NewsWest Valley NewsGlendale News


Glendale officer Joshua Carroll facing firing over use of force resigns

Posted at 5:57 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-07 01:20:46-04

GLENDALE, AZ — A police officer has resigned before he could be fired after an investigation into alleged use of force.

The Glendale Police Department says Officer Joshua Carroll was found to be in violation of department policy while making an arrest of a man on June 13.

The police department on Wednesday released Carroll's body camera footage of the arrest, which showed him hitting the man in the head with a stun gun, causing a cut that required staples.


The man was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries. Police officials reviewed the incident and removed Carroll from uniformed patrol duties.

Police documents state Carroll has a pattern involving poor decision making that have occurred while he is on and off duty and he has violated multiple policies, including inaccuracies/misrepresentations on his resume during a department promotional process, violation of department and city social media policy in which he posted on Facebook and violating department policy during a pursuit.

Police say during the pursuit incident, Carroll advised an officer trainee to break policy by speeding to more than 100 miles per hour and not stop for red lights. During the same incident, police say Carroll fired a rifle round at a suspect, putting bystanders and other officers at risk.

Following the Use of Force Board review and the Professional Standard Unit's investigation, police say a recommendation was made to fire Carroll.

"Officer Carroll has a pattern of discipline involving poor decision making that has escalated to a point that I no longer have confidence in his ability during routine contacts and stressful situations," a police commander wrote in the recommendation Carroll be fired.

Police say Carroll resigned from the department, effective last Saturday, before the firing process was complete.

David Dulaney's parents knew their son had been tasered and punched, but they say when they watched the video they were appalled and enraged at the use of force.

"I was extremely angry," said Dean Dulaney, David's father.

"Until we saw the videos lately, we didn't know how bad it was. And it just makes us sick," said Marie Dulaney, David's mother.

Since the tasing in June, David has gone to Ohio to be with his parents, who are both in their eighties.

"That affected him a lot," said Marie. "Our son is just...scared to death, let's put it that way."

David's dad says the trauma continues to affect his son.

"When he has a little more time to digest it, he may be able to speak to it, but as of right now, he kind of wants to put it out of his mind. He is afraid to death of the police," David said.

The officer behind the body camera, Joshua Carroll, resigned from the Glendale Police Department after the city moved to fire him.

“I am extremely disappointed in the actions of this former employee”, says Interim Chief of Police, Chris Briggs, in a statement announcing the investigation into Carroll's conduct. "We hold our officers to the highest of standards and, as was the case in this incident we will take swift and decisive action when conduct is not in line with the expectations of our community.”

The disturbing incident involving Carroll is just the latest to come out of Glendale. The department was put under FBI investigation after ABC15 exposed another body camera video earlier this year that shows officers Taser a man nearly a dozen times, including once in the groin. View ABC15's special "Abuse of Force" investigations.