Associated Press – March 29, 2010 11:34 PM ET
PHOENIX (AP) – The head of Phoenix’s largest police union says City Councilman Michael Johnson admitted to making contact with a police officer in an altercation that ended with Johnson being temporarily detained and handcuffed.
The president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, Mark Spencer, says he had spoken separately with Johnson and Officer Brian Authement. Spencer says it’s his understanding that Authement’s hand or arm was smacked aside or down by Johnson in the March 19 incident in south Phoenix.
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by Michael Ferraresi – Mar. 27, 2010 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic The Phoenix police officer accused of abusing his authority in the handcuffing of City Councilman Michael Johnson was known as a goal-oriented rookie who supervisors praised for his sensitivity in working with south Phoenix residents, records show.
Brian Authement, 27, received near-flawless marks on a February job review and has not been disciplined during his time at South Mountain Precinct, according to records released Friday. He’s worked in that precinct since graduating from the academy.
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