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Demoted Ariz. Cops Sue City Over Crime Scene Slideshow

August 10, 2012  | 

Flickr_CC: Kingdafy
Flickr_CC: Kingdafy

Four Phoenix Police Department officers accused of showing photos of corpses in a video slide show during a holiday party have filed a $2.9 million notice of claim against the city.

The department suspended and demoted the officers, formerly part of the night detective squad, earlier this year after receiving an anonymous complaint about the video. Their unit had worked non-criminal deaths, such as suicides, drug overdoses and grisly car accidents.

Officers Courtney Mayo, Howard Pacifico, Brandy Villareal and Jeffrey Johnson state in the claim that the city improperly characterized the video, defamed them and caused severe emotional distress. They are seeking monetary damages, and they want the department to reinstate them to their old positions.

Read the full Arizona Republic story.


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George @ 8/13/2012 11:06 PM

I do not know the facts in this case but I do know one thing. Thirty years ago these type of accusations would have been filed under "bullshit'. And, we were just as good a police officers then as you are now. We for sure had fewer 'candy butts' walking amoungst us.

Greg @ 8/14/2012 5:03 AM

Let's face it, people have gotten' paranoid. Officers and military worry they'll be brought before a board of inquiry if something goes on while they're around as to just why they didn't do/say something? Screwed no matter what.

The one officer, Mayo, had a miscarriage. She's trying to blame the city for her loss. I always like a severe emotional distress whine. They screwed up...but who doesn't remember all the horrid driving movies they showed in high school, (e.g. "Signal 30")...we all laughed at these sad accidents...don't see the difference between what these officers did and those movies.

Dan @ 8/14/2012 5:57 AM

A holiday party is NOT the venue to show this type of slide show! Use some of the crap God gave you for brains, for crying out loud. They made fools of themselves and try to blame and file suit against the City. IDIOTS!

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