Chandler Police Department disciplines one of its ownPosted: Updated:
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- A Valley police department is disciplining one of its own. And now, a sergeant has been demoted and is reportedly planning to call it quits, after accusations surfaced that she allegedly made racist remarks. Chandler police call it "policing themselves."
Veteran Chandler police sergeant Susan Freeman was demoted after allegedly committing what the Chandler P.D.calls a series of transgressions.
The most recent incident? She allegedly told her subordinates to target Native Americans who do beer runs in the southeast Valley.
"We are a professional organization," says Chandler Police Sgt. Joe Favazzo. "When allegations of misconduct are presented to us, we look at them very seriously and we act on them quickly."
Favazzo was referring to actions taken against Freeman, after she allegedly instructed her subordinates on multiple occasions not to cite but to book all Native Americans caught shoplifting or doing beer runs in the south part of Chandler.
"Sometimes police have to police themselves, and that's exactly what these officers did," says Favazzo.
Favazzo says Freeman's fellow officers complained to their superiors, and an internal investigation was launched. That investigation alleged that Freeman had singled out a race of persons for disparity treatment, that she had manipulated police computers to take long lunches. It also alleged that Freeman once pointed a Taser at a fellow officer, and once, in violation of department policy, surreptitiously recorded a conversation inside the police station.
"Very serious allegations of integrity and misleading information," says Favazzo.
3TV's efforts to contact Freeman Monday were unsuccessful. But because of the findings of the internal investigations, Freeman has been demoted to officer, and has pledged to exit the department by the end of next year.
"The public expects us to be professional and we expect our officers and all our employees to act in a professional manner," says Favazzo.