Monday, August 3rd, 2009
FBI investigating one D.C. and five Prince George’s County, Maryland police officers for involvement in a gambling ring. The ring itself may be responsible for as many as five homicides.
I mentioned the case of the Philadelphia cop caught on surveillance video assaulting a woman in my crime column last week, but it’s worth noting that the store clerk in the case claims officers other than the one who committed the assault also asked him erase the videotape. They were cleared by internal affairs. Seem to be quite a few problems with the level of professionalism in Philadelphia right now.
A Seattle police officer who shoved an innocent man head-first into a wall, putting the man into a coma, won’t be prosecuted. The man fled when police approached after a witness wrongly fingered him as the culprit in a bar fight.
Officer in Hollywood, Florida rear-ends a woman. Woman wasn’t at fault in the crash, but she was intoxicated. Dash cam then catches four officers planning a cover up and subsequent falsification of a police report to pin the accident on the woman, not the cop. They’re on paid leave. And check out this graph from a separate story on the incident: “The last major blow to the Hollywood department’s credibility came in February 2007, when four officers were charged and later convicted of delivering heroin in an FBI sting operation. Federal authorities said at the time that they could have snared more corrupt Hollywood cops had department higher-ups not alerted colleagues to the investigation.”
Fifteen people suing West Virginia police officer for lying, pulling motorists over at gunpoint, sexual humiliation, and a host of other fun activities. He’s on paid leave, too.
West Palm Beach, Florida officers fired after dash cam catches them beating a man. Fortunately, the video also caught them huddling to get their story straight after they discovered the beating had been caught on video. Not sure why they didn’t think the story-planning wouldn’t be preserved, too.