Arizona: 3 Phoenix Cops Resign After Forcing Man To Eat Marijuana
By Derrick Stanley
Authorities said Thursday that three police officers in Arizona have resigned after they allegedly forced a motorist to eat marijuana during a traffic stop.
Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner announced the resignations of the officers, who have all served less than a year on the police force, and condemned their actions as “appalling” and “unacceptable” during a news conference. “The conduct alleged by our resident is contrary to everything we stand for as community servants,” Yahner said.
The officers found about a gram of marijuana during the search of a 19 year-old's car last week. They allegedly told the motorist to eat the pot to avoid going to jail, the police chief said. The driver, who said he fell ill afterwards, filed a complaint with the police department, which prompted an internal investigation.
The officers involved were identified as Richard Pina, Jason McFadden and Michael Carnicle.
Yahner said the officers were wearing body cameras but that they had turned the cameras off before the incident.