Phoenix police sergeant suspended after delaying to report alleged domestic violence incident

PHOENIX - A Phoenix police lieutenant is suspended from his post after being accused of not reporting an alleged domestic violence incident involving one of his former subordinates.

Last fall, Sgt. Leroy Potter’s girlfriend approached Lt. Brian Thatcher and told him about an alleged domestic violence incident that occurred between the couple.

Thatcher did not launch an internal investigation in a timely matter and has since been placed on a 120-hour suspension without pay.

During an investigation into the alleged domestic violence-related incident, Potter was placed in a non-enforcement position but the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against him on Wednesday.

No additional information was released about Thatcher’s suspension or the alleged domestic violence.

Potter has since retired from the Phoenix Police Department.

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