Three Phoenix officers are under criminal investigation after forcing a 19-year-old man to eat marijuana found in his car to avoid going to jail.
Richard G. Pina, Jason E. McFadden and Michael J. Carnicle, resigned their positions with the Phoenix Police Department after the incident was made public. Police chief Joe Yahner says they were going to be fired regardless.
Two of the the officers are considered suspects, while one of them is a witness. The identities of each have not been released.
The 19-year-old, who's identity has also not been released, says he was pulled over for a traffic violation when marijuana was found in his car. The officers demanded he eat the marijuana so that he wouldn't be taken to jail. He consumed about a gram of marijuana and was released with a traffic ticket.
The suspect reported the incident to the police department and the officers were immediately suspended.
Police chief Yahner says this incident is "contrary to everything we stand for as community servants and undermines the good actions of the men and women of the Phoenix Police Department."