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Phoenix officer calls 5-day suspension too harsh

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A Phoenix Police officer has been suspended after tackling a 15-year-old girl. The video, posted on YouTube, made national headlines two years ago.

Monday, that officer appealed, saying his punishment is too harsh, fighting the 5-day suspension at a hearing.

That hearing is closed to the public at his request, so we won't get to hear why he believes his punishment was too harsh.

Officer Patrick Larrison believes he acted within policy when he tackled a 15-year-old girl to the ground. Police were called to the school after they say a drunk teenager got into a fight with her teacher, then started walking away when officers got there.

This YouTube video sparked a yearlong investigation. A disciplinary review board recommended a 32-hour or 4-day suspension. But Chief Daniel Garcia thought the punishment should be more severe and gave Larrison a 40-hour or 5-day suspension. Typically that's the maximum number of days you can suspend an officer.

Larrison has since appealed the chief's decision and today he went through his first city civil service hearing.

Sources told us Larrison has at least three experts within the department who watched the video and agree he acted within policy.

The results of Monday's hearing won't be made public for about a month. That's when the city's civil service board will make a decision.

Related story: Officer who tackled teenage girl appeals suspension


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