In an unprecedented disclosure, ABC15 is publishing “Brady list” misconduct files for more than 100 Phoenix police officials.
The internal investigations and records summarize the integrity concerns — typically documented cases of dishonesty and criminal activity — for Phoenix Police officers that were listed as “active” in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office “Brady list” database.
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The officers’ files, listed below, were obtained through a public records request.
In 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court in Brady v. Maryland ruled that police and prosecutors cannot withhold exculpatory evidence, especially past dishonesty by officers. As a result, prosecutors began maintaining “Brady lists” to track law enforcement officials with integrity concerns, including past crimes, lying on the job, and other misconduct.
ABC15’s Full Disclosure investigation has exposed major failures in Arizona’s Brady list system. In response, some departments, county attorneys, and union leaders have downplayed the severity of what can land an officer on a Brady list.
The Phoenix officers’ Brady files show more than 80 percent of the officers were placed on the list related to issues of dishonesty.
Earlier this year, due to a lack of transparency and a legislative attempt to seal the information, ABC15 also published a searchable statewide database of more than 1400 law enforcement officials on county Brady lists.
The Brady files for the officers below are listed in alphabetical order.
Joshua Adams (2)
Holly Dancy (Bredo)
Juan Hernandez (2)
Carl Ramirez (2)
Billie Joe Richardson (Kenney)
Michael E. Skvarek
William R. Strohmeyer
Darren E. Viner
Garrick Ward (2)
Marcos P. Wilson
Tylon Wilson, II
[EDITOR’S NOTE : The active status of officers and their files are based on Maricopa County Attorney Office data current as of mid-2019. After ABC15 began obtaining Brady data, updated lists provided by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office no longer included information about officer employment status. The files are public records; and to our knowledge do not include personal identifying information. Please contact ABC15 Investigator Dave Biscobing at Dave@abc15.com to report information about: (1) Changes in an officer’s status; (2) Changes in an officer’s agency; (3) New Phoenix officers added to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office database; (4) Concerns with any information contained in the files.]