Three of Phoenix’s finest have resigned after reportedly forcing a nineteen-year-old to eat one gram of marijuana during a traffic stop- to avoid arresting the teen.
Phoenix PD Chief Joe Yahner reported the resignations on Thursday, citing that the officers’ actions were appalling, unacceptable and they are no longer members of our organization.”
The incident took place on September 13th after officers stopped the unidentified teen on a traffic infraction at around 3:30 in the morning. Officers then told the young man to eat the marijuana to avoid jail time, to which the driver complied. After ingesting the substance, he was issued a traffic citation and allowed to continue on his journey.
All three officers have been with the department for less than one year.
Officers Richard G. Pina and Jason E. McFadden (the latter being a 10-year veteran of Chicago PD) are being investigated criminally and administratively by the department. The third officer -Michael J. Carnicle- was reportedly only a witness to the act and is subject solely to an administrative investigation.
“As your police chief, I want you to know how appalled I was when I was informed about these allegations,” Yahner said in an earlier press release. “The conduct alleged by our resident is contrary to everything we stand for as community servants.”
According to KTAR, all officers were wearing body cameras, although none were turned on.
A fourth officer -Lieutenant Jeff Farrior- was previously told about the incident and attempted to delay the investigation. He has since been demoted to Sergeant.
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