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Scottsdale police reprimands 2 employees for wrongful arrest

Generic: Day Police Lights
Posted at 10:33 PM, Jan 11, 2022

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Scottsdale police say two employees have been suspended without pay after an internal investigation into the 2020 arrest of a woman who was wrongly accused of a hit-and-run.

Yessenia Garcia filed a lawsuit last year against Scottsdale, the city's police department and six police officers over the incident, saying her civil rights were violated.

Her lawsuit seeks at least $300,000 plus punitive damages. The lawsuit also says police should have watched parking lot security video that showed Garcia wasn't involved in the hit-and-run.

In a statement Tuesday, police say the department's internal investigation found that "technical difficulties" prevented officers from watching the security video before they made the arrest.

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