ARIZONA NEWS

Goodyear police actions during heated traffic stop ruled appropriate

Oct 22, 2018, 4:21 AM | Updated: 8:06 am

PHOENIX — A review of a Goodyear Police Department traffic stop, in which a woman was dragged out of her car, found the officer “acted appropriately,” investigators said.

A video surfaced on social media of an officer punching 39-year-old Renee Armenta and dragging her out of her car as she was screaming on Sept. 6.

The Surprise Police Department handled the case at Goodyear’s request and said that the Goodyear officer “acted appropriately and within department policy and procedure.”

The police review stated statement that the officer stopped Armenta for having a revoked license. The officer approached the vehicle and asked her to step out and advised her to turn around and informed her that she was under arrest, according to the statement.

Goodyear Police released body camera footage of the arrest. The officer involved can be heard telling other officers at the scene that he punched Armenta, though the punch was not clearly seen in the video.

Armenta resisted arrest, argued with the officer and reached inside her vehicle “creating a substantial risk for the officer and others,” according to the review.

Police said the officer “feared for his safety” and struck Armenta in the head to protect himself.

Armenta and her attorney Anthony Ramirez were taking action.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

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

Arizona News

(Facebook photo/ Buckeye Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Police investigating allegations against photographer at Buckeye school

Police said Thursday they are investigating allegations of sexual offenses by a photographer contracted by a Buckeye elementary school.
15 hours ago
Residents attend an event hosted by Arizona State University graduate design students at Academia d...
Associated Press

Low-income communities in Phoenix, other cities learn to tackle climate-fueled heat

Several nonprofit initiatives are popping up around the nation, including in Phoenix, to educate residents about climate-fueled heat that disproportionately affects low income neighborhoods of color.
15 hours ago
(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images For The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)...
KTAR.com

Rock legend Stevie Nicks postpones Phoenix concert on doctor’s orders

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks has postponed her Thursday appearance in her hometown because of illness, promoters said.
15 hours ago
(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...
Kevin Stone

Phoenix’s Operation Gun Crime Crackdown extended after nearly 1,200 firearms seized

Law enforcement agencies in Phoenix are extending Operation Gun Crime Crackdown after nearly 1,200 firearms were taken off the streets during the pilot program’s first three months.
15 hours ago
(Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)...
KTAR.com

2 US citizens arrested for smuggling horse trailer full of migrants into Arizona

Two U.S. citizens were arrested in southern Arizona last week after more than 33 migrants were found inside of a horse trailer, authorities said.
15 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport)...
Griselda Zetino

New air traffic control tower is big part of Mesa Gateway Airport’s future growth plan

The new air traffic control tower at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has been operating for more than a month now, replacing one that dated back more than half a century.
15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.
(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
Goodyear police actions during heated traffic stop ruled appropriate