A Washington DC police officer
has pled guilty to 2nd degree murder and conspiracy charges for his
role in the botched robbery and kidnapping of a suspected drug dealer,
he’s currently on indefinite suspension without pay which is a fancy
term for being fired in some departments.
 Two Morganton North Carolina police officers
are on paid leave after fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy who answered
the door with a rifle in his hands when officers were responding to a
noise complaint. Witnesses say that the officers never announced who
they were after knocking on the door of the home, despite being asked by
the boy’s mom and the teen, which apparently prompted the teen to
answer the door while armed. The boy’s mother say the boy didn’t point
the weapon at the officers when he was shot about four or five times.
Neighbors say he was a good kid and that the call was made by someone
complaining about how the younger kids in that home, ages 6, 3, and 4
months, were “making a racket”.
 A now-former Saint Louis Missouri police officer
has pled guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated discharge of a
firearm after he originally faced aggravated battery with a firearm
charges for shotting a man in the chest while off-duty at a bar where he
accidentally shot a man who was coming to his aid after he got into a
fight in the parking lot.
 Three Pittsburgh Pennsylvania police officers
who are currently the subject of a federal investigation into
allegations that they used excessive force on a teenage arts student and
then falsely charged him to cover it are now the subject of a lawsuit
filed by the young man over the incident as well.
 At least three Troy New York police officers
are accused of using excessive force during the arrest of a college
student and then accused of falsely arresting another student who took a
video of the incident with his cell phone. The video, by the way, is
not clear enough to make any determination of whether the allegations of
excessive force have merit.
 A Houston Texas police officer
who was responding to an urgent call without his lights or siren
activated t-boned an elderly couple’s car, killing a 67-year-old woman.
The department claims that their policy permits officers to speed
without their lights or siren activated while responding to urgent
calls. The initial word from investigators is that the officer didn’t
even attempt to stop before striking the couple’s car.
 A Williams Arizona police lieutenant
has been fired after an investigation into an incident where he
apparently threatened to arrest KFC employees over their policy of never
issuing a refund when they didn’t have the kind of chicken he wanted.
He apparently went so far as to call other officers for backup but those
officers refused to arrest anyone, saying the issue was a civil matter,
to which the lieutenant, second in command at the time, called the
officers “lazy fuckers”. The now-former lieutenant claims he plans to
sue for wrongful termination even though a transcript has him telling
the chief that he screwed up, to which he claims he was talking about an
unrelated problem he had with a computer. Sometimes I couldn’t make
these up if I tried.
 A presumed New York NY police officer
is accused of failing to render aid to the mother of a 11-year-old girl
and delaying her for five minutes while she tried to rush her daughter
to the hospital before she died of an asthma attack. The officer was
quoted by witnesses as smirking when he told the mother he didn’t know
CPR as she begged for help though a good Samaritan at the scene did try
to resuscitate the girl. We say presumed because, while the woman in
question says she’s sure it was a NYPD police officer, department
officials say they’re still trying to figure out if it really was an
officer or some sort of security guard or traffic officer.
Also in the NYPD, Two New York NY plainclothes police officers
are the subject of a lawsuit filed by two sisters who claim that they
were falsely arrested when they insisted on calling 911 to verify that
the officers were really officers after they were treated rudely during a
questionable traffic stop. Incidentally, most departments recommend
that you call 911 to verify an officer’s identity when you suspect that
you might be dealing with a police impersonator.
 The police chief of Cattaraugus New York
has been charged with 2nd degree aggravated harassment after he
allegedly left a number of threatening phone messages at the home number
of a pastor who was on vacation in an apparent attempt to retrieve what
he thought was stolen property that was left at the pastor’s home
related to a foster child the pastor had taken in. The DA said the chief
just went too far, even filing for a warrant against the minister for
possession of stolen property at one point.
 A Charlotte North Carolina police detective
is the subject of an investigation into as many as 18 homicide cases
that he worked on when he revealed that he threw out his notes, recopied
notes, and plagiarized the notes of another detective in the trial of a
man accused of killing two police officers. Even though the original
notes were allegedly found this week, the officer may still face perjury
charges if those notes don’t match his recopied notes verbatim. Those
notes are believed to deal with a witness who claimed that it was a
different man who shot the officers.
Shortly after that meeting it was released that the Greensboro North Carolina police captain
who participated in that meeting had been fired for helping officers
file grievances and for going public with those allegations of
corruption within the department. However, at the same time, another
officer who was suspended for filing an excessive force complaint
against two fellow officers for their handling of a suspect was
 A Richmond Virginia police lieutenant
with the internal affairs unit is on paid leave after being arrested on
domestic assault and brandishing a firearm charges involving an alleged
dispute with his wife.
 A Los Angeles County California deputy
has been charged with filing a false report alleging that her
ex-husband sexually assaulted a teenage relative and for discharging a
firearm with gross negligence when she fired a gun inside her home and
the round exited the home and hit near where several children were
playing outside of their homes. She was also apparently on probation for
a number of DUI charges including one case where officers stopped her
with an open bottle of wine while she was driving around a parking lot
naked from the waist down.
 Hudson County New Jersey sheriff’s detective
has been arrested on an aggravated assault charge for slicing a man’s
thumb with a knife during a domestic dispute. The man was also arrested
for allegedly pushing the female detective to the floor, injuring her
 Brooklyn Illinois officials
say they are now reviewing the record of a former Venice Illinois
police officer that they had hired on his word that he had an exemplary
record after an investigation by a local paper uncovered that the
officer was forced to resign after a number of complaints against him
that included sexual assault allegations that didn’t result in charges
only because paperwork didn’t make it to the state police and firing
shots at a pickup truck being driven by an unarmed driver who was never
charged with anything as well as a number of other cases.
 Four University of Central Florida police officers
are accused of racially profiling, falsely arresting and denying
medical care to a biracial lesbian professor who claims the officers
treated her like a crackhead instead of a professor and falsely accused
her of being on drugs after they stopped her on allegations she had a
faulty tail light that she claims worked properly. University officials
claim that they are investigating the incident.
 A New Jersey State trooper
who has been suspended without pay on allegations that he was double
dipping by working an insurance job while he was on-duty is now suing
alleging that the suspension is in retaliation for him blowing the
whistle on alleged financial waste within the state police solid
hazardous waste unit.
 A Lee County Florida detective and a sergeant
were demoted for their roles in a botched investigation in association
with a robbery case that was tied to a deadly car chase where the
charges against two men had to be dismissed when it became clear that
the officers never visited the crime scene or even interviewed the
 Santa Clara County California
has settled the last suit associated with a deputy who fell asleep at
the wheel and ran over three bicyclists, killing two of them. This suit
settled for $500,000 to the one cyclist who was injured but survived,
bringing the total cost in settlements to $4,800,000 for that incident.
 The scandal in Indianapolis Indiana
revolving around an officer who was apparently drunk when he ran over
three motorcyclists, killing two of them while responding to a call has
just become even stranger now that records show that the police
supervisors who were demoted by the public safety director for failing
to properly supervise the flawed investigation into that incident were
actually called away from the investigation by the police chief in order
to attend a meeting to discuss how to improve the public image of the
public safety director, a meeting where the incident that happened just
hours earlier wasn’t even brought up.
 The Trenton Tennessee police chief’s
flawed practices are being blamed by an audit into how $70,000 in fines
and fees collected by the department went missing over a period of
years. Nobody knows where the money went though and it doesn’t look like
the chief is facing any charges either.
And finally, an Ansonia Connecticut police officer
is refusing to return to work and now faces being put on leave without
pay after he was cleared of allegations that he stole a garden hose from
the police department. The officer is claiming that he is suffering
from severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that was brought on by
having to suffer being accused of theft… Again, folks, I just can’t
make some of these up. 
Well, that’s it for this Monday, stay safe out there.