PHOENIX - Four Phoenix police officers filed a notice of claim after being demoted for showing investigation photos at a holiday party last year.
The officers claim the attention from the case has hurt their reputations, cost them lost wages, and one officer said it even led to a miscarriage.
In the notice of claim, the attorney for the officers admits that during a Christmas party last year the officers showed 28 pictures from "non-criminal" death investigations that the squad had investigated. Non-criminal meaning suicides, car accidents, or drug overdoses.
After the party, someone sent an anonymous tip, which ended up getting the officers reassigned.
They said the photos were portrayed to the media as crime scene photos, and no victims of crimes were involved.
They're now suing for 2.9 million dollars claiming this case cost them promotions, stress, and emotional damage.
In addition to the money, the officers said they want their old positions back.
A spokesperson for the City of Phoenix said their staff is now reviewing the claim.
An internal investigation at the police department continues.
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