CBS 5 News' interview with Phoenix police chief on PTSD

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The man who heads the Phoenix Police Department has refused to talk about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among his ranks.

The recent suicide of Phoenix police officer Craig Tiger sparked questions from officers and the community of whether police departments do enough to care for officers to PTSD.

Tiger was involved in a fatal on-duty shooting. On the one-year anniversary of the shooting, he got drunk and planned to take his own life, but he was stopped and arrested for DUI first. He was soon after diagnosed with PTSD but the chief fired him as a punishment.

CBS 5 News' Donna Rossi had been trying to talk with Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia to address the bigger issue of PTSD within the department but until Wednesday, he declined.

Read the transcript from CBS 5 News' interview with Chief Garcia:

CHIEF: Let me just tell you that I will give you a statement but I'm not going to take questions on this issue. Fair enough?

DONNA: I think the community deserves some answers.

CHIEF: And I'm giving you a statement. And my statement is that based on the issues involving this criminal issue involving this individual, I made a decision and I stand behind it. Thank you.

DONNA: What do you say to his family, sir? Chief, why won't you answer questions? Why won't you stop? The community is very concerned about this.

CHIEF:  Donna, I've already told you. I've already told you. I've told you that I stand behind based on the criminal issue involved in this incident I stand behind my decision.

DONNA: But your officer was diagnosed with PTSD?

CHIEF: Based on the issue the criminal involved issued involving this incident I stand behind my decision.

DONNA: Did you consider a medical retirement?

CHIEF: I've already told you, Donna. I'm not going to answer these questions.

DONNA: It was his only infraction.

CHIEF: I understand.

DONNA: He had never had another disciplinary infraction.

CHIEF: How long are we going to do this, 'cause I've answered your question.

DONNA: Well, what do you say to his family?

CHIEF: I've already answered your question.

DONNA: What do you say to his children?

CHIEF: My condolences to the Tiger family.

DONNA: What do you say to his ex-wife who is one of your own?

CHIEF: Donna, I've already answered this question for you.

DONNA: What do you say to the community who is demanding...

CHIEF: Donna, I've already answered these questions for you.

DONNA: Both unions are demanding that the city...

CHIEF: I've already answered your questions.

DONNA: You haven't answered the issue of PTSD.

CHIEF: Yes, I have. Yes. I have.

DONNA: Tell me about talk to me about...

CHIEF: I've answered the questions for you.

DONNA: Talk to me about PTSD and your officers.

CHIEF: Again, based on the criminal issues...

DONNA: Talk to me about...

CHIEF: I've addressed the issue. Thank you.

DONNA: Let's forget the Craig Tiger issue. Are you going to look at changing the issue of PTSD (chief elbow's Donna)

CHIEF: Donna, I'm done. Thank you.

DONNA: You're pushing me, Chief.

CHIEF: Thank you.

DONNA: Will you address the issue of PTSD and your officers? Chief does the community not deserve answers to this?

CHIEF: I've addressed your issues.

DONNA: You have not addressed the issue

CHIEF: Yes, I have. I've addressed your issues.

DONNA: ...of PTSD and your officers.

CHIEF: Donna I've addressed your issues already.

DONNA: You have made a statement. There are a million questions.

CHIEF: Yes, I have.

DONNA: Our story is getting bombarded with responses.

CHIEF: I stand behind my statement.

DONNA: Your officers are concerned.

CHIEF: I stand behind my statement.

DONNA: Your officers are concerned that there are others out there like Craig Tiger. Will you change how the department PTSD and your officers?

CHIEF: I've addressed your issues. Thank you.

DONNA: Will it take another Craig Tiger, sir, for things to change? (elevator closes) 

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