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Phoenix Officer Violated Policy in Shooting, Use of Force Board Says

September 18, 2015  | 

Photo: Phoenix PD Facebook page
Photo: Phoenix PD Facebook page

The Phoenix Police Department's Use of Force Board has found that the circumstances surrounding Michelle Cusseaux's death do not comply with department policy, reports ABC 15.

Cusseaux, 50, was shot in August 2014 after she came at Phoenix Police officers with a hammer. Police were called to the scene after she reportedly called and threatened her mental health facility.

Family called for an independent investigation into the woman's death. Her mother, who called authorities, has said she was just trying to get help for her daughter.

The Police Chief has reportedly accepted the Board's recommendation.

Going forward, the case will be sent to the Disciplinary Review Board, made up of two community members and four employees, to determine the level of discipline for those involved.

The disciplinary board may decide upon suspension, demotion, termination or other.

The Phoenix Police Sergeants and Lieutenants Association is disappointed in the findings and says it does not factor in the split-second decision the sergeant who shot Cusseaux had to make.

Comments (4)

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Robert Shaffer @ 9/18/2015 8:09 PM

shoot to wound needs to be implemented..

[email protected] @ 9/19/2015 6:00 PM

Gee, when did a hammer become a non weapon? Ever hit your thumb with one? Hurts, don't it? Just imagine a shot to your head by a upset female. Blues, Stay Safe.

OK @ 9/20/2015 12:50 PM

Violates policy? I am really curious to know what the policy is. Does one need to wait to be hit once or multiple times?

Wayne @ 10/17/2015 10:43 AM

Shoot to wound are you kidding me, what is next throw your gun at him and hope he or she will just surrender. If you are a LE officer you should retire, you’re a danger to yourself and other officers around you. If you’re not lets have someone came at you with a hammer and see what you do.

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