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“It’s becoming a disturbingly familiar scene in America - mentally unstable cops”

“It’s becoming a disturbingly familiar scene in America - mentally unstable cops”
“It’s becoming a disturbingly familiar scene in America - mentally unstable cops”

D.C. group offers support to Fairfax police watchdogs

By Tom Jackman

The District's Office of Police Complaints, a civilian agency which handles complaints about police conduct in Washington, has offered its assistance to Fairfax County as it considers whether to launch a similar entity in Virginia's largest county.

A citizens group which formed in Fairfax last year, the Virginia Citizens Coalition for Police Accountability, has been lobbying for an independent agency to monitor the Fairfax police in the wake of fatal shootings and traffic accidents involving Fairfax officers. After the group actively pushed the county's Board of Supervisors to consider the idea, the board turned to Fairfax Police Chief David M. Rohrer for his thoughts. The chief said last May he would look into a process for how such a review mechanism might be structured and report back to the board.

While the coalition was waiting for that, its founder Nicholas Beltrante, a retired Metropolitan Police Department officer, contacted the District's Office of Police Complaints for its best practices materials, as well as information on how other citizen review agencies work. The OPC's executive director, Philip K. Eure, is the immediate past president of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, and said that Fairfax was one of the largest jurisdictions in the country without any form of independent police review.

Eure said Fairfax police have not contacted him, though he has extensive knowledge of how such agencies work nationwide. He has been consulted regularly by groups throughout the United States and abroad seeking to create or improve citizen oversight of police.

"The District of Columbia government and our agency," Eure said in a news release, "are ready and willing to also provide information about independent police review to Fairfax County government and police officials. As we've learned, there's a steep learning curve in this field and the District has greatly benefited from reaching out to other citizen review agencies over the years."

Merni Fitzgerald, the chief spokeswoman for Fairfax County, said Friday that County Executive Anthony Griffin was expected to make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors about forming such an entity at one of the board's two meetings in March.

Beltrante said he didn't know Eure had offered his assistance to Fairfax, and said he welcomed it heartily. Beltrante pointed to two seven-figure dollar settlements paid by Fairfax in the last year, to settle lawsuits filed by the families of people killed by Fairfax officers, as evidence that officers' misconduct imposes financial costs on county residents.

Police misconduct

The New York NY police officer who accidentally shot a 76yr-old man during a late night drug raid on his home even though his son was the subject of the search warrant is now the subject of a legal claim filed on the man’s behalf. Such claims are generally the precursor to a civil suit.

A Cape Coral FL police officer’s shooting of a “large dog” is under investigation after witnesses disputed his version of events, claiming the dog wasn’t a threat and that it was, at best, a small to medium size dog of 10-15 lbs in size.

Three Conyers GA police officers were disciplined over a bar brawl that allegedly started when a bouncer refused to allow the officers to bring an underage person in with them. One of the officers resigned, one was demoted & suspended 10 days, the 3rd was given a reprimand.

A Zanesville OH police officer was indicted on conspiracy to distribute cocaine involving a planned fake raid on dealers during what the officer and his co-conspirators suspected would be a drug delivery. Those co-conspirators included another Zanesville officer and an officer from a medical center.

The Atlanta GA police vice inspector, who was the lead investigator during the problematic Atlanta Eagle raid, has been charged with driving under influence of alcohol & possession of marijuana.

Montreal QC police have been told to pay $20,000 by that city’s human rights commission to a couple claiming they were harassed because the had authorized Ivory Coast IDs and then were forced to wait in the cold with their young baby for a tow truck when one of the officers refused to let them sit in the cruiser to wait.

A West Carrollton OH police officer was arrested along with is wife for allegedly shoplifting $80 worth of goods from Walmart while they had their 2-year-old child with them.

A Cape Coral FL police officer managed to not get charged when he was caught with marijuana in his car because his wife claimed it was her’s, but he is now being fired because he didn’t turn her in himself.

A video was released today which was used in the trial of a Toronto police officer who pled guilty to an issuing threats charge. While I can’t embed the video, it shows the officer press a taser to one cuffed man’s neck while trying to elicit information from him, threatening to taser his nuts if he lied. Then he goes to another cuffed man in a different cruiser, slaps him in the head, then presses the taser to his crotch while threatening to taser him in the nuts as well if he doesn’t tell the officer who a third suspect was. While this report was already in our database, I felt the release of the associated video was something our readers would be interested in finding out about.

A Dallas PA police officer fatally shots his girlfriend in the head before shooting himself to death during a domestic dispute.

A San Diego CA police officer has been suspended without pay while under investigation on allegations that he raped a woman in a house while he was on duty.

A Wisconsin State trooper has been arrested on allegations that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a foster child over a period of years beginning when since she was 15 years old.

At least one New Brunswick NJ police officer is under investigation after a YouTube video, shown above, showed him repeatedly punch a Rutgars student in the head while four other officers were holding him down while cuffing him.

Indianapolis IN police are being accused of using excessive force when they mistook a man’s violent epileptic seizure for being drunk when they tasered him three times then arrested him for resisting arrest and public intoxication. However, there’s no word on if he was actually tested for any intoxicants.

A Clay County FL sheriff’s detective has been fired after arrested on felony domestic violence and attempted sexual battery charges.

A Florida State trooper was sentenced to probation after taking a plea deal to battery and official misconduct charges for misusing his position to coerce a woman into having sex under threat of arrest following a traffic stop.

The Atlanta GA police chief decided to disband the controversial “Red Dog” narcotics unit after several incidents that resulted in lawsuits including the controversial raid of a gay bar. However, he plans to replace the unit with another “elite” unit and will allow officers from the Red Dog unit to join that new unit, though pledging not to allow any officers with sustained excessive force findings to join.

Two Philadelphia PA police officers have pled guilty to charges related to the robbery of a suspected heroin dealer during staged traffic stop. One of the officers has agreed to testify against a third officer awaiting trial.

A Harris County TX deputy pled guilty to federal extortion charges after he was caught in a sting operation using position to rob an undercover cop he thought was a drug dealer.

A Nashville TN police sergeant was suspended after charged with assault for punching a man he thought kissed his girlfriend at a super bowl party.

A Stafford TX police officer has been charged with theft and abuse of office for stealing from the evidence room that he was in charge of.

An Exeter CA police officer was arrested on allegations of domestic violence in an unspecified incident.

A Pittsburgh PA police detective and his wife were both arrested on domestic violence charges after their daughter called 911 during one of their disputes.

A Denver CO police detective has been suspended while under investigation for allegedly mishandling evidence in a high-profile investigation into a hit and run accident.

A Hancock County IN deputy was sentenced to 365 days in jail, with 351 of those days suspended, after pleading guilty to DUI charges involving him crashing a squad car

A Ferndale WA police officer is suspected of being under the influence when he crashed his truck into a tree off-duty and severely injured himself.

A Jennings LA police lieutenant has been fired and a captain was demoted over unspecified policy violations involving a car accident.

The Providence RI police chief was suspended for 1 day for threatening to throw coffee in the face of a police sergeant who had a coughing fit during a meeting.

A Bethlehem PA police officer was suspended without pay for an unspecified period of time for accidentally firing his gun in the police department restroom then refusing to admit that he did it.

The Morris Brown College in Georgia is under investigation for employing 27 sworn police officers in it’s police department even though the 3-building campus only has 63 students enrolled. State investigators are looking into allegations that the officers were employed as part of some sort of payroll scam and several of the officers have misconduct records from their previous stints as officers elsewhere

Two Los Angeles County CA deputies are now under investigation after an ACLU member claimed to have witnessed them repeatedly beat and taser an inmate while he appeared to be unconscious on the floor of the jail she was visiting to see a different inmate

Troy MT has settled a lawsuit for $100,000 to a man claiming he was tasered by a police officer while he was handcuffed and strapped down with a seat belt in the backseat of a police cruiser because he was being loud while the officer was trying to talk on the radio. That officer is now the police chief there

Baltimore MD police are being accused of using excessive force by a neighbor who witnessed police taser a teenager who was on the roof of his home. The teen was badly injured when he fell to the ground after being tasered and suffered a broken neck and back. The officers claimed the teen came at them when they tried to get at him from a window but the witness claims the teen was trying to get away from the officers, not going towards them

Gary IN has settled a lawsuit for $170,000 to four people who were beaten inside their home by the former police chief and two of his aides because the chief thought they had broken into his home and robbed him.

The town of Oneonta NY has requested that an external review be conducted into unspecified allegations of excessive force made against one of their officers during an arrest last month.

A Bethlehem PA police officer was given a deal that will eventually leave him with a completely clean criminal record after he completes a first-time offender program after he admitted to destroying a video that was evidence in an excessive force case. No decision has been made on his employment with the department.

Iowa City IA police are being sued by a man claiming that officers went into his apartment to conduct a probation check on his roommate while he was taking a shower and when he came out, wearing only a towel, the officers badly injured his shoulder when they cuffed and detained him while accusing him of flushing drugs… no evidence of any criminal activity was found during a subsequent search

A US DOD police officer has been arrested for child enticement after he allegedly called off work to meet what he believed to be a 13-year-old boy for sex. It turned out that it was an undercover officer in a sting operation.

A Baxter County AR deputy has been fired over a string of alleged acts of misconduct that culminated in allegations of excessive force, an illegal search, and a domestic violence incident this year.

A Miami FL police officer was sentenced to probation and must pay $1,500 in restitution in a plea deal that reduced a number of charges against him down to a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge for starving his K9 partner to death.

Terrebonne Parish LA has settled a lawsuit for an undisclosed sum to a woman who was attacked by a police dog while she was walking down the street

A High Point NC police officer has been demoted and suspended for 3 weeks without pay for threatening to arrest a woman because she called 911 to report her home being broken into and that she was afraid the person who did it was still there. The officer instead yelled at her and threatened to arrest her for placing a fake 911 call while refusing to respond to the call

A Jacksonville FL police officer has been sentenced to probation and community service after pleading guilty to making a false report in an effort to cover up an illegal search.

A West Memphis AR police officer was arrested on a felony theft charge after being accused of stealing from a motorist during a traffic stop

A Blue Ash OH police officer was sentenced to probation in a plea deal for DUI and disorderly conduct after an apparent road rage incident.

Several Raleigh NC police officers have been suspended in an ongoing but secretive investigation into unspecified allegations of sexual misconduct involving a prostitute.

Barstow CA has settled a lawsuit for $298,500 to a police officer who claims that he was fired for recording a meeting with supervisors in retaliation for reporting alleged acts of misconduct by supervisors that he witnessed.

A Cincinnati OH police sergeant has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a fellow officer in an unprovoked attack at a bar while both were off-duty.

The police chief of Gregory TX and his wife were both charged with assault for their actions during a domestic dispute

A Stockton CA police officer has accepted a plea deal and pled no contest to a single felony possession of steroids for sale charge after he was caught with a “significant quantity” of steroids

The now-former sheriff of Kanabec County MN is facing an ever-growing number of charges. After being implicated and charged with 4 counts of theft by swindle and 5 counts of theft through temporary control in an investment scandal he’s now facing charges for failing to pay taxes he owed from 2003-2007.

The now-former sheriff of Gallatin County IL who has already been sentenced to life in prison for marijuana trafficking and for plotting to have a witness who testified against him killed is now facing state charges for stealing the pot he sold from evidence and for trying to blackmail people during an investigation.

A Connecticut State police lieutenant has been suspended while he’s under investigation after he crashed his unmarked cruiser into the back of a truck, severely injuring it’s driver. While police won’t verify it, sources say that there were open containers of alcohol found in his cruiser after the wreck

An Onley VA police officer has been arrested on DUI charge after crashing into another car while off duty.