Police Accountability Report: Episode 73 – LRN.fm
This week, some stories that should cause anyone critically thinking to see that those wearing badges aren’t always operating with the best intentions.
Grandmother Struck and Killed by Drunk Driving NY Officer
A former NYPD detective — whose blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit when he plowed into a Bronx grandmother with a cop car — was convicted of manslaughter this Thursday.
Former Detective Kevin Spellman, however, beat the rap on the most serious charges against him (aggravated vehicular homicide and first-degree vehicular manslaughter) in the death of 66-year-old Drane Nikac, who was struck by the tipsy former detective on October 30, 2009, as she was walking near the intersection of West 232nd St. and Kingsbridge Avenue in the Bronx.
Following the accident, Spellman refused a breathalyzer test, and his BAC wasn’t tested until five hours after he slammed into the Bronx grandmother while driving erratically in his NYPD-owned Chevy Impala.
How many drivers with alcohol in their system who have NOT hurt anybody do you think Spellman has personally arrested throughout his career?
Milwaukee Cop Who Punched Handcuffed Woman in Face Reinstated
Milwaukee Cop Richard Schoen was fired in May of this year after his superiors saw a dashboard-camera video that shows Schoen climbing into the backseat of his cruiser to repeatedly punch a handcuffed woman in the face.
He’s now getting his job back despite the objections of Milwaukee’s police chief and mayor based on the decision of a review board.
Schoen arrested Jeanine Tracy for being “argumentative and us[ing] profanity” during a traffic stop. While in the backseat of the police cruiser, she yelled and stomped her leg, complaining that it hurt.
Upon arriving at the station, Schoen tried to pull Tracy out of the backseat of his cruiser by her shirt.
When Tracy refused to move, Schoen went around to the other side of the car, climbed into the backseat, and began punching Tracy in the face.
Schoen then dragged her out of the backseat of his cruiser by her hair.
All of this was captured by Schoen’s dash cam. What was not captured, the department says, is Schoen kneeing Tracy in the stomach after getting her out of the car.
Be careful! The individuals who are supposedly there to protect you are oftentimes the ones you may need protection from.
Barren County Sheriff Pleads Not Guilty to New Charges
Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton and two of his deputies were back in U.S. District Court on Monday.
Reports say Eaton pleaded not guilty to two new federal charges against him.
The new charges filed last month are use of unreasonable force by a law officer and destruction of records.
Sheriff Eaton and two deputies are also accused of using excessive force during an arrest in 2010, then falsifying documents and lying to the FBI about it.
A continuance was granted, so the trial will start April 29, 2013.
Cop Commits Insurance Fraud After Leaving Crash Scene
A Philadelphia Police Officer was arrested for committing insurance fraud after leaving the scene of an accident.
Investigators say Officer April Shaynick, 42, got into a car accident back on August 9 at the intersection of Summerdale and Van Kirk Street while she was off-duty. Police say Shaynick left the scene of the crash and then submitted a false accident report. She was later compensated by her insurance company for the damage to her vehicle.
Shaynick was arrested and charged for leaving a scene of an accident, insurance fraud, theft by deception and conspiracy.
Shaynick is a 14-year veteran of the Department and assigned to the 1st District. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey suspended her for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.
Former Dallas Cop Sentenced to Nearly Four Years in Prison for Crime Stoppers Scam
Theodora Ross, the former Dallas police senior corporal who ran the department’s Crime Stoppers program, was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison today for stealing at least $175,000 from the cash-for-tips program.
Ross, was ordered to report to begin her sentence on January 14th.