A disciplinary board recommended demotion for Phoenix police officer who shot and killed a mentally ill woman over a year ago,
The Sergeant, Percy Dupra was found by the department's use of force board to have violated policy. The board found that Dupra was responsible for a "Class 3" violation. The board on Tuesday gave a recommendation to the Chief of Police that the Sergeant be demoted to the rank of officer. It will be up to Chief Joe Yahner as to what punishment is issued.
Police were called to the apartment Michelle Cusseaux was renting after she allegedly threatened to kill mental health workers. When confronted by officers Cusseaux reportedly grabbed a hammer and raised it above her head. Sergeant Dupra then opened fire killing Cusseaux.
The Maricopa County Attorney's Office found that the shooting did not violate the law, and Dupra did not face any criminal charges.
Local activist Jarrett Maupin and the mother of Cusseaux, Frances Garrett are demanding justice and "nothing less than the firing of Officer (Sergeant) Percy Dupra."
The disciplinary review board is made up of civilians and police department employees. Chief Yahner is out of town and a decision is expected later this week.