Body Worn Video Steering Group
A US police officer in Phoenix has been relieved of his duty after his body worn video equipment revealed unprofessional conduct. The officer had been wearing the department issued body worn video equipment for 3 months.
After one complaint of unprofessional conduct against the officer, investigators reviewed all of his body worn camera recorded videos. He was eventually fired after what they saw.
Officer Richard Greco on a domestic violence call: “What in the [expletive] is your problem? What do I want you to say? Why can’t you get along with your family? Why are you pulling your wife out of the car? Then [expletive] you, you’re going to jail.”
And on another call talking to a possible victim of domestic violence: “I’ve got one tool, that tool is to beat people up and take them to jail.”
To an African-American driver: “Do you have a license? To be honest I would be surprised if you did.”
Greco told investigators he stands by most of what he said.
“In the heat of the moment it fit what was going on. He wasn’t cooperating with the investigation. Some people, you know, they don’t understand polite words. They won’t cooperate.”
“I’m not trying to make us sound like a bunch of Neanderthals. I’m just using an exaggeration, a little funny, to kind of reset the conversation and get them focused on where they’re going from here.”
After being asked by the internal investigator, “Do you feel that was professional or unprofessional?” Greco said, “My own litmus test is if I don’t go home and lose sleep over it, it’s not the end of the world. Not a single one of these people complained about me so that seems to tell me that they didn’t think it was a problem either.”
Greco worked for the department as a patrol officer for about 10 years. He appealed his termination and lost.