Morning Security Brief: Unfit For Duty, Confrontation at Sea, Dead Men’s DNA, and More
A Florida newspaper’s investigative project reveals a wide range of misconduct among the state’s police and corrections officers. One Coast Guard member is dead after a confrontation with smugglers off the coast of California. Illinois police look to build a database of executed inmates to help solve cold cases. And more.
►An extensive investigative project by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune examines how Florida police officers are able to stay on the job despite multiple disciplinary actions or crimes. One Lauderhill Police Officer is accused of molesting several women ages 11 to 77 . The women filed complaints, but in every case his word prevailed and he was kept on the job. In other cases, officers had sex with prisoners, beat their girlfriends, or used sex toys on underage girls . The Herald-Tribune’s eight-month investigation, Unfit for Duty , used public records requests to obtain more than 12,000 pages worth of documents and internal affairs case logs. Reporters at the Herald-Tribune found that “One in 20 active law enforcement officers in Florida has committed a moral character violation serious enough to jeopardize his or her career. Nearly 600 have two or more such acts of misconduct on their record and 30 current officers and prison guards continue to wear a badge despite four or more offenses."
►A Coast Guard member is dead of a traumatic head injury and another was injured after a confrontation off the coast of California early Sunday morning. Aircraft detected smugglers sailing a small boat without lights. A boat was deployed from a Coast Guard cutter to intercept. “The suspect vessel, identified to be a profile Mexican style panga, maneuvered at a high rate of speed directly towards the Coast Guard small boat and struck it before fleeing the scene,” according to Coast Guard reports. Both people aboard the Coast Guard boat were thrown into the water. The suspects who were aboard the panga are in Coast Guard custody.
►Police in Cook County, Illinois want to build a database of DNA profiles from executed inmates in an effort to solve cold cases. They found out that they “could get the executed men entered in a national database shared with other law enforcement agencies because the murderers were technically listed as homicide victims themselves when they were put to death by the state,” the Associated Press reports.
►In other news, Japan’s space agency was the target of malware that stole data about a new rocket that is still in development. “The agency said it was unclear if the virus was a cyberattack. Japanese defense companies, however, have been recent targets of similar information-stealing viruses, some previously traced to China,” The New York Times reports. ♦ Banks could end up paying if they fail to protect their customers from fraudulent transactions. This case in Maine sets the precedent. ♦ And the Czech Republic approves Mircodrones aerial platforms as the only class of UAVs legal to fly in its airspace. See more about the company in our November issue .