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FAILURE to OBEY a POLICE OFFICER – State v. Mr. W (DMC No. 9452) (Phoenix City Court No. 4133695): Mr. W (an African American gentleman) was from Tennessee and was traveling with his wife in the vehicle when they were stopped by Police. The Officer asked Mr. W to pull around the corner to the right as to not block traffic. When Mr. W turned around the corner he immediately stopped because the roadway was too dark up ahead. When the Officer asked him why he didn’t pull farther around the corner, Mr. W stated that he had negative experiences with the Police in Tennessee and that his wife was scared.

The Officer became irate and charged Mr. W with failure to obey a Police Officer per Arizona Revised Statute ARS 28-622. We were able to show the Prosecutor that the Officer was abusing his discretion, and they dismissed all charges against Mr. W.

NOT CHARGED | MISCONDUCT with WEAPON/TAMPERING with PHYSICAL EVIDENCE/FAILURE to COMPLY with POLICE OFFICER NOT CHARGED – State v. Mr. W. (DMC No. 4437) (Tolleson Police Department DR04-0503028): Mr. W. was pulled over by police for allegedly not having a license plate light. In reality, the police were conducting surveillance on a known drug house and wanted to see if he purchased drugs. When they asked if they could search him, he said “no thank you”. He was then placed in handcuffs, taken to the ground and upon being searched a gun, knife and drugs were found. The officers alleged that he attempted to throw the knife and hide it before being placed under arrest. We were able to convince the Prosecutor to only charge the possession of drugs and allow Mr. W. to do a diversion dismissal class known as “TASC”. None of the other charges were brought, and he has no conviction on his record.

Mr. K was having an argument with his wife, when she picked up the phone to call 911. He then grabbed the phone, threw it down and damaged it. Police responded off the initial 911 “trigger”, and saw Mr. K in his garage. When he was instructed to exit the garage, he reached for a duffle bag on the ground and Officers immediately grabbed him and escorted him outside with a “control hold”. When they searched the duffel bag they found a weapon.

Mr. K was allegedly struggling when they placed him under arrest and when he was cuffed. He repeatedly stated that he had done nothing wrong and didn’t know why the Police were there. The Police then charged him with Obstruction of a Governmental Operation under Arizona Revised Statute ARS 13-2402 (A)(1), Failure to Obey a Police Officer under Mesa City Code 42-179; Prevention of the Use of a Telephone During an Emergency under Arizona Revised Statute ARS 13-2915 (A)(3); False Reporting to Law Enforcement Officers under Arizona Revised Statute ARS 13-2907.01 (A); Carrying a Concealed Weapon per Arizona Revised Statute ARS 13-3102 (A)(1) and Criminal Damage under Arizona Revised Statute ARS 13-1602(A)(1). We were able to show the Prosecutor that the Statute does not qualify regarding Obstruction of a Governmental Operation while placing a defendant under arrest. Also, the False Reporting and Failure to Obey were fairly outrageous charges given the situation. As far as the Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Prevention of the Use of a Telephone, they agreed to dismiss both of those charges. Mr. K only pled to the Misdemeanor Criminal Damage due to the destruction of the telephone, and was given a minimal Jail sentence of 4 days in Jail. Originally, he could have been facing up to 2 and a half years in the County Jail.

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