GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A Glendale police officer resigned from his position after an internal police investigation found he used excessive force in taking a unarmed man into custody.
The police announced on Wednesday Ofc. Joshua Carroll had handed in his resignation in response to the recommendation that he be fired.
The incident happened on June 13, 2019.
According to police, Ofc. Carroll showed up at an apartment complex near 43rd and Peoria avenues about a report of a man, later identified as David Dulaney, sleeping in his car.
[GRAPHIC VIDEO: Glendale police officers uses stun gun, beats unarmed man]
Dulaney rolled down the window partially and said he was waiting for a friend.
Carroll tried to get information but Dulaney wouldn't give his last name or date of birth. He then starts the car.
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That's when Carroll pulls Dulaney out of the car and uses his stun gun on him.
Carroll then uses the stun gun to hit Dulaney in the back and the back of the head, police said.
Dulaney was taken to the hospital where his head wound required staples, police said.
A responding officer said Dulaney expressed several times he didn't know why he was in custody.
After the incident, an officer at the hospital noted Dulaney had some sort of mental health or cognitive problem, and communicated like a child. Carroll told his sergeant he thought that was a ruse, even saying that he's gotten into some knockout, drag-out fights with special needs kids when he worked as a school resource officer. Dulaney later told a detective he had a learning disability as a child.
When asked about the altercation, Carroll told his sergeant he delivered blow after blow after blow to Delaney's head, while Dulaney said, "You're hurting me," police documents said. Carroll told his sergeant, "no offense, but that was exactly what I was trying to do, was to get that pain compliance," according to the paperwork.
An internal investigation found Carroll used excessive force and they recommended that he be fired.
But before that happened, Carroll resigned effective Aug. 31, 2019.
A review panel found Carroll was justified in deploying his taser, using a control hold, and striking Dulaney's head with his hand - but not in hitting Dulaney in the head with a taser.
It's something that concerned witnesses, too, telling responding officers they believed the officer's actions were excessive, police documents said.
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“I am extremely disappointed in the actions of this former employee”, says Interim Chief of Police Chris Briggs.
In a memo to the assistant chief, a commander with Glendale police said Carroll had previously displayed a pattern of poor decision-making. Those previous incidents included blowing through red lights during a high-speed chase and putting lives at risk while shooting at a suspect. There was also one incident where violated department and City social media policies with a post on Facebook.
Arizona's Family has learned Dulaney has prior drug arrests, and that the car he was in belonged to a friend he'd be staying with, who had reported it stolen. Officers said they found drugs in the car, including marijuana, a pipe, and a prescription bottle containing pills believed to be Xanax. Documents show Glendale Police have not yet decided whether to charge Dulaney in this case.