Arizona Police Department Officers Have Been Banned
When you think of the police officers you depend on for protection, the last thing you probably want to consider is that they may have committed a crime or misconduct while in office. However, we now know that more than 1,000 police officers in Arizona have lost their certifications since 1975 for various offenses.
Today, we want to talk about the information in this report and what a police officer can do if they themselves are charged with a crime. If you have been charged with a crime, please seek assistance from an Arizona criminal defense attorney. It is vital that you begin forming a defense as soon as you are charged.
What Did They Do?
The USA Today Network published a report in April that showed more than 85,000 law enforcement officers across the country have been investigated for misconduct. In Arizona, at least 1,112 officers have been decertified for misconduct. The allegations against them range from relatively minor to criminal. Some examples cited in the article are:
- One officer filmed more than 20 women naked at a tanning salon. He pleaded guilty to five felony voyeurism.
- Another officer tased his 14-year-old son.
- Still another was caught with child pornography
In 2016, 47 police officers across the state lost their certifications, a number higher than in any other year.
Okay, so now that we know what the numbers are, we need to talk about the fact that police officers need a strong defense attorney when they are accused of a crime.
We know that it is not every day that you hear about police breaking the law. While in many cases the allegations of misconduct are true, we know that there have also been many times when a police officer has been falsely accused of a crime. There are plenty of people who would love to destroy the career of a police officer. It could be someone they have arrested before. It could even be a fellow officer who makes a false accusation.
We want to highlight a story from last year in which a woman falsely accused a police officer of rape and assault. This case is out of Bellevue, Washington, and while we typically do not bring you cases out of our coverage area, this one needs to be discussed.
A Bellevue police officer was jailed for weeks on allegations of domestic violence, witness tampering, and violating protection orders.
Prosecutors dropped all of the charges against him and said that the woman, “used a sophisticated ruse” to get him arrested. After a review of the evidence, they determined that the women could not be believed and made up stories of being harassed by police officers she was dating.
What You Can Do Now
Police officers have incredibly tough jobs. While there are certainly times when they do commit crimes, they still deserve all of the same judicial rights and protections as anyone else accused of a crime. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for a police officer accused of a crime to have a fair trial. The public is often quick to judge them because “they should be held to a higher standard.”
Yes, police officers should be held to a higher standard, but that does not mean they that they should not get their day in court with a strong defense. They should also not be punished more harshly than anyone else if they are found guilty of a crime.
If you or someone you love is facing charges, please seek assistance from an Arizona criminal defense attorney today.
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