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Phoenix police chief: Officers allegedly made driver eat pot

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Posted at 4:00 PM, Sep 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-22 19:00:53-04
PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix's police chief says three officers have resigned and another has been demoted after a driver was forced to eat marijuana found in his vehicle during a traffic stop.
 
Chief Joseph Yahner announced at a news conference Thursday afternoon that two of the four officers are under a criminal investigation.
 
The names of the four officers weren't immediately released.
 
Yahner says a 19-year-old Phoenix man was stopped for a traffic violation around 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 13.
 
The man later told police officials that the officers demanded that he eat the marijuana to avoid going to jail.
 
Yahner called the allegations "disturbing and upsetting" and says his department holds officers accountable for their actions.
 
The chief says he planned to fire three of the officers involved before they resigned.