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Monday, May 24, 2010

[AZ] Wife-abusing Deputy Slocum "resigned" just in time, but still certified to work as a cop in Arizona

...Official reports show, [Pima County Sheriff's Deputy David] Slocum's wife announced she was moving out. Slocum grabbed his duty weapon and threatened to kill himself. "She was trying to use the telephone and call 911", said Lt. Deanna Coultas from the Pima County Sheriff's Department. "He slapped the phone out of her hand". According to reports, Slocum then dragged her down the hallway and locked himself in a room with a gun. She heard a shot, ran in and found Slocum uninjured... the Arizona Peace Officer's Standard's and Training Board out of Phoenix never revoked his certification...

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9OYS INVESTIGATES: IS A FORMER PIMA COUNTY DEPUTY FIT FOR DUTY?
KGUN9-TV
Reporter: Tammy Vo
Posted: May 23, 2010 5:20 PM PDT
Updated: May 24, 2010 9:03 AM PDT
[Excerpts] David Slocum is no longer with the Pima County Sheriff's Department, but he is still able to serve as a police officer anywhere else in the state. After 2 questionable incidents involving Slocum, some are questioning, whether he is fit for duty? Pima County Sheriff's Department staff say, what happened between Slocum and his now, ex wife on November 14th 2008, went too far. Official reports show, Slocum's wife announced she was moving out. Slocum grabbed his duty weapon and threatened to kill himself. "She was trying to use the telephone and call 911", said Lt. Deanna Coultas from the Pima County Sheriff's Department. "He slapped the phone out of her hand". According to reports, Slocum then dragged her down the hallway and locked himself in a room with a gun. She heard a shot, ran in and found Slocum uninjured. The bullet had missed. Slocoum's wife called for help and police took him to the hospital. "It's alright to get upset but this went way beyond getting upset" said Coultas. [Pima County Sheriff Clarence] Dupnik fired David Slocum who appealed to the Pima County Law Enforcement Merit Council. A group of civilians who voted 2 to 1 to give him his job back... [Member Georgia] Brosseau argued, "He broke his own phone and he was in his own house. It was a case of an officer who made a very bad decision off duty on his property, on private matters related to his marriage." The council approved a one month suspension, but member Richard Huff believes, it should have upheld the dismissal... But it would not be the last time we would hear from David Slocum. In March, he escorted a troubled 12 year old back to his jail cell. According to other deputies, the kid flipped Slocum off, called him names and challenged him to a fight. Slocum took off his gun belt. The Sheriff's Department says, Slocum stepped into the cell and removed the kid's shackles. The kid backed down... Days later, Slocum turned in his resignation letter but he's still certified to be an officer elsewhere. That's because the Arizona Peace Officer's Standard's and Training Board out of Phoenix never revoked his certification. 9 On Your Side wanted to know why? POST rules state it can revoke certification if any officer who shows "malfeasance or disrupts public trust", or has a mental disability that affects job performance. Slocum's wife reported, he was depressed, bi-polar and on several medications... 9 On Your Side's Tammy Vo asked Lt. Coultas from the Sheriff's Department, "Do you think the Merit board dropped the ball in giving him his job back?". Coultas responded by saying, "Absolutely." Criminal chares against Slocum were dismissed. The County Attorney's Office says, it was because, in part, the his wife would not testify... [Full article here]

EARLIER NEWS:


DEPUTY BACK ON THE JOB AFTER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE
KOLD
By Christopher Francis cfrancis@kold.com
Posted: Feb 12, 2009 10:05 PM PST
Updated: Mar 02, 2009 2:26 PM PST
A Pima County Sheriff's deputy arrested for domestic violence has his job back. A review board voted to reinstate Deputy David Slocum but with a suspension for 30 days. Deputies say Slocum was arrested last November after an altercation with his estranged wife. Investigators say he dragged her down the hallway and fired his gun into the floor of his home. "He became suicidal, and she was doing various interventions to try to keep him from doing this," says Deputy Mike O'Connor of PCSD. "He had a gun in his hand and was pointing it at himself." Domestic violence charges are still pending against Deputy Slocum. The incident is also being investigated by the Arizona Peace Officer's Standards and Training Board. [LINK]

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PIMA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY TO GET JOB BACK
azcentral.com, Associated Press
Feb. 14, 2009 07:22 AM
A Pima County Sheriff's Department deputy who allegedly grabbed his wife by the leg and dragged her down a hallway in their home with a gun in his hand will get his job back. David Slocum was fired by the department on Dec. 29 after he was arrested and charged with assault, criminal damage, unlawful imprisonment and for preventing the use of a telephone in an emergency. Three of the charges fall under the state's domestic violence statutes. Slocum was "upset about the impending dissolution of his marriage" when he began an emotional altercation with his wife on Nov. 14, the sheriff's department said. Slocum appealed his dismissal to the Pima County Law Enforcement Merit System Council. The council decided Thursday to overturn Slocum's dismissal and suspend him for 30 working days. Slocum's criminal case is pending. [LINK]
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2 comments:

  1. The first video wasn't working but it's fixed now.

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  2. Fired deputy may get law-enforcement ban
    Arizona Daily Star
    Brian J. Pedersen
    August 16, 2010 12:00 am

    A state certification board will meet this week to decide whether a twice-fired Pima County sheriff's deputy should lose his ability to be a peace officer in Arizona.

    David A. Slocum, a nine-year veteran, was fired on March 9, five days after getting into a confrontation with a 12-year-old boy in a Pima County Juvenile Court holding cell, according to documents provided by the Arizona Police Officers Standards and Training Board.

    A hearing on whether to start revocation proceedings is part of the AZPOST board's Wednesday meeting.

    Slocum, 39, had previously been fired by the Sheriff's Department in November 2008 after getting into a domestic dispute with his estranged wife, an incident that involved Slocum firing a handgun into the floor of his home, documents show.

    He was indicted on four criminal misdemeanors - each of which was later dismissed - and in February 2009 a county law enforcement merit-system panel reinstated Slocum.

    Slocum's return to the Sheriff's Department lasted a little more than year.

    On March 4 Slocum was escorting the 12-year-old boy to a holding cell at the juvenile court when the boy "flipped off" Slocum and mouthed an expletive, according to AZPOST documents. Slocum went into the cell to confront the boy, then stepped out of the cell, removed his utility belt and then removed the boy's shackles, documents show.

    Slocum, who self-reported the incident, told internal-affairs investigators that he thought the inmate was at least 16, and he confronted the boy to show that challenging someone in a position of authority was not appropriate behavior, documents show.

    The AZPOST board, if it chooses to act on Slocum's case, would be initiating action only to revoke his peace officer certification. A further hearing would be necessary to formally revoke his credentials.

    Contact reporter Brian J. Pedersen at bjp@azstarnet.com or call 573-4224.

    http://azstarnet.com/news/local/crime/article_f74aa0d2-c0ae-5148-90b1-f9f5ca597768.html

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