Roundup of New Police Professionalism

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
  • Eighth Circuit panel upholds qualified immunity for Missouri police chief sued for sexual assault and tasering the husband of the woman he was assaulting when the husband objected. It’s the third time the chief has been sued for inappropriate conduct around women while on the job.
  • Nurse suing Chicago police department after officer cuffed her and put her in a squad car because she wouldn’t submit to his demand to do blood work on a DUI suspect. The nurse says (and appears to be correct) she was following hospital protocol.
  • Dolton, Illinois officer caught on video beating a student in school hallway. The student says the officer was responding to a dress code violation.
  • FBI investigating 12 Burbank police officers for “use of force, defensive tactics, Tasers, pepper spray, or the rules and ramifications pertaining to the use of excessive force or a violation of civil/constitutional rights.”
  • Assault charges dropped against Missouri man accused of driving his car at police officers after video shows officers lied on the police report.
  • Police respond to burglary report by accidentally shooting homeowner. Lawsuit alleges 911 recording then captures officers conspiring to cover up the mistaken shooting.
  • “Resist again, I’m going to break your arm like a twig.” Doesn’t look to me like the kid was resisting. Yeah, he should have been more polite. But given the video, I’m not sure he was wrong.
  • An arbitrator has ruled an Ohio cop must be given back his job with back pay after he was fired for (a) driving drunk, (b) calling dispatch to see where his fellow officers were patrolling so he could avoid getting stopped, and (c) undermining a domestic violence investigation of his friend. He has been disciplined seven other times.

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    1. #1 |  Daily Links Wednesday, 10/07/09 – thoughtAion | 

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