ACLU Suing City of Scottsdale Over Officer James Peters' Sixth Kill

UPDATE: Scottsdale Police Department Has Quite a Shooting Problem, ACLU Alleges

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Scottsdale Police Officer James Peters
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona will be filing a lawsuit against the City of Scottsdale, related to Scottsdale Police Officer James Peters' sixth kill on the job.

The officer-misconduct lawsuit will be based on the fatal shooting of 50-year-old John Loxas, who happened to be holding a baby at the time.

See also:
-James Peters, Scottsdale Cop With Six Kills, Approved for Retirement

The details of the lawsuit will be announced at a press conference later this morning.

Scottsdale's police board for the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System approved Peters' "accidental disability retirement application" just a few months after the February shooting, although federal law prevented city officials from discussing what Peters' accidental disability is.

Police responded to Loxas' place on February 14 after neighbors reported that he'd pointed a gun at them, but after Loxas was shot on his doorstep, police found two guns near him, inside the home.

Loxas wasn't in possession of a gun when he was shot, but was in possession of a "black object" known as a cellphone.

Loxas had been accused of pointing a gun at a neighbor before the February incident.

Peters' prior killings include a disbarred lawyer with a shotgun, a burglary suspect, a man who took a hostage at a grocery store, a guy who decided to shoot at the cops, and another who decided to drive his truck at the cops.

Peters was also involved in another shooting, but the suspect lived through that one.

Peters was cleared after investigations in previous shootings, although the city and one man's family settled out of court in one instance.

Scottsdale officials told New Times Peters was expected to get around $4,500 in his monthly pension checks.

We'll provide more details after the press conference.



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laxx1559
laxx1559

The man had a BABY in his hands! No gun!  And you wonder why the rest of the world laughs at us, things like this.  This is why we cant have nice things!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

in less than his 12 year career he had 6 shooting fatalities (how many other officer involved shootings that werent fatalities?), meanwhile, even in Chicago there are cops that retire after over 25 years without discharging their weapons once.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

If this happened in LA, there would be riots in the streets!  What the hell is wrong with the people in Scottsdale?  Where are the protests? There should never be police shootings or abuse of power in a community like Scottsdale!

MGM5
MGM5

Mean looking dude.......

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

There are very few times that I will support the ACLU, but this is one of them.  Officer Peters should not have been on the streets in uniform after the fatal shooting he was involved in prior to this one, in which he and a partner cut off the power to a mans house and then ambushed him in the darkness as he went to investigate the power box.  The city ended up paying a lawsuit on that one because he never announced he was a police officer nor gave the man a chance to surrender.  That should have been a massive red-flag to everyone involved.  Instead, they allowed him to continue in the same position and about a year later he blows the head off an unarmed man holding an infant in his arms. 

1RayRay3
1RayRay3

@tonytormenta Damn!!! That's some crazy shit there

robert_graham
robert_graham

Six shootings were all justified because those six killed were very bad people.  There needs to be more officer-involved shootings in Scottsdale as a warning to thugs and criminals to stay out of Scottsdale or pay the ultimate price.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Another frivolous lawsuit challenging a justified shooting.

laxx1559
laxx1559

@danzigsdaddy people usually just kill other people in chicago, they mostly leave the police alone

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @danzigsdaddy If you were being robbed and the robber had a gun to your head, when police arrived would you want them to shoot the robber or simply refuse to shoot for fear they would be sued?  Hope that happens to you.

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @truthseekeraz The only protests that should happen is to demand more shootings.  Time to clear Scottsdale of all the bad people.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Scottsdale police have been out of control for years -- flying under the radar.

narizona
narizona

Looks like a big sissy with an attitude,school kids probobly used to take his lunch money.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan yep, nothing says justified shooting like killing a guy HOLDING a baby and a cell phone. not to mention the fact he could have killed the infant. how many times were you dropped on your head as a baby? how many other scottsdale cops have been involved in this many shootings or fatalities? none that i know of, and thats why this guy should have been pulled WAY BEFORE THIS. its a shame he never ran into you JAF, that would have saved your family a whole lot of grief

Bnbk
Bnbk

 @JoeArpaioFan

 Hey mush brain,do us all a favor and seek professional phychiatric help. You seem like the kind of person that would commit the same type of attrocities as JT Ready did.  

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 @JoeArpaioFan Too bad these badged criminals are never held personally responsible for their crimes.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 @JoeArpaioFan Yeah Drooley, we all know that "Assault with a cellphone" is a death penalty offense.

No doubt his disability is Psychopathy.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan i really hope you are in that situation too, that way when some trigger happy psycho cop like that guy shows up and shoots your ass while trying to hit the gunman, you can tell us what a great guy that cop is

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan  i wouldnt trust any cop to make that shot especially that trigger happy cop. you watch too much T.V. to think that the cops are these crack shot people you think they are. I shoot competetively asshole and im telling you some patrol cop is not that great of a shot. secondly if the stupid shit shot 2 different unarmed people who were holding babies, he's the last one i would ever want showing up in a hostage situation. you notice no other cops were firing.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan  they are getting rid of the bad people , they are getting rid of this trigger happy idiot 

laxx1559
laxx1559

@truthseekeraz they're old white people who probably think everyone who got shot, inculding the man with the baby 'deserved it' for some reason

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @narizona 

 

Nah, he looks like the typical schoolyard bully, all built up but would run away crying if his nose got bloodied

 

He is a cop to make up for that shortcoming that he knows he has, being a bully.

 

It's quite common that the bullies end up in Law Enforcement so they can carry a gun and throw their 'authority' around with the rest of the force (Blue Line crap) standing behind them - just like the schoolyard bully with his friends that have to be impressed

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @Bnbk No, if I were a cop I would take care of business when business is due.  So would you.  Ever hear of a sharpshooter?  Every SWAT team has them.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @shadeaux14  just look at the norberg case, the atencio case and many, many others. 

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @shadeaux14 Now you tell me how was the officer supposed to know if he was holding a cell phone or a gun?  The officer can only expect the worst.  The dead man should have known better than to reach in his pockets when he is being told to get on the ground. 

Bnbk
Bnbk

 @JoeArpaioFan  @Bnbk

 Thank you for lending credence to my point with that incoherent drivel of yours.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan  even swat arent going to shoot a unarmed guy holding a baby, or a guy with a cell phone holding a baby either 

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