Demonstrators want officer fired for saying 'I will kill you right here'Posted: Updated:
BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- Nearly two weeks after a Buckeye police officer threatened to kill a driver during a traffic stop, the immigrant behind the wheel and two dozen supporters gathered in front of the police department Thursday morning to demand action.
The demonstrators called for an independent investigation into the incident, the release of the officer's name, and the termination of the officer from the department.
"We are done with this kind of abuse," says Francisca Porchas with the grassroots organization Puente Movement. "We will not tolerate it. Not today and not tomorrow."
The man at the center of the stop, Teo Sanchez, was driving home from work when the Buckeye police officer pulled him over for having an obstructed view.
Sanchez recorded the traffic stop on his cellphone. The officer can be heard telling Sanchez in Spanish, "If you do something, I will kill you right here."
Immediately after the video was released, the Buckeye police chief vowed to conduct an investigation into the incident.
Now, nearly two weeks later, Sanchez still has not had a formal interview with the department.
He vowed to file a formal complaint Thursday.
Buckeye Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jason Weeks says they have been trying to schedule an interview with Sanchez. Weeks produced emails sent by both the chief and a Spanish-speaking officer to Sanchez and one of the activists who said she was communicating on his behalf due to the language barrier.
The emails show the department requesting a formal interview and the activist acknowledging the request and agreeing to let Sanchez know. Weeks says they have yet to receive a response to their request.
"We have one side of the story," Weeks said, referring to the officer. "There’s some questions we need to ask Mr. Sanchez as well. ... There’s not much we can do at this point. We’re kind of at a standstill."
Porchas says Sanchez is more than willing to do the interview and hopes one will be scheduled soon.
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