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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04-19-13

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  1. Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 19, 2013:
    • Rehoboth Beach, Pennsylvania: A police officer, [Cpl. Robert Whitman] caught on video tasering a man, has been placed on administrative leave. An internal investigation is underway. The man in the video [Jeremy Anderson, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania] says he didn’t deserve the treatment he received from the three officers.
    • Tuscaloosa, Alabama: A former police sergeant [Jason Glenn Thomas, 34] pleaded guilty to a criminal civil rights charge for using his authority as a law enforcement officer to sexually assault a woman. “This former officer did the unimaginable when he used his police powers to sexually assault this victim,” said the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.
    • Schenectady, New York: A police detective [John Hotaling, 45] has been put on unpaid leave after being arrested for an alleged “road rage” incident [victims: Matthew Arnow, Jeffrey Arnow]. He has been charged with menacing and placed on unpaid leave from the department.
    • Davie, Florida: A suspended officer [Stephen Olenchak] is on trial. He has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting his teenage step-daughter. He faces a maximum 30 years in prison if convicted of the charges.
    • Update: Mobile, Alabama (First reported 12-14-12): A former police officer [Lyvanh Rasavong, 43] pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge, admitting that conspired with a narcotics dealer to sell marijuana. He resigned his position amid the drug investigation.
    • Harford County, Maryland: A sheriff’s deputy [Todd Edward Johnson, 30] was arrested and suspended without pay for allegedly giving a towing company [Final Notice Recovery and Location] privileged information about people whose cars were subject to being repossessed and then being paid for the information. “Police are empowered with specific tools and resources to do their job effectively. Misuse of those resources is not only unethical, it is illegal,” said the sheriff.
    • Northampton County, Pennsylvania: A deputy sheriff [Darin Ray Steward, 45] was charged with illegally providing a confidential firearms permit application to a councilwoman [West Easton Council President Kelly Gross]. He faces a felony of illegally disseminating firearms information and a misdemeanor of obstructing the administration of law.
    • San Luis Obispo, California: A narcotics officer [Cory Pierce, 39]is facing criminal allegations of perpetuating a scheme to acquire and sell drugs while on the local beat. He entered not guilty please to a felony charge of bribery and one felony charge of extortion.
    • Erie County, New York: A former sheriff’s deputy [Josephine Cutolo, 54] admitted she used pepper spray on a handcuffed inmate being escorted by two other deputies. She pleaded guilty to a charge of deprivation of rights under color of law. [DOJ press release]
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