He says it came down to one thing. Who was going to run the Phoenix Police Department; The Police Chief or the Police Union?
He says his firing answered that question. The City of Phoenix says Garcia was terminated for failing to follow an order from the Assistant City Manager, an order for him not to hold a press conference which he later did.
"They've become way too powerful... the Phoenix Police Department accomplished a number of great things, this is a great organization, but it cannot be run by a police union it's got to be run by the Chief of Police," said Daniel Garcia. "I have no regrets in my policing style, or my commitment, or a passion for policing, none."
Garcia a 33 year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, said he came to Phoenix knowing the union was very strong, but says he was hired as an agent of change. Trying to institute changes he said ended up rankling the union and in the end it cost him his job. Changes including a stricter policy on officers receiving DUI charges, uniform changes, and items such as officers having to renew their oath yearly.
Both unions representing officers and sergeants in the City of Phoenix Police Department held a vote of no confidence. Garcia claims the unions did not have the votes to support such a motion. A call this evening to the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association asking for the numbers was not returned.