TOLLESON (3TV/CBS) – Gov. Doug Ducey says he believes the Glendale Police Department’s investigation into the incident in which an officer tased a man nearly a dozen times “was whitewashed” and that he “would love” to see the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office step in.

MCAO released a statement shortly after that, saying "further investigation is warranted."

[ORIGINAL STORY: Man tased nearly a dozen times accuses Glendale officers of 'pure torture' during traffic stop]

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"[Y]ou don’t like to make a statement on a videotape, but what I saw was completely unacceptable. And it seems to me that the investigation was whitewashed."

Arizona’s Family caught up with the governor after he met with teachers and students at Tolleson High School Wednesday.

He had just enough time to answer one question from us. We asked about his office’s involvement with the investigation.

“What I saw on that videotape did not represent the law enforcement that I know in the state of Arizona,” Ducey said. “It was (pause) of course, you don’t like to make a statement on a videotape, but what I saw was completely unacceptable. And it seems to me that the investigation was whitewashed. I’d love to see the County Attorney’s Office reopen the investigation and get to the bottom of what happened there and hold people accountable.”

[WATCH: Ducey criticizes Glendale PD investigation into 2017 tasing incident]

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Many are wondering how a Glendale traffic stop abruptly got out of control, ending with a man being tased nearly a dozen times.

A few hours after the governor's comments, MCAO said it "has sent materials to the Phoenix Office of the FBI in connection to the 2017 incident ...."

“After having personally reviewed all available video evidence, I have determined further investigation is warranted," Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said in a statement released to media outlets. "In order to ensure the public's confidence in any future determination of whether the use of force was lawful, review by an uninvolved agency is appropriate.”

MCAO, which originally opted not to prosecute the officers involed, said it would not be releasing anything else "at this time" and the FBI has not commented.

The City of Glendale said in a statement released Wednesday evening that it was aware of "the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office decision to re-examine the incident" and "committed to fully cooperating" with that endeavor before Ducey's comments.

"We have no basis to believe that the County Attorney’s original investigation was not thorough and comprehensive, and we accepted their findings," reads that statement, going on to explain that Wheatcroft and his family had offered to settle "for the absurd amount of $15 million" in December, before the "videotape" to which Ducey referred was made public.

That "videotape" is body camera video of a July 2017 incident. That video came to light last week. The Glendale Police Department has since released videos recorded from other angles and dozens of photos.

[RAW VIDEO: Body cam video of incident involving Glendale PD]

[MORE: 2 new body camera angles released in Glendale PD incident of man tased 11 times]

In the video, Officers Matt Schneider is seen tasing a man named Johnny Wheatcroft 11 times.

Wheatcroft, along with his wife and children, is suing the Glendale Police Department, alleging excessive use of force. The complaint file in court uses the word “torture” six times.

The Glendale Police Department said it suspended Schneider for three days in connection with the incident.

[RELATED: Retired asst. chief reacts to Glendale PD body cam of man being tased repeatedly]

Wheatcroft, through his lawyer, is calling for Schneider to be fired.

"This case will ultimately be decided on all the facts including a comprehensive analysis of all the evidence," reads the City of Glendale's statement.

[APP USERS: Click here for statement from City of Glendale]

 


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Bob Regan

Don't hold your breath waiting for our Co. Atty, Little Billy, to take any kind of action that requires a spine,,,or ethics.

nuusmaan

This man's civil rights were violated, if taking the video at face value (which isn't a good way to determine what actually happened, and who is responsible). If that's so, it's a federal crime. So the FBI (not DPS) is the right option.

trsalemme

Ok, so we can settle this right here. You have someone who was lawfully restrained. ( The big question in everyones comments has been the use of force, so we will assume the arrest was warranted. Which it was fyi)
So, you have him in handcuffs. At the same time, you have incoherent and screaming family members. Your suspect is thrashing about, screaming and instigating the family members to be more of a hinderence.
Using your professional law enforcement training( which I am sure you all have), explain how you will get the suspect under control....
Keep in mind, your response will be judged with bias, as I have over 10 years and counting of state and federal law enforcement experience and training.
Any takers?

nuusmaan

First, you start with- what cause do I have to investigate the passenger and misrepresent the law, which clearly says that the passenger isn't required to identify his/herself without reasonable suspicion to believe they committed a crime? Then you ask for their ID, and if they refuse, which in this case he did, citing relevant law, you drop it and don't lie to him and use force to gain compliance with your unlawful request.

Dean

trsalemme most of the time i support the police 100% but in this case I cannot. My is in the state department and at one time carried a gun while he was flying. I have a cousing who retired as a Marine Military policeman. They actually gang attacked him. Just watch the videos the cops themselves taped. You are the one with the bias this time. You are part of the problem, protecting thugs just because they wear a badge. Oh I also have friends who are in law enforcement, however met a couple of CHP officers that I would not trust in any way. The were in a church showing off to high school girls by flashing their guns and other weapons.

JustinP

trsalemme, they had no reason to arrest him EVER. His wife? Yep, (I haven't seen the tape but she supposedly did attack the cop). I have seen the tape of this guy. 1) He didn't do ANYTHING wrong. 2) Cops can't arrest you without probable cause.

Just because the guy (may be) scum, doesn't take his rights away. They didn't know about the (faint traces of) meth until LONG after the physical violence and there was no reason to take the guy down and certainly no reason to tase him.

The problem I have here is not with the bad cop (who should be fired). The problem I have is with the 50% of good cops who stand up for bad cops. That IS a problem.

Oh, and let's say the arrest was warranted. The guy STILL didn't deserve/need to be tased ONCE (more less a dozen times). Arrest the guy. He was willing to come out. Unbuckle his seat belt, etc.

ClassyandSassy

He did not look like he was fighting at all and the cop twisted his arm so hard it sounded like it snapped and broke and even after he had the mans hands behind his back he countinued to taze him and well after cuffs were on him, that tells me the cop is just wanting to hurt him bc he likely is having personal issues and taking his anger out on other people; The man also did not provoke his family's reaction, it was a natural reaction for a child to cry when they see their parent being hurt. I am assuming you are very hard on your kids and they dont like or feel comfortable around you bc you expect them to act like soldiers and not shed a tear! Most cops are good but more have turned bad in recent years and its cops like this one that are putting other! cops lives in danger bc I guarantee you this child will grow up hating cops and wont help one out if they ever need it and may even seek justice upon one one day. I thank God I live way out in the country bc we dont call 911, we are 911 and we are swift and fair and everyone already knows that if you are on another mans property uninvited, justice will be served and you may not walk away, which is why problems dont occur much out here but we also dont hassle people just driving down the old county road. The laws in the city have gotten so ridiculous in calling for officers to harass anyone who is walking, driving, cycling or skipping down the road!

AZRepublican

Most cops are egotistical Thugs !!

nuusmaan

No, most are willing to risk their lives to protect you. (Even there in Russia, where you are.) But there are a few bad apples, just like in these discussion areas.

momsacorn

Remember that when something happens and you're about to dial 9-1-1. Don't dial - you wouldn't want to encounter blue-shirted thugs. Handle matters yourself.

nuusmaan

He's thinking of cops in his Russian motherland.

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