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Statement from Councilman Michael Nowakowski on Police Officer Misconduct InvestigationStatement from Councilman Michael Nowakowski on Police Officer Misconduct Investigation<div class="ExternalClassC84C68B2FA0540C7A95CC95549CA4CC3"><div>“As Chairman of the City Council’s Public Safety subcommittee, I want to thank Police Chief Joseph Yahner for acting quickly to investigate recent allegations of officer misconduct. The chief’s response shows that the Phoenix Police Department is committed to transparency, openness and high standards – all values of the Team Phoenix approach. I have full confidence that the chief will oversee a thorough investigation and take quick, appropriate action to maintain the integrity of the hardworking men and women risking their lives every day to keep our city safe.”</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><em>Below is the full statement from Police Chief Joseph Yahner on the investigation:</em></div><div> </div><div><em>​The Phoenix Police Department was recently made aware of an incident involving alleged misconduct by several of our officers.  The incident is currently under both criminal and internal investigation.  The allegations against these officers are disturbing and upsetting.</em></div><div> </div><div><em>The allegations were brought to our attention by a 19 year old male who lives in Phoenix.  He reported that several officers stopped him for a traffic violation around 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13near 4500 West McDowell Road.  The officers are reported to have found marijuana in his vehicle during the stop.  Upon the discovery, the officers demanded he eat the marijuana to avoid being taken to jail.  The resident reported that he ate the marijuana, was issued traffic tickets and then released from the scene. </em></div><div> </div><div><em>The Phoenix Police Department has a strong history of holding officers accountable for their actions, and this includes seeking criminal charges whenever appropriate.  Two officers have been identified as possible suspects in the criminal investigation.  As the investigations proceed, I will continue to share information as allowed by law.</em></div><div> </div><div><em>As your Police Chief, I want you to know how appalled I was when I was informed about these allegations.  The conduct alleged by our resident is contrary to everything we stand for as community servants.  I have directed our criminal and internal investigators to make their inquiries thorough and swift.  Once the facts are determined, I will take quick and appropriate action to ensure those involved are held accountable for their actions.  </em></div><div><br></div><div><em>Chief Joseph Yahner </em></div></div>9/22/2016 10:00:00 PMDavid Urbinato602-495-5405