Dalin Webb, Phoenix Police Lieutenant, Admits He May Have Choked Teenage Son

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Phoenix police Lieutenant Dalin Webb
Dalin Webb, a Phoenix police lieutenant who works with teens, admitted to Mesa police on Sunday that he may have choked his teenage son during a domestic dispute.

Webb, 41, was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on suspicion of aggravated assault-impeded breathing, a felony, and misdemeanor disorderly conduct-fighting.

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Making this case even more egregious: Webb is a police supervisor in the Mountain View precinct who once oversaw the Phoenix School Resource Officer Program.

The father-and-son fight at the Webbs' Mesa home on Sunday started off with a lot of yelling, a booking sheet shows. When the 17-year-old boy's mom came into a bedroom to find out what the "commotion" was about, his dad gave her a good shove out the door, causing her leg to buckle, the boy told police.

The teen "cursed" at his father for pushing his mom. Webb threw him on a bed and pinned him down. Webb choked him by placing two hands around his neck, limiting his breathing, the teen reported.

The mother (we assume it's Webb's wife, but her name wasn't given in the probable-cause statement) came back into the room, saw what was going on, and heard her son's voice sounding "restricted." She screamed for Webb to "stop it!" and he released his son.

Webb told the officer "he did not recall having his hands wrapped around the [teen's] neck and restricting his breathing but stated that if [the teen's mother] saw that, that he may have done it, as she had a better angle to see what he was doing . . ."

Fortunately for the victim, the Maricopa County Attorneys Office has a new program to collect evidence in alleged strangulation cases. A forensic nurse was dispatched to examine the boy's throat and neck. She noted the boy's neck displayed "petechial hemorrhaging" (a fancy name for red or purple spots from broken capillaries), which backed up the claims of the teen and his mom.

Webb's in a peck of trouble, both at home and at work. But if he can get that felony bumped down to a misdemeanor, he might not lose his job. Last month, Valley Fever reported a case in which a Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputy was convicted of misdemeanor assault after an unprovoked attack on a FedEx worker, yet remains on patrol.


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Karyl Krug
Karyl Krug

Ugh. Assault on a child is s terrible crime, and choking someone is usually considered an extreme and dangerous form of violence. It's predictive of a capacity for lethal violence. How terrible for this child -- he must be terribly hurt, confused, & frightened. If Mom doesn't get a restraining order, CPS should step in. All teenagers are difficult, but it's just not okay to strangle them, especially when his police officer Dad should be an expert in non-lethal force and restraining someone without hurting them.

Luis Gonzales
Luis Gonzales

I went to court on a aggravated assault charge an only charge no other charge, but found not guilty of the charge, but found guilty of disorderly conduct by the jury when is the jury a judge or the people who give a charge if found not guilty the its not guilty

Rico Stackz
Rico Stackz

It is a pretty well known notion if not fact that most 'Peace Officers' consider themselves out of the reach of the law. That state is not a human entity, and these folks represent the state, who are supposed to be reigned in by the body politic , who are supposed to be comprised of the general public, being the people at large. I am pretty sure the people at large are very uneasy and nervous about the powers these entities of the state have in general. I am happy if you have never been an object of the abuse of that power, however, many have. And please, excuse my use of the oxford comma, which is just as debated as my view of these tyranical, sometimes para-military forces which try to rule every aspect of people's lives. That you would even attack my intelligence simply because your opinion of police in general differs with mine is another matter I won't bother to defend. I also won't drag on about your age and probably personal bias of moral issues getting into this.

Rico Stackz
Rico Stackz

We should investigate every police office on the force while we are at it! They are very self-righteous and assaultive in general, including through-out the force of their so-called duties. We need a change of laws first. Then maybe we wouldn't have assholes like this prick running around assuming control of people's behavior.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Why is he not charged with domestic violence?

Actually, I know the answer. They won't charge one of their own with domestic violence because if he is found guilty of even misdemeanor DV, Federal law prohibits him from possessing a firearm or ammunition. Hence, no more badge.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

good god. what the F*** is setting people off like this these days? this month alone i saw 3 different road rage drivers trying to ram other cars and 1 incident where a guy came into work for his last check and pulled a gun on a guy who was trying to get his check straightened out for him. the world needs a valium

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

It's the heat.  Sure its a dry heat, but its been almost 12 weeks of unrelenting heat and people are ready to snap.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public i dont know if that is true or not, but i am going to cling to the hope that that is the answer. i know people are getting worse and worse morally and ethically each year, but i dont want to have to accept that we might have all become so depraved at this point that this kind of behavior is the new norm

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@valleynative   now that would be an episode of "Leave it to Beaver" that would be unsettling................almost as unsettling as the "Different Strokes" where they had the pedophile episode

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@teknik

I remember a time when a father choking a teenage son was nothing remarkable, as long as the boy wasn't permanently injured.

1950's style parenting will land you in jail today.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@teknik thats probably the more likely answer.................doesnt make me happy though

teknik
teknik topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy @JohnQ.Public people have always been morally and ethically challenged. 

back in the day it was just accepted more, one could hope simply our standards have changed?

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