PHOENIX - A Maricopa County Correctional Health Services employee has walked off the job after three deputies heard her threaten Richard Chrisman.
The ex-police officer was going through a standard re-booking process at the 4th Avenue jail Tuesday night before being transferred to another facility.
Chrisman was convicted in the 2010 shooting death of Daniel Rodriguez.
Deputy Chief Don Marchand says the county employed medical assistant refused to do a physical on Chrisman because he killed a Hispanic man, and she herself is Hispanic.
“Said she was refusing to do so because this man had killed one of her people,” Marchand said.
Three uniformed witnesses gave statements the woman told Chrisman he should be serving his time with the general inmate population, rather than in a protected cell because he’s a former officer. She allegedly went on to issue more threats.
“If he was on fire she wouldn't provide him water, stuff like that," Marchand said.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio learned the woman was escorted out of the building and sent home from work immediately after the interaction with Chrisman.
Arpaio says that kind of behavior is unethical and unfair to any inmate no matter their background. He is especially concerned for Chrisman because he used to be a cop and is already a target among inmates.
"I worry about his safety, I sure don't need inside people to cause threats or anything else against him," Arpaio said.
The medical assistant is a Correctional Health Services employee, which was contracted by the Sheriff’s office several years ago for budgetary reasons.
It will be up to CHS to decide how to discipline the woman and if firing her is the appropriate action.
Marchand said he is confident she will never work in jail intake again.
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