Former Phoenix police officers avoiding charges for allegedly forcing man to eat pot

Posted at 8:45 PM, Feb 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-16 14:27:18-05

A couple of former Phoenix officers are avoiding criminal charges after allegedly forcing a man to eat marijuana last September.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office recently announced that they're done combing through the case and former officers Jason McFadden and Richard Pina aren't being charged with any crimes.

Prosecutors said the victim isn't cooperating in the investigation, therefore, they cannot bring charges against the pair.

Jason McFadden and Richard Pina were in their probationary period when the incident occurred.

The alleged victim was pulled over in Maryvale for speeding. Sources said they discovered a gun and pot in his car during the traffic stop. 

The man initially said that he had a medical marijuana card but there wasn't any documentation to prove it. A spokesperson with the Phoenix Police Department said the trio didn't know what to do with the marijuana so they told the man to eat it.

Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner said the officers were wearing body cameras but all three were turned off.

Mcfadden, Pina and a third officer that was also on scene, Michael Carnicle, all resigned after the incident. An internal investigation was launched against Lt. Jeff Farrior but officials said that it wasn't related to the same incident.