No charges filed against Phoenix officers who forced man to eat marijuana

Posted at 7:50 PM, Dec 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-07 10:49:39-05

Nearly three months after allegedly forcing a man to eat marijuana at a traffic stop, two Phoenix police officers have not been charged with any crimes. 

ABC15 interviewed the victim, Edgar Castro, in September. He said the officers told him they would take him to jail if he did not eat the pot found in his car.

The police report, released today, recommended misdemeanor charges for Jason McFadden and Richard Pina. Both were probationary officers. 

The report says the pair refused to answer questions about the incident. Another officer at the traffic stop corroborated the victim's story about the marijuana.

ABC15 checked Phoenix Municipal Court and Maricopa County Superior Court Tuesday and learned no charges were ever filed. Phoenix police officials explained that the September case is still being investigated internally, and they may submit the case to a prosecutor for review later this month.

McFadden, Pina and another officer lost their jobs after the marijuana fiasco.