The crooked blue line


Read the reports from below

These are from 3 days of news reports from Oct. 2016 from the CATO institute’s police misconduct site

That’s right 3 days

Makes you feel safe doesn’t it?

That is a bona fide hero with his lights on behind you

Remember these heroes the next time you see someone in uniform

Remember that you are only as safe as the officer says you are


Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, October 26, 2016:

  • Ripley, Mississippi: An officer was indicted on tampering and burglary charges for breaking into police offices to steal drug evidence.
  • New York, New York: An officer resigned after she was caught using a fellow officer’s American Express card during a shopping spree that racked up over $3,400 in purchases. She was charged with petty larceny and possession of stolen property.
  • Joliet Junior College (IL): A now-former campus police officer pled guilty to misdemeanor theft from the school.
  • Update: Miami-Dade County, Florida (First reported 01-14-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to unlawfully discharging a firearm, assault, and tampering with evidence for an off-duty road rage incident.
  • Update: Clark County, Ohio (First reported 10-12-15): One deputy who was fired for gross employee misconduct has been reinstated.
  • Update: Bakersfield, California (First reported 11-23-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to five years in prison for dealing methamphetamine. His partner previously pled guilty and also received a five-year term.
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: An officer was indicted for a “theft scheme” and suspended without pay.
  • Louisville, Kentucky: A detective was charged with solicitation of prostitution.
  • Update: Santa Ana, California: The City agreed to pay the owners of a marijuana dispensary $100,000 after a raid during which officers stole and consumed edible merchandise.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 10-25-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, October 25, 2016:

  • Pennsylvania State Police: A trooper was placed on leave after being charged with aggravated assault and child endangerment.
  • Update: Austin, Texas (First reported 09-16-16): Two more officers were suspended for their actions that resulted in pepper-spraying a man during the SXSW festival. One officer was previously suspended for the incident.
  • Update: Warren, Ohio (First reported 05-16-16): An officer was reinstated by a labor arbitrator. He was fired in May for lying about a use of force incident.
  • Franklin, Indiana: An officer was arrested for a domestic violence incident at his home.
  • Montville Township, New Jersey: An officer was arrested for DUI on duty while in an unmarked police car.
  • Blaine County, Idaho: A now-former deputy was indicted for misusing Police Athletic League funds while he was on the force.
  • Update: Elgin, Illinois (First reported 05-23-13): The now-former deputy chief was urged by a judge to settle a pending lawsuit against him. He had previously pled guilty to identity theft for hacking into the email of his lover’s husband. Charges of official misconduct and abusing a law enforcement database were dropped in exchange for the plea. The lawsuit is directly related to that case.
  • Update: Flint, Michigan (First reported 10-10-14): A now-retired officer pled guilty to 16 counts of sexual abuse of children for incidents that occurred over many years he was on the force.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 10-24-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, October 24, 2016:

  • Washington, District of Columbia: A metro officer was arrested for DUI while on duty.
  • Nelson County, Kentucky: A deputy was arrested on a fourth-degree assault charge for actions against a woman while off duty. He is prohibited from carrying a firearm or contacting the woman while the case is pending.
  • Update: Jackson, Mississippi (First reported 09-25-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to 27 months in prison and three years of supervised release for stealing cash from purported drug suspects in an FBI sting.
  • Update: Gladstone, Oregon (First reported 12-15-11): A now-former officer was found guilty on all counts for hiring someone to kill his estranged wife.
  • Sonoma County, California: A deputy was fired for tasing and beating a man in his own home. The now-former deputy may face criminal charges as well.
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: A now-former officer failed to appear in court on fraud charges for allegedly making $1,450 in unauthorized purchases on department gas card. He is alleged to have used the card improperly to fill personal vehicles over 50 times.
  • St. Petersburg, Florida: An officer was arrested for DUI after being found passed out in his car on the road. It is the officer’s second arrest for DUI.
  • Dearborn Heights, Michigan: An officer was suspended after an off-duty drunk driving crash without injury. Criminal charges are expected to be filed.
  • Scottsdale, Arizona: Several officers were reprimanded for giving special treatment to a former Mesa officer who had been sentenced to jail after pleading to enhanced DUI charges. The wife of the former Mesa officer, who is an active detective in the Mesa Police Department, is under internal investigation because she was granted special access to her husband while he was in jail. The report also alleges that the Scottsdale officers released the former officer before his sentence was complete.

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