Arrested We rely on police officers to protect us and uphold the law. So, you would expect them to lead by example. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. In fact, you might be surprised at just how often the cops end up in the slammer alongside the criminals they arrest every day.
In 2017, a former grad student (who was also an ex-cop) revealed the findings of his analysis of a police crime database. From 2005 through 2012, approximately 1,000 US police offers were arrested each year for crimes. About half of those transgressions were violent.
Jeffery Wharton, a 31-year-old senior officer from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, was arrested in early 2020. The video above shows him getting cuffed while he was on duty. According to the news report, there were complaints filed against him for severely beating his girlfriend. She had gashes on her face and head and had to be sent to the emergency room.
There was also footage from a Ring camera that showed Wharton with his girlfriend in a choke hold. In the video above, the arresting officers are seen cutting Wharton’s police uniform off him while he was handcuffed. He declined to give his account of what had happened.
Forty-nine-year-old Paterson, New Jersey, Police Sergeant Michael Cheff was arrested by the FBI for filing false records and conducting illegal searches on suspected drug dealers. He is just one of several officers arrested in connection with the same scandal.
In 2017, a complaint alleged that police had illegally pulled over a driver suspected of drug violations and robbed him. Then, after arresting the suspect, the officers drove to his home. They found more money and drugs.
Ronald Vincent was arrested while off duty in December 2019 for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend at a thrift store in Bushwick, New York. Supposedly, the 38-year-old veteran officer was seen with his hands around the victim’s neck, choking her, apparently over an argument about money.
Employees at the store said that they witnessed everything, that the victim was coughing and wheezing, and that there were marks on her neck. According to these witnesses, this wasn’t the first fight between the couple at that store. The woman had been a regular at the store for about a decade.
Jesus Menocal Jr.
In December 2019, Sergeant Jesus Menocal Jr. was arrested by FBI agents at the Hialeah Police Department over allegations from four girls and women that he had sexually abused them. He was charged with illegally detaining two women, one of them a minor, and pressuring them for sex while on duty as a police officer. He was also accused of threatening them with his gun.
A few years earlier, prosecutors had declined to file any charges against Menocal Jr. for these alleged crimes.
In December 2015, Kevin Campbell was arrested by Portage police and charged with killing 30-year-old Tiara Thomas, the mother of his three kids. Campbell was a former Gary and Hammond police officer who was 31 years old at the time of his arrest.
Tiara’s fiance had found her covered in blood at her apartment in the early morning of November 18, 2015. She was taken to a hospital in Gary where she was pronounced dead from gunshot wounds. According to statements, Campbell and Tiara had been arguing over money and child support.
A filed affidavit alleged that Campbell shot Tiara early that morning and then drove their three kids to school. (The children had stayed overnight with Campbell at his home.)
Joshua David Fancher
In 2018, Orange City police officer Joshua David Fancher, then 25, was arrested on a felony warrant for allegedly sending threatening messages to obtain nude photos from a woman living in Georgia. She reported receiving multiple anonymous messages from a person who tried to extort the nude photos from her.
Although the majority of crooked cops are men, you do have the occasional female offender. In 2018, Ambar Pacheco, then 26, was a North Miami Beach cop. She was arrested for allegedly fighting with a pregnant woman and kicking her in the stomach. Pacheco said the ex-cop boyfriend of the pregnant woman had kicked Pacheco’s sister in the face.
According to the police report, Evoni Murray, the 27-year-old victim, said that Pacheco struck her in the stomach in Miami Beach. At the time, Murray was eight months pregnant. She was transported to a hospital where she gave birth that night. Luckily, the newborn boy seemed to be healthy.