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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-13-12

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  1. Here are the 8 stories of Police Misconduct Tracked for Thursday, September 13, 2012:
    • Pinellas Park, Florida: The man [Clifford F. Work] shot by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper [Daniel Cole] Monday morning at a cemetery was the cemetery’s owner. He is a Tampa man who has no criminal history and has held a concealed-weapons permit. Clifford Work remained hospitalized in fair condition as questions lingered about why a trooper shot the 48-year-old businessman.
    • New York, New York: A man has [Luis Solivan]filed a lawsuit against officers [Thomas Dekoker, Brian R. O'Keeffe]who he says engaged him in a “brutal and sadistic” beating. [New York Magazine: Dekoker, the Times notes, was also found this summer to have used excessive force in another Bronx incident from 2008, with a jury rewarding the victim $500,000.]
    • Update: Reading, Pennsylvania: Two officers [Ryan Phillips, Nick Karetas] were reinstated after being fired for a stun-gun scandal. [Sgt. Matthew R. Beighley remains fired.]
    • Lawrence, Massachusetts: Police Chief [Melix] Bonilla has been indicted on multiple charge by a grand jury. They include trick, scheme or device to mislead in the procurement of supplies; fraudulent conversion of city property; unlawful use of official position; conspiracy; and extortion or attempted extortion. “These indictments allege that Bonilla, acting in his position as deputy police chief, fraudulently transferred ownership of 13 motor vehicles that belonged to the Lawrence Police Department to an automotive sales agency with a close affiliation to Mayor William Lantigua,” according to the District Attorney’s office.
    • Upland, Pennsylvania: A lawsuit has been filed against officers[Steven Jackson, Steven Carr] for assault and battery, failure to investigate, and malicious prosecution.
    • Brentwood, New Hampshire: A police lieutenant [David Flight] who retired after an internal investigation into missing evidence has been indicted on felony theft charges. Those charges include counts of receiving stolen property and theft by unauthorized taking for allegedly stealing a rifle from an evidence room.
    • Wheatland, California: An officer [Joshua Paul Christensen] was charged with vehicular manslaughter in connection with a fatal crash.
    • Kansas City, Kansas: An officer [Megan Laffoon] scratched a trooper, and head-butted a colleague during his drunk driving arrest. The officer pleaded guilty in court.
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