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On November 11, 2012, Leon Ford was shot by a city of Pittsburgh police officer during a traffic stop.  Although a video of the incident has been recovered, the audio recording doesn’t include anything between the time the officers exited their car to the time that the gunfire started.  Pittsburgh Police Department policy requires officers in vehicles with cameras to record the audio of the taped encounters.  Officers are “are required to ‘carry the audio transmitter throughout their tour of duty’ [and] are not permitted to deactivate the microphones.”  An assistant city solicitor speculated that the officers may have accidentally left the microphone in their vehicle.

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http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/pittsburgh-police-re-examine-audio-record-policy-674276/

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An Ohio DEA agent has been charged with obstruction of justice, making false statements, perjury and civil rights violations for allegedly framing suspects. Agent Lee Michael Lucas is accused of falsifying his police reports, withholding relevant evidence, and giving false testimony in trials where the defendant was accused of selling drugs.

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http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09133/969842-455.stm?cmpid=news.xml

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Prosecutor Lawrence X. O’Reilly, the supervisor for the Illinois State Attorney’s traffic division, has recommended that 28 of Chicago’s top DUI enforcement police officers be required to have dashboard cameras. This recommendation comes in in the wake of the discovery that some Chicago police officers have submitted false arrest reports in DUI cases.

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http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/1485307,CST-NWS-DUI19.article

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In the latest of a string of bogus DUI charges from the Chicago Police Department, Officer Joe D. Parker’s report in the DUI arrest of Raymond L. Bell was clearly contradicted by video from his dashboard camera. In his report, Officer Parker alleges that Bell ” ‘staggered’,” had an ” ‘unsteady'” gait, and failed field sobriety tests. The video clearly contradicted all three of the allegations.

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http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/1470350,CST-NWS-duivideo11.article

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Officer Gary D.S. Utter was denied acceptance into the ARD program in York County. District Attorney Stan Rebert attributes the rejection to “the circumstances of the case.” Although Utter is a first-time offender, he is accused of crashing his patrol car after becoming intoxicated while on duty. Officer Utter’s attorney, Harry Ness, is appealing the D.A.’s decision to deny Utter’s entry into ARD.

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http://ydr.inyork.com/ci_11387320?source=rss

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While a survey indicates that almost 98% of emergency room doctors suspect that police use excessive force, many national police groups dispute the findings.

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http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-01-06-police-force_N.htm

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A random survey of ER doctors reveals that 99.8% of the respondents believe police use excessive force while 97.8% stated that they had patients who they believed or self-reported that police used excessive force. The doctors reported that”blunt trauma” from hands or feet was the leading cause of excessive force while the second leading cause was overly-tight handcuffs.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081224/hl_nm/us_police_er

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The Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office has decided not to press charges against three officers accused of using excessive force on a DUI suspect.

Ryan Westover alleges that after being arrested for drunk driving, he was punched in the face while in the holding cell. District Attorney Edward Marsico Jr. concluded that Westover was not cooperating with the officers and the use of force was justified. Westover’s attorney does not dispute District Attorney Marsico’s decision.

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http://www.centredaily.com/news/state/story/950784.html

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A former Fallowship Township, Washington County, PA police officer has been accused of stealing drugs that he seized from a defendant in 2006.

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http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08302/923466-100.stm?cmpid=latest.xml

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