ARIZONA NEWS

Phoenix police officers resign after being accused of forcing driver to eat marijuana

Sep 22, 2016, 2:44 PM | Updated: Sep 23, 2016, 12:16 pm

The three Phoenix officers who resigned are shown, from left to right: Jason E. McFadden, Michael J...

The three Phoenix officers who resigned are shown, from left to right: Jason E. McFadden, Michael J. Carnicle and Richard G. Pina. (Phoenix Police Department Photos)

(Phoenix Police Department Photos)

PHOENIX — Three Phoenix police officers have resigned after allegedly forcing a driver to eat marijuana during a traffic stop, Chief Joe Yahner said Thursday.

“These actions are appalling, unacceptable and they are no longer members of our organization,” Yahner said of the officers.

Yahner said the unidentified 19-year-old driver told investigators that he was stopped by police for a traffic infraction about 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 13 near McDowell Road and 43rd Avenue. Officers found about a gram of marijuana in his car.

The victim said the officers told him to eat the marijuana to avoid going to jail. He did so, was issued traffic citations and allowed to leave.

Two of the officers — Richard G. Pina and Jason E. McFadden — are being investigated both criminally and by the department. The third — Michael J. Carnicle — is the subject of just the administrative investigation.

The three officers had all been with the department for less than a year.

McFadden about 10 years with the Chicago Police Department prior to joining the Phoenix force.

A fourth officer, Lt. Jeff Farrior, who was told about the incident and attempted to delay the investigation was demoted to sergeant from lieutenant.

All of the officers were wearing body cameras. None of them were turned on.

Yahner said the officers resigned before he could fire them.

“As your police chief, I want you to know how appalled I was when I was informed about these allegations,” Yahner said in an earlier press release. “The conduct alleged by our resident is contrary to everything we stand for as community servants.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Phoenix Police Department photo)...

KTAR.com

Police investigating crash that killed motorcyclist at intersection in west Phoenix

The Phoenix Police Department is investigating a deadly crash between a motorcycle and another vehicle that happened on Thursday afternoon.

50 minutes ago

mother of Mercedes Vega shares new details...

Serena O'Sullivan

Mother of Tempe victim in unsolved murder wonders if robbery suspect was involved

The mother of Mercedes Vega, a woman at the center of an unsolved murder case, joined KTAR News 92.3 FM's The Chris and Show Show this week.

3 hours ago

Wespac Construction's Surprise Crossings building is completed...

Payne Moses

Construction completed on West Valley light industrial shell building

Construction was completed on a LEED-certified industrial shell building in the West Valley, a construction management firm announced on Monday.

3 hours ago

Map showing a metro Phoenix plot purchased recently by a Florida homebuilder....

Angela Gonzales/Phoenix Business Journal

Dream Finders Homes enters Phoenix market with two giant land buys

A Florida homebuilder is making its Arizona debut with the purchase of nearly 300 lots on opposite ends of metro Phoenix.

5 hours ago

Crime tape and a police SUV are seen at the seen of a Phoenix apartment fire on July 15. Homicide a...

KTAR.com

Man arrested for murdering 3, setting fire to apartment in Phoenix

A man was arrested Friday in connection with three dead bodies that were found after an apartment fire Monday in Phoenix, authorities said.

13 hours ago

A man from Tucson was sentenced to nearly three years in prison for his part in a drug trafficking ...

KTAR.com

Arizona man sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison for trafficking drugs across border

A man from Tucson was sentenced to 33 months in prison for delivering drugs across the border, authorities announced Friday.

14 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Sanderson Ford

3 storylines to get you revved up for the 2024 Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals training camp is just a couple weeks away starting on July 25, and Sanderson Ford is revved up and ready to go.

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinic visits boost student training & community health

Going to a Midwestern University Clinic can help make you feel good in more ways than one.

...

Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.

Phoenix police officers resign after being accused of forcing driver to eat marijuana