Felony charges recommended against 2 Phoenix officers seen on video kicking man

Police say 38-year-old Harry Denman pulled out a gun and shot at the ground before shooting at the patrol SUV. (11/10/2022)
Published: Dec. 7, 2022 at 3:40 PM MST|Updated: Dec. 7, 2022 at 6:00 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Phoenix police investigators have submitted recommended charges against two officers who were captured on body-cam and bystander video kicking a man as he was being handcuffed at a QuikTrip in late October. On Wednesday, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office confirmed they are reviewing the recommended charges against the two officers, Eddie Becerra and Nicholas Beck.

The video was criticized as “excessive force” used by Becerra and Beck. On Oct. 27, police say 38-year-old Harry Denman shot once at the two officers as they were getting ready to drive away from a QuikTrip near 59th Avenue and Buckeye Road. The officers then ran in the convenience store with guns out, shouting at Denman to get on the ground. Body-cam shows one officer hit Denman in the head with his gun. Another portion of the body-cam shows one of the officers telling Denman, “I will blow your (expletive) head off, dude.”

A bystander’s cell phone video also captured the arrest, where both officers are seen kicking Denman as he’s lying on the ground handcuffed. Becerra and Beck were placed on paid administrative leave as the investigation was ongoing. Denman was taken to the hospital then booked into jail.

Phoenix Police Chief Michael Sullivan released a statement regarding the two officers.

The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association also released a statement in support of the two officers, saying they were attacked by Denman.

Becerra and Beck could each face one count of aggravated assault with a firearm and one count of assault. Becerra could also face an additional charge of aggravated assault while restrained.