Phoenix Police Department Arrests Officer Accused Of Assaulting Handcuffed Man

Published: Saturday, July 24, 2021 - 4:19pm
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The Phoenix Police Department has arrested one of its own.

On Friday, Sgt. Mercedes Fortune stated in a press release, "detectives have arrested Officer Conner Orth-Smith and booked him for aggravated assault for an incident that occurred on-duty last Friday around 6:45 at night in the area of 99th Avenue and McDowell Road.”

In the same release, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office stated a body camera worn by Orth-Smith showed footage of him physically assaulting a man while he was handcuffed, causing visible injuries. 

“The actions of the officer were unreasonable and in no way proportional to the man’s actions,” according to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams also said, “The behavior captured on the body-worn camera in this instance is egregious, appalling and will not be tolerated.”