officers Thompson was wrong to shoot.  She is making a more modest argument.  The jury should have heard both sides and then decided the case after hearing all the evidence.  She believes the courts are deciding too many of these kinds of cases prematurely and that the victims of police misconduct are having their claims improperly rejected.  She’s right.  Alas, only Justice Ginsburg joined Sotomayor’s dissent.  Still, the dissent raised the profile of the problem and will help ignite a debate in this important corner of the law.

We should note that Sotomayor cites this article by Radley Balko that collects cases of persons shot by police where the justification was “reaching for the waistband” and it turned out there was no gun.  That is just too thin a basis for the use of deadly force on people.  To be clear, the officer could draw his weapon and he could take cover and issue more commands to a suspect to show his hands.  But opening fire without seeing a gun in such circumstances seems wrong.  At the least, the jury should have decided whether the shot was truly justified.

 

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. ow.ly/oAmI30b0ZTM
  • Alamo, Texas: An officer was arrested for felonious assault on a family member. ow.ly/Evxu30b16NT
  • 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. ow.ly/tpJx30b17o7
  • 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. ow.ly/gIw930b18gn
  • 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. ow.ly/9sQZ30b1ad1
  • Baker, Louisiana: An officer was charged with 16 counts related to doctor shopping for opioids and amphetamines. He resigned. ow.ly/AirJ30b1tB2
  • Frankfort, Kentucky: A detective was suspended six months without pay for alleged sexual misconduct with an informant and withholding evidence.  ow.ly/jALO30b1uh3
  • 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. ow.ly/mRqd30b1uzF
  • Fentress County, Tennessee: A sheriff pled guilty to honest services fraud and civil rights charges. He sexually abused female jail inmates. ow.ly/Qfbz30b1VkL
  • 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”.  ow.ly/NMZi30b1vr2

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. ow.ly/w3N930aYQA3
  • 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. ow.ly/dnpH30aYXE9
  • 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. ow.ly/u7Hn30aZ2ns
  • Portland, Oregon: An officer was arrested for an off-duty DUI ow.ly/MyAm30aZiXZ
  • Austin, TX officer who runs breathalyzer at jail fired for coming to work drunk. Supervisor suspended 60 days ow.ly/QdPe30aZmHN

Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Council sanctioned six now-former officers from six departments for misconduct. ow.ly/fZ7z30aZn0F:

  • 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. ow.ly/862G30aZnar
  • 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. ow.ly/VO2X30aZnRM
  • 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. ow.ly/P0Fz30aZOVN
  • Clark County, Washington: A detective resigned while he was under investigation for official misconduct. He will not face criminal charges. ow.ly/vkEy30aZo9I

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. ow.ly/50MU30aWGuG
  • 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.  ow.ly/zKeo30aWGSc
  • El Paso, Texas: An officer was indicted for manslaughter for fatally shooting Erik Sanchez in the back in 2015. ow.ly/YlHn30aWUgG
  • Forrest County, Mississippi: A deputy was arrested for sending sexually explicit pictures to a 13-year-old child. ow.ly/HY9X30aWRdb
  • Update: Gwinnett County, Georgia: A prosecutor dismissed 89 cases filed by a pair of deputies who were recently fired for beating a motorist. ow.ly/C7an30aWRCS
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was suspended 15 days for an off-duty road rage incident. ow.ly/ApYZ30aWSa8
  • 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. ow.ly/droY30aWSUV
  • 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. ow.ly/oDaH30aWTJn

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. ow.ly/yjKa30aTE0n
  • 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.  ow.ly/t4CM30aTEbG
  • 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.  ow.ly/bLXm30aTEj7
  • Lexington, Kentucky: Two officers were suspended for causing traffic accidents while on duty.  ow.ly/6o7z30aTECv
  • 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. ow.ly/1Vyi30aTEFi
  • 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. ow.ly/tBTu30aTER4
  • 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.  ow.ly/7U3q30aTF3h
  • Oceanside, California: An officer was suspended after his arrest for domestic battery. ow.ly/q5F430aTFve
  • 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.  ow.ly/RLwL30aTFKM
  • 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.  ow.ly/LCiR30aTG10

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. ow.ly/ai5X30aRgMV
  • 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. ow.ly/jNWW30aRh94
  • Mandeville, Louisiana: An officer was fired after being found drunk in her police car while off duty. ow.ly/Tfmn30aRhic
  • Update: East Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 3/6/17): An officer was fired and indicted for sexually assaulting women he pulled over. ow.ly/IZI830aRhyQ
  • 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. ow.ly/dWSr30aRi7n
  • 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. ow.ly/MPMh30aRiLB
  • 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. ow.ly/VLmX30aRkjG
  • Jackson, Mississippi: An officer has been accused of sexual assault. He remains on duty during the administrative and criminal investigations. ow.ly/vK1A30aRZ8t

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. ow.ly/ss1C30aPEoR
  • 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. ow.ly/Y0WM30aPGJn
  • Aurora, Illinois: An officer was arrested for domestic battery after punching, elbowing, and biting an unidentified person in an off-duty incident. ow.ly/qTxD30aPI0z
  • 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. ow.ly/KEiS30aPJoF
  • 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. ow.ly/zFFT30aPK75
  • 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. ow.ly/ETcw30aPKSq

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.

C-SPAN Interview on the Federal Role in Handling Police Misconduct

With Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, there will be a drastic decrease in federal interventions over local police departments.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my view is that the Right is wrong if they think there are no systemic problems in American policing.  However, the Left is wrong to think the feds can come riding to the rescue to fix those departments.  That’s another example of the triumph of hope over experience.

More on my thesis here.

A “Good Start” in Wisconsin

In many states, officers will quit a department before they are fired or while they are under investigation for misconduct and take a job elsewhere, effectively wiping their own slate clean and starting over. In certain cases, this can endanger a new community because a bad officer simply moved jurisdictions. One tragic example: the officer who shot and killed Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio resigned from another department that was about to terminate him for his ineptitude with firearms.

USA Today’s Jonathan Anderson has a report today about the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s laudable efforts to reduce the likelihood of hiring problem officers.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice earlier this year began requiring law enforcement agencies to report when officers resign amid an internal investigation, quit in lieu of termination or are fired for cause.

The Justice Department will warn agencies about the officers should they seek employment elsewhere, according to Christopher Domagalski, chairman of the state Law Enforcement Standards Board, which oversees training and certification of police officers in the state.

“What we’re trying to do is eliminate the opportunity for somebody to slip through the cracks,” said Domagalski, who also is chief of the Sheboygan Police Department.

The change is aimed at identifying officers who switch jobs or hop around to different agencies after committing or being accused of wrongdoing.

As a professor notes later in the piece, this is a “good start” but not sufficient to completely eliminate the practice because, like many states, Wisconsin cannot decertify an officer unless the officer has been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors like domestic violence.

Nevertheless, it is heartening to see state officials taking police misconduct seriously.

You can read the whole report here.

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. ow.ly/baZg30aNhI8
  • Columbus, Ohio: An officer was placed on administrative duty after being videoed stomping on a restrained suspect’s head. ow.ly/ley730aNjeV
  • 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.  ow.ly/u9cH30aNDaK
  • Sweetwater, Florida: An officer was suspended while Miami-Dade police investigate him for corruption. ow.ly/TaA430aO9EO
  • Bicknell, Indiana: An officer was suspended without pay for 15 days for violating the confidentiality of child protective services law. ow.ly/ASC330aOatd
  • Leon County, Texas: Three deputies were indicted and fired for improperly collecting and passing on “sensitive information” to a Normangee officer (see below.) ow.ly/xfp630aOcul
  • Normangee, Texas: An officer was arrested for assaulting a family member and misusing official information he obtained from Leon County deputies. ow.ly/kHf930aOcJu
  • 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. ow.ly/tKY930aOySL

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. ow.ly/n9kg30aLlKe
  • 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. ow.ly/adJk30aLq6t
  • Avalon, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with resisting arrest, public intoxication, and disorderly conduct after a bar fight following the Pittsburgh Pirates home opener. ow.ly/1eQr30aLqFm
  • Manassas, Virginia: An officer was arrested with her husband for domestic assault and battery against one another. ow.ly/ACWF30aLqUe
  • 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. ow.ly/vceT30aLrjR
  • Fort Collins, Colorado: An officer was investigated after a video of him throwing a woman face first onto the pavement went viral. ow.ly/r1qf30aLQJP
  • Etowah County, Alabama: A deputy was fired and arrested for custodial sexual misconduct for an incident with a victim in his custody. ow.ly/LrI630aLVnu
  • 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. ow.ly/2yzN30aM1mO

The (Masked) Faces of Police Militarization

The Lake County (FL) Sheriff’s Office has been receiving a lot of media attention this week regarding a public service announcement made by Sheriff Peyton Grinnell.

In the short video, Sheriff Grinnell, flanked by four masked men (presumably his deputies), glares into the camera and issues a stern warning that SWAT teams are coming for local drug dealers, and that police are going to “blow the doors off the hinges” when they arrive.

A message from the Lake County Sheriff's Office Community Engagement Unit.

Posted by Lake County Sheriff's Office on Friday, April 7, 2017

We’ve written a lot about the history of and dangers inherent in overly militarized policing.  Viewers can make up their own minds about whether the video above is what they want American policing to look and sound like.

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:

4/6:

  • 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. ow.ly/knsz30aCN0p
  • 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. ow.ly/Xrg330aCQVO
  • Fremont County, Colorado: A deputy was placed on leave amid accusations he arrested people for DUI without cause or any signs of impairment. ow.ly/bfiA30aCUQl
  • Val Verde County, Texas: A deputy was fired after his arrest for DUI. He crashed his patrol vehicle while he was off duty. ow.ly/oN7K30aCVkn
  • Laredo, Texas: An officer was arrested for DWI and related charges after hitting a parked vehicle and fleeing the scene. ow.ly/hSQ130aD9g7

4/7:

  • 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. ow.ly/AAyE30aEXfP
  • Chatham County, Georgia: A deputy was charged with sexual assault and violation of the oath of office for actions against a jail inmate. ow.ly/JTTh30aEXQv
  • 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. ow.ly/9wJe30aEYON
  • Fullerton, California: An officer was charged with filing a false report. His story was contradicted by body camera footage. ow.ly/Yfje30aF5eL
  • 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. ow.ly/SaRn30aFtks
  • 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. ow.ly/pgvH30aFtGg
  • U.S. Secret Service: An agent assigned to Vice President Pence was arrested for solicitation in a Maryland hotel. ow.ly/zGwL30aFBc3
  • Attleboro, Massachusetts: An officer was arrested on child pornography and child solicitation charges. ow.ly/QltA30aFBoA
  • Green Bay, Wisconsin: An officer resigned amid allegations he falsified use of force reports after dashcam footage revelations. ow.ly/Gi4p30aFPFi
  • Washington, D.C.: An officer was charged with robbing and assaulting 15-year-old girl after paying her for sex. ow.ly/ecwE30aFQKT

4/10:

  • 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. ow.ly/fvIT30aHEfW
  • Los Angeles County, California: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence and is under internal investigation for unrelated misconduct while on duty.  ow.ly/Ujd530aHEsJ
  • 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. ow.ly/7fPH30aHEEg
  • 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. ow.ly/3jqe30aHEIH
  • Detroit, Michigan: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/U02m30aHFbi
  • 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. ow.ly/CaEM30aHFiz

 

Worst of the Month–March 2017

For the worst of March, we look to the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department scandal that has finally come to a close. Now-former Sheriff Lee Baca was found guilty of obstruction of justice for trying to hide various civil rights violations that were happening at the jail and within his department. Ten other officers, including Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, were convicted and sentenced to prison terms for beatings of inmates, general jail conditions, and hiding information from the federal government.

Before this scandal came to light several years ago, other LASD deputies were tried and convicted for sexually abusing inmates and other civil rights violations.

While some officers we cover are certainly bad apples, some departments create and maintain cultures of impunity for abusive officers. This allows misbehavior to become commonplace and even an integral part of how a department manages itself. This is a sad chapter in LASD’s history and hopefully the department can move on and regain the trust of the community it serves.

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. ow.ly/QFrj30aArT0
  • 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. ow.ly/DSdt30aAsfG
  • Gainesville, Florida: officer suspended while under investigation for aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and stalking. ow.ly/iYZv30aAvX7
  • Marion County, Florida: A deputy resigned in lieu of termination after the prosecutor designated him as unreliable for testimony. ow.ly/6L1630aADOJ
  • 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. ow.ly/ZMMm30aAwRb
  • 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. ow.ly/KlZ430aB7J1
  • Update: Woodstock, Illinois (First reported 2/24/17): The officer who was arrested after a recent DUI crash has resigned. ow.ly/FQ7B30aAEbb
  • 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. ow.ly/8JyP30aBjcw

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/4/17

Here are the six reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 4, 2017:

  • San Francisco, California: An officer was fired after sending an anti-Muslim text message. ow.ly/GAUq30ay70j
  • Lamar, South Carolina: An officer was fired after he was arrested for DUI and open container violation while on duty and in his patrol car. ow.ly/SOiy30ay7wb
  • Update: San Bernardino County, California (First reported 4/10/15): Two deputies pled no contest to lesser charges for beating a man on live television after a chase on a horse. The County previously settled a lawsuit in the case for $650,000.  ow.ly/yOao30ay8nS
  • Update: Iberia Parish, Louisiana (First reported 2/29/16): The sheriff’s department faces two civil suits alleging abuse following the guilty pleas and sentencing of several deputies for jailhouse beatings and other misconduct. The sheriff was acquitted in his criminal trial, during which his former deputies testified against him. ow.ly/w9ir30ay8WT
  • Miami-Dade, Florida: An officer was arrested after putting his wife in the hospital with serious injuries after an off-duty fight ow.ly/8R6G30ayzRf
  • Woonsocket, Rhode Island: An officer was arrested for assaulting a student while volunteering at high school. He was already on suspension at the time of the incident. ow.ly/a9KZ30ayB2K

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/3/17

Here are the five reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, April 3, 2017:

  • Penns Grove, New Jersey: An officer was arrested for exposing himself to two children in a public bathroom. ow.ly/unvS30arFDp
  • Update: Lake in the Hills, Illinois (First reported 1/9/17): An officer’s charges were dropped for fatally striking pedestrian off duty at night because no drugs or alcohol were found in his system. ow.ly/VPxi30arHpX
  • Loveland, Colorado: An officer was indicted for harassment and assault for roughing up a resisting suspect. ow.ly/9Nkt30arIfy
  • Douglas County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for DUI after an off-duty crash. ow.ly/gYVA30arKXm
  • Auburn, New York: The deputy chief was arrested for DUI while off duty. ow.ly/u1mg30avOXB

Justice Dept Reviews Consent Decrees

Yesterday, it was reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing previous and pending consent decrees between the Department of Justice and local police departments around the country.  My view is that both the Left and Right misdiagnose the problem.  The Right does not really appreciate the scope of the police misconduct problem, but they’re right that it is primarily the responsibility of local officials to address the problems that do exist.  The Left knows scope of the problem, but too often seeks federal intervention which does not have a great track record and has the enabling effect of letting local officials escape accountability for their fecklessness.

Note this headline from today’s Business Insider:   “Police departments vow to move forward on reform despite Sessions’ move to roll it back.”  You mean departments are going to clean up their act if the Trump administration takes no action?  Perfect!

I elaborate more on this policy matter here.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-31-17

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 31, 2017:

  • Marin County, California: A deputy was who was fired for shooting a fleeing suspect was reinstated to a non-sworn position. ow.ly/huJG30ar9c0
  • Alamo, Tennessee: An officer was fired in December and indicted in February for sexual harassment and stalking incidents. ow.ly/TXdw30areX3
  • Pinellas County, Florida: A deputy was suspended one week after contacting a woman for personal reasons after her arrest. He was off duty at the time he contacted her. ow.ly/z4Sk30arfre
  • Hidalgo County, Texas: An officer was suspended after he was charged with one count of injury to a child. ow.ly/Gd0b30arfX8
  • Update: Hayward, California (First reported 05-05-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to six years for bilking $450,000 from a mentally ill woman he once arrested for prostitution.  ow.ly/c61X30arK9U
  • Assumption Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was suspended 15 days for being a passenger in a car driven by fleeing felon during a police chase. ow.ly/bRbX30argie
  • Update: Marksville, Louisiana (First reported 11-09-15): A now-former deputy marshal was sentenced to 40 years for the shooting death of six-year-old Jeremy Mardis, who was a passenger in a fleeing car he and his partner shot at. His partner awaits trial on similar charges. ow.ly/PQEt30arOIv
  • Camp Hill, Alabama: The now-former chief was indicted on seven criminal ethics violations, including misappropriation of public funds. He was fired October 14thow.ly/Hyjp30arC3O
  • Laurens, South Carolina: An officer was charged for intentionally running his car into a house with the intent to cause damage. ow.ly/t2fR30arCqs
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina: An officer was arrested after an off-duty argument with a neighbor. ow.ly/ZkNG30arCI1
  • Update: Minnesota State Police (First reported 08-20-15): A now-former trooper was sentenced to four years of probation for off-duty sexual misconduct. If he successfully completes his probation, his criminal record will be expunged. ow.ly/obmn30arEn9
  • Pineville, Missouri: A deputy marshal was arrested for burglary and aggravated stalking for tracking a woman with an electronic device.  ow.ly/7Oqt30arF6Q
  • Update: Kissimmee, Florida (First reported 03-23-16): Two now-former officers take plea deals in a perjury case regarding a bad arrest. Video evidence undermined the sworn statements of the officers and the case against the suspect was thrown out. As part of the deal, they must testify if called in a third officer’s trial for the same charges. ow.ly/dNeI30arGu7

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-30-17

Here are the five reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 30, 2017:

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: A now-former officer was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he pled no contest to enticement of a minor for having sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl and getting her to send him provocative pictures. The incident happened while he was a police officer, though he had already retired from the force when the case was opened. The case was brought after his wife found the pictures at home. During allocution, he apologized to the “victims,” so it is possible though unclear there may have been other minors involved. ow.ly/zIrU30aoNDV
  • Brunswick, Georgia: An officer was arrested for making threats against a man who was appearing in an assault case against the officer’s relative. The officer was in uniform at the time of the alleged incident.  ow.ly/9iae30aoUyY
  • Update: Revere, Massachusetts (First reported 01-20-17): An officer resigned after he was charged with abusing his girlfriend’s child. The girlfriend is also an officer in the department and has been charged in the case, but she remains suspended for allegedly covering up her boyfriend’s abuse. ow.ly/lt3H30aoVLl
  • Wayne County, Ohio: A deputy pled guilty to aggravated assault against a jail inmate. The original sexual battery charges were dropped in exchange for the plea. ow.ly/2hZB30aoXn2
  • Orlando, Florida: An officer won’t face criminal charges for sexual battery of woman while he was on duty. The district attorney released a statement that said while sexual contact could be proven, coercion could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. The officer remains on leave during an internal investigation into the incident. ow.ly/gsEv30aoYC6

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. ow.ly/zHgV30amKA9
  • 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. ow.ly/qXFX30amRkg
  • Update: Southport, North Carolina (First reported 01-07-14 officer acquitted in May for fatally shooting mentally ill teen; remains on unpaid suspension ow.ly/jleL30amROy
  • 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. ow.ly/45DW30amSz2
  • 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. ow.ly/RRCo30an5Vy
  • Johnson County, Arkansas: A deputy has been suspended while he is under investigation by state police.  The nature of the investigation was not disclosed. ow.ly/IBsX30an6yO
  • 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.  ow.ly/UQYk30anqj4
  • 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. ow.ly/y5Lm30antTn

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-28-17

Here are the six reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 28, 2017:

  • Mendota Heights, Minnesota: An officer was suspended for one month for abusing a driver database for non-professional use. This is the officer’s third disciplinary suspension. ow.ly/rtCY30ajLXV
  • Walton County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/pO5w30ajLZY
  • Logan County, Oklahoma: A deputy arrested was for DUI and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. He was off duty at the time of the incident. ow.ly/FMla30akk1k
  • Update: New York, New York: The officer who fatally shot Ramarley Graham, an unarmed black teen, resigned in lieu of termination after an administrative trial for the incident.  ow.ly/KCXO30akRCr
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: A review board recommended suspending an officer who accidentally shot a man. The panel suggested an 88-hour suspension. ow.ly/7hYt30akTPC
  • Purcell, Oklahoma: An officer was charged with reckless conduct with a firearm for shooting a dog from the motorcycle he was riding. He claimed was running toward him; the dog survived but had a paw amputated and other injuries. ow.ly/ftIH30alFQm

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-27-17

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, March 27, 2017:

  • Update: Marksville, Louisiana (First reported 11-09-15): A now-former deputy was found guilty of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter for fatally shooting a six-year-old boy and wounding his father by shooting into the car they were in after a vehicle pursuit. His former partner will stand trial separately. ow.ly/dJEY30ah0FD
  • Northeastern Regional Police (Pennsylvania): An officer pled guilty to a traffic violation and paid a fine for fatally striking a pedestrian. ow.ly/x2RZ30ai1z6
  • New York, New York: A detective was arrested for fondling and exposing himself outside of the windows of strangers. ow.ly/HLfx30ai346
  • Gresham, Oregon: An officer pled guilty to misconduct for exposing himself to co-workers while he was on duty. He retired and surrendered his law enforcement certification. ow.ly/3bIX30ai3FZ
  • Update: Broward County, Florida (First reported 10-17-14): A deputy was found not guilty for allegedly demanding oral sex in exchange for letting a probation violator go. He is now seeking three years of back pay. ow.ly/R2fe30ai69t
  • Gwinnett County, Georgia: Two deputies were charged—one with theft and the other with receiving stolen property—for taking undisclosed property from the county. ow.ly/66yb30ai7g0
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for drunk driving after striking three parked cars while he was off duty. ow.ly/FP0U30ai83z
  • New Mexico State Police: An officer was charged with aggravated DWI for hitting two parked cars and flipping his vehicle while he was off duty. He resigned. ow.ly/1XoP30ai8vH
  • Chicopee, Massachusetts: An officer was suspended for five days for being belligerently drunk while representing the department in a St. Patrick’s Day parade. ow.ly/tPLX30ai9bv
  • Update: Pasco, Washington (First reported 05-1415): An officer was acquitted of third-degree rape and fourth-degree sexual assault for an off-duty incident with a relative. ow.ly/3KxG30aia36
  • Update: Louisville, Kentucky (First reported 10-04-16): An officer was found guilty of misconduct but acquitted of terroristic threatening for pulling a gun on a driver who hit his car. ow.ly/o9mu30aiayi
  • Lincoln County, North Carolina: An officer was fired after a domestic incident at his home during which a shot was fired. It is not clear whether the officer was at fault in the incident or whether he shot the gun.  ow.ly/hJyb30aibzd

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-24-17

Here are the eleven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 24, 2017:

  • Update: Mobile County, Alabama (First reported 03-14-17): A deputy was fired after he was observed buying drugs while he was off duty. ow.ly/4WhX30adCag
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: An officer was arrested for DUI after an off-duty crash in his cruiser. ow.ly/J8zJ30adFvc
  • Update: Palm Beach County, Florida (First reported 12-28-16): A now-former deputy pled guilty to federal fraud charges related to using a law enforcement database for an identity theft scheme. ow.ly/AH6i30adPr8
  • Update: Tremonton, Utah (First reported 04-07-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to federal child pornography charge for enticing a 16-year-old girl to send him explicit photographs. He was previously charged on the local level for the offense and was sentenced to probation and community service for the acts. He is scheduled to be sentenced in the present case on June 8. ow.ly/DDzM30adSZD
  • Waterford Township, Michigan: An officer was fired and charged with domestic violence and third-degree criminal sexual conduct against his wife.  ow.ly/R3b330adU3Q
  • Bartow, Florida: An officer was fired after the prosecutor informed the department that she could not be called as a reliable witness in court, making her an ineffective officer. She initially came under scrutiny after she posted racist comments on her facebook page.  ow.ly/P78T30aequi
  • Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was fired and charged with payroll fraud and official malfeasance for logging bogus work details. ow.ly/78Fu30adYzU
  • Update: Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania (First reported 02-02-16): An officer awaiting trial for raping one woman has new charges added for alleged actions against four other victims. ow.ly/Fxhm30adZzg
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: An officer was arrested for assault. He allegedly punched a cuffed detainee who spat in his face. ow.ly/GTGk30aeJ76
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An officer was arrested for abusing his personal dog and abandoning it in a trash bag. The dog has since recovered and has been adopted. ow.ly/iBvp30ae0en
  • Canton, Ohio: An officer was arrested for OVI for sleeping in a running car after getting drunk on St. Patrick’s Day. ow.ly/pz8Q30ae1Tb

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-23-17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 23, 2017:

  • Lorain, Ohio: An officer was arrested for domestic violence for allegedly putting his wife in a chokehold. ow.ly/6fFW30abssw
  • Waterloo, Iowa: An officer was arrested for OWI after off-duty crash. ow.ly/xTNV30abths
  • Normangee, Texas: The chief was arrested at his home after an armed standoff with police. Shots were fired at some point but there were no injuries. ow.ly/VCbh30abtp4
  • Princeton, Indiana: An officer was arrested for drunk driving while he was off duty. ow.ly/A0WL30abtMT
  • Update: Port Arthur, Texas (First reported 02-27-17): An officer, the second of three who were suspended during a retaliation investigation, was reinstated without any sanction. The first officer was demoted. ow.ly/yxxL30abvsM
  • Update: Walker, Louisiana (First reported 03-16-17): An officer who was suspended for three days for placing a noose in the squad room to be found by black officers has resigned. The matter has been turned over to another department to investigate possible criminal charges. ow.ly/9JUW30abvLY
  • Update: Tampa, Florida (First reported 04-08-15): A judge rejected a plea deal for a now-former detective who is charged for cashing fraudulent tax checks. The judge said that the deal didn’t reflect the seriousness of the charges against him. ow.ly/3l1j30abxc2
  • Update: Tukwila, Washington (First reported 07-27-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to nine months for pepper-spraying a handcuffed man while he was in the hospital. ow.ly/jcv230abOan
  • Update: Chicago, Illinois: The officer charged with murdering Laquan McDonald had 16 counts added to his original charges. All 16 counts were for aggravated battery with a firearm. He is due in court again April 20. ow.ly/iIWZ30acwZc

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-22-17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 22, 2017:

  • Bridgeport, Connecticut: An officer was arrested for assault and breach of the peace for pulling a man who crashed into his car out of his car window and beating him during an off-duty incident in September. ow.ly/bNYy30a9bP1
  • Noel, Missouri: A deputy marshal was charged with vehicle theft and burglary for stealing a pickup truck from a female acquaintance. ow.ly/aiZp30a9euI
  • Boston, Massachusetts: The Commissioner has asked a judge to overturn a labor arbitrator’s reinstatement of an officer who was fired for sexual harassment. ow.ly/UYww30a9gg3
  • Update: Rockaway Township, New Jersey (First reported 10-24-14): An officer who tried to fix his cousin’s DWI was reinstated after finishing diversion program.  ow.ly/WRN230a9kvh
  • Millville, New Jersey: An officer is under investigation for an off-duty crash that happened last weekend. Although there has been no disclosure whether alcohol was involved in this incident, the officer has been charged with DUI in the past. ow.ly/E3SU30a9kYK
  • Cuyahoga Metro Housing Authority: An officer was indicted for sexually abusing teens under his protection. Since his case became public, more people are coming forward with similar allegations.  ow.ly/XCRi30a9lnZ
  • Update: Edison Township, New Jersey (First reported 04-01-14): An officer is scheduled to stand trial on August 14 for attempted murder. Allegedly, he tried to burn down his superior officer’s home in retaliation for workplace differences. Several other officers have already pled guilty in related criminal cases. ow.ly/eRyF30a9m1k
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: A now-former officer was indicted for four years of alleged sexual abuse of a minor who just turned 18. The officer was fired in May but it is unclear whether his termination was related to the allegations for these actions that are alleged to have occurred while he was employed with the department. ow.ly/Yqm430a9mAg

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-21-17

Here are the six reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 21, 2017:

  • Louisville, Kentucky: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/s0Fy30a6U8v
  • Hialeah, Florida: An officer was charged with accessing law enforcement database and passing on private information he gathered to a woman in exchange for “gifts.” ow.ly/gBj630a6Uwg
  • Troy, New York: An officer was charged with DWI after crashing into a police vehicle with its lights on while he was off duty. ow.ly/7zP830a6V75
  • Update: Port Arthur, Texas (First reported 02-27-17): An officer, who is one of three suspended during a retaliation investigation, was reinstated after a demotion. ow.ly/gfc030a7kpi
  • Sunnyside, Washington: An officer was arrested for domestic violence for allegedly pinning a woman down and threatening her with a rifle. ow.ly/EAlD30a7lfj
  • Update: Santa Ana, California (First reported 06-12-15): An officer who was fired after a theft during a marijuana dispensary raid that was caught on video was reinstated by a judge. ow.ly/gMTd30a7Q7a

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-20-17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, March 20, 2017:

  • Update: Allentown, Pennsylvania (First reported 03-18-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to three counts of assault and one count of official oppression for beating two men and kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head. He is scheduled to be sentenced in May. ow.ly/mfcl30a4sp2
  • Plainfield, New Jersey: A now-former officer pled guilty to illegally accessing a law enforcement database and sharing information with a tow operator. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 21. ow.ly/DTX530a4sVB
  • Laurens County, Georgia: A deputy was charged with kidnapping, aggravated battery, burglary, perjury, violation of the oath of office and family violence for a domestic incident. ow.ly/fkBG30a4tpm
  • Creve Coeur, Illinois: An officer was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident that caused property damage after a crash in Peoria. ow.ly/9MNt30a4uYs
  • Wichita Falls, Texas: An officer has been charged with theft of property from AT&T that is valued between $20,000- $100,000. The nature of the money or property has not been disclosed. ow.ly/3cHc30a4u3l
  • New Haven, Connecticut: A school resource officer was suspended for 10 days and then reassigned after a sexual harassment complaint by a student. ow.ly/25lW30a4ut7
  • Sunland Park, New Mexico: An officer was arrested for domestic violence that caused bodily injury. ow.ly/GKmI30a4vcb
  • Huntington, West Virginia: A now-former detective and the City are facing a lawsuit for alleged sexual abuse of two women. The City attorney, who is representing the City alone, filed a response that argues that the incident that happened may have involved consent. ow.ly/37iq30a4vL5
  • Midland Independent School District (Texas): A sergeant was arrested for domestic violence that caused bodily injury. ow.ly/g0hg30a4wpF

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-17-17

Here are the six reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 17, 2017:

  • Update: Washington County, Oregon (First reported 03-08-16): A now-former deputy pled guilty to a lewd act with a child under 16 for conduct with 15-year-old he met online. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 8.  ow.ly/PZcf30a09ZA
  • Update: Tulare County, California (First reported 10-09-13): The County settled two lawsuits filed by women who were sexually abused by a now-former deputy for $2, 200,000. In January 2016, the deputy was sentenced to five years in prison for his actions. (See update 01-19-16) ow.ly/PuPV30a0mWV
  • Newtown Township, Pennsylvania: A now-former officer was sentenced to probation for stealing prescription drugs from a police drop box. ow.ly/uLT230a0pvB
  • Update: Tampa, Florida (First reported 04-08-15): A now-former detective pled guilty to stealing fraudulently acquired tax refunds. His wife, who was also a police officer, has been charged in the case as well but has not changed her not guilty plea to date. ow.ly/1yp230a0zzJ
  • Ohio Health Protective Agency: Three sworn officers were suspended while a violent incident that was captured on video is investigated. ow.ly/dAcm30a0C3B
  • Edmond, Oklahoma: An officer was charged with Outraging Public Decency for allegedly being drunk on a boat and fully naked except for a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat.  ow.ly/HOXC30a0IY0

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-16-17

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 16, 2017:

  • Update: Los Angeles County, California: Now-former sheriff Lee Baca was found guilty of obstruction and other charges for lying to investigators into the department-wide corruption scandal.  nyti.ms/2mKAbF1
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: An officer was arrested for carrying an AR-15 and acting as an officer while drunk and off duty. ow.ly/1HCk309Y3gj
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer was arrested for OWI in his personal vehicle while off duty. ow.ly/8s4B309Y4BR
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer was suspended 20 days for being armed while drinking in a bar off duty. ow.ly/YDcU309Y6Bw
  • Walker, Louisiana: An officer was suspended three days for hanging a noose in the department. It was found by a black officer. ow.ly/YIDn309Y7L3
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer was fired for using excessive force, using profanity, violating procedure, and disabling his car’s camera. ow.ly/4Qvz309YzPO
  • West Jordan, Utah: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/FQfb309YPPZ
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 04-29-16): Two officers were acquitted at a bench trial for beating a postal worker in the wake of a fatal ambush of police officers. The victim had inadvertently given the murderer directions shortly before the attack. ow.ly/5ZS8309YVzO

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-15-17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 15, 2017:

  • Wyoming State Police: A trooper was placed on leave while he is being investigated for felony vandalism. No charges have been filed yet. ow.ly/5GnB309VEeC
  • Salt Lake City (Unified PD), Utah: An officer’ shooting of a fleeing suspect was ruled unjustified by the district attorney. The suspect suffered a shoulder wound and survived. No criminal charges will follow but the department is now conducting an internal investigation. ow.ly/hOnN309VIuy
  • Update: Knox County, Tennessee: An officer’s trial for child rape ended in mistrial after the jury deadlocked.  It is unclear whether the prosecutor wants to retry the case. ow.ly/fawy309VIWH
  • Clark County, Wisconsin: A deputy resigned in 2016 before he could be fired for abuse of authority and theft. This belated information came from a public records request.  ow.ly/jeqq309VJWw
  • Update: Cass County, North Dakota (First reported 07-11-16): A deputy pled to a lesser charge and resigned after his DUI arrest by a state trooper. ow.ly/UW6D309VKHY
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 05-23-16): A now-former officer pled guilty to tampering charges for a bar fight cover-up. As part of his plea deal, he will surrender his law enforcement certification. ow.ly/33UB309W9bW
  • Wichita, Kansas: An officer pled guilty to three counts of assault for pulling a gun at a birthday party while he was off duty. ow.ly/bwj7309Wa08
  • Update: Clear Lake, Iowa (First reported 12-05-16): A now-former officer agreed to plead guilty to domestic violence. He resigned in February. ow.ly/vUD1309Wazw
  • Rome, Georgia: An officer was arrested for drug trafficking and bribery after a state investigation. ow.ly/Xupt309WooQ

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-14-17

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 14, 2017:

  • Iredell County, North Carolina: A narcotics detective was arrested for domestic violence and fired. ow.ly/cONu309TiPH
  • Update: Plantation, Florida (First reported 05-09-16): An officer was fired for sending explicit images to a crime victim whose case he was working has been reinstated by a labor arbitrator. He was demoted and will not receive back pay, but he will not receive a pay cut because his new rank pays the same as his higher one. ow.ly/4l8E309TpjZ
  • Byron, Georgia: Two officers were suspended after recklessly crashing into each other’s cruiser while they were on duty. One was also demoted. ow.ly/SZJM309TGIu
  • New York, New York: An officer was convicted of official misconduct, assault, and leaving the scene of an accident for hitting two men with a minivan and then personally assaulting one of them.  ow.ly/8uRc309TS8t
  • Miami, Florida: An officer allegedly stole $6,000 from motorists he pulled over. He was apprehended via undercover sting after several public complaints of an officer taking cash. ow.ly/QEg1309TY9n
  • Meigs County, Ohio: A deputy was fired for conduct unbecoming an officer. The conduct was not disclosed but a criminal investigation is ongoing. ow.ly/NWME309TYMv
  • Update: Faulkner County, Arkansas (First reported 03-25-16): A deputy was found guilty at a bench trial of third-degree battery against a suspect. Sentencing is scheduled for April 7. ow.ly/e7Zw309TZDM
  • Fort Collins, Colorado: The City settled a lawsuit with a man who was pepper sprayed, illegally removed from his house, and wrongfully arrested for refusing consent to a search and unlawful orders. The officer allegedly asked a civilian who was on a ride-along to come into the home and help restrain the man. The settlement was for $150,000. ow.ly/9h2D309U0hS
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: The police department is being sued by a man who claims false arrest and excessive force after charges against him were dropped. ow.ly/yxVH309U1fL
  • Mobile County, Alabama: A deputy was placed on leave pending termination for allegedly buying illicit drugs while off duty. He has not been arrested or charged with a crime. ow.ly/9IQy309UlD3

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. ow.ly/oUgW309QHCM
  • 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. ow.ly/RLtb309QROV
  • 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. ow.ly/U29Y309QPHv
  • 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. ow.ly/17KR309QTZC
  • Update: Logan Township, Pennsylvania (First reported 02-06-17): The officer who was recently charged for a hit-and-run with injury has resigned. ow.ly/IQQO309QVc4
  • Kenner, LA officer arrested for stealing money from Hispanic motorists he arrested during traffic stops. He resigned ow.ly/PjE6309QWG8
  • 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. ow.ly/QpCJ309RHnV
  • Evansville, Indiana: An officer was arrested for OWI while he was off duty. ow.ly/P4No309QXdT
  • 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. ow.ly/qfqP309QXzH
  • 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. ow.ly/3L0v309QYmP

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-10-17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 10, 2017:

  • Immigration & Customs Enforcement: An officer was found guilty of bribery and making false statements for taking sex and money in exchange for documents that would allow otherwise ineligible immigrants to legally work. ow.ly/BI8P309Mo4X
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: An officer was charged with sexual misconduct for off-duty actions against an unconscious woman. ow.ly/rMgi309MoFg
  • Update: Miami-Dade County, Florida (First reported 07-24-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to four years’ probation for attempting to frame her estranged husband. ow.ly/UMeO309Mpse
  • Mount Dora, Florida: An officer resigned a day before his arrest for domestic violence for stalking and threatening his ex-girlfriend. ow.ly/il7a309Mvd6
  • New York, New York: An officer was convicted of misconduct and filing a false instrument for conducting an unlawful arrest of a man and an illegal search of the woman he was with. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 9.  ow.ly/9gTo309MyYR
  • Maui, Hawaii: A now-former officer was given probation and fined $1,500 for issuing false speeding and parking tickets. ow.ly/cCBf309MC1A
  • New Hampshire Department of Corrections: A sworn probation officer was indicted for shooting into a car of a probationer. He is on modified duty and retains his law enforcement certification if and until he is convicted or terminated. ow.ly/ETic309MDtJ
  • Update: Lowell, North Carolina (First reported 09-06-16): A now-former officer pled guilty to statutory rape. He impregnated a 14-year-old girl and pressured her to have an abortion. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 12 years and may get up to 19 years in prison. ow.ly/g5ha309MEbI
  • Wilmington, North Carolina: An officer was caught on camera lying to an Uber driver—who is also a defense lawyer—about the right to record police interactions. ow.ly/yAtG309MT4f

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-09-17

Here are the six reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 9, 2017:

  • Ellis County, Texas: The sheriff resigned and pled guilty to assault for an off-duty fight at a fast food restaurant. He joined a fight his brother had started. He was sentenced to one day in jail and ordered to pay a $500 fine. ow.ly/ufY3309K6qz
  • Jefferson County, Colorado: A now-former deputy was sentenced to six years in prison and five years of parole after his guilty plea to securities fraud. He gave real estate and investment advice to colleagues and others without a license and then pocketed much of the money—about $617,000—that was meant to be invested. ow.ly/Mgob309K6VC
  • Update: Orange County, Florida (First reported 07-05-16): A now-former deputy pled guilty to stalking and bribery for acts against a transgender sex worker. He had been accused of rape and other abuses. He was stripped of his law enforcement certification as a result of his plea. ow.ly/KUl1309K8GD
  • Rockville Centre, New York: An officer was charged with felony assault for beating a man in the head with a Taser during a bar fight arrest. ow.ly/PmFn309K9Oq
  • Update: Owasso, Oklahoma: A now-former officer was acquitted of excessive force for beating a suspect with the butt of a shotgun. The incident was captured on dashboard video. This was his second termination and prosecution for excessive force. He was reinstated with back pay by a labor arbitrator after his last acquittal. The department reiterated its rationale for his termination as a result of the present case. ow.ly/xlNl309Kaly
  • Kokomo, Indiana: An officer was arrested for felony drug theft. ow.ly/ozaz309KbmB

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-08-17

Here are the six reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 8, 2017:

  • Update: Spokane, Washington (First reported 01-04-16): A sergeant was suspended for one month without pay for tipping-off a colleague about a criminal investigation into rape allegations against him. The accused officer is awaiting trial for raping a fellow officer at a party. ow.ly/xzvQ309HS3w
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 02-17-17): Two officers were charged for lying to make a bogus cocaine arrest. An innocent man spent 50 days in Rikers. This is the second such case against these officers from the gang unit. ow.ly/pyBJ309HStR
  • Update: Fort Worth, Texas (First reported 06-08-11): An officer who was fired for writing fake tickets to collect overtime was reinstated by a labor arbitrator. He may get up to $400,000 in back pay as well as pension contributions. ow.ly/6bGg309HXJh
  • Willis, Texas: A retired officer was arrested for molesting a then-10-year-old girl back in 2000. ow.ly/UnDx309HYm0
  • Update: Mocksville, North Carolina (First reported 04-07-12): A now-former chief was found to be liable for part of a $2,100,000 award to three officers who were wrongly terminated for reporting misconduct in his office. ow.ly/C1mu309HZ7R
  • Update: Skagit County, Washington (First reported 01-31-17): A deputy who was arrested for domestic violence has been fired. ow.ly/6cWo309HZrV

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-07-17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 7, 2017:

  • DeKalb County, Georgia: An officer was arrested for tampering with evidence at drug crime scene. He resigned. ow.ly/EJtN309Ftls
  • Millington, Tennessee: An officer was charged with simple assault for threatening to shoot someone during an off-duty incident. ow.ly/lX0q309Fu1i
  • Fort Worth, Texas: An officer was charged with sexual assault for alleged actions with a 16-year-old boy he via Craigslist. The boy’s mother said that he portrayed himself as 18-years-old in his online posts. ow.ly/qWnQ309Funz
  • San Jose, California: An officer was arrested for stealing marijuana while on duty while responding to domestic disturbance call. ow.ly/XjAX309Fvgf
  • Update: Simpsonville, Kentucky (First reported 01-11-16): An officer was sentenced to 12 years for robbery of $30,000 of drugs and guns from the department’s evidence room. ow.ly/TXq4309FwGv
  • Update: Chester County, South Carolina (First reported 07-14-15): The County settled a civil suit brought by volunteer firefighters for on-duty scuffle they had with the sheriff and several of his deputies. ow.ly/ROBj309FAbd
  • Greensboro & High Point Park Rangers, NC: One officer from each department was arrested in connection with an elaborate, multi-jurisdictional lawn equipment heist. The Greensboro officer was terminated because of his arrest. ow.ly/BvWq309GcS1
  • Update: Granite City, Illinois (First reported 02-11-16): A now-former officer pled guilty to disorderly conduct after lying about how his unmarked police cruiser was stolen. He claimed he was carjacked when, in fact, a female acquaintance of his stole it after he left her alone in the car. Six firearms were in the car at the time of the theft—five of the weapons were recovered in the subsequent investigation. ow.ly/qlBX309Gvnz
  • Update: Flagstaff, Arizona (First reported 11-17-16): A now-former officer was charged with aggravated assault for punching woman at her home. The incident was captured on video. He previously resigned in lieu of termination. ow.ly/tSnr309Gxn5

Worst of the Month — February

So for February, we’ve selected Pima County, Arizona for the conduct of (the now former) Sheriff Christopher Radtke and the very peculiar leniency shown to him by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Federal prosecutors charged Radtke with several felonies for money laundering and theft.  According to the newspaper accounts, Radtke admitted that for years he made it appear as if his office was donating seized cash and assets from criminal suspects to a sheriff’s auxiliary fund when that wasn’t the case at all.

Ordinary citizens go to prison for embezzlement, but not Radtke.  No prison time and a very generous pension.

Here’s an excerpt from one report:

The plea bargain dismisses all felonies, with Radtke admitting to three misdemeanor theft counts. He agreed to not seek employment as a law-enforcement officer or with Pima County government. In return, prosecutors will request one year of probation without incarceration and will not prosecute Radtke for other offenses.

The deal allows Radtke to receive an $82,800 annual pension from the state Public Safety Personnel Retirement System and a one-time $505,000 payment from the system’s Deferred Retirement Option Plan, according to the retirement system’s records. Within six years, Radtke will receive more than $1 million in state retirement benefits.

Had Radtke been convicted of any of the felony charges against him, he would have been required by law to forfeit his state pension because the crime was committed in the course of his role as a public official for a government employer.

The plea was accepted by Magistrate Judge Eric Markovich. Sentencing is scheduled for April 7 in U.S. District Court in Tucson.

Remarkable.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 03-06-17

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, March 6, 2017:

  • Bossier Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was arrested for DWI after being pulled over for improper lane change. He was fired. ow.ly/P5id309CZpN
  • Update: Deschutes County, Oregon (First reported 02-21-17): A deputy who was arrested for harassing a 67-year-old woman after an off-duty fender bender has been fired. goo.gl/vhOujN
  • Update: Mocksville, North Carolina (First reported 04-07-12): One of three officers who claimed they were fired for reporting misconduct has been ordered to be reinstated. Civil damages for the three will be determined at a later time. ow.ly/2qrv309D4Qc
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 11-18-16): An officer who was already suspended while charges are pending for allegedly sexting a minor was arrested for domestic assault against his boyfriend. ow.ly/yxXF309D7KM
  • Lantana, Florida: An officer was charged with felonious transmission of obscene material. ow.ly/m7Yv309D8f2
  • Update: Washtenaw, Michigan (First reported 12-22-16): A now-former officer was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to serve 40 hours of community service for his ‘super drunk’ driving arrest. He was also sentenced to 93 days in jail, but that was suspended pending completion of probation. ow.ly/22S4309D9p5
  • Shelby County, Tennessee: A deputy was charged with domestic violence after an incident at his estranged wife’s home. ow.ly/nzeJ309DcfO
  • Charleston, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for DUI after an off-duty traffic stop. ow.ly/OAEy309Dcv8
  • East Cleveland, Ohio: An officer has been suspended while he is under investigation for rubbing a sex toy on the bodies of women in a car he pulled over for a turn signal infraction. ow.ly/jFGx309DcTT