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(29,332 posts)
Thu Apr 25, 2019, 01:46 PM Apr 2019

We found 85,000 cops who've been investigated for misconduct. Now you can read their records

USA TODAY is leading a national effort to obtain and publish disciplinary and misconduct records for thousands of police officers.
John Kelly and Mark Nichols, USA TODAY
Updated 52 minutes ago

At least 85,000 law enforcement officers across the USA have been investigated or disciplined for misconduct over the past decade, an investigation by USA TODAY Network found.

Officers have beaten members of the public, planted evidence and used their badges to harass women. They have lied, stolen, dealt drugs, driven drunk and abused their spouses.


Among the findings:

Most misconduct involves routine infractions, but the records reveal tens of thousands of cases of serious misconduct and abuse. They include 22,924 investigations of officers using excessive force, 3,145 allegations of rape, child molestation and other sexual misconduct and 2,307 cases of domestic violence by officers.

Dishonesty is a frequent problem. The records document at least 2,227 instances of perjury, tampering with evidence or witnesses or falsifying reports. There were 418 reports of officers obstructing investigations, most often when they or someone they knew were targets.


There is a searchable database at link.

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We found 85,000 cops who've been investigated for misconduct. Now you can read their records (Original Post) JonLP24 Apr 2019 OP
Over a decade that's not really a very high number. EX500rider Apr 2019 #1
44 states not a complete list JonLP24 Apr 2019 #2
"not really a very high number" relative to what objective measure? LanternWaste Apr 2019 #3
Relative to the number of officers and then spread over 10 years. nt EX500rider Apr 2019 #4


(11,014 posts)
1. Over a decade that's not really a very high number.
Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:05 PM
Apr 2019
There are over 18,000 Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies around the United States, and it is estimated that there are between 750,000 and 850,000 sworn officers. If you count non-sworn personnel who work for police departments, you get over 1 million.
That's a avg of 8,500 per year out of 800,000+- officers. 1% or so.


(29,332 posts)
2. 44 states not a complete list
Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:18 PM
Apr 2019

Missing California who has the largest numbers of law enforcement officers.

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