Phoenix police announce firings of two officers

Phoenix police announce firings of two officers
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Two Phoenix police officers have been fired over two separate incidents that both received national attention, the chief of police announced Tuesday. 

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Officer Christopher Meyer and Det. Dave Swick were both relieved of their duties, Chief Jeri Williams said Tuesday at a press conference, according to the Associated Press.

“I expect more. You deserve more,”  Williams said. “Unlike other professions, we don’t have a luxury of a do-over.”

Last May, Meyer was caught on video drawing his gun and cursing at Iesha Harper and her fiancé Dravon Ames, both of whom are black. Harper was pregnant and holding a baby.

Meyer was part of a group of officers that had responded to a call about shoplifting. The couple was unaware that their four-year-old daughter had taken a doll from the store.

No one was charged in the case.

While a department disciplinary board recommended that Meyer be suspended for six weeks, Williams believed that suspension wasn't sufficient.

“In this case, a 240-hour suspension is just not sufficient to reverse the adverse effects of his actions on our department and our community,” Williams said.

Swick, meanwhile, was fired over social media posts in a separate case. A database called The Plain View Project exposed public posts from officers nationwide that seemed to be bigoted or pro-police brutality.

Williams continued: “As a resident or a person in the community, you can express yourself as a part of your First Amendment right." 

"But as a public servant, we wear this badge as a symbol of our commitment to a higher standard.”