Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Phoenix officer who scuffled with councilman faces new assault claim

The Phoenix police officer who last year was involved in an incident with a Phoenix City Council member is now being investigated for an alleged assault, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

Sgt. Trent Crump said Officer Brian Authement was involved in a Jan. 13 incident "on a sports field and between two participants" in Phoenix. Crump said that while the incident is under investigation by the department's Special Investigations Detail, Authement will be placed in a "non-enforcement position."

"He'll be on a desk while we look into this," Crump said.

Authement last March was involved in an incident at a house fire in which he reportedly threw Phoenix Councilman Michael Johnson, the city's only African-American council member, to the ground and handcuffed him. Johnson at the time claimed civil-rights abuses. The officer claimed Johnson assaulted him.

Johnson and Authement have since resolved their disagreement, ending criminal and internal investigations into the matter.

Crump said that Authement has worked for the Police Department for just under three years. His current assignment is in the Squaw Peak Precinct.

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