Two Phoenix police officers have been placed on leave following a viral arrest video
PHOENIX – Two Phoenix police officers have been placed on administrative leave after video shows the officers kicking a handcuffed suspect.
The incident happened Thursday night at a QT near 59th Avenue and Buckeye Road.
According to police, 38-year-old Harry Denman was talking to officers in the parking lot when the officers began to leave to respond to a call.
As they drove away from a location, Denman pulled out a gun and allegedly shot the vehicle twice from behind. One bullet hit the ground, the other hit the fire of the vehicle, according to officials.
Denman then went into the business, still armed, and the officers followed.
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Phoenix officers have been placed on leave after a video shows an aggressive arrest
Video taken by a citizen, then show Denman was taken into custody. As the man fell to the ground with his hands up, an officer forced him down and hit his head on a cupboard. Both officers hit the man in the back of the head with their rifle barrels. After the man is handcuffed, he is kicked again.
Denman suffered injuries during the altercation and was hospitalized and later jailed on multiple charges.
None of the officers were injured in the incident.
Phoenix Police Chief Michael Sullivan, who was sworn in last week, says the two officers have been placed on leave while the department investigates the video.
“On Friday, at my oath, I challenged my command staff to lead our department to be self-evaluative and self-correcting and to never ignore misconduct. As soon as additional information about this incident came to my attention, the immediate action was taken,” said Chief Michael Sullivan. “What is depicted in the video is not how we operate and is not aligned with the core values of the Phoenix Police Department.”
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