Browsing: Police Bungling


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Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Several news stations have shown the photo of a Tempe cop texting while driving his motorcycle on a highway, although it appears the police department was not very forthcoming with the identity of the officer. We’ll let the cat out of the bag here, and tell you this is veteran Officer Heith Fink. Phoenix New Times has the story.


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Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: For the past several years, the city of Flagstaff has been arresting homeless panhandlers in what’s called “Operation 40” — named after 40-ounce bottles of malt liquor. After 135 arrests in one year for “loitering to beg,” including the arrest of a disabled 4-foot-8, 77-year-old woman asking an undercover cop for $1.25 to cover a bus fare, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona has filed a lawsuit against city officials. Phoenix New Times has the story.


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Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: A video of supposed police “brutality” during a physical arrest in Mesa looks more like a blooper reel, including one officer slamming what appears to be his personal vehicle into another car on his way to help fellow officers subdue a suspect. Mesa Police Sergeant Tony Landato tells us that the officers involved are Mesa cops, but details are light at this point. Phoenix New Times has the story.


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Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The Scottsdale City Council agreed to pay $4.25 million to the family of John Loxas, who was unarmed when Scottsdale Police Officer James Peters shot him in the head in February 2012, killing him instantly. Loxas was the sixth man killed by Peters, who has since retired with an “accidental disability,” and currently collects a monthly pension check of around $4,500. Phoenix New Times has the story.


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Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: One of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s detention officers stabbed his father after a long night of drinking, according to cops. C.J. Joe, a 27-year-old guard at Durango Jail, claims he “blacked out” and doesn’t remember what happened, but his sister told police that Joe stabbed his father, 55-year-old Curtis Joe. Phoenix New Times has the story.


Ever since a police chase on Wednesday ended with a suspect fleeing the wrong way on I-95 and killing four innocent people in an oncoming minivan, questions have focused on why the cop started the pursuit over a simple traffic infraction. Well, it turns out the cop involved had been fired from his last job for drag racing at more than 110 miles per hour on the highway. Miami New Times has the story.  

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