PHOENIX — So far in 2019, Phoenix police have moved to fire six officers, according to data provided by the city to 12 News.
12 News was able to obtain five of the officers' names:
1. Christopher Meyer: During a traffic stop caught on camera, Meyer could be seen cursing, leg sweeping and more during a traffic stop after a shoplifting incident.
A review board recommended a suspension, but Chief Jeri Williams said she decided to terminate Meyer because “The trust was eroded and the brand of the Phoenix Police Department was tarnished because of that incident.”
2. David Swick: For not obeying social media guidelines. He is the one known officer to be given a notice to terminate because of Facebook posts he made.
3. Daniel "Beau" Jones: He is currently under criminal investigation. He was told he would be fired after an internal investigation wrapped up. It is unknown what the criminal investigation is about. However, past lawsuits that have been settled allege he harassed fellow officers.
4. Tim Baiardi: For slapping a suspect in handcuffs at a Valley Walmart
5. Marcos Rodriguez: Police would not comment why. However, a lawsuit involving the officer was settled for more than $100,000 with the city for allegedly sexually harassing someone at their home after a traffic stop.
6. The sixth officer is currently going through paperwork to finalize his termination. The reasons why is not readily available at this point.
According to the city, only one officer (who resigned) was given notice he would be terminated in 2016. No officers were terminated in 2017, and one officer was given notice in 2018.
Retired police officer Andy Anderson, who spent decades with Phoenix police, said these years can ebb and flow. He said it is unlikely the issue is systemic. What is different, according to Anderson, is the publicity these cases have received.
"A number of these have been pretty high profile with video, Facebook," Anderson said.
The main issue with such high profile incidents? Trust.
"It hurts the public image and that’s the part you fight constantly. To be effective in policing, you need to have the public’s trust."